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2004

2004

[Dec 22, 2004] Happy holidays and see you next year!

Happy holidays and see you next year! Little by little, since early December, the island has been putting its best foot forward for the holiday season. The vegetation is green and abundant thanks to recent rains. Bougainvilliers, oleanders and hibiscus are covered with flowers. Garlands of mul...

[Dec 1, 2004] First Things first

FIRST THINGS FIRST First I must apologize profusely to Mr. Thierry Petitjean, the man who makes the wonderful Petite Deauville ice cream. Last month as I was bemoaning the rapid (and continuing) decline of the dollar against the Euro, I pointed out that my friend Frank and I had calculated the ...

[Nov 19, 2004] Plans to build a cultural center

Plans to build a cultural center Good news for all the cultural organizations on the island: the cultural center included in the master plan for the sports complex in Saint Jean will eventually be built. At least in principal, everyone agreed that the project should move forward. This decisi...

[Nov 19, 2004] New diving passes available

New diving passes available Anyone who dives in the waters protected by the marine park is asked to contribute one euro per dive to the park: a modest sum intended to pay for the maintenance of the moorings made available to boats that want to tie up in these protected waters. For those who d...

[Nov 19, 2004] Baby sea turtles found on the beach in Saint Jean

Baby sea turtles found on the beach in Saint Jean On Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29, the agents of the marine park were alerted by the directors of the windsurfing club on Saint Jean beach, as well as by the staff of several neighboring hotels, that some small sea turtles were strande...

[Nov 19, 2004] The American Consul General Visits Saint Barth

The American Consul General Visits Saint Barth Robert L. Fretz, the American Consul General in Barbados, visited Saint Barth on Monday, November 8. The main topics discussed during a meeting with the mayor in the morning included the re-paving of the airport runway, the change in the island’...

[Nov 8, 2004] Establishment of new regulations for international ports

Establishment of new regulations for international ports The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) was created by the International Maritime Organization following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Specialists in international maritime law, and particularly the U...

[Nov 1, 2004] Getting Ready!

Getting Ready ! November is what might be called the shoulder season in St Barths. You might also call it the rainy season. Either way it’s the time of year when expectations are at their highest and buzz saws and hammers are brought out of their summer resting places and put to use along with...

[Oct 20, 2004] New playground ready for kids

New playground ready for kids Thanks to the tenacity of three mothers, the island finally has a playground for its children. Some of the female city council members had suggested creating playgrounds in the their neighborhoods, but no one had followed through on this simple project for childre...

[Oct 20, 2004] Telephone and Internet connections interrupted

Telephone and Internet connections interrupted RIt was just about 4:30pm on Tuesday, October 12 when two thirds of the island found itself without telephones. The driver of a bulldozer working near the airport had accidentally cut France Telecom’s underground fiber-optic cable as well as the...

[Oct 20, 2004] Reopening of the airport

Reopening of the airport Right on schedule, on Saturday, October 16, the Saint Barth airport was ready for the arrival of planes and passengers. The day before, civil aviation authorities tested the new runway with a series of landings and take-offs, before authorizing the new installations (r...

[Oct 17, 2004] Seasonal Update - Fall 2004

Seasonal Update - Fall 2004 This year, the crop of hurricanes passed far enough away to the north and south that they were never a threat to us. Many hotels are being renovated. The airport, which was closed from September 6th to October 16th to re-new the runway, has re- opened. Many roa...

[Oct 17, 2004] Songs of Sirens

Songs of Sirens After long and careful consideration, the French government has decided to intervene in behalf of the legions of unsupervised pre-toddlers that may be putting themselves at risk by crawling around in the vicinity of private swimming pools. St. Barths' pool owners are now requi...

[Oct 4, 2004] The population mobilizes to help islands devastated by hurricanes

The population mobilizes to help islands devastated by hurricanes Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne did quite a bit of damage to several Caribbean islands, including Grenada, Jamaica, Haiti, Santo Domingo, and The Bahamas before slamming into Florida. Ivan, the ninth named storm of the season, hit G...

[Oct 1, 2004] It's too late now!

It's Too Late Now! Next month, November 2004, marks the 15th anniversary of my first visit to Saint Barth! Yes sir, the very first time I set foot on the island was in 1989. How did all those years go by so fast? It’s almost hard to believe. In fact, it seems almost like yesterday that my fri...

[Sep 20, 2004] The Work at the Airport Advances on Schedule

The Work at the Airport Advances on Schedule In spite a 36-hour work stoppage caused by two days of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14 and 15, the rebuilding of the runway at the airport is advanced according to the original timeline. Two strips of white vinyl creating a cross on t...

[Sep 17, 2004] Airfield Renewal Sept/Oct 2004

Airfield Renewal Sept/Oct 2004 Articles : The Work at the Airport Advances on Schedule Airport to Be Closed from September 6 through October 15, 2004

[Sep 16, 2004] Hurricane Season 2004

Hurricane Season 2004 Many readers have expressed concern about St. Barts during this very active hurricane season. Here's the story so far: August 9th: Tropical Depression Charlie passed around 350 miles south of the island. Too far away to have any effect locally, it then proceeded via Cuba ...

[Sep 16, 2004] Pass the sugarcane please

PASS THE SUGARCANE PLEASE Every once in a while I find myself doing something I didn’t dream up or suggest myself. These forays are usually my husband’s idea and in the sake of marital harmony I go along for the ride (ask me sometime about the murder mystery weekend in the Hamptons on Valenti...

[Sep 7, 2004] Saint-Barth Summer Festivities

Saint-Barth Summer Festivities One might think that after the close of the annual theatre festival in mid-May that the island would slow down to a lazy, summer pace. On the contrary, the summer was a busy time with a dance performance directed by Kim in late June, and the various neighborhood...

[Aug 17, 2004] The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy - PART IV

The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy - PART IV INTRODUCTION: Although in the second portion of this article, I have preserved the information contained in my prior article relating to the island of St. Barthelemy becoming an Overseas Collectivity of France, I thought it importa...

[Aug 16, 2004] Caribbean Weather Station Now Open To The Public

Caribbean Weather Station Now Open To The Public As of Monday, July 26, the weather observation center in Gustavia, now called Espace Météo Caraïbes, has been open to the public three afternoons per week. Located near vestiges of the Swedish era (remains of Fort Gustav, a bakery and a c...

[Aug 16, 2004] St Barths under seige

ST BARTHS UNDER SEIGE Anyone who is visiting the island for the first time this summer must wonder what’s going on! The place is like one giant construction site, from one end of the island to the other. Starting in Gustavia, the harbor master’s office and the stage (where local events have t...

[Aug 4, 2004] New kidney dialysis machines at the infirmary

New kidney dialysis machines at the infirmary As of Monday, July 19, residents of Saint-Barth suffering from kidney failure and requiring dialysis several times per week no longer have to travel to Saint-Martin for this treatment. Two dialysis machines (as well as a third for backup) have bee...

[Jul 16, 2004] Radiomania

RADIOMANIA Anyone who listens to the radio in Saint-Barth or Saint-Martin should have, by now, found a nice surprise. A new FM option (95.1 in Saint-Barth and 88.1 in Saint-Martin) dedicated solely to music. No talk. No news. No weather. No advertising (at least for now). The station is allied...

[Jul 7, 2004] The French Overseas Minister and a delegation of senators make visits to Saint-Barth

The French Overseas Minister and a delegation of senators make visits to Saint-Barth On Wednesday, June 30, a delegation of French senators from the “Democratic and Social European Assembly (RSDE)” spent the morning on the island of Saint-Barth. Jacques Pelletier, senator from Aisne and pr...

[Jun 18, 2004] St. Barts Under Construction

St. Barts Under Construction Over the past few weeks, the appearance of the island has changed quite a bit. In Saint Jean, in front of the airport, an underground cable that was not installed when the road work was completed last October meant that the road had to be broken so that a trench on...

[Jun 16, 2004] what is excellence?

WHAT IS EXCELLENCE? I'm beginning to worry a little about Saint Barth. In recent weeks, all sorts of travel magazines have flooded my desk with tantalizing headlines on the cover. The Best Beaches in the Caribbean. The Best Service at Hotels Around the World. Then there was a flood of emails f...

[May 20, 2004] A new catamaran carries passengers between Sint Maarten and Saint Barth

A new catamaran carries passengers between Sint Maarten and Saint Barth With all the festivities surrounding the Transat ag2r from Lorient, France to Saint Barth, the news of a new catamaran service might have gotten lost in the shuffle, as the docks in Gustavia were busy with the arrival of ...

[May 16, 2004] Crossing the Atlantic

CROSSING THE ATLANTIC George Washington thought it was quite an accomplishment to cross the Delaware (river that is!). Of course he did it standing up in a rowboat. Something I'm not sure I'd try. And if he was doing it in a TV commercial today, the tiny print at the bottom would say "closed ri...

[May 9, 2004] Successful “Day of the Sea”

Successful “Day of the Sea” An overall success for the second annual “Day of the Sea” held on Saturday, May 1, on the dock in Public, and organized by the Marine Park, the municipality, and the Saint-Barth Yacht Club. There were information booths about environmental protection manned by m...

[May 9, 2004] Saint-Barth Film Festival

Saint-Barth Film Festival Once again this year, the island’s film fans waited impatiently for the annual St. Barth Film Festival to take place. This important cultural event, held in late April, screens a series of films by Caribbean filmmakers or with Caribbean themes at the AJOE tennis co...

[Apr 20, 2004] The Transat ag2r Lorient-St Barts Sets Sail

The Transat ag2r Lorient-St Barts Sets Sail The Transat ag2r is a transatlantic sailing race that starts in Lorient in Brittany, France, and arrives in St Barts with one stop on the island of Madeira (cancelled this year due to a late start). This race, in which all the boats are identical 3...

[Apr 17, 2004] Keeping the Golden Goose Alive

Keeping the Golden Goose Alive Everyone I meet tells me that the scene of their childhood is now less agreeable that it was when they were a kid. The older they are, the more emphatic they are about it. There is a temptation to remember the past as being a simpler time, a time of ethical c...

[Apr 16, 2004] Sprocket Holes

SPROCKET HOLES It's that time of year again. Film festival time. The time of year when the bed in the guest room is covered with t-shirts and baseball caps, and the office is filled with 35mm film cans (I can't wait until the world goes truly digital... it's a lot easier to move digits around ...

[Apr 8, 2004] Saint-Barth Bucket 2004

Saint-Barth Bucket 2004 The ninth edition of the Saint-Barth Bucket, April 2-4, 2004, brought 20 magnificent sailboats to Saint-Barth, ranging in size from the smallest, White Wings at 77‘ to the largest, Salperton at 174’. There were modern sailboats such Sariyah and Zingaro, both freque...

[Apr 8, 2004] Easter vacation: skiing, camping or sailing?

Easter vacation: skiing, camping or sailing? Easter vacation started the first weekend of April and the local kids are off for a two-week vacation, the last break before school gets out for the summer in June. In keeping with a Saint-Barth tradition, many families opt to spend the long Easte...

[Apr 7, 2004] Gustavialoppet 2004

Gustavialoppet 2004 The 14th edition of the Gustavialoppet, or “race of Gustavia” in Swedish, was held this year, as is the annual tradition, in commemoration of the island’s period of Swedish rule from 1784 to 1878. A group of about 20 Swedes make the trip every year to participate in th...

[Mar 20, 2004] Promoting the island, TV, and tourism trade fairs

Promoting the island, TV, and tourism trade fairs Lisa Pierpoint, director of "Chronicle," a news magazine show produced by WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston, MA, brought her crew to Saint -Barth last January to shoot a 30-minute program about the island. From images of the countryside to ...

[Mar 16, 2004] Star, What stars?

STARS, WHAT STARS? Hardly anyone can talk about Saint-Barth these days without talking about the "stars." And that's exactly what I want to do, except that unlike those who are obsessed with the Hollywood movie stars that visit the island for the Christmas and New Year season, and what they wor...

[Mar 6, 2004] Carnival parades and the Arts Festival

Carnival parades and the Arts Festival Revelers large and small paraded through the streets of Gustavia during this year's Carnival festivities. The colorful parades showed off a variety of imaginative and original costume ideas. Carnival week concluded with an Arts Festival at Marie's Manoir ...

[Mar 6, 2004] More visitors in 2003 than in 2002

More visitors in 2003 than in 2002 According to numbers provided by the Frontier Police (PAF), a total of 175,055 passengers arrived in Saint-Barth in 2003, port and airport combined, for 7,771 more passengers than in 2002. The term "passengers" includes both residents and visitors alike as th...

[Feb 20, 2004] Airport to Be Closed from September 6 through October 15, 2004

Airport to Be Closed from September 6 through October 15, 2004 For the past few months we have known about this project, but decided to wait until Michel Magras, deputy mayor and departmental representative, made an official announcement to share the news with you. That is, the runway at the...

[Feb 16, 2004] A weekend in Guadeloupe

A WEEKEND IN GUADELOUPE St Barth is not only an island, it is also a town in Guadeloupe. Hold on, you might say, isn't Guadeloupe another island, someplace else in that archipelago of tiny dots in the ocean they call the Caribbean. Well yes, and I recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend...

[Feb 5, 2004] Lots of tourists in spite of a weak dollar

Lots of tourists in spite of a weak dollar The tourist season got off to a good start with enough visitors to keep everybody happy. Like every year for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, hotels were overflowing and the villas were all rented. As for the month of January, things were as e...

[Jan 20, 2004] The New Year Begins With Classical Music

The New Year Begins With Classical Music As soon as the end-of-the-year parties were over, the island was filled with the classical airs of the St Barth Music Festival, created and directed by violinist Frances De Broff (with the help of a volunteer committee of 20 people). In celebration of ...

[Jan 6, 2004] No room at the inn

NO ROOM AT THE INN Everybody knows the story of Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve to find that there was no room at the inn. Had they arrived in Saint Barth on their motor yacht or sailboat anytime between Christmas and the New Year, they would have found that there was no ...


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