Territorial Council to regulate concessions are Orient BayPOSTED: 10/31/14 10:57 AM
St. Martin / MARIGOT—The Collectivité of St. Martin is using the opportunity presented by the destruction of hurricane Gonzalo to regulate the concessions at the Orient Beach which has been in question for many years.
The persons who occupy the concessions in Orient Bay are presently in discussions with the Collectivite to commence reconstruction of their businesses following the devastation by hurricane Gonzalo. Orient Bay which is a major tourist attraction for the visitors to the island was totally destroyed by the hurricane on October 13.
During a discussion in the Territorial Council, the Collectivite made it known that it will use this opportunity to regulate the concessions which has been in question for many years. The regulation of the concessions at the Orient Beach has a long history dating back to the time when French St. Martin was a Commune of Guadeloupe. During that time, Deputy Mayor Remy Brian was arrested and taken to Guadeloupe for questioning for the concessions.
Quite recently, a vice president of the Collectivite was taken to court for a similar incident which he won in the courts after contracting a top attorney from France to defend him in court. President of the Collectivite Aline Henson in her address to the Territorial Council said that the decision to regulate the concessions are not “a political game” but for “persons to build and build back properly” to uplift the properties of Orient Bay.” She pointed out that sometimes a hurricane comes and devastates and area which gives an opportunity to regulate and put things in order.
Vice President responsible for Urban Development Wendell Cocks in his report pointed out that they have also engaged the services of the SEMSEMAR to assist in the rebuilding of the concessions at the Orient Bay. He explained that they are presently in discussions with the owners of the concessions to determine what type of construction that is needed for the Orient Bay.