Thursday, August 28, 1997

US Virgin Islands

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Destination Symposium

More than sixteen key tour operators and travel wholesalers are scheduled to meet on St. Thomas September 3 for the 4th annual Destination Symposium. For the first time this event has been expanded to include hoteliers and tourism related businesses from St. Croix. Hotel Assocaition president Robert Seifert said since our travel partners last visited over ten months ago association members have spent over a million dollars in cooperative destination marketing which indluces advertising, trade shows and travel agent education programs.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 85 Degrees Water Temp: 72 Degrees Skies: Occasional Cloud Chance of Rain: 20%: Beach and Swimming : Partly cloudy Sailing and Diving : Choppy Drinks: Ready

Island National

It’s almost a week since Island National Insurance policies were cancelled by the V.I. Banking and Insurance Commissioner. Now Commissioner Kenneth Mapp, who is also the territory’s Lieutenant Governor says policyholders should soon receive refunds on their premiums. Mapp said the head of the Insurance Guarantee Fund told him Wednesday evening they were successful in hiring personnel needed to evaluate and administer claims processing. An estimated two-point-seven million dollars in claims against Island National Policies remains outstanding on damages caused by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995.

Tax Bill

Senator Vargrave Richards says he’s thankful the 22nd Legislature passed his proposed property tax bill. Bill No 22-0132 allows property owners to assign the proceeds of any tax refunds owed them by the V.I. government directly to their property tax bills. Richards said “I wish to thank my colleagues for understanding the importance of this piece of legislation.”

Senior Home

Senator Roosevelt David is lending a helping hand to the Lucinda Millin Senior Citizens Home. Earlier this week the senator and his supporters donated toiletries, cleaning supplies and reading materials. In the future, David said he will help Millin home with cleaning supplies and an occasional Movie Night for seniors.


Members of the National Biological Review and Concerned Citizens meet on St. John this morning to discuss care and protection of the islands feral donkey population. Doneys have run wild on the island since the days when the automobile made donkey transportation obsolete. The park service tries to keep their population within what they call reasonable levels but recently the donkeys have reportedly experienced a population explosion. Some creative solutions have been employed to keep their numbers down. A few years ago a group from St. Croix came to St. John to round up about 20 animals and shipped them to adopted homes. Once a year they are part of the annual donkey races held at Canageda Park in February. This year one citizen suggesting sending some of the donkeys to Haiti.

Coming Up:

Rites of passage for young lades ages 14-16 is being held by Sigma Theta Omega. Pick up your application and return it by Friday August 29 for more information call Barbara at 777-3720 or Elisa at 774-8675, evening hours. ID pictures will be taken for UVI students as part of their registration today and Friday between 9 am and 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For those 16 years old and up the St. Croix Vocational school is holding pre-registration for over 30 vocational programs. Contact the school at 778-2216 for information on class time, fees and tuition costs. Pre-registration takes place Thursday August 29 at 7 p.m. Senator. Judy M. Gomez asks the following people to report to her office at the Legislative Building on St. Thomas and pick up their savings bonds: Jeanette Smith, Shimoi Thomas, Darnel Paul, Nashoun Vanholten, Gregory Baly, Kenford Harris, Itishaba Anderson, Ira Francis, Lauren Bridges, Patrick Tatum, Irad Frett, Jr., Dacinth Dorsett, Trent Wilson, Allan Leslie and Gregory Swann

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