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PLANS REVEALED FOR PORT OF MANDAHL

Governor de Jongh and the principals of Mandahl Bay Holdings, Inc. today announced plans and signed agreements to develop Port of Mandahl, a new $487 million resort community at Mandahl Bay located on the north side of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Partners of the project, government officials and others witnessed the signing of both a development agreement and a lease agreement.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE BLOG
December 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM AST
PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSIONER TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS OF DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IN WASHINGTON

Earlier today, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. dodged scattered rain showers to join a host of government and private sector officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Paul E. Joseph stadium and Terrence Martin Ball Field on St. Croix's west end.

December 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM AST
VIRGIN ISLANDS WRITER WINS MAJOR LITERARY AWARD

Virgin Islander Tiphanie Yanique, an assistant professor of writing at The New School and a graduate of All Saints Cathedral School, has been awarded the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize presented by The Center for Fiction. Her 368-page novel, "Land of Love and Drowning," was selected over a field of 25 other debut novels. Yanique was presented with the $10,000 prize at the center's Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner held on December 9.

December 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM AST
THE DIVISION OF PERSONNEL HOLIDAY HOURS

Kendra C. Roach, PHR, the Acting Director of the Division of Personnel, is advising the General Public of the Division’s office closure on the island of St. Thomas at 4:00p.m. today, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, the St. Thomas location will resume normal operation on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

December 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM AST
PAUL E. JOSEPH STADIUM GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY

Earlier today, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. dodged scattered rain showers to join a host of government and private sector officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Paul E. Joseph stadium and Terrence Martin Ball Field on St. Croix's west end.

December 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM AST
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE V.I. PUBLIC FINANCE

Meeting on St. Thomas last week, the board of directors of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority voted to provide additional funding to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources to assist in the purchase of a new vessel for law enforcement purposes.

December 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM AST
YOUNG STUDENTS TO RECEIVE BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS FROM FIRST LADYCECILE DE JONGH

In one of her final acts as First Lady, Cecile de Jongh commissioned an illustrated version of the "Virgin Islands March" that will be distributed to the territory's youngest school students this month. Artists from St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas created the artwork that illustrates each stanza of the anthem. The music was written by Alton A. Adams, Sr., in 1917, and approximately two dozen Virgin Islanders collaborated on the lyrics sometime later.

December 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM AST
DE JONGH ANNOUNCES PASSAGE BY FULL CONGRESS OF SIX PASSENGER MARINE INDUSTRY EXEMPTION

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. said today that late last night the United Sates Congress passed federal legislation that represents a crucial first step towards the Virgin Islands goal of reclaiming its place as the yachting capital of the world. “Legislation that includes the Virgin Islands Six Passenger exemption passed the Senate on a unanimous vote on Wednesday night.

December 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM AST
Wreaths Across America Honoring Local American Heroes with Remembrance Wreaths

National nonprofit Wreaths Across America is working hard across the US Virgin Islands to ensure no Veteran from the Virgin Islands is forgotten this holiday season. On December 13, 2014, National Wreaths Across America Day, live, balsam remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen Veterans at nearly 1,000 locations across the country and overseas.

December 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH CONGRATULATES PRIME MINISTER SKERRITT OF DOMINICA

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., sent warm congratulations to Roosevelt Skerritt, who retained his seat as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica in elections held yesterday. Prime Minister Skerritt is the leader of the Dominica Labour Party, which claimed 15 seats in the country's House of Assembly or legislature in the elections and retained the majority. Skerritt has held the office of Prime Minister since 2004.

December 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM AST
Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation schedules ground breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium

Commissioner St. Claire N. Williams announced today that the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation in collaboration with the Office of the Governor will be conducting the ground breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium, Terrence Martin Ball Field and construction of a permanent Carnival Village on Tuesday, December 16th 2014 commencing at 10:00 a.m. at the Paul E. Joseph Stadium Ball Field in Frederiksted.

December 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM AST
DE JONGH-MAPP HOST JOINT MEETING TO DISCUSS TRANSITION OF GOVERNMENT

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. and Governor-Elect Kenneth E. Mapp held a joint meeting at Government House on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing transition of government ahead of January’s inaugural. It was the second meeting between both men following the November 18th run off election.

December 9, 2014 at 11:40 AM AST
ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY ON ATLANTIC BASIN REFINING AGREEMENT RELEASED TO LEGISLATURE AND PUBLIC

The V.I. Bureau of Economic Research has released its report on the economic impact of the Atlantic Basin Refinery (“ABR”) Operating Agreement on the territory's economy and employment.

December 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM AST
VIEDA offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed on December 12

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority’s offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed on Friday, December 12, 2014 to allow the VIEDA's staff to participate in the VIEDA's Employee Service Awards activities. Both offices will resume regular hours of operation on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

December 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM AST
SIX PASSENGER EXEMPTION JOINT BILL PASSES THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act which includes the Virgin Islands Six Passenger exemption passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming vote of 413-3. The bill was authored by House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and Coast Guard Subcommittee Chair Duncan Hunter. No other legislation has garnered so much bipartisan support during the 113th Congress.

December 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM AST
FIRST LADY CECILE DE JONGH REPRESENTS TERRITORY AT CHILD MIND INSTITUTE GALA

Representing the Virgin Islands, First Lady Cecile de Jongh attended the Fifth Annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner sponsored by the Child Mind Institute in New York City on November 24. At the event, Hillary Rodham Clinton was presented with the 2014 Child Advocacy Award and Dr. Tom Insel received the 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award.

December 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM AST
GOVERNMENT FILES MOTION IN SUPERIOR COURT TO DISMISS LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY POLICE UNION

The Government of the Virgin Islands has filed a motion in Superior Court for dismissal of what it views as an unfounded lawsuit brought against the Governor and the Government of the Virgin Islands over the promotion of police personnel in both island districts.

December 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM AST
VIEDA’s Disaster Small-Midsized Enterprises Incubation Program, Small Business Camp to launch book on local entrepreneurs this month

The V.I. Economic Development Authority’s Disaster Small-Midsized Enterprises Incubation Program and the Small Business Camp will debut their book titled, "The 16-Week Challenge Launch Pad: Small Business Owners Pursuing Excellence", during their book launch event on Tuesday December 9, 2014. This event will be held in the Atrium of the Innovative Business Office in Estate Diamond on St. Croix from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

December 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM AST
VITEMA Director’s Message – End of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

November 30th ends the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Once again, we are grateful that the US Virgin Islands did not experience a hurricane that caused loss of life or damage to property, despite two potential threats from tropical storms Bertha and Gonzalo, which caused loss of life and significant property damage to our Caribbean neighbors.

November 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM AST
DE JONGH COMMENTS ON HOVENSA’S RECENT STATEMENTS ABOUT ITS FINANCIAL CONDITION AND PROPOSED SHUTDOWN OF THE ST. CROIX FUEL TRUCK RACK AND FUEL SUPPLY

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. said today that the official announcement made earlier this week by the Owners of HOVENSA, LLC, HOVIC and PDVSA VI, that its financial condition was so dire that its owners will not invest additional monies into its St. Croix operations beyond the middle of next month, should come as no surprise.

November 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH QUESTIONS LEGISLATURE ON OUTSTANDING ISSUES

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., reminded Senator Shawn-Michael Malone, president of the 30th Legislature, in a letter dated November 14th that several outstanding issues are jeopardizing the territory's "critical financial obligations."

November 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM AST
REPRESENTATIVES FROM V.I. PREFERRED PHYSICIANS ORGANIZATION AND BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD MEET TO DISCUSS PROPOSAL FOR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES

On Friday Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. congratulated representatives from VI Equicare, Inc. and the health insurance Carrier Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) on their continued progress at recent meetings held to discuss the proposal by BCBS to offer Individual Health Insurance policies in the local market.

November 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM AST
2014 THANKSGIVING MESSAGE GOVERNOR JOHN P. DE JONGH, JR.

On Thursday, our Territory will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. In many ways, Thanksgiving is the most defining of all United States holidays because it represents our national gratitude for all blessings that have been bestowed upon us, collectively and individually. As citizens of the great United States, we enjoy enormous blessings - religious liberty, free speech, a democratic way of life, protection under the laws, security, and a myriad of other liberties that we normally take for granted. Let us give thanks for these freedoms and express special gratitude to those men and women who spend their days and weekends protecting the American way of life.

November 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH SIGNS CONTRACT WITH GEC FOR ST. CROIX'S PAUL E. JOSEPH STADIUM

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., recently signed a contract with General Engineering Corporation for the long-awaited reconstruction of Frederiksted's Paul E. Joseph Stadium. The $20,000,000 contract calls for the demolition of the current structure, and design and construction of a new stadium, sports complex, Little League field, and Carnival Village.

November 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM AST
Public Finance Authority Closed on Sale of $247 Million of Gross Receipts Taxes Bonds

The Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority recently closed on its sale of $247 million of Gross Receipts Taxes Bonds. This bond sale included funding for the construction of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium and capital projects for our hospitals, and also provided for the refunding of outstanding Virgin Islands bonds to achieve interest rate savings.

November 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM AST
Marine Economic Development Council Meeting

A meeting of the Marine Economic Development Council was held at Government House Frederiksted earlier this week. The meeting, chaired by Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., addressed the installation of two Fish Attraction Devices (FADS) each district, replacement of 40 recreational moorings throughout both island districts, and development of a public-private partnership to address the installation and maintenance of commercial moorings.

November 19, 2014 at 9:00 PM AST
GOVERNMENT SIGNS LEASE FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF FORMER WATER ISLAND HOTEL

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. today approved a lease agreement to the Water Island Development Company to facilitate the redevelopment of the former Water Island Hotel property as a boutique resort.

November 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM AST
VIEDA, Economic Development Commission to hold Governing Board Decision Meeting on November 24

The V.I. Economic Development Authority (VIEDA), along with its subsidiary the Economic Development Commission, will be holding a Governing Board Decision Meeting on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. This decision meeting will be held on applications and resolutions of compliance matters for various businesses along with other matters which may be brought to the appropriate Board for action.  All interested persons are notified in accordance with law.

November 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM AST
A STATEMENT FROM THE GOVERNOR

Earlier tonight, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. congratulated Kenneth E. Mapp on his election to serve as the eighth elected Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Today’s run-off election capped a three-month electoral process to select not only our next Governor and Lieutenant Governor, but also the fifteen Senators of the 31st Legislature and our next Delegate to Congress. The Governor wished all well as they prepare to assume the responsibilities of their respective offices.

November 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM AST
GOVERNMENT HOUSE: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18, RUN-OFF ELECTION DAY, IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY; V.I. GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED

Following Saturday’s certification of the 2014 General Election by the district Boards of Elections which results require a run-off election in the gubernatorial race, Government House on Sunday advised that Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the run-off election day, will be a legal holiday across the Virgin Islands. As such, local government offices across the Territory will be closed on Tuesday.

November 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH COMMENTS ON SENATE’S VOTE ON AGREEMENT TO FACILITATE SALE AND RESTART OF ST. CROIX OIL REFINERY

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. expressed his displeasure today at the vote by the 30th Legislature to stall consideration of a proposed agreement that would provide for the restart of the idled oil refinery and provide both economic and employment opportunities on St. Croix. The Senate voted unanimously to send the agreement to the Committee on Finance for additional consideration with the majority of its members calling for additional time to review the agreement and to weigh its own analysis of the agreement.

Central High School Update

Executive Summary from the Central High School Odor Investigation

Based on interviews with hospital staff, CHS students and teachers, and others who experienced the March 18th incident, it was determined that hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and potentially other reduced sulfur compounds were the chemicals that likely caused the odor and the physical symptoms. The investigation focused on potential local sources of H2S and reduced sulfur compounds including the sanitary sewer system at the school and along Queen Mary Highway and on the two more distant potential industrial sources: the Diageo Rum Distillery and the HOVENSA Oil Terminal.

Special Section
PENSION REFORM
On March 11, 2014, Governor de Jongh submitted both draft legislation to the 30th Legislature, proposing major reforms to the government’s pension system. The legislation, once implemented, will begin the arduous task of addressing the constantly growing unfunded liability of the system which threatens the retirement savings of thousands of retired V.I. Government employees.
Governor's Transmittal Letter
Proposed Legislation
PROMOTING TOURISM
Virgin Islands Featured in Bridal Magazine

As a follow-up to the the highly successful Bridal Symposium held in the Virgin Islands last July, 201 (Bride) Magazine has featured the Virgin Islands in its Winter Issue. 

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Department of Tourism Brings the Heat to Southern Florida
Department of Tourism Celebrates the Season with St. Croix Residents
the FUTURE OF HOVENSA 
On November 7, 2013, Governor de Jongh signed into law Bill 30-0273 which ratifies the Fourth Amendment Agreement between the Virgin Islands government and the owners of the HOVENSA refinery on St. Croix.
Special Section
WAPA / LPG CONVERSION PROJECT
WAPA Announces Vitol Hires Local Contractor for Initial Phase of LPG Conversion Project
Governor Asks EPA to Support WAPA's Conversion to Cleaner Fuels
WAPA Receives 13 Responses to RFQ for Fuel Conversion Process
HEALTH CARE REFORM
On July 11, 2013, Governor de Jongh announced his decision to act upon the recommendations of a task force he appointed and expand the territory’s Medicaid program instead of implementing a Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace for the Virgin Islands.
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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
Government House recently provided an overview of the dozen projects that are being developed as part of the much talked about and anticipated revitalization of downtown St. Thomas. The initiative carries a $172 million dollar price tag.
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