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Editorial - A fair chance

Today's report on the Gumbs cabinet's approval of the Master Plan for the St. Maarten Quarter project of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) means the mega investment of US $120 million most probably will become a reality. That won't please everybody, particularly not animal activists who object to the envisioned aquarium and reef pool with sharks and rays sections.

Downtown merchants too probably will have some concerns, as they did when a shopping area first was opened inside the cruise terminal. On that occasion at least a few local businesses were able to obtain store space at the facility, which in this case, of course, would depend on the developer.

At the same time benefits look promising, starting with an estimated 250 jobs to be created during the 2½-year construction period and more than 400 after completion. In addition to "world class brands in retail, hospitality, dining and entertainment" as well as a zip-line attraction and yacht slips, the plans feature a four-star 200-room brand-name hotel with infinity pool, conference rooms, fitness centre and spa.

For years there has been talk of the desire for "something new and interesting" in terms of visitor accommodations to help keep the destination "on the tourism map" and this venture certainly appears to meet that need. It also fits into efforts to promote home-porting by cruise ships that carry 500-1,000 passengers following trials with smaller boats of 150-300, which in turn will promote charter flights and produce other on-island earnings.

Perhaps most important, it involves private capital and entails no known risk to government or its harbour company, which made the land available in light of its own financing arrangements with RCCL. As pointed out before, taking all this into account one would be hard-pressed to oppose such an opportunity.

Progress rarely comes without a cost, while even positive change usually is met by resistance and takes some getting used to. Readers who are old enough will remember, for example, the "Save Our Beach" protest against Boardwalk Boulevard, which turned out to be a very rewarding initiative in the end, particularly to some of its most outspoken critics in terms of the value of their coastal property.

Some adjustments still may be possible, but in general people would do well to give this project a fair chance.

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