Tiki hut operator fights eviction

POSTED: 03/1/16 5:58 PM

St. Maarten News – Businessman Julian Rollocks has asked his attorneys to help him remove tenants from a Tiki hut at Kim Sha Beach. Dino Arrundell and his wife had until yesterday to leave.

Arrundell, whose wife manages the Tiki hut and its barbeque pit, has indicated “that Rollocks is apparently jealous because of the business that they are doing” and that he has tried everything to get them off the property where they started in 2012.

Arrundell recently paved the ground near the Tiki hut. At first there was no problem but when he recently paved the last piece of three and a half feet by eight feet, it was the final straw for Rollocks who felt that the tenants had violated the lease agreement. He sent Arrundell a letter dated February 24, to leave the property as of yesterday.

“We have a vending permit for the location and we are renting his hut,” Arrundell said. “We do not want to stop this operation because this is something we want to do for the long term. Right now we are at an impasse because the land belongs to the government.”

The Tiki hut operator says that “somewhere in government there are persons who want to turn over the land to Julian Rollocks, even though government has an extensive project for the entire property.”

Arrundell says he rents the hut for $1000 per month and that he pays his rent on time. “All we want is to continue with our operation.” He says his business gets very positive reviews on Trip Advisor. “I am not asking for anything big. I am operating on 17’x30’ that is what I want.”

Rollocks has provided documentation from the Vromi-ministry that issued two warnings to Arrundell, saying he violated the rules by concreting the place. Rollocks also advised the Rent Committee about the violation and has asked for the removal of the Arrundell family from his hut.

Rollocks’ attorney Roland Duncan stated in a letter to Arrundell that the violations and the warnings from the Vromi-ministry have dissolved the lease agreement with immediate effect.

Rollocks wrote in a letter to Arrundell that he was made aware of illegal construction on government lease land. He also cited the letter from Vromi that gave Arrundell ten days to remove the concrete from the hut, or have it removed at his expense.

Rollocks also asked Arrundell to come in and pay his rent, saying that he was delinquent in his payments.

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Comments (4)


  1. TS Garp says:

    I’ve passed by this place on numerous occasions and it amazed me that someone can start with a little shack and keeps adding space to it every month or couple of months.
    It grew from a shack selling drinks from coolers to a small restaurant. Perhaps financially this place is doing well, but one does not simply oversteps government rules or lease contracts without consequence. Besides it wouldn’t be fair to other businesses that do abide by the rules and regulations.

    I fully agree that if Arrundell breaks rules, he should go.

    On St. Maarten too many people (still) get away with breaking rules.

  2. Justice For All says:

    This is Crap we have a Government that don’t even know what’s rules and the break them everyday and for Rollocks he should be a shame for he has all he wants in life what more he wants leave others live also where the Bread and Butter for the people? how can Rollocks get a permit what about our young people when would they be able to live also this Island is corrupt to the max and need a good clean up

  3. Charles Gibbs says:

    This is such a disgrace for all the St. Maarten people, this is a local business man trying to make it on the island.Rollock been i his shoes years ago when he started his business, so how about just sitting down and have a professional business meeting with Mr Arrundell. We wonder why some of our own people don’t return to St. Maarten. ……This is one of the reasons, the rich just wants more and can’t see a new business man make it.
    Shame on you Mr Rollocks.

  4. Boo Booth says:

    The gentleman should be commended for concreting the ground as it makes the area so much more hygienic, with all that sand and dust not being kicked up in the air and landing on the food anymore.

    This is probably just a case of some non-local offering more money to rent the place, thus the local man has to go. There ‘s no integrity left in this place.