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Ombudsman rules complaint of the marketplace vendors valid

Philipsburg - In the case filed by a group of thirty marketplace vendors, the Ombudsman considered the complaint founded, and ruled that the standards of Reason, Active and Adequate Information Provision, and Reasonableness and Proportionality...

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Dear Reader

Yesterday, the marketplace vendors were seeing back in their old location selling their wares to the tourists and shoppers visiting their island.

A concerned citizen sent us the above photo of the Philipsburg Marketplace being destroyed by order of the ' St. Maarten government' ministers following hurricane Irma [9.6.17] without notifying the small businesswomen who made their livelihood at the market, many of whom had just lost their homes and with traumatized children, as stated in the message shared with us.

The writer further stated that the government in Great Bay must do the right thing and rebuild the market by consulting the licensed tax-paying vendors about design and product diversity and return the women to the unique place of their livelihood as ' micro-economic' stakeholders of St. Martin's hospitality industry, while conducting the proper inspections, which more than one of the women have expressed concern about over the years to the appropriate department.

We thought it fitting to republish the ruling of the Ombudsman in regards to the complaint of the Marketplace vendors. The original publication of the ruling on the website of the Ombudsman can be found online here. We recommend officials study and take the ruling to heart.


Because our issue is this...

Besides the procedural issues involved that has been found to be incorrectly followed by the Ministry of TEATT in this matter of the destroying and the relocating of the Philipsburg Marketplace for a new redesigned and redeveloped marketplace, our main concern is why would government initiate a project of this magnitude without proper political and public backing and support?

Political backing because we have yet to see any government last more than 16 months in office, much less a full term of four years and most projects of this nature take at least two years to complete.

Public support because at no time were the stakeholders involved consulted prior to the decision to destroy the marketplace and displace the vendors.

Now we have a caretaker minister of TEATT on her way out and no end in sight whether this project will commenced any time soon.

Government might as well just rebuild temporary stalls for the marketplace vendors with ample roofing to provide shade and shelter for the women and their wares from the elements of the hot sun, wind and rain.

Like our writer wrote.... the government in Great Bay must do the right thing.

We agree.

Until then, do enjoy the rest of the newsletter and have a great day as we continue the count down to the new year.

The Publisher,

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