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Bill to Fund Pre-Construction of Charlotte Amalie Dredging Advances

  • Nelcia Charlemagne
  • June 07, 2024

Bill No. 35-0262, a measure that seeks to appropriate $1.4 million for pre-construction soft cost funding to prepare for the dredging of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor, was finally voted upon Thursday in the Committee on Budget, Appropriations and Finance after miscommunication caused it to be removed from the agenda of its originally scheduled hearing. The governor’s financial team who failed to attend the meeting later told committee chair Senator Donna Frett-Gregory that they mistakenly believed the bill would not be presented, as another item requiring their presence was also removed from the agenda. Despite the presence of Port Authority officials, Ms. Frett-Gregory explained that she was “not inclined to proceed…absent of the representatives of the government that have to speak to whether the $1,434,950 is in fact available to be expended from the Community Facilities Trust Fund.” At the time, the delay frustrated Carlton Dowe, executive director of the V.I. Port Authority. Now, h...

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