Cultural events, Webster affair or border: the prefect takes stock of several files
The prefect Serge Gouteyron mentioned several files, Tuesday, February 1.
Decrease in Covid contaminations
“The health situation is improving and that’s good news”, launched the prefect Serge Gouteyron in the preamble to his conference, Tuesday, February 1. “We are at 5.3% positivity rate, well below the 30% at the start of the year.” Hospital pressure has also decreased with 5 patients taken care of.
An improvement that allows the prefect to consider authorizing various highlights such
as carnival, Tuesdays in Grand Case and the SXM Festival. “The conditions are met to work on
the organization of these events”.
Border at Oyster Pond
The issue of border delimitation in the Ostyer Pond sector is the subject of
diplomatic discussions between France and Holland. “Since the beginning of December, the exchanges have been on the right track. A treaty could be signed by the end of the year”. Such an agreement would make it possible to relaunch the reconstruction of this area still strongly marked by the passage of Irma.
The prefect met with the Collective and members of the Webster family to take stock of the situation. A desire to find an agreement with the buyer has been expressed. More generally, this file of the Beauperthuy estate concerns a much larger sector than the plots sold last week. “With President Gibbs, we have written to the administrator and the lawyer in charge of the case to ask them to suspend future sales until a global solution is found. This is a strategic subject for the development of this part of the island”. The prefect also underlined the vagueness which reigned in legal and legal matters in Saint-Martin. “The sub-prefecture was only installed in 1963. This affair is revealing of the weaknesses of the past.”
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