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Nature Foundation Records Return of Sint Maarten National Symbol: the Brown Pelican.

brownpelicanatdlb16102017COLE BAY:--- During one of its recent post-hurricane ecological assessments, the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation recorded the reestablishment of breeding colonies of the National Symbol of Sint Maarten, the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis). After the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Nature Foundation assessed the monitored breeding colonies for the Brown Pelican and found that some forty breeding pairs were absent: “A week after Hurricane Maria during one of our first assessments we were able to establish that we completely lost the Divi Little Bay Pelican Breeding site below Fort Amsterdam. We were very disappointed to note that the complete breeding site had been decimated, especially since we have been monitoring that area since 2010. Last week we returned to the site and to our surprise we found that the majority of breeding pairs had re-established themselves, with numerous nest being laid and eggs being brooded,” commented Tadzio Bervoets, Nature Foundation Manager.

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has been monitoring the Divi Little Bay Breeding Colony since 2010 as a part of its Pelican Monitoring Program. The Brown Pelican is the National Symbol of Sint Maarten and is a key indicator species for the health of the marine environment: “After the storms, we encountered numerous pelicans that sustained serious injury, many of which had their necks broken. We also lost about two-dozen nests at the site so you can imagine how happy we were to see that the colony re-established itself, with numerous nests already being brooded,” concluded Bervoets.

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation will continue to monitor the breeding sites and will conduct its annual pelican.

Nature Foundation Press Release

SHTA calls on hospitality and business members to share their status.

shtairmastatusupdate16102017PHILIPSBURG:--- The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) calls on membership to share their possible reopenings after hurricane Irma. The association can assist its businesses by providing clarity regarding their post-Irma status. Hotels and accommodations are requested to update weekly as demand is high. Many relief workers, construction teams and airline personnel need lodging in order to help the country recover.
To keep up exact numbers, SHTA has created Business openings will be promoted by means of publication on SHTA’s social media and website. Accommodation availability will be shared with incoming demand. Over the past weeks, SHTA received many requests from large and small groups whose visit directly contributes to recovery efforts. SHTA sees it as essential that speedy recovery takes place. As of now, Alicia's Inn, Atrium Resort, Baker Suites, Commodore Suites, Holland House, Paradise Inn, Princess Heights, Turquoise Shell Inn and Simpson Bay Marina Residences have shared to have some or more rooms available. SHTA recommends sending further inventory updates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As many hoteliers partially reopen and give their best to enable speedy reconstruction, SHTA stresses that inventory will change on a daily basis.
SHTA has witnessed several positive developments and commends many hospitality and business employees giving their best in recovering their businesses. However, it stresses various bottlenecks are still to be overcome.
First and foremost, many Sint Maarten companies suffer from financial uncertainty. As many islands in the region have been struck by Irma and Maria, the workload of the various insurance companies is tremendous. This causes a delay in processing the various claims, leading to extra lack of funds next to the absence of tourist income. In its advice to the National Recovery Plan committee, the association has underlined the need for businesses on island to get either tax relief – as is the case on the French side – or government assistance in continuing the payments to its employees -as the Netherlands did in the aftermath of the credit crunch.
Another point that will be crucial for continued recovery is safety. The assistance of the Koninklijke Marechaussee and Royal Dutch Marines, VKS and KPSM allowed for entrepreneurs to take the first steps towards recovery. As many marines have left and many properties in both hospitality and business are still vulnerable, it is essential to continue to protect the process of rebuilding business.
A third concern of the association for speedy recovery is the continuous availability of building materials, and more importantly, equipment. Even though the association commends the Dutch navy for bringing in tremendous amounts of materials, trucks and heavy equipment will be in continuous use over the upcoming months. This is why the SHTA relief organization, that took off already the day before Irma, now focuses on these materials.
The SHTA 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 our offices at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website at

SHTA Press Release

Motorworld Group Hurricane Car Sale Offers Once In A Lifetime Deals With Up To 70% Discounts On All Brands.

motorworldhurricanesale16102017COLE BAY:--- In the wave of the aftermath of the recent hurricanes and storms, Motorworld Group of Companies has launched the 'Hurricane Car Sale' with up to 70% discount on new and used vehicles from all brands that are available at Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi. This major sale begins today, and is valid for a limited time only, whilst stocks last.

"Businesses and residents are working diligently to rebuild and survive beyond the damages and destruction throughout the community of St. Maarten/ St. Martin. Reliable transportation is essential during these days and times. Hence, why we are now mashing up the prices to provide our vehicles at affordable costs" says Tariq Amjad, Managing Director of Motorworld Group of Companies.

Vehicles are being sold "As-Is" for prices as low as $3,000. There may be minor to major cosmetic and unforeseen damages on select vehicles, as a result of the recent storms. However, Motorworld's professional Service and Body Shop teams are available to assist with any repairs, at an additional cost. Though this would ensure a seamless process, peace of mind, and the possibility of continued warranty coverage, that aspect is entirely at the discretion of customers.

Motorworld Group's 'Hurricane Sale' is a once in a lifetime venture with incredible deals that are not to be missed. Everyone is encouraged to call or visit as soon as possible to explore the options that best suit their needs.

Motorworld's Colebay location is now open on Sundays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Motorworld Group of Companies Press Release

Hyman tells NBAA Convention in Las Vegas: SXM Airport is Open for Business and so is St. Maarten.

SIMPSON BAY:--- The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport) is open for business and so is St. Maarten. That was the message that a delegation of the airport consisting of Michel Hyman, COO/Acting CEO and members of the Supervisory Board of Directors, Alex Dijkhoffz, Cleveland Beresford, Myra Lynch-York and Jimmy Temmer, as well as Director of the Tourist Bureau Rolando Brison, spread to participants at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition is considered the sixth largest trade show in the US and the world’s largest business aviation event. Some 27,000 industry professionals attended this year’s Convention, mostly professionals in the General Aviation sector. The trade show ended on October 12, 2017.
“Our participation at this year’s convention has been met with very positive responses from the industry,” stated Michel Hyman. “We let everyone and the whole world know that we are open for business with the same excellent services and accommodations. We also announced the forthcoming groundbreaking for the new Fixed Based Operations (FBO) building that will improve our services in the General Aviation field.”
“We met with several operators and companies and we were well received by all,” Hyman said.
He said the delegation held discussions with Signature Flight Support, Execujet, World Fuel Services, Million Air, Universal and Rockwell Collins, among others.
“The discussions were fruitful. They were extremely happy to hear first-hand about the latest developments on St. Maarten and at the airport following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria over a month ago. All of them expressed the importance of the St. Maarten route to their network and operations and committed themselves to working with the airport and the island in bringing across information about the developments that are taking place to others in the industry, Hyman said.”
According to Hyman, all the operators and companies the SXM Airport delegation met with in Las Vegas indicated that “they would be reaching out to others who apparently only had half information or false information about what was happening on the island’.
Hyman gave a PowerPoint presentation at the Convention that focused on “the impact of the hurricanes, our recovery goals and the timeline to achieve these, and the way forward for the airport as well as the groundbreaking for the new FBO building.” This was well received. SXM Airport also had a quarter-page ad running for the duration of the Convention in the “NBAA Convention News”.
“Our presence meant a lot to all the attendees who were impressed by the fact that St. Maarten and the airport are already in the recovery stage. The SXM delegation was very satisfied with the way the industry reacted to our presentation,” Hyman said.
“I am confident that we have a lot to look forward to regarding the executive travel and General Aviation during the coming holiday period,” he said, adding: “PJIAE will remain focused on working with its stakeholders to obtain positive results in this sector.”

PJIAE Press Release

Fire at W.I.B. on Bush Road.

wibfire15102017BUSH ROAD:--- On Sunday, October 15th at approximately 12.30 p.m. police patrols were directed to the branch of the Windward Island Bank located in the Grand Marche complex on Bush road where a fire was reported. On the scene, the patrols realized that the Fire Department was already on the scene and had extinguished the fire. According to the Fire Department, the cause of the fire was still unknown and had yet been established. No one was injured.

Police continue controls.
PHILIPSBURG:--- KPSM assisted by members of the Police Forces of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao, The Royal Marechausee, VKC and VKS continue to have general controls at different locations on the Dutch Side of the island. Over the weekend thus far a total of 443 cars/trucks and 63 scooters were controlled. Tint was removed from a total of 165 cars, 15 cars/scooters were towed and 4 arrests were made for illegal drugs, weapon possession, threat and illegal status on the island. After hours establishments such as bars and nightclubs are also been controlled for any irregular or illegal activity.


KPSM Police Report

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