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A bustling Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is on the left, while Frenchman’s Reef, on the right, is unopened and awaiting major repairs that have been delayed by the coronavirus. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

COVID Casualty: Frenchman’s Reef Renovations Paused, Hotel For Sale

Major renovations after the 2017 hurricanes are paused and Marriot Frenchman's Reef, St. Thomas' largest hotel, may be sold in the near future, as owner DiamondRock Hospitality's finances are strained by the pandemic and rise of AirBnB.

Senators Probe Education About School Consolidations, Rebuilding Progress

Senators commended Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin on a detailed presentation Wednesday, although some raised concerns about plans to consolidate USVI schools, contractors leaving jobs unfinished and the pace of rebuilding since the hurricanes of 2017.

New Day Café and Workshop Set to Open in May

The New Day Café and Workshop, a new vocational skills training program on St. John, is getting ready to open its doors in May.

Ferries Between BVI and USVI Resume Operation April 15

International ferry service between the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands will resume on April 15, the V.I. Port Authority and BVI Ports Authority confirmed. Service stopped in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child’s Birth Highlights Territorial Need for Mental Health Services

Suffering from a longstanding neurodevelopmental disorder and homelessness, one month ago a woman gave birth to a child on the sidewalk that runs in front of the hurricane-ravaged structure once used as Addelita Cancryn Junior High School.

STJ Restaurants, Three: Thriving at Susannaberg

Before the pandemic, Susannaberg, the formerly quiet part of St. John, offered no more than one place to stop for food and drink. Now five thriving outdoor venues are within a quarter-mile of each other.

Spring Break Parties Attract Crowds of Wild Birds

When island ponds dry up, trapped fish provide a short-lived bonanza for egrets, herons and other wading birds.

Do Any U.S. Virgin Islanders Have Info on BVI Corruption?

In January, outgoing British Virgin Islands Gov. Augustus Jaspert announced a commission of inquiry into public corruption and the commission is asking anyone with any information that to call or email them.
The Roy Lester Schneider Regional hospital. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Congressional Action on USVI Medicaid Key to Fixing Disparities, New Report Says *Update*

A new report by the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands lays out in damning detail the crippling health care disparities suffered by the U.S. citizens of America’s overseas territories and offers recommendations to end the discrimination upheld for decades. Congressional reform of Medicaid funding is crucial, the report concludes.

The Tide is Turning on Marine Debris in the U.S. Virgin Islands

An island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea is an idyllic place to live and visit, but islands can be particularly vulnerable to marine debris.

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