AIRPORT:--- Several tourists were seen stranded and making noise on Thursday afternoon when they could not find a taxi working for the Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Association (DSTA) to take them back to the cruise facility in Pointe Blanche. The tourists that were seen in a video which is posted under this article bought the band offered by DSTA to take them to Sunset Beach Bar. The package that is sold on board cost $16 per person. However, only members of the DSTA could take the tourists back to the cruise ship since the $16 covers fare to go to Sunset Beach and return. It appears that the DSTA members dropped off the tourists at Sunset and then went on tours where they make more monies and basically abandoned those they took to the other end of the island.
Several other taxis that were at the location refused to take the tourists back to the cruise facilities.
SMN News already wrote an article on the ongoing dispute with non-members of DSTA who complained that work was being taken away from them by the DSTA with government’s approval.