Press Releases

2018-07-16 Scholarships / Schools / Education
Mobility aid 2018-2019

2018-07-11 Proceedings of the Executive Board
11 Territorial Council July 2018

2018-07-05 Information / Administration
Information note for users of the Marigot Sea Front: Festivities of 14 July 2018

2018-07-05 Reconstruction
The end of the school year has come, work can begin!

Who remembers the state of schools after Irma's passage? Who can still think today that these establishments are in the same state as there are 10 months?

President Daniel Gibbs recalls that the 17 institutions that can accommodate students in the aftermath of Irma have all been repaired urgently so that the back to school can take place on 06 November 2017, 2 months after the hurricane. Emergency work for 2 millions of euros all the same, which will now leave room for major work during the summer, for an amount of 9,5 million.

For clarification, there is no need for an "over-the-counter" procedure to launch these repair projects (this procedure was also granted by the State for emergency work, until 31 December 2017), in accordance with to the legislation in force, the community has called for tenders to carry out all the work of the schools. These markets are ready, for obvious questions of student safety, it was just waiting for the end of the school year to start the sites.

It should be remembered that 95% of the buildings of the Community were damaged. Of these, the 20 schools on the island were all heavily impacted and 3 of them were destroyed: Nina Duverly Elementary School, Marigot, Emile Larmonie Elementary School and Soualiga College, at Cul de Sac. In fact, the past school year has been complicated and disrupted for all.

As a reminder, the only elementary schools that have completed the 2017-2018 school year with the implementation of rotating schedules are those of Sandy Ground: Jérôme Beaupère nursery school and Aline Hanson Elementary School. The community has been able to find solutions for other institutions. Note that the management of the school complex has finally agreed to the installation of 4 prefabricated rooms that will be set up this summer to not interfere with the school community. The Fondation de France will deliver 4 additional prefabricated rooms for September.

It is also important to note that the community did not receive "astronomical sums" for the reconstruction of its schools. On the contrary! The envelope of 33M € evaluated with the State and the DI-R for the reconstruction of the Saint-Martin school park was finally reduced to 15M €, during the Interministerial Meeting of March 2018. Recall that with this sum, the community is supposed to repair 17 schools and rebuild a college and two schools, while a single college 900 costs on average 20M € and a school on average 4M €.

The President of the Community and its Vice President in charge of Education Annick Pétrus have made it a priority to make every effort to ensure that the next September 2018 comes under optimal conditions.

This is a strong commitment communicated several times by the President and his Vice President, for which 9.5M € were released in the budget of the Collectivité. The objective is to proceed in July and August to the repairs and reconstructions that are required in the 17 schools still standing. The works will consist of the renovation of roofs, joinery, electricity, painting, fences. The community will be communicating soon about the work done in each school.

In terms of sports equipment, a rehabilitation program was launched under the aegis of the 1ère Vice President, Valérie Damaseau. The community has focused on the refurbishment of the sports hall at the Jean-Louis Vanterpool stadium, which will be ready for September, and which will be able to host school sports (basketball - volleyball - badminton - handball and footsal). The football stadium will be ready with a restoration of the ground and the restoration of the roof of the stands. The sports plateaus of the island will be delivered between September and November 2018. Following the mandatory building control and asbestos diagnosis phase, the Galisbay Omnisports Hall will have to be demolished. A first phase will be to demolish the roof in July.

President Daniel Gibbs and all the territorial council elected members warmly thank all the students and their families, but also the educational community for the understanding and patience they showed during this troubled school year. The President and his Vice President make every effort during the two months of vacation for the completion of these projects and a return to classes under the best auspices, Monday 03 September.

2018-07-03 Sport
Closure of sports trays for work

The community of Saint-Martin informs users of sporting plateaus, individuals and associations, of the temporary closing of the Thelbert Carti stadium in Orléans, Orléans, Concordia and Sandy Ground during the months July and August, for works.

The summer period is being used by the community for a complete renovation of these public infrastructures to allow young users and sports associations to return to their habits, as of the beginning of September.

The community of Saint-Martin thanks you for your understanding.

2018-07-03 Culture, Youth & Sports
Registration for the Soirée des Laureates 2018

New Graduates Invited to Register Between 09 and 16 July

As part of the organization of the "2018 Laureates Evening" reward evening, the Saint-Martin Collective invites high school students who have obtained their Baccalaureate and 2nd cycle students who have obtained their post-baccalaureate diploma (BTS, DUT, License, Master 1, Master 2 or Doctorate), to register with the Youth and Sports Department of the Community, located in the annex of the Collectivité (Citée administrative), rue Fayel in Concordia. This registration will allow them to participate in the Laureates night, which will be held on Friday 20 July 2018.

Registrations will be open between Monday 09 July and Friday 16 July 2018 from 08h30 to 13h30the winners must have a copy of their identity documents and proof of their success.

The Community of Saint-Martin will be delighted to reward the new graduates of the territory, during this evening dedicated entirely to them.

2018-06-27 Building Permit
Temporary closure of the Galisbay car park for the heavy-lift permits

As part of the organization of the events plateau, non-circulation, heavy-duty driving license, the Collectivité de Saint-Martin brings to the attention of the public the temporary closure of the Galisbay car park, on the following dates:

Thursday 28 June 2018 from 7h00 to 13h30on the reserved area of ​​Galisbay car park
Thursday 19 July 2018 from 7h00 to 13h30 on the reserved area of ​​Galisbay car park

This exceptional closure is governed by the Territorial Order No. 1686-2018 of the President. As such, traffic and parking will be prohibited in this space at the dates and times mentioned above.

Thank you to make your arrangements, the vehicles parked in the parking lot after 7 hours can be verbalized and removed by the Community at the expense of the owner.

The Community of Saint-Martin thanks you for your understanding.

2018-06-22 Speeches, meetings / Agenda / Debates
Information meeting on the mobilization of the ESF European Social Fund for the training of employees

The Saint Martin Community sends the following information to the public: The ESECCTE Guadeloupe FSE service organizes an information meeting on the funding possibilities offered by the European Social Fund (ESF) for the implementation of training plans in favor of the employees of the companies of the territory.

This information meeting will take place Thursday 28 June 2018 from 18h30 in the Opal Room of the Interprofessional Consular Chamber of Saint Martin (CCISM). Come many!

2018-06-21 Speeches, meetings / Agenda / Debates
General statement of the President to the Territorial Council of 21 June 2018



Ladies and gentlemen Vice-Presidents,

Ladies and gentlemen, the territorial advisers,

The representative of the public accountant,

Ladies and gentlemen members of the press,

Dear public,

Hello everyone,

We are meeting this morning for a plenary session mainly focused on the finances of the Collectivité: the validation of the accounts of the public accountant and the validation of the accounts of the territorial administration.

Before going into the heart of the subject that concerns us today, I would like to take the time to give some current information on the reconstruction of public infrastructure undertaken by the Community in recent weeks.

I know that this is a strong expectation of our fellow citizens and I want to respond in the introduction to this Council to show the commitment of this team at the service of the people.

On rebuilding schools, which is under the authority of our vice-president Annick Pétrus, 2 million euros of expenses have already been paid by the Community to the companies in charge of carrying out the emergency work that allowed the return of the children to the schools.

The heaviest work will be done during the school holidays. In total, we have planned a budget of 9,5 million euros for the rehabilitation of 17 public schools with as a top priority, the return of schoolchildren on school benches in optimal conditions in September.

Under the authority of my 1ère Vice-President Valérie Damaseau, the Community has also concentrated its efforts on the rehabilitation of sports plateaus of the territory. Work is under way on the Concordia, Orleans District, Savannah, Grand Case and Sandy Ground plateaus.

The reopening to the public is scheduled for the beginning of August for most of the plateaus, and in October for the plateaus of La Savane and Friar's Bay.

Since the vote of the original budget last April, the community has committed for 2,9 its sports equipment million euros through public procurement, knowing that 800000 euros work have already been invoiced to date.

With regard to public lighting, whose rehabilitation is under the authority of my vice-president Steven Patrick, a lot of work remains to be done despite the intervention of the technical services of the community and our provider GETELEC who are in the field every day.

I know that this is a major concern for the safety of our fellow citizens and the economic recovery of the territory, that's why I asked that all the bright spots of Saint-Martin are replaced on the one hand but also and above all modernized (LED and Wifi).

This will be done through an energy performance contract, and I will propose to vote for an additional budget of 3,4 million euros, which will be presented to the vote of this Council, the 11 next July.

I recall that we already have an available envelope of 2,5 million euros under the EUSF (the European Union Solidarity Fund) which provides for an identical restoration.

On this project, we plan a rehabilitation on 3 years with an overall investment of 15 million euros.

The burial of the electrical and digital networks under the authority of my vice-president Yawo Nyuiadzi, will require two years of work. The organization between EDF and local operators for the simultaneous laying of networks is being finalized.

As for Grand Case, the electrical networks have been buried, it now remains to add the fiber and to redo the boulevard Bertin Maurice. The next phase of work will concern the Savannah with the burying of the electrical and digital networks.

A word on the establishment of Water and Sanitation, under the authority of President Dominique Riboud: the EEASM has budgeted 11.5 million euros for the rehabilitation of wet networks. Work is underway, with a major 2019 start-up which will consist of the total rehabilitation of the pipelines on the Grand Case area.

Another questioning of our fellow citizens: the demolition of public buildings having been destroyed by Irma.

On this point, we have concrete progress: the sites will start soon and we will propose to the supplementary budget to allocate an envelope of 6 million euros to carry out this work.

I want to point out that these demolition sites are not done by snapping their fingers. On the contrary, we are forced to comply with highly regulated legislation in this area, in particular the presence of asbestos, which has forced us to conduct diagnoses on each building.

The demolition schedule was established as follows:

In the very short term, as of mid-July, the community will begin the demolition of:

The Galisbay Omnisports Hall - The first phase will consist of removing the roof
The non-asbestos part of Emile Larmonie School
The carbets of Orient Bay,
The Grand Case MJC

As well as the following public buildings:

The old gendarmerie building in the center of Marigot, opposite the Hôtel de la Collectivité
The offices of the sports department in the former school of the seaside,
Part of the old Grand Case school for rehabilitation as well as the old post office
The frame of the Territorial Police Station of Marigot.

Will follow from mid-August the demolitions of:

The roof of the media library at Concordia,
Securing the Soualiga College and the former Fort Louis Road Hospital,
The demolition of the Thelbert Carti stadium in Orleans District for renovation and part of the Soualiga College of Cul de Sac.

The building of the former College of Cul de Sac will be partially preserved and rehabilitated to host local administrative services in this remote area of ​​the island.

For buildings where the presence of asbestos has been detected - for example the Albéric Richards stadium in Sandy Ground - as I said above, we are obliged to follow a legal procedure whose technical files are in progress development.

Other big projects are waiting for us such as the renovation of Port La Royale and Fort Louis marinas whose rehabilitation projects are supported by the community.

Here too, we will propose to budget the sum of 4,2 million euros to the supplementary budget, the 11 next July, to be able to engage these projects this year.

It will be a first phase of work to restore the existing: repair decks, landscaping and beautification of common areas.

We are currently working on the specifications with a start of work scheduled for the end of October 2018 to be ready for the next tourist season.

Dear colleagues, dear fellow citizens,

I have just presented to you a concrete list of achievements, which if necessary, reminds us of the extent of Irma's damage and the immense task that must be accomplished.

As you can see, this first semester 2018 has been used to realize the reconstruction projects and we can today give you a precise schedule of achievements.

I would like to conclude my opening remarks by saying a word the cleaning campaign who started the 10 May and that we decided to extend until the 15 July.

The public has free access to the ecosite and 25 skips are available in neighborhoods until the 15 July. I invite you to make the most of these free public services put in place by the community.

On the involvement of the community, it must be remembered that between September 2017 and April 2018, we collected 67 300 tons of waste while 10800 tons were collected by companies.

Since October 2017, community services and the ecosite of Grandes Cayes have evacuated 1800 wrecked vehicles. And there is still so much left to treat.

Here too, the figures are impressive and reflect the work done so far by the public authorities, in other words the Community, to clean the territory.

Thank you.

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