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St Croix Elections System Office Closes Until Feb. 2

“The St Croix District [Elections System] Office located at Sunny Isle Annex Unit 4 will be closed effective today, Jan.…

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Gov. John deJongh Jr. offers News Years wishes, and thanks to the people of the Virgin Islands for the honor of electing him to serve as their governor.

 
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Crime Stoppers: Help Generate Information

Crime Stoppers is based on the principle that someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime. Crime Stoppers was created to help law enforcement generate that information.

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2015-01-28 11:06:36
Quantum of the Seas Sets WICO Record on Inaugural Visit

Royal Caribbean International's 1,140-foot cruise liner Quantum of the Seas became the largest cruise ship ever to berth at the West Indian Co. Ltd. company dock on St. Thomas on Tuesday.

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2015-01-27 20:32:12
Interior Confronts Climate Change in Territories

The Virgin Islands is about to get a push in addressing environmental and economic issues associated with climate change, thanks to a newly created position of climate change coordinator.

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2015-01-27 20:01:03
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Home Depot Opens New Store on St. Croix

Home Depot will open the big orange doors of its new store on St. Croix Wednesday, but they won't do anything as tame as a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.

Store manager Melissa Ward and other officials will take part in a "board cutting," a ceremony more befitting the latest in Home Depot's chain of 2,245 stores that stretch from its Atlanta headquarters to China.

The first sign that the long-awaited store was ready to open came with little notice or fanfare Tuesday afternoon when the Department of Public Works activated the new traffic signal on Melvin Evans Highway at the entrance to Island Crossing. The signal has been blinking yellow since early August, but now motorists will have to accustom themselves to an extra intersection on the highway.

The grand opening dedication ceremony and Neighborhood Night will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Home Depot, with its staff of more than 100 employees, is the centerpiece of the Island Crossing shopping center that has been a subject of discussion and contention for at least four years. Built by the V.I. company Caribbean Development Partners, the shopping center will eventually encompass 250,000 square feet of retail and storage space. The development Island Crossing is the first beneficiary of an economic development tool called tax increment financing (TIF), in which private developers can use public money to help defray the cost of a development, paying for it by pledging projected future gains in tax revenues from the current improvements that will create those future gains.

The theory is that if the public funding makes feasible a project that otherwise would not happen, the increased tax revenues it will bring in can justify and, through TIF, actually finance the upfront public expense, bootstrapping economic development. The developer is liable for the bonds if the tax revenues don't appear, theoretically protecting the government from any risk of losing money on the deal.

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