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January 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Vieques Law Reader:

Please see the message below posted by Kathy Gannett and also shared through and which is of HIGH importance for Vieques and its future.

If you are in Vieques on Monday, January 14, 2013, I encourage you to attend this meeting.


Santiago F. Lampón

English and Español

Nota de KathyEsta reunión será una oportunidad decir a la EPA que queremos una limpieza completa de la contaminación militar en Vieques. No queremos que acepte la propuesta de la Marina de Guerra para lidiar con la contaminación en Punta Boquiquebrada por simplemente cercarla con alambres de púa. 

Note from KathyThis meeting will be an opportunity to tell the EPA that we want a complete cleanup of the militarycontamination in Vieques. We do not want to accept the proposal of the Navy to address Punta Boquiquebrada by simply fencing it with barbed wire.

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Title: Message from Regional Administrator Judith Enck/ Mensaje de Judith Enck, Administradora Regional, EPA
Author: WBermúdez

Dear Viequense:

Please join us in a community meeting on
Monday January 14, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at
the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Office in

Michael Strautmanis,
Deputy Assistant to the President and I will be at the meeting. We will be
sharing information on the work that the  Vieques Sustainability Task Force is
doing and listen to your ideas for improving health and environment conditions
and promoting sustainable economic development on the island.

We look forward to a great meeting. Please
share this with any fellow Viequenses.

Thank you in advance, any questions please contact Claudia
Gutierrez. Claudia can be reached at 212-637-5036 (office) or 201-362-4935
(cell) and via email at

Enck, Regional Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency

Estimado viequense:

Le invito a participar de una reunión el lunes 14 de
enero, de 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. en las oficinas del Fideicomiso de Conservación e
Historia de Vieques en el Barrio Esperanza.

El Sr. Michael Strautmanis de la oficina del Presidente de los
Estados Unidos y yo participaremos de la reunión. Durante la reunión
compartiremos información relacionada a los esfuerzos del “Vieques
Sustainability Task Force”  y escucharemos sus planteamientos y recomendaciones
sobre como mejorar las condiciones de salud y ambiente, así de como promover el
desarrollo económico sostenible en la isla Nena.

Esperamos que la reunión sea de mucho éxito. Le agradeceré
comparta este correo electrónico con otros viequenses.

Gracias por su interés y de tener cualquier pregunta
comuníquese con Claudia Gutierrez al 212-637-5036 (oficina), 201-362-4935
(celular) o a su correo electrónico


Judith Enck, Administradora Regional
Agencia Federal de Protección Ambiental

You can check it online at

Kathy Gannett
Casa de Kathy
Vieques, P.R. 00765
787-565-2717 (cell)

Categories: Vieques News

Important Announcement

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

As published by Mary Capra:

Dear friends,

To honor the memory of our dear friend, Susan, this Saturday, November 17th, a tennis camp for Viequense youth, boys and girls, ages 10-16, will take place at the Inn on the Blue Horizon, the success of which will provide the impetus to develop an on-going tennis program.

For the inaugural session, we will give the kids tee-shirts with a logo designed by Susan for a competition for the Vieques Tennis Club. (Please see attached flyer). Her entry simply had the initials VTC so they’ll stand for Vieques Tennis Camp. How cool that we’re able to use artwork drawn by her hand?

Some players from Chebeague as well as non-playing Vieques friends want to be included so this won’t be an official Vieques Tennis Club event although they will manage the funds and Ric Gifford, co-chair of the Club, is designing the camp program and coordinating volunteers.

We will provide equipment, instructors, transportation, snacks and lunch. The Hacienda Tamarindo, Duffy’s, Weddings in Vieques and the Inn on the Blue Horizon are making valuable donations to the event and Vieques Events will be on site to photograph the fun.

As an amazing coincidence, the high school’s physical education program is in the midst of a tennis section – without the benefit of play! How fitting a tribute; Susan would say it’s a no-brainer.

Ever since they came to Vieques, Susan and John supported every program developed to enhance the lives of Viequense kids and give them opportunities. This past summer Susan and I kicked around the idea of a tennis camp.

To underscore the event’s purpose, the great photo that accompanied Susan’s obituary notice has been blown up and mounted for the kids to see and her very good friend Mark Martin will translate words outlining Susan’s belief that with hard work anything is possible. The kids will also be informed of Susan’s infectious generosity of spirit and her tremendous love of the game.

Please consider a monetary or in-kind gift to support an ongoing tennis program for Viequense youth. We appreciate any assistance you are able to give to this worthy cause.

Heartfelt thanks to the island businesses that so readily pitched in to help and to all the Vieques Tennis Club volunteers whose encouragement will never be forgotten by the kids.

Warm regards,

Ric Gifford, Mark Martin, Mary Capra

Vieques Tennis Camp 2012
Sat, Nov 17th – 9 am to 12 noon
Court Time generously donated by the Inn on the Blue Horizon
Presented by the friends of Susan Wilson
in coordination with Vieques Tennis Club & Escuela Superior German Rieckehoff
Sponsored by Duffy’s, Hacienda Tamarindo & Weddings in Vieques

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Important Notice – Patente Municipal

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Vieques Chamber of Commerce

English below
La Administración Municipal y la Cámara de Comercio de Vieques, les invita a una importante reunión en el Centro de Usos Múltiples el 23 de marzo 2011 a las 7:00 p.m. para ofrecerles una orientación sobre la Ley 172 del 15 de noviembre de 2010.
La Ley #172 le da autoridad al gobierno a proveer un período de gracia a aquellos que no han pagado sus impuestos o patentes o estan tarde pagandolas. El Municipio está usando esta ley, la cual es dirigida a los individuos, y la está aplicando al comercio de Vieques que no está pagando patente. Los comercios tienen hasta el 15 de abril 2011 para someter su papelería de actividad comercial de 2003-2009 y tienen hasta junio 30 2011 para pagarlas. De acuerdo a esta ley, cualquiera que sea elegible para participar en este proceso y opta por no hacerlo o falla en cumplir con sus impuestos o patente será sujeto a penalidades, intereses y recargos que con la nueva ley serán 200% de la cantidad adeudada. Normalmente la patente tiene una penalidad de 10% cuando la demora de 60 días o más.



The Vieques Municipality and the Chamber of Commerce invite all businesses to attend an important meeting at the Centro de Usos Múltiples on March 23, 2011 ats 7:00 p.m. to receive an orientation about Law 172 from Nov 15, 2010.

Law 172 gives authority to government to provide a grace period to those who have not paid income taxes and/or patente or are late paying them. The Municipality is using this law, which is directed to the individuals, and applying it to commerce in Vieques that are not paying patente. Businesses have unti April 15 to submit their paperwork for business activity from 2003-2009 and have until June 30th to pay them. According to othis law anybody eligible to participate in this process but chooses not to o fails to comply with his/her tax/patente responsibility will be subjected to penalties, interests and fees which this new law says will be 200% of the amount required to be paid. Normally the patente late fee for payments over 60 days late is 10%.


Important Seminar for Hotel/Guest House Owners in Vieques and Culebra

March 9, 2011 3 comments

Various agencies related to the environment and economic development in Puerto Rico, will be delivering a training specifically tailored for hotel and guest house owners in Puerto Rico.

In Vieques, it will be held at the Centro de Usos Múltiples on March 28, 2011 starting at 5:00 pm.  In Culebra it will be held at “Escuela Ecológica” on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 starting at 6:00 pm.  A third training will be held in the City of Carolina, at the “Universidad del Este” on Thirsday, March 31, 2011.

I will be attending the Vieques training and will try to attend the one at Culebra as well.  I encourage all individuals associated with hotels and guest houses to attend the training in his/her area.

For more information on the training, contact Carolina Morales at the Puerto Rico Tourism Company at 787-781-2400 xt 229 or e-mail her at with your questions.

Very truly yours,

Santiago F. Lampón

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Vieques Ferry (Reportedly) Limited to 149 Passengers Per Trip

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

On Saturday, February 5, 2011, the Senate of Puerto Rico held public hearings in Vieques on the issues related to the transportation services to and from Vieques.  Many subjects were discussed, including the “short-rout” and “the bridge.”  The Senate is looking into the continuous complaints about this service and the possible solutions.

Of particular importance, was the information whch transpired during the hearings about the agency failing an emergency drill supervised by the US Coast Guard.  Apparently, until the agency passes a new emergency drill, the service will be limited to 149 passengers per trip.

There is an article (in Spanish) on this subject pusblished a which you may copy into Google Translator.

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The Vieques and Culebra Ferry – The Senate Hearings – The News

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

In an article by Joel Ortiz Rivera of El Nuevo Día, Mr. Ortiz reports that there is a consensus on the proposed new fees for the ferry for non-residents of Vieques.  This article is the result of hearing held by the Senate of Puerto Rico at Vieques on Saturday, February 5th.  I recommend you read it.  You may copy it into Google Translator.

Pursuant to Mr. Ortiz and the press release he is reporting on, the essence appears to be that:  improvements to the service first, higher fees later.

Mr. Ortiz further reports that Senator Lornna Soto stated:

First we have to attend to the financial restructuring, evaluate the schedule for the employees and the routes and evaluate separating the ATM before increasing the fees.

It is not clear from Mrs. Soto’s statement what she means by “separating the ATM” yet the statement reflects that a thorough look at how the ATM operates and delivers is mandated.

Other reactions have been circulated in the community and, while the Senate’s attention to this issue is appreciated, the consensus is that immediate action is needed.

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International Symposium on Marine Turtles

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment
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Please follow the links below for the English versions posted in the blog.
Santiago F. Lampón

Posted by WBermudez


Vieques contará con representación en el 31er Simposio Internacional sobre la Biología y la Conservación de Tortugas Marinas de la Sociedad Internacional de Tortugas Marinas (ISTS por sus siglas en inglés) a celebrarse en San Diego California del 12-15 de abril 2011. Mike Barandiaran (USFWS-VNWR) y Mitsuka Bermúdez (TICATOVE) participarán representando a Vieques … m?s

English version follows…

Link to

2011 ENERO 22


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Autor: L. Sánchez

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