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Thread: What about some optimism and hope ?

  1. #151
    chris83 is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    I would try to avoid spending a night there.Flying over St Marten doesn't make me want to stay the night.
    Irma did a ton of damage there.
    The harbor seemed "out of the woods" at least,despite lots of debris around it.
    These islands were already on the brink,before the hurricane.I really wonder if they will make it ..or become a sort of broken state.How can Puerto Rico with 70 billions of debt "come back" ? same goes for St Marteen or Guadeloupe

  2. #152

    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by chris83 View Post
    I would try to avoid spending a night there.Flying over St Marten doesn't make me want to stay the night.
    Irma did a ton of damage there.
    The harbor seemed "out of the woods" at least,despite lots of debris around it.
    These islands were already on the brink,before the hurricane.I really wonder if they will make it ..or become a sort of broken state.How can Puerto Rico with 70 billions of debt "come back" ? same goes for St Marteen or Guadeloupe
    I have no overnight layovers there. Just a couple hours each time.

  3. #153
    cec1 is online now
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Izzy View Post
    Must bring back memories of the tons of tires across from the Normandie that the island finally cleared in response to the Chikungunya outbreak a few years back.
    Your memory of that nightmare, Izzy, is much appreciated. It was absurd that the Collectivite was spending a lot of money & pretense in seeking to eliminate Chikungunya, yet a primary breeding ground was allowed to accumulate in that collection of old tires. In this regard, I always will offer thanks to President Bruno for personally sizing-up the situation and orchestrating the order that got the tires removed.

  4. #154
    chris83 is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    I always will offer thanks to President Bruno for personally sizing-up the situation and orchestrating the order that got the tires removed.
    Well said,we can thank God to have mr Bruno Magras as president.
    Imagine Helene Bernier or Benoit Chauvin managing the aftermath of Irma.Totally scary

    "Let's rebuild wooden case creole","let's ban construction" and so on.
    The island will survive the hurricane.But wouldn't have survived with them.

    Under pressure,the collectivity adopted new rules for roofs in the island.And those types of roofs are more susceptible to be blown away during hurricanes.
    Collectivity is going to change the building rules,after Irma.Hopefully,rules will be smarter.

  5. #155
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    "Imagine Helene Bernier or Benoit Chauvin managing the aftermath of Irma.Totally scary

    "Let's rebuild wooden case creole","let's ban construction" and so on."


    Chris - Over the years we have noticed a huge up tick in traffic, construction, and noise, so to have committed members of the SBH community looking out for her natural beauty is important. I have not met the 2 people you mentioned above, but their love the island matches mine, and it is difficult to run against the pack and regulation fighting for something you believe in. They deserve our respect for their commitment. They want to see as much of SBH's beauty remain, there is nothing wrong with that. The Lorax comes to mind. I don't think the snarky comment is warranted at this time.

    The mods got rid of the political forum for a reason, and I probably should not have opened my mouth, but I just didn't feel I could sit by while you trashed Helene and Benoit.

    Charlotte
    "There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign" Robert Louis Stevenson
    House Divided - Roll Tide War Eagle

  6. #156
    andynap is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ccg View Post
    "Imagine Helene Bernier or Benoit Chauvin managing the aftermath of Irma.Totally scary

    "Let's rebuild wooden case creole","let's ban construction" and so on."


    Chris - Over the years we have noticed a huge up tick in traffic, construction, and noise, so to have committed members of the SBH community looking out for her natural beauty is important. I have not met the 2 people you mentioned above, but their love the island matches mine, and it is difficult to run against the pack and regulation fighting for something you believe in. They deserve our respect for their commitment. They want to see as much of SBH's beauty remain, there is nothing wrong with that. The Lorax comes to mind. I don't think the snarky comment is warranted at this time.

    The mods got rid of the political forum for a reason, and I probably should not have opened my mouth, but I just didn't feel I could sit by while you trashed Helene and Benoit.

    Charlotte
    Hear hear. Helene is a friend of the island and a friend to all of us.


    Andy

  7. #157
    elgreaux is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    Hear hear. Helene is a friend of the island and a friend to all of us.
    Yes she is and has worked almost single handedly over the years for any semblance of environmental protection...
    she should be applauded for her work, which yesterday and today actually consists of being at the sports stadium in St Jean collecting furniture and appliances that hotels and big villas were throwing away, so that the 100 or so families that are currently homeless can get donations as they rebuild...

    lots of clothes and toys were dropped off as well...

    so while some are criticizing Helene, she is working hard for the benefit of others !

  8. #158
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    I have been coming to the island for 49 years ..and I do love it
    But it doesn't mean I am fit to run it
    Walking around with tourists and managing a billion euros business isn't exactly the same job.
    Anyway ,all locals I met were making that joke.
    By the way ,you can now listen on the local radio to the collectivity meetings.Enlightning is the word to describe it

  9. #159
    tim is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    The island is indeed fortunate to have leaders such as Bruno and Helene who are working tirelessly in their respective rolls to help St. Barth recover.
    The best moderation is the least moderation.

  10. #160
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by chris83 View Post
    Attachment 43588Attachment 43589

    A lovely colombier view from the winair flight to SXM
    And another photo of the very busy SXM terminal,with a AA flight to Miami 95% full....
    Quick immigration,quick bus...all they need is to cut this for people in transit (hopefully,they will get it for this winter.Bus with 10 people all going to Miami and no luggage.....why go through immigration twice ? and use a bus twice ? )
    Simplify...gain time,save resources
    Also,it seems the inspection of the terminal was done and the terminal structure is sound....No need to demolish it.

    This Pic reminds me of SXM in the old days when you got your luggage in the carousel in the metal "barn" with everyone smoking around you and then walking up to the WinAir ticket counter by the street to hop on a flight without the need for reservations.... Ahh the old days...

  11. #161
    chris83 is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Jet Blue has reopened the direct service from JFK to SXM twice a week for the moment.
    I will try them in november.
    Funnily,they land in SXM at 15.10 ,and Sbh offers two flightsne flight at 15.15 (totally empty) and one at 17.10 (fully booked)
    Coordination anyone ??

  12. #162
    chris83 is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    More optimism and hope...SBH has already answered me and moved flight to 16h instead of 15.10

    If jet blue lands at 15.10 and i take a SBH flight at 16.00 and exit SBH airport at 16,15.....HOURRAH
    SBH we love is back

  13. #163
    cec1 is online now
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    WOW! "Ask and you shall receive!" Kudos to SBC for a quick response!

  14. #164
    tim is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    WOW! "Ask and you shall receive!" Kudos to SBC for a quick response!
    That was incredible response by SBCommuter!
    The best moderation is the least moderation.

  15. #165
    chris83 is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    That was incredible response by SBCommuter!
    I will happily confirm they answered my first email in a few minutes...Sent confirmation of the schedule change right after my remark, and emailed me the ticket 10 minutes after that.
    It was an "old ticket",booked for beginning of september (IRMA dates).
    They didn't ask for any fee ..nothing...no discussion
    MEGA KUDOS TO SAINT BARTH COMMUTER.Just sensational

  16. #166
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    I find SBC to be on top of their game all the time. Because they only take in transit at Juliana and know which flight you are on, they constantly monitor the flights. 3 years ago we were the only ones on our flight using them and when I approached the Transit Info Desk they called me by name and had my boarding passes ready.


    Andy

  17. #167
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    I experienced the same quick service from SBC on my revised travel plans.

  18. #168
    cec1 is online now
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    The Forum has a loyal follower in a key person at SBC . . . he's clearly watching out for the rest of us!

  19. #169
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    The Forum has a loyal follower in a key person at SBC . . . he's clearly watching out for the rest of us!
    “Michael”


    Andy

  20. #170
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Have always found SBC efficient and professional. Recently had to change tx by a day due to rebooked flights for Thanksgiving week and they did it right away, no questions asked. We go out of our way to fly SBC because they are always reliable, priced right and nice pilots to boot!

  21. #171
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    I find SBC to be on top of their game all the time. Because they only take in transit at Juliana and know which flight you are on, they constantly monitor the flights. 3 years ago we were the only ones on our flight using them and when I approached the Transit Info Desk they called me by name and had my boarding passes ready.

    Yes, SBC is always helpful and courteous. Zero complaints from us. It's a joy to be greeted at the Transit desk with, "Welcome back!"

  22. #172
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Another fan of St. Barth Commuter here. Davina is a joy to work with.
    On an island in the sun we'll be playing and having fun.

  23. #173
    PeterLynn is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    A couple of visits ago, my wife left her hat on our departing SBC flight. After checking in with AA and passing through security, we heard our name called and saw an SBC employee walking though the terminal with her hat in hand. Love SBC.

  24. #174
    chris83 is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    According to the latest edition of the "journal de St Barth",Nikki beach is planning to reopen this spring.
    The Toiny hotel next october (probably)

  25. #175
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    When we were there last week, carpenters working at Nikki Beach. Backhoe excavating new footings for stone walls and preparation to pour new concrete slabs side of shops building west side toward Eden Rock. Also, activity fixing roofs and siding across street at two small shops across from Kiki Mo.

  26. #176
    chris83 is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by dadto6 View Post
    When we were there last week, carpenters working at Nikki Beach. Backhoe excavating new footings for stone walls and preparation to pour new concrete slabs side of shops building west side toward Eden Roc. Also, activity fixing roofs and siding across street at two small shops across from Kiki Mo.
    I am really glad to hear it will reopen in spring (for Bucket probably)
    The island desperatly needs the restaurants on the beach to reopen.It's part of the fun/tradition for tourists.
    Food at Nikki beach was outstanding.Fingers crossed,it will happen even sooner.

  27. #177
    Eve is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Arriving 4/1. I hope “spring” means Bucket

  28. #178
    andynap is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    Test post. There's something odd going on with this thread.
    Yes- Eve showed for hours as the last post but I couldn't find it.


    Andy

  29. #179
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    Part of my reason for posting was to see if another post would unstick the thread. It apparently has. Plan B was to reach out to Webmaster JB.

  30. #180
    chris83 is offline
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    Re: What about some optimism and hope ?

    The Cata Cup is about to begin and the first crews/teams are arriving tomorrow on the island for a few days of training.
    Hopefully,it will help lift the spirit of the island.

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