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MIAMI — Not all reefs are created equal, a distinction that fish seem to recognize but until now scientists largely overlooked. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, researchers found that if managed properly, Caribbean reefs could support from 60 to 90 percent more sharks, rays and

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THIRD TIME IS NOT A CHARM: For the Buccaneer Hotel beach which DPNR said is not safe for swimming or fishing for the third time in about one month. CHRISTIANSTED — For the third time in 35 days, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has warned the public

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NOT BUCC-ING THE TREND: The two-star Elizabeth Armstrong-managed Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix has a beach that DPNR says could present a serious health risk to humans if used by swimmers or fishermen. CHRISTIANSTED — For the second time in less than 30 days, the Department of Planning and Natural

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DUDE, WHERE’S THE GNARLY WAVES? Who wins when surfer dudes take on big tourism and a hotel chain? AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico  — The sun had just risen along Puerto Rico’s northwest coast when Paul Schmidt hopped off his surfboard and emerged from the water at Wilderness Beach, ending another session

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MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS: RAINBOW BEACH in Frederiksted, St. Croix has been cited several times in the last year as being a beach not suitable for swimming or fishing according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. FREDERIKSTED — Two beaches on St. Thomas and two on St. Croix failed in

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FAWNING OVER THE ‘FOEHN EFFECT’: The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have been unseasonably warm this February according to historical statistics and meteorologists. CHRISTIANSTED — If you think that it’s been an unseasonably hot February so far — you would be right. The first half month of February has felt

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NEW YORK — One of the nation’s top “injury-claim” law firms — one that represented Attorney General Claude Walker in his quixotic bid to bring down Exxon Mobil with baffling Global Warming claims and conspiracy theories  — made a lateral hire this week. Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, a top

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One beach on St. Thomas failed water quality testing done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) this week and is not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said this afternoon that Frenchman’s Bay Beach in St. Thomas should be avoided by swimmers

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two beaches on St. Thomas failed water quality testing done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) this week and are not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said this afternoon that Magen’s Bay Beach and John Brewers Bay beaches in St. Thomas should

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ISLA REFINERY IN CURACAO WILLEMSTAD — Dutch-controlled Curacao and China’s state-run Guangdong Zhenrong have resumed suspended talks on a lease and upgrade of the island’s 325,000 barrels per day Isla refinery, Curacao government officials told the Virgin Islands Free Press. The MAN party that won Curacao’s general election in October

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