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NASSAU, Bahamas -- Palm Cay, the upscale waterfront development on Nassau's eastern shore, will host the second annual Bahamas Sports Fishing Network (BSFN) Boat Show April 27.
"We were proud to have been selected to host the first BSFN Boat Show last year when we had more than 30 boats for exhibit and sale," said Palm Cay Marina Consultant Brooks Russell. "This year, given the interest already expressed and with our marina completely built out with 194 slips, we expect the number of boats to be more than double last year's. The timing is also perfect. The boat show that is set for the end of April is an excellent opportunity for both boat owners and those who are interested in seeing what is available just in time for the start of the summer boating season."
Russell said boats for sale will be in the range of 18 to 55-footers with everything from centre console open fishing vessels with single outboard engine to elaborate sportsfish models.
"One of the important goals for us is to demonstrate that we don't have to go to a boat show in Florida to buy a boat, that we can choose from a good selection right here at a marina in Nassau and drive that boat away the same day, duty paid," said Russell. "No airline tickets, rental car, hotel. Most of the boats will be in the water, tied up at the dock so serious buyers can request a sea trial with the current owner or captain onboard." Smaller boats will be on trailers. Man o War Cay's famed Albury Bros. will also have information on its 18-23-foot models on display.
Organizers said in addition to food, music, fun and games for the family, there will be a number of sponsor booths, including Marlin Marine, Lightbourne Marine, Harbourside Marine and Phillips Sailmakers offering marine canvas and upholstery work, supplies, fishing gear, engine parts and boating accessories at special boat show prices. Other vendors include Bertha's Ribs, Pirates Pub and Sands Beer. Other vendors include World Kayaking Club, art work by Jonathan Bethel and Spa Chateau Bahamas.
Palm Cay, the upscale waterfront development on Nassau's eastern shore, will host the second annual Bahamas Sports Fishing Network (BSFN) Boat Show April 27. "We were proud to have been selected to host the first BSFN Boat Show last year when we had more than 30 boats for exhibit and sale," said Palm Cay Marina Consultant Brooks Russell. "This year, given the interest already expressed and with our marina completely built out with 194 slips, we expect the number of boats to be more than double last year's. The timing is also perfect. The boat show that is set for the end of April is an excellent opportunity for both boat owners and those who are interested in seeing what is available just in time for the start of the summer boating season."
Mario Carey Realty recently launched a new division aimed specifically at handling vacation home rentals, a market Carey says has unlimited growth potential.
"For years, homeowners in the Family Islands have benefitted from the desire of visitors to stay in a home rather than a hotel and they have been able to satisfy that demand," said Carey. Now, he says, the desire for vacation homes throughout the country, including New Providence, is increasing in historic proportions and the once-unregulated sector of the tourism industry is gaining official as well as visitor attention.
Developers at Palm Cay are designing a condominium hotel on the eastern side of its more than 150-slip marina in eastern New Providence.
While the plans are still in the draft stage, the condo hotel is "on the radar" in a bid to capitalize on heavy boater traffic into the community.
Acting Secretary General of the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union Jeffrey Murphy said yesterday that the organization does not support the harassment of tourists, but he understands why taxi drivers at Festival Place would have to make the first approach to visitors.
Murphy said with a number of other businesspeople jostling for business in the area, taxi drivers have to approach visitors if they are going to make a living.
"They can't stay there with their mouths shut because you have a lot of different people out there like hair braiders, surrey operators, scooter rentals and boat operators," Murphy said.
His comments came a day after police conducted an inspection at Festival Plac ...
South Bimini, Bahamas - Bimini Sands Resort and Marina will add to its already impressive menu of eco-adventure activities in January 2013 with the grand opening of a new scuba diving operation directed by world-renowned diver Neal Watson.
The government signed an agreement with the Chinese government yesterday for a loan of $40 million for two infrastructural developments in Abaco. Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette and Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas Hu Shan met yesterday to sign the agreement at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on West Bay Street.
Exuma will receive a major economic boost this weekend, as hundreds are expected to travel to that island this week to participate in the National Family Island Regatta.
Godfrey Gray, the island's chief councilor, revealed to Guardian Business that hosting the annual boating event has great meaning for the economy. He shared how Exumians look forward to the regatta because it is a venture that everyone on the island benefits from.
"Every year, the National Family Island Regatta is welcomed by all residents of Exuma," according to Gray.
"Whether you are a hotelier, food vendor, an airline carrier or operator of a rental company, you are able to benefit tremendously from participating in this annual event. This initiative continues to positively impact our economy."
He noted that as a result of this weekend's regatta, everything is booked to capacity, including hotels and rental companies.
Gray said these numbers have translated into endless employment opportunities.
"There will be anywhere from 35 to 40 vendors at the regatta site, selling various items at their regatta shacks," Gray explained.
"This venture in itself has proven to be lucrative over the years. Vendors have paid between $500-750 for their stalls. This price includes electricity and water."
Gray explained these "regatta shacks" line the government dock at the regatta site. He also confirmed to Guardian Business that the National Family Island Regatta committee is investing $300,000 to ensure that the annual sporting event is a success.
The funds, Gray pointed out, include the prize money, getting the race boats to the island and assisting the boaters with meals over the course of the weekend. On average, approximately 70 boats are participating in the National Family Island Regatta.
In addition to the boat races, the local regatta committee, headed by Commodore Danny Strachan, will be responsible for providing patrons with entertainment.
Music from the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Miss Regatta beauty pageant are just some forms of entertainment that have been scheduled for the weekend-filled event.
The 59th annual National Family Island Regatta begins today and ends on Saturday, and takes place in Elizabeth Harbor, Exuma.
The first National Family Island Regatta was reportedly created to promote and encourage the Bahamian boat building industry, as powered boats began to take over the local fishing industry.
Since then, the number of boats has increased and crowds flock to Exuma for this occasion.