POND ISLAND: Justice Minister Anna Richardson has announced an immediate ban on public gatherings in “expanded areas” and has implemented a zero tolerance regulation to tackle such gatherings. This extends to the Police Force St. Maarten KPSM working together with the mobile immigration unit.
“This measure is deemed highly necessary in order to curb the behavior displayed … over the past few weeks,” said the minister when she announced the ban to the press on Wednesday. The measures went “into immediate effect and will be implemented and will be extended when necessary until order is restored.”
This move follows what the minister said is “growing trend where gas stations and public parking areas have become party central or meeting spots for large groups. These gatherings bring noise nuisance, disturbing public order and causing dangerous traffic situations and the excessive use of alcohol or narcotics.”
Richardson reminded the public this type of behavior “is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated. Loitering, noise nuisance, disturbance of the peace are all illegal acts and are regulated by law. And as such, the authorities will exercise their duties to enforce order within the community.”