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Fools and Trees!


Strange title for my little blog, right? Well, we have lots of fools here on St Maarten unfortunately and not so many trees any more, thanks to the fools..

"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir

Such is the case of the latest "chop down the tree" scenario on our island.
It seems that "they" would rather chop down trees rather than try to save them.

Once upon a time...
Once upon a time there was a cute little bar on the boardwalk in Philipsburg called Get Wet Bar. This bar was owned by people who were kind to nature and animals.  The bar looked like this.  (Photos courtesy of Fran Levitt)

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Now it looks like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (photos courtesy of Jadira Veen)

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Why you must be asking right now. Why?
Well, only the fools know for sure.
It seems to be a long saga involving a family feud, the bar owners losing their lease, and money!
Ah yes, money. It's always about money, isn't it?
Greed!  Nothing but greed! Greed and disrespect for our environment.
Those trees have been growing there for years, providing shade  and beauty. They have survived hurricanes but they can't survive the work of fools! Fools by the name of Bishop, so I understand.

Unfortunately our government has never enacted proper laws or ordinances protecting trees and nature. Everything can be filled in or chopped down on the island for the sake of development. Everything can and everything has been.

I am so disgusted I am beyond words.

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( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 29th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
thinking about...
Artist, s2k
Nov. 1st, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
I totally sympathise with you because I feel the same when I see trees being cut down. It makes me so mad!
Mar. 18th, 2015 01:57 am (UTC)
it is indeed a shame that it happand amd so sad.fools indeed.
Apr. 10th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
The trees
That is a sad commentary on a community to destroy its natural beauty.

I also read your blog on another site and wondered if you could give me a link to the photos of old St Maarten, provided by Philipe.

Please email me at bcmurphymo@gmail.com

Sep. 29th, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
I was just there for a week and I believe that the island is one of the biggest shitholes I have ever been too. Will never return. A complete waste of money. And I travel a lot . Been to a lot of nasty islands........
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