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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 19, OCTOBER 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 7th Regatta Races Hampered by WeatherThe seventh annual All Abaco Regatta Committee successfully staged another major Abaco event. Since 1996 the events have become larger and better. September 25-27 brought life once again to the Regatta Village at the Treasure Cay ferry dock as crowds enjoyed the party environment, entertainment, games, food, drink and home coming atmosphere. Simply the Best was the theme of the 2003 All Abaco Regatta. This is a championship invitational regatta for the winning sloops in a select few of the years regattas. The regatta committee invites the winning boats from three other regattas, the Family Island Regatta on Exuma, the North Andros Regatta and the Long Island Regatta, to compete to determine the champion winners. This year seven boats competed in Class C, nine Shore Activities Expand and Entertain While Sailboats CompeteBy Jennifer Hudson On September 17th the First Annual Abaco Business Outlook Conference was held at the Abaco Beach Hotel under the theme Abaco on the Go. The one day seminar was presented by The Counsellors, a Nassau marketing agency. At a cocktail reception the previous evening participants were officially welcomed by Mr. Emmanuel Alexiou of the Abaco Beach Hotel and Ms. Joan Albury of the Counsellors. The Counsellors has previously conductedBusiness Outlook Studied Our Economy Please see Regatta Page 2 Please see Outlook Page 5Hope Town Sailors CompeteThe Abaco Rage raced in Class A in the All Abaco Regatta, coming in second in the first race. The races were hampered by bad weather so the last race was a double race. The New Courageous, a competing Class A boat, won the Prime Ministers Cup, the Governor Generals Cup and the Abaco Championship Cup by coming in first for all three races.Shore Entertainment Was Popular Solomons Opens SuperCenterThe Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments, officially opened Abaco Markets new Solomons SuperCenter in Marsh Harbour on September 20. She is sampling locally produced Island Delight fruit drinks offered her by Levy Severe. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Severe, Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP, Mr. Craig Symonette, Chairman of the Board of Abaco Markets, Mrs. Maynard-Gibson and Mr. Lowell Albury, Sr. Vice President of Abaco Markets with responsibility for Abaco. More booths, more games, more food and more entertainment was the story of the 7th annual All Abaco Regatta held at the Treasure Cay ferry dock on September 25-27. The Regatta Committee lived up to this years theme, Simply the Best. Drugs and Plane Confiscated Seven Men Arrested at Marsh Harbour Airport Sept. 27See story Page 25

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Page 2 The Abaconian October 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 RENTALRENTAL RENTALRENTAL RENTAL BIKESBIKES BIKESBIKES BIKES 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 FromAll Meticulously MaintainedOur 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 boats in Class B and five boats in Class A. The Hon. Neville Wisdom, Minister of Youth Sports and Culture gave the keynote address at the culminating ceremony and awards presentation on September 27. He encouraged the sailors to pass their knowledge of sailing on to the next generation. He felt that not enough young people were involved in sailing and blamed it on the fact that there is too much arguing and bickering among the sailors. He wants their attitude to be a positive one. He praised the organizers for having Bahamian food and Bahamian music and being a showcase for everything Bahamian. He explained that the regattas have developed to the point that they are becoming a tourist attraction, appealing not just to Bahamians but to visitors. He wants to encourage these events showing visitors our Bahamian culture. The shore activities were more diverse this year. Booths were well patronized. Several people erected tents offering food and games. For the first time there were several bouncing games for the children. A huge sinking Titanic slide was a great success as children climbed up and were able to slide down the deck of the sinking boat. A tower with four bungee harnesses allowed children to make 20 foot and higher jumps. The crowds of people attending were pleased with all the entertainment.Regattas Are a Bahamian TraditionThe Bahamian regattas are unique in several ways. The competition is between boats from the major islands of the country and competition is quite keen. The regattas are an attempt to preserve a way of life from the past when the populations in the Family Islands were dependent on fishing. The boats are constructed along the lines of native fishing sloops of years gone by. Cotton main sails are hoisted by hand without benefit of winches. RegattaFrom Page 1Regatta Showcases Bahamian CultureTwo other features are notable. The boats start at anchor lined up on the start line with their sails down. When the gun goes off, half the crew propels the boat forward by pulling on the anchor line and hoisting the anchor. This gives the boat forward motion, allowing the rudder to take effect and giving the helmsman control. During this exercise, the other crew members are hoisting the mainsail. The forward motion lets the helmsman bear off the wind The Lonesome Dove skippered by Jeff Gale of Hope Town, is at anchor and the crew is preparing for the start of a race. Eight crew members on this 21-foot boat act as ballast, hiking out on pries as the boat heads into the wind. Please see Regatta Page 39 The Hon. Neville Wisdom, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, attended the awards ceremony of the All Abaco Regatta. He is shown on the right above looking on as Mrs. Vyrona Archer presents the Garnet Archer Memorial Trophy to Emmit Munroe, owner and skipper of the New Courageous The trophy was for the Outstanding Skipper of the regatta.

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 3 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Starting at $16,000. LEISURE LEE Canal lots $60,000. CASTLE LOT Fantastic views of Sea of Abaco! Elevated and private area! Asking $75,000. DUPLEX LOT In the heart of Marsh Harbour, 2 lots side by side! Starting at $41,000. Motivated seller! CASUARINA POINT 2 lots side by side by boat ramp and canals. Asking $20,000 each. EASTERN SHORES Last lot remaining in area! 85 ft. beachfront. Offered for sale at $335,000. ELBOW CAY Marnies Landing Lot 2B, large building site with excellent view and dock slip. $240,000. Internet Ref. #1850 ELBOW CAY North End Lot #33 Around the corner from Ocean, minutes from bayside and dock access. $149,000. #1876 DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANYExperience, Knowledge and Innovationwww.damianos.comMARSH HARBOUR Leslie Pinder & Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 (-5045 fax) leslie@damianos.com donna@damianos.com HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerry@damianos.com LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAY Laurie Schreiner Tel/Fax: 242-366-3143 laurie@damianos.com ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES HOPE TOWN Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 jane@damianos.com Selling Real Estate in the Bahamas for 58 years BEST DEAL ON THE OCEAN HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY Internet Reference #1659 2 bed 1 bath, 800 sq. ft. Additional 800 sq. ft. closed in for expansion Fully furnished Ocean views Great area to surf 75 on the water x 210 deep Excellent rental history$649,000 TILLOO CUT HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAYInternet Ref. #1671Dorros Cove Sub.3 bed 2 bath 1700 sq. traditional island homeFireplace and A/CAlmost 1 acre landscapedPanoramic ocean viewPrivate dock slipFully furnished$990,000 Thanks for treating us like million dollar customers. It was a great experience and one well always be thankful for. Sincerely, Betty WoodardKerry Sullivan Kerry@damianos.com As a full time resident of Lubbers Quarters, along with my extensive knowledge of Tilloo Cay, I am the best qualified agent for this area. Affordable prices makes this great place to live, even greater!Laurie Schreiner laurie@damianos.com BAHAMA PALM SHORES 20 MILES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #1827Great CommunitySteps away from 9 mile white sandy beachImmaculate 2b/2b homePlus cozy 1b/1b cottageManicured gardensLot 19,500 sq. ft.$225,000 I am thrilled to be back in the real estate business, and looking forward to hearing from all my friends interested in selling or buying in this rising Abaco market. Donna Darvilledonna@damianos.com SUNRISE POINT LOTS FOR SALE HOME FOR SALE TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISIONInternet Ref. #1836Beautiful building sites with great elevationIdeal docking shorelineQuiet and peaceful island with no commercial developmentSea of Abaco views Starting at $75,000 EXCLUSIVE PELICAN SHORES MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #1460Last large lot available in this great community200 x 255 harbour front propertyIdeal for dockageSea and harbour viewsExcellent building site1.17 acre$750,000 TAHITI HAI DORROS COVE/ELBOW CAYInternet Ref. #1640Dorros Cove Sub.Newly renovated 4b/2bCentral A/CWrap around porchPanoramic viewsSeparate gardeners apt.1/2 Acre & dock accessNear Tahiti Beach$960,000 LUBBERS QUARTERS Flip Flops Beautiful beach bungalow on 1.19 acres with dock. Sandy white beach with breathtaking sunsets. Property has lush landscaping and nature trails. Numerous improvements. $395,000. Internet Ref. #1851 As a resident of Abaco for 15 years I have seen its growth and the increase in property values. Take advantage of this fine opportunity while enjoying the wonderful island lifestyle.Leslie Pinder leslie@damianos.com ARIEL VIEW HOPE TOWN/ ELBOW CAYInternet Ref. #18133 bed 2 bath home2,048 sq. living spaceCathedral ceilings & covered verandahsCentral A/COcean views/dock accessLandscapedFully furnished$600,000 MOONSHADOW LUBBERS QUARTERSInternet Reference #1644Secluded waterfront w/ beautiful gardens166 ft. of waterfrontPanoramic seaviewsHardwood FloorsSolar Powered1.5 acres$840,000 LITTLE ORCHARD MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #1932Bahamian style 3 bedroom 2 bath home plus efficiency!Furnished80 ft. x 110 ft. lotLandscapedNice & quiet areaGreat buy$255,000 I am very excited to be in rea l estate... After living here for man y years, I know the area well an d can help you find what you ar e looking for. Stop by Elbow Ca y Properties or call me.Jane Patterso n jane@damianos.com REGATTAS OF ABACO MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #8052 bed 2 bath condoGround Floor unitCentral a/c, granite countertops, tiled floors, appliancesPool & Tennis CourtRental Managment available$199,000

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Page 4 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 AbacoWholesaleFRESH PRODUCE CHOICE MEATS GROCERIES SUPPLIES EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR FAMOUS BRANDS DON MACKAY BLVD.MARSH HARBOUR,ABACO.(242) 367-2020/8 FAX:(242) 367-2242 OPEN MON-FRI 8:30 AM 5:00 PM AND SAT 8:00 AM-1:00 PM The more you buy, the more you save.UNBEATABLE SELECTION. UNBEATABLE PRICE. Call us at Abaco Wholesale today and ask about our volume buying because the more you buy, the more you save! The grand opening of the new Solomons SuperCenter in Marsh Harbour was a huge success on September 20. Solomons SuperCenter is one of the flagship stores of Abaco Markets, Ltd., a large multinational company specializing in wholesale and retail grocery operations. The superCenter is the transformation of Solomons Abaco, a fixture in the grocery business on Abaco since 1980. Abaco residents have been anticipating the opening of the store which replaces Golden Harvest which burned down in June 2001 and Abaco Markets which burned down in June 1999. This new 22,000 square-foot store offers over a million items to choose from in a modern state-of-the art store comparable with any in the States. A large convenient produce section, walls of freezer display, a well stocked deli, a complete butcher shop and extended dairy displays are all designed to make shopping a pleasure. The opening day saw many sale items as well as samples, a variety of give-aways and even hamburgers and hot dogs for all their customers. The opening ceremony featured the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments, as keynoteSolomons Opens with Great FanfareMr. Craig Symonette, Abaco Markets chairman, used the occasion to present to the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson several concerns of the retail community. He brought out four changes that he would like to see government make, reducing costs bringing about savings which could be passed on to the consumer. speaker. Several members of the Board of Directors were present include Mr. Craig Symonette, Chairman of the Board of Abaco Markets. The honour of cutting of the ribbon to officially open the store was given to Mrs. Monica Adderley, Abaco Markets longest serving employee with 28 years. Mr. Lowell Albury, Senior Vice-President of Abaco Markets in charge of the Abaco operations, credited several individuals and companies which helped bring about the creation of the SuperCenter. Lind Design worked with them to develop the concepts they wanted included in the new store. The construction was done The Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments, spoke glowingly of the opportunities presented on Abaco. It is now for you as entrepreneurs to examine what are the niche opportunities which may be created here today by the opening of this SuperCenter and to take advantage of them with all of the energy and creativity that you can muster, she told those attending the ceremony. She felt that there were opportunities available for Bahamian farmers and other entrepreneurs to market their goods and services at the new $5-million Solomons SuperCenter. I was delighted to see the Bahamian products showcased there, she said. It is a golden opportunity which must be embraced. Most of all she said, its a tangible and eloquent expression of confidence in our collective future in The Bahamas, and the team behind Solomons SuperCenter is to be heartily congratulated for what they have accomplished. She recognized that Abaco has the fastest growing economy in the Family Islands and felt that this is an opportune time to build for the future.Minister Speaks of Opportunitiesentirely by Abaco companies which included R.C. Construction, K & W Refrigeration and Marco Air Conditioning. Solomons SuperCenter is going to be used as the model for upgrades of the Freeport, Nassau and Turks and Caicos Islands operations. Mr. Symonette spoke about Abaco Markets, Ltd. as a leader in the business world. The company has stores on three islands in The Bahamas and an operation in Turks and Caicos. The company employs 850 people and contributes more than $1 million annually to National Insurance. The business license for the company costs between $650,000 and $700,000 annually.Policy Changes Are Proposed Please see Solomons Page 38 The official opening of Solomons SuperCenter in Marsh Harbour was a grand event. The new supermarket is a state-of-the-art store with more than one million items and the newest technology to please all their customers.Platform guests included the Hon. Allyson MaynardGibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments, Mr. Craig Symonette, Chairman of the Board of Abaco Markets, and Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP for South Abaco. At the podium is Mrs. Leslie Davies-Baptiste, Marketing Director from Freeport. The first change would be to allow a Bahamian company to deposit the U.S. dollars it earns into a U.S. account to pay U.S. suppliers. We should not be asked to convert to Bahamian dollars in order to convert to

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 5 Bahamian & American Food Breakfast Traditional American & Bahamian foodLunch Daily Bahamian Specials Lunch specials served in ten minutes or lessDinner Enjoy a relaxing water front meal Located at the Conch Inn Resort & Marina Tel: (242) 367-4444Close convenient location Great food at low prices Just like it used to be! New ManagementBreakfast 7:30 am to 11 am Lunch 11:30 am to 3 pm Dinner 6 pm to 10 pm Restaurant & Barthirteen such seminars in Nassau and five in Grand Bahama with great success. On noting the fast rate of development that has been taking place in Abaco of late, the company felt that it was now time to hold a similar conference in Abaco so the First Annual Business Outlook Conference OutlookFrom Page 1Seminar Shows Good Abaco Economywas held in conjunction with the Abaco Chamber of Commerce and other corporate sponsors. The aim of the seminar was to present a wealth of information on present growth and future plans for Abaco in the areas of transportation, shipping, health, construction, investment strategies, education, agriculture and fisheries. Thirteen speakers presented viewpoints within their areas of expertise, nine of whom were government officers and prominent business people from Nassau and four of whom were Abaco businessmen. Each speakers contribution will be dealt with more fully later. Question and answer periods followed the speeches and some very pertinent and heartfelt topics were aired. An extremely good turnout of approximately one hundred people attended this conference which was without doubt a resounding success. Everyone came away expressing how much they had learned and how valuable the day had been in helping them to see both the actual growth and possibilities for future growth in Abaco. Attendees at the seminar expressed how much they are looking forward to next years event and those persons who were unable to attend this year will have another opportunity to avail themselves of this valuable experience in 2004. The conference ended with a very pleasant meal; and after each person had placed his or her business card in a plate, three lucky winners were drawn for prizes donated by Solomons and the Counsellors. By Jennifer Hudson Heading the list of speakers at the First Annual Abaco Business Outlook Conference was Mr. John Rolle, Deputy Manager-Research, Central Bank of the Bahamas. Mr. Rolle has been with the Central Bank since 1990 and holds positions with various economic and investment associations. Mr. Rolle presented an overview of the economy in Abaco which, he said, has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. During the 1980s and 1990s, Abaco has grown faster than any other island of The Bahamas, experiencing an annual growth rate of 3-4 percent annually compared to a rate of 2 percent for the rest of the Bahamas. There has been a huge increase in the number of cruise and sea visitors in the 1990s. In stopover visitors Abaco fills one quarter of the total number of hotel rooms in the entire Family Islands, though Exuma may soon break this with the Emerald Bay project. The rooms on Abaco are of a higher quality and command higher rates than any other Family Islands. Although the stopover sector has not recovered as quickly in the Family Islands as in New Providence, Mr. Rolle expressed the opinion that since the economy in the United States has now begun to move again, the 2004 tourist season is likely to see the number of tourists picking up. In the area of fisheries Eleuthera is slightly ahead, but in agriculture Abaco is the major producer with citrus being the major output. Although there has been some recent softening in activity in the construction industry, the real estate sector has realized a high amount of property sales to non-residents. In 2002 the government approved $30 million in sales to non-Bahamians in Abaco as against only $13 million in 2001. Mr. Rolle concluded by saying that Abacos economy is significant to The Bahamas. Abacos proximity to the United States has helped in its success and Abaco has attracted very sizeable foreign investments to push it further along. The many small businesses owned by Abaco residents causes stability which produces longer term horizon profits. He hopes that these seminars will help to zero in on the economies in the island.Economic Growth on Abaco Is Strong Please see Outlook Page 19 C & A Variety Store & Soft Drinks Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled, Malts and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, Abacoin the new green building opposite Lowes Pharmacy & Dr. BoyceWEVE MOVED! Now Located Established 1929 OFFICIAL ROLEX RETAILER BAHAMASA Tradition of Shopping ExcellenceDrayton Pilcher Manager Tel: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 Tel: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 Tel: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 Tel: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 Tel: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 WATCHES JEWELLERY PERFUMES LEATHER CIGARS CLINIQUE MAKE-UP P.O. Box 20084, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas(next to Mangoes Restaurant on the Harbour)Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Page 6 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 JEWELRY PERFUMEOMEGAWATCHESCHINA, CRYSTAL, JEWELRY, WATCHES & RESORT WEAR FOR EVERY BUDGETTreasure Cay, Abaco Mon Sat 9 5 pm Closed for lunch 12 noon 1:30 pm Tel: (242) 365-8132 Diane Solomon Manager 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 A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 assured us that our people would continue to be able to use the beach. A few concerned citizens have been meeting with the projects people trying to iron out an agreement as to where the access road could be located. We only hope that an amicable agreement can be reached to the satisfaction of The Abaco Club as well as the people of Cherokee.The Need for Stop SignsAlmost everyone who has traveled our main road to Marsh Harbour lately is complaining that a serious accident is waiting to happen in the construction area of the new Winding Bay project. The large heavy duty trucks hauling rock and sand back and forth across the main Cherokee road do not stop when they reach the main road; in fact, they dont even slow down. Are they not aware that only a few hundred yards down the road is a community of over 200 persons who need to travel this road almost daily and we are desperately concerned for our own safety? This has been reported to the Road Traffic Department and we hope they will be able to help us solve this problem before it is too late, but in the meantime keep alert and Watch Out for Trucks .Lets Save Our Marine LifeThree representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries called a meeting in Cherokee at the schoolhouse on September 24 with the purpose of trying to set up a permanent area to locate a marine reserve in Abaco sometime in the near future. Ms. Timica Rahming and Jeromy Saunders from Nassau were accompanied by Wayne Cornish from Marsh Harbour, who explained their goals and asked for the communitys assistance in helping the Ministry in finding a suitable location for this reserve. Ms. Rahming said that three critical qualities were needed in order to establish a good marine reserve healthy mangroves, reefs and seabeds. She pointed out that it is imperative that a pristine location be found and that an already dying area would not be suitable. She further stated that we need to preserve our marine life as it is one of the most important parts of our nations tourist industry for without our beautiful clear waters and still abundant sea life, there probably would be no tourists. One of their main points of interest is trying to preserve the Nassau Grouper which has been extremely depleted by over-fishing in some other areas of the Caribbean and is already in need of help in our own area Representatives from the Ministry have already visited North Bimini, the Berry Islands, Southern Eleuthera and the Exuma Cays to find other suitable locations for their marine reserves within The Bahamas and have left the best for last, Abaco. Once their team receives suggested locations, Ms. Rahming stated that an intense investigation of the proposed sites would take place to make sure that they were in fact suitable for their purposes. She said they would then return to the different communities on Abaco with detailed maps showing the areas under consideration before a final decision was made. It was pointed out that setting up a reserve would be permanent and that its success or failure actually depended on local residents and fishermen to maintain to pristine qualities of the area. Ms. Rahming said that if we did not report misuse of the reserve to local authorities, the whole purpose of the reserve would be lost. Once the mangroves, reefs, seabeds and the various marine life that they maintain is lost it cannot come back. She further pointed out the great importance of a marine reserve to make sure that future generations can still enjoy the sea around us. Every day you hear a fisherman tell about the lack of fish or the deterioration of the undersea life. It is our responsibility to save it now or we may not be able to save it at all. Mr. Cornish stated that he had attendedCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderConstruction of School ShedIt has taken almost a year for final approval to be returned on the planned storage shed to be built at the western end of the school. This new storage space will be helpful in keeping sports equipment and other school items safe and dry. The space has been needed for a long time and hopefully construction will start soon.Construction CompletedLinda and Charlie Lowes new vacation home is now complete, furnished and ready for occupancy, and we are looking forward to seeing its owners back in Cherokee even more often than before now that they have a place of their own.More New ResidentsOther old friends are planning to move back to the island. Joey and Peter Bradley are in the process of doing some repairs and adding a shed onto the back of their property. Peter was a former teacher at Cherokee All-Age Elementary back in the 1970s. Since then the couple has maintained a second home here and have revisited the area often. As a local teacher, he is well known to the community and has been busy renewing many old friendships. We are told that they now plan to make Cherokee Sound their primary residence and we welcome them into the community.An Access Road to the BeachFor over 200 years the people of Cherokee and their descendants have had the use of Winding Bay beach. When The Abaco Club development first took over the land, they South Abaco News Please see South Page 22 PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSNURSERNURSER NURSERNURSER NURSER YY YY Y Plants Gift Items Silk Flowers MONDAY SATURDAY 9 5 Ph 242-367-2674 Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh Harbour Baskets Pet Supplies Fish Garden Tools Fertilizers Soils & Mulch Decorate with a carefree planter of succulants See our new stock of gorgeous succulants

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 7 For information visit our website: www.bahamasferries.com or call Sandy Point 366-4119 Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Nassau 323-2166 Price Schedule Sandy Point, AbacoPassenger Vehicle Round Trip One Way Up to 16' with driver $300$165 16'-20' with driver $350$200 Over 20commercial rates applyCommercial Vehicle(per lane foot)$35 $20 Motor bike with rider $110 $60 Bicycle with rider $100 $55 Passengers Adult Passenger $90 $50 Child Passenger under 12 years$55 $30 Child Passenger under 3 years Free Free Other Unaccompanied Vehicles$40* $20* Vehicles over 5 ton grossPOA POA Price Additional to Accompanied Passenger Vehicle Transportation PricePh: (242) 323-2165 or 2166 Fax: (242) 323-8185 Nassau, Bahamas DayDepart Arrive Depart Arrive Nassau Sandy PointSandy PointNassau Wednesday9 am 12:45 pm1:30 pm5:15 pm Friday3:30 pm7:15 pm8 pm11:45 pm Sunday 3:30 pm7:15 pm8 pm11:45 pm Schedule Sandy Point, Abaco News of the CaysHope TownSwim Marathon Is ScheduledBy Jennifer Hudson The 25-metre six-lane swimming pool which has been under construction in Hope Town for several years is nearing completion. The pool committee, through community support and donations, has been able to raise most of the money necessary for building the pool but there is still a shortfall in funds. In order to help raise the final amount, a swim marathon is to be held on October 11th beginning at 11 a.m. Participants will swim a distance of four miles beginning at the beach area on the eastern side of Boat Harbour and will finish at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. They may swim either by themselves or as part of a relay team where four competitors will cover the distance, swimming one mile each within a time limit of three hours. This will be quite a challenging event. Entry fee is ten dollars per swimmer. The corporate sector is being asked to sponsor either a swimmer or a team with a donation of $500 and in return they will receive recognition with press coverage and the displaying of their logos. Many companies have already generously responded. Bahamas Wholesale Agency, the primary sponsor, is providing all of the trophies for the event. It is planned, after the opening of the pool, to reorganize the Abaco Swim Club to train swimmers to compete with other clubs throughout the Bahamas and these swimmers will have the opportunity to go on to train for and participate in the nationals in New Providence, Carifta and other larger international events. These opportunities will be open to children from the whole of Abaco. Helping to organize the marathon is Olympic swim coach, Andy Knowles, who is extremely impressed with the great community effort displayed by the Hope Town residents and businesses in getting this pool built and is delighted that soon the ranks of competitive swimmers in the Bahamas will be swelled by swimmers from Abaco. Mr. Knowles will be accompanied to the meet by a contingent of approximately 30 swimmers representing most of the Nassau swim clubs along with 20 supporters. It is expected that they will be joined by approximately 20 swimmers from Abaco. Mr. Andy Knowles and his family are showing tremendous support by entering a family team in the event. The team, comprised of Andy, his father, brother and son, will represent three generations. Jeremy, Andys son, will be traveling home from studies abroad especially for the event. Hope Town has raised nearly $200,000 to construct the pool but this initiative is about $80,000 short. Mr. Knowles, is raising funds for the marathon in Nassau. He is encouragA 25-metre swimming pool nears completion in Hope Town. The town residents have raised most of the necessary funding and do much of the labour themselves. They meet every Saturdays to speed up the work and hope to complete it by the beginning of November. They are shown here working on the decking and fencing. A swim marathon on October 11 will hopefully raise the remaining funds for completing the project. Photo by Linda Knowles Please see Cays Page 38 Appliance Centre AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION Electrical and Appliance Sales & Service We have a complete line of Installation Supplies & Accessories Full Warranty on all Equipment & AppliancesLocated on Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTelephone: (242) 367-3186 e-mail: marcoac@batelnet.bsStop By & Check Out Our Appliance Showroom Full Line of A/C Supplies Freon 22 30lbs$89 Window and Wall Units 5,000 to 25,000 BTUsStarting at $$ $$ $ 249249 249249 249

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Page 8 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 The Editor Says Seminar Features Our Growth 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: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson s and Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Richard Fawkes, Lee Pinder, James Richard, Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs SUBSCRIBE NOW Use form on next pageAbacos 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$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK & Europe surface$105 Australia surface David RalphBy Isobel ShermanWho Are Your Teachers?For the first few weeks in September I have wondered how many parents of students at Abaco Central High School have been asking their children the question, Who are your teachers? The reason that the question should be asked is because there are many classes which do not have teachers. These include math, English and science. Some other teachers on the staff are trying to step in and help but there is just so much they can do and still teach the classes they are assigned to. Yet in the first few weeks of school I have not heard of one parent coming to the school to ask about this teacher shortage. I can remember the days at Abaco Central when parents would be at the school demanding teachers and proper scheduling. Looks like those days are gone. Instead, I have students coming to me every day complaining that they dont have a teacher for this class or the next. Now, I am a mere teacher who can actually do nothing about the situation except to write about it. The voices of concerned parents could do so much more. As a colleague told me, this situation of silence would not happen in Freeport. Abaco Central High School is the largest high school on the island and has a student population of over 535 students. We are not talking about a few classes not having teachers. We are talking about full teaching timetables in English and science and two timetables in math. To me it is not just a mere shortage; it is a crisis. We have been told a math teacher is coming but no one has said when and one math teacher would only alleviate one part of the shortage.Getting Used to a New NameEver since its existence persons have called the government freight dock in Marsh Harbor the dock. As of last month, we must get used to the new name Port of Marsh Harbour and begin to refer to it as the port. Actually to continue to use the name dock does a great injustice to this modern large facility. For many of us the word port meant the Port of Palm Beach in Florida but now the name port has taken on a new meaning much closer to home.Hurricane IsabelGod spared the Bahamas and in particular the wrath and rage of Hurricane Isabel but the whole island was on guard. Even though Hurricane Isabel was a thousand miles away, residents became very concerned and nervous. Persons began boarding up their residences and businesses and some even made plans to leave the island. However, by the 14th it was clear that Hurricane Isabels track was going to take her east of the Bahamas and even though the forecasted track could have changed, it did not. In fact, Hurricane Isabel passed way east of Abaco. The fear that Hurricane Floyd placed in the residents of Abaco is still very fresh and real. Hurricane Floyd was a disaster and Hurricane Isabel until she started to weaken would have been a catastrophe had she hit Abaco with the full brunt of her Category 5 fury. We must all be thankful to God for sparing us Isabels wrath. I know I was not the only one praying that the Bahamas and actually all other lands be spared. God blessed us in The Bahamas and on Abaco by letting Hurricane Isabel pass us by. By S. Timothy Roberts It is uncertain when exactly the Marsh Harbour International Airport was last upgraded; however, current guesses lean toward about 1985-86, or thereabouts. This would make the current airport approximately seventeen years old. When that airport was built it was quite possibly just adequate enough for the traffic coming through Marsh Harbour. However, now it is completely unbearable at peak hours and a disgrace to Abaco and The Bahamas. And this is not an issue just for Abaco. But throughout The Bahamas many airports are in a state of disrepair and need heavy maintenance or upgrades, including Nassau International Airport, one of the major hubs to the Caribbean. It is such an extreme national disgrace simply because we are supposedly a premier tourist destination in the world and tops in the Caribbean. Yet the door, as it were, to our country is run down, overcrowded and in disrepair. Imagine what an impression one might get on their first visit walking through one of these airports? I would venture to guess they might think were not serious about attracting their business to our shores. They may think we have no pride in our country, and I am afraid I wouldnt be able to disagree. Now Sol Kerzner of Kerzner International Ltd., who signed a deal worth $600 million to begin Phase III of his Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, just signed a deal to even further expand the Atlantis brand across the globe. Kerzner International Limited in a news release announced today that it has agreed to form a joint venture with Nakheel LLC, an entity owned by the Government of Dubai, to develop Atlantis, The Palm, the first phase of which is expected to be an approximately $650 million development to include a 1,000room resort and an extensive water theme park situated on 1.5 miles of beachfront. We are very excited to be a part of Sheikh Mohammeds incredible vision for tourism in Dubai, said Chairman of Kerzner International Sol Kerzner. We have seen the incredible commitment the government has to developing the countrys infrastructure, from its airport and airline to such projects as Internet City and Media City and its recently opened 6,500-delegate convention facility. With its year-round warm weather, great beaches, excellent infrastructure and unparalleled airlift, Dubai is the ideal location for our second Atlantis. Kerzner and Nakheel have jointly agreed to invest a total of $120 million in the form of equity financing to the project. The balance of the financing will be raised at the project level. Kerzner gave the Bahamian government the ultimatum that the Nassau International Airport must be upgraded and become a world class airport before they can proceed with Phase III. Atlantis looks to attract the lucrative business of conventions and conferences, but they require an airport with a good infrastructure, safety equipment, security and clean environment. This is a no brainer, and is long overdue. As a tourist destination we ought to want the first impression tourists get to be a great one, not just a good one. And Nassau, as the premier destination in The Bahamas, ought to have the best airport in the region. Abaco, the third city of The Bahamas, and Marsh Harbour International Airport, the second busiest airport in The Bahamas, deserves much more attention. With the FAAs recent critical (rightly so) eye on our airport, with the expansion of tourism, and investments in Abaco, with all the security issues that have arisen from events in the past couple of years, there really is no question that Marsh Harbours airport needs an immediate and extensive facelift and improved infrastructure. Great care must be taken to not build an airport that is only suited to todays traffic, but to account for at least another 10 years growth. If tourism is to be our leading industry, we must take these actions, or we will be left out in the cold. We recently had aa Abaco Business Outlook seminar thanks to the Councillors Marketing firm in Nassau. About 100 professional and management-type persons attended the day-long event held at Abaco Beach Hotel. Knowledgeable government persons and other speakers gave valuable information on Abacos past, present and future. Details given by the first two speakers are summarized in this issue by Jennifer Hudson, with more to follow in the next edition. Various people we are in contact with have different opinions on the state of our economy. Some think it is robust, some consider it holding steady, while others complain it is performing below average. Those in Nassau who see the big picture are unanimous in stating that Abacos economy is robust, indeed. This was verified by our writer, Jennifer Hudson, who informally researched her story prior to the seminar by contacting many local business leaders. Overall real estate sales are ahead of last year with current sales to foreigners of $30 million compared to last years $13 million. Several sizable developments are in the negotiating and planning stages and formal announcements could come at any time. As is natural, government will probably make the first announcements perhaps there will be statements during the fall PLP convention. During a recent visit to Abaco, the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson mentioned that approximately $200 million in foreign development is slated for Abaco. Our growth is being fueled by Bahamian investors as well as foreigners. We develop businesses to accommodate this growth and are frequently immune or unaware of the overall expansion taking place around us. Statistics are collected In government offices in Nassau which would show this Abaco growth very dramatically facts we rarely see, such as the annual increase in Agricultural exports Airline seat capacity Bank deposits Building permits Business License fees Crown Land applications Development Bank applications Duties collected Electricity and water consumption Fisheries exports Foreign reserve contribution Freight incoming tonnage Gasoline and diesel fuel consumption Government employees resident here Hotel and guest house occupancy Marina occupancy Mortgage applications National Insurance collections Property tax revenues School enrollments Telephone and communication revenues Vehicle registrations Visitor arrivals by air and sea Work permit applications Perhaps there are persistent persons who know where to find some of this data and assemble it for viewing. Most information from government agencies is not confidential but is frequently tucked in obscure places and guarded by zealous civil servants. We think graphs with annual information on the above topics would be an eye opener. We have more than 25 government agencies on Abaco with in-house staff. Many of them have increased their staff to properly service our growth and needs. Over the years the commercial transportation sector has been quietly growing to meet the demands of the area. Our shipping companies, including the mail boat from Nassau, have had to acquire larger freighters to service our needs. An ocean ferry recently connected South Abaco to Nassau and a passenger ferry connects North Abaco to Grand Bahama. By the end of the year a large ferry is expected to ply between Grand Bahama and Sandy Point. Locally the ferry capacity to Guana Cay, Man-O-War and Elbow Cay has increased greatly. The airlines serving Central Abaco have expanded and new ones have spring up to match passenger demands. Most government infrastructure has grown in fits and starts to keep pace with growth but our airport remains an exception.Generally Speaking . .Upgrade Now Subscribe toThe Abaconianto Learn the News

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 9Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor 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 via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface US$105 Austrailia Surface Mail to: PO Box 1556, Jupiter, FL 3468 1556 USA 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. Aug 03 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 ElectronicsUpset with Rude ReplyDear Editor, I hate to criticize anybody. However, if we simply allow public (government) corporations to conduct their public relations the way they do sometimes, without questioning it, then we deserve what we get. A few lines will suffice. Thank you. The service from BEC has improved. And we here in Bahama Palm Shores are hopeful that very soon we will have regular phone lines. So, the complaint I wish to issue, is not driven by any petty indulgence, but rather because I am sick and tired of the way Bahamians conduct themselves sometimes. Some five to six weeks ago we were experiencing a lot of electrical fluctuations and some outages. So one morning my wife decided to call BEC to enquire as to whether they had gotten the problem fixed so as to know what to expect to which she was told, If you was listening to the radio, you would know. So taken a little aback, my wife proceeded to explain that not all of us happen to be listening to the radio at the pertinent times always. She then went on to ask if the problem was that BEC didnt have enough generators, or what? The response? Yall fing Conchy Joe Marsh Harbour people.. At this time, my wife held the receiver away from her ear for a few seconds in amazement. When she put it back to her ear, this fool was still carrying on. So my wife, in anger, told him that Yall dont know your ass from a hole in the ground and hung up. (By the way, we are not, in fact, Marsh Harbour people. We do not live in Marsh Harbour, nor are we descended from Marsh Harbour directly. I am in fact a Conchy Joe, but both points are irrelevant, arent they?) After an initial verbal complaint to the management, and upon their instruction, I put the complaint in writing and hand delivered it to their office in Marsh Harbour right after the incident. To date, no response whatsoever although my wife had been assured that they would get to the bottom of this. So, whats my point? Simple. First of all, I never really expected to hear from BEC anyway because I have become accustomed to the fact that, like many other ordinary Bahamians, we simply should not expect anything to be done about such things. Secondly, we hear so much about what the government is doing wrong and what they should be doing to make our lives better, etc. However, the real problem in this beloved? country of ours is the inability of ordinary Bahamians to conduct themselves in a professional manner. To further exacerbate this problem is the fact that management, who are supposed to be the professionals, are unable, or unwilling, to do anything about such matters. So, where does this leave us? It leaves us in a position where we aspire to First World status; however, as far as our attitudes are concerned, we are for the most part still living in a Third World country. Things are as good as they will ever be in the Bahamas right now. The only way that will change is for the average working person to get a shot of real National Pride, instead of the government trying to instill such a thing where it obviously cannot take root. What really upsets me the most about this whole situation is that quite possibly the person who talked to my wife so rudely is probably someone I know because I know many of the guys working for BEC Abaco. I like to think that my male friends would never talk to a woman the way this person talked to my wife. But then again, I come from the old school, and that mold seems to have been shattered long ago. Excellence will only come about if we desire it strongly enough. Sincerely, William (Billy) Roberts A citizen who gives a damn A new fast ferry will begin service between Fort Lauderdale and Freeport beginning November 1. The Cat will be is a 320foot high speed catamaran which will be on a regular schedule. The Cat is owned by Bahamas Florida Express, a Bahamian owned company The company will offer a special introductory price of $109 for Bahamians and $70 for children plus taxes. The Cat will be able to carry 900 passengers and will travel at a speed of 42 knots. The boat will leave Freeport daily at 9:30 a.m. arriving in Fort Lauderdale two hours later. The return trip will leave Fort Lauderdale at 4 p.m. The boat has many amenities to keep its passengers happy. These include a caf, bar, gift shop television lounge and casino. The ferry is being chartered by Bahamas Florida Express which is a Bahamian-owned company headed by Craig Symonette. Mr. Symonette is a well known businessman involved in ferries serving other Family Islands including the SeaWind, the ferry serving Sandy Point from Nassau.Ferry Scheduled Between Freeport and Ft. LauderdalePolice Win Independence AwardThe Royal Bahamas Police Force on Abaco accepted their award for the most original window display in a competition sponsored by the Independence Committee. The theme of the competition was the celebration of the Bahamas 30th anniversary of Independence. The officers shown above are, left to right, Insp. Gregory Barr, ASP Clarence Russell, officer in charge of Abaco, Insp. Godfrey Ferguson and Insp. Cleophas Cooper, CID officer. Our PolicyThe Abaconian must know the identity of any person writing a letter to the editor. We cannot print letters unless we have that information. 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Page 10 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 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 COMING IN OCTOBER 2003 ABACO 3 ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICOAction THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONSFamily Comedy JEEPERS CREEPERS 2Horror/Thriller THE RUNDOWNAction/Comedy CABIN FEVERHorror/Thriller MATCHSTICK MENComedy/Drama Creative Relations Restaurant Announces ChangesHummingbird Restaurant and Bar is announcing exciting new changes. Located in Memorial Plaza, owner Barbara Simmons is pleased to announce that Dee Delancy is joining her as managing partner. Dee is well known from her many years at Wallys Restaurant and brings 19 years of hospitality experience to her new role. The partners plan many improvements including a sophisticated new decor, extended hours, and an expand menu. A renewed emphasis will be placed on service and style.Library NewsBy Isobel Sherman Beginning in October the Marsh Harbour Community Library will be offering homework help on Mondays through Fridays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The computer room will be open and research help will be available only on Mondays and Wednesdays for 3:30 until 5:15 p.m. Students must be members of the library to use the computers and there is a charge for printing out documents and for photocopies. New childrens books have been donated to the library over the summer. Membership is $4 per year for students and $10 per year for adults.New Restaurant OpensBy Isobel Sherman Chef Neil Albury has owned the Hibiscus Restaurant in Man-O-War for the past few years. The food served there has been so delicious that many persons often traveled from Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War to have lunch there or dine there in the evening. As of two weeks ago traveling to Man-O-War to dine at the Hibiscus is not necessary because Chef Neil has opened a branch of the restaurant in Marsh Harbour. Located in the building behind Memorial Plaza, Chef Neil told me that the response to his restaurant has been overwhelming. In his first two weeks of operation in Marsh Harbour over 1500 meals were served. In fact, he added four more tables to increase the seating capacity of the restaurant. Neil would like to have a larger dining area. Hibiscus serves a regular luncheon menu and a buffet menu at lunch. Daily lunch specials are also a feature. Dinner is served nightly. I readily admit that I was a fan of Hibiscus Restaurant in Man-O-War and I have eaten there every time I have traveled to Man-O-War. As a treat for myself, I had lunch at the Marsh Harbour Hibiscus Restaurant on Saturday. Once again the food was out of this world. First of all, it was difficult for me to make a choice but I chose the cracked conch. The conch was so tender you could cut it with a fork and the batter was very light. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Some of Neils specialties are shrimp in coconut and conch bites with coconut, a very flavorful unusual dish and delicious. In addition to seafood entrees, the Hibiscus serves, as Neil puts it, the Bahamian dishes people want, chicken, macaroni, pork chops and fish. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. They also take reservations for both lunch and dinner. Central Abaco NewsNathaniel Malone, a sixteen-year-old grade eleven student of Forest Heights Academy, was the lucky winner of a mountain bike in the Back to School Supplies raffle sponsored by Bellevue Business Depot. Any customer was eligible for entry in the raffle with a purchase of $50 dollars or more of back to school supplies. Nathaniel was the first boy to win the raffle in the four years Bellevue has been running the promotion. He bought all of his school supplies at the store and would like to thank Bellevue for his prize. His reaction on being notified by the store manager that he had won the bike was initially one of disbelief. I couldnt believe my luck. I do not usually win things, he said. The winning ticket was drawn by Shoshanna Davis of St. Francis de Sales School, who was in the store shopping with her mother, Customs officer Molly Davis, and several of her school friends. Please see Cays Page 11

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 11 With four styles to choose from to suit your needs, Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters can secure your home in minutes from theft or storm. Come to ABACO HARDWARE ( Local distributors for Roll-a-way ) for a custom quote today. DON’T BE CA DON’T BE CA DON’T BE CA DON’T BE CA DON’T BE CA UGHT UGHT UGHT UGHT UGHT WITH WITH WITH WITH WITH Y Y Y Y Y OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO WN! WN! WN! WN! WN!Tired of hours lifting heavy shutters, or damaging the walls of your home with nails and screws? THERE IS A BETTER WAY! ABACO HARDWARE LT D D D D DDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Tel: (242) 367-2170 e-mail: abacohdwe@batelnet.bsFor more info on Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters please contact us. Colonial shutters look like traditional wood shutters. With Roll-a-way shutters, the days of having to manually board up your home can be a thing of the past! Accordian shutters in front of sliding glass doors. Bahama shutters are available in an array of colors. A & W TRAVEL Travel is our businessWe’ll 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 Marsh Harbour’s Newest Restaurant Featuring Bahamian and International Cuisine Owned and operated by Barbara Simmons Over 20 years of experience feeding hungry people Real food at real prices All are WelcomeOpen 7 Day’s a Week Serving Breakfast & Lunch 8 am until 3 pm • Fridays 6 pm 9 pm for Dinner VHF Ch 9 • 367-2922 • Memorial Plaza, Marsh HarbourAbaco Youth In ActionBy Jennifer Hudson Abaco Youth in Action will be re-starting its sports programme on October 4th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Murphy Town Park. The first discipline will be soccer and will run for a period of eight weeks, followed by basketball in January and then baseball. Boys and girls aged 7 to 14 from all schools in Abaco are welcome to participate in this programme. The programme is under the direction of Lynden and Elva Davis. The aim of the organizers is to prepare mini and peewee teams to travel to Freeport before the end of the year to participate in a tournament at the YMCA and then have the Freeport team here in return next year.Beacon’s Book StoreBy Jennifer Hudson Beacon’s Book Store has moved from the Abaco Shopping Centre into the building next to Computer Creations on Don MacKay Boulevard. The new premises are slightly smaller but with a more “homey, intimate” feel. An interesting variety of books is on sale ranging from Christian and motivational books to books about the Bahamas and cook books. Oxford and Macmillan brand text books and teaching materials can be ordered and received within one week. Also in stock are Bible covers and cases, Gospel music CD’s, cassette tapes and tapes for children as well as a wide selection of all occasion greeting cards and gift items such as mugs and plaques. Rubber stamps can be provided within one week and a copier repair service is also offered. Christmas cards, calendars and two year planners are already in stock and will soon be on the shelves. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and hours will be extended closer to Christmas.Publishing and Internet Service Office OpensBy Portia Jonsson Adnet, located Forest Drive between Roadrunners Bicycle Shop and Long Bay School, is open for business. The Desktop Publishing and Internet Services office, owned and operated by Mr. Richard Fox, offers use of computers for internet access, printer access, word processing, computer games and educational resources for children. Adnet specializes in professional writing and marketing services for press releases and promotional articles, public service announcements, business plans and proposals, information pamphlets and much more. You can send and receive faxes at the office. Computer classes including Introduction to MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access and MS Power Point are offered at Adnet. Business hours are 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Saturday or call 367-0023/4 for information. More Central Abaco News CaysFrom Page 10Steak Out for Hugh Cottis Medical FundBy Jennifer Hudson On October 18th from 12 noon to 6 p.m. friends of Hugh Cottis will hold a steak-out in the parking lot of Forest Heights Academy on Don MacKay Boulevard. Mr. Cottis, as many people know, suffered a stroke at the beginning of the summer and has been in Nassau for the past three months receiving medical treatment. This steak-out is a fund raising to help with his medical expenses. Please see Central Page 38

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Page 12 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 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 Open 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 5:00 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 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 Full Range of Reliable Johnson & Advanced Evinrude Motors. In Stock 2 hp thru 250 hp at Lower than U.S. Prices. Full Range of Johnson & Evinrude Parts in Stock. Factory Trained Mechanics & Reliable Service. Ask About Our Three Year Warranty Policy. DOLPHIN MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4262 ISLAND MARINE Parrot Cay 242-366-0282 SEA HORSE MARINE Hope Town 242-366-0023 ROBERTS MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4249 Forest Heights AcademyNew School Year BeginsForest Heights Academy began the 2003 academic year on September 15. New and returning students were welcomed by their friends, teachers and a freshly painted building, maintaining the quality standards of their learning environment. Beginning its 6th year on the state-of-the-art campus, the student body is nearly at its capacity. However, there are still some openings in grade seven. The teachers and administration are pleased with the results of the 2003 BJC and BGCSE examinations taken last spring. Congratulations to the 10th graders for their efforts on the BJCs and best wishes to the graduating class of 2003 now scattering around the world on their BGCSE results. Andrew Wilhoyte is literally doing just that as he begins this year on the Concordia class afloat currently sailing in the Pacific Ocean, and many others have already begun their university studies. Forest Heights would like to congratulate the new prefects of the Senior class of 2004. Chosen for their leadership qualities are Shane Cash, Destiny Cornish, Ron Kawalaram, Mashanna Russell and Ashley Sands. Head Prefects are Rebecca Risberg and Ovens Altidor. Finally, in keeping with their love of music and drama, the Forest Heights Academy Choir and Drama Club are beginning work on their Christmas production and spring play. Meeting on Mondays after school, they will continue to develop these important skills to enhance their education. As a final note, all parents are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the PTA on October 2 at 7 p.m. in room 106. Your participation will be greatly appreciated to ensure a productive school year.Fox Town PrimaryThe Fox Town Primary got a good start to the new school year. The enrollment is down slightly to just over 120 students. They have a staff of six teachers along with Principal Austin Mills. They have a new teacher, Ms. Nadia Smith, who is teaching first grade. This leaves them missing only a Spanish teacher. There is a possibility that a teacher may be assigned to teach Spanish in the Coopers Town Primary and Fox Town Primary Schools. Mr. Mills is pleased with the way the school is going this year. Last year a second home owner donated a copy machine and some books to the school which were greatly appreciated. He would like to see more library books for his students to enjoy.S. C. Bootle High SchoolPTA Meeting Was Well AttendedBy James Richard The first PTA meeting of the new school year was held on September 22 with many parents and teachers in attendance. Rev. Clayton McIntosh will continue in his capacity as PTA President. Principal, Mr. Leslie Rolle, brought much to the attention of parents including uniforms, textbook requirements and a summary of last year. He shared plans for the new school year which promises to be better than ever. New staff members were introduced to parents, and the lack of both a music teacher and one science teacher was discussed at length. Finally, parents were given a chance to ask questions and voice complaints. Many worried about the amount of homework, the crowding of the buses and the cost of textbooks. Much discussion about optional classes and class sizes also took place. After the formal meeting the parents and teachers were able to mingle and touch base concerning individual students.Abaco Central HighNew Basketball CoachBy Isobel Sehrman Abaco Central High Schools Mighty Marlins basketball team has a new coach. Actually the coach is really the former coach of the basketball team. Mr. Pat Smith has returned to Abaco and to Abaco Central High School as a science teacher. Last week he began practices for the Boys Varsity and Junior Basketball teams at the school. He has returned from Langston University in Oklahoma and is enthusiastic about being back at the school and coaching basketball. Each afternoon the boys are out training, running before practice, which is held at Ocean View Court in Dundas Town. Mr. Smith hopes to take the team to the Vita Malt Tournament in Freeport as well as the Catholic High Invitational Tournament in Freeport and the Hugh Campbell in Nassau in February. Mr. Smith was a teacher here for quite a few years. About eight years ago he accepted a position at Langston University and moved his family to Oklahoma. The first member of his family to return to Abaco was his daughter, Monique, who is employed at BEC. Monique returned two years ago after she graduated from college. Mr. Smiths wife and other children will be joining him by the years end.Abaco Central Takes to the AirA group of staff and administration led by Principal Benjamin Stubbs spent an hour on September 17 talking on Radio Abaco. Representing the school were Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, Principal, Mr. Huel Moss Jr. Vice Principal, Ms. Phillipa Farrington, Mrs. Lori Higgs-Thompson, Mrs. Isobel Sherman and Mr. Camaru Raheim. The show was to be a call in show but as it turned out so much information was being given that there were no time for callers. Host Silbert Mills wanted to know about the BGCSE results. A discussion followed in which Mr. Raheim explained the grading School News Please see School Page 13

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 13 Store Hours: 9am to 5pm Ph: (242) 365-5006 365-5002 365-5028 (office) 365-5083 (fax) TT TT T el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 F F F F F ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 e-mail: harbourviewhaven@abacoinet.com www.guanacayvillas .com Rental CottagesAll units centrally air-conditioned Satellite TV, Radio / CD / Tape player Two bedrooms, queen beds, 1 bath, full kitchen, living room Dining area seats 6, Bahama room with queen futon One bedroom, one bath apartment overlooking the harbour Outside BBQ grill Enjoy your own private gazebo and garden Harbour View HavenLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas 3 Villas, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Fully furnished kitchen 1 bedroom queen, 1 bedroom 2 singles Sitting area queen futon Dining area seats 6 All units fully furnished, Central A/C Satellite TV, Radio/CD/Tape player Outside BBQ with your own private balcony Overlooking the harbour PoolTel: (242) 365-5028/5006/5002 Fax: (242) 365-5083e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.com www. guanacayvillas.comLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Cay, Abaco, BahamasSea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas scheme of the BGCSE examinations. Other issues brought up during the hour were lack of security, shortage of furniture and the serious teacher shortage. Abaco Central staff is appealing to past graduates, parents and the whole community to rally behind the school and support it. Mr. Mills invited the group back for another programme slated for October 30.College Fair UpdatePlans are in full swing for the Second Annual College Fair sponsored by Abaco Central High School. Over 60 colleges, universities, junior colleges, and technical schools have been invited and the response so far has been good. Already two colleges not present at last years fair have indicated they will be coming. The fair will be held November 18 at New Vision Ministries from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.SAT No More FaxesBy Isobel Sherman Persons wishing to register for the SAT examination this school year should be aware that registration can only take place by mail or online. The College Board is accepting no more faxed registrations. The first sitting of the SAT in the Bahamas will be December 1, 2003. On Abaco the examination is given at Forest Heights Academy. SchoolFrom Page 14 S.C. Bootle High School welcomes several new staff members. They are, left to right, Jose Torres (Physical Education), Lauralee Davis (Social Studies), Tina Roberts (Math), Opal Farquarson (Home Economics) and Kevin Hepburn (Math). Missing from photo is Angela Pratt (Library and Religious Studies). More School NewsIn November 2002 second home owner Daryl Muratori began a book drive to provide both library books and text books for the students of Central Abaco Primary School. So far the drive has produced approximately 2000 pounds of books with another 2000 pounds on the way and more being shipped. This, along with very generous contributions by the Wujack Foundation, John Strater and many other contributors like Bob Sylvester of Guana Sea Side Village. There are now some very good books for the children to read. He is still working on purchasing many more books such as audio books for the children who cannot read as yet but are eager to learn. If you know of schools or libraries that have books they would like to donate, please contact Daryl Muratori at 242-365-8895. Contributions are being accepted since there is a need for many text books for the classrooms and library books and the program is being expanded to other schools. Shown above are, left to right, Paul Wujack, Daryl Muratori, Bob Sylvester and John Strater.Visitors Donate Books to Schools

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Page 14 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 The Board of Directors and Management of BEC are pleased to announce that for the first time in its forty seven (47) year history the Bahamas Electricity Corporation will be passing on to all its customers in New Providence and the Family Islands significant reductions in electricity rates effective October 1, 2003. These reductions in our rates will range from 11 % to 17% based on the category of users. Management reports that this benefit will be achieved as a result of improved cost efficiencies in its operations during the past twelve months, mainly from: Negotiation of a new fuel oil supply contract, saving the corporation a minimum of $4.0 million per annum in fuel costs. Improvement in fuel operating efficiencies with significant projected savings of $18.0 million from the commissioning of two (2) new plants a23 MW gas turbine at Blue Hills and a slow speed 30 MW diesel engine (No. DA12) at Clifton Pier. Increased revenue of $1.2 million from the signing of a new five year fuel tank lease agreement with the Corporations supplier. Expected refinancing of a $128 million IDB loan to a 10 year euro dollar loan with anticipated savings in interest cost of a minimum of $5.0 million per annum (or $50 million over the 10 year refinancing period). This financing will eliminate the foreign currency exposure risk involved with the IDB basket of currencies. These reductions in electricity rates will consist of the following components: (1)Basic Rate Reduction (2)Maximum Demand Large Commercial Customers (eg. Hotels) (3)Refund on Fuel SurchargeBEC Announces Rate Reductions Rate ReductionsTo ALL CUSTOMERS in New Providence & How BECs RATE REDUCTIONS Will Benefit YOU! How BECs RATE REDUCTIONS Will Benefit YOU! Category of UserAverage Reduction in monthly billResidentialIf you use 800 kwh or less per month your potential reduction is If you use 1,200 kwh per month your potential reduction is Small CommercialIf you use 1,200 kwh per month your potential reduction is Large CommercialIf you have an annual maximum demand of 20 KVA and use 10,200 kwh per month your potential reduction is17% 12% 11% 12%

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 15 WHA T ARE THESE BENEFITS?These reductions in the tariff rates, fuel surcharge adjustment and other changes will affect customers as follows: RESIDENTIAL i.A residential customer consuming up to 800 kwh per month with the tariff rate change, minimum rate threshold of 800 kwh and fuel surcharge adjustment, will realise a 17% reduction in monthly bills. ii.A residential customer consuming 1,200 kwh per month with the new tariff rate, minimum rate threshold and fuel surcharge adjustment, will realise a 12% monthly reduction in electricity bills. SMALL COMMERCIAL On average, a small commercial customer consuming 1,200 kwh per month with the new tariff rate change and fuel surcharge adjustment will realise an 11% reduction in monthly electricity bills. LARGE COMMERCIAL Large commercial customers will benefit from a 5% reduction in the tariff rate, a 5% reduction in the fuel surcharge adjustments and a 2% reduction in the maximum demand charge. Additionally there will be a change from an annual maximum demand fixed charge to a semi-annual maximum demand fixed charge for the summer and winter periods. For example, a large commercial customer with an annual maximum demand of 20kVA and using 10,200 kwh per month would realise a minimum of 12% reduction in monthly electricity bills OTHER CUSTOMER SERVICE BENEFITSThe Corporations customers can also expect the following additional benefits designed to improve service delivery and realise a return on their deposits held as follows: Interest on Deposits Effective October 1, 2003, a 3% interest payment (calculated on a daily balance) will be accrued on all customer deposits and credited to their electricity accounts. FIRST EVER Interactive Voice Response (IVR) The (IVR) system was launched in New Providence on August 21, 2003 to allow customers electronic access to their accounts at their convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This system allows customers to access current and past balances on their accounts as well as information on other corporate services, such as damage claims, etc. IVR was introduced in Eleuthera in February 2003 as a pilot project and is now in place for Abaco customers. Call the toll-free number 242-300-0110 to access your account. The Corporation expects to provide this service to all other family islands during the next six months. Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) The Corporation expects to officially introduce this long anticipated Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) service to all New Providence residential customers in October 2003. The project is expected to be completed in the next four months. A few of the benefits of AMR are:(i) Remote and automatic meter reading (ii) Significantly faster meter reading time (iii) More accurate billings (iv) More cost efficiencies to both customer and BECIn order to explain these rate reductions in our rates to all our customers, officers of the Corporation will be conducting three town meetings on New Providence and four on the family islands with the greatest customer base during the next few weeks. The Corporation will be announcing details of these meetings via broadcast and print media very shortly. Our Corporate Vision at BEC is to become the number one public corporation in The Bahamas, and to rank among the best utilities of our size and character in the region. We at B.E.C are committed to realising this vision.Family Islands Effective October 1, 2003& New Benefits & New Benefits

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Page 16 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Heavy Lift Service Inc. 155 East Port Rd., Warehouse B Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potters Cay Dock Nassau, New Providence Serving Marsh Harbour and the Cays with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm Beach Departing Palm Beach twice monthly* Departing Nassau Every Tuesday Night Arriving Marsh Harbour Early Wednesday Morning Extended Services to Green Turtle Cay* For more information on the Palm Beach Service Call Trinity Customs Brokerage (242) 367-4297 Representing the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MORECONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE 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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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. By Richard Fawkes Free movement of labour among the 34 countries in the Americas will not be part of the Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement (FTAA), according to Zhivargo Laing. Neither are issues of financial services and transportation on the table, he said. Could you imagine President George Bush signing an agreement that would allow Bahamians, Haitians, Jamaicans or any national from any country party to the agreement to come to the United States at will to work? Mr. Laing asked. This makes FTAA different from the European Union and the proposed Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), he explained. FTAA does not intend a single currency or obligation to allow participating countries to own business in the other countries, as do the EU and the proposed CSME. As to foreign investments, Mr. Laing explained that although the FTAA will establish rules on investment, the laws on investment in force in the respective countries at the time the treaty comes into being will govern how each country deals with foreign investors. Mr. Laing, the former Economics Development Minister in the last Free National Movement government who was responsible for FTAA negotiations, spoke to about 40 Treasure Cay residents at Full Gospel Assembly Church on September 22 on what he called the opportunities and challenges presented to The Bahamas by the prospect of joining the FTAA. He spoke to a diverse, conscientious group including teachers, business people and local government representatives who asked questions ranging from whether FTAA was a one-way street from the strong to the weaker nations to how will local fishermen and farmers survive the competition to whether all the changes will be implemented at once to the detriment of the Bahamian economy and sovereignty. Fear brings bondage, Mr. Laing told his audience as a way of explaining that the purpose of his talk was to separate myth from fact. Bahamians should not stay away from the table because of a lack of understanding of what FTAA is all about, he said. Explaining that Abaconians are engaging in international trade every time they shop in Florida or provide a service to an American tourist, Mr. Laing said Bahamians should not say we cannot join FTAA because we have nothing to trade. FTAA, he said, will provide access for participating countries to a $12 trillion market, making it the largest trading bloc in the world if it comes about. That is why the United States is seeking the agreement and why all 34 countries in the hemisphere freely went to Miami in 1995 to begin the process of negotiating FTAA, Mr. Laing explained. He said no agreement has been signed yet, that there is just a draft agreement so far which anyone can read by going on the internet to www.ftaa-alca.org. The nine areas of trade being negotiated are market access, investment, services (whose negotiation is being chaired by The Bahamas at U.S. insistence), government procurement, dispute settlement, agriculture, intellectual property, anti-dumping and competition policy. Mr. Laing said maintaining our sovereignty is not at issue under FTAA. We have the sovereign right to decide to join or not to join and to live by the consequences of our decision, he explained. Among the benefits to The Bahamas Mr. Laing said he saw was access by Bahamians business and professional people to markets throughout the hemisphere for exporting their products and services. He said Bahamians will have more choices for cheaper goods from more countries without having to pay duties. Customs duties, however, will still exist for areas of the world outside the agreement such as Asia, Europe and Africa. Among the challenges were: The governments switching from customs duties to perhaps a sales tax to raise the approximately $500 million annual revenue needed from that source Abaco farmers and producers who now depend on government subsidies or tariff protection to succeed will have to find other ways of becoming competitive with their counterparts from places like Mexico and Brazil Bahamian workers providing better quality service in order to compete with lower wages paid in other economies. He said he did not believe a solution to our non-competitive labour was to reduce wages or get rid of unions. Mr. Laing said the treaty envisions a provision granting special considerations to small economies under which The Bahamas would qualify by any definition of small. He said we should also be able to negotiate a gradualFTAA Presents ChallengesZhivargo Laing discussed the proposed FTAA agreement with residents of North Abaco on September 22 at the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church. He was the Economics Development Minister in the previous government. He is shown here in the center with Rev. Stafford Symonette on the left, pastor of Full Gospel Church, and Curtis Cooper, moderator for the discussion, on the right. Please see FTAA Page 38

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 17 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 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Despite rough weather conditions, the Great Bakers Beach Sail-Away was a success on August 31 with a turnout of 50 boats and about 200 people. Everyone enjoyed the casual family party which was a successful fund raising event for two Abaco organizations, the Abaco Rage and Friends of the Environment. About $2400 was raised which will be divided between the two beneficiaries. The event was organized by Bill Albury but the major sponsors were Price Right, Snappas, Nippers, Rock Around the Clock, Bristol Cellars, Hope Town T-Shirt Design and Froggies Island Adventures. Everyone took his own cooler but hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas and beer were for sale. Ice was provided. Aubrey Clarke was set up by Nippers to make his well known coconut and rum drinks using a hand cranked blender. His conch fritters were also appreciated. The organizers are hoping to make this an annual event. Photo by Bill AlburySail-Away Party Raises Funds Youth Celebration of Praise PlannedBy Portia Jonsson The Zion Baptist Church in Murphy Town is planning its annual Youth Celebration of Praise to be held on October 8th-12th. This years theme is Blaze It Up For Jesus, More Fire In keeping with the churchs commitment to provide wholesome, spiritual and productive development of todays youth, a number of activities will be featured: Lecture, question and debate Panel Discussion Competition (1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies will be awarded) Blaze It Up For Jesus Night showcasing drama, music, dance, praise, worship and more Beach Fun Day Social at Treasure Cay Visit and walk around to the elderly in the community with food bags given to the elderly. Anyone wishing to help with donation of food items is kindly asked to contact Bro. Leroy Thompson, Youth Pastor, 367-4923 or Sis. Emma Dawkins, Youth President, 3672692 The week of activities will climax with a morning church service with Rev. Cedric Gaitor as guest speaker and a speech sermonette on Sunday night which will be delivered by two youth. A Blaze It Up For Jesus rush-out with cowbells and drums will also take place at the church. You are invited to come and be a part of this great celebration of youth in Christ. Church News Remember to Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 19 Early Bird CafeShop #8 Colina Building Tel: 367-5310$2.99 Bahamian Breakfast Sheep Tongue Souse, Chicken Souse Stewed Conch/Fish Boiled Fish Tuna, Corned Beef and Sausage with Grits Minister Bethel Discussed Health MattersBy Jennifer Hudson The second conference speaker was Sen. the Hon. Dr. Marcus Bethel, Minister of Health and Environmental Services, who introduced himself by stating how proud he is to be able to claim to be part Abaconian since his grandmother hailed from Abaco. He opened by saying that he wants to ensure the highest quality of care for the islands and that Abaco is the third major metropolitan area after Grand Bahama and Nassau. Dr. Bethel discussed the suggested causeway between Abaco and Grand Bahama which is of interest to him. He states that it would have a dynamic synergistic effect whereby both the Abaco and Grand Bahama economies will be able to feed off each other. Dr. Bethel referred to the matter which was brought before Parliament by Sen. Edison Key regarding the high number of cancer patients on Abaco and the possible connection to drinking water. He stated that OutlookFrom Page 5Seminar Covered All Aspects of EconomyThe Hon. Dr. Marcus Bethel Caribbean constructors ltd. Concrete Blocks4"x 8"x 16" 6"x 8"x 16" 8"x 8"x 16" Corner Blocks Regular Blocks Monday Friday 7 am 4 pm P.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502Sand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported 3/8 3/4 Pea Rock Imported water is checked for quality and reported on daily The Department of Health has looked at statistics from Abaco and the rest of the Bahamas, and the Water and Sewerage Corporation has looked for high levels of chlorine in the Marsh Harbour area. Chlorine is the most effective way of sanitizing water and their findings were that the level was even lower than it should be. They could not conclude, therefore, that the water was having an adverse effect on the population of Abaco. The Ministry of Health, after studying figures, declared that it seems that the incidence of cancer in Abaco is no higher than anywhere else. Protecting health and the environment is of high priority and safeguards are in place for food safety and security for food coming into the island. A health team at the new port facility will monitor this. Dr. Bethel referred to the recent fire in the Pigeon Pea community. He recognizes that Abaco has one of the largest multi-cultural communities in the Bahamas with a large percentage of descendants from farm labourers who are bilingual. The fire highlighted some challenges and the inadequate infrastructure development, and Dr. Bethel stated that we must continue to dialogue on health issues. He closed by saying that we are all here for a season and we must hold this land in trust for future generations of all Bahamians. Following his presentation, Dr, Bethel was asked several questions concerning environmental concerns in Abaco. Garbage disposal on Guana Cay There will be no sanitary land fill. The cays will be outfitted with compactors to hold garbage and a weekly barge will transport it to the mainland. Development at Bakers Bay at the North End of Guana Cay The environmental impact and the impact on ecology will be thoroughly assessed before any possible development would take place. Clinic upgrade There are plans to upgrade the Marsh Harbour clinic. The Fox Town clinic has been renovated and is now operational and the Ministry is working on a new clinic for Sandy Point. Two clinics needing immediate attention are those at Grand Cay and Cherokee (which is non operational).The Ministry recognizes the need for a mini-hospital in Marsh Harbour but no time frame was given. Oil Drilling Dr. Bethel wanted people to understand that drilling is not taking place in routine fishing waters and is taking place at a depth of 6,000 feet. No oil has actually been drilled yet and if oil is discovered, environmental impact studies will be carried out and must be accepted by the government before any oil could be drilled. Look for presentations by AGAPE FAMILY DENTALat the following schools:Agape Christian School Central Abaco Primary Hope Town All Age SchoolAll entries must include name, age, phone # and proof of purchase, and must be mailed to: Thompson Trading Co. Ltd., c/o Colgate Drawing Competition, P.O. Box N-256, Nassau, Bahamas ATTACH PROOF OF PURCHASE HEREName: ____________________________ Age: ______ Address: _____________________________________ _____________________________________________ Phone: _______________ (H) _________________ (W) e-mail address:_________________________________

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 21 Margot LeeEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 1998. Based in Man-O-War Cay Kathleen Albury, BRIEstate Agent Appraiser Joined H.G. Christie, in 2003 after five years of Real Estate experience. Based in Elbow CayTel/Fax: (242) 366-0032 cell: (242 ) 477-5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com Tel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.comMarsh Harbour Bustic Bay 8 Unit Bonefishing resort, with fifty seat Lazy Parrot Restaurantand Bar. Central Airconditioning. Fresh water swimming pool. Excellent investment opportunity. AB100 $901,000. Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath, 5,500 sq.ft. centrally air-conditioned home on approx. 1 acre with 115' of harbour frontage. Swimming Pool. Private dock. Great Harbour Views beautifully landscaped #AB106 Price Upon Request. Treasure Cay 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home 0n two floors, 750 sq.ft. of open sundeck on upper level, 750 sq.ft. of porch on lower. almost 3/4 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock Fully Furnished. # AB72 $575,000.Green Turtle Cay Black Sound 3 bedroom, 3 bath 3,000 sq.ft. home on .83 acres. 180' of waterfront. 1,200 sq.ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage 320 sq.ft.studio. 195' of private dock fully equipped.Great Rental #AB108 $1,390,000. "On De Sound" NEW LISTING The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 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Christie, in 2000. Based in Green Turtle CayJohn Cash, BRIEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 2000. Based in Treasure CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 VHF Channel 16 e.mail: bpepperinn@abacoinet.com Tel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: jic@oii.net Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: abaco@hgchristie.com1/15/04 Marsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoBahama Palm Shores Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1,300 sq.ft. home. with 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage/apartment on almost 1/2 acre lot. One Block from beach, two minute walk. # AB76 $ 225,000. Bahama Palm Shores Elegant 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,000 sq.ft. home. with 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage/apartment on double lot over 2/3 acre Near beach Auxilary Generator. # AB87 $430,000.Marsh Harbour "Pelican Point" 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment 2 Acres -private dock Fabulous Views. Furnished # AB67 UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour Cove Estates "Laura's Hideaway" -Duplex 2 -2 bedroom, 1 bath apartments, plus efficiency, 3 separate living units great location, excellent rental income, furnished. # AB44 $187,500. Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Beach Point House" 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 sq.ft. home. 1,200 sq.ft. of verandahs and decks. 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco Two complete living units, Beach Great views. # AB89 $1,450,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Spinnaker Point" 3 bedrooms 3 baths 1,320 sq.ft. Home, Private 50' Lay-along Boat Dock, Tastefully furnished and fully equipped # AB93 $595,000.Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Lookout House" 4 bedroom, 3 baths 1,600 sq.ft. on sea-to-sea 3/4 acre. New addition and renovation. Natural foliage Private dock Fabulous views Furnished. # AB91 $1,120,000. Marsh Harbour "Lightbourn" Commercial Almost 2 Acres Prime Queen Elizabeth Drive Location, near stoplight 3,600 sq.ft. Store or warehouse. # AB AB99 $1,400,000. Marsh Harbour Commercial over 1/3 Fenced Acre 2,160 sq.ft. Showroom/Office/Warehouse Building Perfect for service business or wholesaler AB110 $290,000.Marsh Harbour "Villa Douglas" Great Abaco Club 3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,650 sq.ft. Home, Upper and Lower Covered Verandas, Garage Private Dock, Boat Lift Beautifully Furnished. #AB71$1,320,000.Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,600 sq.ft new home, on almost 1/2 Acre overlooking Tahiti Beach. Private boat slip. Superb views and great proximity to beach and docking facilities. Fully Furnished # AB83 $840,000. "Lady Bug Loft" Man-O-War Cay 2 1/2 Acres Sea-to-sea. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,920 sq.ft. residence. 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath guest complex on beach. 259' of beautiful Sea of Abaco beach. Lush landscaping, a myriad of fruit trees. Fully furnished and equipped. Superb Views. # AB111 $3,700,000Derek A. Lee, BRIBroker Joined H.G. Christie, in 1996. Chairman Abaco Chapter Bahamas Real Estate Association.Tel: (242) 367-4608 Cell: (242) 357-6856 e.mail: dereklee@oii.net Look for H.G. Christie's Island Breeze Magazine The Guide to Wonderful Real Estate Opportunities Throughout the Bahamas Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoGreat Guana Cay -"Plum Loco" 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,228 sq.ft. home on almost 1/2 acre with 100' of beautiful beachfront. Tastefully Furnished and fully equipped #AB97$752,000.Great Guana Cay "Aquarium" Boat Harbour Area 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,100 sq.ft. Home. Great Elevation, Superb views Fully Equipped. #AB98 $345,000 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. # AB35 $945,000. Green Turtle Cay "Surcouf" 2,130 sq.ft. home on 1/4 acre 2nd floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath separate 1st floor apartment, 1 bedroom, 1 bath Across road from beach. Good rental income potential Furnished Ready for Occupancy #AB86 NEW PRICE $585,000.Leisure Lee "Leisure's Rest" 3 bedroom 2 full baths, plus 2 -1/2 baths 2,700 sq.ft. home beautifully landscaped. Fully Furnished. # AB84 $350,000. Treasure Cay "Chameleon Bay" 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,478 sq.ft. Home. 150' of Treasure Cay Beach-front over 1 1/2 acres. # AB95 $925,000.Treasure Cay "Honey's Home" 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. # AB66 $765,000.Treasure Cay "Oceana" Elegant Beach-front home 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, 1,690 sq.ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bath 400 sq.ft. guest house. Garage. Beautifully landscaped and furnished. #AB92 $1,590,000 Treasure Cay "South View" 3 bedroom, 2 bath Home. Canal-front Location Great Sea of Abaco Views, Good family home Fully furnished. # AB30 $340,000.Sand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 $395,000. PRIVATE ISLAND"Carrington Cay" 1.4 AcresNear Leisure Lee # AB5147 $375,000. Bahama Palm Shores Beachfront Parcel 100' wide over 450' deep over 1 Acre. Land Cleared for Building.34' x 26' Storage Building Pump House Stairs to Beach # AB5150 $211,000. Cabbage Cove 1/3 Acre Sea of Abaco Beach-front Building Sites Mid-way between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay # AB5142 $118,000.Elbow Cay "Marnie's Creek" 1/2 acre hillside building sites, a private dock slip for each parcel Fabulous Sea of Abaco views # AB5114 from: $230,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area "Madiera Hill" 1.497 Acres 312' x 209' Waterfront access super views. # AB5143 $395,000. Green Turtle Cay "Coco Sound" 28 prime residential building sites between Coco Bay and White Sound from 1/4 1/2 acre. # AB5090 from: $59,000. Man-O-War Cay "L.U.A. Tract" Over 1 Acre Sea-to-Sea Private Dock AB5153 $645.000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Lot # 48 & # 49 SOLD 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. # AB5069 from: $63,700. 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. # AB5113 $965,000. VACANT LAND "Son Burns" NEW PRICE "Sunset Point Resort" NEW LISTING "Harbour View Villa" Murphy Town WHY RENT?2 Bedroom, 2 Bath home. Centrally Located. Newly Completed and ready for immediate occupancy. Great Value. #AB107 $142,000. For qualified first home buyers $135,000. Murphy Town NEW LISTING NEW LISTING "Ceylon's Isle" "Rosewood"

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Page 22 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003Abaco HardwareStorm ShuttersHURRICANE SUPPLIES PlywoodToolsLumberNailsBatteriesLamps& OilHardwareCoolersStovesFlash lights Storm PanelsAccordian ShuttersPlywoodLumberRoofing Paper Roll Plastic Sheeting Roofing Shingles We Stay Open Until the Wind Gets HighDon MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour Mon. Fri. 7 4 Sat. 7 12 Phone 242-367-2170 Roll-down shutters by 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 By Jennifer Hudson Abaco, along with the rest of the Bahamas, is in a state of suspended animation at this time of year as far as tourism is concerned for, as we well know, September and October are very quiet months. Many tourist related businesses close during these slow months and management uses the time to take a well-earned vacation and refurbish their premises. Some persons have expressed concern that there may have been a decrease in the number of visitors over the past year but according to figures released by the Ministry of Tourism, visitor arrivals by land and sea to Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay and Walkers Cay are all showing an increase over last year. The majority of business owners interviewed expressed the opinion that they had all felt this increase in visitor arrivals, some more than others. While a few businesses had suffered a bad year, most were quite satisfied that the year had gone well for them. The ferry services had a good year, saying that their numbers were up despite the fact that the number of construction workers using the ferry is down by half as most of the post Floyd repairs have now been completed. This shows that there has been a definite increase in tourists traveling to the cays to offset the drop in local traffic. Boat rental companies all felt that it was a good year with Rich Rentals experiencing their best season in three years. Car rental services had mixed opinions. Whilst K&S Rentals said that they had a better season than last year and had been kept busy, another car rental service reported that their business was down 20 percent over the past two years and that pre-bookings are down 20 percent for the coming year; this may possibly be due to location of the business. Taxi drivers were pleased with business, saying that they had more fares this past season, most being to the ferry dock. Two restaurants on the tourist strip in Marsh Harbour report that business for them has been very erratic during last season and the amount of business is down from last year. They have served fewer customers and the serving staff say that the customers have been tipping less. On the other hand, the owners of the Jib Room report their best year ever. The marinas report that 2002 2003 was a good year for them. The Moorings, although down on the number of boats in the marina, had a far better year than usual for their charter business. Boat Harbour reported that while the number of boats in their marina at times was slightly lower, it was nothing significant and business was excellent during the fishing tournaments as usual. Occupancy in the hotel remained on a par with last year. The Jib Room Marina remained full all season. The marinas in Hope Town experienced an extremely good year possibly, it was suggested, due to the fact that rates are reportedly lower in Hope Town than in Marsh Harbour. Hotels in Hope Town, Guana Cay and Treasure Cay all report that business has been much better during this years tourist season with occupancy pretty much back to where it was before 9/11. There has been a large increase in the number of rental homes in Hope Town during the past season and Hope Town Hideaways reports a large new clientele. An increase in rental homes has also been seen in Green Turtle Cay. The Green Turtle Club has received a higher turnover in their restaurant and marina business. Although there has been an increase in rental homes on the cays, Marsh Harbour has realised a decrease of 30 40 percent. It has been noted that the renters on Eastern Shores tend now to be first timers as return visitors are preferring to rent in Hope Town. Gift shops which sell regular souvenir items received about the same level of business this past season as in the previous season; however, John Bull, which sells higher end items, has made less sales. The management stated that there had definitely been fewer people visiting the store and the customers who had purchased items had spent less. Real estate companies reported a good year with sales to non-residents being up. One company made the observation that whilst the amount that people actually spent on individual homes was, in fact, lower, the number of actual sales has been higher. The overall picture seems to be that whilst the tourist business is holding its own pretty well despite world problems, there have definitely been some changes in its pattern. There now seem to be more highs and lows rather than the more steady flow of the past and whereas the busiest season was previously during the winter, summer is now proving to be better. The owner of the Hope Town Harbour Lodge stated that now he is seeing much shorter advance bookings and less actual spending which is another indication that visitors are feeling the pinch of the economy and whilst still managing to travel, they are watching their dollars more closely. workshops in Nassau sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and brought back with him several educational tapes showing the difference between those countries where they have set up marine reserves and other countries which did not and the unbelievable difference it showed in both areas. Mr. Cornish invited those present to call his office if they were interested in viewing these tapes. SouthFrom Page 6Current Trends in Tourism in Abaco Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 23 Chris Thompson Real EstateFamily Island SpecialistsBoaters Paradise still available on the pristine Sea of Abaco. All ocean front lots are under contract, however the Sea of Abaco still awaits with its perfect deep water dock on parcel 5, as well as the ideal island cottage. Parcel 4 is a magnificent lot, deep water for a dock, as well as beautiful property for a custom home or cottage. The best beach on Elbow Cay with its long winding white sand shores is just a short walk away. Beach access is provided to the north of parcel 3. Call today to schedule an appointment to view this one-of-a-kind property on Elbow Cay.Chris Thompson Real EstateFamily Island SpecialistsLocated at One Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, BahamasContact Chris Thompson or Greg Roberts(242) 366-0216 phone (242) 366-0223 faxVisit our website for additional listings at www.elbow-cay.com Sea To Sea Estate Property This Property is Shown by Appointment Only and is Offered Exclusively by UNDER CONTRACTUNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT June Russell Sales Patricia Love Sales Apprentice Celeste Pinder Rental Agent NEW Trade Winds 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.bsNEW Trade WindsDickeys Cay One-of-a-Kind! 36,000+ square foot sea-tosea property encompassing 2 bedroom, 2 bath main house plus two guest cottages, one directly on the Sea of Abaco. Structures are built in the quality Man-O-War tradition with rich mahogany paneling and hardwood floors. 150 frontage on protected Man-O-War harbour with deepwater dock. Offered fully equipped and furnished. Lots of room to expand! List #8211 $995,000 Bahama Palm Shores! Nice-sized home site. Affordably priced. Popular secluded community south of Marsh Harbour. Gorgeous community beach at Eight Mile Bay. Selling fast! #7095. $15,000 Casuarina Point! Walk to 8 Mile Beach! Nice 13,000 s.f home site. Good investment. Close to bone fishing. #7159 $15,000 NEW! Guana Cay Lovely beachfront 3/2 home. Open-plan living, gourmet kitchen, Atlantic views! Screened porch, wrap-around deck. Observation deck, sea-to-sea views. Good rental record a must see! #8295. $690,000 Heart of Hope T own! Superb opportunity. Gillam Street. 1920 Loyalisttype house, and commercial building. Great potential for restoration. #8155. $286,000 Lubbers Sweethearts Garden North end, west side, lovely 1.98 acres waterfront with 2/2 cottage. Small beach. Owner motivated! #8213 $432,000 Marsh Harbour! Building site near Boat Harbour and all amenities. Build commercial or residential. #6351 $120,000 Marsh Harbour! Landmark property. 6 unit self-catering inn on 1 plus acres of prime real estate. Room to expand, great investment. #7432. Serious inquiries only, please. Pelican Shores! Gorgeous 3/3 harbour front villa. All custom designer interiors. Deep water dock w/boat lift. #6010. $1,785,000 Turtle Rocks! 2 adjacent 1-acre home sites. Just a short walk to the beach. Cleared and ready to go! #8147. $38,600 and $41,000 White Sound, Elbow Cay Spacious 4/2 home, tiled throughout. Well-equipped, good rental record, fully furnished. Adjoining property also available. #8149. $345,000 Little Orchard. 2 bed/1 bath apartment, furnished, washer/dryer, A/C. First, last & references. Call for details. Regattas of Abaco. Choice rentals, beautifully furnished, long term and short term. Please call for details. Royal Harbour Village. 2 bed/1.5 bath apartment available. Fully furnished. Long or short term rental. Please call for details. Office Space. Royal Harbour Village Upscale, second story office unit, hardwood floors, ready for occupancy. Call for details. Select Properties Residential Rentals Commercial LeaseBees Nest!New Price!Spectacular location! Direct beachfront 4,000 s. f. 5 bedroom, 4 bath home with pool. Large land size allows for expansion. Wrap around porches, tiki bar, hot tub, water systems, fully equipped and furnished!List #7867 $1,500,000Sea EscapeCheerful 2/2 cottage just steps from Guanas gorgeous beach. Open-plan, vaulted ceilings, fully equipped kitchen, screened porches, elevated observation deck. Tile floors, central A/C, all electric appliances. Good rental record .List #7900 $391,050

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Page 24 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Service between Freeport and Marsh HarbourDay TimesDepart FPOArrive MHH Depart MHH Arrive FPO Friday thru 7 a.m. 7:45 a.m.8 a.m.8:30 a.m. Monday4 p.m.4:45 p.m.5 p.m.5:30 p.m. Tuesday &7 a.m.7:45 a.m.8 a.m.8:30 a.m. Wednesday Visitors can take advantage of a one-day Casino Excursion to Freeport or an overnight package. Package options include air fare, ground transportation and hotel accommodation.For more information call Ph 242-367-4826 Marsh Harbour Ph 242-352-5778 Fax 242-351-5693 Freeport majorsair@coralwave.com Majors Air Service Flight Schedule 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 Dr. Frank Falkner 84, died on August 21 of cancer at his Berkeley, California, home. He maintained a second home in Hope Town for many years. Dr. Falkner was an internationally renowned pediatrician who was an authority on fetal growth and a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley. A native of England, Dr. Falkner was a professor at the University of Louisville, Georgetown University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Michigan before joining the CAL faculty in 1981. He was a co-editor of Human Growth: A Comprehensive Treatise, a highly regarded three-volume encyclopedia, and the editor of International Child Health Journal During his 55-year career, he published 160 scientific papers, led major studies on child development and served as a U.S. emissary to the World Health Organization. He is survived by a daughter, Sally Letzer, and a son, Michael Falkner. The funeral service for Elder Jeffrey Nathaniel Cox, 88, of Coopers Town was held on September 14 at the Revival Pentecostal Church in Coopers Town. Bishop Henry Wright officiated assisted by Bishop Archilus Cooper. Interment was in the South Side Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Princess Cox; daughters Brenetta Bullard, Victoria and Shirlean Rolle, Rosetta Murray, Delphine Russell, Engret Curry, Iona Knowles, Patrice Cox, Abedella McKinney and Greta McKenzie; sons Furnely, Paul and Odell Cox; adopted son Matthew Adderley; grandchildren Evangelist Kathrina Thompson, Rev. Yvette and Sonovia McIntosh, Rev Cedric, Ambrose and Shawn Bullard, Rustin, Quintin, Marold and Seanica and Mandell Rolle, Shandeka, Paul Jr., Demetrie and ODesha Cox, Kishna and Kingsley Murray Jr., Vernique, Toran, Tarik and Sabrina Russell, Nevin, Riche and Dorenda Curry, Niketo Edgecombe, Marnique, Maronicia and Moriah Knowles, Paulette Forbes, Rolanda and Simpson McKinney Jr., Jewayna and Wayne McKenzie Jr.; great grandchildren, nieces, nephews; daughter-in-law Chantell Cox; sons-in-law James Bullard, Kingsley Murray Sr., Vernon Russell, Belthrum Curry, Pastor Mark Knowles, Rick Cox, Pastor Rudolph McKinney and Wayne McKenzie; sisters-in-law Dorcas and Curlean Cox, Miriam Roker, Annie, Florence, Estelle, Betty, Ruth, Delphine and Kathleen McIntosh; brothers-in-law Hezekiah, Wilson, Eddie, Calvin and Pastor Ronald McIntosh; god-children Tina Sawyer and Roswell McIntosh and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Baby Ajah Jonice Arnetta Gardiner, affectionately called Lil Mama, 11 months, of Coopers Town was held in St. Simons by the Sea Anglican Church in Treasure Cay on September 20. Father Dwight Rolle officiated with Pastor Jollian McIntosh assisting. Interment was in the Fire Road Public Cemetery. She is survived by her mother Phillippa McIntosh; father Kendrick Gardiner; stepmother Burella Gardiner; sister Ashanti McIntosh; brother Kendrick Gardiner Jr.; grandparents Genevieve, Fletcher and Celeste McIntosh, Shelton and Iona Gardiner; great-grandparents Eric and Vivian Cooper and Marie McIntosh; adopted grandmother Kathleen Bain; aunts Prescola and Sharon Knowles, Edris Curry, Nerissa, Cinder and Jackie McIntosh; adopted aunt Cleopatra Woodside; uncles Alexander and McArthur McIntosh, Willard, Keeshawn and Hansen Gardiner; grandaunts; granduncles; greatgrandaunt; aunt-in-law; uncles-in-law; and many other relatives. The funeral for Joseph Hield 88, of Grand Cay was held on September 28 at the Shiloh Baptist Church on Grand Cay. Rev. John Russell officiated and interment was in the Grand Cay Public Cemetery. He is survived by his daughters Lubertha Cooper, Alice Hanna and Portia Bowe; sons Otis, Whitfield, Elan and Myer Albury and Flavert Saunders; sisters Brenda Laing and Anna Russell; brother William Heild; sonsin-law Leonard Cooper and Vincent Bowe; daughters-in-law Mary, Inez, Mertis and Nelly Albury and Vernice Saunders; sistersin-law Preslita Nesbitte and Amanda Russell; brother-in-law Alfred Russell; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Min. Lillian Emily Tinker Lightbourne 56, formerly of Murphy Town was held on September 23 in Nassau. Pastor Cyril Sands officiated, assisted by Pastor Tyrone Sands. Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by sons Rev. Eric Lightbourne, Anthony, Kevin and Alpheus Lightbourne; adopted sons Keith and Devon Lightbourne; grandchildren Deonardo, Mioshi, Amahl, Bernard, Zephaniah, Demerro, Shekera, Sheteria and Ashavan; brothers Joshua and Elijah Tinker Jr.; sisters Leanczar Hanna, Eltamae EmmanuelLaguerre and Marilyn Russell; aunts Clementina Fowler, Maria Martin, Mary Culmer, Christina Simms and Viola Johnson; uncle; daughter-in-law; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Relatives and Friends Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerels Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Mackerals Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Mondays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 25 Ph: 367-2222 Fax: 367-2888 Van StrattonNN NN N ASSASS ASSASS ASS AA AA A U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR Y LY L Y LY L Y L TD.TD. TD.TD. TD.INSURANCE AGENCY BAHAMAS FIRST BAHAMAS FIRST BAHAMAS FIRST BAHAMAS FIRST BAHAMAS FIRSTGeneral Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All 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. Multiple Panels and Colors Heavy-duty Red Iron Frame Multiple Configurations Customized Accents Easy Build-it-Yourself Construction 20-Year Mill Backed Warranty Fast, Quick & Easy Delivery From Manufacturing Facilities Nationwide Maintenance Free Fire Resistant Heavy Wind Loads Factory Savings 100% Useable Space1-972-267-9200Speed Quality Value Cancer Awareness MonthBy Portia Jonsson October is Cancer Awareness Month. In recognition of this the Abaco Cancer Society will be conducting free Pap smear examinations for women and prostate examinations for men on October 4th at the government clinics in Marsh Harbour, Coopers and Town and Moores Island beginning at 9 a.m. Testing is provided in the hope that anyone with a problem would have early diagnosis. Four doctors from Nassau will be in Abaco to conduct the tests and Cancer Society personnel from Nassau and Abaco will assist with the smooth running of the clinics. Pap smears are used primarily to detect cervical cancer. Since its introduction in the early 1940s, the Pap smear is credited by saving tens of thousands of womens lives, decreasing deaths from cervical cancer. Every woman should have an annual Pap smear as part of a complete pelvic examination yearly. A yearly prostate examination is recommended for every man over 50 or at age 45 for black men or men with a family history of prostate troubles. There are two main reasons for having regular prostate checkups. The first one is the early detection of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is curable when caught early. But early prostate cancer causes no symptoms and can only be detected by regular checkups. The second reason is the diagnosis of other prostate problems causing bothersome symptoms. This yearly examination can help men avoid the potentially serious consequences of advanced prostate disease. The Abaco Cancer Society urges all to avail themselves of this opportunity for free testing. Early detection still remains the most important course of action.Calling all Professional ArtistsBy Jennifer Hudson On November 22nd the Cancer Society of Abaco will be holding a fund raiser in the form of a Silent Auction at Mangoes Restaurant in Marsh Harbour. Two years ago a similar auction was held at which over $11,000 was raised for Cancer Society funds. The Cancer Society is an extremely worthy cause which assists cancer patients with airline tickets and donates towards the Abaco Suite at the Cancer Caring Centre in Nassau where patients can reside whilst undergoing treatment. Pieces of artwork have already been promised for auction by several artists but more are still needed. Whether your medium is paint, glass, cloth or ceramics, if you are an artist and could assist the Cancer Society by donating an original framed piece, a quilt, pottery or jewellery, your generosity would be greatly appreciated. Your contribution would receive acknowledgment and exposure in both local and national press. Please contact Marjolein Scott at telephone 367-3744 or email her at barefootcontessas@hotmail.com.Cancer Society News Dont Drink and Drive The Marsh Harbour airport was busy Saturday afternoon when an twin engine Aero Commander 500 landed with the OPBAT helicopter close behind. Approximately 50 pounds of cocaine was found and seven men were apprehended on Abaco.The episode began off the coast of Eleuthera about 2 p.m. on September 27. Authorities were notified that a plane was dropping bales to a go-fast boat. Police and the OPBAT helicopter arrived soon. Two Bahamians were arrested in the vicinity of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, and approximately 800 pounds of cocaine was confiscated along with the go-fast boat after it ran aground. The aircraft was observed to be headed for Abaco and the OPBAT helicopter took chase. On landing in Marsh Harbour, the Aero Commander stopped away from the terminal with men scattering in different directions. Several men were found in the nearby woods and within the airport perimeter. Seven men were apprehended in the airport area along with approximately 50 pounds of cocaine. The aircraft was also confiscated.All those in custody have been transferred to Nassau with only the aircraft remaining on Abaco. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $12 million.Drugs, Men, Plane Seized at Airport

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Can you use a start-up pay of $2,000/month? Do you fit this description? Flexible Enjoy people Is well spoken Likes to work independently Is hard working Is goal oriented and career minded Own a vehicle Can spend time in Nassau for training Likes traveling to the cays and other islandsPerhaps you are ready to go into business for yourself with us. Contact Bernadette Hepburn Tel: 367-4391/2 Fax: 367-4393Initial Interview 20 minutes. Monday 11:00 am 1:00 pm Tuesday 8:30 am 11:00 am Wednesday 8:30 am 10:00 am Appointments are set 30 minutes apart and are on a first call, first see basis. Four appointments per day maximumDental Hygienist Is NewBy Portia Jonsson Agape Dental Clinic is pleased to welcome Mrs. Janet Ferguson, Dental Hygienist, as a member of its staff. Mrs. Ferguson is a graduate of Armstrong State College with a BSc. degree in Dental Hygiene and an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. She graduated from the Dental Auxillary School in Kingston, Jamaica, and has extensive experience as a dental hygiene educator and dental nurse in the school dental program with the Ministry of Health. Mrs. Ferguson came to Abaco for the first time in April this year on vacation and fell in love with the island. Shortly afterwards, she along with her husband, Inspector Godfrey Ferguson, and three children, Jasmine, Jade and Emerald, packed up and relocated to Abaco for the next two years. She was quick to point out that despite being a new comer to Abaco, she has strong family ties to the island. Her mother, grandparents, aunt and uncle were residents of Cherokee Sound. Health NewsSo far, Mrs. Ferguson said that everything has been positive and her presence here has been warmly welcomed. The people of Abaco are very receptive to dental treatment. She added that she is happy to be working in an office with such high standards and practices offering state-of-the-art technology. Agape Dental Clinic is fortunate to have found such an eminently qualified dental hygienist willing to relocate to Abaco. We are happy to have Mrs. Ferguson and her family join our community.Three Schools Will Be VisitedBy Portia Jonsson In conjunction with the Bahamas Dental Association observance of Dental Month in October, school children at three schools in Abaco will receive free dental screening and dental health kits. Heading this project is Mrs. Janet Ferguson of Agape Dental Clinic. Mrs. Ferguson has trained as a School Dental Nurse and spent the first 12 years of her career working in the school dental system with the Ministry of Health. She has a passion for working with children, educating them about the importance of good dental health care and introducing them to the dental experience. Two dental hygienists from Nassau, Margo Ingraham and Denise Johnson, will be assisting Mrs. Ferguson in this venture. During these visits students will take part in a 30 minute dental health talk, perform activities and receive dental screening. This screening will involve identifying students needing further treatment. This is not an examination, just a screening. Students will also receive Colgate dental health kits complimentary of Thompsons Trading Co. Discounts for some treatments at Agape Dental Clinic will be given as well. In addition to teaching our children the importance of regular brushing and flossing, routine visits to the dentist and a healthy diet, it is important that we set a good example by practicing good dental hygiene. If parents do not brush and floss each day or regularly see a dentist, then it is unlikely that their children will either.MMR Follow Up CampaignBy Portia Jonsson The Ministry of Health/Department of Public Health conducted a MMR Follow Up Campaign for the entire month of September, encouraging parents to get this important inoculation for their children. This shot protects children and adults against mumps, measles and rubella. The campaign is a follow up from the governments mass MMR drive in 1997. The vaccine is being administered to every person between the ages of 4 40 years old throughout the Bahamas. The vaccine will be given only if the person has Not received the second dose of MMR vaccine No history of MMR vaccine given If not previously immunized against MMR, the first dose will be administered and the second dose four weeks later in order to provide completed immunization coverage. Health officials must ensure that all women are not pregnant and do not intend to become pregnant within 28 days following the MMR vaccine. Nursing Officer, Mrs. Carolyn Russell, is encouraging persons to come in to the clinic in Marsh Harbour between the hours of 2 p.m. 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to be vaccinated. For three Fridays in September and October Nurse Russell will be going into the Pigeon Peas and the Mud area educating individuals and administering the MMR vaccine. In Sandy Point health officials will be conducting a door-to-door campaign whilst Coopers Town will use letters to all church Janet Ferguson Please see Health Page 28 Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear School Uniforms T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017Spooners

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 27 A Green Turtle Cay man was arrested on September 2 for having unlawful sexual intercourse. He was released pending a decision from the Attorney General. A Black Wood resident reported that between the morning of September 1 and the next morning someone entered his house and stole $2,000. A Murphy Town man complained that his wife became angry during an argument on September 3 and attacked him with two kitchen knives and hit him on the head with a large stone. He suffered cuts on the left hand. Three residents of the Mud were robbed of $500 at gunpoint. It happened behind the Seventh Day Church on September 4 by two men. One of the men was subsequently arrested. A Spring city woman reported being attacked and knocked down at her residence by three pit bull dogs on September 5. She received minor bruises and a neighbor was warned of prosecution. A Bahama Palm Shore resident reported a break-in on September 5 at his residence. A Crossing Rocks man was arrested in Marsh Harbour on September 7 for driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A Murphy Town woman was arrested on September 7 for causing harm. She was released on bail pending a court appearance. A Pigeon Pea resident was arrested on September 8 related to an armed robbery on September 4. He was arraigned in court and will have his case heard on September 22. A Cherokee woman reported on September 8 that a Haitian entered her house and asked for sexual favours. He escaped when attacked by her dog. A Dundas Town man under Warrant of Arrest was apprehended on September 9 after resisting violently and threatening to kill the officers. A primary student complained that while in the girls bathroom at school on September 10, another student entered her stall and engaged in inappropriate actions to the complainant. The offending student admitted to the offense and has been referred to Social Services. A Murphy Town woman reported on September 10 that someone broke into her apartment and stole $2000, a cell phone and gold and silver church accessories. A Moores Island resident reported that on September 10 an $1,820 Garmin GPS satellite receiver was stolen. A relative is suspected. The AID business in Marsh Harbour reported a smashed display window and breakin on September 11. A Dundas Town woman was arrested for stealing $4,325 by using someone elses ATM bank card. She was released on bail for a later court appearance. A Marsh Harbour resident of the Mud was arrested in Crown Haven on September 11 for an earlier armed robbery complaint. He was arraigned in court and remanded to prison pending trail. A resident of Pigeon Pea in Marsh Harbour reported that her car was moved at her residence without her permission on September 11. A Dundas Town man was gun-butted and injured during an argument after a concert held at the Treasure Cay ferry landing September 13. Subsequently, an individual was arrested. A routine night police patrol discovered a front window smashed at Bristol Cellars store in Marsh Harbour on September 13. A Marsh Harbour resident was subsequently arrested and charged with the offense. A Marsh Harbour resident reported his ten-year-old granddaughter was attacked by a neighbours dog on September 12 and suffered injuries to her face and head. She was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach for treatment. Rebeccas Restaurant and Bar in Murphy Town was broken into during the night of September 15. Stolen were twelve assorted beers valued at $36, five half pints of Bacardi valued at $25 and three half pints of gin valued at $8. A resident of the Mud reported on September 15 that someone lit a five-gallon container of flammable liquid next to his house during the night which damaged his house. The caretaker for a residence at Leisure Lee reported that between September 13 and 15 someone broke into the house and stole assorted tools. A Dundas Town man was hit with rocks and threatened with a cutlass by a Nassau man on September 15. A Fox Town man left his car parked outside Wood Cay due to mechanical problems early on the morning of September 13. On returning the next morning he discovered it destroyed by fire. Arson is suspected. A tenth grade student was suspected of being sexually molested by her father. Medical exams and interviews on September 16 were inconclusive and the Department of Social Services has been informed. Bernard Forbes of Dundas Town was arrested for shop breaking and stealing on September 17. On arraignment he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years imprisonment. A Marsh Harbour resident reported that someone broke into his house between September 12 and 18 and stole jewelry valued at $600. A resident of the Mud was arrested September 18 for arson, then released pending further investigations. While at the ball park adjacent to the Mud in Marsh Harbour on September 18, a young man pulled the string on the pants of a Nassau woman wanting to see what was inside. Two residents of the Mud, a man and a woman, were arrested on September 19 for house breaking. A Moores Island man was shot in the upper thigh while attacking a police officer with a broken bottle. This occurred September 19 during an arrest for housebreaking. The suspect was treated in the Moores Island Clinic and later in the Government Clinic in Marsh Harbour. He pleaded not guilty in a court appearance. A Moores Island womans house was broken into on September 20 and five GPS receivers valued at $1,800 were stolen. A suspect was subsequently arrested. A Marsh Harbour resident was arrested and remanded until September 29 for violation of a court order on September 20. The business of Riviere and Associates in Marsh Harbour was broken into between September 20 and 21 although nothing appeared to be stolen.Police Crime Report Buckle Up... Its The Law!

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Page 28 The Abaconian October 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 Resort 353-1252Wood 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 Bahamas Darts Team Travels to France for World Cup XIVBy Malcolm Spicer, President BDF On September 17 the Bahamas National Darts Squad set off for Europe for two weeks to participate in the British Open in Bridlington, England, and World Cup XIV in Epinal, France. The squad is made up of players from the Nassau Darts Association, the Grand Bahama Darts Association and the Abaco Darts Association. The four men that make up the team are Steve Harris, Barry Payne and Tony Moree and Wayne Copeland from Grand Bahama. Trudy Johnson from Nassau and Julie Nichols from Grand Bahama once again make up the womens team. Manager of the team, Byron Johnson from Grand Bahama, Captain Mike Russell from Nassau and Malcolm Spicer, BDF President, from Abaco make up the rest of the squad. The Bahamas team won the Caribbean Cup held in Cayman in 2002, finishing 17th in at the World Cup competition held in Malaysia in 2001. With 38 countries participating, this is always a global affair and the Bahamas over the years has shown itself to be formidable opponents. The mens World Cup and womens World Cup are actually separate events and this year for the second time there will be a Youth World Cup. With the advent of junior leagues appearing all over the world, the Bahamas has taken the forward step of appointing a Youth Officer for the Bahamas Darts Federation, Peter Duncombe from Grand Bahama. Peter will be traveling with the squad to gain experience with the Youth Cup and to gather ideas from around the world for the formation of junior leagues here in the Bahamas. By Jennifer Hudson A landmark on the hill by the castle in Marsh Harbour since the 1960s is there no more. On September 13th the disused 225foot high Batelco transmitting tower was demolished by Engineering and Wireless, a company from Atlanta, Georgia. This company has been in the Bahamas for the past three years on contract with Batelco and during that time has built thirty new towers throughout the islands. This year Engineering and Wireless and Batelco are moving the equipment off all the old towers and installing it onto new ones; the Atlanta company, then uses its boom truck to take down the old towers. Once the towers are down they are cut into sections and carted away as scrap metal. During the month of September, Engineering and Wireless worked on Abaco and has already dismantled the towers at CoopersBatelco Tower Comes DownA team from Engineering and Wireless, an Atlanta firm, was contracted to install new Batelco towers and remove the old towers. One dangerous tower was located behind the castle in Marsh Harbour. Shown above are Mr. David McPherson in the foreground with a helper astride the tower they have just taken down. members encouraging them to be immunized. Measles, mumps and rubella are serious diseases. Measles can lead to ear infections, pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring), brain damage and death. Mumps can lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries and sometimes even death. The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can prevent these diseases. Make sure that you and your children have these inoculations. HealthFrom Page 26 Town, Green Turtle Cay and the central Marsh Harbour mast in addition to the one at the castle. By the end of the month they will have completed their work in transferring all the equipment onto a new tower at Treasure Cay and will then take down the old one. The new 260-foot towers are more up to date, heavier and more hurricane proof than the old ones. The castle site was the first inter-island communications base with a Tropo forward scatter antenna pointed towards the Soldier Road Batelco Station in Nassau from which all communications were made from New Providence to Abaco. The old telephone exchange was also located at this site. With the possibility of an impending visit from Hurricane Isobel, the old tower could have posed a threat to homes as it was in a residential area. So the company made sure they had it down before the storm approached too closely. Residents in the area were warned of the time the tower would come down as the resounding crash could have been very frightening to anyone who was unaware of what was taking place. Advertise in The Abaconian Jana E. AlburyJana graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida May 2, 1999, with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Magna Cum Laude. Jana graduated from University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida December 14, 2002, with a Master of Accountancy and a 3.5 G.P.A. She is now a Certified Public Accountant as of May 8, 2003, Passing all four parts in first sitting. Jana now works for Price Waterhouse Coopers as a Senior Associate.Joni E. DamJoni graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, May 2, 1999, with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Cum Laude. Joni graduated from University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida December 14, 2002, with a Master of Accountancy and a 3.4 G.P.A. She is now a Certified Public Accountant as of May 8, 2003, Passing all four parts in first sitting. Joni now works for PharMerica Inc. as their Senior Tax Accountant.

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 29 Emergency ServicesPolice (Marsh Harbour) 367-2560 Fire Marsh Harb. Volunteer Fire Dept. 367-2000 Fire -Hope Town Volunteer Fire Dept.VHF Ch 16 Ambulance Trauma One Marsh Harbour 367-2911 Fire Dundas Town Volunteer 367-2935 or 4935 Man-O-War Fire & Rescue 365-6911 Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc VHF 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 or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr ....$12 + $3 Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Govt dock thru Dundas Town................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market ....$10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto .............................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town ...........$10 + $3 Murphy Town to Shell Sta ..................................$14 + $4 Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house ..........$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house ..............$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house. $16 + $5 Great Cistern ........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay .........................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay ....................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ..................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores ....$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ...............................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ......................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore..$ 2 each Jib Room ..............................................................$ 3 each Golden Harvest ......................................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock ....................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock ....................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance ...............$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .......................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people 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 Town ..................................................$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 Trip ...............................$85 + $5 TC Hotel to Marsh Harbour .................................$55 + $5 TC Hotel to Joes 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 Waiting Time $12 Per Hour Air Lines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau & Moores Island ............... 367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale ................................ 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Laud erdale ............................ 367-2800 American Eagle Miami ..................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau & W. Palm Beach ......... 367-2095 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach.................. 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 Southern Air Nassau ..... MHH 367-2498, TC 365-8945 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale ................................. 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. .......... 367-4852 Local charter companies serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air Charters 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters ........................................ 367-2089 Medical Services Abaco Medical Clinic Marsh Harbour........ 367-4240 Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.... 367-2295 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour........... 367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay...................... 365-8288 Government Clinic Coopers Town............ 365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay......... 365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town.................. 366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point................ 366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town.................................. Dive Shops Marsh HarbourDive Abaco..................................... 367-2787 Abaco Beach Dive Center.............. 367-4646 Abaco Dive Adventures .................. 367-2963Hope TownFroggies ........................................ 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers .............................. 365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures ................ 365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Shop........................ 365-4411 Green Turtle Divers ........................ 365-4271 Guana Cay Dive Shop............... 365-5178 Man-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, Cars.. 367-4643 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 Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.... 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour .... 367-5358 Reef Abaco Beach Dive Center M H ....... 367-4646 Reef Dive Abaco Marsh Harbour ............. 367-2787 Reef Abaco Dive Adventures Marsh H ..... 367-2963 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town........ 366-0024 Kayak Abaco Adventures Treasure C ....................Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless noted Albury s Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 (M-F) 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm2 4 5:45 Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5 (M-F) Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach10:30 am12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30 (M-Sat) 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 (M-Sat)1:30 pm 3:15 (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45 am 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30 5:45 (min $40) Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 pmFare OneWay / Round Trip Adult $10 / $15 Children $5 / $8 Workmans special Mondays thru Fridays from Union Jack Dock Green T urtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $11 Extra to some destinations Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Man-O-War/Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $25 OW $35 RT Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sun 12 Noon, return 3 $20 OW $25 RT Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven Abaco to McLean s Town Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $40 one way $80 round trip Children half fare For information call Grand Bahama 353-3093 or Abaco 365-2356 Bus serves Freeport and McLeans Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Between Nassau & Sandy Point under 4 Hr.Wednesday Lv Nassau 9 am Lv Sandy Point 1:30 pm Friday & Sunday Lv Nassau 3:30 pm Lv Sandy Point 8 pm Adult fare $90 RT, $50 OW Call for rates on cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Nassau 323-2166 Sandy Point Patrick Roberts ....... 366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows. 366-4133 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 ...........................$$$.............. 367-2158 Conch Crawl......................$.............. 367-4444 Golden Grouper.... ..............$.............. 367-2301 Henrys Jerk Center...........$.............. 367-5959 Hummingbird ....................$$.............. 367-2922 Jamies Place .....................$.............. 367-2880 Jib Room........ ..................$$.............. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried C hicken (lunch-5pm).. 367-2615 Mangoes ........................$$$.............. 367-2366 Ginos.... .............................$.............. 367-2002 Pops Place........................$....+..... 367-3796 Sapodillys ......................$$$.............. 367-3498 Sea Shells..........................$.............. 367-4460 Snack Shack......................$....+..... 367-4005 Snappas .............................$.............. 367-2278 Subway .............................................. 367-2798 Wallys............................$$$.............. 367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn .................$.............. 367-2022 Mackerals ........................................... 367-5932 Hope Town Abaco Inn .......................$$$.............. 366-0133 Boat House ......................$$.............. 366-0065 Capn Jacks.......................$.............. 366-0247 Carltons Island Grill .........$$.............. 366-0253 Harbours Edge ................$$.............. 366-0087 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 .................$$$.............. 365-5137 Orchid Bay.......................................... 365-6175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe.... .............. $ Coconuts ............................. Harbour Cafe ......................$.............. 365-8635 Hudsons Delight .................$.............. 365-8648 Island Boil & Sports Bar...$$.............. 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 Sundowners ........................................ 365-4060 Wrecking Tree Rest. Harbour Caf (ferry dock)...$....+..... 365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js................................$.............. 366-4020 Nancys .............................. Oeishas ............................................... 366-4139 Pete & Gays..................$$$.............. 366-4119 Seaside Inn ....................$$$.............. 366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge ..................... 366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian.Abaco Chamber of Commerce367-5822 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 Service.10......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 Resort.22 ......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 Closed Aug 30 Nov 1 Closed Sep 1Nov Closed Aug 30 Nov 1 Closed Sep 13 Oct 24 Closed Sep 3 Nov Closed Until Jan 2004 Closed Sep 6 Nov 3 Closed Aug 31 Oct 15

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Page 30 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 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 B. FB. F B. FB. F B. F Goodrich Goodrich Goodrich Goodrich GoodrichDont get caught without a spare! Visit AID for tires to keep you on the roadMARSH HARBOUR 367-2077 Nassau 393-7481 Freeport 352-8071-8 Rock Sound 334-2060 Nichols Town 329-4184 George Town 336-2780 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 display By Jennifer Hudson Mr. Reynard Rigby, PLP Party Chairman; Mrs. Barbara Pierre, Secretary General; and Ms. Katanza Adderley were on Abaco for three days in September visiting constituencies in Green Turtle Cay, Little Abaco and North Abaco. Also in attendance from Nassau were Dr. Madlene Sawyer, Chairman of the Womens Branch of the PLP and members Cecile Dean Heastie and Vikki Grant. On September 5th they attended the meeting of the Dundas and Murphy Town Branch of the PLP held at the Abaco Central Primary School. Mr. Rigby said that the group came to get a sense of where the PLP is on Abaco and stated how pleased the delegates had been with the reception they received. He reported a spirited meeting on Green Turtle Cay where people pledged their commitment to continuing the work of the party. They had a very successful walkabout in Coopers Town where they talked with young people who will be the next voters. The chairman expressed the need to build up the branches and motivate supporters and felt that they are on the way to building very good branches throughout the entire island of Abaco. Ms. Seymour, a teacher at the Central Abaco Primary School, pleaded for a visit from the Minister of Education as the school is in dire need of proper plumbing and playgrounds. Mr. Everette Archer suggested that a maintenance person be employed to oversee any plumbing and property repairs on a continual basis. Many people felt very strongly that something must be done regarding a sports programme and sporting facilities which are totally lacking in Abaco and that a Youth Officer for sports must be put in place. The airport was another concern and the delegates were urged to take time to ascertain the conditions and note the severe lack of space and facilities for accommodating the large number of visitors who now travel in and out of Abaco. Many visitors are now saying that they will not return because of the discomfort of the airport here. Mr. Jimmy Williams informed people of the fund raiser planned for October 11th in the Murphy Town Park.. Dr. Madlene Sawyer, Chairman of the Womens Branch of the PLP, addressed the women on the Womens Branch in Nassau. She stated that women have a special situation in our country as 50 percent to 70 percent of households in the Bahamas are run by single parents women, and she encouraged the women present to form an Abaco Womens Branch.PLP Leaders Visit North Abaco The National Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party Raynard Rigby and Secretary General Barbara Pierre were both in Abaco recently on a walkabout. They had a meeting in Green Turtle Cay, a luncheon in Wood Key and a meeting in central Abaco. They talked with local people to discuss their problems. They will report these to Nassau to seek solutions. The group shown above are, left to right, Mr. Ejnar Cornish, Chairman of the Coopers Town Branch; Mrs. Barbara Pierre, Secretary General of the PLP; Sen. Edison Key; Mr. Raynard Rigby, Chairman of the PLP; and Mr. Jimmy Williams, Chairman of the Dundas Town and Murphy Town branch. Dr. Madlene Sawyer, the chairman of the PLP Womens Branch, visited Abaco recently along with Cecile Dean Heastie and Vicky Grant, members of the Nassau Branch. The ladies were pleased that local women are interested in forming a Womens Branch on Abaco. Within a couple of months a minister will visit Abaco to install the Abaco PLP Womens Branch. Shown above are, left to right, Ms. Cecile Dean Heastie, Dr. Madlene Sawyer and Ms. Vikki Grant.

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 31 OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP ERTIESERTIES ERTIESERTIES ERTIESOn 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 Quiet waterfront: 1.35 acres on Black Sound, with dock, close to beach $650,000 A jewel of a hom e 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. $2.45 million 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. $72,000 gross White Sound: NEW one-year-old furnished 3 bedroom 2 bath home within short walk of public dock, major resort, bay beach and ocean beach. Tile floors. A/C throughout. Satellite TV. Sleeps ten. Good rental history. Screened in porch. Private secluded 1/2 acre of property. $680,000 Four Three inland lots within 5 minute walk of waterfront and public dock. $47,200 ea 1/2 acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, water front and Green Turtle Club. $60,000-$70,000 each Green Turtle Estates: 1/2 acre only 125 feet from ocean beach. Firm $183,000 Green Turtle Estates 1/3 acre inland lot within five minutes walk of the beach. $53,000 gross Windsong Villa $275,000 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. North End: NEW! Stunning furnished hilltop, 3 bedroom, 2 bath hom with fireplace, perched 35 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Vaulted ceilings. 125 on ocean. Panoramic views of ocean through French doors, 3000 squ. ft. under roof plus 1,000 sq. ft. of screened-in porch. W/D, A/C in master bedroom plus ceiling fans throughout. One acre. $1.42 million gross NEW! Secluded two-acre parcel with house stretching from Bluff Harbour to the Sea of Abaco. Over 1000 feet of water front. Stunning views. Two bedrooms / 2 baths. New protected dock on Bluff Harbour. Gazebo on Sea of Abaco. 30,000 gallon cistern. Stand-by generator. Many mature trees. Garage. $3,000,000 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. $575,000 ONO Munjack Cay: One-quarter acre on beach 125 frontage $183,000 Munjack Cay. Lagoon beach lot $95,000 Little Ambrigris Cay: 10 acres. Dock material on site. Beautiful beach. High hill. $515,000 gross Abaco Main Land: 100 on the Sea of Abaco x 200 Near Fire Road. B$59,000 110 of Sea of Abaco x 200 with new nearly finished block 2 bedroom 2 bath house. Near Fire Road. B$177,000 Sales, Rentals and Property Management SOLD SOLD UNDER CONTRACT 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 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 To be published late October available on A baco in November. For U. S. orders send $15 + $ 2 S & H PENURY PRINTS, P O BOX 68 SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME 04679 All proceeds to benefit ABACO MEDICAL CHARITIES By Jennifer Hudson Here in the Bahamas, along with our close neighbours in the Caribbean and coastal United States, we are now in the height of the hurricane season. Many people, especially those with residences in close proximity to the sea, have their homes insured against hurricane damage and those wishing to take out cover for their properties may still do so before any warnings or watches are posted for a hurricane in any part of the Bahamas. No insurance companies are permitted to underwrite catastrophe cover from the time of the first hurricane warning until all watches have been lifted. There are four insurance companies on Abaco which underwrite catastrophe coverage: Insurance Management Bahamas Ltd., J.S.Johnson and Company, Abaco Insurance Agency Ltd., and Van Stratton Insurance Agency. All insurance companies use the same criteria for assessing properties: type of construction (wood or concrete), elevation and distance from the sea. Premiums on waterfront properties are much higher than for properties inland as the closer to the sea the greater the risk from storm surges. All companies have the right to decide whether they are willing to take on the risk. Properties on the cays carry a higher premium still due to their increased vulnerability. The majority of insurance companies charge a flat rate whether or not the owner possesses shutters for the property but Abaco Insurance did say that some of their carriers give a discount for shutters. Anyone who pays insurance premiums knows that after Hurricane Floyd and 9/11, insurance rates rose considerably and have continued to rise each year since. However, the good news is that in 2003 rates began to decrease. All companies report that their rates are slightly lower this year and should continue to decline as long as there are no further catastrophes. Any major event anywhere in the world affects insurance rates because the same big underwriters deal with insurance companies worldwide; therefore, any detrimental world events and large lawsuits in the U.S. affect us all. When rates increased, according to all companies, very few people cancelled their policies; they just rearranged their cover slightly to make the premiums more affordable. Robert Pinder of Insurance Management feels that since Hurricane Floyd people are much more knowledgeable about insurance and that his clients are more aware of what their policies mean. People can see the advantages of having their places adequately insured. Insurance companies responded very well and very quickly in the time of need after Hurricane Floyd, he said, enabling people to rebuild in record time and even improve and beautify their properties. Many people who feel that they are in a fairly well protected area opt not to carry catastrophe insurance but some companies report that they saw a small increase in the number of people requesting cover after Hurricane Floyd. In recent years since there has been an increase in the number of tornadoes on Abaco even homes inland are at risk. Companies advise policy holders to make sure that they are adequately insured. Whilst all the insurance companies were unanimous in stating that their rates have decreased in 2003 and that there are good indications that this trend will continue, this may be offset somewhat by a three percent tax which the Bahamas government is considering adding to ALL types of insurance coverage.Storm Insurance Details Explained Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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Page 32 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 Affordable Reliable200-800 GPD SC Compact 1000-1500 GPD SC StandardSK WatermakersMarine, Residential, and Commercial Systems from 150 to 10,000 Gallons per Day Superior Warranty Coverage Highest Quality Components Wide Range of Options RO Parts & Supplies(772) 489-0852ww w.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope TownPolyethylene Plastic Storage Tanks 50 to50 to 50 to50 to 50 to 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 GG GG G allons allons allons allons allonsPh. 805-473-7265 Fax 805-473-7291 www.loomistank.comUse for: Drinking Catchment & Irrigation Fire Protection Septic tanks T ransportNEW 1800 gal open-top nestable tank with removable lidLOOMIS TANK CENTER Treasure Cays Newest Condo ComplexOn site poolContact your local broker of visit the job site for more information. 5 building 20 condominiums across the street from Bahama Beach Club. Three bedroom two bath units approximately 1,500 square feet in each unit Limited cart storage available Preconstruction prices are: ground floor $298,000 second floor $329,000 Treasure Cay RoadNorth Marina DriveMarina View DrivePoolA B C D E F Phone: 305-979-8200 Email: hquin@bellsouth.net Web page: www.treasurecaylandings.comCentral Abaco District Council 18 Sept 03 An interim meeting was called by Chief Councillor Cay Mills on September 18 to consider several urgent matters. The dump site was bulldozed and cleaned by Paul Simms for a cost of $4,200. This was necessary so the new contractor could start fresh and could be held accountable. This had been agreed to in general terms at the previous Council meeting and the invoice for $4,200 was accepted. A bill from Gregory Munroe for $410 was approved. This was for work done to air conditioning units at Central Abaco Primary School in preparation for the new school year. Councillors agreed to pay Herbert Strachan $2,005 for repairing air conditioners and replacing seven ceiling fans at Abaco High School. A plan was approved whereby janitresses at Central Abaco Primary School will rotate their hours so two are on duty during school hours and the others will report in the afternoon just before the students are dismissed. This will allow for more efficient work while the classrooms are empty. Haziel Reckley was hired at $175 per week as a handyman/gardener to work between Abaco Central High School and Central Abaco Primary School. Central Abaco District Council 25 Sept 03 Administrator Williams reminded Councillors that the meeting on September 18 was not an official meeting as he was not present. He was further concerned that jobs had been assigned and a person hired without being posted publically for competitive bidding and said that this practice must not continue. Councillors questions related to personnel assignments, supervision and pay were answered by the Administrator who is responsible for all personnel although Council should make recommendations. After discussion, the business of September 18 was ratified and entered into the minutes. Councillors were presented with a second request for a $4,000 contribution by the All Abaco Regatta Committee. This had been denied last month but the Regatta Committee Chairman made another plea for the funds. Chairman Mills felt the money would be better spent on the schools but the grant was allowed. A $200 per month raise was requested for the office staff by Councillor Cubel Davis Jr. This was approved after much discussion. Administrator Williams reminded Councillors that although this was within their authority, there is presently a freeze on all government employees salaries and wages. When the freeze is lifted, the raise would be effective as approved on October 1 st. One other factor is a general review being presently conducted by government on all local government salaries and wages to ensure that a uniform pay scale is in effect. Apparently there is a wide variance in pay for similar jobs in the various islands which government wishes to standardize. Chief Councillor Mills asked for assistance with his cellular phone bill which has jumped from an average of $200 a month to $600 per month. He had not anticipated this expense when accepting the Chief Councillors position. This was agreed to. Mr. Mills submitted a bill for $3800 he incurred in hiring a team of four students to clean the brush behind the Central Abaco Primary school just before school opened. In justifying the amount, he presented bids of $5,000 and $6,000 by two other persons for the work which they estimated would take two weeks to complete. Councillors felt the amount was high for the 109 hours shown on the invoice and individual invoices were requested from each participant. The students had worked throughout several days and into the evenings working under floodlights to get the job done. Mr. Mills took them food to expedite the work. Local Government at Work

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 33 Sun s etCirc le 19 35 36 37 38 39 31 32 33 34 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 19,918 sq.ft. 11,140 sq.ft.Open Space 10,396 sq.ft. 11,119 sq.ft. 11,238 sq.ft. 9,354 sq.ft. 6,474 sq.ft. Open Space Open SpaceSunr is eBoule vard -30'WideSunri s eCi rcl e W est30'W i deS unri se CircleEast-3 0'W i deSunriseDrive 15,703 sq.ft. 9,502 sq.ft. 11,400 sq.ft. 11,129 sq.ft. 11,811 sq.ft. 11,518 sq.ft. 13,226 sq.ft. 11,073 sq.ft. 15,861 sq.ft. 18,604 sq.ft. 14,787 sq.ft. 17,658 sq.ft. 16,239 sq.ft. 17,517 sq.ft. 10,499 sq.ft.SeaofAbaco10,478 sq.ft. 10,724 sq.ft. 11,043 sq.ft. 17,583 sq.ft. 9,547 sq.ft. 9,750 sq.ft. 9,750 sq.ft. 12,000 sq.ft. 12,000 sq.ft. 12,264 sq.ft. 14,002 sq.ft. 17,352 sq.ft. 18,371 sq.ft. 20,559 sq.ft. 9,394 sq.ft. 9,053 sq.ft. 10,388 sq.ft. 12,205 sq.ft.To Bay Street 7,803 sq.ft.SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 2003 D.A. Lee Scale: 0 50' 100'200' Feet 0 10 20 3040 5060 Meters Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas N E W S Private Waterfront Community. Well Planned and Laid-out. Common Beach Area on Sea of Abaco. Conveniently Located to All Town Amenities. All Underground Utilities. Paved Roads. with Street Lights. Many Great Sea of Abaco Views. Southeast Exposure for Cooling Summer Breezes. Hillside Protection from Winter Winds.SUB DIVISIONAbaco's newest and most exciting development Prices starting at B$92,000ABACO REAL ESTATE AGENCY LTD.P.O.Box AB 20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: (242) 367-2719 Fax: (242) 367-2359 e-mail: elaine@abacobahamas.com www.abacobahamas.com Chad Sawyer, Elaine Thompson Brokers Jessica Pinder, Bill Thompson Sales Associates Presented Exclusively by: Marsh Harbour N E W S 8/1/03 • 22 Styles • Factory direct • Easy to Install • Health Benefits • Add value to your property FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE Chris Thompson Kathy O’Kelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654 Water MakersWell Done carries a complete line of Reverse Osmosis Desalinators. Sizes start at 100 GPD to 20,000 GPD .We can install, service and maintain all of the equipment we sell and drill the neccessary water and drain wells to supply the units. Water Well ServicesProfessionally drilled water and drain wells. Serving all of Abaco including: Guana Cay, Elbow Cay, Man’O’War Cay, Green Turtle Cay and Marsh Harbour. We case all of our wells down to the water and use professional well screen at the pump levels. Get your well done today to supply your water maker or your home or business.Call us today 242-367-4841 • 242-367-4842 Call us today 242-367-4842 • 242-367-4841We also sell, service and install water makers Marsh H Airport Found with Serious Flaws By Jennifer Hudson In mid-September a very serious and potentially dangerous situation was discovered at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. Inspectors from the United States Federal Aviation Authority, FAA, arrived in Marsh Harbour on one of their routine visits and found the airport fire truck to be completely non-functional. Besides a dead battery, the truck had mechanical problems and a leak in the tank so it could hold only a third of its capacity of water. One of the hoses was not functioning. There were many other infractions concerning personnel not properly identified and security gates not kept locked which compromised the integrity of the airport. Two Abaconians are employed by the Civil Aviation Department in Nassau as full time operators of the fire truck. One is left to wonder how the truck was allowed to get into such a deplorable condition. It is reported that the employees concerned wrote a letter to the Civil Aviation Department in Nassau which the Department say they never received. In view of the fact that if there were a crash or other such emergency at the airport there would be no firefighting equipment available, two of the commercial airlines coming into Marsh Harbour airport asked the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department to be at the airport to meet their incoming flights from the United States. Fortunately, our local Fire Department was able to do this until the airport truck could be repaired, thus averting a situation which would have meant a severe blow to the tourism industry of Abaco. The volunteer firemen did much of the work to get the truck operational. The tank was patched by local welders. In a few days a mechanic and parts for the fire truck arrived from Nassau and the truck was back in service. Word has subsequently been received that a new truck is on order for this airport. A handheld VHF radio allowing communication between the ground firemen and pilots was missing. This has since been remedied. According to Mr. Bobby Jones, Manager for both the Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay airports, in peak season the Marsh Harbour airport can see between 9000 and 10,000 passenger arrivals per month which averages 300 per day. For a comparable period the Treasure Cay airport handles between 3000 and 4500 passenger arrivals per month. Firemen from the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department manned a truck on standby at the Marsh Harbour airport while the truck normally in service was being repaired. This allowed commercial flights to continue coming into this airport after an inspection by the FAA found the truck inoperable and found many other infractions of security regulations.

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Page 34 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it. For Futher details and pictures visit our web page at treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.net Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay Specialists Ph: (242) 365-8538 Ph/Fax: (242) 365-8587SAFE HARBOUR SAFE HARBOUR SAFE HARBOUR SAFE HARBOUR 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 LAGUNALAGUNA LAGUNALAGUNA 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 ROYAL PALMROYAL PALM ROYAL PALMROYAL PALM ROYAL PALMCanal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and PoolPhase I3 bed/2 bath 12 ft. wide slip$302,500 ATLANTISATLANTIS ATLANTISATLANTIS ATLANTISCanal Front Condos with on-site PoolBldg. 3Downstairs 2 bed/1 bath with boat slip$182,000 Bldg. 4Upstairs 2 bed/2 bath with boat slip$194,000 Bldg. 5Upstairs 2 bed/2 bath with boat slip$194,000 MARINERS COVE MARINERS COVE MARINERS COVE MARINERS COVE MARINERS COVETownhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and PoolGarden/Pool View 2 bed/1 bath $113,00 Marina View 1 bed/1 bathbeginning at $91,000 2 bed/1 bath$121,000 SABLEAU SOLEIL SABLEAU SOLEIL SABLEAU SOLEIL SABLEAU SOLEIL 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. $430,500BrokersAnne Albury Marcellus RobertsSEADUCTRESS / HARBOURS EDGE SEADUCTRESS / HARBOURS EDGE SEADUCTRESS / HARBOURS EDGE SEADUCTRESS / HARBOURS EDGE 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 MOTIVATED SELLER MOTIVATED SELLER MOTIVATED SELLER MOTIVATED SELLER $1,200,000 ISLAND TIMES ISLAND TIMES ISLAND TIMES ISLAND TIMES ISLAND TIMES 2500 sq. ft. modern spacious 3 bed/ 2 bath, living/dining/kitchen opening onto covered patio facing waterfront. Double garage/utility. Extra adjacent lot. Total frontage 108 ft.$830,250 SOLD! SOLD! 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 SUZUKIBy Portia Jonsson The Department of Fisheries, working in close consultation with the Bahamas Reef Environmental Educational Foundation (BREEF), The Bahamas National Trust (BNT), local government representatives and a number of scientists, has proposed the establishment of a nationwide network of Marine Protected Areas for The Bahamas. To bring concerned people together and share information about Abacos proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Friends of the Environment held a preliminary meeting in Marsh Harbour on September 19th. The meeting was well attended by Friends members, fishermen, dive and boat rental operators, nature lovers and concerned residents. Also in attendance were Fisheries Officers for North Abaco and Central Abaco, Mr. Carroll Laing and Mr. Wayne Cornish. The Department of Fisheries later sponsored a series of meetings in several communities to discuss more precisely the formation of marine preserves on Abaco. They invited fishermen, local leaders and interested people to gain insights as to where the local population would support these areas. About 40 people listened to a presentation by Ms. Tamika Rahming, with the Department of Fisheries, outlining the reasons why marine preserves are necessary and their effectiveness. Mr. Jeremy Saunders accompanied Ms. Rahming for meetings and discussions. The concept of marine preserves is to permanently set aside an area encompassing a variety of environments which support fish but where fishing is not allowed. This idea protects the entire ecosystem, allowing nature to respond without interference. As the populations grow, they will migrate and replenish those areas outside the preserves. In the areas where preserves have been established for several years, the recovery of depleted stock has been dramatic. The animals grow larger and have more offspring. Valuable species respond and become stronger. There is spillover as the population grows within the preserve, which benefits the surrounding waters. Some of the fish tagged have shown up over 200 miles away. Throughout the world, properly designed and managed MPAs are increasingly regarded by scientists, conservationists and resource mangers as perhaps THE best available tool to provide long-term protection to fisheries and other marine resources. Since the sea is so vital to our existence we need to protect it before the impact of humans becomes so great that the damage is irreversible. Fishing preserves are being depleted worldwide with devastating consequences. It is not too late to preserve the Bahamian marine resources. BREEF, an environmental organization based in Nassau, made recommendations to government in 1998 to set aside these preserves. After reviewing the situation, it was seen that there was a need for these and a study group drew up criteria. Thirteen sites were suggested of which two are on Abaco. The suggestions for Abaco include one preserve in the area of Munjack Cay and Green Turtle Cay and a second one from Pelican Cays National Park south to Little Harbour. Ideally 20 percent of the shelf-edge into deeper water needs protection. Each preserve should include sea grass, reef and mangrove areas and would have deep and shallow water. Marine Reserves must be numerous enough and sufficiently dispersed to provide adequate replication from damage from catastrophes such as hurricanes. Five Family Islands are being recommended for the first preserves. These areMarine Protected Areas Meetings Held Please see Reserves Page 35 Fisheries officers sponsored meetings throughout Abaco to discuss the proposed Marine Reserve Areas. They are, left to right,Mr. Jeremy Saunders, Ms. Tamika Rahming and Mr. Leon Pinder, local fisheries officer. 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 SPECIALSIn StoreLots of Specialsfor October onFridges TVs, DVD Players & more..SPECIALS GOOD, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, FOR OCT. 2003

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 35 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 Brent Cartwright coldbank@abacoinet.com Mailin Sands msands@abacoinet.comLIGHTBOURN REALTYMarsh Harbour Office 242 367-2992 Fax 242 367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasGreen Turtle Cay Office Chris Farrington Agent Office# (242) 365-4695 Fax# (242) 365-4697 Email: chris.f@batelnet.bs MAKING REAL ESTATE REAL EASYTM Hope Town Agent Ainsley Harrison Phone 242-366-0338 Email: ainsley@mlrealty .net Casuarina Point NEW LISTING!two adjacent lots on the canal, set back on the water way, protected and private. Call for more details! Pelican Shores Elevated harbour front lots available, one of a kind location in Marsh Harbour. Starting at $225,000 Bahama Palm Shores Call about our many listed properties in this fast growing community. Starting as low as $15,000 Man-O-War Vacant interior lot, in town and close walk to beach. Guana Cay Beach front lot, 70 x 250. $240,000 Hope Town Ocean view estates, 1/3 acre, vacant lot with sea views and beach access, quiet area. $99,000 Yellowwood vacant lot now available. Call for more details. Casuarina Point vacant lot available, close to beach. $17,000 Treasure Cay best priced canal front lots in Galleon Bay. Call today! Elbow Cay gorgeous 2/2 home on ocean beach with pool set in large deck overlooking the Atlantic. $1,200,000 Leisure Lee Best priced canal lot $45,000www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comMan-ManMan-ManManOO OO O --WW WW W ar Cayar Cay ar Cayar Cay ar Cay #0331 Elegant 3/3 home with ocean views and a beach only steps away. Includes all the I WANTS, guest house, spacious decks, barbeque pit, dance studio, large master bath and his and her walk-in closets! $1,610,000Sand Banks vacant property available on the highway to Treasure Cay, motivated seller, bring offers, call for more details Hill Creek 4.8 acres with 50+ elevations and 100 of waterfront. $130,000Guana CayGuana Cay Guana CayGuana Cay Guana Cay #1386 Vacant elevated lot in Boat Harbour, with deeded dock access and community dock nearby. SOLD Marsh Harbour Duplex Marsh Harbour Duplex Marsh Harbour Duplex Marsh Harbour Duplex Marsh Harbour Duplex Two 2/1 apartments with a 1/1 efficiency in the rear available for sale. Fenced-in yard, and furnished. Motivated Seller! REDUCED $170,000 Guana Cay Guana Cay Guana Cay Guana Cay Guana Cay Gorgeous elevated 1/2 acre lots on quiet east end of Guana. Lots have beach access. Call for prices. Guana CayGuana Cay Guana CayGuana Cay Guana Cay #0338 Lovely beach front home with outside decking, presents views of the powder white beach and Atlantic Ocean. Close to all conveniences. $375,000 Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour NEW LISTING #5050 Prime commercial property comprising of 13,300sq. ft. with large building in great condition. Can be occupied as a retail store, office space, and more. Conveniently located. $299,000 Treasure Cay #1322Three bedroom two bath modern home near beaches and golf course. Immaculately cared-for home with all modern amenities such as central A/C, cable etc. Offered at $265,000 Green Turtle Cay White Sound #0333Water front house, 2B / 2B, master bath has a spa. The modern interior consists of two dining areas, an island counter bar, living room and kitchen. All front rooms enjoy a magnificent view of the harbour. Offered at $850,000 Green Turtle Cay Island getaway perched above the crystal clear waters, overlooking the Sea of Abaco, this 3B / 3B estate comprises a total of 3,289 sq. ft. of living area and over 2000 sq. ft. of wooden decks leading to and surrounding the pool. Beautiful sunsets await you at this brand new island getaway. Offered at $2,450,000 Green Turtle Cay 2B / 2B octagonal tree house with shared dock. Beautiful views. Under Contract $275,000 Green Turtle Cay Nice Neighbourhood cleared lot with fruit trees, near beaches, park and a public dock. $45,000 Green Turtle Cay White Sound water-front house 2B / 2B house with large open entertaining areas. Boat house and dock with power & water. Offered at $850,000 Treasure Cay Greenway Canal Lot with splendid unobstructed views of the canal. Owner says sell! $35,000 Treasure Cay Two storey, income producing, 2b/1b apartment building with studio apt. downstairs, (two 1b/1b additional apartments possible). Located on beautiful Ocean Blvd. Beach and golf course are minutes away. First time home owners qualify for stamp duty exemption. Price $245,000 FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE27-foot Boston Whaler 1988 Completely Refurbished in 2001 New 2000 Yamaha 250s with 160 hours Bahamian DUTY PAID Price $48,500 See Treaure Cay Marina Dockmaster Or Call 305-446-5225 Office Abaco, Bimini, South Bimini, South Eleuthera and the Berry Islands. Bimini is the final stages and is drawing up management plans. Biminis plan will allow bonefishermen to continue fishing as this is a catch and release type fishing. The Bahamas already has some experience with a protected area within the Exuma Land and Sea Park. This park allowed limited fishing within the boundaries of the park until 1986. It was then determined that a complete ban on fishing was necessary. Today the Exuma Park provides testimony of the wisdom of that decision. Scientific research and casual observations demonstrate that the fish are larger and more abundant within the park when compared to areas outside. The spillover effect is apparent in adjacent areas. Also, there are more different kinds of fish inside, as compared to areas outside the park. This concept protects against over fishing, it protects the genetic quality and it allows a more rapid recovery after a natural disaster. It takes about five years for results to become obvious. One of the endangered species is the Nassau grouper which has been wiped out in most of the Caribbean and it could happen in The Bahamas. Ms. Rahming emphasized that the government will set up preserves only where the people of that area agree to them. Local people will be the ones policing the areas and it is important that there be a consensus as to boundaries. The communities and Fisheries personnel will be working together to make the preserves successful. The next stage will collecting data from the chosen areas. The banning of fishing for Nassau grouper during their spawning season when they come together in deep water aggregations was discussed. It is hoped that government will ban fishing for Nassau grouper during these times which are early each year. But that decision has not been made as yet. One well known aggregation area is outside Hope Town. The group made several suggestion. One dive operator recommended Fisheries make a third preserve at the north end of Guana Cay. The reef in that area does not have nearly as much fish life as the Fowl Cay area which many people consider to be a protected area. He also suggested that dive operators could be made wardens as they are out every day on the reefs and see what is going on. Some felt that the preserve north of Little Harbour would be too restrictive for Cherokee fishermen. The Department of Fisheries needs local help and support if this system is to succeed. The long-term success of the program will mostly depend on strong community support at the local level throughout the islands. Local fishermen need to support the effort as they will be the prime benefactors of the expected fisheries overflow resulting from greater fisheries production within the Marine Reserves. The Bahamas is fortunate to have some ofMarine Protected Areas Are Suggested ReservesFrom Page 34 the healthiest reefs and highest marine biodiversity in the Caribbean. We also have some of the last remaining fish stocks in the region. Many of the fish that we take for granted in The Bahamas are commercially extinct elsewhere. We have the opportunity to protect our reefs and have a sustainable supply of fish for the future, but we must act now according to fisheries scientists. Advertise in The Abaconian

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Page 36 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003 PROFESSIONAL GOLF CAR CORP.17 Years of Selling ExperienceBest Quality and Prices in South Florida Call Paul at: 1 (880)-334-5058 or 1 (561) 433-2500 5385 Lake Worth Rd. Green Acres, FL 33463Delivery to the ports of West Palm Beach & Ft. Lauderdale Authorized DealerELECTRIC OR GAS NEW USED REMANUFACTURED 2, 4 OR 6 PASSENGER LIFTED BOXES 2360 sq. ft. building 15,000 sq. ft. lot 2 story with air conditioned offices upstairs and downstairs 4 phone lines 2 bathrooms downstairs, 1 bathroom and kitchenette upstairs 14 roll up door serving full 2 story warehouse area private water well close to downtown Marsh Harbour, off Don MacKay Blvd.MOTIVATED SELLER Call 367-2598FOR SALE 2100 sq. ft. Warehouse next to the Abaco Water Bottling plant. Not being divided. This fencedin 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 367-2951 or 3596658 Photo Upstairs office downtown Marsh Harbour in colonial building next to Solomons. $600 per month includes utilities. Ph 367-4887Minimum 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 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT Simmons PlaceRentals Apartments Office Space Store FrontBarbara M. SimmonsPhone 242-367-2922 East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, Abaco simmonsplace2002@yahoo.com RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSBAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Marsh Harbour hill top apartments, 2 bed/1 bath, central A/C, fully furnished. Call 3672951 or 366-0347 after 5 Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Tract, two furnished apt. each 2 bed / 1 bath including water and gas. $1100 month. Call 367-2660 Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2 bath, fully furnished, A/C, huge fenced yard. 367-5867 Marsh Harbour Sweetings Tract, small house, 2 bed 1 bath with fridge and stove. $575 1st and last plus security. If interested call Jane in Nassau at 394-7988 Marsh Harbour, Little Orchard, 1 bed, A/C, furnished. No children or pets. $450/ month. First, 2nd and last deposit.1 yr lease. Call 367-2347 after 5 p.m. Treasure Cay 2 b/1 b furnished house w/ large garden, A/C, laundry, quiet and secluded area. Call 367-5046 day or 367-3472 night Houses and Apartments For Rent Classified Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Black Wood Elegant, fully furnished two bedroom apt. At entrance to Black Wood. Rent nightly or monthly. Call Gwendolyn Baillou at 365-0614 or 554-8424 Central Abaco 2 bed/1 bath, new, fully furnished, central A/C, cable hook-up, only serious apply. Call 367-3720 leave message. Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or hopetown.com Marsh Harbour 2b / 2b $900/month. Furnished, A/C, located in Govt. Sub. Contact Tara Sands @ 367-3006 (w) or 365-6587 (h) Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Tract, 2 bed/1 bath apt. Call Amos 367-2042 Classified Ads Bring Results Call 367-3202 Treasure Cay 2 bed/2 bath villa on Solomon Mines parking lot. Reasonable rent. Call 3654105 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 BAHAMASE-mail: abacobill@batelnet.bs DOWN: 1. The work performed by dentist. 2. When bacteria has rotted away a tooth deep inside the pulp, you will experience this. 3. A rotten hole in your tooth caused by the plaqsters acid. 5. Your large back teeth that are used for grinding your food. 6. The softer tooth structure that is under the enamel of your tooth. 8. Found inside your tooth, they give the sense of feeling when you chew, drink or eat. 9. The result from an infection inside your tooth or gum caused by bacteria. 10. This is found at the inside, base of your teeth. 12. The flesh in your mouth that covers your upper and lower jaws and surrounds your teeth. ACROSS: 2. How many sets of teeth do we have in our lifetime? 4. A special string used to clean out plaqsters (bacteria) from between teeth. 7. The stuff you put on your toothbrush to help clean your teeth and gums. 11. A small brush used inside your mouth to clean your teeth and gums. 13. The part of your tooth that is visible above the gum. 14. The hard white outside covering of your tooth. 15. A Latin word for mouth.Solve the puzzle and WinComplete the puzzle, clip it out, and return it to Agape Dental and you could be one of three winners at our October 31st, 2003 prize drawing. Name: Phone: Bring it in by hand or fax it to us at 367-2193 Age: Agape Family Dental Centre will be offering Special Discounts for the month of October. Dental Technicians will be making presentations at the following schools for Dental Health Month: Agape Christian School Central Abaco Primary Hope Town All Age SchoolCALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT OR A CLEANING Island Property ManagementJulie FarringtonP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: ipmjulie@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/ipm Vacations Rentals

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 37 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. 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,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 Bahama Palm Shores Section 4 Block 27, Lots 1 and 2 for sale. Call 366-2092 or 477-5291 Cherokee, Yellowwood, 1280 sq. ft. house, 2 bed/2 bath, central A/C, 12 KW generator. $180,000 Nett. Also 2 lots 100x150 5 min from Winding Bay. Ph. 366-2092 or 477-5291 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE 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. $1.6 M. On the internet at www.bahamasinvest.com or call 365-4271 LIVE YOUR DREAM AT LIVE YOUR DREAM AT LIVE YOUR DREAM AT LIVE YOUR DREAM AT LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy 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 Sea Grape RealtyVictor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2749 E-mail: seagraperealty@hotmail.com Elbow Cay: Lot on Centerline Road, 90 x 100, good title. $75,000 Elbow Cay: Acre in Back Creek, access to water. $80,000 Tilloo Cay: Two lots on Sea of Abaco, 100 wide, approx 250 feet long, deep water, hill top views. Please enquire. Lubbers Quarters: Hillside acre with private dock slip and utilities. $120,000 MUST SELLINVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY REAL ESTATE IN ABACOTreasure Cay Vacant land 10,000 sq. ft. Multi family Lot #65 Bl #167 Dundas Town 1/2 acre, 2 storey 4 bed, 2 bath, family rm Lot #25 Murphy Town Incomplete duplex one unit completed comprising 2 bed, 1 bath 6,900 sq. ft. Lot #60 Murphy Town Vacant Land 11,277 sq. ft. Lot #78B Dundas Town Vacant Land 10,810 sq. ft. Lot # 21 Murphy Town Commercial building 6,500 sq. ft. Lot #70 Murphy Town Duplex 2 2 bed, 1 bath 11,232 sq. ft. Lot #78 Dundas Town L-shape triples 3 2 bed, 1 bath units 9,000 sq. ft. Area for small shop Lot #18B Murphy Town 3 bed, 2 bath Newly repaired 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #67 Bahama Coral Island Vacant Crown Land 14,700 sq. ft. Lot #2For condition of sale and any other information contact M. Gardiner or M.T. Rolle at 367-2141.BIDS ONLY Houses and Land For SaleClassified Advertisements PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE LITTLE HARBOUR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY 276+ ACRES BY OWNERADJOINING CHEROKEE AND NEW WINDING BAY DEVELOPMENTFax 239-261-1213 or Write to P.O. Box 4805, Miami Beach, FL 33141 Sandra Evans, BRIMultiple-listing Broker sandra@ab acorealtor.com East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor.com The Best Service in Abaco Homes Property Beach front Condos Corporate RentalsElbow 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 Great Cistern 3 story furnished 3 b / 3 1/2 b central A/C, cable, phone, storage and generator houses, all around decks overlooking water. Phone 367-5867 Little Harbour beautiful ocean view, 2 story, 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, living & dining room, large game room with wet bar, ceramic tile and carpet, 3 large decks including 1 screened, central air, UV water purification system, electricity to home, plus 12.5 KW back-up generator. $499,900. Call 242-366-3515 or 477-5198 Lubbers Quarter boat slip for sale. Slip #6 in AOC marina. $30,000. Call 366-3121 Marsh Harbour, lot in Sweeting tract, 100 x 100, good elevation, quieted land papers. Asking $26,000. 367-3020 or 367-4453 Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath furnished home. Large yard w/fruit trees. $250,000. Call 3675503 or 357-6561 Marsh Harbour Duplex, 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 daysThe Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of AbacoKick Back and Relax on Abaco! We now represent a superb selection of Vacation Condominiums in The Regattas. Beautifully and fully furnished, all amenities. Close to restaurants and nightlife! Weekly and monthly rentals. Please call for information.Tel. 242.367.3262 FAX. 242.367.3260 Royal Harbour Village Bay Street, Marsh Harbour www.bahamasrealty.bs Email. abaco@bahamasrealty.bs SUPPLY DEPOTP.O. Box AB-20577 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 Soap Dispensers Paper Towel Dispensers Pillows Towels Kitchen Utensils Silverware Styrofoam Cups Trays Bags Plastic & Paper Shampoo Soap Lotions Brooms Mops Cleaners Hotel and Restaurant Supplies ...and MUCH MUCH MORE!Located in Government Subdivision/Cove Estates. 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Page 38 The Abaconian October 1st, 2003U.S. dollars, he said. That in itself is a direct cost to the consumer. The second change would be the abolition of price control. Price control came in for very good reasons back in the early s when the degree of competition in this country was limited, he said. But in the free capital market that we all love and exist in and believe in, price control is actually a price upward booster, not a price downward booster for the Bahamian public. It needs to be abolished because by limiting the price of various essentials, you are actually maximizing the price of others because we have to pay for this somehow. Price control merely shifts the price; it doesnt control the price. The thing that controls prices is free market competition. Mr. Symonettes third point called for the abolition of the antiquated law of licensing, which stops the company from selling beer and wine in the supermarket. In the United States, he said, you can buy your beer and wine and sodas in the same place. If we can find more products to distribute our overheads over, the lower we can sell rice and baby food and things that we need. His last request was for an end to the timeconsuming need to price each item individually on the shelf. When you consider the labour cost of that versus having the price listed on the shelf and visually at the cash register with the modern checkout systems, these are the types of savings that will drive the prices lower, said Mr. Symonette. SolomonsFrom Page 4 Solomons SuperCenter offered customers many samples, sale prices on many items, refreshments, balloons and gift items. A clown entertained the children with magic tricks and giveaways. A Revlon representative gave free make-up lessons. He is shown above applying make-up to Melissa Newbold. application of certain provisions such as customs duties maybe all the way up to 2010. But he said the Bahamas government must take the lead because it has the information and was elected to do so, to educate the public and advise the Bahamian people on what we should do. If Im a doctor, there is no point in my asking you, the patient, how I should treat you, he said. If the governments of the 34 countries can agree on a treaty, their respective parliaments, congresses or national assemblies would have to ratify it before it can become operative, Mr. Laing said. An agreement is expected to be signed by January of 2005 to FTAAFrom Page 16 A long time resident of Abaco, Mr. Cottis is a well known and well loved community leader. He was a District Education Officer and was transferred to Abaco in 1975 where he acted as DEO until 1995. After retiring as DEO, Mr. Cottis taught at Abaco Central High School and Forest Heights Academy. CentralFrom Page 11 come into effect by December of that year. Mr. Laing does not expect that to happen until at least 2007. Cuba is the only country in the hemisphere not participating in the discussions; it is excluded because of its communist type government. REPORT PHONE COMPLAINTS TO NUMBER 914In an effort to provide more efficient service to its customers, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC), Abaco reminds the public that all telephone faults are to be reported to the Customer Service Department, Complaint Section at 914 to ensure proper record logging of the complaints. Telephone faults reported to other departments or personnel at BTC may not be properly logged, resulting in a delay of restoration of service. Please help us to help you by reporting all telephone faults to the Customer Service Department, Complaint Section at 914. The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. appreciates your cooperation. LUBBERS LEEHOMES & LANDElbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and PropertyFamily Island SpecialistsChris Thompson(chris@hopetown.com)Greg Roberts(greg@hopetown.com)Ph: (242) 366-0216 www.elbow-cay.com Fax: (242) 366-0223OCEAN HOUSE Incredible parcel of property with 2 bedroom, 2 bath home located on the Atlantic Ocean in historic Hope Town Settlement. 74 feet of ocean front on long white sandy shore. The house has open floor plan with large kitchen and great/dining room, vaulted ceilings, good rental history. Price: $1,300,000LITTLE ORCHARD Island Style home, 3bd/2bth located on 2 lots 90X158ft. 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: $517,500DORROS COVE Large hillside lot 110 x 200 with great views of the Atlantic, cleared and ready to build your perfect island home. Underground electric & telephone, great buy. Price: $151,500MARNIES LANDING 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: $230,000MARNIES LANDING LOT #7BRare opportunity to buy not only one of the most beautiful 1/2 acre lots in Marnies with panoramic views, but also have 2 private dock slips, one for a runabout up to 30 the other up to 60 Price: $325,000Price: $1,290,000 Premier designer home on beautiful sandy beach. Features 4B/3B, large open kitchen on second floor, great decks, balcony, swimming pool.Located on secluded north end of Lubbers Quarters, a beautiful seato-sea property offering over 4 lush acres. Sandy beach on west side, 100+ foot dock on east side, main house, cottage viewing Tahiti Beach and Tilloo. ELBOW CAYLocated 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 ELBOW CAY ELBOW CAYPrice: $1,870,000Fabulous Villas located at the mouth of Hope Town Harbour. These 2 bed/2 bath villas are beautifully furnished with West Indian decor throughout. A dip pool is shared and surrounded by open decking. Sold fully furnished, totally turnkey, rental history. FLAMINGO VILLASPrice: $1,550,000 PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSEPrice: $1,500,000 Custom 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. ATLANTIC HORIZONS Price: $1,390,000Custom home in private marina community facing the Sea of Abaco. Turn-key 4B/4B, open kitchen, dining area and great room. Includes 2 dock slips, one can accommodate up to a 60 yacht. VILLA JUNKANOO LUBBERS QUARTERS EAST VIEW

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October 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 39which fills the rising sail. At this point a third crucial move is made. Several planks or pries are slid out beyond the gunl with the inboard end anchored to the deck. The crew scrambles out on the pries to pry the boat upright against the winds leverage on the sail. These boats do not have ballasted keels as fitted on modern sailboats. When the boats come about, the crew scrambles off the pry which is now being extended out over the other side. They dodge the heavy wood boom as it swings across the deck and take up new positions on the other side. In a tight race these pries and their human ballast may overhang another boat for a few moments, amid much hollering and apparent confusion. By the first mark, the fleet usually opens up with more space between the boats and they continue in a more orderly fashion.Race ResultsClass C First Race Second Race 1st Irene Goodnight1st Irene Goodnight 2nd Bul Reg2nd Sacrifice 3rd Sacrifice 3rd Thunderbird Third Race 1st Irene Goodnight 2nd Bul Reg 3rd Thunderbird Class B First Race Second Race 1st Lonesome Dove1st New Chase 2nd New Chase 2nd Cougar 3rd Cougar 3rd Peacemaker Third Race 1st New Chase 2nd Cougar 3rd Peacemaker Class A First Race Second Race 1st New Courageous1st New Courageous 2nd Abaco Rage 2nd Orig. Courageous 3rd Orig Courageous3rd Southern Cross Third Race 1st New Courageous 2nd Original Courageous 3rd Southern Cross RegattaFrom Page 2 ing members of the general public to assist in raising the necessary funds and urged swimmers to come together in teams of four people to swim the four-mile swim. Bahamas Fast Ferries is offering a special discounted one-day excursion on October 11th to bring the swimmers and also participants of the golf tournament which is scheduled for the same day. The excursion, which will leave Nassau at 5:30 a.m. and return from Sandy Point at 8:30 p.m., is open to the general public. Applications to participate in the swimathon are available from any Texaco Service Station or may be downloaded from bahamasswimmingfederation.com.Notice to All ArtistsThe Hope Town Harbour Lodge will be hosting its fourth annual Arts and Crafts Festival on November 20. This popular event draws many people who enjoy the wide variety of art work on display as well as the camaraderie in the casual atmosphere. The Lodge is requesting that all artists or craftsmen who would like to display their artwork register with them before November 15. Space CaysFrom Page 7 Megan Hallie McCully assignments will be made on a first come sign-up basis.New Baby ArrivesMegan Hallie McCully was born on August 30th at New Beginnings Birthing Center in Nassau and is the daughter of proud parents of Patrick and Christine McCully. Christine had a good birthing experience and felt very comfortable with the assistance of Dr. Mildred Hall Watson whose calm nature and expertise made Megans delivery a speedy one. She would highly recommend New Beginnings for any expecting parents who are seeking an alternative place to have their baby. Christine is the cartoonist for The Abaconian. 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 Wave Runner Seadoo, Bombardier, two man, excellent cond, cover, low hours. Can be seen at Scotland Cay $2,950. Call 375-8226 or 561738-0996 J16 Carolina Skiff 2000, 25 HP 3 cyl Yamaha, trailer and extras, excellent condition. $5000 Call 365-8895 21 Wellcraft no motor, good shape, with trailer, Bimini top, cushion, radio. $4000 OBO 365-8633 Gilles Photo 24 Formula w/225 HP Mercury, long deck, hard top, in good condition. Asking $18,000 Call 365-5170 Photo 25 Steiger Craft with a 175 HP Evinrude (not working). Call 365-6059 for more details. Photo 25 Grady White sailfish powered by 2/ 225 Evinrude ram ficht, 120 hrs. each. DUTY PAID. Excellent condition. Must see. Ph 3672598 25 Albin Swedish aft cabin trawler. Ideal Abaco cruiser. Needs some repairs and TLC. $10,000 firm. Tel 367-2295 or 367-3006 32 Island Gypsy sportsfishing trawler, 1987, 8 KW Westerbeke generator, A/C, single Ford Lehman 175 turbo-charged engine. DUTY PAID. $45,000 Call 365-4120 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 97 Suzuki Swift, 4 door, A/C. $3500. 100 cc motorcycle $800. Call 367-4643 Computer system, HP Vectra PII 400 mhz, 128 MB RAM, CD, 10GB HD, USB, Windows & various programs. $550 Phone: 242423-6293 COMMERCIAL SERVICES MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat 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 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. 3672111 Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 9 am 6:30 pm Sundays 10 am 4 pm Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. COMMERCIAL SERVICES VEHICLES FOR SALE Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsDon MacKay Blvd. near Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats 30 x 30 $660 up to a week15 x 15 $440 up to a week Includes set up and disassembly Rent-A-Tent Phone 367-2677 HELP WANTED Smart Business Connection Check your E-mail Browse the Internet Make intl calls Secretarial services Laminating Color copying Typing resumes Send & receive faxes Letter drafting & typing US address & mail boxes JCP catalog ordering Conference room rental Contrators quotations And much more. .Don MacKay Blvd. above Dougs Place (Opposite Scotia Bank)Phone: 367-5177 Fax: 367-5176 Engraving & Marketing Services Trophies Awards Plaques Programs Desktop Publishing Flyers Coupons Business Cards Raffle Tickets Dinner Tickets Concert TicketsLocated at Smart Business ConnectionAbove Dougs Place (Opposite Scotiabank)Phone 367-5177 Fax: 367-5176 Inventory Manager Neededfor progressive retail establishment in Marsh Harbour. Duties require heavy lifting, shipping and receiving. Must be computer literate and flexible to work sales. Job requires organizational skills. Please send resume to: Manager, P.O. Box AB 20121, Marsh Harbour, Abaco POSITION WANTEDRetired teacher of English seeks position as resident tutor. Call 365-8740 Need help with your bookkeeping but cant afford a full time employee? Experienced bookkeeper seeks part time employment. Contact 559-8614 or 367-4414 Need your boat delivered from Abaco to US or vice versa? Call Billy Roberts at 359-6211 or 367-5205/6 and leave message. If you cant trust me, you cant trust your mama! Epic Batteries requires a battery technician/ office assistant for Abaco office. Must be computer literate with some organizational skills. Automotive knowledge would be a plus. Please call 242-380-8031 anytime for an interview. SUNSHINE TRUCKINGFor all your trucking needs Authorized Trained Dealer for TyrFil The Worlds Foremost Deflation-Proof Tire SystemCall Now 367-4061 Fax 3668 For Industrial, Off-the-Road, Golf Cart, Wheelbarrow, Motorcycle, Car & Truck TiresThe Healing Power ofTherapeutic Massageby LounetteMarsh Harbour Green Turtle Cay & Treasure CayAdvance appointment requestedTel: 375-8416VHF ch. 8 Little Moon Officer Worker Needed. Opportunities for upward mobility possible for the right person. People skills and flexibility a must. Live-in position possible. Please respond by telephone between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily at The Bluff House Beach Hotel in Green Turtle Cay @ 365-4247 COMMERCIAL SERVICES

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