Kim Sha Beach parking lot saga:  Dive shop wins case to have establishment removed by government

POSTED: 07/26/16 6:43 PM

St. Maarten News —The judge in the Court of First Instance has thrown out the case against the principals of Ocean Explorers NV which was initiated by the government of St. Maarten. Ocean Explorers NV has occupied the location for the last 39 years and was given just 14 days to remove their business from the location on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay. The area that that the Ocean Explorers are occupying is part of the property that the government is expected to develop for the expansion of the parking area in Simpson Bay. The deadline they were given to move the business was seen as “an impossible task” by the principals of the establishment.

According to reports, it was alleged that the operators of the business were intimidated by officers of Economic Affairs who tried several times to have them removed. However, they decided to take the matter to the Court of First Instance and won. It is alleged that workers from VROMI tore down the business sign.

Minister responsible for VROMI Angel Meyers at Wednesday’s Council Of Ministers press briefing said that it was only this week that he had received an email that a company that has a business license was operating on the wrong location where the parking lot is to be constructed intended and there is a process to resolve the situation.

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