Competition for occupancy agreements for restaurants on Îlet Pinel


The islet Pinel is one of the jewels of the tourist activity of Saint-Martin in the heart of a preserved natural area. Since the 1990s, it has housed commercial activities consisting of two beach restaurants and a souvenir shop.

These activities generate dozens of direct and indirect jobs. The Conservatoire du littoral, assignee of the littoral part of the islet Pinel since 2004, carried out in 2008 a study of valorization and environmental integration of the islet. This study made it possible to change the conditions for carrying out economic activities within the framework of several successive temporary occupancy agreements. These developments have been made in the direction of better landscape and environmental integration: reduction of water and energy consumption, use of renewable energies in substitution for generators, reduction of waste, installation of dry toilets, use of natural materials, etc.

In 2017, an ordinance imposed that economic activities located in the public domain be subject to prior selection. This is how a first call for competition for the operation of the restaurants and the shop of the îlet Pinel was carried out in 2019. 

At the end of this competition, the Conservatoire du littoral decided to award temporary occupancy agreements to the operators currently in place, taking into account the quality of their applications.

Following an appeal by an unsuccessful candidate, the Administrative Court decided, in April 2022, to terminate the temporary occupancy agreements for the two restaurants. This termination will be effective on June 22, 2022. The Conservatoire du littoral did not wish to appeal this decision and is today initiating a new competition procedure for occupancy agreements for the two restaurants for 6 years. The consultation documents are available at

Applications must be submitted by September 5, 2022, for temporary occupancy agreements to start on January 1, 2023.

Given the delays in the procedure for selecting candidates and in order not to harm economic activity and the conditions for welcoming the public on the islet, occupancy agreements have been signed with the operators in place at transitional title until the end of 2022.

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