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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
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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