GREAT BAY – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, through the help of its members, American University of the Caribbean (AUC) students, many volunteers and several local businesses completed the refurbishment of its last remaining bus stop shelter in PointE Blanche. According to the President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten John Caputo, “This last remaining bus stop shelter was built on a bare and treeless road to PointE Blanche during the 1985 – 1986 Rotary year when our Club was led by Past President and former Lt. Governor Max Pandt. Over the years, road patterns changed and this bus stop shelter is the last remaining shelter of its kind”.
Today, the PointE Blanche bus stop shelter is used less frequently as a bus stop, but now serves as a visible monument to Rotary International, as millions of visitors to St. Maarten walk or ride by, either coming or going, to the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise Ship Facility. President Caputo added, “Over the years countless Rotarians, residents and local businesses have helped maintain the bus stop shelter. I would like to recognize Immediate Past President Henna Budhrani for getting this project off the ground, Past Assistant Governor Stephen Thompson for his dedication and drive to get this project to fruition, along with significant contributions from former Rotarian, Bob McDonough, of Greenfingers, and the team from Sherwin Williams St. Maarten for their donation of paint, materials and supplies. The new signage at the bus stop shelter was made locally by Tim Salt of Signs and Designs, and will welcome our many cruise ship visitors”.