SIMPSON BAY–The detention facilities in Simpson Bay were re-opened for use this past Friday. The building suffered damage from Hurricane Irma in September and had been in need of repairs prior to the storm.
The Ministry of Justice made use of the opportunity to complete the necessary repairs. During a brief ceremony held at the facilities, Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman thanked the Dutch military group Genie for their assistance and cooperation in getting the facilities ready for use.
The Genie made repairs to the roof, the camera system, the bathrooms and beds. The Minister thanked the Genie on behalf of the Government and the people of St. Maarten.
“I thank you for your assistance during these trying times. You have worked tirelessly, not only here at this facility, but you were seen on rooftops, at schools and other places around the island. It showed good cooperation,” said Boasman.
He invited the Genie to visit St. Maarten again, not for hurricane repairs, but as tourists. On behalf of the Marines, Dutch Army engineer Sergeant Mark handed over the keys to Boasman, who turned them over to facility directors Wilfred Williams and Steven Carty.
Present at the short ceremony were Minister of Justice Boasman, facility directors Wilfred and Carty, Minister’s Cabinet representatives Len Dijkstra, Khalil Revan and Fernando Clark, and the Dutch Army engineers.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/70552-simpson-bay-jail-re-opened-friday