Gov. John deJongh wants to take away about 60% of the money earmarked for a new parking garage to be built near the Enighed commercial port.
The Governor asked the VI Senate this week to "reprogram" the money for "critical needs" such as paying for gasoline for government vehicles and the costs to host the 2007 Volleyball Conference on St. Thomas next month.
I don’t really know how these things work in the VI Senate – my impression is most things don’t – but if this money goes away, who knows when it might be replaced? Former Senator At Large Craig Barshinger, a St. Johnian, fought hard for that appropriation, getting support from community organizations who also opposed the previous Governor’s dumb idea to build a parking garage on land near Nature’s Nook is.
I can’t believe that the Governor did not contact the current Senator At Large, Carmen Wesselhoft, also a St. John resident, to tell her what he was planning. Either she didn’t get the call, suggesting deJongh doesn’t think much of her clout, or she did get the call and failed to effectively argue against the move. Either way, it looks like St. John’s link to the VI Senate is pretty weak.