Prime Minister Sarah Wescot Williams confirmed during the weekly Council of Ministers press briefing that the donation the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) gave to the Simpson Bay Community Council were questionable.
SCDF stated that they made a donation to the S.B.C.C. due to the event that was held in the Simpson Bay area. The Prime Minister stated that based on what she read in the newspapers several questions came to her mind because she wants to know if SCDF will give donations to the other community councils where carnival jump ups are held.
SCDF has had various issues and also met with parliament when they learnt that their budget for the 2014 carnival celebrations had to be reduced due to the country’s budget problems. SCDF are also upset about the agreement with Telem, which meant that the competitor UTS would not donate to this carnival, like they usually do. Last year TELEM and SCDF were at an impasse because SCDF refused to fully comply with the agreement the Government of St. Maarten has with TELEM since that company invested their monies to build the stage inside of Festival Village. The SCDF lost about $150,000 in funding this year and yet were able to give donations to community councils.