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Two members of the V.I. Casino Control Commission extended licenses for Divi Carina Bay Casino, VIGL Operations and CRG Holdings at a hearing Monday, after grilling them about delays and encouraging streamlined deadlines.
If government agencies meet deadlines, the Clinton Phipps Racetrack on St. Thomas and the Randall “Doc” James Racetrack on St. Croix could be running live horse races and casinos within 22 months.
Horse racing in the Virgin Islands is not starting up soon. As a matter of fact, the starting gate for the St. Thomas racetrack isn't even in the territory. And senators from the Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation don’t know who to blame.
Sheldon A. Turnbull, a member of the V.I. Horse Racing Commission, told lawmakers Tuesday that the commission is dysfunctional. Members of the Legislature's Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks, and Recreation had even less complimentary terms to describe the commission after Tuesday's hearing.