jumbojet wrote:.Next time you go, tip your taxi driver, waitress/waiter, bell boy etc an extra $50 or whatever you can afford. This way, the money goes right to their own pockets.
Good idea. Many of these people on SXM aren't locals so who knows what help they will get as they aren't Dutch citizens. Even for the locals many probably don't have proper property insurance and so will be in difficulties.
And of course an island which is 80% dependent on tourism will see tough times, maybe for at least the next year or so. With all of the scenes of mass destruction, even after the recovery has been completed many tourists will be reluctant to visit.
Let us hope that the "looting" will be desperate people trying to get supplies and not opportunistic criminals. It is to be understood that with their food and other essentials probably destroyed some might have to get their supplies from where ever they can. That is until the authorities have put in place measures to help them.