9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

Carnival Committee No Longer Charging Village Entrance Fee; V.I.P.D. Says Its Ready For Festive Season

Breaking News / Culture / Entertainment / Featured / Top Stories / Virgin Islands / April 21, 2017

CARNIVAL VILLAGE, ST. THOMAS — The Virgin Islands Carnival Committee will no longer charge an entrance fee for this year’s Carnival Village activities, the V.I.P.D. confirmed at press event held in the Village. The committee did not respond to requests for comment, but an officer involved in the safety of carnival told this reporter that the withdrawal involved the Virgin Islands Fire Service, whose officials apparently did not approve the Carnival Committee’s proposed changes.

In March, Carnival Committee Executive Director Halvor Hart told this publication that for the first time in V.I. Carnival history, there would be a fee ($5 nightly; children 13 and were to enter free of charge), to enter the Village. Mr. Hart had said that funds collected from the fee would be used to bolster security, and had pointed to past violence that shutdown Village activities, as justification for the committee’s decision.

“As you know, St. Thomas usually has incidents that happen, so the idea is to try to close off Village, fence up the Village, and search people as they’re coming in to try to minimize the gun violence and the weapons coming in,” Mr. Hart said in March. He pointed to last year’s Village closing, which ended abruptly during a performance by Soca artist Destra, after a shooting incident left three men injured and one dead.

Village activities were set to begin tonight with the traditional ribbon-cutting, which is attended by local dignitaries. Governor Kenneth Mapp was expected to give remarks at the event.

Meanwhile, V.I.P.D. officers said at today’s press briefing at the Village that the force was prepared to cover carnival activities.

“We just want to make sure that everybody have a good time, and everybody — visitors and Virgin Islands residents — attend the functions and they are safe,” said Captain Roselyn Jarvis, liaison between the Carnival Committee and the V.I.P.D. She said the V.I.P.D. had “just about enough” officers who are assigned to the Village to ensure safety. She also called on residents to share any suspicious activity, and said that peace officers from other government agencies will be assisting with safety efforts.

And in another effort to ensure a safe season, booth owners were given a directive from the Department and Licensing and Consumer Affairs not to sell alcohol to minors, according to Captain Jarvis.

Police said parking is allowed on the apron and several different areas, as well as on sidewalks. However, people are not allowed to park their vehicles on two sides of the streets, or at bus stops or corners. Violators will be towed at their own expense.

J’ouvert Morning activities will move away from tradition, with troupes and band revelers beginning near the Banco Popular close to the bridge on Veterans Drive from 4:00 a.m., and making their way down the waterfront. In past years, the j’ouvert troupes started on the east side of the island near WICO, while the bands started on the west. Both groups would then meet near the Windward Passage Hotel, where all revelers would then follow the bands back to the Fire Station near the Earl B. Ottley Legislature.

Tags: , ,

Ernice Gilbert
I wear many hats, I suppose, but the one which fits me best would be journalism, second to that would be radio personality, thirdly singer/songwriter and down the line. I've been the Editor-In-Chief at my videogames website, Gamesthirst, for over 5 years, writing over 7,000 articles and more than 2 million words. I'm also very passionate about where I live, the United States Virgin Islands, and I'm intent on making it a better place by being resourceful and keeping our leaders honest. VI Consortium was birthed out of said desire, hopefully my efforts bear fruit. Reach me at [email protected].

Previous Post

Dept. Of Health Finally Receives 5 Brand New Ambulances

Next Post

Senate President Commends Carnival Committee For Abandoning Entrance Fee, Fencing

You might also like

Leave a Reply

More Story

Dept. Of Health Finally Receives 5 Brand New Ambulances

ST. CROIX -- After waiting over six months, the Virgin Islands Department of Health, during an event held at the Charles...

April 21, 2017