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Catholic Diocese Presents Plan for Chapel Complex in Coral Bay to Coastal Zone Management

After more than a year’s delay, the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands Inc. finally got a chance to present its plan to build a chapel and three other structures on its 2.83-acre site in Estate Carolina in Coral Bay.

Encarnacion Says Construction of New WIC Program Building Is on Schedule

The Gov. Albert Bryan and Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach Administration look forward to the building’s completion in September 2023.

Plaskett Lauds Democratic Caucus’ Historic Selection of Rep. Jeffries as Party Leader

Congresswoman Plaskett released the following statement regarding Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ election as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus.

V.I. Government Settles Epstein Suit for Record $105 Million

The V.I. government has settled its civil suit against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein for $105 million, Attorney General Denise George announced Wednesday. It is believed to be the largest monetary settlement in the history of the territory, the Justice Department said.

WAPA Seeks Alternative Propane Suppliers

The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority got permission Wednesday to explore buying fuel from three alternative providers. It’s an effort to keep the lights on after the long-time preferred supplier cut off propane deliveries over a dispute about, what the Authority calls, an unrelated debt.

Bryan Meets With White House Representative, Tours Benjamin Banneker H.S.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and members of his senior staff met in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Nov. 28, with White House Associate Director for Puerto Rico and the Territories Gretchen Sierra-Zorita.

CZM to Hold Virtual Public Meeting on St. Thomas East End Reserves Management Plan

The community attending the public meeting will hear about and provide feedback on updates to the management plan for the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER), a locally managed marine protected area.

Roach Attending National Lieutenant Governors Association Business Meeting

The association conducts meetings annually to discuss state, federal and international affairs relevant to the Offices of the Lieutenant Governor across all 50 states and U.S. territories.

DPNR Warns Public of Illegal Sand Mining

The Division of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) reminds the public that this activity is prohibited without a permit and violators may be subjected to a hefty fine

Roach Reminds Residents of Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Deadline

Medicare beneficiaries are able to join or drop their prescription drug plan by the scheduled December deadline.

NOAA Informs Public of Seasonal Caribbean Fishery Bulletin Dates and Locations

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Caribbean Fishery Bulletin reminds the public of seasonal fishing restrictions in U.S. Caribbean federal waters which will begin at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1.

Bryan Travels to Washington, D.C., for Meetings With White House, Members of Congress

Gov. Bryan, who is traveling with his senior advisors, has been scheduled for a number of appointments throughout the week.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2022

Here is what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

DPNR to Hold Public Hearings on Two Proposed Zoning Map Amendment Applications

The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural and Resources will hold a virtual public hearing on applications for official zoning map amendments via Microsoft Teams on Thursday, Dec. 1.

VIEDA Supports Local Small Businesses on Small Business Saturday

As the 2022 holiday season kicks into high gear, the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority joins the nationwide effort to inspire communities to shop locally at small businesses on Small Business Saturday — Nov. 26. — one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

Plaskett Releases Statement on Student Loan Repayment Extension

Congresswoman Plaskett released the following statement following the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement of the Student Loan Repayment Pause Extension.

VIHFA Releases Final Notice/ Public Explanation of Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

VIHFA has conducted an evaluation of the potential effect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the human environment for the Own a Lot, Build a Home Program funded under the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program.

Deadline Looms for Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internships

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is offering several internship programs for spring 2023 and applications are due by Wednesday, Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett announced Monday.

Governor Issues Thanksgiving Proclamation, Grants Administrative Leave for ‘Day of Reflection’

In a separate proclamation, Bryan also approved administrative leave for the holiday season to commemorate Christmas and New Year’s Day, which both fall on a Sunday.

Government Working to Avoid Energy Blackouts

Government House Communications Director Richard Motta was hit with question after question from reporters Monday about Vitol, the Water and Power Authority’s primary fuel supplier, and its intention to suspend delivery of propane to the territory. But he had few answers.
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