Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2019

Mullet Bay to take center stage

The parliamentary inquiry proposal submitted by member of Parliament Rolando Brison as faction leader of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) aims to shed light on the decades long pressing question of the ownership structure of the Mullet Bay properties, especially in regards to the ownership of the world-renowned Mullet Bay beach itself.

The majority of the lands on St. Maarten have been privately owned. Initially owned by land owners who were not slave masters, but who leased their properties to plantation owners. These plantation estates where later sold to wealthy people on St. Maarten and St. Martin and to many foreigners from abroad. Even many of these estates that were inherited by locals ended up in the hands of wealthy foreigners. The result is that today St. Maarten people owns very little of this island.

The very little that is still owned by the people of St. Maarten is domain land. The beaches of St. Maarten are technically domain land. However, many property owners of land that borders on the beaches of St. Maarten lay claim to these beaches and its waters. This is same for the Mullet Bay beach property as well.

If there is one thing that we look forward to seeing being resolved once and for all with this Mullet Bay parliamentary inquiry to be chaired by MP Rolando Brison is the issue of the ownership of and the public access to the beaches of St. Maarten. For that we commend MP Brison and fully support his efforts in this endeavor.

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Mullet Bay parliamentary inquiry-proposal to Parliament

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Image caption: Iconic image of the once flourishing Mullet Bay Resort captured and enshrined forever in this postcard of the world famous Mullet Bay beach.