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The Daily Herald – Boardwalk Boulevard now closed to all motorized traffic

Boardwalk Boulevard is officially off-limits to vehicles and motorcycles.

PHILIPSBURG – Justice Minister Anna Richardson has granted the St. Maarten KPSM Police request for permission to place 77 new road signs in Philipsburg. As soon as it is clear to motorists what is allowed and what is not, the police will take enforcement action and issue fines.

By ministerial decree of November 17, a total of 29 decisions were taken concerning Front Street and Boardwalk Boulevard, as well as the lanes between the two, in order to avoid parking nuisances and potentially dangerous and inconvenient situations for all traffic participants.

One of the decisions concerns the placement of signs at the start and end of Boardwalk Boulevard, and at two places in between, indicating that access to the boardwalk is prohibited to all motorized traffic.

In the aisles that give access to Boardwalk Boulevard, there will be signs indicating that it is forbidden to enter with vehicles and bicycles. Some dead-end streets near Walter Plantz Square and downtown Horizon View Hotel must be marked with road signs as parking areas.

KPSM submitted a request to the Minister of Justice four months ago to be allowed to place traffic signs in Philipsburg. The August 11 petition was explained orally by the traffic police on September 23. The Minister was informed of the considerable nuisance associated with parking in Philipsburg due to the inappropriate use of pedestrian paths as parking space. Police have also reported potentially dangerous situations for local residents, contractors and tourists.

KPSM said obstacles and dangers could be avoided by installing traffic signs.

“The closure of a large number of streets to all vehicles creates a more pleasant and safer environment for pedestrians,” said KPSM, stressing that the installation of signs increases the possibilities for the police and the Tourism Inspectorate. , Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) in order to be able to take coercive measures against parking nuisances and dangerous situations in the center of Philipsburg. A total of 77 road signs will be added in Philipsburg.

Sisalsteeg, across from the downtown cemetery on Front Street, will have a parking sign.

Praktizijnsteeg, opposite, will be a one-way street, with a direction from Front Street to Back Street.

Schijnwerkerssteeg near Walter Plantz Square will be designed for parking. The parking spaces on Front Street near Walter Plantz will officially become taxi ranks, four or five in total.

The frequently used Pompsteeg next to the Sea Palace Hotel will be closed to all traffic. Signs must be placed on both sides by order of the police. The same goes for Scheepsbouwsteeg.

Smidsteeg between Front Street and Back Street will receive a parking sign. Due to a blockade at the halfway point, this lane is already used for parking.

Speelsteeg, Loodssteeg, Afloopsteeg, Apotheeksteeg and Van Romondtsteeg will be banned from all traffic.

Wathey Square is now only accessible to emergency vehicles.

Kerksteeg, Pastoriesteeg and Rinksteeg will be closed to traffic. As there is a private parking lot in the middle of Rinksteeg, the first sign is not placed at the Front Street-Rinkstreet intersection but halfway past the entrance to the parking lot.

Four unnamed streets between Front Street and Boardwalk Boulevard in the area between Rinksteeg and Kanaalsteeg are also closed to traffic.

At the end of Front Street, near the Diamond Casino, there will be six signs indicating taxi ranks.

Front Street sidewalk parking is a big concern, Justice Minister Anna Richardson said. “Parking on sidewalks is still prohibited and, therefore, a ‘no parking’ sign on sidewalks is not required to impose a fine on the owner or operator of a vehicle. However, the addition of signs in which no parking on the sidewalks and parking is allowed only in official parking spaces is explicitly communicated will further raise awareness among the general public. “

In the area from Stillesteeg / Tamarindesteeg to Schoolsteeg, a total of four traffic signs prohibiting parking / waiting will be placed, with a sign below “Parking permitted only in official parking spaces”. In the area from Schoolsteeg to Kanaalsteeg, a total of eight identical signs will be placed on the sidewalks.

Parking violations on Front Street could cost motorists dearly over the next 10 weeks. Until January 31, 2022, Philipsburg, Maho and other “tourism hot spots” face a significantly higher fine for parking infractions.

The fine for illegally parked vehicles has been dropped from NAF. 50 to NAF. 150 (US $ 83). The increase, announced two days before Thanksgiving, applies during peak peak season for Caribbean cruises.

The move is part of a joint effort by the prosecution and the KPSM to improve traffic flow and increase road safety during busy vacation and tourism periods, the prosecution said in a press release.

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