2002: Governor Charles W. Turnbull was re-elected as the seventh Governor.

  • The islands thrived under Turnbull’s administration.

In 2006: Julian Jackson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. Julian Jackson was our four time middle weight champion of the world who insisted on training in St. Thomas, despite opportunities to use better facilities off island.

In 2006: The Virgin Islands government almost exceeds one billion dollars in revenue. This is evidence of economic progress on the island. With crime on the rise, and many unsolved crimes the island has a price to pay for its economic growth and sustained wealth and exposure. We are recording this history based on statistical facts and accounts. There has been documented proof of corruption in government in some instances with a high rate of approximately a third of the population working in government, it is definitely time to reduce and redefine the government's way of doing business, especially with the creation and utilization of the Organic Act which was passed by Congress in 1954. This has given the people of the Virgin Islands a right to create their own constitution and supreme court, with some limitations but still in effect gives them more autonomy in the handling their daily governmental affairs and the societal lawsfor their people. Therefore the dynamics in their relationship will change with the United States of America. How much and profound depends on theircreativity in writing these new laws.

 

C.A.R.I.C.O.M. exists in the Caribbean to unite and engage these islands in trade, but the Virgin Islands only has observance status representing the limitations in trade and other areas that can be of benefit if these markets were to open but are not because of its “American” status. We will see how this will change in the future.

St. Thomas’ population is approximately 53,200 people, with a low unemployment rate between 4 – 6 percent. The government however employs a staggering third of the population and should reduce its size. Backed up with people who refuse to retire while reaping the benefits of huge salaries. The government needs to downsize and stimulate the local economy in the private sector with the intent to create entrepreneurs with the local people and use their talent. Most people who are not working is because of a lack of desire or unfair hiring practices.

Many people from abroad come to St. Thomas to find work or escape their existence and to “do some thing different.” Blacks comprise a large part of the population at about 80%, Whites 10%, Indian 10%.

2006: Eighth elected Governor; John P. DeJongh was elected, with his running mate Lieutenant Governor, Gregory R. Francis from St. Croix. They were elected in 2006 and started working in 2007.

 

In 2008: A new road project was begun, after many years being a topic of discussion, the expansion of Long Bay is now becoming a reality. This hopefully is going to alleviate traffic congestion.

Currently: There is a boom in development that is now slowing down but is going to provide lots of service jobs. If the U.S. economy stays strong the island should do well. Most of the visitors are Americans (97%) and visit by way of cruise ship service.

Historically: St. Thomas has always been the capital of the Virgin Islands, even when the capital was headquartered in St. Croix. A tourism based service economy with a low unemployment rate, St. Thomas was place of commerce and still is today. Used in the olden days as a trading depot and then a coalingstation, now is jewelry mecca of the world.

 

Government: St. Thomas and St. Croix have seven senators for each island, and St. John

has one senator (At-Large) making a total of fifteen. Under the new

constitution these dynamics may change. There is now a growing desire in

the community for changes to made in the legislature. Currently in the

Executive Branches of government a Governor and Lt. Governor is elected

every four years and fifteen senators in the Legislative Branches that are

elected every two years. There is also Delegate to Congress but without

voting rights in the  House. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor

and are approved by the Legislature. They head: Agriculture, Police,

Housing Parks and Recreation, Education, Tourism, Planning and Natural

Resources, Public Works.

 

The District Court of the Virgin Islands and the Territorial Court exists,

these hold judicial power.