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Mapp Called ‘MVP of 2017’ By St. Thomas Resident Who Didn’t Live In The Territory At The Time of Hurricane Disasters

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CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth Mapp has been lauded for his leadership in the face of two Category 5 hurricanes, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, in, a weekly magazine for entrepreneurs and business owners.

His direct communication style is described as being “exemplary,” by Melanie Curtin, who didn’t live in the territory at the time of the disasters.

“Governor Mapp pulled no punches when it came to communicating with his populace. He was on the radio almost every night (both before and after the storms), and he was clear and direct,” Curtin, a columnist and Virgin Islands native, wrote in her editorial.

Mapp is recognized for not shirking responsibility or blaming others for the fallout of the hurricanes. His straightforwardness, along with his sense of humor to uplift the people of the territory, is noteworthy, Curtin noted.

“There are good women and men elected to lead, care, and serve, who do just that,” Curtin wrote. “There were a lot of remarkable people who shone their light this year. But to this island girl, Governor Mapp is the MVP of 2017.”

Of course, Curtin didn’t live here during the time of the disasters — and that’s why she could even begin to say that …

Read the complete article  here.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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