Press Releases

2015-06-25 Life of Institutions and Leaders
The Territorial Council authorizes the President to become a civil party on behalf of the Community in the case of the Public Prosecutor's Office / Semsamar

The Territorial Council of Saint-Martin met on Thursday 25 June 2015 to discuss several items on the agenda, including item 9 to authorize the President of the Territorial Council, Mrs. Aline Hanson, to On behalf of the Saint Martin Community, in the case between the Public Prosecutor and the Semsamar joint-stock company in Saint-Martin.

In a press release issued the day after the head of Semsamar, the former director of Semsamar and Semsamar as a legal entity, the chairman Aline Hanson declared that "shareholders are I shall be called upon to communicate again on the position of the Collectivity in this case ".

This was done at the territorial council of 25 June 2015. The President made a deliberation (No. 9 on the agenda) requesting the territorial council to authorize her to file a civil claim on behalf of the Saint Martin Community in the proceedings Criminal proceedings against SEMSAMAR (article1) and to designate the councils to represent and defend the interests of the Saint Martin Community in support of its civil party complaint until the end of The procedure before the competent Criminal Court and, if necessary, the remedies against such decisions (Article 2).

A resolution approved with 9 votes (for unanimity of majority councilors who voted), 5 abstentions (opposition UD and independent councilor Jules Charville), the five territorial advisers on the board of Semsamar not having Not taken part in the vote.

As a preamble to the presentation of deliberation 9, President Hanson had an opportunity to comment on the merits of this case, insisting that she wanted this deliberation "as a precaution, in order to Give the Collectivity the opportunity to become a civil party and to be able to do so at any time in order to have access to the file if it considers it useful in the light of the charges against SEMSAMAR. "

"This is what we are talking about, and nothing else," said the president. "The goal of this approach, which aims to protect the interests of the community, is not to place any mistrust on SEMSAMAR, But rather to enable the Collective to be directly and truly informed of the factors which have justified the investigation of it. It is also a matter for the Collective to assert its will that all transparency be made at the end of the current investigation. All of us here, together, have a duty to take all necessary measures to ensure transparency and safeguarding the public interest in all circumstances. "

Semsamar director Marie-Paule Bélénus Romana and former director Jean-Paul Fisher are subject to a criminal investigation under three offenses retained by the public prosecutor's office: Illegal detention (Art 432-12), embezzlement of public or private funds (art 432-15) and favoritism (art 432-15). The Semsamar legal person is also prosecuted for two offenses: embezzlement of public or private funds and favoritism.

By the vote of this deliberation, President Hanson wished that the community of Saint-Martin could at any time exercise its right to the constitution of civil party, in order to obtain compensation for two prejudices, the financial loss resulting from the infringement If it is proved (material damage) and the discredit that this offense (if proved) throws on the community (moral prejudice).

2015-06-17 Security and Prevention
Fire Red Rock thanks

President Aline Hanson and 1er vice-president Guillaume Arnell, in charge of sustainable development, would like to publicly thank the authorities in Sint Maarten, in particular Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, for helping the French side in the fight against The fire that broke out on June 16 in the evening at the ecosite of Grandes Cayes, and which spread on Mount Red Rock, devastating fifteen hectares.

The Community of Saint-Martin thanks the firefighters of Sint Maarten who lent a helping hand to the fire brigade of the French party to fight the fire fanned by the wind and threatening some houses. The Community's thanks also go to the Guadeloupe firefighters, gendarmes and police officers who have joined forces with this intervention.

At the scene of the fire, on Wednesday 17 June, Vice President Arnell was able to measure the importance of North South cooperation and the excellent work carried out by the firefighters of the two parts of the island, which mobilized about twenty Of men and 6 fire engines to overcome the flames. A solidarity highly appreciated.

The current drought in the area is particularly conducive to the development of fires, so the population is called upon to be vigilant. The President also pointed out that burning was strictly forbidden on the territory.

2015-06-09 Speeches, meetings / Agenda / Debates
Territorial Council Agenda

The Territorial Council of Saint Martin will meet in plenary on Thursday 25 June 2015. The agenda was drawn up as follows:



    Territorial Master Plan for Digital Development (SDTAN)


    Modification of the Urbanism Code


    Draft penal provisions of the Saint-Martin Urban Planning Code


    Review of the concertation and termination of the PLU project


    Development of the Marigot Bay


    Revitalization of Marigot


    Appointment of the members of the Joint Administrative Commission (CAP)


    Miscellaneous tax measures


    Semsamar Indictment: Civil party application and provisional measures.


    Report of activities of the community services


    Opinion of the Territorial Chamber of Accounts - referral No. 15005971 of 22 April 2015.



Divers questions.

2015-06-09 Town planning
Simplified change of POS

Considering the Community's desire to facilitate the development of tourist or light economic facilities on the coastal fringe classified in the NDa zone, notably for its project to develop the AW34 plot on the Orient Bay site, the Executive Council At the plenary session of the 26 May 2015, to launch a procedure for the simplified modification of the Plan of Occupation of the Soils of the Community of Saint Martin. The amendments will concern the regulation of ND

To this end, the file of the simplified modification project is made available to the public in the Sustainable Development Department "Urbanism Service", from Monday to Friday from 9h00 to 14h00, from 05 June 2015 and for one month. The draft simplified amendment will also be notified to the associated public bodies (the State representative, the President of the CCISM, the President of the CESC).

During this period, observations on the draft simplified amendment of the Plan of Land Use may be recorded in the register filed with the Sustainable Development Service "Urbanism Service".

Demolition work on old carbets to begin 22 June 2015

The occupants of the AW34 parcel were notified by letter from President Hanson dated 02 June 2015 of the start of the demolition works of the old facilities from Monday 22 June 2015. The occupants were asked to make their arrangements to free up the premises from any commercial activity and to proceed with the removal of their equipment.

2015-06-07 Life of Institutions and Leaders
Meeting with the prefect Laubies

The prefect delegated to the representative of the state in the communities of St. Barthelemy and St. Martin, Mrs. Anne Laubies, took office on Monday 08 June 2015, during an official ceremony of wreath laying before the monument to the Dead in line with the Republican tradition, in the presence of President Aline Hanson, Senator Guillaume Arnell, elected members of the Territorial Council, veterans and law enforcement.



Beforehand, the prefect Laubies was received by the president Aline Hanson, in his office for an interview of about thirty minutes. During this first one-on-one meeting, the President addressed the major issues of the Community with the prefect.

After introducing her to the region and its immediate challenges, Aline Hanson mentioned one of her main priorities, Youth, and the various projects in this field, such as the creation of a closed educational center for Offenders and reintegration assistance in the territory.



The administrative functioning of the Community was also presented to Anne Laubies during this interview, as well as the needs of the territory and certain important issues such as the development of the secondary road network or the need to bury the electric cables in the medium term.



A meeting with elected representatives of the Territorial Council was then scheduled in the deliberations room. President Hanson officially welcomed the prefect Anne Laubies: "Our territory has many priorities and we wish to work with you, as we did with your predecessor Philippe Chopin," she said in a preamble.



Vice Presidents Guillaume Arnell, Wendel Cocks and Rosette Gumbs-Lake, present for the occasion, presented their respective portfolios and the main issues of their competence cluster. A tour de table also allowed the prefect to meet the other elected representatives and their prerogatives.



The prefect Laubies assured the assistance of his desire to "inscribe in the continuity and to work like the prefect Chopin did".

"I am aware of the difficulties, the issues and the issues that concern you. The state representative is there to help you, to accompany you, to interface with the national interlocutors, and I will listen to you, "she concluded.


2015-06-05 Culture, Youth & Sports
Training of the Archivists of the Caribbean in the Territorial Archives of Saint-Martin

Training of the Archivists of the Caribbean in the Territorial Archives of Saint-Martin

The Territorial Archives of Saint Martin have had the honor of hosting, from Tuesday 2 June to Friday 5 June, a training organized by CARBICA, the Association of Archivists of the Caribbean, within the framework of the MIGAN project.

The MIGAN project is a shared platform for accessing the various websites of the partner archives services, offering the public a central and shared access point to the archival riches of the Caribbean.

The Territorial Archives of Saint-Martin will thus benefit fully from these experiences in anticipation of the construction of its own database and website in 2016.

This training course was attended by about fifteen archivists, director of national archives institutions or archivists in charge of access to digitized documents, from Curaçao, Surinam, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia and Guadeloupe and Martinique, come to professionalize to the construction of a website for the archives.

President Aline Hanson received the leaders of the association CARBICA, on Friday 05 June, at the city hall. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the advantages of pooling the archives of the Caribbean in order to provide the public with a complete database of archival documents in the Caribbean region.

Karla HAYWARD, secretary (Bermuda) and Dominique TAFFIN, MIGAN Project Manager for CARBICA (Departmental Archives), Mrs Rita TJIEN-FOOH, President of CARBICA (Archives of Surinam), Avril BELFON, Vice President of the Archives of Trinidad & Tobago Of Martinique and former president of CARBICA 2011-2014), were able to meet with President Aline HANSON and to inform her about the problems encountered in the archiving of historical documents in the Caribbean and the notable advances last years.

President Hanson welcomed the initiative of this CARBICA training, which was held for the first time in Saint Martin and allowed the territory to make itself known in this specific field and to present its territorial archives and the work carried out since their opening In 2014. Led by Stéphanie Dargaud, this service of the Collectivity, installed in the building of the Médiathèque, took a considerable extent in a few months allowing the population to come to learn about many aspects related to the history of the island and The many documents collected.

The Territorial Archives of Saint-Martin can be contacted by phone at 590 87 66 60 or by mail: archivesterritoriales@com-saint-martin.fr


2015-06-05 Culture, Youth & Sports
Territorial Youth Council Initiative

The Territorial Youth Council of Saint-Martin is organizing an action for young high school students of the Polyvalent High School of the Northern Islands. Around the theme "Dej first! Food for Success ", a balanced breakfast will be offered to high school students on Thursday 11 June, from 7h to 7h45 and Tuesday 16 June, from 7h to 7h45. This initiative is an opportunity to pass on the good health gestures to adopt in the morning, to have all the necessary energy and start the day on the right foot.

High school students are invited to come and take advantage of this program (organized by the Territorial Youth Council), in partnership with the Community of Saint-Martin, Youth and Sports Department, CTOS, the Conseil de la School life, the Union of parents of pupils of Saint Martin and the association Youth Soualiga.


2015-06-02 Security and Prevention
Capture Wandering Animals

Commissioning of the 15 Animal Pound at 30 June 2015

The Community of Saint Martin informs the public that the next catch of stray dogs on the public road will be from Monday 15 June 2015 to Tuesday 30 June 2015.

All pet owners are asked to keep them tied up and monitor them even after the catch phase. For further information, please contact the Environment and Living Environment Department at 0590 52 27 30.

In the interest of all, the Community of Saint-Martin thanks you for your understanding.

To recall: Order of the President

The President of the Territorial Council, Aline Hanson, issued a decree (No. 033-2014) regulating the conditions of possession of pets and their movement on public roads.

This decree stipulates that it is forbidden to let the animals wander in the territory of the Collectivity. To avoid accidents, dogs must be kept on a leash, so-called dangerous dogs must be muzzled. In addition, dog owners are required to collect livestock manure on public roads, including gutters, beaches and public green areas. Note that this decree also stipulates that it is forbidden to place food on the street to attract stray or wild animals.


2015-06-02 Major Hazards
2015 cyclone season Press releases

Communicated to the public


The Community of Saint Martin calls for your good citizenship and asks you to respect the cleanliness of the island during a cyclonic period.

In fact, following the previous cyclones, many green and bulky waste had been deposited on public roads to the detriment of all road safety and public health regulations. In the event of a new cyclonic episode, it will be up to each person to take all necessary measures to evacuate his waste. In order to prevent them from slipping away and causing accidents, the green and bulky waste must be deposited at the Galisbay waste disposal site or at the eco-site of Grandes Cayes in Cul de Sac. No wild deposits can be tolerated upon the announcement of a cyclone warning.

The offenders will be verbalized and given formal notice to evacuate their waste on the Grandes Cayes eco-site or the Galisbay-Bienvenue waste disposal center.

The Community advises you to carry out the work of sizes, pruning of trees and shrubs and evacuation of your bulky items right now.

Timetable: Monday to Friday: 07h00-16h00 / Saturday: 07h00-14h00.

Departure times: Monday to Saturday from 10h to 18h. (Free sites for individuals).

Press Release The attention of hoteliers, condominium and professional trustees

The Community of Saint-Martin is calling on your professionalism and asks you to help it to ensure the cleanliness of the island, by already undertaking the pruning and cutting of plants in anticipation of A cyclonic phenomenon, and transporting green waste to the eco-site of Grandes Cayes.



In the previous cyclones, it was found that many hotels and condominiums had thrown large quantities of green waste and bulky items onto the public roads to the detriment of all road safety and public health regulations. To prevent this from happening again, the Community of Saint-Martin asks you to carry out cutting, pruning, pruning and cleaning work now. It is the responsibility of the professionals to take all necessary measures with their service providers to evacuate green and bulky waste to the eco-site of Grandes Cayes.

Green waste, rubble, bulky items and other rubbish deposited near garbage or roadside shelters will not be tolerated and picked up by the services of the Community. The offenders will be verbalized and given formal notice to evacuate their waste on the eco-site of Grandes Cayes.

Schedule of the eco-site: from Monday to Friday: 07h00-16h00 / Saturday: 07h00-14h00.

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

Communicated to garages and mechanics managers

At the beginning of the hurricane season, hygiene and safety measures are required. The President and her Rescue Organization Committee reminded garage workers, mechanics and sheet metal workers that the removal of metal scraps that could be dangerously fatal in the event of strong winds in their vicinity is an essential step.

These preventive measures must be taken at the earliest stages of vigilance in the event of the passage of a cyclonic phenomenon.

Citizenship and the sense of responsibility of all persons involved in the implementation of this clean-up are being used.

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

Communicated to Service Station Managers

It is brought to the attention of the owners and managers of service stations that, from the red vigilance phase, it is their responsibility to proceed with the closure of their establishment and the decommissioning of any automatic fuel dispenser.

In addition, for security reasons, the sale of gasoline in jerricane must be limited and not exceed 10 liters.

Public security and the organization of the Territorial Safeguard Plan are a matter of cooperation and goodwill. The Community of Saint-Martin thanks you for your understanding.

2015-06-01 Town planning
Grandes Cayes ecosite open doors

Grandes Cayes Ecosite Open Doors

As part of the European Sustainable Development Week and in order to raise awareness of waste issues in our region, the Saint Martin Community, in collaboration with VERDE-SXM, organizes two open days on:



Friday 5 June 2015 and Saturday 6 June 2015



The public will be welcomed from 10h00 to 16h00 on the sites of the eco-site and the Non-hazardous Waste Storage Facility (Grandes Cayes).

A free distribution of compost and composters accompanied by a practical composting guide will be made on the site. Those who wish to do so are invited to provide bags or other containers to bring back the compost "Saint-Martin" realized on the site of Grandes Cayes and resulting from the green waste collected on the island.

On Saturday 06 June, a paying barbecue and a sale of T-shirts will be proposed by the company VERDE-SXM. The proceeds will be donated to Lions Club Fort Louis to help finance the Bethany Home EHPAD bus.

The Community of Saint-Martin invites the population to come numerous during these two days Doors Open.

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