06 September 2017, Hurricane IRMA falls on St. Martin On Wednesday 06 September 2017, the island of St. Martin was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. The destructive power of this 5 + hurricane, with winds near 400km / h, has literally devastated our beautiful island of St. Martin. During 6 to 8 hours, Irma swept the territory, pulling up roofs, doors, windows, and everything that stood in its way, reducing to nothing large public and private infrastructures.

A month later, the face of St. Martin began to change. Clean-up by the Community, with the help of local businesses and the volunteer population, has produced unexpected results in such a short period of time. Roads are again accessible and it is now the phase of reconstruction that will be implemented.
In the aftermath of the hurricane, most of the buildings were on shore, 90% of public buildings were damaged, as many homes have lost the roof and must now be rebuilt.
The inhabitants of this small territory of 53km2 whose economy is mainly based on tourism, have all been impacted at one level or another. A house, an apartment, a vehicle, a business, a business, the damage is very heavy.
If we travel from north to south, it is not difficult to measure the extent of the damage and appreciate the immense reconstruction work that will have to be carried out. "Saint-Martin has been disfigured by this unprecedented climatic catastrophe, but it will rise again to regain its true face", it is the message pounded by the president of the Collectivity Daniel Gibbs, since the day after the catastrophe, determined to go forward.
Caribbean people are accustomed to major hurricanes, they know how to prepare, preserve and protect their homes. The pre-cyclonic communication worked very well in Saint-Martin, everyone was able to prepare and observe the usual preventive actions recommended by the community and the services of the state.
As IRMA approached, the local authorities ordered the evacuation of the populations living on the coast. The anticyclonic shelters, which opened on Tuesday, 05, at noon, served as a refuge for all those who thought their homes were not safe enough, and for those evacuated from the risk areas. This last-minute evacuation has undoubtedly saved lives. At present, our territory deplores 11 deaths in hurricane IRMA. It is a heavy human loss that must push our territory to rebuild "fast but better than before", as the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron said, when he came on 12 September.
After the phase of the findings and the abatement of the first hours, the great cleaning began very quickly after the hurricane. The population mobilized and everyone began to clear their neighbor's door in the gardens and the roadsides.
The community of Saint-Martin was on foot a few hours after the hurricane. After the state of emergency and the emergency treatment phase, the institution requested 50 local companies to launch the phase of large clean-up, dividing the work by sectors. A month later, the result is there. St. Martin is undoubtedly advancing towards his new destiny, a common destiny that only the Saint Martinians are able to determine.
President Gibbs reminded us several times: "Last April, the elected representatives of the Territorial Council committed themselves to Saint-Martin, its prosperity and the success of its youth. IRMA must not divert our path, but rather strengthen our determination and give us the opportunity to go further. Do not be deceived. It is up to us Saint-Martin to raise our country. " Saint-Martin will rise again and find his true face, that of Friendly Island.
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IRMA : The latest information from the community

2017-12-19 Protocol between the State and the Community of Saint Martin

2017-12-13 Congratulations on an outstanding interview with President Daniel Gibbs

Dear Editor

Congratulations on an outstanding interview with President of the Community Daniel Gibbs. He has had many tirelessly since Irma struck, and his skills and leadership have been much appreciated.
What do you know, and what does it mean? President Gibbs was doing a few hours before Irma struck. My wife and I were at the shelter in the Savannah and were helped by the President of the United States. to the Savannah shelter.
While they were more or less hurricane preparations, they were a few days before the beginning of the term.

John Berglund

2017-12-06 A partnership between Air Caraïbes and the COM de Saint-Martin: Christmas festivities

Attached is the communication from the company Air Caraïbes, partner of the community and the Tourist Office of Saint-Martin for the organization of the great Christmas party on the Marigot Seafront on December 20.



2017-12-05 Air France resumes direct flights to Saint Martin

Air France resumes its program of direct flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Saint-Martin Juliana (SXM).



Two special flights proposed for the Christmas holidays will connect Paris-Charles de Gaulle directly to Saint-Martin Juliana the 23 December 2017 and 6 January 2018.

From January 13 26 2018 MarchAt the end of the 2017-18 winter season, Air France will directly connect Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Saint-Martin Juliana once a week in Airbus A340 with 275 seat capacity (30 seats in Business, 21 seats in Premium Economy and 224 seats in Economy).

March 27 13 in June 2018, beginning of the 2018 summer season, Saint-Martin Juliana will be served by Air France direct flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle once a week in Airbus A330-200 with 208 seating capacity (40 seats in Business cabin, 21 seats in Premium Economy cabin and 147 seats in Economy cabin).

From June to 14 27 2018 OctoberAt the end of the 2018 summer season, two weekly flights will connect the two cities with Airbus A330-200, with 208 seats (40 seats in the Business cabin, 21 seats in the Premium Economy cabin and 147 seats in the Economy cabin).

Since the passage of Hurricane Irma, the Air France-KLM group has constantly upgraded its service to Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy according to changes in demand and operational constraints for the operation of its flights.



Schedule of flights made (in local time):
Exceptional flights the 23 / 24 December 2017 and 6 / 7 January 2018 in Airbus A340:
AF4140: Departure from Paris Charles de Gaulle to 10h30, arrival at St. Martin Juliana at 14h50
Flight performed on 23 December 2017 and 6 January 2018
AF4141 : departure from Saint-Martin Juliana to 16h50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 6h10
Flight performed on 24 December 2017 and 7 January 2018


From 13 January to 26 March 2018 (late winter season 2017-18) - a weekly flight in Airbus A340:
AF498: Departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to 10h30, arrival at Saint-Martin Juliana at 14h50
AF525: Departure from Saint-Martin Juliana to 18h55, arrival at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 08h15
Flight performed on Saturdays


From 27 March to 13 June 2018 (early summer season 2018) - a weekly flight in Airbus A330:
AF202: Departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to 10h40, arrival at Saint-Martin Juliana at 13h45
Flight performed on Tuesdays from 27 March to 13 June 2018 (except from 2 to 16 May 2018, performed on Wednesdays)
AF209: Departure from Saint-Martin Juliana to 15h45, arrival at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06h05
Flight done on Wednesdays from 27 March to 13 June 2018 (except from 3 to 17 May 2018, performed Thursdays)


From 14 June to 27 October 2018 (late summer season 2018) - two weekly flights in Airbus A330:
AF498: Departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to 10h40, arrival at Saint-Martin Juliana at 13h45
AF499: Departure from Saint-Martin Juliana to 15h45, arrival at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06h05

Flight on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Air France will also continue its daily service from Saint-Martin Grand Case (SFG) from Paris-Orly (ORY), via Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP), in partnership with Air Antilles, which operates flights between Pointe-à-Pitre. and Grand Case.

In addition, KLM will also serve Saint-Martin Juliana twice a week from / to Amsterdam-Schiphol in Airbus A330 with 268 seating capacity (18 seats in Business cabin and 250 in Economy cabin).

In addition, Saint-Barthélemy (SBH) will be served in partnership with the airline Winair in correspondence of all Air France and KLM flights from / to Saint-Martin Juliana and daily via Pointe-à-Pitre in partnership with the company Air Antilles.

2017-11-20 Animal Pound Activated Between 27 November and 12 December 2017

The Community of Saint-Martin informs the population that the next catch of stray dogs on the public road by the territorial pound will take place from Monday November 27 to Tuesday 12 December 2017.
Pet owners are advised to keep them attached and to monitor them even after the capture phase. For further information, please contact the Department of Environment and Living Environment at 0590 52 27 30.
Territorial decree 033-2014
According to the territorial decree n ° 033-2014 regulating the conditions of detention of the pets and their circulation on the public road, it is forbidden to let the animals roam on the territory of the Collectivité. To avoid any accident, dogs must be leashed and dogs called dangerous must be muzzled.
In the interest of all, the Community of Saint-Martin thanks you for your understanding.


2017-11-20 Monday 20 November, World Day of the Rights of the Child!

The community of Saint-Martin organizes every year in November a week dedicated to children, in partnership with Sint Maarten as part of the World Day of the Rights of the Child. This year, while the hurricane IRMA prevented this annual meeting, the Solidarity and Families Pole, direction Childhood and Families - wished to mark this event with a press release recalling the rights of the child.

Defending the rights of the child is an everyday mission for administrative services and more broadly for everyone. That is why in 1996, the French Parliament decided to make 20 November the "World Day of Defense and Promotion of the Rights of the Child" (96 law 296 / 9 April 1996).

This day dedicated to children is a special moment whose aim is to raise awareness of the respect of children's rights and the many injustices that still persist. This day also highlights the international convention on the rights of the child adopted by the United Nations, 20 November 1989. It is composed of 54 articles and has been ratified by 191 countries on 193 (only the United States and Somalia have refused to engage).

Thus, the convention recalls that the child is a fragile being that must be protected. The child has rights like being protected, educated, cared for, no matter where in the world he was born. He must be able to live a child's life with all that entails rights and duties.

Some eloquent figures:
• One million poor children in the world
• 19.000 abused children
• 76.000 are at risk in a degraded family context and which threatens their educational and / or material development
• Some 240.000 children placed or supported
• 150 000 girls and boys leave the school system every year without any perspective
• 15% of children who come to college do not understand what they read ...
The Solidarity and Families Unit - Children and Families Department - of the Saint-Martin community acts daily for children in difficulty thanks to its support missions.
Maternal Infant Protection (PMI) is another free public service in the community open to pregnant women and mothers. The PMI carries out its missions within the Houses of Solidarity and Families of the community of Saint-Martin (dispensaries). His goal: to accompany you as best as possible before and after the birth of baby.

The Solidarity and Family Houses:
-Concordia: 10, Mount Carmel Street: 0590 87 93 22
-Sandy Ground: 104, Sandy Ground Road: 0590 87 07 52.
-Quartier of Orleans: 11, Coralita Street: 0590 87 37 21.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, from 8 hours to 16 hours, and Wednesday and Friday from 8 hours to 13 hours 30.

2017-11-07 The moving certificate

The community of Saint-Martin informs those wishing to relocate from Saint-Martin, that they must imperatively apply for a Certificate of Change of Principal Residence. This formality must be carried out at the police station Territoriale, hotel of the Collectivité, in Marigot, at least 8 days before the moving date.
For further information: Territorial Police: 0590 87 88 33.

2017-10-31 Calendar of Events to Celebrate Caribbean Tourism Month

Following the press conference of the First VP / President of the Tourist Office, Mrs. Valérie Damaseau, yesterday morning in community, here is the calendar of events that will take place in the territory, in November, to celebrate the month of Caribbean tourism.

The population is invited to participate in these events.



2017-10-25 Professionals are invited to drop garbage in public landfills

The Community of Saint-Martin informs all professionals that the collection of household garbage, bulky and green waste, has resumed its original operation. Merchants are advised not to leave cartons and cumbersome on the sidewalks, but to evacuate them to public landfills as usual. 11 temporary garbage and garbage disposal sites opened immediately after Hurricane IRMA to store debris in an emergency are permanently closed. These sites will be cleaned and refurbished in the coming weeks.
It is now imperative that professionals transport their own waste and cumbersome waste to Galisbay or the ecosite of Grandes Cayes, as they used to do before the passage of IRMA. To help them evacuate a maximum of waste, the removal of these cumbersome will be free to the waste as the ecosite, until Tuesday 31 October 2017.
The community of Saint-Martin invites professionals to demonstrate civility and rigorously follow these instructions for cleaning the public domain, and thanks them for their contribution.
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Businesses are invited to drop off at public dumping sites

The Community of Saint-Martin informs the household of garbage collection, bulky refuse and green waste has resumed normal operation.
Business owners are kindly asked to know more about cardboard boxes.

All 11 temporary public sites have been opened following Hurricane Irma, for urgent debris discharge, are now officially closed. Throughout the coming weeks, those sites will be cleaned up, returning to their initial state.
It is imperative to ensure that they take advantage of their own time and experience in Galisbay dump gold or the ecosite of Grand Cayes. Galisbay dump and Grand Cayes will be released on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017.
The Community is encouraging all businesses to conform to these public clean-up instructions and to follow-through by a show of civic-mindedness. Thanking you in advance.

2017-10-25 Prohibition of picking up sea sand

Prohibition of picking up sea sand
The community of Saint-Martin reminds us that it is strictly forbidden to collect sea sand on community beaches for private purposes. The beaches will be rehabilitated and the sand found there must be preserved. The community also recalls that the reconstruction of housing from sea sand is particularly risky and dangerous, the sea sand greatly weakening buildings; It is also forbidden to collect the sand deposited by the sea inland following the passage of the cyclone.
Thus, anyone caught taking sea sand on beaches or public spaces will be questioned and verbalized. The Territorial Police is responsible for surveillance.
The community of Saint-Martin thanks you for respecting this public interest directive.
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Collecting sand on beach is strictly forbidden

The Community of St. Martin would like to remind you that it is strictly forbidden. Beaches will be rehabilitated and the sand found thereon must be preserved. It is also forbidden to collect the sand that was deposited by the sea inland following the passing of the hurricane.
By way of reminder, the use of sand for housing is particularly risky; it increases chances of building collapse.
Hence, persons caught in the act of sand extraction, will be arrested and held accountable for their actions. Territorial police officers will be performing beach patrols.
The Community would like to see you in the public interest.

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