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Congresswoman Plaskett Gets $5.9M for Airports


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett announced recently that the Virgin Islands Port Authority is set to receive additional funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to construct a $10,000 square foot Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) building at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix.

Plaskett said VIPA would receive an additional $3.6 million to accompany the $2.3 million awarded to the authority in early June, bringing the total funding awarded to construct the ARFF building to $5.9 million.

“The funding awarded brings the total grant amount to the Virgin Islands Port Authority to $5.9 million, Plaskett said. “This Funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation is beneficial partly because it will create jobs for the duration of the construction project, but also because it will assist the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in meeting federal safety requirements mandated by Title 14 Part 139 of the Code of Federal Regulations.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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