Front Cover
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 General information
 Highlights of the year
 Selected legislation approved by...
 Virgin Islands water and power...
 Virgin Islands port authority
 Public utilities commission
 Bond issue and interim financi...
 Control of manufacture of watches...
 Control of processing of woolen...
 Office of public relations and...
 Office of the government secre...
 Department of education
 College of the Virgin Islands
 Department of health
 Department of social welfare
 Department of commerce
 Department of agriculture
 Department of labor
 Department of conservation and...
 Department of public works
 Virgin Islands employment security...
 Department of finance
 Office of the director of...
 Department of housing and community...
 Department of property and...
 Department of law
 Department of public safety
 The municipal court of the Virgin...
 Office of probation and parole
 Office of civil defense
 Virgin Islands planning board
 Bureau of statistics and economic...
 Office of economic opportunity
 Virgin Islands commission...
 Division of personnel
 Selective service
 Office of the supervisor of...

Title: Annual report of the Governor of the Virgin Islands
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00015463/00001
 Material Information
Title: Annual report of the Governor of the Virgin Islands
Series Title: Annual report of the Governor of the Virgin Islands
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: United States Department of the Interior
Publisher: United States Government Printing Office
Place of Publication: Washington, D. C.
Publication Date: 1970
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00015463
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: ltqf - AAA5018
ltuf - NONE

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page i
    Title Page
        Page ii
    Table of Contents
        Page iii
    General information
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
    Highlights of the year
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
    Selected legislation approved by the eighth legislature of the Virgin Islands, July 1969-June 1970
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
    Virgin Islands water and power authority
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
    Virgin Islands port authority
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
    Public utilities commission
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
    Bond issue and interim financing
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
    Control of manufacture of watches in the Virgin Islands
        Page 33
    Control of processing of woolen yard goods
        Page 34
    Office of public relations and information
        Page 35
        Page 36
    Office of the government secretary
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
    Department of education
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
    College of the Virgin Islands
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
    Department of health
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
    Department of social welfare
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
    Department of commerce
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
    Department of agriculture
        Page 79
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
    Department of labor
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
    Department of conservation and cultural affairs
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
    Department of public works
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
        Page 96
    Virgin Islands employment security agency
        Page 97
        Page 98
    Department of finance
        Page 99
        Page 100
    Office of the director of the budget
        Page 101
        Page 102
        Page 103
    Department of housing and community renewal
        Page 104
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
        Page 109
        Page 110
        Page 111
        Page 112
    Department of property and procurement
        Page 113
        Page 114
    Department of law
        Page 115
        Page 116
        Page 117
    Department of public safety
        Page 118
        Page 119
        Page 120
        Page 121
        Page 122
    The municipal court of the Virgin Islands
        Page 123
    Office of probation and parole
        Page 124
    Office of civil defense
        Page 125
        Page 126
    Virgin Islands planning board
        Page 127
        Page 128
        Page 129
        Page 130
        Page 131
    Bureau of statistics and economic studies
        Page 132
        Page 133
    Office of economic opportunity
        Page 134
        Page 135
    Virgin Islands commission on youth
        Page 136
        Page 137
    Division of personnel
        Page 138
        Page 139
    Selective service
        Page 140
        Page 141
        Page 142
    Office of the supervisor of elections
        Page 143
        Page 144
        Page 145
        Page 146
        Page 147
        Page 148
        Page 149
        Page 150
        Page 151
        Page 152
        Page 153
        Page 154
        Page 155
        Page 156
        Page 157
        Page 158
        Page 159
        Page 160
        Page 161
        Page 162
        Page 163
        Page 164
        Page 165
        Page 166
        Page 167
        Page 168
        Page 169
        Page 170
Full Text
Ssr / 1 7

1970 Annmual Report

Virgin Islands
to s ta.
SeWetary of the Interior

1970 Annual Report



to the

Secretary of the Interior

For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30



For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, D.C. 20402 Price 70 cents


General Information _______----------------_____--------_ 1
SHighlights ___________-----------______-------____ --- 11
SLegislation ___ ___ ________ ___ __________ __ 15
Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority __________ 18
Virgin Islands Port Authority _____-________________ 23
Public Utilities Commission _________________________ 27
Bond Issue and Interim Financing ____________________ 30
Control of Manufacture of Watches _______________ 33
SControl of Processing of Woolen Yard Goods _______ 34
Office of Public Relations and Information _________ 35
Office of Government Secretary _______________ 37
Department of Education ___________________________________ 40
College of the Virgin Islands --_______________________________ 53
SDepartment of Health ___----------------- 60
Department of Social Welfare ______________ 68
Department of Commerce __________________________________ 71
Department of Agriculture -- __________ _- 79
Department of Labor ____-- _______-- _______________ 83
SDepartment of Conservation and Cultural Affairs ----------- 86
SVirgin Islands Employment Security Agency -- ______- 97
Department of Public Works -_ 93
Department of Finance _-- __----------_-------- 99
". Office of the Director of the Budget ___----------------- 101
Q Department of Housing and Community Renewal -____ _- 104
Department of Property and Procurement _______ _______ 113
-> Department of Law ___ _________ ______________ 115
4 Department of Public Safety ------------------------------- 118
'Q The Municipal Court of the Virgin Islands -------------------- 123
Office of Probation and Parole __- ------------------ 124
Office of Civil Defense------------------------__ _____ 125
Virgin Islands Planning Board ______________________________ 127
Bureau of Statistics and Economic Studies __________________---132
Office of Economic Opportunity ______ _______ 134
Virgin Islands Commission on Youth ---------------------- 136
Division of Personnel ____________________----_ 138
r Selective Service _-____----- -------------__----------- 140
Office of the Supervisor of Elections _------------------ 143
Conclusion ---------___ _______-------------__ __----- 144


Christopher Columbus, sailing to
the New World on his second voy-
age in 1493, dropped anchor on the
north side of St. Croix and the is-
land's first "visitor" took in the un-
spoiled tropical beauty and rolling
hills of a Caribbean paradise. The
spot is known today as Salt River
Bay, one of the many picturesque
inlets in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Great Navigator named his
"discovery" Santa Cruz, meaning,
"Island of the Holy Cross" and sent
a landing party asore to replenish
the ship's dwindling water supply.
Instead of the warm welcome vis-
itors receive today, Columbus' men
were repulsed by the fierce Carib
Indians. No further attempts were
made to land and colonize until 1555
when the hostile Caribs were driven
from St. Croix by the soldiers of
King Charles V of Spain.
Columbus was so impressed with
the beauty of the island chain, he
christened them "Las Virgenes" in
honor of St. Ursula and her 11,000
martyred virgins.
The value of these and the other
islands of the West Indies soon be-
came apparent to the crowned heads
of Europe and colonization was en-
couraged. England, France, Holland,
and Spain vied for control during
the 17th century with sugar as the
principal attraction. So important
was trade with the West Indies that
Great Britain, negotiating with
France to end the Seven Years' War

in 1763, seriously considered keep-
ing the Island of Guadeloupe instead
of Canada.
Denmark played the most impor-
tant role in the development of the
U.S. Virgin Islands. Entering the
picture in 1671, she chartered the
West India Company and began
serious colonization of St. Thomas
and St. John. St. Croix was pur-
chased from France in 1733. Except
for a brief period of British occupa-
tion during the Napoleonic Wars,
the Danes ruled these islands until
Thus began a golden age of com-
merce and peaceful development for
the Virgin Islands, blessed by the
Danish policy and neutrality and
liberal trading laws. Ships of all the
nations of Europe, carried to the
fine harbor of Charlotte Amalie on
St. Thomas by the constant easterly
trade winds, gathered there, and a
booming trade with the New Eng-
land States of the new American
nation supported the burgeoning
island economy.
Sugar was king and its influence
was felt everywhere. Throughout
the Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix,
and St. John, massive stone wind-
mills were erected for grinding cane.
Many of these towers remain re-
minders of a bygone era and evi-
dence of a once flourishing planta-
tion life.
With wealth came the unfortu-
nate byproducts, greed and avarice.
The Caribbean became the hunting

The ruins of old sugar mills, which dot the island of St. Croix, are reminders of the
days when sugar was king in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

ground of such notorious pirates as
Captain Kidd and Edward Teach,
the notorious Blackbeard. It is said
the Virgin Islands were spared the
depredations of these buccaneers by
paying "protection" in the form of
sanctuary and commercial privileges.
Sugar brought great prosperity to
the islands and the plantation own-
ers. It also brought misery and pri-
vation to the thousands of slaves
who were introduced from Africa
in the 1860's to work the canefields.
Their suffering finally erupted into
revolt. On St. John, after a bloody
mutiny, the slaves held the islands
for 6 months until French forces ar-
rived from Martinique to help the
Danish masters regain their land.
Legend has it that the last sur-
vivors of the ill-fated uprising com-
mitted mass suicide by plunging over

a cliff or shooting themselves rather
than face a return to servitude.
Slavery was finally abolished by an
enlightened Denmark in 1848, 15
years prior to the publication of the
U.S. Emancipation Proclamation.
From then on, sugar decreased in
commercial importance in the Vir-
gin Islands, outdone by the more
favorable conditions for cane oper-
ations in Cuba and elsewhere.
The United States took its first
look at the islands during the Amer-
ican Civil War. However, a pur-
chase agreement fell through when
the Senate refused to ratify the ne-
gotiations in 1870. Bargaining con-
tinued throughout the century but
it wasn't until World War I that the
United States moved decisively.
Fearing a German seizure that would
give U-boats a base in the Carib-

Government House, Christiansted, St. Croix, an historic example of Danish architecture.

bean, the United States bought the
Danish Virgins in 1917 for $25 mil-
lion. The U.S. Navy was delegated
to administer the islands and as-
sumed responsibility on March 31
of that year.

The U.S. Virgin Islands lie some
1,434 nautical miles southeast of
New York City, 991 miles from Mi-
ami, Fla.; and 40 miles east of Puerto
Rico, 75 air-miles from San Juan.

rrA---4- __

The islands are a part of the An-
tilles, which form the dividing line
between the Caribbean Sea and the
Atlantic Ocean. They are directly
in the path of the trade winds, so
commercially important in the days
of sail, at the eastern end of the
Great Antilles and the northern end
of the Lesser Antilles.
The U.S. Virgins consist of some
50 islands and cays of volcanic ori-
gin. Their neighbors, the British
Virgins, are made up of another 30
similar islands and cays.
Only three islands in the U.S.
group are of any population or com-
mercial significance. The largest of
these, St. Croix, with 84 square miles
is mostly flat, and suited for agricul-
tural use. Forty miles due north, St.
Thomas, with 28 square miles, offers
dramatic rugged mountains that rise
sharply from the sea to heights of
up to 1,500 feet. A few miles east of
St. Thomas, the Island of St. John
with 20 square miles, offers similar
land and seascapes. Both islands rise
from the same submarine plateau.
Between these two islands and St.
Croix, the Caribbean Sea deepens
to a 15,000-foot trench.
Because of the steep sloping moun-
tainsides, little land on St. John
or St. Thomas is tillable. St. Croix,
however, is well suited to agricul-
ture, and priority is being given to
the advancement and diversification
of this industry. Until recently, sugar
cane was the only important crop.
However, it had been a marginal one
and cost the local government large
sums of money to cover milling
losses. Consequently, sugar has been
phased out and terminated as a com-
mercial crop. Instead, industry has
been encouraged to develop and
thousands of acres of prime land are
being utilized under a comprehen-
sive agricultural plan now being de-
veloped. This includes research into

feasible food crops, middle-range pro-
grams for agricultural development,
and a long-range plan to preserve
the agricultural character and na-
tural beauty of the island.
St. Croix has two improved har-
bors. The one at Christiansted, con-
sidered to be one of the most pic-
turesque under the U.S. flag, at-
tracts pleasure yachts and medium-
size commercial craft from other
West Indian islands. A deep-water
harbor at Frederiksted, on the east
end of St. Croix, accommodates
ocean liners and is responsible for
increased cruise ship traffic to the
island. In addition, a full-size air-
port with direct jet flights to the
mainland has further enhanced the
growing tourist trade.
St. Thomas, whose agricultural
resources are limited by its rugged
landscape, more than makes up for
this deficiency with its excellent na-
tural harbor. It is one of the rank-
ing ports of call for cruise ships, and
the expansion of its airport facilities
now permits jet travel from the
mainland to the island.
St. John's main attraction is its
unspoiled beauty, guaranteed to en-
dure because much of the island is
taken up by the Virgin Islands Na-
tional Park. The incomparable
beaches, breathtaking mountain
views, and lush vegetation bring an
increasing number of visitors each
year, who explore the island's charm
by jeep or boat.
The U.S. Virgins enjoy a near-per-
fect climate. Temperatures stay with-
in 700 to 90 range, with an average
of 780. The balmy trade winds pro-
vide natural air conditioning. Hu-
midity is comfortably low with rain-
fall averaging about 45 inches a year.
There is an abundant variety of
tropical flora, ranging from the well-
known hibiscus, bougainvillea, olean-
der, poinsettia, and wild orchid, to

One of the many cruise ships that visit the Virgin Islands each year anchors in Charlotte
Amalie harbor, St. Thomas.

the less-common African tulip, fran-
gipani, and lignum vitae. Many
other flowering trees and shrubs add
to the island's color and fragrance.
Coconut and royal palms are every-
where while the quieter beaches are
lined with mangrove, mahoe, and
seagrape trees. Exotic fruits from
native trees grace the tables of Virgin
Islanders, the more popular being
mango, soursop, lime, guava, sugar
apple, avocado, papaya, genep, and
mammee apple.
Though there is no large commer-
cial fishing industry, the natives,
through their individual efforts,
make fish an important part of their
daily diet. The Virgin Island waters,
particularly in the game fishing
sense, have become recognized as a
prime fishing area. Blue marlin,
wahoo, tuna, tarpon, kingfish, and

bonefish are taken the year round
while white marlin and sailfish are
caught during most months. The
Virgin Islands now hold the world
record for the largest blue marlin.
Smaller fish also abound. They in-
clude grouper, "old wife," yellow
tail, and angelfish.
The islands provide stone, sand
and gravel as building materials, but
there are no minerals of commercial
The Virgin Islands have been
governed by many nations. The flags
of Spain, France, Holland, England,
Denmark, and the United States
have flown over all three islands;
and St. Croix, for a brief time, was
administered by the Knights of


Cruz Bay harbor, St. John, a quiet, picturesque setting that is also the entry to the
Virgin Islands National Park.

When the United States pur-
chased the Virgin Islands in 1917,
the transition was accomplished
smoothly by retaining the Danish
legal code as the basic law. The Navy
was given responsibility for admin-
istering the islands until 1931. Mili-
tary, civil, and judicial power were
vested in the Naval Governor, who
was appointed by the President of
the United States.
On February 27, 1931, an exec-
utive order from the White House
transferred jurisdiction from the
Navy to the Department of the In-
terior, and the first civilian Gover-
nor was appointed by the President.
A major change in the method of
governing the islands occurred with
the passage of the Revised Organic
Act of 1954 by which the Congress
authorized distinct executive, legis-

lative, and judicial branches and
provided for a substantial degree of
self-government. Recent changes in
the act provide for an even greater
degree of home rule.
Presently, the Governor is ap-
pointed by the President, subject to
Senate confirmation and exercises
the executive power under the su-
pervision of the Secretary of the In-
terior. In November, 1970, by recent
congressional act, he will be elected
by the people of the Virgin Islands
for the first time in Virgin Islands
history. The Governor is responsible
for the execution of local laws, ad-
ministration of all activities of the
executive branch, and the appoint-
ment of department heads and other
employees. He reports annually to
the Legislature on the state of the
territory and recommends new leg-

Pleasure and fishing craft cluster around the docks on the waterfront of Christiansted,
St. Croix. The Virgin Islands are world-famous for their excellent sailing waters and
game fishing.

isolation to carry out the various pro-
grams of local government.
The government secretary also is
appointed by the President and in
1970 will also be elected by the peo-
ple with the rank of Lieutenant
Governor. In the absence of the
Governor, the government secretary
serves as acting Governor. He also
has administrative responsibility for
banking and insurance laws and the
licensing and assessment of real
The unicameral one house Legis-
lature is elected for 2-year terms.
There are 15 senators-five from St.
Croix, five from St. Thomas, one

from St. John, and four elected at
large by Virgin Islands voters of all
the islands. Each bill passed must be
signed by the Governor before it
becomes law. A two-thirds vote of
the Legislature is necessary to over-
ride the Governor's veto. In this
event, the Governor must approve
it or submit to the President for
final action.,
The judge of the district court of
the Virgin Islands and the U.S. dis-
trict attorney are appointed by the
President of the United States. The
district court exercises jurisdiction
over felony violations of the local
criminal code as well as jurisdiction

On the day of his inauguration, Governor
Evans displays the document attesting to
his appointment by President Nixon and
shares his pleasure with admiring friends.

over crime arising under Federal law.
The municipal court judges are ap-
pointed by the Governor and con-
firmed by the Legislature. The mu-
nicipal court exercises jurisdiction
over misdemeanor violations and
traffic offenses under the local law.
Civil cases involving less than
$500 are handled by the municipal
court; cases involving from $500 to
$10,000 are handled either by the
municipal court or the Federal court;
all cases over $10,000 are in the
exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal
The district court of the Virgin
Islands exercises appellate jurisdic-
tion over the municipal court in
civil and criminal cases. The U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Third Cir-
cuit, Philadelphia, and the U.S.
Supreme Court exercise appellate
jurisdiction over the district court
of the Virgin Islands.

Finances and Taxes
There are three principal sources

of revenue for the government of the
Virgin Islands from which funds
are derived for capital and operating
The largest source and one that is
growing every year, is from local in-
come taxes. An act of the Congress
of the United States provides that
Federal income tax schedules be ap-
plied as a local tax in the Virgin
Islands. Another major contributor
to the treasury consists of Federal
excise taxes collected in the United
States on imports of Virgin Islands
products and returned to the local
government as matching funds. To
receive funds, the islands must raise,
through local taxes, money which
matches in size the excises to be re-
In addition, the Federal Govern-
ment assists the islands by appro-
priations and grant-in-aid allotments
for many activities in employment
services, public assistance, health
and diseases services, wildlife, and
libraries. There are over 60 such aid
programs and appropriations.

Economic Development
Tourism continues as the most
important industry in the Virgin
Islands. Income from visitors' ex-
penditures during fiscal 1970 reached
$107,006,745, the third consecutive
year in which the figure topped
$100 million.
Efforts continue toward creating
a broader industrial and agricultural
base within the islands' economy.
To establish and maintain this eco-
nomic stability, small manufacturing
firms are continually being encour-
aged to establish operations in the
islands. On St. Croix, two large in-
dustrial concerns are in production,
providing employment opportuni-
ties for a large number of citizens.
Such diversification provides year-

round employment at good wages
for many islanders, and has helped
bring about a higher standard of
living than ever existed under the
one-crop, one-industry, sugar econ-
omy of old. Virgin Islanders' per
capital income is by far the highest
in the entire Caribbean.
The sale of rum, the distilling of
which is a major industry of the
islands, is promoted through the
Virgin Islands Rum Council, sup-
ported jointly by the rum distillers
and the local government.
Tax exemptions and subsidy ben-
efits have long been used by the
local government to encourage in-
dustrial development. Incentives for
private investment in hotels, guest-
houses, industrial concerns, and
housing projects include tax exemp-
tions of up to 16 years and return
of 75 percent of income taxes in the
form of subsidy.
Virgin Islands manufacturers of
goods that contain not more than
50 percent of foreign raw materials
are allowed duty-free entry into the
United States of their products un-
der section 301 of the U.S. Tariff
Act. To guard against abuses of sec-
tion 301, the local government sets
up production quotas for certain
classifications of textiles, and on the
manufacture of watches, with high
taxes provided for production in
excess of the quotas. The watch
production legislation was supplant-
ed in January 1968 by a congres-
sional act designed for the same
purpose but applicable as well to
other territorial areas subject to the
same section 301 treatment.

The Virgin Islands are in the
midst of a population explosion. Pre-
liminary and unofficial Federal cen-
sus figures show the Island popula-

tion at 62,296. Of these, 31,892 are
residents of St. Croix, 29,661 from
St. Thomas and 1,743 from St. John.
In 1960 the census recorded the
resident population at 32,099. A
breakdown of the 1960 population
figures records 15,930 males and
16,169 females. Resident of urban
communities numbered 18,017;
14,082 lived in rural areas, while
8,892 were enrolled in schools. The
total labor force was 11,336, of which
7,363 were male and 3,971 female.
Unemployment was listed at 3.4
English is the traditional language
of the Virgin Islands. Some French
is spoken by citizens of French de-
scent on St. Thomas, and many
Spanish-speaking families have come
from Puerto Rico, settling chiefly in
St. Croix.
The people are devout and wor-
ship in many churches including
Roman Catholic, Anglican, Luther-
an, Methodist, Jewish, Moravian,
Seventh-Day Adventist, Pilgrim Holi-
ness, Christian Mission, Dutch Re-
formed, and Baptist.

Health and Education
The Virgin Islands have set an
example for the entire Caribbean
in the preservation of health, the
development of education, and the
replacement of slums with modern
Each year sees further advances
in hospital and public health serv-
ices. Diseases once associated with
tropical climates have long since
been eradicated, and the climate
eliminates the need for home heat-
ing or heavy clothing, further con-
tributing to the good health of the
Virgin Islanders.
Educational standards continue
to be upgraded. Public schools cover
kindergarten through high school,

and the islands' two major high
schools have full accreditation. The
College of the Virgin Islands, estab-
lished in 1963, has reached an en-
rollment of 420 full-time students
and nearly 1,000 part-time students
and in fiscal 1969 became a 4-year
institution offering programs in lib-
eral arts and teacher education. In
addition, the college continues to
offer a variety of 2-year programs.

Communication and Transportation
All three Virgin Islands enjoy the
facilities of a dial telephone system
that is being constantly expanded
to meet the growing needs of the
community. Marine cables have been
installed that have made possible
direct dialing to Puerto Rico and
to the mainland. Worldwide radio
telegraph service is also available.

The islands are served by three
radio stations, two television sta-
tions, and four newspapers, three
of them dailies.
Most visitors from the mainland
come by air, flying in jet planes to
Puerto Rico and then by smaller
planes to the islands or by daily
direct jet service using medium-
range jet aircraft. A regular seaplane
service operates between the princi-
pal islands. Aside from short-stay
cruise ship passengers, there are very
few people who arrive by boat. Small
native sloops and charter boats carry
travelers between islands and to the
nearby British Virgin Islands.
Local transportation is provided
by bus, taxis, and rented vehicles.
Most roads are paved, with contin-
ued improvement each year, and
driving is on the left side of the road.



The year ending June 30, 1970,
was marked by substantial achieve-
ments in improved housing, road-
building and lighting, greater job
protection for government em-
ployees, and better community rela-
tions. Business and industry contin-
ued to expand and tax collection
methods were improved to increase
revenues to the Government.
The Virgin Islands faced all the
social and economic problems which
confronted other sections of the na-
tion-a booming population, dan-
gers of pollution of our air, water
and total environment, economic
uncertainties, rising crime rates, and
sweeping narcotics addiction. But
despite these new and threatening
social, ecological, and economic
problems, the Virgin Islands made
significant progress.

Conflict of Interest Legislation
In a move to insure that no pub-
lic employee uses his office or job for
direct or indirect personal profit, a
bill was introduced in the Legisla-
ture to this effect. This bill applied
the same standard of good conduct
in the Virgin Islands as embodied in
Federal law by acts of Congress and
by conflict of interest statutes in most
of the States.

Housing Progress
During the year, more low- and
middle-income housing was started
than ever before in Virgin Islands
history. Two multimillion-dollar

middle-income housing projects were
planned in an arrangement between
the Government and the Housing
Corporation of America. Financing
for this housing is a joint venture
between the Government and pri-
vate enterprise under which the
Government establishes an escrow
account with a promise to buy any
housing units which are not sold to
private individuals. This escrow ac-
count will amount to only a small
fraction of the financing the Gov-
ernment would be required to pro-
vide under conventional methods.
Ground breaking ceremonies have
been held for the first project under
this program-the $4.5 million Para-
dise Mill development at Estate
Paradise in St. Croix. This will have
208 townhouse condominiums. The
second project is scheduled for
Estate Nazareth in St. Thomas.

More Miles of Road
During the winter of 1970, the
Governor proclaimed a "state of
emergency in the public road system
of the Virgin Islands." This move
permitted the Government to avoid
the delays of advertising for bids
and removed restrictions on the
source of materials and equipment.
Road construction and maintenance
have been top-priority items of the
As a result, more miles of road
have been constructed in the Islands
during this fiscal year than were
built in the past 10 years.

Prototype of proposed apartment buildings on St. Thomas, containing eight individual

New Sewage Systems
Plans for totally new sewage sys-
tems in St. Croix and St. Thomas
were launched during the year as
part of the massive antipollution
campaign initiated by the Governor.
The two systems are planned to have
sufficient capacity to meet the needs
of the Islands until the year 2015,
and total cost will be $15 million.
A total of $2,600,050 has been re-
leased from the conservation fund
and the administration has obtained
a grant of $1,916,200 from the Fed-
eral Water Quality Administration
for initial construction.

Modern Reformatory
A new security complex will be
built on St. Croix to replace the
antiquated, overcrowded and in-
efficient Richmond Penitentiary on
St. Croix which dates back to 1836.

The new reformatory will include
detention quarters, facilities for the
Public Safety Department, the local
courts and the law department.

Caribbean Conference on Youth
Young Virgin Islanders, working
with the Virgin Islands Council on
Youth, organized a 3-day meeting
for young people and adult leaders
from 17 Caribbean communities to
study the problems of youth in the
changing world. The conference was
patterned after the President's White
House Conference On Youth, with
discussion led by nationally known
experts in various fields.

Expansion of Potable Water
Improved operational capabilities
of the potable water system through
desalination made it possible to elim-

inate the barging of water from San
Juan-a costly and outmoded water
supply technique that had been used
for many years.

Improved Highway Lighting
High on the list of improvement
projects was better lighting for busy
thoroughfares. By the end of the
fiscal year, all major highways in
both St. Croix and St. Thomas had
been well-lighted, thereby helping
to reduce the accident and crime
rates. Guardrails also were installed
on the major highways.

Consumer Protection Council
Establishment of a Consumer Pro-
tection Council was the first effort to
protect consumer interests in the
Virgin Islands. As a part of this ef-
fort, electrical rates on St. Croix were
lowered to equal those paid by con-
sumers in St. Thomas.

Tax Collection Improvements
The Department of Finance
worked closely with the Internal
Revenue Service to improve tax col-
lection methods in the Virgin Is-
lands, including collection of long-
delinquent taxes, undeclared taxes,
and initiation of a total withhold-
ing system for Government em-

Government Employees Classified
Hundreds of men and women who
worked for the Government as
hourly employees were placed in
classified jobs, insuring them the job
benefits and security inherent in
that system.

Community Relations Council
Rapid population growth, large

influx of newcomers to the Islands,
and the tensions on the mainland
created frictions in the Islands and
the Council was established by the
Governor to study the causes of
community stresses and propose so-

Narcotics Control
Law-enforcement work was made
more difficult by the drug-abuse
problem. Working with the Fed-
eral Government, Island officers
made a mass arrest of 11 people
charged with narcotic violations-
largest single arrest in the history of
the Virgin Islands. This roundup of
peddlers resulted from months of
work and cooperation from citizens
with the "Operation Alert" program,
a system for giving information to
proper authorities.

$20 Million Bond Issue by the
Virgin Islands Water and
Power Authority
Revenue bonds totaling $20 mil-
lion were sold by the Virgin Islands
Water and Power Authority. Pro-
ceeds were used to retire outstanding
indebtedness with the General Serv-
ices Administration incurred in 1965
for the cost of acquiring facilities,
to retire interim bond anticipation
notes, and to finance improvements.
Successful bidder for the 20-year
electric revenue bonds was the
First Boston Corporation at a net
interest bid cost of 6.7578 percent.

"Virgin Islands Year of Ocean
Resource Development"
Tektite II, the most ambition un-
derwater exploration program ever
attempted, highlighted 1970 which
Governor Evans proclaimed as
"Virgin Islands Year of Ocean Re-
source Development." Between April


1 and November 1, 1970, 62 scien-
tist-aquanauts from Federal agencies,
private industry, and universities
will conduct research in the marine
sciences, human behavior and hu-
man biology. Special research was
done in oceanography, ecology, lob-
ster behavior, fish trap evaluation,
effects of artificial reefs and other
subjects. New ocean equipment will
be tested and a special vessel con-
ducted ocean survey research.
The Lameshur Bay area in St.
John is the base for Tektite II which
was sponsored by Department of the
Interior, Department of Health, Ed-
ucation and Welfare, General Elec-
tric Company, Government of the
Virgin Islands, NASA National Sci-
ence Foundation, Smithsonian In-
stitution, U.S. Coast Guard, and the
U.S. Navy.
Before fiscal 1970 ended, under

the leadership of the Government of
the Virgin Islands, plans and finan-
cing were already underway for
Tektite III.

School Expansion
Several major school and play-
ground expansion projects were
completed and careful plans were
made for the expansion of the school
population which would occur early
in fiscal 1971. At the beginning of
the new school term, it was expected
that 3,000 new enrollees, including
approximately 1,500 children of
alien families, would be admitted at
all grade levels to the public schools
of the Virgin Islands. This step was
taken in compliance with Federal
court decisions and would provide
equal educational opportunities for
all children in the Islands for the
first time in history.




JULY 1969-JUNE 1970

1. Act No. 2513-To Amend Chapter 51 of Title 14, Virgin Islands Code
Pertaining to Obscene Matter and Indecency.
2. Act No. 2514-To Establish the Morris F. deCastro Fellowship and
for Other Purposes.
3. Act No. 2519-To Establish a Special Commission to Study the Need
for Additional Elective Offices Within the Govern-
ment of the Virgin Islands.
4. Act No. 2522-To Amend Chapters 7 and 81 of Title 33, Virgin Is-
lands Code, Pertaining to Exemption from Taxation
of Property Held by Nonprofit Organizations for Pub-
lic Benefit, and for Other Purposes.
5. Act No. 2525-To Authorize the Extension of Certain Tax Exemption
Benefits to Virgin Islands Spinning Corporation.
6. Act No. 2526-To Authorize the Extension of Certain Exemption Ben-
efits to West Indies Textiles, Inc.
7. Act No. 2528-To Approve the Workable Program Certification in
Accordance With the Provisions of the Federal
Housing Act of 1949, as Amended.
8. Act No. 2530-To Add a New Chapter to Title 11 of the Virgin Is-
lands Code; To Create a Small Business Development
Agency and for Other Purposes.
9. Act No. 2535-To Authorize the Department of Agriculture To Inves-
tigate the Possibility of Getting the Virgin Islands To
Participate in the Commercial Fishing Training Pro-
gram Being Conducted by the United Nations in
10. Act No. 2537-To Add a New Chapter 30 to Title 17, Virgin Islands
Code, Pertaining to the Junior Reserve Officers' Train-
ing Corps and for Other Purposes.
11. Act No. 2539-To Further Amend Section 2305 of Chapter 81, Title
33, Virgin Islands Code, Pertaining to Homestead Ex-
emptions and for Other Purposes.
12. Act No. 2542-To Amend Chapter 2 of Title 29, Virgin Islands Code,
Pertaining to Emergency Housing and Priority Rights
Under Government Home Ownership Program.

13. Act No. 2546-To Add a New Chapter 7 to Title 13, Virgin Islands
Code, Authorizing and Providing for the Incorpora-
tion, Regulation, Management and Control of Coop-
erative Corporations and for Other Purposes.
14. Act No. 2547-To Authorize a Comprehensive Study on Bilingual Ed-
ucation in the Virgin Islands and for Other Purposes.
15. Act No. 2555-To Further Amend the Provisions of Section 493 of
Title 20 of the Virgin Islands Code Relating to the
Operation of a Motor Vehicle while in an Intoxicated
16. Act No. 2574-To Authorize the Governor to Execute an Agreement
with the Chase Manhattan Bank in which the Gov-
ernment of the Virgin Islands will be the Guarantor
of a Loan to the Virgin Islands Port Authority for the
Purpose of Purchasing Land for the Construction of
Jetport in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
17. Act No. 2598-To Amend Titles 3, 17 and 34 of the Virgin Islands
Code To Provide for the Transfer of the Responsibil-
ity for Vocational Rehabilitation to the Department
of Social Welfare.
18. Act No. 2611-To Amend Chapter 9 of Title 29 of the Virgin Islands
Code, Entitled Virgin Islands Port Authority.
19. Act No. 2632-To designate January 15th, the Birthday of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., as a Legal Holiday in the Virgin
Islands, and for Other Purposes.
20. Act No. 2633-To Authorize the Abatement of an Exemption From
Taxes to a Housing Project Referred to in this Act.
21. Act No. 2640-To Provide an Appropriation for the Employment of
a Law Clerk to the Judge of the District Court of the
Virgin Islands.
22. Act No. 2642-To Amend Subsection (f) of Section 236 of Title 31 of
the Virgin Islands Code Relating to Purchases from
Suppliers in the Virgin Islands.
23. Act No. 2644-To Amend Chapter 17 of Title 27, Virgin Islands Code,
Pertaining to the Licensing of Barbers and Beau-
24. Act No. 2661-To Authorize the Virgin Islands Port Authority to
Purchase Certain Real Property From the United
States, and for Other Purposes.
25. Act No. 2689-To Amend Title 18, Virgin Islands Code, to Require
the Publication of a Calendar of Election Year Events,
and for Other Purposes.
26. Act No. 2700-To Amend Chapter 27 of Title 3 of the Virgin Islands
Code, Relating to the Government Retirement System.
27. Act No. 2706-To Amend the Following Titles of the Virgin Islands
Code: Title 27 to Provide for Professional Immunity
for Practical Nurses in Emergency Cases; Title 19
to Provide for Mandatory Reporting of Certain Phys-
ical Abuses of Children by Practical Nurses; and for
Other Purposes.

28. Act No. 2708-To Promote the Employment of Youth During the
Summer Months, Authorizing the Commissioner of
Labor and the Division of Personnel To Establish
and Maintain a Youth Employment Service, and for
Other Purposes.
29. Act No. 2710-To Provide for the Civil Commitment and Rehabilita-
tion of Narcotic Addicts and the Civil Commitment
of Persons Not Charged With Any Criminal Offense.



Personnel: 333

The Authority began operating
water and electric power systems for
the people of the Virgin Islands on
June 1, 1965. It serves domestic,
commercial, and industrial custom-
ers. During the 1970 fiscal year, the
Authority was able to meet greatly
increased demand for both water and
power, reflecting the economic
growth of the Islands and its own

Operating Appropriation: $7,560,000

growth in equipment and organiza-
The Authority owns and operates
separate electric power generation
and distribution facilities on the is-
lands of St. Thomas and St. Croix.
The island of St. John, 4 miles east
of St. Thomas, is supplied with
power transmitted from St. Thomas
by submarine cables.

A part of the huge Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority complex, where millions
of gallons of sea water are turned into distilled fresh water by desalination.

The Authority also produces wa-
ter by distilling seawater in conjunc-
tion with its steam electric power
generation. All water produced by
the Authority is distributed to con-
sumers by the Public Works Depart-
During the fiscal year, 594.2 mil-
lion gallons of water were sold to
Public Works Department on St.
Thomas, an increase of 63 percent
over 1969 and more than four times
the 129 million gallons sold in fiscal
1965-66. St. Croix sold 144.2 million
gallons to the Department during
this fiscal year.
Demand for electric power is still
on the increase. On St. Croix, the
maximum peak demand of 18,600
kilowatts during the fiscal year was
28 percent higher than the previous
year. On St. Thomas, the maximum
peak demand of 24,650 kilowatts
during the fiscal year was an increase
of 11 percent over the previous year.
Production kept pace, increasing
28 percent on St. Croix, and 20 per-
cent on St. Thomas. Total produc-
tion on St. Croix was 107 million
kilowatt hours, or 69 million greater
than for the 1965-66 fiscal year. On
St. Thomas, the total production
was 148.8 million kilowatt hours or
79.1 percent higher than for the
1965-66 fiscal year.
On St. Croix, sales of energy were
$3,281,660, compared with $2,751,-
342 in the prior year. This represents
an increase of 19 percent, reflecting
the continued growth of the St.
Croix economy.
On St. Thomas, preliminary data
for the fiscal year showed gross en-
ergy sales of $4.32 million, com-
pared with $3.67 million in the prior
year, an increase of 17.7 percent.
Energy sales increased from 99.6
million to 106.3 million kilowatt-
hours, or 11 percent. Most of the

Electric power plant on St. Croix.

A section of the water distillation plant at
Krum Bay, St. Thomas.

Water and Power Authority employees re-
ceive instruction in repair procedures.


One of many modern centers that control
the electrical power of the Virgin Islands
Water and Power Authority.

increased sales were to residential
and small commercial users.
Customers totaled 10,845 at St.
Croix and 12,088 at St. Thomas for
a total of 22,933. This was an in-
crease of 55 percent over the 15,014
customers served at the close of the
1965-66 fiscal year.
The rates for power provided by
the Authority are the same for all
the islands, with the exception of
the residential rate for over 200
kilowatt hours per month on St.
Croix. The three basic rate sched-
ules (1) residential, (2) small com-
mercial and industrial, and (3) large
commercial and industrial, were
placed in effect January 1, 1967,
after adoption by the governing
board of the Virgin Islands Water
and Power Authority.
The governing board is now
studying the general rate structure,
with a view to standardizing all res-
idential rates.
On St. Thomas, at the close of the
fiscal year, the Authority had eight

diesel generating units, one gas tur-
bine generating unit, and three
steam turbo generating units, the
latter including desalination equip-
ment. These generators have a total
nameplate rating of 54,550 kilowatts.
The 18,000-kilowatt steam turbo
generator (unit No. 11) on St.
Thomas was accepted by the Au-
thority as satisfactory, according to
contract terms, in August 1969.
A 15,000-kilowatt gas turbine and
generator (unit No. 12) was received
on September 6, 1969, for installa-
tion in St. Thomas plant. It went
into commercial operation Novem-
ber 24, 1969, and has worked satis-
factorily since.
On St. Croix at the close of the
fiscal year, the Authority had seven
diesel generating units, and two
steam turbo generating units, the
latter including desalination equip-
ment. These generators have a total
nameplate rating of 41,092 kilowatt.
During November 1969, construc-
tion was completed and a 4,500-kilo-
watt diesel generator (unit No. 6A)
on St. Croix was placed in commer-
cial operation as planned. This unit
has operated very well since installa-
The 18,000-kilowatt steam turbine
plant on St. Croix (unit No. 11-
contract SC-3) was started March 11,
1970, under the direction of con-
tractor's personnel and a series of
operational tests was made. All sys-
tems were checked during on-line
run of the unit. This plant was ac-
cepted by the Authority as of March
27, 1970, after carrying the island's
peak load. The final acceptance test
was conducted April 2, 1970.
Major expenditures in St. Croix
included construction of two fuel
oil tanks, the complete rebuilding
of No. 10 boiler, the retubing of No.
10 condenser, and the rewinding of
No. 7 generator.


On St. Thomas an evaporator
brine heater was retubed, boiler No.
2 was rebuilt with new type burners
for smoke control, and boiler No. 11
was acid-cleaned twice during the
During the fiscal year, approxi-
mately 30.7 miles of three-phase and
single-phase primary lines were con-
structed on St. Croix, and 18 miles
on St. Thomas. There were 1,028
new mercury vapor fixtures installed
during the year. The Authority has
embarked on an extensive program
of replacing all old fixtures on the
three islands.
Due to overcrowding of the St.
Thomas warehouse at Sub Base, bids
were taken and a 3,000 square-foot
addition was constructed immedi-
ately south of the existing building.
At the end of the fiscal year, move-
ment of the line materials into this
section had begun.
A significant step toward increas-
ing the efficiency of operations and
maintenance was taken during this
year. The 1,993 purchases orders is-
sued constituted a 100 percent in-
crease over the 1965-66 fiscal year
when the purchase department was
With almost 15,000 separate items
being warehoused, it became difficult
and expensive to trace each item. In
August 1969, a contract was granted
to automate the warehouse inventory
and provide a bimonthly reading of
all stock on hand and on order, as
well as to maintain a usage rate for
accurate accounting. A format was
developed and the conversion began
in October 1969. All items have been
coded and full performance is ex-
pected to begin upon completion of
the current inventory.
Fiscal 1970 saw great effort placed
on training personnel.
The Authority has constantly en-
couraged its employees to increase

their knowledge and skills through
correspondence courses, seminars,
and conferences, enrollment in con-
tinuing education, classes at the Col-
lege of the Virgin Islands, and man-
ufacturers' training schools. Many
have completed courses, or are tak-
ing them through the University of
Wisconsin, International Corre-
spondence Schools, La Salle Univer-
sity, and College of the Virgin Is-
The first concerted effort devoted
to "on-the-job," in-plant training
program began in 1969. The ob-
jective is to meet the immediate need
for trained operators and to estab-
lish a pool of trained personnel. The
program has enjoyed favorable ac-
ceptance and has assisted in effective
staffing of the operations depart-
ment. A similar program is under-
way in the distribution department.
The Authority has retained a train-
ing officer for a 2-year period to in-
struct line department personnel in
construction methods, "hot line"
work, safety, basic electricity, and
other skills.
Growth and customers' increased
requirements for service made it
necessary to increase personnel from
282 at the beginning of the year to
333 at year's end. Payrolls jumped
from $1,871,832 to $2,328,857, re-
flecting not only the increase in per-
sonnel, but also negotiated salary
increases. Approximately $20,000 of
the total payroll was paid to some
50 high school and college students
who worked during the summer.
These students worked as typists,
file-clerks, inventory clerks, painter
helpers, and brush cutters.
By resolution No. 72, the govern-
ing board authorized the chairman
and executive director to take im-
mediate action to provide a larger
block of back-up power for St. Croix.
By contract SC-7 the Authority ac-

cepted the proposal of the Worth-
ington Corporation to build an 18,-
000-kilowatt jet gas turbine electric
generating plant to be in operation
on or before December 1970.
As an addition to the St. Thomas
plant, bid documents for a steam tur-
bine generator (unit No. 13), having
a net capacity of between 25 and 35
megawatts are being prepared. When
extracting 110,000 pounds per hour
of 26 pounds per square inch gage
steam this will produce 3,000,000
gallons per day of desalinated water.
On March 9 and 10, 1970, the
governing board of the Authority
adopted a resolution authorizing is-
suance of revenue bonds of the Au-
thority totaling $20,000,000 and des-

ignated as electric system revenue
bonds, series A (the "Series A
Bonds"), including provision for
sale of the series A bonds (the "Sup-
plemental Bond Resolution"). The
supplemental bond resolution was
adopted pursuant to the electric rev-
enue bond resolution adopted by the
Authority May 17, 1967 (the "Bond
The chairman received three
sealed proposals on March 24, 1970,
offering to purchase the series A
bonds. The proposal evidencing the
lowest net interest cost to the Au-
thority was that of the First Boston
Corporation. The Authority there-
fore awarded and sold the series A
bonds to First Boston.


Personnel: 217

Fiscal Year 1970 was spent estab-
lishing a sound organizational struc-
ture, sound accounting system, and
planning future projects. The Port
Authority recognized its function to
build new facilities while maintain-
ing the old ones through the use of
revenues derived from the users.
Rules and regulations, relevant
staffing patterns and job descrip-
tions, a sound accounting system,
and long- and short-range project
plans were developed to aid in the
orderly development of its facilities.
Top priority was given to construc-
tion of a new jet port and a new
marine terminal in St. Thomas, and
the development of preliminary
plans for a third marine port for St.
Meetings were held with the Fed-
eral Aviation Administration, the
U.S. Department of Commerce, Eco-
nomic Development Administration,
Corps of Engineers, and U.S. De-
partment of the Interior regarding
the development of a new jet port
and a new marine terminal in St.
Recently, court action was started
against the Virgin Islands Port Au-
thority challenging its legality. The
Authority reports that until the
lawsuit is resolved, the Port Author-
ity will be unable to sell revenue
bonds, which represent the major
source of capital for building the
new jet port and marine facility.

Operating Appropriation: $2,089,983

Aeronautical Activities
Major emphasis during the fiscal
year was on the long-range planning
for future facilities for either replac-
ing or upgrading Virgin Islands air-
Substantial improvements in fa-
cilities were made at the Hamilton
Airport on St. Croix. A new 30,000-
square-foot cargo building, with
parking and security fencing, was
constructed. All cargo operations for
Caribair, Pan American, Trans Car-
ibbean, Eastern, Air Indies, and
Padgett Transport will be operated
from this facility and from the cargo
ramp constructed during the pre-
vious fiscal year.
Construction began on a new 25,-
000-square-foot International Arriv-
als and Pre-Clearance Building to be
ready for occupancy during the 1971
fiscal year. All Federal agencies, ex-
cept the Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration, will be provided with offices
in this structure. Airlines using the
present preclearance facilities will
operate from this new area.
An aircraft ramp which will pro-
vide added space for two jet aircraft
positions and a taxiway turnoff was
under construction.
A general aviation apron was con-
structed at the west end of the Harry
S. Truman Airport on St. Thomas.
This apron also provides a mainte-
nance area for aircraft owners and
operators. The strengthening and
extension of the west taxiway was

Harry S. Truman Airport on St. Thomas where jets arrive daily with visitors from the
mainland. Lingberg Bay is at the right.

completed to permit jet aircraft to
use the taxiway previously restricted
because of strength. The strengthen-
ing of the apron area east of the
terminal building provided two ad-
ditional jet aircraft positions.
The most important project com-
pleted was the grooving of the run-
way. The equipment was purchased
and the work accomplished by Port
Authority maintenance personnel
at an estimated saving of approxi-
mately $32,000.
During the fiscal year, five sched-
uled airlines, four scheduled air
taxis, six nonscheduled air taxis and
charters, and two cargo airlines op-
erated in the Virgin Islands.

Marine Activities

Two major marine projects were
in the planning stages during the
fiscal year.
An application was made for a
$1 million grant from the Economic
Development Administration for ma-
rine facilities at Crown Bay. It is
expected that the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers will participate in de-
veloping the ship channel.
The overcrowding of both the
Christiansted and Frederiksted ma-
rine terminals continues to be of ma-
jor concern to the shipping agents,
local and Federal government, com-
munity leaders, and the Port Au-


Members of the Port Authority's fire-fighting team at Harry S. Truman Airport on St.
Thomas test dry chemical equipment.

thority. Two sites are being exten-
sively studied for a third port for St.
Croix, the Port Harvey site, and
a site east of Port Hess.
A new shed was built at the Gal-
lows Bay Marine Terminal to pro-
tect cargo and to provide new facil-
ities for U.S. Customs personnel.
A new pilot boat designed to meet
the special demands for firefighting,
rescue, and salvage services was or-
dered for delivery during the com-
ing fiscal year.
The electrical system on the Fred-
eriksted pier was completely renewed
and lights for docking vessels at
night were installed.
The personnel of the Marine Di-
vision voted to be represented by the
Seafarers International Union.
The Crown Bay fill was improved
to accommodate roll-on, roll-off

Fiscal Operations
The Virgin Islands Port Author-
ity during the fiscal year 1970 under-
took to convert from the govern-
ment-type accounting system to a
commercial-type system. An inde-
pendent auditor was retained to de-
velop an accounting and manage-
ment information system and to
recommend a possible reorganiza-
tion of the administrative and op-
erations activities of the Port Au-
At the end of fiscal year the ac-
counting system was designed and
operating on an interim basis. Full
implementation was effected July 1,
1970. The management information
system and the revision of the organ-
izational structure was scheduled to
be completed by September 1970. It
is expected that when the entire proj-
ect is completed the Authority will
have the type of systems that will en-

hance its ability to operate profit-
A full financial report was pre-
pared and was to have been pub-
lished by September 1970. Included
in this report are statements disclos-
ing the financial condition of the
Port Authority at June 30, 1970, and
the results of its financial activities
(surplus or deficit) for the fiscal pe-
riod then ended.
In the interim, the following un-

audited operating revenues and ex-
penses of the Port Authority for fis-
cal 1970 are reported.
The deficiency for fiscal year 1970
compares with deficiencies of $79,264
for fiscal year 1969, and $242,786 for
fiscal year 1968. A major immediate
objective of the Authority is to as-
sure revenues in excess of expenses
(including capital reserves) that will
permit better programing of future

JULY 1, 1969 TO JUNE 30, 1970

Aviation division --------- --------- $1,381,019
Marine division __________ 862,424
Industrial division ----------------------- 224,188
Total Revenues ----------------------------------- $2,467,631
Aviation division --- ----------------- 795,106
Marine division ----- --------------- 587,747
Industrial division --------------------_ 64,230
Maintenance and construction ----- 371,199
Administrative -------- -------------- 744,495
Total expenses -- --------------- ----------------- -- 2,562,777
Operating deficit -----------------------------------------___ 95,146

Personnel: 3 Operating Appropriation: $52,620

Again in 1970, the commission
placed greatest emphasis on im-
proved telephone service for the Is-
lands-their major communications
link with the rest of the world. In
addition, the commission main-
tained mobile, marine, and land-
based radio-telephone service, stud-
ied dockage, wharfage, and cargo
handling; and planned expansion of
bus service.

Telephone Service
As of June 30, 1970, Virgin Islands
Telephone Corporation reported
20,121 stations where service which,
based on population, ranks the Vir-
gin Islands 15th among all the coun-
tries of the world in the number of
instruments per 100 population. In
this hemisphere, only the United
States, Canada, Bermuda, and Ha-
waii have a higher concentration of
During fiscal 1970, several major
tasks were accomplished by the Vir-
gin Islands Telephone Corporation.
Significant among these were:
. The opening March 15 of the
775 exchange at TuTu designed to
serve the rapidly developing east end
of St. Thomas. This was the first new
exchange to be added since the con-
version to dial service in 1962-63.
This office ultimately will have a
capacity of 20,000 lines.
. In June, the 776 exchange
was added to serve the growing
needs of St. John. It has a capacity

of eight times present service level,
and three times the known demand.
. Sixty additional channels
were added between St. Thomas and
St. Croix, bringing the total of this
toll-free inter-island service to 240.
. All calls to and from Europe
are now carried via satellite.
. Fourteen additional trunks
connecting the Virgin Islands with
the United States mainland were
activated, making the present total
. To serve the increasing traf-
fic to and from Puerto Rico, 12 ad-
ditional circuits were provided,
bringing this total to 31 outbound
and 23 incoming.
. Monthly charges for a sub-
stantial number of subscribers were
reduced when the TuTu base area
was enlarged.
. Underground feeder cables
were completed to serve the rapidly
developing area west of Christian-
. Meaningful improvements
were achieved in the areas of dial
tone delay, call completion, opera-
tor speed of answer, transmission
quality, and microwave cutoffs.
. A total of 6,566 new station
installations was made, resulting in
a net gain of 3,624 stations.
Total depreciated investment in
plant and associated equipment was
The demand for telephone service
continues very heavy and the Com-

mission intends to continue to mon-
itor all aspects of Vitelco perform-
ance, with particular emphasis on
satisfying the deferred service ap-
plications. Sufficient funds are pro-
gramed in the company's budget to
provide, as a minimum, the follow-
ing in fiscal 1971:
S.. A 3,000-line addition to the
774 exchange in Charlotte Amalie, to
bring this office up to its full 10,000-
line capacity.
S. A 2,000-line addition to the
new 775 exchange at TuTu.
. A 1,000-line addition to the
773 exchange in Christiansted.
. A 550-line addition to the
772 exchange in Fredericksted.
. A new underseas cable to St.
John to provide more off-island serv-
ice to those subscribers.
S. A new radio system for serv-
ice between St. Thomas and St.
S. .Additional operator toll po-
sitions for overseas service which is
currently completing as many as
30,000 calls per week.
. A significant increase in di-
rect circuits to Tortola, Barbados,
and Antiqua.
...A 32 percent expansion in
circuits to the United States and
Puerto Rico.
S. .Sufficient facilities to handle
a minimum net gain of 4,400 sta-
Over 300 subscriber complaints
have been handled by the Commis-
sion during the fiscal year. Addition-
ally, the Commission will continue
to concern itself with commercial
office practices, particularly disputed
toll billing, operator speed of an-
swer, speed of station repairs, more
expeditious handling of deferred
service applications, and mainte-
nance of high-quality levels of serv-
By order approved August 4, 1967,

the Commission has been investiga-
ting rates, schedules, services, times,
and conditions of payment, and all
related practices and services of the
Virgin Islands Telephone Corpora-
During fiscal 1970, hearings were
held on Vitelco. Following these
hearings, an order of remedy was
issued by the Commission amending
general regulations regarding prac-
tices and procedures of disconnec-
tion of service, restoration of serv-
ice, and resolution of disputed
charges. Vitelco then filed a petition
for reconsideration. The Commis-
sion then granted Vitelco's petition
to the extent of providing further
Apart from the continuing inves-
tigation and requirement of reports
to be filed by Vitelco, certain rates
and tariffs were reviewed by the
Commission upon application by
Vitelco regarding circuit rental be-
tween exchange offices, lost tele-
phone set replacement, subscriber's
miscellaneous equipment, and rates
and charges for equipment and serv-
ices not presently covered by Public
Utilities Commission approved tar-
iff schedule.
The Commission approved some
tariffs and required additional infor-
mation from Vitelco before acting on
certain other requested rates and tar-
iffs and suspended until November
22, 1970, the proposed additions to
certain nonrecurring charges.


Vicom is a company licensed
by the Federal Communications
Commission and franchised by the
Public Utilities Commission to pro-
vide certain mobile, marine, and
land-based radio-telephone service.
It had 62 VHF and 300 marine in-
struments. In January 1970, it came

to the attention of the Public Utili-
ties Commission that the owner-
manager of Vicom had left the island
and this service was unavailable to
its subscribers. This posed a serious
problem to the vast boating com-
munity of these islands and a great
inconvenience to the users of its
land-based mobile services.
As an emergency measure, a for-
mer employee of the corporation
operated the facilities to protect the
public interest. On March 3, all tele-
phone service, including five leased
lines, was temporarily disconnected
for nonpayment of past due bills. At
the request of this Commission and
the Federal Communications Com-
mission, this service was fully re-
stored March 4, 1970. On March 10,
1970, a meeting was held of certain
large creditors. It was suggested the
Federal Communications Commis-
sion issue a temporary license to an-
other company until the problem
could be resolved. Radio-Telecom-
munications (RaTec) is now oper-
ating under a temporary license to
continue this valuable service.


Lighterage and cargo-handling,
dockage, wharfage, or related cargo

services are subject to regulation by
this Commission. However, other
than annual reports filed with this
Commission by a few cargo handlers,
no action of any sort was instituted
to investigate rates or regulate cargo
handling and related services. This
is an extremely critical service af-
fecting living costs in the Virgin
Islands and it is hoped that the
Commission will be able to meet
more often in the coming fiscal year
to devote more attention to cargo-
landing tariffs.
Passenger Bus Service
With the rapidly expanding
growth of the Virgin Islands, it is
anticipated that passenger bus serv-
ice will be expanded. The Commis-
sion has been concerned, first, with
formulating revised rules governing
bus utilities. These rules have been
submitted to the bus companies for
their comments and review before
being adopted by the Commission.
Further, there were several meetings
with the Department of Public
Safety to determine routes and stops
which are vital to the flow of traffic
and general safety. The Commission
will direct its attention more fully in
the coming year to this subject and
the matter of cargo handling.


During the past fiscal year the fi-
nancing of public service facilities
through the sale of bonds was lim-
ited to the issuance of $20 million
electric system revenue bonds by the
Virgin Islands Water and Power
Authority, and $401,000 revenue
bonds by the College of the Virgin
Islands to finance a library building.
No new general obligation issues
were authorized.
The successful bidder for the 20-
year electric revenue bonds was the
First Boston Corporation at a net
interest bid cost of 6.7578 percent.
The proceeds of this sale were ap-
plied toward the retirement of the
outstanding indebtedness with Gen-
eral Services Administration for the
acquisition cost of facilities sold to
the Authority in 1965; the retire-
ment of $11,200,000 interim bond
anticipation notes; and the financing
of improvements to the electric sys-

In confirmity with an agreement
executed in 1968, the $401,000 reve-
nue issue of the College of the Vir-
gin Islands was purchased by the
Federal Government. These 30-year
bonds were sold at an interest rate
of 3 percent.
These sales brought the total rev-
enue bond issues to $22,062,000 as
of June 30, 1970. The outstanding
general obligation bond indebted-
ness as of the same date was $18,-
805,000 for three series issued in
1965, 1967, and 1968.
As of July 16, 1970, the Virgin
Islands Government had a general
obligation debt margin of $18.3
million under the formula prescribed
by the Organic Act. No ceiling is in
effect for revenue financing. Sum-
marized statements on the computa-
tion of the debt ceiling and out-
standing issues follow:

Summary Statement of Revenue Bond Issues and Issues
of Revenue Bond Anticipation Notice Outstanding.

Term Percent
Purpose Amount (years) rate
Housing and service facilities, College of
the Virgin Islands ------------------____-- $1,661,000 30 3.50
Library building, College of the
Virgin Islands -------------------------------- 401,000 30 3
Electric power producing facilities, Virgin Islands
Water and Power Authority ------------------ 20,000,000 20 6.75
Total -------------------------- ------- 22,062,000


Computation of General Obligation Debt Incurring Power

Total assessed valuation of taxable real property as of July 16, 1970 ----
Total debt incurring authority per Public Law 88-180, 10 percent of
assessed valuation ---------------------- --------------------
Less total outstanding bond issues ----------------------------------
General obligation debt margin as of August 15, 1970 --------------------

Note: By December 31, 1970, the debt margin will be increased by an
additional $555,000 following the retirement of the following issues:

1965 series to be retired-November 1, 1970 ---------------------
1967 series to be retired-December 1, 1970 ------- -----
1968 series to be retired-December 1, 1970 --------------------
Total principal payments fiscal year 1971 ----------------------





Summary Statement of General Obligation Bond Issues

Purpose 1965 series 1967 series 1968 series Total

Hospital facilities: Preliminary planning and
acquisition of land ------------------------- $1,000,000 $1,000,000 --- $2,000,000
School purposes: New schools and improvements
to existing schools; part of "crash" school
construction program authorized by Act No.
1255 .--------------------------------------- 4,200,000 500,000 $3,150,000 7,850,000
College of the Virgin Islands for nurse training
facilities ------------------------------------- -- -------- 102,000 102,000
Water distribution and storage system -------- -------- 2,815,000 1,308,000 4,123,000
Water production systems (Virgin Islands
Water and Power Authority)-------------- 2,600,000 2,900,000 5,500,000
Sewers and sewerage disposal facilities ------- ------ -------- 4470.000 470,000
Total issues ---------------------------- 5,200,000 6,915,000 7,930,000 20,045,000
Payments against principal to date for retire-
ment of bonds ------------ 760.000 315,000 165,000 1,240.000
Amount Outstanding ------------------------- 4,440,000 6.600.000 7,765,000 18,805,000
Payments to be made against principal during
fiscal year 1971 ---------------------------- 210.000 170,000 175.000 555,000
Projected outstanding balance end of fiscal year
1971 --- ----------------------------------4,230,000 6,430,000 7,590,000 18,250,000



$7,930,000 various purposes
Fiscal Presently outstanding serial bonds-1968
year various purposes
ending serial bonds-1965 and 1967 Estimated Total debt service
June 30 interest
Principal Interest Total Principal at 5 percent Total Principal Interest Total

1971 ------------- $380,000 $472,095 $852,095 $175,000 $383,875 $558,875 $555,000 $855,970 $1,410,970
1972 --------------- 390,000 452,845 842,845 180,000 375,000 555,000 570,000 827,845 1,397,845
1973 ---------------- 410,000 434,870 844,870 190,000 365,750 555,750 600,000 800,620 1,400,620
1974 425,000 418,033 843,033 200,000 356,000 556,000 625,000 774,033 1,399,033
1975 --- 440,000 400.520 840,520 215,000 345,625 560,625 655,000 746,145 1,401,145
1976 --------------.. 460,000 382,245 842.245 225,000 334,625 559,625 685,000 716,870 1,401,870
1977 ----------- 480,000 363,080 843,080 235,000 323,125 558,125 715,000 686,205 1,401,205
1978 ---------------- 500,000 342,950 842,950 245,000 311,125 556,125 745,000 654,075 1,399,075
1979 520,000 321,850 841,850 260,000 298,500 558,500 780,000 620,350 1,400,350
1980- 540,000 299,910 839,910 270,000 285,250 555,250 810,000 585,160 1,395,160
1981 ---------------- 565,000 277,005 842,005 285,000 271,375 556.375 850,000 548,380 1,398,380
1982 -------.585,000 252,980 837,980 300,000 256,750 556,750 885,000 509,730 1,394,730
1983 --------------- 610,000 227,867 837,867 315,000 241,375 556,375 925,000 469,242 1,394,242
1984 ---------------- 635,000 201.693 836,693 330,000 225,250 555,250 965,000 426,943 1,391,943
1985 ---------------- 665.000 174 330 839,330 345,000 208,375 553,375 1,010,000 382,705 1,392,705
1986 -------------- 680,000 146,285 826,285 365,000 190,625 555.625 1,045,000 336,910 1,381,910
1987 ----------- 345,000 123.960 468,960 380,000 172,000 552,000 725,000 295,960 1,020,960
1988 ---------------- 360,000 107,040 467,040 400,000 152,500 552,500 760,000 259,540 1,019,540
1989 ---------------- 375,000 89,400 464,400 420,000 132,000 552,000 795,000 221,400 1,016,400
1990 ---------------- 390,000 71,040 461,040 440.000 110,500 550,500 830,000 181,540 1,011,540
1991 ---------------- 410.000 51,840 461,840 460,000 88,000 548,000 870,000 139,840 1,009,840
1992 .--...---------- 425,000 31,800 456,800 485,000 64,375 549,375 910,000 96,175 1,006,175
1993 ---------------- 450,000 10,800 460,800 510,000 39.500 549,500 960,000 50,300 1,010,300
1994 --.----.-.------ -- -- 535,000 13,375 548,375 535,000 13,375 548,375
Totals -------- 11,040,000 5,654,438 16,694,438 7,765,000 5,544,875 13,309,875 18,805,000 11,199,313 30,004,313



The responsibility of preparing
watch permits for shipment of watch
movements and parts into the Cus-
toms Territory of the United States
has been delegated to the Division
of Trade and Industry.
Fifteen watch companies now op-
erate in the Virgin Islands; four on
the island of St. Thomas, and 11
on the island of St. Croix. These
companies employ 1,200 persons
and have a combined annual payroll
of $4 million. The quota for 1970 is
4,243,375 watch movements and
parts. During fiscal 1970, a total of
4,275,131 watch movements and
parts was exported into the Customs
Territory of the United States for
an approximate value of $26,686,129.
All quotas granted are subject to
possible reduction. The annual
quota for 1970 was 243,375 watch
movements and parts. Of this,
4,275,131 units were exported.
During the calendar year 1969,
watch movements and parts were
imported as follows: Japan, $5,997,-
628; West Germany, $2,712,560;
Hong Kong, $701,473; France, $645,-
001; Switzerland, $554,333; Soviet
Union, $424,029; Italy, $2,820.
As usual, the watch industry of
the islands provides year-round em-
ployment for a majority of natives.

A training program, where em-
ployees are sent abroad, is also in
It was brought to the attention of
the administration that the Federal
Trade Commission was considering
a revision in guide 10 of the guides
for the watch industry regarding
disclosures of foreign watch move-
ments and parts.
This proposed guide would treat
watches made in the Virgin Islands
as being "of foreign origin" and, like
foreign-made watches, would be re-
quired to be labeled as a product
of the Virgin Islands. Watches made
in the Customs Territory of the
United States would be designated
as made in the United States.
The proposed guide, if adopted by
the Federal Trade Commission,
would have resulted in irreparable
damage to the watch industry in the
U.S. Virgin Islands and consequent
unemployment of a major segment
of the skilled labor force. The ad-
ministration made its position on
this matter known to the Federal
Trade Commission and asked that
the provisions of guide 10 be al-
lowed to remain as now constituted
to protect the Virgin Islands watch



Under Chapter 9, Title 33, Virgin
Islands Code, control over the proc-
essing of woolen yard goods is im-
plemented by imposing quotas to
limit the flow of such foreign ma-
terial into the customs area of the
United States. Controls are main-
tained by imposition of a 1-cent-per-
yard tax within established quotas
and a 65-cents-per-yard tax on ex-
cess over the quotas.
The administration of the wool
quota controls is carried by an ad
hoc hearing board appointed each
year by the Governor. The board
convened in December 1969 to hear
testimony and to recommend to the
Governor quotas to be established
for woolen yards goods production
during calendar year 1970.
As of June 30, 1970, quota estab-
lishment and distribution in accord-
ance with board recommendations
approved by the Governor were:
1970 Quota and Carryover
Showerproof Woolen Cloth
Linear yards
1970 quota _---------------- 2,500,000
1969 carryover _--------- 1,500,000
Total ___- -- 4,000,000

Apportionment of the 1970 quota

to qualifying processors is made in
proportion to payrolls and capital
investment within the Virgin Islands.
However, as required by law, a 10
percent reserve is deducted from the
annual quota. Apportionment to the
various companies including carry-
overs is:

Linear yards
Vitex Manufacturing Co., Ltd.:
1970 quota ---------- 1,407,844
1969 carryover --------- 600,000
Total --__------- 2,007,844

Kent Company, Inc.:
1970 quota----------- 633,820
1969 carryover _------ 400,000
Total------------- 1,033,820

Amity International Corp:
1970 quota ----------- 208,336
1969 carryover _____-- ---_ 500,000
Total _-------------- 708,336

During the reporting period the
board has taken the initiative in an
attempt to establish mutually ac-
ceptable operating guidelines with
the U.S. Department of Commerce.
These efforts are continuing with
the hope of making woolen textile
processing a more stable and viable
industry for the Virgin Islands.



Personnel: 14

The Office of Public Relations
and Information has two major com-
munications functions. It serves as
a news bureau for the executive
branch of the Virgin Islands Gov-
ernment and as a source for infor-
mation, photographs, motion pic-
tures, and articles for use in tourism
promotion in the United States and
throughout the free world.
It has staff and offices in both St.
Thomas and St. Croix. Activities of
this Office are supervised by the di-
rector whose staff includes writers,
photographers, and clerical special-
ists experienced in dealing with all
news media.
In its role as the news bureau for
the executive branch of the Virgin
Islands Government, the Office cov-
ers the activities of the Governor
and other officials of the administra-
tion and answers inquiries from the
media and the general public. To
provide fast, accurate coverage of all
the activities of the executive branch
of the Government, the Office pre-
pared and distributed 549 press re-
leases and 401 captioned news
photos during fiscal 1970. The major
portion of this volume was for dis-
semination to local news media, al-
though some releases and photos
were planned for off-island distribu-
During the fiscal year, the Office
also arranged press conferences, ar-

Operating Appropriation: $258,638

ranged interviews for the press with
various executives, prepared press
kits for special events, and provided
public relations counsel on special
Government projects.
One of the top projects of the
Office during the year was publi-
cizing Virgin Islands participation
in the Tektite II program and other
activities involved in the "Year of
Ocean Resource Development."
The Office retains a leading travel-
oriented public relations firm in the
United States to carry forward a con-
tinuing tourism promotion cam-
paign. This effort includes intensive
promotion in the States and
some activities directed toward the
Canadian market. The agency reg-
ularly places feature articles and
photographs with major magazines,
wire services, syndicates, and news-
papers and with television and radio
networks on behalf of the Islands.
The public relations firm also
lends promotional support to special
projects such as "Virgin Islands
Calling," Tektite II, and special
travel shows and seminars.
Leading writers and editors are
interviewed on a continuing basis
and encouraged to visit the Islands.
Once these media representatives
arrive in the Virgin Islands, the Of-
fice provides cars, chauffeurs, and
communications specialists to give
tours, provide information, and

Island school children learn the secrets of of underseas experimentation from Sarah
Shapley as she uses models of TEKTITE II equipment to tell her story. TEKTITE II
is the name of the program conducted off the shores of Lameshur Bay in St. John by
teams of men and women to probe various phases of life in the deep. Sarah is
Assistant Director, Office of Fishing & Water Sports.
Credit: Photo by Richard Divald

work with the visiting journalists.
The agency maintains an exten-
sive library of both black-and-white
and color photographs which are
made available to all media. During
fiscal 1970, arrangements were com-

pleted for a nationally known pho-
tographer to spend 2 weeks working
on the Islands. This project resulted
in some 800 high-quality photo-



Personnel: 47

Under the Organic Act of the
Virgin Islands, the Government
Secretary is required to record and
preserve the laws enacted by the
legislature and is the custodian of the
seal of the Virgin Islands. In the
absence of the Governor, the Gov-
ernment Secretary is the Acting
Governor of the Virgin Islands.
Under the Virgin Islands Code,
the Government Secretary, in addi-
tion to the other powers and duties
conferred upon him, has supervision
over the assessment of real property
taxes, jurisdiction over the filing
and recording of deeds and other
records of real property transactions,
and all other instruments required
by law to be filed or recorded, as
well as responsibility for administra-
tion of the Uniform Commercial
The Government Secretary is
chairman of the Banking Board, and
has administrative responsibility for
the functioning of this board.
He is the Commissioner of Insur-
ance and as such must license and
supervise insurance companies and
agents operating in the Virgin Is-
lands. He is also charged with licens-
ing corporations and the processing
of corporate documents. He is the
Registrar of Trademarks and Trade
Names. In all of these corporate
functions, the Government Secre-
tary must assess and collect all filing

Operating Appropriation: $473,773

fees, franchise taxes, et cetera, pre-
scribed by the Virgin Islands Code.
As of June 30, 1970, there were
2,184 corporations authorized to do
business under the corporate laws
of the Virgin Islands, a substantial
increase over the previous year. Four
hundred and three corporations re-
ceived authorization to conduct bus-
iness in the Virgin Islands during
fiscal 1970. Of these, there were 331
domestic, 41 foreign, and 31 non-
profit corporations.
During the year 127 corporations
were dissolved for failure to pay
franchise taxes or in other ways
comply with the corporate laws of
the Virgin Islands. The provisions
of the code which regulate corporate
activities in the Virgin Islands con-
tinue to be rigidly enforced by the
Office of the Government Secretary.
There were 202 new registrations
for trade names issued during the
fiscal 1970. The total number of
trade names registered and filed
since the enactment of act No. 923,
which provides for governmental
control of the use of trade name
registrations of businesses in the
Virgin Islands, as of the close of
the fiscal year covered by this report
was 1,791.

The insurance industry in the
Virgin Islands continued its upward

spiral. The Insurance Code of the
Virgin Island, which became effec-
tive on July 1, 1968, besides increas-
ing the premium taxes from 1 per-
cent to 2 percent on gross premiums
written in the Virgin Islands, also
provided several new categories of
insurance licenses.
Premium taxes collected during
the fiscal year totaled $170,134.00,
an increase of $30,053.95 over the
previous year. Gross premiums writ-
ten during the fiscal year totaled
$9,493,841.87 as compared with
$7,620,026.38 the previous year, an
increase of $1,873,815.49.


During the fiscal year, 1,086 origi-
nal passports were issued, 162 more
than were issued during fiscal 1969.
The highest number was issued
during the month of May 1970-168,
the second highest-151-was issued
in June, both peak months for
travel during summer vacations.
The increase in the number of pass-
ports is due, among other things, to
the fact that many of the neighbor-
ing islands in the Caribbean now
require passports for entry.

Banking Board of the Virgin

As of June 30, 1970, there were
six banks operating a total of 29
main and branch offices in the Vir-
gin Islands. During the fiscal year
the Royal Bank of Canada was
given authorization to conduct bank-
ing business in the Virgin Islands.
In addition to these banks, there
were two financial institutions-
First Federal Savings and Loan of
Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Title
and Trust Company-operating three
offices in the Virgin Islands.
During the fiscal year an appli-

cation was submitted by the First
Pennsylvania Banking and Trust
Company requesting authorization
to conduct a trust business, and an
application submitted by a group
of businessmen from the mainland
for authorization to conduct a bank-
ing business.

Office of the Tax Assessor

The achievements of the Office of
the Tax Assessor during 1970 were
highlighted by the revision of the
10-year old Real Property Assess-
ment Manuals. This reflects the ef-
fort to update and upgrade the real
property taxing system and provide
the staff and the Government as a
whole with a modern tool for as-
sessing real property.
Since the property tax is an in-
creasingly important source of reve-
nue for the Government of the Vir-
gin Islands, it is imperative that it
be administered in accordance with
standards and practices that have
been developed by the assessing pro-
fession, an assurance that taxpayers
will be fairly and justly treated. The
new manual of procedures incorpo-
rates the standards and techniques
and procedures that have been de-
vised to provide the Virgin Islands
with an assessment system which ful-
fills the requirements of adequate
assessment administration.
As a result of the effective ad-
ministration and technical applica-
tion of assessing practices, the Gov-
ernment of the Virgin Islands is
realizing a constant increase in rev-
enues from real property taxes. This
is reflected in the 1969 real property
tax bills which show an increase of
21,470 bills issued as compared to
19,824 for 1968, with an assessment
of $269,232,832 for 1969, as com-
pared to that of $22,253,753 for
1968. Real property tax collections

in the Virgin Islands have been in-
creasing at a progressive rate for the
past 10 years.
The Board of Tax Review which
has been the main source of property
tax reduction, was reconstituted
during 1970 and the results of this
reflected itself in the number of ap-
peals which were denied. Of the
over 800 appeals filed in St. Croix,
only six were reduced by the board.

On St. Thomas, about 12 out of
over 900 were changed. The new
board applied the methods and pro-
cedures of determining property
values as outlined in the Virgin Is-
lands Code.
See appendix A for tables on: As-
sessments and taxes, insurance fees
collected, alcoholic beverages pro-
duced and exported and denatured
alcohol produced.


Personnel: 1,550

Public school attendance reached
an all-time high of 15,101 as of June
12, 1970. Classroom facilities were
strained to the utmost to take care
of this unprecedented enrollment.
However, enrollment in the non-
public schools showed no increase
over the previous year, remaining at
approximately 6,000. The school
drop-out rate has been considerably
reduced, especially in St. Croix
where it is approximately 50 percent
lower than in the previous year.

Operating Appropriation: $12,282,422

Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum revision continued
during the school year 1969-70. Stu-
dents were more involved in curric-
ula reform, both in the schools and
in the central administration and
principals assumed greater decision-
making roles.
To further the education of adults
who have not completed the eighth
grade, an adult basic education pro-
gram provides two weekly 2-hour

School court crossing guards protect children on their way to and from school throughout
the Virgin Islands.

sessions in reading, language arts,
arithmetic, and English. Adults, 18
years of age or over, are eligible to
participate. The program is a fed-
erally supported project.
Training for adults from the ninth
through 12th grade is provided by
the adult education program, spon-
sored by the Department. The high
school equivalency test is given at
the end of the session and a diploma
is awarded to those who achieve the
required score.
Two educational diagnostic cen-
ters were established, one at the title
III facility in Sub-base on St.
Thomas, and the other at Princess
School in St. Croix. Plans to expand
the special education program to
secondary schools have been made
for the coming school year. A new
VISTA program for diagnosis and
individual treatment of special ed-
ucation cases, geared for St. Croix,
has been approved by the Washing-
ton headquarters of VISTA. VISTA
personnel will undergo a 4-week
training period in the Virgin Islands
before engaging in the testing and
diagnostic functions. Increased at-
tention has been given to Spanish-
speaking students by expanding the
Charles H. Emanuel School bilin-
gual projects in St. Croix, initiated
last year.
Two additional librarians were
employed, one was assigned to the
Grove Place School and the other
at Christiansted Grammar School.
Artistic efforts of Virgin Islands
students received a great deal of at-
tention during the school year. An
all-school art exhibit was sponsored
by Project Introspection. An art ex-
hibit of 1-month duration showing
artistic efforts of high school students
took place at the First National City
Bank. Six art major students from
Charlotte Amalie High School have
won scholarships to Southampton

College of Long Island University.
In addition, an exhibit of art and
crafts, woodworking and home eco-
nomics was held at the Wayne Aspi-
nall Junior High School. The works
of three students from Christiansted
Junior High were exhibited at the
third annual art exhibit in St. Croix.

Pupil Personnel Services
In its broadest sense, Pupil Per-
sonnel Services helps pupils get the
greatest possible benefit from their
education and provides physical,
emotional and social conditions
needed to facilitate maximum devel-
opment of each individual.
In order to achieve the objectives
of the program, five general pupil
personnel services are made availa-
ble to all pupils: Attendance, school
health, guidance and testing, psy-
chological, and school social work.
In addition, dental, medical, psycho-
logical and some nursing services
were provided by specialists assigned
by the Department of Health.
Pupil personnel workers were
given an opportunity to review pro-
gram goals and objectives, plan ac-
tivities, discuss problems and offer
solutions by participating in two
intraisland pupil personnel confer-
ences. Monthly meetings were also
scheduled for guidance counselors
and for nurses.
A seminar on the drug and nar-
cotic problem was held for all pupil
personnel workers, and a Pupil Per-
sonnel Services Handbook was pre-
pared. It is expected to be in the
hands of all workers for the coming
school year.
Special functions of elementary
guidance counselors included coun-
seling with individual pupils and
groups of pupils, consultation with
teachers and parents, coordinating
referrals of children for specialized

Health education starts early in Virgin Islands classrooms.

services, orientation of children, and
The general areas of concern in-
volved behavioral problems, which
are chiefly cases of aggressive be-
havior; poor academic achievement
and poor relations with peer groups
and personal problems.
The guidance program on the sec-
ondary level was carried on in order
to help the students to understand
their abilities, interests, and special
aptitudes; to help them acquire in-
formation about educational and vo-
cational opportunities and to make
appropriate adjustments and wise
choices. There are 14 counselors
serving the secondary schools.
Special effort was made to work
with potential drop-outs. They were
referred to learning-earning pro-
grams such as the Neighborhood
Youth Corps.

The career program was extended
throughout the year instead of hav-
ing a single "Career Day."
Students were made aware of fi-
nancial aid programs through circu-
lar letters, brochures and assembly
programs which involved represen-
tatives from the Office of Pupil Per-
sonnel, Department of Health, and
the College of the Virgin Islands.
Senior high school counselors worked
closely with the Upward Bound Pro-
gram conducted by the College of
the Virgin Islands.
The number of students who par-
ticipated in the college entrance ex-
amination increased considerably.
For the first time all seniors were re-
quired to take tests and 325 students
took them.
As part of the testing program the
California achievement tests were
administered to pupils in grades 2

through 8; the general aptitude test
battery to grade 9; the school college
ability to grades 9 and 11; and the
scholastic aptitude to grade 12.
In addition many students par-
ticipated in the national merit schol-
arships qualifying test and the pre-
liminary scholastic aptitude test.
Two students from Charlotte Ama-
lie High were national merit semi-
finalists and one was a national
merit scholar.
Three hundred students in each
of the grades, 2, 5, 8, and 10, par-
ticipated in a special assessment pro-
gram conducted by Educational
Testing Service at the request of the
A study in the elementary school
reading levels was made during this
school year, and a cooperative work
study program was implemented at
Central High.
School health services were carried
out by physicians, nurses, dentists,
teachers and others to appraise, pro-
tect, and promote the health of pu-
pils. Seven full-time nurses were as-
signed to the public schools. Of this
number, four are in the district of
St. Croix and three are in the dis-
trict of St. Thomas and St. John.
In keeping abreast with the times
and to provide in-service training,
the nurses attended conferences on
narcotics, alcoholism, smoking, sex
education, nutrition, tuberculosis,
and speech and hearing.
Other activities included-screen-
ing for physical examination of first,
sixth and 12th grade students, dental
exams, X-rays and lab work, skin

Social Work Services
Social work services in the schools
were provided by two school social
workers-one for each school district.
The social worker to student ratio

was approximately 1 to 6,200 in the
district of St. Croix and about 1 to
8,300 in the St. Thomas-St. John
The social worker's main concern
is to help students cope with their
problems. They were very active in
the readmission and follow-up pro-
cedures for unwed mothers. For the
school year 1969-70-14 unwed
mothers were admitted to secondary
schools on St. Thomas; 15 to schools
on St. Croix. Of this group 13 were
members of the graduating class of
A pilot breakfast program was
initiated at Lockhart Elementary in
St. Thomas and at the Charles H.
Emanuel School in St. Croix. It is
expected that the program will be
expanded in the coming school year
to embrace all public schools.
Attendance services were con-
cerned with making sure that all
school-age children were in school.
Providing the services were two at-
tendance counselors assigned to the
St. Thomas-St. John district, and
four to the district of St. Croix. The
counselor student ratio on St. Thom-
as-St. John was 1 to approximately
4,000, and on St. Croix 1 to roughly
The high school equivalency pro-
gram is designed to aid individuals
who for one reason or other, were
unable to complete their secondary
school program.
During the school year 1969-70
the equivalency tests were adminis-
tered to 347 individuals. Of that
number, 67 were awarded the high
school equivalency certificate. In ad-
dition certificates were awarded to
six veterans based on scores obtained
on the test while in the U.S. Armed
Forces Institute.
Territorial Scholarship Program
The territorial scholarship pro-

Everybody seems to be happy as the Gov-
ernor mingles with young pupils during
an inspection of one of the Islands'
schools. The photographer didn't even
have to say "Smile."

gram is administered by the office of
pupil personnel services. Fifteen ter-
ritorial grants and 252 loans were
approved. In addition 39 special leg-
islative grants were approved in the
areas of accounting, economics, en-
gineering, law, medicine, music,
police science, and special education.

Pupil Transportation

Due largely to the larger number
of children involved, pupil transpor-
tation required an increase in ex-
penditures of approximately 26 per-
cent over the preceding year. The
number of children transported in-
creased 30 percent from a daily aver-
age of 4,788 in 1968-69, to 6,217 for
the school year 1969-70, necessitating
extension of routes served and an in-
crease in the number of trips made
Contractors in St. Croix and St.
Thomas added a substantial num-

ber of new buses to fleets serving the
school program. In St. Thomas, be-
tween the latter part of the preced-
ing school year and the early part of
1969-70, virtually the entire "school
bus" fleet was replaced with new ve-
In addition to transportation of
pupils to and from schools in regular
daily sessions, an extensive program
of free transportation of pupils for
field trips and for special events in-
cluding athletic meets, concerts and
other cultural activities was in opera-
tion during the year, involving an ex-
penditure of more than $15,000.

School Lunch Program

Participation in the school lunch
program showed an increase of 20
percent over last year (1968-69). A
budget of $1,379,924 was allocated
to serve 14,881 children daily in 35
schools-both public and nonpublic.
Though this budget was less than
needed, with patience and persist-
ence it was possible to comply with
all Federal regulations and served
the regular "type A" lunch as pre-
scribed by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and Nutrition. A total
of 6,308,844 meals and 651,671 break-
fasts were served. The food service
program of the Virgin Islands op-
erates with 205 workers which in-
clude kitchen managers, cooks, and
food service workers. There is an
administrative staff of 23.
Canned foods reaching 2,900 tons
were distributed to schools. This in-
cluded frozen meats consisting of
chicken, turkey, and ground beef.
During the school year 1969-70,
the kitchen personnel voted for rep-
resentation by the Government Em-
ployees Association, a subsidiary of
the AFL-CIO, a branch of the Vir-
gin Islands Labor Union.

Highlights of School Plant

During fiscal 1970, a number of
projects were started, completed and
put into use. Some of these were per-
manent installations while others
are in temporary locations and are
referred to as "relocatables."
The most significant projects of
the year were the Tutu Elementary
School additions in St. Thomas and
the Sion Farm Elementary School in
St. Croix which was begun in No-
vember and is scheduled for com-
pletion for the opening of the school
year in September 1970.
Facilities completed and occupied
during fiscal year 1970 were as fol-
In St. Thomas-permanent facilities:
Charlotte Five classrooms, two
Amalie High toilet rooms, one
School: vocational shop
building with bath-
room, two auto
shops, and two
Tutu Elemen- 19 classrooms, four
tary: bathrooms, one
library, and addi-
tions to the cafeteria
and kitchen.
Wayne Six classrooms with
Aspinall two large storage
Jr. High: rooms.
Dober Five classrooms and a
Elementary: teacher lounge.
The roads at Charlotte Amalie
High School were resurfaced with
asphalt hot mix.
The entire front yard at Madison
Elementary School was surfaced with
asphalt hot mix. An 1,800 seat
bleacher was requisitioned and re-
ceived for erection at Charlotte Ama-
lie High School.

In St. Thomas-relocatable classrooms:
Charlotte Amalie Seven classrooms.
High School:
Washington Ele- Two classrooms.
mentary School:

Wayne Aspinall Jr. Six classrooms,
High School: and two store-
Thomas Jefferson One classroom.

Julius Sprauve
School (St. John):

Three classrooms.

In St. Croix-permanent facilities:
St. Croix Six classrooms and store-
Central rooms, one building
High: with vocational shops,
and three classrooms.
Department of Education head-
quarters property and one school
lunch warehouse with offices.
Estate Anna's Hope-one store-
room building for general education
In St. Croix-relocatable classrooms:
La Grand Princess Two classrooms.
Charles Emanuel Two classrooms.
Claude O. Markoe Four classrooms.
Christiansted Jr. Six classrooms.
High School:
Sites selected for future school
construction were Julius Sprauve
School (St. John) 4 classrooms, toilet
rooms and teacher lounge.
Planned for development and
construction in fiscal 1971 are the

St. Thomas

Elementary schools K thru 6th, 30
classrooms to accommodate 1,050
students complete with library and
cafeteria. Gymnasium at a cost of
A secondary school, grades
through 12th at Nazareth, Red Hook
area, 35 rooms to accommodate
about 1,000 students. This school
will cost $1 million.

St. Croix

A middle school was proposed for

the 60-acre tract at Kingshill where
the St. Croix Central High School
is located. This school is still in the
planning stage but $900,000 has been
appropriated for construction.
Funds have been requested to pur-
chase a 15-acre tract of land at
Estate St. Peter for the construction
of an elementary school. Funds have
been appropriated for the second
stage of the Sion Farm School and
part of it is scheduled for comple-
tion for the fall term. Requests have
been processed for major repairs to
roofs of several schools and for ma-
jor repairs to other schools.

Federally Aided Programs

In order to understand the scope
and functions of the federally aided
programs in the Virgin Islands edu-
cational system, a brief description
of these programs follows:
I is designed to deal with education-
ally disadvantaged children. This in-
cludes the physically as well as the
mentally handicapped. In the Virgin
Islands, this program, in some way,

Refurbishing of schools each summer in-
cludes this exterior paint job on Central
High School in St. Croix.

influences almost every aspect of the
educational process.
Teacher workshops, development
and augmenting of school libraries,
audio lingual beginning reading, the
hiring and training of teacher aides,
and some aspect of transportation
are all part of title I.
This program has been responsi-
ble for sending several deaf children
to the mainland for special educa-
tion and has been responsible for
mobile classrooms providing space
for special education classes. It has
been responsible for many cultural
enrichment efforts including excur-
sions by school children to places of
historic, industrial or cultural in-
ESEA TITLE II. This program
provides school library resources and
other instructional materials to chil-
dren and teachers of public, private
and parochial schools. It does not
allow funds for equipment or em-
ployees but in addition to books,
movies, filmstrips, records, tape re-
corders, and transparencies may be
ESEA TITLE III. This program
is called "Project Introspection" and
is designed to develop materials,
textbooks and pamphlets that deal
specifically with matters indigenous
to the Virgin Islands and to protect
aspects of Virgin Islands culture.
It is established in a center in Sub-
marine Base and is available to the
instructional personnel of all Virgin
Islands schools, public and nonpub-
lic. All services rendered within or
through the center are designed to
enrich the learning experience of
Virgin Islands children. Hence, all
services are extended to the instruc-
tional personnel and pupils of the
three islands, St. Croix, St. Thomas,
and St. John.
Project introspection is basically a
curriculum effort designed to stimu-

late the Virgin Islands child to
achieve self-actualization.
ESEA TITLE V. Projects and pro-
grams to strengthen the Virgin Is-
lands Department of Education were
approved under this grant, includ-
ing school plant facilities, office of
the chief state school officer, im-
provement of curriculum and in-
structional services and public in-
formation services.
ESEA TITLE VI-A. Awards un-
der this grant involved programs for
the handicapped. Funds are used
primarily for employment of pro-
fessional consultants to inventory
handicapped children and to rec-
ommend programs in special educa-
tion that could be conducted within
the resources of this department.
Institutes in special education are
conducted under this program.
with local funds). This program in-
volved acquisition of materials and
equipment for science, mathematics,
foreign language, reading, English,
and minor remodeling.
NDEA TITLE V. This program is
administered by the Division of Pu-
pil Personnel Services and is in-
volved in guidance, counseling and
testing. It is matched with local
Designed to further the education of
adults who have not completed the
eighth grade, the program enrolls
U.S. citizens and resident aliens, 18
years or over.
The Division of Vocational and
Technical Education implements
the vocational-technical programs of
the educational system of the Vir-
gin Islands. In addition, it operates
manpower programs under the Man-
power Development and Training
Act. In an attempt to meet the

Students in cosmetology class at Charlotte
Amalie High School, St. Thomas, try their
skill on each other.

health needs of the Virgin Islands,
this division embarked on an adult
practical nursing program in St.
by the Division of Vocational and
Technical Education, the program
provides training in general office
clerical functions, cosmetology, food
and restaurant training and sales.
Federal funds for this program vary
according to the projects initiated.
The local government provides
$25,000 yearly.
TION. The Division of Rehabilita-
tion is a state-Federal agency that
assists physically and mentally han-
dicapped persons to prepare for
gainful employment. Seventy-five
percent of the funds comes from
Federal resources and 25 percent
from the local government.

The school lunch program provides
lunches for 93 percent of the school
population of the Virgin Islands.
During fiscal 1969, it had a daily
participation of 12,750. Today, it
serves approximately 14,000 chil-
dren. Present Federal contributions
are $165,314, and insular appropria-
tion is $990,260.


CORPS. This program has two
phases, an in-school project and a
summer project. The program at-
tempts to create realistic work sit-
uations for the enrollees.
After extensive counseling services,
the enrollees are sent to various
Government agencies where they re-
ceive orientation.


ESEA Title I-Educationally Deprived -------------------------_--
ESEA Title I-Administration _--- ____ ---__ --_---
ESEA Title II-Library Resources --_- ____-----
ESEA Title III-General State Programs ------------------------ --
ESEA Title Ill-State Administration __-_ -- _______-
ESEA Title IV-Planning & Evaluation -__- _____ -_-- --_ --
ESEA Title V-Strengthening State Administration __- ____--
ESEA Title VI-A-Education of Handicapped _____-_- ____-- -- --
NDEA Title III-Administration ------------------ -------------
NDEA Title III-Acquisition of Equipment _______ ___
NDEA Title V-A-Guidance & Counseling ________-______-----____-----
EPDA Drug Education and Training Program ____________ _____-____
EPDA Title V, Part B2, Public Law 89-329-Attracting and Qualifying
Teachers------------------ -- -------- ------ --
Adult Basic Education __________--____________
Preparation of Teachers for Handicapped Public Law 85-926 _____----
MDTA Act of 1962 ____--___
MDTA State Director and Supervision ________________________
Advisory Council on Vocational Education -__-__-_-__------
Vocational Technical Education Basic Grant (Part B) ____________--
Vocational Education Research (Part C) -______--_____
Vocational Education Exemplary Program Planning (Part D) ____----
Vocational Education Exemplary Program Operating (Part D) ______
Vocational Education Consumer and Homemaking (Part F) _________
Vocational Education Consumer and Teachers Education (Part F) ______
Vocational Education Cooperation Program (Part G) ____
Vocational Education Work Study (Part H) ______- _
Vocational Education Special Needs Section (Part H) -___- __----
Total __-- ___------------_-----_

Public Information Services

An adequate public relations pro-
gram is as important in the adminis-
tration of the school system as it is
in the administration of private in-
dustry. School systems are estab-
lished by the people and are financed
by them. In a sense, they are the
stockholders in the educational en-
terprise. It is therefore incumbent on
school officials to provide informa-

tion to its publics. The Bureau of
Public Information Services, funded
under title V of ESEA, fulfills this
task. Its function is to detail the
daily happenings in the system, its
innovations, its accomplishments, its
needs and its goals.
In the performance of its public
relations missions, the public infor-
mation unit has issued over 350
releases to the communication media



in fiscal 1970. Of these releases, 99
percent have been published in the
Virgin Islands and stories from them
have been taken up by newspapers
and magazines on the U.S. mainland.
Articles detailing some aspects of
Virgin Islands education have been
published in local newspapers and
in several newspapers and magazines
on the mainland and Puerto Rico.
Radio and TV scripts and speeches
for officials of the Department were
prepared during this period. Ar-
rangements for TV and radio ap-
pearances of these officials were
made by this office. Recruiting bro-
chures and the annual report were
also compiled by Public Informa-
tion Services.
The Director of Public Informa-
tion Services has also been charged
with the function of Chief of Indus-
trial Relations for the Department.
He has been involved with negotia-
tions with two locals of Federation
of Teachers as well as locals of the
Food Service Workers in both St.
Thomas and St. Croix. In addition
to the negotiations of the contracts
he has been responsible for the pub-
licity involved in presenting these
Several programs have been
planned for greater involvement of
the Community in the educational
process. The public information
unit has met with several community
groups to explain the policy and
methods to be used by the Depart-
ment of Education in its program
of social assimilation of the nonciti-
zen children now entering the pub-
lic schools. Among these groups
have been the Alien Interest Move-
ment, The Youth Council, and in-
terested church organizations.
Vocational and Technical
The two major public high schools

in the Virgin Islands have occupa-
tionally oriented programs, but they
have not yet made a significant im-
pact upon the labor force. Their
outputs have been minimal this far.
Efforts are being made by the ad-
ministration to increase enrollment
in the various programs and arouse
public interest and support.
The continued growth in residen-
tial construction, hotels and con-
dominiums, has demonstrated the
need to train and retrain skilled and
semiskilled workers other than high
school students, in the building con-
struction trades and hospitality serv-
ice areas to meet the needs of the
labor force.
Thus, the expansion of facilities
and services in vocational-technical
education is urgent, and must be car-
ried out at a faster rate than ever
The total enrollment in vocation-
al-technical education classes during
the fiscal year in grades 10 through
12 was 1,863. The extension of
training programs beyond the sec-

Students in high school learn how to repair
a kitchen stove as part of their industrial
arts course in practical electricity.

ondary level was not as extensive as
anticipated. The largest group to be
served was the high school students.
The scope of occupational fields
for which training was provided was
only slightly broader than the pre-
ceding year in terms of total pro-
grams. The occupational programs

Trade and industrial and technical
Autobody and fender (new addition)
Automotive mechanics
Building construction carpentry
Electronics (radio and television
Hotel and restaurant operations
Plumbing and pipefitting
Practical nurse education (adult and
Business and office education:
Stenographic and secretarial
Bookkeeping and accounting
General clerical
Homemaking and consumer education:

Clothing and textiles
Foods and nutrition
Child development
Home management
Ornamental horticulture
Crop production

For the past 2 years, new vocation-
al-technical education programs have
been implemented in the two major
secondary high schools in the Virgin
Islands. Such programs as cosmetol-
ogy, bookkeeping and accounting,
and general clerical are evident to-
day. These programs gave the stu-
dents a broader base of occupational
programs from which to choose and
also allow for flexibility in program
structure to meet the needs of all
students regardless of their abilities
and potentials.
During the 1969-70 school year,
a new program in autobody and
fender repair was added to the ex-
isting occupational programs. This
program created a new avenue for

Trees are planted throughout the Virgin Islands on Arbor Day. Here a group plants a
flamboyant tree at the Wayne Aspinall Junior High School.

acquiring skills to those youngsters
who had shown an interest and also
opened new opportunities for gain-
ful employment in an occupation
that has suffered from a severe short-
age of skilled artisans.
During the 1969-70 school year,
priority was given to the improve-
ment and expansion of the work
experience program. Senior students
enrolled in the various occupational
programs were released from their
respective institutions and were pro-
vided with jobs on a part-time basis
in both government and private in-
dustry. This program was designed
to provide the potential graduates
and job seekers with an opportunity
to become actively involved on a
practical basis, in the day-to-day
processes of the world of work. It
also gave the potential employer an
opportunity to evaluate the quantity
and quality of work production of
each student and the contribution
the student can make to his agency
or business. The work experience
program has created a viable linkage
between the Departments of Labor
and Education. It has opened chan-
nels with the private business and
industry sector as an avenue for job
placement of the vocational-technical
education students.
A new automotive trade building
was added to the existing facilities
at the Charlotte Amalie High School
in St. Thomas. This building in-
cludes two new laboratories and
shops in autobody and fender repair
and automotive mechanics.
A new vocational-technical educa-
tion building was also completed
during the 1969-70 school year at the
St. Croix Central High School. In-
cluded in the building are a new
automotive shop, an electrical shop,
and a building construction carpen-
try shop.
During the 1969-70 school year,

preservice and in-service teacher ed-
ucation programs were given top pri-
Trade and industrial education in-
structors were involved in several
teacher education programs during
the year. Fourteen teachers received
between six and eight professional
credits from the College of the Vir-
gin Islands for participating in the
following professional courses:
Methods in vocational education
Shop organization and management
The business and office education
instructors from both major second-
ary high schools were participants
in a workshop conducted by the
South-Western Publishing Company
in cooperation with the Division of
Vocational-Technical Education on
new approaches and methods of
teaching business education subjects.
Sixteen instructors participated.
Vocational guidance and counsel-
ing is an integral part of vocational-
technical education. This has been
a critical area in need of attention
for many years in the Virgin Islands
Public School System. For the very
first time, the vocational-technical
programs in the two major secondary
high schools have been able to ac-
quire the services' of competent vo-
cational guidance counselors. This
was accomplished during the 1969-
70 school year.
Immediate results were seen be-
cause they had a tremendous impact
upon the attitudinal behavior of the
students; vocational education en-
rollment was increased, channels of
communication were opened be-
tween the schools and the Depart-
ment of Labor; work experience
programs were implemented and a
greater percentage of private busi-
ness were involved in the work ex-
perience program.
The specific activities engaged in


by the youth clubs are an outgrowth
of vocational instruction. The or-
ganization and activities pertaining
thereto are utilized as motivating
factors in aiding the teacher with the
program of instruction and the stu-
dent to reach his vocational objec-
tive. The activities are also used to
enrich the program of instruction
for vocational students and to pro-
vide training in leadership, coop-
eration and citizenship.
The following are vocational or-
ganizations that are affiliated with
national chapters:
1. Future Farmers of America-I
2. Future Homemakers of America-2
3. Vocational Industrial Clubs of
America-2 chapters
During the 1969-70 school year,
two advisory committees on vocation-
al-technical education were organ-
ized and assigned to the two major
high schools. These councils worked
closely with the school administra-
tors and instructors in advising and
making recommendations relative to
total program planning, develop-
ment, and implementation. All of
the occupational programs in the
schools were represented on the ad-
visory committees.

The Division of Vocational and
Technical Education has been man-
dated by law to administer and su-
pervise all manpower development
and training programs in the Virgin
Prior to the close of the 1969-70
fiscal year, an Office of Manpower
Development and Training, within
the division, was staffed for the first
time with a full-time supervisor.
During the fiscal year the following
manpower projects were approved
by the U.S. Office of Education and
the U.S. Department of Labor:
St. Thomas:
0001-Clerk typist (entry)
0002-Stenographic and secretarial
0004-Bookkeeping and accounting
0009-Food service (cluster)
00010-Refrigeration mechanic (cluster)
St. Croix:
0006C-Clerk typist (entry)
0007C-Stenographic and secretarial
0008C-Bookkeeping and accounting
0009C-Food service (cluster)
00010C-Refrigeration mechanic
The above projects were designed
to accommodate 250 students. The
cost of the projects was in excess of
See appendix B for tables on
school enrollment and comparison
operating budget.


Personnel: Teaching faculty: 52
Administrative faculty: 14
Other staff: 21

On June 7, 1970, the College of
the Virgin Islands awarded its first
baccalaureate degrees, symbols of its
status as a 4-year college. Twenty-
nine students were awarded bachelor
of arts degrees, and 27 associates in
arts degrees.
In keeping with its steady growth,
the college added 15 members to its
teaching faculty for the year 1969-
70. A record number, 420 full-time
students were enrolled. This repre-
sented a 26 percent increase over the
332 students enrolled the previous
fall. In addition, approximately
1,000 part-time students attended
evening classes in St. Thomas and at
the St. Croix center in Golden
Grove. The full-time total included

Jet lands at Harry S. Truman airport on
St. Thomas. College of the Virgin Islands
is in the background.

Operating Appropriation: $1,900,000

16 students who spent their junior
year at the University of Connecticut
in a cooperative program of teacher
More than half of the 168 persons
who received associate in arts degrees
from the college since the first com-
mencement in 1965 through 1969
have continued their education and
have received or are working toward
higher degrees, a recent survey of
alumni revealed.
Approximately 75 percent of the
full-time students for the 1969-70
year were residents of the Virgin Is-
lands-St. Thomas, St. Croix and St.
John. About 15 percent came from
the other islands of the Caribbean
and about 10 percent from the U.S.
mainland and other countries.
Caribbean islands and countries
represented included Anguilla, An-
tiqua, Aruba, Grenada, Nevis,
Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Kitts,
Tortola, and Trinidad. Canada, Mo-
rocco, Denmark, and Sierra Leone
were each represented. Mainland
students came from California, Con-
necticut, Colorado, Florida, Illinois,
Massachusetts, New Jersey, New
York, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia,
Pennsylvania and Hawaii.
Of the full-time students enrolled,
233 were women and 187 men. In
the part-time enrollment, 580 were
women and 409 men.
Part-time students came from a

wide variety of backgrounds and in-
terests, according to registration rec-
ords. More than 300 were employed
with the Virgin Islands Government,
the largest representation from the
departments of public safety, educa-
tion, and health. Bank employees
numbered about 35, and persons
working in hotels and restaurants
more than 20. The various shops
and stores were represented by more
than 50 students. Other groups of
commerce and industry represented
included utilities, construction, ag-
riculture, insurance, auto sales and
rentals, and the Federal Govern-
Two new undergraduate programs
of specialization-one in the marine
sciences and another in social wel-
fare services-were added to the bac-
calaureate program of the college
last fall.
The new marine sciences program
can be completed in 4 years through
participation in an intensive summer
session between the sophomore and
junior years and between the junior
and senior years. The curriculum in-
cludes basic general science courses
as well as courses in marine botany,
oceanography, biogeography, marine

Student residence halls at the College of the
Virgin Islands.
Credit: Gil Amiaga

Caribbean Research Institute summer stu-
dents, assisted by a faculty member, op-
erate a reflectometer used to measure
reflected light.

ecology, and other marine science
The program is one of the few of-
fered at an undergraduate level in
the United States. It is ideally suited
to the college because the climate in
the Virgin Islands makes it possible
to explore marine life the year-
round. A small marine sciences
building near Brewer's Bay offers
laboratory facilities for the program.
Development of the new curricu-
lum in social welfare services was
made possible through a grant to
the college from the Department of
Health, Education, and Welfare un-
der title VII of the Social Security
Act for social work manpower train-
ing. It is being offered in response
to the increasing interest in social
work among students and the need
for such skills in the community.
Students in this area will gain prac-
tical experience in social welfare
agencies in the community.
A research associate with the col-
lege's Caribbean Research Institute
was one of the scientists selected by
the National Aeronautics and Space

Students at the College of the Virgin Islands look at a model of the proposed Center for
Marine Environmental Studies to be constructed on Brewer's Bay at the College of the
Virgin Islands for use in the newly established marine science program and for the
Caribbean Research Institute.
Credit: Gil Amiaga

Administration to study the samples
of the moon's surface. Samples to.
talking about 19 grams were brought
to the CRI Environmental Labora-
tory in St. Croix in October.
The specific project involves in-
vestigation of the ways in which
moon reflects sunlight. One phase of
the work is designed to further de-
velop new methods of analyzing the
chemical composition of distant
surfaces and to investigate spectral
reflectivity properties of lunar and
planetary surfaces.
The environmental laboratory on
St. Croix has recently been expanded
to include work with NASA on life
detection instrumentation. This pro-
gram is aimed at NASA missions
from 1973 on, which will land in-
strumentation packages on the sur-
face of Mars and other planets. It is
designed to sense presence of life

forms on other planets associated
with those found on earth.
The St. Croix laboratory, estab-
lished in 1967, is concerned with ad-
vancing technology, methodology
and application of remote systems of
measurement and analytical sam-
pling in all types of environments.
The sophisticated techniques used
in determining the chemical compo-
sition of the moon are now being
applied to environmental problems
directly related to the Caribbean.
One project involves controlled
measurements of the reflectivity
characteristics of the various soils,
vegetation, waters and bottom sedi-
ments in this area.
Governor Melvin H. Evans desig-
nated 1970 as "Virgin Islands Year
of Ocean Resource Development,"
pointing to the need to diversify the
local economy by encouraging pro-

Students from the College of the Virgin Islands' Caribbean Research Institute measure
ambient light presence under tropical canopy.

grams of undersea research and de-
velopment. The college, through its
program in marine science and
through the Caribbean Research In-
stitute, took full advantage of the
opportunities to participate.
The Caribbean Research Institute
worked closely in support of Tektite

II, the most ambitious underwater
research program ever attempted.
Started in April 1970, the program
will extend over several months and
will involve some 62 scientists-aqua-
nauts, engineers, and doctors who
will utilize the Tektite II habitat for

Site of the Tektite II project is
Great Lameshur Bay, St. John, near
the Virgin Islands Ecological Re-
search Station. The institute partici-
pated in the first Tektite program
under which an 8,000-square-foot
base camp, made up of 13 buildings,
was constructed by the U.S. Navy.
These facilities became a permanent
part of the college and therefore
institute support of Tektite II will
be primarily logistical, although
college and institute scientists will
participate in the scientific program.
Arrangements also have been
made to, take students, faculty, and
staff to visit the site and to learn
more about the project and the re-
search station.
Several projects relating to waters
of the Virgin Islands have recently
been announced by the Caribbean
Research Institute, a division of the
college, for 1970-71.
Two new studies of pollution in
local waters, continuation of work
begun in the summer of 1969, will
consist of water quality testing at
Benner Bay and Redhook Bay, St.
Thomas, and periodic checks of all
of the packaged sewage plants on St.
Thomas. The studies are being con-
ducted in cooperation with the Di-
vision of Environmental Health of
the Virgin Islands Department of
The college is a major participant
in an ocean survey program now be-
ing conducted in local waters under
the sponsorship of the National Sci-
ence Foundation, which is related
to but independent of the Tektite
II underwater program. During May,
CVI biology, geology, and marine
science students and instructors uti-
lized the research vessel, Advance II,
to do plankton tows, flora and fauna
collecting, and general ocean survey
work. The Advance II also is being
used by students enrolled in the

special undergraduate marine sci-
ence courses being offered in the
summer session.
Practical means of managing the
lobster population to guarantee the
survival of this valuable species of
marine life and to make lobster fish-
ing a more viable commercial ven-
ture in the Virgin Islands is the goal
of a new project in Lameshur Bay,
St. John, funded by the National
Science Foundation, Office of Sea
Grant Programs.
Entitled "Ecological Study for the
Development of Lobster Manage-
ment Techniques," the 1-year study
involves three intensive 20-day study
periods during Tektite II, including
50-foot dives, and will continue after
the completion of Tektite II.
The college has been working
closely with the business community
to develop meaningful management
training programs which will pro-
vide more opportunity for Virgin
Islanders to participate in the growth
and prosperity of the Islands.
An outgrowth of the efforts has
been the establishment of a Virgin
Islands resources development organ-
ization, representing all sectors of
the community-business, govern-
ment, and education. Its principal
aim is to develop human resources
in business.
In the college evening program,
80 employees from 17 businesses in
St. Thomas, and 40 employees from
11 businesses in St. Croix are en-
rolled in a title I management train-
ing program, made available at no
charge. Purpose of the course is to
create an awareness on the part of
employees of some of the basic tools
needed to carry out management ac-
Beginning in the fall of 1970, the
College of the Virgin Islands will
offer a 4-year baccalaureate program
in business administration.

Two-year programs, leading to an
Associate in Arts degree in business
administration, accounting secretar-
ial science, and hotel and restaurant
management, will be continued to
meet needs of students who wish to
prepare for employment after only
2 years of study beyond high school.
Areas of emphasis to be offered in
the 4-year program will include man-
agement, marketing, finance, and ac-
counting. Next fall the program will
start at the junior year level.
The college offers a wide variety
of courses in each of its divisions
during the expanded summer ses-
sion being conducted on both St.
Thomas and St. Croix.
Of special interest are two field
courses in marine science and a
number of courses devoted to visual
and performing arts, with emphasis
on Caribbean and Virgin Islands
Offering a unique opportunity for
undergraduate study in the marine
sciences are two 4-week field courses,
one in marine ecology and the other
in marine geology. These courses
combine lectures, laboratory, and
field investigations.
In the visual and performing arts,
courses include design, drawing,

painting, primitive and modern
dance, folk dancing, steel band,
chorus and theatre. A drama work-
shop in St. Croix will lead to public
performance of a full-length play of
a number of one act plays.
Courses in the regular college cur-
riculum include accounting, busi-
ness, secretarial studies, English,
speech, philosophy, economics, his-
tory, political science, psychology,
anthropology, mathematics, and
teacher education.
Two special institutes are held for
Virgin Islands' teachers, one on the
teaching of reading and another de-
voted primarily to innovative meth-
ods of teaching the history of the
Virgin Islands. A course in elemen-
tary education is also offered.
The summer program is designed
to meet needs of four groups of stu-
dents: regular students of the col-
lege, who want to make up defi-
ciencies or enrich their background;
persons in the community who wish
to develop abilities; high school stu-
dents or graduates who need addi-
tional preparation in basic skills;
and transfer students from other in-
stitutions who may come to the Vir-
gin Islands for a summer of study.

The Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library, dedicated March 16, 1969, is the first of the academic
buildings to be completed under the master plan of the College of the Virgin Islands.
With an eventual capacity of 100,000 volumes, the library now contains more than
25,000 volumes and is used not only by the students and faculty of the College but by
members of the community as well.
Credit: Gil Amiaga


Operating Appropriation: $10,800,932

Fiscal year 1970 was a period of
progress in planning reorganization
and restructuring of personnel and
programs and of general improve-
ment in management operations of
the Department as well as in health-
care services.
Continued expansion of programs
and services has taken place. Head-
way has been made in plans for ex-
pansion of present facilities to cope
with the additional demands made
by an ever-increasing population.

Office of Comphensive Health
The Comprehensive Health Plan-
ning Advisory Council held three
meetings during fiscal year 1969-70.
Reports from five task forces were
presented to the Council.
One hundred and twenty-eight
members of the community served
on seven task forces during the year.
Twenty-four meetings of task forces
committees were held to report data,
hear expert speakers, and compile
reports and recommendations.
A study of school nursing services
was undertaken in cooperation with
the Insular School Health Commit-
tee, the Department of Education,
the Division of MCH Sc CC, the
Children and Youth Project, and the
Division of Public Health. The con-
sultant's report and recommenda-
tions have been made available to
these agencies and plans are being

Registered physical therapist works with
handicapped child in a St. Croix clinic.

fostered to implement the recom-

Bureau of Vital Records and
Statistical Services
The past decade marked an in-
creasing interest in public health-
public awareness of health programs
reached a high peak; response of the
public to health campaigns, drives
and special activities has been over-
whelming. Public expectations for
improved health are now directed
towards the preventive services
rather than the curative services.

Personnel: 1,377

Patient gets a checkup at modern dental
clinic at the former Submarine Base in
St. Thomas.

The indices of health care depict
a favorable course of action in health
services. The infant mortality rate
has decreased to a level comparable
to that of the United States. The
overall death rate is even lower than
the corresponding rate for the
United States.
There have been marked decreases
in death due to heart, cancer, and
respiratory illnesses. Accidental
deaths, however, have increased. The
birth rate has increased, as well as
the general population. Several fac-
tors inherent in the increasing pop-
ulation have dramatic effects on the
health services. Alien unskilled and
domestic workers account for the
major increase in the population.
The immigrants are frequently from
the low economic groups of the
neighboring West Indian islands in
which medical and preventive health
services are inadequate. Of the
aliens tested, 33 percent suffered
from general diseases, and cases of
schistomiasis have been detected
among these workers.
The mid-year population of the
Virgin Islands was estimated by the
Bureau of Vital Records and Statis-

tical Services to be 69,649. This is
an increase of 6,847 over the 1968
estimated population.
A new live birth record was again
established. During the calendar
year 1969, there were 2,529 live births
recorded in the Virgin Islands, a rate
of 36.3 per 1,000 population.
There were 477 deaths in 1969,
a rate of 6.8 per 1,000 population.
Major cardiovascular-renal diseases
accounted for 36.9 percent of all
deaths, a rate of 2.5 per 1,000 popu-
During 1969, there were 70 infant
deaths recorded, a rate of 27.7 per
1,000 live births.
There were 1,030 marriages and
334 divorces recorded during this
period with rates of 14.8 and 4.8 per
1,000, respectively.

Division of Public Health Services
The Division shared in the devel-
opment of many new programs and
services in the community.
The Director of Nutrition served
on the panel of nutritionists at the
White House Conference on Food,
Nutrition, and Health.
The Commissioner on Aging
awarded a grant of $9,000 to the
Public Health Services to perform
a study on the health needs of the
The Office of Economic Oppor-
tunity renewed the funding grant
to the Public Health Services to con-
tinue the Health Outreach Program.
The local chapter of the National
Tuberculosis Program awarded
$2,500 to Public Health for a tuber-
culosis screening campaign.
The Bureau of Chronic and Com-
municable Diseases conducted a spe-
cial screening program for early de-
tection of tuberculosis in the low
economic areas in St. Thomas and
St. Croix. Approximately 2,000 per-

sons responded by having chest X-
rays taken on the medical mobile
unit of the Health Outreach Service.
A rubella campaign was carried
out in the schools by grades, kinder-
garten through fourth; 4,259 or 88
percent of the enrollment of those
grades in St. Thomas-St. John, and
3,375 or 79 percent of similar grades
in St. Croix were immunized with
the rubella vaccine. The primary
goal was to prevent congenital de-
fects which may arise as a result of
pregnant women becoming infected
with rubella.
The Public Health Laboratory as-
sumed the responsibility for staining
the PAP smears for the cancer pro-
gram. Previously, this was done by
the Puerto Rico Department of
The laboratory also plans to ini-
tiate the detection of Rubella anti-
bodies in pregnant women and vac-
cinated children by the use of the
duracyte rubella diagnostic test kit.
A concentrated program of inserv-
ice training of public health nurses
was conducted, utilizing the various
universities or medical centers in the
United States. Nurses received train-
ing in the prevention and control of
tuberculosis at the National Com-
municable Disease Center. Other
training programs included home
care, arthritis, heart and rehabilita-
A campaign on "Cigarette Smok-
ing and Cancer" was conducted with
seminars, group discussions, and tel-
evision and radio talks. A "Quit
Clinic" was held for heavy smokers.
A series of educational programs
concerning drug abuse and the prob-
lems of drugs and narcotic addiction
was scheduled in the schools and in
civic organizations.
The Public Health Department
initiated a program of methadone
therapy of drug addicts on heroin.

This service is a part of a compre-
hensive program for prevention and
treatment of drug addiction. Other
components of the program included
psychiatric evaluation and treatment
and hospitalization.

Division of Mental Health Services
To deliver adequate mental health
services to the people of the Virgin
Islands, it was necessary to rethink
treatment programs, consultation
patterns, and the overall problems
of total staff utilization. Clinics were
reorganized and greater efforts were
made to take services out of the of-
fice and into the neighborhood. Case
conferences were held regularly with
other agencies involved.
Planning activities were intensi-
fied. Division staffs participated in
planning, not only in the field of
mental health but also in such areas
as: crime control, comprehensive
health planning, educational TV,
mental retardation, dyslexia, alco-
holism, narcotics and drug control,
juvenile delinquency, new penal in-
stitutions, community relations and
public education.
The acquisition of two sites on
which to erect short-term residential
treatment centers brought closer to
realization and goal of providing for
emotionally disturbed youths. Work-
ing closely with MCH &S CC and
C&Y, and the Planning Board, in-
itial drawings were completed and
land in St. Thomas was provided
by the Virgin Islands Port Author-
ity; in St. Croix, Health Department
land was already available for use.
The center for the diagnosis and
care of retarded children served 12
children Monday through Friday
from 8 a.m. to noon. The publica-
tion in 1969 of "A Community That
Cares for the Retarded Child," de-
scribes the activities in this center

A physical therapist works with cerebal
palsied patient learning to tie shoes.

and provides guidelines that may be
useful for all teachers who work
with the retarded and "slow learn-
ers" in the Virgin Islands.
A roster of retardees is maintained
by the statistical officer and is a
source of valuable information for
those interested in the problem of re-
tardation. A similar roster was begun
for alcoholics and drug addicts in the
The warm reception of the mental
health film, "The Following Sea,"
was ample proof that people want
educational materials developed lo-
cally with a focus on local problems.
Other publications this year includ-
ed the "Proceedings of the Seminar
on Alcoholism" and reprints of
"Childhood Behavior Problems in
Social Climate."
Under the direction of an electro-
encephalographer-neurologist, EEG
clinics were held weekly and refer-
rals to them came from physicians
throughout the territory. There were
142 patients served in the EEG clinic
during the year.
The formation of a research and
statistical services unit has greatly
facilitated the work of the Division
of Mental Health. More and more
people are turning to its statistical
files for information to help in plan-
ning special community services.
Following training at a special

course for mental health statisticians
given by the Applied Statistics
Training Institute at the National
Center for Health Statistics, the sta-
tistical officer instituted revised sys-
tems for collecting, analyzing and
reporting data regarding the work
of the Division. These innovations
make possible more precise and
meaningful evaluation of current
programs, provide a factual basis
for the planning of new projects and
bring reporting of mental health ac-
tivities (including the Division of
Hospital Psychiatry) into line with
standards and requirements set by
NIMH and other Federal agencies.
A firm policy guide relating to
services identifies the children and
youth project as the point of regis-
tration of all children under age
six. Complete service will be under-
taken for them as long as they meet
family income limitations. After six,
C&Y activity is restricted to aliens,
and services to teenage pregnancies.
Maternal and child health is respon-
sible for all other services except
those to crippled children. MCH or
CC is responsible for off-island medi-
cal care except for that falling to the
medical assistance program. When
MCH and CC funds do not exist,
C&Y funds are utilized for off-island
The attractive complex which will
serve as the center of all mother and
child health services on St. Croix
was opened and is in operation. In
St. Thomas, two new facilities were
placed in operation, one in the pop-
ulous Savan section of Charlotte
Amalie and the other in the eastern
rural area at Brookman.
A second project proposal in fam-
ily planning was approved by the
Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare, region II, toward the
end of the fiscal year.

Bureau of Health Insurance and
Medical Assistance
The Department of Health is the
designated single state organization
with legal authority to make rules
and regulations governing the ad-
ministration of title XVIII (medi-
care) and title XIX (medicaid).
The common goal of both pro-
grams is to improve the provision
and quality of medical care and
services offered to all needy people.
The Bureau of Health Insurance
and Medical Assistance was organ-
ized within the Office of the Com-
missioner of Health to administer
and implement the provisions of
both Federal programs.
The highlights of activities under
medicare involved:
Recertification of five Virgin Is-
lands facilities approved as hospitals
and one Home Health Agency, to
determine continued compliance
with conditions of participation
under Federal Health Insurance
Program: strengthening implementa-
tion of the "buy-in" agreement with
concerned agencies such as Mutual
of Omaha, Social Security district
office, Department of Social Welfare,
and providers.
At the end of fiscal year 1970, the
Bureau was paying premiums for
1,287 individuals 65 years and over
who meet the requirements of eligi-
bility under both programs. This
represents an increase of 176 eligible
from last fiscal year figures of 1,111.
A total of 549 hospital bills and 654
Home Health Agency bills totaling
$183,305.52 claim medicare partici-
pation under hospital insurance. A
total of 830 claims under medical
insurance were processed for pay-
ments totaling $62,547.18. These fig-
ures cover only 11 months. A sub-
stantial increase will probably be
shown when the complete informa-

tion is received.
The highlights of activities under
title XIX, medical assistance, cen-
tered on:
1. Implementation of 1967 amend-
ments that became effective during
fiscal year 1970 and follow-up of
those already initiated.
2. Completion and final approval
by region III, DHEW, of the revised
Virgin Islands State Plan for Medi-
cal Assistance.
3. Strengthening cooperation and
collaboration of the Virgin Islands
Welfare and Health agencies
through different means such as, re-
vision of working agreements with
the Department of Social Welfare,
the agency that certifies eligibility for
the Medical Assistance Program;
sponsoring workshops for the ad-
ministrative and supervisory staff of
that agency with the participation of
interrelated agencies; revision and
discussion of working agreement
with MCH & CC and C&Y pro-
grams; consultations, et cetera.
4. Strengthening the Bureau's
function with emphasis on manage-
ment and controls, and administra-
tion (recruitment, adequate office
space, equipment, clarification of
separate and distinct functions of
the State agency and of the govern-
mental hospital providers, et cetera).
Statistical reporting was almost up to
date at the end of the fiscal year.
5. Close collaboration with the re-
gion III office at Charlottesville, Va.,
in the smooth implementation of the
new Federal reorganization plan
whereby States under region III were
transferred to other regions. The
Virgin Islands were transferred to
region II, with headquarters in New
York, by the end of fiscal year 1970.
6. A total of 21,426 individuals
were accepted and recertified as el-
igible under all medical assistance
categories. These figures revealed

that around 36 percent of the Virgin
Islands' estimated population of 60,-
000 is potentially eligible for medi-
cal assistance under the Title XIX
Medicaid program. Of that number,
actually a total of 19,788 recipients
(unduplicated count) from all cate-
gories received medical care and
services during calendar year 1969.
This represents that 92 percent of all
eligibles requested and received med-
ical care and services under the pro-
7. In general, total estimated
money value for such services
amounts to $796,319.08. Federal par-
ticipation was $264,462.52; State par-
ticipation was $531,856.56.

Division of Environmental Health
The Division of Environmental
Health continued program opera-
tions in food protection, general san-
itation, water supply, radiological
health, and insect and rodent con-
An air pollution control labora-
tory was established and a sampling
program started to determine par-
ticulates and sulfur dioxide in the
As emission inventory was com-
pleted and a report, "Analysis and
Proposal for the United States Vir-
gin Islands Air Quality Control Re-
gion," prepared. This report formed
the basis for our consultation hear-
ing on the Virgin Islands air quality
control region held by the National
Air Pollution Control Administra-
tion on March 20, 1970, and the Vir-
gin Islands were declared an air
quality control region on June 11,
Considerable success was achieved
in our water reclamation and reuse
program. Two hotels and one hotel-
condominium installed water reuse
systems. These consist of extended

aeration sewage treatment plants
followed by aerated tanks or polish-
ing ponds. The effluent is chlorinated
and used for flushing and irrigation.
There are now 30 packaged sewage
treatment plants in the Virgin Is-
lands ranging from 1,500 gallons per
day to 14,000 gallons per day.
Considerable progress was made
in constructing sewage treatment
plants, water reclamation plants, in
the water pollution control program
and sanitary facilities.

Division of Hospitals and Medical

During the fiscal year, the mush-
rooming patient workload at Charles
Harwood Memorial Hospital and
Ingeborg Nesbitt Clinic, St. Croix,
placed a great stress on these hos-
One hundred percent occupancy
was often reached during the fiscal
year. Modernization plans were pre-
pared and have been submitted to
the Department of Health, Educa-
tion, and Welfare for approval. Ap-
proval of these plans will make it
possible to add 35 surgical beds; 17
obstetrical beds; 10 pediatrics beds

New and very modern operating theatre at
Knud Hansen Memorial Hospital, St.


and cribs, and 28 nursery bassinets.
It is hoped that this moderniza-
tion will also result in releasing a
number of beds in an older section
of the hospital for psychiatric and
long-term care services.
At the beginning of the fiscal year,
a nursing consultant was added to
the staff. She has had a large meas-
ure of success in improving condi-
tions at the hospitals. One project
which was successfully brought to a
favorable conclusion was that of ob-
taining Government-sponsored liv-
ing accommodations at Estate Sion
Farm and to furnish these apart-
ments with essentials. Four homes
were secured which could accommo-
date up to 12 single nurses or a
lesser number of married nursing
An in-service nursing educator was
hired and many steps have been
taken to improve the quality of care
rendered by paramedical personnel.
An examination was given nurse
aides and orderlies, and those reach-
ing acceptable grades have been rec-
ommended for promotion to the
next higher level of work and pay.
On May 2, 1970, the at-sea ditch-
ing of an ALM Airlines plane about
33 miles northeast of St. Croix
brought on disaster conditions in St.
Croix. All personnel at Charles Har-
wood Memorial Hospital and the
Nngeborg Nesbitt Clinic, following
prearranged disaster plans, respond-
ed well. Both the disaster team at the
Alexander Hamilton Airport and
the back-up personnel at the hos-
pitals gained the highest apprecia-
tion for their well-timed and
smoothly operating modus operandi.
As a consequence of the accident,
40 victims were brought to Charles
Harwood Memorial Hospital and
35 were admitted. Some patients in
serious condition remained for over
a week, and the care rendered by all

concerned was of the highest level.
At the time of the ditching, it was
feared that the morgue accommoda-
tions would be inadequate to meet
the hospital's needs. Fortunately,
only one deceased person was
brought in, but by June 1970 a new
and large morgue refrigerator which
could handle up to 12 persons had
arrived and, as the fiscal year closed,
was being installed.
Two other fears which arose dur-
ing the plane disaster have since
been laid to rest. About 25 cots for
disaster-like conditions and a mobile
radio set-up were placed on order
in fiscal year 1970 and should be on
hand early in fiscal year 1971. Dur-
ing the disaster, good use was made
of the Civil Defense "walkie talkie"
Highlights of activities at Knud-
Hansen Memorial Hospital and
other clinic facilities on St. John
centered around the hospital's im-
plementation of accreditation rec-
ommendations for expansion; posi-
tive steps taken to recruit key staff
and revamp management systems in
conjunction with health, finance,
and procurement agencies; acquisi-
tion of major equipment for the
hospital plant; review and revision
of personnel needs in understaffed
areas, that is, laboratory, dietetics,
medical records and financial man-
agement; staff development through
more accent on training.
The 10-bed extension on the med-
ical ward was opened for bids and
award recommendations indicated
construction would begin by the end
of the fiscal year.
Hospital expansion plans on the
architect's drawing board for St.
Thomas will provide a new neuro-
psychiatric facility; a new obstetrics
unit designed to meet the increasing
demands for space and better work-
ing arrangements on those two units.

Modern therapy equipment in use at Knud
Hansen Hospital, St. Thomas.

Also to be incorporated will be new
beds for extended care; new labora-
tory and pathology department;
greatly expanded office space for the
business and administrative depart-
ments, and additional storage space.
The St. John clinic extension will
be ready early in fiscal 1971, and will
provide better working facilities for
the staff at Cruz Bay and improve-
ments at Calabash Boom. St. John
managed to retain its professional
staff throughout the year, and the
extension of nurse's residence at
Cruz Bay will further enhance the
recruitment for staff nurses on that
See appendix C for summary of
vital statistics.


Personnel: 414

Operating Appropriation: $3,552,516

In fiscal 1970, the Department en-
tered the final phase of reorganiza-
tion and now consists of three major
divisions-Child and family services,
assistance payments, and vocational
rehabilitation. Supportive services
are provided by the Bureau of Bus-
iness Management, the Office of Per-
sonnel, and the Staff Development
In November 1969, the Division
of Vocational Rehabilitation was of-
ficially transferred from the Depart-
ment of Education and the services
of this division have been integrated
into the overall operations of the
Department. The Division of As-
sistance Payments and Adult Serv-
ices has moved to further simplify
application procedures for persons
seeking financial and medical as-
sistance under title XIX of the So-
cial Security Act. The Division of
Child and Family Services has as-
sumed responsibility for case work
services to individuals and families
receiving financial assistance under
the Aid to Families with Dependent
Children category.

Division of Assistance Payments
and Adult Services

The division continues to imple-
ment certification of individuals and
families applying for financial as-
sistance in all categories; the medi-
cally indigent under title XIX and
distribution of surplus commodities.

Turkey and trimmings-Christmas was in
the air as the children at the day-care
center in Frenchtown were treated to
turkey and trimmings at a special holiday
season lunch by the Department of Social
Welfare. Here Macon M. Berryman, De-
partment Commissioner, provides some
special assistance as one of the guests at-
tacks a turkey wing.

It is also responsible for the opera-
tion of two institutions for the aged
providing custodial and nursing
care; two shelter care homes; and
services to the aged, disabled, and
blind adults receiving financial as-
During the fiscal year, the total
number of persons aided decreased
by 152 to 2,751. Expenditures in-
creased by $67,298, to $926,605. Of
this amount, $633,145 was used for
aid to families with dependent chil-
dren; $163,225 for old-age assistance.
For the year, the average payment
for persons being helped was $30.69
per month. The division was able
to close 307 cases during the year,
and 308 were opened.
The division is still evaluating the
effectiveness of a new "declaration

Story hour at day-care center.

method" being used in applications
for financial assistance. When this
evaluation has been completed, mod-
ifications will be made necessary to
insure the simplest and most expe-
ditious handling of all applications.
The home delivered meals pro-
gram, which provides hot meals for
elderly persons in their own homes,
was expanded to St. Croix in July,
1969. This program is financed by
Federal funds under the Older Amer-
icans Act. A constant review is made
of institutional programs for the
aged to provide for necessary im-
provements and upgrading of stand-
ards where indicated. The cancer
program continues to provide escort
services to Puerto Rico and medical
treatment at the Cancer League Hos-
pital for Virgin Islands patients re-
ferred by the Department of Health.
Surplus commodities are distributed
from warehouses in St. Thomas and
St. Croix and distribution is made
on the Island of St. John on a reg-

ular basis. A second sewing project
has been opened at Cruz Bay, St.
John. Both projects provide school
uniforms and other garments for in-
stitutions and needy families known
to the Department.
Division of Vocational
The Division of Vocational Reha-
bilitation provides for diagnostic
and medical services, guidance and
counseling, vocational training,
placement and follow-up services.
The division operates sheltered
workshops on St. Thomas and St.
Croix. Referrals of persons receiv-
ing services under this program are
made for further training on the
mainland. Other referrals are made
for medical treatment. Plans are un-
derway to implement a homebound
workshop program in St. John. This
will provide vocational training and
counseling for handicapped persons
in their own homes.

Division of Child and Family
The Division of Child and Family
Services administers a variety of so-
cial services promoting growth and
development of children in their
own homes, in schools and in the
community. Casework services, fos-
ter family and institutional care, a
training school program and day
care services are also provided by
this division.
At the end of the fiscal year there
were 1,137 active cases on St. Thomas
and 1,470 active cases on St. Croix,
making a total of 2,607. This figure
includes all AFDC cases which were
transferred from the Division of As-
sistance Payments during the last
fiscal year.
The staff of the division has
worked actively throughout the year
with other agencies and organiza-
tions in the community to improve
programs and to initiate new activ-
ities to deal with common areas of
concern affecting the welfare of chil-
dren and youth. There is a need to
expand the present day-care facili-
ties and the opening of at least one
new center in the coming months is

Staff Development
The director of Staff Development
conducts orientation for all new so-
cial workers and other staff coming
into the Department. In addition, a
monthly social welfare forum is con-
ducted, bringing together staff from
the departments of health and wel-
fare aimed at improving working
relationships between the two agen-
cies. During the fiscal year, weekly
seminars on public health services
were also initiated under the spon-
sorship of the health outreach pro-
gram with the staff development
unit cooperating. Staff development
personnel also assisted in a training
program on techniques of interview-
ing for personnel of the Department
of Public Safety. The director of
Staff Development serves as chair-
man of the Department's scholar-
ship committee. Nine applications
for scholarship aid for the coming
year received favorable action from
this committee. The director is also
engaged in joint sessions with staff
of the College of the Virgin Islands
in connection with the social work
programs now being offered by the


Personnel: 85

The Department of Commerce has
two principal divisions: Visitors Bu-
reau and Trade and Industry. Other
units under the office of the Com-
missioner and public relations, the
Virgin Islands Rum Council, adver-
tising implemented through a New
York agency, fishing and water
sports, and the Virgin Islands Indus-
trial Incentive Board. Information
centers are maintained in New York
at Rockefeller Center; Washington,
D.C., in the National Press Build-
ing; and San Juan, P.R., 104 Fort-
aleza Street.
The Commissioner of Commerce
serves on three Governor-appointed
boards: Woolen yard goods, watch
quota, water and power authority.

Operating Appropriation: $2,262,577

He acts as chairman of the V.I. In-
dustrial Incentive Board and is a
member of the executive committee
of the Puerto Rico Convention Bu-
reau. He is also a member of the
Regional Expansion Council of
Puerto Rico in the Virgin Islands
and heads the committee on tourism.
Tourism continued to be the Is-
lands' chief industry, although the
total number of visitors, 1,069,702
was slightly less than in the pre-
vious fiscal year. The Department
intensified all its promotion activ-
ities to achieve this record in the
face of inflationary costs and eco-
nomic downturn on the mainland
and abroad. One of its most notable
efforts was a program called "Virgin

This is the view from Caneel Bay Plantation, world renowned resort on St. John where
the password is "relaxation." Sailing is one of the favorite pastimes in the Virgin
Islands, which probably has more sailing races than any other area in the world.


Islands Calling," a tour of major
stateside cities undertaken in co-
operation with leading hoteliers.

Visitors Bureau

On June 29, 1970, this division
completed its 21st consecutive year
of operation.
Its most important function con-
tinued to be the development of
tourist traffic to the Virgin Islands
by sea and by air from the North
American continent. These now in-
clude the European market.
The division contributes its serv-
ices to Government House and other
agencies of the Government in con-
nection with various functions for
dignitaries, groups of travel agents,
writers, et cetera.
A number of special groups, travel
agents, writers, photographers, and
other tourism specialists received as-
sistance from the division in making
their stay in the Virgin Islands pleas-
ant, enjoyable, and informative.

Cruise ships making maiden voy-
ages to St. Thomas and St. Croix
during the fiscal year were suitably
honored by ceremonies abroad. In
addition, awards were presented to
a number of captains and other of-
ficials of the steamship companies.
Frequent staff meetings and the
exchange of personnel has brought
a closer relationship between per-
sonnel from St. Croix and St. Thom-
as, as well as an exchange of ideas
on advertising, promotion, bro-
chures, VIVA, water sports, and
problems affecting the tourist indus-
try as a whole.
A specific example of this was the
"Virgin Islands Calling" program.
For the past 2 years, the hoteliers of
St. Croix made a spring visit to
various cities on the continent, uni-
laterally and at their own expense,
soliciting business from travel agents.
This year, with all three islands
participating and a special appro-
priation from the Government, some
24 hoteliers and the Assistant Com-

Picturesque Christiansted Harbor, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands is one of the most
popular anchorages in the Caribbean for pleasure yachts. The town itself with its
beautifully preserved old Danish red-roofed 18th century buildings is considered by
many to be one of the most charming in the West Indies.

View from the deck, Yacht Haven (St.

missioner from St. Croix made a
highly successful trip to 12 cities in
the United States and Canada, vis-
iting some 3,000 travel agents, trade
and members of the consumer press.
Press luncheons, agent receptions,
and personal visits were undertaken
in the cities.
Results included arrangements for
visits to the islands of more than 20


One of the many cruise ships that visit the
Virgin Islands each year drops anchor in
Charlotte Amalie harbor, St. Thomas.

groups and companies, and hundreds
of articles about the Virgin Islands.

Virgin Islands Information Center,
New York
The New York office is the main-
land representative of the Govern-
ment of the Virgin Islands under
the supervision of the Commissioner
of Commerce.
During the year, the New York
office provided accurate and detailed
information to the 5,907 visitors
who came into the office; to the
26,054 who telephoned; and the 71,-
183 who wrote for help with their
vacation and business plans.
Staff members have surveyed Is-
land facilities, met with hotel asso-
ciations, and contacted others in the
Island community in order to pro-
vide information to the mainland
press through the Government's
mainland public relations firm, and
to travel agents by personal calls and
by letter.
The New York office assisted with
the arrangements for "Virgin Islands
Personnel at the office call on
agents, hotel representatives, cruise
lines, and airline offices. Efforts are
made to expand group and conven-
tion activities, to provide industry
employment advice, water sports in-
formation, and to improve coordina-
tion between the main office, the St.
Croix office, and the Puerto Rico
and Washington offices.

Virgin Islands Information Center,
Because of its position in the Na-
tion's Capital, the Washington office
cooperates with Federal Government
agencies, such as the U.S. Travel
Service, Office of Territories, IDTAC
and National Park Services of the

Department of the Interior, the
Council of Leaders and Specialists
of the Department of State, DATO,
et cetera.
One major effort this year was a
continuous program of selling the
Virgin Islands to the travel agents
so they, in turn, would sell them to
their clients. A staff member made
approximately 50 calls each month
in the metropolitan Washington
area. This work culminated in May
when the "Virgin Islands Calling"
group spent 2 days in Washington,
called on agents, invited travel writ-
ers to a press luncheon and held a
reception for travel agents and Gov-
ernment officials.
Group tours and conferences, some
as large as 350 people, resulted from
the efforts of the Washington office.
In addition, the office assisted in
planning and arranging trips by
Government working groups, such as
the President's Water Pollution Ad-
visory Control Board in April and
the United Nations Seabed Commit-
tee in May, to the Islands.
During the year, in addition to
various promotions, the Washington
office received and answered mail,
telephone, or in-person inquiries
from 10,547 prospective tourists and
distributed over 41,000 pieces of lit-

Trade and Industry
The economy of the Islands con-
tinued its upward trend. Tourism
is by far the largest industry. Man-
ufacturing accounts for about 10
percent of the total employee labor
force, while tourism-related employ-
ment accounts for nearly 50 percent.
Most economic indicators were up.
Taxes, which directly reflect the
volume of business, excise, and gross
receipts taxes, rose 39 percent from
$6.7 million to $9.4 million. As an-

other indicator of business activity,
revenue from licenses and permits
issued increased by 30.5 percent from
$875,000 to $1,149,154. The major
gain to the Government for the sup-
port of services to the community
came from income tax revenues
which rose 30.8 percent from $25.8
million to $33.8 million.
Both imports and exports in-
creased over the previous year. Im-
ports rose 26 percent to $327,192,597,
and exports 28 percent to $199,940,-
The watch industry is of vital im-
portance to the Virgin Islands econ-
omy. In 1969-70, watch exports to
the United States amounted to ap-
proximately $25,475,285. More than
1,200 persons earning approximately
$4 million per annum assemble
watches from foreign watch parts
and some U.S. components such as
watch dials, crystals, cases, et cetera.
Wages and working conditions are
considerably better than the average
for all private industry in the terri-
There are now 15 watch com-
panies operating in the Virgin Is-
lands-four on the island of St.
Thomas and 11 on the island of St.
In fiscal 1970 a total of 3,876,828
watch movements and parts were
exported into the Customs Territory
of the United States.
The Trade and Industry Division
participated in several activities de-
signed to promote commerce in the
Virgin Islands. These included:
Furnishing information on in-
vestment possibilities by mail to
more than 1,000 corporations and
Conferring with 600 visitors con-
cerning business opportunities in the
Virgin Islands.
Preparing statistical data for the
Caribbean Economic Development

Holding the annual meeting of
the Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands Re-
gional Export Expansion Council
for the promotion of international
Furnishing statistical and eco-
nomic data to other governmental
departments and agencies.
Preparing and distributing hun-
dreds of copies of the "Business Di-
rectory of the Virgin Islands" and
"Facts about Doing Business in the
U.S. Virgin Islands."
Functioning as a cooperative of-
fice of the U.S. Department of Com-
merce, Office of Field Services for
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Industrial Incentive Board
At the end of fiscal 1970, 81 per-
sons, firms, or corporations held
certificates of tax exemption and
subsidy granted by the Governor
upon the recommendation of the
Industrial Incentive Board. Hotels
and guest houses account for ap-
proximately half of this figure, and
assorted small businesses for the
other 50 percent. The total employ-
ment created by these operations
approached 7,000 persons with a
payroll in excess of $20 million.
The Industrial Incentive Board,
the administrative body of the in-
dustrial incentive program, is com-
posed of the Commissioner of Com-
merce, the Budget Director (ex of-
ficio chairman and secretary, respec-
tively), the Commissioner of Finance
(vice chairman and member ex of-
ficio), and four other members ap-
pointed by the Governor with the
advice and consent of the Legisla-
ture. The board additionally in-
cludes as nonvoting advisors: the
Governor's economist, an assistant
attorney general, and the director of
the board.

The strength of the V.I. economy
is not solely ascribable to tax-ex-
empted firms, but the economic im-
pact of tax-exempted businesses is
evident. The tourist industry or its
basis (hotels) enjoys tax exemption
to a large degree. Tax incentives
also played an important role in the
location of manufacturers in the
Virgin Islands.
In 1965, $21 million of business
was conducted in the Virgin Islands
by manufacturers; in 1968, $99 mil-
lion. The relation of the industrial
incentive program to manufactur-
ers' gross business is obviously close.
During the year, 10 grants expired
and 10 beneficiary firms ceased op-
eration. Twenty-five percent of those
20 firms were hotels, and 75 percent
manufacturers. All hotels with ex-
pired grants continued to operate.
Five years ago, with exemptions
of about $1 million, the program
was either directly or indirectly re-
sponsible for a large portion of the
$109 million of business conducted
in the Virgin Islands. In 1970 the
program made exemption grants of
approximately $10 million, but the
economy reflected business opera-
tions of approximately $265 mil-
lion, an increase of $156 million.

Small Business Development
On March 2, 1970, the Small Bus-
iness Development Agency of the
Virgin Islands came into legal ex-
istence when its first meeting took
place at Government House, St.
Since then, staff, equipment fix-
tures, organization, and premises
have been set up in both St. Thomas
and St. Croix.
To date, 27 loans have been ap-
proved, with an approximate loan
total of $800,000. However, help has

been extended to many more appli-
cants than is reflected by the num-
bers and dollar volume of the loans
Active programs are currently un-
derway for many business applica-
tions in such diverse fields as com-
mercial fishing, manufacturing, re-
tailing, restaurants, bars, and trades
such as carpentry, cabinet making,
and plumbing.

Virgin Islands Rum Council
The expansion of the demand for
rum as a beverage in the United
States has been one of the most no-
table trends during the 1960's. There
are several reasons to believe from
the perspective of 1970 that gains
during the next decade will be just
as impressive.
From 1965-68 the rum market
showed a 4 or 5 percent gain for
each succeeding year.
During fiscal 1969, however, the
shipping strike resulted in unusually
large shipments to the United States
in anticipation of the closed ports.
Instead of the expected 4 or 5 per-
cent gain for 1969, shipments
jumped to 22 percent over the pre-
ceding fiscal year. As a result, there
were 77,554 proof gallons more rum
shipped in 1969 than in fiscal 1970.
Using up of the overstocked inven-
tory accumulated in 1969 caused 4
percent decline in rum shipment
during fiscal 1970. The total ship-
ments for 1970 were 1,574,293 proof
gallons as compared to 1,651,847
proof gallons in 1969.
The discrepancy between the orig-
inally recorded excise return of $11,-
517.62 for 1969, a loss of 11 percent
over fiscal 1968, as opposed to a 22
percent gain in shipments over the
same period began an extensive
search to justify shipments and re-

During fiscal 1970, the Rum Coun-
cil began a cooperative advertising
campaign with the world's largest
manufacturers of cocktail mixes. Ed-
itors of the "Liquor Handbook"
claim that the handy dry mixes will
prove revolutionary in the diversi-
fication movement, the movement of
widening recipe choices by the con-
Fiscal 1970 brought to fruition the
long sought for opportunity to in-
troduce the hundreds of thousands
of annual visitors to the Islands to
the pleasures and adaptability of
Virgin Islands rums. A specified
amount in the Rum Council budget
was set aside for the purpose of local
promotion during fiscal 1971.
The Rum Council continued its
practice of participating in the pro-
motion of Virgin Islands rums dur-
ing off-island conferences or con-

Public Relations

The Public Relations Division was
called upon to sharply expand the
program for acting as host and guide
to Asian and African dignitaries.
Agencies of the U.S. State Depart-
ment, Government Affairs Institute,
and African-American Institute have
been regularly sending participants
of the international visitor program
to the Virgin Islands. "Operation
Crossroads Africa" will soon dis-
patch a visiting group. Visitors from
Finland and Sweden are also in-
creasing in number.
Hosting of participants in the in-
ternational visitor program and
Council on Leaders and Specialists
of the Experiment in International
Living has become an important
contribution to the overall program
of the State Department for the pro-
motion of America's image among

the emergent nations of Africa and

Fishing and Water Sports

The most important accomplish-
ment of the year for the Office of
Fishing and Water Sports was the
preparation and printing of the first
V.I. Department of Commerce water
sports brochure, "Virgin Waters."
The design is such that its "facili-
ties" information can be brought up
to date twice a year very economi-
cally. It is designed as a self-mailer
and is of the correct size to fit into
an envelope along with the office
answer to more detailed inquiries.
Broad distribution to travel agents
as a valuable part of overall V.I.
tourist promotion will start shortly.
The Governor's office selected the
Office of Fishing and Water Sports
as the Tektite II visitors' center.
The center opened May 1, with spe-
cial Tektite displays, pictures, and
other material. More than 600 St.

Thomas public and private school
students attended the lectures con-
ducted by the assistant director.
For the second consecutive year
the office conducted an individual-
by-individual survey of the gross dol-
lar value of the water sports indus-
According to the survey, the Vir-
gin Islands visitors who came to the
Islands during fiscal 1970 for the
water sports-sport fishing, charter
boating of all kinds, and snorkeling/
diving-spent a total of about $22
million on hotel accommodations,
restaurant meals, food and liquor
provisions for their boats, in addi-
tion to the fees they paid for their
water sports accommodations. This
figure does not include money spent
on "Main Street" and on returning
liquor quotas.
The office sponsored many special
local meetings; presented trophies;
counseled visitors; hosted off-
islanders such as a visiting delegation
of California SCUBA divers, mem-

Contestants jockey for position in the International Sunfish Championships held in
St. Thomas.

bers of the U.N. Seabed Committee,
and foreign dignitaries; assisted edi-
tors, writers, and photographers in
preparation of magazine, radio, and
TV features on V.I. water sports.
The volume of work at the office
reached its highest level this year,
during which it distributed 6,326
pieces of literature, handled 719 vis-

itors for Tektite and 202 others, and
answered 1,786 telephone calls.
See appendix D for tables on:
Amount of tourist expenditures,
comparison of tourist visitors and
means of arrival, distribution of
wages and employment, tax-exempt
business subsidy payments, watch
movements and parts shipments.

Charter yachts anchor off Caneel Bay, St. John. Virgin Islands National Park is in the


Personnel: 145

There were many improvements
in the Department and many posi-
tive gains in agriculture during fis-
cal 1970.
To increase the .effectiveness of
personnel, supervisors and operators
were reassigned and more satisfied
farmers have resulted from the im-
proved service.
The Department has developed
sound working relationships with
farm groups and coordinated other
related agricultural agencies. Farm
groups now meet regularly at St.
Croix station to discuss problems
and make recommendations for the
betterment of the industry.

Land Preparation Service
During 1970, the land-working
machines of the Department served
almost twice as many citizens as were
served in the previous fiscal year.
The Department's heavy equipment
was used for land clearing, plowing
and seed bed preparation. In fiscal
1969, the total number of all classes
of service was 156, and in fiscal 1970,
the total number of all classes of
service was 270. These figures do
not include the farm ponds, dams,
or land clearing programs of the
Soil Conservation Service.

Water and Soil Conservation
Due to heavy rains which made
dam construction difficult during
the year, water and soil conservation

Operating Appropriation: $1,703,341

equipment was used largely for land
clearing. Since July 1, 1969, 438
acres of land have been cleared, 300
yards of drainage ditches cut, one
dam renovated and enlarged, and
one spill-way repaired. During the
months when it was sufficiently dry
to construct dams, seven were built,
increasing the total storage capacity
of the dams on St. Croix by 5,922,-
000 gallons. With the assistance of
the wildlife biologist, 49 dams were
stocked with various combinations
of large-mouth bass, shellcrackers,
tilapia, mollies, and guppies. A base-
ball field at Estate Profit was also
constructed for the Department of

Division of Veterinary Services

Need for this service continues to
increase, and services to farmers have
been improved. During this period,
the artificial insemination of cattle
has been added to this division's ac-
The Department has concluded a
highly successful bont tick eradica-
tion program with the cooperation
of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture. The regu-
lar dipping of all livestock will be
continued on a scheduled basis.
Screwworm infestation has been
brought under control and cases are
now rare and isolated. The work
load data for the Division of Veteri-
nary Medicine was:

Left: Farmers from the cities make good
use of the one-half acre plots loaned
to them for producing vegetables for
home use. There are 35 plots on the
campus of the College of the Virgin
Islands at Estate Golden Grove.

cooperation, section 301 which states,
"It is the policy of the Congress to
protect the consuming public from
meat and meat food products that
are adulterated or misbranded and
to assist in efforts by State and other
Government agencies to accomplish
this objective." Some problems were
created by the new standards but
they are being solved and an in-
crease in the number of animals
slaughtered has been recorded.
The Department has been work-
ing with the compliance and eval-

Dog bites _
Animals destroyed ____
Clinic cases
Animals entering ____
Imported by St. Thomas Dairy
Health certificates
Laboratory analysis ____


The St. Croix Abattoir is now op-
erating under the standards of the
U.S. Wholesome Meat Act of 1967,
12144, title III, Federal and State

Left: The Department of Agriculture as-
sists livestock farmers in producing
sorghum for roughage and grain. This
scene was taken on one of St. Croix
dairy farms.

Right: When the parasite vine known as
dodder attempted to take over the
trees and shrubbery of St. Croix
late in 1969, the rotomist pictured
here was acquired to assist in the
eradication. This machine is capa-
ble of shooting an insecticide mist
over 100 feet into the air.

uation staff, USDA, to implement
title II in the Virgin Islands. A
State-Federal agreement will be
worked out soon, whereby the Vir-
gin Islands staff will be trained to
assume some responsibility for the
regional compliance and evaluation
The building which houses the
abattoir division is being renovated
in compliance with regulations from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This should be completed during
the month of July 1970, so the

building will be adequately up-
graded to meet Federal specifica-

Community Gardens
A program of community gardens
was launched on February 27, 1970.
Its goal was to give nonfarm citizens
an opportunity to gain experience in
crop production. A total of 17 acres
were distributed among 35 individ-
uals. There is now a waiting list of
158 persons who want to participate
in this program.

Additional Activities
The forestry program continued
to provide seedlings, forestry incen-
tive and technical assistance to land-
owners. This fiscal year, more people
received trees for reforestration than
the year before.

Tractor plow breaks ground for an experi-
mental truck farm project run by the
Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture.

A forestry service technician performs a bud graft during the Virgin Islands' first agri-
cultural trade fair in St. Croix.

The Department assisted in mak-
ing it possible for the Farmers Home
Administration of the USDA to re-
turn, full-time, to the Virgin Islands.
This service makes operating loans
to farmers and plays a significant
role in the development of individ-
ual and multiple housing.
Fifty-nine farmers applied for
farmland tax exemption. These ap-
plications were certified by the Com-
missioner of Agriculture in accord-
ance with act No. 2142. Exemption
was granted on 13,179.91 acres.
One hundred and twenty acres of
sorghum was planted this fiscal year
in the continuation of the program
to provide feed for livestock. The
Department has requests for the
planting of more than 300 acres. It
is hoped that these requests can be
filled within the near future.

The wildlife program, consisting
of daily trapping of mongooses, deer,
and birds to check for the presence
of ticks, continued. Studies are be-
ing conducted on diseases carried by
animals. Technical advice and as-
sistance are being provided in bee
and fish culture.
The new marketing building was
completed and will soon start nego-
tiation with farmers for the sale of
their produce. A new, modern pig-
gery was also completed.
The Department played an active
role in the St. Croix Progress Fair,
held in Christiansted, St. Croix, dur-
ing Christmas Festival.
The Department provided, at low
cost, pigs, goats, and poultry to en-
able about 75 citizens to start small
livestock breeding as part of an
Islands-wide program.


Personnel: 75

Major activities of the Department
during fiscal 1970 involved relation-
ships with other West Indian Is-
lands, the development of rules and
regulations for formal hearings, steps
toward the development of a statis-
tics program and advances in col-
lective bargaining in the public sec-
The second and final Pre-Clear-
ance of Labor Ministers from the
other West Indian Islands was held
at Government House, St. Thomas,
on May 21-22, 1970. Although the
conference was called for the express
purpose of establishing preclearance
procedures and a certification pro-
gram for aliens applying for work in
the Virgin Islands, broader aspects
of economic conditions in the West
Indian area were discussed. The
opinions of the ministers were trans-
mitted to the Governor.
Under the new preclearance pro-
gram, health and police records of
aliens wishing to work will be re-
quired. An application form will be
prepared by this Department, em-
bodying essential information, in-
cluding health and police records of
aliens applying for work. States from
which applicants apply will defray
expenses of processing the applica-
After months of planning and
preparation, the Department of La-
bor has developed rules for the con-
duct of formal hearings. These be-
came formalized when published in

Operating Appropriation: $668,338.00

the Virgin Islands Register in Octo-
ber 1969.
Rather than assign the task of
preparing these rules to a firm of
experts on contract, which would
have cost a considerable sum, the
Department appointed a committee
comprised of attorney members of
the Association of Labor Relations
Practitioners of Puerto Rico and the
Virgin Islands along with represen-
tatives of labor and management.
After many months of concentrated
effort and numerous meetings, at-
tended by members at their own
expense, the rules were completed.
As an expression of its apprecia-
tion for this effort, the Government
presented awards for meritorious
service to the committee members
on June 11, 1970.
In order to furnish the Govern-
ment with statistics vital to its plan-
ning for economic development, the
Department has launched a statis-
tical program. The Department con-
tacted the Bureau of Labor Statis-
tics of the New York region, the
U.S. Department of Labor, and the
Puerto Rico Department of Labor.
These organizations provided valu-
able assistance in the Department's
efforts to initiate a program of labor
Collective bargaining by Govern-
ment employees became a more sig-
nificant factor in the Department's
operations. Until the close of 1968-
69, only the teachers, under locals

affiliated with the American Federa-
tion of Teachers, had moved toward
organization and collective bargain-
ing with the Government. This year,
units of the Departments of Public
Works, Education, Health, Social
Welfare, Public Safety, and Labor
were recognized. It seems likely that
nearly 6,000 of the more than 7,600
Government employees will be af-
filiated with bargaining units.
On April 10, 1970, Executive Or-
der No. 140-1970 was issued by the
Governor. It is intended to bring
order to the entire area of collective
bargaining in the public sector.
While patterned in considerable
measure after Federal Order 11491,
the local order is tailored to meet
local conditions and circumstances.
One such condition is the responsi-
bility placed upon the Commissioner
of Labor for the implementation of
the program, whereas in the national
government, the entire program is
under the direction of an assistant
secretary with the Division of Pub-
lic Contracts.
On June 12, 1970, the first elec-
tion in the public sector was held
among employees in the school
lunch program, Department of Edu-
cation, St. Croix. Under the order,
the Commissioner of Labor merely
"certifies the results" of the election
to the head of the Department. In
this case, it was the duty of the Com-
missioner of Education to certify
the labor organization as the exclu-
sive representative of the employees
in the unit. This action is subject to
there being no prohibition in the
order which disqualifies such a
Recognizing the need to develop
public awareness, understanding and
appreciation of the complexity and
magnitude of the collective bargain-
ing in the public sector, the Depart-
ment petitioned for, and was award-

ed, a grant of some $14,000 for a
program of education in this area
under title I. In order to gain ap-
proval, the Department had to pre-
sent a full, detailed, and compre-
hensive program utilizing the news
media and, in addition, provide for
credit and noncredit courses offered
by the Division of Continuing Edu-
cation of the College of the Virgin
Islands, which administers the pro-
gram. It is the responsibility of the
Department to further present de-
tails for the implementation of each
of the areas set forth. This will in-
clude proposals for the invitations
of leaders in the field to conduct
seminars and workshops on both the
St. Thomas campus and at the St.
Croix center. In this connection,
credit as well as noncredit courses
in the economics of labor relations
may be taught in St. Croix by the
Commissioner himself, and in St.
Thomas by an assistant attorney
general, both of whom have served
with the National Labor Relations

Division of Veterans Affairs
The 23d annual convention of the
State directors of Veterans Affairs
was held in St. Croix the week of
September 19. The legislature had
appropriated $13,000 for the con-
This year, the Division was offi-
cially recognized and accredited by
the Veterans' Administration, Wash-
ington, D.C. Accreditation permit-
ted it to prepare, present, and ex-
ecute claims arising under statutes
administered by the Veterans' Ad-
Directors came from as far as
Alaska. They praised the hospitality
extended them by the Virgin Is-
lands, so this conference served to
further promote the Virgin Islands

as a tourish attraction and to en-
hance our image as a hospitable
place to visit as well as work.

Cooperative Area Manpower
Planning Agency
In the early part of fiscal 1969-70,
the U.S. Department of Labor pro-
vided a budget of $20,000 for the
establishment of a secretariat which
would become the central office co-
ordinating the efforts of all agencies
involved in manpower development.
A number of factors hampered the
early establishment of the CAMPS
secretariat. However, there is every
hope that this program will pro-
gress and that the Virgin Islands

can become a model of what planned
manpower training and development
can accomplish.

Student Summer Program
At the end of June 1970, a sum-
mer program designed to provide
assistance to high school and college
students through meaningful em-
ployment was in its final planning
stages. Responsibility for implement-
ing the program in the private sec-
tor was placed in the Department
of Labor. Following authorization
by a Student Employment Board,
the Department channeled students
through programs designed to pro-
vide the greatest value.



Personnel: 231

The Department of Conservation
and Cultural Affairs completed its
first full fiscal year of operation on
June 30, 1970.
Its responsibilities and areas of
activity include: parks, beaches, li-
braries, museums, fish and wildlife,
trees and vegetation, water resources,
air and water pollution, flood
control, mineral and other natural
resources, recreation and sports
promotion, and the preservation of
historical and architectural heritages
of the Virgin Islands.
The Department administers the
Virgin Islands conservation fund
into which oil royalties amounting
to $2.7 million annually are deposit-
ed pursuant to an agreement be-
tween the Government and Hess Oil
Corporation. Appropriations were
made for the construction of recre-
ation centers; lighting of the ball-
parks; gym for the Central High
School, St. Croix; renovation of the
field house at the College of the
Virgin Islands for use as a commu-
nity recreation and sports and cul-
tural center; Caribbean Research In-
stitute and its Ecological Research
Station; for the initial construction
costs of a new library in St. Croix;
and projects of the Virgin Islands
Arts Council including the Virgin
Islands Institute of the Arts.

Operating Appropriation: $1,878,861

Land and Water Conservation
Fund Act Program
The Department serves as the
State liaison agency for the Land
and Water Conservation Fund Act
program administered by the Bu-
reau of Outdoor Recreation, U.S.
Department of the Interior. This
program provides funds for and au-
thorizes Federal assistance to the
States territories for planning, ac-
quisition, and development of out-
door recreation facilities. Planning
grants were received for phase II
of the comprehensive islandwide out-
door recreation plan for the Virgin
Islands. Development grants were
received for the Fort Frederik Beach
Recreation Center in St. Croix.

Bureau of Community Recreation
and Sports Promotion-St.
Recreation activities included sum-
mer day camps; Little League, Pony
League and Intermediate League
baseball tournaments; track and field
meets; and softball and basketball
Several adult track and field meets
were sponsored in cooperation with
the Track and Field Federation.
Men and women softball tourna-

ments were cosponsored with the
Softball Federation. Another sport
activity also cosponsored with a fed-
eration was amateur boxing.
The Harlem Globe Trotters
played in the Lionel Roberts Ball
Park to an overflowing crowd. Ten-
nis exhibitions and clinics were
given by Arthur Ashe, U.S. Davis
Cup player, and baseball games were
played at the Lionel Roberts Sta-
dium by teams of the Puerto Rican
Winter League as part of their reg-
ular schedule.
The following improvements and
additions to facilities were made:
1. The entire play area of the
Smith Bay Ball Park was
fenced and a basketball
court constructed.
2. Two tiny tots parks were
constructed, one in the Del-
ano Roosevelt Park in St.
Thomas and the other at
Pine Piece, Cruz Bay, St.
John. Both of these areas
were properly fenced.
3. Two tennis courts at the
Sub-base were resurfaced and

Boys from Frederiksted in St. Croix play
basketball at one of the many public rec-
reation facilities.

Division of Recreation, Parks and
Beaches-St. Croix
The kitchen area of the conces-
sion building at Cramers Park was
enclosed and a general beautifica-
tion of the grounds was completed.
Temporary facilities were installed
at the eastern end of the Altona
Lagoon leading to Fort Louis
Agusta. This area and facilities has
been constantly in use since its
opening and has served many or-
ganizations and clubs.
Phase I of the Altona Lagoon
recreation project which will include
construction of permanent facilities
such as bathroom, concession build-
ing, and parking lots will be started
Throughout the year, the facilities
at D. C. Canegata Park provided
recreation participation and enter-
tainment for thousands, with
organized leagues in men and women
softball, baseball, at different levels.
Boxing exhibitions have also been
Maintenance and upkeep con-
tinues at the small Princess play-
ground, and a combination basket-
ball-volleyball court (lighted) is
At Profit, a site has been cleared
and graded for a lighted softball
field, plus a combination basketball-
volleyball court, an enclosed build-
ing for indoor games and community
meeting place and the installation
of a tiny tot play area.
Construction has started on a
building at Grove Place to house
indoor activities coupled with the
already located basketball-volleyball
courts, baseball field (Little League),
also used for cricket and soccer, plus
a tiny tot play area and park which
includes a bandstand and benches.

Two acres of land have been
cleared and cleaned for a community
center and recreation complex at
Whim-Campo Rico in accordance
with plans submitted by the Whim
Homeowners Association and ap-
proved by this Department.
The complete filtering and updat-
ing of the Stoney Ground swimming
pool near Frederiksted was accom-
The Paul E. Joseph Stadium and
Recreation Complex continues to
provide the Frederiksted area with
the facilities for a well-rounded rec-
reational program. Last year the
baseball field served as the site of
a game with the world famous and
fabulous Harlem Globe Trotters
sponsored by the Department. The
attendance at this game was the
highest for a single event in the
history of this park which was con-
structed in 1958.
During the fiscal year the Depart-
ment sponsored and cosponsored
many sports and cultural activities
whose intent and purpose was pri-
marily in the best interest of the
total community.

One of a number of public recreational
facilities recently constructed, this pool
serves the people of St. Croix, near Fred-

Virgin Islands Libraries and
Copenhagen-Virgin Islands Rela-
Miss Eva Lawaetz, translator III
at the Christiansted Public Library,
was selected to travel to Copenhagen,
Denmark for a period of 4 months
to concentrate, under tutelage in the
Royal Archives, on the translitera-
tion of ancient Gothic script in
which archival material is recorded
and to familiarize herself with the
nature of archival materials pre-
served in that depository.
In September/October, the direc-
tor also traveled to Denmark and
Holland for a 2-week period of fa-
miliarization with personnel and
materials in this category. The re-
sult was:
a) The immediate and unre-
served collaboration of all
Royal Danish archive and li-
brary personnel and mater-
b) The gift of photocopies of
requested documents.
c) Future collaboration and ex-
change ensured.
c) Arrangements completed for
the translating, editing and
publication, in 1970-71 fiscal
year, of "Vore Gamle Tro-
pekolonier" with its authors
and publishers.
These events have initiated a
continuing series of historical pub-
lications which will be based on
translations from archival records,
and presented to the reading public
in separate monographic studies,
illustrated and published by the
public library in its photographic
laboratory. The publications will be
reproductions of the authentic Dan-
ish document with English transla-
tion augmented by commentaries
and subsequent developments of re-

search. These monographs will be
distributed to all libraries outside
of the Virgin Islands.
The library improved its micro-
photographic laboratory with the
addition of equipment for the pro-
duction of both printed and photo-
graphic material. It is believed that
the photographic laboratory is now
the best equipped in the Caribbean
with capability in multigraphing,
from computer print-out forms, mi-
crofilming, photostating, and por-
trait photography.

U.S. Government Documents
A new section of library services
was established. Selected U.S. Gov-
ernment documents are received
regularly and these are housed sep-
arately in a portion of the Property
and Procurement Building on the
street floor at Sub-Base. A first re-
port was submitted to the Super-
intendent of Documents and listed
approximately 300 titles available
for use by the public. A catalog of
these titles is in preparation for
free distribution to all Government
agencies, schools, and libraries on
the islands.

On April 29, the keys of the Vir-
gin Islands Museum, Inc., were
turned over to the director signaling
the transfer of this activity to the
Department under the Division of
Cultural Affairs. Inventory was com-
pleted as of May 30. All items were
cleaned, wrapped in tissue, and
stored in cartons.

Beautification Division-St.
Thomas, St. John, St. Croix

The Beautification Division's pro-
gram is intended to landscape public
areas and to stimulate environmen-

tal awareness on all levels through-
out the island communities.
A rose garden and large flowering
bed were added along the western
side of Roosevelt Park.
The landscaping of the new Post
Office annex was completed.
Through these plantings the De-
partment attempted to increase local
knowledge and recognition of plant
material valuable for Island usage,
by using small flowering trees and
shrubs, not common in the islands.
The triangle at Wayne Aspinall
School, Roosevelt Park, Long Bay,
the Fort Gardens, front and rear,
Government Hill and the Legisla-
ture, were maintained. Numerous
tree giveaways were held, and ap-
proximately 3,000 trees were eagerly
received by residents of the islands.
The nursery was improved, its
misting system expanded, additional
concrete bins built, and a lily pond
built. The nursery stock is well over
7,000 plants and trees.
In St. John, the administrator's
garden was expanded and improved.
Plans were approved and initiated to
create a fruit tree park in Cruz Bay.
In St. Croix, work was begun on
the Christiansted Fort park area and
the Government House in Christian-
sted. In Frederiksted, the library
garden was completed, and the Al-
dersville (Strand Street) Park
brought toward completion.
The continuing educational pro-
gram included the usual poster con-
tests, distribution of beautification
calendars and buttons to all island
classrooms, and continuous showing
of loaned and rented films, from the
Department of Agriculture of the
United States.
Our programs have been expand-
ed to include a television slide se-
ries narrated by local high school
students showing examples of prob-
lem areas in our environment. Once

Tree planting-Evan Francois, Acting Commissioner of Conservation and Cultural Affairs,
wields the spade as a new tree is added to the landscape at Lockhart Elementary
School, with an assist from one of the pupils. The occasion was Arbor Day. The ladies
in the rear looking on (1. to r.) are Eugenia Brown and Julia Jackson of the
Beautification Office, and Bianca Andre, Lockhart principal.

a week a conservation close-up was
shown on television focusing on
problem areas, using slides, draw-
ings, professionals in the field, and
members of the beautification staff.
A junked car removal program
was successfully organized and car-
ried out in St. Thomas. A similar
program is planned for St. Croix.

Virgin Islands Council on the Arts

There has been a renaissance of
the arts since the beginning of the
Virgin Islands Council on the Arts
in 1966.
The Council applied for Federal
matching funds from the National
Endowment for the Arts for fiscal
year 1967-70 and was granted

$36,363, the maximum amount avail-
able to any State or territory. The
sum of $160,000 was approved by
the Virgin Islands Legislature, the
Governor, and the Secretary of the
A total of 65 projects were ap-
proved during the last fiscal year,
compared with 36 projects in 1967;
43 in 1968; and 45 in 1969. Some
of the outstanding projects over this
period have included:
1. Financial aid to strengthen
institutions-local communi-
ty arts councils, community
chorale of St. Thomas and
St. Croix, visual arts organ-
izations, dance schools.
2. Scholarships for artists and
students to travel off-island

Local artist in his studio with a selection
of his paintings and sculpture.

for additional training and
experience-some for full-
year study, some for summer
3. An extensive touring pro-
gram enabling many Virgin
Islanders for the first time
to see professional ballet and
modern dance of the highest
quality, hear live symphonic
concerts, and see off-Broad-
way theatre. Semiprofession-
al performances of children's
theatre productions have
been taken through all of
the schools as have jazz
groups, ethnic dancers, and
4. A growing amount of cul-
tural exchange between is-
lands in the Caribbean.
5. The Richmond Penitentiary
rehabilitation program in
the arts, including provision
of art materials and salaries
of teachers in music, wood-
working and visual arts.
6. An attempt to revive interest
in native and imported crafts
such as basketweaving, bat-

A local artist in shell craft selecting raw
materials for new shell craft creation.

iking, ceramics, crocheting,
et cetera. In the area of the
dance, there is a virtual ren-
aissance in Quadrille danc-
ing by young and old, and
there is one troupe practic-
ing Careso singing.
7. The Fritz Henle Photo-
graphic Essay of the Virgin
Islands which has brought
some of the work of the

A local islander creates and prints silk
screen fabrics for viewing and wearing.


Council to an international possible base of talent and to also
audience. give unusual opportunity to those
The Council's planning is de- who are endowed with exceptional
signed to both develop the broadest ability.

Virgin Islands high school students listen to the visiting Puerto Rican symphony orchestra
at the Island Center on St. Croix.

Local creative jewelry artist at work creat-
ing new jewels design.


Personnel: 1,665

The Department made a special
effort during the fiscal year to im-
prove its organizational structure
and resources to provide more effi-
cient services to the Islands. Inno-
vative approaches to highway con-
struction and maintenance, garbage
disposal, improvements to the water
supply and sewer systems, construc-
tion and maintenance of Govern-
ment buildings and facilities, and
better technical assistance to other
governmental departments were the
objectives. Highlighting this new
approach were the establishment of
complaints offices on both St. Croix
and St. Thomas to expedite han-
dling of grievances from citizens; the
addition of a safety officer and the
development of a safety manual to
reduce shop and construction acci-
dents; the assignment of an archi-
tect-engineer advisor as technical as-
sistant for planning and construction
to the Department of Education,
Health and Housing; and the estab-
lishment of a group of inspectors to
maintain close surveillance over all
force account work within the De-
partment as well as that performed
by contract.

Road and Street Improvements

A total of 6.5 miles of roads and
streets were constructed and paved
on St. Thomas-St. John, and 18.8
miles on St. Croix. Highlights of
this road work were the initiation

Operating Appropriation: $18,041,929

A new cement road at Gold Hill, con-
structed by the Department of Public
Works, stands ready for traffic.

and substantial completion of the
overlay to Centerline Road in St.
Croix; and the West Indies, Donoe,
Hull Bay, and Fortuna Bay roads on
St. Thomas. Other important road
work initiated included improve-
ments to streets in the Anna's Hope
community on St. Croix; and the
Tutu, Crown Mountain, and Sub-
Base roads on St. Thomas. Road
construction on St. John included
improvements to the John's Folly,
Centerline and East End roads. All
road work initiated during the year
was planned and constructed to ac-
commodate maximum wheel loads
expected on the Islands, adequate
drainage facilities and improved site
distances for driving safety.



Public works equipment is used in the
widening and grading of Lindberg Bay
road near the airport on St. Thomas.

Water Supply

The Department acquired and
distributed some 325 million gallons
of potable water and 109,500,000 gal-
lons of salt water to citizens on St.
Croix during the fiscal year. The
potable water was received from
three sources: well fields-158 mil-
lion gallons; desalination plant-
153 million gallons; barging-14 mil-
lion gallons. The average daily de-
mand on the St. Croix distribution
systems for potable water was 890,-
000 gallons a day, and salt water
300,000 gallons a day.
Improved water service was sup-
plied to a number of areas on St.
Croix during the fiscal year. Among
these were the line extension con-
necting the million-gallon tank at
Recovery Hill, Christiansted, to the
existing system in Frederiksted; the
Kingshill storage tank line extension
from Kingshill along Centerline
Road providing improved service to
homes along its route and also boost-
ing the pressure toward Frederik-

sted; and line extensions at Campo
Rico, Golden Rock, Whim, and Two
Williams. A total of some 10,000
linear feet of 4 inch, 6 inch, 10 inch,
and 12 inch water lines were added
to the St. Croix systems during the
year, along with two additional
Six major water projects were
completed on St. Thomas during
the fiscal year. These included the
construction of water-storage facili-
ties and the installation of several
thousand feet of water mains. Work
was initiated on the installation of
two new large-capacity pumps at the
main potable water pumping station
which will increase the systems' total
pumping capacity to 3 million gal-
lons per day. Citizens in the Agnes
Fancy, Hospital Ground, French
Town, Lindberg Bay, and Estate
Thomas areas were provided with
better service as a result of these
Salt water extensions were com-
pleted from Chinaman Hill to
Bourne Field, Lindberg Bay, and
Estate Thomas. Other salt water
system improvements provided new
pumps at two of the new pumping
stations and the replacement of leak-
ing valves throughout the city.
St. Thomas uses an average of 2
million gallons of potable water per
day or a total of 730 million gallons
during the fiscal year. Approximately
one-fifth of this total or some 135
million gallons of water was barged
from the Navy's installation at
Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.
Water was barged to St. John on
an average of two barge loads per
week. Engineering plans are being
drawn to provide a 500,000 gallon
storage tank for St. John which is
being partly financed with a Depart-
ment of Housing and Urban Devel-
opment grant.

Engineering, Design and

A total og 1,952 building permits
valued at $66,534,235 were issued
during the year ended June 30, 1970,
as compared with 1,913 permits at a
value of $48,068,900 during fiscal
1969. Of the total, 985 permits were
issued in St. Croix at a value of $42,-
012,000 and 967 permits in St.
Thomas-St. John at a value of $24,-
The Department provided the de-
sign and construction work for many

of the capital improvement projects
during the year. The design and en-
gineering sections, in cooperation
with other Government agencies and
private consultants, provided plan-
ning for an estimated $8 million
worth of work.
A substantial increase in the num-
ber of street lights was achieved dur-
ing the year. This program was
coupled, to a large extent, with
street and road improvements both
on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

New fiberglas sewer line is being laid in St. Croix.

Increased efforts were expended
toward obtaining Federal funds dur-
ing the year. A grant of $98,500 was
received for water improvements,

and a grant of $405,000 for two
neighborhood facilities centers on
St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Another road near Magen's Bay on St.
A part of a new sewage treatment plant at Thomas is constructed in concrete. Most
Estate Nadir is operated by the Depart- of the Islands' roads are now paved in
ment of Public Works. asphalt or concrete.



Personnel: 79

The Agency is responsible for
placement, training, assisting the
disadvantaged and providing serv-
ices to employers, applicants, and
claimants. During fiscal 1970, it was
able to concentrate on these tasks
because it was relieved of the addi-
tional responsibility of certifying
foreign nationals. This responsibility
was transferred to a certifying office
of Manpower Administration, U.S.
Department of Labor, in May 1970.
The Agency instituted an in-serv-
ice training program for its own
employees to increase efficiency and
effectiveness. Plans were also devel-
oped for in-depth training for the
total staff. On-site training for su-
pervisors was conducted as the first
phase of a new management and
analysis system. In connection with
the installation of an improved ac-
counting system, especially designed
to meet the Agency's needs, the fis-
cal officer attended a special training
session in Denver. Various members
of the Agency staff attended sessions
on service to the aged, aspects of
unemployment insurance, manage-
ment, counseling, communication
and special Federal programs in
Vermont, Tennessee, Michigan, and
Puerto Rico.

Unemployment Insurance Service
The Unemployment Insurance

Operating Appropriation: $888,307.00

program in the Virgin Islands re-
flected the same pattern as the 50
States; increasing claim loads, and
higher benefit payments. Through its
monetary payment unit, the insur-
ance service made payments to
trainees and enrollees in three Fed-
eral programs of current national
interest. The Work Incentive pro-
gram enrollees were paid for up-
grading training taken at selected
duty stations. Virgin Islands Job
Corps men whose camps were phased
out received "stipend" payments
upon their return to the island.
Manpower Development and Train-
ing Act payments were made to
trainees in the Virgin Islands, Puerto
Rico, and New York.
There was a slight decrease in the
active employer file, which totaled
2,010. This was offset by an 8 per-
cent increase in the number of new
small employers who came to the
attention of the agency because their
workers applied for benefits. Benefit
payments under the local law in-
creased 110 percent. Payments to vet-
erans and ex-Federal employees fil-
ing under the District of Columbia
law went up 231 percent. This sharp
increase is attributable to two fac-
tors. First, the increasing number of
Virgin Islands veterans returning to
the Islands, and second, the prompt-
ness of payments made to those elig-

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs