Dekker's now back on his feet, and when asked whether he feels he's definitively won his fight with melanoma, he shrugs impatiently. "We'll see what happens. When they come back, I just get them cut out again. That's how I deal with it."
Meanwhile, in addition to work on the U.S. Slavery Museum and the eco-lodge, Dekker has a few other new projects.
Because Curaçao has the world's highest incidence of diabetes-related kidney failure, he is building a dialysis clinic.
Because education is a personal priority, he's planning to open a culinary institute to train chefs for all those new hotels and restaurants.
Because ecology is a concern, he's working with Conservation International to develop the reef off the Netherlands Antilles. Also in association with CI, he is collaborating with "my good friend Ermias" - exiled Crown Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie - to establish, in Ethiopia, a nature park/conservation project that also promises economic sustainability for the needy developing nation.
Oh, and he writes weekly newspaper columns, and is turning one of his six book manuscripts into a screenplay.