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Abaco airport construction faces delays

The completion of construction of the Leonard Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour has been hindered by "logistical and design issues", Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin said.
Hanna-Martin said she will make a detailed status report about the airport when Parliament meets on Wednesday, but was concerned that the facility, while aesthetically pleasing, would not be sustainable without placing a drain on the public purse.
"For example, the air traffic control tower has no electrical power, no facility was made for electrical power; things of that nature have caused the opening of that airport to be set back," she said.
"There are also some other aspects of design which I have been disappointed by in terms of efficiency, energy conservation, whether or not the airport can sustain itself. These are the issues that we are now dealing with, but one of the major issues was the tower."
Hanna-Martin said the Christie administration is also worried about the airport's runway.
"The runway's length only accommodates a certain size aircraft and when you consider the size of that terminal which anticipates an increased market, the runway does not accommodate that," she explained.
"We've been looking at extending the runway and we're finding that is going to be quite cost prohibitive so we are trying to make a determination whether or not it should be done. The airport in itself has a number of issues construction issues, electrical issues. All of these matters are being redressed as we speak."
Hanna-Martin said she could not say offhand how much it would cost the government to fix these issues.
"It's a beautiful facility, however, we've been advised by specialists in airport design that the design is not ideal in terms of efficiency and because of that there will be issues of sustainability which for us is a matter of major concern because the Public Treasury cannot take on an increased burden by an airport," she said.
Last year, FES Construction Company was awarded a $27.3 million contract for construction of an international terminal, air traffic control tower and fire/crash rescue facility at the Marsh Harbour airport.
The airport's existing 3,315 square foot terminal will be razed and replaced with a new terminal west of the current building.

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Abaco airport cost extra 11 mil.

The new Marsh Harbour International Airport cost an additional $11 million, Minister of Works Philip Brave Davis said.
"This year, the investment by public works was in the tune of some $38 million to get this to where this is today," Davis said at the official opening of the terminal on Wednesday.
The airport had an original budget of $27 million and was scheduled to open in October 2012.
The government awarded additional contracts for the extension of the runway and the construction of a cargo building, according to Ministry of Work officials.
The Ingraham administration broke ground on the airport in September 2011.
The terminal was previously expected to open in January 2014. However, government officials said an assessment team from the Ministry of Works found technical issues, which resulted in the delay.
February was then identified as a target date, but some components of the terminal had to be redesigned, according to Davis.
Prime Minister Perry Christie, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe and Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin toured the airport on Wednesday.
The terminal went into operation on Tuesday.

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Abaco airport not fully functional

DESPITE its official opening more than two weeks ago, the new airport at Marsh Harbour is not fully functional, Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys-Hanna Martin revealed yesterday.

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Abaco airport runs 3.8 over budget

The government will spend an additional $3.8 million to finish construction on the Marsh Harbour International Airport by the end of this summer.
Philip Brave Davis, deputy prime minister and the minister of works and urban development, made the announcement this week during a contract signing with local contractors in Abaco.
The airport's estimated $30.8 million price tag also includes additional contingency works.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has hotly criticized the previous administration for poor management and oversight of the construction process. Back in 2011, the Free National Movement (FNM) signed a $27 million contract to build the terminal.
These latest signings, therefore, represent a cost overrun of nearly $4 million.
"As well, additional works were added including the erection of new directional signs, the installation of approach lights and the installation of runway and taxiway lights," he explained.
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has also contracted Jeppesen Company Limited to develop new flight procedures for the runway to ensure compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) standards.
"During July 2010, The Architects Incorporated out of Freeport, Grand Bahama was awarded a contract to design and prepare construction drawings for a new state-of-the-art terminal, control tower and fire/crash facilities at the airport," he said. "The designs and drawings were completed and a contract was awarded in the fall of 2011 to FES Construction out of Freeport in the sum of $27.3 million to construct the terminal and other facilities."
Works on the Marsh Harbour International Airport originally began in August 2011 and had a scheduled completion date for early October 2012.
"However, there have been numerous design and additional works changes, resulting in a revised completion in August this year," Davis added.
The 51,000-square-foot terminal will include 22 counter positions, a state-of-the-art scanning system, a pilot briefing room, two restaurants, one lounge, one VIP lounge, eight retail shop spaces, two kiosks and long and short-term public parking areas.
The additional works to the terminal, control tower and fire/crash facilities include major statutory utilities upgrades and connections; the installation of an electrical transformer to the main airport terminal and fire crash tower; the installation and expansion of Cable Bahamas for the CCTV network; the redesign and expansion of the security booth to a building located on the entrance road to the control tower and fire/crash facilities, and the construction of a main terminal security booth and additional hi-scan 755i x-ray equipment for the terminal building.
Glenys Hanna-Martin, minister of transport and aviation; Jerome Fitzgerald, minister of education, science and technology; Renardo Curry, parliamentary secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Colin Higgs, permanent secretary in the ministry of works and urban development were also present at the signing ceremony.

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Abaco airport runs 3.8m over budget

The government will spend an additional $3.8 million to finish construction on the Marsh Harbour International Airport by the end of this summer.
Philip Brave Davis, deputy prime minister and the minister of works and urban development, made the announcement this week during a contract signing with local contractors in Abaco.
The airport's estimated $30.8 million price tag also includes additional contingency works.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has hotly criticized the previous administration for poor management and oversight of the construction process. Back in 2011, the Free National Movement (FNM) signed a $27 million contract to build the terminal.
These latest signings, therefore, represent a cost overrun of nearly $4 million.
"As well, additional works were added including the erection of new directional signs, the installation of approach lights and the installation of runway and taxiway lights," he explained.
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has also contracted Jeppesen Company Limited to develop new flight procedures for the runway to ensure compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) standards.
"During July 2010, The Architects Incorporated out of Freeport, Grand Bahama was awarded a contract to design and prepare construction drawings for a new state-of-the-art terminal, control tower and fire/crash facilities at the airport," he said. "The designs and drawings were completed and a contract was awarded in the fall of 2011 to FES Construction out of Freeport in the sum of $27.3 million to construct the terminal and other facilities."
Works on the Marsh Harbour International Airport originally began in August 2011 and had a scheduled completion date for early October 2012.
"However, there have been numerous design and additional works changes, resulting in a revised completion in August this year," Davis added.
The 51,000-square-foot terminal will include 22 counter positions, a state-of-the-art scanning system, a pilot briefing room, two restaurants, one lounge, one VIP lounge, eight retail shop spaces, two kiosks and long and short-term public parking areas.
The additional works to the terminal, control tower and fire/crash facilities include major statutory utilities upgrades and connections; the installation of an electrical transformer to the main airport terminal and fire crash tower; the installation and expansion of Cable Bahamas for the CCTV network; the redesign and expansion of the security booth to a building located on the entrance road to the control tower and fire/crash facilities, and the construction of a main terminal security booth and additional hi-scan 755i x-ray equipment for the terminal building.
Glenys Hanna-Martin, minister of transport and aviation; Jerome Fitzgerald, minister of education, science and technology; Renardo Curry, parliamentary secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Colin Higgs, permanent secretary in the ministry of works and urban development were also present at the signing ceremony.

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Abaco airport terminal set for January opening

The delayed Marsh Harbour International Airport terminal on Abaco will open in January, Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin said yesterday...

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Abaco anger over fishing lodge work

THE government yesterday denied that it fast-tracked approvals for a North Abaco hotel and fishing lodge after developers began dredging without environmental permits.

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Abaco artist captures 'Jackson Burnside' Award

Hope Town artist Attila Feszt was the winner of the Jackson Burnside Emerging Visual Artist showcase at Fash|Art 2012. The Abaco native won for his intriguing submission of “Fat Cat”, “Abaco Roadkill” and “Ghost Move Number 2”.

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Abaco budget cuts 'a mistake'

A letter informing the Hope Town District Council that its budget would be cut to a degree that would have left it facing a "crisis of immense proportions" was incorrect, Guardian Business has been told.

Chief Councillor for the Hope Town District Council Jeremy Sweeting made an impassioned speech to Abaco residents on Tuesday after learning by letter that the local government council he heads would see its budget cut by $300,000 or 27 percent...

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Abaco business outlook is set

THE 2011 Abaco Business Outlook (ABO) will take place as scheduled on Wednesday, September 21. This year's theme is Shaping the Future: Investment, Invention, Integration.

Joan Albury, president of The Counsellors, organizers of the conference, said: "We are truly pleased that Abaco was spared the worst of the ravages of Hurricane Irene, but knowing the resourcefulness and cooperative nature of Abaconians, we are hardly surprised that they have pledged to continue their support of the eighth Abaco Business Outlook.

"One of the absolute highlights of this year's Abaco Business Outlook will be a presentation on Arawak Port Development (APD), designer, builder, owner and operator of the ...

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Abaco chief councilor calls for EIA release

North Abaco's chief councilor has called for the public release of an environmental impact assessment demonstrating the projected impact of a dredging and development project being carried out by a foreign developer in the Treasure Cay area.
His comments come as an environmentalist group is raising the alarm over the project, which they call "yet another irresponsible construction project" in the Family Islands.
Following a recent tour of the Treasure Sands Club in Abaco, directors from Save The Bays expressed concern and dismay over dredging off a world-famous beach.
Treasure Cay is known for its pristine three miles of uninterrupted sand. Save The Bays said Bahamians are expressing "deep pain" over the alleged lack of transparency and dialogue by developers, a sentiment being echoed by local officials.
Tim Blakely, vice president for the Treasure Sands Club, has maintained that the company received approval from the central government for the project and that it will bring much needed economic development to the island.
"We just want to know what the impact will be," said Gary Smith, chief councilor for the North Abaco District. "We want to see an environmental impact assessment performed by an independent, reputable company. We want to see the environmental management plan written by Keith Bishop, principal engineer at Islands by Design, and we would like to see the extent of the plans that Treasure Sands has for this area."
The development currently features a high-end club, pool, bar and restaurant experience, although plans are afoot to build a boutique hotel on the beach and docking facilities.
Smith urged both the developer and government to engage the public and follow the rules of public consultation before starting construction in a delicate ecosystem.
Joseph Darville, Bimini waterkeeper and a director for Save The Bays, said the dredging may cause "irreparable damage" to the habitat of bonefish, tarpon, snappers, turtles, lobsters and a host of other marine species. Development could "drive away" wildlife, he said, and the area is bordered by fragile mangroves.
Save The Bays' protest in Abaco is the third major campaign against unregulated development for the growing environmental movement in recent months.
In Bimini, Malaysia-based conglomerate, the Genting Group, is moving ahead with a 1,000-foot pier to accommodate cruise ships from Florida in an effort to fuel a new mega project and Save The Bays has continued to agitate to make Clifton Park a protected marine area.
Similar to the issues that have arisen in Bimini, the Treasure Sands Club did not release an environmental impact assessment or an environmental management plan to the public and local residents were not consulted prior to the start of construction, Save the Bays asserts.
Fred Smith, QC, a top attorney and another director for Save The Bays, noted "that activities in Treasure Cay are indicative of what is happening throughout the country."
Smith, who is also a partner at Callenders & Co, has pushed government for the promised Freedom of Information Act, which he feels would offer more transparency and accountability.
"More than 5,000 people have signed a Save The Bays petition urging passage of a Freedom of Information Act and an Environmental Protection Act," he said and he called on central government to stop "ignoring the laws and casting aside the pleas of local officials".

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Abaco councilllor says destruction is 'heartbreaking'

ABACO's Chief Councillor today labelled as "heartbreaking" the destruction of acres of wetlands, slashed by heavy equipment on a site being developed under expansion plans by a resort known as Treasure Sands despite a cease and desist order by government.

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Abaco developer under attack: 'We have approvals'
Abaco developer under attack: 'We have approvals'

An Abaco developer hoping to build a boutique hotel and other amenities on Treasure Cay beach has defended himself from attacks from the Bahamas National Trust and local community leaders over concerns that damaging dredging activity is being done without appropriate approvals....

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Abaco development offered at a discount to draw buyers
Abaco development offered at a discount to draw buyers

An Abaco development has been reduced in price and packaged into two separate offerings in order to attract buyers. Serenity Point in Great Exuma, along with a 100-acre area of land adjacent to it, will now be offered for $11 million and $8 million, respectively. Updating Guardian Business on the latest developments with the property, which this newspaper revealed to be on the market on Monday, listing agent George Damianos said the hope is that the reduction of the overall price of the property - which was initially listed as one offering for $23 million - will bring in investors...

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Abaco development put up for sale
Abaco development put up for sale

The future of a planned multimillion-dollar luxury residential development in Abaco has been thrown into doubt, with the property having been placed on the market for $23 million.

Serenity Point, a 40-acre beachfront gated community 25 miles south of Marsh Harbour, is adjacent to the Schooner Bay development...

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Abaco economy 'under siege'
Abaco economy 'under siege'

Abaco's economy is "under siege" from regular power outages and increased aviation fees that threaten its primary industry, according to hoteliers.

Michael Albury, recent former president of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce and owner of the Conch Inn Hotel and Marina, said that Abaco is facing threats from several directions as it undergoes its busiest period of the summer...

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Abaco expected to benefit from first-class port facility

COOPER's TOWN, Abaco - Construction is set to begin on the state-of-the-art North Abaco Port project in Cooper's Town, Abaco, a partnership between the governments of The Bahamas and the People's Republic of China.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday to officially mark the occasion.
The $39 million port is being constructed by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and facilitated by the Ministry of Works and Urban Development.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development Philip Davis said the port will put in place the infrastructure to facilitate international trade and regenerate business revenue. "Cooper's Town specifically and by extension all of Abaco from Treasure Cay northwards including Green Turtle Cay and other offshore cays will reap the benefit of this investment and seize opportunities resulting therefrom," he said.
Davis said approximately 80 Bahamians will be responsible for construction, trucking and operation of equipment on the project.
Some 30 Chinese nationals will carry out project design and management.
Over 80 Abaco-based companies have already benefited from the project, resulting in $1.3 million being injected into the economy. Eight temporary buildings have been erected for offices and accommodations for workers.
Davis praised CHEC for its "good" display of corporate, social responsibility, including donations to the elderly and needy children, environmental cleanup campaigns and provisions for victims of national disasters.
He thanked CHEC for joining the Department of Social Services to provide aid to more than 100 individuals in Marsh Harbour whose homes were recently destroyed by fire.
He also expressed appreciation to CHEC for the friendly basketball game between Abaco residents and CHEC staff held prior to the groundbreaking ceremony.
He assured CHEC of his ministry's full cooperation to cause the project to be completed at the highest standard and on time.
Lin Xianjiang, charge d' affaires in the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, said the port facility is an important economic cooperation project between China and The Bahamas that will promote economic development and employment for The Bahamas, Abaco in particular.
Construction of the 45.4 acre port is being funded by the Export Import Bank of China and the government of The Bahamas and is expected to be completed in 18 months.
Civil Caribbean Group has been appointed employers' representative and will administer the public works contract.
Following the ceremony members of the Abaco community led a Junkanoo rush out.

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Abaco fire leaves more than 100 homeless

An early morning fire in Abaco destroyed approximately 50 wooden homes in a shantytown in the Sand Bank community yesterday, leaving more than 100 people homeless, police said.
There were no reports of injuries or deaths.
A kerosene lamp in one of the homes may have caused the fire, Superintendent Noel Curry told The Nassau Guardian.
Curry said a 23-year-old man of Sand Bank was assisting police with the investigation.
Police think the fire was an accident.
Police were called to the scene shortly before 1 a.m.
Three fire trucks responded to the scene, Curry said.
The fire was brought under control just after 3 a.m., police said.
Curry said there is electricity in the area where the fire occurred, but police were seeking to determine if any of the affected homes had power supply.
The area is off S.C. Bootle Highway in Marsh Harbour.
While he could not give an accurate figure of how many people were left homeless, Curry estimated that more than 100 people were affected.
He said the victims are in need of shelter, food, water and clothing, adding that the Department of Social Services was on the ground yesterday providing help.
Curry said officials plan to increase awareness about fire prevention in shantytowns.
"As we go forward there is an educational component in regards to fire which will blanket the entire Abaco with a focus on areas such as [Pigeon Pea], Sand Bank, the Mud and other areas, specifically where clapboard homes are built," Curry said.
Abaco resident Timothy Roberts, a journalist, said the victims were "holding up well" given the circumstances, but were wondering where they will sleep.
"They are concerned about where they will find their next meal," Roberts said.
"Many complained that they had just done their weekly shopping, so not only have they lost a home, but the money they spent for meals for the next week has gone up in smoke."
Roberts said Abaco residents were gathering clothes and food to donate to the victims. He said a partially built Haitian church will be used as a temporary shelter.
Roberts estimated that 80 homes were destroyed.
A concerned citizen launched a fundraiser yesterday for the Sand Bank victims on the website crowdrise.com.
Shantytown communities have routinely been plagued with fires.
In January 1, a deadly fire ripped through Pigeon Pea, killing a woman and a child.
That blaze destroyed at least 90 structures and left hundreds homeless, government officials said.
Authorities discovered the charred bodies of the woman and the boy among the debris.
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis and other officials traveled to Abaco after the New Year's Day fire.
He said the government would ensure residents "help themselves" by preventing them from rebuilding unsafe structures with improper electrical set ups, which he called a "trap".
Davis also said a Ministry of Works official had been appointed to monitor the shantytowns on the island to assist in preventing any further structures from being built contrary to proper regulations.

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Abaco fitness weekend a hit

THE 2012 Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend was considered a smashing success by all concerned.

The event, which took place March 23-25, saw competitors from across the nation and as far away as the UK, Canada and the United States take part.

The first event, a one mile open water swim in the serene waters off Treasure Cay Beach, started on Friday at 5pm.

Seven competitors from Abaco and the UK, participated. The winner, with a time of 24:07, was Peter Wagner of Nassau, who decided five minutes before the start to join the race.

Gina Wilcox, a Treasure Cay second-home owner from the UK, won the women's division. She is associated with an open water swim club in the UK and was very impr ...

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Abaco fuel costs to burden all BEC customers

MARSH Harbour, Abaco - Customers across the Bahamas will have to absorb in their monthly bills the fuel costs for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) new $100 million power station, it was revealed yesterday, although some $11 million in construction costs were saved through abandoning plans for a fuel pipeline.

Michael Moss, BEC's chairman, said BEC's customers in New Providence and other Family Islands will have to partly finance the Wilson City plant's fuel costs, after it was decided that it would be too cumbersome just to bill Abaconians for their own fuel.

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Abaco gives Miss Bahamas Earth a Royal Welcome

A dream became a
reality when Kerel Pinder Miss Bahamas Earth had the opportunity
recently to travel to Abaco on a two-day school tour promoting her
platform,

"Protecting our Marine Life"

. Kerel had the
honour of  speaking to eight different schools on the island, thanks to
her gracious sponsors SkyBahamas and her host, the Abaco Pageantry
Systems, under the direction of the president, Mr. Tjay Stubbs.

Fulfilling her pledge when winning the Miss Bahamas Earth title, to not
only spread her platform throughout her birth island of Grand Bahama,
but throughout the entire Bahamas, she said, "It is definitely much more
convenient to do projects and programs on the island where you reside,
but The Bahamas is made up..."

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Abaco gives Miss Bahamas Earth a Royal Welcome

A dream became a reality when Kerel Pinder Miss Bahamas Earth had the opportunity recently to travel to Abaco on a two-day school tour promoting her platform,"Protecting our Marine Life"

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Abaco group on developer injunction 'mission'

An interest group has been formed to seek answers and potentially use legal action to stop Treasure Sands Club from dredging what is being termed an environmentally sensitive and historically important part of Abaco.
The "Abaco Defenders" yesterday announced they had come together following a town meeting held last Friday with the "mission" of obtaining a court injunction to stop dredging and earth moving being carried out by the Treasure Sands Club.
Fiona Bootle, a key member of the group, said that Callenders and Co. attorney and Q.C., Fred Smith has been instructed to move ahead with legal action.
The group claims this stoppage is necessary until the Abaco developer provides "comprehensive studies revealing the scope and impact of the project on environmental, economic, historical and safety issues surrounding the project".
Tim Blakely, vice president of the Treasure Sands Club, which presently operates a high-end restaurant near Treasure Cay, Abaco, is hoping to build a 12-room hotel along with a host of other amenities in the area, which he has previously described as "desperate for development".
As part of this project, his company initiated the dredging of a nearby mangrove creek in October which would allow for access of boats to inland docking facilities adjacent to the oncoming amenities.
In an interview with Guardian Business yesterday, Blakely said his company was facing significant additional costs after being issued with a "cease and desist" order in relation to the dredging activity until the central government can "sort some things out".
He said the company had obtained all approvals necessary from the central government and again accused those who oppose the development as being in "the minority" and driven by "politics".
"We've got a barge and machinery sat there doing nothing."
Blakely also suggested that opinion appears to be "completely split" in the community.
"I am getting overwhelming support for what we are doing now that people can see the beautification going on over there; it is changing a lot of people's opinions. We are very positive, and we are getting a lot of local support, and we are just waiting for everything to be resolved."
Bootle, a local resident and an organizer of Friday's meeting, which is said to have drawn between 30 to 50 people, suggested that dredging work at the site is ongoing, notwithstanding claims to the contrary.
Bootle said she was initially concerned about the environmental damage that the dredging could do to the area, but has more recently been "sickened to [her] stomach" by the understanding - which she claimed was revealed at Friday's town meeting by archaeologist, Bob Carr - that the area was the site of the original Loyalist landing in Abaco.
"We are just upset that no one seems to be taking this seriously; this is our home and history and everything is being destroyed in front of our eyes.
"Really and truly, the reason why we got together and called the meeting is because we seemed like we weren't getting anywhere with government and our local government council can't get anywhere."
In a release issued yesterday, the Abaco Defenders were supported by Stephen Kappeler, general manager of Treasure Cay Resort.
Speaking for Robert Meister, owner of Treasure Cay Resort, Kappeler noted that they are certainly not against the idea of new development.
Instead, he suggested they are worried about how the work is being conducted by the Treasure Sands Club.
In an interview with Guardian Business yesterday, another local resident who declined to be named, said he believes an injunction application could be avoided if the government was to step in and "take some responsible, proactive recourse to what has already been done".
"We can't stress enough that we are all for development, but just feel we need to have some control and say over what happens; it's like the [Resorts World Bimini project], do you want the money today, or the disaster tomorrow? If we could halt the work, let the people have a say in where this is going, I think people would be okay with it."
He expressed particular fears with respect to the impact of the dredging on a nearby major road.
"The fact is this is one road in and out of Treasure Cay. During a hurricane that road is our only access in and out of there. The engineers are saying now they've dredged the water to eight or nine feet deep within 100 feet of the road. When a hurricane comes now, that will undermine that road and that is our only access of the island. There are so many why are they doing this questions, and we feel like someone is overlooking something."
Gary Smith, chief councilor of local government in North Abaco, said at the Friday evening town hall meeting that his requests for information on the development have been "ignored by the developer and by Renardo Curry, the North Abaco member of Parliament."
Blakely said that the group is only doing what approvals given by the central government permit them to.
"We're doing it in a responsible way, and as soon as the central government has worked out things then we'll continue to do what we were doing," he said.

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Abaco holds successful AgriBusiness Expo

Marsh Harbour,
Abaco -

The last of 12 Ministry of Agriculture and
Marine Resources Family Island Agribusiness Expos took place in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco last weekend.

The initiative seeks to bring awareness to the
importance of agriculture and fisheries and to increase meaningful
participation therein by consumers and producers.

This year brought together New Providence,
Eleuthera, North Andros, Long Island, San Salvador, Grand Bahama, Bimini, South
Andros, Mangrove Cay, Exuma and Inagua...

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Abaco is really feeling the storm

Abaco is really feeling the storm, pole are down, 300 to 400 in the shelters the south is being hit real hard at the moment Supt Campbell is on Star 106.5FM with Jeff Lloyd

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Abaco lodge 'was standing site of loyalists'

SUPPORT against development in Abaco has swelled as residents claim the dredged site was the first landing of Loyalists to the island...

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Abaco man charged with murder

A 38-year-old Abaco man was arraigned in a magistrate's court yesterday in connection to the murder of Wendal Miller, who was stabbed in the neck last week.
Rodriguez Jean Pierre, of Charles Boo Yard, appeared before Deputy Chief Justice Carolita Bethell where he was formally charged with killing 59-year-old Miller.
Pierre was not required to enter a plea.
According to initial police reports, Miller was found bleeding from a neck wound on Saturday, near the Road Traffic Department on Crockett Drive and Bay Street in Marsh Harbour, Abaco around 2:30 p.m.
Police said he got into a fight at a home in the slum community of The Mudd.
He was with his friends when the altercation took place, police reported.
Prosecutor Ercel Dorsett told the court that he intends to proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI), which means that the case will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court.
Before the case was adjourned, Pierre, who was not represented by an attorney, expressed concern that he was not able to afford an attorney. However, Bethell explained that a crown attorney will likely be appointed to him during the proceedings at the Supreme Court level.
The matter was adjourned until June 15, at which time the VBI is expected to be presented.

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Abaco murder victim identified

The man who was gunned down during a shooting incident in Abaco that left his wife and one-year-old daughter nursing gun shot injuries, was yesterday identified as Stanley Saintvil, 35.
According to police reports, a gunman pulled up to Saintvil's home in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on Monday night. His wife, 25-year-old Sainta Louis and their daughter were both shot in the head.
However, police reported yesterday that they are in stable condition.They were both airlifted to New Providence for treatment.
Superintendent Noel Curry, officer-in-charge at Abaco, said the triple shooting took place just after 6 p.m. at Forest Drive. Saintvil was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police press liaison officer Ser ...

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