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(@a-davis)
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this is a totally self-serving post, but here goes:

when you visit the u.s. virgin islands, please consider supporting local businesses for your lodging, gifts and consumables.

those of us who live here, would appreciate it!

 
Posted : June 28, 2010 3:42 pm
(@loungestx)
Posts: 21
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and soon the captain.
we may have to drink twice as much for the economy.

 
Posted : June 29, 2010 6:49 pm
(@dntw8up)
Posts: 580
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sometimes the Drop or Do (laundry) in Crown Bay Marina

Last Friday I noticed they changed their name, but the new name apparently isn't memorable because I've forgotten it! 🙂

 
Posted : June 29, 2010 6:55 pm
(@exit-zero)
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I stick by the STJ example of " most of the rental villa money will go to a bank in the states to pay the mortgage" --- I do not disagree that the guests will spend money elsewhere and the villa owners will pay big time for maintenance and management. if you are making a profit owning a rental villa in the VI --- my knee is bent in respect.

 
Posted : June 29, 2010 8:56 pm
(@fl-barrier-islander)
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dntw8up, It will forever be known in my heart as the Drop or Do 😉

Yes, it changed hands, was refurbished and is now under new management and called "Your Choice Laundry", open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. offering self-service or drop off.

 
Posted : June 30, 2010 6:53 am
(@stjohnjulie)
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Just to put this in perspective, if the last constitutional draft had passed, this would be the definitions of US Virgin Islanders....
"Ancestral Native Virgin Islander" - those with ancestral ties (and their descendants); "Native Virgin Islander" - those born on the island (and their descendants); and "Virgin Islander" - any United States citizen who has resided in the territory for five years.

So my family would be like this....

I would be a Virgin Islander, lived here for 11 years.....but to those who live here, I will always be a transplant, no matter how long I live here.
My husband is an Ancestral Native Virgin Islander (someone who can trace there family back to people living here prior to 1932)
My son is a Native Virgin Islander, he was born here.
My unborn child will be an Ancestral Native Virgin Islander, no matter if they are born here or in Iowa, or Africa, or anywhere else.

Why is this important? Well, the last draft of the constitution "exempts ancestral native Virgin Islanders from paying property taxes on their primary residences and undeveloped land they own. It also requires that the territory’s governor and lieutenant governor be ancestral native Virgin Islanders."

This draft was shot down by congress and sent back to the VI for more work. There are big concerns over this language being unconstitutional.

Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I just wanted you all to know that the topic of "who is a US Virgin Islander" is taken very seriously here and can result in some heated debate.

 
Posted : July 1, 2010 5:34 am
(@stjohnjulie)
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I need to edit what I posted this morning. I found better info on what the constitution draft states. They are:
"The definitions of native and ancestral Virgin Islander are complex. To summarize, an ancestral native Virgin Islander is a person born or living in the Virgin Islands before 1927, the date U.S. citizenship was first conferred on people living in the territory, as well as any direct descendants of someone who meets that criteria. A native Virgin Islander is defined as anyone born in the territory after 1927 plus anyone who is "a descendant of at least one parent who was born in the Virgin Islands after 1927." A simple "Virgin Islander" is defined as a U.S. citizen who has resided in the Virgin Islands for at least five years."

So my family would be like this....

I would be a Virgin Islander, because I've lived here at least 5 years.....but to those who live here, I will always be a transplant, no matter how long I live here.
My husband is an Ancestral Native Virgin Islander (someone who can trace there family back to people living here prior to 1927)
My son is a Virgin Islander, he was born here, has never lived any place else, but has no ancestral ties
My unborn child will be an Ancestral Native Virgin Islander, no matter if they are born here or in Iowa, or Africa, or anywhere else.

It's confusing to say the least! Plus, it seems that everyone reported something a little different, so there are lots of conflicting stories out there.

 
Posted : July 1, 2010 10:31 am
(@stt-resident)
Posts: 3316
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That whole part of the constitution is plain dumb which is precisely why it didn't make it past the first US Congressional stage. Now we're all going to be paying another arm and a leg for this overinflated panel to once again sit down and argue for a few more months ...

 
Posted : July 1, 2010 12:53 pm
(@stjohnjulie)
Posts: 272
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Couldn't agree with you more. I am personally quite embarrassed that it got sent to congress (I can only imagine what they must think of us). Not to get all political, but I am glad that the governor refused to send it until it was ordered by the courts that he do so. It has taken them forever to even come up with that, and think of all of the time and money that is being wasted??? I just wanted people to know how touchy the whole subject is here.

 
Posted : July 2, 2010 5:07 am
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