PHILIPSBURG:---- Minister of VROMI Angel Meyers announced on Wednesday at the weekly Council of Ministers press briefing that he intends to proceed with the construction Simpson Bay parking garage, despite hearing that TESSI N.V placed a lien on the property. Minister Meyers said that when he took office he found out that the former Minister of VROMI was in some sort of deal with the company where he agreed to grant them the lot located in Simpson Bay to build a resort.
The Minister of VROMI said he reversed that decision and informed the company accordingly. Minister Meyers further explained that the lot in Simpson Bay that the former Minister gave to TESSI N.V is part of the zoning plan to build a parking area, he said in order for that to be changed then the former Minister had to approach the parliament of St. Maarten, which he said was not done. The Minister further stated that if anyone tries to hinder or stop government from executing the work they are doing those persons especially the Minister who did not follow procedures will be held personally liable for their actions.
Asked if he (Minister Meyers) is serious about holding the former Ministers liable for their actions, Minister Meyers said he is quite serious with his statements because proper procedures were not followed. Asked if the former Minister granted TESSI N.V the parcel of land after the vote of no confidence against the Gumbs cabinet, Minister Meyers said it was definitely done after September 30th and the last letter was sent to management of TESSI N.V on November 18th 2015, which was the last day the former Minister was in office.