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Thread: The Storming of St. Barth in Vanity Fair

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    JEK is offline
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    I don't have the hardcopy (or the softcopy for that matter), but it looks like there is an article of interest in the January issue.



    The Storming of St. Barth’s
    It’s the usual mad season on St. Barth’s as the super-rich and super-chic jet in for their holiday revels, but one particular visitor, American hotelier André Balazs, is causing a frenzy. Many locals fear that Balazs’s proposal for a 40-bungalow “eco-resort” on the island&’s most pristine (and protected) beach, Saline, has the backing of President Bruno Magras and St. Barth’s powerful ruling families. Vicky Ward plunges into the roiling waters of a debate over the future of paradise.
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    didier is offline
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    yes, read that yesterday, one of my friends posted it on facebook. interesting

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    hmmmm..provocative title...new mags just came in yesterday to the shop...I'll have to check it out
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    Mine in the mail a couple of days ago.
    This writer really did their homework.
    But...President Bruno Magras a "Scorpion" by Tradewind's Zara?
    Seemed the article overlooked the many positive things he's done on behaf of St.Barth.
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    JEK is offline
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    Diana, please post the article if you can.
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    Fortunately the Andre Balzas hotel project has been nixed, at least for now...

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    wow!..just read it...powerful stuff.... a lot of superficial polyanna layers are peeled back to portray an island with some pretty pronounced internal polarizations in regards to the islands destiny and its choice of path going forward.... if you believe the article, people are starting to get pissed!!!....well good for them, because having lived through this more than once....that's what its going to take to even marginally win...its a stacked deck that wins more than it loses....honestly you can fill in so many resorts name in the places where St Barts is in the article and it would describe almost anywhere...the issues are all the same..its like adolescence...no one can avoid it, we all have to go through it, but everyone can certainly deal with it differently which will effect the eventual outcome

    love the comment that people at Eden Rock, blithely pay 100 dollars for a vegetable plate and a half bottle of rose....
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    Mike and I have been vindicated! yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike R
    love the comment that people at Eden Rock, blithely pay 100 dollars for a vegetable plate and a half bottle of rose....
    Yeah, but if you think in Euros its only €74

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    LOL..yeah..true dat..that makes it sooooo much better.....LOL


    ..the Bruno looks like Charles Bronson comment was pretty funny too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve aka coco2626
    Mike and I have been vindicated! yay!

    never Eve..not around here in foo foo land!..

    we will always be the oddballs...the renegades

    you have to accept that going in...and love them anyway......LOL
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    Why would Vanity Fair run a current article based on a year-old article that is now factually incorrect.

    Am I missing something?
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    They are under the assumption that things on St. Barth don't ever change......
    "Yes I am a Pirate"

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    Eve is offline
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    Hey, I was corrected before. It's "frou frou"!

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    He does kinda look like Charles Bronson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve aka coco2626
    Hey, I was corrected before. It's "frou frou"!
    no, its foo foo.. as in foo foo fighters!

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    Hmm.. you sure you didn't mean Pu Pu Platters?
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    that's something the foo foo fighters are definitely against !

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgreaux
    Quote Originally Posted by Eve aka coco2626
    Hey, I was corrected before. It's "frou frou"!
    no, its foo foo.. as in foo foo fighters!
    No, no, no it's foo foo as in Little Bunny Foo Foo... You know the children's tune...

    Little Bunny Foo Foo,
    Hopping through the forest
    Scooping up the field mice
    And boppin' 'em on the head

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    Yes, a family favorite!
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    Can you tell it's Friday afternoon and we are all a bit silly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanette
    Why would Vanity Fair run a current article based on a year-old article that is now factually incorrect.

    Am I missing something?
    Because it's Vanity Fair? Hardly a bible when it comes to facts...fun read, tho.
    Neutral and Witty.

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    people have been pissed for a while now....

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    elgreaux is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by PCS
    people have been pissed for a while now....
    yeah like us, we are really pissed they are putting an industrial zone in front of our door. but there is no reasoning with them...

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    Eve is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasB
    Hmm.. you sure you didn't mean Pu Pu Platters?
    Hey! You were the one that corrected me when I said foo foo
    (but you may be right)

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    KevinS is online now
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    The January issue isn't in my local stores yet. All that I have available is the December issue with Cher on the cover.

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    JEK is offline
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    Just read it on my iPad and here are a few screenshots from the iPad. Didn't realize how much animosity there was between the President and David Zara of Trandwind. A must read about the politics of the island.


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    yep..clearly there are deep grass roots issues which are polarizing the island...be interesting to see where this all lands eventually


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    This writer did a rather good job capturing the current issues, a few of her facts are erroneous but nothing that effects the impact of her article... I have been going on about all this for years and I'm glad to see the main stream press finally raise the issues, and not just present the island as a playground for the rich and famous (although their photos are almost all movie stars...)

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