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81 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
81 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.91 inches
Wind is from East at 9 MPH

National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy with 30% Chance of rain showers. High of 81F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Lingering moisture and instability in the atmosphere will decrease across the Virgin Islands over the next few days. Mostly fair weather skies through Monday. Mariners can expect seas to seven feet and winds to 15 knots. The tropics are quiet.

Cruise Ship News The Summit at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on November 11 Monday
Governor John DeJongh signed the Fourth Amendment Agreement between the Virgin Islands government and the owners of the HOVENSA refinery on St. Croix. Senators approved the agreement by a narrow margin earlier this week. Now the Governor has signed it, and HOVENSA has begun to take steps to sell the refinery.

The Committee of the Whole meet last evening on St. John – No problem with a rezoning request in Susannaberg where Ivy Moses plans a new business called Neptune’s Landing.  She plans a pineapple farm, a private water distribution system, a convenience store, a historic park, replica sugar mill, coal pots, an outdoor oven – the idea is to showcase the history and culture of St. John. Senators liked the idea. A rezoning request in Estate Misgunst presented a different problem. Can former Senator Allie Alison Petrus divide a small lot in half to give half parcels to his daughters?  The land is zoned for a single family dwelling.  Dividing it means that anyone else in the Virgin Islands with a single family parcel could ask for and get the right to divide… This throws a monkey wrench in the whole idea of zoning. And in Smith Bay should Sernators approve a request by Harthman Leasing to rezone 72 acres of agricultural land – some as business and some as residential. Senators liked the plan from the Waste Management Authority to convert an open bin waste site in Lovenlund into a permanent structure to house bins with compactors. No votes were taken.

Public Services Commission approved an increase in electric rates.  One cent more per kilowatt hour.  Should bring about 4 million dollars to WAPA.

Port Authority was talking to independent taxi drivers last night about the $.50 fee that taxi drivers are supposed to pay. The VI Taxi Association has a franchise and pays 50 to 60 thousand dollars a year, but  the independents are supposed to pay 50 cents per passenger. Some skip the fee. Executive Director Carlton Dowe said there will be consequences for those who skip the fee. Dowe addressed drivers told drivers that the $3.5 million design of the baggage claim area includes a third lane to accommodate taxi drivers.

Hard news from St Croix where the Juan Luis Hospital is in danger of losing its Medicare certification. No certification means no money. Medicare is a major source of revenue for the hospital. The hospital is not holding up its side of an agreement for improvements. Consultants are describing the hospital situation as toxic.  The Avis is reporting a shortage of nurses at the Juan Luis Hospital. They need to hire an additional 25 nurses to have adequate coverage and they need 58 nurses to reach full nursing capacity. The hospital is no longer hiring traveling nurses and using only full-time salaried nurses.

Big celebration at St. Croix Central high school with receipt of their full accreditation from the middle states Association of colleges and schools commission on elementary and secondary schools. They met or exceeded all of the criteria. Among the successes was adopting the common core State standards.

St Croix has a decision - Residents can check out two different proposed town plans for Christiansted today through Friday and vote on the one they prefer. The proposals will be on display at the Steeple Building, where balloting also will be conducted. There was a charrette in March aimed at getting on a town plan for Christiansted. Two plans came out of the charette. Now you can tell government officials which plan you prefer. The town plans are on display and you can vote from 9 am to 3:30 pm today at the Steeple Building in Christiansted

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority has scheduled a St. Thomas water service interruption for this evening starting at 11 pm through Saturday at 4 a.m. Service will be suspended to the town of Charlotte Amalie. while crews replace two ten-inch main valves at the Sara Hill Pump Station,.

The Family Resource Center is planning Food Drive at Cost-U-Less on Saturday, November 23rd all day and they need volunteers for different time slots during the day. Please contact the family resource Center

Tonight Marvin Sapp is coming to Ivanna Eudora Kean High School for a one time concert. It’s a gospel Explosion is bringing UNITY to the Virgin Islands with a Performance by Grammy Award Winner Marvin Sapp. With gospel hits like 'Never Would've Made It', 'The Best In Me', 'Here I Am', 'Don't Count Me Out'. Opening the show will be Joy J & Salvation Soundz. This evening at 8:00 PM at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School

UVI has a new stage show at the Little Theater. William Inge’s classic American comedy-drama “Bus Stop,” takes a Caribbean detour to UVI’s Little Theatre with productions this evening and Saturday at 8:00 PM and a matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. “Bus Stop: With Caribbean Seasonings” –adapted by Dr. Doug Larche - is set in Puerto Rico in a hurricane. Five characters are marooned overnight with three locals at La Cantina de Grácia, outside Fajardo. The play has love scenes, a fistfight, a talent show, abduction and a little music – along with the hurricane.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Call the Humanities Office St. Thomas Campus at 693-1340. 

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