One of the cutest things babies do is play “peek-a-boo.” They put their hands over their eyes and think it means they are hidden.
Gary Engle sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on April 30 demanding $70 million and indemnification from environmental contamination at Caneel Bay Resort. (The Daily News, June 13, 2019, page 10)
CBIA Managing Member Gary Engle’s latest ploy reportedly seeking a payment of $70 million and indemnification from liability for environmental contamination at Caneel Bay in exchange for his early termination of the Retained Use Estate (RUE) should be roundly rejected.
Today is the day we’ve all been dreading: The first tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic, and even though it’s up near Bermuda and is not a threat to us here in the Virgin Islands, its very existence should ring alarm bells through the halls of our government.
In November 2000, Virgin Islanders voted overwhelmingly in favor of reducing the size of the V.I. Legislature. Such a clear call to action was expected to produce dramatic change.
Editor’s note: Following are comments made by Gary Engle during an interview with The Daily News at Caneel Bay on June 12, 2018. Engle is Managing Member of CBI Acquisitions, current holder of the retained use estate to operate Caneel Bay Resort until September 2023. The Feb. 9, 2019 Letter …
In the Nov. 1, 2018, Editorial, The Daily News publicly asked Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett why her bill to grant CBI Acquisitions a 60-year, no-bid deal to continue managing Caneel Bay Resort did not contain any of the safeguards contained in the existing 2010 law.
It was puzzling and disappointing to see Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett’s announcement that she intends to reintroduce her bill in the U. S. House of Representatives giving Gary Engle and CBI Acquisitions a 60-year, no-bid deal to continue operating the Caneel Bay Resort on St. John. I…
Editor’s Note: The following are some of the priorities that readers have recommended — in their own words — for the new administration and Legislature. All are verbatim as written and submitted to VIPriorities@dailynews.vi. Watch for more in the coming days.
The new senators in the 33rd Legislature promised to bring big changes, and they have made a praiseworthy start by ending their predecessors’ traditional — and ethically questionable — misuse of taxpayers’ money to throw big parties for their friends and families.
You have a new governor, a new lieutenant governor and nine new senators. It’s almost a clean slate to create transformative change in the territory.
The holiday season has arrived and the V.I. senators are departing today — but it’s not likely they will resist the chance to joyfully trim a tree with shiny ornaments ready to be pulled out of a big box marked “Special Favors for Special People.” Senators’ performance on the final day of th…
V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett has chosen the wrong fight — a cockfight, no less — as her way of appearing to be a champion for the people of the Virgin Islands.
In certain noble societies — then and now — the person who holds the Wisdom Stick is the person the others look up to for guidance and resolution of conflicts in ways that unify and benefit all the people. That person is the leader.
The people of the Virgin Islands have placed their trust in Governor-elect Albert Bryan and Lt. Governor-elect Tregenza Roach to change the decades-long downward spiral of the territory. Trust, like friendship, is usually hard won and easily lost.
A week ago, the people of the territory chose Albert Bryan to be the next governor and Tregenza Roach as the new lieutenant governor with a mandate to “change course now.”
The democratic form of representative government that we freely and fearlessly enjoy, unlike the majority of people throughout the world. Although we may be disappointed, frustrated or even angry about election outcomes, we are never without the power to right wrongs. Ultimately we are a gov…
The Daily News traditionally has not endorsed candidates for political office. The newspaper’s primary responsibility is to provide as much useful information as possible about the candidates so that you can determine for yourself who is worthy of your vote.
Choosing the people who will make critically important decisions on our behalf — decisions that affect the very quality of life itself — puts power, real power, in our hands.
“When all is said and done, the people of St. John and the Virgin Islands will ultimately determine the outcome of Caneel Bay – not me, not the media and not any sole elected member of the local or federal government.”
Since our last editorial questioning Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s proposal to “invest” $10 million of public funds in a new hotel at Yacht Haven Grande, we have learned the following — from statements by Yacht Haven Grande’s CEO himself:
I personally voted for you and, to be honest with you, I am totally disappointed in the stance that you took, the way that you took it, what it is that was done without consulting with us, first and foremost, the people that put you into office, which you should have done.