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2005

2005

[Dec 19, 2005] Awards ceremony for the Lions Club international Posters for Peace contest and launch of Sight First 2 campaign

Awards ceremony for the Lions Club international Posters for Peace contest and launch of Sight First 2 campaign On Friday, December 9, before a standing room crowd, Michel Questel, president of the Lions Club for 2005/2006, kicked off the Lions Club Posters for Peace awards ceremony with a spe...

[Dec 19, 2005] Miss Caribbean Hibiscus 2006

Miss Caribbean Hibiscus 2006 The 15th edition of the Miss Caribbean Hibiscus competition was held on Saturday, December 3, 2005 at the Casino Royale in Sint Maarten. At the end of a great show, the jury awarded the title to Fiorella Flores, the current Miss Peru, who takes the place of L...

[Dec 7, 2005] Reinforcement of the moorings in Colombier Bay

Reinforcement of the moorings in Colombier Bay Since November 10, the staff of the Marine Park have been busy reinforcing the moorings in bay at Colombier. Until now, these cone-shaped buoys that float on the surface were attached to the bottom with rods in the sand, a worn-out system that do...

[Dec 2, 2005] Special Thanksgiving Party: boutiques stayed open until 9pm with a fashion show for entertainment

Special Thanksgiving Party: boutiques stayed open until 9pm with a fashion show for entertainment On Friday, November 25, the businesses in the Cour Vendôme and the Carré d’Or, decided to celebrate Thanksgiving one day late by keeping their stores open until 9pm. Organized by Olivier Bernasc...

[Dec 2, 2005] Images of Saint Barth in 1952

Images of Saint Barth in 1952 Roger Richter brought a special gift to Saint Barth in his luggage: he presented the Saint Barth Friends of Sweden Association (ASBAS) with a copy of a 37-minute film shot on the island in 1952. Of enormous cultural and sentimental value, the frames of the film reveal...

[Dec 2, 2005] Twenty Swedes Participate in Gustavia Loppet

Twenty Swedes Participate in Gustavia Loppet Led by Roger Richter, president of Sallskappet, The Friends of Saint Barth association in Stockholm, a group of 22 Swedes spent 10 days visiting the region. The goal of their Caribbean voyage was to run in two mini-marathons: the 15th annual G...

[Dec 1, 2005] Let the season begin!

Let the Season Begin! I'm back! The cruise ships are back! Let the season begin! It's that time of year when St. Barth lives up to the reputation it has earned in the international press. The island that has been "invented" by journalists who don't look much further than the fireworks on New...

[Nov 19, 2005] Road work

Road work Since summer, island residents have been surprises to see numerous red lights controlling single lane traffic, and long lines of cars, as repair work continues on the local roads. In St. Jean, a light that was installed at the intersection of the Eden Rock and the St. Jean Carenage ...

[Nov 19, 2005] This year's Beaujolais Nouveau is here!

This year's Beaujolais Nouveau is here! An annual tradition in France is the uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau on the third Thursday of November. In Beaujeu (a department in the Rhone Valley), the capital of Beaujolais wine, the first barrels were officially opened at midnight on November 17. ...

[Nov 17, 2005] Tourism

Tourism It requires a special effort to write about the subject of tourism fairly. So many lovely places have been despoiled by hordes of rubber-necked visitors that it's easy to see tourism as a modern plague. The problem was aptly described a few years ago by the Director of the National Par...

[Nov 16, 2005] the write stuff

The Write Stuff With the launching of the tourist season each year comes the onslaught of tourist magazines. One would think that the people who come here on vacation must have an endless amount of time on their hands to read, or are in desperate need of a new watch! In any case, at least a h...

[Nov 7, 2005] Supervisory Board of IEDOM Visits St Barth

Supervisory Board of IEDOM Visits St Barth On October 14, the supervisory board of IEDOM (Institut d’Emission des Départements d’Outre-mer) met at City Hall. This meeting was a first in the political annals of the island, and took place as it nears the eminent transformation to an Overs...

[Oct 21, 2005] Separating trash for recycling: we could do betterspace

Separating trash for recycling: we could do better While the beaches and street of the island serve as a backdrop for photo shoots for the likes of Tommy Bahama, Calvin Klein, and Victoria's Secret, City Hall has been busy renewing the partnership agreement between the municipality and Eco Emb...

[Oct 17, 2005] Seasonal Update - Fall 2005

Seasonal Update - Fall 2005 Another lively hurricane season is about to end, and St-Barths has once again been spared from the unbridled fury of Mother Nature. Frequent and substantial rain during the past few months has turned dry and rocky St-Barth into a lush tropical island....

[Oct 1, 2005] Out to lunch

OUT TO LUNCH It's raining. In fact people are beginning to complain about too much rain around here and even some of the old timers are saying they have never, in their entire lives, seen so much rain at this time of year. Cisterns and swimming pools are filled to the brim and gardens are blo...

[Sep 22, 2005] New Harbor Master’s Office Nears Completion

New Harbor Master’s Office Nears Completion The construction of the new harbor master’s office is almost complete. It is in the same location as the former port office on the Quai General de Gaulle, across the street from the tourist office. The new building is much larger than its prede...

[Sep 17, 2005] Hurricanes

Hurricanes The probability of eventually being confronted with a devastating hurricane is a defining feature of most Caribbean islands, including St. Barts, and perks up the community annually during the late summer and fall, the period of the year when these storms are most apt to occur. The ...

[Sep 6, 2005] August 24 Festivities Cancelled

August 24 Festivities Cancelled The celebration of the Saint Barthélemy Feast Day on August 24 was cancelled this year as that date was designated a national day of mourning by French president Jacques Chirac in memory of the victims of the airplane crash in Venezuela that took more than 100 ...

[Sep 1, 2005] Not so easy!

NOT SO EASY! Like most of my fellow Americans and much of the rest of the world, I have spent the last week watching the televised reports of the death, destruction and despair that followed in the wake of hurricane Katrina. A category four hurricane that pretty much wiped New Orleans off the ...

[Aug 15, 2005] St Barth's traditional sailboats

St Barth's traditional sailboats Fishing and sailing are two of the most popular activities in the lives of the people of Saint Barth. Many islands in the Caribbean have their own flotillas of traditional sailboats; each built in a different style. Summer in Saint Barth is the perfect time t...

[Aug 1, 2005] What a summer!

WHAT A SUMMER! As I have often said, summer isn't always the busiest time of the year around here. But this summer flew by so fast I can hardly believe it. And it's been an odd one to say the least. Hot and rainy, first of all, and more humid than usual, making me wonder why I ever thought the...

[Jul 17, 2005] Real Estate Investments in St. Barthelemy and the Future

Real Estate Investments in St. Barthelemy and the Future Real Estate on the Island of St. Barthelemy has been a strong magnet for those persons wishing to find a peaceful, unhurried and safe place to retreat over the years. There has been a sharp rise in demand for properties by potential b...

[Jul 17, 2005] Seasonal Update - Summer 2005

Seasonal Update - Summer 2005 The island has had a spectacular green color this spring. Many showers and a high level of humidity were the main factors. As usual, with the start of the Low season, comes the start of road work on the island. A small inconvenience in return for smoother...

[Jul 1, 2005] A tourist in St. Barth

A TOURIST IN ST. BARTH Every once in a while it's fun to be a tourist in St Barth. Or at least see the island through the eyes of a St Barth virgin (not that this is a virgin island...). That's exactly what we did the first Saturday in July when a colleague from St. Kitts came for an overnigh...

[Jul 1, 2005] A Reassuring Visit by the new Overseas Minister

A Reassuring Visit by the new Overseas Minister François Baroin, who celebrated his 40th birthday on June 21, was named the new Overseas Minister after a reshuffle of ministerial positions by French president Jacques Chirac following the results of the referendum in which France resoundingly ...

[Jun 16, 2005] Drivers in St Barts: Seatbelts Must Be Worn!

Drivers in St Barts: Seatbelts Must Be Worn! For the past few weeks, the national police have been trying to get drivers to wear seatbelts, yet until now no one in St Barts buckled up! Through announcements in the press, the police has warned the population that in a few days they will start en...

[Jun 16, 2005] Rescue at Sea: A S.N.S.M. station to open in St Barts

Rescue at Sea: A S.N.S.M. station to open in St Barts Ingenu Magras, president of the S.N.S.M. station in St Bartselemy, held its first meeting at the St Barts Yacht Club on Monday evening, June 6. The “National Society for Rescue At Sea” is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to pro...

[Jun 16, 2005] New Technology: High-Speed Internet Connection

New Technology: High-Speed Internet Connection Victorin Lurel, president of the Conseil Regional, was in St Barts on Thursday, June 2, to sign an agreement with mayor Bruno Magras confirming the participation of the municipality in the “digital Guadeloupe” project. Two years ago, the regio...

[Jun 1, 2005] Ship ahoy!

SHIP AHOY! In spite of the fact that St. Barth is an island, ie: surrounded by water, it is sometimes weeks, or even months (do I hear years?) between the times I actually set foot on a boat. Not that I get seasick or anything, it's just that the occasion rarely arises, so I am primarily a la...

[May 27, 2005] A sailor without a boat

A sailor without a boat Philippe Renauld was the owner of Do, a sailboat that ran aground in the Bay of St. Jean on Sunday, May 1, 2005. The damage was so extensive that the boat had to be towed to Public where it was broken into pieces before it was burned at the incinerator on May 6. With t...

[May 27, 2005] The Saint-Barth Theatre Festival

The Saint-Barth Theatre Festival The final cultural event of the season, the fourth annual Saint-Barth Theatre Festival took place from May 3- 13, 2005. This festival is organized by Nadège Emmanuélian, co-founder and director of the amateur theatre company, SB Artists. All residents of the i...

[May 9, 2005] Cinema: St Barth Film Festival “Cinéma Caraïbe”

Cinema: St Barth Film Festival “Cinéma Caraïbe” For the 10th annual St. Barth Film Festival, organizers Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, her husband Rosemond, and their friend Joshua Harrison presented an interesting and varied program, with film screenings at AJOE. Things got underway with an openin...

[May 9, 2005] Famous DJs at Nikki Beach

Famous DJs at Nikki Beach For the past two years, Nikki Beach has hosted world-renowned DJs during the month of April. This year, from April 11 to 18, Paul Lomax was in the house with a hot mix direct from Ibiza, where he spins his magic when not working at the other end of the world. The next w...

[May 9, 2005] Literature: Winners of the short story competition

Literature: Winners of the short story competition For the third year in a row, the St B’Art association organized a short story contest open to all residents of the island. Sixteen stories were submitted, compared to 25 last year and 29 the year before. Many of the writers admitted that this ...

[May 1, 2005] What a festival!

WHAT A FESTIVAL! I’ll admit that it’s not every day you see a 6’-tall Senegalese film director hitchhiking into Gustavia wearing floor-length African robes! But during the St Barth Film Festival, held every year in April, anything is possible. In fact, our guest from Dakar, Moussa Sene Absa,...

[Apr 12, 2005] St-Barth Bucket 2005

St-Barth Bucket 2005 From March 31 through April 3, the island hosted the St-Barth Bucket, a three-day regatta organized every year in early April. The competition, limited primarily to sailboats over 100 feet long (34m), also includes a smaller boat or two. This year, for the 10th edition of...

[Apr 1, 2005] Blue bracelet brigade

Blue Bracelet Brigade The first weekend in April a lot of people in Saint Barth spent a lot of time looking out at sea. They weren’t worrying about the possibility of tidal waves, or keeping on eye on migrating whales, but were in fact watching some very magnificent sailboats parade around the...

[Mar 20, 2005] Sister Claire Madeleine of Saint-Paul of Chartres

Sister Claire Madeleine of Saint-Paul of Chartres For the past six years, the local Lyceum Club has elected a Woman of the Year in honor of International Women's Day on March 8. This year the vote was unanimous: the members of this women's club all voted for Sister Claire Madeleine, a member...

[Mar 7, 2005] Underwater Life: More fish but less algae

Underwater Life: More fish but less algae The underwater scene in the Marine Park is doing well, according to the first conclusions made by scientists from the University Antilles-Guyane. Max Louis and Claude and Yolande Bouchon are the three specialists from the marine biology lab at the cam...

[Mar 7, 2005] A Look At Lobsters

A Look At Lobsters Liliane Frenkiel, a specialist in cellular and marine biology, made a visit to Saint-Barth recently, as a guest of the Grenat association that manages the island's Marine Park. She was here for an exhibit about burgos, or sea snails, as part of a meeting on Tuesday, February...

[Mar 1, 2005] Jimmy was back in town

Jimmy Was Back in Town Jimmy Buffett has trouble staying incognito around here. It's no surprise. After all, the man flies in on a Cessna Caravan seaplane. You can't miss it. And if the pontoons weren't a dead give away, the initials JB sure are. Once that plane is parked in Saint Jean, the co...

[Feb 18, 2005] Raise in tax for trash collection

Raise in tax for trash collection During the municipal council meeting on January 31, the council voted unamiously for a 10% increase in the tax for trash collection. This increase is for all private homes and businesses and will be in effect in 2005. Created on May 26, the annual trash collec...

[Feb 18, 2005] Problems with Internet connections

Problems with Internet connections Those wishing to connect to the Internet in St Barth and St Martin in late January were thwarted more often than not. During a 10-day period, many people met with great dificulty when trying to connect to the Web or check their email. People whose jobs depend...

[Feb 18, 2005] Carnival

Carnival This year's Mardi Gras celebrations were great fun! The sun shone brightly on the chidren's Carnival pararde on Friday afternoon, February 4, but this year it was only the students from the schools in Colombier and Lorient that took place in this parade through the streets of town to S...

[Feb 4, 2005] Marine Park: Thanks to Doctor Comb

Marine Park: Thanks to Doctor Comb Member of the Grenat Association that manages the St Barth Marine Park held a cocktail party on Friday, January 28 to thanks Doctor Comb and his wife for their financial support. Doctor Comb is an American scientist and president of New England Biolabs, ...

[Feb 4, 2005] St. Barts Benefit 2005 for Asia

St. Barts Benefit 2005 for Asia The population of the island was as shocked as the rest of the world by the great devastation caused by the Tsunami in Southeast Asia on December 26. Many inhabitants immediately made donations to the Red Cross or the Lions Club. On January 24, the local restaur...

[Feb 4, 2005] Painting competition for a pre-stamped envelope at La Poste

Painting competition for a pre-stamped envelope at La Poste For the third year in a row, the association St B’Art and La Poste (the French postal service) with support from the municipality, organized a competition open to all painters on the island, amateur and professional.The winning pain...

[Feb 3, 2005] Regaling in St. Barth

REGALING IN ST BARTH When it comes to local, there’s no place more local than Au Regal, a combination sports bar and restaurant in the sleepy little fishing village of Corossol, somewhat off the beaten track in St. Barth. To begin with, not many tourists find their way to Corossol, unless they...

[Jan 18, 2005] 21st annual St Barth Music Festival

21st annual St Barth Music Festival This year’s St Barth Music Festival opened on January 7, 2005 with a superb evening of dance at AJOE in Lorient. First on the program were Kim’s local dance students. They were followed by a group of young stars from the Paris Opera Ballet including Eléon...

[Jan 17, 2005] The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy - PART V

The Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy - PART V I. THE CHANGE IN THE CAPITAL GAINS TAX RATE: Pursuant to the new French Finance Law voted by the legislative branch, as of January 1, 2005, the capital gains tax has in fact been increased to its pre-2004 level of 33.33% for non-Eur...

[Jan 5, 2005] New Year Eve Parade 2004

New Year Eve Parade 2004 Almost 40 sailboats participated in the New Year’s Eve Parade, the last regatta of the year, organized by Marc del Giudice, skipper of Mischievous, in collaboration with the Saint-Barth Yacht Club and the Port of Gustavia. The boats sailed around the island, with the ...

[Jan 5, 2005] 350 boats in the harbor on December 31

350 boats in the harbor on December 31 Every year, the busiest time for the Port of Gustavia is between December 26 and January 2. The largest number of boats came to celebrate the New Year in Saint Barth, anchoring here between December 28-31, four days when the harbor office staff handled a...

[Jan 1, 2005] Star watch

STAR WATCH This is the time of year when the rumors of star sightings are rampant. All kinds of names are being bandied about. Who’s here for the holidays. Uma Thurman, Paul Allen, Woody Allen, Denzel Washington, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, plus Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Sean Combs all rol...


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