The tourist market spanning from behind the Courthouse to the old Fire Department to across from RBC Bank is no more. The kiosks of Philipsburg Marketplace are being knocked down “due to unsanitary, unsafe and deplorable conditions” following Hurricane Irma, said Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher.

Most of the kiosks are “beyond repair. Some are close to tipping over, thus creating a public hazard, while parts of the kiosks were also removed by persons to use as construction material elsewhere. Rodents had also become a problem,” said the Minister. The Ministry is “discussing a plan for the area as well as relocating of vendors.”

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