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PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management welcomes the news that the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), has committed to a multifaceted million-dollar campaign to display that the majority of Caribbean destinations are operating normally, unhindered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and are ready to welcome visitors. “The FCCA and our Member Lines have been working tirelessly toward hurricane relief efforts, and this initiative is also a vital tool to assisting the Caribbean by stimulating the economy,” said Michele Paige, President, FCCA in a statement. “Many Caribbean destinations fortunately missed any impact from the hurricanes, and most affected destinations worked around the clock to reopen for tourism. We look forward to showcasing those actions and the friendly smiles awaiting visitors.”…
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation conducted an underwater check of Kim Sha/ Pelican Beach for sharp, harmful objects up to two meters in depth. Numerous zinc and other hurricane debris has been removed, taken out of the water and disposed of. The beach was already extensively cleaned up by Buccaneer Beach Bar and their crew and is now ready to receive their customers. The visibility of the area is still not optimal, therefore caution when entering the water is advised and protective footwear is recommended. Hurricane debris can still wash up ashore and could cause potential injury.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation St. Maarten received the first week profit of the initiative ‘Feel Good Lunches’ from the Chefs of St Maarten Vegans on Monday. In their first week the initiative the group delivered already 122 lunches to the needy and raised US$675 and NAF 66. The chefs of St. Maarten vegans are donating their time to cook healthy meals on St Maarten. For every meal you buy they are donating a meal to someone in need of food. All profits raised from the purchases will be donated to St Maarten foundations; the Nature Foundation was chosen for the first week. “We were very surprised to be the first foundation to receive this great donation; we…
CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, a huge backlog of insured persons requiring medical treatment or consultation abroad has arisen on Sint Eustatius and Saba. This is due to a combination of factors: severe damage to the airports on Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, damage to the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC), the Louis Constant Flemming Hospital, and the cancellation of regular flights between the windward islands. In collaboration with care providers such as the Fundashon Maridal, the Horacio Oduber Hospital (Aruba), the Instituto Medico San Nicolas (ImSan, Aruba) and the St. Elisabeth Hospital (Curaçao), the ZVK has arranged that insured persons requiring immediate care on Saint Eustatius and Saba have been given that care quickly and…
CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - In Q3 2017, consumer prices on St. Eustatius were 2.1 percent higher compared to one year previously. On Bonaire, the price increase was 0.6 percent. By contrast, consumers on Saba paid 1.3 percent less for goods and services relative to Q3 2016, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports. Consumer prices on Bonaire up 0.6 percent On Bonaire, households paid 0.6 percent more on goods and services in the past quarter year-on-year, versus 0.4 percent in Q2. Household articles and appliances in particular, such as curtains, bed linen and refrigerators, became more expensive. Electricity prices down on St. Eustatius, up on Saba On St. Eustatius and Saba, the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) has capped the rates for electricity…
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