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Pelicans at airport roundabout restored

AIRPORT: The “Brown Pelicans” trio statues on the Princess Juliana International Airport roundabout have now been restored thanks to sponsorship from repeat visitors Jim and Janet Eddins of Blairsville, Atlanta, and the work of original sculptor Michael Maghiro.

The three-months project saw the sculptor and his team to attach the replacement pieces, enhance the bronze color, and attend to the original style of the statues. The circular base of the statues showcases the three-letter IATA codes of St. Maarten hub partner islands like Anguilla, Dominica, BVI, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barths, and Nevis.

The sculptures were installed on the Airport Road roundabout in May 2014. The bronze statues depict the national bird of St. Maarten – the brown pelican. The sculptor was transformed into an eyesore by the 2017 hurricanes that also caused severe damage to the Airport. The airport terminal reconstruction project is on target to be completed by 2023.

Airport Chief Operations Officer Michel Hyman thanked St. Maarten Tourist Bureau for its coordination  of the project, the Eddins, and Maghiro for their efforts.

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