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[Dec 20, 2003] Getting to St Barths

Getting to St Barths Winair increases its traffic between St-Barth/Juliana Founded in 1961 by Saint-Barth native Hippolyte Lédée, Winair today belongs to the Dutch Antilles government and has accumulated a debt of 8.3 million US dollars. In spite of a 20% reduction of its staff last year, Wi...

[Dec 17, 2003] The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy - PART III

The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy - PART III INTRODUCTION: Yes, Yes Yes!…they bellowed in unison by over 95% of the vote. On December 7, 2003, a historical popular consultation occurred in which the population of St. Barthelemy was asked whether they would like to evolve s...

[Dec 7, 2003] Special election

On Sunday, December 7th, 2003, inhabitants of St. Barths went to the voting booth to voice their opinion in a special referendum that could permanently alter the island's political relationship with France. The issue at hand is whether St. Barths should remain, as it is, a part of the ...

[Dec 5, 2003] Referendum

Referendum The informational campaign organized by the local potiticians concerning the political evolution of the island changed gear , and since Monday, November 24 has been more of a real electoral campaign. In fact, as part of the referendum planned for December 7, as for a regular electio...

[Dec 2, 2003] It's party time

IT'S PARTY TIME Anyone who wandered by the plaza in front of City Hall on December 13 might have thought they stepped back in time at least 100 years if they caught sight of some of the clothes people were wearing. The occasion was a day-long arts festival, Art en Fete. And as often happens...

[Nov 18, 2003] Saint-Barth Under Water

Saint-Barth Under Water For the past ten days, a tropical wave has been hovering over St Barth, St Martin, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands: a weather pattern blocked from moving north by a cold front. In Saint-Barth, the rain began to fall on Saturday morning, November 8, to the joy of ...

[Nov 17, 2003] The Chance of a Lifetime

The Chance of a Lifetime On the 7th of December 2003, the electorate of St. Barths will go to the polls and express their will on the subject of a revision of the island's political relationship with France. The fact that they have been invited to do so is a miracle in itself. Their choic...

[Nov 16, 2003] Rain rain go away

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY It's raining. In fact it's been raining for the past week. Almost non-stop. Buckets. Cats and dogs. Sprinkles. Showers. Torrential downpours. Sheets of rain swirling in the wind. We all wish it would stop already. And this is rather unusual on a normally pretty dry island. Un...

[Nov 4, 2003] Political status of Saint-Barth: Vote to take place on December 7

Political status of Saint-Barth: Vote to take place on December 7 Saint Barth has been holding its breath for the decision of the French President since last October 8 when Brigitte Girardin, French Overseas Minister, suggested to Jacques Chirac that a vote be held on December 7 to decide the p...

[Oct 16, 2003] Political update: Brigitte Girardin suggests a referendum in St Barths on December 7, 2003

Political update: Brigitte Girardin suggests a referendum in St Barths on December 7, 2003 It was on October 8, at the Council of Ministers meeting, that the French Overseas Minister suggested December 7, 2004 as the date that the people of Martinique, Saint Martin, and Saint Barthélemy would...

[Oct 16, 2003] Passports please

PASSPORTS PLEASE Every once in a while something happens in Saint Barth that gets a lot of people into a tizzy, which is something like a tailspin, or a state of general agitation. It could be a rumor about taxes or perhaps the announcement of an oncoming hurricane (and believe it or not, some ...

[Oct 4, 2003] DSL Coming Soon To Saint Barth

DSL Coming Soon To Saint Barth We been hoping that DSL would be available for the past two years, and finally Philippe Dutertre, the director France Télécom for the Northern Islands has confirmed that this high-speed digital Internet connection (that also leaves the phone line free for calls...

[Oct 4, 2003] The Fish Market Now Open

The Fish Market Now Open The Espace Gambier was a busy place on Saturday morning, September 27 as the new fish market opened (see news item number six). More than 250 people stopped by to purchase freshly caught tuna and mahi-mahi. The local government has decided to manage the operation of th...

[Oct 4, 2003] Sous-Prefect Patrice Latron Leaves The Northern Islands

Sous-Prefect Patrice Latron Leaves The Northern Islands A cocktail party was held at the Sous-Prefecture late Friday afternoon, September 26, to honor the departure of the Sous-Prefect for the Northern Islands. By staying in this post for 39 months, Patrice Latron broke all longevity records ...

[Sep 17, 2003] The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy - Progress - PART II

The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy - Progress Background: In its on-going struggle towards legislative recognition of the social, economic and geo-political realities of the island of Saint Barthelemy, a proposed special statute has received the unanimous approval of the isla...

[Sep 16, 2003] What makes an island sexy?

WHAT MAKES AN ISLAND SEXY? About a dozen people must have called me by now to ask if I saw the recent article in USA Today about "Sexy St Barts." So I looked it up on the internet. After all, I'm always curious to see what people have to say about my favorite island. It's always interesting to ...

[Sep 2, 2003] Inauguration of the fish market in Gustavia

Inauguration of the fish market in Gustavia 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 passeng...

[Aug 15, 2003] Political progress: preparing for a local referendum

Political progress: preparing for a local referendum The municipal council met on August 8, and after deliberation, voted to print a condensed version (one sheet 8 x 12") of the official request for political approval of the island‚s Overseas Collectivity status (COM). The official reques...

[Aug 2, 2003] New road from the Tourmente to the airport set to open in a few months

New road from the Tourmente to the airport set to open in a few months After two years of construction, the new section of road that runs from the top of the Tourmente toward the airport should be open to traffic as of October 2003. Like everyone who drives by the Tourmente (the hill near t...

[Aug 1, 2003] A tasty tradition

A Tasty Tradition Behind the veneer of glitz and glamour, far from the six million dollar villas and the mega-million dollar yachts, there is another Saint Barth. A gentler, old-fashioned world where values center around the home and hearth, or at least the kitchen.And while I'm not a fan of...

[Jul 18, 2003] Rain of ashes falls on St-Barth

Rain of ashes falls on St-Barth Sunday morning, July 13, St-Barth and St-Martin awoke under a thin later of ash that came from the Soufrière of Montserrat. The ashes came from an eruption that took place Saturday night around 10:30pm. In the late afternoon, winds from the south of 60 kilomete...

[Jul 18, 2003] Summer Activities Underway

Summer Activities Underway July 14, French “Independence Day” commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the onset of the French Revolution. Many towns in France celebrate with a military parade and a reception at City Hall. St-Barth held its own traditional parade compri...

[Jul 16, 2003] Ash Sunday

Ash Sunday July 13 was a lot of things. The second day of the 11th annual St. Barth Open Fishing Tournament, the day before Bastille Day, an important leg in the annual Tour de France bicycle race, and the day that the island of St Barthèlemy awoke to find itself completely covered in ash. It...

[Jul 4, 2003] Summer in St-Barth

Summer in St-Barth After the dance recitals and concerts that mark the end of the classes, the islandÕs schools have closed their doors until early September. During the summer, lots of families take off for a month of vacation before heading back for the opening of the school year. Compare...

[Jul 4, 2003] Hurricane Season Blows In

Hurricane Season Blows In Professor Gray and his staff at the University of Colorado are specialists in the study of hurricanes and tropical storms. As they do every year, they have already announced their predictions for the 2003 season that officially started on June 1. The researchers predi...

[Jun 17, 2003] The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy - PART I

The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy Background: Ever since the Franco-Swedish Treaty of August 10, 1877 whereby St. Barthélemy was ceded to the French, the unique nature of the historical treatment of the island of Saint Barthélemy as a result of its specific social, geogra...

[Jun 16, 2003] St. Barth Size

St. Barth Size Ah, the lazy, crazy days of summer are here! How can I tell? One way is by looking at the docks in Gustavia. If they are empty if must be summer. Our popular little port that sizzles with activity all winter is as quiet as a mouse. Most of the boats, from the mega-motor-yachts to...

[Jun 15, 2003] Happy Birthday Marius!

Happy Birthday Marius! 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...

[Jun 15, 2003] Cultural Organizations Rally, Asking That A Theatre To Be Built

Cultural Organizations Rally, Asking That A Theatre To Be Built 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 improveme...

[Jun 15, 2003] Official Document Concerning The Special Status Of St-Barth Now Available At Town Hall

Official Document Concerning The Special Status Of St-Barth Now Available At Town Hall 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). Af...

[May 22, 2003] Island officials unanimously vote to adopt new island status

Island officials unanimously vote to adopt new island status If island officials have their way, St. Barthelemy will soon be steering its own course. Mayor Bruno Magras recently asked his municipal council to vote on the COM, the statute that would convert St. Barth into a French overseas coll...

[May 22, 2003] Environmental Awareness Project spotlights ocean

Environmental Awareness Project spotlights ocean The path toward environmental awareness may sometimes have been hidden, but the most recent project underwritten by the islandÕs most fervent and efficient environmental defenders, the Natural Marine Reserve and Sub-protect illustrates the pro...

[May 16, 2003] St Barth by Night

St Barth By Night Did you ever see those postcards that are completely black, with white letters that say “Cleveland By Night” or “Kabul By Night” or some other god-forsaken place where it is assumed not much goes on after sunset. The way things are going around here it seems that you could...

[Apr 19, 2003] Radio Saint Barth on the Net

Radio Saint Barth on the Net Good news if you like your music and news St. Barth style. You can now go on the net and tune in to Radio St. Barth by going to their new website, www.radiostbarth.com. Yves Bourel

[Apr 19, 2003] End of the season

End of the season For island tourists, coming to St. Barth after April 15, the official start of low season, is synonymous with bargains that can shave as much as 30% off high season rental rates. For local businesses, the low season is the start of a trek across an economic desert where income...

[Apr 19, 2003] Camping

Camping Now a tradition, Easter weekend camping has become de rigueur for many island families, specially teenagers, who enjoy pitching their tents on the local beaches and 'roughing it.' The long holiday weekend is the only time that camping is allowed on the island. Among the favorite campin...

[Apr 19, 2003] Status soon goes into referendum vote

Status soon goes into referendum vote. As summer approaches, so does the referendum which will ask the island's eligible voters whether or not they support the island's push for independence. Surprisingly, though, there has been no real effort on behalf of municipal leaders to provide informat...

[Apr 16, 2003] Easter, Passover, and April showers

Easter, Passover, and April showers It's Easter. It's Passover. And it's been raining. For days! Normally April showers mean May flowers, but in this case it means wet campers. Please let me explain. As tempting as it may be to camp out on the beautiful beaches of St. Barth, it is illegal to do...

[Mar 31, 2003] Getting personal about garbage

Getting personal about garbage In St. Barth, the sanitation trucks come around every day except Sundays and holidays to pick up household refuse. For this service, islanders are asked to pay less than $100 per household per year, yet certain residents, considering that the service should be fr...

[Mar 31, 2003] Advertising has its limits

Advertising has its limits In order to control the chaotic display of signs and advertising, elected officials have decided to set some limits. A newly-created set of regulations determines where commercially-based signs can and cannot appear, and also specifies billboard or sign dimensions a...

[Mar 31, 2003] New road to be closed ?

New road to be closed ? It took three years to rebuild the 220 meters of road, extending from St. Jean airport to Gustavia, that was damaged during hurricane Lenny. Only a few weeks after being opened, islanders may be deprived of their brand new road once again. No hurricane to blame this ti...

[Mar 31, 2003] Stadium

Stadium The island's stadium area, located in St. Jean, should begin to transform now that monies, nearly one million dollars, have been cleared. The future sports complex, that is currently bookended by the stadium and the municipal pool is a series of undeveloped lots that will eventually b...

[Mar 31, 2003] Municipal budget yields no surprises

Municipal budget yields no surprises Municipal council members voted in the new budget on March 14 for the community, the harbor and the airport. As expected, Mayor Magras did not request his council to vote in any new major community projects. Monies will be appropriated to sustain or further...

[Mar 18, 2003] Peace Vigil held in St. Barts

Peace Vigil held in St. Barts Like thousands of other organizations and groups throughout the world, people gathered in St. Barts to hold a peace vigil on Sunday night. The evening began with a meditation for peace, followed by a candle-lighting ceremony scheduled at 7 pm. In all, it is estima...

[Mar 18, 2003] Airport Security to be tightened

Airport Security to be tightened Airport officials have decided to invest in security measures that should facilitate travel for passengers. In the near future, outbound passengers will be screened, and their bags electronically scanned to make sure that they provide no security threats. Until...

[Mar 18, 2003] New island status : the buzz

New island status : the buzz Island residents were invited to an open debate on a topic that is of particular residents in St. Barts : a new status for the island. Sponsored by a local newspaper, the debate featured three speakers, legal experts from Guadeloupe population, who were called in t...

[Mar 18, 2003] No outpatient surgery in Gustavia hospital this year

No outpatient surgery in Gustavia hospital this year Patience, patience. The surgical unit that was expected to be set up in Gustavia's Hopital de Bruyn won't be happening any time this year. As with all things concerning the hospital, mounting the dossier is taking more time than expected, an...

[Mar 16, 2003] Travels with Ellen

Travels With Ellen Oh my my... the month of March has almost roared away and my readers must have thought I had gone with it. But here I am, reporting live from Minneapolis while some of my colleagues in the international press corps are reporting live from the front in Irag. I'll admit my trav...

[Feb 24, 2003] Happy Hundred!

Happy Hundred! The de Bruyn Hospital in St. Barth recently pulled out the red carpet to celebrate an occasion that doesn't happen every day. Three of its permanent elderly residents are now over 100 years old. Though it might sound like a record, at least for the region, one hospital staff memb...

[Feb 24, 2003] Saint Barth adds some newcomers to its business economy

Saint Barth adds some newcomers to its business economy Some new businesses have been added to the St. Barth landscape this season, making for buzz among locals and tourists alike. Nikki Beach, already familiar to many travelers because of its Miami Beach and St. Tropez businesses, is a restau...

[Feb 24, 2003] Conservative budget

Conservative budget The island's council members will soon be voting on the municipal budget. With the major political issue- St. Barth's bid for independence from Guadeloupe-still unresolved, elected officials will play it safe and concentrate on paying off the debts incurred from the two ra...

[Feb 24, 2003] EDF urges island to be more energy-conscious

EDF urges island to be more energy-conscious Island political and business leaders recently met with the regional management team of EDF, the nationally owned Electricity Company. The Guadeloupe directors cut to the chase and warned their audience that if the island did not cut back on its en...

[Feb 16, 2003] what a mess!

WHAT A MESS! Since late December, when the likes of Mick Jagger and Mariah Carey were hip-hopping across the island, I've been out trash picking. And I don't mean the fun kind of trash picking like in New York where you find all sorts of wonderful things that people just plain don't want anymor...

[Feb 3, 2003] The State council stops Nordleing Magras

The State council stops Nordleing Magras Regional councilman, Nordleing Magras, who filed a civil party law suit against the island's mayor, Bruno Magras, for cheating the community out of import tax revenue, recently learned that the state council threw out the case stating that the councilma...

[Feb 3, 2003] More public parking, please

More public parking, please If you've ever tried navigating the narrow streets of St. Barth during the Christmas holidays, you may know that traffic has become a problem. Aside from the fact that there are more cars and motorists sharing the roads, there is also a critical lack of parking. Whe...

[Feb 3, 2003] Firemen go on strike

Firemen go on strike To protest charges of involuntary battery brought against one of their colleagues, local firemen, supported by family members and friends, took to the streets with picket signs. On January 28, Patrick Blanchard, a 24-year old professional firefighter, was summoned to appear...

[Jan 16, 2003] Tourism minister makes friends

Tourism minister makes friends As part of his official state visit to the French West Indies, the state secretary of tourism, Leon Bertrand, spent a few hours in St. Barths. Aside from pledging his support to mayor Bruno Magras for the push to become independent from Guadeloupe, Mr. Betrand co...

[Jan 16, 2003] The Music Festival

The Music Festival The 19th Music Festival opened on January 14 and will run for ten days with a program that will feature more than sixty professional performing artists, mostly American. Performances will be held in two of the island's churches, at the Anglican Church in Gustavia and at the ...

[Jan 16, 2003] The business community mobilizes

The business community mobilizes The year 2003 could signal big changes in the administration of the island. Currently considered as part of the Guadeloupe administrative department, St. Barths might change its status to that of an overseas French territory, thereby breaking away from its depe...

[Jan 16, 2003] La fête

La fête The beautiful motor yachts and sailing boats arrived in number for the holidays, creating a floating garland of twinkling lights that seemed to string from here to St. Martin. On land, the mood was just as festive. Holiday travelers poured into St. Barths, more than doubling the islan...

[Jan 4, 2003] Holiday festivities in St. Barths

Holiday festivities in St. Barths Hermes was the first to kick off the festivities of the holiday season with a cocktail party on November 28 to celebrate the renovation of their boutique in Gustavia. Outside, the Carré d’Or was decorated with paper lanterns printed with the most popular of ...

[Jan 1, 2003] Music in the air

MUSIC IN THE AIR It happens every year at about this time. A swarm of people, dressed all in black, can be seen hovering around the Catholic Church in Lorient and the Anglican Church in Gustavia. Many of them are carrying cases under their arms that when opened reveal musical instruments. For ...


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