St. Maarten prepares for invasion by 30,000 cruise ship passengers

POSTED: 12/17/13 9:59 PM

St. Maarten – Representatives of the police force met with stakeholders to discuss the busy holiday season and the arrival of eight cruise ships in port tomorrow. St. Maarten will receive around 30,000 visitors from these cruise liners.

The police met with representatives from Vromi, Economic Affairs, the harbor and cruise facilities, the Coast Guard and the Down Street Business Community Council.

Front and Back Street will be closed for cars tomorrow and the alleys that connect front and Back Street will be cleared. No vehicles will be allowed to park in these alleys until the two main shopping streets are reopened for traffic again.

The measure is necessary to enable emergency vehicles smooth entry and exits from the city. The police advise citizens to park on the ring road trajectory.

The Coast Guard will patrol all bays and territorial waters on Wednesday and make its presence very visible. A lot of tenders will be on the water in Great Bay harbor. The Coast Guard will keep an eye on jet skis among this traffic.

The Walter Plantz Pier at the foot of Front Street will be used by tenders to drop of cruise passengers. The Down Street Business Community Council and Association organizes the area to receive these visitors.

Police will show a strong presence in Philipsburg, on the beaches and in other areas frequented by large numbers of tourists.

Today there is a final meeting at the police station to finalize all preparations.

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