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With the pressure on to get an answer when the PJIA's SXM Airport will be reopened for commercial flights, the Minister of Aviation Affairs, Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher, saw it fit to issue a public statement that no official date has been announced by government for the resumption of commercial flights into St. Maarten.

The Minister stressed that travelers need to be careful with any information unless it comes from the official source, in other words, the government of St. Maarten. She said there is some confusion being created by, among other things, airlines announcing dates that they hope to resume service to the island.

“When we are at that point to accept commercial flights again, we will announce this and in due time. At the moment there is no date." the Minister stated. Read the full statement online here on our website.

In the meantime, repair work continues undiminished at the airport, which is evident from the photos taken by our photo-journalist, Milton Pieters. View photos on our Facebook page here.

In the today's edition we feature an interview with a 19-year old who recounts her nervous experiences before, during and after hurricane Irma. She was so panicky, that she even failed to prepare properly for the storm and did not have enough water to last in the days after hurricane Irma passed. Read her frank account online here.

We wrap up this introduction with the following good news on the recovery front:

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In the meantime, read why we believe airlines are under pressure to sell St. Maarten as a destination despite no official word yet on a re-open date below in our Editorial section.
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Pontoon to be removed from 'tow away zone' on Boardwalk...

Great Bay - Almost anyone or any group of people can remove excess waste that washed up along the shoreline in Philipsburg, but removing a 75-ton pontoon, that washed up on to the boardwalk, requires a special group of persons who are experienced ...

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Spirit Airlines delivers in time of need - TODAY - The...

SXM Airport - The Spirit Airlines flight NK 8080 landed yesterday at Princess Juliana International SXM Airport as promised. The free relief flight, courtesy of the management of the Florida-based airline company, did two things today. It brought...

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St. Maarten popular
The fact that airlines are allowing people to book tickets although the green light has not been given by the St. Maarten government to execute commercial flights show how popular and in demand St. Maarten is as a tourist destination
VROMI Announcements
The Ministry of VROMI has issued two very important announcements...
  1. They will be inspecting all damaged structures. All structures that are deemed a danger and damaged beyond repair will be marked for demolition.
  2. You need a building permit to reconstruct, repair or rebuild.
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President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Alston Lourens has stated that the foundation fully intends to host Carnival 2018. He recalled that Carnival 1996 is fondly remembered as one of the best ever following Hurricane Luis and the foundation is determined to repeat that feat after hurricane Irma.
In a press statement released yesterday on behalf of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) wherein the President, Alston Lourens, was quoted as saying that the SCDF fully intends to host the 2018 Carnival festival, mention was also made about talk of the Festival Village being used as a place to house displaced persons after hurricane Irma. Lourens was quoted as saying he is concerned about this approach and how it might affect the festival in April 2018.
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Friday, September 29th, 2017

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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (Sunday September 24th, 2017) - Social & Health Insurances SZV will re-open Monday thru Friday as of Monday September 25th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm permitting stable electricity, water and internet connections. SZV will...

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Lexwell Attorneys at Law re-open for business

Our office has broad experience in advising on legal matters that are related to post-hurricane situations and can therefore assist clients with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in a number of specific areas.

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