Title: Coastal Views: Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Program
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Title: Coastal Views: Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Program
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Publisher: Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Place of Publication: Virgin Islands
Publication Date: December 2003
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300918
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: University of the Virgin Islands
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the VI Coastal Zone Management


The V.I. Coastal Zone Management Act
(VICZMA) or Act was established in 1978 as a
means of regulating development and managing
coastal resources in the territory. The Coastal
Zone Management Commission is the entity
responsible for implementing the mandates set
forth in the Act. The goals and policies of the
VICZMA are quite comprehensive, covering a
full range of issues and concerns likely to arise
in conjunction with regulating land use in the
coastal zone. The Act emphasizes social,
environmental, economic, cultural and aesthetic
values, and recognizes issues of resource
capabilities and limitations. Long term social
and economic benefits, the protection of the
environment and traditional activities, and the
public use of the shoreline consistent with
tradition are the concerns of the program.


Coastal Water Quality

Sustain and improve coastal water quality and
improve the ability to protect and restore coastal
water quality by reducing the adverse impacts of
new development activities and mitigating the
adverse impacts of existing developments.

Coastal Hazard Mitigation

To the extent feasible, discourage further growth
and development in flood prone areas and assure
that development in these areas is designed to
minimize risks to life and property. Improve public
awareness of coastal natural hazards and
opportunities to reduce risks to life and property.
Identify hazard areas (coastal locations that, if
developed, would pose a hazard because of
periodic flooding, storms, erosion or land
settlement) and improve the ability to use non-
structural means to mitigate damages from coastal
hazards. Seek NOAA technical assistance for
immediate post-hurricane assessments.

Sustain Coastal Ecosystems

Conserve ecologically significant resource areas
for their contribution to marine productivity and
value as wildlife habitats, and preserve the
function and integrity of reefs, marine meadows,
salt ponds, mangroves and other significant
natural areas. Restore coastal habitats that have
been impacted by surface runoff, development and
other disturbances. Acquiring information on the
quality, quantity and distribution of coastal habitats
and biodiversity is essential for effective and
efficient management.

Program Through Strategic Management & Proje


Improve Divisional Efficiency
Provide clear, easily accessible information and
guidance to permit applicants and other interested
parties. Establish a productive work force by
exploring and providing opportunities for technical
training. Enhance permitting program through the
use and implementation of related technology and

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Public Access

Encourage and provide affordable and diverse
public recreational opportunities in the Coastal
Zone for all residents of the Virgin Islands
through the acquisition, development, and
restoration of areas consistent with sound
resource conservation principles.
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Enhance Public Awareness

Increase the involvement and commitment of
citizens and affected interests in efforts to protect
and restore coastal water quality and coastal

raise and enhance public awareness and
interest; and to encourage positive action.

CZM Mission Statement

The U.S. Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Manageen r was established to manage, enhance,
protect, and preserve our coastal resources, whi &miicing. conflicts between competing land and
water uses. It represents a comprehensive qp irnlmizing the impacts of activities on our
coastal resources. Our program is strongly com l. overall management of the coastlines to
ensure environmental and economic sustainabiliRty r.e generations.

CZM Commission

Present Members

Anthon Winston Adams
John H. Beagles
Christian O. Christensen
Julien Harley
Albert Hewitt
Robert Mathes
John Brion Morrisette
Austin "Babe" Monsanto
Madaline H. Sewer
Sarah "Peggy" Simmonds

Past Members

Leroy Arnold
John Babb (deceased)
Ruth Beagles
Justin Berkeley
John Bernier
Mavis Brady
Christopher Brathwaite
David Canegata
Reynold Charles
James Dalmida Jr.

Liston Davis
Charles Farrell
Peter Griffith (deceased)
Edwin Hatchette
Oscar Henry
Valdemar Hill
Keith Husband
Marquis C. James
Orville Kean
Jean Larsen

Helen Marsh deceasee
Thomas Matthias
William Newbold
Albert Paiewonsky
William Roebuck (decea
James L. Ross
Eric Schindler
Edith Smith-Adams
Henry Thomas
Beverly "Susan" Weav

This newsletter has been funded in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and
Coastal Resources Management (OCRM), and the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Program (VICZMP).

Editor: Giselle C. Richardson
Reviewers: Julita deLeon
Lucette Green
Lillian Moolenai
Bill Rohring

Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Division of Coastal Zone Management

45 Mars Hill, Frederiksted
St Croix, Virgin Islands 00840-4477
Tel (340) 773-3450 Fax (340) 773-3343


Cyril E King Airport Terminal Building, 2nd Floor
St Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802


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