Third trip to St. Martin planned next month but the more I read the more uncomfortable I'm feeling about the island. I just read the last few days' news on thedailyherald.com and it seems like SXM has been/is sliding into a serious crime situation. When merchants in the main city close down for a couple days and protest in front of the gov't building, uh, that's not good (murders, roberies). After our last visit in '98 I had read that after a couple of the nastier hurricanes rolled through there was a major uptice in violent crime. Seems like they've yet to get a handle on it. I read the US State Dept. wants to put the island on the "crime advisory" list? And that Julianna airport is telling the airlines they can't refuel there because the last few shipments of jet-fuel haven't passed mustard? Huh?? Shhessh. Not making me feeling great about driving around w/ my Penn State hat in the rental car or being in my hotel at night during low season. Not thrilled about cxl'ing and losing miles/$$ but I'm debating it.