Press Releases

2017-11-20 Reconstruction
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.

2017-11-13 Condolences
President Gibbs' condolences - Death of Mrs Yvette Fleming-Hodge

I am very sorry to hear that Mrs. Yvette Fleming-Hodge, who was one of our deans and a key figure on our island, passed away at the age of 101.

With her, it's all a part of our collective history that goes away. Ms. Fleming-Hodge has had an exceptionally long and rich life; her life has been fully fulfilled and we can only be proud of her career as a brilliant Saint-Martinoise woman committed with sincerity and love for her territory.

On behalf of the community of Saint-Martin, its elected officials, its staff and our entire population, I extend my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Fleming-Hodge's family, her children and grandchildren, and to all those who were close to him.

His death is a considerable loss for Saint-Martin, who has never ceased to invest for the radiation of his island, and to act throughout his life for the development of our economy and emancipation of our population.

I have a great admiration for Madame Fleming, she is a great lady who has just left us. But I know that his benevolence will accompany us on the path of the rebirth we all call our wishes.

To Mrs. Yvette Fleming-Hodge whose memory will remain engraved in our hearts.

President of the Territorial Council of Saint Martin

2017-11-07 Reconstruction
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 Reconstruction
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.

2017-10-27 Associative life
Meeting of associations with the Fondation de France

The community of Saint-Martin, service of social cohesion, invites the associations to a meeting of presentation with the Foundation of France, on Friday 27 October 2017 to 16h30, in the Polyvalent Room of the College Mont des Accords in Concordia.

2017-10-25 Reconstruction
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 Reconstruction
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.
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.

2017-10-24 Reconstruction
The community takes tax measures for individuals and businesses

During the Executive Board of 22 September 2017, the Collectivité took two major fiscal measures to help individuals and businesses:
-A tax rebate was requested by the Collectivité. Thus, individuals and businesses are exempt from payment of this tax. For those who have already paid their property tax, they will be reimbursed by the Treasury without further formalities.

-The Community has also decided to suspend the lawsuits on 2017 and previous years during 12 months, that is until 22 September 2018 for individuals and businesses.

On the other hand, any taxation derived from the activity or income in the 2018 year will be due and may be subject to prosecution in case of non-payment.
Attention, this suspension is not synonymous with cancellation of the tax debt of the concerned taxpayers. As a result, the community is urging all taxpayers to pay their arrears before prosecutions resume.
Saint-Martin Public Finance Administrator (Public Treasury - Concordia) is available for staggered payments.

By these measures, the President, Daniel Gibbs, and the elected representatives of the Collective wished to accompany the population in a complicated social and economic context following the passage of hurricane IRMA.

2017-10-23 Reconstruction
Realization of the annual agenda of the Collectivité

The President of the community of Saint-Martin, Mr. Daniel Gibbs, informs you that the realization of the annual agenda of the community of Saint-Martin has been entrusted, since the 02 April 2017, to the COM and COM Advertising Regie operated by Eurl B. ADDA, located at No 12 rue Anégada at HOPE ESTATE, represented by Mrs Brigide ADDA.
No other company and / or commercial agents in advertising can therefore rely on the President of the community, the community, its services or its elected officials, to market an agenda on our territory.

The community is warning companies that could be solicited by companies and / or individuals who fraudulently take advantage of the post-IRMA to cause confusion by using the Community Logo for the realization of any publicity.
Only Mrs. Brigide ADDA is authorized to solicit on behalf of the Collectivité, it will be provided with a letter of the President attesting of this operation.
Any actions contrary to this organization should be reported to the community by contacting the 0590 29 56 60.

2017-10-12 Reconstruction
The community is demanding the removal of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs)

The community of Saint-Martin asks the owners of end-of-life vehicles to come closer under a week from their insurer, in order to carry out the procedures of declaration of disaster and to evacuate their vehicle from the public domain by their insurance as soon as possible deadlines.
As the community is cleaning up the territory, it needs these abandoned vehicles to be removed from the public domain as soon as possible. In addition to obstructing traffic, obstructing parking and access to certain car parks, these end-of-life vehicles (VHUs) represent a danger to personal safety and public health. VHUs promote vector diseases by sheltering mosquito and insect habitats.
Beyond the 8 days of tolerance granted, the community of Saint-Martin will proceed by a territorial decree to the notice of the owners who have not undertaken this procedure with their insurer, it will proceed to the removal of the vehicles outside of by integrating them into the destruction circuit.
The community of Saint-Martin thanks you for your contribution and your understanding, this device being part of a public utility after the hurricane IRMA.

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