St Maarten Readies to Launch New Cruise Development Project

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - December 31, 2013

Above: Philipsburg

By the Caribbean Journal staff

St Maarten is set to launch a new cruise development project in January, according to the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure.

The project will be located in the Down Street community of Philipsburg in the vicinity of the Walter Plantz Tender Pier.

It ill include the construction of six booths for products and services for cruise passengers, along with a water fountain, among other features.

Construction is projected to take two to three months.

“The new cruise development for Down Street will enhance the area and bring life to Down Street,” said Minister Maurice Lake. “We need to get back to basics and start showcasing the cultural heritage of our country, the food, drinks, arts and crafts and folkloric dance for residents and visitors to enjoy.  This is also one of the reasons why tourists come to our island to learn about the heritage.”

The Minister said the project was part of the process of rehabilitating the area and bringing “life back into this part of Philipsburg where families can come enjoy our heritage.”

“By putting a plan in place with the help of all stakeholders, the harbour group and the Down Street Business and Community Council, this will be a win-win for Down Street,” he said. “This is a perfect way to start New Year 2014.”

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