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Breaking News on Aruba
So what’s been happening on Aruba this past week?
Well a lot of new developments have taken place, let’s start with…
Protest Against Bringing Down Bushiri Hotel
The minister of infrastructure, recently announced that the old bushiri hotel will be brought down within 2 months.
There’s talks of constructing a new hotel, a recreational area for locals and a public beach.
However opposing parliament members don’t agree with the decision.
According to opposing party members, bringing down the hotel is destruction of capital.
Instead of bringing down the building, they find that the minister of infrastructure should do a study to find a better use for the building.
They recommended to transform the building into a nursing home for elderly people.
There’s many speculation to what’s going to happen to bushiri once it’s gone.
Hard rock hotel wanted to build, but couldn’t meet the financial requirements. Then Hyatt wanted to take over the building, but the government denied their petition.
I’m not sure what the plans are going to be exactly for the hotel.
But let’s see if the government is going to do what they promised – bring down the building.
Or if this is just another election stunt to get votes.
Taking Down a Crane
The giant crane next to cruise port is going to be toppled.
It was built in 1983, but in the recent years it hasn’t been used anymore and is taking up valuable space on the port.
There has been many attempts to pull down the giant crane, but it still stands tall.
If you want to watch the toppling, you can do so on Aruba ports webcam – portarubawebcam.com
Bring Back The Wheel Clamp
Kiosk owners near royal plaza mall want the government to re-implement the wheel clamp.
Because they are starting to see their sales drop (almost 40%) – since the wheel clamp has been removed.
According to the kiosk owners, locals are occupying all the parking spots, leaving no space for visitors to park their rental car – as a result they don’t get clients.
There isn’t an official law yet to sanction those who park their cars incorrectly, so Aruparking can’t enforce any fines as a sanction. All they can do is tow your car, if you parked incorrectly(in yellow marked spaces, or on the sidewalk).
Not only the kiosk owners are being affected by this situation, but all the stores near the area of royal plaza are feeling the effect.
However, the store owners located in the main-street are happy that the wheel clamp is no longer being used, because it was one of the factors that stopped people from going in the main-street.
So what is the government going to do about the parking situation near royal plaza to help kiosk owners that sell Aruban souvenirs?
New Judicial Policy
The minister of justice presented a new policy judicial policy for the next 3 years.
The new policy focuses on creating peace, safety and security in local communities.
Also to add more integrity within all the departments of justice, and a new plan of approach to help addicts.
Before this new judicial policy, the minister of justice focused on…
- Reducing cases of violence
- Creating special programs for youths involved in crime
- Combating burglaries and robberies.
- Traffic Safety
- Increasing fine rates
- And educating the public how they can protect their self against crime.
During a press conference the minister of justice mentioned that the majority of crimes committed on the island, are from people who entered Aruba illegally. That’s why he introduced ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) a few months ago to control and safeguard Aruba’s frontiers.
Soon everyone who wants to visit Aruba (except Dutch nationalities) has to register before entering Aruba.
According to the minister of justice, the new ESTA form will help decrease undesirable (and undocumented) travelers to Aruba, who don’t have any good intentions.
The government is still working on the new travel system, but it will be officially introduced in September (2017).
Update on Toronto Suspect
A few weeks ago “Toronto murder suspect” Michael Teddy Gibson made international headlines when he got arrested during a police car chase.
He is being suspected of murdering a Canadian visitor in the district of Jaburibari.
There are more suspects in regards to the Jaburibari murder case (a total of 8), however 7 of them were recently released.
The only person still caught in the mix is Michael Teddy Gibson.
All the other 7 suspects were present during the crime, but according to investigation they had nothing to do with it and were released.
The investigation is still ongoing, and I’m not sure what’s going to happen to Michael – whether he’s going to be incarcerated here or deported to Canada.
Insel Air is in a very sticky situation at the moment….
The airline owes more than 30 million dollars to a total of 240 creditors.
They also still need to pay their employees for the past 4 months – which adds up to almost a million dollars.
They haven’t been making any money recently, and have been banned to fly to certain areas.
A judge gave insel air protection against bankruptcy. But, the same judge added an ultimatum recently for the company to pay their debts (June 7, 2017) or present a plan to “restart” the airline company.
If they don’t pay or have a plan to make things better financially – insel air will be declared bankrupt.
New Flights To Aruba
Sun Country Airlines announced new seasonal flights to Aruba starting from December 23 , 2017 until April 8, 2018.
The flights will be weekly (on Saturdays) from St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis.
This is good news for those who want another option to fly direct to Aruba.
If I was you I would start checking airfare prices and book as soon as possible, because your trip to Aruba can’t come soon enough 🙂
Pos Chiquito Road
On May 22, 2017 until May 27, 2017 the main road at the roundabout from pos chiquito will be closed.
This will be done to restore the small bridge that people use to cross near the roundabout.
The bridge is deteriorated and is very dangerous, it could fall anytime and hurt someone.
All traffic coming from Oranjestad will be deviated from the roundabout.
So if you’re on the island during these dates, you need to follow the road signs to visit the east side of the island (baby beach, Rodgers beach, zeerover and all other popular spots).
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Aruba Tourism Authority recently placed free WiFi on the island, to enhance your experience during your vacations. Now when you take a picture or record a video, you don’t have to wait to get to the hotel to share it, you can do it right then and there – for free!
The locations where WiFi have been added are…
- Eagle Beach
- Mangel Halto Beach
- Casibari Rock Formation
- Plaza Turismo
Arts & Crafts Workshop
There’s a workshop you can attend at an art gallery store in San Nicolas called Cosecha.
The workshop focuses on conscious discipline, where all participants will learn to make a “Job Board” to help create responsibilities for their children.
This workshop is for parents, care takers, teachers, and anyone who wants to learn how to consciously discipline a child.
It’s on May 23, 2017 and starts from 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM.
Entrance for this workshop is $20.00 – if you want to register send an email to email@example.com
Read more about Cosecha and local art here.
Wine & Food Pairing Dinner
There’s going to be a wine & food pairing dinner at El Faro Blanco restaurant.
The wines introduced during this event are from Ruffino, made in Italy.
Dinner will take place on May 26, 2017 starting from 6.30 PM (right before sunset).
Price to attend this event will be $66.00 – if you’re interested send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The dress code for this event is casual.
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Would like to learn Papiamento,but there are no classes offered. Online has some,but not enough.
Maybe I should put up some papiamento courses online, would that be a good idea? 🙂
Regarding the parking near the kiosks, why don’t the authorities make those parking spaces for “V” plates only … “A” plates will be towed … that seems to be a fairly simple solution … otherwise “A” plate drivers are going to park wherever it is most convenient for them to go to work in town … or, an earlier suggestion (more expensive) that I will repeat is that the government should build a parking garage for in-town employees only.
Perhaps they can establish time limits for parking near the kiosks. Signs say One-hour Parking and then offenders are towed away. Or install parking meters that only allow for one or two-hours of time to be purchased. It would be very inconvenient to leave work every hour or two to put more money in the meter.
Wasn’t there at shooting outside the bar at the mill?
Where can I rent a cheap keep. We are here now and I know you talked about it in the past. Greatly appreciated
That is a Great Idea Esther..Another great idea would be to turn the Area where all the containers use to set into Arubian only Parking lot.. Its a quick walk or bus ride into town.. Thus less congestion in Town. Just a thought.