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81 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Clear Skies.
79%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.94 inches
Wind is from South at 6 MPH
Point 19 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says:  Increased moisture and instability in the atmosphere will gradually increase across the islands through the end of the week. The most active period will be late Wednesday and Thursday as the base of a mid to upper level trough will set up just over the region and bring cold air aloft. This will increase the probability for shower activity across the Virgin Islands. Fair amounts of sunshine will occur today and on Wednesday with isolated to scattered shower activity expected across parts of the islands.   Expect winds to 16 knots and three foot seas across local waters.
Forecast calls for  Sunny to partly cloudy. High around 80F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. 10% chance of showers

Cruise Ship News
Oasis of the Seas is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

Headlines :   the police department has a new consent decree, seaborne Airlines got new planes, Bureau of motor vehicles may come into compliance with federal regulations on air pollution and here comes Wear Red Day for tourism month.


At the top of the news on !! AIR – May 6 Tuesday
the VI Police Department operates under a consent decree with the federal court. Now US District Judge Curtis Gomez has issued new orders. The old action plan with steps and deadlines is gone. The new plan involves having the police department choose areas they can accomplish each quarter and then getting that done. Gomez wrote in his orders “the failure of the Police Department to achieve quarterly goals may result in findings of contempt." Over the last six years the police department has amended the consent decree several times, each time pushing the deadline farther back. At one point it was all supposed to be done by October 2013. That past. Now rather than a get-it-all-done-deadline, the new plan involves quarterly goals. Right now the goal is to get the citizen complaint process in place by May 27.

Seaborne Airlines has purchased new larger airplanes for the St. Thomas to St. Croix route. The 34 seat Saab airplane will make six flights a day between the two airports and replace the old 16 seat Otter aircraft. A new schedule is coming up June 1. Three flights from St. Croix at 7:50 in the morning, 9:50 and the morning and 5:40 in the evening. St. Thomas flights will leave at 8:50 in the morning, 2:30 in the afternoon and 6:40 in the evening. This is in addition to the seaplane route.

Does your car belch smoke? Senators in committee yesterday considered a bill to require emissions testing at the time of the annual vehicle inspection. The Virgin Islands is out of compliance with federal regulations regarding automobile pollution. While our laws say cars must meet the federal clean air act requirements, we have no mechanism in place to test emissions. Jerris Brown of the Bureau of motor vehicles wants to spend $50,000 for diagnostic hardware, higher additional inspectors and by computers to conduct inspections of every car at the time they re-register.

Senate finance committee is meeting today they have a bill to balance what the government does a business or person against what that person does an excise tax or gross receipts tax. They have an act to reduce the gross receipts tax from five percent to four percent and a bill regarding Internet gaming. We will also look at implementing real estate, jewelry and vehicle taxes.

Here comes Tourism Month and our Department of Tourism has a number of exciting activities for Tourism Month.  Today is Wear Red Day to show of unity and support for the tourism industry all hospitality workers are encouraged to wear a red item of clothing or red accessory. We have the Ultimate Career Fair at Mark Marin Center on St. Thomas. And members of the department of tourism are reading to Kids at Fort Christiansvaern on St. Croix

Wednesday, May 7 is Culture and Hospitality day with Tea party at Emancipation Garden St. Thomas from 10 a.m. to three p.m. Also on St. Croix they have a Customer Service Workshop, in the Henry E. Rohlson Airport Lounge  from 1PM to 2:30 PM for employees and 3:30 to 4:30 for managers. Call 772-0357

On Thursday, May 8 the Chamber of Commerce has Business after Hours at Paradise Point - St. Thomas with Music by Flambo Combo. And on St Croix Free, Sustainable "Farm-to-table" Event at Caribbean Museum Center of the Arts - St. Croix

On Friday  the Customer Service Workshop comes to  Frenchman's Reef – with free hospitality training from 10-11:30 in the morning and again from one o'clock until 2: 30 for employees and managers have training from 3:30 to 4:30. To register, call 774-8784. On St. Croix they have a visitor appreciation event at the airport from 1 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 10 tourism month comes to St. John with a Cultural Fair at Franklin Powell Park with local entertainment, arts and crafts for the St. John Community and visitors. From 11 in the morning until 3 o'clock in the afternoon.


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Dolphin Derby is over.  The biggest fish was a 35.3-pound mahi-mahi which earned St. Croix angler, Beth Basinski, Top Angler title and a thousand dollars. She caught her winning fish off the south coast of St. Thomas approximately 15 miles northeast of St. Croix. She said “We were working our way across the South Drop when we saw a frigate bird circling around. We couldn’t see any fish, but that bird saw something.” BUT her fish was 20-pounds short of the 55-pound criteria to win the big prize of $25,000. The second largest dolphin, was 30.3-pounds caught by St. Thomas teenager, Colette Cogan. The Best Boat award went to a 34’ Calypso boat out of St. Thomas named Emanuel – they caught 12 dolphin. 16 boats and 68 anglers competed in this year’s Dolphin Derby.  Next event for Game Fishing Club’s is the Memorial Day Tournament, May 24 to 26, Open Kid’s Tournament on July 6th, and the Annual July Open Billfish Tournament, July 9 to 11.

The month of May is older Americans month and the Department of Human Services invites all senior citizens to celebrate with activities.  On St. Thomas: today there is a kick-off Parade from Lionel Roberts Stadium to Roosevelt-Veterans Park, starting at 9:30 This morning.  On St. Croix tomorrow they have a kick-off parade from the Frederiksted Post Office to Buddhoe Park, 10:00 Am Wednesday.

St. John has school registration today at the Julius Sprauve School from 9 am - 2 pm. Parents can register students Sprauve school and Guy Benjamin school. 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Julius Sprauve School St John. 

The governor issued a proclamation honoring nurses during this national nurses week May 6 through the 12th. The theme this year is nurses are leading the way.


Rotary club Two has their annual car raffle going on right now with fantastic prizes. This year there are special coupons attached to the ticket. When you spend $10 on the raffle you get coupons for Dominoes and Subway, Asfour department store, and a coupon for Picasso’s Coffee Shop with a chance for $100,000 prize. Raffle tickets available the drawing is coming up on Wednesday, May 21.

If somebody invites you to lunch at Frenchman's reef on Wednesday you might be the 35th Rotary club to person of the year. Of course it may just be inviting you to lunch. The identity of the person of the year is a closely guarded secret and we won't know until Wednesday at lunch who is this year's honoree.

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