richierich wrote:RL757PVD wrote:The road in front of maho beach should be closed and replaced with a road that parallels the runway by Karachter beach. that connects that now cut off area to simpson bay rather than the Maho plaza (pedestrian access can remain)
Wouldn't a stop light work to prevent road traffic using the road when there is takeoff/landing traffic? Not sure who would control it, but this is surely a low-tech solution that has to be better than building a new road in an area plagued by flooding.
Traffic always stops when there is an aircraft arriving or departing so there is not really an issue there. The locals know not to cross the runway when an airplane is taking off, but the odd time I have seen cars drive by when engines are at full power, probably tourists with rental cars. It would be next to impossible to build another road up the far side of the runway as Simpson Bay beach essentially comes right up to the fence line, and during high tide there is probably only 30ft from the fence to the water. Probably not the best idea to build a road on top of sand. As for the road by Maho, the concrete barrier that separates the road from the beach has to stay, if not the sand would eventually cover the entire road. And in the walls defence it is only about knee high.
I've been to SXM many times and it may sound odd but the safest way to enjoy the jetblast is by holding onto the fence. If you are just standing on the beach, not planted, you will get tossed around. When holding onto the fence it provides a great anchor point. The only time I really felt like I was loosing my grip was directly behind an AA A330, just had to readjust my hands that's all, everything else is pretty easy to hold on to the fence and never let go for anything. I once had my sun-glasses blown off and I didn't even bother turning around for them until the blast was finished, lucky for me they hit that concrete wall and broke into about 5 pieces, good thing they were cheap Wal-Mart glasses.