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Dec, 7-21, 2007; Volume 14, Issue 37


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B onaire's 2008 budget is
projected to have a defi-
cit of NAf 25 million. However,
"the government will start taking
measures to arrive at a balanced
budged in 2011," declared Fi-
nance Commissioner Burney el
Hage. Compared to this year's
budget, the deficit was cut in half.
This was possible because some
major 2008 projects are being
financed by Dutch funds, like the
Social Economic Initiative (SEI),
Usona, and the European Union.
Next year must create more reve-
nue, and fewer expenses are fore-
cast. To do that, the Bonairean
government will employ fewer
consultants and collect taxes more
aggressively. Ground rent will
also go up. The fees for the ser-
vices that the government renders
to the private sector, different
taxes and assessments must also
increase. "This is the first budget
that is considered to conform with
agreements with the Netherlands
via the College of financial super-
vision (as part of the process lead-
ing up to integration with Hol-
land)," added El Hage.

Central Bank President
Emsley Tromp told members of
the Antillean Parliament last
Wednesday that the economy of
the Netherlands Antilles will
continue to grow, while the un-
employment figures will decline.
He reported that the total debt of
the Netherlands Antilles had kept
growing and had reached NAf 5.3
billion at the end of July, repre-
senting 84% of the Gross Domes-
tic Product. The growth projected
for the Antilles in 2008 has been
calculated at 2.6%. Tourism will
remain the most important genera-
tor of foreign exchange for the
Antilles, representing 33% of the
economy.

D Dutch Antilles Express
(DAE) cancelled all flights with
its Fokker 100 jets last week for
obligatory maintenance to the
engines on both planes. In addi-
tion one of its three ATR 42s was
in Texas also for maintenance.
DAE adjusted its schedule using
its two remaining ATR 42 prop-
jets with three flights per day to
Bonaire and three to Aruba. DAE


maintained one flight to Caracas
and one to Valencia. Flights
should be back to normal before
the holidays.

The Dutch Airline Newslet-
ter, Luchtvaart News, reported
that Delta Air Lines plans to
schedule a second weekly direct
flight, Atlanta-Bonaire. Non-
stop Delta flights are to begin on
February 9, 2008, every Saturday;
the new flight on Wednesday. The
plane leaves Atlanta at 10 am and
returns from Bonaire at 4 pm.

D For three minutes St.
Maarten shook from a 7.4 mag-
nitude earthquake last Thurs-
day. It was one of the strongest
earthquakes ever recorded in the
region. No tsunami followed as
the earthquake occurred deep
under the ocean 14 miles north-
northwest of Le Mome-Rouge,
Martinique, at a depth of 88.9
miles. On Martinique the earth-
quake lasted about 10 minutes. In
Nearby Guadeloupe at least one
death from falling masonry was
reported.

D Bonaire's wire-line phone
company, Telbo, is now offering
TV over its new fiber optic net-
work in selected areas of Bonaire.
Telbo's new television package,
MiTV, has programming similar
to TDS, the wireless "cable" sys-
tem, but has more Dutch channels.
For extra fees, six add on pack-
ages are available.

D A huge crowd welcomed St.
Nicolas last Saturday, when he
arrived on the waterfront. see the
story on page 11. The Fasiz Foun-
dation (Fundashon Ata Sanikolas
i Zwartepiet) organized the St.
Nicolas party, while SEBIKI as-
sisted with festivities in Wilhel-
mina Park.

D The winners of the first
three groups that participated
in the Tourism Awareness Pro-
gram were announced at Kas di
Arte on November 23. The third
prize, a voucher from MCB, went
to Rignald Marchena. The shared
second and first prize, two NAf 75
vouchers from Benetton, went to
Ana Francisca and Lloyd Obispo.


Harry Landwier won an i-Pod
shuffle from MCB for a poem on
Bonaire. Farid Ayubi and Harry
Landwier won the grand prizes,
trips to Aruba, for their essays
about what they think is unique in
Bonaire. Two winners from the
SGB and Jong Bonaire groups
also won an i-Pod. For reaction to
the TAP awards see the commen-
tary on page 6.

D The Natalee Holloway dis-
appearance in Aruba case is
back in the news. Last week the
three young men previously de-
tained as suspects Dutch stu-
dent Joran
van der
Sloot and
two Suri-
namese
brothers,
Satish and
Deepak
Kalpoe -
were ar-
rested,
this time
on suspicion of involvement in
voluntary manslaughter and caus-
ing serious bodily harm that re-
sulted in the death of Holloway.
After their being in jail briefly, a
judge released the Kalpoe broth-
ers for lack of evidence. Van der
Sloot remained in custody.
Holloway was last seen leaving
Carlos n' Charlie's nightclub with
the three men on May 30, 2005,
about 1:30 am, just hours before
she was scheduled to board a
plane home with high school
classmates celebrating their
graduation on Aruba. She was 18
at the time. Hundreds of volun-
teers, Aruban soldiers, police and
FBI agents spread out across the
island looking for her.
Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe
brothers were previously detained
on suspicion of taking part in her
death, but they denied involve-
ment, and after being jailed for
months they were released by a
judge for lack of evidence. Van
der Sloot, 20, was re-arrested in
the Netherlands last week, where
he was attending university.
Aruban authorities have been
criticized for their handling of the
case. At least 10 men have been
arrested and identified as suspects


either in Holloway's disappear-
ance or in an alleged cover-up. All
were questioned and released.
Aruba's criminal justice system
is based on Dutch law and is a
descendant of the Napoleonic
code. In Aruba, authorities' rea-
sonable suspicion that someone
knows about or is involved in a
crime is enough to make an arrest,
while magistrates investigate and
judges determine a suspect's guilt
or innocence. There are no jury
trials.

The Central Bank in Vene-
zuela announced that effective
January 1, 2008, a new cur-
rency will be introduced: the
"Strong Bolivar." This new cur-
rency is equal to the old one but it
has three zeroes fewer, which
means that 1,000 Bolivars will
equal 1 Strong Bolivar. The two
currencies will be in circulation
for a short period of time.

On Thursday morning 36
members of the Venezuelan
military led by a general in-
vaded Guyana's land and air-
space, blew up two Guyanese
mining dredges in the Cuyuni
River and made over flights in
two helicopters. The Guyana Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs issued a
protest about the incursions and
summoned the Venezuelan am-
bassador to a meeting at which the
Government of Guyana's grave
concerns were communicated.

Venezuelans voted in a
tightly contested referendum on
Sunday on whether to allow left-
wing President Hugo Chavez to
stay in power for as long as he
keeps winning elections or hand
him his first defeat at the polls.
The anti-American leader, who
has easily won one election after
another, lost by a narrow mar-
gin of 51% vs. 49%. Chavez
accepted the defeat. He had previ-
ously said a vote against him was
a vote for George Bush and the
USA.

The Bonaire Hygiene Ser-
vice has started spraying Bon-
aire neighborhoods to combat
the mosquito (Aedes aegypti) that
(Continued on page 4)


tPEPORTER

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories

Electricity From Nature 3
Coming Our Way' 5
LETTERS TAP, Cruise ships 6
Poor Hotel Prospects 7
Editorial -Why oppose big
development 7
Craane Sisters Business 9
New Pilot Training 9
Rent-a-Chef 9
FKPD Dream 10
Sea Turtle Success 10
IDC at Tropical Divers 10
Sanikolas Arrives 11
Cultural Landmarks 18
JanArt Kids Aid Shelter 19
Rescue Remedy 19
Indonesian Fundraiser 19
Tene Boneiru Plat 19

WEEKLY FEATURES
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Light & Motion Sensor
(Clear Blue Water News) 8
Sudoku 6
Biologist's Bubbles: 13
(Larval)
Sudoku Solution 12
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (Jessie) 19
Dining & Shopping
Guides 14
Tide Table 15
Reporter Masthead 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Geminid Meteor
Shower) 17
Stars 17
Picture Yourself With
The Reporter (NYC) 13

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B onaire, "Land of Sunshine
and Soft Winds" according
to its national anthem, will use
them to supply its energy needs for
the 21st century said Richard Hart,
Director of Bonaire Holding
Maatschappij which manages the
island's electric company, WEB.
The first step for this was taken
with the dedication of the first of
13 wind turbines. The turbine at
Sorobon, operating as a training
vehicle as well as supplying power
to the island for the past five
months, is operating above expec-
tations and replaces a smaller unit
installed over a decade ago that
never worked. The remaining 12
turbines will be placed near Bon-
aire's northeast coast at Morotin in
a "windmill park." Construction is
expected to begin within a month.
The turbines are just one link in
the chain that will give Bonaire
energy independence. The others
are a new biodiesel power plant
and grid connected home power
systems. The new 13 MW (million
watt) plant will be built adjacent to
the BOPEC oil transshipment fa-
cility on the northwest coast. The
existing Hato WEB plant will dis-
continue electricity production and
shift solely to converting sea water
to fresh water. Grid connection,
the newest addition to the plan,
according to Director Hart, will
allow homeowners who have solar
electric or wind turbines powering


BHM Director Richard Hart

their homes to sell their excess
power to WEB, a practice becom-
ing common in America and
Europe.
The entire project is scheduled to
be complete in two years, coming
on line in the third quarter of 2009.
Projections show that the cost of
electricity to Bonairean customers
should drop by 20%.
Initially to be powered by petro-
leum, the engines of the power
generators will switch to biodiesel
produced on Bonaire from algae
grown in an area near the Cargill
Salt Works. Cargill, currently not
part of the new energy partnership,
is working on a process to use
pond-grown algae as the biomass
for deriving biodiesel much as
corn or sugarcane is used.
The investment to do all this is
more than $130 million to be pro-
vided by private investors in return
for the 15-year power purchase


The power panel of the Sorobon wind turbine shows it's produc-
ing 297 kWof electricity (enough for about 100 homes) in 20
knot winds. The Morotin turbines are three times more powerful.
It has run more than 4000 hours with better than 90% availability.


agreement which was signed last
week. The umbrella company,
Ecopower Bonaire, is a consor-
tium of the Dutch energy devel-
oper Econcem; the German wind-
turbine manufacturer, Enercon;
and the German power plant de-
signer, MAN. In order to expand
and enhance the electricity grid,
WEB itself will invest NAf42
million, NAf 32 million going into
the electricity supply system and
an additional NAf 10 million for
water production improvements.
According to Gilbert Gou-
vemeur of Econcern, the island


gets something unique with this
project: "In many places in the
world, Econcem is involved in
various projects to offer alternative
energy. The project in Bonaire is
the most prominent. If we manage
to run our diesel engines on man-
made fuels produced from algae-
Cargill is working on this- Bonaire
will then be the first in the world
to have 100% renewable electric-
ity generation, which means with-
out fossil fuels, but with a con-
stantly renewable source." E
G.D.


* Located in the neighborhood; Antriol

* Three bedrooms and two bathrooms

* A large living room/kitchen

* Vaulted ceilings throughout

* Storage area and laundry room
conveniently located close to kitchen

* Lot has plenty of room to add a
play area for children, a garden
and more landscaping. The yard is
partially enclosed already

* This house was built in 2004 and has
771 square meters of leased land



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Bonaire Reporter December 7-21, 2007


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from pg. 2)
passes the dengue virus. The Com-
missioner of Public Health empha-
sizes that it is a temporary solution
and that everybody should make
sure not to create breeding places
around the house. Make sure that
there is no standing water. Close
off rain water tanks, cover water
barrels, refill animals' water daily,
remove the saucers from under
planters and flower boxes or turn
them upside down, etc. Do not
have anything that collects water
around the house. The dengue
mosquito lays her eggs in clear
water, so avoid this.

The Whale and Dolphin Con-
servation Society (WDCS) in the
United Kingdom lodged a protest
with the Antillean Government
against Curaqao Sea Aquarium's
purchase of six dolphins from
Cuban interests. They asked the
government to comply with
UNEP's Specially Protected Areas
and Wildlife Protocol that prohibits
the catching of dolphins as well as
keeping them in captivity.
One of the six wild-caught dol-
phins that Curagao Sea Aquarium
imported in secrecy died last Satur-
day, according to its owner, from a
chronic disease. "The other dol-
phins are healthy and are being
closely watched," he added. The
dolphin died exactly two weeks
after he was imported from Cuba
with five others. Several Sea
Aquarium employees were against
bringing in wild dolphins for the
Sea Aquarium's training and
breeding program. Wild-caught


dolphins are much less expensive
than captive born. It's reminiscent
of African slave trade times when
it was common for a percentage of
the "human cargo" to die, consid-
ered "just a cost of doing busi-
ness.

D 24 million euros (NAf 60
million) were set aside in the
10th European Development
Fund for the Netherlands Antilles
as one of its Overseas Countries
and Territories (OCTs). Instead of
the usual project aid, the Antilles
can probably receive this money as
budget aid.

D Due to poor ticket sales, the
fund raising dinner for the chil-
dren's play ground and park had


to be cancelled. However, if you
wish to make a donation for this
much needed facility and cause,
you can still do so to We Dare To
Care Foundation Parke Publiko
Bonaieriano Account #110 966 09
with MCB Bank Bonaire.

Buddy Dive Resort has been
recognized as one of the top 10
Dive Resorts in the world by the
online Hotel & Resort Insider.
Buddy Dive Resort is the only
Caribbean resort receiving this
honor. "We are thrilled to be cho-
sen as one of the best dive resorts.
We always strive to improve the
resort in a way that will give divers
the best service and it is wonderful
to be recognized for that," say


General Managers Michelle van
der Valk and Paul Coolen.

Capture Photo announced
the opening of a second photo
facility at Captain Don's Habitat.
Jack Chalk, General Manager at
Habitat has long wanted to reopen
a photo shop at Captain Don's and
with Dan Blodget and Kathy
Lapsys of Capture Photo has suc-
ceeded in that plan. Capture at
Habitat features Sea and Sea Cam-
eras and accessories plus an amus-
ing collection of Pirate gear and
flags for the home and garden.


Paul, our gregarious Aussie Photo
Pro is excited to teach you the finer
techniques of underwater photogra-
phy, rent you a DX-1G 10.1
mexapixel Sea & Sea camera or
similar camera and video your
antics under the sea. Come on
over to Habitat and check it out.
New phone number is 717-6951.

D The Bona Bista Island Es-
tate, a planned 225-lot develop-
ment about a kilometer north of
Antriol on the road to Rincon,
which was inactive for almost a
(Continued on page 12)


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The first of a series covering
new construction projects on
Bonaire by Bonaire resident
Marcel Leurs who is a developer
himself (Brisas Lodge)

W ow, there is a lot of
construction going on
in Bonaire these days!
Just try driving over the island
for 10 minutes without seeing
someone carrying bricks, mak-
ing cement or painting walls.
You will probably not make it,
not even on a Sunday.
We want to know what is com-
ing our way on the island, so in
upcoming issues of The Bonaire
Reporter we'll travel and find
out.

This very first time exploring
"what's coming our way," we
visit the construction site of
what will be Elegancia del
Caribe. It is located on Kaya
Playa Lechi, south of the large
white (and still fairly new)
building called Bonaire Seaside
Apartments. This is one of the
areas on Bonaire where the sur-
roundings have changed consid-
erably over the last few years.
This is the story behind the
development...
The land where construction is
now underway was formerly
seven smaller pieces of 'owned
land.' A Dutchman who sailed
the Caribbean on a regular basis
and always visited Bonaire on
his trips bought the entire prop-
erty piece by piece by piece over
a period of over 10 years.

Some days he would walk into
a realty office, saying he was
considering selling the property,
but he was never very consistent
in setting the price he wanted.
Obviously, he was not in any
hurry.

Then, around July 2006, things
changed when the Dutchman
accepted the offer of an investor
who was convinced that this
location had great value. The
deal was made, and plans were
made right away what to do
there. We see the result appear-
ing as we write.

However, building could not
start right away. A very large
part of the land consisted of
loose coral (this is where the
name Kralendijk -literally:
'beads dike'- derives from). Try
to build something on top of
that; it won't work and your
construction will definitely
crumble.

The property was excavated
until just above sea level, filled
up with a special mix of diabase
and broken rock, and compacted


many, many times. Lots of
measuring and checking by engi-
neers was involved.
Knowing that the actual con-
struction is already progressing
today and the terrain was ac-
quired by July 2006, one must
conclude that things can go
really fast on Bonaire.

The complex will consist of
two buildings with 12 apart-
ments each. Both are identical
and will be four stories high,
about the same height as the
yellow-colored Playa Lechi
Residence down the street, so
anyone supporting the idea of
Tene Boneiru Plat' ('Keep Bon-
aire Flat) will probably not be all
too enthusiastic with this devel-
opment. Both buildings will
most probably be painted in a
peach color; sounds pretty tropi-
cal. The roofs and round shapes
here and there soften the design
of the structures. We are told
that compared to other develop-
ments that are around, Elegancia
de Caribe is special for its true
seaside location. No way we can
deny that.

Sunbelt Realty started the sale
of the condos last spring and
they sold the last unit available a
few months later, in October.
Buyers were mainly from the US
and Holland, but you may also
meet the Canadian, English or
Venezuelan owner here in the
future. For almost all buyers,
this will be a second home, and
10 of them actually already
owned some real estate on the
island when they bought this
place. Currently one apartment
is available for sale at $445,000

Although there may be excep-
tions, it looks like most of the
condos will not be rented out to
tourists; owners will probably be
there themselves a substantial
part of the year.

The first building is planned to
be finished May 2009 and the
second two months after. Con-
struction seems to be on sched-
ule, as far as we can determine.
(See photo above at right)

We'll keep our eyes open on
the progress when walking,
swimming, diving or driving by
in the upcoming months at this
location. Some more enthusias-
tic than others, possibly...
Next issue we'll go somewhere
else finding

coming our
way" on
Bonaire. O1
Story & pho-
tos by Mar-
cel Leurs


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, Topics: 1. Danger Signs
l 2. TAP Exhibitii
3. Free Ride To



DANGER SIGNS

Dear Editor:
... attended an event last night
put on by the Tourism Awareness
Program and TCB (you can see the
ad for it on the bottom of the last
page of the last Reporter). I felt it
gave tremendous insight into some
of the misinformation I think is
being espoused by these programs
and I want to take a minute to
share what I saw.
The evening was meant to dis-
play the artwork, poetry and
shadow boxes that have been made
by TAP participants to represent
what they have learned in the pro-
gram. Some "students" of the pro-
gram were asked how they see
tourism on Bonaire in 20 years and
prizes were awarded for the best
poem, shadow box, etc. The win-
ners...The winning shadow box
depicted high rise buildings made
of match sticks and match
boxes. Many of the coastal match
box high rises were labeled as
"Casino." A match stick bridge
connected Klein Bonaire to Bon-
aire to make access to the zoo (on
Klein) possible. While this was the
winning shadow box, the theme
was exactly the same in every
other person's depiction. High rise
buildings all around the coast, a
bridge to Klein Bonaire which
allows access to either a zoo or


Letters to

the Editor


seaquarium, roads on Klein, and
one went so far as to put a
McDonalds in Slagbaii.
The winning poem about Bon-
aire in 20 years ends with "...in 20
years Bonaire will no longer be
just a 'Diver's Paradise,' but some-
where everyone can enjoy." as if
the dive industry is somehow hold-
ing back Bonaire!
Is it strange that each student
would have the exact same idea for
the future of Bonaire and all in-
clude massive development includ-
ing the development of Klein upon
completion of the program?

The goal for 2008 is for TAP to
train 1,000 people. This is a well
financed operation with a captive
audience (their jobs depend on
their attendance). The message is
actually "Smile! Boneiru ta Dushi-
but could be much better."
Unhappy With Awareness


TOURIST AWARENESS PROGRAM

Dear Editor:
On Friday the 23rd of November,
the Tourist Awareness Program
(TAP) conducted an exhibition at
Kas di Arte. The aim of this show
was to create a broader awareness
of tourism among the Bonaire
community. Works of art, poems
and posters were exhibited to show


the unique-
ness of Bon-
aire.
In my opin-
ion, most
people of
Bonaire al-
ready know
what is
unique, im-
portant or
essential for
our island. If
we want to
keep attract-
ing tourists TAP's icon,
with our (underwater) nature, tran-
quility, climate, and our culture,
we need to be able to think ahead.
What is the course that we want
Bonaire to follow? Do we want to
attract as many tourists as possible,
building huge hotels, while de-
stroying the environment? Or do
we want to investigate the possi-
bilities for changing our attitude
towards the environment, to be
able to continue to attract tourists,
claiming that Bonaire's nature is
one of the most beautiful in the
world?
Let us take a look at nature eco-
nomics. For example: the market
value of an average-sized shark is
currently about $10. In the Baha-
mas this recurring value is esti-
mated to be approximately
$15,000 per shark annually!
(Source: www.sharkinfo.ch).
Meaning: you can make money for
a short period of time by catching
the sharks (or harvesting wildlife
in general), but in a few years you
are left with nothing. However, if


aama Smile, at the exhibition
you preserve nature, you will have
more money for years to come.
Right now several people and
organizations are working hard on
the conservation of nature on Bon-
aire. Still, in (almost) all situations
where there is a lot of quick money
to be made, nature takes a beating.
Mass tourism comes at a very high
price. And it would be nice if it
were the tourists paying for it and
not the environment.
We, living on Bonaire, are very
aware of tourists. From what I
have seen at the exhibition I can
conclude that we would like to
show off our island as a place of
nature, tranquility and filled with
very special people. And Mama
Smile as our spokesperson is doing
a very good job at that. If that is
the goal of TAP, then they have
succeeded. Now it should be the
goal of Bonaire to make sure that
we can back up that image in the
long run as well.
Mary Ann Koops


FREE RIDE FOR CRUISE SHIPS

Dear Editor:
After four years of promises,
cruise ships passengers still pay
absolutely nothing when using the
Bonaire National Marine Park.
They pay no departure tax nor any
other fee per passenger, unlike the
overnight quests who must pay
room tax at $5.50 per person per
night and departure tax of
$32. The only exception are divers
who must pay either a $10 day
pass or $25.
Four years ago it was decided
that there would be a major in-
crease in Park fees and cruise ship
passengers would also pay $10 per
person. The cruise ship part was
delayed one year and then another
and then another with the final
decision being that passengers
would pay a $.50 (50 cents) head
tax starting this year. Even that
apparently has been dropped under
tremendous pressure by the cruise
ships.
Why the Bonaire government is
giving these people basically all
this for free is not understood.
Many islands in the Caribbean are
now realizing how much damage
cruise ships do and how much they
cost to have. These islands have
woken up and are starting to
charge a head tax and not just 50
cents. Many have a $5 charge and
some even higher. Look around
and learn instead of sticking one's
head in the sand.
Concerned Islanders


Dierenartsen team:
Drs. Arie Binksma
Drs. Hans & Etty Lambeek
Drs. Seib Fietsma
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Next to the Animal Shelter
Banda di Dierenaisel
Naast het Dierenaisel







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Consulting Monday, Wednesday and Friday 13:30-14:30
Hours Tuesday, Thursday 17:00-17:30; Saturday 11.00-12.00
or by appointment every day
available 24 hours a day, including weekends: Tel. 790-6001


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DO YOU SUDOKLU?


S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. To solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating
a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tutorial visit the web site www.
Sudoku shack. com. Solution on page 11.
Supplied by Molly Bartikoski-Kearney (who has to solve all the puzzles first.)




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Klinika Veterinario Bonaire


Animal Hospital


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Guest Editorial
The opinions in this column are those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the editorial opinion of this newspaper.


POOR PROSPECTS FOR NEW
BIG HOTELS

It was a surprise for me to
read that Aruban investors
have announced plans to build a
Hilton Hotel on Bonaire, north of
the airport. According to newspa-
per reports. The Hilton Bonaire
Resort and Spa will be built on a
"system of canals which offer a
peaceful and romantic environ-
ment, creating a perfect setting
for the property."
I admire the persuasion skill of
the developer, Azul Management
Bonaire, to interest Hilton in this
resort because its planned loca-
tion is absolutely below the
standard you would expect for
a Hilton hotel. Only two hotels
(used by businessmen in King-
ston, Jamaica, and Port of Spain,
Trinidad) of the seven Hiltons in
the Caribbean don't have ocean-
front and/or a golf course.
The planned resort on Bonaire,
to be built inland behind the
Plaza Hotel adjacent to the air-
port, hasn't a beach or golf
course! I cannot imagine that a
visitor to a Hilton resort, taking a
beautiful beach for granted,
could be enchanted by its re-
placement by the "peaceful and
romantic canals." During my


visit to the site, enclosed by
roads on its three sides and fac-
ing a growing housing commu-
nity behind the Plaza, I con-
cluded that while it might be
suitable for construction of addi-
tional houses, it's certainly not
for a first class hotel resort. My
advice to the developer is just to
forget this location and not to
lose any more money in prepara-
tion of the project, even if the
government will award permits.
The developer knows certainly
that the Hilton Group left Aruba
after operating the present
Westin Hotel on the Palm Beach
because the results did not meet
Hilton's expectations, although
the hotel is located on the famous
Palm Beach and not on artificial
canals.
The only advantage of the
given location on Bonaire is that
since no artificial beach is
planned it will be easy to get all
necessary permits.
The government of Bonaire,
mistakenly convinced that the
construction of new big hotels
means progress for the island,
has a big problem. That's be-
cause no international hotel chain
is prepared to operate a Carib-
bean resort without a beach. The
fact is, that no artificial beach


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may be built on Bonaire and it
is already high time that the gov-
ernment comes to grips with that.
It is forbidden by the valid con-
struction guidelines, but even if
the government did grant an ex-
ception, it is absolutely sure that
the local environmental groups
would block the beach construc-
tion the moment the first cubic
meter of sand, brought from an-
other island or from Venezuela,
is dumped in the water.
The Bonaire government might
learn from the experience of Cu-
racao. Although the local govern-
ment, promoting the develop-
ment of tourism, gave the devel-
oper all necessary permits, the
works on the new Marichi beach
had to be stopped after several
hundred cubic meters (a small
part of planned volume of 40,000
cubic meters) of sand were
dumped. It
was the result
of a coordi-
nated effort of
four local en-
vironmental
groups. The
judge prohib-
ited continua-
tion of the
ERMARKET work, and
after a lengthy
process the
Curacao gov-
ernment
agreed to pay
NAf 40 mil-
lion in dam-
ages to the
developer. It


happened more than 10 years ago
on Curacao, where the coral reef
is not the main asset. Imagine
what would happen on Bonaire
whose whole future is dependent
on its coral reef! Any damage
caused by covering it with a
layer of sand particles must be
avoided!
The government of Bonaire
must finally abandon its fixed
idea that the construction of
new big hotels is important for
the development of the island.
An obvious choice for a hotel
developer would be to complete
the construction of the Esmeralda
Hotel whose designer had
planned to locate the beach
around an already excavated la-
goon and not directly on the
coast. In this way, the damage to
the coral reef could be substan-
tially reduced. Anyway, if this
hotel is not completed, it must be
demolished.
By the way, I doubt that the
Divi Group, which planned to
start the construction of its Divi
Sunset Resort last March, will
take the risk that the reconstruc-
tion of the former Sunset beach
will be blocked by the environ-
mental groups. It can be expected
that their efforts would be cer-
tainly much fiercer than the ac-
tions of similar groups on Cura-
cao 10 years ago.

Azul Management Bonaire,
the Divi Group and the govern-
ment of Bonaire, you have been
warned. 0 Jiri Lausman


Editorial
Why Oppose Big
Development?

imply said, because Bon-
aire doesn't have what it
takes. Mass market tourists want
broad beaches, contrived enter-
tainment and endless shopping.
Of course, except for the beaches
they could all be made available
in a few years right here. But to
imagine our island could success-
fully compete with established
destinations that are easier to
travel to, less expensive and more
exotic is a delusion.
To build and service mass tour-
ism would mean a substantial
influx of outsiders who would be
the first to benefit from the new
visitors. Just establishing the new
facilities and activities would
shred Bonaire's culture and envi-
ronment.
And, when the novelty wears
off and the new arrivals find Bon-
aire is not to their expectation,
the ruins will depress locals and
repel visitors. Just travel through
the Bahamas where this scenario
has been played before. Investors
too would become disillusioned
with the island and flee.
So what is the route to a better
life for Bonaireans and the for-
eigners who will travel here to
better their lives? For the fore-
seeable future, tourism, the
planet's biggest industry is the
answer. But why can't it be tour-
ism that builds on the assets that
Bonaire already possesses? The
19th and 20th century wave of
consumerism mostly bypassed
Bonaire as it engulfed Aruba and
Curacao, leaving our island un-
spoiled and under populated.
Now, with Bonaire becoming
closer with Holland, may be the
time to consider making it a
Dutch St. Barths upscale, pictur-
esque and desirable to the afflu-
ent whose numbers are fewer.
It's a truism that things must
get better economically before
they can improve environmen-
tally. Economic improvement is
already happening. Protecting the
environment and projects like
sustainable energy will attract the
tourists who will be prepared to
pay for Bonaire's riches .0
G.D.


Kaya Industria 24, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Tel.: +(599) 7178700 Fax: +(599) 7178785
nfn( wnrohnlu hnna ire.-om &www.warehousebonaire.com
Bonaire Reporter December 7-21, 2007


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restaurant in town
Open Only
On Friday!
From 9 am to 10:30 am
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An initiative of the Stichting
Project for Youth

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Cake treats
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Reminder

MEMORIAL GATHERING
IN CELEBRATION
OF THE LIFE OF
PHILLIP KATZEV

at the International Bible
Church
Monday evening December
loth from 6-8 PM

Sharing of Memories Welcome
Refreshments will be Served














BONAIRE'S REEF-WATER QUALITY MONITORING


LMSP Volunteer Reports
Checking the monitor arrays is not much of a chore considering the
CT experiences of the LMSP Volunteers. We will be bringing them to you
M every issue.


B onaire continues in its
effort to capture the infor-
mation needed to evaluate the
health of the reef.
Since the last report two new
donors, Diedre Pederson from
the charter boat Woodwind, and
Harrie Cox from Hato, have
made sizeable donations, the data
collection has continued without
incident and efforts to form a Sea
Monitor Foundation are nearing
completion.
The Sea Monitor Foundation
has named a board of directors
and will register with the Notaris
this Friday. The Directors in-
clude project sparkplug Albert
Bianculli, Bonaire artist and
craftsman Adi Figaroa, Biologist
Caren Eckrich, Diver Bill
Wildin, Environmentalist and
Administrator, Veronika
Chmelova.
The purpose of the Foundation
is only to attract funding and
manage data collection. It does
not evaluate data. That is done
by the scientists at the USC lab
in California. The lab presents its
findings to STINAPA, which,
after further analysis of the data,
recommends or defines rules and
if appropriate, enforces them.
We've been asked what does


measuring light have to do
with figuring out what is in
the water. As every underwa-
ter photographer knows, sea-
water absorbs colors un-
evenly. The red is first to go,
followed by the blue. Green
is the least absorbed color.
This absorption characteristic
of pure seawater is well
known to scientists who use
sophisticated and expensive
underwater measuring equip-
ment to determine the compo-
nents of the water. If color ab-
sorption is unusual in the blue, it
indicates the presence of chloro-
phyll, a byproduct of nutrients.
On the other hand, if the absorp-
tion is unusual in the ultraviolet
it indicates dissolved organic
matter usually produced on land.
In fact, modem ocean monitoring
equipment can measure consid-
erably more than these compo-
nents. Two American scientists,
Burt Jones and Tom Reynolds,
developed a unique low-cost
solution that, with the coopera-
tion of diver volunteers, meets
Bonaire's needs.
One thing it does is measure
the effect of nutrients in the wa-
ter that can lead to excessive
algae growth and animal and


A juvenile file
fish between
two LMSP
sensors

LMSP "theme photo" by diver
volunteer Irene DaCunda

human waste which can choke
the reef to death. O Albert Bian-
culli/ G.D.

For more information, to donate
or to volunteer contact:
Ramon de Leon, Manager of the
BNMP, marinepark@Astinapa.org
or
Albert Bianculli, LMSP On-
Island Coordinator, Volunteers and
Fundraising, directab@gmail.com
or
Blue McRight, LMSP Off-island
Coordinator, Fundraising blue-
ness@earthlink.net. O


Comments: ...Friday, November 23, 2007 ...Cleaned and read. Every-
thing in good condition. Two baby slender file fish have now adopted this
site for temporary housing also, as they have at least two other sites. One
was hiding under the "do not remove" Marine Park tag at about 6 meters.
The other was on the sensor array at 5 meters. While I was cleaning, they
drifted out a meter or so from the mooring line. I reached out and guided
them back in with a cupped hand and they settled back in. Cute little crit-
ters, and I do mean little.....maybe about 3/8ths of an inch.
The orange seahorse has reappeared, but it had moved about 100 meters
North from where it had been. Seems like a large move for a seahorse from
my experience. Anyway, it is found again, so we are happy. We hate los-
ing Seahorses......especially colorful ones.
A nice Spotted Eagle Ray entertained us on our way to the mooring site.
It was feeding at about 20 feet, and taking its time to root here and there for
a mid morning snack. It was in no hurry and made a couple circles in its
search. Two nice Tarpon glided by after the Spotted Eagle Ray "flew"


Bonaire Reporter December 7-21, 2007


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r ing day. Cassandra E. Neal
Saturday, December 01, 2007, visibility was once again very good at
100'. The sensors at the 5m mooring had moved into a vertical position due
to the stretching of the line. I removed them, gave them a good cleaning
and repositioned them lower down the line.
After finishing with all of the sensors, I continued on my dive. As is
customary, the dive was very nice and full of critters such as the red frog
fish, two trumpet fish sparring, 100's of chromis, a large snapper (I have to
look in the fish ID book to see what kind), tarpon, and much, much more.
RickAguilar


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aane Sisters Open Downtown Oice
Sisters Who Came Back To Bonaire


Sisters Marie and Eliz6 Craane each has her own business.
Marie is a speech therapist (Logopedische Praktijk Craane)
and Eliz6 is the director of Infinity Enterprises, a company that
does business administration. Both young women are Bonaireans
who went away to study in Holland and have since returned to their
native island, each of them to give something back. And they're
practical too, sharing the costs of their downtown office at Cen-
trum Gebied 2 which is next to the Royal Palm Galleries and faces
the parking lot in the center of town.
Since returning to Bonaire five years ago Marie has worked with
government insurance and other patients and has been active in
developing programs and lesson materials for SEBIKI and
FORMA
Eliz6 has gained experience with Tene Boneiru Limpi and the
Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance. She has an MBO degree in sec-
retarial work and has increased her education with Quick Books
and management courses on the island. She's also a tour guide.
You may reach Marie or Eliz6 at their office number 717-7775,
fax 717-7795. Marie's cell is 785-0080 email mi-
craane(itelbonet.an. Eliz6's cel 786-1367; email infinitventer-
prises(@telbonet.an. O L.D.

Emigration Fair Would You -mai
Like to Come to Bonaire? e A c

he annual International Emigration ,
Fair will be held in Nieuwegein 4 ,
(Utrecht, The Netherlands) on 8h and 9th of
March 2008.The 11th edition of the fair will
bring together all the options in one place for a generation of people
who are planning to start an international career, improve their life-
style, find a job abroad, escape from every day life, live overseas, set
up their own business, discover the world through study abroad,
work and volunteer opportunities.
The Fair 2008 caters to emigrants, jobseekers, expats, entrepre-
neurs, students, business immigrants and those interested in volun-
teer programs, as well as to professionals from the entire gamut of
related issues. Emigration 2008 is the single most important event of
this kind that takes place in the
Netherlands." (www. emigratie-
beurs.nl).
This year, as a first, the Emigra-
tion Fair will host a stand from
Bonaire which promotes remigra- PHQTQ TOURS DIVER
tion. The foundation, "Ban
Boneiru Bek" (BBB), has been
invited to the Fair at the Home
Boxx Exhibition Center near
Utrecht. BBB's goal is to have FEEL THE I
people from Bonaire go abroad to
study, but then to come back to Vot
Bonaire to help the further devel-


)CLUB TRAINS SIX PRIVATE PILOTS
s v


Recently six flight training students passed the FAA written exam to
become Private Pilots. This exam is the first step to the PPL
(Private Pilot License). Following this written part the students will receive
many hours of flight training in the Cessna 172 airplane of the BonAero-
Club, which has its home base at Flamingo Airport.
Never before in the history of Bonaire aviation has this many students
passed the exam at the same time. It is the result of intensive personal
study and training by FAA Instructor Roy Celestijn. The training took sev-
eral months and was based on pilot training books and video material from
the US.
The training course is an initiative of the BonAeroClub, the only flying
club on Bonaire and one of the most active non-profit flying organizations
in the Caribbean. The main goal of the course is to offer Bonairean citizens
the possibility of achieving the FAA Private Pilot License for hobby pur-
poses or as a start to a flying career.
Normally students have to go to the US to do the written exam, but in
this case Mr. Jamal Mahawat Khan, president of the Aruba Flying Club,
was authorized by the FAA to conduct the exam on Bonaire. For the practi-
cal exam the students will have to go to the US.
The students who passed are: Gijs Hoogerkamp, Wietze Koopman,
Carlos Rodriguez, Nelgenn Vrutaal, Rene Essink and Marco van de
Kreeke. The picture shows five of the students with certificates and in-
structor Roy Celestijn in the middle. A new training course will start in
January 2008. More information about the BonAeroClub:
www.bonaeroclub.com D Press release


opment of the island. Bonaire needs people with skills in building
houses, fighting crimes, educating people, etc. BBB wants to act as a
facilitator for people who want to return home and the businesses
who want to hire them. Check out the website:
www.banboneirubek.com for information on the Emigration Fair and
more information on Ban Boneiru Bek. Emigration from Holland.
Mary Ann Koops

Koops is a Biology Teacher at the SGB High School and writes fre-
quently for The Reporter.


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P hilip's
Cook-
ing & Or-
ganizing is
getting
more and
more in-
volved in
private
dinners,
catering
and wedding services on Bon-
aire. It all started with providing
the snacks at several parties at
Jibe City Beach Bar. Over the
last few weeks they offered their
services to many different cli-
ents for a variety of occasions.
Among these were an Italian
evening at Caribbean Chillout,
where about 30 people enjoyed
the nice atmosphere of this com-
plex and the delicious Italian
food cooked by Philip and Suze.
An evening of Greek food is
planned.
Philips Cooking organized a
party at the new beach opposite
Windsock as a promotion for the
new apartments that are for sale.
A Dutch film crew was also
present there to make a docu-
mentary about "Diving on Bon-
aire."
Philip had to do everything
from scratch because there was
nothing on site: no cooking
equipment or refrigeration So
everything had to be hired: a gas
-oven, cooling, tables, chairs,
linen, plates, forks and knives,
glasses, extra lights, etc. And of
course all the shopping and pre-
paring had to be done even be-
fore the party started. This usu-
ally takes one or two days. On
the day of the party everything
got transported to the location
and set up. When the party starts
the cooking has already begun
earlier and continues throughout
the event. When the party is
over the work goes on: cleaning
up and the transportation back
home.
Philip also prepared series of
private dinners at people's
houses and catered several pri-
vate and business parties. So if
someone wants to hold a dinner
party they only have to tell
Philip or Suze what they want
and everything will be arranged:
from preparing the house, the
dining table, shopping for the
food and wine, the actual cook-
ing and serving and off course
the cleaning up afterwards. In
fact, one of the clients asked:
"Can't you do this every day?
That would make life very
easy.
If you want to know more
about their services, please see
their website
(www.philipscooking.com) or
call 701-1100. Let Philip per-
form your cooking chores. O
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FKPD Dream Come True Sea Turtle
SA Greta Kooista photo Tracking


Officials at the opening of the FKPD Center
F undashon Kuido pa Personanan Desabilita (FKPD), the
Foundation for the care of the Disabled, just officially
opened a beautiful place at Kaya Sonmontuno (not far from Kaya
Nikiboko Noord) to take even better care of people with disabili-
ties. The 16 inhabitants and the daily visitors trained for some time
to make the opening a special event.
FKPD now has four houses where the Foundation's clients live
permanently Two houses are reserved for those who can take care
of themselves but who just need a little help every now and again.
The other two houses are home to people who need help around
the clock. They are arranged in such a manner that these special
inhabitants can be taken care of while they live there comfortably.
The houses are nice, spacious and have a cool breeze going
through them. Every resident has his or her own room, with a per-
sonal key.


Director Lupe Uranie and her coworkers are very happy with this
new place. There is also a care center for the daily visitors. The
people from FKPD can take care of children, adults and elderly
(50+) at the same site. The center is equipped with a special room
for speech therapy and a fitness room for physical therapy. All this
is arranged so the people from FKPD can fulfill what is promised
in their logo: "People helping other people who need the help." El
Mary Ann Koops


Tropical Divers Bonaire held a PADI IDC, Dive Instructor Develop-
ment Course last month. The 11 candidates were instructed in two
languages: English and German.
The local students were: Richard Aguilar (US), Black Durgon Inn; Rita
Pelloni (Italy), Buddy Dive; Willem Kalkwiek (Netherlands); Lawrence
Cilissen (Belgium), Capt. Don's Habitat; Bas Noij (Netherlands); and a
new IDC Staff Instructor, Marko van Eerd from Toucan Divers. Overseas
students included Ame Vogler (Germany), Alexander Skrivanek
(Germany), Michael Axt (Germany), Inka Luebcke (Germany), Carolina
Johansson (Sweden). Involved staff from Tropical Divers were Thomas
Kurtz (PADI Course Director), Claus Neumann (PADI Master Instructor),
and Sigrid Lottra (PADI IDC Staff Instructor). D Press release


Pays Off

F or the first time since
Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) began the
satellite monitoring program it
received information that a
turtle tagged this year in Bon-
aire at Lac Bay was rescued on
23 November. The news was
reported through WIDECAST
Marine Turtle Tagging Center
which received the
information from
one of the Coordina- Pee
tors of Guyana Ma-
rine Turtle Conserva- Pee
tion Society.
Gift
The turtle was res-
cued in Vigilance, Swi
Guyana. It seems to
have once been
caught in a fishing
net as the front flip- a
per was damaged and
bleeding from cuts BiZ
sustained from the P
net. The turtle got Kaya
stuck in the mudflats Mai
at low tide. Some (.
teenage boys saw the
turtle and collected
it. It was carrying a
Bonaire tag number.
The turtle was re-
leased back into the
Atlantic OceanC
around 4:30 pm.
This turtle was
identified as Green
turtle #07-080. It
was originally cap-
tured and tagged on
March 22 this year in
the area of Lac
(latitude 1205.5610N
- longitude 680
13.657W) by STCB
staff.

Sea turtle conser-
vation organizations
and projects and Ust
scientists working on
sea turtle biology
and conservation
world-wide realize "..caF
that the mission of
protecting these en-
dangered species
goes beyond our own
frontiers and that
team work is essen-
tial to be able to ac- J./
complished their 1
goals. For further
information about
sea turtles please
contact us at our C
headquarters, Kaya Gob
Grandi 67 or by e-
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O n Saturday, November
24, Sint Nicholaas
(Sanikolas) and his assistants, the
Black Piets (Swarte Pieten), ar-
rived in Bonaire aboard a boat. A
record-breaking crowd of excited
children and adults swarmed the
pier to catch a glimpse of him and
the Swarte Pieten. Every child on
the island must have been there,
accompanied by his or her equally
spirited parents or elders. Sint
Nicholaas and Swarte Pieten's
procession from the pier to Wilhel-
mina Park was accompanied by the
soul-stirring beat of the drum
corps. The Swarte Pieten cavorted
through the crowd, dancing and
swinging their sacks and ropes and
teasing the children.
This was the 13th year that the
Fundashon Ata Sanikolas I
Zwartepiet and SEBIKI organized
such an event and it was an all out
success. Thanks to all of them for
their tireless work.
Although Sint Nicholaas is asso-
ciated with gift giving and the
Christian holiday his history lies in
Dutch folklore and tradition, origi-
nating more than 600 years ago
when the Bishop of Madrid, Spain,
gave gifts to everyone on his birth-
day, December 6. This bishop, it is
said, originally came from Turkey
with his helpers who were black
(swarte). At that time Holland was
ruled by Spain, so when Sint
Nicholaas comes he arrives from
Spain by boat. Then he continues
his travels on a white horse. He
always arrives in November be-
cause he has so much work to do,
finding out which children have
been good enough to receive pre-


sents. Those who have been bad
will be spanked with the Swarte
Pieten's ropes or brooms and those
very bad will be thrown into the
sacks and taken back to Spain! He Nicholaas might
keeps a big book with the names of asking, "Are the
all children and whether they have dren here?" Eve:
been good or bad. "No!"
On December 4, the eve of Sint For the Dutch
Nicholaas' birthday, children put gift giving, and I
out their shoes with maybe some more holy time,
carrots or hay for the white horse, like that in Ame:
hoping they will receive a small we've learned th
gift in return. in Holland are n
On the big day itself, December giving for both I
5, the family sits together, singing, This Sint Nich
having sweets and hot chocolate, totally Dutch, bi
hoping that the weather (in Hol- former Dutch co
land) will not be too bad so that he world have embl
will arrive, so that it seems 1
At 8 pm Sint Nicholaas and his accepted that thi
helpers
land on
the roof U U -
of the
house e rt
and the
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Pieten r
throw i
the gifts
down the i
chimney. 6
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Rik Roozenburg and his runners visited Sanikolas


Caribbean i l I ofl'lire -


The Friendliest

Restaurant on

Bonaire.

In Bonaire's "hill country"
10 minutes north of town


Every Tuesday an all
can eat BBQ
for $15.-.


17-7901


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JANART GALLERY
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.


IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
www.yellowpagesbonaire.com


CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
& Janet). 786-0956

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at Chat
-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

Searching For GOOD
Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
WEB-www.chinanobobonaire.com

OUTDOOR SPORTS

Rock climbing/Rapelling/
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
6272 / 785-6272



JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651


SUPPORT BONAIRE
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more about
making a US tax deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
difference!

MAKE EXTRA MONEY
Reporters and feature writers wanted
for The Reporter. Get paid by the word and
for your photos. Stories waiting to be
written. Send a sample of your writing to:
info@bonairereporter.com or call
George 786-6125


For Sale: Bachetta Strada, "high
racer" style recumbent road bicycle, in
excellent condition, with Shimano 105
components. Has upgraded fork, stem,
carbon fiber Spinnergy wheels, and spare
tires and tubes. NAf 3500. Brad
Swanson 717-8814


For Sale. Real American Double
Pillowtop mattress set. Full size ( 135
cm x 190 cm) incl. cotton sheets and
mattress pad. J.A. Abraham #10 ( be-
hind Cactus Blue )

If you have a Scubaproo Mk 16 or 18
first stage and have had problems with
the high pressure seats, Carib Inn now
has upgrade kits that make this into the
newest Mk 17 style. Contact Bruce at
the Carib Inn for pricing etc. 717-
8819

For Sale: FIAT Barchetta 1.8 Cab-
rio, 2 seats, with hardtop, NAf 7.900.
Tel. 796-5591.
Samsonite briefcase, almost new,
with keys and code-locks, NAf 100,
and a Samsonite beauty case, black,
NAf 45, tel. 796-5591.
Fuji DL-8 camera with small
HAMA bag, and 1 fresh colorfilm 28
pcs, NAf 25, tel. 796-5591.
Sudoko game-computer NAf 17,50,
tel. 796-5591.

Houseboat for sale, newly furnished
and great rental options. Spotless ap-
pearance with lots of space. Very com-
plete w/AC and full kitchen. 40,000 euro.
Call for further info. Phone 786-5212

Want to build or mod-
ernize? Work with a seri-
ous professional with
experience, a good or-
ganization providing
quick delivery and quality. Try us:
Quality On Time Construction NV.
We can do foundations, concrete,
plaster, brick, carpentry and more.
Phone 796-6550

I CONETAL CLEANING
SERVICE- NEW ON BON-
AIRE for HOTELS -
HOMES -APARTMENTS -
OFFICES
Services : check out, deep
clean, retouch, ironing, washing,
garden cleaning, landscaping
FLEXIBLE SERVICE, QUALITY
CLEANING,EXPERIENCED
CLEANERS Call: 796-6550

Famous photographers, Dos and
Bertie Winkel, are back on "their"
Bonaire. They will offer book-signing
sessions at Buddy Dive during the free
rum punch party from 17:30 till 18:30
on two Fridays, the7th andl4th and
Thursday 20tt of December. They have
published four new books which you
can buy all around Bonaire but also at
the book signings. Everybody is wel-
come to get their copy signed!!


Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run for one month.
Commercial Ads only NAfl per word, for each two-week issue.
Call 790-6518 or 786-6125 or email info@bonairereporter.com


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 4)
decade, has been revitalized by a Curacao
development group. According to a press
release from Caribbean Homes, one of the
several Bonaire realtors authorized to sell
the lots, "The developer has taken
"SABADECO" as an example of a well
organized plan where high quality infra-
structure and strict construction rules have
ensured a harmonious end result. On Bona
Bista these standards will not only be met,
but even surpassed."

Bonaire developers might want to
consider emulating Star Island, currently
under development in the Bahamas to open
in late 2009. It plans a high-luxury, high-
sustainability mix of private homes, resi-
dences and bungalows, complete with a spa,
restaurants, bars, pools, tennis courts and a
"no-fuel" marina). Star Island's real differ-
ence is its commitment to preserving its
immediate surroundings and mitigating the
impact of tourism. Every part of its develop-
ment and operation will be sustainable from
the materials used in its construction to its
alternative-energy sources, from the coffee
served in the restaurants to the renewable
bamboo sheets on the beds, from its recy-
cling systems to its community programs.
It plans to convert its non-recyclable waste
to energy, fuel and fertilizer. The landscap-
ing will root out invasive species and favor
indigenous plants that require minimal irri-
gation. Star Island's water needs will be
answered by a rain-harvesting system and
underground storage tanks. Drinking water
will be purified through reverse osmosis
systems.

The annual End of the Year Regatta
organized by BSaF will be held on Sun-
day, December 16 at 10am. Racing will be
yachts, Optimists, windsurfers and fishing
boats. The course is around Klein Bonaire
and back to Kas di Regatta. It will start at
Kas di Regatta on Playa Lechi. New this


Home Inspections


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Over 25 years building
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SOLUTION TO DO YOU SUDOKU?
Puzzle on page 6

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year will be a Stand Up Paddle Board demo,
the newest watersport creating a buzz in the
windsurf world. Island guests and tourists
are welcome to attend and participate in the
races to create an international event. There
will be a festive atmosphere all weekend at
Kas di Regatta so all are encouraged to at-
tend.
On Saturday, December 15 there will be a
fishing tournament. Registration is Friday
the 14th from 19:00-21:00.The fishing tour-
nament begins Saturday morning early. For
further information contact Elvis Martinus at
717-2288 for details.

Have coffee and snacks on Friday
morning and help Bonaire youngsters!
The students of The Stichting Project have
opened a small place, Les Restaurant de
Boulevard, at Kaya J.A. Abraham 27 -
across from Cactus Blue and Casablanca.
It's open only on Fridays from 9 am to
10:30 am where you can enjoy coffee, tea,
tostis, cake and other homemade taste
delights on the breezy terrace.

Rincon will have its annual Marshe
Navidefio (Christmas Market) on Sat-
urday, December 15 from 4 pm until
midnight. In addition to the stands selling
food, drinks, gifts, crafts and more there
will be live musical and dancing entertain-
ment. The Rinconeros excel in parties and
fun so don't miss this one. It's at the plaza
in the center of Rincon. More information
call Bebi Anthonie 717-3696 or Dorothy
Cicilia 796-9046.

The Casablanca Restaurant will be
having special Christmas Menus on
December 24, 25 and 26. You have a
choice of three different menus plus a
children's menu. The price (NAf 65 or
NAf 55) includes a beverage, starter, main
dish, and dessert. Reservations are highly
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Picture Yourself With The Reporer

Broadway, New York City, USA


Popular Bonaire artist Henk Roozendaal was invited to join an exhibition at a
prestigious New York City art gallery last month. He was kind enough to
send us this photo from on the scene. At the opening night at the Broadway Gal-
lery were standing (from left to right): Bonaire author and jazz promoter Guus Ger-
ritsen; Bonaire born Myrena St. Jago; Henk Roozendaal himself; Myrena's hus-
band, Sam Sherrod. Pictured sitting are Howard and Jodi Feller, visitors to Bon-
aire. OF
WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your
next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the
newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE
PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antil-
les (AN). E-mail to: info@bonairereporter.com. (All 2007 photos are eligible.)


oC D(=i> C n (I Qio DljQ)


Did
You
Know...

T hat larval
fish like
to settle on the
reef during
nights when
there is a new
moon? After
spending their
tender first few
weeks or
months in the
plankton, larval fish are ready to find a reef or seagrass bed or mangrove swamp and
settle. At this stage they are still transparent (except for their eyes) and blend into the
clear waters of the open ocean. It is thought that this coloration, or lack of, is a strat-
egy to avoid predators. Once these tiny fish settle they will begin to get their color.
Scientists use light traps and plankton nets to capture these larval fish in an attempt to
find out more about their ecology. One of my students recently sampled larval fish
during the new moon when the night sky is pitch black and the majority of larval fish
are settling. One of the ways we sampled for fish was simple but
very rewarding. From a dock, we pointed lights straight down
into the water and swept a dip net with fine mesh through the
water every 15 minutes. We found the most amazing assemblage
of baby fish, including flounders, bonefish, damselfish, morays,
scorpionfish, wrasses, gobies, blennies, and even one pipefish!
This flounder was about 1.5cm long.. O Caren Eckrich


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DINING GUIDE ow"
SI N I U I D See advertisements in this issue

RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES

Balashi Beach Bar Open every day On the beach
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hourtwo for one, 6-7 pm. available daily from noon.


Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy's Pool Bar Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night; Mon. "Dive and
Sea Side at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 Dine;" Wed. -"Live Cooking by the Chefs;" Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm)

Moderate
Bistro de Paris Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Open for Dinner Monday through Satur-

Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar rModerateEpe nnsve Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open 7 days er from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28,50 or $16.
717-8285 Open 7 days


Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Sat-11:30-2:30 Mondays-All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm
717-4433 Dinner 7 nights- starting at 6 pm Great value anytime.


Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.


Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
Pasa Bon PizzaLow-Moderate finest
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate finest
1/ mile north oftown center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111




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day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your first choice for owner and location. Has lots of beautiful, often one-of-a- Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. kind furniture, antiques, crafts and accessories from and children.
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APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-stor
financing too.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest numbe
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells tor
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
CELLULAR SERVICE
Mio offers the clearest, most reliable signal on the is-
land. And their personnel are trained and friendly.
Check out their "rugged" phone.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Sub
marine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Car-
ibbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their monthly
cleanup dives and BBQ.
Dive Inn-For your diving with a personal touch. Located
in town at Chacha cha Beach. Drop ins and cruise ship
passengers welcome
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe
and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.


GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. No
in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

NATURE EXPLORATION
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hik-
ing, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
hans@loutdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services Full digital services.
PHOTO SERVICES
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, specializ-
ing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property
management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experience(
real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insurance.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell fast.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insuranc
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop
in and see them.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.


Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new management.

Valeries Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
umque items, magazines, gifts and more.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent.

SUPERMARKETS
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and low-
est prices on the island.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your wind-
surfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruction,
superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and drinks too.
BBQ and wndsurf videos Wednesday nights.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the
world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Shop at
Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am-12 noon.

ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Tel. 790-6518, 786-6125
Email: reporter@bonairenews.com

Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE
for every-issue advertisers?


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0 Hair Affair

We do our best to make your hair
and make-up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for
facials and waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products

Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.
Personal attention by Janneke and Bair-
bel
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
orjust walk in.


Pasa Bon Pizza

&Bar

780-1111
Water Front

To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hlels
#42

Not Just Great Pizzas!


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to

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Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11 PM


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Contact on VHF Channel 9
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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 12)
recommended. Call 717-4433 or email Casa-
blanca(-telbonet.an

I The New Year on Bonaire is celebrated
with lots of fireworks. Many pets become
very upset because of the noise. The New
Year period sees the loss of pets that run
away from these loud noises. Fortunately,
help is available in an inexpensive, non toxic
form. See the pet of the Week Column on
page 19.

1 Just in time for the holidays Green
Label has stocked some beautiful red
poinsettias. They also are have four dif-
ferent types of basil and other herbs right
now. Green Label is on Kaya Industria, be-
hind TIS, which is next to Warehouse Bon-
aire.
1 Late news! The TCB named business-
woman Marisela Croes President of the
Tourism Corporation Bonaire Board of
Directors. Croes is Director of United
Colors of Bennetton and Rocargo as well as
past President of the Rotary Club. Other
board members are Jeffrey Levenstone
(DROB), Evo Cicilia (STINAPA and Bon-
aire Government), Dirk Jan Methorst (Jibe
City and Budget Car Rental) and Jack Chalk
(Captain Don's Habitat).

1 The TCB reported that tourism in-
creased overall by 13.8% in the first half
of 2007 compared to the same period in
2006. They project that 2007 will show an
overall increase of 10%. Prospects for 2008
are encouraging especially because of the
start of service by Delta Airlines.


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New Gear Accessories

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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
12-08 11:46 2.1FT. 22:14 0.8FT. 68
12-09 12:13 2.1FT. 22:49 0.7FT. 73
12-10 12:46 2.1FT. 23:21 0.7FT. 78
12-11 13:22 2.0FT. 23:54 0.7FT. 81
12-12 0:26 0.7FT. 13:55 2.0FT. 82
12-13 0:55 0.7FT. 14:35 1.9FT. 80
12-14 1:14 0.8FT. 15:21 1.8FT. 76
12-15 1:22 0.9FT. 16:08 1.6FT. 69
12-16 1:14 1.0FT. 9:08 1.5FT. 12:39 1.4FT. 17:16 1.5FT. 62
12-17 0:56 1.0FT. 8:30 1.6FT. 15:38 1.3FT. 18:20 1.4FT. 55
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) As we go to press Ramonsito Booi's
UPB, Green Party, threatened to split
from the Central Government, and all the
Bonaire Island Government UPB com-
missioners resigned on Tuesday in protest
to the top Dutch official involved directly
with the Antilles, Dutch State Secretary Ank
Bijleveld-Schouten's decision to give the
"Black Book" published by the self-named
Fundashon Bon Gobemashon (Bonaire
Good Government Foundation) to the Cura-
cao Public Prosecutor.
The Black Book has been in circulation for
some weeks now and details misdeeds com-
mitted by the UPB during its time in power,
including the period of its coalition with
Nochi Willem's Paboso party. Until Bi-
jleveld-Schouten's action it had been widely
regarded as political mud slinging by dis-
credited past officials.
UPB Commissioner Bumey El Hage's
view is Bijleveld "should know who these
people are: Nochi Willem, rejected by the
Bonairean voters; Jopie Giskus, dismissed
due to bad policy at the public enterprises
(WEB); and some other people who turned
their backs on UPB and now want to take
revenge; that is the Good Government Foun-
dation. As commissioners, we have de-
manded protection from the party. If a per-
son makes a mistake, he/she must be pun-
ished. But we will no longer allow those
people to throw mud at us." In response to
Booi's action the Central Government coali-
tion registered an objection to the Nether-
lands in hopes of quashing the action. If the
action proceeds developments can get inter-
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HAPPENING SOON

Now Through December 31 Art Exhi-
bition by Frans Booi and Winfred
Dania at the Kas di Arte. Open daily
from 10 am. See page 18.

Now until December 31-MCB's 45th
Anniversary Celebration-See page 4

Friday, December 7 Bonaire Animal
Shelter bi-annual fundraising event -
an Indonesian meal followed by an art
auction. Sunrise Restaurant at Sand Dol-
lar. Dinner (NAf45 per person) is at 6.
Auction starts at 8:30 pm (auction is
free). Tickets Asecom NV, (717-3207),
Jacobs Architekten NV, (787-0466), Babs
Domburg (786-1512), Jan Kerklaan(786-
3454), Animal Shelter Bonaire (717-
4989) Or by email: paulwich-
ers@flamingotv.net. See page 19.

Saturday, December 15-Sunday, Decem-
ber 16 -Fishing Tournament and End of
the Year Regatta For further information
contact Elvis Martinus at 717- 2288.

Saturday, December 15 -Rincon's
annual Marsh3 Navidefio (Christmas
Market) Food, drinks, gifts, crafts,
live musical and dancing entertain-
ment. 4pm-Midnight. Info: Bebi An-
thonie 717-3696 or Dorothy Cicilia
796-9046.

Saturday, December 15 Christmas
Concert Flamingo Rockers, Captain
Goyla, Three Colors and Chofi y Su Mini
Show, at Coco's, 6:30 pm

Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on
Cruise Ship Days, 10 am-2 pm: Fri-
day, Dec. 7-Wind Star; Monday, Dec. 10
Emerald Princess; Wednesday, Dec. 12-
Crown Princess; Thursday, Dec. 13-Sea
Cloud; Monday, Dec. 17-Arcadia

REGULAR EVENTS
S The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, has recently re-
opened to the public. Four-course dinners
with welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seat-
ing begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednes-
day & Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask for
Chez Nous or email: keeslee-
man@telbonet.an
HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Resort,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4 am;
Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents and
local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's playground
open every day into the evening hours.
Saturdays
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Resort,
6-10 pm
* Rincon Marsh6-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets,
snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks, music. www.infobonaire.com/
rincon. Extra big Marsh6 1st Saturday of
the month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm. Call for
reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9
pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Ware-
house Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per
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person for 6 to 8 wines.
Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time. Learn
about the history, culture and nature by
Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks
for more information-796-7870.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. For more informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
0466.
Mountain Bike Training for riders
of all levels (also Tuesday) at 5pm. Bon-
aire Wellness Connexions, Eden Beach,
785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com
Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance
at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar,
Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Chill Out with the Flamingo Rock-
ers at Den Laman's Reef Restaurant. 4 pm.
and goes to 7:30. Hear your favorite Rock
'n Roll, Reggae, Soul, Country and Ca-
lypso.
Mondays
* Dinner and a Show at Casablanca
Argentinean Grill-Reporter writer Al-
bert Bianculli presents his Multi-Image
Production "Bonaire Holiday" at
6:30pm, 7:30 pm & 8:30pm
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Resort,
6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
6435
Tuesdays
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays! With
$2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar! Plus Live
music by the Flamingo Rockers, 6-8pm
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar

Wednesdays
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs" with
live music by the Flamingo Rockers Un-
plugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
Thursdays
* Flamingo Rockers, at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village Ma-
rina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
Fridays
Le Boulevard Restaurant, open 9 -10:30
am. Only on Fridays. Coffee, tea, home-
made baked goods. Stichting Project. Kaya
J.A. Abraham#27
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225
Friday Weekly Market at Wilhel-
mina Park with local art, music and food;
summer fashions, jewelry, glasswork, Bon-
aire pictures, driftwood art, paintings and
all kinds of Bonaire souvenirs, 9 am to 2
pm.
Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Live music by Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30
pm) with Moogie Nation, followed by all-u
-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy Dive Re-
sort

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
5080
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire by
Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big
screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Adven-


ture.
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire presents the Sea Turtles ofBonaire
Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday,
Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-3802.
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th Wednes-
day at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-
8819) at 7pm.
Wednesday-Diving Facts And Fiction -
An Evening with DIR slide/video show by
Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire
Dive & Adventure,786-5073

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has beenrestored and
finished so it appears the family hasjust stepped
out Local ladies will tell you the story. Open
Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-4. Weekends by
appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th centuy.
Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behindthe
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
8444/785-0017

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone:
786-4651 or786-7699.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts #
10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30 pm at
Sunrise Pool Bar. all levels, NAf2,50. Call
Joop 717-5903 or be there by 7:15. Darts
Club plays every other Sunday at City
Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717
-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above Zeezicht
Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
717-8051


CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
endijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Kaminda Santa
Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in
Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire: Kaya Am-
sterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at
9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7 pm in Eng-
lish. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
786-2557.

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the two brightest stars of Gemini the twins for which this Geminid meteor/asteroid
shower is named because all the meteors will appear to originate from Gemini. Plus
this year there will be a super bright light in Gemini which is rouge-gold Mars which
is now brighter than any star in the sky and which won't be this bright again until the
year 2016! Plus it will be officially at opposition on Christmas Eve.
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flashing across the sky, which most people incorrectly call shooting stars. Now a
meteor is nothing more than a tiny speck of space debris which slams into our Earth's
atmosphere so fast that its friction heats up the gasses in our Earth's atmosphere and
causes them to glow like the gasses in a neon tube. What we see is a brief streak of
light as the speck of space debris bums up and plunges to its fiery death. Now a few
times every year our Earth regularly plows into massive concentrations of space de-
bris which we call meteor streams but which are really great rivers of comet dust.
You see comets orbit our Sun just like the planets, and every time a comet comes
close to our Sun it sheds some of its material. Eventually this comet debris gets
spread all along its orbit and whenever our Earth plows into one of these debris rivers
we experience a meteor shower. The best one usually occurs in August and is called
the Perseid Meteor Shower. But the second best is often December's Geminid Me-
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debris comes from an asteroid not a comet! If you watch from around 9:30 to mid-
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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)Your doubt could lead to insecurity. You need to challenge
yourself Your mind may not be on the job. You will have to be careful not to let others find
out about your intentions. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't make financial contributions in order to impress others.
Be confident in your endeavors and others will believe in your efforts. Secret affairs may be
brought out in the open. Get into some activities that will help you in making new friends.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't beat around the bush; state your case in plain and sim-
ple terms. Romantic opportunities are evident if you get involved in large groups or organiza-
tions. Secret affairs may only cause complications in your life. You will get great satisfaction
from your efforts. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your high energy and discipline will enable you to complete
any seemingly insurmountable tasks. You might not be as reserved on an emotional level as
you'd like. Entertainment should include your whole family. This is a great time to mingle
with people you would like to impress. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Resistance leading to conflict will only make it twice as hard to turn
the situation around. You could meet potential new mates if you go out with friends or take
pleasure trips. You may need to lend an ear to an old friend. Strong willpower will come to
your rescue. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can bet that situations will get out of hand if you allow
others to interfere. Your social skills with people may be more than just helpful. You could
overreact to emotional situations regarding your relationship. You need some excitement in
your life, and meeting new people in exotic destinations will certainly satisfy your desires.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Travel will be most enticing. Consider a cruise. Look into mak-
ing changes to your personal papers and don't neglect those bills that have been piling up.
Strength will come from your ability to overtake just about any one. A lot can be accom-
plished if you organize your time. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You are best not to confront situations that deal with in-
laws or relatives. Don't get involved in secret affairs or underhanded involvements. Your
need to put great detail into everything you do may cause you to miss the overall picture. Op-
portunities to get involved in self improvement projects will be rewarding.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You can get your point across and make valuable con-
nections. Make plans to do the things you enjoy. Opportunities for new romantic encounters
will unfold through the social events you attend. Romantic encounters are evident through
travel or educational pursuits. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will be able to get to the bottom of things this
month. Deal with the needs of children and get into groups that deal with self awareness.
Older family members may try to make demands that are impossible for you to handle. Don't
ignore any emotional issues that could be causing problems. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Stay calm and focus on things that will help you understand
the situation better. Although upsetting, changes in your domestic situation will be favorable.
Sudden romantic encounters are quite likely, but discretion will be a must. Others may want
to steal your thunder when they realize your ideas are pretty solid. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will be able to talk about emotional problems with your
partner. Try to avoid serious discussions with loved ones. You will be your usual charming
self and the partners you attract may be the adventurous type. Think twice before eating spicy
foods; you may have problems with your stomach. Your luckiest events this month will oc-
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Cultural Landmarks Bonaire is a
unique art show featuring new
works by Frans Booi and Winfred Dania.
No longer will tourists and locals have to
ask:"What does this site mean? What are
the Indian Inscriptions? Mati Mati?
What is the story behind Piedra Cruz?
What is the Bonaire Stone? Grita Con-
testa?" and on and on. Now they will be
able to read for themselves the history and
traditions behind these sites.
The pedestals of the Landmarks of Bon-
aire which have been empty for so long
are being transformed into the cultural
showpieces that they were always in-
tended to be. They feature artworks by
Frans Booi and Winfred Dania and text
with a mixture of history, tradition and
legend in both Papiamentu and English
written by Frans and Maggie Booi.
The project was started many years ago
by Frans Booi when he was the head of
the Cultural Department of Bonaire.
When he retired the project languished.
That the pedestals remained empty for so
long was a source of sadness to Frans and
later to his wife Maggie which they both
decided to rectify. After obtaining the
permission from the Island Government
they decided to donate their time and en-
ergy to finally completing this great pro-
ject. Frans is painting the illustration art
for most of the plaques.


There are presently six plaques finished
with another eight to go. Six are already
on their sites for tourists to see. Six du-
plicate plaques will be on display at Kas
di Arte along with the original artworks
and other new artworks by the artists.
Maggie's Wisconsin company, Indus-
trial Graphics Corporation, is printing the
plaques as a donation to Bonaire. The
entire project is a donation from Frans
and Maggie Booi. Arnold de Jong of
Krioyo Paint, along with Bert Buisman,
Henk Reekeies and Henk Bos of Blue
Divers, donated all of the restoration work
at Mamparia Cutu, and Krioyo Paint do-
nated all of the paint for the remainder of
the pedestals. Hubert Vis, Head of
SKAL, has been the faithful, patient edi-
tor of the plaques, and Geraldine Dam-
mers, former Commissioner of Education
and Culture, also lent her support and
Papiamentu expertise to the project.
Winfred Dania from Museum Bonaire is
painting the pedestals with his usual artis-
tic flair. BONAI (the archeology program
for teens) restored the Orange Pan pedes-
tal and obelisk. STINAPA and the Ka-
daster both donated their Bonaire maps
for differing uses during the project.
The Exhibit at Kas di Arte also features
the Architecture of Bonaire with illustra-
tion art and photographs by Frans Booi, a
Bonaire Star Map and other surprises to


Artist Frans Booi at the unveiling of the plaque.

see and to purchase.
Besides the original artworks for sale
there are also beautiful original calabas
ornaments made by Winfred Dania and ....
signed by the artist and some reproduc-
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Frans Booi. O
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TENE BOI

Some weeks
ago, on a
fishing trip along
the coastline of
Kralendijk bay on
board the Piscatur,
we (the fishing
friends) noticed and
commented on the
gradually changing -
profile of buildings
on the shoreline of
Playa Lechi and
Belnem.
At least six condo


buildings have
sprung up, their height considera-
bly exceeding the traditional
height of 8 to 9 meters, based on
the height of the old Bestuur-
skantoor. Also one penthouse
has been added, on top of the
(already high) Belafonte condo/
hotel building. And building pro-
ceeds in other spots. (* the actual
height is 12,26 m, till the top
ornamental stone).
One member of our party told
us he had found in the family
archive a color film dating back
to 1962, showing the shoreline in
its (then) pristine beauty. (This
film will be aired in mid January
after a Herensia TV program).
Another crewmember who had
recently sold his house on the far
end of Punt Vierkant to an aspir-
ing young Dutch couple for a
friendly price, told us how
shocked he had been to learn that
this couple was fronting for a
developer who is now planning
to put a five-story, 16-condo unit
building on that spot, razing the
charming Belnem villa that now
stands there.
We decided it was time to do
something about this situation of
building lawlessness. As a judge
remarked in a case that went to
court, of neighbors protesting
this cavalier attitude of develop-
ers, how could he render a rea-
soned verdict in the absence of a
zoning regulation
(bestemmingsplan) or a legal
limit to building height, now
solely ruled by the voluntary
benchmark of the historical Bes-
tuurskantoor?
We know that the island gov-
ernment (notably DROB) is
working on this hot issue, but we
also know from various sources
and documents that came to our
notice that there is a high degree
of volatility in definitions applied
(like when is a hotel a hotel, for
whom a higher building limit
would apply?); there is a lot of
hearsay and gossip (like: the tra-
ditional height is not that of the
Bestuurskantoor, but of the
church spire of St. Bernardus
Church, two to three times
higher); rather arbitrary heights
are being proposed, sometimes
with strong lobby pressure be-
hind it; and all the while building
permits are being requested and


EIRU PLAT ?


An old Bonaire high-rise resort


cannot be legally withheld, as
matters stand now.
We the fishing party de-
cided we should offer a sort of
crystallization point for the
widely held feeling that Bonaire
is selling out, for a one-time
profit of a few, one of its treas-
ures, the unique shoreline not
marred by high-rises and ugly
block buildings, instead of the
charming Bonaire habitat houses.
We agreed that our sole pur-
pose would be to speed up, pro-
mote, assist and where necessary
critically monitor the now im-
pending regulation, backed by as
broad a spectrum as possible of
Bonairean citizenry.
This not going to be a witch-
hunt against bona fide builders
and developers, no picketing of
building sites, not even an abso-
lute maximum height regulation
- for every 150 meter further
inland one further story over the
regulation maximum of three
stories can be added without no-
ticeably interfering with the
shoreline profile, as the example
of St. Tropez in southern France
has proved, in its terraced build-
ing regulation. The only thing we
want is a solid, legally backed
regulation which gives firm foot-
ing to any building activity on
the island, shoreline and inland.
We do not want to push politi-
cians and/or public officials who
are trying to do their job; we do
not want to participate in litiga-
tion and collect money for the
same; we do not want to take
political sides or join any fanati-
cal fringe; we just want to keep
Bonaire the beautiful island it is
now, for future generations of
Bonaireans and visiting travelers.
We would like to hear from all
Bonairean burghers, who are as
concerned about this situation as
we are, and would like to join
this initiative and actively pro-
mote its goals in their own con-
stituency, by sending an e-mail
message to : Tene Boneiru Plat-
form,
clisa.nicholaasgi mail.com.
For the Piscatur fishing party,
Co de Koning

A more detailed situation report
is being prepared for those who
are prepared to join the initiative
committee. O


f nmrtl a,


H-elp


Indon;l8rdfan
And Art AuctloW I


Jan Art Kids Aid the Shelter


For the upcoming Bonaire Animal Shelter Bi-Annual Art Auc-
tion Fundraiser on Friday, December 7, the JanArt students
have been busy creating doggie portraits for auction (Paintings by
Diane Werdath, Julia Marisol Martines, Kaile Finies and Janice
Huckaby). At the last auction the group was very fortunate to have
an art collector who bought the whole collection as a set. The Shel-
ter would like to have the same thing happen again this year. The
girls have worked very hard to paint their impressions of a smiling
doggie to show how the animals feel after receiving donations to
help the Shelter. We hope to see you there! 0 JanArt- Janice
Huckaby


Bonaire Reporter December 7-21, 2007


T eyme Weebc
E legance,
refinement,
royalty, self as-
sured these are i ..
some of the adjec-
tives that come to
mind when we see
"Jessie," this slen-
der white cat with
the amber colored
eyes. It was once
believed that all
white cats were
deaf but that's not
so. Although some
white cats with
blue eyes may be
deaf, scientists say that not all of the blue eyed ones will be. And
most certainly, those with other than blue colored eyes aren't usu-
ally. And this handsome boy certainly isn't deaf. In fact he has all
his faculties and is completely alert at all times. I would hate to be a
mouse nearby! Jessie was brought into the Shelter with his sister,
Katie, when they were tiny kittens. Right now they're about five
months old and just a beautiful pair. And as are all the other animals
up for adoption, Jessie are Katie are in excellent health. They're
very affectionate and love to be petted. They've had their shots and
will be sterilized when they're old enough.
You may see them at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm and from 3 to
5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Ol L.D.

Pet Gift Suggestions and support the Shelter!
Having difficulty shopping for people on your Christmas gift list?
If some of them are pet owners, maybe the solution is at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter Gift Shop! The Shelter's gift shop is now stocked
and open. You can purchase all sorts of dog and cat toys, collars,
harnesses, leashes and pet treats that are not available anywhere else
on the island. Items like Nylabones, Kong toys, large dog harnesses,
catnip treats and cat tunnels, to name a few. Thanks to the generous
donations of these brand new items by Bonaire Talk visitors and
other tourists and residents, the price of these items is less than retail
value (ranging from only NAf2 to NAf 25) and the entire purchase
price goes directly to the Shelter. Also available are great t-shirts,
tank tops and other "human" gift items. So stop by and visit the
Bonaire Animal Shelter Gift Shop located at the Shelter, 26-A
Kaminda Lagun. Hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Mon-
day through Saturday. 0 Jane Madden


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-GREAT LOCATION, SWIMMING POOL & COMPLETELY FURNISHED-


This resort is almost bordering the Caribbean Sea situated
on a peninsula with direct access to open water. It is
furthermore located In convenient vicinity of a number of
well-known dive sites and close to the center of Kralendijk.
Lay Out:
Entrance via front door and stairs, leading to the
second floor. Lay out second floor: To the right one
finds the master bedroom with private bathroom with
bath, walk through closet and balcony. On the same
floor a second bedroom with its own bathroom is to
be found. Living room with semi open kitchen and
dining area with adjacent porch offering a superb
view of the lagoon. Indoor stairway leading to the
third floor. Lay out third floor third bedroom with
private bathroom and a loft which can be used as
office space or den.
Unique selling points:
The unique location with direct access to the oceanlH
The pool
The view
Very good rental possibilitiesl
Completely furnished!
Specific points: H
Year of construction: June 1998
Building area: approx. 1,345 ft.2 (125 m2)
Long lease land until June 12, 2050.
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