Police meet with Illidge Road entrepreneurs

POSTED: 09/19/16 8:55 AM

St.maarten– For quite some time the Police Department has received numerous complaints from persons in the community and mainly from residents living on the A. Th. Illidge road in the section between the “Cottage Round About” and the entrance of Arch Road, also known as “The Strip”. The police have intervened in many of these complaints and taken measures closing these establishments down. This area where several popular night clubs, bars, other after hour’s businesses, supermarkets etcetera are located is also a residential area.

The complaints the police department still regularly receives are concerning issues such as loud music, businesses remaining open after closing hours, fights, traffic back-ups, illegal parking and the lack of proper street lighting, no sidewalks or pedestrian crossings just to name a few. The police department has taken the initiative to address the situation more actively and Community Police Officer Inspector Felix Richards was given the task to lead and oversee this project.

The owners/operators of the nightclubs, bars and other after hour businesses located in that area were invited by Inspector Richards to attend an information session held on Thursday September 8, at the police headquarters in Philipsburg, which they all gladly attended.

The purpose of this meeting was mainly for Inspector Richards to become acquainted with the owners/operators of these establishments, for the owners/operators to get acquainted with each other, to inform and a make them aware of the ongoing situation and for all parties involved to jointly look for the best alternatives and solutions, that will allow the residents of that area to enjoy a comfortable living with their families, without any disruptions or disturbances, and at the same time allowing the business owners/operators to conduct their business without repeatedly being reported to the police department by the residents.

During the meeting Inspector Richards gave a power point presentation about the strengths and weaknesses in the area. The intention is to involve the department of Vromi to discuss matters regarding the improvement of the infrastructure.

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