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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1st, 2003 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction Play Raises Money for OrphansSt. James Methodist Church in Hope Town puts on an elaborate play each Christmas to raise money to send Nassau orphans to summer camp on Eleuthera. The entire community, Bahamian, second-home owners and visitors, work together in the production which takes three months to organize and rehearse. The play this year, The Mighty Messengers Big Adventure included a cast of more than 40 persons, one as young as four years. Others are needed to support the group in production areas. See story page 16 Santa Claus took time to visit Forest Heights Academy during their talent night on December 12. He was in good spirits, even dancing with a couple of the girls. He is shown here with Tia Knowles on the left and Rebecca Reisburg on the right. He obviously appeals to everyone. Mickey Mouse visited several Abaco schools again this Christmas, making many youngsters very happy. He is shown here at Agape Christian School. He brought toys, stuffed animals and books. Everyone Loves Santa Mickey Mouse Visits Schools The Abaco Chamber of Commerce invited Mr. Leonard Archer to their December 12 meeting to discuss the ramifications of the proposed FTAA concept. Mr. Archer holds many titles including British High Commissioner to the English Speaking Caribbean States and the Bahamian Ambassador to Surinam. Mr. Archer emphasized that FTAA will be very important to The Bahamas whether the country is in or out of the organization. It will affect us directly as a very large percentage of our trade is with the United States. The economy of the States is so huge that it pulls all other economies into its orbit. Unexpected consequences can happen. As an example, NAFTA, an agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, unexpected changes were created which could not have been predicted. This will happen when the FTAA treaty is put into effect. Mr. Archer urged the Chamber members to voice their opinions to government to let the negotiating team know what the business sector wants in the treaty. The FTAA treaty is a trade agreement being considered by 34 countries of the Western Hemisphere. Cuba is not included as that country does not have a democratically elected head of government. The goal is to eventually remove all trade barriers between the countries. The idea was initiated in 1994 and draft proposals were introduced in 1999. The goal is to have theChamber Hosts FTAA SpeakerNegotiator Leonard Archer Gives Pros and Cons Please see FTAA Page 19 Employees of Disney Cruise Line on a recent visit donated an assortment of books to the schools of Central Abaco and South Abaco. The idea of giving books was put forth by Ms. Felamease Sawyer of the Ministry of Education. Disney Cruise staff were more than willing to go about collecting books through their Reading Together program. The crew visited the Moores Island All-Age School, the Sandy Point School, and several schools in the Marsh Harbour area. Each school received books, some brand new, some used, with Central Abaco Primary School receiving over 500 books.

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Page 2 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic lightWeekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau, & Marsh Harbour General Cargo, 20 & 40 ft. Containers, Drive-on Stern Ramp 20 ft. Refrigerated ContainersSpecify M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL Sailing ScheduleIn Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or call on VHF ch. 16 P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at (561) 844-5387 Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 B East Port Road, Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Sunday Depart Marsh Harbour Monday Arrive Port of Palm Beach Monday Depart Port of Palm Beach Tuesday Arrive Marsh Harbour Wednesday Depart Marsh Harbour Thursday Arrive Arawak Cay, Nassau Thursday Depart Arawak Cay, Nassau Friday Arrive Marsh Harbour bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICEICE ICEICE ICE RENTRENT RENTRENT RENT ALAL ALAL AL BIKESBIKES BIKESBIKES BIKESBy Anita Rolle Read as much as you can! was the message sent by British High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Heigl as he paid special visits to some Abaco schools, donating learning tools to assist students in the educational process. Traveling first to Fox Town Primary School where a special assembly was held in anticipation of his visit, Principal Mr. Austin Mills was elated to receive a good stash of books and two computer systems. The schools computer lab is presently being renovated. In attendance at the assembly was Mr. Hezekiah Dean, District Superintendent who expressed his sincere gratitude for the timely gifts on behalf of the Ministry of Education. Following the trip to Fox Town, Mr. Heigl and his party traveled to Coopers Town where they visited S. C. Bootle High School, donating more books there, then on to Green Turtle, where he took an extensive tour of the Cay. Traveling along with Mr. Heigl were Mr. and Mrs. John Rosewarne of England, who were responsible for collecting the donated books. Mrs. Rosewarne said that they have been collecting and donating books to schools in the Bahamas for about three years. The books were collected from libraries and schools in England. The British High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Heigl, visited North Abaco schools on December 11 visiting Fox Town Primary, S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town and the Amy Roberts Primary School in Green Turtle Cay. He is shown donating two computer systems and many books to the principal of the Fox Town school, Mr. Austin Mills. They are, left to right, Mr. Wilfred Curry, Little Abaco Committee Chairman; Mr. Peter Heigl; Mr. Mills; Mr. Gary Knowles, Senior Administrator for North Abaco; Mrs. Josephine Rosewarne; Mr. Stephen Pedican, Deputy Chief Councillor of the North Abaco District. Mr. and Mrs. Rosewarne had assembled the books for the schools in England before their trip to The Bahamas.British High Commissioner Visits Schools Remember to Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front Tel: 367-2158 Open DailyLocated in the Abaco Beach ResortBreakfast 7 a.m. 11:30 a.m.Lunch 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.Dinner 6 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Dinner Reservations RecommendedFebruary 1 & 2Featuring the Fine Art of VariousBahamian and International Artists6th AnnualArAr ArAr Ar t Festivt Festiv t Festivt Festiv t Festiv alal alal alAbaco Beach Resort

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 3 his property is definitely one of a kind. A secluded waterfront house surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens this house faces the prevailing summer trade winds and offers an unrivalled view of the Tahiti Beach / Tilloo Cut area. US$840,000 gross.TT TT T Offered Exlusively by DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LIMITED Offered Exlusively by DAMIANOS REAL TY COMPANY LIMITEDDAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LIMITED DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LIMITEDMARSH HARBOURLeslie Pinder Tel: (242) 367-5046 leslie@damianos.com Fax: (242) 367-5045LUBBERS QUARTERSLaurie Schreiner Tel: (242) 366-3143 laurie@damianos.com Fax: (242) 366-3143MARSH HARBOURLeslie Pinder Tel: (242) 367-5046 leslie@damianos.com Fax: (242) 367-5045LUBBERS QUARTERSLaurie Schreiner Tel: (242) 366-3143 laurie@damianos.com Fax: (242) 366-3143HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAYKerry Sullivan Tel: (242) 366-0040 kerry@damianos.com Fax: (242) 366-0164ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES HOPE TOWNLaurie Schreiner Tel: (242) 366-3143 laurie@damianos.com Fax: (242) 366-3143HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAYKerry Sullivan Tel: (242) 366-0040 kerry@damianos.com Fax: (242) 366-0164ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES HOPE TOWNLaurie Schreiner Tel: (242) 366-3143 laurie@damianos.com Fax: (242) 366-3143For More Information Call Laurie SchreinerEstate AgentTel: (242) 366-3143With Compliments of the Season The Elbow Cay lighthouse is decked out for the holidays. Many strings of lights were required to drape the lighthouse. The lights add a colorful element to the area as the tower itself can be seen at night for several miles. A Hope Town group, headed by David Gale, has formed the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society. They are striving to keep this lighthouse operating in its original kerosene and hand powered equipment as it was in 1863 when it was built. Maintenance and spare parts are a problem as this is one of only three remaining lighthouses using this equipment.Lighthouse Gets Holiday Trim Prime Locations on Great Abaco Specializing in Large Parcels of LandRed Rock Point 27 acresRed Bay area, 10 miles north of Marsh Harbour. 440 feet of beach frontage. Quiet location. Utilities at highway. Inland offered at $35,000 per acre with with access to beach. Beach frontage available. Call for details.Conch Sound Point 50 acresPhoto represents the vacinity of Conch Sound Point 3 miles north of the Holein-the-Wall Lighthouse. Frontage 780 feet. Purchase a large tract of land for pennies per sq. ft. Offered at $12,000 per acre.Bakers Heights 65 acresAdjacent to the S. C. Bootle Highway at the approximate mid-point between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Elevations up to 80 feet. Pine tree forest. Views of the Sea of Abaco. Utilities near by. Offered at $27,000 per acre.Witch Point 55 acresCentrally located close to Marsh Harbour. Beach frontage 300 feet. Elevations up to 40 ft. Property faces Elbow Cay. Nice views. Property can be purchased in smaller parcels. Marsh Harbour can be seen in the foreground. Call for details.Great Abacos Spectacular South Eastern CoastlineVisit our website for other properties offered for sale. Brokers Welcome Schooner Bay Beach 3.5 acresOne of the most breath taking views in the south of Great Abaco. 200 ft. frontage X 750 ft. depth. Elevations topping 60 ft. Ideal setting for condominiums or your private retreat. Open zoning. Restrictive land cevenants will apply. Access road to beach for viewing. Offered at $420,000Schooner Bay & Little Bridge Bay 200 acresOne of Great Abacos prime locations, 26 miles south of Marsh Harbour. Unique site for a major resort development. High elevations. Beach/shoreline frontage 4,000 ft., facing the Atlantic Ocean. Wide, sandy beach. Open to a joint venture. 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654

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Page 4 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com A & W TRAVELTravel is our businessWell get you where you want to go....SUB AGENTS Man-O-War 356-6048 Treasure Cay 365-8507 Green Turtle 365-4230 Abaco Shopping Centre P.O. Box AB-20283 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2806/2577 Fax: (242) 367-3219 China, Crystal, J ew elery, Watches & Resort WearFor every budgetIn Marsh Harbour beside the Boat Harbour entrance Monday Saturday 9 am 5:30 pm call 367-3191LenoLeno LenoLeno Leno xx xx x ChinaChina ChinaChina China PerPer PerPer Per fumefume fumefume fume OmegaOmega OmegaOmega Omega WW WW W aa aa a tchestches tchestches tches LladrLladr LladrLladr Lladr oo oo o FigurFigur FigurFigur Figur inesines inesines ines JeJe JeJe Je ww ww w ellrellr ellrellr ellr yy yy y A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery Cherokee SoundBy Lee Pinder During the past year there was one birth, one wedding and two deaths in our small community. Two new houses were completed within the settlement and three in Yellow Wood. Cable Bahamas brought their extended service to Cherokee in March. More of our damaged roads were replaced and a new boat ramp was built along the creek front. A new directional sign was put on the corner of the main highway in February and had to be replaced again in May because of vandals. We survived an election, didnt suffer any hanging chads and the new government took office with hardly a ripple. As predicted there was a mild hurricane season because of the El Nino effects on the weather patterns. The school got a new mural during the summer and our two teachers were involved in a bad accident in September. The schoolchildren attended a summer Bible Camp provided by a group of young people from Chicago, Illinois, called The Wave. In addition, the students took three field trips; Hope Town, Green Turtle Cay and Nassau. Representatives from the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, a part of the National Museum of the Bahamas, have visited us several times over the past year and are keeping a close eye on the reconstruction work being done at the Old School. We hosted a team doing research on our tourism, education and fishing industry for the University of Miami and the Museum of Natural History from New York. The Christmas Flu is right on schedule and it seems like every year there are more lights and more decorations. It certainly looked a lot like Christmas, at least in Cherokee, even without any snow. But with fires, floods, snow storms and tornadoes disrupting peoples lives and destroying property in many other parts of the world, we here in our little settlement seem far removed and out of harms way. Every evening we listen to news that a major war is threatening us, yet its not on our doorAbacos first-ever Doll Show held December 14th at the schoolhouse in Cherokee Sound raised over $200 for the school. The show included dolls from many different countries as well as quite a few made right here in The Bahamas. There were also some Arts and Crafts stalls on the school grounds selling really beautiful handmade items, many with a Christmas motif. step and our young people may not even be involved. And although our crawfishermen have had a good season, the tourists seemed to have stayed at home this year. So while some have plenty, there are still many with little. It wouldnt be a bad idea to make your New Years Resolution now. First to be thankful, but also to be more generous, to pray for the suffering, the sick and the poor. And dont forget to ask the Lord God to please bring peace to our troubled world. Heres hoping you have a Happy New Year. South Abaco News Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 5 With convenient location close to the Public Dock Located on Stratton Drive Marsh Harbour, AbacoPhone (242) 367-7283 Fax: (242) 367-5767 Wishing you a Bright Wishing you a Bright Wishing you a Bright Wishing you a Bright Wishing you a Bright and Prosperous New Year and Prosperous New Year and Prosperous New Year and Prosperous New Year and Prosperous New Year From theFrom the From theFrom the From the Management and Staff Management and Staff Management and Staff Management and Staff Management and Staff of Price Rightof Price Right of Price Rightof Price Right of Price Right NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 9 am 3 pm Abaco Real Estate Fredericks AgencyBahamas Custom Brokers Import & Export Air & Sea Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay & Green Turtle CayP.O. Box AB-20468, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Alburys TruckingUPS UPS UPS UPS UPS AgAg AgAg Ag ent fent f ent fent f ent f or or or or or AbacoAbaco AbacoAbaco Abaco Direct flights to & from Miami 3 pm deadline to send parcels Tel: 242-367-2333 Fax: 367-3136 Murphy Town Needy Are BenefittedOn December 19 thirty gift certificates were given to Mr. Cleveland Dawkins, President of the Murphy Town Association and Mr. Eugene Dawkins, Deputy Chairman of the Murphy Town Committee. These certificates for food at Price Right were given by the owners of Abaco Block and Concrete and owners of Great Abaco Port and harbour in Murphy Town and were for needy families in Murphy Town. Shown is Mr. Leo Bethel, local manager for Abaco Block and Concrete, on the right presenting the certificates. Mr. Dawkins also wanted to thank both companies assisting with roof repairs and help for the basketball team. Shown above are Mr. Leo Bethel, Mr. Cleveland Dawkins and Mr. Eugene Dawkins.

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Page 6 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODS NURSERNURSER NURSERNURSER NURSER YY YY Y Plants Gift Items Silk Flowers Baskets Pet Supplies Fish Garden Tools Fertilizers Soils MulchMON FRI 9 5 SAT 9 2 Ph 242-367-2674 Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh Harbour Ph: (242) 367-2326 (242) 367-5960Authorized Distributers of Solar Water Heaters Saves you 40-50%on energy costs!Meeting the sunMeeting the sun Meeting the sunMeeting the sun Meeting the sun every day in every day in every day in every day in every day in 76 76 76 76 76 countriescountries countriescountries countries around the world around the world around the world around the world around the world Meeting the sunMeeting the sun Meeting the sunMeeting the sun Meeting the sun every day in every day in every day in every day in every day in 76 76 76 76 76 countriescountries countriescountries countries around the world around the world around the world around the world around the world We Install Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained Our Customers Get Extra Attention W eekly Rates: 26 Paramount$945 23 Albury Bros$840 22 Boston Whaler$798 20 Albury/Hydra$770 18 Privateer$560 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross Our town is looking very festive with decorations going up all around. Even the telephone poles are all decked out in shiny ribbons and bows! Christmas related activities are keeping everyone busy, making the days leading up to Christmas seem too short to accomplish all that needs to be done. The weeks leading up to December were also eventful on Green Turtle Cay.World Tourism Day Is CelebratedNovember 4 was World Tourism Day and the Amy Roberts Primary School went Caribbean! The classrooms became showcases for Cuba, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and The Bahamas. The students and teachers did research together to create the atmosphere. The students wore island clothes rather than their usual uniforms. The first graders wore pirate costumes in the Grand Cayman class. Along with the information on each country was food to sample hot patties, guava paste, fried plantain, guava duff, conch salad a lot of work but worth the effort!Limited Bahamasair Service Is a ProblemAt the end of October Bahamasair stopped its twice daily service into Treasure Cay. Scheduled flights are only on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and apparently these flights are sometimes cancelled. This has created a problem for our community in that travel to Nassau could be a lot more expensive. There are less seats available for tourists wanting to fly into North Abaco. What affects us all is the lack of a daily mail service. The mail service was slow before but now we sometimes go an entire week without receiving or sending mail. There is E-mail for some instances but its not easy to E-mail or fax checks. Businesses and individuals on the island will be faced with a lot of late payment charges. There have been no official details made available as to why Bahamasair has stopped service into Treasure Cay. Calling Bahamasair only adds to the confusion as I was assured that there IS a daily service into Treasure Cay. If Bahamasair is not going to resume the daily service, then the Ministry of Transport should find a way to get mail into North Abaco on a daily basis. It is what has been happening for more than two decades. We have no interest in going backward to the days of sailing schooners. (No offence, Mr. Editor, but I miss my daily Tribune!)Community Mourns LosesDuring 2002 our community lost a number of our senior citizens. November saw the passing of two ladies. On November 8 Mrs. Sybil Hodgkins passed away at her home. She was 87 years old. For many years Mrs. Sybil was the VHF voice of Green Turtle Ferry and at times the voice of Green Turtle Cay! Before cell phones many of us relied on VHF radios to send and receive messages. Mrs. Sybil was always there to relay messages, offer assistance and provide local information. She was honoured for her service to the community. A funeral service was held at New Plymouth Gospel Chapel. She is survived by her children and their spouses Margaret and Roland Albury, Curtis and Eileen Hodgkins and Anne and Nigel Lowe; grandchildren and their spouses Danny and Linda Albury, David and Erin Albury, Lisa and Michael Roberts, Troy and Nicole Lowe, Jason and Stacey Lowe, Jenny and Jason Bethell, Melinda and Rachel Hodgkins; 13 great grandchildren; brother Cedric Saunders; sister Audrey Semon; and many other relatives and friends. Mrs. Sally Lowe passed away on November 10. Mrs. Sally was 99 years old the oldest resident of our community. Funeral services were held on November 24 at the Miracle Church of God. Mrs. Sally is survived by her son Chester Lowe; daughter Pastor Pearl Lowe; grandchildren and their spouses Minerva and Patrick Sawyer, Rose and Lonnie Lowe, Andy and Debra Lowe, Mark and Carol Jean Lowe; great grandchildren and spouses Betsy and James Roberts, Loretta and David Lowe, Jessica Sawyer, Waylon, William, Neil, Clayton, Tanya, Tina, Tammy, Terrance, Mitzi, Margo and Mark Lowe, Jr.; one great-great grandchild Kimberly Roberts and many other relatives and friends.Town Discusses ProblemsA town meeting was held at the Court House on November 26. The Island Administrator, Mr. Gary Knowles, was officially introduced. He gave brief remarks before introducing the guest speakers, Mr. Ed Laroda, resident building engineer and News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 7

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 7at Dolphin Beach ResortGreat Guana Cay, Abaco1/4 mile West of SettlementSunny StartersBowl of Soup of the Day served with fresh baked Bahamian bread.$5.00 Basket of 8 Conch Fritters with tender pieces of conch in our special batter and quickly fried. Served with traditional dipping sauce.$5.00 Basket of 6 Chicken Fingers battered and lightly fried.$6.50 Basket of Onion Rings shoestring-sized onions lightly battered and fried.$5.00 Coconut Shrimp 5 coconut battered shrimp served with papaya dip.$9.00Sailor SaladsTropical Delight bowl of mixed greens, cucumber, tomatoes, red cabbage, green and red peppers, onions and mandarin orange segments.$8.00 With grilled or blackened chicken.$10.00 With grilled or blackened grouper.$12.00 Cooks Salad bowl of mixed greens, cucumber, tomatoes, green and red peppers, onion, egg, turkey breast, ham,Kerrigold Irish cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese. $12.00 Traditional Caesar bowl of romaine lettuces, homemade savory croutons, anchovies and homemade Caesar dressing$8.00 With grilled or blackened chicken.$10.00 With grilled or blackened grouper.$12.00We make our own dressings! Papaya, lime vinaigrette, bleu cheese, peppercorn ranch Sub Sandwiches Served on a sub roll with coleslaw and pickle Club Sub ham, turkey breast, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo $8.00 Hot Turkey Sub hot turkey breast with melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard .$8.00 Hot Ham & Cheese Sub hot ham with melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard$8.00 Dinner Specialty Menu In additional to our regular Mermaid Menu, we offer Didis Favourite Signature Dishes, using the finest and freshest ingredients available daily, at market prices Didis Favourite Appetizers Grilled Shrimp Cocktail 5 shrimp grilled with a sweet, hot and sour chili garlic sauce and served with green olive salsa. Vegetable Tower grilled vegetables with cheddar cheese and balsamic vinaigrette Didis Signature Dinners Grilled Guana Lobster Tail served with scalloped leek potatoes and fresh vegetables. Crawfish Medallions sauteed in a creamy saffron spinach sauce and served over linguini pasta. Lobster Cakes two savory spiced cakes served with papaya mayonnaise and placed on top of fresh garden greens. Grilled Wahoo served with a pineapple and lime salsa and accompanied by a vegetable risotto. Didis Island Grouper sauteed in a red curry vegetable sauce. New York Strip 12-ounce aged certified Black Angus char-grilled and served with scalloped leek potatoes. Tournedos of Beef tender filet mignon cut served with a whole grain mustard and papaya sauce and scalloped potatoes. Grilled Lamb Chops served with whipped potatoes with caramelized Vidalia onions. Orange BBQ Ribs island style and served with whipped potatoes. Chicken Tower boneless chicken breast layered with grilled bell peppers with basil infused sour cream. Served with whipped potatoes. Home made Desserts Our delectable desserts are made fresh each day in our kitchen by Chef Dietmar and Chef Debbie. Please ask your server for todays selections.For reservations call 365-5137 or VHF 16Closed Tuesdays Transportation AvailableBeach Burgers and Sandwiches Served with fries or onion rings and coleslaw and pickleThe Guana Burger 8 ounce, hand-packed certified Black Angus beef, grilled and topped with melted Kerrigold Irish cheddar cheese and crisp bacon and mayo. Served on a homemade bun.$8.50 Chicken Burger grilled, blackened or fried chicken breast topped with melted Kerrigold Irish cheddar cheese and crisp bacon and mayo. Served on a homemade bun. $9.50 Debbies Famous Fish Sandwich delicately fried grouper filet served on toasted Bahamian bread and topped with Kerrigold Irish cheddar cheese and tartar sauce.$12.00 Mermaid LBLT cracked Bahamian lobster, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes served on a toasted homemade bun. $12.00 Classic Lunch BLT crisp bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo served on toasted Bahamian bread. Served with coleslaw and a pickle.$6.50 Tuna Salad Sandwich Citrusy tuna salad, lettuce, tomato and mayo served on toasted Bahamian bread.$6.50Bahamian Lunch PlatesDebbies Famous Fried Chicken juicy batterdipped chicken breast quarter fried and served with peas and rice or fries or onion rings and coleslaw.$10.00 Island Cracked Conch tenderized conch, perfectly batteredand delicately fried. Served with peas and rice or fries or onion rings and coleslaw.$12.00Mermaid SpecialtiesBeachside Linguini linguini pasta tossed in a creamy sauce with bacon, vegetables and chicken breast. Or try it tossed in a homemade red marinara sauce. Served with homemade dinner roll.$12.00 Reef Stir-fry sweet and sour chicken stir-fried with crispy fresh vegetables and steamed white rice. Served with homemade dinner roll.$12.00 Lasagna Out Island homemade lasagna with beef and served with a garden or Caesar salad.$11.00 Lunch served 12 Noon until 3 p.m. Dinner served 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Specialty DrinksChesapeake Bay Bloody Nancys special recipe . .made with Clamato juice, lots of lime juice, Crystal Hot sauce and other stuff and finished with Old Bay Seasoning around the rim! $ 5.00 The Dolphin Fin Spin dont ask . just enjoy $ 5.00 Vickis Island Rum Punch all say its the best. $ 5.00The Mermaid Cafe Sea SprSea Spr Sea SprSea Spr Sea Spr aa aa a y Ry R y Ry R y R esoresor esoresor esor tt tt tHopetown, Elbow Cay, AbacoVillas Restaurant Marina Now Offering Discounted RatesAugust 2002 through April 2003 Boats up to 50 $325 monthly Metered water & electricityTexaco Star Port Fresh Water Pool BakeryBoat House RestaurantCome by and see us We have friendly staff waiting to serve youOpen 8-5 daily VHF ch. 16 Ph: (242) 366-0065 e-mail: seasprayres@oii.net www.seasprayresort.com consultant, and Mr. Cephas Cooper of the Investigative Unit of the Police Force. Both men spoke of the functions of their offices. Mr. Cooper gave a sobering address on the growing crime rate on Abaco. During the question and answer session concerns were voiced about police matters, the unsolved murder of Jeannie Pinder, squatters, sporting facilities, disputed use of Settlement Point, roads at the north end of the island near tourist resorts and the non-attendance of Town Committee members at a recent funeral. In response, it was learned that the police are still investigating matters concerning the boat theft, there is no active investigation into the Pinder murder, squatters should not be allowed to stay for any length of time, although it was agreed that it is extremely difficult to remove some squatters. The basketball court is due to receive some improvements. Mr. Knowles said that he had been in touch with those concerned with the transporting of mail and plans were being made to transport North Abacos mail from Marsh Harbour. (To date this has not happened!) Mr. David Bethell, Town Committee Chairman, said that in a recent conversation with officials of Chalks Airline, he was told that the company is currently being restructured. Mr. Knowles has been communicating with the Department of Lands and Surveys concerning Settlement Point. The community should come to an agreement concerning the use and development of the land. It was agreed that the roads near the tourist resorts should receive prompt attention. The attendance of Town Committee members at funerals is not only respectful but good politics! The meeting was well attended.Youth NewsAwana Club closed for the holidays on November 29. After a service at the Gospel Chapel it was on to the game circle for friendly competition. It was the Thanksgiving weekend and a few of our visitors got into the action. Awana will reopen in January. Amy Roberts Primary School held its annual Christmas Fair on December 7. What started out as a rainy morning turned into a lovely day. The children enjoyed the Bouncy Castle and the other games where they won prizes. There was lots of good food and friends to socialize with. Santa made an appearance in the afternoon. The grand raffle was drawn at the end of the day. Lucky winners walked away with prizes that included hotel packages, a bike, televisions, massages, lunches and dinners A lot of hard work goes into making the fair a success. All proceeds will benefit the students.Holiday EventsIt is now December and the holiday activities are in full swing. The Gospel Chapels Sunday School Programme was held on December 6. The children did a wonderful job of reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. The adults enjoyed the chocolate giveaway each year. I always sit in the wrong pew and never win any candy! The Church of God and St. Peters Anglican Church will have Sunday School programmes this month. A special thanks goes to the Sunday School teachers who organize these programmes that are so much a part of our holiday tradition. The annual lighting of the community Christmas tree was held on December 13 at Quincentennial Park. There were musical selections from the students of Amy Roberts Primary and local churches as well as Scripture readings. Santa arrived to pass out treats to the children and refreshments were served. Lori Sawyer who celebrated her birthday on December 15 lit the tree. The threat of rain was on every mind but it did not start until after the service. Quincentennial Park is the grounds of the administrative offices. As with every Christmas it is clean and well decorated. This year a nativity scene, all hand made, graces the grounds. Many thanks to Trina Cooper, Leainer McIntosh, Nurse Knowles, Victor Cooper and all who helped with decorations. The Gospel Chapel held a Christmas Concert featuring Alan Parks on December 14. Mr. Parks is from Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, and no stranger to our community. He has been a visiting minister at the Gospel Chapel over the years. As we get caught up in the holiday rush we must remember to take time to enjoy our family and friends. We must remember the reason for Christmas and give thanks for our good fortune. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 6 Please see Cays Page 10

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Page 8 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 The Editor Says . A New Year A New View All About TownThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Anita Rolle, Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Annabelle Cross, Pat Elkins, John Hedden, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Use order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,000 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$45 Canada airmail $55.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface David RalphGenerally Speaking . Time for LifeBy S. Timothy Roberts There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Another year has drawn to a close, and another year is beginning. What will this new year hold for us all? What will we make of it? Time will tell. Just three weeks ago I celebrated my 30th birthday, and just less than one year prior I was married. It seems like it was just yesterday as they say. I have always wondered at how time seemingly gets faster year by year. Events that happened just a month ago seem just days past, and things that happened last year seem just a few months before. Time is ticking away and the busyness of life makes it so that theres never enough time to do all that needs to be done. It is imperative that we use our time wisely and not waste it on trivialities and petty nonsense. What I mean is that we ought to focus on the most important things in life. Life is short and we all have our place in society, whether great or small. We need to purpose within ourselves to succeed at life. This is not success in terms of material things but rather as it concerns quality of life. Quality of life by nature is harmony with people, friends and family and respect and goodwill for the same. In essence it is rooted in love. So often the busyness of life has us so preoccupied that we not only loose sight of this quality of life, we sometimes altogether neglect it. This is to our own detriment because we, by so doing, rob ourselves of the joy we could experience. If by succeeding in life you miss out on the joys of love and family and friends and so much more, you have really succeeded in doing nothing. As the writer of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, puts it, Then I looked on all the work that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. (Eccl. 2:11) Time is one of our most precious commodities; let us spend it wisely and carefully. Theres no time like the present to begin. Wishing you all the best in the New Year. May you find love, joy and happiness in every smile. By Isobel Sherman.Home for ChristmasMany families welcomed their children home from college for Christmas. For many parents it was an eagerly awaited event. Most students are home for about three weeks, plenty of time for them to recharge their batteries for the next semester of studying. Most come home exhausted from a round of final exams and almost all come home hungry for real food. It seems our Bahamian students cannot adjust to cafeterias in the United States or college food. In most cases the last few weeks of college the food is worse than normal or at least that is what my daughter complains about. I guess this is because the cafeteria will be closing over the Christmas holiday so they want to use up any remaining food items. I hope all college students home are enjoying their stay and will be ready to take on the challenges of the second semester when they return to their respective schools.Will There Be No room in the Inns of Abaco?The question the few days before Christmas were there rooms in the inns? In other words were Abaco hotel rooms and cottages are fully booked for the Christmas holidays. Many hotels in Nassau reported 100 percent bookings for the time between Christmas and New Years. Some merchants in Marsh Harbour noticed more tourists the week before Christmas. Tourism is the lifeblood of Abaco as it is in the rest of the Bahamas. Hopefully, the world situation will not deter tourists from traveling to Abaco.Happy New Year Many persons will be making New Years resolutions for 2003. More often than not these resolutions will be broken in short order. Each year brings a new start, a fresh start. Most persons feel that the New Year brings them new opportunities for new things such as losing weight, exercising, resting more, etc. For all those persons who are making New Years resolutions, I wish you the best in keeping them. I hope for everyone that the new year will be full of blessings for you. We start the third year of the twenty-first century with uncertain prosperity. Our five commercial banks are mute testimony to the general economic welfare of our population of 13,000 men, women and children. Our financial well being depends on seasonal and short term visitors from the United States. Other countries contribute to our visitor mix but the majority of them are from the U.S. Through the turn of the last century, the American economy was robust with those benefitting being comfortable in spending their wealth for investments and visits here. Then two major events caused these same people to think twice. The U.S. stock market took a downturn that is still evident. This was followed by the terrorist attack on the New York World Trade Center, causing major shifts in governmental policies worldwide. Hurricane Floyd in September 1999 was an earlier disaster for Abaco. But it was quite localized, and our recovery was relatively rapid. Much of that recovery was due to the generosity of these same investors, homeowners and visitors that are the source of our well being. Figures are not in yet but calls to local resorts suggest that this Christmas season was not as good as other years. We normally have three robust periods of visitor activity: Christmas, spring and our active summer. However, this holiday season appears to go against the normal trend. Those responding suggested that spring arrivals look more normal. Several factors may be at play here. The slump in the U.S. economy may be causing people to hold back on their spending. The threat of war in Iraq is certainly unsettlng and may be a factor. Airport security and related travel hassles may be acting against us. The attempt by terrorists to destroy commercial airplanes is upsetting. Perhaps it is a coincidence but our Christmas visitors tend to be from the north and incur longer flight times and possibly more airport transfers. Our spring and summer visitors tend to originate further south with shorter flight times. Whatever the reason, we need to assess our situation carefully to bring the numbers up. In addition to reduced tourism numbers, we face an uncertain future nationally with the probability of a new tax structure due to FTAA pressures. This is not an immediate problem but government revenues are definitely down. Reduced tax revenues coupled with future FTAA tax concerns will spur government to look into alternate revenue schemes. Abaco has been fortunate to have developed slowly with small hotels, resorts and many rental houses. The economy is not dependent on the success or failure any one large facility. While we may have individual properties that are not doing as well as others, the overall trend is one of success. Another benefit is that individually these small properties need fewer guests to be comfortable with their operation. They may feel limited in their promotional efforts and improvement to their facilities but they have collectively spread the Abaco message to a wide and diverse audience. Compare the success of the multitude of rental rooms on Abaco, both in hotels ad in private homes, against the large resorts closed on now South Eleuthera, West End and San Salvador. (The Club Med on San Salvador just reopened this month). The economies of these areas were devastated when the large resorts closed. A benefit to government from our style of growth is the minimal impact required of government services at any one time during our expansion. Our growth has taken place incrementally and in different towns and cays. No one huge resort has required complementary government infra structural improvements in concert with the development. As our towns and cays expanded with the new guest houses and small resorts, governmental services have followed although perhaps they have not kept pace. Garbage and trash removal on the cays is showing the strain of this growth. However, compare this burden to our local government on the cays with the burden being experienced in Exuma with the opening of the 300-unit Emerald Bay resort this spring. Their garbage will go from zero to 300 as the development comes to life. Other services will experience similar growth problems. By growing incrementally over the years, we have kept our construction industry occupied fairly consistently. We have not required large construction crews to complete projects, only to dismiss everyone when the job was completed. Abacos growth has taken place without any central planning or forethought. We now have two groups that can inject some direction into the process. Local government is into its third term and is settling into the local governing process. They should begin thinking about our future. The newly rejuvenated Abaco Chamber of Commerce is comprised of the business community and should also begin to think about Abacos growth. If we are indeed experiencing a slower period in our growth, these two groups should look into options to collectively improve the situation. It may work for many small properties to promote their units. But if there is something wrong with the fundamental structure of our economy, then united and collective action is needed. We cannot change the U.S. economy or the airline industry. But we can ensure that our visitors get value for their visits and they are welcomed warmly. We are still a foreign destination for them but only an hour from their shores. We should be able to continue using the Abaco formula to our benefit. AA MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Monday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 9 Why . .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address City St. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$Above subscription is a gift from: $35 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$45 Canada Airmail US$55 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: PO Box 1556, Jupiter, FL 33468 1556 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasSubscribe to The Abaconian If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below. Nov 98 Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $110 $295 $645 26 Paramount $180 $450 $925 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Sandy Point Ferry Terminal Was PresentedOpen DailyOpen Daily Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyBreakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 4:30 6:30 p.m. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Closed Sundays A management team from Bahamas Fast Ferry in Nassau came to Sandy Point on December 10 to explain the operation as it will affect Sandy Point. Mr. Khaalis Rolle, Marketing Manager, made the presentation. Since it is a new service with no history on Abaco, there is much speculation in the Sandy Point community on the operation and its long term impact. The company will construct a new ramp for the boat to use adjacent to the Sandy Point public dock where the beach stalls are now located. They will build new stalls on the edge of the property to the south. The public toilets will be relocated and rebuilt by the company allowing that space to be used for parking. When asked about a storage yard outside of town for trailers and containers, it was suggested that local persons should provide this service somewhere as appropriate. They envision Sandy Point persons handling tickets and passenger reservations, freight services, taxis and busses, snack shops and other services for freight and passengers. The owners do not see appreciable traffic in international passengers but see their growth in domestic passengers and freight. They gave the Harbour Island example where growth has been phenomenal from Nassau traffic on the Bo Hingy fast ferry. They expect similar growth in South Abaco from the new traffic. Bahamas Fast Ferry services Harbour Island and Governors Harbour, Eleuthera, with the Bo Hingy while their SeaLink ferry services Andros. They do not see the service as a competitor to the freight boats now serving Marsh Harbour. Ocean freight is the cheapest way to move cargo and adding a 50mile truck connection from Sandy Point will not be cost effective. This service from Nassau is seen by the owners as an entirely new service. They envision times when their service might be used by merchants needing a quick delivery between the scheduled Marsh Harbour freighters. The three weekly connections to Nassau will give faster access to markets there and should be beneficial to South Abaco fishermen. The movement of persons or domestic tourism is hard to predict but they expect it to be a significant factor in six months to a year providing a variety of opportunities for Sandy Point. Problems of scheduling to avoid interference with school children were discussed without definite answers. It was obvious from the attitude of the audience and the ferry management that the service is eagerly anticipated and problems will be resolved as they arise. Detailed plans for the improvements to the terminal landing area were left with the South Abaco Council for approval and forwarding to Nassau for final approval. Construction on the site is expected as soon as Nassau gives their approval. The tone set by the residents attending the meeting would suggest that Sandy Point did not have any objections of consequences to this venture. The new boat is leaving Australia in January and is expected in Nassau in February. They hope to begin service to Sandy Point by mid-March. It will initially make three trips weekly to Sandy Point and will take about three and a half hours to make the crossing from Nassau. The group from Nassau included Mr. Craig Symonette, company owner; Capt. Harvey Sweeting, Managing Director; Mr. Tony Adderley; Operations Manager and Mr. Khalis Rolle, Marketing Director. Mr. Tony Archer, Operations Manager of Bahamas Fast Ferry Service, is showing Mr. Benjamin Pinder, Administrator for South Abaco, the plans of the new ferry now being built in Australia. The new boat will provide service between Sandy Point and Nassau. The boat will be launched early in January and will arrive in Nassau by late February. The company expects to begin the new service by mid-March. It will take about three and a half hours to make the trip and the initial plans are for three round trips weekly. Advertise in The Abaconian

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 11 $65 monthly $25 weekly $10 day visit Long term discounts available Mon Fri 6 am Noon & 2 pm 8 pm Saturday 7 am 1:30 pm Closed Sunday Call 367-5939 Memorial Plaza, Marsh New Cardio Kick Box Class Free weights Strength stations Cardio Stations A/C & Cable TV Showers Instructor-led classes Yoga Aerobics Private fitness training by arrangement Scotiabank The Managing Director and staff of Scotiabank branches across The Bahamas express a grateful Thank You to our many valued customers for their support during the year. Scotiabank remains committed to assist you in meeting your financial goals. We wish each and everyone, a joyous and safe holiday season, and increased prosperity throughout the new year.pan and Canada to name a few. They are displayed on a wall in the hall next to a world map. Each card has an orange string which attaches to the location of the country on the map. (A blue string is being used to keep track of Minis travels.) It has been fun for the children to actually read about other children and where they come from. It has given them a sense of the size of the world they live in. CaysFrom Page 10 On November 23rd and 24th Christian Wilhoyte of Hope Town competed in a National Scholastic Surfing Assoc. competition in Florida at a beach called Spessard Holland. He won third place in the Explorer Menehuene (ages 12 and under). Andrew Wilhoyte also competed in the Explorer Juniors division, putting his fresh new name on the records! Christian is shown above with his trophy. 100% USABLE SPACE HEAVY-DUTY RED-IRON FRAME FIRE-RESISTANT 20-YEAR MILL-BACKED WARRANTY MULTIPLE PANELS AND COLORS EASY BUILT-IT-YOURSELF CONSTRUCTION MANUFACTURER SAVINGS MAINTENANCE FREE MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS CUSTOMIZED ACCENTS HEAVY SNOW AND WIND LOADS FAST DELIVERY FROM MANUFACTURING FACILITIES NATIONWIDE QUICK EASY DELIVERYBest Buy on Steel Buildings Best Buy on Steel BuildingsSpeed. Quality. Value.A B C1-800-420-4145A=100X180X16$42,660B=55X90X14$13,990C=40X60X14$8,690All buildings are Red Iron, bolt-up kits in 26 gauge galv. that include engineered drawings and come in all sizes. Local building codes may cause prices to vary. Pricing FOB Factory.Hope TownDorros Cove Holds Art ShowBy Isobel Sherman On December 14 and 15 an Art Show was held at Dorros Cove. Organized by Jeep Byers and Roscoe and Lori Thompson approximately twenty artists displayed their paintings, furniture and crafts. Dorros Cove is located on Tahiti Beach on the sourthern end of Elbow Cay. Among the artist displaying their work were Lori Thompson, Colette Bootle, Harriet Thompson, Sue Collins, Tubby Weatherford, Kim Roberts, Brigitte Bowyer-Carey, Marjolein Scott, Roscoe Thompson and Jennifer Maltarp. There was a display of artwork done by the students at Abaco Central High School and St Francis de Sales School. Stall were selling baked goods, hot dogs and T-shirt. Proceeds from the art show are to go to the Humane Society on Hope Town, Hope Town Fire and Rescue and art supplies for Abaco Central High School. This was the first fair held there and it was well attended by residents and visitors. The organizers hope it will become an annual event to be added to the Christmas calendar on Abaco. More News of the Cays

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Page 12 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .Floor Tiles from 6" x 6" up to 18" x 18" Wall Tiles in 4" x 4" 6" x 6" 6" x 8" up to 10" x 16" We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optional Abaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on displayNew Edition AvailableFourteenth annual edition includes updated color nautical charts, new color aerial photography and new progressive harbour entry photos to provide guidance for novice or experienced mariners and tourists.Available at most Abaco gift shops and marinasU.S. orders $19.95 plus $5 S & H Visa / Mastercard Call 386-423-7880 or Fax 386-423-7557 Web: www.wspress.com email: orders@wspress.comGuide to AbacoThe Cruising Bahamas2003 St Francis de Sales School names an outstanding student in each grade each month. The students named for November are shown above. They are, front row left to right, Ricardo Chandler, Grade 2; Amanda Bethel, Grade 1; Matthew Bell, Pre-K. Middle row Ernst Pierre, Grade 6; Sapphire Davis and Amy Mackey, Grade 5; Pamela Smith, Grade 4; Lucy Uiberreiter, Grade 3. Back row Davina Knowles, Grade 7; Seon Simon, Grade 8; Eden McIntosh, Grade 9; Maxinson Decius, Grade 12; Shagerra Edgecombe, Grade 10; Scott Albury, Grade 11. School News The Marsh Harbour Marina collected toys and books for the children of Every Child Counts, a school for children with special needs. They also gave special baskets to two needy students. The baskets included food and also shirts with their photos on the front which were greatly appreciated. Shown above are a few of the students along with Santas helpers who delivered the goodies. Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@oii.netWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, ROADRUNNERS BICYCLE STORE Presents the BEST inRadio Controlled Cars & Motorcycles Best prices in the MarketSidewinder $99 Super Racer $99 Beach Car $79 Super Arc RC $59 Super Speed RC $59 Super Racer Car $59 For the serious enthusiast NEVER BUY BATTERIES Cheaper than Miami Cheaper than our competitionAvailable now at ROADRUNNERS BICYCLE STORE for all your bicycle needs Dundas Town 367-2671

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 13 Marsh Harbour Boat Yard Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat LiftServices include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Mechanical repairs Well stocked marine store (incorporating Triple J Marine Store)For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www.mhby.com Abaco Glass Company Window glass cut and installed Pictures matted and framed Screens made and repaired Commercial store fronts installed and replaced Yale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour beside Western Auto 367-2442 Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Transportation & Logistics Services Freight Forwarding Ship Agencies Cargo management Consulting Services \000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000)59()59()59()59()59()59()59()59()59()]TJ /GS0 gs /TT6 1 Tf -0.0022 Tc -0.0082 Tw 12.2 0 0 12.2 45.24 90 Tm (For more information:Tel:242-367-2089 242-367-2530 P.O. Box AB 20485, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Visit our office on the front streetOne call does it allARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Abaco Central High SchoolCandlelight ServiceBy Isobel Sherman The 6th Annual Candlelight Service at Aldersgate Methodist Church sponsored by Abaco Central High School was held on December 10. Special guest for the evening was Ms. Veronica Owens, MP and ParliaHerpetologist (a scientist who studies reptiles), Dr. Clive Floyd, visited Hope Town recently from his job in South Africa just in time to direct the children in their disection of owl pellets. From the look on Tatum Thompsons face, shes a little surprised at what she found. Owl pellets are one way scientsts study what owls eat. They cannot digest hair, bones or teeth from their prey so regurgitate it back up in a neat package that lands on the ground. Second grader Ben Patterson proudly displays a rodent head found when he disected his owl pellet. Last month the students of Hope Town School collected food for the elderly and needy. They are shown above ready to make their deliveries in the golf cart. This is an annual event for the students. Don MacKay B oulevard, Marsh HarbourPh: (242) 367-3186 Fax: (242) 367-3469 marcoac@batelnet.bsAppliance CentreAir Conditioning Central & Wall Units Refrigeration Household Appliances Electrical Contracting & Supplies Lighting ShowroomWW WW W e service our sales e service our sales e service our sales e service our sales e service our sales More School News mentary Secretary for Education. Ms. Owens and Mr. Hezekiah Dean, District Superintendent, and others took part in the service. Various staff members of Abaco Central High School read lessons. Special music was provided by the Abaco Central High School Choir, the hand bell choir and Mrs. Jennifer Hudson, who played a medley of Christmas Carols on the violin. The evening ended with the lighting of the candles. The organizer and the originator of the Candlelight Service was Mrs. Nadene Beneby, Guidance Counselor and Senior Mistress at Abaco Central High School.

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 15 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. Florida KeysRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMAS Cherokee Food FairGroceries All you need & moreFruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax 366-2022 Mon Fri 7:30 am 6 pm Sat 7:30 am 7 pmThe Place to be Is Cherokee NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Jewels Gems and MoreBy Isobel Sherman Jewels Gems and More celebrated their fourth anniversary in business in Marsh Harbour by hosting an open house on December 7. Customers were treated to special prices on the large selection of jewelry as well as an array of refreshments and drinks. Todd Drakes is the owner and manger of the shop.Boat Parade Proves PopularBy Isobel Sherman The weather was perfect, the moon was full and the sea was calm for the Annual Marsh Harbour Boat Parade on December 19. Approximately 12 boats decorated with lights, Santas and Christmas trees paraded around the harbour several times. The shoreline was crowded with onlookers watching the boats. The Rotary Club of Abaco ofPastor Samuel Cornish and his Change Ministry hosted a Christmas Party for children on December 21 in the AID parking lot. They provided food, toys and gifts for 300 children but did not have enough for all the children who came. Change Ministry is located on the second floor of Dove Plaza. Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 14 Please see Central Page 31 Several local artists showed their work at the Bahamas National Trust Jollification Show in Nassau on November 23 and 24. The theme was The 12 Days of Christmas The three pictured here won first prize for best dislaying the theme of the show. fered grilled hamburgers across from Triple The BEST Way to Get There From HereFor Information/ReservationsIn the US 800.849.6999 In the Bahamas 904.829.3605www.orlandoairlink.com $299 Roundtrip Marsh Harbour (Abaco) to Orlando/Sanford$199 Roundtrip Marsh Harbour (Abaco) to Palm BeachService Available To and From Other Bahamas Airports Plus Applicable Taxes FAA Certified Commuter in Operation Since 1997

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Page 16 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003The Mighty Messengers Big Adventure, a Biblically based drama, was performed at St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town on December 19 and 20 to capacity crowds. The program dramatized the story of the birth of Jesus and included songs and dancing in a well rehearsed dramatic production. This is the fourth year that the group has performed an elaborate drama of this nature. These productions are performed to raise money for a project of St. James Methodist Church. The church sponsors orphanChurch Program Is Exceptionalchildren at a summer camp in Eleuthera and they are hoping that they can send about 40 children there this year. All money donated after each evenings production goes toward the fund. All production costs are absorbed by the organizers. More than 40 people, mostly children and teenagers, participated in the drama, all with elaborate costumes including one wearing a realistic camel head. It took a similar number of behind-the-scenes staff to make it all happen. Co-directors were Carrie Cash and Jane Engle. The production is an effort of the entire community including many second home owners and other visitors. The entire front of the church was transformed into a stage with elaborate scenery, backdrops and stage props. The professional lighting, special for the occasion, effectively illuminated the individuals or groups performing. The songs, specially written for the play, were sung well with the children knowing all the words. The acting was very good and their lines could be understood easily. Planning and rehearsals began in October with the actors engaging in an intensive two-week rehearsal schedule in midDecember. The popular event draws overflow crowds. Tickets are given out to control the numbers as seating is limited to about 175 people. Others watched through the windows while many were unable to attend. The play that St. James Methodist Church put on this year was the story of the birth of Jesus. They had hosts of angels, even down to four year olds, and all the other characters including a very personable, vain demanding Herod. In the left photo the shepherds are singing praises to their good fortune of having the angels tell them the exciting story. On the right Rev. Carla Culmer, dressed as an angel, made the concluding announcements. CONTACT THE OUT ISLAND SPECIALISTSCHRIS THOMPSON(chris@hopetown.com)GREG ROBERTS(greg@hopetown.com)ELBOW CAY HOMES ELBOW CAY HOMES UNDER CONTRACTPh: (242) 366-0216 www.elbow-cay.com Fax: (242) 366-0223 PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSEPremier designer home on beautiful sandy beach. Features 4B/3B, large open kitchen on second floor, great decks, balcony, swimming pool. Price: $1,550,000Custom Timber Peg ocean front home, views of Tilloo Cay and beyond. 3B/3B, spacious kitchen open to great room, large wrap around deck with pool, and private dock slip at Tahiti Beach. Price: $1,500,000 ATLANTIC HORIZONSDramatic Atlantic Ocean front property with views south through the chain of islands just steps away from Tahiti Beach. Main house features open kitchen, 2B/2B suite, loft w/study/office area.Gazebo deck leads to twin master suites. Decks w/bbq area, pool, lush landscaping. Private dock slip. Fully furnished, includes golf cart and jeep. Price: $2,179,000 POINT OF VIEWCustom home in private marina community facing the Sea of Abaco. Turnkey 4B/4B, open kitchen, dining area and great room. Includes 2 dock slips, one can accommodate up to a 60 yacht. Price: $1,500,000 Located on one of Elbow Cays best beaches, beautifully appointed with island style antiques. 3B/2B open floor plan, with 1B/1B garden level apartment. Excellent rental history. Price: $755,000 VILLA JUNKANOO SOLD Sunrise Beach House FANTASYGreat island home just steps away from the beach. Open floor plan, 3B/2B, great room with wet bar. Master suite upstairs offers balcony with views of the Atlantic Ocean.Price: $480,000 UNDER CONTRACTROMANTICA Island Cottage 3bd/2bth w/private dock, Hope Town Harbour.TANGLEWOOD Elbow Cay North End 3bedroom Beach House w/beautiful Swimming Beach.ELBOW CAY North End Lovely 2bd/2bth Sea 0f Abaco home w/beautiful views and sunsets.ARIAL VIEW Lovely 3bd/2bth home located in Dorros Cove. Gorgeous views of the Atlantic w/beach access. 2 minutes to Tahiti Beach. Central a/c, furnished, landscaped. Price: $635,000LITTLE ORCHARD Island Style home, 3bd/2bth located on 2 lots 90 x 58ft. each, central a/c, fully furnished, wrap around decks (upstairs) Downstairs has a 1bd/1bth furnished apt. w/central a/c (rental income $800 per month). Fully enclosed workshop, 30kw generator, 3 telephione lines, cable tv. Lots are fully landscaped with mature fruit trees and citrus. A must see! Price $588,000SOLITUDE Secluded north end Elbow Cay property offers incredible views of the Atlantic and easy access to bay and ocean beaches. Split level, 3B/3B, open kitchen combines with great room. Large downstairs office can convert to fourth bedroom. Large open decks for sunning, alfresco dining. Lush landscaped grounds. Price: $635,000DORROS COVE Ocean view lot. Hillside overlooking the Atlantic. Lot 110 x 200. Partially cleared for building site. Great homesite. Underground electric & telephone. Price:: $151,500MARNIES CREEK Private marina community at the southern end of Elbow Cay offering acre lots with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sea of Abaco, or both. Each lot comes with private dock slip at the marina, homesites staggered for optimal views. Starting at: $180,000LARGE OCEAN FRONT LOT 110 x 259. Georgeous views! Private dock slip in Marnies Marina. Undergrund utilities (electic & phone) Price: $315,000NORTH END, ELBOW CAY Large interior beach front lot with large swimming beach. Great building site Price: $135,000EAST VIEW Located on Lubbers Quarters Cay. Development faces the Sea of Abaco across from Tilloo Cut and Tahiti Beach. Beautiful sunrises. Each homesite comes with a dock slip at the private marina. Great investment opportunity. Starting at: $89,000 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT SOLD

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 17 Building Materials Windows & Doors Flooring & Roofing Bathroom & Kitchen Cabinets Plumbing Fixtures Paints Lighting Fixtures Electrical Items Hand & Power Tools Garden Supplies & MoreClose to the Port Deliveries ArrangedPhone 561-627-9555 Fax 561-625-33663860 N. Lake Blvd. Lake Park (West Palm Beach)Call for your free catalogThe choir of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel sings a Christmas cantata annually. This year they performed it twice, in Marsh Harbour on December 15 and in Hope Town on December 23. This year the program was The Best Gift of All and was made up of several stories interspersed with Christmas carols and other songs, culminating in the birth of Jesus, the best gift of all. Solos were by Chelsea Sawyer and Troy Albury. Kevin Sawyer is the choir director.Churches Bring Christmas Spirit with MusicNew Vision Ministries of Marsh Harbour provided an evening of music on December 18, They had a varied program with many young people taking part singing, reading or playing an instrument. Support Citizens Against Crime AA AA A vailable atvailable at vailable atvailable at vailable atFull Range of Reliable Johnson & Advanced Evinrude 2 HP thru 250 HP Motors in Stock at Lower than U.S. Prices Ask about our TWO YEAR WARRANTY Full Range of Johnson & Evinrude Parts in Stock Factory Trained Mechanics & Reliable ServiceDOLPHIN MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4262 THE OUTBOARD SHOP Marsh Harbour 242-367-2703 ISLAND MARINE Parrot Cay 242-366-0282 SEA HORSE MARINE Hope Town 242-366-0023 ROBERTS MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4249 Your Key to Real Estate Sales & Appraisals In The Bahamas Serving The Bahamas for Over 50 YearsLocated in The Pink Building Royal Harbour Village Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and more throughout the Bahamas From Grand Bahama to Great InaguaTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260 www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs Pelican Shores Magnificent 3 bedroom, 3 bath Mediterranean-style villa, views of Marsh Harbour port. Designer interiors. Dock & boat lift. List #6010 $1,785,000 Kathleen Albury Sales & Appraisals June Russell Sales Celeste Pinder Rental Agent Select Properties Bahama Palm Shores. Superb selection of inland and water-view homesites.Call for details. Casuarina. Bone fishing paradise. Walk to Eight Mile Beach. Several well-priced home sites. From $15,000 Casuarina. SOLD! Unusual 10,000 s.f. home site with generous right-of-way to 8-Mile beach. #5157. $50,000 Cistern Cay Exceptionally high elevation, 360 views! Half acre plus home site. Ready to build. #4988 $49,900 Elbow Cay. UNDER OFFER! 2-story house w/2 apartments. White Sound Dock & beaches. #7249. $240,000 Guana Cay SOLD! 2 adjacent home sites within steps of the Atlantic. Near Nippers! #6596. $40,000 and $45,000 Joe s Creek. 2+ acres. Beautiful pinewoods. Build single family or duplex Beach access. #7273. $144,000 Leisure Lee. Half acre plus home site.100+ ft. on beach. Ready to build. Offers considered. #5272. $233,500 Marsh Harbour. Near Boat Harbour and all amenities. Commercial/residential site. #6351 $120,000 Scotland Cay. 1/2 acre home site 150 on Sea of Abaco, good deep water for dockage. #6180 $249,000 Commercial and Residential Rentals Regattas of Abaco. Choice rentals, beautifully furnished, long term and short term. Please call for details. Royal Harbour Village Shops. Retail/office space available and gorgeous rental apartment. Please call for details. 1 Jan 03 Great Abaco Club Great Price! Canal front site on cul-de-sac, near Sea of Abaco channel. Prepared, ready to build! List #6255 $199,000 Marsh Harbour On the Sea of Abaco. 3 bed/2 bath home on 1 acre. Dockage possible. Wonderful views of Elbow Cay and the Lighthouse! List #6493 $590,000 UNDER OFFER

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Page 18 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 C & A VC & A V C & A VC & A V C & A V ariety ariety ariety ariety ariety StorStor StorStor Stor e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink ss ss s Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNext to BaTelCo & Around the corner from Solomons Abaco www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Abaco Hardwareff ff f or Contror Contr or Contror Contr or Contr actoractor actoractor actor s & Homeo s & Homeo s & Homeo s & Homeo s & Homeo wnerwner wnerwner wner ss ss sMon Fri 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m. to 12 NoonTel: 242-367-2170 LumberElectrical SuppliesBuilding SuppliesToolsHardwareFencingPaintsMarine ProductsAppliances PlumbingFixtures Cabinets Grills Paint Plumbing & Fixtures Fans & Lights Tools Lumber & Plywood Windows & Shutters Lawn FurnitureRepresenting the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MORECONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE CALL/FAX365-8749ORemail: ohall@aol.com ATLANTICFILTER CORP PP PP PRICESRICES RICESRICES RICES B B B B BELOWELOW ELOWELOW ELOW U U U U U .. .. 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More are in process including the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) which is now reaching the point where 34 countries in the western hemisphere (the Americas) will sit down with each other and work out the terms of a multilateral trade agreement by the year 2005 (or aspire to !) Free trade agreements came into their own after the second world war, the intention being to prod the isolationism (that occurred as economies shrank) and stimulate economic development throughout the free world. The idea was that countries sharing markets would develop industries that were best suited to their resources both physical (raw materials) and demographic (people). The industrialised areas of the world (Europe and North America) were economically stimulated, and their dependants (colonies and protectorates) were carried along with the tide of development. However, as these dependants gained self government from their masters many were left unable to effectively compete because internal resources (infrastructures) were not in place at the time. Institutions such as the British Commonwealth were further developed so as to allow economic stimulation in the ex colonies (under preferential trade agreements), the aim being to eventually achieve full economic independence. Unfortunately, the system of preferential tariffs, direct subsidies, exclusive markets and subsidised pricing achieved the opposite, and many new found nations became more dependent on their industrialised peers. This was readily apparent in the Caribbean countries where, for example, sugar cane and bananas became almost the sole (export) revenue earners for Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, and the Windward Islands. In many island nations this continued through 2001 until the United States of America won a case put before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which stated that these nations were given unfair advantage in the European marketplace over Central American banana producing countries. The US was then allowed to place retaliatory tariffs on certain European exports to the equivalent value of the lost banana revenue. The WTO is the international trade supervising body from which the rules and regulations of trade agreements emerge and must be based; and before which all disputes arising between competing countries may be placed for arbitration and judgement. The WTO is used to determine how much protection a nation may give to its own preferred industries and for how long. The whole idea of free trade is that nations will eventually allow movement across their borders of all goods and services (without hindrance). In some instances this will result in a shared currency and free movement of labour; eg. The European Union. The FTAA is such an agreement, initiated by the United States for the Americas, but without the labour aspects at the present time. It should be pointed out that the US would be happy if this hemisphere adopted the US dollar as its official currency. (In fact, many countries already have done this by allowing US dollars to be freely spent alongside the native currency.) The FTAA is a treaty which, if it becomes a reality in 2005 or later, will allow unrestricted access between countries of such things as manufactured goods, investment opportunities, agricultural products, merchandising operations, utility supplies, government purchasing, insurance and business services. The idea is that native peoples of the member countries will be given access to the cheapest possible necessities of life, thus improving their standard of living. Other accessories to the FTAA include protection of copyright and intellectual property, definitive competition policy, accomodation of smaller economies and guaranteed market access. It is essential to point out that The Bahamas already has given essentially free access to foreign capital and investment through financial sector development, investment in the hospitality industry and market access to imported agricultural and manufactured goods. Being a non-producing country and mainly supporting a local merchandising economy, we are already mostly in agreement with the free trade principles. Our shortfalls include intellectual property rights, government procurement, the utility sector and nationalised industries and some restricted services. In reality the biggest economy of the western hemisphere (the US) hardly sees The Bahamas as a threat to any of its own economic sectors. However, the US also uses a one size fits all approach to trade in its negotiations unless a particular country insists on certain specific concessions as a result of a trade off. Perhaps one of the biggest concerns of the FTAA with regard to the Caribbean gives rise to the question of why Cuba has not been given access to the negotiating process. After all, Cuba is the largest and most technically advanced country in this geographical area. Advertise in The AbaconianTrade Treaties Present Problems

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 19 Collins Ave., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2601/2 Fax: (242) 367-2731 Choice Meats Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand Names Nabisco Murrays Duracell Bluebird Wise Quaker Del Monte Gatorade DISTRIBUTORS IN ABACO FOR Open 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday thru Saturday COMPLETE GROCERY LINE SOLOMONS SOLOMONS ABACO LTD A DIVISION OF ABACO MARKETS LTD. Shop Safe! Shop SmartShop Solomons! Abaco Tug & TransportTug & Barge Work Available for Charters Sand & Rock Deliveries Container & Building Material DeliveriesMarine Construction & DevelopmentBoulders Dock & Sea Wall Construction Hi Tide Boat Lifts Dredging Excavation Land Clearing Trenching Drilling BlastingOn the waterfront at the end of the Key Club Road P.O. Box AB20285, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 367-5205 / 367-5206 Fax 367-4018 MARSH HARBOUR 367-2077 Nassau 393-7481 Freeport 352-8071-8 Rock Sound 334-2060 Nichols Town 329-4184 George Town 336-2780 DONT GET CAUGHT WITHOUT A SPARE! AID carries tires to help keep you on the road! first phase ready to sign and go into effect by 2005. FTAA does not consider immigration but is purely a trade agreement. The FTAA agreement would allow trade without discrimination but would allow exceptions. The general idea is that once goods entered any country, they would be treated the same as domestic. The major difference between the FTAA and the WTO agreements is that the FTAA would eventually eliminate existing tariffs while the WTO allows countries to continue with their existing tariffs. There are nine negotiating groups within the FTAA, each covering a specific area of the economy. The Bahamas is currently in talks with WTO with the goal of joining. There is much negotiating and it is crucial that the Bahamas negotiate to its benefit. Special treatment is giving to small economies such as The Bahamas. The concept of entering into these trading agreements creates fear which is understandable. However, the world is changing and The Bahamas must be prepared for the future and make the right decisions. If every other country in this hemisphere joins except Cuba and The Bahamas, it could affect trading to our detriment. The United States is such a strong force that it can do as it wants. If there are problems and the Bahamas is not part of the group, any disputes would have to be settled int either a Bahamian court or a US court. It would be unlikely that the US would recognize decisions by a Bahamian court. If The Bahamas is in an organization such as the FTAA, then an impartial court would resolve disputes. The government is getting technical advice on how to replace customs taxes. It could be some form of sales tax. The bulk of our economy is based on service and at this time that whole area is not taxed. We raise most of our revenue on goods. A tax which collects on both goods and services would give the government a chance for more revenue. It would lower the cost on goods by eliminating duty and would allow merchants to expand their business. They would not have to pay customs duties up front but could put more emphasis on a greater range of products which would be considerably cheaper. Many Bahamian complain that there is not enough choice available in the local shops. For that reason they need to travel to the US to shop. As the various groups negotiate toward forming the treaty, they are making decisions by consensus. Any of these trade agreements are apt to hurt small businesses because of increased competition. Small businesses must come together to form partnerships to create bigger units. Mr. Archer could not say how the value added tax or sales tax would work as the government is still studying its various options. At present the business license is based on annual gross sales whereas the value added tax is collected continuously throughout the year on sales and services as they are rendered. It could be that The Bahamas would keep both systems but that is all still under consideration. The Bahamas is also considering joining CARICOM. This country has signed on to one part of CARICOM but has to decide is we want to sign onto the more recent decisions. The FTAA does not affect the movement of people from one country to another. However, signing on to CARICOM would allow skilled labour much more movement between countries. The Bahamas needs skilled labour in many areas and would be much more competitive in the world market with input from more technology. However, it will mean that Bahamians must learn to cope with more competition. Mr. Archer stressed that Bahamians will have to learn more skills and work harder. Mr. Leonard Archer, right, spoke to members of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce on December 12 on the ramifications of joining FTAA, a trading agreement which will include most countires of the Westerrn Hemisphere. With him are Mr. Art Sands, vicepresident of the Chamber on the left and Mr. Michael Albury, president of the Chamber in the middle. FTAAFrom Page 1 The Abaco Chamber of Commercewill host guest speakerMr. Reginald LoboskyPast President of the Nassau Chamber of Commerce Speaking on The PrThe Pr The PrThe Pr The Pr os and Cons of FT os and Cons of FT os and Cons of FT os and Cons of FT os and Cons of FT AAAA AAAA AA as It Pas It P as It Pas It P as It P erer erer er tt tt t ains tains t ains tains t ains t o The Bahamas o The Bahamas o The Bahamas o The Bahamas o The BahamasBayview Restaurant January 16 at 11.30 amMembers should plan to attend Call 367-5822 for lunch reservation Businessmen Are Primed on FTAA

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Page 20 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 Capt. Pat McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repairs of: Xantrex, Balmar and others SIMRADRaymarineF.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained TechnicianNow Located atop The Jib Room at Marsh Harbour MarinaTel: (242) 367-2163 Fax:(242)367-3388 e-mail: merlin@abacoinet.comMonitoring VHF CH16 Monday Friday 8am 5pm erlin sMarine Electronics MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Ph: 242-367-2797 Fax: 242-367-2359@available GATORADEHERRSHERRS HERRSHERRS HERRS Ranch Flavored Tortilla ChipsSaddle up for some serious flavor! Herrs delicious new Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips deliver a hearty, bold ranch taste that you wont be able to get enough of. Viva La Ranch!WelchsIts a fact.Gatorade is the most researched sports drink on the planet. Which might explain why nothing refuels and replenishes better not water, not juice or soda, not other sports drinks. Its scientifically formulated to have the right taste, the right amount of carbs and no carbonation.Welchs Grape Juice has been a family favorite for more than six generations. Today, our classic purple grape juice has been joined by a wide variety of wholesome juices to please every taste. Theyre all made with the same attention to quality as the original The choice for great cola taste. Aquafina PEPSI Enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Aquafina. Our state of the art reverse osmosis purification system ensures consistently great tasting Aquafina in every bottle.Resort Hosts Christmas Craft ShowBy Isobel Sherman On December 7 and 8 Abaco Beach Resort held its First Annual Christmas Craft Show. Approximately 20 craft artists from Nassau, Freeport and Abaco had booths displaying and selling their crafts in the pavilion. On December 6 a cocktail reception sponsored by Burns House and Price Right was held for invited guests to preview the show. One of the popular stalls displayed the work of Kim Roberts who had quilted items and pillows made from silk resist fabric which she had painted and then quilted. Susan Sams from Green Turtle Cay is shown here with her paintings. Steven Knowles wood items carved from Bahamian hardwoods proved to be very popular. Mr. Knowles is from Bahama Palm Shores. The Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church in Marsh Harbour had a booth with Christmas crafts with all proceeds were to aid the church building fund. Terry Curry and Rosie Pyfrom had a booth with Christmas crafts made from sand dollars and sea urchins. Some of the other artists who had booths were Jessica Maycock from Nassau with ceramic pieces, Steven Knowles with wooden bowls and other items made from Abaco hardwoods, Colette Bootle with paintings, Harriet Thompson with baskets, Adrian Knowles with an assortment of handicrafts and Kim Roberts with watercolours painted on silk quilted pillows.

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 21 FormerlyFormerly FormerlyFormerly Formerly Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto COMPLETE ROOM PACKAGESPlus Wicker & Rattan for a Beautiful Island Home BEDROOM DINNING ROOM LIVING ROOMBuy a piece & save a little Buy a room & save a lot! BellasFurniture & Accessories ROOMS TO GO Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pm Tel: 367-2017Spooners North Abaco NewsIn the early morning hours of December 18 fire destroyed the All Abaco Concrete and Building Supplies store located near the Treasure Cay airport. It was owned by Fletcher McIntosh of Freeport, Grand Bahama, formerly of Coopers Town. The newly built and very well stocked store was damaged beyond repair. The North Abaco fire truck responded but it was too late to save the building. An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire. Fr. Kenneth MacKenzie and his wife left Abaco on December 29 to accept a parish in Texas. They arrived here in August 1999, just a few days before Hurricane Dennis hit. After Hurricane Floyd in September 1999 they worked tirelessly for months to help the people of North Abaco. At first it was taking them food, water and necessities; then they helped them rebuild their houses and their churches. Fr. MacKenzie had five Anglican churches under his care in Crown Haven, Fox Town, Black Wood, Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay. On December 14 the churches of Little Abaco held a dinner in their honour. They are pictured above with some of their parishioners. They are, left to right, Theophilus Rolle, Fr. MacKenzie, Mary MacKenzie, Sylvia Ambrister and Chris Russell. Subscribe to The Abaconian

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Page 22 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties9 hse + 365-4465 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties13 + 365-4234 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Elbow Cay Prop 43 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 22 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 50 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Island Colours + 366-0290 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key30 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hue 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Hotels and House Rental AgentsMarsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse + 367-2719 Abaco Towns 32 effic 367-2227 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House6 rms 367-3980 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web Siteswith general Abaco information www.abacoinet.com www.abacoinfo.com www.abacos.com www.go-abacos.com www.oii.net + agents who have multiple cottages and houses Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay A delegation from the Ministry of Housing visited Abaco on December 17 and held public meetings in Marsh Harbour and in Sandy Point. Led by Undersecretary Melvin Seymour, they remained in the Housing office in Dundas Town the next day to answer questions and were prepared to accept down payments on lots in Central Pines Estates and the new subdivision outside Sandy Point. Thirteen persons attended the Marsh Harbour meeting held in the Anglican Parish Hall while twice that number attended the meeting in the Anglican Hall in Sandy Point. Mr. Seymour was the principle speaker and answered questions. Also in attendance was Mrs. Lorraine Armbrister, Chief Housing Officer, Mr. George Kerr and Ms. Jill Saunders from the Ministry. Mr. Richard Gibbs was introduced as the Project Manager for Abaco. Phase one of the Dundas Town subdivision contains 423 lots on 517 acres. The lots are being sold for $0.95 per square foot which will recover governments cost for the improvements of roads, water, power, phone and street lights. Government has spent in excess of $5 million on these 517 acres. The sale price represents the entire cost of the improvements without any return to government for the land itself. Lot prices range from $9,000 to $20,000 depending on the lot size. The present policy is to sell the lots to first time Abaco homeowners who are 18 years old or older. Sales will be extended to other Bahamians if Abaco residents do not fully subscribe to the 423 lots. Approximately 60 lots have already been sold with full payment being made. The intention is to see the lots sold and houses built rather than have the lots left undeveloped for future use or speculation. When phase one is sold, government will embark on phase two which will develop a similar parcel to the east of phase one. That development will have more lots zoned for commercial and multi-family units. There are a few commercial lots in phase one and the covenants allow duplexes if the owner resides in one of the units. Duty concessions are being considered by government for first time home owners building a low cost home. This is presently defined as under $100,000. The Sandy Point subdivision is outside the settlement and on higher land than found in town. It contains 96 lots on 127 acres surrounded by Crown Land available for future development. Government has slated $1.2 million for this development. It contains commercial lots and a park. Surrounding area is expected to develop into commercial uses, a school site and perhaps a site for an administrative complex. Work is now underway on phase one and lots are expected to be available in early spring. These lots are being sold for $0.80 per square foot with most lots priced at $12,000. Commercial lots on the highway are priced at $1.15 per square foot. It was noted that a $1,200 deposit will secure a lot. There are nearly 250 names on two lists made in 1998 and 2000 for these 96 lots although no one has committed to a purchase with a payment at this time. These lots are reserved for Abaconians but after an undetermined interval, they will be opened to Bahamians elsewhere. Lots in either subdivision are not reserved but are selected when making application. A letter of acceptance will then be issued to qualifying purchasers giving 30 days to make a binding down payment. Building standards are not enforced or maintained by the Department of Housing. Mr. Seymour said this is a function of Town Planning which is comprised of town members who are to set standards acceptable to the community. On signing up for a lot, a letter of acceptance will be issued within two or three weeks. On receipt of this letter, the purchaser has 30 days to make the down payment and 90 days to pay the balance. If a down payment is not made in 30 days of the acceptance letter, the offer is withdrawn and the lot will then be available to others. It is expected that this 90-day period will allow time to make arrangements for a bank loan. Sandy Point residents look over the plan for their new subdivision now under construction. The subdivision is on higher land a few miles out of town. The plan was brought to Sandy Point by Mr. Melvin Seymour, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Housing, and other officials on December 17. The subdivision under construction just outside Sand Point should be ready sometime this spring. The Central Pines Estates in Dundas Town is now completed and Abaco residents can apply for lots there. Housing Officials Discuss Subdivisions The Abaconian thanks its advertisers for their support during this past year. Some have been advertising with us since we began in 1993. We wish all our readers a very healthy, happy new year.

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 23 Emergency ServicesPolice (Marsh Harbour) 367-2560 Marsh Harb. Volunteer Fire Dept.367-2000 Hope Town Volunteer Fire Dept.VHF Ch 16 Trauma One Ambulance Service367-2911 Dundas Town Fire Dept.367-2935 or 4935 Man-O-War Fire & Rescue 365-6911 Bah Air Sea Rescue AssocVHF 16 or 366-0282 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock .........................................................$12.00 + $3 Abaco Beach Hotel through Golden Harvest....$10.00 + $3 Dove Plaza to Stop Light ...................................$10.00 + $2 Western Auto ......................................................$ 6.00 + $2 Gov. freight dock throug h Dundas Town...........$10.00 + $3 Murphy Town or Pelican Shores........................ $14.00 + $4 Eastern Shores or Spring City ...........................$15.00 + $4 Gov. Clinic ..........................................................$ 6.00 + $3 Snake Cay .......................................................$35.00 + $10 Treasure Cay B ................................................$55.00 + $ 5 Casuarina Point ...............................................$60.00 + $10 Airport Treas. Cay B ......................................$65.00 + $ 5 Bahama Palm Shores .....................................$70.00 + $10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ..............................$80.00 + $10 Crossing Rocks .............................................$100.00 + $10 Sandy Point ................................................... $135.00 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Abaco Beach Hotel through Wally s...................$ 2.00 + $2 Jib Room .............................................................$ 5.00 + $2 Stop Light or Dove Plaza ....................................$ 6.00 + $3 Government Freight Dock ..................................$ 7.00 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance................$ 9.00 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour No children under three years to be charged. Uncaged pets will be charged as passengers Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf Boards $3.00 ea. Between Northern Abaco Airport and: Treasure Cay, Bahamas Star, or Moxy................$14 + $6 Bronks or Highway Liquors ..................................$10 + $5 Sand Banks ..........................................................$20 + $5 Joes Creek ..........................................................$35 + $5 Black Wood ..........................................................$14 + $5 Fire Road ..............................................................$25 + $5 Coopers T own.....................................................$30 + $5 Cedar Harbour ......................................................$45 + $5 Wood Cay .............................................................$50 + $5 Mount Hope ......................................................... $55 + $5 Fox Town ..............................................................$60 + $5 Marsh Harbour or Crown Haven ..........................$65 + $5 Marsh Harbour Round T rip................................... $85 + $5 TC Hotel to Marsh Harbour ....................................$55 + $5 TC Hotel to Joe s Creek .........................................$25 + $5 TC Hotel to Sand Bank ...........................................$16 + $5 TC Hotel to Moxey ..................................................$10 + $5 TC Hotel to Bronks...................................................$7 + $5 From TC Hotel to All Areas N. of T.C. Airport Add $10 W aiting Time $12 Per Hour Air Lines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau & Moores Island ...................367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale ................................... 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale ...............................367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau........................................... 367-2095 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Bch ...........................367-3415 Golden Airlines Ft. Lauderdale.................... 954-359-8020 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ...........................367-3597 Lynx Air International Ft. Lauderdale ..........954-772-9808 Major Air Service Freeport .................................367-4826 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale .................................... 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch .......................367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ...............367-4852 Abaco Air Charters ..............................................*367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters ......................................... *367-2089 Local charter companies serving S.Florida and within the Bahamas Medical Services Marsh Harbour Abaco Medical Clinic....................367-4240 Abaco Family Medicine................367-2295 Government Clinic........................367-2510 Coopers Town Gov. Clinic....365-0300 Green Turtle Cay Gov. Clinic365-4028 Hope Town Gov. Clinic............366-0108 Sandy Point Gov. Clinic..........366-4010 Treasure Cay Corbett Clinic...365-8288 Dive ShopsMarsh Harbour Dive Abaco ............................................ 367-2787 Abaco Beach Dive Center..................... 367-4646 Hope Town Daves Dive Shop.................................. 366-0029 Froggies................................................ 366-0024 Treasure Cay Treasure Divers ..................................... 365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures .......................365-8111 Green Turtle Cay Brendals Dive Shop ..............................365-4411 Green Turtle Divers ...............................365-4271Guana Cay Dive Shop ...................365-5178Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop ...................365-6013 Rentals Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals.............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss.....................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Guana Cay Cart Rentals...................365-5016 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 Water Ways Boat Rent..357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals.................366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Daves Dive Shop Boat Rentals........366-0029 Hope Town Cart Rentals...................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals...............366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals.........366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals............................366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent.................................365-8193 Cass Carts........................................365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals...........................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749 Tours & Excursions Marsh Harbour Abaco Outback by kayak................367-5358 Abaco Beach Dive Center.................367-4646 Dive Abaco........................................367-2787 Hope Town Froggies by excursion boat.............366-0431 Treasure Cay Abaco Adventures by kayak............365-8749 Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless notedAlburys Ferry ServiceMarsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute trip 7:15 (M-F) 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm24 5:30 Hope T. to Marsh Harbour 20 minute trip 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 34 5 (M-F) Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute trip 10:30 am12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30 (M-Sat) 4 5:30 Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 20 minute trip 8 am11:30 (M-Sat)1:30 pm 3:15 (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana 30 minute trip :45 am10:301:15 pm3:305:30 Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour 30 minute trip 8 am11:302:30 pm 4:45pm5:30 (min $40)Fare OneWay / Round Trip Adult $10 / $15 Children $5 / $8 Charters any time Phone 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16 Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries leave from Crossing Beach Guana Cay and Scotland Cay ferries leave from Conch Inn Workmans special Mondays thru Fridays from Union Jack DockGreen Turtle FerryGreen Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t Daily 8 am 9 11 12:15pm 1:303 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay Daily 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult fare $7 (Children $3) Round trip $11 Additional to some destinations Charter any time Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Channel 16Abaco AdventuresTreasure Cay to Guana Cay Wed & Sat 10 am, return 5 pm $25 Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sun 11, 12:30, 4, return 11:45, 3 & 5 Treasure C. to Man-O-War & Hope T Thur 10 am, return3:30 $35Charters available Phone 365-8749 VHF Channel 16Pinders Ferry Service Connects Abaco & Grand Bahama Approximately 1 hour trip Crown Haven to McLean s Town Daily 7:30 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $30 one way For information call Grand Bahama 353-3093 or Abaco 365-2356 Bus service to and from Freeport at McLeans Town AND bus service to and from Marsh Harbour at Crown Haven. Rental automobiles at both terminals. Sandy Point Patrick Roberts .... 366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain ....... 366-4107 Floyd Burrows ..... 366-4175 Links Adderly ....... 366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows ..... 366-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder ....... 366-2163 Jay Sawyer ......... 367-3941 Justin Sands ........ 367-3526 Terrance Davis .... 367-4464 Danny Sawyer ..... 367-3577 Man-O-War David Albury ........ 365-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ............... 366-2107 Junior Albury ............ 366-3058 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .......... 366-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh Pope McKenzie... ..... 477-5894 Orthnell Russell... ..... 365-0125 Alexander Rolle ....... 365-0120 Edward Rolle ........... 365-0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer... ..... 365-4070 Jeff Survance ........... 365-4040 Ricky Sawyer ........... 365-4261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 C&G Restaurant...............$.............367-3227 Conch Inn Bistro...........$$$.............367-4444 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Henrys Jerk Center..........$.............367-5959 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch)........367-2615 Mackerals..........................................367-5932 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Mavis Country Kitchen......$.............367-2002 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys....................$$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-3278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Murphy Town Lazy Parrot SC Bootle Hwy367-5331 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Boat House.....................$$.............366-0065 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Carltons Island Grill.......$$.............366-0153 Harbours Edge..............$$.............366-0087 Hollywood Temptations H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Man-O-War Pavilion.............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Coco Paradise...................................365-5197 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Mermaid Cafe...............$$$.............365-5137 Orchard Bay Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Island Boil & Sports Bar..$$.............365-8849 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Lauras Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Wrecking Tree Rest. Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn...................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge...................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian.Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 abacochamber@abacoinet.com Area code 242 unless listed Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Marina 75....F....353-1252 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...............45......F....365-4200 Green Turtle Club.....32......F....365-4271 Black Sound Marina.15..............365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F....365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...................29......F....367-2366 Port of Call................24......F....367-2287 Abaco Yacht Haven....7..............367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................24......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Guana Beach Resort22......F....365-5133 Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats coming from U.S. can clear Customs at Walkers Cay, Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour

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Page 24 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 PUBLIC NOTICEIf you presently own a vehicle which has been left on the Getafix Property Airport Road, Marsh Harbour, please make immediate arrangements to collect your vehicle. The premises are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding public holidays. Any unclaimed vehicles will be removed after January 31, 2003. ____________________________________________________________ GREEN TURTLE CAY PROPERTIESLIGHTBOURN REALTYContact:Chris Farrington Green Turtle Cay, Abaco 242-365-4695 chris.f@batelnet.bs Pineapple BluffExceptional Waterfront spread on an acre comprising 3,289 sq feet of living space with three bedrooms and bathrooms, 235 of shoreline, a seaside pool, wooden decks and covered porch. Main house features open kitchen and living/dining area. Beautifully furnished. Call for details. Offered at $2,800,000 Coco Bay Landscaped lot with dock for boat up to 50 with 6 draft. Magnificent views of Coco Bay. Offered at $575,000 More Central Abaco News S KWatermakers, Inc.AffordableReliable4256 North US 1 Ft. Pierce, Florida 34946 (561) 489-0852 Installation available in Abaco by Professional Service LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town, Abaco 150 to 100,000 Gallons Per Day Prices Starting at $2,450.00 U.S. Cost Check out our Website at www.skwatermakers.com[;\/-0The Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club held a Toysfor-Tots collection program, then arranged for distribution through social services and Town Committee Chairmen. A cookout was held on December 8 followed by a parade through Central Abaco. Shown above are the motorcycles ready for the parade while on the right is Ms. Maxine Patches Tanner painting faces. They provided about 2000 gifts. There have been many Christmas parties on Abaco during the past few weeks. The one pictured above was a party held at the Marsh Harbour Community Library for the students who use the library regularly. Mrs. Yvonne Key organized the party on December 13 providing a great afternoon for the children with good food. Many students do their homework at the library where there are volunteers who can give assistance.Adults standing from left are Mrs. Sylvia Cottis, Ms. Viola Nixon, Ms. Yvonne Key, Ms. Nikita Darville and Ms. Melissa Hill.

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 25 The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 9/01/02 "Son Burns" Treasure Cay 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home almost 3/4 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock Fully Furnished #AB 0072 $635,000. Elbow Cay North End "Silver Butte" 2 bedroom 2 bath Home almost 1/2 Acre, 130' of Beach-front on beautiful Atlantic Ocean beach. Superb Breezes and Ocean Views Furnished # AB 0070 $988,235. Elbow Cay "Marnie's Creek" 1/2 acre hilside building sites, a private dock slip for each parcel fabulous Sea of Abaco views # AB5114 NEW LISTING from; $230,000. Elbow Cay White Sound Area 6.13 Fabulous Acres perfect for development or elegant estate # 3697 $1,820,000 Elbow Cay -"Tahiti North" 2.5 acre building site north of and adjoining Dorro's Cove 91' of Sea of Abaco frontage 1,200' depth # AB5065 NEW LISTING $1,500,000. Great Cistern "The Chandlery" 4 bedroom, 2 bath lovely 2,200 sq.ft. home, one acre of land with cabin, called "Heaven" by current owner, perfect for studio. guest house or income property. # AB 0025 $349,900. Great Guana Cay "Oceanfrontier Hideaway" mini-resort Beachfront 6 unique 2 bedroom, 1 bath, rental log cabins2,000 gal/day Watermaker Central location # AB 0026 $1,275,000. Green Turtle Cay -104' x 80' Building site # 3619 $86,000. Green Turtle Cay "Coco Sound" 28 prime residential building sites between Coco Bay and White Sound from 1/4 1/2 acre #AB 5090 priced from $59,000 Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Beautiful 2.68 acre building site. seato-sea, between Coco Bay and the Ocean. Good elevations for spectacular views Dock. Fabulous beaches on sound and ocean. #AB 5067 $650,000. Green Turtle Cay Splendid hill top one acre buliding site. Great elevation, wonderful White Sound and Sea of Abaco views. # AB 5094 $485,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area 1 Acre 140' x 300' Ocean Beachfront Building Site super views. #AB 5113 $275,000. Green Turtle Cay Family Residence 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath -2,265 sq.ft. living space on two floors on 1 1/2 secluded acres. # AB 0035 $945,000 Lubbers Quarters "Abaco Ocean Club Lot 105" 12,819 sq.ft. 1/4 acre.Beautiful Hillside Building Site Great Sea of Abaco Views. # AB 5097 UNDER CONTRACT. Man-O-War Cay "Outrageous" 4 bedroom 31/2 bath home. Furnished, Beach Access, Ocean View, Semi-Private Dock. # 2899 $875,000.Man-O-War Cay "Czanne" 3 bedroom 3 bath Luxury Residence-Large,Elegant Living Spaces Built 1998 Beach Great Ocean View #2861 $1,295,000. Man-O-War Cay "Gauguin" 2 bedroom 2 bath home Furnished, Near Beach Ocean View # 3435 $400,000. Marsh Harbour "Running Light" Commercial Over 100' of prime Marsh Harbour waterfront over 1/3 acre. 2,600 sq.ft of Office or residential space in two buildings. Great parking and room for expansion. Private Dock # AB 0042 $800,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Sea View" 2 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths 1,400 sq.ft. Home Private well protected Boat slip Furnished # AB 0068 $575,000. Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores "Pelican Point" 3 bedroom, 3 bath home A Marsh Harbour Landmark 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment on 2 Acresover 1,000' of water-frontage private dock with boat lift Fabulous Views of the Harbour & Sea of Abaco furnished #AB 0067 Price Upon Request.Marsh Harbour Cove Estates "Laura's Hideaway" Duplex 100' x 100' lot 2 2 bedroon, 1 bath apartments plus efficiency great location and rental income furnished # AB 0044 $228,000 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Spinnaker Reach" 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths 1,300 sq.ft. Private slips for 50' & 25' boats. AB 0069 $525,000. Sand Banks Creek One Acre plus Wooded lots with over 90' of water frontage on Bay 3 miles south of Treasure Cay. Limited Number Available #AB 5069 from $63,700.South Abaco Old Kerr's 24.69 acres 327 ft. magnificent sandy beach front. 1/2 hour from Marsh Harbour. Suitable for construction of cottages or small resort #AB 5104 $222,000.Tilloo Cay "Thompson Tract" 7 acres. sea-to-sea, good elevation for great Sea of Abaco and Ocean Views can be divided into 2 3.5 acre parcels #AB 5113 $965,000.Treasure Cay "Honey's Home" Windward Beach Road 3 bedroom, 3 bath 1,600 sq.ft. home 2/3 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock with Boat Lift Great Canal and Sea of Abaco Views. Furnished #AB 0066$765,000.Treasure Cay "South View" 3 bedroom, 2 bath Home. Canal Front Location Great Sea of Abaco Views, Good family home Fully furnished #AB 0030 $340,000. "Dannie's Den" Sand Banks Creek + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. 2 bedroom, 2 bath home Private Dock #AB 0073 NEW LISTING $395,000.Derek A. Lee, BRI Abaco District Managing BrokerRetta Thomas Office Manager Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367-4608 Fax: (242) 367-5452 e.mail: dereklee@oii.netMargot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War Cay, Abaco Tel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.comChristopher PlummerEstate Agent Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 e.mail: bpepperinn@abacoinet.comJohn CashEstate Agent Treasure Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 e.mail: jic@oii.netRoscoe Thompson, IIISales Assistant Elbow Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 366-0665 e.mail: roscoe@hgchristie.com "Down the Way" Little Harbour 3 bedroom 3 bath home -530' of harbour frontage Solar Electric w/gen. back up Private Docks-Boat House2 Garages Furnished # AB 0065 NEW PRICE $1,300,000.The Bahamas Neurological CentreDr. Edwin Demeritte will have monthly neurology clinics at the Abaco Medical Clinic, Crockett Drive, Marsh Harbour Clinics the second Friday of every month For adults and children with neurological problems Neurodiagnostic testing, including EEGs, EMGs and others Specific test can be made available locally upon request To schedule appointments or testing please contact us 242-393-5962 Nassau 242-367-4240 Abaco Washers Dryers Microwaves Stoves Fridges Freezers Satellites TVs Stereos Phones Home Appliances Car Stereos/Amps Speakers Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph: (242) 367-2265 (242) 367-3042SALES SERVICES REPAIRS AND ACCESSORIES MONTHL Y SPECIAL S Washer X-Large $529.00 20 Gas Range $399.00SPECIALS GOOD WHILE SUPPLIES LAST More Central Abaco NewsOn December 12 Commonwealth Bank employees held a Christmas service with gifts and food for children at the Trumpet Assembly of God in Dundas Town. Ms. Jacqui Estevez in center and Mr. Davis, Manager of Commonwealth on the right stand with Ms Luden Swain and five of the children receiving gifts Forest Heights Academy held a talent show on December 12. Their students showed much talent in in their program. Santa made an appearance which the young and not-soyoung enjoyed. Shown above is a choir group accompanied by Ms. Vickie Hart, who organized the program. It was held on the school campus. The Nassau Guardian reported on November 25 that the Minister of Labour and Immigration, the Hon. Mr. Vincent Peet, is cracking down on illegal squatters in New Providence. He said that steps were underway to have the illegal squatters removed. He said other agencies which oversee land matters are working on the problem. Dirt, garbage and life-style concerns are being looked into by the Ministry of Health. The issue of squatters building without Town Planning permission is being looked into. It was not clear if these investigations will be extended to the Family Islands.Nassau Cracks down on Squatters It Pays to Advertise in The Abaconian

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Page 26 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 3 bed / 2.5 bath -12 ft. wide slip$302,500 Phase II 3 bed / 3 bath 12 ft. wide slip$266,000 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg. 3 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath with boat slip$182,000 Bldg 4 Upstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, boat slip$194,000 Bldg 5 Upstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, boat slip$194,000 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Garden/Pool View 2 bed / 1 bath $113,000 Marina View 1 bed / 1 bathbeginning at $91,000 2 bed / 1 bath $121,000 VILLAS Beach Villa Subdivision Garden villa 1 bed / 1 bath duplex, excellent rental potential $181,500 Garden villa 2 bed / 2 bath extra features $157,300 Ocean Villa Subdivision 2 bed / 2 bath special garden location with pool view$260,000 2 bed / 2 bath with direct greenway access to ocean plus extra features$272,000 APARTMENTS Rock Point four-plex, 2 storey CBS apartment build ing, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath,living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. Must see.$280,000 TREASURE HOUSES Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool / waterfall 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal house$275,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 2 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other featuresStarting at $425,000 Plus 14% closing BRIGANTINE BAY ESTATES "Sea Cliff" newly completed 2 storey CBS home fully furnished. Living / dining / kitchen downstairs, bed rooms upstairs. Direct greenway access to Treasure Cay beach $431,000 Sableau Soleil Canal front with dock. Island simplicity home, 3 bed / 2 bath, detached garage with half bath. Waterfront view from master bedroom and open concept living / dining / kitchen. $430,500 WINDWARD BEACH Seaclusion Ocean front CBS house, 2 bed / 2 bath plus detached 20 x 30 2-car garage with extra bath. House has wonderful view as well as prevailing tradewinds $800,000 LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Blue House One-of-a-kind beach front home designed by the Architect / Owner for family and beach living. 5 bed / 4 bath, large living / dining area with modern kitchen, wrap-around deck. Many, many extra features. $2,100,000 CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD "Toad Hall" Package deal. Extra large ocean front lot with unlimited opportunity for building your dream home. Directly behind is your present main home on its own lot. Two storey with 4 bed / 3 bath upstairs and large living / dining / kitchen down stairs. Detached double garage with 1 bed / 1 bath guest apt. above. $1,169,000 "Sea Grapes" Directly on the ocean modern CBS fully tiled 3600 sq. ft. home on extra large lot with 215 ft. frontage. Features 3 bed / 3 bath, fully equipped kitchen, large living / dining area (open concept). Two bedrooms / living / dining / kitchen all face ocean side and have direct access to beautiful garden and beach. Garage and utility in main house with additional detached garage / work shop / storage. Grounds fully landscaped with irrigation / sprinkler system. $2,225,000 Serenity A real Estate property. Modern 4 bed/4.5 bath, 5600 sq. ft., two storey CBS home with incredible ocean views. Upper level extra large, open concept living/dining/kitchen with outdoor covered balcony and master en-suite bed/bath. Lower level 2 bed/2 bath, lounge, wet bar plus additional bed/bath and double garage. Property has two fully landscaped lots with 290 feet ocean front. Special property with many, many additional features including 2 bed/1 bath caretakers cottage. $3,800,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see.$369,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home,fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $676,500 Island Times 2500 sq. ft. modern spacious 3 bed / 2 1/2 bath, living/dining/kitchen opening onto covered patio facing waterfront. Double garage/ utility. Extra adjacent lot. Total frontage 108 ft. $830,250 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3 bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, 80 ft., full serviced dock, 2 car garage including two vehicles. Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. MOTIVATED SELLER$1,200,000 VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Windward Beach / Oceanfront beginning at$150,000 Canal Frontbeginning at $99,000 Golf Course / Interiorbeginning at $25,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.netMember SOLD SOLD SOLD AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERA TIONElectrical Contracting Residential & Commercial Electrical Wiring Licenced Single and 3 Phase Electricians Sales, Service and InstallationDon MacKay Blvd. Marsh HarbourPh: (242) 367-3186 Fax: (242) 367-3469Dundas Town Dec 10, 02 Mr. Cay Mills, Chairman of the Dundas Town Town Committee, called a meeting on December 10. Not enough members were present to form a quorum. The minutes were read, but without a quorum present they could not be passed. The minutes recorded that at the previous meeting on November 19 the Committee members had passed a vote of no confidence against their Chairman because of expenses incurred in renovating the basketball court at Ocean View Park. Since this was a situation not covered by the Local Government Act, the Senior Administrator, Mr. Alexander Williams, had contacted the Minister of Local Government to inquire on the legitimacy of the vote. He reported that the situation was still being reviewed. There were similar situations on Bimini and in Freeport. The Ministry is looking into the procedure. Any motion of this kind must be based on a serious infraction There may be an extraordinary meeting called when all members are present. The Minister must ratify all officials that town committees and councils elect and all appointed board members. So they are waiting for the Ministers decision. Until that time Mr. Mills will remain as Chairman. Mr. Mills itemized the expenses he incurred in the improvements to Ocean View Park. He is proud that he is making improvements in his town. He felt that Dundas Town is the only town where the local government officials are doing anything. He has collected funding privately for the basketball team and is working to provide activities for the young men of his town. He wants to build tennis courts and vendor stalls at the park. His goal is to develop attractions so the community will be able to attract visitors. He is contacting some of the people working on the new freight dock in Marsh Harbour to see if some of the large leftover rocks can be put out in front of Ocean View Park which will eventually form a beach that the community can enjoy. Toilet facilities are needed at the park and plans are already made. Since funding is limited, this could be a joint project between town people and the Committee. Many town people were present so the meeting was opened to the public to voice their problems and concerns. A complaint was mentioned that the meetings are not well announced. It was decided that churches would be notified of the meetings to be announced in their services. The fire chief for Dundas Town complained that the Central Abaco District supports the Marsh Harbour Fire Department but not the Dundas Town Fire Department. Mr. Williams wanted the complaint in writing so he can follow up on it. He stated that the government is responsible for protecting its citizens. Every major island has a police officer who is trained in fire fighting. The Dundas Town fire truck needs minor repairs before it can be used. Mr. Williams felt that the fire departments in Central Abaco need to work closely with the police and the staff responsible for the fire truck at the airport. The Dundas Town Fire Department needs additional equipment including radios. Mr. Williams suggested they make a wish list and forward it to him. Several residents complained that they needed the roads in front of their houses paved. Again it was suggested that their requests be put in writing and forwarded to the Administrator.Local Government at Work Please see Local Govt. Page 27

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 27 CJs Welding & Machine ShopAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & RepairMarsh Harbour Phones: 367-4011 or 367-4879 Fax: 367-4018 Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & TrailersOn the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd. Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned and Rehubbed Aluminum Brass Stainless Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum SandblastingPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Central Abaco Council Dec 11, 02 Mr. Alexander Williams, Senior Administrator, introduced Mr. Allison Deleveaux, who is a new assistant in training assigned to work under Mr. Williams. A group from Heal Our Land made a presentation to get support from the Council. The group is a non-denominational organization which focuses on helping victims of addiction. They are making improvements to a building in Marsh Harbour which will serve as a crisis center to help rehabilitate individuals and families. They will have councillors to help those with alcohol or drug addictions and are working with Teen Challenge of Nassau. Many street lights in the area have been repaired and are now working. Mr. Alexander Archer is now maintaining the dump. The Council had to pay $720 for four hours of a bulldozer to put the dump back to what it was when Mr. Anderson Wilmore took over its maintenance. It was suggested that some taxi plates were issued illegally. If that is correct, these plates will be recalled. The Council is concerned that there may be duplication of repairs at Abaco Central High School and Central Abaco Primary School. Central government is contracting to have work done but has not communicated to the local people what work will be covered by the contract. The Council does not want to spend money on work that central government will repair. There needs to be better communication between central government and local officials. The Council pays the salaries of janitresses at the schools, airport and clinic but does not have a record of absences. They Local Government at Work The contract for maintenance of the Central Abaco dump was signed on November 29 with Mr. Alex Archer. Shown above is Mr. Archer on the right and Mr. Michael Malone on the left with Island Administrator Alexander Williams witnessing the signing. will request reports from principals and managers. Chief Councillor Mike Malone announced that all budgets will be cut by five percent because the national revenue is greatly reduced. The national revenue is short by $20 million each month. Central government will implement stringent measures to collect revenue. Most of the money of every local government budget is committed in salaries and contracts. Neither of these can be altered without the consent of those receiving the money. The Council will have to reduce their expenses by $51,752. Mr. Malone made suggested recommendations of reductions in areas of the budget not committed. After much discussion, it was decided to ask Mr. Williams to review the budget and discuss his recommendations with each Town Committee Chairman before presenting his ideas to the Council. Happy New Year from the Staff ofOffice Ph. 242-367-2992 Fax 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Brent Cartwright coldbank@abacoinet.com Mailin Sands msands@abacoinet.com Lightbourn RealtyGreat Abaco Club-#0082 Lovely 3/2 canal front home in gated community, features outside decks, the only home with a private dock, and has views of the Sea of Abaco.-$585,000 Marsh Harbour-#01673/2 house in Cove Estates, well kept and can be sold furnished or unfurnished. Great Price-Call today. Guana Cay#138618,590 sq.ft vacant lot with deeded dock slip on Boat Harbour. $90,000 Palm Ridge-#01702/1 home that offers total privacy and seclusion and offers 100' of beach frontage. Sits on 3+/acres of lovely property. Close to Little Harbour and Cherokee Sound. $455,000 Marsh Harbour4/2 house centrally located in prime commercial area. This building would be ideal for a commercial venture such as office building, retail store, medical building etc. $245,000 Guana Cay-#0195-vacant beach front lot available, running 70' on the magnificent beach by 250' deep. $240,000 Hope Town Lucayos-10,000 sq. ft lot with sea views. Private and quiet area $99,000 Guana Cay Several parcels of magnificent beachfront property available. Call for prices. Marsh HarbourTwo, 2/1 apartments for sale, 1/1 efficiency in the rear also, fairly new appliances, furnished, fenced yard.-$228,000 Marsh Harbour3/2.5 home in Cove Estates, garage, self contained apartment on first level, furnished, BRING OFFERS!-Listed at $355,000 Marsh Harbour4/2 house on prime commercial property in central location. Ideal place for a commercial venture.-$245,000 Sand Banksvacant property available in the Sand Banks area, various sizes, Call today.-Starting at $47,900 Cabbage PointAcreage available in 5 acre plots, with financing. 20% down balance over 5 years. Call today for more details. Casuarina Pointvacant lot available, approx. 10,000sq.ft -$25,000 Bahama Palm Shoresvarious vacant lots available, call for more information. Starting at $5,500 Man-O-War Cay1 bed, 1 bath with an upstairs loft, centrally located in the heart of town. Close to all conveniences.-$159,000 Casuarina Point3/1 canal front home on double lot. Many extras. REDUCED-$289,000 Marsh Harbour2 acres of prime residential property. Runs 190 on the beautiful Sea of Abaco.-Call for details. Cherokee Sound3/1 well-kept home in heart of town. Mostly furnished and features private back patio, and close to conveniences. Phone today for an appointment to view. Man-O-War Cay 1/1 charming cottage with extra upstairs sleeping loft. Newly renovated, well kept and conveniently located.-$140,500 Guana Cay 4/2 home perched high on a bluff in Boat Harbour, the living area features an open floor plan and presents fantastic views of the Sea of Abaco. 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Page 28 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP ERER ERER ER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIESOn Green Turtle Cay : The beach: 1.46 acres on Atlantic Ocean. 135' on beach. $480,000 Two one-third acre lots on Bight O Bay beach. 90' frontage. Close to town and public dock. Fourteen lots across from Bight O Bay Beach. Water front on Inner White Sound. 1/2 acre and up. Starting at $78,650 White Sound: Four inland lots within 5 minute walk of waterfront and public dock. $47,200 each 1/2 acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, water front and Green Turtle Club. $60,000-$70,000 each Quiet waterfront: 1.35 acres on Black Sound, with dock, close to beach $650,000 A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking Sea of Abaco. One acre of property stunningly landscaped with wooden walkways and decks. Six buildings set out in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bath. Wicker and rattan furniture throughout including pieces by Tommy Bahama. $2.8 million Green Turtle Estates: 1/2 acre only 125 feet from ocean beach. Firm $183,000 Ocean Beach: 1/2 acre lot on high ridge with gorgeous ocean view. Many fruit trees. Five minute walk to beach. Reef close enough to swim to. $102,000 Black Sound: 2 acre parcel from sea to sea on Black Sound with excellent dock with amenitis. 125 ft. of beach front. $650,000 G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-242-365-4234 Fax 1-242-365-4636 e-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/oceanblu Bluff Harbour: Furnished private home. Three bedrooms, three baths plus caretaker cottage. 2000 water front. Secluded. One acre. Boat ramp and dock site. Needs repair. Inner White Sound: Two bedroom suites; 3 bath: Kit/liv/dining fully furnished villa on water. In pristine condition. Good rental income. $275,000 Four unit income producing 2 bed 1 bath apartment complex. Fully furnished. Water views. Dock. Laundry. Two years old $700,000 plus closing Stunning new home. Interior still under construction. All materials on site to complete. Truck. 2 bed 2 bath. A/C throughout. Views of ocean, Guana Cay and Sea of Abaco. $775,500 ONO Coco Bay: 1/3 acre, 75 x 185, about 3 min walk to beach. $59,000 1.4 acre parcel with large trees and water view $340,000 1/4 acre on water front at Coco Bay with dock. 190 ft. of water front. Electrictiy on site $300,000 On Munjack Cay: 10 acres. Dock. 320 on Sea of Abaco. Good elevation. $300,00 0 One-quarter acre on beach 125 frontage $183,000 On Little Ambrigris Cay: 10 acres. Dock material on site. Beautiful beach. High hill. $515,000 grossSales, Rentals and Property Management SOLD SOLD The green flasher on the north end of North Parrot Cay has been changed to a RED flasher. There is now a GREEN flasher on the west point of Eagle Rock in the Hope Town channelThese changes conform to the accepted system of RED Right Return to a harbour with GREEN Marks to port. By order of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force NOTICE TO BOATERS Caribbean Constructors Ltd.Concrete Blocks 4"x 8"x 16" 6"x 8"x 16" 8"x 8"x 16" Corner Blocks Regular Blocks Hydraulic Fittings & Hoses Monday Friday 7 am 4 pmP.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502Sand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported ditto Pea Rock ImportedStepping Stones in various patterns 18" x 18" 24" x 24" Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Sale or Rent Classified Advertisements REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATEBAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Cherokee Yellowwood, 3 bedrom 1 bath. Beautiful views and breezes. Call 519-9341842. References required. Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Hope Town Conch Crawl Cottage. Beautiful vacation home. Accommodates up to 14 persons. Leave message at 242-367-4550 Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale pools, docks, reunions, special occasions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways. 242-3660224 Fax: 242-366-0434 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS2100 sq. ft. Warehouse next to the Abaco Water Bottling plant. Not being divided. This fenced-in area has electric and phone. Great site for light manufacturing, assembling, warehouse, whatever. 2100 square feet for just $1400 per month. Call Michael Albury at 3672951 or 359-6658 Retail & Office Space Located in one of the most charming commercial buildings in Marsh Harbour. Busy upscale retail area, constant foot traffic. Ground floor available. Call: 367-3262 ext. 201 Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight ResortFour Guest Units Liquor Store Open till 9 p.m. Phone 367-5995 Ask for Ernestine RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS www.abacos.com rentals real estate activities information cost-effective-ads Tel: 321-254-4901 Fax: 321-242-1356Little Harbour. Great ocean view, furnished 2 bed with A/C 2 baths, sun deck, screened porch, w/all amenities. For rent $850/wk. Sell for $250,000, owner financing available. Call 3663616 or 850-230-8212 Leave message Treasure Cay luxury beach front home, 3 bed, 3 1/2 bath, sleeps 14, all amenities. $500 nightly. Sell for $1,995,000. Call 561-738-0996 The North Abaco Dolphins of Coopers Town show off the second place trophies won by the team at the Legacy Baseball Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament held in Freeport in November 2002. In the boys under 15 championships the Dolphins placed 2nd out of eight teams in a remarkable game where they were finally defeated at 1 a.m. in the morning! Three players from the team made the All Bahamas Team, which represents the Bahamas at tournaments held outside the country. The three are Mandell Rolle, Antone Curry and Alvino Saunders. Rolle took home two other awards during the tournament the Sportsmanship Award and the Most Strike Outs. At far left is Mr. Michael Rolle, Dolphins coach. Standing at far right is Mr. Lindy Russell, MP, and next to him Mr. Curtis, coach of the team from Freeport. Abaco Outback Nature Guides completed the British Canoe Union Kayak Certification Course. The four-day course and assessment was hosted in Freeport on December 6-9. Nicola Knowles, left, received Star One and Two certificates and Erin Lowe The national airline, Bahamasair, has just begun twice weekly flights to Havana, Cuba, from Nassau and Freeport on Fridays and Sundays. Current round trip fare is $199 from Nassau and $299 from Freeport. A Cuban tourist visa is available at th counter for $15. Authorities are hoping sufficient traffic will develop to allowBahamasair Now Flies to CubaDolphins Win Second PlacePagliaro, right, received Star One, Two and Three certificates. Instructor Graham Bushill is in the center. Abaco Outback has its base in Marsh Harbour and conducts kayak tours as well as land tours.Two Receive Kayak Certificationfour flights each week. The service is aimed at students, Bahamian vacationers and international travelers looking for new destinations. It is also hoped that international travelers going direct to Cuba will take advantage of the connection to visit the Bahamas.

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 29Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Sale or RentClassified Advertisements PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE MUST SELLINVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY REAL ESTATE IN ABACOSandy Point 3 bed, 1 bath 13,545 sq. ft. Lot #119 Murphy Town Vacant Land 108 x 104 Lot 78B Dundas Town 2 storey, 4 bed, 2 bath on acre Lot #25 Dundas Town 3-2 bed, 1 bath triplex 9,000 sq. ft. Lot #18BOffers should be addressed in writing to: M. Gardiner/Ms. M. T. Rolle P.O. Box AB20567 Marsh Harbour, AbacoFor conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact M. Gardiner/Ms. M. T. Rolle at (242) 367-2141, 367-2142 Abaco. Serious enquiries only may be considered for qualified purchasers. Interested persons in Nassau may contact Ms. Delores Johnson at 242-328-7041 or 242-3002265.Murphy Town 3 bed, 2 bath Hill top Lot 67 Murphy Town Vacant Land 9,000 S. Ft. Lot #38 Treasure Cay Vacant land 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #65 LIGHTBOURN REALTYEach office is independently owned and operated NEW LISTINGS Bahama Palm Shores Section 1 BlockLot B25 C33 F32 H34 Section 2 720 Section 3 1430 927 Section 4 2331 2617, 18LOCATED ON STRATTON DRIVE IN MARSH HARBOUR P.O. BOX AB 20404 ABACO, BAHAMAS 242-367-2719 FAX 367-2359 Abaco Real Estate Agency LtdGreen Turtle Cay OfficeAgent: Chris Farrington P.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Office # 242-365-4695, Fax # 242-365-4697 Email: chris.f@batelnet.bs Website: www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Victor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2749 E-mail: seagraperealty@hotmail.com Marsh Harbour: Waterfront lot on the Sweetings Tract. Over 200 feet of frontage and small sandy cove. $100,000 Tilloo: Shore to shore parcel in the Bight of Loo. 120 wide with good elevation in the center. Just north of Junk Beach. $165,000 Elbow Cay: Beach front lots on the Atlantic Ocean. 95-feet wide, coconut groves, $260,000 Marsh Harbour: lots on the Sweetings Tract with road and all utilities, access to water front/beach. $20,000 Lubbers Quarters: large water front and interior lots with all utilities present, private dock slip, exclusive development. Starting at $99,000Sea Grape Realty Cherokee Sound, for sale upon completion, ready to view in Jan. 2 bed/2bath, central A/C. Includes major appliances & cabintry. Only fve minutes from beautiful Winding Bay beach. 1.5 miles east of Cherokee Sound in Yellow Wood. $170,000 Net. Call 366-2065 or 477-5291. Serious inquires only, please Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, Rentals and Sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or Fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cay 3 bed / 3bath cottage on 1/3 acre, nicely landscaped, central A/C. $190,000 Call 366-0583 Marsh Harbour Duplex 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days Sweeting Trace cleared lot 118 x 80 $27,500 Call 365-8691 Treasure Cay 3/2, patio, shed, double lot, 135 x 200, fully furnished, 1 block from beach. $200,000. Call 561-236-6649 Green Turtle CayOcean Beach Lots (North End) 1+ acres with good elevation from $245,000 Coco Bay Lots 81 feet on beach from $170,000 Bita Bay Ocean Lot 8.26 acres from ocean to Inner White Sound, good elevation and protection from sea, spectacular views. $1.25 M. On the internet at www.bahamasinvest.com or call 365-4271 Sandra Evans, BRIMultiple-listing Broker Ph: 242-367-2365 abacorealtor@abacoinet.comDavid CoteMultiple Listing Agent Ph: 242-367-3751 davanna@batelnet.bs Seasons GreetingsfromWe offer the finest properties available for purchase plus professional, personal and efficient service. Call us for all your real estate needs. We are here to serve you.East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco www.abacorealtor.com LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A TT TT TEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $195,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 Select Homes Affordable PropertiesNew! Beachfront -, 1/2 Acre lot on the Atlantic Ocean $210,000 New! Ocean ViewTwo 1/3 acre lots with great views of the Sea. $85,000 Yachtsmans Dream Large treed lot with 125 ft. dock. Near to beach and settlement. $650,000 Coco Bay Lot with dock and dredged 7 channel. Dock has power already installed. $575,000 Little Harbour White Sound lot with deep water dock, electricity connected. plans for 2/2 house included with sale $375,000 White Sound hilltop lots with good views of the harbour. Water front lots also available. Starting at $94,000 Fantastic Starter Home Foundation with cistern already complete. Plans included. $95,000 Beachfront 100 frontage by 800 + deep located on beautiful Long Bay Beach. $365,000. Green Turtle Estates 3/3 two story home. Scenic sea views. Tastefully furnished $750,000 Coco Bay 1 acres of elevated land, located across from the bay. $325,000 Black Sound harbour side lots near settlement. 1acre plus 100 on the water. $305,000 Split Level Townhouse 1/1 townhouse in a resort setting, walk to beach. A must see. $110,000 Waterfront two 1 acre waterfront lots in Blackwood 200 on water $50,000 each Treasure Cay Residential lot near Ocean Beach Boulevard $25,000 Building lot near to beaches and public dock. $59,000 Classified Ads Bring Results Call 367-3202Treasure Cay Paradise Found luxury home right on your own beach. Search no more. Fantastic ocean views from every room. Gorgeous new tropical decor with all amenities included. Three bedrooms, three and one half baths plus three outdoor hot showers. Easily accommodates up to 14 people. Two car garages with apartment. Rooftop sunset deck and extra large decking area to the beach. Built-in propane stainless steel grilling area. Paved semi circular drive with lushly landscaped grounds and and accent light all around. Truly One in a Million. Offered at $1,995,000. Please contact Dr. William or Dana Domeyer at 561-7380996

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Page 30 The Abaconian January 1st, 2003 MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOURLeslie A. Pinder Leslie A. Pinder Leslie A. Pinder Leslie A. Pinder Leslie A. PinderTT TT T el: 242-367-5046 el: 242-367-5046 el: 242-367-5046 el: 242-367-5046 el: 242-367-5046lesliedamianos.com lesliedamianos.com lesliedamianos.com lesliedamianos.com lesliedamianos.comELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA Y & HOPE TOWN Y & HOPE TOWN Y & HOPE TOWN Y & HOPE TOWN Y & HOPE TOWNKerry Sullivan Kerry Sullivan Kerry Sullivan Kerry Sullivan Kerry SullivanTT TT T el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.comLUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR TERSTERS TERSTERS TERSLaurie Schreiner Laurie Schreiner Laurie Schreiner Laurie Schreiner Laurie SchreinerTT TT T el: 242-366-3143 el: 242-366-3143 el: 242-366-3143 el: 242-366-3143 el: 242-366-3143lauriedamianos.com lauriedamianos.com lauriedamianos.com lauriedamianos.com lauriedamianos.comREGATTAS OF ABACO Ground floor 2 bedroom 2 bath, tile floors, central air, granite countertops, major appliances, covered patio, quality finishes, tennis court, pool and beach. Price $199,900. Last unit available at this price! LUBBERS QUARTERS Two gorgeous cottages located on 1.5 acres of beautiful landscaped waterfront property. One cottage brand new, 2 bed 1 bath with loft, second cottage 1 bed 1 bath with french doors, mexican tiles, porches, A/C. Private dock. Great investment property. Price $696,000. HOPE TOWN Coconut Cottage Adorable 1,000 sq. ft., 2 bed 2 bath Colonial cottage with view of the Atlantic Ocean. Across the road from a beautiful beach and close to town. Tastefully decorated, partially furnished, detached garage. $415,000. ELBOW CAY Dorros Cove- Summer Winds Cheerful three bed, two bath oceanfront house. Central A/C, pool, water maker, generator, close proximity to Tahiti Beach, two car garage. Fully furnished. $1,290,000. wwwwww wwwwww www .damianos.com .damianos.com .damianos.com .damianos.com .damianos.comREGATTAS OF ABACO New, fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bath condo with pool, tennis court, fitness centre and beautiful beach. On site rental management available. Ideal holiday apartment in convenient location. Asking $280,000. PELICAN SHORES WATERFRONT LOT on the harbour 200 x 255, great views, ideal place to build a dock, partially landscaped with coconut palms, ready to be built upon. Call for information. PELICAN SHORES ELEVATED WATERFRONT LOT 100 feet on the sea, all utilities available. Call for information. BAHAMA PALM SHORES SECTION ONE Two residential lots, great location, $22,000 each. BAHAMA PALM SHORES Two residential lots 150 feet from the beach, great sea views. Asking price $42,500. EASTERN SHORES Waterfront sea to sea 34,902 sq. ft. There is a 85 foot beach, good elevation, buildable on both sides. Last one available in area. Price $350,000 gross. CASUARINA POINT SECTION 4 ON THE CANAL 85 x 135 lot. Asking price $48,000. FOREST DRIVE 4 bed 3 bath 2 storey house on 59,940 sq. ft. property, double garage, concrete construction. Asking price $310,000. HIGH ROCK AREA Charming and well-kept 3 bed 2 bath 1,700 sq. ft. home on 124 x 125 enclosed lot. This home features a family room, tiled floors, new kitchen, large master bedroom, heated swimming pool and sundecks, central air, tropical landscaping and standby generator. Call for information. MARSH HARBOUR Triplex comprising (2) 1 bed x 1 bath apartments and (1) 2 bed x 2 bath apartment, furnished, central A/C, good income. Call for info. RESTAURANT FOR SALE Down town Marsh Harbour. Excellent location, reasonable business hours, great return on investment. Call for further information. GREAT ABACO CLUB 3 bedrooms, master spa bath and family bath. Concrete construction, fully furnished and equipped. Features vaulted ceiling, full-length covered terrace with secure deepwater dockage, finger and lie-along. On-site maintenance, gated and private. Beach Club privileges, good rental record. Call for information. HOPE TOWN Club Soliel Hotel, restaurant, marina on 1.75 acres; 320 feet harbourfront. $2,990,000. HOPE TOWN POINT Bellfree North End turnkey 1 bed, 1 bath cottage on 2/3 acres. Beautiful views of the Sea of Abaco. Plans for main house to be built on the point. Aluminum sea wall, private deep water dock with 50 amp. service, 13 foot Whaler and golf cart. $1,150,000. ELBOW CAY North End Lar ge building site with ocean view near sandy beach. $114,000. ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA Y Y Y Y Y NEW LISTING Tahiti Hai Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Dorros Cove, 1530sq, central a/c, wrap around deck, steps away from Tahiti Beach, dock access, separate gardeners accommodations. Panoramic view of Atlantic Ocean, Tilloo Cut and Sea of Abaco. Priced to sell: $960,000. LUBBERS QUARTERS NEW LISTING Waterfront lot with dock access. $140,000. LUBBERS QUARTERS NEW LISTING Interior lot with view. $46,000. TILLOO CAY Ocean front property in the Bight of Tilloo. Excellent elevation with sea to sea views. Access to dock and power to property. $89,000. TILLOO CAY Choice Property! 4 water front lots in protected bay south of The Castle. Superb elevation, sea to sea views, deep water with sandy bottom. Access to Tilloo beach. Starting at $125,000. Also interior lots from $75,000. DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LIMITED Regattas of Abaco, Marsh Harbour Regattas of Abaco, Marsh Harbour Regattas of Abaco, Marsh Harbour Regattas of Abaco, Marsh Harbour Regattas of Abaco, Marsh HarbourLAST UNIT A LAST UNIT A LAST UNIT A LAST UNIT A LAST UNIT A TT TT T THIS PRICE THIS PRICE THIS PRICE THIS PRICE THIS PRICE Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters NEWNEW NEWNEW NEW LISTINGLISTING LISTINGLISTING LISTING Hope THope T Hope THope T Hope T own, Elbow Cay own, Elbow Cay own, Elbow Cay own, Elbow Cay own, Elbow Cay Hope THope T Hope THope T Hope T own, Elbow Cay own, Elbow Cay own, Elbow Cay own, Elbow Cay own, Elbow Cay FOR THE BEST IN SERVICE AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE Buyers & Sellers Consultation Sessions 57 Years of Experience W e Of fer Buyers & Sellers Guarantee Service Packages Dear Friends, In this beautiful time of year I sit back and think of family and friends. I think of how God has blessed my life. I had great friends as I was growing up on Abaco. And I was privileged to be adopted by such a great family. I love them deeply. There have been a lot of blessings in my life. The family God has blessed me with is wonderful. My son brings great joy to my life. The biggest blessing in my life is knowing why I celebrate Christmas.A HOLIDA HOLID A HOLIDA HOLID A HOLID AA AA A Y THOUGHT Y THOUGHT Y THOUGHT Y THOUGHT Y THOUGHTIt is the time of year that we celebrity the birth of Jesus. He is the greatest gift the world has ever received. Have you ever received Him as your Savior? The Bible says, For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes in him shall not die but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) Take this free gift and believe and trust in God to get you through everyday and He will help you. Just ask Him into your heart to be your Savior and He will come. This is why we have Christmas. Have a God blessed holiday. Your friend, Mark Ralph Dr. Frederick Kuhn and Ms. Wendy Campanella, part-time residents of Treasure Cay, were married in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 4th, 2002. The ceremony took place in the Chapel du Jardin in the Paris Las Vegas hotel with both their families in attendance. The couple will reside in Florida and Treasure Cay. As reported to the Abaconian Murphy Town man reported on December 4 that someone entered his tool shed and stole a generator valued at $1,200 and a tool box valued at $5,000. A Black Wood resident was arrested on December 4 for housebreaking and stealing. A Sweetings Tract man reported on December 5 that while at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel Youth Program he observed a group of kids acting in a suspicious manner. One of the children was found with a small quantity of grassy substance believed to be marijuana. The youth was taken to the Police Station and warned of prosecution. A Snake Cay woman reported on December 5 that her daughter, a minor, told her that sometime during the past three years, two residents of Dundas Town had repeated sexual intercourse with her. A boater from New Hampshire reported on December 6 that, while docked at the Yamaha shipyard, someone stole his 8 HP Johnson engine valued at $1,000. A Little Orchard resident reported on December 7 that someone entered the house. Nothing appeared to be stolen, but a black bicycle and bag were left on the scene. An Eastern Shores resident reported on December 7 that someone stole a 9.5 HP Mercury engine, four stroke shafts and a portable tent. A Murphy Town man reported on December 8 that someone entered a Pelican Shore villa and stole a twenty-inch Philips Magnavox television set valued at $500. A resident of Murphy Town reported December 8 that someone entered her villa and stole a twenty-inch Philip Magnavox television set valued at $500. A Dundas Town resident reported on December 8 that someone entered her residence and searched although nothing appeared to be stolen. A resident of The Mud reported on December 8 that someone broke a window on his vehicle; nothing appeared to be stolen. Police arrested a Marsh Harbour resident of Crockett Drive on December 8 for shop breaking and stealing, in reference to complaints made of stolen television sets at Pelican Villas.Police Report Wedding Is Announced Solomons Mines held an open house on December 14. Shown above are James and Alisha Boyce admiring a cyrstal sculpture. Shop Hosts Open House It Pays toAdvertise

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January 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 31 Repairing:Radio, TV, VCR & Audio Equipment Juke Boxes & Video Games Musical Instruments Marine Electronics Office Equipment Cash Registers Computers Microwaves FAX Machines Electronic Organs Medical Equipment Automotive & Marine Electronics Telephone Recorders, Phones & Phone DevicesIn Marsh Harbour on Queen Elizabeth Drive between Keys Dr. & Fire House CornerTEL: 367-2830 Electronics Service CenterFormerly Television Service Center Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Mercury Outboard Engines Contact National Marine 35 HP$1000125 HP $4000 200 HP $5000 Call 367-2326 85 HP Yamaha $2500. Call 365-6138 17Yamaha Exciter 98 with new 135 HP inboard engine, with trailer. Asking $10,000 OBO Call 357-6718 or 367-2820 20 Wellcraft 1978, steplift, 150HP OMC 1983, needs a starter. $1500. also 225 HP OMC 1987 $3200 OBO. Call 365-0083 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. Tupperware Place your order today. Call 5598206 or 365-2233 98 Honda Odyssey Van 30,000 miles, excellent condition. $19,000. 367-4616 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats COMMERCIAL SERVICES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Always a good selection of cars, vans & trucks. Pre-owned quality vehicles, competitively priced at Marsh Harbour Auto Sales. Ph. 367-2111 Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 Call Us for All Your Travel NeedsTwin Engine, Turbo Prop, Turbo Jet and Helicopters AvailablePh: 954-938-9508 Fax: 954-938-9509 Cell Ph: 954-647-8278 Have sciatica? TMJ? Lower back pain? Headaches? Get relief with muscular therapy. Call Karen Lane @ 367-5215 Supply DepotHotel, Restaurant and Commercial SuppliesBlue WarehouseGovernment Subdivision Marsh HarbourPh/Fax 367-2128Call us or stop by BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE COMMERCIAL SERVICES26 Panga boat wtih 75 HP Mercury. $16,000. Call National Marine 367-2326 44 Thompson Trawler, 1977, new teak floor, dinghy, motor, blue Sunbrella, low time, Ford Lehman diesel & 15 KW generator, icemaker, 2 refrigerators, Princess stove, much more. Located in Hope Town. $99,000. Call Jill/Chris at 366-0151 52 Houseboat 1988 custom aluminum hull, 2 Volvo turbo 130 HP, dual prop I/O. 10 KW gen. set. 2 Cruisair A/C. Recently painted and refurbished, costing $25,000, fully furnished and equipped. 320 gal diesel, 700 gal water, sleeps 8, full galley, 3 staterooms. $99,500. Call Kevin or Kathi 229-723-6352 or E-mail kctaylor@archbold.org Tropical SouvenirsStraw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsDon MacKay Blvd. near Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Golf Carts for Sale 1 ea. 2002 XRT Carryall Gas Burgandy with gray seat, split windshield & canopy top. $7600 1 ea. 2002 XRT Carryall Gas Red with black seats, split windshield & canopy top. $7600 1 ea. 1998 Club Car 4 passenger electric. White with white seats & canopy top. New batteries, new car. $5200 *Carts sold FOB Freeport. Call 242-352-2219 MERCHANDISE FOR SALEStarband Satellite one subscribed two-way satellite system for internet. $800. Call 3596453 (cell) 365-8903 (h) Water Ways Boat RentalsRentals and Sales AgentsKey Largo Boats 16 to 25 Give it a try before you decide to buy Phone 242-365-6143 Man-O-War waterways@abacoinet.com Fynes Pest ControlPhone 365-8409 Cell 359-6312 Stephen Fynes Professional ExterminatorPO Box AB22214 Treasure Cay www.Fynes@msn.com Daily Scheduled FlightsFt. Lauderdale AbacoCharters and Cargo AvailableCall 367-3597 366-0069 Or 954-359-0380 Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201J Marina. After the parade there was a fantastic display of fireworks. This parade has become a Christmas tradiCC CC C ONON ONON ON GRAGRA GRAGRA GRA TULTUL TULTUL TUL AA AA A TIONSTIONS TIONSTIONS TIONSMr. and Mrs. Shannon Wongof Casuarina Pointon their marriage November 30th, 2002God Bless You B & D MarineAbacos Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items At the Traffic Light P.O. Box AB 20461 Marsh Harbour Abaco Tel: 242-367-2622 Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKI NewsFrom Page 15 tion in Marsh Harbour. It is organized by Chad Sawyer and is financed by donations from the businesses in town. The extra money raised above the expenses for fireworks is donated to the Marsh Harbour Fire Department. Advertise in The Abaconian

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