|By Pauline Word (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #7) on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 9:04 am:|
We just booked our first trip to Bonaire for this fall and are really excited to go! Can't wait. My ticker says only 151 days to go!!!
|By michael gaynor (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2511) on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 9:47 am:|
Your question points out the reason we are trying to change our relationship with Holland. Out taxes are widely dispersed and it appears that once we establish a closer tie with the "mothership" more of it will be spent where it was generated..
|By Cynde (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1177) on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 10:33 am:|
Michael, doesn't the $25.00 BMP dive tag go to the Marine Park?
|By Susan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1786) on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 11:45 am:|
Cynde, I think you're right about that. And, it's not a tax. If you go to Bonaire twice or more in a calendar year you only pay that fee the first time. And if you you go in December, you'll get the next year's tag if I'm not mistaken, so it's good for the entire year following.
|By Pauline Word (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #8) on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 1:17 pm:|
OK, so the $25 to dive is not a tax per se, it is a fee to use the park. Hey, I'm all for that! Wish more islands were as conscientious as Bonaire and had protected waters and reefs! That's a huge part of why we want to go there!
|By Glen Reem (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2531) on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 4:59 pm:|
|By Kevin Wayne Williams (The Great Escape) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #353) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:17 am:|
$1M isn't all that much, BTW. Doesn't take much of a road or school to put a big dent into $1M. I just did a quick search, and Gretna, Nebraska, a town of 3000 people (about one fifth the size of Bonaire), just floated a school bond of $29M. Puts $1M (or $10M) into perspective, doesn't it?
|By michael gaynor (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2516) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 1:42 pm:|
Less than 50% of arrivals are divers so you do the math! That is one reason we have asked others to pay $10 to use the park facilities. Also the money that goes to the park pays salaries, insurance, gasoline, upkeep etc ad infinitum. Again, once you do the math you will find tight budgets and programs than can't be realized due to lack of funding. You also should take note that STINAPA is more than just the Marine Park.
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