SMMTA requests town hall meeting with Harbour about Simpson Bay and Lagoon

SIMPSON BAY – The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) President Brian Deher has forwarded a letter to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Port St. Maarten Mark Mingo requesting a meeting with him and his executive management team regarding the proposed transfer of Simpson Bay and the Simpson Bay Lagoon to the Port.

Port St. Maarten had publicly stated this week that it welcomes dialogue with the SMMTA and that the Port’s door is always open.

The letter to Port St. Maarten’s CEO Mingo says: “Based on your expressed openness and willingness to meet with the SMMTA we hereby request an urgent meeting with you and the relevant members of your team to discuss the proposed transfer of Simpson Bay and the Simpson Bay Lagoon to the Port.”

The letter further proposes that the meeting be held in a town hall style setting at the Simpson Bay Community Center or an alternative venue and that the general public and the media be invited to attend and participate.

It further states in the letter, “As both the Port and the SMMTA’s interest are aligned in ‘Promoting St. Maarten as one of the premier marine destinations in the Caribbean’ we are eager to make sure that everyone understands the opportunities and threats affecting our industry and this island.”

Copies of the letter have been sent to Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Ingrid Arrindell, the Council of Ministers, the Ombudsman and the media.

A copy of letter can be viewed here.