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October 15, 2013

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DPM addresses airport delays

Speaking at the 10th Annual Abaco Business Outlook, the Deputy Prime Minister, Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, addressed concerns regarding the new airport in Marsh Harbour. He touched on details such as fire code and safety concerns, electrical systems and concerns expressed by airlines regarding equipment and space. He also said three management companies are currently being considered to run the airport once opened. See page 2 for the report.

Adverse effects of new airline fees continue to worry businesses

Abaco’s diversified economy leaves further room for growth

Reduced airlift is coupled with criticism of local airlines

Ministry of Tourism plans targeted campaign

Above: an empty Marsh Harbour Airport. The recent airline fee hike is taking its toll on many local businesses. See page 7 for details.

Above: Director General for the Ministry of Tourism - David Johnson - speaking at the Abaco Business Outlook at Boat Harbour on September 25. He praised Abaco’s consistency in delivering a strong tourism product despite no forced growth strategy and limited infrastructure. By Canishka Alexander The lineup of speakers for the 10th Annual Abaco Business Outlook on Sept. 25, included David Johnson, Director General for the Ministry of Tourism. He spoke on the topic: “The Abacos: Our Most Diversified Family Island Economy and Its Enormous Opportunities for Future Economic Growth.” Johnson began by comparing The Bahamas to other tourist destinations even though 93 percent of our potential lies among the islands that are untouched or

undeveloped and are underpopulated by extension. In 2003, there were 95,000 stopover visitors for Abaco alone. The numbers declined to 87,000 in 2012 peaking at 111, 000 visitors in 2007. Research, he said, shows that 34 percent of stopover visitors choose hotels for accommodations, while 50 percent of visitors choose to stay in apartments or villas or lodge at a friend’s home. Another Please see

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Central & All Abaco Minister of Works comments on Leonard M. Thompson Terminal By Timothy Roberts “Concerns of a technical nature” are proving to be a challenge for the Ministry of Works and has delayed their ability to “issue necessary approvals” said the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip Brave Davis, while speaking at the Abaco Business Outlook on September 25 at the Abaco Beach Resort. Mr. Davis said, “I “we also have am saddened concerns being expressed by the turn of events on this about whether all the structural extremely expensive - and elements - much anactually meet ticipated projfire and safety ect.” codes.” He said the Ministry of Works (MOW) has been challenged to provide all the necessary approvals to the contractor for the construction of the airport buildings “as there have been and continue to be concerns of a technical nature which do not permit the Ministry of Works and Urban Development to issue necessary approvals.” Mr. Davis said that he accepts that there are extremely good reasons for a

thorough approval process followed by issuing approvals, following required adjustments, and then the follow-up regular, objective inspections and confirmation of building according to an approved plan. “Yes, adjustments are made to meet unforeseen circumstances; and, yes, the application and approval process can sometimes be frustratingly slow and tedious. Also, yes, I agree that the application and approval process needs overhauling,” he said. He added that the MOW confirmed that recognition of this and are in the process of updating and modernizing how they conduct their business with the construction community. He said “you certainly can’t fault us for the effort to PLAN instead of just rushing to get things out so that we could claim to be doing more than is sometimes in the People’s best interests.” Mr. Davis said that aside from the necessary approvals not being given which is delaying the occupancy certificate and opening, “we also have concerns being expressed about whether all the structural elements actually meet fire and safety codes.” “Further, I am advised that other agencies of the government and representatives of potential users, namely airlines, have difficulties with the spaces and equipment being provided for them; it seems that the design of the interior would demand additional staffing to operate a separate international and domestic security operations,” he said. He indicated that airlines are also ask-

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Above: interior of the new Marsh Harbour airport terminal. According to Mr. Davis airlines have expressed concern about the spaces and equipment being provided. This, and other issues of a “technical nature” are preventing the government from issuing necessary approvals. ing for ticket counters to be redesigned as there are presently no allocations for space for printers and ticketing machines. He added that the “Immigration (Department) also has an issue with their access to their work area and the security of the same. There is also the relocating of the switching system for runway lighting to the new control tower and the removal of the existing building.” Mr. Davis said that some technical equipment required to meet international standards are presently under review to ensure proper compliance and that he has

been told “Immigration that the Civil also has an issue Aviation De- with their access partment is to their work presently area and the short listing security of the potential new same. Controllers from more than 100 persons who applied. “We approached this unfinished projPlease see Airport

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Central & All Abaco Tourism

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19 percent make up the number of private boaters who visit the island. In the cruise-tourism sector, Abaco is third in The Bahamas behind New Providence and Grand Bahama, with Castaway Cay accounting for almost 500,000 cruise passengers annually on the island's southern tip. Against the backdrop of its proximity to the United States, a strong fishing industry, a relatively pristine environment with low crime, and an increasing second-home owner base, Johnson said that Abaco is a major player in the tourism sector. “This has provided [Abaco] with great consistency and delivery of its strong tourism product, and a very strong repeat base of arrivals,” Johnson said. “We have seen Abaco achieve these kinds of numbers in the absence of any forced growth strategy, and with limited infrastructure for which it competes effectively for the most valued component of air stopover visitors at this point in time. Johnson added that: “What’s more relevant here is that Abaco’s tourism is the most diversified in the country, if not within the region, comprised of a number of lucrative components that can and do work together in harmony.”

He stat“What’s more ed that his relevant here firm belief was that the is that Abaco’s root to Abatourism is co’s growth the most lies in the commitment diversified in to a further the country, if deliberate and accelernot within ated strategy the region” to empower Abaconians to plan and manage much more of our tourism sector. Johnson said when the new airport terminal is completed they have already arrived at an option for jet service, which is no more than a season away with direct flights beyond Miami into Abaco. Additionally, the Ministry of Tourism is committed to launching a proactive campaign to target pleasure boaters and allow them to prepay online to minimize their wait time and to eliminate the inconvenience of making cash payments. “Abaconians my closing call, is that you continue in your quest to enhance your local economy while improving your quality of life for your community,” Johnson concluded. “Tourism must work for you.”

Hon. ‘Brave’ Davis sees bright future for Abaco By Timothy Roberts While speaking at the Abaco Business Outlook on September 25 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, told the audience that “we are turning the corner” adding that he has no doubt that “The Bahamas is experiencing positive activity, some would even call it a renaissance, with new and exciting things happening in so many islands.” Mr. Davis indicated that they have noticed an “apparent uptick in real estate sales, second home construction and resort development in Eleuthera, Exuma, San Salvador and, yes, here in Abaco.” He said that Baker’s Bay is one major development project that has weathered the financial storm well, proving to be a source of stable employment in Abaco. He reported that Baker’s has recently increased its staff by 60 new employees, bringing its employee total to 560. He also said that in the coming year it is expected Baker’s Bay will increase its membership by 100. “In economic terms that will result in increased job opportunities for its own operations as well as provide spin-offs to local businesses here on the island,” he said. Mr. Davis said that while Winding Bay has not fared as well, “from where I sit, I can assure you its resurgence is on the way.” He said a proposal for its redevelopment is now before Government that there are plans for resurgence, though he could not offer details at this time. Mr. Davis said that with this growth through development the government has acknowledged the fact that reducing the import bill for food is of great importance to the further progress and development of The Bahamas. With this in mind Mr. Davis said that the government has delivered a new ap-

proach to the agricultural sector and will launch new opportunities for family island communities. He said that greenhouses with their potential for the growth of year-round farming possibilities are being rolled out across the country and indicated that the North Abaco Farmers Association (NAFA) has already received international funding to develop a greenhouse project and is today receiving the necessary technical assistance. Mr. Davis noted that “Don Sawyer, a player in the agriculture sector here on the island, is also making new investment inroads in the use of these new technologies on this island.” He said that there is “resurgence at Abaco Big Bird because, since coming to office, we have enforced new protections in the areas of poultry thus stimulating an increase in local productions there.” Mr. Davis said there are an additional 1,200 acres of land which has been made available to Abaco Farms for further production of food using new technologies along with Texas A & M. “That same prestigious institution is also sharing their new knowledge in food production across our country to assist farmers to increase their yield for market.” Mr. Davis expects that “when our plans for this sector of the economy are fully in place with the rise in new methods of farming it will result in more employment and new business owners will emerge.” He assured his listeners that the North Abaco Port will be built and that they will shortly open the new Marsh Harbour International Airport. He added that the BEC Marsh Harbour substation civil works are completed and the installation of the Please see

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Central & All Abaco Future

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switchgear and transformers is in progress with a completion date ‘in sight.’ According to Mr. Davis the proposed Abaco sporting facilities are now on the drawing board. “Combine this with the wonderful natural resources of large tracts of available land; excellent soil conditions and a long term reputation of success in agricultural ventures; excellent fishing and vast areas of the sea, both shallow banks and the deep south Atlantic, available for exploitation; exciting resort facilities like Baker’s Bay with its excellent example of environmental sensitivity and its resort and residential development which continues to attract high net worth visitors and its close proximity to South Florida and the south-east coast of the United States; This great land with its wonders of nature including the wonder of the ocean holes and our unique flora and fauna; All blended together with intelligent, hardworking and industrious Abaconians, you then have the perfect recipe for great success in the near and distant future,” he said. He said that if the past is anything to go by, then Abaco is in for a “life changing experience as you focus on how you can take advantage of the positive changes and opportunities, which will confront you as the weeks, months and years go by.”

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“you certainly can’t fault us for the effort to plan instead of just rushing to get things out”

ect when we returned to government last year with a view to completing it in the shortest period of time while trying to ensure that the taxpayer was receiving value for money and that the project was a complete one, which would best serve all the needs of travelers, and those employed within the facility and in its environs.” He said that despite the bad news on the delays that he is pleased that under the leadership of the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin, “the Government is gradually cutting through all the nonsense surrounding this entire project with a view to, at the earliest opportunity, to make sure that the airport facilities to our travelling public, is efficient, safe, secure.”

Clarification In The Abaconian’s article in October 1, 2013 issue titled “New Terminal progress halted until fire escape is designed” we reported that the project was “approximately $10 million over budget.” The statement needs clarification.

In a statement on December 12, 2012 Hanna-Martin said that the Leonard M Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour “with its checkered past of starting and stopping,” was first projected at $27.3 million but are now saying the needed repairs will run taxpayers into an additional $11,930,000. Included in that estimate are a $6 million runway extension, $3.8 million to build a freight building, $230,000 for that building’s architectural fees and $1.9 million in other architectural fees. Most of the cost overruns are outside the original scope of the project.

Terminal Management While speaking at the Abaco Business Outlook on September 25 at the Abaco Beach Resort Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip Brave Davis spoke of a major policy decision the government has made regarding the future operation of airports in the Family Islands. “The view is that the current model for Family Island airport management is unsustainable, as it requires a considerable investment of public funds,” he said. The Ministry of Transport and Aviation in moving forward will put in place a policy to ensure, as is possible, that all Family Island airports are self-sufficient in order to reducing the cost of operating air-

ports for the “a Request for Public TreaProposals to sury, reduc- manage, develop ing the strain and operate the on the public Marsh Harbour purse while Airport was generating a published in May new of this year, T h i s would reduce inviting Bids the strain on from qualified the public Bahamian purse, and firms.” simultaneously, generate a new revenue stream for the Government. Mr. Davis said the Ministry of Transport and Aviation is pursuing the option of private management of the Marsh Harbour Airport. “In that regard, a Request for Proposals to manage, develop and operate the Marsh Harbour Airport was published in May of this year, inviting Bids from qualified Bahamian firms.” Three companies submitted proposals and Glenys Hanna-Martin, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, has appointed an Evaluation Committee headed by Sir Baltron Bethel to review the proposals and to make their recommendation. That Committee has completed its work and has made a recommendation for the consideration which will presented to the Cabinet for a final decision.


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Central & All Abaco New airport fees bring more negative publicity By Timothy Roberts After the implementation of new Customs Landing Fees on July 1, 2013 there were a flurry of complaints from airline companies and private pilots, and while the clamour has waned the negative publicity continues to come, and in some cases against the wrong people. S u c h is the case “We have had at Cherokee one customer A v i a t i o n ’ s FBO (Fixed accuse us of of Opoutright theft Base erations), a and he still private terdoesn’t accept minal located at the Marsh the Harbour International explanation Airport. Acof the fees” cording to the FBO’s manager, Claude Sawyer, there have been customers posting severe criticisms of his operation due to the new fees. “We have had one customer accuse us of outright theft and he still doesn’t accept the explanation of the fees,” Mr. Sawyer said. The issue comes from the new Customs Management Regulations, 2013 Section 10, Item 2 which states: The Customs authority may permit the master of a private aircraft not carry-

ing cargo, and operated for pleasure and recreation only by a pilot who is not flying for reward or remuneration or for business purposes, to make the inward report on Form No. C7A. Mr. Sawyer explained this means that an aircraft owner may fly himself and his family and land at a Bahamian Airport and only be charged a $50 Customs fee; “The fee is determined and charged by Customs, not Cherokee Aviation or any FBO.” If the pilot; however, is paid any fee whatsoever, even if a friend hitching a ride gives him gas money, the pilot is required to fill out the regular C7 form and will pay $75 in and $75 dollars out - $100 more than a private pilot. Also, in the case of one complaint Mr. Sawyer pointed out, the pilot in July came in and filled out a form with his personal name on the entry; however, on a subsequent trip in August the form was filed under a corporate name. “When Customs sees a business or corporate name on the form they are going to assume it’s a business trip and charge the higher fees,” he said. “We encourage anyone who has a complaint to speak with us and we’ll do our best to sort it out, but the customs fees are beyond our control.” Mr. Sawyer is hopeful that private and corporate planes and public airlines will continue to come, despite the new Customs tariffs, but he is also hopeful that the government will revisit their position on these fees.

Letter to be circulated requesting airport terminal be opened Local business leaders seek relief from economic pinch By Timothy Roberts Local businessmen who have been feeling the pinch of a slowed economy are seeking to persuade the government to move more swiftly to open the New Marsh Harbour International Airport Terminal which continues to face technical delays according to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip Brave Davis. In a letter of request circulating Central Abaco this week the community is asked to sign it states: “The New Marsh Harbour International Airport Terminal is now a year overdue to be open and the delays keep coming. The delays are not necessary and with occupancy certificates on the way (Maybe even already here) we ask the government to stop the delays and get this airport open speedily during these hard economic times. Stop delaying the benefits to the economy and people of Abaco and to the public treasury.” When construction began on the Airport Terminal in 2011 it was projected to be finished by mid-year 2012; possibly as late as September. However, after a change

in government and a review of the airport terminal, work was delayed as some “logistic and design” issues were identified by Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin in a December 2012. James Edgecombe, Partner in FES Construction Company, said in January that “by now we thought we should have been completed this project but some of the department heads have changed and those that are taking over have come in with new ideas which they say will make the project move even smoother including the FAA and input from Civil Aviation.” Those changes were expected to be dealt with and completed by August but have since been pushed further back. At the recent Abaco Business Outlook Mr. Davis apologized for the continued delays and said the Ministry of Works (MOW) has been challenged to provide all the necessary approvals to the contractor for the construction of the airport buildings “as there have been and continue to be concerns of a technical nature which do not permit the Ministry of Works and Urban Development to issue necessary approvals.”

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Mistakes can be forgiven. Better yet: they can be forgotten. With the right mix of transparency, humility and actual progress even the biggest missteps can be brushed under the table. In fact, do right by the public, honestly, and you can even come out smelling like roses, despite how messy the situation. What works is honesty. What works is owning up to mistakes. What works is acting like you are our representatives. What works is results. What doesn’t work is blowing past deadline after deadline that the government itself sets. Be honest with yourselves. Be honest with us. What doesn’t work is making vague references to “technical issues.” Issues such as moving the switch for the runway lighting from one area to another is not in any way a legitimate excuse to deny this island our bread and butter month after month.

The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The Bahamas

What doesn’t work is laying blame. Get to work. Stop laying blame. Instead lay bricks. Lay the “bricks” that will get this airport open. You and the Opposition can play your games and bicker, just don’t do it when livelihoods are at stake. What doesn’t work is saying we’re broke. Abaco has contributed our fair share. You know this island is a winning bet. Why hobble us with inferior infrastructure? Why shoot yourselves in the foot? Spending the money to get that airport open is a much quicker way for our country to make money than taxing airlines into oblivion. How many airline executives have sat patiently waiting to open Abaco up to more airlift and new routes. How much longer will they wait? How many have already thrown up their hands in disgust and made preparations for somewhere else that has the infrastructure and doesn’t charge them oppressive taxes? We rely on the tourist dollar. Please don’t take it from them before they even get a chance to spend it in our restaurants and shops. If it truly is just a laundry list of “technical issues” then I have full faith this airport can be opened for the Christmas Season. Because we’re not even close to an election so I am assuming the airport isn’t being treated as a political chip. Please. I am begging the powers that be to shut me up. Open this airport.

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Letters to the Editor Who, Exactly, is Handicapped Parking For? Dear Editor, In response to a letter you published in your last issue I should like to be afforded a little space for a rebuttal. A person who has a handicap or impaired in one way or another may not be readily recognizable. There are many and different degrees of being diagnosed as handicapped. It could involve the knees, the hip or the back. That person may not be in constant pain, but suffers sometimes without warning. The problem may not be crippling or even render them partially immobile, but they may still be considered handicapped. Even though it may not look as if the person who is parking in the designated space may, in fact, be in more pain and may be suffering more than you know. So don’t be so judgmental. I have two suggestions to those who may be considered a handicapped person who is still capable of driving a car and have difficulty walking a few extra feet from a more distant parking space, then you should try and arrive a little earlier in the morning to make sure you secure one of the few blue handicapped parking spaces at your final destination, or, have a friend or family member drive you so

that you can be dropped off and picked up right at the entrance. Otherwise, maybe you shouldn’t be driving at all if you need a cane to support you when you walk you may also be incapable of reacting to a sudden or unexpected problems in traffic and could, therefore, be more of a danger to yourself or other drivers on the road. The blue marked handicapped parking spaces that new businesses are beginning to provide for their customers is a welcome addition to Marsh Harbour and if I am lucky enough to secure one for myself, I feel privileged. I do not like to think of myself as handicapped (however, otherwise perfectly healthy), but as a senior citizen my aches and pains are never far away and I am pleased to see this progress and fortunate to relieve my aching back from more stress. If that empty blue handicapped parking space is not for me, then who is it for? -Anonymous

July 1, 2014 VAT Implementation Date Should Be Pushed Back Dear Editor, Bahamas, recognize what is being done to you by your government through its current process of introducing and

implementing Value Added Tax (VAT). The end of September has now become the third self-imposed deadline the government has failed to meet to release its VAT Bill & Regulations to the Bahamian people. First it said it would release this critical information before Parliament broke for summer recess. Then it said it would do so by the end of August. Then it said it would do so by the end of September nothing materialized. If the government is not meeting its own deadlines, it suggests that it does not have its act together with what it is getting ready to do to the country in a very short space of time. Every business sector in this country is openly expressing legitimate fears due to the uncertainty the government’s information delays are creating. Businesses are refusing to expand or hire new people due to this uncertainty and the prospect of another impending increase in operational costs. Bahamians - who are already struggling under new taxes that were sprung on them in July - are saying they are terrified at the prospect of a brand new 15% tax, especially since they have no clue how this tax will affect their income and expenses. Experts are warning about the damage this tax can cause if implemented so soon. Our economy is already not growing as the government projected it would Wall Street affirmed this through its recent downgrade of economic growth projections for The Bahamas. Meantime, countries in our region that have implemented VAT are calling on their governments to decrease the tax due to the strains it is putting on their citizenry and economy. Push back the July 1, 2014 date to give our country more time to properly prepare itself for a new system of national taxation - this is what a responsible government should do. -Sharon Turner

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Central & All Abaco Students, FRIENDS and Tourism partner up to clean highways

Above: Ministry of Tourism’s Wynsome Ferguson (left) with students along the Earnest Dean Highway. By Jennifer Hudson September was International Coastal Cleanup Month. In recognition of this Friends of the Environment joins annually with the Abaco Tourist Office to encourage community members to participate in cleanups of roads and beaches. All schools, community groups, businesses and individuals are encouraged to take part. Trash bags, gloves and data forms are provided to school and community groups. On September 20, between 9:30 am and 11 am, 55 students from Smith Memorial College and Central Abaco Primary School, assisted by three members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Wynsome Ferguson of the Abaco Tourist Office, Cassandra Abrahams - Education Officer with Friends of the Environment - and AJ McIntosh - an intern with Friends of the Environment - cleaned up approximately 2 1/2 miles of the Ernest Dean Highway

between the airport roundabout and Spring City. Sadly, the Ernest Dean Highway is a continual eyesore, with each side of the road (and sometimes even the middle of road) strewn with garbage of both the large and small variety. When Smith Memorial College and Central Abaco Primary School were contacted for help the students were happy to take the opportunity to do their part. Even though some people employed by local government had done some clearing the previous day, the schoolchildren still collected 49 bags of trash. Some large appliances such as refrigerators and washers and tires estimated at 575 pounds were also removed. Every piece of trash picked up was recorded on a data form provided by the Ocean Conservancy. The Ocean Conservancy is an environmental group operating out of Washington DC which encourages

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coastal cleanups throughout the world. The Friends of the Environment group is their local representative on Abaco. Although the month of September is designated ‘Coastal Cleanup Month,’ roads are also cleaned up. The Ocean Conservancy is interested in how many people participate, time spent and miles covered. They collect the data and compile an annual report. "This falls in line with what Friends wants to do for Abaco," says Olivia Patterson, Program Coordinator for Friends. “All of the schools contacted have been very willing to help," stated Patterson. "Most of the schools on the mainland and the cays are organizing their own cleanups and Man O War Primary School has already cleaned up Ocean Beach, Forest Heights cleaned up Crossing Beach and Hope Town School cleanup the mangroves near the school." Schools will continue clean ups into the beginning of October. The three Defence Force officers were also happy to help, stating; "It is a pleasure for us to help in this way." The items forming the largest percentage of garbage collected were glass beverage bottles, (409 were picked up during the two hour period), with beverage cans also forming a large percentage. Second on the list was food wrappers from candy, chips, etc. Bottle caps, plastic and paper bags, Styrofoam takeaway containers and small pieces of plastic were also found in great numbers. Perhaps the most unusual items found during these cleanups have been two weaves, a shotgun shell and a dead cat. Keniqua Bowles and Basia McKinney, grade 7 students of Smith Memorial said that they were excited to be helping with the cleanup. "It is good when somebody cares enough about the Earth to do something like this," said Basia. These young schoolchildren are doing their part towards making our island a cleaner and more attractive place.

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major Breast Cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research. Events organized in The Bahamas and around the world in October include walks, runs and sales of special logo items. On Abaco several business, houses and offices are holding fundraisers and have also decorated their premises with pink ribbons and balloons in support of Breast Cancer awareness month. April Parotti, proprietor of the Van Stratton Insurance Agency, has entered wholeheartedly into the campaign having decorated her office and also organized fundraisers. As she says; "Cancer has touched all of our lives either personally or through someone dear to us." After her brother died from the disease several years ago, she made a beautiful quilt for three years running which she raffled and donated the money to the Abaco Cancer Society. Since she now has a growing family and no longer has time to sew quilts she has decided to raise money in other ways. In her office she has on sale Cancer Society logo cups, green bags, lapel pins and shirts. These items will also be sold at her bake sales which will be held for three Saturdays in October (5, 19, 26) from 9 am to 1 pm outside Abaco Groceries and Maxwells. She will be selling an assortment of delicious cakes and cookies and also even vegan treats. Students of the Forest Heights Interact Club have volunteered to assist at the sales and even persons from as far as Treasure Cay are coming to lend their support. On November 19 a Fun Run/Walk is being organized by the ladies of the St John the Baptist Church Women's Guild. This will begin at 7 am with the route being from the Anglican Parish Church Hall to the airport roundabout and back to the hall. Although a walk has been held for several years, this is the fourth year that it is being held under the title ‘Monicar Adderley Fun Run Walk’ in honour of cancer survivor Monica Adderley who is a member of their church. Half the funds raised will go to the Abaco Cancer Society and half to the St John the Baptist Anglican Church Women’s fund. First Caribbean Bank is also holding a Fun Run Walk but instead of going directly to the Abaco Cancer Society their funds raised will go to The Bahamas Cancer Society in Nassau. The Abaco Cancer Society will also be arranging free mammograms at the Auskell Clinic for persons meeting the criteria on October 19. This is part of an ongoing service every 6-8 weeks.

Above: Janell Collins and Hannah Parotti (Interact students from FHA) assisting organizer of the fundraiser April Parotti.


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North Abaco Police, firefighters respond to car fire in Great Cistern

Tourist location site of scrap metal dump Hazardous smoke accompanies eyesore at GTC Ferry Dock

Above: as of Oct 4 the burned verhicle was still on the road, about 100 feet before a blind corner, causing a serious danger for motorists. By Canishka Alexander According to a police reported issued on Sept. 30, at about 8:35 p.m., a 25-yearold male of Murphy Town contacted the Marsh Harbour Police Station, and reported that there was a burning vehicle in the area of Great Cistern. Police officers along with the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department personnel immediately responded, confirmed the fire as reported, and firefighters extinguished the fire. The report also stated that the vehicle, which is a 2003 grey Nissan Primera, is owned by a 29-year-old female of Grace Avenue. The owner of the vehicle

reported that while driving in the Great Cistern area, she saw smoke coming from the hood of the car, and eventually fire was seen also. While police investigations continue in this matter, Great Cistern residents expressed concerns last week that the vehicle had not been removed from the roadway although the proper authorities were contacted posing grave danger for passing motorists in the area. We visited the scene on Oct.4, and confirmed that the vehicle was still situated in the left lane of the road approximately 100 feet before a bend in the road.

For some time now scrap-metallers have been utilizing the freight area on the western side of Treasure Cay’s Ferry Dock and there are now piles of scrap metal covering most of the dock. This dock is also a major transit point for many visitors who make their way to Green Turtle Cay and they are often greeted by this eyesore. Scrap-metallers have also been seen burning large items on the dock creating a further nuisance and spreading hazardous smoke into nearby areas.

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Business Dr. Livingston Marshall focuses on Baker’s Bay as a sustainable development at ABO By Canishka Alexander Dr. Livingston Marshall, Senior Vice President of Environmental and Community Affairs at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, spoke on the topic: “Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club: A Practical Case for Sustainable Development” at the 10th Annual Abaco Business Outlook on Sept. 26. Making his first point, Dr. Livingston said there has to be a finance increase in order to have sustainability and to bring about a diverse product; secondly, the environment must be incorporated into what you are doing; and lastly, the right team of employees must be in place to bring about desired results. Next, Dr. Livingston gave a project overview of Baker’s Bay, and looked at the costs associated with the project, as well as public and private collaborations. To date, Baker’s Bay has invested $485 million in their project, and has hired 516 Bahamians plus an additional 44 ex-pat employees. Training and professional development is also offered to employees and associates with a focus on character and skills. “In order to have world-class facilities, you must have world-class employees,” Dr. Marshall advised. He then turned his attention to the sources of revenue for The Bahamas between the 10-year period of 2012 to 2022.

Above: the Baker’s Bay development seen from the air on October 2. Stamp and property taxes were at the top of the list with a $260 million contribution. Leased land, NIB contributions, duty on construction materials were also on the list. “So what can Abaco expect over the next 10 years?” he posed. In answer to his question, Dr. Livingston supplied a construction update, and

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bean. He said Baker’s Bay also highlights The Bahamas and the Family Islands as a luxury hospitality and second-home destination that attracts the world’s business, sports and entertainment leaders. Nearing the end of his presentation, Dr. Livingston gave Marina Village environmental highlights, and talked about being self-sufficient and mindful of the reef eco-system that surrounds their property. As a result, Platinum Paspallum grass was used for the Tom Fazio designed championship golf course, and there are 100 acres of preserve still intact. He concluded with ways to strengthen the partnership between Baker’s Bay and The Bahamas Government for the development of model employees along with quality labour and training.

Gowon Bowe speaks at ABO on role of financial planning for sustainability, development

Above: Gowon Bowe, partner at PWC Bahamas, speaking at the 10th Annual Abaco Business Outlook on Financial Planning. By Canishka Alexander Speaking at the 10th Annual Abaco Business Outlook was Gowon Bowe, a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Bahamas in the Assurance and Business Advisory Group. His topic: “Financial Planning: Its Role in Sustainability and Diversification,” took a closer look at what financial planning is, how to implement financial planning, and the benefits of it. Bowe first defined what a financial entity is noting that the focus is not only on business, but ranges from families managing their households to Local and Central Government as well. Unfortunately, Bowe

said that the biggest challenge is that entities perceive that they are at odds with each other, when they all co-exist. Nonetheless, his answer to setting a financial plan was: I.P.D. The acronym stands for: Information, Prioritization and Discipline. The greatest power that any entity has over another is information that the other doesn’t have, he said. Therefore, the first step in financial planning is gathering information, i.e. sources of income (salaries, sales, taxes), and items of expenditure: the ability to borrow, finance and repay our activities. Becoming more technical, Bowe examined market data taxes in relation to taxes on various goods and items and other market-related inputs for acquiring information. Finally, he addressed interdependencies and correlations, which deals with how things interact, and how the consumer reacts to an increase in prices or tax raises. “So if I increase prices, will they still continue to buy at the same amount? If they will, then my revenues increase, but if I increase prices and they actually buy less, will I be better off by increasing the prices?” Bowe queried. “And this goes to Central Government as well. Increasing the tax rate does not necessarily mean an increase in the tax revenue because the consumer may act differently. There may be a change in imports; there may be a change in consumer behaviour.” With that said, Bowe shared that public information is readily available on taxes, fees and levies on the Internet, on Government Web sites and in publications. In the case of Value Added Tax (VAT), which has been implemented in countries around the world, Bowe said that businesses should be looking at other jurisdictions to gather information on the successes and challenges of VAT. Moving along, Bowe suggested that once you have your information, it should be presented in a simple format and in a manner where you can consider the information line by line. Then, it’s time to make tough choices. Bowe said that under Prioritization, payroll, tuition, and the payment of utilities fall into this category. “You cannot spend more than you earn,” Bowe admonished. In dealing with priorities, there is very little flexibility. Family time is sacrificed in exchange for business success. Lastly, Bowe said that discipline requires us to make the right choice when the fork comes in the road. While the IPD acronym does not guarantee success, the benefits of adhering to it, equate to greater success and gives feedback on how successful you can become.

Cessna demos new Caravan in Abaco

Pictured: The New Cessna Grand Caravan EX with (l-r) John Price – VP of Regional Sales for Tropical Aviation Distributors, Faron Sawyer – President of Cherokee Air and Louis Gako – Chief Pilot for Tropical Aviation Distributors. By Timothy Roberts A pilot and representative of Tropical Aviation Distributors brought the new Cessna Grand Caravan EX on a demo tour to Caravan owners in The Bahamas, including Cherokee Air, on October 2. John Price, Vice-president Regional sales for Tropical Aviation Distributors, said that the plane was demoed to those who own one now and to those who might have an interest in them. Mr. Price said “It has some significant improvements over what it had before. Most of them are small and subtle but significant enough to bring it around to show people.” Faron Sawyer, President of Cherokee

Air, said he liked the new model. “It’s got a lot of power – it can climb about 1000 feet per minute no problem.” Mr. Price said that the biggest change is the engine which has increased from a 675 to 876 shaft horsepower, “so it climbs a lot faster, gets off the runways a lot quicker and it cruises a little over ten knots faster and it carries a little bit more load.” He added that it does this with just slightly more fuel burn, which can also be adjusted so that it uses the same fuel burn as the previous model. Additionally, all interior and exterior lights on the new Caravan are LED lights which are longer lasting and use very little power.

Dental Health Fair emphasizes oral health By Jennifer Hudson October is Dental Health Month and in order to try and raise awareness about dental health, Dr. Terese Bonamy and her staff organized a dental health fair on October 5 in front of their premises on Don MacKay Boulevard . Dr. Bonamy has been a dentist in Marsh Harbour since 1995 and organized this fair in order to give something back to the community. The dental health fair was held under the banner "Healthy mouth, Healthy body ." Many assistants were on hand to give information to help people maintain good health not only for their mouth but for their entire body. Elaine Pilon, representing Auskell Clinic and Ebony Albury from Dr. Boyce's Clinic were offering blood-pressure screening and both gave good advice on what one's blood-pressure reading should be and how to keep it at a healthy number. They also warned of the consequences of not keeping one's blood pressure at the correct level as this 'silent killer' as it is called, gives no warning symptoms until a great amount of damage has been done. They also offered advice on weight control. Dental assistants from Dr. Bonamy's office had set up an informative display showing the effects of gingivitis and periodontal disease and also showing what could be done with restorative dental care and cosmetic dentistry . They were happy to explain the information displayed and answer any questions. They also handed out giveaways of bags containing necessary dental health items such as toothbrush, dental floss, mouthwash and sugarless gum.

On the spot insurance agents from Family Guardian, Bahama Health and Colina were on hand to explain about dental insurance and write up policies. Persons from the National Workers Health Plan Network were also on hand with medical health insurance advice and the Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union were there to show how they can offer financial assistance. Dr. Bonamy and her hygienist, Samantha Jones, carried out free oral examinations and dental consultations in their office for anyone requesting one. This kept them quite busy and they were very pleased with the amount of people seeking dental examinations in order to achieve a more healthy mouth. Dr. Bonamy stated, "At the Agape Family Dental Centre we provide exceptional dental care in a fun, friendly and caring environment utilizing the best advancements in dental technology. We strive to make a positive and lasting difference in the health and wellbeing of our patients and we understand the importance of good oral hygiene." Dental hygienist, Samantha Jones, stated that all types of dental insurance are accepted and that no person needs to go with missing teeth because they feel they cannot afford the treatment. The Agape Dental Centre offers affordable payment plans and patients sometimes opt to seek bank financing. Altogether it was a very comprehensive health fair, the children were not forgotten. They were able to enjoy a bouncy castle and face painting. Delicious free refreshments were enjoyed by all.


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Further Business Value Added Tax discussed at Abaco Business Outlook By Timothy Roberts Bahamas Financial Secretary John Rolle made a presentation explaining Value Added Tax (VAT), which is due to be implemented July 1, 2014, to a group of Abaconians during the Abaco Business Outlook held at the Abaco Beach Resort on September 25. Mr. Rolle explained that the VAT is a replacement tax that rebalances Government revenue without introducing any new taxes on the Bahamian people. He said it would lower the average rates of customs duties and excise taxes by imposing the 15 percent VAT on these goods and a range of services. He said that new revenues from services will offset reduced customs revenue and generate additional net revenue. On July 1, 2014 government will lower the average rates of customs duties and excise taxes and impose the 15 percent VAT on these goods as well as impose VAT on a range of services. According to Mr. Rolle the new revenues from services will offset any reduced customs revenue plus it will generate additional net revenue. VAT is levied at each step in the production or distribution of a good or service and is a tax on consumption that is ultimately paid by the end consumer. He explained that VAT is an input tax on intermediate purchases of goods or services and an output tax for sellers of good and services. The seller collects VAT and remits it to the government after taking credits or deductions for taxes paid on inputs (purchases). Mr. Rolle said that a VAT Registrant’s sales must exceed a threshold to be able to charge and collect VAT from the consumer. Mr. Rolle gave an example how VAT will work. First an importer would buy a quantity of food items from the United States. He would then pay VAT (input tax) on the invoice, duty and CIF (cost, insurance and freight). The importer then sells supplies to local restaurant with a markup and charges VAT (output tax) to restaurant. The restaurant then sells meals to customers with markup for profit and operating costs and they in turn charge VAT (output tax) to the customer. He said that there must be an audit trail to claim credits and to justify that government collects its right share of taxes. Additionally businesses must adapt accounting and IT systems to monitor VAT liabilities, must file monthly VAT returns, must keep good records to justify credits claims and must issue VAT receipts. He added that non-registered firms could face stiff penalties and fines if they attempt to collect VAT from customers He said that VAT is not to be treated as an operating cost for the registrant because its inputs are netted from the VAT collected from customers and the difference is remitted to Government. He said that Exempt firms may not charge VAT and receive no credit for taxes on input taxes because customers pay VAT indirectly. Additionally since VAT is zero rated, sales attract no VAT, but firms are entitled to input tax credit. Mr. Rolle explained that participation in trade liberalization makes economic sense and because of this the government

must reduce reliance on trade taxes. Additionally the tax base needs to become broader and better linked to the growing sectors of the economy, while strengthening a culture of tax compliance and ensuring that the quantity and quality of government services provided measures up to the expectations of a populace of a high average incomes. Alternatively Mr. Rolle indicated that the cost of not rebalancing the tax system would lead to an unchecked rise in debt, less capacity to borrow for emergencies, increased vulnerability to shocks like hurricanes and sudden contractions in foreign economies on which we depend for tourists and credit downgrades coupled with an eventual loss of access to credit markets. According to Mr. Rolle the outcome of this would lead to a much higher tax increase, larger reductions in spending, and possible reduction in public sector employment. He said that the Government must continue to address cost efficiency issues, but the pace of expenditure adjustments must also be managed, given the likely impacts on private businesses and private sector employment. He said that by 2017 the government needs to grow annual revenue by at least $500 million relative to the current level of collections of which VAT must provide at least $200 million, other direct measures and reforms need to give at least $200 million and economic growth provides remaining $100 million. The government must also maintain a tight control on spending. He said that VAT is the choice because it fits into the program of Fiscal Consolidation, it broadens the tax base, increases equity, is superior to sales taxes in collections and enforcement efficiency, is efficient in collection and it is helped by self-compliance.

Cornerstones of Abaco Business A look at businesses that have stuck

Pinewoods Nursery By Mirella Santillo There is not a gardener or a landscaper on Abaco who is not familiar with the nursery located near the Airport Roundabout. Whether looking for ornamentals, house plants, fruit trees, herbs or special species as well as any garden supplies, they know they can find them at Pinewoods Nursery. The business was established in 1982 by Randy and Emily Key, as a family business. Pinewoods Nursery, heralded by the tall Queen Palms that decorate the front lawn, has become a landmark on Don Mackay Boulevard. After more than thirty years in business, the nursery is still family owned and operated, opened six days a week from Monday through Saturday. Ten thousand

square feet of retail space and warehouse, only occupy part of the property which totals five acres of land. There is a 3,200 square feet green house for starting seedlings and cuttings and approximately 60,000 square feet of growing area on which plants are produced such as the citrus trees that are available at specific times of the years. The owner and staff are also available to provide site visits to private properties for grafting and budding on existing avocado and citrus trees. Mr. Key said that he continues to be grateful for the patronage of the Abaco community and strives each season to offer new and upcoming items to improve the local landscape environment.

BTC underwater cable repaired for Northern Bahamas Press Release BTC has advised that landline, internet and cellular services are restored to the islands of the Northern Bahamas and to the Mars Bay area of South Andros. A specialized cable repair ship worked with BTC crews ‘round the clock to mend the badly damaged Bahamas Domestic Submarine Network International Cable (II/BDSNi) spliced by a visiting freighter anchored incorrectly in the 8 Mile Rock Harbour. And a BTC team of engineers also flew to South Andros to replace the damaged overhead optic cable shot out by seasonal pigeon hunters. BTC apologizes for the disruption and reminds the public to report vandalism of any kind including copper theft to the Police as it is a felony and further, these acts disrupts their telecommunications service. Right: BTC’s tech office in Marsh Harbour.


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Bahamian businesses with dual citizen shareholders are responsible to IRS

United States citizens living in Abaco and The Bahamas retain their obligations to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In an effort to help Abaconians understand and deal with the upcoming Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) – a new act that steps up enforcement and broadens the net for persons liable to the United States’ tax system – The Abaco Chamber of Commerce is spearheading efforts to educate the public. Dennis Lightbourne, Chamber President, noted at the recent Abaco Business Outlook that many Abaconians who have dual citizenship with The Bahamas and the U.S. will face increasing pressure to comply with the IRS. This is particularly significant for dual citizens involved with business. While Mr. Lightbourne noted many Abaconians appreciate the benefits of having two passports, he said that many “Don’t realize that they have responsibilities to two countries.” Dual citizens must

By Canishka Alexander Adding to the list of Abaco’s newest retail stores is Shop for Less, which opened its doors to the public on Sept. 30. Located at the former Tardies Building (green building) on S.C. Bootle Highway, Owners Vernita Rolle Dawkins and Henley Dawkins offer a wide-range of products at affordable prices in the spaciously convenient location. Shop for Less is well-stocked with household cleaning supplies, laundry items, kitchen products, pampers, toiletries, feminine and hygienic products as well as snack foods, and an assortment of juices, water and Gatorade. Shop for Less also offers excellent deals on women’s perfumes and body sprays. For the early birds, you are welcome to stop by and purchase a coffee or tea and sandwich on your way to work. Business hours are: Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 pm. Shop for Less is closed on Sundays.

file income tax returns with the U.S. Government. Mr. Lightbourne said that, as he understands it, there is a certain threshold of income that is exempt from U.S. taxation. He continued, “For the vast majority of people it’s not a problem. What happens, though, is when people go over the threshold they are subject to taxes [from the U.S. government].” He said dual citizens who own a significant share of a Bahamian business must realize that this makes 100% of that Bahamian business responsible for filing and paying taxes the IRS. “We are trying to get some people here by the end of the year to conduct some workshops just to educate people,” Mr. Lightbourne said on behalf of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce. “I see the Chamber as being a facilitator to allow people here who may have a need to talk to the professionals.”

OMG Designs

By Canishka Alexander OMG Designs opened in Suite #108 of the Dove Plaza in August 2013. As a men and women’s clothing boutique, the store carries a full line of fashionable clothing and footwear that range from casual to semi-formal. OMG Designs is owned by Jarvie Bienaimer and Viline Baptiste- Bienaimer. They guarantee that one visit to OMG Designs, will have customers saying: “Wow, that’s hot.” Business hours are: Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 367-6061 for more details.

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owner Lorin Senn, he has the best burgers in all of Abaco. He has a background in construction, having played a major role in the development of Hope Town. Now that he has given some twenty plus years of his life to this field and seeing that he is now in his sixties, Lorin decided to open this business. Mr. Senn loves to barbecue. In fact, he called it one of his passions. He specializes in smoked meats, baby back ribs, Boston pork, smoked chicken, smoked baked beans, fried and barbecued chicken, and burgers. They also make all sides and introduced donuts to the menu recently. The restaurant is located in a state of the art 16 foot trailer with a deck in front overlooking the view of the ocean. In the coming months, he will be introducing small beef sliders, sliders on pretzel buns, duck drumettes with orange sauce, pretzel buns, and beef briskets. They are located between Hope Town and Abaco Inn just north of the food store. They are open seven days weekly from 9am to 3pm and again from 6pm until. They can be reached by calling 5770652 or 359-6991.

At the Tenth Annual Abaco business Outlook a panel of three speakers discussed the opportunities found in Abaco’s environment. The panel consisted of Eric Carey – Executive Director of the Bahamas national Trust, Christopher Russell – Director of Forestry with the Ministry of the Environment, and Lindsey McCoy – Special projects Coordinator with Friends of the Environment. Mrs. McCoy addressed the audience first. She indicated that Abaco is the best island chain in The Bahamas to capture the multi-billion dollar environmental tourism industry. She showed statistics proving that the typical visitor to Abaco is looking for a different tourist product than tourists visiting elsewhere in the country. The specific tourist product Abaco visitors are looking for relate to snorkeling, sailing, diving and bonefishing. She said that Abaco “has the potential to become THE nature-based destination for The Bahamas.” Abaco has the most highly decorated underwater caves in the world, being featured in National Geographic. The island features unique species, namely the Abaco parrot, that are found nowhere else. Abaco also has the last hand-cranked kerosene burning lighthouse in the world. These unique features, among others, make Abaco a premier environmental destination. Mrs. McCoy noted that in the U.S., the outdoor recreation economy grew 5% between 2005 and 2011, during the recession when many other sectors contracted. Abaco, with its many natural features, can position itself to reap the rewards. Bonefishing contributes $5 million a years in Abaco and that number is growing. Abaco also features great birding and opportunities for shark-related tourism. Shark tourism is a $78 million dollar a year business in The Bahamas. Mr. Russell spoke about ongoing forestry projects on Abaco. As of 2011 the legal framework is in place for long-term, sustainable management of forests including timber cutting activities. In 2012 The Bahamas imported about $145 million dollars’ worth of timber products. Abaco has the opportunity to reduce that import bill. Mr. Carey addressed the crowd last. He admonished them to care for their resources before they are gone. He mentioned specifically Abaco’s unique lighthouses. Mr. Carey said he felt the government was not doing enough to protect these treasures and that once they’re gone they are gone forever.

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Central Abaco District Council - 26 September By David Ralph Members of the Central Abaco District Council opened the meeting with a gripe session directed to Police Chief, Supt. Noel Curry, who had been asked to attend. Council members of the four towns, Dundas Town, Marsh Harbour, Murphy Town and Spring City, had many complaints some of which related to police oversight while other issues were the responsibility of different agencies. Complaints related to: • areas where alleged drug deals were common • roadside mechanic shops with cars in disarray • junk cars on roadsides requiring tow truck removal • visitor harassment and loitering by vagrants at the Union Jack Dock in Marsh Harbour • unlicensed food peddlers at the Union Jack Dock • bars not closing on time with noisy patrons loitering outside or patrons not dispersing when the bar closes • bars and nightclubs allowing underage drinking • prostitutes soliciting at some bars • the primary school so full that Bahamian students are being turned away and asked to enroll in schools in other towns • the Mudd and Pigeon Peas squatter settlements where unlicensed shops, flea markets and other services of all manner are openly doing business • total disregard for town cleanliness with junk, appliances and refuse scattered all about • loud car and motorcycle engines • cars with loud amplifiers disturbing neighborhoods • motorcycles performing one-wheel acrobatics • government’s inability to reclaim a commercial lawnmower purchased by a township but in the possession of an individual. Supt. Curry responded with a question: “How many of you in this room came here tonight with a disregard for our laws? Did you all use your seat belts?” That softened the atmosphere. But many of the problems require changes in community attitudes. Issues of the Mudd and Pigeon Peas will require a task force with many governmental organizations working together. Other issues

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relate to government’s rules on employees being domiciled after five years in a Family Island location. Government workers, nurses, teachers, police and others get a housing allowance for five years when transferred to a Family Island. However, this benefit is terminated after five years, requiring the employees to find and pay for their own housing. At this point, it is difficult for government employees to be transferred as housing must then be provided at the new location and there is insufficient money or available housing for transfers. After five years at a Family Island assignment, government employees effectively have a lifetime job at that location. Most government agencies are hampered in the effective transfer of those employed who may become indifferent to their job responsibilities. Supt. Curry brought out that all infractions requiring police attention that may end in court or with disciplinary actions must be documented or substantiated by witnesses willing to testify in court. Infractions cannot based on hearsay or rumor. It is rare that he gets a written complaint or a witness with enough substance to take further action. A short presentation was made by David Ralph on behalf of the Bahamas National Trust and Friends of the Environment asking that the Council endorse a proposal to make a public waterfront park at Witch Point near Camp Abaco. It was noted that Councils and Town Committees are responsible for maintaining parks within their respective areas. But there is no provision or encouragement in the Local Government Act for making new park areas for their residents. Government, with BNT’s assistance, wants more local parks and green spaces for public enjoyment. This need is particularly evident for Central Abaco as it is the country’s third largest population center but has little to show for public spaces. Council members agreed to write the BNT and give its encouragement to establishing a waterfront park at Witch Point. A Marsh Harbour Council member mentioned a request to government that the present clinic building be assigned to the Marsh Harbour Town Committee for use as a library, museum and conference room for public meetings. The building will be vacant when the new hospital opens.

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Local Gov’t Hope Town District Council - 23 September By David Ralph The Hope Town District Council meeting on September 23 was chaired by Deputy Chief Councillor Harold Malone in the absence of Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting. The Councillors had previously met informally on September 21 to discuss several pressing issues. They heard from two garbage contractors who were asked to separate their monthly refuse invoices into two parts. Other matters involved the Hope Town gate and applications for a key. Decisions would be ratified during the official Monday meeting two days later with the Administrator present as required. Three items approved were: • A contract for repairs to the White Sound dock on Elbow Cay • A contract for repairs to Man-OWar’s northerly road near the narrows • A contract for cleaning a mile or more of the roadside verges between the Guana Cay settlement and the Baker’s Bay property. The road verges are overgrown from several years of neglect. Council members were told that the Minister of Transport, the Hon. Glynis Hanna-Martin, is expected to visit Hope Town to view the road north and see firsthand the controversial gate and hear of traffic issues. The Road Traffic Act is being revised, and she would like any revisions to properly reflect Hope Town traffic issues. Specific dates were not known for her visit. Town Planning matters were routine with one application approved for a 13,000 square foot residence estimated to cost $1.4 million within the Baker’s Bay project on Guana Cay. An informal meeting with the contractors holding the Elbow Cay and Man-OWar garbage contracts had been held two days earlier on Saturday morning. Government has asked contractors throughout the country to resubmit their monthly bills in two parts, one being the cost of collecting the refuse and transporting it to a dump site or collection site, and secondly, a separate bill for the cost of operating and managing the dump-site itself. Local Government is now responsible for paying only for the collection of residential refuse and getting it to the collection site while Environmental Health is now responsible for overseeing and paying for managing the sites themselves and any transportation required moving refuse from the cays to the Abaco mainland and on to the landfill there. However, in presenting government’s request to the two contractors present at the Saturday meeting, it was more complicated than first implied. The Man-O-War transfer site is on government property and could be separately managed or paid for. The Elbow Cay site is on private land leased by the garbage contractor. The Guana Cay transfer site is on land owned or leased by the Baker’s Bay developer and that they manage. Baker’s accepts Guana’s refuse as a civic donation. This site also holds the refuse generated by the Baker’s Bay development and is adjacent to its commercial wharf where the refuse is taken by barge to Marsh Harbour. The Guana Cay transfer site will become more interesting in the coming months as Baker’s Bay completes the installation of a commercial incinerator and

puts it into operation. This will substantially reduce the volume being barged, then trucked to the Abaco landfill. Splitting the contracts between collecting and site management opens the door for Environmental Health to choose someone different to manage transfer sites different from whoever collects the refuse. Both contractors were unhappy with this possible option as the package of collecting and managing the site makes it worthwhile to make the investment for equipment. Owing to the complexities of refuse handling on these three cays, a letter is being written to the Hon. Kendred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing, explaining the situation and asking for guidance. Other business at the Saturday meeting related to traffic in the settlement, the gate and the new lock. On October 1 new keys will be required to open the gate. Extensive discussion centered on traffic in town, the law prohibiting traffic and the realities at this time. The Councillors were unanimous in accepting the suggestion that the gate be made into something attractive and more prominent as symbolic of Hope Town’s heritage, perhaps with a grand archway of some sort. The final business for the Saturday meeting was to review the 100 or more applications for keys to the gate allowing vehicles to pass. Annual approvals for a key will cost applicants $50 for a golf cart, $125 for a pickup truck, $150 for a flat-bed truck and $250 for heavy equipment, backhoes, dump trucks and the water truck. Applications have to be approved by the Council and the Elbow Cay Community Association. Local Government is not allowed to collect money or impose taxes so these gate fees go to the Elbow Cay Community Association governed by three communityminded persons. Other communities including Man-O-War, Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point have similar organizations to raise money for the improvement of their communities. All decisions by the Council made at Saturday’s meeting were entered into the minutes on Monday in Administrator Preston Cunningham’s presence to make them a matter of record. He was unable to attend the Saturday meeting. A commercial incinerator is being installed by the Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club on Guana Cay and is expected to begin operations soon. Local Government persons serving on the Hope Town District Council are watching this operation as it has the potential to greatly reduce the volume of refuse transported each month to Marsh Harbour. This costs in excess of $100,000 annually for Elbow Cay alone. It is believed that the installation of this incinerator is the first on a Bahamian Family Island, and it should be of interest to other communities on small islands or cays with similar refuse problems. These would include Bimini, Harbour Island and Spanish Wells as well as several other towns on Abaco. The incinerators burn all normal trash, even burns its own smoke with no noxious smoke, leaving just ashes. However, the incinerator will not eliminate barging as appliances, bottles, batteries, vehicles and construction debris will still require a barge.

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The Abaconian October 15, 2013

Albury’s Ferry Service

Central & All Abaco

There & Back.....Again EFFECTIVE: JULY , 2012

Ph: 242-367-0290

Pilot Club president engages members in community initiatives

Fax: 242-367-0291

REGULAR FERRY SCHEDULE Marsh Harbour to Hope Town

By Canishka Alexander 20 minute ride Lots of activities have been taking 7:15am / 9:00am / 10:30am /12:15pm 2:00pm place recently for the Pilot Club of Abaco 4:00pm / 5:45pm under the leadership of Christine LightHope Town to Marsh Harbour bourne, the club’s new president. 8:00am / 9:45am / 11:30am /1:30pm 3:00pm Lightbourne was joined by other Pi4:00pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pm lot Club members on Sept. 5 in the disMarsh Harbour to Man-O-War tribution of school supplies to students at 20 minute ride 7:15 / 10:30am / 12:15pm / 2:30pm* Cherokee Primary School, and Crossing 4:00pm / 5:45pm Rocks Primary School. At J.A. Pinder Pri*Except Sundays and Holidays mary School, the students were treated to a Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour Fun Day with balloons, and served cotton 8:00am / 11:30am / 1:30pm /3:15pm* / 5:00pm candy, hot dogs and juice. *Except Sundays and Holidays Committed to the motto of: “Do Marsh Harbour to Scotland/Guana Cay More, Care More and Be More,” Light30 minute ride bourne said that their main goal is to 6:45am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm 5:45pm Above: Distribution of school supplies by President Christine Lightbourne (far left), strengthen the membership and morale of students of Cherokee Primary School, and Keora Archer (far right), who is a Pilot Club Scotland/Guana Cay to Marsh Harbour the organization, and to build the Anchor member. Photos courtesy Christine Lightbourne. 8:am / 11:30am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:30pm Club among the schools on Abaco. Any stops outside the main harbour will be a While visiting South Abaco schools, lot Club is instrumental in the education of minimum charge of two persons. Two persons or over Lightbourne said that information regard- persons with brain-related disorders. will remain at regular charge. Thanks for reading During the month of August through December there ing the Anchor Club, the Pilot Club’s As president of the Pilot Club of Abaare some adjustments made to the schedule. The Abaconian. youth service organization, was shared co, Lightbourne had the distinct priviledge You are advised to contact the office for any changes. with the small community schools. of attending the Pilot Club’s International REGULAR FERRY FARES The Pilot Club is also focused on a Convention 2013 in New Orleans and celVisit us online at One Way: $17.00 Pick-Me-Up program for caregivers, and it ebrated with 2013-2014 Pilot International www.TheAbaconian.com Round Trip - Open Return: $27.00 is still in partnership with the Rotary Club President Judy Langley; Caroline DeleChildren 6-11: Half Price Children 5 and under: Free of Abaco and Scurvy Few on the Love for veaux, Bahamas district governor; as well Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries depart from the Lowes project. As many know, the Pi- as members from the Japanese district. the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach. Guana /Scotland Cay depart from the Conch Inn. Prices subject to change without notice.

Hotels and House Rental Agents Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise

Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Cottage 114 hse Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse

366-0576 367-3529

Casuarina Point Sea Grape/Coco Plum

2 Units

367-2107

Cherokee Lee Pinder Marina Albury Cottages

3 hse 366-2053 5 cottages 366-2075

Grand Cay Rosie’s Place

352-5458

Green Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4200 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties 34 hse 365-4047 Leeward Yacht Club 5 hse 365-4191 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties 34 hse 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105

Guana Cay Dive Guana Dolphin Bch Resort Guana Sunset Beach Ocean Frontier Ward’s Landing Ruth Sands

11 hse 365-5178 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 13 units 365-5133 6 cott 519-389-4846 4 units 904-982-2762 9 hse 365-5140

Hope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse 366-0035 Firefly Resort 7 villas 366-0145 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 3 Suites 366-0003

Hope Town..cont

Hope T Villas Lighthouse Rentals Sea Gull Cottages Sea Spray Resort Tanny Key Turtle Hill

3 hse 4 cott 4 hse 6 villas 43 hse 4 villas

366-0266 366-0154 366-0266 366-0065 366-0053 366-0557

Lubbers’ Quarters Cay Lubbers’ Landing

4 villas

577-2000

Man-O-War Island Home Rentals Waterway Rentals

2 hse 14 hse

365-6048 365-6143

Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort Abaco Real Estate Abaco Towns Ambassador Inn Conch Inn Living Easy Island Breezes Motel Lofty Fig Villas Pelican Beach Villas Regattas HG Christie

82 rms 6 hse 16 apts 6 rms 9 rms 16 hse 8 rms 6 eff 6 cott 32 apts 11 hse

367-2158 367-2719 367-0148 367-2022 367-4000 367-2202 367-3776 367-2681 367-3600 577-6764 367-4151

Sandy Point Oeisha’s Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm 800-628-1447

Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort

18 rm 6 hse 365-0083

Treasure Cay Abaco Estate Services Bahama Beach Club Brigantine Bay Villas Treasure Cay Resort

Mult hse 365-8752 88 units 365-8500 5 units 877-786-8455 95 rms 365-8801

Turtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach

Web Sites with Abaco Information

3 villas 262-820-1900

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October 15, 2013 Emergency Services

Police - Marsh Harbour 367-3437 • 911 Police - Hope Town 366-0667 Police - Man-O-War 365-6911 Police - Treasure Cay 365-8048 Police - Green Turtle Cay 365-4550 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire - Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 • Fire - Green Turtle Cay 475-1768 Fire - Man-O-War 365-4019 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue......Marine VHF 16...............366-0282 Hope Town 366-0549 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749

Medical Services

Abaco Family Medicine, Marsh Harbour .....................367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center.....................................................367-9999 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic ................................367-0020 Chiropractor-Dr. Lewis.................................................367-0020 Corbett Clinic, Treasure Cay ........................................365-8288 Integrated Medical Center..........................................367-1304 Emergency ...............................................458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre ...................................367-0050 Government Clinic, Marsh Harbour ...........................367-2510 Government Clinic, Cooper‘s Town .............................365-0300 Government Clinic, Green Turtle Cay ..........................365-4028 Government Clinic, Hope Town ..................................366-0108 Government Clinic, Sandy Point .................................366-4010 Out Island Chiropractor...............................................367-2584

Dental Services

Agape Family Dental, Marsh Harbour..........................367-4355 Abaco Dental Asso......................................................367-0164 Diamante Dental, Marsh Harbour................................367-4968 Man O War Dental Clinic..............................................365-6508

Pharmacy

Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106

Veterinary

Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062

Airlines Serving Abaco

Abaco Air - Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ...........................367-2266 AirGate Aviation - New Smyrna Beah.......................1-386-478-0600 American Eagle - Miami .....................................................367-2231 US Reservation..............................1-800-433-7300 Bahamasair - Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .............................367-2095 Craig Air - Jacksonville...........................................................367-3522 Island Wings - Ft. Lauderdale.....................................1-954-274-6214 Regional - Freeport...............................................................367-0446 Silver Airline - Orlando, Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ............367-3415 US Reservation...................................1-800-231-0856 Sky Bahamas - Nassau .........................................................367-0996 Reservation.......................................1-242-377-8993 Western Air - Nassau ...........................................................367-3722 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air ..............................................................................367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .........................................................367-1920

Dive Shops

Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour.......................367-2963 Dive Abaco Since1978, Marsh Harbour.................................. 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War............................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town.............................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay.........................................365-8571 Brendal’s Dive, Green T. Cay......................................... 365-4411 Dive Guana............................................................... 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop ...............................................365-6013

Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers

Extra $3 for each passengers above two • Marsh Harbour Airport to: Effective Dec 08 Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, ........................................................$10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry ........................................$15 Spring City ........................................................................................$15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch .............................$15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern ..........................................................$20 Snake Cay ........................................................................................$35 Casuarina Point.................................................................................$60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour .............................................$80 Bahama Palm Shore .........................................................................$90 Crossing Rocks ................................................................................$105 Sandy Point ...................................................................................$150 Leisure Lee .......................................................................................$50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry ...................................................$80 Treasure Cay Resort...........................................................................$85 Fox Town ........................................................................................$165 • Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel ................................................. $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern ..........................................$10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Children under three - free • Caged pets - as people Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. • Treasure Cay Airport to: Effective Dec 08 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ...............................................................$10 Madeira Park ....................................................................................$20 Sand Banks ......................................................................................$25 Treasure Cay Resort...........................................................................$30 Leisure Lee .......................................................................................$45 Black Wood ......................................................................................$20 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town ...............................................................$40 Cedar Harbour .................................................................................$60 Wood Cay .........................................................................................$70 Mount Hope .................................................................................... $80 Fox Town ..........................................................................................$85 Crown Haven ...................................................................................$90 Marsh Harbour airport .....................................................................$80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport ..............................................$80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ................................................$85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry ...........................................$25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole ........................................................$30

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Visitors’ Guide Restaurants • Services • Transportation w w w. t h e a b a c o n i a n . c o m

Ferry Schedules • Departure times shown • Daily service unless noted Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War - 20 minutes, Guana Cay - 30 minutes Albury’s Ferry Service • Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 • VHF Ch. 16 • Hope Town & Man-O-War from Crossing Bch Marsh Harbour>Hope Town 7:15am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00 am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm Marsh Harbour>Man-O-War 10:30am 12:15pm 2:30pm* 4:00pm 5:45pm * Not on Return: 8:00am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:15pm* 5:00pm Sundays Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn or holidays (6:45am - Union Jack Dock) 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm Return: 8 am 11:30am 2:30pm 4:45pm 6:30pm Fare • Adult prepaid one way $17 / open return $27, • Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 free (Phone after hours 359-6861) Note: During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the office for the changes.

Green Turtle Ferry • Phone 365-4166, 4128 • VHF Ch 16 • Ten minute ride T Cay Airport>Green T Cay 8:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm* 5:00pm Return: 8am 9am 11am 12:15pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm* * * Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays

** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only

New Plymouth :One way adult $12 (Children $7) • Round trip $17 (Children $10) • Extra to some G T Cay docks

Abaco Adventures • Ph 365-8749 or 375-8123 VHF Ch 16 Charters Available Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday departs 11:00am & returns 3:30 p.m. $50 Round Trip T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town - Saturday departs 9:30 am, $60 Round Trip

Beaches Pocket Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour Witches Point - 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Little Harbour - 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Cherokee - 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour Miles of beach (most exposed to ocean) • Treasure Cay • Green Turtle Cay • Guana Cay • Elbow Cay • Man-O-War Cay • Casuarina Point • Bahama Palm Shore • Sandy Point & more Tours & Excursions Abaco Island Tours • Marsh Harbour.. ..............367-2936 Abaco Neem • Marsh Harbour .........................367-4117 Abaco’s Nature Adventure ...............................577-0004 Adventure on Prozac - T Cay ............................365-8749 Brendals Dive • Green Turtle Cay......................365-4411 C & C Charters • Treasure Cay ...........................365-8506 Dive Abaco Since 1978 • Marsh Harbour ..........367-2787 Excursion boat, Froggies • Hope Town .............366-0024 Abaco Marinas - Slips - Fuel - Phone Green Turtle Cay

Bluff House ....................... 38 .........F ................365-4247 Green Turtle Club .............. 40 .........F ................365-4271 Black Sound Marina .......... 15 ............................365-4531 Other Shore Club ............... 15 .........F ................365-4226 Abaco Yacht Service........... 10 .........F ................365-4033 Leeward Yacht Club............ 26............................365-4191 Treasure Cay

Treasure Cay Marina..........150.........F.................365-8250 Man-O-War

Man-O-War Marina .......... 28 .........F.................365-6008 Marsh Harbour

Boat Harbour Marina ...... 192 .........F.................367-2158 Conch Inn.......................... 72..........F.................367-4000 Harbour View Marina ........ 40 .........F ................367-2182 Mangoes Marina ............... 29 ........... .................367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina ...... 62 .........F.................367 2700 Hope Town

Hope Town Marina ............ 62............................366-0003 Lighthouse Marina .............. 6 .........F................366-0154 Sea Spray .......................... 60 .........F................366-0065 South Abaco

Schooner Bay .................... 15 .........F................475-7626 Spanish Cay

Spanish Cay Marina ........... 40 .........F................365-0083 Guana Cay

Bakers Bay Marina .......... 158 ........... ................365-5802 Guana Hide-aways ............ 37 ........... ................365-5070 Orchid Bay......................... 66 ........F................365-5175

Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour

Wi-Fi Marsh Harbour: Abaco Beach Resort Snappas Grill & Chill Curlytails Mangoes Restaurant Hope Town: Abaco Inn Cap’n Jacks H.T. Harbour Lodge Sea Spray

Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised July 2013

Bonefish Guides

Casaurina Point Junior Albury ............... 366-3058

Cherokee Donnie Lowe................366-2275 Maxwell Sawyer............366-3058 Marty Sawyer............ ..366-2115 Randy Sawyer ............ 366-2284 Will Sawyer ................. 366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell ............... 366-3259

Hope Town Maitland Lowe ............ 366-0234 Tom Albury .................. 366-3141

Bahamas Ferries Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. The Great Abaco Express Eco & Historical bus tours • Call 367-2165 or 559-9160

Attractions

All phones use area code 242 unless noted

Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer................ 365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer ........... 357-6667

Pinder’s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Crown Haven, Abaco to McLean’s Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLean’s Town to Crown Haven - return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $45 OW / $90 RT • Children half fare • Call Abaco 365-2356 for information Bus between Freeport and McLean’s Town • Rental automobiles at both terminals.

Albert Lowe Museum ................................Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits..Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden .................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum .................Hope Town Elbow Cay Lighthouse .......................................Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef off Marsh Harbour ........ Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole ...........Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry ...................... Little Harbour Man-O-War Heritage Museum...................Man-O-War Cay Man-O-War Boatyards .............................. Man-O-War Cay Hole-in- Wall lighthouse -very rough road......South Abaco Cedar Harbour plantation ruins - need guide...North Abaco Blackwood blue hole & sisal mill......................North Abaco Abaco wild horses by appointment..................... 367-4805 Bird watching - ask tourism.................................367-3067

Everyone reads The Abaconian

Marsh Harbour Jody Albury................375-8068 Sidney Albury...............477-5996 Richard Albury............577-0313

Hotspots Green Turle Cay: Sundowners McIntosh Restaurant Jolly Roger Bar & Bistro Leeward Yacht Club Bluff House Guana Cay: Guana Grabbers Nipper’s Bar & Grill

Charter Fishing Boats

Lucky Strike - Hope Town.............................366-0101 Sea Gull - Hope Town.................................366-0266 A Salt Weapon - Hope Town........................366-0245 Down Deep...................................................366-3143 Local Boy......................................................366-0528 Back Breaker................................................365-5140

Bikes & Scooters • Boats

Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals .............................................367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals ..............................367-1035 Bargain Car Rentals ..........................................367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals ...................................367-3910 Cruise Abaco.....................................................577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco)......................367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals ......................................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars..................367-4643 Rich’s Boat Rentals ..........................................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals ....................................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals .........................................367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals ..............................367-4000 Green Turtle Cay Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental ..................365-4411 C & D Cart Rental .............................................365-4311 Cruising Cart Rentals ........................................365-4065 D & P Cart Rental .............................................365-4655 Donnie’s Boat Rentals.......................................365-4119 Kool Karts ........................................................365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals ............................................365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes ......................................365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals ............................................365-4259 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals ...............................365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes.................................365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals .....................................365-5175 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco .............................................321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals..................................365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals .................................365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental ................357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Cat’s Paw Boat Rentals .....................................366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart .................................................366-0530 Hope Town Cart Rentals ..................................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals ..........................................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals ..............................366-0282 J R’s Cart Rental ................................................366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals ....................................366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals ............................................366-0069 Treasure Cay Abaco Adventures - Kayaks .............................365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals. .........................................365-8687 Cash’s Carts ......................................................365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals ..........................................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals ...............................................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals ...........................................365-8761 Wendal’s Bicycle Rentals...................................365-8687

Marsh Harbour cont... Terrance Davis..........375-8550 Buddy Pinder ............366-2163 Justin Sands .............359-6890 Danny Sawyer ..........367-3577 Jay Sawyer ...............367-3941 North Abaco O’Donald McIntosh ...477-5037 Alexander Rolle ........365-0120 Edward Rolle ............365-0024 Pedro Thurston .........365-2405

Sandy Point Valantino Adderley ....366-4323 Anthony Bain ............366-4107 Rickmon’s.........366-4139/4477 Pete’s Guest House...366-4119 Patrick Roberts..........366-4285 Treasure Cay Capt. Joe Pritchard ...559-9117 Carey McKenzie.........365-8313

Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper Marsh Harbour Abaco Pizza. ................................$.................. 367-4488 Anglers ...................................$$$.................. 367-2158 Casiah’s.......................................$................... 367-0514 Curly Tails ...............................$$$.................. 367-4444 Golden Grouper.........................$$.................. 367-2301 Island Family Rest .....................$$.................. 367-3778 Java Coffee House .......................$.................. 367-5523 Jamie’s Place .............................$$.................. 367-2880 Junovia’s.....................................$$..................367-1271 Jib Room ..................................$$.................. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken ...............$.................. 367-2615 Mangoes .................................$$$.................. 367-2366 Rum Runners.............................$$.................. 367-0171 Snack Shack ...............................$.................. 367-4005 Snappas ....................................$$.................. 367-2278 Wallys ....................................$$$.................. 367-2074 Hope Town Abaco Inn ..............................$$$.................. 366-0133 Cap’n Jacks ................................$$.................. 366-0247 Firefly.......................................$$$................. 366-0145 Harbour’s Edge ......................... $$.................. 366-0087 H T Coffee House (B & L) ..............$.................. 366-0760 HT Inn & Marina.........................$$................. 366-0003 H T Harbour Lodge ..................$$$.................. 366-0095 Munchies ....................................$.................. 366-0423 OnDa Beach ..............................$$.................. 366-0558 Sea Spray ‡ ...............................$$.................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + ............................$.................. 366-0788 Little Harbour Pete’s Pub..................................$$.................. 366-3503 Lubber’s Quarter Cracker P’s .................................$$.................. 366-3139 Man-O-War Bradley’s on the Harbour.............$.................. 365-6380 Dock’n Dine .................................$.................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar ................$.................. 365-6501 Guana Cay Baker’s Bay - Market Place ......$$$.................. 612-1021 Grabbers ...................................$$.................. 365-5133 Nippers .....................................$$ ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay...............................$$$.................. 365-5175 Treasure Cay Bahama Beach Club.................$$$...................365-8500 Coco Beach Bar & Grill. ................$.................. 365-8470 Florence’s Cafe.............................$................. .365-8185 Spinnaker Restaurant .............$$$.................. 365-8469 Touch of Class ........................$$$.................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club ................$$$................. .365-9385 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House .............................$$$.................. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro ......................$$.................. 365-4247 Green Turtle Club ....................$$$.................. 365-4271 Harvey’s Island Grill...................$$.................. 365-4389 Lizard Bar & Grill........................$$...................365-4191 McIntosh’s Restaurant ..............$$.................. 365-4625 Miss Emily’s Restaurant .............$$.................. 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn ....................$$.................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill$$ ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe ..................$$.................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners ..............................$$.................. 365-4060 Sandy Point Nancy’s......................................$$.................. 366-4120


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