Government takes control of carnival organization

PHILIPSBURG -- The organization of carnival will from now on be under the control of a newly established St. Maarten Carnival and Planning Committee it appears from the restructuring policy for carnival published in the National Gazette. The policy marks the end of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) as the entity that has been responsible More...

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