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House Proceeding on Feb 23rd, 2009 :: 1:31:15 to 1:35:15
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Donna M. Christensen

1:31:11 to 1:31:31( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: services at the virgin islands national park are available and that the natural resources are always protected. so i urge my colleagues to support the passage of h.r. 714, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: thank you, mr.

Donna M. Christensen

1:31:15 to 1:35:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Donna M. Christensen

Donna M. Christensen

1:31:32 to 1:31:52( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: speaker. i yield mylf such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: this bill has been adequately explained by the ot legislation. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from guam. ms. bordallo: mr. speaker, i

Donna M. Christensen

1:31:53 to 1:32:13( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: the author of this legislation, such the honorable donna christensen from the virgin islands. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from virgin islands is recognized. mrs. christensen: thank you, mr. speaker, and thank you, congresswoman bordallo, for those kind words. i rise in strong support of h.r. 714, legislation that i introduced to authorize the secretary of the interior t enter into

Donna M. Christensen

1:32:14 to 1:32:34( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: owners of caneel bay resort in my congressional district. i want to begin by thanking chairman rahall as well as chairman grijalva for their strong and steadfast suprt of this bill. chairman grijalva actually traveled to my district to see for himself how important it is -- it is and to meet not only with the management but the

Donna M. Christensen

1:32:35 to 1:32:55( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: employees because it is important to the entire virgin islands. mr. speaker, caneel bay traces its roots to lawrence rockefeller's coming to the island. he then purchased resort facilities and acqui than 5,000 surrounding acres to protect the area. in 1956 he donated additional

Donna M. Christensen

1:32:56 to 1:33:16( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: land to create the virgin islands national park. at the same time he developed caneel bay resort, comprising 170 acres which continues to complement and be environmentally consistent with the natural beauty of the park's setting. mr. rockefeller subsequently decided to transfer the land under lion caneel bay to the

Donna M. Christensen

1:33:17 to 1:33:37( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: national park service. while retaining the improvements and continuing the caneel bay operations, he accomp execution of a series of unique agreements generally known as the -- a retaineuse of state or r.u.e. the bill before us is necessary because the r.u.e. is slated to

Donna M. Christensen

1:33:38 to 1:33:59( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: expire in 2023. and its current owners require more than the 15 years of the capital and long-term financing to reverse the declining facilities over the years and to return it to the grandor and stature it deserves.

Donna M. Christensen

1:34:00 to 1:34:20( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: it is impour for them to get that. i spent the last four years meeting with nat park service officials, various public officials and business partners to work out an equitable framework for the long-term lease with the national park service, which will ensure the viability of the caneel bay resort, the largest employer on

Donna M. Christensen

1:34:21 to 1:34:43( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: st. john in the u.s. vurgein islands. -- virgin islands. the owners have agreed to pay consideration to the government--- to the government based on independent appraisals which will include valuable land and buildings held by them outside the park but are

Donna M. Christensen

1:34:44 to 1:35:04( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: operations. no consid being paid by the government under the existing retained use which expires in 2023. caneel bay, along with every business in the virgin islands, have suffered a decline in revenue and in our case in future bookings. the company is being forced to

Donna M. Christensen

1:35:05 to 1:35:16( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: make some very difficult decisions in an attempt to preserve its solvency so that it may survive this economic downturn. they are currently reducing

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