Severe criticism on draft timeshare legislation Berger: “36,000 timeshare owners have left the island”

POSTED: 02/25/13 12:19 PM

St. Maarten – “We are monumentally unimpressed with St. Maarten’s proposed timeshare owner consumer protection legislation and we will make that known to the government in St. Maarten,” Jeff Berger wrote in his electronic newsletter St. Maarten’s weekly News this weekend.

“Were they serious, they would have enacted real consumer protection years ago and they would have involved timeshare owners in drafting it from the get-go. They didn’t. Perhaps they don’t realize that 36,000+ timeshare owners have left the island, selling their units at bare-bones prices to people who cook in their rooms and don’t buy anything anywhere. If “Parliament” ministers want to know why the economy here is still so up-and-down, all they need to do is look in the mirror: they ignored the single biggest contributor to their economy and are now suffering the consequences. Timeshare owners have zero interest in being ignored and are voting on this “legislation” with their feet,” Berger fumed.

Nevertheless, the newsletter calls on timeshare owners to obtain a copy of the draft legislation and to give their comments. It adds that one of the “parliamentary ministers” has agreed to receive these comments “as long as his email address is not revealed.”

It is unclear whether the newsletter refers to a minister (in this case that would be Economic Affairs and Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet) or to a member of parliament (that would likely be MP Leroy de Weever – who submitted the initiative law).

 

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