THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
January 31, 2000
DIRECTIVE TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
SUBJECT: Resolution Regarding Use of Range Facilities on Vieques, Puerto Rico (Community Assistance)
By separate directive I have addressed the resumption of Navy and Marine Corps training on the island of Vieques.
(a) To support the construction of a new commercial ferry pier and terminal by the Army Corps of Engineers.
(b) To establish an artificial reef construction and fish aggregation program to create substantial new commercial fishing areas for Vieques fishermen. Until such time as these new fishing grounds are operational, this legislation will authorize direct payments of an amount (to be determined by the National Marine Fisheries Services) to be paid to registered Vieques commercial fishermen for each day they are unable to use existing waters because the Navy is training.
(c) To support expanding or improving the major cross-island roadways and bridges on Vieques.
(d) To establish an apprenticeship/training program for young people on Vieques to facilitate participation in small-scale civic construction projects.
(e) To establish a program with the Government of Puerto Rico to preserve the Puerto Mosquito Vieques bio-luminescent bay and to commit Federal resources to its preservation.
(f) To establish a professional economic development office for Vieques for the purpose of promoting Vieques and attracting jobs to the island.
2. The Director of OMB shall publish this directive in the Federal Register.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
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