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    Moomba not in compliance

    from the Dutch amigoe today:

    Building regulations are not complied Moomba
    March 12, 2010, 12:58 (GMT -04:00)

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    In this picture you can see how many palapa's (wooden huts) at the beaches are.
    ORANGE CITY - The thatched roof collapsed from the Moomba bar in which eight people wounded to hospital, did not meet the building regulations. This concludes Public Works Department (DOW) after a technical examination. The government is now whether the inventory of other hotels and palapa restaurants on the beach to the building rules.

    Erik Vrolijk is manager Supervision DOW. He told this morning that the Amigoe gust Tuesday March 2 that the thatched roof above the bar showed collapse of Moomba, "just drop the" was. "Without the wind had been building just yet."
    He explains that there were three things wrong with this palapa. "The Venezuelan workers about eight years ago, the wooden roof construction, the connections made with their own rules. It is not built according to the Aruban licensing requirements. The license was there, but unfortunately there was no adequate supervision, which is not observed. "A second problem is in the columns, says Merry. "The wood of the columns, you may also call pillars or legs, appeared to be affected from within." The third problem has to do it indirectly, as Merry was under the weight of the palapa to the already heavily damaged columns . "The company had too many hung on the tent. The legs were not strong enough anymore. The wind did just that last push to get everything together to drop. "

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    Moomba thus had a license and therefore according to the DOW manager not punishable. But they must do something now. "The company should immediately replace its palapa's. So not only in the small bar, but great in the part of the restaurant, "said Merry. "We have them until next Monday to do this in order to achieve this. If that did not happen, then it risks holding that she should close her doors. "To his words, immediately, anything to shade with" then we conduct the business talk about the next steps. "

    DOW suspect there's more palapa such problems. "We are doing a survey to see how many of these wooden buildings on the hotels and restaurants on the beaches." He could therefore not give any numbers. "We are working on all these companies to write and to announce an investigation. What Moomba, applies also to them. "Merry recognizes that DOW had to keep better control. "That is an issue we are going to look."

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    It succeeded the Amigoe this morning to get a response from Moomba. Yesterday the newspaper said spokesman Kevin or with hoses. That was in response to an ad today that the company has placed newspaper. In the ad, all aid workers thanked for their efforts after the collapse of the roof. When asked why this Moomba posted, Snakes said that "everyone has responded very quickly and there was much care and aftercare. We find a thank you or at his place '.

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    the article was in Papiamento then translated to English?

    the wording is somewhat had to understand.

    am i correct in reading that the structure that fell was not in compliance with the building codes and now the DOW is going to be doing inspections on other palaypa/hut structures to make sure that they are safe and in compliance?

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    Dutch to english. Used Igoogle translate which is the best
    I have found. But even the English articles in Amigoe
    are hard to follow!!

    Wish I could find a good papimento to english online
    translator. The ones I know of aren't good at all.

    And yes your summary is correct as far as I read it!

    Sounds like the following happened to them:

    1 Original plan was not up to standards
    2 Rotting from within (termites or water damage?)
    3 Weight ratio of roof to columns which were damaged. (not 100%
    what that means - sounds like they had perhaps lighting and other
    things attached to the roof that added to the problem)

    Regulations of palapa has always been kinda a 'grey area' for the
    Dept of Works - in regards to how many are built and now it
    sounds like regular inspections of the structures.

    Still think it's a miracle that not too many people were hurt!

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    exactly!!
    Quote Originally Posted by lizzardo View Post

    Still think it's a miracle that not too many people were hurt!

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