Update: More questions by Frances at the end of this post.
Hello, My name is Frances and my son is currently studying at the medical school.
I would dearly love to see his smiling face over Christmas. I was also going to book a visit to the island in February. Unfortunately with the destruction of Princess Juliana airport on St. Maarten and the halting of Winair flights and the destruction of your port after Maria I am at a loss as to how one would get on or off your island.
Apparently West Jet contacted an acquaintance of mine to cancel their November flight to St. Maarten and informed her they would probably not be returning to St. Maarten until April.
Can you forward my query to the appropriate islanders who may have answers to my question which restated is: “How do we get on or off the island?”
Thanks a ton!!
Some more questions from Frances:
This is Frances again asking more questions regarding the recovery of your island’s economy.
I would imagine your island’s recovery will be based upon re-establishing transportation between the larger islands and your own little gem. I have yet to have the opportunity to visit so am unfamiliar with the infrastructure of the island.
Electricity was re-established very quickly and I understand this is because most of the electrical lines are underground and your communication towers survived both Irma and Maria. How do you generate that electricity? Is it diesel fuel? How are you getting supplied with that fuel?
Is the Dutch government sending military helicopters to bring in supplies? How are you keeping your stores stocked with food and other necessities? If you aren’t getting supplies what are all the residents eating?
Is there an island government council that is dedicated to the efforts of re-establishing travel arrangements to and from the island? If one exists is there any way the paper could publish updates on their progress or provide a website we could access to follow this progress?
How long do you think it will take to rebuild the port? How long to repair the airport?
Are there any residents who lost their homes?
Does the local council liaison with the school?
We wish your island a speedy recovery and know our thoughts and prayers are with you while you rebuild.
I would be most grateful to any of the residents who post responses to any of these questions!
Thanks again, Frances