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no0ne
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http://www.onepaper.com/stthomasvi/?v=d&i=&s=News:Local&p=1223618231

You can thank the greedy taxi association for this:

"Commission tax benefits expired July last year. Cram said that was "part of the puzzle," as well. He did not apply for benefits this year because legislation passed last year bars water taxis, water tours and water craft from getting the tax breaks."

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Topic starter Posted : May 7, 2009 6:00 pm
chockman
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I hate to see it go. I am diver as well,the last time the wife and I were on St Thomas we took the sub tour. We had a great time,it was like diving except you did not have to get wet. I wonder where it will end up next.

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Posted : May 7, 2009 7:19 pm
islandtyme
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Stoopid move, thanx Senators!!!!

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Posted : May 7, 2009 7:58 pm
Exit Zero
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A much sadder day for the 25 employees!!! - really if any company cannot survive after so many years of the tax breaks EDC offers -you have to wonder what did they do with all the tax money they saved over all those years.

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Posted : May 8, 2009 12:16 am
Captain Jay
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They paid their employees a living wage with benefits. Kept a reasonable profit and tried to hang on in a crazy market. Take away the tax benefits, roughly 30% of their money, add in the current economy, extra maitenance for aging equipment. Well its not hard to figure the rest of the story. That's ok because with one less thing to do on the water the cruise ship pasangers can spend more time in the cabs riding back and forth from one side of the island to the other, stoping at a beach or twon and heading back to the ship.
Jay

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Posted : May 8, 2009 12:45 am
DUN
 DUN
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They(our visitors) can spend more time in the cabs, so we can spend more time in traffic!
My guess, the tourist will call us St. Traffic(if they already don`t).
The traffic is much worse now that the pirate tour is gone...

I guess we`ll have reduced traffic when they are tired of coming here, spending a bunch for a taxi ride, & treated very rudely while on vacation.
Then the taxi owners can retire,go back home down island, with the million or so they made here tax free destroying our tourism market!
At least the Governor tried to do the right thing!

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Posted : May 8, 2009 12:57 am
SunshineCruzan
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What a shame! At least my son got to go on Atlantis for his birthday and even got to sit up front with the Captain!

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Posted : May 8, 2009 4:13 am
billd
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I blame the taxi association and the large number of overpaid USVI senators for this as well eliminating as the most logical solution of moving people from Charlotte to the boats by a ferry. Imagine if you could get a ferry from Hoboken to NYC! Here we have the most beautiful water in the world and it only takes five minutes from dock to dock. You now force the people who pay good money to wait about 1/2 hour to get to the boat. So when they are done increasing the fares, adding more fees for luggage, taking the extra money they got when gas was very high, trying to end the safari bus business, and there is only one tourist left coming here I hope the taxi driver has a flat driving to the boats!

billd

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Posted : May 8, 2009 3:54 pm
islandtyme
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only one tourist left coming here I hope the taxi driver has a flat driving to the boats!

Now that the soda is finally finished spewing from my nose as I laugh at this statement.........I totally agree! If that taxi was here in STX, surely he'd get that flat on our far from maintained roads.......:P

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Posted : May 8, 2009 6:55 pm
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