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January 20, 2005

Ship passengers speak poorly of St. Croix as destination, cruise officials tell senators

Interesting article from the Daily News:

"Many of them said they couldn't adequately respond because there was nothing to see at night," he said. "However, what was interesting was that they were concerned with the heavy presence of the police and they interpret the heavy presence of the police that something is wrong."

Berry said officials are caught between a rock and a hard place.

"Now they've gone to the other extreme. They complained we had a crime problem and now they're afraid because of all of the police presence that there is still crime," she said.

Posted by afinta at 10:35 AM

St. Thomas Hospital opposes surgical center

Thursday, January 20th, 2005.

By John Collins of Caribbean Business

The granting of a certificate of need (CON) by U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Health Commissioner Darlene Carty for the establishment of a private ambulatory surgical center in St. Thomas is being challenged by the government-owned Roy E. Schneider Hospital.

Attorney Henry Feuerzeig of the St. Thomas law firm of Dudley Topper & Feuerzeig asserts the CON “was granted without legal authority and in violation of the Virgin Islands Code,” and asks Carty “to withdraw or rescind it.”

Indicating that without action by Carty, Feuerzeig said the hospital would take further appropriate action in court. Carty, on the other hand, stands by her decision to grant the certificate. She said the Attorney General’s Office is providing legal counsel to the Health Department, which she heads.

Posted by afinta at 10:33 AM

January 12, 2005

19 historic buildings slated for preservation work

Good news:

By TANYA MANNES Wednesday, January 12th 2005

Nineteen of the territory's historic public structures, including the Market Square Bungalow on St. Thomas, will be renovated, repaired or restored with money from the Public Finance Authority's 2003 Gross Receipts Revenue Bonds.

The $270 million bond issue in December 2003 included $15 million for historical restoration.

The authority's governing board approved on Tuesday a list of the projects on all three islands for which that money will be used.

"This is significant for a number of reasons," said Gov. Charles Turnbull, chairman of the PFA governing board. "First, the buildings are a part of our identity: our historical and architectural heritage."

Click here to read the rest.

Posted by afinta at 03:35 PM

January 10, 2005

"Idiot musings" by JSS3

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=2013223

Y'all, progress ain't all what it's cracked up to be. There are folks out there living in (and falling from) treetops to protest logging. There are others hugging snail darters somewhere and a few advocating relocating itsy bitsy shrimp at LAX, and NOW... there is a move to close the Virgin Gorda airport. Arrghh! We need to mount a protest, or maybe a sit-in. Something we can write-off MY taxes, anyway! We need press coverage that will be inaccurate, and T-shirts, and placards that look hand-drawn. We need Sir Dickie Branson to fly his VIRGIN hot air balloon overhead. (So, we have a little nuisance of unruly elections in Iraq, and a wave in the Indian Ocean, and some dislocated endangered ani-mules here and there. but what's REALLY important?) Break out that wallet and send me a dollar. I'll be sure to put it where it counts, and I'll keep thinking of YOU as I order another round at The Beach Bar! JEST you wait and see, JSS3.

Posted by afinta at 07:20 PM