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Ministry of VROMI takes Rainfall Mitigation Measures. Interruption in Great Bay Beachgoing Activities.

PHILIPSBURG(DCOMM):--- The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) is advising against beach-going activities at the Great Bay Beach for the next few days due to the temporary opening of the Great Bay Channel which took place at 6:00 PM October 18, 2021, through 12:00 AM midnight.
The decision to open the Great Bay Channel was taken to mitigate potential flooding due to frequent torrential rain over the past few days, as part of the ministry's water management activities to avoid hazardous water levels at the Salt and Fresh Water Ponds.
As such, the opening of the Rolandus Canal will commence as of October 20th, 2021, until Friday 22nd October, during the hours of 6:00 PM through 12:00 AM midnight in order to lower the water level of the Great Salt Pond.
Ministry of VROMI therefore cautions against any and all water activities at the Great Bay Beach during the aforementioned times. Beach activities can resume as of 8:00AM the following day.

Moonlight Golf Lights Up Mullet Bay Golf Course.

MULLET BAY:--- Over the weekend 28 avid golfers split up into 7 teams and headed out to a moonlit Mullet Bay Golf Course to show off their skills. With a full moon expected for Wednesday, October 20th it was clear that this “Hunter’s Moon” was in the minds of the participants of the tournament, citing the zest with which the teams battled in the dark.

Geared up with glowing golf balls and a pair of flashlights each team was trying to score as low as possible. After a fierce battle, lost balls, and near hits the surprising winner of this year’s Moonlight Scramble was Team ‘Mayhem’ consisting of Chris Gibbons, James Park, Tim Ahlip, and Jacob Streefkerk who ended the 10 holes stroke play event with a total score of 33 net.

Second prize was won by the “Graham Crackers” team of SMGA’s eminence grise Keith Graham accompanied by Mark Hanauer, Gitte Poulsen and Frank Jespersen with a total score of 35 net.

Third prize was taken by the “Play Team Homme“which comprised of Fred Boureau, Chim Cohen, Ludovic Brun and Laurent Mesguich with a total score of 35 net as well, but the team’s handicap was lower.

After the golf a prize giving ceremony was hosted and enjoyed by all at Lal’s. The next tournament organized by the SMGA will be the annual Christmas Scramble where one and all will start a pre-celebration of Christmas on the golf course in this exciting tournament.

For more information on this this tournament or membership please contact the Golf Shop at the Mullet Bay Golf Course or check out the SMGA Facebook site at

The end-of-year prize-fest from Fun Miles & partners WordFun: collect letters to win amazing prizes.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The word is out: Fun Miles cardholders should brace themselves for a stunning amount of prizes in the new end-of-year campaign: WordFun. Grand prizes include a full-year operational lease of a brand-new Toyota Corolla Cross from Real Auto (including a full year of insurance from ENNIA and monthly fuel credits from Petro Plus), 2 tickets to Curaçao from JetAir, and more. The game is easy: shop at the Fun Partners, collect WordFun cards with letter tiles, and form the required words on the free game board (available at participating partners). The grand prize drawing will take place on February 1st, 2022.

 Extra: Word of the Week online

On top of the grand prizes that cardholders can win by completing the game board, they can grab amazing biweekly prizes by guessing the Word of the Week online. The more they swipe their Fun Miles card in stores, the more letters will appear online in their personalized Word of the Week game. Examples of biweekly prizes are a BBQ from Kooyman, lots of Fun Miles from WIB, and vouchers from St. Maarten Building Supplies, KFC, and other great Fun Partners.

It all happens at

The online game, the game rules, and a full list of prizes can be found at This campaign site also provides a WordFun dictionary with a list of words that can be used on the game board.

 Remember: only registered cardholders can win

To be eligible to win the amazing prizes, the cardholder has to be registered. Quite a few Fun Miles cardholders have never registered, but this can easily be fixed. Go to, click LOGIN/SIGN UP, click CREATE ACCOUNT NOW and follow the steps. This is completely free and will take no more than a few minutes.

About Fun Miles

Fun Miles is the Caribbean's largest and most popular customer reward program. Cardholders are always enjoying special offers, fun promotions and prize campaigns. Those who do not want to miss out are highly recommended to follow Fun Miles on social media, visit and download the convenient free mobile app.

More information?

Please contact Fun Miles customer service via WhatsApp +5999 560 3300 at tel. 588 9947 or visit or

Main sponsors on St. Maarten

Kooyman, WIB, Real Auto, Flow, BENU, DA and ENNIA.



ODM: Remain Vigilant and Prepared. Hurricane Season Not Yet Over.

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):---  Even though tropical storm activity has subsided during the past couple of weeks, that does not mean the hurricane season is over, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Monday.

There are still six weeks to go as the season runs through November 30.

Residents and businesses are advised to remain vigilant and prepared, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) which falls under the Fire Department (Ministry of General Affairs) headed by Fire Chief/National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, said on Monday.

The remaining storm name for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is Wanda.

Continue to monitor local weather reports issued by the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten for advisories related to any adverse weather.

The community is urged to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike by visiting the Government website: where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during, and after a hurricane.

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS): or visit their social media page

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Remain vigilant and prepared!

Minister of VSA attends World Food Day Event.

worldfoodday17102021PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of VSA, Omar Ottley was delighted to attend the kickoff of World Food Day at Emilio Wilson Park.

The event is sponsored by the Edwardo Richardson Memorial Agriculture Foundation and is today October 17th from 9 AM - 8 PM. Come out and show your support.

Minister Ottley is extremely proud of the organizers and hopes that the country can gravitate more into agriculture.


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