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Kimsha Beach/Pelican Area Ready for swimmers.

kimshabeachpostirma19102017COLE BAY:--- The Nature Foundation conducted an underwater check of Kim Sha/ Pelican Beach for sharp, harmful objects up to two meters in depth. Numerous zinc and other hurricane debris has been removed, taken out of the water and disposed of. The beach was already extensively cleaned up by Buccaneer Beach Bar and their crew and is now ready to receive their customers.

The visibility of the area is still not optimal, therefore caution when entering the water is advised and protective footwear is recommended. Hurricane debris can still wash up ashore and could cause potential injury.

Nature Foundation Press Release

TEATT Minister: JetBlue starts twice weekly as of November 1.

teattrepswithjetbluereps19102017PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Thursday announced that JetBlue will resume service to the island twice-weekly on its New York route as of November 1.
As of November 1, JetBlue flights will service the JFK-SXM route on Mondays and Thursdays. The airline will resume its regular daily service out of New York as of January 2018.
The Minister along with Head of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Rolando Brison and her Chief of Cabinet Cecil Nicholas met with JetBlue on Thursday in New York. The airline’s representatives used the opportunity to reassure the Minister of its commitment to maintaining a long-term partnership with St. Maarten and expressed confidence in St. Maarten’s recovery efforts.
The airline's representatives also told the Minister that its confidence to return is based largely in part on the efforts of the Tourism Ministry to reassure its tourism partners after the hurricanes, maintain open lines of communication and get its airport open in the short term.
“We also presented our preliminary marketing plan to them and as a result, they will be looking at increasing their daily flights out of New York as of January 2018,” Brison said. “The Fort Lauderdale – St. Maarten route is also still in the eyes of JetBlue and they fully intend to launch the route. The timeline may have shifted a bit it is still their goal to get that route open,” he said.
The Minister expressed her thanks to JetBlue for its continued support, for the role it played in transporting relief supplies to St. Maarten and its confidence in the destination. She said the tri-state area is historically very important to St. Maarten’s tourism product and getting JetBlue back online servicing St. Maarten is a key development in the island’s recovery.

Press Release from the Ministry of TEATT

Why Is Government Still Stalling?

PHILIPSBURG:--- It is with deep concern and mounting frustration that the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) is witnessing our Government’s ongoing reluctance to engage in a cooperative dialogue with Holland with regards to securing much-needed recovery funds for the country.
Our unconcerned Parliament seems to sit by and let Government get away with unnecessary political games to the detriment of the recovery of the nation. This while people are without roofs, without secure income and without a strong economy to look forward to.
The conditions put on the table by the Dutch, the installation of an integrity chamber and stricter border controls, would only strengthen our young nation and add much-needed checks and balances.
Hereby, on behalf of all our members, we urgently request that Parliament adopt a motion supporting the necessary legislation as per the conditions set by the Kingdom and to instruct Government to provide its unconditional commitment to act toward same and to officially request reconstruction and relief funds from Holland, as soon as possible. After all, the date for the Integrity chamber was already agreed to by our Prime Minister before Irma; and Holland only wants to ensure that the deadline does not slip.
The time to act is almost over and enough time has been exhausted. Let's get this done so we may get on with the much-needed Building Back Better of the country.

SHTA Press Release

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library reopens after Hurricane Irma’s destruction.

pjlreopenedpostirma19102017PHILIPSBURG:--- On Tuesday, October 24th,2017, from 9 am to 5pm, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library will reopen to the general public after two challenging months. The library remained closed for the month of September and partially through October to allow the staff the time to complete necessary clean up and repairs.
The management and staff are happy to once again provide their services. Opening hours will be Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5pm, Thursdays from 2-5pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 1pm.
Unfortunately, the inner library will not be accessible to the public. Thus we have created a temporary solution to accommodate our loyal customers by using the entrance hall. The area is limited but we have done our best to try and accommodate most everyone’s needs.
Customers will have access to library materials, namely the children’s collection and a small selection of Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, our internet café, DVD's, photocopying, a lounge area, and a study area for students.
There will be no penalties issued for overdue items or damages due to the passing of Hurricane Irma. This grace period will last until the end of 2017. Please use this time to come in and let us know how you and the library books fared Hurricane Irma.
In addition to the abovementioned information. The library will also be providing outreach services to daycare centers and afternoon school programs in the form of book boxes and/or coming to the centers to perform reading-related activities such as story time, puppet theatre, and reading games.
Daycare centers and afternoon schools will be contacted. However, if you would like to be part of our schedule feel free to contact us.
We thank our patrons for bearing with us with the reopening of their beloved library. Together we will bring back normalcy to St. Maarten one book at a time.
For more information please contact us via our website: or Facebook page: stmaarten.pjlibrary

PJL Press Release

One arrested for drug possession.

arrestedfillin26092014SUCKER GARDEN:--- One male suspect identified with initials R.J.B. was arrested on Thursday, October 19th at approximately 01.30 a.m. on the Soualiga Boulevard in the vicinity of Cristal bar in Sucker Garden. The arrest took place during a control by police after the strong scent of marijuana was detected coming from a vehicle with license plate M-11228, which was parked in the immediate area. A search of the suspect resulted in the investigating officers locating a small plastic bag containing an amount of marijuana. As the search continued in the vehicle belonging to the suspect, a large plastic bag and a backpack were found. Both bags contained a considerable amount of small plastic bags, each bag containing a quantity of marijuana prepared for distribution. Also, a small green colored pouch containing a large amount of single U.S. dollar bills were found and confiscated. The marijuana and vehicle were also confiscated. The suspect was taken to the Police Head Quarters where he remains in custody for questioning and further investigation.

KPSM Police Report

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