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Sen. Blyden Calls Construction of Convenience Store and Gas Station in Nadir ‘Illicit’

 

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Upon his return to the territory, Senator Marvin Blyden received a barrage of calls from the residents of the Nadir community regarding weekend construction adjacent to the old gas station.

Many of the residents were upset and voiced their concerns to the Senator that a public hearing was not held regarding this development.

The Nadir community has been inconvenienced in the recent past by construction of the notorious “Bridge to Nowhere,” a structure that not only forced the previous gas station and convenience store to close their local businesses, but seized portions of land from the surrounding property owners.



Further investigation by Senator Blyden revealed that the proper procedures were not followed in order to begin construction of a new convenience store and gas station, and after a meeting with Commissioner Dawn Henry of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, a “Cease and Desist” order was issued swiftly by the department.

“Until a public hearing is held and the proper protocols are followed, I will continue to stay vigilant on this matter and assure the residents of Nadir, and the VI community that anyone whom wishes to conduct business here in our territory must follow the laws of the land with no respect to personal interests nor affiliations,” concluded Senator Blyden.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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