Dock Maarten builds new stone jetty

POSTED: 10/6/14 12:14 PM

St. Maarten – The construction of a stone jetty in Great Bay at the docking area near Chesterfield’s restaurant is underway. Managing Director of Dock Maarten NV Brian Deher and owner/father Michel Deher are behind the project. Part of the project is to make the marine basin in the area deeper. The jetty will be an extension of the marina, and thereby an extension of the Boardwalk. The project is in its first phase, which is to build a breakwater to protect the marina itself and water vessels.

“It’s been 15 years in the making, and there were 3 different ideas and plans before this one,” said Michel Deher. The father-and-son team acquired the necessary permits to start the project in June/July of this year. “Getting the permits took an unbelievable amount of time. It was a long and difficult process,” said Brian Deher. He added that incumbent Minister of Vromi Maurice Lake was instrumental in getting the necessary permits during the last leg of the legal process. “It’s important to have a balance when it comes to sustainable development… it was a blessing to help them out,” said Minister Lake. Prior to construction, the area was tested for the ecological impact the building of the jetty would have on it. The impact was said to be miniscule. Brian Deher appreciated Minister Lake’s assistance, saying, “It’s good to see the government help a local family business develop.”

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