PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -- Roy Marlin, St. Maarten's commissioner
of public works, initiated a clean-up campaign on the island.
The initiative includes the improvement of roads and
"What I have tried to do and what I think I am achieving is
cleaning up the main driving areas and making necessary road
repairs," according to Marlin.
Car wrecks are being removed and overgrown bushes in the areas
bordering roads are being cut.
Marlin also is working on alleviating the traffic congestion on
the island. Construction of bypass roads is part of the effort to
cope with increasing traffic.
The first bypass road, which takes drivers from the main
shopping area of Philipsburg to Cayhill, then back to the main
road, opened a few months ago.
Long-term goals include the construction of seven of these
On the public beaches, the commissioner aims to create more
shady areas, walking paths and facilities to dispose of
Mullet Bay beach, one of the best known on the island, has been
at the top of the clean-up list. Dead trees are being chopped down,
and the beach is being sprayed to get rid of pests.
Other initiatives are scheduled to be under way by the start of
the winter season.