Downtown Frederiksted Road Repairs Commenced

August 6, 2021

The Downtown Frederiksted Road Repairs project began this week. On Aug. 4, the project’s contractor—Virgin Islands Paving, Inc.—began milling on Queen Cross Street in Frederiksted. They also started drainage and sidewalk improvements along Market Street.

The scheduled roadway improvements include a new aggregate base surface, pavement reconstruction, installing drainage systems, striping, and signage replacement. Upon completion of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority underground waterline project, which is scheduled to be completed in September, the remaining roads in downtown Frederiksted will undergo repairs as well.

Motorists are still urged to avoid this area while construction is in progress. The department is asking the public to adhere to all traffic controls, personnel and construction signs. This project is funded by the Department of Interior.

DPNR ANNOUNCES STORY-TIME ON THE BOOKMOBILE WITH GUEST READER

June 17, 2021

Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces that the Division of Libraires, Archives and Museums (DLAM) will be launching STORY TIME HOUR ON WHEELS.

Every Friday beginning June 18th at 10:00 am, DLAM’s Bookmobile will park in front of Fort Fredrik in Frederiksted for an hour of storytelling from a guest reader.

This weeks’ guest reader is Winifred Loving, local author, and President of the St. Croix Children’s Museum. Ms. Loving will read from her book MY NAME IS FREEDOM.

“While we are working on getting our physical libraries to open, DPNR is bringing the library to our community”, said Amy DeSorbo, Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums.

Young readers will also have an opportunity to borrow books with a library card, the book mobile will return to the same stop every two weeks to return borrowed books.

This initiative will foster and promote community involvement and serve as a catalyst for youngsters to develop a love for reading at a young age.

Department of Human Services Hosting “Walk Me Home” Motorcade for Foster Care Awareness and Support

June 15, 2021

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS: The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) invites the community to participate in the first ever motorcade to raise awareness and support for Foster Care on Saturday, June 19 at 4 p.m. in both St. Thomas and St. Croix. All are asked to show support by wearing and decorating their vehicles in light blue, join the Walk-Me-Home motorcades and drive in solidarity with the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to raise awareness and provide support for at-risk children and youth and the Foster Families that support them.

The Territory observed Foster Care Awareness Month in May, and DHS is urging the community to come out, as we celebrate Father’s Day, and learn more about a variety of ways fill in the gap and support the needs of the at-risk children and youth served through DHS’ Division of Children & Families Protective, Foster Care, and Adoptions programs every year.

Churches, businesses and individuals are urged to sponsor the Walk-Me-Home Motorcade, help fund the Resource Closet and show our kids in protective and Foster Care that the community stands in support of them. Funds raised will go to securing resources that include personal care items, toiletries, school supplies, clothing, car seats, duffel bags, and other essential and critical supplies for at-risk children and youth-in-transition during a difficult time. The Walk-Me-Home Motorcade also aims to recruit individuals and families curious about and interested in Foster Care while educating the broader community about DCFS programs like volunteering, mentoring, internships, advocacy, sponsorships, etc.

Motorcade Routes & Times:

• St. Thomas, 4 PM: Start - Emile Griffith Ballpark Parking Lot – End - Tutu Park Mall Parking Lot.

• St. Croix, 4 PM: Start - DHS Office of the Commissioner in Golden Rock Parking Lot – End - Buddhoe Park

 

V.I. Parole Board Schedules Parole Hearings

May 19, 2021

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virgin Islands Parole Board advises the public that the Board will convene on June 7-10, 2021, to hear testimony from victims, family members of victims, or other interested persons for and against the application for parole by inmates incarcerated at various penal institutions.

Anyone who wishes to share testimony on behalf of or against any inmate must submit written comments to the Board or advise the Board of his /her desire to appear and testify. Such notices must be received by the Board no later than May 30, 2021. Written comments or requests to testify should be addressed to:

Chairman of the Parole Board John A. Bell Adult Correctional Facility Rural Route 1, Box 9909 Kingshill, VI 00850-9715 (340) 773-6309 ext. 6817 email: viparoleboard@vi.gov

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all parole hearings will be held via secure video/teleconferencing. On Monday, June 7, 2021, the Board will hear testimonies from victims, family members and the public.

The Board will conduct parole hearings for inmates at the following penal institutions: John A. Bell Adult Correctional Facility, St. Croix and Alexander A. Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex, St. Thomas.

 

DSPR ANNOUNCES 2021 SUMMER CAMP

May 18, 2021

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — The Department of Sports Parks and Recreation announces its annual six-week summer camp program beginning June 14 to July 23, 2021. In a statement, Commissioner Calvert White noted that his staff has been working diligently to offer in-person summer camp for Summer 2021.

“Although our Virtual Summer 2020 was successful, the Department felt it was important to offer in- person camps for Summer 2021. We have met with the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to discuss the requirements DSPR will have in place to ensure our in-person camps will provide a safe environment for our campers. At the end of the day, the safety of our employees and campers is our number one priority.” DSPR has also implemented internal guidelines to ensure the safety and security of everyone visiting our facilities.

 

At the cost of $125 per child ($100 for each additional sibling), DSPR will offer the following summer camps for children ages 7-17 (St. Croix) and 6-14 (St. Thomas/St. John): • St. Croix: Marine, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Elite Baseball, Basketball, Elite Basketball, Football/Lacrosse • St. Thomas: Sports, Cheer, Dance, Cultural, Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Golf • St. John: Outdoor Camp

The most noticeable change this year will be the number of children accepted into the various programs. Unfortunately, DSPR cannot accommodate the same large number of children as they have in the past.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the capacity limit for each camp has been reached.

Applications can be found on the Department’s website: https://dspr.vi.gov/ or at the main offices in the William D. Roebuck Industrial Park in St. Croix and the Property and Procurement building in Subbase, St. Thomas. In addition, St. John residents can pick up at the Recreational Center located in Cruz Bay.

 

VIWMA ADVISES ST. CROIX RESIDENTS OF HOUSE-TO-HOUSE COLLECTION SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT

March 8, 2021

(St. Croix, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises residents in Estates Herman Hill, Catherine’s Rest, and Peter’s Rest that Bates Trucking will provide a house-to-house collection of their household waste on March 18, 2021, instead of March 19, 2021.

The VIWMA says it is committed to providing reliable services to the public and would like to thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

Mars Hill Head Start to Resume Food Distribution Monday, March 8, 2021

March 6, 2021

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services announced today that they will re-open the Mars Hill Head Start location to staff and resume food distribution on Monday, March 8, 2021.

The Department of Human Services shut the facility down last week in order to activate its COVID-19 mitigation protocols to address confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff and keep families coming to the facility for food distribution safe.

The Mars Hill Head Start location is the St. Croix district’s largest site with 10 classrooms and a high concentration of staff. DHS wants to ensure that every precaution is taken to keep staff and everyone who interacts with the program, as safe as possible.

VIRGIN ISLAND WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY TO CLOSE GREAT CRUZ BAY BIN SITE

.February 26, 2021

(St. John) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises residents on St. John who utilize the residential bin site located at Great Cruz Bay that this site will be permanently closed effective March 15, 2021. Area residents are encouraged to dispose of their household trash at the Pine Peace bin location where an additional 20 yard bin will be placed to accommodate this change.

VIWMA thanks the community in advance for their cooperation.

Please call 844-WMA-USVI (844-962-8784) to report illegal dumping, sewage overflow or service interruption.

Central Records Bureau in St. Thomas Accepting Only Cash Payments

February 23, 2021.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is advising the general public on the island of St. Thomas that the Central Records Bureau, located in the Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex in downtown Charlotte Amalie, is experiencing technical difficulties with credit/debit card machine to accept payments.

At this time,  only cash and money order payments are accepted for all transactions.

 

VI Office of Veterans Affairs Relocates St Croix Office

February 22, 2021.

The management and staff of the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the relocation of the St Croix office. The office is now relocated back to its original Watergut location. At this location, the office is co-located with the Police Athletic League (PAL) building at 1013 Estate Richmond. Operating hours are effective immediately from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. In addition to (340) 773-8387, the office can also be reached at (340) 727-8389 or (340) 727-8390.

An official reopening ceremony will be scheduled in the very near future.

New Way to Keep Veterans Informed

The management and staff of the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the initiation of a new communication platform for Virgin Islands Veterans. This platform is another effort to continue working towards Governor Bryan’s quest to bring the VI Government current with today’s technology.

Veterans interested in being kept abreast of all information relating to Veterans are asked to text the word VIVets (no spaces) to 888-652-8387. This text will generate a welcome message from the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs. Subsequently you will be prompted to provide your name, phone number, email address, branch of service and dates of service. After these 2 small steps are completed, there will be no further information required.

“We project that this platform will be the missing link as it relates to our Veterans being notified without missing a beat. We encourage our Veterans to access this platform as soon as possible”, said Director Patrick Farrell.

If there are any further questions, please call our office at one of the following numbers: (340) 774-VETS (8387) St. Thomas/St. John (340) 773-VETS (8387) St. Croix.

VITRAN RESUMES PARATRANSIT SERVICES ON ST. CROIX

.ST. CROIX – The Department of Public Works - Office of Public Transportation will resume VITRAN’s St. Croix Paratransit services on Friday, January 15, at 5 a.m. Regular hours of operation will ensue thereafter. Fixed route services remain suspended until further notice. The department shut down VITRAN’s St. Croix operations last week due to several confirmed cases of coronavirus.

DLCA TO HOST VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING ON LIQUOR LICENSE

The Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (“DLCA”), hereby notifies the public of two virtual public hearings to address community concerns on pending applications for a Tavern Keeper A liquor license to conduct the proposed business activity listed as” 1 st floor bar sales of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages” at the physical locations of 81C Kronsprinsens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802 and 33 King Street, Christiansted, VI 00820.

Pursuant to Title 8 of the Virgin Islands Code Section 13(c), DLCA may refuse to grant an application for alcohol license upon finding, after public notice and adequate hearing, that such refusal is in the public interest. DLCA invites all those property owners within residential areas, schools or churches that are 500 feet or less from the described locations, to present testimony either for and against the issuance of the aforementioned licenses to the DLCA. In the St. Thomas district, comments for Zachery Zook can be submitted at Property & Procurement Building 8201 Sub Base, Suite #1, St. Thomas, VI 00802-5826 or by electronic mail to nestra.lawrence@dlca.vi.gov. In St. Croix, comments for Santa C. Amador can be submitted at 3000 Golden Rock Shopping Center Suite 9 Christiansted, VI 00820-4311 or electronic mail to robyn.motta@dlca.vi.gov. All submissions from the public must be received by Monday, January 25, 2021.

The virtual public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2021 via Zoom at the provided link below:

Topic: Zachery Zook dba 81C Historic application for a Tavern Keeper A liquor license at the physical location address of 81C Kronsprinsens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802 Time: Jan. 28, 2021 5:30 PM

Topic: Santa C. Amador renewal application for a Tavern Keeper A liquor license at the physical location address of 33 King Street Christiansted, VI 00820 Time: Jan. 28, 2021 6:30 PM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82334136987?pwd=Y1QyeTNtamRyU0MvVjc2d2xKNnJLZz09 Meeting ID: 823 3413 6987 Passcode: 055921

DLCA MONTHLY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) invites the public and business community to its 2nd virtual town hall beginning at 5:30 PM on Thursday, December 17, 2020. This month’s topics are focused on nuisances in your neighborhood and the creation of a “Short-Term Rental” business license.

The virtual forum is an opportunity for business owners and consumers to engage in live conversations with members of the DLCA Team regarding existing strengths and/or stretches with DLCA and the consumer world.

To express yourself, kindly join DLCA via Zoom at 5:30 PM on Thursday, December 17, 2020 via the internet as follows:

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Topic: Operation Nuisance/New Air BNB License

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83796344174?pwd=QUJidFdtSW5XOWN5Sm5KMXdzeitFdz09 Meeting ID: 837 9634 4174 Passcode: 665519

If you do not have access to the internet, to express yourself, kindly join DLCA via Zoom at 5:30 PM on Thursday, December 17, 2020 via a telephone using one of the following numbers:

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 837 9634 4174 Passcode: 665519

Governor Bryan Hosting First Community Business Forum As Part of Vision 2040 Economic Development Initiative

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Governor Albert Bryan Jr. is hosting the first USVI Community Business Forum as part of Vision 2040, the wide-ranging economic development initiative to grow and increase the Territory’s economy through a number of programs to increase business opportunities, build a robust workforce and attract new businesses to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The USVI Community Business Forum is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, and will take place virtually via Teams Live Event online and is open to all businesses in the Territory, as well as to anyone with an interest in starting a business in the islands.

The theme for this initial forum is “Adapting Business for COVID Normal,” and Governor Bryan will open the conference with a discussion of the Vision 2040 overall economic development concept, workforce development and how to maximize technology to support the growing economy.

Topics that will be addressed during the conference are:

Perspectives on Cruise Line Companies and Their Guests

  Presented by Jayne Halcomb, Royal Caribbean Director of Business Development and Destination Development: the Caribbean and The Americas; and Elisa Shen, Royal Caribbean Associate Vice President of Onboard Revenue and Hotel Operations.

Perspectives on Overnight Guests (Hospitality Industry)

Presented by Lisa Hamilton, Executive Director of the V.I. Hotel and Tourism Association

Perspectives on Tourism and Broad-Based Businesses

Chambers of Commerce, presented by Adriane Dudley of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce; and Ryan Nelthropp, President of the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce Restaurants, presented by James Dixon III, Co-Owner of the St. Thomas Restaurant Group Marine Industry, presented by Oriel Blake, Executive Director of the V.I. Professional Charter Association; and Kelvin Bailey Jr., President of the V.I. Game Fishing Club Young Entrepreneurs, presented by Tywreh Nelson, Vision Coordinator/Inventory Manager for UpperClass OG, LLC

USVI Economic Reopening and Restructuring Task Force

Presented by Peter Chapman, Executive Director of the University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park; and Yihan Wang, Economic Development Manager at UVI’s Research and Technology Park

Business Hygiene for Airline/Cruise Passengers, Overnight Guests, Residents, Businesses and Vehicles

Presented by Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion

Tools for Businesses

Business Skills and Entrepreneurship Tools Available Through UVI, presented by Dr. Kendra Harris, Dean of the University of the Virgin Islands School of Business / Small Business Development, presented by Ted Gutierrez, State Director of the V.I. Small Business Development Center / V.I. Economic Development Authority Financing Tools, presented by Wayne Biggs Jr., CEO of the Economic Development Authority / Tech-Driven Business of the Future, presented by Peter Chapman, Executive Director of the University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park / How to Get Into Business, presented by Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Richard Evangelista; and Denise Johannes, Director of Corporations and Trademarks for the Office of the Lt. Governor

New Online Businesses and Local Alternatives

Shared Workspace, presented by Dr. Jennifer Sequeira, Executive Director of SEAT Caribbean / Startup Business Assistance, presented by Trevonne Homer, Community Organizer Facilitator for SEED-SPOT / Home Healthcare and Medical Professions, presented by Department of Human Services Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez; Dr. Janis Valmond, Deputy Health Commissioner; and Wanson Harris, Environmental Health Director for the Department of Health / Event Organizing Within COVID Constraints, presented by Oriel Blake, Executive Director of the V.I. Professional Charter Association

What to Do With Excursions

CHANT, presented by Frandelle Gerard, Executive Director of CHANT / National Park Service, presented by Elba Richardson, Commercial Services Manager for the V. I. National Park / Transportation Options, presented by Shane Benjamin, Executive Director of the V.I. Taxi Cab Commission

Considerations for Ensuring Access to Individuals with Disabilities

Presented by Julien Henley Sr., Territorial ADA Coordinator

There also will be a Question & Answer session following the presentations, and participants also can type questions during the presentations.

To attend, register to receive the link to the virtual conference by RSVPing to cbf@go.vi.gov. Please include your name, email, business name and field of business, and interested field of business (if interested in starting a business).

VIWMA ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN SCRAP METAL WASTE DISPOSAL SCHEDULE

(St. Croix, USVI) – 12/03/2020 The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises the St. Croix community that effective immediately, scrap metal will only be accepted at the Anguilla Landfill Monday through Saturday. There will be no scrap metal disposal on Sundays.

Residents, including towing companies, are reminded that vehicles must be drained of all fluids and the battery and tires must be removed prior to disposal at the landfill. Please follow the instructions of the landfill staff and dispose of metals in the designated area only. Disposal of mixed waste is strictly prohibited.

For more information, contact the Division of Education and Communications Management at 340-643-0410 or email communications@viwma.org. Also, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and/or Twitter.

2020 Veterans Taxi Medallion Auction

December 1, 2020

The management and staff of the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with the V.I. Taxi Association is pleased to announce the annual Taxi Medallion Auction.

Applications can be picked up at the Taxicab Commission’s Office in your district during regular working hours (Mon-Fri.; 8:00 am-3:00 pm). Applications must then be taken to the V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs in your district for verification of eligibility as a U.S. Virgin Island Veteran on the island for which the bid is scheduled. Bid forms must be deposited in the bid box no later than 10:00 am the day of the auction.

BID APPLICANTS MUST BE PRESENT AT THE TIME OF AUCTION or assign someone via a notarized document to be present on their behalf. Bid envelopes will be publicly opened on the date and times indicated in the presence of everyone in attendance.

Auction dates, times, and locations are as follows:

• St. Thomas- Wednesday Dec 16 th , 11: 00 am- Taxicab Commission Office, Subbase • St John - Thursday Dec 17 th, 11: 00 am- St John Administrator’s Office • St Croix - Friday Dec 18 th, 11:00 am – St Croix, Taxicab Commission Office, Estate Richmond

The minimum bid for St. Thomas and St. John is $20,000 and $8,000.00 for St. Croix.

If there are any further questions, please call our office at the following number: (340) 774-VETS (8387) St. Thomas/St. John or the Taxicab Commission at (340) 693-4211 ext. 4002.

NOTICE OF VENDOR MEETING

November, 23, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) is soliciting vendors to participate in its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Financial Incentive Program for the 2021 fiscal year. For local businesses interested in participating in our program, the VIEO has scheduled two vendor meeting sessions on Monday, November 23, 2020. The first session will take place at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., and the second from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the VIEO offices in each respective district or by teleconference.

St. Croix: 41 Mars Hill, Frederiksted

St. Thomas: 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 231

Teleconference: Dial-in Number: (515) 604-9094 Access Code: 638-026-332#

This program targets homeowners, renters, and small businesses by assisting them to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint by providing a financial incentive to purchase energy-efficient appliances, building materials and products, Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCCTM) solar water heater systems, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved or listed portable power stations with solar panels, and zero-emission vehicles (EVs). ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that promotes the development and sale of high-quality energy-efficient products that exceed the federal specification for energy use.

 

Office of Management & Budget Fall Revenue Estimating Conference

November 23, 2020

Director Jenifer C. O’Neal and the Office of Management and Budget hereby informs the public of the upcoming Fall Revenue Estimating Conference to be held on December 2, 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held once again via Zoom from 9am- 5pm and streamed online via OMB’s Facebook page, as well as WTJX’s.

The Revenue Estimating Conference is open to the public and held twice per year, in the Spring and in the Fall, per Title 2 VIC, Section 20d. Its purpose is to address the economic factors and major variables of the territorial economy, and also to establish a baseline forecast of anticipated recurring and non-recurring revenues that will impact upcoming fiscal years. The Fall Conference is intended to establish the baseline for FY2022 and FY2023.

Presentations will be given by revenue generating agencies, departments, and semi-autonomous agencies regarding their projected revenues for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Presentations will be approximately 5 minutes each, with 10-minute question and answer segments that are open to the public.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Monique C. Christian-Creque, Special Assistant to the Director, at 340-774-0750 extension 203 or Ms. Chenelle Baker extension 207.

DLCA TO HOST VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING ON NEW ALCOHOL LICENSE

October 6, 2020

The Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (“DLCA”), hereby notifies the public of a virtual public hearing to address community concerns on a pending application for a Tavern Keeper A liquor license to conduct the proposed business activity listed as” 1st floor bar sales of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages” at the physical location address of 24 Kronprindsens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802.

Pursuant to Title 8 of the Virgin Islands Code Section 13(c), DLCA may refuse to grant an application for alcohol license upon finding, after public notice and adequate hearing, that such refusal is in the public interest. The virtual public hearing is scheduled for Thursday,October 8, 2020 via Zoom at the provided link below:

Topic: Application for a Tavern Keeper A liquor license at the physical location address of 24 Kronprindsens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802. Time: Oct 8, 2020 5:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88019430879

Meeting ID: 880 1943 0879

VIWMA ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN SCRAP METAL DISPOSAL SCHEDULE

September 23, 2020

(St. Croix, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises the St. Croix community that effective Sunday, September 27, 2020, scrap metal will only be accepted at the Anguilla Landfill Monday through Saturday. There will be no scrap metal disposal on Sundays until further notice.

Residents are reminded that illegal dumping is a crime which negatively affects the beauty of our Virgin Islands. To report illegal dumping, please call the 24-Hour Hotline at 844-WMA-USVI (844-962-8784). It’s our home! Let’s keep it clean!

VIPD Records Bureau Offices To Resume Service to Public

September 11, 2020

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – The Virgin Islands Police Department is announcing that the Records Bureau in both Districts will open to the public on Monday, September 14.

The Records Bureau offices will continue limited days and will be open only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can contact the Bureau on St. Thomas at (340) 774-2211, on St. John at (340) 693-8880 and on St. Croix at (340) 778-2211. Additionally, the Bureau will continue to process online requests at www.vipd.gov.vi

All persons entering VIPD buildings will be required to wear a face covering, and those customers doing business with the Records Bureau will be required to sanitize their hands. There will be no exceptions to this requirement. Records Bureau employees will continue to observe safety protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and will encourage customers to practice social distancing and other requirements.

 

VIWMA ANNOUNCES LABOR DAY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

September 5, 2020

The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (“VIWMA’ or “Authority”) Preserving Paradise team advises the community all VIWMA administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Bovoni Landfill 6 am - 12 noon / Mandahl CC 6 am - 12 noon / St. John Susannaberg 7 am - 12 noon / Anguilla Landfill 6 am - 12 noon / Peter’s Rest CC 6 am - 12 noon

VIPD Details Methods to Request Police Reports and Background Checks

August 18, 2020

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Due to Governor Albert Bryan, Jr.’s Stay-At-Home Order, the Records Bureau is closed to the public until further notice. Requests for Police Reports, Traffic Reports, and Background Checks can be made by the following methods:

EMAIL: Please include name and contact phone number. St. Croix District – stxvipdrecordsrequest@usvi.onmicrosoft.com St. Thomas/St. John Districts - sttvipdrecordsrequest@usvi.onmicrosoft.com

The forms are found online at www.vipd.vi.gov

MAIL: We only accept money orders via mail. Credit card payments can be made by phone. Money orders should be pay to the order of GVI. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Picture Identification

Mailing Addresses: St. Croix St. Thomas

St. John - Leander Jurgen Command Records Bureau, Cruz Bay, St. John, VI 00830

St. Croix- VIPD Records Bureau, 45 Mars Hill, Frederiksted, VI 00840

St. Thomas- VIPD Records Bureau - A. Farrelly Complex,5000 Veterans Drive VI 00802

PHONE: Please contact the Central Records Bureau at (340) 774-2211 (STT), (340) 693-8880 (STJ) and at (340) 778-2211 (STX).

Due to Major Electrical Issues, Cruz Bay Police Station Running on Generator Power

August 9,2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is notifying the residents of St. John that there are major electrical issue at the Leander Jurgen Command in Cruz Bay.

Those issues make it necessary to run the building’s generator all day and night. An electrical contractor has been hired to resolve the electrical issues. St. John Police Authoritiesunderstand the inconvenience the situation is causing for nearby residents and businesses.

The VIPD is asking the community for your continued patience as the issue is resolved .
 
For more information, please contact the Office of the Police Commissioner at (340) 774-2211.
 
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Central Records Bureau Office in St. John to Change Days of Operation

July 19, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is notifying the residents of St. John of the change in days of operation of the Central Records Bureau office at the Leander Jurgen Command in Cruz Bay, effective July 20.

The office for that location will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office will be closed Thursdays and Fridays.

For more information, please email requests to sttvipdrecordsrequest@usvi.onmicrosoft.com or contact the St. Thomas office at 340-774-2211.

The VIPD apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Office of the Governor and VI Office of Veterans Affairs to Remember Fallen Veterans

July 7, 2020

The Office of the Governor and the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs will host a Flag Presentation Ceremony for Virgin Islands Veterans who passed during the COVID- 19 shutdown earlier this year.

Unfortunately, there were family members not able to receive ceremonial flag presentations after the passing of their loved ones because of the current global pandemic. Nationally, all ceremonial flag presentations were paused to safeguard the lives of Veterans and their families. Recently, with measure being put in place such as the “No Mask, No Service” mandate, we are now able to go forward with the normal flag presentations. Governor Bryan and Director Farrell will be on hand to make flag presentations to next-of-kin of the identified fallen Veterans.

Retroactive Ceremonial Flag Presentations will take place as follows:

- Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:00am at the Verne I. Richards Memorial Park ~ Frederiksted, St. Croix

- Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 9:00am at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Veterans Memorial Park ~ St. Thomas

Family Members have been notified of this ceremony. Anyone wishing to attend either ceremony is asked to please follow all safety measure currently in place.

St. John Administrator’s Office Closed Monday

June 29, 2020

ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — St. John Administrator Shikima L. Jones announced that the St. John Administrator’s Office will be closed to the public on Monday.

Construction crews will be pouring concrete at The Battery as part of the building’s restoration.

The Administrator’s Office apologizes for any inconvenience to the public.

Central Records Bureau Office in St. John Closed

June 4, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is notifying the residents of St. John that the Central Records Bureau office at the Leander Jurgen Command will be closed on Thursday and Friday, June 4-5. Regular office hours for that location will resume on Monday, June 8.

Please email requests to sttvipdrecordsrequest@usvi.onmicrosoft.com or contact the St. Thomas office at 340-774-2211.

Additional COVID-19 Test Kits Available for Veterans On 3 June 2020

June 3, 2020

The VA Caribbean Healthcare System will be conducting the final day of testing for Virgin Islands Veterans on Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 on the island of St Thomas. Initially testing was done by appointment only however, there will be 25 additional test kits available on Wednesday June 3rd, 2020. Veterans interested in having the test done can report to the VA Clinic on the island of St Thomas between the hours of 9am and 12pm. Please have a photo I.D. available once you arrive. Testing will take place using a drive-thru concept; there will be no need to exit your vehicle. If you are not driving, arrangements will be made for you to be tested simultaneously using a different method.

Any Veteran missing this opportunity in either district, and begin experiencing any COVID- 19 related symptoms, please call the VA Clinical Contact Center at 1-877-741-3400 for further instructions.

For more information on how the VA Caribbean Healthcare System is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic please visit www.caribbean.va.gov/emergency or call Director Farrell of the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs at (340) 774-8387.

 

VI Police Commissioner Invites Retirees to Virtual Meetings

June 2, 2020

US VIRGIN ISLANDS – Police Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor is announcing virtual meetings with retirees from the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Commissioner Velinor said that he knows that retirees from the VIPD have years of knowledge and experience that can go a long way in assisting the Department in achieving its goals. To that end, he is inviting all VIPD retirees to have a conversation with him. The virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 3 on St. Croix, and June 4 on St. Thomas/St. John. Both meetings will start at 12:30 p.m. each day.

Retired VIPD personnel who are interested in attending the virtual meetings are asked to call the Office of the Police Commissioner at (340) 774-2211 in St. Thomas / St. John or (340) 778-2211 in St. Croix for more information.

VI Casino Control Commission Launches Website and Announces Reopening of Offices

May 28, 2020

The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission Acting Chairman, Commissioner Usie R. Richards, today announced the launch of the Commission's website, www.casinocontrolcommission.vi. In addition to general information on the functions and workings of the Commission, the website provides editable applications for all licenses issued by the Commission. Commissioner Richards stated, "we are pleased to finally have our website available to the public and to ensure easy access to our application process".

The Casino Control Commission will reopen for business on Monday June 1st. During the week of June 1st to the 5th, the office will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, and will resume business hours on Monday June 8th from 8 am thru 5 pm.

Virgin Islands Office of Management & Budget Spring Revenue Estimating Conference

May 26, 2020

The Office of Management and Budget Director Jenifer C. O’Neal informs the public of the upcoming Spring Revenue Estimating Conference to be held on June 2, 2020. Due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, the conference will be held via Zoom from 9a.m.-5:00p.m. and streamed live online.

Presentations will be given by revenue generating agencies departments and semi-autonomous agencies regarding their projected revenues for fiscal year 2021. Presentations will be approximately 5 minutes with 10-minute question and answer segments that is open to the public for participation.

VIWMA ANNOUNCES MEMORIAL DAY OPERATIONS SCHEDULE

May 22, 2020

(US Virgin Islands) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community of the hours of operation for the VIWMA's facilities and administrative offices in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

On Memorial Day municipal solid waste disposal at the following facilities will adhere to the following operating hours:

• Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix will be open 6:00 am to 2:30 pm

• Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas will be open 6:00 am to 2:30 pm

• Susannaberg Transfer Station on St. John will be open 7:00 am to 2:30 pm

• Peter’s Rest Convenience Center on St. Croix will be open 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

• Mandahl Convenience Center on St. Thomas will be open 6:00 am to 4:00 pm

All administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

VITRAN Mass Transit Operator Training Extended

April 30, 2020

The Department of Public Works is advising the public that they will continue to see buses on roadways in the coming week, as the bus operator training has been extended until May 8. The department previously notified the community that while VITRAN’s Fixed Route service remains suspended, the Mass Transit Bus Operator training would require buses to traverse roadways starting from April 20.

Although VITRAN will continue to provide ADA Paratransit services to passengers traveling for dialysis and medical care, the department was forced to suspend its Fixed Route transportation services territory-wide, to protect its passengers and employees from the potential exposure to COVID-19.

Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands Releases Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support Form for June 6th Caucus

April 17, 2020

Democratic Party State Chairman, Cecil R. Benjamin is pleased to announce that the Virgin Islands Democratic Party has released its official statement of candidacy and pledge of support form for Democrats who wish to qualify to run as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Applicants must complete and submit the statement of candidacy form by 5PM, Sunday, May 17, 2020. The caucus will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

The application is available on the Party’s website at https://democraticpartyvi.org/. Additionally, to request or submit an application, send an email to virginislandsdemocraticparty@gmail.com.

If you are considering becoming a delegate, here are some key dates to keep in mind:

April 17th: Statement of candidacy and pledge of support form is available from the Territorial Committee.

May 17th: Deadline for filing statement of candidacy and pledge of support form.

May 18th: Deadline for filing application for a position as a temporary member of the 2020 Convention standing committees.

May 22nd: State Party provides lists of delegate and alternate candidates to the presidential candidates for review.

May 23rd: Temporary members for the convention Standing Committees will be selected by the Territorial Committee of the VI Democratic Party. June 6th: Delegates and alternates are elected by district caucuses.

State Chairman Benjamin stated, “The DNC has rescheduled the date of the 2020 Democratic National Convention for the Week of August 17th in Milwaukee,Wisconsin. We invite Democrats across the territory to participate in the Delegate Selection process. In addition to electing Delegates and an Alternate to attend the DNC 2020 convention, we have the opportunity to vote for our choice for President.

VITRAN MASS TRANSIT BUS OPERATOR TRAINING

April 15, 2020

The Department of Public Works is advising the public, that while VITRAN’s Fixed Route service remains suspended, residents will notice buses on roadways starting April 20. The buses will be used for Mass Transit Bus Operator training purposes only and will continue until May 1. VITRAN will continue to provide ADA Paratransit services to passengers traveling for dialysis and medical care. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, VITRAN was forced to suspend its Fixed Route transportation services territory-wide, to protect its passengers and employees from the potential exposure to COVID-19.

V.I. Lottery Drawing Changed to April 16

In an emergency V. I. Lottery Commission meeting held on March 30, 2020, a decision was made to postpone drawing #955 from April 2, 2020, to April 16, 2020. This is attributed to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Dealers’ special numbers will be available for pick up until Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

The Lottery office will continue to be open Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Also, VI Lottery continues to follow the guidance of the Department of Health practicing social distancing. No more than five patrons are allowed into the lobby at a time. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms, please seek immediate help and urge you to self-isolate. 

Early Dismissal on 2/27 and 2/28 for Department of Human Services - Head Start Program St. Croix District, Frederiksted

(US Virgin Islands) The Department of Human Services-Head Start Program in the St. Croix district in Frederiksted (only), today announced early dismissal for the rest of this week (Thursday - 2/27/2020 and Friday - 2/28/2020) due to repair of the AC system at the site.

Please take note of the following:

Head Start Early Dismissal St. Croix - Frederiksted:

• Location: Frederiksted facility • Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • Bus services will be provided • Breakfast and lunch will be served • Contact for families (340)773-1972 or (340)772-1981

 

VITEMA to Host Town Hall Meetings on St. Croix

VITEMA Director, Daryl D. Jaschen will host earthquake preparedness town hall meetings on the island of St. Croix this week. Similar town hall meetings will be held in the St. Thomas and St. John district; dates, times and locations will be announced once coordination has been finalized.

VITEMA staff will be on hand to answer questions and share information on what you can do to prepare your homes, businesses, and communities before, during, and after an earthquake. Staff will also provide technical assistance with Alert VI registration and account maintenance.The community is invited to join us at any of the following locations:

* Frederiksted on January 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

* Mid-island on January 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Croix Educational Complex Auditorium

* Christiansted on January 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the DC Canegata Recreational Complex and Sports Cente

DLCA HOSTS HEMP/CBD TOWN HALL MEETINGS

January 7, 2020

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) is hosting a tri-island town hall meeting to educate the public and business community on the Department’s current role in the Hemp/CBD industry. Townhall meetings shall begin promptly at 6 p.m. at the following locations:

St. Croix: Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Location: Sunny Isles Amphitheater

St. John: Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Location: Cleone Henrietta Creque Legislative Building

St. Thomas: Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 Location: Small Business Development Center located in Nisky Center

DLCA has also invited other government agencies to speak on its role in this growing industry.

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs appreciates the public’s input and looks forward to an educated, robust discussion. Consumers or Merchants with questions may contact the Office of the Commissioner at (340) 713-3522. For any other consumer-related issues you may email us at consumerawareness@dlca.vi.gov or follow us on Facebook.

Department of Human Services - Head Start Program Opened for School January 7 and Closed January 10 in St. Croix District

January 3, 2020

(US Virgin Islands) The Department of Human Services-Head Start Program in the St. Croix district will be open for school on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 with regular business hours.

On Friday, January 10, 2020 the Head Start centers in the St. Croix district will be closed in observance of the funeral service of a beloved Head Start employee. DHS regrets any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact the Head Start office at (340)773-1972 on St. Croix or (340) 774-0930 ext. 4200 on St. Thomas with questions or concerns.

The Department of Human Services is committed to providing social services that will enhance the quality of life for individuals and families with diverse needs; and work toward our vision to empower individuals and families towards self-sufficiency through a seamless delivery system.

WTJX BOARD MEETS MONDAY

A Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Public Broadcasting System will meet on Monday, December 30, 2019, at the Conference Room at Smock Law P.C. located at 5043 Norre Gade on St. Thomas.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.

 

Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission Schedules Medallion Auction for Veterans

December 13, 2019

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS—The Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission will have its annual taxicab medallion auction on all three islands for December 16, 17 and 18. The auction is open to military veterans only.

The auctions for two medallions on each island will take place at 11 a.m.:

• On St. Thomas on Monday, December 16 at the Taxicab Commission Office in Sub Base.

• On St. John on Tuesday, December 17 at the St. John Administrator’s Office.

• On St. Croix at the Taxicab Commission Office at 3274 Estate Richmond.

Applications are available at the Taxicab Commissions offices between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applications must be taken to the Virgin Islands Veterans Affairs for verification of eligibility as a veteran on the island for which the bid is scheduled.

Bid forms must be deposited in the bid box no later than 10 a.m. on the day of the auction. 

The minimal accepted bid is set at $20,000 for St. Thomas and St. John and $8,000 for St. Croix.

In addition to the application for the medallion auction and the documents listed on the application, participants must include two of these three documents to verify residency on the island of the auction:

• Current property tax bill

• Residential lease agreement

• V.I. Water and Power Authority electricity bill

A 10 percent down payment – which is nonrefundable if the sale is not consummated – of the bid amount is required at the time of the bid or no later than 3 p.m. the day of the auction. Down payments must be made by certified check or money order made payable to the Government of the Virgin Islands, and no cash payments will be accepted.

The remaining 90 percent balance must be paid by certified check or money order within 10 days of the date of the auction sale. If the sale is not consummated within the 10-day period, the second-highest bidder will be awarded the bid.

For more information, call the V.I. Taxicab Commission at 340-693-4211 ext. 4002.


UVI and VITEMA to host Public Meetings on Territorial Hazard Mitigation & Resiliency Plan

November 27, 2019

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) and the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) invites the community to participate in meetings geared towards the development of the Territorial Hazard Mitigation & Resiliency Plan.

The Territorial Hazard Mitigation & Resiliency Plan is a Federal Government requirement. An approved plan will provide the territory with access to funding which will support current and future disaster recovery and mitigation activities.

The community plays a vital role in planning the disaster-resistant future of the Virgin Islands. Your input and insight are critical in creating a plan that is reflective of the entire territory.

Feedback from these meetings will assist the project team in refining the final hazard mitigation strategy for the territory.

The meetings are being held on:

St. Thomas December 3 - Small Business Development Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

St. John December 4 - Nazareth Lutheran Church Parish Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

St. Croix December 5 - Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Conference Room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For questions and additional information, contact UVI at 340-693-1628 or VITEMA at 340-774-2244.


Vendors Permits Being Issued

The Virgin Islands Police Department, St. Croix District wishes to advise the public that Vendor’s Placement Permits for the Crucian Christmas Festival (Parade and J’Ouvert Route) will be available from Dec. 3-6.

Persons needing a vendor’s placement permit are asked to present their vendor’s license and health card when they apply for the permit. Please contact the Chief’s Office at the Police Operations & Administrative Services building in Mars Hill between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

If you need further information, please call (340) 712-6005.

Nov 22, 2019

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority will hold public hearings in December on a revised Integrated Resource Plan that defines WAPA’s generation through 2044.

The Integrated Resource Plan, also known as an IRP, was prepared by the engineering consulting firm Black & Veatch to evaluate power supply options for the separate power systems on St. Croix and on St. Thomas - St. John.

The overall objective of the plan is to identify the mix of generation resources that will achieve a safe, adequate, and reliable supply of power at the lowest reasonable cost, and in an environmentally sound manner.

WAPA invites the public to review the plan, and to provide comments at hearings that are scheduled at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3: UVI Administration & Conference Center (ACC Building) – First Floor Conference Room, St. Thomas

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4: Cleone H. Creque Legislative Conference Room, St. John

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5: Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital Cardiac Center, St. Croix

WAPA also welcomes written comments on the proposed Integrated Resource plan


OMB OFFICE SCHEDULES ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ST. THOMAS USVI – The Office of Management and Budget announces the Annual Fall Revenue Estimating Conference. Title 2, Chapter 2, Section 20d of the Virgin Islands Code requires that a Revenue Estimating Conference be held twice a year to establish a forecast of anticipated recurring and non-recurring territorial revenues that will impact the following fiscal year.

This year’s conference will be held at the Yacht Haven Grande on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The conference will be located upstairs of the Blue 11 restaurant on the western end of the property. This event is open to the general public.

For more information, please contact Ms. Monifa Evans, Junior Analyst, at 340-774-0750


Governor Bryan Signs Proclamation Designating November as Virgin Islands Recycles Month

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS—Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has signed a proclamation designating November as “Virgin Islands Recycles Month.”

The designation is part of the nationwide campaign declaring November as “America Recycles Month,” which is part of a public-private partnership effort aimed at increasing media attention and public support for recycling and waste reduction.

To help encourage Virgin Islanders to recycle their waste, the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority has a number of activities and events planned throughout the month in both island Districts.

As a reminder to residents, the Waste Management Authority will install a 24-foot banner near the Red Cross building on St. Croix and another on the Cancryn Bridge in Altona, St. Thomas, and a 6-foot banner will be installed on St. John in Estate Suzannaberg. The Authority also has a series of public service announcements that will air on local radio stations.

Also throughout the month, VIWMA Environmental Educators will visit schools in both districts to inform the students about recycling.

Other activities and events the Waste Management Authority has planned for November include:

Waste Management Authority will participate in the “340 Zero Waste Festival,” which is put on by E.A.S.T – the Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John – and is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 9 at Plaza Extra Supermarket at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas.

A Composting Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, November 16 at the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service on St. Croix, room 133. The workshop will be conducted indoors and outdoors, so participants should dress to get messy.

A V.I. Waste Management Authority Open House as part of the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce’s “Business After Hours” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 20 at the Authority’s main St. Croix office at 252 Estate Glynn.

An informational display will be set up at Taste of Two Islands, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 21 at Antilles School on St. Thomas. A Composting Workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 23 at Gifft Hill School’s Upper Campus on St. John.

A Composting Workshop, time be determined, will take place on November 30 at the St. Thomas-St. John District Agriculture and Food Fair in Estate Bordeaux on St. Thomas.

Lieutenant Governor Roach Reminds Residents of Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Deadline 

Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach, Esq. advises all Medicare beneficiaries and persons newly eligible for Medicare, that the open enrollment period deadline for Medicare Part D is December 7, 2019. Medicare beneficiaries are able to join or drop their prescription drug plan by the scheduled deadline.