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Dr. Esther Ellis talks about the Coronavirus, flanked by Francine Lang and Daryl Jaschen. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Agencies Getting Ready In Case Coronavirus Visits the V.I.

There are more than 40,000 confirmed cases worldwide of 2019-nCoV – better known as the coronavirus – but there is no sign of it in the Virgin Islands and local agencies have formed a team to respond if it does show up.

Yacht Haven Sues WICO in NY, WICO Sues Back in USVI

Yacht Haven USVI sued the West Indian Company on Dec. 4 in the state of New York for $400 million, claiming WICO “conspired” to direct business away from Yacht Haven and toward Havensight Mall. Last week, WICO countersued in V.I. Superior Court.
The GERS office on St. Thomas.

GERS Takes Control of Havensight Mall, Cuts Out WICO

The Government Employees' Retirement System governing board voted to not renew the West Indian Company's management agreement for Havensight Mall.
Multiple cruise ships dock at WICO and stay until late evening before departing the island of St. Thomas. Cruise line companies set security requirements for ports their ships visit, including a fire-fighting boat. (Source photo)

WICO Security Director Suggests New Fire-Fighting Boat

Roy Moorehead, who as director of security for the West Indian Co., Ltd., has been securing WICO's dock and premises for six years, requested the agency pursue purchasing a "super boat" capable of handling marine and vessel fires.

More Cruise Ships Likely to be Turned Away In Coming Year

During a meeting of WICO’s board of directors, Director of Marine and Cruise Operations Mark Sabino said things like berth size, Port Authority contracts, and scheduling conflicts create a perfect storm for losing tourism revenue.
Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte defends his department's budget before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday. (Photo from USVI Legislature)

Lack of Berths Holds Down Cruise Ship Numbers, Boschulte Tells Senators

The U.S. Virgin Islands is making slow but steady recovery from the 2017 storms, according to Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte, with strong cruise ship activity and new direct flight services offsetting the impact of hotels under renovation.

High Court Rules WICO Must Release Transcripts

Following a V.I. Supreme Court order on July 1, the West Indian Co. Ltd’s new attorneys have released two unredacted transcripts from executive sessions held in 2015 discussing a decision to pay former Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s $12,000 a month rent for a villa on St. Thomas.

Small Agencies Work Together to Protect Environment from Ship Waste

The Virgin Islands relies on a tiny force of individuals to guard it against potential environmental damage from any of the hundreds of cruise ships and other commercial vessels that visit its shores annually – but that line is reinforced by a bulwark of international convention and U.S. controls and authority.
The R.H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex, home of the Superior Court on St. Croix. (File photo)

Court Orders WICO to Follow Public Records Law

In a four-year-old case, the West Indian Company, Ltd. was ordered last week to adhere to the public records law of the Virgin Islands by Superior Court Judge Robert A Molloy.

Graham Fired from Post of WICO President

The West Indian Company Board of Directors voted Friday to fire WICO President Clifford Graham for cause. 'After extensive discussion, the board made a decision to terminate for cause,' WICO Board Chair Joseph Boschulte said.

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