Zoning plan meetings will resume soon – Minister Marlin apologizes

POSTED: 09/13/12 1:09 PM

St. Maarten – Vromi Minister William Marlin issued a public apology on Wednesday for missing two town hall meetings about his ministry’s zoning plans which led to both events being postponed. Several residents of the Cul-de-Sac basin turned out on Monday night for a meeting at the Belair Community Centre but were surprised to learn that it had been called off.

“For those people who have been inconvenienced I would like to extend my apologies,” Marlin said, adding that the change in plans was effected at a short notice and ministry officials could not inform the public soon enough.

He stated that he has taken a keen interest in personally attending the meetings to hear the feedback from citizens on issues that are facing them in their respective districts.

“The ultimate responsibility will lie with parliament in establishing these plans when presented to them but I want to be there as much as possible. We were very happy to report on the amount of people showing interest in the discussions that we have,” Marlin added.

Although the zoning plans meetings have begun publicly, Marlin is yet to meet with the parliament to apprise them of his intentions. The minister has since been summoned to a meeting with the legislative body. He expected to meet with them in a closed door session on Friday “to provide information on the process of the development plans” of the Ministry of Vromi, he stated.

New dates will be announced for the town hall meetings soon, Marlin said.

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