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Police officers execute: "Turning the Page" Project.

kpsmturningthepage26032017SUCKER GARDEN:--- On Saturday March 25th, 2017 police officers Sharetti Hooi and Lavell Wilson executed their project called “Turning the Page”. This project was inspired by their fallen colleague Gamali Benjamin who lost his life in the line of duty and is being guided by the C.P.O. Inspector Helen Romeo. The project location is the crossing of Arch Road/Soualiga Road next to Johnnies 2 Supermarket. This location, on which two containers are placed, and on which the following words are pray painted; “R.I.P. Gamali how life turn out to be. We sorry”, was chosen to be where the project would start.
The plan of action by the two officers was to have this graffiti removed and replaced with something attractive and positive. It is with great cooperation from external partners such as Mr. Joclyn Arrindell, Mr. Leroy La Paix along with his daughter and friend, Mr. Eugene Heyliger and son, Mr. Rafael Arridell, Mr. Zabion Arrindell, management of Johnnie’s 2 Super, the Department of VROMI and other volunteers, that these two containers were painted on Saturday March 25th. All of the paint and and other material were provided by the Sucker Garden Community Center.
The next stage of the project is a beautiful drawing in graffiti will cover these two containers. Signs with “No loitering and No littering” along with garbage bins from VROMI will be placed at that location.

KPSM Police Report


Two men drown while swimming at Mullet Bay Beach.

drownmen26032017MULLET BAY:--- On Saturday March 25th, 2017 at approximately 4:00pm two men who went swimming at Mullet Bay beach were reported missing. The seas were quite rough and according to witnesses one of the men was calling for help while swimming. The other had gone to help and shortly after they disappeared under the water. They were not seen since and are suspected to have drowned. The Coast Guard carried out an intensive search until late in the evening hours to try to locate the victims to no avail. Family members of the victims were informed of the situation. The missing persons were identified as Samuel Blaise (22) and Jeef Stephane (22).
On Sunday March 26th, 2017 at approximately 1:30pm while the Coast Guard continued the search for the missing persons a sea bather encountered the bodies of the victims. The Coast Guard was immediately informed and went on to remove the bodies from the water. The bodies were taken to the Coast Guard Building in Simpson Bay where Dr. Mercuur pronounced the death of the victims and stated that the cause of death was drowning. Detectives and Forensic Department were also on the scene.

KPSM Police Report

Lions Club donates to the Diabetes Foundation.

lionsdiabetic26032017PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Lions Club donated a check of US$1,200 to the St. Maarten Diabetes Foundation which enabled them to purchase the costly cholesterol strips which were used for all persons visiting the Diabetes Foundation Booth at the recently concluded Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 25th, 2017. President of the St. Maarten Diabetes Foundation Mrs. Lottie Peterson and Mrs. Mandy Wever accepted the check from the St. Maarten Lions Club President Lion Davey Woods at the Lions Health & Wellness Fair which attracted 900 persons throughout the day.

EPIC and SHTA sign Collaborative Agreement towards sustainable tourism.

epicshta26032017PHILIPSBURG:--- On Thursday, March 23rd the partnership between the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and the local non-profit foundation Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) was strengthened by the signing of the collaborative agreement to promote sustainable tourism through the Blue Flag and Green Key eco-label awards.

The event was held at Holland House Beach Hotel in Philipsburg, the newest Green Key awarded site for Sint Maarten, in anticipation of the official Green Key Award ceremony and sustainability expo which acknowledges the exceptional efforts of the awardees, being in the forefront of sustainable tourism for the hotel industry. The event, to be held in May, will also award Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Condo Hotel for its third consecutive year as a Green Key Hotel.

Both parties were excited to finalize the long-awaited agreement which highlights the dedication, support, and advocacy for the Green Key and Blue Flag programs amongst tourism businesses in St. Maarten.
The Collaboration agreement was signed by Mr. Rueben J. Thompson, EPIC Executive Board Treasurer, and Paul J. Henriquez, SHTA Executive Board and was witnessed by Fleur Hermanides, Executive Board member of EPIC and project manager of SXM DOET and Wyb Meijer, SHTA Executive Director.

“EPIC has been working for many years to further develop sustainable tourism for Sint Maarten and SHTA has been a key partner in that effort. We appreciate the vision and concern of SHTA in committing to promoting best practices among its members and their customers. To really stand out from the crowd, St. Maarten can offer not just the standard Caribbean sun, sand, and sea, but an environmentally-responsible experience that guests can feel proud to support, further building their ties to the island" noted the President of EPIC, Natalia Collier.

The SHTA Board Member Paul Henriquez commented: “This collaboration represents the effort of the SHTA to support and promote sustainability amongst its members and to work with EPIC towards making the environment of St. Maarten a better place for the community”.

Environmental Protection in the Caribbean is the National Operator for the international Green Key award for accommodations and restaurants and international Blue Flag award for marinas, boats, and beaches, which is managed globally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Any business interested in learning more about applying for the award programs can visit www.epicislands.org or contact EPIC’s Eco-label Coordinator, Ms. Elisa Oldani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 554-0742.

The SHTA, the largest business representative on the island, is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with the social partners and the creation of a fair marketplace. For more information, please contact the SHTA office: 542-0108, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.shta.com

Paint works on Sucker Garden Road and Belair Road Patch Work on Tuesday.

GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that paint works will take place on Sucker Garden Road on Tuesday, March 28.

Filling in of pot holes on the road in the vicinity of the entrance to Belair Hotel will also take place on Tuesday.

There will be a partial road closure for both.

The works will take place from 9.00am to 12.00pm.

Since there will be a partial road closure, motorists in the aforementioned areas are advised to drive with caution and pay attention to workmen directing the flow of traffic.
Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.


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