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VETO WILL WORK TO ALLOW VARIANCE INSTEAD

Editor's note: This is a copy sent to the Source of another letter sent to the governor regarding the rezoning of Botany Bay.
Dear Source,
Here is my letter to the administration, urging a veto of the Botany Bay rezoning, with a recommendation for a variance in its place. It is my hope that many voices will be raised on this issue.
I would like to add my voice to the many, urging you to veto the Botany Bay rezoning, Bill No 24-0199.
Our Coastal Zone Management program just won a federal award for excellence in managing the coastal zone. The Planning and Natural Resources Department/CZM recommended a variance. Botany Bay Partners will accept a variance. A variance will allow Virgin Islanders to obtain the economic benefits while retaining adequate control over the historical, archeological and natural treasures of the Botany Bay tract.
A rezoning does nothing for the Virgin Islanders. It opens the door to the developers simply reselling the land and abandoning the development, while doubling/tripling their money by simply getting the land rezoned. The rezoning erodes public confidence in the integrity of V.I. legislators. How can it not, when the public, the developers and the DPNR/CZM can all agree on a variance?
I recommend a veto while voicing support for Botany Bay partners and their project, with a jab at the Legislature for ignoring the obvious compromise of a variance. [Since it] passed by an 8-7 margin, your veto will stand. You can then recommend and sign a reworked bill granting a variance with pride.
Craig Barshinger
St. John

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.

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Editor's note: This is a copy sent to the Source of another letter sent to the governor regarding the rezoning of Botany Bay.
Dear Source,
Here is my letter to the administration, urging a veto of the Botany Bay rezoning, with a recommendation for a variance in its place. It is my hope that many voices will be raised on this issue.
I would like to add my voice to the many, urging you to veto the Botany Bay rezoning, Bill No 24-0199.
Our Coastal Zone Management program just won a federal award for excellence in managing the coastal zone. The Planning and Natural Resources Department/CZM recommended a variance. Botany Bay Partners will accept a variance. A variance will allow Virgin Islanders to obtain the economic benefits while retaining adequate control over the historical, archeological and natural treasures of the Botany Bay tract.
A rezoning does nothing for the Virgin Islanders. It opens the door to the developers simply reselling the land and abandoning the development, while doubling/tripling their money by simply getting the land rezoned. The rezoning erodes public confidence in the integrity of V.I. legislators. How can it not, when the public, the developers and the DPNR/CZM can all agree on a variance?
I recommend a veto while voicing support for Botany Bay partners and their project, with a jab at the Legislature for ignoring the obvious compromise of a variance. [Since it] passed by an 8-7 margin, your veto will stand. You can then recommend and sign a reworked bill granting a variance with pride.
Craig Barshinger
St. John

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.