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i( _.. April 4.18; Volume 15, Issue 7
[epigPBx0 BonairNtln nseairl Grow Respozpuinsibly
Kunuku Shimaruku, PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-8988, 790-6518, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994



The dogs' owners agreed to
assume financial responsibility
for the victims medical care and
their dogs have been quaran-
tined. The victims are recover-
ing slowly as the dogs' attack
was traumatic, the wounds pain-
ful and their injuries could have
been fatal.
There has been considerable
commentary in the community
about the enforcement of Bon-
aire's existing laws which re-
quire dogs to be leashed when
on the streets. In the past when
troublesome dogs proved to be a
problem they were shot on the
spot by police.
Animal lovers are upset by
this approach and are appealing
for dog licensing, more animal
shelter space, and increased
education regarding animal care.

0 The Government (BC)
wants the Central Govern-
ment in Curacao to take the
same measures to minimize
the effect of high fuel prices
for Bonaireans as it did for
the people of Curacao. Bonaire
spelled out what it wants in a
letter to Prime Minister Emily
de Jongh- Elhage. The Execu-
tive Council wants to lower the

) The up-market Dutch
evening broadsheet, NRC
Handelsblad, says that Hol-
land will inherit an unsafe
airport when it takes ownership
following Bonaire's direct link
with Holland at the end of this
year. Bonaire officials say that
is nonsense and the Flamingo
Airport is safe and secure. It
may not meet all Dutch stan-
dards, but those are inappropri-
ate and unnecessary in Bonaire.
Around 2000 the Bonaire gov-
ernment took money from its
other municipal projects to ex-
tend the airport's runway and
install a fueling facility, offer
cheap jet fuel and make other
improvements in order to attract
KLM aircraft which had been
using Curacao and Aruba as
stopovers on flights to South
America. They were successful
and for a time Bonaire was one
of KLMs busiest overseas hubs.
It sparked the economic upturn
that continues today on Bonaire.
The NRC story was based on a

report by Dutch civil servants
who said the runway asphalt
paving was deteriorating, water
runoff was a problem in heavy
rains, physical security was in-
adequate, and disaster plans did
not meet international standards.
When Holland takes over they
estimated they would have to
pay would be 20 million to set
things right. They question
whether KLM will have to con-
tinue to stop in Bonaire since
new jets have longer range. The
plan for KLM no longer plans to
use Bonaire as a stopover on its
Panama service has been
The NRC story sparked of
sensationalism as it revived the
allegations a bribe of 40,000
paid to local officials and
680,000 in overcharges. Those
charges were never proven.

) KLM may increase its

fuel surcharge again, according
to the airline's Operational Di-
rector Dutch ANP news service
reported. "The fuel surcharge is
still based on an oil price of $90
a barrel," he said. Last Wednes-
day morning, the cost of a barrel
of crude oil was over $101, said
ANP. In January, the airline
raised the fuel surcharge to 88
($137) for intercontinental
flights, like AMS to BON, be-
cause of higherjet fuel prices.

1 Bonaire's reefs are
among the best in the Carib-
bean concluded a report cov-
ering four years of study. Dur-
ing that time there was no de-
cline in coral cover however the
report voiced several concerns.
Turn to page 12 for more details.
A report from a US NASA
group came to the same conclu-
sion last month.
(Continued on page 6)

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Flotsam & Jetsam, Ca'pn Don
Clear Water Means Healthy
Corals (Tom Reynolds) 3
Tourist Sickness Cure 4
A House In Bonaire? 6
Windsurfing Wave Competi-
tion 8
Nature's Monuments 10
Walkathon Success 11
Bonaire Reefs Are Best 12
Letters to the Editor (Hotel De-
velopment, Good Schools, New PO
Service?) 15

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Klasita Emerenciana 5
Soduko Puzzle 7
Bonairean Voices (Sports) 9
Soduko Answer 9
Did You Know (Iguanas) 10
Picture Yourself (Cruising
Alaska, Chicago) 13
Classifieds 12
Dining and Shopping Guidel4
Tide Table 15
Reporter Masthead 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Occult) 17
The Stars have It 17
Island View (Holland) 19
What's Coming Our Way
(Bona Bista ilsland Estates) 19

How to contact us
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Story tip or idea:
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Bonairenews.com then click
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om Reynolds loves scuba
diving Bonaire's beautiful
reefs, and he wants to keep doing
it. But he couldn't help but no-
tice that in recent years they did-
n't seem as healthy as they once
were. The retired Pasadena Cali-
fornia resident wondered what
he could do to reverse the trend.
The answer became clear
after he invited his best friend,
Dr. Burt Jones and his family to
join him, diving in Bonaire.
Burt Jones is a towering figure
in oceanographic research, spe-
cializing in near coastal condi-
tions. A Research Associate
Professor in the Marine Environ-
mental Biology section of the
Biology Department at the Uni-
versity of Southern California,
his research interests include bio
-optical oceanography, physical-
biological interactions, coastal
processes, and coastal ocean
observing systems. He has been
involved in studying the dynam-
ics of physical/bio-optical inter-
actions in a variety of environ-
ments that include coastal Cali-
fornia, the Arabian Sea, Japan/
East Sea, and the Adriatic Re-
cently, he's done research in
harmful algal bloom monitoring.
Dr. Jones has been involved in a
coastal observing activities that

Tom Reynolds

includes both fixed sites and
autonomous vehicles.
These projects usually have
million dollar budgets. The
money is well spent because it
provides the scientific evidence
in deciding how to correct prob-
lems affecting ocean water qual-
Tom Reynolds and Dr. Jones
reasoned that if they could sup-
ply Bonaire with similar scien-
tific data addressing the potential
decline of Bonaire reefs it would
influence the Bonairean govern-
ment to take appropriate action.
One thing stood in their way.
Lack of money. The big money
that paid for the expensive moni-
toring equipment and staff just
wasn't available on our island.
However, together with their

local diving buddy, Albert Bian-
culli an idea took shape. If they
could find a substitute for the
expensive monitors and enough
staff to run the project on Bon-
aire and some money, then the
science measurements could be
The Bonaire National Marine
Park was enthusiastic about the
plan and agreed to not only co-
operate, but to post the results on
the STINAPA website.
The secret to cutting the cost of
the project is a microchip sensor
originally developed to track
fish. With the addition of color
filters it could be adapted to
monitor light and temperature.
The light data the sensor records,
following extensive data reduc-
tion and analysis, could be used
to measure the clarity and the
amount of organic material in the
Following a successful pilot
test of a sensor array at jerry's
Reef at Klein Bonaire in August
2007 the Light and Motion Sen-
sor (LMSP) program was
The sensors, in sets of three,
set at three different depth cost
about $55 each. Commercial
units performing the same func-
tion cost as much as 300 times

Dr. Burt Jones with one of the instruments he usually uses.
The sensors used in Bonaire are about the size of a pack of

more. Bonaire's LMSP sensors
lack the automated cleaning and
remote data readout of the ex-
pensive units. As a result the
LMSP sensors get visited at least
once a week by volunteer divers

who do those tasks. These so
called "Rainbow Arrays" were
deployed in 13 locations from
WEB to the White Slave huts
and through this February re-
(Continued on page 12)

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Europeans every year. S.A.D., or Sea-
sonal Affective Disorder, is the curse that
drives sufferers either to the doctor's sur-
gery or to the travel agent's door. Either
path is a temporary fix, and even the 12 x
12 inch light box (that some entrepreneur
has patented and sells for around $500)
offers little respite from the gloom that
arrives with the interminable grey skies
of a European November. Living with a
sufferer is a long-term nightmare and
should be placed on the statute books as a
reason for divorce alongside mental
cruelty, unfaithfulness and irretrievable

The best solution is to pack your suit-
case as soon the shops unpack the Christ-
mas Ideally you should make sure you
are standing in an airport terminal by the
1st of December.
The older you get, the easier it be-
comes. Your children are off hand and
pleased to have their Christmas free of
parents and in laws. Your own parents
have either shuffled off this mortal coil or
are ga-ga in the local nursing home and
happy to gum-chew the plate of gristly
turkey and rock hard roast potatoes. You
won't have to attend the drinks parties
with the neighbors who ignore your exis-
tence for the other 364 days of the year.
From 2004 we said "Bah Humbug" to
Christmas. We packed a soft bag, and
caught a plane to anywhere that offered
cheap flights and warmth. Goa, Thailand
and Cuba did the trick for four years, then
it all went wrong. On the way back from
Cuba in 2006 we made a convoluted de-
tour via Venezuela and Curaqao to the
island of Bonaire. We stayed for nine
days not long enough to explore the
kunuku, not long enough to snorkel every
beach, but certainly long enough to fall
in love with Bonaire.
The seed was sown! Most women are
good mental gardeners, and I am no ex-
What can I say about this little island?
I have sat on the wooden deck of a
house in the mondi, under a canopy of
stars, and eaten food cooked on an open
fire sunk in the deck's centre. I have
been shown hospitality that puts us to
shame back home in England.
I have eaten the best Chinese food ever:
a full-blown meal for less than you would
pay for a plate of prawn crackers in Lon-
don's Chinatown, though I have to say
that the EU regulations now in force back
home would have the door firmly locked
and barred, and a team of rat-catchers
doing their stuff.
I have walked the hills round Lagoen at
dusk, and been brought to tears by the
stunning beauty of the red earth and the
majestic cacti. I have done all the tourist
things and loved them all: bumping down
the pitted roads of Washington Park, ly-
ing on a sun bed at Sorobon and watching
the windsurfers scream over the turquoise
waters, sitting back with a glass of wine
on an idyllic sunset sail on Mushi Mushi,
gorging myself on a delicious meal of
goat meat at the Rose Inn in Rincon, and
swimming and snorkeling from every
beach we could find.

Are there things I was glad to get away
from? A few:
Mosquitoes for one! I was obviously
born to be a packed lunch for them. I
smothered myself in Osi, Autan, Cutter
and Curaloe. I spread it on like butter
and watched the mozzies sit in the middle
of it, almost sliding off, but somehow that
proboscis found a way through and deliv-
ered its load of histamine, in exchange for
a slurp of my blood. I would have been
happy to transfuse a pint into a bag, tape
it round my leg like a catheter bag and
hang a little notice on it saying,
"Mosquitoes welcome."
Shopping for foodstuff was a real bun
fight (if you will excuse the pun). Trans-
port is essential, as you need to travel
between all three main supermarkets in
search of what is never on the shelves.
You also need to be adaptable and imagi-
native, as the vital ingredient for your
intended meal is often sitting in a con-
tainer waiting for the cruise ships to clear
the docks.

Speaking of cruise ships.... Well,
there's another thing I don't miss. You
can be having a nice peaceful read or a
quiet lunchtime beer, when these blocks
of flats disgorge their contents. They
don't come in twos and threes, they come
in 10s and 20s, garish floral shorts burst-
ing at the seams, bellies bursting with the
all inclusive food and beverage. You can
only deduce that the thrum of the engine
or the cabin airco has impaired their hear-

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ing in some way, as conversation is car-
ried out at decibel levels normally saved
for when your dog is half a mile away
chasing goats. There seems to be an in-
nate fear that they might lose each other,
as they line up the sun beds a regulation
six inches apart. Then they flip-flop their
way down to the water and for 10 sec-
onds there is perfect peace. But hey, it's
only right that they want to share their
experience. The whole beach needs to
know. "Guys have you seen this?
You just godda see this.""Gee man, this
is awesome... awesome."
Some look as though they have been
dug up and are there just to make up the
numbers. They sit under the shade of the
palm trees, white legs stoppered with

blindingly white socks and shiny trainers,
floppy straw hats drawn tightly down
over wizened faces. Two hours later, the
whole caboodle shuffle out to the waiting
transport, back to safety and afternoon
However, I do miss the friendliness of
the people on Bonaire, the climate, the
scenery, the sea, the casual dress, sun-
downers, and most of all my brother and
his partner who have made the island
their home.

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Profil9m Introducing: Klasita Emerenciana,

I Contributing Her Joy and Charisma to the Market

K lasita Emerenciana was
born on Bonaire 75 years
ago. After she finished school
she left for Aruba, spent some
time there but returned to her
dushi Bonaire.
Klasita was one of the first
participants in the crafts market
at Wilhelmina Park which was
set up some 10 years ago." It was
very different then," she says.
"Our booths were made of palm
leaves, and we could use the
booth only from October to
April, during the cruise ship sea-
son. In those days mainly local
people participated and only a
few non-locals. It was SKAL
(the Culture Department) that set
it up." She recalled,
"Unfortunately one morning
when we arrived at Wilhelmina
Park we found that all of our
palm booths were burned to the
ground. Some youngsters had set
them afire the previous night. I
have to admit" says Klasita," that
Selibon did such a splendid job
cleaning the debris that Wilhel-
mina Park came out much
cleaner than before! In order to
continue our market, we had to
try to find a place under one of
the trees just to be in the shade
while selling our goods! But
there weren't enough trees for all
of us, and this made spending a
day on the market a bit hard."

While she is talking I am struck
by the happiness she radiates.
Her eyes are expressing herjoy
and her zest for life. She looks
wonderful in her traditional Bo-
nairean dress and headdress, a
beautiful and colorful representa-
tion of Bonaire.
Klasita is proud of her booth
where she sells mainly her own
creations. She enhances pieces of
driftwood (which she finds and
gathers herself on the beaches)
by making them into colorful
souvenirs of Bonaire, decorated
with boats, waves and blue Bo-
nairean skies. She also displays
her plaster-of-Paris creations and
ceramics. She learned these
crafts at the Instituto Venezue-
lano on Bonaire. "I love to be
creative," she says, "and since
the Instituto taught me how to
use different materials I can do
something creatively. Selling my
things to tourists is like a crown
on my work." From the money
she earns, Klasita can buy new
materials like the paint, the plas-
ter for casting and the materials
for making her ceramics. Her
technical skills are needed as
well, when she attaches metal
chains to her driftwood pieces.
Before the market existed, she
worked making uniforms in the
Cambes factory on Bonaire that
closed down some 18 years ago.

She is much happier now, doing
the work she loves. Much of her
creative work she can do at the
20-member Nort Nikiboko
Womens Club. Twice a month
they have bolas games at the
ballpark. The club competes on
Bonaire and international com-
petitions on Curacao, Aruba and
Venezuela. Klasita trains every
week to keep herself in condition
and practice her technique, and it
shows! She's been doing this for
over 15 years.
On a market day Klasita arrives
early with all her articles, the
wrapped up booth and foldable
tables in her car. She never has
to set up the booth by herself;
her colleagues are always there
to help. "We all help each other,"
she says. "T hat's what I like
about being here. Another thing I
like very much is talking with
the tourists. They ask me many
things about Bonaire, about the
government building and why it
is built as a regular house. They
ask me about the building oppo-
site my booth (the former doctor/
dentist office), and I tell them
that when my mother grew up, it
served as a school. My mother
went there when she was young.
That was over 100 years ago. At
that time the kids only went to
school until the age of 10. Still
my mother could write, read and

she was very good with figures."
Klasita had two brothers. One
died on Aruba, the other on Bon-
aire about four years ago while
out at sea in his fishing boat with
his son. She is grateful to have a
nephew left here on Bonaire, and
there are always the grandchil-
dren of her women friends whom
she sees and visits regularly.
She hopes to be part of the
market for many years to come.
"I am so happy to be here," she
says. "I love what I am doing
and I love the contacts with the
people." Be sure to pass Kla-
sita's booth when you visit the

market. It's definitely a joy to
talk to her.
A tourist couple stops at her
stall and they express their
amazement that this market is so
different from the ones on the
other islands they visited. "This
market really has quality stuff,
no cheap tourist junk. There are
more arts and crafts here than in
the other places."
I do believe Bonaire can be
proud of its market, of the par-
ticipants and the beautiful arts
and crafts that are being made on
the island. 0 Story and Photo by
Louise Rood

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Page 5

Buy A House In Bonaire?

Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from pg 2)

) Bonaire may be in need
of the "protection" that a law
being considered in The Neth-
erlands to control the move-
ment of Antillean people may
Once Bonaire becomes part of
the Netherlands one would ex-
pect that education, medical care
and social benefits would im-
prove and outstrip similar bene-
fits on nearby islands. Then a
flow of people from Curacao,
similar to the flow from Holland
in recent years for better social
security should be anticipated.
The new kingdom law should
by default provide Bonaire with
the same protections as Euro-
pean Dutch.

P The island continues to
experience power blackouts.
According to a WEB (power
company) release, a problem in
the distribution system caused
the automatic protection system
to disconnect the Hato power
plant around 8:30 am last
Wednesday morning. The entire
island was without power.
The power first went out in the
north of the island. The techni-
cians at WEB couldn't find the
problem at first and tried to get
the system operational
again. While they were doing
that another problem popped up
and caused a total blackout.

It turned out that a high-
voltage switch in the power
plant was defective. All
neighborhoods were connected
again around 2 pm. WEB said
that there will be some repair
work in the coming days and
that the power will be have to be
cut now and then. However,
advance notice will be given.

) The Miami-based Marine
Safety Group has called upon
the Bahamas government to
ban shark-feeding tours in the
wake of a recent death. An Aus-
trian diver was bitten by a shark
while diving in Bahamian wa-
ters that had been baited with
bloody fish parts; he later died
from his wounds.

0 Several hundred years
ago, the
coral reefs
of the Car-
ibbean had
up to six
times more
fish than
they have
today, according to a study pub-
lished Wednesday. The estimate
is made by US scientists poring
over the fate of the Caribbean
monk seal, a fish-loving mam-
mal driven to extinction in 1952.
Historical records from the
17th and 18th century show
there were huge numbers of
(Continued on page 7)




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Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from pg. 6)
monk seals, distributed among 13 colonies
across the Caribbean. They were so plenti-
ful that some ships' maps of the West Indies
even noted particularly dense locations of

) After a year-long sRE
absence, the Bonaire y
International Fishing
Tournament will be
held this year from _
April llth to 13th,
one week after the In- %*, U
ternational Fishing
Tournament on Curaqao. This year the
headquarters for the tournament will be at
the Club Nautico pier opposite It Rains
Fishes Restaurant. Shore-side activities
such as special BBQs, live music, distribu-
tion of the prizes and a live performance by
the Foyan Boys band on Sunday afternoon
will take place in the parking lot of It Rains
Besides boats from Bonaire the organiz-
ing committee also expects vessels from
Curacao, Aruba and Venezuela. The grand
prize will be a Toyota HiLux pickup if the
Antillean record of an 803 pound catch is
topped, and a Rolex watch is offered for a
catch of 450 pounds or more.
This tournament is a "catch and release"
tournament. There can be a minimum two
and a maximum of four fishermen on board.
The start signal will be given each day at
07:00 and the boats are expected back at
more or less 16:00. The proceeds of the
tournament will go to a good cause. Fishing
boats will be docked at Club Nautico and
Harbour Village Marina as well as the
North and South piers of Kralendijk. For
more information please contact Robur de
Vries at 786-1070/516-1070 or e-mail at
info @itrainsfishesbonaire.com/

P Dr. Daniela Mald-
ini, who is here this se-
mester teaching Marine
Conservation Biology at
CIEE and specializes in
marine mammals has
established a dolphin
research project focus-
ing on the dolphins
around Bonaire. If you would like to par-
ticipate contact her at the CIEE, 717-4140.

1 There has been much
speculation on what cur-
rency Bonaire would use
once direct ties with Hol-
land are established, the
US dollar or the euro. Now
a new idea has been raised-
keep the guilder. OBNA (Antilles Invest-
ment Bank) Director Gomez Casseres while
touching on various subjects, which in-
cluded dismantling of the central govern-
ment, and the future of SVB, APNA, the
Central Bank and the debt issue recom-
mended a step-by-step approach. "The An-
tillean guilder should remain the currency
of the BES islands (Bonaire, St Eustatius
and Saba) for another ten years," he

) The Bonaire Heineken Jazz
Festival for 2008, will be held from May
22 to 25. It promises to become another
big success. The festival will be opened by
the Lt. Governor on May 22 with a "Jazz
and Poetry" presentation in Fort Oranje.
The evening will start off with local poets

Bonaire Reporter April 4-18, 2008

) Last month three rangers from the Bonaire National
Marine Park, STINAPA, worked closely with their coun-
terparts from STENEPA in St Eustatius (Statia). Their
visit was the second ranger exchange scheme between
Stinapa and Stenapa through to increase competence of park
rangers, funded by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
The Bonaire rangers performed all the routine daily tasks
of the Marine Park, including mooring maintenance, patrols,
yacht fee collection, diver supervision and fee checks, turtle-
in-water monitoring dives, Zeelandia beach cleanup, boat
maintenance, and snorkel club instruction for 8-10 year olds.
They also worked with Statia rangers Walter Blair and
Nadio Spanner to install four new yacht moorings in Oran-
jestad Bay.
Upon their departure, the rangers said they had learned a
great deal in Statia and that they had found that the people
were very friendly and gentle. The Chief Ranger urged the
Island Government that if they want to keep coral in good
health, they need to enact more laws, such as banning spear
fishing, and also ensuring that there is more personnel work-
ing for the Marine Park.

and musicians, followed by the main act of
Izaline Calister and her trio. We'll have
more information as the date gets closer.

) Keep an eye out for a wayward
cat. Wanda is missing in Tera Cora/
Nikiboko. She broke out of a screened
window at the vet's office Feb. 14 (near La
Portuguesa). She has a scar under her ear.
She is a very timid/shy cat. Please call 786
-3134 or 786-4538 if you see Wanda.

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Dragonfly Kite

) Don't miss the 30th Kontest
di Fli (kite contest) next Sunday at
the field behind Kooijmans. Every
year it's a huge success. Families,
friends and all kinds of groups get
together to built the most amazing
kites, and often it takes a whole
crowd to launch them. It's a won-
derful, wholesome atmosphere.
Bring chairs and tables, food and
drink coolers and spend the day.0



SThe TCB is promoting several of
Bonaire's upcoming events on out
neighboring islands of Aruba and
Curacao. On April 3 they will be in Aruba
and the next day i Curacao. The delegation
is made up of Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes
TCB Director, a representative of the Open:
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of Aquaspeed Windsurfing and Bonaire Mon.-Fr: 8-6
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hanks to a Canbbean-wide storm, the swell
Last Saturday was enough to create a chal-
lenging wave event a Lac Cai. The local contin-
gent of windsurf youth and pros and a few interna-
tional riders were on hand to compete in the an-
nual wave challenge. Italian rider Davide Giardini,
studying at CIEE, was on hand to compete. An
impressive group of junior riders were eager to
sample the afternoon swell. Local pros, Taty
Frans, Kiri Thode and Tonky Frans, each per-
formed a set of freestyle wave feats including for-
ward loops, table tops and more. When they were
up, the junior division dazzled the crowd in the big
swells. Young Dylan Robles proved practice
makes perfect. His skill in the waves has vastly

improved since last year s event. Top gun Bjorn
Saragoza wowed the crowed with some slick
There was a large spectator crowd on hand, a
mix of locals and tourists. During lunch everyone
enjoyed local food including fish and fungi and
creole style chicken. The mood was enhanced by
Antillean and Latin music and a festive vibe. The
awards ceremony was a fun time and the winners
revealed were:
Juniors: 1. Bjorn Saragoza (Hot Sails/Starboard)
2. Hendrick Balentien (JP)
3. Amado Vrieswjk (Hot Sails/Starboard)
Pro: 1. Taty Frans (North/Starboard)
2. Kiri Thode (Gaastra/Starboard)
3. Tonky Frans (Gaastra/F2)

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"A sport field without players is not a
field; it's a place abandoned to the Hawks
and the Sparrows." old saying

Sports are the physical activities that
are governed by a set of rules or
uniforms and often engaged in competi-
tively. Bonaireans like sports. Besides
other games that are played, the most
popular sports in Bonaire are soccer, soft-
ball, windsurfing, judo and baseball. In
the past they played "korfball." It's like
basketball but with three divisions in an
organized group.
But if we sit and think for a moment we
might ask ourselves what is going in
sports nowadays and why are people com-
plaining about how sporting activities are
being managed here in Bonaire in the 21st
A very active and fit lady used to
played korfball and soccer in the past.
Now, at 69 years old, she says, "I loved
sports and still love them. In the past,
when I was a young girl we didn't have
much recreation besides our duties in
school, going to church and helping at
home. We made sports our recreation. At
first it was for fun, but then we organized
a sport club for all young men and
women. We were very disciplined. First
we had to do our school work, help at
home and then get on the field. Our main
goal for the teams was to get better and
become winners. Nowadays the teams are
not happy with each other and they lack a

lot of informa-
tion about how
to behave when
they're compet-
ing. There are a
lot of young
children walk-
ing around who
are not so inter-
ested in sports
because they
don't have
enough infor-
mation about
them. They
may think that
playing on an

Sports Commissioner el Hage at the opening of the soccer sea-
son game between A TC and Vitesse

organized team
is just something to pass the time and they
don't see any need to help make the team
move forward and be a better one. Sports
officials need to see how important each
sport is here on Bonaire and help our
youngsters keep out of trouble by taking
sports seriously. Of course discipline goes
along with it. Let's do this to make Bo-
nairean sports grow."
Another lady (47) who has been in
sports most her life, said, "In the past
teams liked to stick together and every-
body worked to help the team grow and
become successful. For the last few years
the energetic team spirit and will to win
have been drifting away. We have to sit
down and see what the cause of all this is.
It could be different problems: the fields,
the high cost of living, the sports officials,
the politicians, the government or us.

Don't let prejudice and arrogance turn our
sports into a war zone just because of our
own misunderstanding. We can't be so
selfish because we are not only harming
ourselves but also the younger generation
that is learning from us grown ups. We
want to stop the crime, the drug abuse, the
alcohol abuse, the peer pressure among
youths if we could, but how we are going
to do that if we take sports for granted?
Stop fighting and start thinking wisely.
What can we do for our team(s) and for
our self as a member of a team or teams
(some people participate in more than one
sport)? Sports are as much a part of our
culture as whatever else we might practice
here on Bonaire, be it music or art. Some
people like me start feeling the bitterness
of being an athlete, and I know that's a
wrong feeling, but that is the reality. We

have here in Bonaire some good people
who really care about athletics on the is-
land. Please, sports officials, get to these
people before is too late here on Bonaire
and give all Bonaireans the chance to
grow in all kinds of sports activities."
As many of us know this subject of
sports was the top issue discussed on the
radio and in the newspapers for the last
three months and it is a continuing issue.
* Siomara E. Albertus

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names are
and you Iguanas at leisure
have no
idea what they mean, this animal's name is simply, Iguana iguana! Why can't all
species' names be this easy? This herbivorous reptile can grow old enough to reach a
length of two meters and is native to South and Central America. It is often found
close to water, which provides an easy escape route from predators such as birds.
Be careful where you step. If you are walking down a path you may accidentally
stumble upon an iguana warming its body against the rocks. They blend in so well to
their environment, with their typical green to grayish colored bodies, that you might
not notice one unless it moves! n Brian Recken-

Brian Reckenbeil is a Biology major from Mo-
ravian College in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. He is
in his 3rdyear of college, and the kicker on the
football team He played lacrosse at college for
the first two years, but is now studying Tropical
Marine Ecology and Conservation in Bonaire this
semester at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire.

B onaire is full of
surprises as Lee
Scruggs, who took these
photos discovered.
A walk along the scenic
road, called the tourist
road by locals, on the
west side of the island
offers some lovely pano-
ramas with steep cliffs
and crystal seas.
But there are several
artworks there too.
Just along the roadside,
using your imagination,
you can find Snoopy, the
dog, a wooden flamingo
and a small green subma-
Take a ride or a walk
along the tourist road
and see if you can find

Along the east, wind-
ward, side of Bonaire,
along the coast, are drift-
wood constructions that
come and go. Some say
they are the result of
wave-tossed driftwood
randomly coming to-
gether. Others say there's
a mystery sculptor roam-
ing the beaches. Check it
out. U G.D.

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Page 10

Walkl-a-Thon Success
Although the sixth Special Olympics Walkathon was held a month later than usual, it didn't escape getting rined on... but just a bit; nothing like past years when
the walkers all got soaked.
On Sunday, March 30, starting at the slave huts at 5 am, the participants set out on the 30-kilometer route that followed the salt slaves journey to Rincon and back each
week. Entrants walked, bike and even roller bladed. There were eight water stops manned by kind people who gave ourt water, Gatorade, fruit, pan dushi (sweet bread)
and lots of encouragement. One of the most popular water stops is at Karpata, organized by the Bonaire Bikers Club. Which offered a full (free) bar menu to fuel the
walkers for the steep trek to Alta Mira before the slope down to the finish line at the Pasadia di Karino in Rincon.
556 tickets at NAf 25 were sold for the event. Here are a few photos from the day. G.D.

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Clear Water (Continued from page 3)
corded water conditions every eight min-
utes. Millions of bits of data were re-
Ito ensure that the LMSP sensors were
accurately calibrated in February Tom
Reynolds traveled to Bonaire with the
"expensive gear" on loan from USC. We
can report they passed the test and the first
results were published in the last issue of
The Reporter.
Currently, LMSP sensors are being re-
programmed to record data at one minute
intervals, multiplying the data and the task
of analyzing it, but making it easier to
calibrate LMSP sensors with the
"expensive gear."
Tom says, "Global conditions notwith-
standing, the land is a significant source of
the reef's problems. When we report the
results of our work we give the population
and government the ability to determine
the quality of their water. The LMSP will
localize where the situations (affecting the
water quality) may exist. Once located,
other instruments will be able to pinpoint
the source of the problem. Even now we
can compare the clarity of the water be-
tween the Andreas and White Slave. As
we process the data, we will know which
locations have the clearest water."
It is up to STINAPA to publish results
on their website and to take remedial ac-
tion if necessary.
Up until now everyone working on the
project have been volunteers. However,
with the plans to increase the number of
sensors, set more around Klein Bonaire,
add fluorometer instruments and increase
the sampling interval by eight times, the

flow of data will become a torrent.
This is very ambitious project without a
doubt, unique on the planet. More data
will be gathered in a single day by Bon-
aire's LMSP sensors than for NASA's
entire moon mission. Further, there is
global interest in this project. Dr. Jones
and Mr. Reynolds have received inquires
from all around the world and will present
the program at the Coral Reef Symposium
in July.
Additional funds from private, corporate
and government donors will be need to run
the project for its 10-year life through the
installation of the waterfront wastewater
The data analysis was being done by Dr
Jones and it was hoped that USC graduate
students could take it over. However, it is
turning out to be so formidable a task that
specialists may have to be employed.
Published LMSP information can even
help divers contemplating a trip to Bon-
aire. They will be able to see for them-
selves which resorts have the clearest wa-
ter which implies the best reefs.
Tom Reynolds concludes, "Hard science
must precede informed political action.
Having the data protects us from doing the
wrong thing. Critically, we must do the
right thing. What the ocean could tolerate
in the past is not true today. After all it's
not our father's ocean anymore." G.D.

Money is needed to continue this project. Do-
nations accepted by Support Bonaire (US tax
deductible)/ or the SEA MONITOR Founda-
tion accounts: Maduro & Curiel's Bank
(Bonaire) USD Account # 116.735.09
NA Account # 116.736.07

Bonaire Reporter April 4-18, 2008

Bonaire's Reefs Are Best... But

The report on the status of Bonaire's coral reefs based on monitoring conducted
from 2003 2007 by Robert S. Steneck and Suzanne Arnold from the University
of Maine and Dr. Peter from the University of Exeter, School of BioSciences, on our
coral reefs concluded that Bonaire's reefs remain among the best in the Caribbean.
However, the monitoring revealed some potentially troubling trends that may require
management action. The results were presented at Captain Don's Habitat last week and
are available on line on the STINAPA website at http://www.stinapa.org/pdfs/Bonaire-
The report said Bonaire's reefs have not declined since the study began having es-
caped the effects of an algae takeover that occurred on most Caribbean reefs since the
1980s when disease wiped out 97% of the black long-spined sea urchins that eat algae.
"We see three troubling trends of increased (macro)algae, declining grazing of algae
by parrotfish, and increases in damselfish populations," the report went on. "Of these,
the first two are most serious. Secondary trends of concern are increases in damselfish
populations and declines in coralline algae (from 20% to 4%) which could lead to re-
duced recruitment of reef corals but to date this is not evident. Importantly, live coral
cover remains relatively high (47%) The monitored group of carnivorous fishes, the
lutjanid snappers, are holding constant but we remain concerned about the past the con-
tinued loss of other larger bodied reef carnivores such as groupers and barracuda.
Macroalgae abundance on Bonaire's coral reefs in 2007 was significantly greater than
it had been in 2003 and 2005 (Figure 1). At the same time, parrotfish biomass on Bon-
aire's coral reefs has declined for unknown reasons, perhaps fishing."
The survey which was completed last year did not comment on the recent acceleration
of algae growth at some sites on the reef. U G.D.

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Picture Yourself With The Reporter

Cruising Alaska

ruise ships are in the minds of lots of people
on Bonaire, but perhaps not in the same
way they are for Walt and Lyn Bentsen, who live
in Belnem. They recently took a cruise/tour to
Alaska. They wrote, "We took The Reporter with
us so we could look at the pictures of home to help
keep us warm." 0

West Chicago, USA

I one Perhay writes, When I returned
home after a ninth Christmas in beautiful
Bonaire I discovered that one of your flamin-
goes followed me! So, after teaching him
how to make a snow angel we both posed
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cember, 2008." U

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C arol Dornbush was
awarded her gold
Bonaire Ambassador's
medal from TCB's Rolando
Marin last week.
She writes about her Bon-
aire experiences: From the
moment my husband, Al,
and I set foot on Bonaire 26
years ago we knew we had
found a very special place.
We were so enchanted with
the island that in a short
time we bought a first and
then a second timeshare at
Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort. We formed wonderful
friendships there that would
bring us back year after
year for two weeks (and
sometimes three) each
January. As soon as we
arrived we would stock up
on groceries from Culti-
mara and bread from Exito.
Then we would enjoy diving
and snorkeling each day, sharing
a few Amstels with our friends
at green flash, and savoring deli-
cious dinners and ocean breezes
at night.
I traveled alone when I re-
turned to Bonaire this past Janu-
ary because Al passed away on

November 30. Although sad-
dened by the loss of my beloved
husband, I was comforted by our
extended Bonaire family and
treasured Bonaire memories. I
knew then that I would always
want to come home to the peo-
ple and places of Bonaire. 0
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bikinis and boardshorts for men and
women. Mix and match swim tops and
bottoms, colors and sizes.

Bikinis: NAf 70 /$40

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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 Lo-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 m Wdnesday-Sunday finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights a
day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your first choice for
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
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-store
financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
At last, a real book and toy store on Bonaire, Addos,
in downtown Kralendijk sell books in three languages and
has a variety of quality toys.
Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable signal
on the island. And their personnel are trained and friendly.
Check out their unlimited calling plan.
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 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.

Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
Interiyours- New name, same owner and location. Has
lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-kind furniture, antiques,
crafts and accessories from mainland China and Indonesia.
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. Now
in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.
Bonfysiotherapie helps when you need physiotherapy for
any reason. It's professionals treat you with the most mod-
em equipment and techniques. Phone 717-7030/7850 Fax
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services Full digital services.
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property man-
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insurance.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices in real es-
tate-Interational/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 insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop
in and see them.

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in
Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women
and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new management.
Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their services?
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and low-
est prices on the island.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein

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.
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Aruba Hotel Development,
A Lesson?
Dear Editor:
I have always been very critical
about the frenzy of hotel construc-
tion on Aruba. However, in one
respect Bonaire should follow the
example of Aruba. A large sewage
treatment plant with waste collec-
tion pipelines was built years ago
along the Aruba shore before the
construction of the hotels on the
Druif Beach, Eagle Beach and
Palm Beach had started. The puri-
fied water does not flow back into
the sea but is used for the irrigation
of a large golf course. On Bonaire,
just the opposite is happening.
Development is proceeding and the
waste water will be returned to the
The volume of waste water, go-
ing directly or indirectly into the
sea around Bonaire is increasing
every day. Uncontrolled release of
nutrient-rich waste water promotes
excessive growth of algae that may
eventually smother the reef. Every
diver or snorkeler can see that that
reef algae, particularly near the
resorts, is increasing.
Although development on Bon-
aire should be concentrated in
other areas (consider the decrepit
condition of several school build-
ings), the government of the island
is fixated on the idea that the con-
struction of more houses and new
big hotels is crucial for the pro-
gress of the island. It is completely
ignoring the seminal Pourier Re-
port of the 90s, which counseled
slow development and reef protec-
tion. Its most important principle is
that all future development must
consider the unique coral reef, the

main asset of Bonaire.
The local leading politicians and,
unfortunately, also part of the local
population, are proud that the ho-
tels and large condominiums are
being built. They do not realize
that this development will have,
next to the environmental damage,
a detrimental effect on their own
lives. A large influx of workers
from the Caribbean and Latin
American countries, required for
the construction and operation of
the hotels, will not only dramati-
cally increase the current serious
infrastructural problems but will
also jeopardize the cultural identity
of the Bonairean people. Accord-
ing to the statistics, Papiamentu is
the mother language for just 68%
of island inhabitants. Immigration
by several thousand foreign work-
ers will inevitably result in a grad-
ual replacement of Papiamentu by
Spanish as has already happened
on Aruba!
And what are the prospects for
the two new large hotels? I expect
that the Divi Sunset Hotel will be a
big success as the Divis on Aruba.
Due to its ideal location and good
services it may become the favorite
high level hotel on Bonaire. Unfor-
tunately for the existing restau-
rants, the guests will make use of

S Letters Hotel Development
Good Schools
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the hotel's own dining facilities
because Divi Sunset will be an all-
inclusive hotel. Having my own
experience with the excellent, fresh
food at acceptable prices in the
restaurants of the Divi hotels on
Aruba, I can predict that not only
the Divi guests but also guests of
other hotels and locals, will fre-
quently visit the Divi Sunset hotel
One situation concerning the
Divi Sunset project has to be re-
solved and that is how the contrac-
tor will prevent damaging the coral
reef by loose fine sand particles
during the reconstruction of the
hotel beach. I asked this question
to the Divi Sunset Resort project
manager, Mark Nooren, in Decem-
ber 2006 and he answered that he
would get to me on this matter in
due time. Obviously, the due time
has not arrived yet. In my opinion,
the project should begin with the
beach reconstruction rather than
with the building of block walls
along the site perimeter.
While the Divi Sunset Resort has
a bright future, the prospects for
the Bonaire Hilton Resort & Spa
are less optimistic. The main rea-
son is that Azul Development,
which had been involved in the
past in the development of several
hotels on the Aruba's famous Palm
Beach, has, unfortunately, ignored
the basic rule in the real estate and
hotel development: "Location,
Location, Location." Azul has cho-
sen a site which has no beach and
is absolutely below the standard
for a Hilton hotel. It is for us in-
comprehensible that, according to
our information, no high Hilton
official had visited the site before
signing the agreement to give its
name to the resort. (A draft of this
article was submitted to the re-
sponsible director at the Hilton
headquarters in Beverly Hills,
California, who had no comments

on it).
What benefits will the new big
hotels bring for the Bonairean peo-
ple? In my view, there will be
more problems than benefits for
the inhabitants of our island. The
frequently used argument that the
hotels will bring jobs for the local
people is not valid in this case.
It is possible that only a very
limited number of local people will
work as managers in lower posi-
tions, like it has happened on
Aruba. As everybody knows, there
is no labor available on Bonaire for
the construction and operation of
the hotels.
Jiri Lausman

What Makes A Good School
Dear Editor:
A few years ago the Dutch daily,
Volkskrant, gave its opinion on
what makes a good school:
A successful school:
a powerful principal
a strong team
a clear vision of the purpose of
the school
discipline and peace
and unwavering confidence in
the capacities of the students.
In what respect does the SGB
live up to or does not live up to
these requirements?
Knowing this, something might
be done about it.
Ger Vellinga

Post Office's New Service?
Dear Editor:
Last Friday afternoon at 3:30 pm
a nearly 80-year-old man arrived
at the locked door of the Kral-
endijk Post Office where several
persons were already waiting. He
wondered why the door was locked
at that time because, according to
the information on the door, the
Post Office on Friday closes at

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4:15 p.m. He looked inside through
the glass door and saw people in
line in front of the counter. The
man thought that perhaps for secu-
rity reasons, only a limited number
of persons were always admitted to
enter the Post Office.
After a while, the door was
unlocked from inside by a man in a
white shirt and dark trousers. The
old man wanted to enter, but the
Post Office employee declared that
the office was closed. To the ques-
tion why the office was closed
although it had to stay open till
4:15 pm the employee answered
that the manager had ordered it.
After the old man asked to speak to
the manager, the employee, who
refused to give his name, shouted
that it was not possible, grasped
the old man and threw him on the
sidewalk. The old man fell on his
arm and hip and lay at a distance of
about three meters from the door.
The waiting women shouted,
"Bergwensa!" (Shame!), but the
employee locked the door and did
not look back at the old man on the
sidewalk. When the man fell, three
letters he wanted to send registered
mail fell from his hand, and the
strong wind took them away. He
was not able to try to catch them.
The old man, limping and feeling a
severe pain, walked to the Medical
Center where the doctor, after ex-
amination, stated that the old man
suffered injuries on his hip and
elbow. If he were not retired, he
would be unfit for work for two
The old man later visited the
Police Office and submitted a com-
plaint against the Post Office em-
ployee due to maltreatment. You
would never believe that such
things are happening on our para-
dise island!
The Old Man


Saturday, April 5-Rincon
Market in the heart of Rincon
Spend the day shopping, playing
games or visiting historic sites.
This month's big market is dedi-
cated to Ben Oleana who has been
working for the betterment of Rin-
con for three years. For more in-
formation call Raymunda Fines at
717-3693 or Dorothy Cicilia at 796

Sunday, April 6 -2008 BWC
Half Marathon, 14K and 7K Fun
Run Start at Eden Beach 7 am.
Contact De Freeweller bike shop
or Bonaire Wellness Center, The
total distance of the course is
7. 1 Km; starting from Eden Beach
Resort and then it follows Kaya
Gobernador N. Debrot towards
south. Then it follows the ocean
road Kaya Playa Lechi, Kaya
J.N.E. Craane that runs until the
town pier. At Plaza Wilhelmina,
runners will turn left and then left
again at Kaya Grandi to run to-
wards Kaya Libertador Simon Bo-
livar. The run follows Kaya
Korona and at the end runners will
turn left to follow Kaya Amster-
dam and then back to Eden Beach

Sunday, April 6 30th Annual
Kontest di Fli In the field behind
Kooyman's. All day from 9 am.
Sign up at the Flamingo Book
Store on Kaya Grandi. Entry fee is
NAf 3,5 0 for children; NAf 7,5 0
for adults. For more information
read Flotsam & Jetsam on page 7

Sunday, April 12 Beginning
at 6:30 am. Bike ride to benefit
the Bonaire Puppet Theater,
Route: Kralendijk Stadium, Kaya
Betico Croes, Nikiboko Zuid,
Kaminda Lac, Kaya Ing. Van Eps,
Kaya International, Airport and
end at the Stadium. There will be
five rest stops along the way.
Cost:NAf 17,50 Adults and 15,00
for children. Make sure your bike
is in good condition.
Cost covers a T-shirt, water,
juice and fruit. Get tickets at the
office of SKAL in the Bonaire
Museum or Lula Hart, Kaya Zuid
Nikiboko 127, tel. 717-2666.
Buy a ticket to support the cause
even if you won't ride.

Sunday, April 20 Rotorally
sponsored by the Rotary Club. Pre-
sale tickets from all Rotary mem-
bers or at inf6(!-#otarybonaire.org

Sunday, April 30 Rincon Day
- Biggest party on Bonaire Details

The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is now open
to the public. Four-course dinners with
welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seat-
ing begins at 6 pm. Lunches on
Wednesday & Thursdays. Call 717-
8120, ask for Chez Nous or email:
keesleeman @telbonet.an
HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and blackjack, 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 play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.
Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6-10pm
* Rincon Marsh--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.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rin-
con. Call Maria Koeks for more infor-
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5-10 pm.
* "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
* 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

* "Live Cooking by the Chefs"
with live music by the Flamingo

Rockers Unplugged Buddy Dive
Resort, 6-10 pm
* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant,
Harbour Village Marina. HH drinks,
gratis tapas, 5-7
* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9
-10:30 am, run by teens in training.
Only on Thursdays and Fridays. Cof-
fee, tea, homemade baked goods.
Stichting Project. Kaya J.A. Abra-

* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9
-10:30 am, run by teens in training.
Only on Thursdays and Fridays. Cof-
fee, tea, homemade baked goods.
Stichting Project. Kaya J.A. Abra-
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
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 Fla-
mingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
6:30 pm) with Moogie Nation, fol-
lowed by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

Sunday- Creature Feature- John
and Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital
photo center present a multimedia
slide Presentation about Buddy's
House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive,
6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of Bonaire Dive &
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure,786-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm.

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thm Fri-
day, 9-12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment.
Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentury. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017

AA meetings every Wednesday at

7:00 PM-every Sunday at 5:00 PM.
786-4651, 788-1369 or786-7699.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
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 Old Inn (across the street from
Plaza) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 or be there by 7:15.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month
- Junior Chamber International Bon-
aire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is wel-
come. Contact: Renata Domacass6
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
Thursday 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.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays,
10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am.
Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire: Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday
Prayer Meeting at 7 pm in English Tel.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays 8:30 11:30am. In Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services, Sunday at 8 am and
7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto 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 Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.

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April 8th's
Watch The
Hide The
Seven Sisters

M ark
night, April
8t, as the
night when a
cosmic occult
will occur.
That's because
whenever one object in the heavens passes directly in front of another object and
hides it from view we call such an event an occultation because the word occult
comes from the word to hide. And next Tuesday, April 8"', in early evening an
exquisite crescent Moon complete with Earthshine will indeed pass over the fa-
bled star cluster, The Seven Sisters, and occult them, that is hide them from view
for a brief time.
On Tuesday evening April 8", just after dark, face west where you will see an
exquisite three-day-old crescent Moon complete with Earthshine. Now in case
you've forgotten what Earthshine is, simply keep in mind that the Moon does not
make its own light but shines by reflected sunlight. So the bright part of the cres-
cent Moon you'll be seeing is sunlight bouncing directly off the Moon and back to
Earth. However, when the Moon is a crescent it frequently looks like there's a
dark full Moon nestled within this crescent. And we call this Earthshine because it
is light from the sun bouncing off our Earth onto the unlit portion of the Moon and
back again. And believe me, the crescent Moon with Earthshine is always a beau-
tiful sight.
But on this night if you look close by you will see several stars bunched up to-
gether in a group, the tiny cluster of stars known for thousands of years as The
Seven Sisters, The Pleiades. And this evening from many places across the North
American continent and the Sky Park, Moon watchers will be able to see the
Moon slowly pass over and hide several of the sisters' stars from view. And al-
though this will look fabulous with the naked eye, I strongly encourage you to use
a pair of binoculars because not only will the Moon with Earthshine look great but
you'll also see dozens more stars in this cluster which is actually a group of about
100 stars, 407 light years away. That means the light we'll see next week left these
stars 407 years ago in 1601, only nine years before Galileo was the first to use a
telescope to discover the extra sisters.
Now I strongly suggest that you start watching at dusk just before it gets com-
pletely dark out. Have a fairly clear flat horizon because the Moon and The
Pleiades will set about three hours after dusk. And as it gets darker you can look
to the left of the Moon and The Pleiades and you'll see the dim v-shaped group of
stars called the Hyades which mark the face of Taurus the Bull. In fact Taurus'
red eye star, Aldebaran, should easily catch your attention as will Betelgeuse, the
red shoulder star of Orion, the Hunter, and the red planet Mars which on Friday
April 11t will be visited by a wonderful first quarter Moon. So get out next Tues-
day night and why not share this occult occurrence with a friend? 0
Jack Horkheimer


By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For April 2008

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You may find that your documents are not in order. In-
laws may cause difficulties. Travel should be considered. Get out and, about. You will
be well looked upon due to your compassionate and giving nature. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) New methods and innovative technology will make
your job far easier than you anticipated. Travel will initiate new friendships or love
connections. Pleasure trips will turn out to be better than anticipated. Make your inten-
tions perfectly clear and find out exactly what is expected of you. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You need to do more research before you make your
final decision. Elders may need your help. You must try to help. Emotional up and
downs have caused doubts in your personal life. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You may blow situations out of proportion when deal-
ing with the one you love. Sentimental feelings may make it difficult to get much done
at work. Don't be too eager to give a piece of your mind or even your opinion this
month. Set the ball in motion and be relentless until you complete the project. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Take care that arrangements to spend quality time together
are made in advance. Recognition can be yours if you present your ideas and stand
behind your beliefs. Empty promises will cause upset. Make love, not war, and all will
be fine. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Offer good conversation and a nice soothing lunch.
Try not to let your emotions interfere with the completion of your work. It's time to
reevaluate your motives. Be prepared to lose friends or alienate other people if you
insist on being stubborn. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You could meet an interesting individual you'll want to
get to know better. You may want to make changes in your home environment. Don't
give your heart too readily. Hobbies will be good for your emotional well being. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your ability to charm others will bring added popu-
larity. Secret affairs will only lead to deception. You will be overly generous with
children this month. You need to be careful not to make promises that you can't fulfill.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Older family members may take advantage of
you by making you feel guilty. You will have a great day if you just say what you feel.
You can stabilize your financial situation if you make property investments. Argu-
ments with relatives may lead to a split in the family. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can make successful moves. You may be
frustrated by the way situations are being handled in your personal life. Throw your-
self into your work. You will be overly sensitive when dealing with your personal life.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your ability to work with detail could help you
achieve your goals. You'll be able to discuss your ambitions with your mate. Don't let
your mate bully you into thinking that you owe them your time and your life. Don't
agree to make any of those cosmetic alterations you've been considering. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Investments will cost more than you anticipated. Your
partner may push buttons that infuriate you. You may need a good friend to lean on.
You need a day to rest and relax with the ones you love. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Thursday. 0

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Tony and Terry Bond, former Bonaire
residents and Reporter correspon-
dents, recently returned to Bonaire for a
vacation. They had a fine time but were
appalled at the condition of the (RED)
Slave Huts.

O ver the Easter weekend for the 6th
time the MCB International Tennis
Tournament took place on the island of Bon-
aire. Over 110 participants from the US,
Europe, South America and the Caribbean
joined for the biggest tennis event in the
Five long days, starting on Thursday night
with the opening rounds, working through
more than 200 matches on the 4 courts of the
Harbour Village Tennis Center, all players
and the tournament committee were very
busy. With a Player's BBQ on Friday night
and an Easter Buffet on Saturday night, with
Live Music from Glenn and friends the off
court program also brought lots of entertain-
ment and good times.
Thanks to automation the match schedule
worked smooth, and on Sunday morning all
quarter finals and semi finals could start. A
total of 20 different categories have been
played, so the entire Monday finals were
played and award ceremonies held, for inter-
national players having to catch planes.
Leonard Domacasse from the MCB Bank
and Adam Littman from Littman's Jewelers
presented the trophies and vouchers for the
winners. For the first time in the history of
the MCB Tennis Event cheques were given
to first and second prize winners Tim den
Hartog (Holland) and Frank Hodgson
Tournament Director Elisabeth Vos likes to
thank all players and all bar-, kitchen, and
committee helpers for the tremendous job
well done. A special thanks to Humphrey
Hose, group leader from Aruba, who came
with a team of more than 20 players. Con-
gratulations are in order for Patricia Polo
from Curacao, who became the MVP player
(Most Valuable Player) of 2008, by bringing
a team of young female A-players to the
event, so for the first time the categories
Ladies Single A and Mixed Doubles A could
be played.
Without all support from the sponsors the
event would never be so successful so a BIG
thank you for MCB Bonaire and all co-
sponsors: TIS, Telbo, Jibe City, Don Andres,
Vespucci, Littman's, Duyn Bonaire, Budget
Rental Car, Jacobs Architecten, Heineken/JC
Herrera, Akkermans Auto Supplies, Tenniss-
chool Sport Bonaire and Harbour Village
Beach Club for all help organizing the event.
The MCB 2009 will be even better!
The Results of the tournament:

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Tony Bond writes, "We decided to stop at
the Red Slave Huts, a poignant place of
reflection. As one looks across the roofs of
the huts and out to sea, it is difficult not to
feel a sense of shame of mans inhumanity
to man. These small huts that once served
as primitive forms of shelter for the en-
slaved stand today as a stark reminder to
those darker days.
As we drew closer, it became apparent
that these monuments have not been given
the respect that they deserve. The roofs are
defaced with graffiti, they have become
obscured with weeds, paint is flaking and in
places, there is evidence of structural
cracks. We were shocked and saddened to
see the abject vandalism coupled with the
wanton neglect. These huts have stood
since the 1850s, enduring all that nature has
to offer yet today, they are being allowed to
crumble and fall. 0 Tony Bond

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Mary Ann Koops is off this week taking her
VWO-5 students to Holland for an orientation session.

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Marcel Leurs photo

In The Netherlands

S GB High School class
VWO 5 was in the Nether-
lands for two weeks for study
orientation. The students and I
(as one of their three supervi-
sors) went to 12 different univer-
sities and colleges in nine differ-
ent cities. Some of the students
had never been to the Nether-
lands, and most of them had
never been to a university or
college. It was a trip with a lot of
"first times." First time in Am-
sterdam, first time in a tram, first
time in the blooming coldness,
first time to see snow! Yes, la-
dies and gentlemen, we had
snow. For the first time in 40
years the temperatures were so
low around Easter that condi-
tions were just right for some
snow. It was a treat.
If you ask these students what
their impression was of the
Netherlands, they will reply:
COLD! One of the students
asked if the air conditioning was
on when she stepped off the
plane. Then they will comment
on the amount of bread that is
consumed by the Dutch. Some
of the students thought it was not
normal how much bread was

eaten during the day. We were
invited many times to lunch and
it was always a "bready" lunch.
You could choose between al-
most every kind of bread you
can imagine.
They liked the people of the
Netherlands. Especially when
you take a wrong tram and you
end up where you do not belong.
You could ask anybody and they
would help you. This happened
to some of our students who
were supposed to take the tram
which was going east, but they
took the westward-bound one.
The students learned how to
correct their error, and I still
have nightmares of them riding
the trams of Amsterdam forever.
They also experienced "on
time" in the Netherlands. When
you have an appointment at 11
o' clock, the Dutch mean five to
11. The Bonaireans might mean
a quarter past 11. When you are
invited to a party here on Bon-
aire which starts at seven, you
know you are not welcome be-
fore eight. The Dutch will ring
your doorbell at a quarter to
seven. Some Antillean students
who are already studying at
Dutch universities told our stu-

A wonderful pastoral settinA

Although we already had a look at quite
some developments "coming our way,"
we're still far from having seen all of 'em. In fact,
we will probably not be able to catch up with all
that is, and will be, appearing.
This time we head just north of Kralendijk. On
the right hand side and at the beginning of the
road to Rincon (Kaminda Gurubu), Bon Bista Is-
land Estate is being developed. What will this
We are told that these developers want to com-
plete a high quality residential area over the
255.000 m2 (63 acres) site with 160 home lots plus
an additional bungalow park. Not a small project!
The developer belongs to a group of investors,
who over the last 20 years has been responsible
for several projects on Curacao, amounting to
3,000 building lots.
The person in charge of getting it all together is
from Curaqao and has managed various similar,
although smaller, projects on the Spanish Costa
del Sol. When the market there slowed down,
Bonaire seemed to offer new opportunities in the
light of its upcoming direct ties with Holland and
he moved here to focus on this project.
The land's sloping hillsides with occasional
views over the sea have been owned by the invest-
ment group since the 70s. There were plans for
developing it in 1996, but the time wasn't right.
Then, at the beginning of 2007 plans came back
on the table and were reshaped into what they are
now. Planning is that the entire project will be
accomplished over a period of about eight years.

dents that a watch is a very good
choice for a graduation present.
What about the universities
and colleges? Before we left for
the Netherlands, the students
thought that once they were
there they would be able to
choose a study. Nothing was
further from the truth. They now
have the full picture of a how
many possibilities there are at a
university or college. After you
have chosen a study, then you
have to pick a city you want to
live in. They brought more than
10 kilos of brochures and infor-
mation from the Netherlands.
The choosing has only just be-
gun. And here they thought that
this excursion would help them
in their choice!

g at Bona Bista Island Estates

Construction of the infrastructure for the first
two phases (90 lots) of the project will begin
within weeks and are estimated to be finished by
August. All roads will be asphalted and will have
completely paved sidewalks, something not all too
common on the island. Infrastructure will possibly
include a dual fiber optic network.
So far 25 lots have already been sold, both to
individuals and to some (smaller) developers, all
from Holland.
There is a contract obligation that requires buy-
ers to start to build within three years after the
purchase and complete within five years after buy-
ing. There are also certain restrictions on the
building standards of this development. We are
told that these quality stipulations
(welstandsbepalingen) will indeed limit a buyer's
freedom, but are there to safeguard long-term
quality of the entire project, from which the same
owner benefits. Just some examples are: a specific
color should be used for the exteriors, a minimum
of 50% of the roofs should be sloping and roofing
should be made of terracotta roof tiles. In addition
construction activities must be limited to Monday
through Saturday, 7.30 am until sunset
The bungalow park (38.000 m2/9.4 acres) that was
mentioned earlier will be
built in a later phase of the
project and will bring a new
resort to Bonaire with green
and lush gardens a
Story & photo by Marcel

Then why take them to the
Netherlands when it confuses
them with an (almost) overload
of information? You can only
make a right choice when you
know what your options are.
Now they have the same options
as a Dutch student. There is only
so much information you can get
from the Internet. You cannot
get the atmosphere or the experi-
ence of different kinds of people
at a university or a college from
the Internet.
Everyone we met in the Neth-
erlands, without exception, told
us that this excursion was a good
idea. Some people from the uni-
versities and colleges never real-
ized that an Antillean student
cannot check beforehand
whether or not they like the insti-

tution and the city they have
chosen. The objective of this
excursion was to get acquainted
with the Netherlands in general
and the universities and colleges
in particular. We sure have suc-
ceeded! There are also some
unforeseen side-effects. This
group of students is not only
very well informed, but they
have tasted their independence,
and they are very motivated to
start their future in the Nether-
lands as students. U
Story & photo by Maly Ann

Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High School.

Bonaire Reporter April 4-18, 2008


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beautiful Bonaire this villa is a real opportunity for anyone
who values quality of construction. Solid workmanship in
every detail in this villa is combined with luxurious living in
an upscale area in a quiet environment on a spacious
private lot.
Lay out:
Entrance to the property through gate and driveway.
Through the entrance to the hallway which leads to the ground
floor section of the home that has an additional separate entrance
and can therefore be used as a guesthouse. This part of the home
consists of two bedrooms each with private bathroom and
down the hall one finds a spacious living room with open kitchen
and porch overlooking the pool. Taking the stairway one enters
the upper section of this lovely home which consists of a spacious
living room with fully equipped open kitchen adjacent the
large terrace from which one has a truly stunning view over the
Caribbean Sea and a large part of the island. The master bedroom
is also situated on this floor and comes with private bathroom.
Unique selling points:
High quality construction and finishing.
The pool. Garage with lots of storage space.
The stunning view.
The upper class and quiet neighborhood
Year of construction: 2001 Harl
Building area: approx. 375 mm (4,035 fIt)
Pool: 6 x 5 meters (approx. 19.7 X 16.4 ft)
Lot size: 3.200 m2 (34,432 ft2)
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