Published On: Tue, Nov 8th, 2016

PM Marlin calls for parliament meeting about Captain Oliver’s

GREAT BAY – Prime Minister William Marlin has requested the Chairman of Parliament MP Claret Connor to convene an urgent meeting of parliament to discuss the ongoing problems at the Captain Oliver’s Marina in Oyster Pond.

Marlin said that up to Sunday evening no response was received from the Préfète Déléguée of St. Barths and St. Martin Anne Laubies. The PM said that he will be calling on the President of the Collectivité Aline Hanson to ensure that the French authorities adhere to agreements made at the quadripartite about the border at Oyster Pond.

Marlin said that it had been agreed upon that the status quo would be maintained until parties have come to an agreement. All the water area at the Oyster Pond has always been part of the Dutch side. Captain Oliver’s has a business license from the Dutch side, has several parcels of water rights from the Dutch side and pays taxes to the Dutch side.

Marlin is calling for a peaceful resolution to the issue to maintain the peaceful relationship between the peoples of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. The prime minister hopes that Connor would convene the meeting as soon as possible so that members of parliament would be informed of the situation at the Oyster Bay Marina and the growing unrest that the actions of the French authorities are causing.