PHILIPSBURG:---- Based on a walk through and a discussion with the seniors of Belvedere Red Cross Senior Homes, I followed up on my word to address the issues and concerns affecting the seniors at Belvedere.
The seniors complained about the overgrown bush which attracts rats, the tall palm trees and the homes which need maintenance and lights. Overgrown bush also causes mosquito’s to breed because water can get trapped into containers leading to mosquito breeding. We have to prevent mosquito borne diseases.
The issues and concerns of the seniors I brought forward to the Minister of VROMI as well as to St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation. The homes need attention where it concerns maintenance. The hurricane shutters also need maintenance and some of them is not opening, and their gazebo need a light so they can see at night.
I would like Minister Angel Meyers to get the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation moving on the matter of maintenance for all the homes in the Belvedere housing complex. A structured plan needs to be put into place. A clean-up is also needed for the homes of Union Farm, Belvedere, Foga, The Keys and Cole Bay.
As a Member of Parliament, I will be championing the sales of the Foga and Duplex homes again since the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation has the new part of the Foga and Hope Estate land in long lease by Government.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank the Fire Department, NV GEBE and Ministry VROMI for providing equipment and manpower for the clean-up. A special thank you to Troy Dormoy and the Green Diamond boys from Dutch Quarter for always being there providing their service and giving back to their community.