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Title: Abaconian
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Language: English
Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Creation Date: April 1997
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Cable Bahamas
Gives Schedule at
Rotary Club
By Rhonda L.C. Hull
On April 14th Mr. Nigel Thomley,
Vice-President of Engineering and
Technology, Cable Bahamas, was the
guest speaker at the weekly Rotary Club
of Abaco meeting.
Mr. Thomrnley spoke first about the
history of Cable Bahamas and its
investment in The Bahamas. He then
went on to describe Cable Bahamas'
plans for Abaco.
Cable Bahamas presently has a crew
stationed in Abaco. They expect to have
Cable TV in Abaco by late summer. The
first phase of the project will cover the
area from Spring City to Cooper's Town
on the mainland. A major cable system
will run between Marsh Harbour and
Cooper's Town and all of the
communities in between, including
Spring City, should have access to Cable
TV by August.
Cable Bahamas is also considering
how to tie in the communities of Green
Turtle Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Elbow
Cay in the first phase of the project.
The second phase of the project will
include extending the Cable TV service
to the remaining communities in Abaco.


Page 24

Capt. Michael Bethel

Appointed to Senate

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Captain Bethel takes a moment in the wheelhouse of
the MV BIAK to discuss his new appoffttent as au
FNM Senator.

By' Lee Finder
History was.-m -on April 7th as Michael Bethel was officially
sworn in as the first senator ever to be appointed from little
Cherokee. Even Abaco has never had one of this distinction. His
wife Maria and his mother, Sharon, were seated nearby as he look
his oath of office along with ten other new inductees in a ceremony
at Government House with many dignitaries in attendance.
Michael's father, Captain Archie, who passed away almost twelve
years ago, would have been very proud of his son. Senator Bethel
is a loyal Cherokee man and we can continue to rely on him to do
what is best for us, for Abaco and for the Bahamas.
Michael Archibald Bethel was born on the 21st of August 1961
in Cherokee Sound, Abaco, the first child of Archie and Sharon
Bethel. His father, a freight boat captain, passed away twelve years
ago but his mother still makes her home in Cherokee. She can
often be found in Sand Banks where her father, Michael's
grandfather, Mr. Ritchie Hodgkins, still has land that he farms.
Michael also has many other relatives located in Green Turtle
Cay, Hope Town, Man-O-War Cay and Nassau. His brother.
Stanley, lives in New Providence and his sister, Mrs. Jennifer
Sawyer, has always made her home in Cherokee.
He was married on the 15th of March 1988. His bride was the
former Maria McCullum, an American born in West Palm Beach,
Florida, and together itey have three children, Mikey, Erica and
Cody. Boft-Maria and Michael come from strong religious
backgrounds and their family attends church every Sunday at
Cherokee's Epworth Methodist Church.
PLEASE SEE Senator Page 34

Ilbaco Fly Fishing Title

By Stephanie Humblestone
Photo by Kendy MePkee Anderson
Maitland Lowe of Hc Twon lived up
to his star title ofa BomefA Dudee and
exhibited his prowas- in bonefishing by
winning the Abaco championship in
bonefishing with a fly rod. This
competition qualifies him toconpp.e for
the Bahamas-Bonefishing Tournaint.
The winner of that competition will be
qualified to compete in the Bahamasn
Bonefishing World Invitational
This first competition of finding the
nti spions on several of the major

Bahamian islands, open exclusively to
Bahamians and aimed at challenging the
participant's flats fishing skills, was held
on April 2nd in Abaco. There were six
entratl, three from Central Abaco, one
of which was Maitland, and three from
North Abaco. They included Maitland
Lowe, O'Donald McIntosh, Buddy
Pinder, Orthnel Russell, Jay Sawyer and
Ronald Sawyer.
All contestants were accompanied by
asnofficial observer or guide, selected by
thb Tournament Rules Committee, who
measured the catch and awarded points.


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Parents Given New Primary Details

A meeting was held which combined
the Parent Teacher Associations of Marsh
Harbour Primary and Dundas Town
Primary Schools. The purpose was to
acquaint the parents with the latest news
from Nassau concerning the new primary
school to be built. Mr. Jackson
Mcintosh. District Superintendent of
schools, told the group of about 125
parents that the school would have
enough classrooms completed by the
opening of school in September 1997 to
have classes in the new facility. Mr.
Mcintosh had recently spoken directly
with the Prime Minister to assure the
parents that the construction work would
begin very soon using a contractor who
would be able to build the structure
Tenders for the new school will go out
the second week of May. The school will
be funded by a loan from the
InterAmerican Development Bank which
will also fund several other schools. The
school will be fully air-conditioned and
%%ill have a computer lab. When the
facility is completed, there will be 28
classrooms including art, music and
science rooms and will have staff
qualified in these various subjects.

It will be a state-of-the-art school
which will have a preschool for four year

PLEASE SEE New School Page 34

Children Get An Easter
Party by Social Services

The ice cream was a big hit at the party
in Murphy Town Park on April 1st.
Other towns were also treated

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Page 2 The Abaconian April 1997

Hotel Licensi

S .lained..._ ....... .

STs Biplained

Mrs. Melanie Farrington, Chief
Licensing Officer of the Hotel Licensing
Board in Nassau and her assistant,
Martha Forbes held seminars for the
Hotel Licensing Boards of Abaco. They
met with the Board of North Abaco on
April 14th, Central Abaco on April 15th
and South Abaco on April 16th. These
seminars were to acquaint the Boards on
their duties and responsibilities.
Mrs. Farrington has had 20 years of
experience with the Ministry of Tourism
and has been on the Hotel Licensing
Board for four years. The Nassau
Licensing Board and now the new local
Licensing Boards are directed to carry
out the Hotels Act and the Hotels
Mrs. Farrington first interpreted what
composes a hotel. It is any building or
group of buildings with four or more
bedrooms which offer short term
accommodations for pay. There is no
definition of short term but is considered
to be accommodation used which is not
the occupants' primary dwelling. This
definition of a hotel will include resorts,
town houses or homes which are rented
any of which have four or more
Mrs. Farrington referred to several
promotional brochures and noted the
number of properties being advertised
with four bedrooms. She admonished the
newly established local Hotel Licensing
Board to bring these properties within he
Mrs. Farrington was also pleased that
the Central Abaco Board does not have
any members who are hoteliers in this
district, which would create a conflict of
Any facility which qualifies as a hotel

must have several inspections which
1. Hotel Licensing Inspection
2. Ministry of Health Inspection
3. Building Control Inspection
4. Fire Department Inspection
After these inspections are made, the
Hotel Licensing Board then makes the
final decision on licensing. This is a
yearly procedure but the various
inspectors can also make random spot
The Hotel Licensing inspection will
look generally at the appearance, exterior
and interior and the overall plan. The
Health Inspector makes sure that anyone
handling food has an individual health
certificate and reviews the kitchen
facilities. These health inspections are
required twice yearly.
The Building Control Inspection makes
sure the building has been constructed
according to code and that the structure
is safe.

The Fire Inspector will be watching
for fire detectors, fire exits and
availability of water.
The reports of these four inspections
are forwarded to the Board who annually
renews all hotel licenses. All Hotel
Licenses on Abaco expire on March 31st.
The hotels are asked to send the
necessary form to the Administrator's
office in January for processing.
The Hotel Licensing Board has the
power to grant, renew, transfer, issue a
temporary license or cancel a hotel
Mrs. Farrington went into other details
of the Board's responsibility. The Hotel
Encouragement Act allows investors to
bring into the Bahamas equipment and
goods duty free. This applies to
renovations as well as new construction.
However, before they build, they should
check with the various agencies first. If
those people are non-Bahamian, they
must get permission from the Investment

Board to get approval in principle.
Hotel licenses can be in the name of
an individual or a company. Mrs.
Farrington cautioned the Board that if the
owner is an individual, the Board must
examine the papers showing property
ownership. If it is a company, the Board
must see the company papers in addition
to papers showing the ownership of the
land. After the Board has examined
them, the documents must go to the
Attorney General's office for
The Board must also see documents
which show the nationality of the
manager of the hotel. It that person is a
non-Bahamian, he must have a work
The government does require that all
hotels, that is accommodations with four
bedrooms or more, pay a Hotel Guest
Tax which is 4 percent of the charge for
the room. This must be paid to the


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April 1997 The Abaconian Page 3

Abaco Hosts CAC Youth Sports Trials

By Stephanie Humblestone
Under cloudy skies and in biting
winds local dignitaries, 174 keen
athletes and spectators gathered at
Murphy Town Park on April llth for
the opening ceremony of the Central
American and Caribbean Youth
Championship Trials.
Abaco was chosen this year by The
Bahamas Athletic Association to host
this two-day event. It was previously
held in 1989 in Grand Bahama and in
1993 in Andros.
Meet Director Mrs. Diana
Thompson, a Senior Mistress at
Carlton Primary School in Nassau and
Secretary of the BAAA, was largely
instrumental in organising and
coordinating the trials.
The athletes, aged 10-13 years, came
i r. .ni Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama
and New Providence. Accommodation
at the Abaco Central High School,
internal transportation and food was
organised by Mr. Frank Hepburn,
Chairman of the Abaco Sports Council.
Much financial support came from Vita
Malt, which is distributed by Burns
The ceremony opened with a march
pass of hopeful competitors, many
dressed in colourful track suits
representing their particular Family
Island. As the athletes warmed up,
local personages rubbed their hands

with the cold, hopped from one foot to
the other and sheltered under a
makeshift canopy in the centre of the
Opal Dawkins, former Miss Talented
Teen Bahamas, gave a clear rendition
of the Bahamas National anthem and
Father Hugh Chapman followed this by
offering a prayer. Mr. Jackson
McIntosh, the District Education
Officer, expressed his thanks for
allowing Abaco to host the games and
Woman Police Officer Hanna sang a
song dedicated to children of the
world. Mr. Alphaeus Finlayson then
declared the event officially opened.
The trials got off to a good start for
Abaco with Patricia Curry from Marsh
Harbour winning the first event of the
day. She was lifted high up in the air,
interviewed by Silbert Mills from Radio
Abaco and warmly hugged by Robert
Sweeting, 'l! for South Abaco.
Patricia went on to place -d overall in
the 60 metres 10-11 year old division.
Later Diana Thompson singled her out
as being "an excellent sprinter with a
great deal of future potential."
There were five events in each age
category. Boys and girls had the same
events, except that girls ran less
distance 800 metres as opposed to
1000 metres.
The top two athletes in each

category will go on to further
Our Abaco athletes competed very
well but did not score enough points to
go on to other competitions. The top
ranked Abaco athletes were, in the 10-

11 year old division, Shelly Toussaint
from Dundas Town, who placed fifth
overall and Alexander Rolle from
Cooper's Town, who placed 11th

PLEASE SEE CAC Sports Page 35


The girls get ', to a fast start at the recent Central America and Caribbean sports trials held
at Abaco Central High School on April l th and 12th. Children 13 years old and below from
all over the Bahamas competed to determine the Bahamian team. Two rooms at the high
school were converted into dormitories for the children while the home economics cooking
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Page 4 The Abaconian April 1997

South Abaco

Moore's Island
By Ruthmae Rolle
School News
The excitement of track and field is in
the air for the students of Moore's Island
All Age School as it is for students
around the island and cay of Abaco in
general. A group of five students from
Moore's Island were given an
opportunity to participate in the CAC
Youth Games try-out that were held in
Marsh Harbour on April 11 and 12th.
The students chosen for this trip were
the ones that excelled in the inter-house
competitions held at the school in March.
These youngsters were Valentine Stuart
and Kaynisha McBride who participated
in the 10-11 year old category and
Sherraine Brown, Dwayne McBride, and
Carlton Gibson who competed in the 12-
13 year old category. The experience of
participating in an event of this caliber
was a first for these students and they
thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Community News
With hearts full of concern and
thoughtfulness, the children of the
Sunday School Department of Zion
Baptist Church.hosted a concert on the
13th of April to raise funds that will be
used to assist their friend, Demollar
Davis, with defraying the cost of his
medical expenses. Organizers of the
event were the Sunday School teachers,
Mrs. Julie Davis, Mrs. Eulah Green and
Ms. Vera Davis.
An important community meeting will
be held at Lobster Park in Moore's
Island on the 20th of April at 3 p.m. All
community minded persons are asked to

Cherokee Sound
By Lee Pinder
Easter Egg Hunt a Success
Winners in the Easter egg decorating
contest were Becky Sawyer, Jeromy
Roberts, (who won first prize last year)
and Ashley Neilly for the upper classmen
and Danielle Lowe, Samantha Sawyer
and Erica Bethel in grades one through
three. Congratulations to all the winners
and a 'Well done' to all the participants.
On the Sick List
On Easter Monday a cookout and
fund-raiser was held at the Long dock to
assist Lambert Albury with his medical
expenses. Two handmade quilts were
auctioned off and a softball game was in
progress during the festivities. There was
lots of delicious food prepared by family
and friends and people came from all
over Abaco. Four thousand dollars was
raised and sent to the Bahamas
Cardiology Center in Nassau to be
applied to his bill. Geraldine and
Lambert would like to thank all those
who helped to make the day a success.
Sonja Pinder is still making daily trips
to the doctor since her terrible accident
on April 3rd when she received second
and third degree bums on both her legs
as the result of a frying pan fire. I'm
afraid she has a long road to recovery,
but we all wish her God's speed and send
along our prayers.
Community Mourns Their Loss
Gladys Sawyer, 78, passed away
peacefully in her sleep on the 12th of
April. She and her husband Pat were
lighthouse keepers at Little Harbour for
many years as well as other locations

The Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister, takes a moment with Abaco's new Senator,
Michael Bethel of Cherokee, and Robert Sweeting, the representative for South Abaco in the
House of Assembly. Photo by Lee Pinder at a reception at Government House after the
swearing-in ceremony.

around Abaco. Her husband passed away
many years ago and she lived alone.
Funeral services were held in the
Methodist Church the following day with

many family and friends in attendance.
Although she and Pat had no children,
PLEASE SEE South Page 33

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April 1997 The Abhaonian Page 5

Castaway Cay Is Right On Schedule

Mr. Richard Kermode, Operations
Manager of the Gorda Cay Project of
American Bridge Company, spoke at the
Rotary Club of Abaco on April 7th.
American Bridge is the company doing
the construction at Gorda Cay for Disney
Company. The Cay has been renamed
Castaway Cay to add to the atmosphere
of their island theme.
Mr. Kermode outlined the work

already completed. A channel was
dredged and a berth was formed for two
Disney cruise ships to dock at. It will be
a day stop with the passengers able to
enjoy a beach and many water sports.
American Bridge is building a small city,
many buildings, roads, an electrical
system, water storage and housing. They
are building a total of 26 buildings.
American Bridge expects to be
finished their project the beginning of

Chelsea's Choice Drinks Bottled In Marsh H.

By Stephanie Humblestone
Don't be surprised if you see two new
colourful gallon bottles labelled Calypso
Tropical Drink in the supermarket
shelves. They are an orange flavoured
juice and a tropical punch, a new line
from Chelsea's Choice in Marsh
Harbour. At the moment they are
available in just the gallon size but
Jeremy Wong, owner of the company, is
hoping to have the eight ounce size in the
stores within the month.
This has been a busy year for Jeremy
and his staff of two. Over the past six
months they made the transition from
bringing the water from the parent
company in Nassau to processing and
bottling here from scratch.
The warehouse lies off the road in the
centre of Marsh Harbour. The main
room is 24 feet by 12 feet. In one comer
it houses a huge 200 gallon vat. This is
the new juice making machine. The
ingredients are poured in and left to rest
overnight for a minimum of eight hours.
The water processing machines are in

an adjoining room which is immaculately
clean. This is where it all happens. The
water is squeezed and compressed
through a Reverse Osmosis machine to
200 lbs per square inch to extract any
lime and debris. From there it is goes
through an ultra-violet light process to
purify it and kill any bacteria until it is
ready to go into 1500 gallon tanks.
The next stage is through an ozone
machine which acts as a preservative.
This gives it shelf life and prevents
staleness and algae forming. In its final
stage it is run through taps to get rid of
any mold or bacteria which may have
accumulated. This done, the bottles are
filled, capped and ready to be boxed.
The one gallon and smaller bottles
come pre-packed and sterilised. The five
gallon bottles are washed on the premises
in a large machine akin to a gigantic
washing-up machine. They are placed
upside down and washed with 200' water


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November, 1997. However, the first
scheduled trip by their first cruise boat to
be completed will not be until April
1998. When both ships are operational,
they will bring between 2500 to 10,000
weekly to the Cay.
The construction is of excellent quality
using top select materials including all
stainless steel hardware. Then Disney is
going to a great expense to antique
everything to give the appearance of a
deserted island. The Disney Company is
very environmentally responsible and is
committed to leaving much of the
island's wetlands in its natural state. One
long beach will be left without any
development to be explored by anyone




wanting an isolated beach experience.
Mr. Kermode lived on Abaco almost
30 years ago, helped put in some of the
seawalls in Treasure Cay, was even
married by Commissioner McDonald on
Green Turtle Cay. He feels that Abaco
can expect big projects to be in its
future. Everything is now in place and
Abaco has a vibrant feeling. Others
besides Disney will want to take
advantage of being on Abaco. He also
expects a small percentage of people will
return to Abaco as a result of their cruise
experience. If only two to three percent
of the 500,000 people come back, our
economy is bound to grow.


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Page 6 The Abaconian April 1997

News of the Cays

By Samantha Sands
On April 14th the community of Man-
O-War Cay suffered a great loss.
William Key, a local mechanic and also
an employee at Man-O-War Marina,
passed away. A funeral service was held
.at the Church of God on April 20th.
William will be truly missed but not
forgotten as he served the community in
many ways. He is what we would call a
Jack-of-all-trades. We would like to give
our deepest sympathy to his wife,
Elizabeth, and their two sons, Jason and
Javin. Our prayers are with you.
A Shower
On March 22nd a shower was held for
Dorinda Albury from Cherokee Sound.
She will be marrying Kevin Sweeting
from Man-O-War Cay on May 10th. The
wedding will take place at Cherokee but
the couple will reside on Man-O-War
Cay. Congratulations to you both.
Hope Town
Heritage Day
Hope Town's Annual Heritage Day
was held on March 20th at Jarrett Park.
The park's benches were filled with
community members and visitors eagerly
awaiting the yearly activity.
The Hope Town school children
opened the program by singing the
National Anthem. Wyannie Malone
Historical Society chairman, Mrs.
Suzanne Bethel, introduced Mr. Patrick
Bethel, the Master of Ceremonies. She
then gave a very interesting and
informative speech of past times in
relations to how things have changed
today. The message was that we must

Mr. Pat Bethell reviews answers to the historical quiz with grade Nathan Smith, shane Cash and Arnett were proud of the books
5 and 6 students from the Hope Town School during the annual they won for winning the Wyannie Malone Museum historical
Heritage Day activities, day historical quiz. They are shown with the museum Chairman,
Suzanne Bethel and M. C. for the occasion, Mr. Pat Bethel.

always be on guard for changes that rob
us of our valuable cultural heritage. The
Hope Town students sang their original
Loyalist song and the 5th and 6th grades
performed an amusing historical rap.
Mr. Bethel had previously collected
and graded the students' answer sheets
that they filled out for the "Know Your
Heritage" quiz. Designed by Col J.J.
(Mac) McAleer, Mac and his wife were
noticeably absent at this year's
celebration due to Ginny's illness. They
were fondly remembered often
PLEASE SEE Cays Page 31

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April 1997 The Abaeonlan Page 7

Administrator Hart Addresses the Council

The Local Government Act provides
that elected members who miss three
consecutive meetings without just cause
may be dismissed. In that event, an election
is called to fill the vacancy. Administrator
Hart advised the Council members at their
April 29th meeting that the lack of interest
shown by absent members disrupts the
smooth flow of township business.
Meetings are frequently rescheduled due to
the lack of a quorum which is a waste of
time for those members present.
Mr. Hart said he might recommend
withholding monthly stipend payments
from non-performing Council and Town
Committee members. Glen McDonald
objected and said he felt the Administrator
was over-stepping his authority and

payments must go to those elected. Mr.
Hart reiterated that he would not be signing
any checks for those not performing their
Mr. Hart explained that there is an effort
to bring some government functions closer
to town residents, particularly those living
on the Cays. He mentioned that local
government should have an office in each
township even if open for only a few hours
each week. Someone should be available to
give out forms and accept matters on
behalf of the Town Committee.
Mr. Hart also spoke on the
responsibilities of the Council and Town
Committees. Basically the Town
Committees are responsible for the town
maintenance. Various appointed boards
then handle more specific administrative

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The public is reminded that they are
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three months licensed. Unlicensed dogs
trespassing on private property or found
on any road or public place at any time
are liable to be seized. The penalty for
having an unlicensed dog is $40.

Dog licenses are a minimal cost of less
than one dollar and can be obtained at
Administrator's offices. At this time the
offices are using outdated dog tags but
they do issue a receipt which qualifies as
proof of license.

aspects, Licensing and Town Planning for
The Town Committees, Mr. Hart
explained, have been given the "privilege"
of reviewing items which may directly
impact their area. The actual "authority" to
pass judgement is vested in the appointed
Boards and the Council. Local opinions
and wishes are forwarded to the
appropriate appointed boards who take
these into consideration. Local opinions are
a valuable part of the process.
Under normal circumstances, local
opinions count heavily in the final
decisions. However, the appointed boards
are not bound to honor local opinions. The
Local Government Act specifies that the

composite membership of each board must
reflect the different towns within the
Council. In theory, each town has a voice
on the different appointed Boards and
therefore has the opportunity to present
their opinions in a more forceful manner.
The authority to grant or deny
permission is with the specific boards and
not the Town Committees. A contested
decision may be appealed to the Council.
After hearing Administrator Hart make
these comments, Glen McDonald objected
to being brain washed by the Administrator
who is more educated and able to sway
Council members. He felt that
Administrator Hart was unfairly using his
influence on the Council members.

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continuing patronage and would like to bring to your attention some of the improvements
we have made for your convenience.
On entering the resort,you may be stopped at our security gate for a few moments. This
is done, not to inconvenience you, but to assist our security in making the resort a more
pleasant place for you. We have also increased the lighting around the parking area and
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Dr. Kant Outlines Water System Up-Grade

The Marsh Harbour water system is
being severely taxed to keep up with
the growing water demand. Equipment
failures and marginal management have
had recent water reserves as low as a
one hour's supply at times.
The present well-field was far out of
town when it was constructed in the
1960s. Marsh Harbour's rapid growth is
now beginning to encroach on and
conflict with the well-field. The airport
expansion and other commercial
developments also strain the well-field's
Dr. Richard Kant, who is in charge
of the Out Island installations, was
recently in Marsh Harbour and outlined
some of the Water Corporations long
range plans for Abaco. Phase One will
include the work in Central and South
Abaco. This includes the expansion of
the present well-field by a factor of two
or three to give an expected delivery
capacity of 1.5 millions gallons per day.
This would be accomplished by moving
or expanding the present well-field
south toward Spring City.

Judicial Changes Coming
The government of The Bahamas has
recently made into law several pieces of
legislation which are bringing about a
more effective and efficient judicial
One of these is a change in the age
limit for jurors. The present age limit of
65 years for jurors has been removed and
now jurors can be anyone over the age of
21 years. This broadens the available
pool of jurors.
Effective beginning January 1997, the
Supreme Court will sit throughout the
legal year to hear both civil and criminal
matters. The previous Supreme Court
Act, which became effective in 1897, had
the Court holding four sessions yearly
and limited the scope of civil matters.
The new legislation makes many
additional changes to bring about justice.
The Court of Appeal Act will result in
many changes to that court also.
The Cab (Amendment) Act 1996 spells
out the conditions under which a cab
licence may be cancelled. It increases
penalties including a fine of $50 for the
failure for a cab to display a legible table
setting out fares in a conspicuous place in
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Discussions are underway with BEC
concerning the electrification of the
Sandy Point pumps. They are presently
operated by multiple diesel pumps
which are awkward to service and
Well-fields are to be developed and
separate supply systems installed for
Crossing Rocks and Casuarina Point.
The Casuarina Point system is expected
to be extended to Cherokee via an
underwater pipeline. Water delivery by
underwater pipe to the central Abaco
Cays may be considered.
Phase Two will be the development
of a well-field and delivery system for
Green Turtle Cay and Treasure Cay.
The major development plans are
contingent on ongoing talks with
various international financial
institutions catering to the Caribbean
During late winter and early spring
Marsh Harbour's water system has been
barely able to keep up with the
demand. Part of the problem is due to
the manager being transferred without
a replacement being named. The staff
has been working hard to keep the
system functioning at satisfactory levels.

The Moore's Island reverse osmosis
system is the first system of this type on
an Out Island. The Water and
Sewerage Corporation is going through
a learning process in the operation of
this facility. It uses new technology
requiring trained people. The
installation is a training exercise for
future installations in other remote
The Corporation encourages water
conservation but finds this difficult to
implement and enforce. Offshore cays
welcome a piped supply to augment
their rainwater catchment systems.
However, experience indicates that
residents tend to abandon the
maintenance of their cisterns and

gutters once they have access to piped
water. When a system is supplied to
augment their cisterns, it frequently
turns out to be a primary source which
further strains the delivery system.
This is one of the problems at
Moore's Island. A public system
designed basically to provide drinking
water via public stand-pipes is strained
by being used for toilets, laundry and
other general uses. A stand-pipe is a
public outdoor faucet serving several
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for those dependent on a cistern.
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..Growth Brings Its Own Problems

Growth and development on Abaco are
bringing a variety of problems to light. We
must realize that these problems are not
unique to our area and that growth
inevitably brings changes. However, we
must work to keep these changes within
acceptable guidelines and innovative
solutions may be required.
The last 25 years has seen a tremendous
expansion in all areas of economic activity
on Abaco. Second homeowners and their
investments have been encouraged. The
second home rental units have been a big
factor in the growth of Abaco. This
activity has been good for all of us.
Taken as a whole, the benefits have
outweighed the disadvantages. However,
growth has brought about some
detrimental environmental changes.
Sorting through the development will
uncover individual instances of
environmental abuse, neglect, and
degradation which may take years to
become evident. With effort and
guidelines future problems should be kept
to a minimum.
One of the larger and more
controversial projects was the dredging of
the cruise ship channel at the north end of
Guana Cay. A lot of passengers came and
went. Substantial departure taxes stayed
behind. Additional jobs were created for
Treasure Cay people. The developers were
pleased. Environmentalists were upset
with the dredging and the changes to the
marine environment. The cruise ship is
gone but the effects of the dredging
remain. It will be years before anyone can
judge the final net effect.
The current private harbour project on
Lubber's Quarter is a timely issue which

has been rejected, deferred, appealed, re-
applied and lately was narrowly approved
but may again be subject to appeal. This
project is bringing to light many views and
differing opinions on the development
problems we face.
New environmental legislation becomes
effective later this month placing new
restrictions on private and commercial
development where the landscape or
seashore may be affected. This indicates
that government is realizing the
importance of protecting the environment.
Government states that it is not designed
to be a block to economic development.
Many think this new legislation is a correct
step to the future while others think it will
be a hindrance to growth and
We encourage visitors and investors.
However, they must appreciate our
environment which they find so appealing
and take this into their development plans.
We must become more active in this
regard and stop taking our surroundings
for granted. Both our visitors and
ourselves may need some education in
these matters. The time may be at hand for
local rules and guidelines for the beneficial
growth of our area
Rules and guidelines must be flexible.
Each project must be studied on its own
merits, but within restrictions. In general,
the guidelines that Hope Town might like
could very well be unacceptable to Crown
Haven or Cherokee. It is also possible that
an advisory body with relevant scientific
knowledge may have to assist in giving
guidance. Reef protection is just as
valuable to other communities economy as

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations, Cherokee over national radio concerning the CIBC
Congratulations, Cherokee Waors basketball team, I found it
To Cherokee Sound Residents, necessary to address the issue.
Cherokee Sound should be proud today It was said that the Warriors did not
to have their first Senator. I know it makes come to Moore's Island to compete in the
me proud to be from Cherokee and to see basketball tournament because of threats
my fellow countryman being sworn in as that were made by the Moore's Island
a Senator. Everyone in Cherokee should Lobsters.
be proud of this event. You should hold Therefore, I wish to set the record
your head up high. straight. At no time were there any threats
Let me say to the Honorable Michael made against the CIBC players.
Bethel, Congratulations, and always put I want the general public to know that
God first in what you say and do because we in Moore's Island have always made it
without Him you can do nothing. I know first priority to attend the games in Marsh
you will do the best you can so while you Harbour. Sometimes we traveled by boats
are there be heard and always give your on very rough seas, sometimes it cost us a
opinion on what you believe is right for lot of money to come by plane, but we
your country. May God be with you in made the effort. We made that effort
your new venture. Again I say because we respect the other teams in the
Congratulations to you! league and the Association.
.Kirtland Bethel Now that we have a place in our home
Wanting to Clarify a town where we can have a home court
Misunderstanding advantage like every other team in the
To the Editor: PLEASE SEE Letters Page 11
After listening to the report that came

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it is to Hope Town's.
There are scientific aspects of reef
ecology that experts are working to solve.
For example, the reef is dying in the
Florida Keys and scientists are trying
desperately to find the cause. In the
meantime, strict rules are being enforced,
causing various groups to protest. The
problems in the Florida Keys have been
developing for years but recently have
gotten to monumental proportions.
We have been fortunate that our
problems have been relatively minimal.
However, little problems can accumulate
into larger ones which are harder to deal
with if allowed to continue unchecked.
The development of Abaco has been
due to many factors including investors in
remote areas. However, as development
takes place, these isolated developments
must accommodate our marine
In years gone by, remote development
was a moot issue as it was so rare and
infrequent that it generally did not matter.
That pattern is now shifting. As the entire
area grows, remote development is much
more common. There are many more
people who can afford to develop their
special place.
It is not realistic to encourage visitors to
a seafaring nation such as ours and assume
that they will not want to enjoy the water
as we do. Just as those who come for a

week and rent a bbat, those who live here
seasonally also want to enjoy the protected
We must use our water resources in
responsible ways and this may require new
and innovative approaches to old
problems. Additionally, the system must
be responsive to the desires, feelings and
input from local people. Local knowledge
is invaluable and must be respected.
The vast inland Abaco waterway is a
natural resource we take for granted.
However, as we grow, even the remote
corners become dotted with cottages and
docks. We must learn to either live with
this or to regulate the growth in a way that
will protect our surroundings.
Each group has different views of
where the problem lies. There must be a
consensus on these issues from developers,
environmentalists, tourism activists and
This issue is too important to let our
booming economy over-run us. Abaco is
considered a leader in many areas and is
capable of resolving many of its own
problems. We must not let this issue get
ahead of us. We must tackle this problem
together as we realize that we need visitors
and investors but at the same time we need
to protect the resources we have been
blessed with. We must acknowledge these
changes, take the initiative and direct
growth to our benefit.

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league, which I think is no more than fair,
the Warriors have refused to travel away
from home for a few hours to play one
basketball game.
The thing that I am really disappointed
about is this, the time has arrived for the
CIBC Warriors to come to our home town
to have a game and they don't have that
amount of respect for our team or for the
Therefore, I am saying that the excuses
given were poor. The statement of threats
is erroneous and I am ashamed of that kind
of mentality. But this one thing I know. If
Abaco Basketball Association is going to
be a reputable organization, then we all
have to make it happen.
We all have to respect each other and
we have to be concerned about the
Association so that when we are removed
from the world of basketball, the stage
would have already been set for our
younger and more talented Abaconians. In
my conclusion, I say to the CIBC
Warriors, please don't try to stain the
reputation of our community by scandals.
The whole of Abaco knows that the
people of Moore's Island are loving people
so let us continue to love and care for each
other as we try to make a better future for
a new generation.
Yours truly,
Eddie Green
We Must Respect Our Laws
Dear Editor:
I wish to relate to you an incident that
occurred on Sunday, February 23rd.
As my wife and I were travelling in a
direction between the Channel Cay dock
and the Cornish Cay dock at about eleven
in the morning, we encountered a fishing
vessel about midway between Channel
Cay and Gorling Cay heading in a
. wealsdy.dir~etionAlthough we had the
right-of-way, we were not certain as to the
path his boat was taking, so we proceeded
to pass astern of the vessel at a distance of
about 50 to 100 feet. As we passed, we
waved as people do when running about
the seas of Abaco. We noticed the
fisherman in the boat gesturing. Thinking
he was in need of assistance, we turned
On reaching this fishing boat, we were
greeted with foul language and cussing the
likes rarely heard on this side of the
Gulfstream! It seems that we had cut the
lines he and his companion were trolling.
We had no idea he was fishing since he

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was inside the border and headed out of
the Pelican Land and Sea Park, where such
activity is prohibited. We mentioned this
fact to him in the course of conversation,
if you can call this one-sided ranting and
raving a "conversation." Not only would
he not listen to our apologies, he proudly
announced that he was a "f---ing"
Bahamian and who the hell were we to tell
him about where the Park is or is not.
Well, I'm a Bahamian, too and witness
foreigners and Bahamians alike fishing,
netting and even using compressors in the
Park. As Bahamians it is up to us to set an
example for our visitors and follow the
laws that have been in place for many
years. If we don't, who will? We know
fishing is a long, often tedious job and
many times a frustrating occupation;
however, the Park was set aside for our
children and future generations and should
not be violated just because it's a
convenient place to get a good catch.
As to our meeting with the foul-
mouthed fisherman, no one, Bahamian or
foreign, should be subjected to such
behaviour. I was especially appalled that
he would use such language in front of my
wife. Our attempted apologies fell on
"selectively" deaf ears; he wasn't interested
in our concern and anything we might
have said further would have been
fruitless, so we left. had we been tourists,
we probably would have returned to
Marsh Harbour and taken the first flight
out, never to return.
I encourage all boaters, marinas and
fishermen alike to familiarize themselves

April 1997 The Abaeonlan Page 11

with the bye-laws of the Land and Sea
Parks which apply to all the parks in the
Chris Roberts
Thanks For Support
The Hope Town Fire and Rescue would
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Sports News

By K. Juice Reckley
The Bahamas Basketball Federation's
Bunny Lavarity Round Robin
Tournament Pool B was held in Abaco
March 27th to 31st. Four teams
competed in this event: champion island
teams out of Cat Island, San Salvador,
Eleuthera and the host Abaco, which was
represented by the Moore's Island
Lobsters. Here are the results from the
Thursday night
Moore's Island Lobsters 78 vs.
San Salvador Rockets 73
Lobsters put four players in double
figures led by Nould Davis with 18
Friday Night
San Salvador 105 vs. Cat Island 75
Curry Smith 20 points, Don Forbes 15
and K. Rolle 15. Arnold Bain led losers
with 24 points.
Abaco Moore's Island Lobsters 106 vs.
Eleuthera Briland Running Rebels 67
The Lobsters rolled all over the Rebels
to go 2-0 in the tournament behind 37
points from Dwayne Adderley and 23
points by Eddie Butler.
Saturday 2 p.m.
Eleuthera 78 vs. Cat Island 60
The Rebels rebounded to win easily
over the Breezes. Mark Bethel with 15
points led the way.
Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Eleuthera 94 vs. San Salvador 89
Eleuthera pulled off a close one to go
2-1 in the tournament.
Abaco Lobsters 123 vs. Cat Island 54
The Lobsters won easily again to go 3-
0 in the tournament setting up a rematch
with Eleuthera's Briland Running Rebels
which they beat easily the first time.
Sunday night Championship Pool B
Briland Running Rebels 91 vs.
Moore's Island Lobsters 89
The Lobsters coming into the game
were very confident and already looking
past the Rebels and making plans for the
Pool A winner. They kind of forgot they
had to do the job first. They got stung
after jumping to a 21 6 lead early in the
game. They found themselves fighting
for survival at the end of the game which
they eventually lost, putting the packed
house crowd into claustrophobia. At the
end of the game the crowd did not move
for 15 minutes. You could hear a pin
The softball season is set to kick off

May 2nd in Marsh Harbour.
The Volley Ball Association has a new
president, Don Cornish, and the
volleyball season expects to be starting
pretty soon.
Pool Players Organize
By Sidney Bain
The Abaco Pool Association expects to
have competitive teams in several
communities on Abaco this season.
Sidney Bain, past Grand Champion in
The Bahamas, is encouraging the
organization. There will be 13 on each
competing team with nine shooting.
There are potentially ten teams which
may include the Ranch and Sapodilly's in
Marsh Harbour, Travor's Place in
Crossing Rocks, Talk of the Town in
Cooper's Town, Eric's in Sandy Point
and B.J.'s in Mount Hope.
On April 19th the Abaco Pool
Association kicked off their first season
with an exhibition match between the
New Providence All Stars and the Abaco
All Stars. The event was held at the
Anglican Church Hall and the head table
featured Mr. Robert Sweeting, Mr.
Everette Hart, Pastor Mervin Burrows,
Ms. Sandy Walker, Mr. Edwin Sands
and Ms Greta Strachan. The master of
ceremonies for the evening was Mr.
Sidney Bain of Crossing Rocks.
This is a first for Abaco as far as an
official pool league is concerned. The
league has a full executive committee and
a complete set of rules and regulations. It

Volleyball team proudly shows off their trophies earned alst year for outstanding effort.

Don Cornish, President of the Abaco Volleyball Association, invited Tom Grant and Joe
Demerit to Abaco to hold a seminar for training the women's volleyball team.
will be run in a professional and anyone with an interest in pool to pick up
businesslike manner. a pool cue and practice. Try out for the
The goal of the association is to league team nearest you next year and
become the premiere league in The possibly end up being a star of the
Bahamas and eventually to compete league.
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Advisory Council Hosted by Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism and the Out
Island Promotion Board held a seminar at
Great Abaco Beach Resort on April 17th --* -
to 20th for a select group of travel
agents. These agents have been chosen
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School News

Hope Town School
By Candace Key
Visitors Enliven Learning
Hope Town students learned much
from their visitors this past month. Dr.
Larry Beachy, part time Hope Town
resident, visited the school and gave the
students their annual dental hygiene
lesson complete with posters and new
tooth brushes. Dr. Larry and his wife
Carol have donated much of their time
while in Hope Town to the school's
remedial reading and computer program.
They are well loved and appreciated
Christian youth from Stockbridge,
Georgia, visiting the Assembly of God
Church in Hope Town, delighted the
students with their puppet show on the
virtues and temptations in life and how
students can succeed in leading healthy
We made friends across the sea with
the visit of Sakito Shimm, who is a
Japanese artist. She taught the awe-struck
students the art of origami (paper
folding) and then presented the school
with a gorgeous Japanese doll on a stand.
Recycling Conference to Be
Held in Trinidad
Shane Cash, grade 5, and Larenz
Arnett, grade 6, have been chosen by
their principal and teacher, Mrs. Candace
Key, to accompany her to Trinidad in
May. They will join people from all over
the Caribbean and Unites States who
have gathered for the Re-Caribe
Conference in the capital city of Port-of-
Spain. While there, the group hopes to
make valuable and useful contact to once
again get recycling off the ground in
Abaco and Hope Town in particular.
SThe students will ae11 contLU Lrences
on methods other island communities
have used to "clean up their act." They
will visit recycling plants and meet with
other Caribbean students involved in
At the end of the conference they will
travel to the Aa Wright Nature Preserve
in the mountainous rain forest and take a
day's trip to sister island Tobago to visit
the nature preserve on that island.
These two students were chosen to
attend as they are both student leaders
who excel in academics as well as
showing concern for their island's future.
It is hoped that the knowledge gained
while in Trinidad can be applied to our
island. Former Re-Caribe Conferences
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Agricultural Co-Op Holds Meetings

The Bahamas government many years
ago encouraged the formation of co-
operatives throughout the Bahamas as
being a way for groups of people with
similar ways of life to work together to
pool their resources for the benefit of all.
The league of co-operatives has quite a
few local organizations but many of them
have been faced with various problems
which they could not resolve and as a
result have become dysfunctional.
The government recently established a
committee to evaluate each of the co-
operatives throughout the Bahamas with
the idea of revamping and revitalizing
them. Members of this re-organizational
committee are personally visiting each of
the Co-operatives listening to the
members to analyze the problems.
Two members have had meetings in
Marsh Harbour with the Abaco
Agricultural Co-operative Society to
discuss the specific problems of this Co-
operative and hopefully find solutions.
Mr. Melbourne Well, Vice-president of
the league and Mr. John Hedden were
the ones to meet with the members here.
Much of the problem is from lack of
communication. The members own the
Co-ops but do not give enough direction
to the board members which they elect.
Some members feel the Board is
unresponsive and dominating.
The Abaco Co-op, which has about 62
members, has not been operational
recently and many members are
disillusioned with the organization,
feeling that they have lost the money they
have invested. Some Cooperative
members met on April 4th to begin
discussions of the various problems
facing the Abaco Co-operative but could
not make any decisions because of a lack

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of a quorum. The main problem facing
seems to be the lack of communication
between the managing committee and the
members. Each co-op elects a Board of
Directors to manage the day-to day
affairs following the general guidelines
set up by the members themselves.
However, this Board has not been
doing what the members want neither are

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they giving financial statements so
members can know the financial state of
affairs. On the other hand, the Board
feels that when meetings are called,
members have not been attending or
giving input or directives. This leaves the
Directors without operational guidelines.
The second meeting of the Abaco
Agriculture Co-operative Association was
on April 25th and the Co-op made
several important decisions. With a
quorum present they voted unanimously
to maintain the co-operative and to
revitalize it. However, it was realized
that without a financial record, they were
not able to make any additional
decisions. Another meeting will be held
on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Abaco
Central High School to examine the
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They are requesting that all members
attend the May meeting and bring their
passbooks. The re-organizational
committee has reconstructed a record of
the amounts which individuals have
contributed but since their records are
incomplete, they want to compare their
record with the passbook amount. At that
time they will try to resolve any
differences that are found.
It was suggested that they elect new
members to the Board of Directors,
hopefully finding members who will
devote time and effort to make the group
into a functional organization which will
benefit every member.
They are being asked to establish the
goals for their organization and

reorganize it, even making changes to
their bye-laws if necessary. Many of the
members are not farmers but thought
initially it would be profitable for them.
The farming members feel that the Co-op
can be very helpful. Mr. Rudy Pinder of
Abaco Big Bird Chicken Farm, although
.a member for only a couple of years, has
found the Co-op be very beneficial to
him, especially in importing feed and
other necessary goods, reducing their
overhead. There are many other ways the
farmers could work together to their
common good such as putting in a
facility to gas bananas which are easy to
The group seemed very enthusiastic
about revitalizing their organization.

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Is Crawfishing in Jeopardy?

by Stephanie Humblestone
I never heard so many synonyms for
"terrible." These came from local
fishermen in response to my enquiry
about the last crawfishing season. I met
with glum faces, shaking heads and dark
predictions for the future of this former
lucrative industry. Tired of the
monosyllabic descriptions, I visited two
prominent fishermen in Marsh Harbour
and discovered that there are reasons
other than "bad weather" responsible for
the dramatic decrease of revenue.
Mr. Gurth Russell, who owns The
Fish House in Marsh Harbour, conceded
that weather, mainly hurricanes, played
a significant role. "In 1996 we had two
hurricanes which adversely affected
Abaco and several more which threatened
our shores," he said. Mr. Russell, who
has the second largest fish exporting
company in the Bahamas, added that
production was down 20% this season.
"In twenty years of business this has
been the worst year for me," he sighed.
Mr. Russell has four boats between 50-
90 feet. During the season his fishermen
try to be out at least two weeks out of
every three during the season. Weather
conditions this past season did not permit
them to keep to this schedule.
Rudy Pinder of Abaco Big Bird
Chicken Farm, a large poultry farm
south of Marsh Harbour, agreed that
weather conditions had been "terrible."
Rudy and his brother Buddy have been in
business for twenty years, have a 70-foot
boat and a crew of 11. Over the years
they have fished the entire Bahamas and
have a wealth of knowledge. For them,
too, this was the worst season ever with
revenues down 50%.
Apart from the weather, both men felt
that other forces came into play. Mr.
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Russell maintained that the season is too
long and that it should finish on the last
day of February rather than 31st of
March. He believes, "Ninety percent of
fishermen would support this." By so
doing, he explained, the females would
have an extra month for the eggs to
mature. "Anyway," he added, "March is
a slow month so little would be lost in
doing this.
He went on to say that it is imperative
that the laws prohibiting the sale of
crawfish out of season be actively
enforced. Each year at least 100,000
pounds of crawfish are caught illegally.
This means about 225,000 crawfish. Half
of these are female and each female lays
from 100,000-300,000 eggs. If only four
from each female reached maturity there
would be an additional 450,000 crawfish
in the first year. "The arithmetic is
simple," said Mr. Russell, turning to his
calculator. "Four hundred fifty thousand
more per year would mean 1. 8 million
over four years."
Rudy Pinder gave me his opinion and
asked to be quoted, "The reason why
crawfish are being depleted is because
fishermen are taking a lot of illegal size
crawfish, under five and a half inches.
Four years ago our traps or condos were
full, 300-400 crawfish from one condo.
Today a condo might yield less than ten
crawfish of legal size. This means that
thieves have captured all the small ones
out of season, thus decreasing the
number of legal size crawfish at the
beginning of the season. If the undersized
ones hadn't been stolen, they would have
been regulation size by August."
Rudy went on to say, "I saw the
writing on the wall four years ago and
went into the chicken business. Although
my brother Buddy and I still go fishing,
it is hardly worth the effort. The
poachers are without conscience and use
chemicals to force crawfish from the
traps. So consumers not only get
undersize fish but contaminated ones."

"Zero tolerance," was Mr. Russell's
clear and succinct comment on the
subject of poachers. He advocated patrol
boats, justifying this by saying that fines
levied would cover the cost of the
vessels. He was particularly disturbed by
local people accepting money from
foreigners in return for showing where
the shelters are situated. "These people
should be fined also," said Mr. Russell.
He felt, too, that restaurants and
businesses buying out-of-season crawfish
should be fined. They buy cheaper from
poachers, thus undercutting reputable
companies like his Fish House.
Mr. Russell was one of the few people
I met who had read the FNM Manifesto
11. He referred to the section in it
pertaining to this very subject, "Give
consideration to the prohibition of the
sale in local restaurants and hotels of
spiny lobster, or to its export, outside of
the spiny lobster season."
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be taken" to protect the honest
fishermen, and this can only come about
with legislation.
"One other problem," he said, "is that
there are too many young people going
into the crawfishing business. Local boys
with university degrees are lured into
crawfishing by the money instead of
pursuing their chosen careers."
It is a tough business and it has taken
a severe blow. However, Mr. Russell
was confident that in the end individual
strength will prevail. The weak will be
weeded out and the strong will return to
the crawfishing industry the integrity it
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50 Attend Hope Town Public Meeting

A special town meeting was held in
Hope Town on April 16th to discuss
several problems. The first was the
proposal for extensive work on the west
side of Lubbers Quarter where a property
owner wants to dig out a boat basin,
construct two groynes and dig out a
channel to four feet of water at low tide.
Estimates of this distance varied up to
1000 feet at this meeting.
Several examples of damaging water
projects were cited including protective
groynes put in for the owners of Abaco
Ocean Club located on the eastern shore
of Lubbers Quarters. These resulted in
the beach moving from one side of the
breakwater to the other side. They
mentioned the turning basin for the cruise
ship at Treasure Island which has had a
definite negative environmental impact.
Fishermen in that area report that it has
silted up Loggerhead Bar and destroyed
the fishing in that area.
Mentioned additionally was dredging
in the White Sound harbour which has
resulted in the water being hazy. The
White Sound channel was done with a
suction dredge which causes a lot of silt
to be suspended in the water. As this
settles, it chokes out the sea grass and
puts layers of fine silt over the entire
area. Now every time a boat passes, the
fine silt is disturbed, causing the water to
be hazy.
Johnny's Cay was mentioned where a
breakwater has changed the dimension of
the beach. After it was built, the beach
was eroding away so extensively that a
wooden retaining wall had to be erected
to save what was left of the beach.
Groynes on the Treasure Cay beach have

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caused much erosion of the beach there
causing some property owners to lose
much of the land area and others to gain
land area.
Dredging a channel at Tavern Cay
caused much silt to be distributed in that
area destroying the sea grass. As a result
there are no bonefish in an area where
previously they were prevalent. It has
also silted up the channel between Tavern
Cay and Tilloo Cay to the point that
boats can no longer navigate through the
The owner of the Lubber's Quarter
property had an environmental impact
study done which indicated minimal
damage would be done. However, they
did not mention studying any of the other
projects in this area where environmental
changes have occurred as a result of
groynes and channels being constructed.
Mr. Everette Hart, Administrator for
Central Abaco, explained that nothing
can be removed or constructed without
permission. He went on to say that
residents must report any unusual activity
to local officials who will make an
inspection. Illegal activities will be
stopped. He emphasized that the
community plays a major role in
controlling the area. Perhaps there is no
law specifically about any one action but
the law gives discretionary power to
policy makers to control and make
Mr. Hart went on to explain that Hope
Town was doing the right thing to have
a Town Meeting. They were expressing
what they want to their elected
Committee. The Committee in turn
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lower boards. This applies all the way up
from Council to Investment Board or
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Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP for South
Abaco, told the group that new
legislation was going to be introduced in
the House to control the changing of the
landscape. He also felt that the chance of
local decisions being over-ruled was very
After much discussion Mr. Hart asked
for a show of hands of those in favor and
those opposed. There was no one present
in favor of the project but virtually all
those in attendance were opposed.
Another topic was harbour pollution.
The pollution problem will be dealt with
and funds will be allocated within the
next five years. Pierre Dupuch has been
named Minister of the Environment and
Health and will deal with the pollution in
the harbour of Hope Town and Marsh
Sometimes incidents occur which need
immediate attention. The example given
was when an oil slick is noticed on the
water. The residents of Hope Town were

encouraged to deal with some aspects of
town concerns and bring them to the
attention of authorities when infractions
take place.
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that of moorings. One criteria is that the
person must own property to have a
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does not guarantee the owner a mooring.
There are now more than 60 moorings in
Hope Town. Mr. Hart explained that
Abaco now has a Port Officer, Troy
Mills. He will be collecting fees for
moorings, docks and seawalls. All
moorings and docks will be assigned a
number which has to be prominently
displayed. He commented that golf carts,
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New Environmental Act Is Passed

Legislation was introduced in the
House of Assembly on April 24th to
regulate development and construction
affecting the landscape. Prime Minister
Ingraham said that both privat- and
government professionals have displayed
"a complete absence of environmental
awareness" in many construction projects.
Mr. Ingraham further said he wants
responsible action by those engaged in
commercial quarry excavations,
backfilling of mangroves and other natural
ponds and lakes, the construction of canals
and the felling of old growth trees. People
using our natural resources will be
required to pay a royalty and must ensure
that their operation does net adversely
impact on the environment.

Government is aware, Mr. Ingraham
said, that economic progress demands the
use of natural resources and that some
disruption of the natural landscape will be
required at times.
However, the Prime Minister is,
concerned with the indiscriminate filling,
in of wetlands and mangroves to make
way for residential and commercial
development with little or no effort to
blend development with the natural
He also mentioned the marine pollution
problem encountered by towns with a
marine-oriented economy and restricted
harbours with no sewerage disposal
facilities. Marsh Harbour and Hope Town

were cited as examples.
Mr. Ingraham is distressed with island
development where no attention is given
to preserving the character of neighboring
communities, where plants and trees are
given little regard and where proper
drainage is not a consideration.
The legislation will set procedures and
fees for excavating permits, the cutting of
hills and canals, interfering with the

coastline of an. island or cay and for
reclaiming wetlands, ponds or natural
drainage areas. Consideration will also be
given to rare, remarkable or historic trees
in this Act. Royalties will be collected for
the excavation of commercial fill.
The Prime Minister said that these
regulations are designed to minimize the
damage to the environment rather than to
prohibit these activities.

Stretcher Certified For Cherokee Air Flights

Briefs From The Governor General's Speech

Following are excerpts from the speech
made on the opening of Parliament on
April 9th by the Governor General. These
items have been summarized and singled
out since they will have a direct impact on
Abaco people and businesses. In general
terms, this speech sets the government's
agenda for the next five years. Other items
which the government intends to address
within this term may be found in this
issue's article related to the FNM
Manifesto. Further details will have to
come as legislation is proposed and
Public and private broadcasting
stations will be required to become a part
of a public education and information
Community service will be introduced
1UI iIst LLUIIe non-VIUIIlIL U01IUUU10r iLsLtaU
of prison terms. This will help to reduce the
prison population and reduce the exposure
of these persons to the concentration of
violent criminals.
Construction of second homes,
particular in the Family Islands will
continue to be encouraged.
Family Island hotels and guest houses
with a minimum of five rooms will receive
customs duty concessions for re-
furbishment materials.
Family Island hotels will receive Real
Property Tax Waivers.
Fisheries resources caught by pleasure
craft must be landed whole.
The Bahamas Building Code will be
reviewed and up-dated with data gained
from hurricanes Andrew and Lily.
Legislation will be introduced to
provide for a fully funded contributory
Unemployment Insurance Programme and
a similar Catastrophic Health Insurance


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Seat belt use will become mandatory
and the insurance requirement for motor
vehicles will be changed to require full
third party coverage for bodily harm and
property damage.
Junior and senior secondary schools
will be introduced in phases and a balance
will be achieved between academic,
vocational and technical studies.
A requirement for high school
graduation will include a period of public
Provisions will be made for students
on Family Islands without a high school to
receive as diploma through schools on
other islands. Various methods of "distance
education" will be introduced.
More emphasis will be placed on math
and science studies in-the schools.
Spanish will be introduced within 2 3
years as a second language beginning at the
primary school level.
Property tax and business license
concessions will be given to employers
who utilize adult graduates of vocational
and technical educational programmes.
Government recognizes that
development and conservation of natural
beauty and resources must go hand-in-
hand. Therefore, projects that disfigure the
land will be carefully reviewed. This
includes the removal of hills, changes to
swamps, wetlands and mangrove areas,
excavations, old growth tree removal and
other construction which alters the


Captains Mark Pellane and Claude Sawyer hold the new FAA certified stretcher. This
custom built stretcher cost nearly $10,000 as it was custom built and required special
certification for their aircraft.

Cherokee Air has acquired an FAA
and STC approved stretcher and had their
airplane adapted to accommodate the new
stretcher. Cost of stretcher was $6600
and with necessary certification and
installation came to about $10,000. It
meant that the plane had to be reweighed
for that configuration and involve much
paperwork with the US government.
Since January 1st, 1997 they have

made 27 medical flights. Of these 17
were stretcher cases and 10 were
ambulatory patients. They are the only
charter company on Abaco which are
documented to take patients to Nassau,
Freeport or the United States.
Abaco Air also makes medical
emergency flights but routinely fly only
to Nassau or Freeport.

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Local Government

- at Work

Central Abaco Council 26 March 1997
Budget: Next year's budget was
reviewed for the final time before being
submitted to Nassau. Two items were
added which had been inadvertently
omitted earlier, a ground's keeper for the
high school and a gatekeeper's security
building at the entrance.
High School Fencing: The perimeter
fencing and front decorative wall are now
under construction. Bill Swain questioned
the wisdom of building the fence in the
woods 720 feet back from the roadway.
Chief Councillor Mike Malone had asked
about this earlier and found out that this is
to allow for planned expansion of the high
school facilities.
Lubbers Quarters harbour &
channel: A request to build a private
harbour, two protective groynes and an
access channel on the south west side of
Lubbers Quarter has been refused or
deferred for several years and is now being
appealed to the Council. Roger Hale, who
is making the request, made a brief
presentation to the Council members. The
Council decided to collectively view the
site to better understand various positions.
They would then forward their
recommendation to the Port Authority in
Airport manager: Victor Russell, the
present airport manager, retired at the end
of March. The Council discussed several
options without coming to any conclusion.

Port Authority 26 March 1997
Derelict Freighter: The Deborah K, the
mailboat which served Abaco for many
years, is now a problem for the Port Board.
The present owner, Mr. Robert Maltarp, is
no longer interested in salvaging it but may
be held responsible for the cost of getting
rid of it. The Board feels it will have to be
floated and taken to deep water, dynamited
and sunk. They are seeking advice on

removing any oils and chemicals before it
is sunk. It is presently in the government
slip East of the Conch Inn in Marsh
Town Planing 1 April 1997
Administrator Hart announced he will
ask the Council Chairmen to request the
Board chairmen meet together monthly and
bring the Council up to date on area
matters. He said Central Abaco resembles
a supermarket being run like a petty shop.
He wants the business and procedures of
the Council and the Boards to be up-graded
to more professional standards.
In response to Chairman Arnold
Edwards question as to how the Town
Planning Board is to ensure compliance
with restrictions, rules and other
regulations, Mr. Hart said the Boards must
not be responsible for setting the rules and
also enforcing them. That puts them in the
questionable position of being judge and
jury. Infringements must be put in writing
and sent to the police for action. Some
compliance problems will be handled by
the building inspector in the course of
carrying out his duties when he is hired.
The Administrator further stated that
many town committees are abusing the
privilege extended them in the matter of
reviewing plans. They are to use their
knowledge of local conditions and review
applications with respect to site
appropriateness, proximity to neighbors,
the appearance in keeping with town
standards, etc. They are not required to
check the nuts and bolts of the proposed
construction which Town Planning will do.
It is redundant for both groups to check for
the same details.
Movie Theater: The Department of
Physical Planning in Nassau returned the
movie theater plans for more information
or compliance on the following which are
code requirements:

Fire suppression system and
emergency lighting system.
Standby generator
Parking lot drainage must be provided
so flooding does not occur on neighboring
Forest Heights Academy: The
application for this high school was passed
in principle. Engineering and other drawing
details will have to be submitted.
Incomplete Plans Are Deferred: Many
plans are submitted with signatures of local
architectural technicians affixed. However,
details are missing causing the application
to be deferred pending more information.
Chairman Edwards asks all architectural
technicians and those submitting their own
plans to be sure their documents and
application are in order prior to submission.
Giving the necessary details initially
will ensure the application can be
processed in a timely manner. A common
problem relates to incomplete site plans
where information is lacking on
neighboring buildings and improvements,
either on the applicant's property or

neighboring property. Plans are frequently
submitted with inadequate references to
locate the site. Omission of plumbing or
electrical details is another common fault.

Marsh Harbour Town Committee 2 April
Members asked about the costs for a
building inspector and a health inspector
and were told these have been included in
the Council budget for the next fiscal year.
Recommendations have been made by the
Council for these positions, and if
accepted, the persons will share the use of
the portable building recently vacated by
Ministry of Works which is adjacent to the
Works compound in Marsh Harbour.
Included in the Marsh Harbour budget
is the cost of rebuilding the Old Ferry
Dock and two boat ramps which are badly
needed. Also included is the cost of having
a man to continuously clean the town road
The Committee is concerned about the
security at the Marsh Harbour airport with

PLEASE SEE Local Gov. Page 24

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harbour & walking distance to grocery stores,
shopping and ferry docks leading to outer
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06Situares rienbs anb esitbents

Ena Leonell Albury, 81, passed away
on April 5th at her home in Marsh
Harbour. Her funeral was at the First
Assembly of God in Marsh Harbour with
Bros. Keith Evans, David Cartwright,
Patrick Bethel, Bob Cornea and Gurth
Roberts officiating. Burial was in the
Marsh Harbour Public Cemetery.
She was born in Marsh Harbour and
lived there her whole life. She was
married to Anthony Thomas Albury for
48 years but he passed away in 1979.
She is survived by daughters Margaret
Bethel, Lucille Albury, Joy Stratton; sons
Warren, George and Freddie; sons-in-law
Patrick Bethel, Van Stratton, Hap
Veercamp; daughters-in-law Marilyn,
Molly, Linda and Lucille; sister Ivy
Weber; 19 grand-children; 13 great-
grandchildren; and many other relatives
and friends. Son Rae and daughter Audry
Veercamp pre-deceased her.

Vivian Kathleen Albury, 72, passed
away in Marsh Harbour on April 17th.
The funeral was at the Calvary Baptist
Church in Marsh Harbour on April 18th.
Bro. Ken Touchton and Bro. Bob Cornea
officiated. Mrs. Albury was born in
Hope Town where she grew up. She
moved to Man-O-War and later married
Harold Serveia Albury. They had three
children. Her health had been failing for
many months before her death.
She is survived by her children,
Charlene, Peter and Clarissa; sons-in-law
Dan Thompson and Willie Albury,

daughter-in-law Colleen Albury, grand-
children Dawn, Stacy, Melissa, Lauren,
great grand-children and numerous other
relatives and friends.
Kendal Dean, 35, passed away on
April 5th at his home in Nassau. He had
been ill for many months. The funeral
was on April 12th at the Evangelistic
Centre in Nassau. Burial was in the Old
Trail Cemetery.
Although he lived in Nassau he had
many relatives on Abaco. Those left to
grieve are his mother; Marina Moss,
step-father, Donald Moss; sons, Alrec
and Kareem; sisters, Meoshi Newbold,
Patrenda Pinder and Melissa Moss; step-
children, Kela, Ray and Anquille; Aunts,
Hazel Bethel, Laverne Maynard and
Naomi Dean; uncles, Alfred Dean, Emil
and Patrick Maynard; uncle,
grandparents, brothers-in-law; and many
other relatives and friends. His wife,
Cheryl Brice pre-deceased him in 1996.

Murdop Nesbitt, 61, passed away on
March 22. His funeral was at the Church
of God in Dundas Town on March 29th
with Pastor Earlin Baillou officiating.
Interment was in the Dundas Town
Public Cemetery.
Mr. Nesbitt was born in Cooper's
Town and lived most of his life there. He
was married to Olevia Sawyer and
together they had nine children. For the
past 14 years he moved to Marsh
Harbour. For many years he has worked
for Abaco Shipping at the Customs dock.

Abaco Air Charter Service
* From Abaco to all the
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* Twin Engine, Six Passenger Aircraft A
* Call 242-367-2266, 2205, 3256, 359-6357
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ABACO GOLD at the Sand Dollar
Shoppe is designed and manufactured
by ninth generation Abaconian artists
at historic New Plymouth on Green
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* Resort wear for men, women & children
* Unique gifts and souvenir items
* Large selection ofquality T-shirts and caps
Marsh Harbour 809-367-4405
Green Turtle Cay 365-4221

Harbour View Grocery
Use our dock for convenient shopping at our store
Fresh Meats & Vegetables
-Dairy Products
SCanned Goods
Dry Goods
on the HOPE TOWN waterfront


Invites You to Our Remodeled & Air-conditioned

Drinks available with meals
Call for Ride from Hope Town for Lunch or Dinner
Hope Town 366-0359 e VHF 16
Full Service Marina with Fuel & Electricity
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Left to mourn are his wife, Olevia;
daughters, Janean Hart and Gerelene
Nesbitt; sons, Rickie, Carl, Chris, Deon,
Valentino, Mannix and Adran Nesbitt;
father, John Nesbitt; stepmother, Carmen
Nesbitt; brothers, Elisha and Jacob
Nesbitt; step-brothers, Terry and Otis
Frank; stepsisters, Areatha Huyler and
Nelly Frank; aunts; uncles; grand
children; great grandchildren; and many
others. He will also be missed by those
who worked with him and by many
whom he helped at the dock.
Ruth Rodriguez, 87, passed away
quietly in her sleep in a retirement
nursing home in Vero Beach, Florida.
Her wishes were respected: cremation
and the scattering of her ashes off the
dock of her beloved Man-O-War home,
Angel's Landing. On March 23rd there
was a gathering of about 50 of her
Bahamian and American friends on the
porch of what we still call Ruth's House.
This was a remembrance ceremony by
those who knew and loved her. Dr. Leo
Landhuis and Haziel Albury, long time
friends, opened and closed the ceremony
with prayers. A dozen friends spoke
about their long friendship and affection

for this unique, loving, kind woman -
one of the earliest non-Bahamian
residents at Man-O-War.
Ruth was an excellent photographer
and her fond recollections of those early
years are preserved in her book Out
Island Portraits.
Edward Schwartz passed away on
April 2, 1997, during medical treatment
in Florida.
Mr. Schwartz was a visitor who loved
Abaco very much. He had been coming
to Abaco for close to 20 years and spent
part of his time at his home on Tilloo
Cay and part on his ranch in Florida. He
will be greatly missed by his wife Lois
and many friends on Abaco.
Vivian Thomas, 48, passed away in
the hospital in Nassau after a long
illness. Mrs. Thomas was catechist in the
Anglican Church in her home town of
Crown Haven. Her funeral was on April
27th at the St. Anne's Anglican Church
in Crown Haven. Officiating was Fr.
Santosh Murray, Fr. Don Haynes and
Fr. Don Smith. Interment was in the
Crown Haven Public Cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her
PLEASE SEE Obituaries Page 24

Page 22 The Aehaonlan April1997

More School News



The Dundas Town Primary School held its in-house track and field event. The winners of
this event competed against students from other schools on Abaco on April 25th. Dundas
Town Primary has three houses, or school teams, the Flamingos, the Blue Marlins and
the Yellow Elders.


The Abaco Primary Schools held their annual inter-school track and field event on April
25th. The winners will go on to Nassau on May 15th and 16th for the national track and
field event where they will compete against students from all other Bahamian schools.

School News FROM Page 14
90 years of Scouting worldwide and 83
years of Scouting in the Bahamas. They
were accompanied by their leader, Huel
Moss, Jr. and his wife Charmica, who
assists with the Troop.
The trip included a 25-mile overnight

hike and a visit to a beach. They manned
a booth at the Fair Grounds, took part in
the annual St. George's Day Parade and
attended a special serviced dedicated to
Scouting in the Bahamas. Mr. Moss
received his Wood Badge Scarf Award


Page 23

A competitor makes his long jump landing.

4 4.

Cendera Walker, of Crossing Rocks, won
the 4GG meter race for girls under 14.




TV Video Satellite VHF Appliances Stereos
Phones Car Radio/Amp Speakers Microwaves
Air Conditioners Accessories




A young athlete makes the baseball throw.


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Marsh Harbour
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367-3465 Emergency
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Come visit beautiful Man-O-War Cay.
Enjoy our secluded beaches and quaint
village. Stay with us at one of the best
protected marinas in the Bahamas. We
also offer a wide variety of services.
While you're here

browse the Dive Shop which carries a
great selection of dive gear, clothing and
beach accessories and enjoy lunch or
dinner at the Pavilion restaurant. We
look forward to your visit.
Phone 242-365-6008 0 VHF 16


A and TravelService
With our present computer reservation service, We will get you where
you want to go and provide you with friendly and experienced service.
Our courteous, competent staff will be more than pleased
to help you with your travel needs.
In Hope Town 366-0100 In Man-O-War 365-6002
In Green Turtle Cay 365-4140
(Air Marsh Harbour, Abaco
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The Net &

by Sinclair Frederick
We had planned an article on Internet
security for this month but the recent
election with its talk of economic
expansion and jobs for Abaco and The
Bahamas has me thinking about creating
It might be nice to bring a steel mill to
Abaco, lots of jobs there, but we don't have
the raw material, the ore or the coal, and
we're Iot really close to a market. And steel
mills tend to be dirty places.
The coming of the Internet has opened
up opportunities for jobs in an industry
where we do have the raw material here on
Abaco, a worldwide market on our
doorsteps, and it's clean as can be. The
industry is the production of material and
techniques for the Internet itself and for
those who are using the Internet. The raw
material is right between our ears. The

Jobs,Good prJobil1997

.. Jobs, Good Jobs

entrance to the market is right at our
telephones. The only specialized tools
needed are computers with modems, and
these are continuously falling in price
while increasing in capability.
L Inni the Internet, someone from Abaco
would have to go somewhere, Route 128 in
Boston, Silicon Valley, Cape Kennedy,....
to get a good job in computers. Now every
place with access to the Internet is on equal
footing. You can do just as good work in
Crown Haven as in San Jose and no traffic
What kinds of jobs? Right now, a major
emphasis is on using the Internet and the
World Wide Web as a promotion and
advertising tool, as we are doing in
promoting Abaco on www.oii.net. Here we
need people with marketing talents, a way
with words, artistic and design skills. The
Internet will be growing as a commercial
service, linking businesses all over the

world. Needed here is an inclination toward
business: accounting, order processing,
tracking shipments. And always a need for
computer programming at all levels.
How do you learn? Another amazing
thing about the Internet is that it comes
with its own textbooks, lesson plans, and
examples. The way everything is done on
the Internet is open for inspection. Every
feature is covered by a public standard, and
there are numerous sites offering
discussions and step by step tutorials on
any and all aspects of the Internet. That
there are no geographic boundaries is
illustrated by noting the best tutorial on the
hot new computer language Java was
written by someone in Calcutta. Java itself
was developed in California.
Does this sound interesting? Stop by
Abacom and let us know you're interested.
We'll try to get you pointed in the right

The Ahlaeonlan Page 23

Bike Shop
At Harbour's Edge
New Bike Sales
MBS Giant
Jamis Boss
Also Available
Cannondale Klien Trek
Mens Womens Childrens

Full Service
Parts for most Brands
Hope Town 366-0292

School FROMPage 22
for completing his Advanced Leader's
Training Course. Badges were presented
to the qualified Scouts before they
returned to Abaco.

Abaco now has its first Girls Scout
Troop which is based at Abaco Central
High School. It is under the leadership of
Mrs. Denise Simmons and the official
investiture of the Troop will take place in

Marine Training Services
Why take a Coast Guard Exam?
When you can take a training course &
receive your license & endorsements for
CALL 60 I -467-8003

i i

Weekly fight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau & Marsh Harbour
General cargo, 20 ft. containers, 40,000 lb. refrigerated capacity
Specify M/V BIAK
Leaves W. Palm Beach Wed. arr. Nassau Thurs. & Marsh Harbour Frl.
Sails Sunday for Nassau and Florida
In Abaco Call 242-367-2091, Fax 367-2235 or call on VHF ch 16
P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas.
Located above B & D Maine at the Traffic Light
In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at 561-844-5387
Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 E. Port Road, Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Installation & Repair Service
Specializing in:

LPG/Propane Appliances
Gas Stoves Deep fat Fryers e Ovens
Gas Dryers Water Heaters
Call 366-2199 ext 237 Crossing Rocks, Abaco

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C"4IV Drugs & Cosmetics
r,....,fs * Fabrics & Linens
Sewing Notions

Furniture & Beds
HOTPOINT Appliances
Don MacKay Boulevard, Marsh Harbour
Phone 367-2667

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Restaurant Open Daily 8 AM 9 PM
Poolside or Clubhouse Dining
FREE Overnight Dockage to Boaters Eating Dinner


The prettiest place to catch the Bahamian Sunset!

Music, Umbo, Dancing, Bonfire
BBQ'd Chicken & Ribs & all the Fixins
$15, Kids under 12 Half Price
Tranpotion can be arranged for parties
of 10 or more Call VHF 16 or 365-6133

6:30 -8:30 PM "Local" Music Jam .
Conch Chowder, Conch Salad, Conch Fritters,
Cracked Conch, Bahamian Peas n Bice, Johnny Cake
$15, kids under 12 are Half Price
A.I.T Ferry leaves Conch Inn (MH), 4 & 6 PM, Leaves Guanam 10 PM
Minimum of 4 persons & weather pemflng
Guana Beech Resort, Great Guana Cay VHF 16 365-5133

Abaco Boy Scouts attend the Scouts Parade in Nassau

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LOCal UOV. FROMPage 20
no one there at night and police there only
part time during the day. They would like
to invite someone from Civil Aviation to
speak to the Committee. They are also
concerned as no replacement has been
named for Victor Russell, airport
manager, who retired the end of March
Central Abaco Council 29 April 1997
Airport: Security, sewage and building
maintenance were discussed. Improved
security is underway through the Police
Department. Deputy Chairman Clifford
Henfield was upset with the shabby
appearance of the building and poor
condition of the public restrooms. The
Council agreed to divert some funds for
Cemetery Management: The Haitian
community has asked that their cemetery
on Bootle Highway be put under
someone's supervision for orderly future
use. Commissioner Hart mentioned the
need for supervision of each cemetery to
ensure the orderly placement of grave sites.
This issue will be discussed further at a
later meeting.
Tourism Advisory Board: The Ministry
of Tourism will hold a seminar on May 30
or June 6 for the benefit of the Tourism
Advisory Board. This is a new board which
has no past experience to fall back on for
guidance or agenda. The Ministry is asking
each board to submit ten items or issues
needing consideration prior to the seminar.
Lubbers Quarter Tourism Project:
The Council was given a letter from the
Nassau Port Authority asking for opinions
on a proposed 13 acre, $400,000 eco-
tourism development with a harbour and
other waterfront improvements on the
Southeast side of Lubbers Quarters. The
scheme was submitted to Nassau by owner
Thomas and Donna Smith in September
1995 and is just now being brought to the
Council's attention. No plans accompanied
the letter. The council deferred action until
plans are available for review.
Lubbers Quarter Private Harbour:
This topic was the last item of the
evening and statements were made by most
Councillors prior to taking a vote. Mrs.
Suzanne Bethel said Hope Town would
approve if it were sited on the southern end


FROM Page 21

husband, Hermas Thomas; sons, Sidney
and Ezra Thomas; daughters, Oleta and
Latoya Thomas, Karen Pinder and
Monica Rolle; stepchildren, Otis, Dena
and Lisa; Mother Viola McIntosh; father
Rollins McIntosh; grandmother, Evelyn
Russell; grandchildren, sisters, brothers,
sons-in-law; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-
law; and a host of other relatives and

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April 1997
of the island where the water is deeper.
Mr. Bill Swain was satisfied on seeing the
site that no damage would be done.
Mr. Lowell Albury was concerned that
the wishes and decision of the Hope Town
Committee were not being respected. He
suggested areas must be set aside for future
generations and wanted a balance between
economic growth and native areas. Mr.
Frankie Russell referred to several beach
areas that have eroded away due to the
unexpected results of waterfront
improvements. He also alluded to the
newly tabled environmental bill and
suggested the Council see what provisions
the bill contains.
Mr. Clifford Henfield asked if expertise
could be requested from government in
Nassau. Mr. Glen McDonald felt that there
would not be that much damage by the
proposed changes. He was satisfied that the
site was too far from Hope Town to be of
any concern of theirs.
At the end the Chairman called for a
vote by ballot which was ied at 4-4. This
contentious project was then passed on a
tie-breaking vote by Chief Councillor Mike
Malone. He based his approval on the
favorable environmental study and the lack
of any written report indicating damage
may be caused.
The next possible action would be an
appeal by the Hope Town Committee to the
Minister for Local Government which
could be followed by an appeal to the
Supreme Court.
[Ed: We attend and report on many
committee meetings in Central Abaco but
cannot attend them all. Visits are made
randomly to various town meetings and
summary reports published. If your town
debates issues which need broader
coverage or may impact on Abaco, please
bring them to our attention.]

Travel FROM Page 13
Planning Company, the Boston-based
marketing firm retained by The Bahamas
The hosts had an extensive display of
crafts from various Family Island for the
agents to enjoy.
One of the highlights of the seminar
was a tour of Different of Abaco where
they were treated to a completely
Bahamian breakfast which included boil
fish, stew conch, wild boar, accompanied
by Bahamian breads. Several different
native herb teas, iced, were found to be
very refreshing both during the breakfast
and later after the tour of the resort.
Everyone was impressed with their
hostess, Mrs. Nettica Symonette, whose
personality is reflected throughout the
complex. Mrs. Symonette treated them to

Cable TV

FROM Page 1

Mr. Thomley was not sure when the
second phase would commence.
Initially, Cable subscribers will have
access to approximately 30 34 TV
channels and will be able to view
different channels simultaneously in the
home. Eventually, the cable system will
be able to offer over 100 d,.i erent
channels to subscribers. The
programming for the initial channels has
not been decided yet.

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OMay 18, 1997
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a program which illustrated various
aspects of life in the early pioneer days
of the Out Islands. She also organized a
re-enactment depicting the Indian way of



April 1997 The Abaeonlan Page 25


FROM Page 12

The Association also encourages the
youth of Abaco to chose sports over
drugs and crime as a way to pass the
time without getting in trouble. Our
youth is our hope so we ask for the
public support in order to make this
league a success.
Sunfish Racing
By Liann Key Kaighin
The Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta
was held on April 25th and 26th and was
sponsored by the Marsh Harbour Sailing
Club. A total of 12 participants from
Nassau and Marsh Harbour competed.
Three races were held on Friday in a
solid 15 knot breeze. Saturday morning
saw even heavier winds and fierce
competition. First overall winner was
Jimmy Lowe of Nassau with 7.25 points.
In second place was Donnie
Martinborough of Nassau with 8.25
points. Jim Kaighin of Marsh Harbour
rounded out the top three with 13 points.
Top woman overall was Lori Lowe of
Up coming events on the Bahamian
Sunfish circuit are the Bahamas Sunfish
National scheduled for May 10th and
1 I th. The National will be hosted this

Al Finlayson and Tony Douglas square off to determine the initial player at the opening o)
the 1997 Pool Tournament season held in the Anglican Hall on April 19th.

year by the Nassau Yacht Club and
sailed in Montagu Bay. This event will
serve as the qualifying regatta for
Bahamians and residents who wish to
participate in the 1997 Sunfish World
Championships to be held in Columbia.
All persons wishing to sail in this event
m mu" m arr n --. .

should make preparations now to ship
their boats to Nassau.
PLEASE SEE Sports Page 35

More Sports News

Arts and Crafts Show
to Be Held in T. Cay
On May 21st Treasure Cay are
inviting artists to display their art at a
f Bahamian Arts and Crafts Show. This
will be held on a "day off" during their
14th Annual Treasure Billfish
Tournament. They are looking for a wide
variety of crafts to be displayed. Artists
may display and sell their wares free of

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Direct Flights to
Grand Bahama
By Stephanie Humblestone
Effective May 2nd Bahamasair will
begin bi-weekly service from Marsh
Harbour and Treasure Cay to Freeport.
This is in response to requests for the
national flag carrier Bahamasair to
provide week-end flights between the two
Northern Bahamas Family Islands. These
flights will be on Fridays and Sundays.
Presently there are only charter
companies with nine-seated planes
between Abaco and Grand Bahama. This
severely restricts domestic freight. The
new 36-seater will enable cargo to be
carried. If the service is successful a
larger plane and increased flights may be
introduced at a later date.

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The News in Pictures

Murphy Town children enjoyed their ice cream treat from the Social Services Easter Party.

Clint Dickson and Anna Martensson were
married at Little Harbour on March 3rd.
The bride is from Malmo, Sweden, and the
groom from Queens, New York.

Bobby Russell of Treasure Cay is teaching
tennis lessons at the Great Abaco Beach
Resort's tennis courts. Mr. Russell learned
the game from his father, Ivan, who is the
tennis pro at Treasure Cay. He also
worked for several years as a tennis
instructor at the Holiday Inn in Freeport.
Mr. Russell is teaching the techniques of
tennis to students from St. Francis de
Sales and Wesley College for a nominal
charge. He is also giving each "Student of
the Month" at Marsh Harbour Primary
one week of free lessons. Mr. Russell is
starting a tennis league in Marsh Harbour
and hopes to see competing teams from
various businesses.

Donna Darville. whose Spring City house was totally destroyed by fire, receives a $1000
donation from Ricky Smith. VP of the BCPOU. The 87 Abaco members of the Union donated.

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Dashwell Flowers, Northern Branch Manager of Imperial
Financial Services gives a donation to William Davis of
Burns House in Marsh Harbour and Abaco Chairman of the
Finance Committee for the Central America and Caribbean
athletic event. Children came from many Bahamian Islands
to select eight winners to represent the Bahamas.

Mrs. Shirley Mills receives a Bulova desk clock for The Bank of Nova Scotia is honouring Ms. Courtney
fifteen years with Scotia Bank. She began as a teller Strachan who has been named Emplovee of the
and is now an Operations Officer. Mr. Bowe, Branch Quarter. She is presently an accountant clerk having
Manager, made the presentation. been with Scotia Bank for the past eleven years.

The Rotary of Club of Abaco presented Mr. James Williams with a microwave and a
television for Sybil's House, a nursing home owned and managed by Mr. Williams and
his wife.

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e 28 The Albanonlan April 1997

SMre Letters to the Editor

Letters FROM Page 11
medical emergencies, also to Trauma One
for its assistance.
In two to three months the Hope Town
Fire and Rescue will be getting a new fire
tmuck from Miami. This has been made
possible by the tireless efforts of fund
ramrs. Supporters come from near and far
and all walks of life with a common
quality of caring.
In times of adversity the best in
mankind often manifests. The Hope Town
ife and Rescue can fully attest to this.
Hope Town Fire and Rescue
Safety Needs to Be
Dear Sir
Before we have a serious accident,
maybe something can be done to stop
tmruks that carry fill, from piling the fill so
high that there is a danger of it falling off
the trucks (including large rocks) on the
mad. Or worse still on to passing cars or
aven people.
Ia there no law controlling the size of
the load a truck may carry?
These large trucks are quite wide for
our narrow roads. They seem to want their
half out of the middle of the road which
pushes the rest of us over into the bushes.
A Concerned Citizen
Another View of Dogs
Dear Editor,
This is in answer to Sid Dawes letter
over to the Lofty Fig concerning dogs
messin on his lawn and how its bad for
tourism and all, that he might have to set
some mouse traps in efforts to deter the
little fellows.
Well, my little miniature dachshund
Black Bart is named after Bart Simpson
cause he's always in trouble! The other day
he came home with a mouse trap on each
of his paws and one on his tail.
I don't know what he's up to but he's
been eatin' now for three days, non stop!
Last I seen him, he was lickin' the wrapper
on a box of Ex-lax and headed in the
direction of the Lofty Fig. I told him not to
cross the street but he don't listen to me!
Donnie Wood
Scenic Committee
Raises Needed Funds
Dear Editor,
The Scenic Committee held a fund-
raising dinner in Marsh Harbour on April
12th. Despite the terrible weather that day,
we were successful in raising over $2,200

which will be used to beautify the road
from the Airport Roundabout to Western
Auto. Besides having dinners, we
auctioned cakes, one of which raised
almost $300 and another almost $100.
We would like to thank all the
companies that donated the gifts for our
raffle and several business which gave
donations for Dinner Sale. Many others
helped make this a success and we do not
want to forget any of you. To all of you
that helped in any way, many many
thanks. God bless you all.
There have been many other donations
which are greatly appreciated. These
include the use a bulldozer, soil, 100
Royal palm trees and a flat bed trailer for
removing derelict vehicles.
At this time we would like to ask for
your continued support for this worthy
The Scenic Committee
The Environmental and
Beautification Board
Is It Time for Planning?
The Editors,
I would appreciate it if you could print
this letter that was sent to the Prime
Minister. Thanks for allowing me space in

Anne Albury
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Debby Patterson
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
It's better now and better to come Two
straight! Mr. Prime Minister, what an
enthusiastic and exciting general election
we just experienced. To God be the glory
for great things He has done! The entire
country has an electricity to it and in
Abaco we can feel it. Over the past four
and one half years the economic life in
Abaco has improved dramatically and for
this I am thankful.
Things continue to improve. Most
recently we saw strong government
support when C.A. Smith came to speak
with the many travel agents that were sea-
planed in to tour Abaco. Thank you for the
international attention, I am certain we will

all benefit from this exposure.
As you know, in Abaco we have many
beautiful reef areas. Most of our visitors
come to snorkel along these reefs. Without
these reef areas we would have a hard time
attracting so many tourists. As the tourists
come, so do the investors and with them
comes growth. I welcome growth because
it creates jobs and jobs are the life blood of
our economy.
One of the ways to keep our economy
strong is to protect the resources that draw
investors to The Bahamas. In Abaco one
of our main resources is our reefs. Studies
show that reefs can be damaged in a
variety of ways, from anchors being
dropped on them, snorkelers standing on
them, tropical fish poachers, over-fishing,


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April 1997 The Abaconlan Page 29

More News from North Abaco


FROM Page 8

to go to Grand Cay. They had not gone
far when a seven to eight foot reef shark
jump into their boat knocking Mr. Rolle
out of the boat. As the shark hit him, he
bruised his face severely. He received
medical treatment in Fox Town and is
recovering nicely.

Batelco Extending
Phone Service
By Stephanie Humblestone
Provision for telephone facilities to all
areas of Treasure Cay was implemented
on January 1st of this year and is now
well underway. Additionally, services
have now been extended to Blackwood
and Cedar Harbour. In Sand Banks,
which has a population of 100 people,
the equivalent number of telephone lines
were made available
Applications to take advantage of these
services can be made at the Batelco
office in Cooper's Town and Treasure

Hotel Being
The Harbour House Hotel in Treasure
Cay, an ever flourishing tourist
attraction, is presently undergoing
extensive renovations. The hotel
comprises 96 rooms with 32 suites and
64 rooms which are divided into four
blocks of 24 rooms. One block is being
renovated at a time and when it is
completely renovated and refurbished,
the next one will be started until all four
blocks are completely redone. This is an
ongoing project which is estimated to be
completed for the 1997 Bilifish
Tournament in May.
Pilots Visit
Treasure Cay
On April 4th a group of 25 private
planes arrived at Treasure Cay Airport
from Florida, other parts of the United
Siaics and Canada. The visitors, not
surprisingly, came to enjoy Treasure
Cay's beautiful crescent-shaped, soft
sandy beach and its renowned fishing and
This was organised and sponsored by
the Ministry Of Tourism in Marsh
Harbour and is part of their program to
target special interest groups and acquaint
them with the Family Islands.
Hosting the group was Mr. Everette
Pinder, General Manager of Treasure
Cay. Mr. Pinder was pleased to note that

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seen more people in the past three
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Treasure Cay Property
Owners Hold Meeting

Treasure Cay Property Owners
Association invited several guests to
speak to them at their annual meeting
held in March concerning various aspects
of their affairs. The meeting was chaired
by Association President, Bruce Barth.
John Hudson, Manager of Bahamas
Electricity Corporation in Abaco, took
with him Mr. Bradley Roberts, MP, and
Andrew Gilbert, Special Assistant. They
explained that government has a mandate
to electrify the entire Bahamas this year.
They are working on six Family Islands
including Abaco. The electric power will
be extended in the mainland and to the
Cays from their main generating plant in
Marsh Harbour. This system will be
completed in a few months.
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seawalls and moorings. He also
mentioned the need for permission for
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FROM Page 5

The Bahamas government will be taking
'ver the private franchise which serves
the Treasure Cay area. This will make
their electric power more reliable and
more affordable. The cost of BEC
electricity is the same throughout the
Bahamas. They will work with the Abaco
Utility Company to establish a fair price.
BEC will have to establish the state of
the infrastructure and will plan to
upgrade the bring the system up to
standard. They expect negotiations will
be complete by September.
Mr. Frederik Gottlieb, Chairman of
Water and Sewerage Corporation,
assured the property owners that the
government has put Treasure Cay Ltd.
on notice to bring the quality and safety
of the water up to world standards. The
Bahamas government is getting a loan
from InterAmerican Bank which will
include a well field north of Treasure
Troy Mills, Port Officer for Abaco,
spoke of his duties and role with all three
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under high pressure.
A walk-in freezer accommodates
10,000 lbs of ice when full to capacity.
The ice is sold in bags labelled Abaco
Choice. Fifteen hundred pounds of ice
renders 140 bags.
Chelsea's Choice supplies both
supermarkets in Marsh Harbour,
restaurants, marinas, and grocery stores
in the cays such as Hope Town and Man-
O-War. They have an ice outlet in
Sandy Point. At the moment they have
one delivery truck with another one on
the way.
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Page 30 The Abaconian April 1997

Seminar Lets Taxi Drivers Air Gripes

Road Traffic Controller Wellington
Bullard led a seminar for Taxi Drivers
and other Public Service Drivers in the
Marsh Harbour Court Room on April
18th. Additional persons speaking or
available to answer questions were Craig
Woods of the Ministry of Tourism,
Everette Hart, Chief Island Administrator;
ASP Mortimer of the Police Department,
Road Traffic Officers Roland Swain and
John McIntosh and Percy Archer,
Chairman of the Road Traffic Board.
About 40 drivers listened, asked questions
and stated their complaints.
Mr. Hart asked the drivers to be polite
to our visitors and keep their quarrels to
themselves. The drivers are the first non-
government persons the visitors come in
contact with and this first impression is
one they take back home. If it is not
favorable, we all suffer. This can equate
to fewer visitors, fewer fares and fewer
dollars. Mr. Hart told the drivers, "when
you are not making money, neither is
anyone else."
"When Cuba opens up," said
Tourism's Craig Woods, "half of south
Florida will go there as they have roots
there. Don't think that these people will
automatically come to the Bahamas. We
must work to keep them coming here."
He said that Florida accounts for 35% of
the Bahamas' visitors. He stressed the
need to be courteous and control their
behavior and welcome the visitor. He



using bleach and Joy and from silt which
sometimes occurs as a result of excessive
As Abaco grows there will be many
requests by developers to dredge. If we
continue to pass plans without considering
long term environmental damage, we may
jeopardize our reefs.
In my opinion, this would be a good
time to set up some guidelines as to what
sort and how much dredging would be in
the best interest for the future growth of
Abaco. As we set up these guidelines we
should be open and flexible, allowing the
maximum development with the minimum
reef damage. Maximum growth will help
to create the new jobs we need, while
minimum damage will protect existing
Perhaps an environmental study
combined with a study from city planners
would be appropriate at this time in
Abaco's development.
I love my country and want so much to
see our continued success.
Debby A. Patterson

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mentioned that the key problem now is
attitude which is the same problem we
had in 1977. Having a Bahama Host
Certificate does not mean you can relax.
Mr. Woods told the group that a major
complaint of visitors and travel agents is
the high cost of transportation in the
Bahamas. In order to stay competitive
with other countries, we must adjust to
change and move with the times. We must
be able to move large numbers of people
economically. For example, he said the
cab fare from J. F. Kennedy airport into
New York city was $32 whereas a bus
fare was $8. People must be offered
choices or they will go elsewhere.
He emphasized that service is the key
to repeat business. Superior service brings
more people. He said drivers who cannot
treat people right do not belong in the
Wellington Bullard, Road Traffic
Controller from Nassau, told the drivers to
take their problems to the Road Traffic
Officers and not attempt to settle their
differences in front of the visitors.
Mr. Bullard said overcharging is a
common complaint of the visitors and he
asked that they adhere to the tariff.
Drivers are prohibited from smoking
while in their cab. He reminded them that
he has the authority to "withdraw" any
Public Service License at any time per the
law. Drivers who disobey the law will be
dealt with to the fullest extent allowed.


FROM Page 2

Administrator's office by the 15th of the
following month. Mrs. Farrington
acknowledged that it is difficult to collect
this amount as hotels forget to turn in
their monies. The Board is responsible to
remind the hotel managers, first with a
phone call, then with a letter. If the
monies are not paid after persistent
reminders, legal action can be taken.
Mrs. Farrington was adamant that
hotels can claim only four percent as
Government Guest Tax. Other charges
are often added such as the Out Island
Promotion Board tariff but these must be
properly identified and not included in
the label of Hotel Guest Tax.
Mr. Robert Pinder is Chairman of the
Hotel Licensing Board for Central Abaco
and can be contacted for more
information. Forms are available at the
Administrator's office.

He asked the drivers to keep their cars
in first class condition at all times and
not wait until the mandatory May and
October inspection to make repairs.
Cay Russell was concerned that some
dive operators are with our visitors for 4
to 5 hours and they have not taken the
Bahama host program whereas he has
taken the course three times and is only
with the customer for ten minutes. Craig
Woods replied that the Bahama Host
program is mandatory for everyone in the
Tourist industry.
Many drivers felt that the pre-arranged
taxi pick-up was being abused. One
example given was the woman driver who
was first in line at the ferry dock and
waited five hours for a fare. Another cab
made five pick-ups during tthattime.
Mr. Bullard said people have the right
to choose whom they wish and the 24-
hour rule is one way to accomplish this.
Drivers complained that Officer Roland

Swain is overworked and cannot be at his
office, at the airport and at the ferry dock
at all times to watch for problems. Mr.
Bullard acknowledged the growth of this
area and said steps are being taken to
provide another Road Traffic Officer. The
drivers responded favorably to this
David Rolle was concerned with
visitors who request a van and do not
want to ride in a station wagon. Mr.
Bullard responded by saying the station
wagons bring a lot of complaints about
overcrowding, people being made to ride
backward in the jump seats and luggage
heaped high on the roof. Without further
explanation he said they are trying to
phase out station wagons.
Drivers were asked to take their
problems to either Mr. Swain or Mr.
McIntosh here on Abaco. Mr. Bullard also
said he has an open door policy in Nassau
and they are free to contact him there.

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FROM Page 6

throughout the program. Mr. Bethel took
the students aside and fully explained the
answers to questions they had answered.
Mrs. Elaine Bennett and Mrs. Marie
McKeag organized all children into
groups and sent them on a historical
cultural scavenger hunt while many
adults present tried their luck at the
historical quiz.
Mr. Ira Key won the adult section of
the quiz with Mr. Chester Thompson and
M.P. Robert Sweeting trailing closely.
Shane Cash, Nathan Smith and Larenz
Amett won the students division. All
winners received books of local
Bahamian historical significance. The
group that won the scavenger hunt each
won cash.
When the program was finished, Mrs.
Candace Key, Vice Chairman of the
Historical Society, thanked all museum
volunteers and those who were present at
this Heritage Day and invited everyone to
enjoy the souse chicken and Johnny cake
lunch local restaurants had prepared for
the event, local favorite sweets were
available at the baked goods table.
Proceeds from the 1997 event will go
towards the construction of the group's
new museum.

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By Annabelle Cross
After mild weather through most of
the past three months, Easter Monday
was very disappointing. For many, it is
the day for the first picnic of the year.
Some people braved the wind and rough
seas to have their picnic on a nearby
island, while others went to the beaches
on Green Turtle Cay.
The Junkanoo Committee continues its
Turtle Splash every other weekend. The
highlight of the weekend of April 5th
was a Sweet Emily Concert. People
travelled from all over Abaco to hear
Sweet Emily sing. While everyone
enjoyed the performance, some were
disappointed that it was a bit late when
Sweet Emily started singing.
Amy Roberts All Age School will
have a Spring Fling/Steak-out on April
26th at the basketball court. The fun
starts at 11 a.m. and ends that evening
with the drawing of the raffle. All
proceeds will benefit the students.
Our community welcomes its newest
resident. Five pound Aaliayh Claire
Doris Outten was born March 30th in
Freeport. Aaliayh is the first child for
Yvonne Outten.
Wedding bells rang on March 29th for
Denise McIntosh and Oswald (Ozzie)

Meadows. The couple were joined in
holy matrimony at St. Peter's Anglican
Church. A reception followed at the
Rooster's Rest.
Wedding bells were ringing again on
April 19th as Ignazia (Tina) Pace and
Bishop Johnny Lowe were married. Tina
and Johnny's wedding took place in Boca
Raton. Florida. After their honeymoon in
Tennessee, Bishop and Mrs. Lowe will
reside on Green Turtle Cay.
Congratulations to both couples!
To end once again on a sad note,
Captain Fred Sawyer died at his home on
March 22nd after a courageous battle
with cancer. Funeral services were held
on March 23rd at the Gospel Chapel. He
is survived by his wife Marguerite, son
Richard, daughter Marie, grandson
Michael, daughter-in-law Leigh, father
Capt. Samuel Sawyer, in-laws Charlie
and Neva Lowe and many relatives and


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By Cheri Pinder
Hope everyone had a nice spring break
and is ready for diligent studies for the
last term of the school year. Many
students will be taking the SAT, GLAT,
BJC and BGCSE examinations. Best of
luck to you all!
Many young people and some of the
older ones so inclined will be graduating
from college this time of year. I would
like to congratulate my God-child and
niece Britt Anne Wilson, who will
graduate with high honors from Florida
State University in April. May your
shinning example inspire others. We love
you and are so very proud of you.
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Roberts are
proud to announce the engagement of
their daughter Netica A. Roberts to Rich
Roberts, son of Martha and Richard
Roberts of Man-O-War. They plan to
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The Abaeonian April 1997

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The Fig Tree, the town gathering place, gets decking and benches so everyone can be
comfortable while catching up on the day's news. Photo by Chere Pinder


FROM Page 31

and best of luck! Netica is presently
completing her high school courses
through American School correspondence
and will graduate within the year. we're
proud of you.
The Guana Seaside Gospel Chapel

held a revival for the week of April 13th.
Bro. Frank Perry from Spanish Wells
was the minister. Good singing,
preaching and fellowship was shared by
all who attended.
On the 26th of April a Cook-Out has
been planned to aid Mr. Percy
Weatherford's medical expenses. Great
food and games will be shared by all.

Guana Bch. Resort Re-Opens

By Heidi Tozer
Guana Beach Resort is in full swing
again offering live music with its
Wednesday night Conch Out and Friday
night Island Style Barbecues. Dinners on
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Mark, who on Friday nights stokes up
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one of the places to catch up on the
happenings of the day is the famous
spacious Fig Tree. Many men in the
community volunteered to help build
decking, benches and a table around the
tree. The table around the tree has a
dolphin figure, a mermaid bust for one
supporting leg and on the north side of
the tree a pineapple figure is carved into
the wood, a symbol of true hospitality.
Thanks to those who donated the
materials and hard work.

Colin Tozer, Dive Master at Guana Beach
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The month of May is National Youth
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to help broaden their horizons.
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special Mother's Day greeting.

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Mr. Robert
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1932 1997

T The Lord gave and the
Lord has taken away,
May the name of the
Lord be praised.
Job 1:2 (NIV)

The family of the late Robert Gordon Hudson wish to thank
the many friends and relatives who supported us in our time
of grief. Gordon loved life, he was dedicated to his family, he
loved his church, but most of all he was a devout Christian.
His life was a living testimony to all. We cherish the fond
memories of Gordon.
Special thanks to the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Hubert A.
Ingraham, the officers and members of the Bahamas
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April 1997 The Ahbacnlan Page 33

More South Abaco News

South FROM Page 4
she leaves two brothers, Leland and
Charles Roberts and one sister, Annis
Sawyer, all still residing in Chcrokee,
plus a host of other relatives. Gladys will
be missed by all who were fortunate
enough to know her.
Road Paving Update
Additional history is being made as the
finishing touches are nearing completion
on our new road. Oh, what a joy it will
be to have a smooth read to travel on.
But be careful, one truck has already had
to be towed up out of a ditch for trying
to make a dangerous turn while going too
fast. If this happens to you, you might be
sitting there quite a while before
someone comes along to find you. Please
drive responsibly, your life may depend
on it.
On the llth of March Dr6 Ricardo
Hepburn made his appearance in Nassau
weighing in at seven pounds.
Congratulations to Michelle and
The schoolchildren are out and about
seeking sponsors for their upcoming
bike-a-thon on May 2nd. The older

Students show off their Easter Eggs at the Easter Egg Hunt in Cherokee

students will ride fifteen miles while the
younger ones are only expected to go
five. Your support and encouragement
will be greatly appreciated.
Sandy Point
By Ruth Flowers
The Youth Department of Mt. Zion
Baptist Church along with the Men's
Fellowship Department will be holding a
Grand Fair at the Basketball Park, Sandy
Point on Whit Monday the 26th of May
at 12 Noon. There will be lots of food,
games, prizes, music and promises to be
a lot of fun.
Also an Old Fashioned Camp Meeting

Photo by Lee Pinder
is scheduled for May I 3rd of May
under the tent in Sandy Point. The public
is invited to come out and be blessed.
A steak-out will be held at the Publit
Park in Sandy Point on April 19th to aid
Laketa Burrows medical expenses.
Rev. Jerome Burrows and Sis. Lula
Burrows will be renewing their wedding
vows at the Assemblies of God Church,
Sandy Point, Abaco, on the 20th of
April. This is their 25th anniversary. The
Asst Superintendent Rev. Stafford
Symonette and Rev. Robert Cornea of
the Assemblies of God will be
performing the ceremony. Sis Burrow's

Dre Ricardo Hepburn
son Ottis Fox will present her to Pastor
Burrows. Mrs. Jerone Curry will be
Matron of Honour with Best Man Jerome
Burrows, Jr., Page Boy Tash Fox,
Ushers, Racquel and Rowena Burrows.
the reception will follow in the
Assemblies of God Hall.
Hercules Clarke and Roselda Bain of
Sandy Point was joined together in Holy
Matrimony on April 5th, 1997. The
ceremony was held at Mt. Zion Baptist
Church and the reception followed at the
Beach Inn Club. The lovely Roselda was
accompanied by six lovely ladies dressed
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New School FROMPage
olds. They will also offer Spanish as a
foreign language. The pre-school,
however, will open later, perhaps in
January, maybe not until September
1998. The new school will be set back
on a hill near the intersection of Forest
Drive and Bootle Drive. There will be
adequate space for recreation fields and
play grounds.
Because of the large number of
students using Forest Drive to attend both
the new primary school and Abaco
Ceniral High School, Mr. McIntosh has
requested a sidewalk to keep the young
people off the road.
Mr. Mclntosh also commented on the
over-crowed conditions at Abaco Central
High School. He plans to utilize the
campus of the present Dundas Primary
Schlonl by .i, ing the lower grades attend
classes there. The enrollment of the
school has increased from 365 to more
than :~ in m ust three years, and they are
e'l .in. a big increase in the fall.
Mr. Mcintosh has named a
rnj,.,,Jcmet-n team composed of staff
from both primary school who will co-

April 1997
ordinate the preparation of the move to
the new facility. He stresses that all
students hoping to attend the school must
be registered so they will know what
students to expect next September. The
new students must be five years by the
30th of September to be accepted. Others
who are close to that age should have
their names listed on the waiting list.
Since there are not enough textbooks
available, students will be required to pay
about 80 percent of the cost of the
textbooks they use.
In the event of the construction being
delayed, Mr. McIntosh is asking for
some portable buildings to be used for
classrooms. The temporary solution this
past year of using space in the Sawyer's
Market building across the street from
Marsh Harbour Primary will no longer
be an option this coming September.
The Superintendent urged the parents
to beuin now to stress care of property so
that the new primary school would not be
decI.LC as the high school is. Care of the
physical faILihi requires much upkeep
money, money that could be far better
spent on textbooks. Students known to
damage school property, whether

intentionally or accidentally will be
required to repair the damage or pay to
have it repaired.
A lively discussion ensued about the
uniform choice for the new school.
Parents were not able to come to a
decision even though it was stressed that
parents should know soon what the
uniforms will be in order to have them
by September.
Mr. McIntosh discussed a new policy
of the Ministry of Education. When a
temporary teacher is needed, the district
superintendent will now be allowed to
hire a substitute teacher. He is asking
anyone interested in substituting to
register their names and qualifications
with him so he has a reserve of persons
available to fill in.

Senator FROM Page 1
Michael left school at the accepted age
of 15 years of age to join his liilhr' as a
regular seaman on the M. V. Millie, and
under Captain Archie's persuasive
guidance he attained his own Captain's
papers in 1980. He went on to aualil\
tor his Master Mariner's licence cf 2000
Gross Rehistcrcd Ton in December 1994

and has served aboard the Abaco Sands
and the Abilin as well as the Mollie and
has held the helm of the M. V. Biak for
the past nine years. He is a shareholder
of its parent company, United Abaco
Shipping. In addition, he is a
businessman and partner in the only
general store in Cherokee, Cherokee
Food Fair.
Serving as its first and only chairman
of the local board since its inception in
1993, he was returned to that post
through the elections of 1996 until
joining the senate when he resigned the
local board. Although he received his
notice of appointment as Justice of the
Peace earlier, he was not actually
affirmed until the 7th of April 1997
while he was in Nassau. After accepting
the honourable post in the Senate from
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, also on
the 7th of April, 1997. he was duly
sworn in alonn with ten other inductees
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Turnquesi. the Governor (e.-neral
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his home Is in Cherokee.

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Any fish measuring 22 inches or more
from lip to fork of tail earned the
fisherman one point.
The winner had the most number of
points by the end of the day. The hours
defined for "lines in and lines out" were
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This was a fly-
fishing only tournament and no other
fishing method was allowed. Flies were
not permitted to be scented or tipped with
bait, and fishing was restricted to water
depths conducive to poling and wading.
Maitland's winning catch was 26
inches which he caught around noon.
Kendy McPhee Anderson from the
Ministry of Tourism in Marsh Harbour
accompanied him. She described to me in
graphic detail the events leading up to his
prize catch. It was her first experience
bonefishing and one which she described
as "unforgettable."
At 6.50 a.m. that morning she left
Hope Town with Maitland on his 18 foot
Man-O-War built boat named Where's
the Reef, a misnomer as he knows very
well where it is!
Imagining they would transfer to a
larger vessel outside of Hope Town
Harbour, Kendy was unperturbed by the
inclement weather and rough seas. When
it became apparent that this was not to
be, she literally threw caution to the
wind, sat back, intrepidly braved the
elements and enjoyed Maitland's
entertaining company. South of Marsh
Harbour, at an undisclosed spot, Maitland
stopped the boat and got out to wade in
waters of 8 10 inches deep.
Kendy stayed in the boat to "observe."
Almost immediately upon arrival, there
was great excitement as he got his first
bite, a 10 pounder of at least 30 inches.
Unfortunately, this was the one that got

April 1997 The Ahaeonlan Page 35

The bonefish fly casting competitors meet with Tourism officials for a final discussion of the
rules. Sam Gardiner and Ministry of Tourism staff went over the fishing rules and answered

away and which would have indubitably
secured him the title early in the day.
About half an hour later he caught a
20 inch bonefish, returned it as it was
undersize. Later he caught one of 22
inches which Kendy measured and photo-
graphed. This too was released. Many
more were to follow throughout the
At the end of the day Maitland placed
first. Second was Ronald Sawyer from
Green Turtle Cay and third was Buddy
Pinder from Marsh Harbour.
They returned to Marsh Harbour with
Maitland's delight at winning matched
only by Kendy's relief at being back on
"terra firmal" Maitland, with his
characteristic modesty, attributed his
success to the opportunity and support he
had be given, namely by Commissioner
Hart, Robert Sweeting, MP for South
Abaco, and the official guides.
Looking ahead in a positive direction,
Maitland said, "I am really looking
forward to representing Abaco in the next

step of the Bahamian Bonefishing
Tournament to be held in Georgetown,
Exuma, on July 13th and 14th, 1997, and
with a lot of luck and the support of my
friends, I will be able to represent Abaco
and the Bahamas in the World
Bonefishing Championships.
We are all proud of Maitland and wish
him well.

South FROM Page 33
shoes. The men were equally stunning,
wearing black and white laced with
silver. The bride was absolutely
beautiful. Congratulations, Hercules and
Roseld Clark from the Youth Department
and Men's Fellowship Department of Mt.
Zion Baptist Church.

CAC Sports FROM Page 3
overall. In the 12-13 year old division
Kendra Walker from Crossing Rock
placed seventh overall and Obiorah
Bootle from S.C. Bootle placed third

The top eight winners will go on to
the CAC Youth Championships in
Kingston, Jamaica, on the 4th and 5th
of July 1997.
A warm congratulations to the
winners and also to all participants

Sports FROMPage 25
The club is excitedly looking forward
to the first week in December when the
27th Sunfish Worlds will be held in
Cartegena, Columbia. Entry information
for the Bahamas Sunfish Nationals and
the World Championship can be obtained
by contacting Liann Key Kaighin at 367-
3592 (work) or 367-3088 (Fax).
We Regret
In our last issue we mentioned that
Mr. Mills was using the music of local
musicians on Radio Abaco. We feel that
Mr. Mills is to be applauded for
promoting the music of our local people.
This is enjoyable for all Abaconians as
well as beneficial for the musicians. We
need to encourage our local talent and
this demonstrates their talent well.
We regret that some of our readers
misunderstood our wording. We did not
imply that our musicians were being
taken advantage of but rather that it was
an opportunity for them to showcase their
Last month's issue of The Abaconian
misquoted Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP.
Mr. Sweeting mentioned that the
government pays a minimum wage of
$170 and hopes that the private sector
will follow their example. We regret our

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