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Mapp Says He Leaves Tomorrow For Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Fort Lauderdale


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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he will leave tomorrow to meet with cruise industry leaders ahead of the annual Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter will serve as acting governor until Mapp’s return to the Virgin Islands on Monday.

During Mapp’s brief visit, he said that he will meet with the leadership of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, top executives of several cruise lines, and Virgin Islanders in the South Florida area who he will debrief on the territory’s recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Upon the governor’s departure, the Virgin Islands delegation to Seatrade Cruise Global will include representatives of the Department of Tourism, the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA), The West Indian Company Limited (WICO) and 11 members of the 32nd Legislature.

For more than 30 years, Seatrade Cruise Global has been a leading international exhibition and conference serving the cruise industry by bringing together buyers and suppliers for a week of networking, sourcing, innovation and education.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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