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Bryan: Vaccination Can Help Lower Territory’s COVID Numbers

With a COVID positivity rate of 1.8 percent this week, up from 1.1 percent the week before, officials said new cases of the virus are still being confirmed within the territory, but increased vaccination can bring them to zero.

STJ Restaurants, Five: Caribbean Oasis Closes After 11 Years

Coral Bay residents are still mourning the loss in February of the Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis Restaurant and Bar, which had been located on the water on Route 107.

Open forum: Diversification is Key to the Virgin Islands Economy

The St. Thomas and St. John Chamber of Commerce praises Governor Bryan and Delegate to Congress Plaskett for leading the Virgin Islands through the present pandemic. It agrees with the governor must now look to diversification of the V.I. economy.

WAPA May Forgo Hurricane Insurance for Second Year

The V.I. Water and Power Authority will likely enter the 2021 hurricane season without windstorm insurance, as it did last year, because it does not have the funds to pay for a policy.

Photo Focus: A Closer Look at the Rare Feathered Visitor

Visiting birders Lisa and Randy Freeman expected to see some unusual birds while on St. Thomas, but never imagined they’d stumble upon a lone, lanky Caribbean flamingo.
Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George)

Cruises Likely to Resume Mid-July, CDC Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which stopped all U.S. cruise stops in March of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was devastating multiple cruises, has updated its guidance and suggested cruises could resume by "mid-July."

WAPA Anticipates Up to 80 Percent of Generation Can Be Offset by Renewable Energy

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority plans to offset 60 to 80 percent of generation through renewable energy resources within the next three to five years, bringing the utility in compliance with the law.

Rebuilt St. Thomas Solar Farm to Be Online Before Year’s End

The hurricanes of 2017 appeared to put an end to the years of negotiation and construction for a 4.2-megawatt solar farm on St. Thomas. All that changed earlier this month when BMR Energy, a Virgin Group company, began site work there.
Children and parents alike are eager for the return of safe summer camps. (Shutterstock image)

Youth Summer Camps Are Scarce This Year, But Some Have Begun Registration

Soon children and teenagers typically would dive into the territory’s summer programs offered by various schools, private businesses, and the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, camps and programs are scarce.   

Coral Bay Restaurants Undergo Changes

Now that many pandemic restrictions have been lifted, activity in Coral Bay, St. John, is stirring once again. Over the last few months, several new eateries have opened or changed ownership while one popular spot has shut down.