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By Cécile Lucot
    Cécile Lucot has been living in St. Barths for 9 years. Originally from Bordeaux, this professional journalist has been the editor-in-chief of St-Barth Magazine for 6 years. She is he press agent for Jeet Singh and his rock group Dragonfly. She writes regularly for regional magazines such as Mer Caraïbes and Tropical, and once or twice a month presents a synthese of the local news on St. Barths Online.
  June 15th, 2003 - #1
  Official Document Concerning The Special Status Of St-Barth Now Available At Town Hall
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  On April 30, the 29 members of Saint-Barth's municipal council voted unanimously in acceptance of the plan to request that the French government allow the island to become an Overseas Collectivity (COM). After the vote, 3695 copies of a document outlining the project were printed; the number of copies corresponding to the number of registered voters on the island. The local population had been complaining that they were not sufficiently informed about the details of the project; now each voter can study the full text that was submitted to the government. In fact, as of last week, every voter was invited to go to Town Hall and pick up a personalized envelope. Each envelope contains an informational letter from the Mayor, the official text concerning the evolution of the island into a COM, and a 20-page copy of the 2001 municipal budget, demonstrating that the island has the resources to balance its budget without regional or departmental aid. The next step will be a local referendum, expected to take place at the end of the year, in which the voters will decide for or against the special status outlined for St-Barth.
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  Cultural Organizations Rally, Asking That A Theatre To Be Built
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  Last winter, Bruno Magras and his municipal council voted to create a recreational area in St. Jean, encompassing the zone around the stadium, the archery field, and the municipal swimming pool. In addition to current improvements to the existing facilities, the officials plan to build, over the next few years, a playground for children, a dojo for the martial arts, and some tennis courts, as well as an arena designed by French architect Patrick Benaben. This would be a new, multi-disciplinary space for both culture and sports. Inspired by the architecture of classical Greek and Roman amphitheaters, the arena would be surrounded by semi-circular bleachers, with a pediment that can be used as a projection surface for films. In the center of the multi-sports field, a portable stage would be installed for theatrical productions or concerts. A scene shop to build or store scenery and a few dressing rooms for the performers would be located on either side of the pediment. Two rooms of 1000 square feet would be located under the bleachers and used for expositions and meetings. The representatives of the 15 non-profit cultural organizations that exist in St-Barth held a meeting on June 11th in order to formulate a demand proving the need to build an actual theatre and conference center. A questionnaire had been given to each organization asking for a list of their true needs. Each organization replied in the same manner, indicating its need for an indoor venue with a stage, lighting and sound equipment, and dressing rooms and restrooms for the performers as well as for the audience. These cultural organizations are hoping for the construction of a 400-seat venue that can be used by all the performing arts, from song and dance to music and theatre, as well as function as a cinema. The document outlining this request will be submitted to Bruno Magras in the near future.
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  Happy Birthday Marius!
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Who doesn't know Marius Stakelborough, owner of Le Sélect? On June 5th, he looked great as he celebrated his 80th birthday in the company of his 10 children, his grandchildren, his friends, and over a hundred guests, including many from Sweden and the United States. The next day, Le Sélect had another birthday party to honor the man who also founded ASBAS, the St-Barth-Sweden Friendship Association.
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  More to Come
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