Parking for MPs moves away from Clem Labega Square

POSTED: 09/1/11 2:17 PM

St. Maarten – The government is going to relocate the reserved parking spots for parliamentarians from the Clem Labega Square to the parking lot behind the current government Administration Building, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced at yesterdays Council of Ministers press briefing.
At the beginning of last month, the Parliament appropriated 27 of the 80 public parking spaces on the Square, closing of a whole section facing the RBTT-bank.
But the system never worked. On the first day there were huge rows between security guards and the staff at the entrance of the regular parking. Parliamentarians found that they had to get out of their car to remove a steel fence before they could park. Soon others found out that it was easy to access to closed off section as well, so tourists and French-side residents alike found their way to the mostly half-empty parking. Later an extra security guard had to be at hand to regulate traffic on the parking.
Some parliamentarians never used the closed-off section.
With the relocation of the reserved parking spaces to the Government Administration Building, the situation is back to what it was before 10-10-10, when Island Council members had their reserved spots there. The only difference is that four places had to be added to accommodate the fifteen MPs.
The public will get back the 27 places on the square.

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