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Disaster Recovery Office Spent $2 Billion of $8 Billion Fed Aid

The Disaster Recovery Office, set up after the devastating twin hurricanes of 2017, has spent $1.94 billion and obligated $4.45 billion, or more than 56 percent of the anticipated $8 billion in federal disaster recovery funds appropriated for the territory.

VIPD Overtime Costs Have Not Disappeared

After V.I. Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor testified during Thursday’s budget hearing, it was clear the struggle with employee overtime costs plaquing the department has persisted despite the prior fiscal year’s radical 42 percent drop in overtime.

Survey Seeks Residents’ Input on Recent Limetree Emissions

Some of the islands’ caretakers released a survey for residents about Limetree Refinery’s recent emissions and petrochemical releases.

Juneteenth Now a National and USVI Holiday – Government On Leave Friday

President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing Juneteenth, on June 19 as a national holiday and Gov. Albert Bryan followed suit in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Stopping at St. Thomas July 6

About 15-20 ships, almost half of the Royal Caribbean Group’s fleet, will be deployed in the Eastern Caribbean this year, starting on July 6 with a stop on St. Thomas, according to cruise line officials.

STT COVID-19 Infection Rate Surges Despite Vaccine Availability

There are 92 active COVID-19 cases as of June 15 and the numbers are rising, the Health Department said in a statement Wednesday. The territory marked its 30th death from the infectious disease on Monday.

Two-Day Fete Planned for St. John 4th of July Weekend; Vaccinations Please

An early July weekend of culture and fun, celebrating V.I. Emancipation Day and U.S. Independence Day, are in the works for the island of St. John. Vaccinations are required for in-person events.

DLCA Contends With Staff Shortages and Board Vacancies

A budget hearing on Wednesday revealed over 40 Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs vacancies stretched throughout department staff, distinct Trade Boards, and 12 other boards and commissions.

VIPA OKs Negotiations For Affordable Housing in Lindbergh Bay

The V.I. Port Authority Board voted Wednesday to have Executive Director Carlton Dowe proceed into contract negotiations with The Benoit Group, LLC to develop affordable housing at Thatch Farm in Estate Lindbergh Bay, St. Thomas.

Caneel Purpose Group Outlines Plan for St. John Resort

St. John residents got their first opportunity to meet face-to-face with one partner in the group hoping to take over the Caneel Bay Resort lease and accelerate the process of rebuilding the iconic hotel that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

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