CUPECOY, Sint Maarten – The Economic Inspection Department (TEZVT) that falls under the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication (Ministry TEATT), along with several other government entities from various ministries carried out recently a multidisciplinary control of a hotel property in Cupecoy.
A Cabinet official remarked that this control of a hotel resort is the first of its kind, and that additional controls will be forthcoming in the coming months.
Approximately 40 controllers, inspectors, and officers made an unexpected control of Sapphire Beach Club & Resort. The group comprised of officials from the Ministries of General Affairs, Justice, Public Health, Social Development & Labour, Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure, and the Social Insurance and Health Agency (SZV).
The action was prompted after the Economic Inspection Department (TEZVT) received a number of complaints from tenants, timeshare and condominium owners. TEZVT carried out further research and after several inter-ministerial discussions, the control date was set.
TEZVT was informed that tenants had informed the owners about the issues at hand, but no action was taken.
The survey of the property revealed exposed wires; waste water in the basement; mildew and mold; and possibly sewage water. All fractions have been carefully documented. The control took basically the entire day. Two undocumented persons were found on site.
The situation that was discovered at the property was totally unacceptable. The hotel leaves a lot to be desired where it concerns its maintenance and safety program. A massive renovation is needed of the building in order to address the issues that were discovered.
The safety of clients staying at the property and of employees working is the top priority of Government, and it just makes good business sense to make sure your property is up to par.
TEZVT will actively control business for violations and there will be consequences for infractions of the law. Hotel properties are on our radar and every business has to comply with the law.
TEZVT will continue along with other ministries and government entities in their efforts of controlling businesses to ensure that compliance to existing rules, regulations and or norms are adhered to.
Controls are an important aspect of government and it ensures that the playing field is levelled for all operating in the market. In addition, it ensures that businesses and the environment can live and co-exist peacefully and prosperously.
Businesses are requested to make sure that they have their paperwork in order and ready for display when EID controllers request such during economic activity control activities.
EID activities are governed by the license country regulation (1963 no.28) and the island regulation of 15 April 1976 in implementation of Article 8.