Editorial: Brand new district

POSTED: 03/12/15 12:53 PM

While the harbor-project St. Maarten Quarter gets a lot of attention these days, Dutch Quarter residents must be scratching their heads over all that has been promised to them for years.

The upgrade of the district, for which the European Development Fund made $6.1 million available, is still in limbo. And that, after former Vromi-Minister William Marlin promised back in 2012 that Dutch Quarter would be a brand new district by the end of 2014.

Why all this is taking so long and what the cause of the delays is remains for the moment unexplained – though the fall of a couple of governments comes to mind.

If that is really the explanation, then the politicians who brought down successive governments have not done a favor to the people in Dutch Quarter they are supposed to serve.

The only good news is that the European funds are still available, but all in all, St. Maarten is not making a very good impression with the handling of this project.

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