Reader’s Opinion: Replenishing Cupecoy Beach

POSTED: 01/3/13 4:13 PM

I offer two items for consideration please. Please feel free to print them as a single entity, or as two separate recommendations. I offer these from the point of view of someone that has enjoyed the people and atmosphere of Sint Maarten for 7-8 years. With the friendliness of its people, and the positive attributes of the island, one can certainly imagine a bright future for the new Country of Sint Maarten.

1. I strongly recommend that the sand being dredged for shipping channels be used to replace the sand which has been lost at Cupecoy Beach. That beach is one of the best on the island, and could even be better if the sand lost to wave action was replaced.

2. My wife and I are frequent visitors to the island, and we stay in the Cupecoy area and travel all over the island with our rented car. Over the past few years, we have become increasingly disappointed with the deterioration of the road that goes through the Mullet Bay complex. When we inquired about the situation, we were told that although it is a main traffic artery for the whole west side of the island, it is actually a private road, and the government of the island was not responsible for its maintenance. I recommend that it would be in the best interest for all parties concerned if the government would declare the road a safety danger to the population, and confiscate the amount of land needed for the road and any right of way needed for installation of utilities, and then repave the road. While the idea of confiscation, and the expense of maintaining the road may not seem attractive, there are two points to consider.

A. Based on the condition of the road for the past 7-8 years, it is obvious that the present owner does not feel sufficient obligation to actually do the necessary maintenance to maintain the road to the same standards that the government is attempting to meet on other roads in the Country of Sint Maarten.

B. Among its many obligations, the government of the new Country of Sint Maarten has the right, and responsibility, to protect the safety of its citizens and visitors. Therefore, the government would have the right to protect a citizen or visitor from being injured by an accident caused by the deficiencies of the road.

Mike Gumula

Editor’s note:

Mr. Gumula’s suggestion to replenish the Cupecoy Beach triggered a reaction from St. Maarten Pride Foundation president Jadira Veen that we consider worth adding here for completeness sake:

“Can someone explain? I read 2 letters to the editor today, the writers are asking for Cupecoy Beach to be replenished. I have no clue what they are talking about. Cupecoy Beach has been coming and going for as long as I can remember as a kid. Wave, tidal, lunar, wind action is the cause. Cupecoy Beach is perfectly natural as it is. If there is no beach there now, it will come back eventually. Replenishing of beaches should only take place in extreme conditions, like when there is no more reef, and when the beach never ever comes back.”

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  1. Visitor says:

    Roads on all the island need repairs, on both sides of island,pot holes and sharp drops on edges cause numerous tire blow out and leaks, and probably many accidents. Never mind the way some people drive on the island.