Gov. John deJongh found out about it when he reviewed an appropriations bill that earmarked $400,000 for the project.
He used his veto pen to kill the idea because, "There is no indication" the U.S. Department of Transportation wanted a new Customs office on St. Thomas. The Senators, it appears, saw proceeds from a sale of VI bonds, with some dollars not used, and figured – Hey, let’s spend them.
By the way, the new ferry dock does have a name. Turns out to be the Urman Fredericks Marine Terminal. The Senate approved the memorializing last September. (Nope, I’ve no idea who he was or what he did. Anybody?)