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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.
  September 2, 2003 - #6
  Inauguration of the fish market in Gustavia
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  On August 23, Mayor Bruno Magras and his deputies, along with invited guests, inaugurated two new buildings on the waterfront near the entrance to Gustavia, across from the drugstore: a fish market and a ferry terminal to welcome and control passengers arriving on commercial boats. Work on the buildings began last year, first with a new parking area with an extra 30 parking spots, partially built on land that until then had been used by petanque players (the local version of bocce ball) who in the meantime had been forced to play near the sports stadium in St Jean until the work was completed.
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  The municipal officials had voted for the budget to build the new buildings and the ground-breaking took place in October 2002. Architect DPLG Patrick Benaben designed the fish market in the style of the Ballard food halls, under a traditional four-sided peaked roof that allows for excellent ventilation. The 30 square meter building is comprised of four fish stands, three with sinks and small work counters, and the fourth is designed as a space to prepare fish. An ice machine and live lobster tanks are also planned for. The sinks and work counters are made of tinted polished concrete while the floor is covered with a tinted vinyl resin, all in natural earth tones. The walls are decorated with blue ceramic tile that echo the colors of the sea, and there is dark wood paneling that adds a touch of originality and style.
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  A few dozen yards away from the fish market is the second building, or ferry terminal, also designed by Patrick Benaben and built in the same architectural style. The structure includes four small areas, two offices for the Frontier Police (PAF) staff, and two for restrooms, all surrounding a central corridor used to channel passengers for control by the PAF. A decorative fresco representing St Barth's coat of arms is painted on the floor. The buildings are both compact, built in an appropriate size for the island, and surrounded by trees and benches as well as a new "boulodrome" with four pétanque courts.
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  The island's fishermen have met on several occasions to try and establish a schedule to determine when they would be able to sell their fish. One outstanding question is whether the municipality, as owner of the market, would ask the fisherman to pay rent to use the stands; a question that was not confirmed by the deputy mayor we tried to reach several times without success.
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  If the fisherman can resolve the outstanding issues, within a few months this little market should be open every morning. It is really a shame that the "doudous," or women who have been coming for years to sell fresh fruits and vegetables from Guadeloupe on tables up near the old fire house, were not included in this project from the beginning in order to create a true market for fresh local products in St Barth.
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  More to Come
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