Tuesday, Feb 13, 1996

US Virgin Islands 

[singlepic id=4817 w=180 h=40 mode=web20 float=left]Good morning! This is Alex Randall with Good News Headlines 


The travel industry has St. Croix in its sights.

USAir is extending their existing flight from Baltimore to St. Thomas to include St. Croix. Starting Wednesday, the flight will leave Baltimore at 8:30 AM and arrive on St. Croix at 2:45 PM. And US Air is courting overseas carriers from Iceland and Copenhagen to coordinate their flights so that tourists from Europe can make one easy transfer in Baltimore and come here.

At the same time, St. Croix is getting hydrofoil service again.

Virgin Hydrofoil is resuming service from St. Thomas to St. Croix on Wednesday.

All this travel news means more tourists travel.

That’s good news, because the Bureau of Internal Revenue says our tax receipts are down for the first quarter of the territory’s fiscal year. January Room Tax was only about 380,000 for January compared to over a million dollars last January. December room tax was $300,000 compared to over $800,000 for the prior December. That means we have about 38% of the revenue we had last year at the peak of the season.

The Governor and Senator Liburd are investigating how to create more St. John specific programs and projects.

They are looking into affordable housing, building a Community Center and adding police and fire protection to St. John’s east end.

Read any documents from your insurance company with care.

Senator Hansen notes that some people are settling for less than the full value of their claim, and are being asked to waive their rights to their full claim. Read it before you sign and if you are not certain, get advice.

If you are on St. Croix and still have hazardous waste.

starting today, Tuesday the 13th, you can take hazardous waste to Dept. of Public Works in Anna’s Hope.

Virgin Islands Office of Highway Safety reminds you to buckle up the kids.

Kids in seat belts survive accidents better than kids in your lap or riding loose. Buckle up, the life you save may be your child’s.

The Caribbean Hotel Association is joining the 21st Century by offering its own home page on the world wide web.

This means that people all over the planet can get information about hotel, rates, occupancy, maps and other travel related information from the comfort of their computer screen.

Remember, it’s your good news. You tell us, & we’ll tell everyone.