Press Releases

2018-03-15 Natural hazards
EXPLOIT Project: Annual Tsunami Warning Exercise

2018-03-15 Tourist Attractions and Heritage
Restoration work begins at Fort Louis

The Saint-Martin Community has initiated the restoration and development project for Fort Louis since 2017, the date of the start of the project management studies. After the preliminary studies phase (2016) and the various tenders necessary for the realization of this project (2016-2017), the TERH-Caribbean company started the safeguarding work under the supervision of Pierre Bortolussi, architect chief of historical monuments.

The project, under the direction of the Director of Territorial Archives and Heritage, Stéphanie Dargaud, was divided into several operational phases: this phase of work is therefore the first of a series that will continue until the completion of the Complete restoration of the Fort Louis ruins and a total redevelopment of the site. One of the objectives of the project is to provide the necessary infrastructure for a better reception of the public, thus enhancing a major site for the tourist revival of Saint-Martin. Prerequisite before any restoration, this first stage of work, with a duration of 4 months, is to ensure the safeguarding of built structures in place and to limit or stop their current degradation related to various factors. For example, the revegetation around the ruins has begun to stop the loosening effect of the rocks.

A peculiarity and a choice of the Community

The realization of the works is carried out in open site. The Community wishes to remind everyone that the vigilance of everyone on this natural and steep site is requested. Depending on the progress of the work, some parts may not be accessible: do not cross the yellow lines.

Fort Louis, a heritage, tourism and economic challenge

The Fort Louis is protected as historical monuments: it is one of the 3 monuments, legally registered "historical monument", the French part of Saint-Martin with the old barracks in Marigot, called old prison, and the rock engraved of Moho.

This monument and its natural site, with a breathtaking view, on the bay of Marigot are run by tourists as residents. This heritage area deserves all the attention so that it can be preserved and transmitted to future generations. The ruins must be specially treated to ensure the safety of all. New infrastructures will complete the site to ensure a reception adapted to tourist attendance on a fragile heritage site: security, accessibility and services. Among the services, the quality is sought with a mediation totally revised thanks to the last historical and architectural analyzes, with the help of the recent results of the archaeological diagnosis (September 2016). A real host center will be created to offer several spaces for a shop, a cafeteria, sanitary and management of entrances and flows of visitors. Finally, a space of about 80 places, reserved for the running of shows or other events, is under study on the site.

Several phases will contribute to the completion of the project:
-Emergency backup work (in progress)
- Restoration work
-Works to develop reception and event spaces
-Works of development of the surrounding urban roads
-Works and setting up signage and mediation on the site

These works are carried out and financed by the Collectivité de Saint-Martin with the support of the Prefecture of Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin (Development Contract) and the Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Guadeloupe.

Press contact:
Community of Saint-Martin
Stéphanie DARGAUD
Heritage Curator
Director of Territorial and Heritage Archives
0690 75 89 68 XNUMX

2018-03-15 Health / Social / Housing
The Caf: effective control for a fairer payment of benefits

2018-03-14 Territorial Bank for School Works and Canteen
Extra-curricular home for the Easter holidays

2018-03-14 Scholarships / Schools / Education
Exceptional closure of Evelyna Halley School

Concordia Kindergarten Evelyna Halley will be exceptionally closed from 14 to 16 March inclusive due to a health problem. Specific treatment will be performed. The pupils will be able to resume the class at the usual hours, as of Monday 19 March 2018.
The community of Saint-Martin apologizes for this inconvenience and thanks the parents of their understanding.

2018-03-12 Scholarships / Schools / Education
Meeting of parents of students of Grand-Case schools

Friday March 09, parents of students Ghislaine Rogers and Elie Gibs of Grand Case were able to discuss with Vice President Yawo Nyuiadzi, in the absence of President Gibbs and Vice President Annick Pétrus, currently in Guadeloupe for meet the rector of Academy.
Vice-President Nyuiadzi was accompanied by Territorial Adviser Jean-Raymond Benjamin, Deputy Director General in charge of the Sustainable Development Pole, Romain Perreau, Medhi Boucard Director of Education, Kenroy Bryan, Director of the Territorial Fund for Works School Board (CTOS) and François-Xavier Binvel, Deputy Chief of Staff of the President.
After a silent march, the parents of the students exchanged with the representatives of the Collective who came to meet them on the site of Grand Case. The discussion was constructive, the Community as parents wishing to improve the conditions of reception of the students of the two schools concerned. Vice President Nyuiadzi acknowledged that in the urgency of the many school records to be processed, the link with the parents of students has not been sufficiently maintained.
For better information, the Collective intends to set up a space for dialogue with the teaching staff and parents' representatives to keep them informed of progress or difficulties encountered in the context of the reconstruction of schools. Briefings on the work will thus be frequently organized.
Parents were also informed of the upcoming start of work in Grand Case schools. The shipyard took a few days late because of the swell and the impossibility for the freighters to deliver the ordered materials.
During this exchange, the Community is firmly committed to responding quickly to the expectations of parents and teachers, including the conditions of reopening of the kindergarten Ghislaine Rogers in September and the reopening of the school restaurant kindergartens.
A meeting is therefore scheduled, Monday, March 12, at the Hotel of the Collectivité with the representatives of the parents of students of Grand Case to present the projects of work.
More generally, the community has made a commitment to communicate regularly on the progress of school building sites. President Gibbs announced in November, that he would not accept a back to school discount at the beginning of September 2018, and that the Collectivité would make every effort to move in this direction with the Rectorate and services of State.

2018-03-12 Scholarships / Schools / Education
Mobility aid for high school students

Following the hurricane "Irma" on our territory, the Community of Saint-Martin has implemented an exceptional mobility aid for high school students who have to leave the territory in order to continue their education. For this purpose, a fact sheet is to be withdrawn from the school affairs department - human development pole (Annex of the Collectivité - building of the seaside).

List of documents to be provided on behalf of the high school student:
• 1 photo ID
• Copy of the ID (valid CNI or passport)
• Attestation of registration at a school in Saint-Martin before September 6 2017
• The certificate of schooling in a school outside St. Martin is authentic
• RIB bank account statement)
• The information collection questionnaire at the entrance to the training (provided by the Collectivité)

The "Bourses" portal accessible via the website of the Collectivité www.com-saint-martin.fr will be reactivated as of 15 March and for a period of three weeks, to allow students to build their scholarship file. The Irma exceptional scholarship of the Collectivité for the year 2018 is accessible without conditions of resources.

2018-03-12 Scholarships / Schools / Education
St. Martin's COM Convention with the CNOUS / CROUS

As part of its youth policy, the Saint-Martin Community has signed an agreement with 2015 with the CNOUS / CROUS which aims to improve the conditions of reception and installation of students from Saint-Martin to continue their studies in France. Thus for this fall 2018, the Collectivité invites the young students saint-martinois being in the following difficulties:

- Waiting for a decision on the scholarship file after the deadlines
- Waiting for an assignment of housing in university residence in France.

To get closer to the team of the Maison de Saint-Martin based in Paris, so that she can intervene with the CNOUS to solve these situations.

The Maison de Saint-Martin in Paris is located at 54 rue de Varenne, it can be reached by the 01 40 48 29 60.

2018-03-07 Scholarships / Schools / Education
Exceptional help for the mobility of high school students

Following the hurricane "Irma" on our territory, the Collectivité of Saint-Martin has implemented an exceptional mobility aid for high school students who have to leave the territory in order to continue their education. For this purpose, a fact sheet is to be withdrawn from the school affairs department - human development pole (Annex of the Collectivité - building of the seaside).

List of documents to be provided on behalf of the high school student :

1 photo ID

Copy of the valid identity document (CNI or passport)

Attestation of registration at a school in Saint-Martin before September 6 2017

The certificate of schooling in a school outside St. Martin is authentic

RIB bank account statement)

The information collection questionnaire at the entrance to the training (provided by the Collectivité)

The community invites high school students concerned by this situation to make themselves known to the human development pole.

2018-03-05 Land Use Planning and Urban Planning
Call for public consultation

The community will open a public consultation starting from 19 March and until 09 April 2018 for a modification of the Land Use Plan.

The public will be invited to give their opinion at the time of the publication of the territorial decree on the website of the community www.com-Saint-martin.fr or directly on the grievance book open to the public at the Urban Planning Department, rue Fayel in Concordia. A press release will be issued for this purpose.

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