• From Dave Levenstone on Committee of Kingdom Relations dissattisfied with Governements progress

    I want to agree with Mr. Vernon Hassell fully that the time that it takes is way to long to get people registered that can come in to work. I can agree that the process should be well outlined and the period has to be shorten as it is very detrimental to any business place or person and it holds up the development of the island. I must say that for sure I am against this whole process being transferred fully to the Executive Council because I can foresee political favoritism being played. There has to be some form of control by a higher body. The office on Bonaire ahs to be reminded that for certain positions we do not have people sitting on a wall or under a tree waiting to get employed. The whole IND issue needs to be handled from Saba and not from Bonaire. When Saba opted to become part of Holland it was meant for direct ties (Saba-Holland-Saba) not ties that has to go through a third party. I differ though with Mr. Hassell when he says that the Dutch Government should send us some good hard working Dutch laborers. Let us keep it regionally and bring in our brothers and sisters from the Caribbean region, they has proven themselves here on Saba with the beautiful buildings that they has built.

    2019/06/18 at 9:02 am
  • From Emily on Tourist Office requests your lights on, Sunday evening May 26

    The Tourist Office requested that for ONE evening for 3 hours! They’re not asking people to leave on their lights every night or regularly. Having Saba on Google maps can also assist in promoting Saba.

    2019/06/14 at 9:03 am
  • From Vernon Hassell on Committee of Kingdom Relations dissattisfied with Governements progress

    I agree with these guys. The frustration in dealing with Government to get permits to bring workers from other islands is insane! We have been waiting 6 months now on work permits for laborers and semi skilled workers. In the Netherlands of course you can go to the other town or city and find the workers you need. On Saba forget it there is nobody to find in the other “towns and cities”. So you have to go to other islands but of course you cannot just bring workers to Saba like that. The vetting process takes so long you would think you are trying to bring in members of ISIS.
    We are far behind on projects and risk getting fines for not completing the jobs on time but of course this does not interest the Government. Maybe instead of sending all these civil servants to put up road blocks for the private sector on Saba the Dutch Government should send us some good hardworking Dutch laborers 🙂

    2019/06/13 at 12:34 pm
  • From Eric on Saba features in Forbes magazine

    From someone who adores Saba, and who visits every year for at least a week by saving every penny I can, this aggressive marketing push over the past months only worries me.

    So many places much larger than Saba have been irrevocably damaged by over-tourism, with the smallest suffering most catastrophically (i.e. Venice, which has been swallowed).

    I can’t claim to know how hard it is to make a living on this island, but through discussions with Sabans in all walks of life during my visits, and learning something of their struggles (including surviving the devastation of Irma and Maria), I still think there is a sweet spot in terms of marketing where a place can retain its culture, natural beauty, and sense of seclusion – all the characteristics that make it so attractive and unique in the first place – and not succumb to greed. Because once things reach a certain point, there is no turning back.

    It strikes me as sad, for instance, that “vloggers” who swoop in and out of Saba to ultimately win views on their website or youtube channel are treated as saviours of the island (this is at least how a recent article came across to me), when it’s the quiet visitors who deeply love and respect Saba, and return to it time and time again, who are the ones who should be most appreciated and nurtured.

    The most upsetting of all is the tragic paradox of promoting a location such as Saba as a “secret”. Because once a secret is shared, it’s not a secret anymore. And the magic rapidly begins to wear off. Iceland, for example, is guilty of this. It has lost so much of itself as a result.

    Secrets are meant to be kept, or shared very carefully with those who will take care of them. If Saba is gentle and humble in its marketing of itself, it will not only see more and more tourists who are visiting for the right reasons, but there will be some control, and a sense of pride, in how this is accomplished. The last thing this island needs is to be discovered by celebrities and youtubers as a sort of “trophy location”. In my opinion, it’s too small to bear this and survive.

    Probably this is just a silly overreaction. I truly only want the best for Saba, so perhaps it’s time it opens its doors a bit wider to the world. I just think care needs to be taken, and I hope that Saba continues to take care of what matter most, which is the preservation of Saba, and Sabans, and Saban culture. In the long run, this should be all that matters.

    I’ll be back soon, dear Saba.

    Eric (Canada).
    P.S. I’ve posted this under another article as well; please forgive the repetition. 🙂

    2019/06/01 at 11:58 am
  • From Christine Nolan on Saba features in Forbes magazine

    I would love to visit Saga.

    2019/05/28 at 10:29 pm
  • From Dirk on Saba features in Forbes magazine

    Would be nice if you would mention the other places she visited as well! Instead of naming them ‘high-quality restaurants’ all those restaurants have a name! Just like you name Juliana’s!!!!!

    2019/05/28 at 5:11 pm
  • From René Caderius van Veen on Tourist Office requests your lights on, Sunday evening May 26

    This is a questionable proposal from the side of the Tourist Office. The majority of the tourists who are visiting and enjoying Saba are definitely not in favour of much lights in the evening and at night. On the contrary: they are fleeing from cities where the sky is never dark, where you don’t see the stars anymore because of the lights in cities and even in larger villages.

    2019/05/24 at 8:39 pm
  • From Vernon Hassell on Saba Electric Company requests attention for placing your garbage bins

    Only on Saba do I see all the orange and green garbage cans proudly displayed in front of peoples home.

    In Florida we are not so proud of our garbage so we have it hidden behind out house or at least of sight.

    When I take a picture of Saba I always get a garbage can….or… a goat :).

    2019/05/24 at 9:48 am
  • From Peter Henk on Island Council had positive meeting with ZVK

    The mentioned problem issues have been around for much longer. And a better recovery was promised much earlier. This recovery sooner has a negative effect for Saba. It is also a shame that ZVK Bonaire has not taken the trouble to inform the residents and government of Saba in a targeted and customer-oriented manner about matters of decisions that ZVK Bonaire has taken. You can not call this this good meeting. ZVK Bonaire does not comply with agreements and treats residents of Saba as second-rate. Get rid of this non-functioning ZVK organization. The State Secretary Paul Blokhuis and the responsible Ministry must be informed of this non-functioning ZVK Bonaire.
    A concerned resident of Saba.

    2019/05/22 at 10:27 am
  • From wilfred bergland on Continued investments in agriculture to provide healthy food, employment

    I love it, you are doing a good job.

    2019/05/22 at 12:27 am
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