PORT ST. MAARTEN – The public is invited to a New Year’s Eve bash at the Walter Plantz Square (WPS). There will be a dance party to ring in the New Year 2016.
Entertaining the public will be six DJ’s; the Old School master DJ DAVE NICE; the Unstoppable MIX MASTER PAULY; Big & Serious DJ FABULOUS; the ZOUK Master DJ BLACK BOY; and S.I.K. # 1 DJ UNKNOWN.
There will also be a special appearance by THE INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN SHADZ.
This year’s Fireworks event in Great Bay will be the 11th year since Port St. Maarten has been supporting the country’s largest display for public enjoyment and to ring in the New Year.
Port St. Maarten and WPS invites the public to come out and enjoy with family, friends and visitors the beautiful WPS, and patronize the local restaurants while dancing the night away on New Year’s Eve.
Restaurants are already open catering to residents and visitors: Irie Garden (vegetarian), Layback Bar & Restaurant (creole), and the Oranje Café.
Parking is available near the square.
Make WPS a place to visit this New Year’s Eve and beyond. It is a great location for visitors, family and friends to hang out through the week or weekends.
Cruise passengers also have a new venue to visit and sample the products and services at the various ginger-bread houses at the square.
WPS is about promoting the national heritage of the country which is part of Port St. Maarten’s re-inventing cruise tourism and is essential to the new products and services to be offered to cruise and stay-over visitors. This is very important in order for the country to maintain its position as a premiere matured cruise destination.
WPS comprises of seven small buildings constructed according to the traditional St. Maarten architectural ginger-bread design, to reflect the national heritage of the destination. The essence of the project is to bring in the heritage value of the destination by showcasing the ginger bread homes of the past.
The approximately US$2 million project entailed the construction of a square with cabanas to be used for a bar/restaurant, the selling of arts and crafts and other tourist related goods; water fountain; 12 Sylvester palm trees 12 feet high; toilet/bathroom facilities; lockers; the square will be disabled accessible; parking for five taxi’s; small splash pool for kids; water fountain illuminating 60 different lights at night; 24-hour security.
The square is strategically located next to the Walter Plantz Tender Jetty which connects to the boardwalk/beach promenade, Down Street and Front Street which allows for a broader distribution flow of passengers.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Walter Plantz Square.