Walter Plantz Square opens in September

POSTED: 08/21/15 12:40 PM

pierThe Walter Plantz Square. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar

St. Maarten – The Walter Plantz Square project is ready for use and will be fully operational on September 19. The square was to open on August 15 however due to the sudden passing of Police Officer Gamali Benjamin, the opening was moved to next month. The plans for the Down Street Cruise Heritage Development go back to 2008 when the Walter Plantz Tender Jetty materialized.

The $2 million project entails the construction of a square with six cabanas to be used as bars or restaurants and for selling arts and crafts and other tourist related goods. The square will be accessible for disabled visitors. According to previous statements from the Harbor, the square will have 24/7 security.  The square is strategically located next to the Walter Plantz Tender Jetty that connects to the boardwalk, Down Street and Front Street.

The square will be fully equipped for local musicians, artists and bands with a ‘plug and play entertainment’ feature. Each cabana will be named after one of the island’s beaches. Cultural and heritage organizations will have the opportunity to showcase the St. Maarten culture to guests and locals. Promotion towards the opening of the pier will start later this week.


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