Festival wants a stage

Organizers of the St. John July 4th festival are seeking funds to acquire a stage which can be used for Carnival events as well as be rented to other organizations for their activities.  Board members of the St. John Festival and Cultural Organization asked the Senate Finance committee to increase the group’s funding to accommodate a stage, as well as to provide for the rental of office space and a large storage container.  The stage would include a canopy and lights. Leona Smith, the Organization’s president, justified her request pointing out the Celebration generates significant revenues to the island through hotel room bookings and in creased revenues for other businesses, the Virgin Islands Daily News reported.