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Beach vendors urged to clean up

GREAT BAY: Businesses and vendors along Great Bay Beach are urged by the St. Maarten Government to clean up their surroundings ahead of the restart of cruise tourism as of Saturday, June 5. On that date the first cruise ship to homeport here since the start of the pandemic will set sail on its first cruise with St. Maarten as its start point.

Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ludmilla de Weever issued a final warning to vendors with permanent items on the beach bordering the capital Philipsburg to remove these post haste. Vending licences do not permit holders to erect any permanent structure on the beach.

Businesses and vendors are also to remove any broken items and/or debris in and around their operating areas.

If the permanent and broken items are not removed by the vendor(s), these will be removed by government on Wednesday, June 2.

“I kindly ask you to review the contents of your business licence and ensure that our beaches are not only clean for our visitors, but for us. We live here; we have to see it every day,” De Weever said on Wednesday.   

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