By Lynda Lohr Ã¢â‚¬â€ January 27, 2010Ã‚Â St. John Source
After several years of trying to find a planner for St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Gov. John deJongh Jr. announced in his Monday State of the Territory address that one had been hired.
“With respect to our continuing efforts to improve the quality of planning and land-use regulation, I am pleased to announce that after several false starts, we have hired a principal planner for St. John,” deJongh said in his address.
The planner’s name remains unknown. Planning Commissioner Robert Mathes said he’s reluctant to reveal his name because he doesn’t want to jinx his arrival. Mathes expects him to arrive by mid-February.
This is the second time the government announced that the long-awaited planner was hired. The first announcement was in July 2008, but that prospective planner turned down the job due to family issues.
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed he gets here,” Mathes said of the new planner.