Advice on limiting traffic congestion in Simpson Bay during Regatta. Additional Simpson Bay Bridge Openings

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Advice on limiting traffic congestion in Simpson Bay during Regatta. Additional Simpson Bay Bridge Openings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Thursday, March 03, 2016

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management wishes all participants and visitors to the 36th Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta a safe and enjoyable event.

The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority would like to advise motorists in connection with the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta activities in the Simpson Bay area during the next few days, to avoid passing through the aforementioned area if heading to the Airport/Maho/Beacon Hill/Low Lands, and/or for those heading to Cole Bay/Philipsburg, to use the Causeway Bridge instead.  This would help with lessening traffic congestion in the Simpson Bay area. 


Additional bridge openings in connection with the regatta are as follows: Friday, 8.00AM; Friday, 6.00PM; Saturday, 8.00AM; Sunday, 8.00AM.


Secondly, motorists are advised to pay attention to the bridge STOP LIGHTS and BOOMS, and to respect and observe the aforementioned once they have been activated alerting motorists that the bridge will be opening.  This is in the interests of safety for motorists.


At the Walter Plantz Square, there will be a “Special Fireball Friday” dance party which starts at 5.00pm and roll on to 1.00am.    

Come Rock your night away with the ladies of sound DJ Colayshan, DJ Lil R and non-other than House DJ, the party Rocker DJ EM!!!


There will be performances by Singing Olivia, Keila Michelle, Roxxy, Lolita and Guest Performance by The one, the only Shadowman!


At the Walter Plantz Square, you will also have the opportunity to patronize three restaurants – Irie Gardens, Lay Back Bar & Grill, Oranje Café – that would have great drink specials along with great dinning all night. It’s Walter & Heineken – Make sure you are there; can you say WALTER!!!!


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About Port St. Maarten

Port St. Maarten comprises of 13 companies responsible for most of the country’s maritime activities.  The operations at Port St. Maarten can be summarized into four pillars of Cruise, Cargo, Yachting and Real Estate.  The Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities catered to over 1.9 million cruise passengers in 2015, and has since 2010 been receiving more than 1.5 million annually.  The cargo facilities have led to a steady growth in containerized business making the island a hub for the North Eastern Caribbean where it concerns transshipment services.  The port caters to the Giga yachts and vessels providing berthing and fueling services to this sector.  Port St. Maarten also owns and manages a wide range of commercial real estate across the country. 

Port St. Maarten is a modern, well equipped and secure port facilitythat is operated and managed by a dedicated professional staff.  Visit our website for further or call +1 721 542-8503 or 8504,