Talks about Monument Council resume

POSTED: 09/13/12 12:54 PM

St. Maarten – The government hopes to submit a list of candidates for the Monument Council to the Corporate Governance Council by the end of this week, Deputy Prime Minister William Marlin said yesterday. There are five candidates nominated for the Council but Marlin declined to publicize the names.

The advice that the Corporate Governance Council will render in this regard to the government may or may not be adhered to.

“It is one of the cumbersome realities that one has to deal with,” Marlin said of the time that is usually required to complete the process of such appointments in Country St. Maarten.

His announcement may come as good news to environmentalist in particular who have repeatedly expressed concern about the lack of an active Monument Council which has among its responsibility advising government on areas of cultural and historical significance.

When the island territory drew up a list of objects to be placed on the Monument List, owners had the option to appeal. However, such appeals could only be handled based on an advice from the Monument Council, and since it did not exist, no advice was forthcoming.

The appointment of members to the Monument Council gained renewed urgency when plans were announced for the development of a rainforest attraction park at the Emilio Wilson Estate.

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