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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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2014-10-23 00:04:54
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Frederiksted Sports Center Up Before Senate

Legislation authorizing an agreement between the V.I. Government and two big developers to begin designing a new sports complex in Frederiksted was held in committee for more testimony after a six-hour hearing in Frederiksted Monday evening.

Plans call for $55 million in development. Private developers General Engineering Corporation and GlobeVest would perform the work and invest $25 million. The V.I. Government would spend $5 million for designs and planning now, then use bond funds financed through the Communities Facilities Trust account, a fund established in Diageo’s operating agreement with the V.I. government.

The agreement states that Diageo’s new distillery will deposit “three percent of the annual gross cover over receipts” into the fund, administered by the V.I. Public Finance Authority.

Numerous residents had strong feelings both for and against the plan, which calls for a baseball stadium, beach volleyball facilities, tennis courts and swimming pools.

"In my view we have not exhausted questions on this," said Sen. Janette Millin-Young, asking the committee to hold the bill for further testimony at 12:25 a.m.

Voting to hold the bill for further testimony were Millin-Young, Sens. Craig Barshinger, Terrence "Positive" Nelson and Alvin Williams. Absent were Sens,. Alicia "Chucky" Hansen, Shawn-Michael Malone and Patrick Sprauve. Full details to follow.

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" Absent were Sens,. Alicia "Chucky" Hansen," This needs to be a standing healine. Why is she being paid if she never shows up for anything except meetings that she chairs?

what this article typically fails to mention is that in addition to the $5 million, we will ALSO spend AT LEAST $25 MILLION more, which will come from the Diageo cover over receipts.

Also, "two big developers" is UNTRUE. One partner is GEC from St Croix, but the other developer - GlobeVest - has NO experience at developing anything but a failed website.

Why must the St. Thomas Source always play with words that make things look good for the Administration? This is NOT fair or balanced reporting. Please - print the facts so the people understand all aspects, without manipulating words so that the, in this case, it makes it look like we have to invest a small piddly amount, and GlobeVest VI are the big investors - which is untrue. The government is spending the greatest percentage of money.

$30 million investment would go so much further if used for critical infrastructure upgrades, like WAPA, roads, etc. which could include fixing the stadium in F'stead, putting some track & field, basketball and cricket facilities.

This whole thing is just selfish insanity that will benefit the few and cost many. UNFAIR REPORTING BY THE SOURCE AS USUAL!

Sorry, not with my taxpayer money!
There are many absolutely legitimate questions that need answering before the VI Gov. commits another horrendous blunder at taxpayer expense.

We are exhausted by the monetary waste that goes on in this culture. Yes, kids need a place to play but are they going to be playing in a $30MILLION stadium?

How about we fix WAPA before committing to spending/wasting taxpayer monies, elsewhere and on companies with NO track records.

I live in Dorothea and have had 12 power outages in last 3 weeks. Fixing WAPA should come before EVERYTHING as we can do without a stadium but not without power.

As for recycling: What's up with that? May didn't get her golden parachute so she won't play nice with anyone that has innovative recycling ideas and partnerships that won't cost the taxpayer $30Million?

Seems to be the price our senators are willing to give away of taxpayer money, lately.

"GlobeVest has (like Alpine) built no projects. Giant red flag, and unbelievable that the VI Legislature would even take up another such proposal."

And by the way, WE still want to know what happened with our wasted, misused, mismanaged and misspent and stolen $6.9 MILLION DOLLARS, Senators.

Spin your way out of this one!

I guess they must be celebrating the release of the Stooges movie this week end - and I understand their love of comedy - to the point where they will try and act like the zany Three Stooges they obviously hold in such high esteem BUT did anyone tell these feckless idiots that 2000 jobs were just lost on STX? Throwing money at a "Sports Complex" is something that Moe, Larry, or even Curly would have enough sense to avoid. Please, do not make any more decisions. Enjoy a fish fry or hand out some chicken leg and Johnny cake or some bull foot soup but do us all a favor: No more meetings, committees or legislation - LEAVE THE MONEY ALONE. (whatever is left of it) Nyuck-Nyuck-Nyuck!

Please please Senators...stop this project!!!

We don't need to spend near that much to redevelope the existing sports complex. What is so wrong with what we have? A big stadium will be SO SO SO UGLY in our sweet little village!!!

Please save that money to use on more police, better roads and fixing up our beautiful citys!!! We all need work, and ONLY the tourist industry will save us...we have nothing else!!!

So, make our island beautiful and safe for us and the tourist!!!!!!

You speak the truth but will they listen?

They can't pay my income tax refunds. They can't pave roads or fill in pot holes. They can't afford to hire nurses and teachers. They can't afford to retrofit and modernize WAPA.

Yet they can afford to borrow tens of millions of dollars to build more basketball courts? Some senators, commissioners and their relatives must be pocketing huge amounts of money from this.