Government will honor commitments to Westin

POSTED: 03/10/11 12:11 PM

PM: General interest is the key

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has been advised to send the management of Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa a letter stating the government’s intentions to honor commitments that were made to attract the resort to establish here. The company has taken the government to court on this matter.
“The suggestion is that government formally informs the management of Westin and their representative of government’s intentions to honor that agreement as established way back by government and make the necessary arrangements that will accommodate that. So that’s the first step we’re going to take in response to the fact that there is a court case that is ongoing that Westin initiated against government,” Wescot-Williams said.

The prime minister also indicated on Wednesday that the pledge to look favorably on a request by the new owners of Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and the Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina should not be seen as an incentive. She also made it quite clear that the only reason government is willing to consider granting either the delay or exemption, based on the constraints of the relevant existing legislation, is because of the economic impact the property’s closure will have on the employees and their families, the timeshare owners, the businesses that do business around the resort.
“So yes if another such situation appears then the government will have to consider what it can do to mitigate the effects of such. Under the same circumstances, with the same general interest at stake government would have to do the same or take similar measures,” Wescot-Williams said.

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