Press Releases

2017-07-29 Transport
Launch of the 3th phase of the development of the rue de Spring - Concordia

The community of Saint-Martin will start, on Tuesday 1er August 2017, the 3e and last phase of the rehabilitation works of the stadium Jean-Louis Vanterpool. A portion of Spring Street between the intersection of Holland Street and the intersection of Paul Mingau Street will be closed to road traffic during construction. The deviation will be via the Rue de Concordia.
The objective of this layout is to move back the enclosure wall to widen the pavement and secure pedestrians. It will be finalized the 31 August 2017, during the great school holidays. The amount of operations entrusted to the prime contractor ETEC is 440286,50 €.
The community of Saint-Martin apologizes in advance for the inconvenience caused by these works of public utility and thanks the users for their understanding.


2017-07-28 Culture
Relaunch: Call for applications for 2017 edition of Overseas Talent

Join the 185 "Overseas Talents" already distinguished by the CASODOM since 2005 that radiate around the world.
Apply now for the selection of 2017 Overseas Talents. See attached document.


2017-07-28 Proceedings of the Executive Board
Report of the Executive Board

The Executive Board met on Wednesday 26 July 2017 in ordinary session and deliberated on 19 items on the agenda. Three deliberations were adjourned, while the 16 points were unanimously approved. Focus on key decisions.

EC approves installation of weather radar in Sint Maarten
The Council approved the project to install the weather radar in Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten as part of the Interreg Caraïbes V project (2014-2020). This new radar will replace the old equipment located on the Dutch side, which is currently down. This cooperation project has three objectives: on the one hand, the monitoring of hazardous phenomena, within the framework of the management of major risks, the real-time monitoring of climatic hazards, and on the other hand a shared management of the alert And crisis management, with the implementation of common strategies. Saint Martin North and South and the surrounding islands will benefit from this new facility. A grant from 1293750 € was granted to the community of Saint-Martin, for an overall amount of 1725000 € operation. The community will invest 431 250 € in this project, while the government of Sint Maarten will devote 575000 €. The tender for the acquisition of the equipment will be launched in September for a production schedule for the end of 2018.

COM brings 6000 € help to young athlete
The community of Saint-Martin has granted 6000 € assistance to the young Sherron BROOKS, for his integration into the overseas Martinique basketball pole. The young man began his passion on the basketball courts of the Saint-Martin periscolaire, before joining the club Aya Green Hill, then the Killer Bees of Quartier d'Orléans. After participating in several training camps in mainland France, including that of Tony Parker, he was spotted by the selections of Martinique in U13, then of Guiana in U15. He joined the basketball pole pole in Guadeloupe in 2015 (CREPS Antilles Guyana) where he perfected his learning. He will join the overseas Martinique cluster at the beginning of the school year, in 1ère class. With few resources to cover the inerrant costs of integrating into this exceptional school, the Executive Council decided to give Sherron a boost and grant him an exceptional 6000 € grant for his school year.

COM funds displacement of Red Eye Crew Group in Florida
Local music group Red Eye Crew has asked the community for financial assistance for their trip to the Zumba Instructor Convention in Orlando, Florida. Fueled by their fame in the Caribbean, members of the group were invited by the organizer of this event which brings together 8000 spectators and more 8 millions of followers on the social network Facebook. Their title CUKU is known worldwide in the circle of the zumba which earned them this invitation.
As it does regularly for Saint-Martin artists, the community of Saint-Martin accompanies Red Eye Crew in its project, to help it to make itself known, but also to promote the island beyond its borders via its music.
The Territorial Council therefore opted for the support of 8 round-trip airfare SXM / Miami / Orlando for the end of July 2017. President Gibbs highlighted the community's strong commitment to local artists, and reminded members of Red Eye Crew that he had been questioned by the press, that prior to any challenge to respect the institution And its elected representatives.

The Executive Council endorses the four-day school week
The Executive Council adopted the four-day week, in accordance with Decree No. 2017-1108 of 27 June 2017 on derogations from the organization of the four-day week in public nursery and elementary schools as from the beginning of the school year. September. Thus, the territory opted for the return to the school week of four days according to the following schedules: 8h00-11h30 / 13h30-16h00, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. The extracurricular activities managed by the Territorial Fund for School Works (CTOS) will take over on Wednesday morning, with sports and fun activities for children and after school from 16h to 17h. The meridian pose will offer calmer activities, studies, especially within the framework of the fight against illiteracy.
Wished by the majority of the councils of Schools of the territory, the Executive Council validated the week of four days.

The Executive Board ratifies the new regulation granting the territorial fellowship for higher education
Awarded to eligible students (with the financial support of the European Social Fund), the territorial scholarship for higher education constitutes a significant financial aid for more than 300 students in Saint-Martin. It is complementary to national stock exchanges. The Executive Board voted to amend the allocation rules in order to simplify the procedure and thus to delete certain documents deemed unnecessary. This regulation follows the requirements of Europe in terms of supporting the training path of the students, so as to keep the co-financing up to 85% of the ESF.
10 land use applications receive favorable opinion
The Executive Council endorsed 10 advice from the Planning Department concerning applications for land use or occupation, namely 10 favorable opinions of permission to work essentially, emanating from Semsamar for 8 of them, having regard to Maintenance work on dwellings, an individual wishing to renovate his home and the community for the construction of a local association in Colombier.

The Savane water management project approved by the Council
The Executive Council voted in favor of the Savane water management project, as well as its financing plan. The community will invest 386000 € in this project, while the state will dedicate 1544000 € via the FEI, for a total of 1930000 €.
This will involve the creation of a stormwater drainage system along the RN7 in the Savannah area, a catchment area on a community plot, a storm interception gap, From the ravine to the pond Guichard. The request for financing also includes the creation of a technical scupper for the removal of underground networks (fiber optics, cables, etc.) and operational studies. Classified in floodplain areas in the PPRN, the Savannah area must be secured and the populations protected. The project will reduce the vulnerability of the sector to flood risks and to secure water circulation during important rainfall events.

50 not geometric: 30 requests receive a favorable opinion
The community has relaunched the regularization of claims for titles of properties installed on the area known as 50 pas geometric, recorded in 90 years. The ad hoc committee of regularization of the occupants of the 50 area did not examine 32 requests for regularization in July and pronounced 30 favorable opinions.
The Executive Council decided to endorse the Commission's advice on the surrender of parcels in the Sandy Ground, Marigot, St James and Grand Case districts and to transfer the parcels received by the occupants to the private domain of the community A favorable opinion. The occupants will now have to carry out the notarial procedures to obtain their title of ownership.

The Executive Council updates the Market Regulation of Marigot and allocates seats to new occupants
28 July 2016, by decision of the Executive Council No. 142-11-2016, the community of Saint-Martin replaced the old market regulation dated 06 October 2005, with a more recent version taking better account of certain peculiarities of The activity of street vendors. Adjustments are needed again, so that the Executive Council has updated the expectations of the newly elected majority. Thus, among the changes, it is specified that the vehicles bringing the goods will no longer be able to park near the tourist market. Once the cargo is unpacked, the vehicle must park further. Sellers can now set up from 4 in the morning, and now enjoy a royalty-free month off (low season between 15 April and 15 October). The community may assign this location to another vendor during the vacation period.
In a second phase, the Executive Board authorized two new sites at the Marigot fish market to Messrs. Alvaro Sanchez and Jean-Robert Zetrenne, as part of their business plan. They are permitted to use the food market space allocated to them for seafood processing. To help them start their project, the community exempted them from three months' royalty, starting on the first day of operation, exploitation.

The Community grants an exceptional grant to "Saint Martin Active Initiative"
The Saint-Martin Active Initiative platform is in favor of financing local businesses. In particular, it supports these new structures in their dealings with banking organizations through the France Active Guarantee scheme. In 2014, the community of Saint-Martin has committed 9000 € to provide this guarantee fund with an agreement of objectives, as well as the CCISM (9000 €), the Social Cohesion Fund (60000 € ) And the ERDF (62500 €). Since 2015, 60 bank loans have been guaranteed up to 80% through this device, and these are more than 70 jobs that were created at startup structures. However, the ERDF fund could not be collected for technical reasons (late definition of the regulatory framework), which resulted in a financial risk for the "Saint Martin Active Initiative". Consequently, the Executive Board validated an exceptional grant from the 35000 € community to compensate for the loss of the ERDF funds, the supplement (26500 €) being contributed by the structure to its own funds.


2017-07-25 Speeches, meetings / Agenda / Debates
Agenda of the Territorial Council of 27-07-17

The press is cordially invited to follow the meeting of the Territorial Council, Thursday 27 July 2017 to 9 hours in community. President Daniel Gibbs will make a press briefing at the end of the meeting, to discuss the agenda items, the files in progress, and to answer questions of news of the journalists.

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1-Deliberation concerning the authorization to enter into negotiation with the Générale des Eaux de Guadeloupe
2-Deliberation concerning the authorization to enter into negotiations with the UCDEM
3-Referral for opinion of the Consultative Commission of Local Public Services
4-Modification of the Marigot Bay Development Project
Divers questions

2017-07-25 Containers
Note to users of the Galisbay-Bienvenue waste repository

EXCEPTIONALLY FROM THE: Thursday 03 August to Thursday 31 August 2017

La Déchèterie will be open from Monday to Friday from 10h00 -16h00 and Saturday from 10h00 - 14h00.

Resumption of the usual schedules: Friday 01 September 2017

* Closed: Tuesday 15 August (Assumption)

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

2017-07-19 Environment and Living Environment
Invasion of brown algae: COM uses backhoe loaders for cleaning

To respond to the large invasion of brown algae that ran aground on the northeast coast of the island, the community of Saint-Martin and the prefecture held a meeting on Tuesday 18 July 2017, in the presence of Prefect Anne Laubies and Territorial Councilor Pascale Laborde, in charge of the Environment Committee, to organize the removal of algae.
Concerned about the impact of this pollution on residential and tourist areas, and in particular on the operations of directly impacted businesses, President Daniel Gibbs and his majority wished to work in close collaboration with the prefect Anne Laubies and his services, Objective to act in the best possible way, faced with a recurrent and hardly controllable phenomenon, against which there is no miracle solution.
Since 2015, the 20 brigadiers of the green brigade of the Center Symphorien d'Insertion intervene for the cleaning of the exposed beaches, following safety rules and a collection plan prepared by the Direction of the Environment and the Environment of the Community . The brigadiers are working on the ground right now.
The community and the state have decided to extend this manual collection device and increase the means of collection. A new call for applications for the collection of algae and the cleaning of the public domain will soon be launched in this objective.
Even if the Environment and Public Health are the competences of the State, President Gibbs wished to respond to the emergency, involving a company and his mechanical shovels in the bay of Cul de Sac and that of the Galion. The company will work as much as necessary on these two beaches and on other impacted beaches.
The objective is to go as far as possible into the sea to recover the algae. Mechanical shovels then bring the algae along the coast to be picked up by the green brigade and transported to the Grandes Cayes ecosite for drying and recycling in compost.
The community of Saint-Martin is aware of the severe nuisance caused by the stranding of these algae and is acting with its own means on the cleaning of the most affected coastal areas. The first effects of this intensive cleaning should produce results, knowing that the stranding of algae is unfortunately not locally controllable.

2017-07-19 Scholarships / Schools / Education
Back to the week of the four days: From the beginning of September

The school councils of the 16 schools in Saint-Martin were invited to pronounce last month on maintaining the school rhythm in force today in the territory of the Collectivité. They were mainly in favor of a return to the week Of four days.
A decision of which the President of the Collective has taken note.
The return to the four-day week, officially approved by the Education Department and officially approved by the Executive Council on Wednesday 26 next July, will therefore be applied as of September 2017 in the schools of Saint-Martin.
Establishment schedules will now be: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 hours to 11 30 hours and 13 30 hours to 16 hours.
This return to the four-day week is accompanied by an increase in the number of extracurricular activities and supervision, in line with the commitments made by the new majority of the Community.
With the participation of 50 euros per child for the 2017-2018 school year, the partnership set up with the Caisse Territoriale des Oeuvres Scolaires de Saint-Martin, which has increased the training of its animators, will guarantee students a quality welcome.
Quiet games will be offered to schoolchildren every day of the week on the meridian break; A homework help will be set up every evening from 16 hours to 17 hours. Finally, on Wednesday morning, from 8 hours to 11 hours 30, the schoolchildren will benefit from a program of varied activities focusing on sport, culture, manual activities or "book-based" actions to fight effectively against illiteracy.
As a reminder, the Community of Saint-Martin allocates some two million euros this year to the renovation of schools in the territory. 1, 5 million euros will also be committed to securing schools in Saint-Martin.

2017-07-19 Scholarships / Schools / Education
302 students have benefited from the Territorial Higher Education Scholarship, over the year 2016 / 2017

302 students have benefited from the Territorial Higher Education Scholarship, over the year 2016 / 2017

The Executive Council meeting on 5 July 2017 validated the co-financing of the European Social Fund (ESF) requested by the Education Department of the Human Development Division under the territorial scholarship scheme for higher education for the academic year 2016- 2017.
The total cost of the action is 601 744,87 €. This amount includes the staff costs of staff assigned to the fellowship service. This is an ESF contribution up to 85% 511 483,14 €. The Collectivity intervenes at the level of 15% or 12 561,24 €. However, it prefinances the entire scheme pending repayment by the ESF.
388 applications filed, of which 302 files were deemed eligible (ie 210 women and 92 men). 269 students are enrolled in Bachelor or Bac + 2, 20 students in Master 1 and 13 students in Master 2.
The objective of the territorial fellowship scheme set up by the Collectivité is to accompany young Saint Martins who are to leave the territory in the pursuit and resumption of their post-baccalaureate studies. Territorial higher education scholarships are a mobility aid for students.

Six types of scholarships are offered to Saint Martin students:
- A social criteria scholarship
-A scholarship for Sciences-Po students
-A scholarship for students in Master 2
-A PhD Fellowship
-An incentive scholarship
- A scholarship for students abroad capped at 2500 €.

Starting with the 2017-2018 academic year, this regulation will be reformed in order to take account of the adaptations required by the dematerialized management of the scheme and the co-financing of the ESF.

2017-07-18 Scholarships / Schools / Education
The August Pen: Free support classes for the 6-11 years!

During the holidays, the community of Saint-Martin acts for the youth of the territory. During the month of August, free tutoring classes are set up in favor of the 6-11 years. The sessions are held in the primary schools of Quartier d'Orléans (Omer Arrondell) and Grand Case (Elie Gibs), from Monday 07 August to Friday 25 August 2017.
Entries from 31 July to 04 August 2017
To register your child, the community of Saint-Martin - Youth and Sports Service - invites you to go directly to the schools Omer Arrondell in Quartier d'Orléans and Elie Gibs in Grand-Case, which will be open for registration on Monday 31 July to Friday 04 August 2017, between 9 hours and 12 hours.
For more information, please contact the 0590 29 59 24, Monday through Friday, from 8h to 15h.
The Community of St. Martin is waiting for you!

2017-07-18 Auto school
Temporary closure of Sandy Ground and Galisbay car parks for motorcycle and truck licensing

As part of the organization of the trailer, non-circulation, motorcycle and truck driver's license events, the Saint Martin Community brings to the public's attention the temporary closure of the parking lots at Sandy Ground and Galisbay , On the following dates:
-Wednesday 26 July 2017 from 07h00 to 12h00 on the entire car park adjacent to the Alberic RICHARDS stadium of Sandy Ground.

-July 27 July 2017 from 07h00 to 13h30 on the reserved area of ​​the Galisbay parking lot.

These exceptional closures are governed by Territorial Order No. A-1448-2017, dated 14 June 2017 (displayed in community). As such, traffic and parking will be prohibited in these spaces at the dates and times mentioned above.
Please make your arrangements, the vehicles parked on the two car parks after 7 hours can be verbalized and removed by the territorial pound at the expense of the owner.
The Community of Saint-Martin thanks you for your understanding.

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