MARIGOT–The Préfecture has set up a permanent office for all persons needing precise explanations about their situation in connection with the natural risks prevention plan PPRN, but also for persons who have projects that require support, the Ministry of Overseas Departments disclosed in a press release issued Thursday.
It was decided that translators in English, French and Spanish would be made available on this occasion. It added a final public meeting will be organised by the Préfecture before the end of July and before the public enquiry phase begins.
The Enquiry Commission will have three investigating commissioners who will be deployed throughout St. Martin. They will meet inhabitants and collect all comments that can lead to adjustments being made. Public consultation meetings may also be organised in the neighbourhood councils.
Updating the natural risk prevention plan based on the new water levels linked to flooding and storm surge caused by Hurricane Irma was an urgent step to inform the population. This plan is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Prime Minister of France Édouard Philippe and the President of the Collectivité of St. Martin in November 2017.
The Préfète and all the State services have carried out important work with the Collectivité of St. Martin, economists, architects, building professionals, neighbourhood councils and residents to take into account all issues, including urban and economic development.
In September 2018, during his second visit to the territories of St. Martin and St. Barths, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron wanted strong action by the State for greater protection of the population and more resilience, the release concluded.