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VOLUME 12, NUMBER 19, OCTOBER 1st, 2004 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 September 25 will be long remembered as the day that Hurricane Jeanne passed through Abaco, leaving the island badly battered. The storm, moving about 14 miles per hour, crossed over Abaco with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour increasing to 115 miles per hour by the time it arrived on Grand Bahama. Although leaving much damage in its trail, there were no deaths or serious injuries. The eye of the storm came across Central Abaco just after a spring high tide. This caused massive salt water flooding throughout the downtown section of Marsh Harbour. The businesses community of Marsh Harbour was hit particularly hard with Hurricane Jeanne. Most businesses were flooded, some with more that three feet of salt water bringing mud in with it. Furnishings, shelving, merchandise, records have all been damaged or destroyed. Businesses were slow to reopen after the storm because of the flooding. The docks in many marinas in Central Abaco were completely destroyed along with privately owned docks. The surge hitting at the time of a spring high tide put tremenJeanne Brought High Winds and SurgeHurricane Was Second Storm to Hit Abaco in 22 Days Please see Jeanne Page 4 By Richard E. Fawkes Prime Minister Christie and a team of government ministers and technical staff visited Central Abaco on September 26 and North Abaco on September 27 in the aftermath of Hurricane Jeanne. This storm piled even greater devastation on the island and its cays, already badly damaged by Hurricane Frances three weeks previously. Mr. Christie and his entourage arrived in Treasure Cay on Monday to learn that Treasure Cay Hotel Resort would be closed until December due to severe damage to rooms and the golf course, resulting in the layoff of over 70 employees. After discussions with Mr. Christie on mutual assistance, general manager Mr. Jos Konsten announced that the facility would keep on about 25 percentPrime Minister Christie Visited Devastated Abaco Please see Christie Page 2Prime Minister Viewed Hurricane DamageThe Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie, viewed damage in Coopers Town and Little Abaco two days after Hurricane Jeanne devastated the area. He is shown here in rain gear with Mr. Nathan Rolle, center, who lost his gas tanks in Hurricane Frances a nd then had further damage from Jeanne. With the Prime Minister was the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments, who is next to Mr. Rolle.Batelco Tower Crashed on HouseEarly in the morning of September 25, the top 100 feet of the Batelco tower in Cherokee Sound crashed on the house of Mr. and Mrs. Martie Sawyer, temporarily trapping their son. Miraculously no one was hurt. The loss of the antennas on the tower coupled with water damage to the Fox Town station meant that all long distance phone calls were cut off. Batelco hurriedly strung a fiberoptic cable between Sandy Point and Marsh Harbour to restore long distance phone service. See story on page 6. The bridge linking Abaco and Little Abaco, actually a causeway, was eroded away by Hurricane Jeanne so that now it is only one lane wide. The causeway, built in the 1960s, has caused a decline in the fishing industry in that part of Abaco. The mature fish on the north side of the causeway cannot access the mangrove spawning and nursery areas on the south side of the road. There is talk of replacing the causeway with a bridge, allowing free circulation of water.Bridge to L.A. Was Badly Eroded

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Page 2 The Abaconian October 1, 2004 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 Now Serving Sushi!Open For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7 Days a Week Sunda y Br unc h Every Sunday from: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm $25 per person, Children under 12 years Price Includes: All you can eat buffet, Free Mimosa, Free Soft Drinks, Free Parking For Reservations Call: 367-2158of the employees for clean up and technical duties, thus allaying some of the economic impact. Abaco is in its annual slow tourism cycle which lasts from September to early December, but Treasure Cay has traditionally managed to keep most of its staff on board. The resort spent about $7 million on renovations following Hurricane Floyd in 1999. According to North Abaco Chief Councilor Stephen Pedican, another major resort at Treasure Cay, Banyan Beach, suffered extensive structural damage on the seaside, and several second homes seemed to have sustained water damage because of shingles being blown off or roofs partially collapsing. But this was only part of the picture ofThe PM Offered Immediate Relief ChristieFrom Page 1 economic and social challenges seen by Mr. Christie and his team that included the Ministers of Works, Transport and Aviation, Housing, and Investment and Financial Services, as well as the National Emergency Management Agencys (NEMA) coordinator, the Acting Chief Medical Officer and various technical personnel from Housing and Works. The Prime Minister visited residents such as the Rev. and Mrs. Merlin McIntosh in Fox Town, who, along with several other persons in Little Abaco, lost their home. Mr. Christie inspected damage to the ferry dock area in Crown Haven, where Mr. Nathan Rolle, who services fishermen and boaters in that area with fuel, lost his pumps and tank. The police station and quarters received further damage; the Little Abaco causeway was eroded away to one lane; and a number of power lines and poles were down. Minister of Works, The Hon. Bradley Roberts, said he was in favor of immediate replacement of the causeway with a structure that would allow the free flow of water and marine life. Its nature talking to us, he said. In Coopers Town newly fixed roofs were again damaged; the S.C. Bootle High School and Coopers Town Primary School lost roofs, adding to the problems already being The Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie, on the left, is discussing relief and shelter problems with Ms. Barbara Johnson, Group Leader of the Red Cross Abaco Branch. Acccompanying Mr. Christie was Mrs. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Min. of Financial Services and Investments, next to Ms. Johnson. Please see Christie Page 20 Mr. Perry Christie, left, spoke to Mr. Jos Konsten, General Manager of the Treasure Cay Resort which laid off many of their workers, keeping only a skeleton crew. Mr. Christie asked that he retain as many as possible, giving a boost to the economy in North Abaco. Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 www.treasurecay.com

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 3 DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY www.damianos.com EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS SINCE 1945 MARSH HARBOUR Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 Fax: 242-367-5045 donna@damianos.com HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerry@damianos.com ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 Fax: 242-366-0569 jane@damianos.com LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAY Laurie Schreiner Tel: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 laurie@damianos.comHOPE TOWN/ ELBOW CAYVACANT HARBOUR PROPERTY A rare property offering waterfront lot in Hope Town with 40 ft. on the water and 90 feet to Well Lane, one of the most photographed areas of the settlement. Existing heritage home on the property known as La Concha has some salvage value. Purchase includes conceptual drawings for a 3b/3b home with guest cottage. Internet Ref. #2303. $750,000. Call Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 DORROS COVE Lot #13 with dock slip and Atlantic views. Walk to Tahiti Beach. $250,000. Internet Ref. #2344. HOPE TOWN POINT SUBDVISION Lot #33 near the ocean, minutes from bayside and dock access $149,000. Internet Ref. #1876. HOPE TOWN POINT SUBDIVISION Lot #54 least expensive buildable beachfront lot on Elbow Cay -$475,000. Internet Ref. #2279LUBBERS QUARTERS JACKS JUNGLE High elevation, waterfront and interior lots. Private slip at the dock included. Prices start at $80,000. Call Laurie Schreiner: (242) 366-3143. LUBBERS QUARTERS Waterfront lots starting at $140,000.TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $75,000. One lot left with deep water for private dock $197,500. Int. Ref. #1836. LOTS FOR SALE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY VILLAGE APARTMENTSInternet Ref. #2158Two story apartment building with 5 units inthe heart of the settlement3 units with 1 bed 1 bath2 units with 2 bed 1 bathSteady rental incomeVery good return on investmentBuilding needs TLC$300,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TILLOO CUTInternet Ref. #1671Dorros Cove Sub.3 bed 2 bath 1700 sq. ft. traditional island homeFireplace and A/CAlmost 1 acre landscapedPanoramic ocean viewPrivate dock slipFully furnishedExcellent valueReduced $878,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TWIN DOLPHIN POINTInternet Ref. #20722 elevated waterfront homesTotal of 8 beds 7 baths, 4 kitchens, and officePrivate 80 dock with 50 T and 9 ft. draftSmall beach & sunning areaLush 1.6 acre propertyGreat rental history, turnkeyCall For PricingJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY DEMWELLSInternet Ref. #18282 bed 2.5 bath island homeTwo storey with covered porch and balconyCozy interior with V-joint cypress woodOpen living/dining roomsElevated wood deck at the rear great for BBQLush native foliage$399,500Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY HONEYMOON VILLAInternet Ref. #22912b/2b Loyalist style cottage in the village, 50 paces from sandy North End BeachProfessionally decorated & landscapedCentral a/c, outdoor hot tub,watermaker, generator & laundry roomBuilt in 2001Excellent rental history$695,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 LISTINGS WANTED: Elbow Cay Guana Cay Treasure Cay Bahama Palm Shores Lots Lubbers Quarters & Tilloo CayWe have buyers!! MARSH HARBOUR IN THE HEART OF TOWNInternet Ref. #1707Investment opportunityCommercial building1,800 sq. ft. downstairs office/shop spaceTwo upstairs 1 bed 1 bath unfurnished apartmentsCentral A/CWalk-in trafficGreat rental history$440,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY C-DREAMSInternet Ref. #2424Very spacious 3b/3b home with ocean view in private North End Elbow Cay5 minutes to Hope Town2 minute walk to the most beautiful beach on the islandNewly built in 2000 with vaulted ceilings, central a/c & garagePRICED TO SELLKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 TILLOO CAY SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $650,000. Int. Ref. #1884GUANA CAY NEW LISTING BEACHFRONT LOT 100 x 150 $365,000. Int. Ref. #2446NORTH ABACO NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING WATERFRONT Large 1 10 x 200 lot with partially completed 40 x 36 home. Breathtaking ocean views overlooking Ambergris Cay and Bonefish Cay. Asking $120,000. Internet Ref. #2383 NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING WATERFRONT Large 1 10 x 200 residential lot. $41,000. Internet Ref. #2384MARSH HARBOUR GREAT ABACO CLUB Canal lot #8 with unobstructed view of the Sea of Abaco. Excellent building site. $299,000. Internet Ref. #2102 ROYAL HARBOUR Private gated community, close to town,walking distance to all restaurants and shops. Harbour front. Capabilities of dock installation. Asking $305,000. Internet Ref. #1432 MULTI-FAMILY Elevated property close to town in a quiet area. A great buy at $38,000. Internet Ref. #1704 GREAT CISTERN (NORTH OF MARSH HARBOUR) Quiet residential area with 15 20 homes. Ready to build 32,014 sq. ft. lot. $47,000. Internet Ref. #2353CHEROKEE SOUND YELLOWWOOD AREA 11,250 sq. ft. lot with 80 elevations, breathtaking views of Winding Bay Beach & the Atlantic Ocean. $60,000. Internet Ref. #2113 NEAR WINDING BAY Private community, lots with elevations up to 100 feet, great ocean views, small craft accommodation and offshore deep-sea fishing. One acre oceanfront lots offered at $610,000. Lots from $145,000. Internet Ref. #2131. Call Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #23222 bed 2.5 bath main houseWrap around verandahs1b/1b furnished rental cottage20 kw Generator100 ft. x 150 ft. propertyMINUTES WALK TO 8-MILE BEACHPRICE REDUCEDMOTIVATED SELLER Donna Darville: 242-367-5046UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAHITI HAIInternet Ref. #1640Dorros Cove Sub.Newly renovated 4b/2bCentral A/CWrap around porchSea to sea viewsSeparate gardeners apt.1/2 Acre & dock accessNear Tahiti BeachPrice Reduced $895,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY NOREASTER 1Internet Ref. #19452 bed 2 bath 1,000 sq.Great rental historySeaviews & steps away from beautiful ocean beach-spacious lotFurnished & dock access$425,000NOREASTER 2 (Ref. #2427)Fractional ownership forJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY BALI HAIInternet Ref. #2041Absolutely turnkeywater front 5,900 sq. ft. estateOverlooking Tahiti Beach4 bed 4.5 bathsOutdoor living & PoolCommercial kitchen12 seat Dining roomDock for 80 vessel & more$2,900,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE YELLOW WOOD YELLOW WOOD YELLOW WOOD YELLOW WOOD YELLOW WOODInternet Ref. Near the Winding Bay developmentCozy 2 bed 1 bath cottage with room for expansionSpacious 1 acre lotSandy beaches just steps awayQuiet and Peaceful communityMotivated seller$$ $$ $ 130130 130130 130 ,000,000 ,000,000 ,000 CHEROKEE AREA Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE LUBBERS QUARTERS TURNKEY HOME & APT.Internet Ref. #2425Charming 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished homeStainless steel kitchen appliances & central A/CGround floor studio apt. with built-in sofas, beds, kitchen & bathLush tropical flora200 from sandy beach$385,000Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 NEW EXCLUSIVEUNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT NEAR TREASURE CAY BEAUTIFUL SEAVIEWS3 minutes from Treasure CayInternet Ref. #2115SPACIOUS 5.29 ACRE PROPERTY3 bed 2 bath home2,200 sq. ft. living spaceGreat views of Sea of Abaco & Green Turtle Cay in the distancePartially furnished$600,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 EXCLUSIVE 30 MILES SOUTH OF 30 MILES SOUTH OF 30 MILES SOUTH OF 30 MILES SOUTH OF 30 MILES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. 30 Acre beachfront developmentNear Crossing Rocks1,000 ft. sandy beachfront5 acre Wild Life Sanctuary1/2 Acre interior lots with beach access start at$20,000$20,000 $20,000$20,000 $20,000Beachfront 14,000 sq. ft. SOUTH ABACO Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 EXCLUSIVE

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Page 4 The Abaconian October 1, 2004 Call242.367.2170abacohdwe@batelnet.bs A DECRAStone Coated Steel Roof can save you money and enhance the appearance of your project. DontRoofYour Project Without KnowingFacts!All The ABACO HARDWARE LIMITEDFire Safe Resists HAIL, Rated Class4 by Underwriters LaboratoriesA 50-Year LimitedWarranty 120 mph Wind Warranty Won't Crack or Break Tile, Shake or ShingleProfile Re-Roof over, Asphalt, Wood, Shingle or Shake Durable and Low Maintenance Light Weight 12the Weight of Asphalt Shingles dous pressure on the docks, raising and breaking them up, strewing boats tied up around badly. The high winds caused much beach erosion on the cays, leaving Abaco a badly shaken community. Elbow Cay lost much of the sand along its beaches. In contrast to Floyd, the sand was carried inland making it impossible to retrieve. The dune at White Sound was again breached but there was not much more physical damage than what JeanneFrom Page 1North Abaco Suffered the Most Damage Please see Jeanne Page 5 Hurricane Frances had done earlier in the month. Property damage was extensive particularly in North Abaco. Roofs still not repaired from Hurricane Frances received even more damage and quite a number of homes were flattened. Churches, businesses and schools all were badly damaged. Hurricane Jeanne was a strong Category 2 storm by some reports. However, the destruction sustained by buildings was more consistent with a Category 3 hurricane. When the storm passed over, the winds were increasing. Hurricane Jeanne came just three weeks after Abaco had been hit by Hurricane Frances. Much of the damage had not been completed to homes and roofs before Jeanne struck, causing more damage. The Haitian communities of the Mud in Marsh Harbour and Sand Banks in Treasure Cay were both inundated with flood waters up to five to six feet of water. A few houses were destroyed; however, most houses withstood the rain but suffered roof damage and severe flooding. All the belongings of these people were soaked and ruined with salt water and mud. All utilities were off, some turned off before the height of the storm hit, some as a result of damage during the storm. The roof of a four-classroom block at the Coopers Town Primary School was completely destroyed. Abaco Central High School suffered severe roof damage which resulted in water damage to the electrical wiring, ceilings, ceiling fans and furnishings

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 5 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 Our Lumber Yard Is Now OpenNew Merchandise Arriving WeeklyWe can facilitate getting your duty free materials Abaco Hardwareregrets any inconvenience our limited supply of building materials may have causedWe appreciate your patronageDon MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour Mon. Fri. 7 4 Sat. 7 12 Phone 242-367-2170 Fax 242-367-2928 Several roads were severely damaged which will impact travel. The bridge joining Little Abaco to the main island of Abaco has been undercut by waves so it is only a one lane road. Traffic can still use the road with caution. The road to Eastern Shores has been washed out for vehicles to the point that even a pedestrian has to pick his way over the rocks. The houses on that entire peninsula have been virtually cut off from Marsh Harbour. All utilities were severed although Water and Sewerage repaired the water line to restore their water within a week of the storm. The road in White Sound, Elbow Cay sustained more damage and is reduced to a one lane road on top of the dune encroaching on private property. This is to keep vehicles from the dangerous drop off and to preserve what is left of the road. The damage from Hurricane Jeanne was much more severe than from Frances even though Frances battered Abaco for many more hours as it passed through at only about four miles per hour. However, the structural damage from Jeanne to buildings was not nearly as bad as that of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 where major portions of some communities were reduced to rubble.Recovery After JeanneThe recovery of Abaco after Hurricane Jeanne slammed it will take time. Although there was not the structural damage that Abaco received from Hurricane Floyd in 1999, the clean up is perhaps even more extensive. Businesses in downtown Marsh Harbour are working to restore normalcy. But most had days of clean up before they could reopen. However, enough of the essential services were able to open so that water, food and fuel were available within a day or two after the storm. Banks found that their water tight vaults were not water tight. First Caribbean International Bank reopened by serving their customers at a card table set up outside. Price Right had to dispose of several conJeanneFrom Page 4 Please see Jeanne Page 18Recovery Efforts Are Beginning ISLAND BAR & LOOKOUTLunch 11:30 3 p.m. Dinner 6 9 p.m. Bar 11 a.m. Until . Monday Saturday Marsh HarbourNow OpenNow Open Now OpenNow Open Now OpenJoin Us attainers of food as their generators failed and salt water was up inside the store onto the second tier of shelving. It was not able to open for a week after the storm. AID had a yard sale to recoup something from the merchandise that was water soaked. Other businesses are waiting for insurance companies to instruct them what to do with their ruined inventory. All business and residences which had flooding had to have an electrician certify the wiring before BEC would reconnect the power. The Abaco Medical Clinic had water extensive water damage particularly to its patient files from Frances and even more damage to files and equipment from Jeanne due to flooding and additional roof damage. Bellevue Business Depot was flooded with Frances, destroying quite a bit of inventory. The company had a large order come in between the two hurricanes to replace the damaged goods. The new stock was still stored in containers behind the business when Jeanne hit. Much of that shipment was destroyed in the containers by the flooding.. The Marsh Harbour Batelco office was seriously flooded by four to five feet of water. Furnishings, files, records were water soaked. The equipment room is three feet higher than the office but it had two feet of water covering the lower racks of switching equipment. BECs substation roof in Marsh Harbour was ripped off and some of the doors were blown open. That damage took days to repair which meant that much of eastern Marsh Harbour was without electricity for more than one week. The government freight dock was flooded, causing some containers to become waterlogged while others floated, even floating overboard. In many areas vehicles floated, crashing into other vehicles or being washed onto rocks. Water and Sewerage provided water for Central Abaco for a short time for the two days after Hurricane Jeanne. Even though water pipes are underground, the water lines can develop breaks from erosion, from trees being uprooted or from buildings nearby being damaged. Full water service was restored three days after the storm. BEC crews worked hard to restore power. They were able to turn power on to areas of Murphy Town and Dundas Town within a few days. Vehicles parked in low lying areas floated. This truck, parked at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour, was washed overboard, ending up in the water at the shore line.

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Page 6 The Abaconian October 1, 2004 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 Restaurant Forget Your Stress Come Join Us for Lunch or Dinner WW WW W ee ee e rr rr r e Opene Open e Opene Open e OpenDaily Specials Lunch & DinnerMenu Changes Daily as We Recover Voodoo JuiceConch CrawlerHoward MassellesLocated at the Conch Inn Hotel & Marina Tel: (242) 367-4444 VHF Ch 16 Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. until... Breakfast 7:30 to 1 1:30 am Lunch 11:30 am to 4 pm Dinner 6 to 10 pm Service between Freeport and Marsh HarbourAbaco 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. Call for Charter and Group rates.For more information call 242-367-4826 Marsh Harbour Ph 242-352-5778 Fax 242-351-5693 Freeport Email: majorsair@coralwave.com Majors Air Service Flight Schedule Days Leave Freeport Arrive Marsh Harbour Leave Marsh Harbour Arrive Freeport 8:45 a.m. Thursdays thru Mondays Tuesdays & Wednesdays 7 a.m. 4 p.m. 7 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 7:45 a.m. 8 a.m. 5 p.m. 8 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 5:45 p.m. South Abaco News Please see South Page 7Cherokee SoundBatelco Tower FallsBy Lee Pinder The Bahamas Telecommunication Corporations tower in Cherokee Sound crashed onto a private residence. The Sawyers, Marty, Wendy and teenage son Angus, narrowly escaped with their lives as approximately one-third of the local telecommunication tower broke away and fell directly across their home. The 220-foot structure snapped like a matchstick in the height of Hurricane Jeanne on September 25 at about 7 a.m. Even though the tower brought many modern conveniences to the settlement of Cherokee, it also marred the natural beauty and posed a constant worry as soon as it was installed in 1986. Persons living the shadow of the tower complained of eerie whining noises or singing that occurred when just normal breezes passed through the many heavy wires attached to the tower and leading up to the top. Not to mention the scary flashes of lightning that danced up and down the bare steel pipes and beams that make up the structure during thunderstorms or the way it creaked and swayed when high winds blew through it. Just recently Batelco had added even more dishes to the top section, bringing the total dishes to seven. Some of these dishes were not mesh or open type dishes but solid, thereby causing more weight to the tower and more of a danger potential. Thank goodness, none of the Sawyers was injured. However, the damage to their home is extensive and the house will continue to sustain further damage from the weight of the tower as well as from the elements until the intruding debris can be removed. This will probably not be an easy job. In addition to the damage done to their home, they lost their truck which was parked across the street but directly in line with the falling tower. It was flattened like a pancake. Several families in the immediate vicinity have said that they had nightmares that this same catastrophe might one day happen to them. Wendy was already in her kitchen that morning having a cup of coffee when she heard a very loud noise and knew something terrible was about to happen. Marty and Angus were still asleep upstairs when she called out to them to come quickly. They had only been out of the bedroom a few minutes when the top portion of the tower came crashing through their roof and down onto one of the main support beams to their second floor, causing it to split and splinter through the downstairs ceiling. It barely missed Angus who was close by. Luckily, their house was a cement structure which probably saved their lives. Wendy was visibly shaken as she tried to convey the extreme mental anguish she felt when she heard her son scream. She felt like her heart had stopped until he called out that he was all right and unhurt. She will relive that moment over and over again for a long time to come. She had never been The top of the Batelco tower in Cherokee Sound ended up in a rumpled pile of twisted metal, crashing through the roof a house and flattening a vehicle.

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 7 2004 ADWORKSSALES OFFICES: NASSAU, FREEPORT, ABACO & ELEUTHERA CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET, NASSAU P.O. BOX SS 6232 Reality Check. Weve got financial counsellors who can help you choose the life insurance plan that best suits your individual needs. think getting life insurance is a complicated process? 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 formerly Triple J Marine ElectronicsFactory 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.com www.merlinsmarine.comMonitoring VHF CH16 Monday Friday 8am 5pm AA MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the library.The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. More South Abaco News SouthFrom Page 6 so frightened. As the broken piece of tower finally settled, it nearly blocked off their only viable exit route since all but one of their doors and windows were shuttered and bolted from the outside. Wendy did tell me that Mr. Romer, General Manager of Batelco on Abaco, visited them within the first day after the accident Batelco quickly brought fiberoptic cable to Abaco to get a line from Sandy Point to Marsh Harbour to restore long distance phone service. A crew is shown here working in Sandy Point. to look over the situation. He advised her that as soon as the insurance adjuster submitts his report, a wrecking crew would be called to remove the debris. He would see that it was done as soon as possible. Actually, probably all of Abaco will suffer some interruption of service and inconvenience because of this terrible accident as the Cherokee tower was a relay transmitter between Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point. It may be some time before full service can be reinstated completely.Reactions of the Cherokee ResidentsThe worst hurricane to hit Cherokee since Floyd, was the consensus of people gathered in small groups around the settlement as they assessed the damage. Terry Albury watched as his two giant tamarind trees were lifted three feet off the ground and then planted back in place. He said They were rocking like a boat in rough seas. Hurricanes Betsy, Floyd, and Irene never moved them but Ive got to take them down now. They are of too great of a risk to my home. Marina Albury suffered no damage to her property from Hurricane Frances but from Jeanne. This was the worst,she said. We have lost a load of shingles, the carpet is sopping wet, the shack is gone and the satellite phone is down. Steve Chea said, This storm was terrible. We had more damage in this than in Frances. Randy Sawyer said he saw a tornado like a train passing over his house. He said, We are just thankful that nobody was hurt. Up on the hill near Cherokee are the homes of a few hardy souls. All property Please see South Page 21 Barefoot Elegance22 Romantic Tropical Rooms nestled upon the sand dunes.ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INN2 miles south of Hope Town, Elbow CayFull and improved restoration is underway. We expect to offer limited service by mid-November. Stay in touch we are still here and will come back even better. CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION Tel: (242) 366-0133/0333 fax: (242) 366-0113

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Page 8 The Abaconian October 1, 2004The 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, Isobel Sherman Contributors: Richard Fawkes, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 8902 N. Military Tr., 181 Palm Bch Grdns, FL 334107,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Dave RalphThe Editor Says . Haitian Problem Is RevisitedBribery Is UpsettingDear Sir, I have become resigned, though most unhappily, to the fact that, though it is almost three weeks now since the visit of Hurricane Frances, I may still have to wait many more weeks before I receive any telephone or cable service. The reason is that I am not in agreement with this under the table system some of the utility companies use whereby one has to hand over $100 to a technician in order to have ones service reconnected. Some Batelco workers have openly admitted that their financial conditions will be considerably bettered by the end of the crisis period caused by Hurricane Frances and have no shame at asking for their required hand-out though they are already being paid an adequate wage. In order to ascertain if the same deals applied with Cable Bahamas I asked one of their technicians how much must cross their palms before they will reconnect an individual. The gentleman replied that he is from Freeport so this system is new to him but I am discovering how they operate on this island! I informed him that I have not received any cable service since a week BEFORE the hurricane and, having reported it immediately (and repeatedly) been told that I was at the top of the list for repairs though no one has been to fix it yet. The gentleman asked for directions to my house but I have seen no cable technician yet and that was days ago. I wonder if I had waved a $100 bill under his nose if I would have cable service now? As a Bahamian I am very sad to see the decline in the standards of honesty and integrity in our beautiful country. It is hurtful (but cannot be disputed) when a second home ownerLetters to the Editor Please see Letters Page 9 The Mud, a Haitian community in the heart of Marsh Harbour, is getting another round of attention thanks to two hurricanes. Hurricane Frances displaced a few families, then Hurricane Jeanne displaced a few more when their homes were flattened. Probably the larger problem is not with the displaced families but with nearly everyone living there contending with the aftermath of five to six feet of water in their houses. This was not clean rain water but muddy fetid saltwater mixed with a heavy dose of garbage and human refuse from flooded cess pits. The neighbouring Pigeon Peas area is on higher ground and did not experience the massive flooding. Politicians and community leaders agree that change must come but there has not been the collective resolve to tackle the problem. Several committees have been formed over the years comprised of church leaders, local and central government members, community leaders from the Mud and others. However, nothing has come of any of the meetings held in the past. Perhaps the climate is ripe for another attempt. The people in the Mud and Pigeon Peas comprise a substantial portion of Marsh Harbours population. An unknown number are Bahamian or have legal status, that is, are spouses of Bahamians or perhaps hold work permits. Many may not have Bahamian documents but would qualify for status of some sort on application. Even without a qualifying element of status, we all acknowledge that several thousand (or perhaps more) people live there. Our environmental and medical people stay on the alert for any signs of community health problems in these areas. So far the residents have been fortunate that nothing out of the ordinary has developed in these squalid areas. We can all be thankful for this. Solutions should come in small incremental phases rather than a massive effort attempting to solve all problems at once. Small successes may not be spectacular but will be better accepted and will contribute to an eventual solution. It is generally conceded that the Mud and Pigeon Peas areas must be vacated with those residents starting over with proper buildings, sanitation and utilities. However, nothing beyond that concept has materialized. Three years ago there was talk of an inexpensive subdivision for this purpose midway between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. There were benefits and disadvantages to the scheme as originally presented. However, we feel that the location should be a part of or adjacent to an existing community. There are people who have lived in these settlements for 10 to 30 years, and they should be assimilated into Bahamian culture and society. They may dream of returning to Haiti, but for all practical purposes they are here to stay unless they manage to get into the United States. A subdivision should not be developed solely for Haitians because: Bahamians would resent any favors accorded to illegal immigrants. Politically, any benefits be for true Bahamians in need. Many of those now living in the squatters settlements are not particularly interested in relocating. Relocating and building a proper house is an expense they would rather not deal with. Moving all these squatters into a new settlement specifically for them would only perpetuate their clannishness and not be helpful in their assimilation into Bahamian society. A major program would be to establish a truly low cost subdivision somewhere on the perimeter of greater Marsh Harbour for anyone who qualified Bahamian or Haitian. This would allow access to churches, schools, medical facilities and social events. A subdivision near an existing community means utilities could be expanded as the need demanded. Economy lots in the 50 70 foot range would be adequate. The Great Abaco Club lots are 50 feet wide and in an up-scale development. Some of the small steps that might be taken are: Establish some fire roads through the existing communities. This would give access for essential services such as fire and police and would add an element of visibility to the community. More effort should be made for this group to learn the English language, particularly the children and young adults. Being fluent in English will ease the transition into Bahamian society as opposed to their being segregated by their own culture and language. Additional building in the existing communities must be stopped as each new building allows an increase in the population. Initiate a method for those holding work permits to be able to buy land and build with allowance to sell if they leave. One service that should have been provided many years ago is household garbage collection. This would be an added expense for the Marsh Harbour Town Committee but is an item they must consider in their budget. The residents there buy groceries and generate the same garbage as people elsewhere. Many of them are Bahamians or have documents allowing their presence. It is in everyones best interest that good sanitation measures be put in place to maintain good health and reduce rodents and other vermin. The collection of residential garbage is a responsibility of local government and the Marsh Harbour Town Committee should be recognized for beginning this process last spring. Although no actual collection was established then, they did request funding for large bins to be placed at the access points of both communities for the residents use. Building congestion in these two areas does not allow house to house collection. Neither the Marsh Harbour Town Committee nor the Central Abaco Council met for the months of July, August or September. The first Central Abaco Council meeting for this fiscal year beginning July 1 is scheduled for October 6. It will be up to the Council to allocate township funds and determine if there is enough money to provide for this service. Garbage collection is a mandated service and would be one step toward a cleaner settlement. Other initiatives should follow. Whatever the ultimate solution, we feel strongly that: Changes must come gradually and consistently. It should be a plan to ultimately integrate the Haitians into Bahamian culture and society.

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 9 Why . .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address CitySt. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$Above subscription is a gift from: $40 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 8902 N Military Trail, 181 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 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. Sep 04 More Letters to the Editor ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS!Let Our Graphic Artist Design Your LogoAbaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping CenterTel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri. 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As soon as hurricane force winds had died down enough, these stalwart employees were out on the streets in their rain gear fixing downed wires and restoring electricity service to as many areas as possible as quickly as possible. Though it is common knowledge that a certain member of management only does connections if he can solicit a sizeable donation for his church, there may be a couple of others of the same ilk. On the whole BEC employees are a hardworking lot who seem to honestly care about providing for the needs and comfort of their customers. Individuals and businesses alike have high praise for BEC during these past weeks. What a pity members of the other utility companies are so grabalicious trying to make their fortunes out of their fellow countrymens disadvantage. Yours truly, A very disappointed citizenSatisfied with the ConstitutionDear Editor, I would appreciate it if you would print the following letter in your Letters to the Editor. A copy of this letter has been sent to the Constitutional Reform Commission on my views about constitutional reform. Constitutional Reform Commission Hon. Paul L. Adderley, Co-Chairman Mr. Harvey Tynes Q.C., Co-Chairman Members of Commission Greetings to all. I would appreciate if you would entertain my thoughts and would read the contents of this letter. First of all, I would like to personally congratulate the co-chairmen and members of the commission for doing an outstanding job. I have read The Bahamas Constitution: Options for Change booklet from cover to cover. It is a well put together source of information that thoroughly explains options that the Bahamian people can make in our Constitution. It is well detailed and covers a wide-range of issues. I congratulate the commission for doing a fine job in carrying out the governments mandate to ensure that constitutional reform is executed properly and done in the correct procedures. Despite the commissions tireless efforts, the attendance level at the meetings, as you know, hasnt been satisfactory. This brings me to believe, that most Bahamians are sending a signal, that all is well with the Constitution, and the country is moving forward. The most complaining has had to do with the issue of citizenship, which I agree some amendments need to be made, to give women equal rights in that regard. Other areas that can improve are the judicial system and parliamentary house rules. (Not the parliamentary structure, the Westminster model is fine as it is.) But as you will see in the remainder of this letter, most things in the Constitution are better left untouched and reform in most areas I dont think is necessary. Due to the poor attendance, (which I reiterate, is not due to the outstanding labour and unwavering commitment exhausted by this commission) I think it would be best not to put a lot of issues to referendum because most people, in my view, feel that all is well. As I said earlier, though, citizenship seems to be the most prominent issue of constitutional reform, and minor changes should be made. The framers of the Constitution did an almost flawless job, whereas over 30 years later, our country still is running well on our Independence Constitution. The Bahamas is not perfect by any means, but we continue to thrive and excel as a leading Caribbean nation in our economy and democratic stabilizations. To these reasons, I wish not to change and strongly urge the government to make NO changes to our Westminster model of Parliament and the head of state role, which is filled by the Queen or Governor-General. Both the monarchy and the Westminster model are institutions in which we can be proud of. As I said, we are not perfect, but we are certainly the envy of the region, and we dont need to restructure our system of governance as we enjoy democratic stability. As many of you, I am sure, know and can appreciate, the Bahamas boasts of the third oldest democracy in the Western Hemisphere, behind only Barbados and Bermuda. Our democracy is older than that of the United States and Canada. Our parliaments first session was on the 29th September 1729, and since then the Westminster model has served this country well and continues to serve us well. The monarchy has served this country even longer. Her Majesty serves as a ceremonial head of state, and if she had any major influences on our decisions and on our way of life, I being an advocate for Bahamian sovereignty, would not agree with a monarchy. But as we know, she is just a figure head and doesnt influence the governments decisions. I fully support the monarchy and despise any form of a republican government. I would even go as far as saying I would support a Bahamian, being the actual monarch before becoming a republic. But Her Majesty being the actual monarch, represented by the Governor-General, is working fine. The point I am trying to make here isnt so much the loyalty to Her Majesty, (although I do have a tremendous respect for her), but it is the monarchist system verses the Republican system. The monarchy is a much better system than a republic. In 2002 I campaigned with the PLP, and I have been attending the conventions in the last few years. Well, after the PLPs victory, I was honoured to receive an invitation to the Opening of Parliament. I have never been so proud to be a Bahamian as I LettersFrom Page 8 Please see Letters Page 18

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Page 10 The Abaconian October 1, 2004 Master SculptorDon WoodWorking in bronze, stone, and wood Don captures the vibrant life essence and stark beauty that is Abaco. He lives and works in Marsh Harbour. Don was trained in commercial illustration, attending the Crisdon School of Art in Delray Beach, Florida. The Vietnam War postponed his career in art when he was assigned to the Coast Guard. After his tour of duty Don studied under Whitney Wolf in Orlando, Florida and Ken Cowles in Maine. Don is famous for his realistic creations of sea mammals including dolphin, whales, and manatees, hand carved wood doors, and portraits in bronze. Mother Teresa was an inspiring force for this artist and several of his works reflect her influence. Dons work is on display at Conch Pearl Galleries. Royal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0137 www.theconchpearl.com Gallery & Frame Shop Tel: 367-4227 Abaco Glass Tel: 367-2442 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 Simcoe Jewellers Was BurglarizedBy Portia Jonsson During the early morning hours of September 13th thieves broke into Simcoe Jewellers in the Memorial Plaza in Marsh Harbour by prying open the front door with a workmans crow bar. The alarm system was ripped out of the ceiling outside the building and also the main box inside the store. Once inside, the store was picked clean as the thieves helped themselves to whatever they thought looked valuable. The safe, located in the back office, was lifted to the front door. Mr. Derek Albury, owner of the store, said it had to take at least two strong men to lift the safe. One of the glass showcases was moved forward to get the safe out of the door. The safe contained antique pocket watches which Mr. Albury had been collecting for over 40 years, passports, house insurance papers, birth certificates, marriage documents, Please see Central Page 11 Central Abaco NewsMemebers of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department marked sewer drains with bouys prior to Hurricane Jeanne so they could be located afterwards when the streets were flooded. Two firemen are shown here cleaning the drains of debris after the storm. Members of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department marked the sewer drains with buoys throughout Marsh Harbour before Hurricane Jeanne hit so they could be found when water was high. They are shown here cleaning debris from one of them to allow the water to drain faster. custom made jewelry, other assorted jewelry including a 18kt. gold watch and roughly US$8,000. The five showcases which housed necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, Conch Inn Marina suffered heavy damage to its docks and shore side buildings. The surge lifted docks and tossed boats around like toys.Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Centre Monday Friday 9am 5pm Ph: (242) 367-3202 Fax: (242) 367-32012005 Calendars 2005 Calendars 2005 Calendars 2005 Calendars 2005 CalendarsKey Rings, Pens, MugsPlastic Business CardsAdvertising Magnetic LabelsPP PP P ersonalized Christmas Car ersonalized Christmas Car ersonalized Christmas Car ersonalized Christmas Car ersonalized Christmas Car dsds dsds ds f f f f f or Your Business or Your Business or Your Business or Your Business or Your BusinessT-Shirts, Caps, Mouse Pads Promotional Items! Come in and see our Catalogs!

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 11 CJCJ CJCJ CJ s s s s s WW WW W elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop On the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd. Marsh Harbour Phones: 367-4011 or 367-4879 Fax: 367-4018 Custom Fabrication Decorative Security Bars Marine Items Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, Boat Trailers Fuel & Water Tanks Outboard Brackets Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Machine Shop Offering: Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Cylinder Head ResurfacingCustom Stair & Porch Rails Made & InstalledAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding PINE WOODS NURSER PINE WOODS NURSER PINE WOODS NURSER PINE WOODS NURSER PINE WOODS NURSER YY YY YMonday Friday 9 5 Saturday 9 3 Ph 242-367-2674 Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh HarbourFlowering shrubs Bromeliads Beautiful gifts Pet supplies Silk flowers Pool supplies, chlorene and other chemicals in stock. Orchids Fertilizers Mulches Bird food Baskets Chain Link Fencing2-Week October Sale10 50% Off Storewide Cay Management, Inc. Automatic irrigation systems from the ground down Landscape design and installation Sod installations Garden hardscape and architecture Complete hurricane shutter systems Ph: 367-3086 Fax: 367-2223 pendants, handcrafted wild boar tusks and shark teeth were emptied leaving only two watches. CentralFrom Page 10 More Central Abaco NewsMr. Albury and his wife Linda are heartbroken and will have to build their business up again from scratch. They did not have insurance. Mr. Albury relied on his very expensive alarm system. Just three weeks prior another daring attempt was made at the store when the burglars made off with roughly $500. That time, a concrete block was used and literally walked through the back door but the alarm went off and so they only grabbed what they could and left. The police had a few leads, which, unfortunately, did not pan out. Mr. Albury has owned and operated Simcoe Jewellers since 1998 and was the first tenant in Memorial Plaza. He said both he and his wife feel violated.Lending a Helping Hand After Hurricane FrancesBy Jennifer Hudson One often hears of looting and price gouging both here and in the United States after a hurricane when individuals and merchants take advantage of an unfortunate situation at a time when people are at their lowest ebb. Sometimes people have lost everything or at least a great deal, and yet there are those who think only of how they can get rich Please see Central Page 21 Mrs. Deborah Basden, owner of Da Bes Yet Bakery in Marsh Harbour, lowered her price per loaf of bread after Hurricane Frances as her effort to help the community overcome the devastation of the storm, Flood waters drained into the harbour of Marsh Harbour down any low spots available. This is the corner of Queen Elizabeth and Front Street where the road became a river.

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Page 12 The Abaconian October 1, 2004 By Richard E. Fawkes Abaconians awoke to the reality on September 23 that they must prepare to face Hurricane Jeanne in less than two days. Residents spent the day rushing around for water, food and materials to reinforce their homes. At Price Busters, for example, flashlights, storm lanterns and candles were selling out rapidly. Many businesses closed by noon on September 24. The Abaco Disaster Preparedness Committee met on September 23 in Marsh Harbour to finalize its checklist of preparations for the arrival of category two Hurricane Jeanne, whose eye was projected to pass over the island between Hole-in-theWall and Marsh Harbour. Committee leaders were rolling up their sleeves and putting on a brave face to help encourage a population still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Frances. Jeanne has done a Betsy Loop on us, said committee co-chair Silbert Mills, recalling the way the devastating Hurricane Betsy hung around for days before bearing down on Abaco in September of 1965. My concern is that we would underestimate the potential danger of Jeanne because it is a category two, he said, but the danger is the direction from which Jeanne is coming. The Ministry of Works representative said government buildings were already being boarded but expressed concerned over a shortage of workers and replacement of shutters lost in Frances. This is especially true at Abaco Central High School, which suffered severe window damage and has still not re-opened because of a failure to restore electricity. Central Abaco Chief Councillor Cay Mills promised to help with additional workers. Mr. Silbert Mills pointed out that because the hurricane is coming in from the east over the ocean with the wind coming around with the north and west, the potential for devastating storm surges and water damage is much greater than category three Frances. He expressed concern that many more people would be going to the shelters, as many residents whose homes were damaged have not yet been able to properly repair. There has been a severe shortage of roofing materials such as tarpaulins. The main shelter for Central Abaco, Central Abaco Primary School in Dundas Town, opened at noon on Friday. The other shelters opened at 6 p.m. Ms. Charlene Fernander of Social Services had already identified persons who needed evacuation, especially the elderly and physically impaired. She said a number of elderly persons had told her they would not move into the shelter this time because they were too uncomfortable there during Frances. The committee agreed that for such persons she would have them sign release forms and obtain information on next of kin. Shelter managers expressed concern about volunteers to manage the shelters as many of the volunteers during Frances are stressed from having suffered major damage to their homes and are themselves in need of shelter. A call was put out on Radio Abaco for more volunteers. Shelter manager Sarone Kennedy appealed for a generator to maintain refrigeration of medicines for those persons requiring that service. Many persons living on their boats will be checking into the shelter as BASRA representative Patty Toler, who is also the committees communications director, reiterated the rescue organizations policy that it will not rescue anyone who stays on their boats after noon on Friday. Ms. Toler said her ham radio and VHF systems are already in place along with the Salvation Armys website for e-mail contact. Batelcos representative Eugene Dawkins reported that all of the communication companys satellite telephones were in place. The breakdown in the system between Marsh Harbour and Cherokee, which relays to Sandy Point and to the outside world has been fixed, and a backup system is in place. That breakdown during Frances prevented overseas and cellular calls for days in most of Abaco. BECs island manager Benjamin Beneby said BEC will remain on as long as possible, but any area that trips out will remain so until after the hurricane. He reported that those areas in which temporary repairs were made after Frances to restore power will probably go out first. Guana Cay is still relying on a temporary generator as the underwater cable was cut by a ships propeller during Frances.Abaco Prepared for JeanneThe Disaster Preparedness Committee will meet again on Friday to organize its Action Day, and, with the hope that Jeanne will move much more quickly than the lingering Frances, on Saturday afternoon to begin post-hurricane operations. The Police and Defense Force are poised to assist. The command center will be at the Central Abaco Primary shelter. Its communication systems are in place. The Disaster Preparedness Committee for Central Abaco met regularly before and immediately after Hurricane Jeanne to assess the situation and to coordinate relief and clean-up efforts. Ms. Kim Sawyer from the Nassau Social Services office addressed them on one occasion.

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The removal of such a large supplier from the market raised concerns about the food supply, but Solomons Supercenter and Abaco Wholesale, the other major food merchants, were set to open. M & R and Alvarez Convenience Store in Dundas Town, which serve a significant number of residents in Central Abaco, were open on Sunday. Over three feet of sea water flooded Price Right, destroying at least a two-shelf levels of goods throughout the store, and possibly damaging coolers and freezers. Mr. Lowe said the standby generator was also under water, but it could not yet be determined if it worked. He said there was little damage to the warehouse, which is well stocked. Mr. Lowe and a cleanup crew were busy Sunday removing a mass of soggy products from a mud-slick floor to a large dumpster placed at the front door. He said they would see what goods would be salvageable for discounted prices or giveaway. Solomons, by contrast, had the look and air conditioned feel of an establishment that did not miss a beat, although Assistant Manager Raymond Sands said some water did seep under the entrance doors. He said the store was open for business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday after the hurricane on Saturday. Mr. Sands said Solomons sister store, Abaco Wholesale, had sustained very little damage and also opened for business on Monday. ThePrice Right Temporarily Closed by JeannePrice Right Grocery Store in Marsh Harbour had several feet of water in the store and their back-up generators failed. Clean up required a week.Solomons, M & R and Alvarez Openwarehouses of both stores were well stocked to meet consumers needs. The water had also risen three or four feet at MNR on Crockett Drive, disabling its generator, but the store was able to open at 8 a.m. on Sunday with the aid of a small generator. Assistant Manager Herbert Strachan said relatively few products were lost, including perishables. His warehouse trailers were well stocked with staples and other essentials and, if they could get full power, they would be able to resume a regular schedule and serve meats as well. Alvarez Convenience store opened on Saturday afternoon following Hurricane Jeannes exit. Mrs. Audrey Alvarez, coowner and manager, said their generator never, went off and they did not suffer any product damage in the store or the warehouse, which is well stocked with staples. They resumed their 7 a.m. to midnight hours and would remain open even later if necessary to serve the public. Mrs. Alvarez also had on hand a large supply of water in gallon bottles. All stores have goods on order from the West Palm Beach, Florida, but given that Jeanne also hit that area after leaving The Bahamas and the generally bad weather conditions, it is not known when shipping would resume.

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Page 14 The Abaconian October 1, 2004 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. JacksonvilleRegardless 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 Jacksonville 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 North Abaco NewsCoopers Town and the communities on Little Abaco sustained a great deal of structural damage from both Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne. Most of the damage from Frances was not repaired when Jeanne hit, compounding the damage. Many of the residents there lost everything, their houses as well as all their belongings. Homes on the waterfront of Little Abaco suffered from severe flooding even though they may still have their houses standing. Several businesses have had their buildings and other facilities completely destroyed. The government docks in Fox Town, Crown Haven and Coopers Town were damaged. But the piling, stringers and xbracing are mostly intact, but the decking was washed away. Private docks did not fare as well. The new sea wall all along Coopers town waterfront remained intact. Residents there have begun the arduous task of rebuilding. The bridge connecting Abaco and Little Abaco, which is actually a causeway, was badly eroded. The road is now reduced to one lane and the road base is being underA family in Little Abaco has lost a major part of the roof of their home. Another family has only a pile of rubble which used to be their home. This is one of the areas which the Prime Minister visited on September 27, two days after Hurricane Jeanne did all the damage. Please see North Page 15

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 15and forth and would allow fish to spawn in the mangroves on the south side. The causeway has resulted in a sharp decline in fishing resources in the area. In a meeting on October 4 in Marsh Harbour, the Prime 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.bsCome and see our Freon 22$115 30lbsSale5000 BTU A/C $19910 30% offAppliancesCheck Out Our Large Selection of Appliances TREASURE CAY SHOPPING CENTRE,ABACO (242) 365-8350 FAX:(242) 365-8352 OPEN MON-SAT 8AM 6PM AND SUN 9AM-1PMCome visit our newly renovated store. More products.Great service. More from our store. A BRAND NEW LOOK Abaco Print ShopFor all yourBusiness StationeryBusiness Stationery Business StationeryBusiness Stationery Business Stationery Envelopes Letterheads Business Cards NCR Forms Duplicate, Triplicate with numbering, perforated Single Forms Personalized Scratch Pads Brochures Fliers Offering Full Color Printing & Logo Design3 5 Business Days for production Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 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 More North Abaco Newscut by water action. There has been talk of replacing the causeway with a bridge large culvert which would allow water to flow freely between the north and the south. This would give fishermen the ability to go back This was Medius Edgecombes gas station in Coopers Town. The gas tanks floated away during Frances. Now his dock and gas pumps are all gone. NorthFrom Page 14 A home in Fire Road was blown off its foundation. The Prime Minister was greatly affected by the amount of damage he saw. Please see North Page 16

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Page 16 The Abaconian October 1, 2004 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 Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit26 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained Our Customers Get Extra Attention Seasonal Special Rates:Take 35% off ALL Boat RntalsAugust 15 December 17, 2004 January 5 February 5, 2005 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 NOTICEComing Soon The Law Office ofHubert A. Ingraham, PC MP JPCounsel and Attorney-atLaw Notary Publicsituate at East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco E-mail address: ingrahamlaw@coralwave.comMinister committed to putting in a bridge which will allow the free flow of water. He commented that out of the adversity of disaster comes the opportunity to improve. Treasure Cay The principal of the Amy Roberts Primary School was on Green Turtle Cay to check the school building and determine if there was any serious damage after Hurricane Jeanne. Finding only a little water damage (minor compared to that suffered by other schools, she said), Anne Bootle of Treasure Cay was returning home on the ferry when passengers began to discuss the storm. She said that, having experienced Hurricane Frances without suffering any major damage, she had become complacent. More North Abaco News NorthFrom Page 16 This was the home of Millie McIntosh and her family in Fox Town. During Hurricane Floyd in 1999 her store was completely destroyed which she has since rebuilt. Now she has lost her home and all her belongings. Her dock and gas pumps are also gone as a result of Jeanne. With Hurricane Jeanne looming she decided to ride the storm out at home. As the rain increased in fury, it beat on her door, then drove through her door into the house. She was able to save her furniture by piling up towels and wringing them out furiously. Despite her efforts, her carport was blown away with the structure landing on her car seriously damaging it. Then she heard a loud bang and saw that the roof to her guest house had been torn off in the howling winds. At that she became emotionally numb. She said, You never think this will happen to you. The eye passed over, and during the lull her son insisted that she leave the house and go with him to a safer place. Then she said, It hit me and I came to tears. After the storm passed, she returned and saw that her whole roof needed to be fixed. There were cracks in her ceiling and her car port would have to be replaced. She will never forget the power of Hurricane Jeanne or ever be complacent about a hurricane again. The Treasure Cay Home Center and Hardware store was undamaged according to Gretchen McIntosh, a cashier in the store. Other businesses were lucky as well. The Treasure Cay Resort reports that they took Please see North Page 17 St. Chads Anglican Church in Fox Town had major damage to its roof.

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 17 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 BB BB B AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS TT TT TGeneral Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More North Abaco NewsSt. Anns Anglican Church in Crown Haven was damaged in Hurricane Jeanne. It sustained major damage from Hurricane Floyd in 1999. 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 a pounding from Hurricane Jeanne but suffered little damage. According to Mr. Robert Meister the roof over the Spinaker Restaurants kitchen was broken during the storm. The repairs will take about a month to complete, and then the restaurant will reopen. By December, he said, This will all look better. We have 7,000 plants committed for landscaping which will be in the NorthFrom Page 16 The government dock in Coopers Town lost all its decking. However, the piling, stringers and cross bracing are still in place. Please see North Page 21 Ph: 367-2077Were Open for BusinessNew Stock Arriving WeeklyWe Can Take Care of Your NeedsWe appreciate your patronage and regret any recent inconvenience to our customers Closed due to storm damage. Renovations are underway. Stay in touch we are still here

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Page 18 The Abaconian October 1, 2004 Announcing Dental SpecialistsAgape FAgape F Agape FAgape F Agape F amilyamily amilyamily amily Dental Centre Dental Centre Dental Centre Dental Centre Dental CentreDr. Therese M. Bonamy & StaffP.O. Box AB 20676, Don MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-4355/54 Fax: 367-2193E-mail: agapedental@batelnet.bs Dr. Munir Rashad Oct. 1 Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth) Dr. Woodley Thompson Oct 14-15 Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Antoine Clarke Oct. 21-22 Periodontics (Gum disease & implants) Dr. Therese Bonamy (Full time) General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM BLEACHING) Janet Ferguson RDH (Full time) Dental Hygienist Call today for an appointment All emergencies and walk-ins are welcome Proverbs 3:5-6 Local Agent:Marsh Harbour Shipping Company P.O.Box AB 20777242-367-3341 Fax:242-367-4885 Ray Weatherford,Shelly Russell and John BethellThe BestConnectionto AbacoSaturday departure and Sunday arrival,ready for Monday pick-upFull Container Load Services including expanded area of equipment positioning throughout the southeast United StatesWe provide fenced and secure dockside storage and parking in Marsh HarbourConveniently located near Interstate 95 at 1489 Martin Luther King,Jr.Blvd.Riviera Beach,FL 561-844-8306Consistent and personal customer serviceLess-than-container load, Refrigerated and Consolidation Services MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO MERCPANGA & MIMSA BOATS Service Dept. Open on a Limited a BasisMarsh Harbour power supply was held up because of the extensive damage to the substation near Conch Inn. Some areas of downtown Marsh Harbour were turned on five days after the storm while other areas were out more than a week. Their strategy was to get the most people back on which were the easiest areas while working on the problem areas of town. Man-O-War lights come on one week after the storm. Batelco had serious troubles throughout Abaco. Phone service was first available within each town. Normally long distance calls can be routed from Central Abaco by going either north to Fox Town and over to Grand Bahama or by going South to Sandy Point and on to the Berry Islands. But long distance was disrupted going north by problems with the Fox Town equipment. The tower collapsing in Cherokee kept any calls from going south. The fastest solution was to run a fiberoptic cable from Sandy Point to Marsh Harbour. This was completed and long distance service restored to Central Abaco six days after the storm. Local phone service is being restored gradually. However, many lines were damaged and will have to be replaced. JeanneFrom Page 5 saw Her Excellency Dame Ivy Dumont deliver the speech from the throne. She had all the makings of a Governor-General or a monarch. The pomp and pageantry ceremonies that were included in the event could not be replaced and appreciated under another form of government. The monarchy represents a broader part of the Bahamian people. The GovernorGeneral doesnt affiliate hms/herself with political debate. A presidential system would have the head of state engaging in partisan politics. A monarchy/GovernorGeneral is a symbol of unity and a figure that Bahamians, despite their politics, can Need Assistance with YourHurricane Claims?Call Diane Fletcher Chartered AccountantCell 242-359-3207 Phone 242-325-3640 dfletcher@coralwave.com LettersFrom Page 9 respect and become united behind. The office is non-partisan and represents all Bahamians. Finally, the Bahamas is so bombarded with foreign cultures as it is we dont need to eliminate another area of society that would bring us more into line with foreign culture. The monarchy keeps us uniquely and distinctly separate from other governmental structures. The Bahamas must get out of the mentality that we have to do what other countries are doing. Lets be us. Junkanoo, peas n rice, and, yes, the monarchy is what we are. It is a part of our national identity. It is a part of our way of life and the way that has worked. We need to preserve the way we do things especially if they prove to be a success. Lets go with what we know works. We must keep the monarchy. IF IT AINT BROKE, DONT FIX IT! I thank you for entertaining my thoughts and for your kind indulgence. Jeremy SweetingSome Marinas Were Badly DamagedHarbour View Marina in Marsh Harbour was one of the marinas which was hit badly by Hurricane Jeanne. These two views show the extent of damage to both the docks and the boats. It Pays to AdvertiseAnother view of Harbour View Marina shows the power of the surge which came near a spring high tide during Hurricane Jeanne. The Prime Minister has put in place a duty and stamp tax exemption for any person or business that suffered damages but had no insurance.

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 19 C & A VC & A V C & A VC & A V C & A V ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft DrinksTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNOW SELLINGNOW SELLING NOW SELLINGNOW SELLING NOW SELLING Gatorade V8 Splash Bluebird Smoothies Bottled Water Malts and Canned Sodas Servicing the Bahamas and South Florida Turbo Prop Service Available MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS (242) 367-2089 (242) 367-2613 (242) 367-2530 Call for Scheduling Committed to a Higher Standard in Aviation CHEROKEE AIRCHARTER SERVICE Hair, Body & Soul Unisex Salon Need a new look? Let us help! BarberingWaxingMassagesFacialsAcrylic NailsAirbrushingEar PiercingHair ExtensionsLonnette, Florence, Misty &CindyTuesday Saturday 9 am 6 pm Located on Crockett Drive next to K & S AutoTel: 367-0125 After Hurricane Frances cell phone service was disrupted just as all long distance phone service for Central and North Abaco. However, while the Cherokee Sound tower was still operational, people found that they could use their cell phones for long distance calls from various locations including Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour. These calls were transferred by the Cherokee Sound tower. Normally, Batelco has a redundant system to route long distance phone calls either south through the towers at Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point to the Berry Island or north through Treasure Cay and Fox Town to Grand Bahama. After Hurricane Jeanne all Batelco long distance phone service was disrupted because of the collapse of the Cherokee Sound tower and damage to the equipment in Fox Town due to salt water. However, resourceful cell phone users found that they could make calls from high places which allowed access to a tower on Moores Island. On Elbow Cay the porch of a house on Big Hill and the top of the lighthouse proved high enough. On Man-OWar Cay the widows walk on one house was successful. In Central Abaco the best spot was the Bustic Bight hill just north of Bahama Coral Island. Long distance service was restored on October 1 when the Fox Town station was brought back into service, and a day alter a fiberoptic cable between Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point was operational. That cable was strung hurriedly with several miles laying on the ground. Cell phone users found that long distance calls could be made following Hurricane Jeanne by climbing a hill at Bustic Bight in Central Abaco. The height allowed the phone to connect with a Batelco tower on Moores Island. The normal routing of long distance calls was disrupted by the collapse of the tower in Cherokee Sound and salt water damage of equipment in Fox Town.Cell Phone Users Were ResourcefulBy Portia Jonsson For two days during the month of August, 24 fixed based operators throughout Florida visited our island. This group included representatives from Galaxy Aviation, Executive Air Services, Jet Center, Aviation Professionals, Banyan Air Service, Chicago Pilot Association, Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association and Naples Pilot Association. They were officially welcomed and given an overview of Abaco by Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for Abaco, at a luncheon held at the Green Turtle Club. They were taken on a whirlwind tour of Abaco including the cays visiting locations such as Treasure Cay, New Plymouth, Great Guana Cay, Hope Town and Scotland Cay. During the evening they were hosted to a cocktail reception compliments of Molly McIntosh, Manager of Bluff House Resort, followed by dinner. Attending the dinner and bringing remarks were Mr. Ricardo Toote, Bahamas Customs and Mr. Brendal Stevens of Brendals Dive Center. This trip was organized by Greg Rolle, Aviation Specialist-Bahamas Tourist Office in Florida, Earl Rolle, Sales Manager-Bahamas Out Islands Promotion Board and Wynsome Ferguson, Administrative Executive-Abaco Tourist Office.Fixed Base Operators Visit Abaco It will be and underground cable later. However, many phones are still out of service due to phone lines being down.

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Page 20 The Abaconian October 1, 2004 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Ph: 242-367-2797 Fax: 242-367-2359@available GATORADEHERRSHERRS HERRSHERRS HERRS Ranch Flavored Tortilla ChipsSaddle up for some serious flavor! Herrs delicious new Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips deliver a hearty, bold ranch taste that you wont be able to get enough of. Viva La Ranch!WelchsIts a fact.Gatorade is the most researched sports drink on the planet. Which might explain why nothing refuels and replenishes better not water, not juice or soda, not other sports drinks. Its scientifically formulated to have the right taste, the right amount of carbs and no carbonation.Welchs Grape Juice has been a family favorite for more than six generations. Today, our classic purple grape juice has been joined by a wide variety of wholesome juices to please every taste. Theyre all made with the same attention to quality as the original The choice for great cola taste. Aquafina PEPSI Enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Aquafina. Our state of the art reverse osmosis purification system ensures consistently great tasting Aquafina in every bottle. Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 addressed from Frances. The government dock in Coopers Town lost its decking in Jeanne as well. The Prime Ministers party saw evidence of the extensive storm surge in North Abaco by the debris and large amounts of water at the sides of the highway. Mr. Pedican reported there was a seven-mile stretch of saltwater from the Haitian community of Sand Banks just south of Treasure Cay to the airport area, ranging from five feet at Sand Banks to at least a foot farther north. In the Marsh Harbour area several homes were lost or made uninhabitable. The Prime Minister visited the owners of some of these in Dundas Town. Businesses took a severe hit with establishments such as Price Right food store being put out of business for perhaps weeks. The waterfront marinas took a heavy beating, with most marina docks being destroyed. Mangoes Restaurant, a major tourism establishment, sustained major damage. According to David Knowles, the local Director of Agriculture, it will take Abaco two years to recover from the devastation to its extensive citrus crops. Abaco Big Bird, which supplies the island with chickens, suffered a 50 percent mortality, along with destruction of its major buildings. Livestock such as sheep and goat were lost on the island. The Prime Minister promised generous duty concessions on goods for rebuilding. On September 28 Mr. Gary Smith, who heads Customs in Abaco, announced a waiver on items such as medicines and a voucher system for building materials. His officers are being sensitized to expediting applications and showing understanding and patience to residents seeking relief. He said all this will take place in the context of keeping in mind that Customs is a revenue agency and avoiding some of the abuses and excesses that occurred during Hurricane Floyd. The Port of Marsh Harbour is now open. The M/V Legacy mailboat arrived from Nassau on the morning of September 29 and the Duke of Topsail and the Tropic Night arrived from West Palm Beach on September 30, relieving the scarcity of food and other goods. Treasure Cay airport opened a few days after the storm and Marsh Harbours opened on September 30. Cherokee Air has allowed the use of its terminal, including for Customs and Immigration, in the interim because of the large amount of water still on the airports apron. The runways, however, are clear, according to Mr. Bobby Jones, airport manager. ChristieFrom Page 2 On his visit to North Abaco Prime Minister Perry Christie, second from right, viewed the destruction caused by the two recent hurricanes to S.C. Bootle High School. The group above included Mr. Melvin Seymour with the Department of Housing, Mr. Colin Marshall, Chief Engineer with the Ministry of Works, the Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works, Mr. Ejnar Cornish, BAICs Abaco office, Mr. Christie, and Mr. Revis Rolle, newly appointed Senior Administrator for Central Abaco. Please see Christie Page 21Prime Minister Was Moved by Visit to Abaco Prime Minister Perry Christie listened to the concerns of the residents of Dundas Town and Murphy Town who were devastated by the two recent hurricanes. He is shown here on September 26 with the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing, while Sister Ida embraced Woman Police Inspector Davis.

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Calypso AirGreat Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $150!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $150!* www.calypsoair.comIn Marsh Harbour:242-367-0140In Treasure Cay:242-365-8660* Bahamian departure tax not included. 2004 CALYPSOAIR/CLINE. ABACO041504 Daily Flights and Charters Serving South Florida, The Bahamas and The Caribbean.Calypso AirGreat Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $150!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $150!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!* Ticketing Provided by: Exclusive Ticketing Agent for Calypso Airlines Exclusive Ticketing Agent for Calypso Airlines Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017 at Work at Play Weve Got Something for Everyone Weve Got Something for Everyone Caribbean constructorsSand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported ditto Pea Rock Imported Concrete Blocks6"x 8"x 16" 8"x 8"x 16"Monday Friday 7 am 4 pmP.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502Deliveries throughout Abaco 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 BEC reported that 50 percent of consumers on the island were receiving power, and another 15 percent were expected to receive theirs during the course of the day. Water was restored throughout the island. There were no official reports available on conditions and services on Moores Island, Grand Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Hope Town, Guana Cay, and Man-O-War Cay, but the Disaster Preparedness Committee was making arrangements for a joint agency visits by aircraft or ferry. The Prime Minister and his ministers promised immediate relief. Some residents did express disappointment that Mr. Christie did not hold any public forums to give residents an opportunity to ask questions or express their concerns directly to him. His press officer, Mr. Al Dillette, said Mr. Christie might return shortly just for such engagements. ChristieFrom Page 20 from the situation. It is especially heartwarming, therefore, to hear of someone doing something in her own small way to help make things a little easier for people at this difficult time. Mrs.Deborah Basden, owner of Da Bes Yet Bakery, which has just relocated to its new location in the former Barclays Bank building, has reduced the price of her regular bread from $2.50 per loaf to $2 per loaf. Bread is a staple o ones diet and normally families consume quite a number of loaves a week. So this saving on each loaf can soon mount up. Mrs. Basden realised that after the hurricane people would have many serious expenses in repairing their damaged homes. She thought to try and help them in this way. I felt it in my spirit to do it, said this generous lady.Wood You Store OpensBy Portia Jonsson Wood You Furniture located in the old CentralFrom Page 11 Gardeners Eden building in Marsh Harbour is now open for business. The expanded and fully renovated premises house a wonderful assortment of all unfinished wood furniture and products including dining tables and chairs, china cabinets, bedroom suites and high chairs. They carry rocking chairs, entertainment centers, computer desks, butcher blocks, kitchen islands and many other decorative items. You can add your own special touch to your furniture with stains and finishes in any color imaginable sold in the store. Store hours are 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. 2 p.m. on Saturday. Give them a call today at 367-WOOD(3679663).Overcoming ObstaclesBy Isobel Sherman Barbara Simmons, manager and one of the owners of Hummingbird Restaurant in Marsh Harbour, opened the restaurant on September 27 after being closed only Saturday and Sunday due to Hurricane Jeanne. To do this she had to overcome some obstacles. First of all she needed electricity and a generator provided this. Then she needed cooking gas. Since the restaurant has a large tank which the propane truck must come to fill and since there was no propane on the island, Barbaras brother brought her cylinders of gas from Spanish Wells as well as fresh bread. On September 27 the restaurant used three cylinders of gas to serve breakfast and lunch. Since then every day her gas cylinders have been changed courtesy of her brothers from Spanish Wells. Her brothers also brought water, ice and bread to give to persons here on Abaco. Hummingbird Restaurant was one of a few restaurants that were serving hot food on Monday and Tuesday after the hurricane. The restaurant will be open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. On Friday and Saturday they will also be opened for dinner. The Hummingbird will be closed from November 1-15.A Humanitarian GestureBy Isobel Sherman Persons were traveling through Dundas Town and Murphy Town on September 30 distributing ice and water to residents who needed it. The ice and water came from persons in Spanish Wells. Thank you. ground shortly. The marina is operational for short term traffic, the fuel station is open and we have more than 40 suites available immediately. In a few days our barbecue station will be ready. There were no boats sunk at our docks, the food stores are open and the golf course suffered no major damage. We will reopen for the season on time. Paula Morley, the Accounts Manager for the resort, lives in Dundas Town. For her, the impact of the storm happened after the eye passed. First there was the terror of the wind, then the lashing of the rain, she said. This storm was worse than Frances. Frances was mentally taxing, Jeanne was more physical. NorthFrom Page 17 survived with only minimal damage but Mike Lattimer said, Every building now has an SouthFrom Page 7 ocean view, the place is landscaped, but it wouldnt work for tree huggers, then added, All is brown. A lime tree planted itself in Sharon Bethels yard, roots and all, while a 100-year-old sour orange in Hartie Alburys yard was flattened. He said,This tree went out in one hurricane, grew up from a root into this tree, was flattened by Frances and now by this one. It will survive just like us. We made it and so will this tree. Amen.Little Damage at Winding BayBy Jennifer Hudson The Abaco Club on Winding Bay is still right on target for its Grand Opening on New Years Eve, 2004, as, fortunately, it sustained only slight damage from Hurricane Frances. The main effect of the hurricane was on the vegetation which up until then had been looking lush and colourful. It received wind damage to the shrubbery and some downed trees and limbs which were quickly trucked away by Bahamas Waste. With new growth already springing back, all will be looking pretty again in time for New Years Eve. The very advanced golf course drainage system proved its mettle and the golf course came through just fine. Minor water damage was sustained to some of the houses under construction but nothing to delay the completion schedule.

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Page 22 The Abaconian October 1, 2004Area 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 Properties34 hse + 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties30 + 365-4636 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 Beach Resort6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key43 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse 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 Camp8 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 http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http://www.abacos.com http://www.go-abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com + agents who have multiple cottages and houses 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. .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 optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Ceramic Granite Stone Procelain Vinyl Wood Washers Dryers Microwaves Stoves Fridges Freezers Phones Satellites Car Stereos/Amps Stereos TVs Speakers Home Appliances Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph: 242-367-2265 242-367-3042SALES SERVICES REPAIRS AND ACCESSORIES Weve Moved!Visit Us at the Blue Warehouse on S.C. Bootle HwyMarsh HarbourGreat Low Prices EverydayProvided by Friends of the Environment As everyone on Abaco knows, fire in The Bahamas pine forests is a frequent occurrence. Plants and animals in the pine forest have adapted to fire and it actually helps them live their lives. On the other hand, the trees and wildlife in the coppice forest are easily harmed by fire in the dry season. And wildfire clearly poses a threat to some homes and businesses. When these buildings and their occupants are at risk, Abaco s volunteer firefighters put themselves in harms way to save property and people. These fires start by natural and human causes, some intentional, some accidental. But regardless of the sources, fire is proving to be an inevitable force to be dealt with for all of Abaco. A new effort is underway to begin to harness the good aspects of fire and minimize the bad. This will be accomplished by using carefully prescribed fires to replace unplanned, dangerous wildfires. This project will accomplish an important early action toward the development of fire management capacity for The Bahamas pine forests. This is critical for the long-term maintenance of the woodlandss. Working knowledge of fire management practices, including prescribed fire burns, may be invaluable for reduction of the threat of wildfire to the residents of the pine islands.Project OverviewThe Nature Conservancy is an international non-profit conservation organization with a growing program in the Bahamas. Staff from the Nature Conservancy will work with Bahamians from several organization to conduct research on the effects of fire on the Abaco pine lands. They will work closely with government through the Bahamas National Trust, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Department of Lands and Surveys. They will work with public safety personnel which will include the Bahamas National Emergency Management Office, Abacos Volunteer Fire Departments, and fire services from other islands. Also involved will be Friends of the Environment and local communities. The U.S. Forest Service staff will conduct research associated with the project. The fire burns will provide basic forest fire training for Bahamians. These controlled burns will take place on October 28-31 in South Abaco unless there is unfavorable weather. Classroom training will begin on October 29th in Marsh Harbor. Field exercises including prescribed fires will take place at two burn sites near the Abaco National Park in South Abaco. One site is adjacent to the Great Abaco Highway and the other site is immediately southeast. These sites were selected based on safety, simplicity of site preparation, ability to facilitate educational outreach and ability to inform future efforts through research and monitoring. There are several goals for the project. 1. It will train Bahamians to manage the pine woods resources. 2. It will provide areas with known fire history and begin research on fire effects relevant to endangered species such as the Bahama parrot and the effect of protecting the coppice lands. 3. It will demonstrate to the Abaco community the importance of fire to the pine forest ecosystem and promote public safety considerations related to wildfire. 4. It will provide research that can be shared among other islands which have similar pine forests. Community meetings at Crossing Rocks and Sandy Point will be set for October 28th. For further information contact Friends of the Environment at 367-2721 fax 367-5177 or info@friendsoftheenvironment.org.Fire Exercise Will Begin in Pine ForestA planned burning of pine woods in two selected sites will be basis for research on the effects of burning on the environment. It will also be a training session for firemen. Note to All Abaco BusinessesLet The Abaconian inform the public about your business Are you open or closed Do you have limited service available during restoration? What date you do expect to resume normal business?Contact us Ph: 267-2677 Fax: 367-3677 All ads in The Abaconian are on the Internet at www.abaconian.com

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 23 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourDive Abaco...................................367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures................367-2963Hope TownFroggies...................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Center...................365-4411 Guana Cay Dive Guana...........365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss.....................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & bikes................365-5178 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 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..............365-8749Ferry 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 & Guana 40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45 am10:301:30 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 $12 Extra to some destinations Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25 call for time Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. 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. Friday & Sunday Lv Nassau 3:30 pm Lv Sandy Point 8 pm Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Nassau 323-2166 Islander Express Bus between Marsh Harbour & Sandy Point -For information call 366-4444 or 457-9958 Enovahs Bus Service Hourly bus through Murphy Town, Dundas Town & Marsh Harbour to Ferry dock. Spring City early morning & late afternoon. Sandy Point Patrick Roberts ....366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......366-4107 Floyd Burrows .....366-4175 Links Adderly .......366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....366-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder .......366-2163 Jay Sawyer .........367-3941 Justin Sands .......367-3526 Terrance Davis ....367-4464 Danny Sawyer .....367-3577 Man-O-War David Albury ........365-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ...............366-2107 Junior Albury ............366-3058 Randy Sawyer .........366-2284 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.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.................Closed Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room..............Closed...Aug 25 Nov 1 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes..................Closed... Sept 6 Nov 6 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys............... Closed Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys Closed ...Sept 4 Nov 1 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Mackerals..........................................367-5932 Hope Town Abaco Inn Closed Sept 7 Oct 14 Capn Jacks Closed Club Soliel.........................................366-0253 Harbours Edge..................Closed to Oct 25 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion....................Closed Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay..........................Closed until Oct Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club...............Closed Sept Lauras Kitchen Closed Oct mid-Nov McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Nancys............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The AbaconianAbaco Chamber of Commerce367-5822 Fax 367-5823 www.abacochamber.org Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Marina 75....F....353-1252 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...............45......F....365-4200 Green Turtle Club.....32......F....365-4271 Black Sound Marina.15..............365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F....365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...................29 ......F....367-2366 Port of Call................24......F....367-2287 Abaco Yacht Haven....7..............367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................50......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats from U.S. can clear Customs at Walkers Cay, Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour..367-5358 Abaco Island Tours Marsh Harbour .......... 367-2936 Evening dinner cruise Dive Abaco Marsh H.367-2787 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0431 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ....... 367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale .................................. 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale .............................. 367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau & W. Palm Beach ............. 367-2095 Bimini Island Air Ft Lauderdale .................. 954-938-8991 Calypso AirFt Laud & W Palm Bch..............954-3594191 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ........................ 367-3415 Fla Coastal Airlines Vero B & Ft Lauderdale..... 367-0179 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ........................... 357-6684 Majors Air Service Freeport ............................... 367-4826 Southern Air Nassau .......................................... 367-2498 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale .................................... 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch ...................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ............... 367-4852 Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale ..................... 954-359-0292 Local charter companies serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air .............................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089Please bring errors, omissions or corrections to our attention 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 Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resort ..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................ $65 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T Cay Hotel to G Turtle Ferry or Blue Hole...........$14 + $ 6 T Cay Hotel to Marles .............................................$20 + $5 T C Hotel to Joes Creek ........................................$30 + $6 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$14 + $5 T Cay Hotel to Banyan Bch Club.............................$6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $70 + $10 Emergency ServicesAmbulance Marsh Harbour Trauma One367-2911 Police Marsh Harbour367-2560 Fire Marsh Harbour367-2000 Fire Dundas Town367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope TownVHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay365-4133 Fire Man-O-War365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areasMarine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500, Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana 365-5178, Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............367-0020 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre..............367-0049 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.................................Rev 1 Sep 04

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VOLUME 12, NUMBER 19, OCTOBER 1st, 2004 Prime Minister Promises Storm ReliefDuty Concessions, the Mud and Guana Resort Are DiscussedThe Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. Louis Harold Joseph, visited Abaco on October 2 to tour Pigeon Peas and the Mud in Marsh Harbour and Sand Banks in Treasure Cay, all immigrant communities that suffered extensive flooding by Hurricane Jeanne. He spoke to many, encouraging them to be responsible citizens in their host country. He could not offer them finacial help as Haiti was badly damaged by Hurricane Jeanne. That storm was responsible for severe flooding resulting in over 1000 deaths with many hundreds still unaccounted for. See story on page 8.Minister Views ResortsMrs. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments, was on Abaco on September 15 to tour resorts after Hurricane Frances to see the damage done by the storm. She is shown here with Mr. John Head, who sustained substantial damage to Abaco Inn at White Sound, Elbow Cay. See story on page 16 Haitian Ambassador Tours Haitian CommunitiesThe Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, on the right, met with the business leaders of Abaco on October 4 to discuss t he rebuilding of Abaco after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. He wants the business community to be prepared for the upcoming tourism season. To encourage growth and to assist the needy, he has put in place duty and stamp tax exemptions for those who suffered damage from the storms and who are not covered by insurance. He is discussing his plan with Mr. Gary Smith, officer in charge of Customs on Abaco, on the left. Following the conversation is Darren Albury, one of the owners of Abaco Hardware. Mr. Christie was assured by the businessmen that the damage was being cleaned up and businesses would be ready for the coming tourism season, even if all repairs were not completed. By Richard E. Fawkes The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, spoke to about 100 persons from the Abaco business community on October 4 at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour about his concern that the nations third largest economy, crippled by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, would be able to rebound quickly. Mr. Christie emphasized customs concessions and the approval of a major resort on Guana Cay, along with the Winding Bay project at Cherokee Sound, as key elements to fuel Abacos resiliency to recover from the devastation. The Prime Minister was drawn into a discussion of the future of The Mud, a largely Haitian community in Marsh Harbour that suffered severe flooding, especially during Hurricane Jeanne. Mr. Christie referred to the $500 million, 500-acre Passerine upscale housing project with an 18-hole golf course and marina on Guana Cay as a substantial infusion of capital into the economy of Abaco. The project has been under consideration for government approval for some time. Mr. Christie said the proposal meets his level of standards for acceptance, but is subject to the affirmation of the Members of Parliament for North and South Abaco. Mr. Christie said construction of the development should be able to proceed shortly. And so hopefully, therefore, the Prime Minister said, between the development at Cherokee and the development at Guana Cay, Abaco has really proved that it does not need to have that kind of catalyst or catalytic development [of governmental infusion of capital] because Abaco, wherever we go, Please see Christie Page 2 The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, announced his plans for the Marsh Harbour airport while he was speaking to businessmen on October 4. The government is negotiating with several airport planners now. The short list of planners has two Ca-Prime Minister Discusses MH Airport Please see Airport Page 17

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Page 2 B The Abaconian October 1, 2004 Early Bird Breakfast CafeShop #8 Colina Building Tel: 367-5310$2.99Bahamian Breakfast Sheep Tongue Souse, Chicken Souse Stewed Conch/Fish Boiled Fish Tuna, Corned Beef and Sausage with Grits is so high on the chart of people wanting to come in and establish second homes and businesses that we found that, but for interruptions like this hurricane, Abaco is able to really take care of itself very easily in the context of the development of our country. Mr. Christie stated that he was setting up a structure now to enable us to move as quickly as possible to [expedite] repairs. He told Abaconians his government has under order very near, I suppose, a million dollars worth of materials, and they are coming in. So weve come to Abaco to indicate that we must now move with speed to cause those people in particular who are suffering great distress to know that help is about to take place. Abaco has been through this before. Abaco has proved to be as a people extremely, extraordinarily resilient. And so Ive come to call on that spirit again and to indicate our intention to ensure that we are able to begin this work in the shortest possible time, which brings me back again to the private sector. Mr. Christie did not elaborate on what that administrative structure would be, except that Bahamas Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, Mr. Jack Thompson is being brought in on Monday or Tuesday to ensure that we are able to begin running full speed. Mr. Thompson is a former administrator of North Abaco who headed one part of the 1999 Hurricane Floyd recovery program here and is qualified, having developed expertise and familiarity. Mr. Carl Smith said his organization was still establishing the structure Mr. Christie referred to and would be issuing a press release about it over the next few days. Mr. Smith coordinates national recovery efforts through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and accompanied the Prime Minister. In a direct appeal for cooperation from the private sector, Mr. Christie, who initiated the meeting through the Abaco Chamber of Commerce which he recognized that, in addition to there being very severe and substantial loss of personal property, that we have had this added dimension to the trauma of this community or this island and that is the compromising and undermining of its economy essentially; an economy that is driven by resort, yachting, tourism businesses. Put very simply, the government and the private sector must come together to work as quickly and as efficiently to cause the economy to move toward normalcy so that people are able to resume working, earn an income and take the additional pressure off the government and society itself. Mr. Christie said that in addition to coming to make an assessment and to give some information that may be reinforcing the hope of an expanded economy, he wanted to consult with the Abaco business community on any ideas they might have. Referring to international inquiries about the governments estimate as to the time it would take for Abaco to begin the process of restoration and repair, Mr. Christie told the gathering, You have to assist me in this regard with respect to damage done to the economic infrastructure, the docks, pilings, your preparedness to move those parts of your property that are insured. Abaco Chamber of Commerce President Michael Albury informed Mr. Christie that the docks and marinas along the Marsh Harbour shoreline should be restored by the middle to the end of November, in time for the winter tourist season. Mr. Christie reminded his audience ofPrime Minister Wants Rapid Recovery ChristieFrom Page 1 Please see Christie Page 3 The Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie Oceanfrontier Log CabinsRental and Vacation Club Memberships On Beautiful Guana Cay Beach Six two-bedroom cabins sleep six, queen size bed in loft, kitchenette, private deck, full bath, short walk to townRent by the day or weekCall now 888-541-1616 or 519-389-4846 Website: www.oceanfrontier.com E-mail: info@oceanfrontier.com Caribbean Marine ConstructionDock Building SpecialistCommercial Docks Private Docks Sea Wall Construction Boat Lifts Dock Demolition and RemovalPhone Office 367-4842 Cell 357-6564 P.O. Box AB 20757, Marsh Harbour

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 3 B BUY NOW & SAVE BUY NOW & SAVE BUY NOW & SAVE BUY NOW & SAVE BUY NOW & SAVE Ericas House Cleaning Lawn &House MaintenanceBook Keeping Arranged grocery pre-stocking Phone: (242) 367-5867 Cell: (242) 357-6932 Property Management Abaco Outboard Engines LtdAurthorized Yamaha DistributorNew Shipment of Generators in StockOpen for Service Work with Trained Mechanics Boats Hauled up to 42 Feet We Can Get Your Boat OperationalPh: 367-2452 Fax 367-2354Propeller Division: Ph 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 the exigency or customs declaration orders in place for Abaco from September 3 through November 30 that would enable residents of Abaco to import or purchase through local hardwares, building materials, generators, clothing, household utensils and furniture ruined by flooding, with the collaboration of Customs. Mr. Christie said the list of exempted goods, which is essentially the same one drawn up after Hurricane Floyd in 1999, was never intended for those who have insurance because when persons receive their insurance settlements, they are paid on the basis of having paid in customs duties, unless such persons are operating and importing under the Hotel Encouragement Act. Customs, he said, will have a special role to ensure that the people who this was intended to benefit are, in fact, the beneficiaries of the program. Businessman Jack Albury, president of Alburys Trucking and Fredericks Agency brokerage, expressed concern that for groups from Florida wishing to donate relief to Abaco there is no provision in the customs declaration order for them to send materials here; it has to be consigned to an individual who has this approval. The Prime Minister responded that his interpretation of the order, both as a lawyer and as prime minister, enables him to say that what Mr. Albury was referring to could be brought into Abaco through Mr. Gary Smith, head of Customs, Abaco, by the existing provision. Giving voice to the sentiments of many in the room regarding the Haitian community of The Mud near the government dock in Marsh Harbour, Central Abaco District Chief Councillor Cay Mills told Mr. Christie, Sir, if something is not done about The Mud forthwith, we are not even going to be here; theres going to be an epidemic of disease that will take over this place. We have been too long putting it off. Mr. Mills said he was at Abaco Central High School for its reopening that morning and saw the children coming in ChristieFrom Page 2 from The Mud. Those kids came down there dressed and they smelled offensive because of the condition theyre in. Theyre still using that ... water from out of the yard to try an facilitate getting them ready. Mr. Mills explained that most of the people in The Mud want to get out of there. As a government, as a country, he said, ... one of the richest countries in the Caribbean, I cant see how persons that are not legal here can say to the government Were not going to go here, were not going to go there. Speaking on behalf of the Abaco people ... the government has to make a decision this month, this year . we cant put it off again. [We need] to do something to relocate them. The Prime Minister responded that Mr. Mills must mean we as a people, because I am, as Prime Minister, prepared right now to work toward a full solutionRebound of Abacos Economy Is Criticalto this problem. Mr. Christie said he is concerned that Abaco not be exposed to diseases such as malaria, which would undermine the economy. He promised that on Tuesday a scientific team will come into the area to make an assessment on potential health hazards and what could be done immediately to stave off such problems in the short term. For the long term, he said The Mud presents a challenge that the entire community must embrace. In addition to Mr. Carl Smith, Mr. Christie was accompanied by the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Mrs. Glenys Hanna-Martin, the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Obie Wilchcombe, and Mr. Luther Smith, who coordinates recovery efforts out of the office of the prime minister.

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Page 4 B The Abaconian October 1, 2004 News of the CaysBECs underwater cable taking electricity to Guana Cay was cut during Hurricane Frances. To supply the cay with power quickly, BEC shipped in a self contained 100,000 watt generator from Exuma including transformers. A fuel tank was taken from Cherokee Sound.Green Turtle CayOverheard on the Green Turtle Ferry after Hurricane Jeanne: This was the worst hurricane of them all. My roof was hurricane safe but that didnt stop our roof coming down. Kathryn Cooper, a clerk working in the Home and Garden store said that Hurricane Jeanne was just as bad as Floyd. Across the street from the store on lower land was a cluster of homes located in The Pond which were flooded an estimated eight feet deep. Houses are still boarded up throughout the settlement, but sounds of hammers tapping echoed across the streets as shingles were replaced, fences were set right and gates were put back on their hinges. Patricia Anne McIntosh, who lives in a house near the sea, lost a lot of shingles. The water came up to the threshhold of her front door, but thankfully, did not enter her house. Hilda Curry said that water forced its way through the windows of her home and soaked the pressed wood furniture which then fell apart. Just down the street the Albert Lowe Historical Museum took in some water. According to Ivy Roberts, We didnt get cleaned up from the first hurricane (Frances) when the second one came. Prior to the storm the museum employees were able to cover the exhibits with plastic so they were not damaged but the antique oriental carpet was soaked through. They hope to dry it out and preserve it for a future exhibit. Since the museum was insured, repairs to the building and contents is not concerning her. Its a blessing there are no tourists now, said Ms. Roberts. But with Florida so devastated, we are afraid we will have no tourists. Further down, the New Plymouth Hardware Store is managed by Kevin Roberts. Their biggest problem is getting supplies. After Hurricane Frances the store sold out of all shingles, plywood, roofing felt, plastic and tarpaulins and was unable to replace those items. Now after Hurricane Jeanne the need is even greater and Roberts is hoping the Legacy will be loaded with supplies this weekend.. If not,he said, Were in trouble. Chris Farrington of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty said that there was basically a lot of water damage from Hurricane Jeanne. His building on the water next to Settlement Creek had eight inches on the floor due to high tides and storm surge. His computers were saved but his ability to use LIGHTBOURN REALTY Chris Farrington BRI Office (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697 Green Turtle Cay Office P.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Email: chris.f@batelnet.bswww.greenturtlerealestate.com#5101Waterfront beauty with pool in lovely Treasure Cay. Located on a sea walled lot with a commanding view of the sea of Abaco. Comprising of three bedrooms, two and one half bathrooms and over 1000 sq. ft. bonus area in upper floor area. This house is a must see. Reduced to $546,000. Motivated seller! #5135Two bedroom, two and one half bathroom vacation rental villa. Located in a resort setting, this villa comes complete with a deeded dock slip and many more amenities. Villa is completely furnished and in turn-key condition. Offered at $525,000 Beachfront/Canal front package. Located in beautiful Leisure Lee. Enjoy the lifestyle of living on the beach and having secure dockage for you boat. This is truly a boating persons dream come true. Price reserved by owner. Please call for details. Hurry, this wont last! Under Contract Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas Some docks in Green Trutle Cay did not make it through Hurricane Jeanne Please see Cays Page 5 Marsh HarbourPelican Shores Fantastic parcel of land on the harbour, Over 1 acre, Very private area EXCLUSIVE $875,000 Little Orchard 3 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished home with efficiency apartment Great neighbourhood for kids! EXCL USIVE $265,000.00 High Rock 3 bed / 3 bath home, very desirable area, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lubbers Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level EXCLUSIVE Price on inquiry Little Orchard Triplex Two 1 bed / 1 bath apts, One 2 bed / 2 bath apt, all fully furnished, central air, good income EXCLUSIVE $380,000 Regattas of Abaco Condos For sale or rent by Day, Week or Month 2 bed / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security EXCLUSIVE Call for Info High Rock Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiry Don MacKay Boulevard 2 buildings on 2 acres Call for info Pelican Shores 3 bed / 3 bath home, fantastic sea views, tastefully furnished, central air, tiled driveway Price on inquiry High Rock waterfront home 3 bed / 2 bath, excellent sea views, partially furnished, 2 car garage, property 160 x 380 $750,000 Marsh Harbour rental home in Pelican Shores on the harbour, 3 bed / 3 bath, central air, very private area, large patio overlooking harbour, dock and dock house $3,500 per week Treasure Cay Carlton Landing Condos on the canalCall for info Bahama Palm Shores & Casuarina Point Lots available P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 367-4962 E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com Leslie PinderIf We Dont Have It, We Will Find It!DON MACKAY BLVD. 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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 5 B LIGHTBOURN REALTY Chris Farrington BRIOffice (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697Green Turtle Cay OfficeP.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Email: chris.f@batelnet.bswww.greenturtlerealestate.comMaster bedroom suite with whirlpool bath. Four guest air conditioned bedrooms. Fully furnished house, fully equipped kitchen. An aerial view of the estate which the wide sandy beach. The house is complete with golf carts, bicycles and an outdoor bar-be-que grill. This is the front porch where you observe beautiful sunrises, or for the late riser, an outdoor breakfast overlooking the Atlantic and the beach just steps below. The living room is 20-foot by 32-foot with original oil paintings on the cypress hand laid walls. The marble floors take you back to the early colonial century while the cool rattan and dark mahogany furnishings, a functional fireplace, library and studio give you the coziness of a New England home. Custom made shutters and dormer windows, wrap around porches and gingerbread designs portray a colonial plantation look. This meticulously maintained estate is perched on a slight bluff with balmy sea breezesLuxurious home on Green Turtle Cay. Located on 2.5 miles of white sand beach. Impeccably detailed almost new Caribbean style villa. Wrap around veranda. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this estate. It takes its design from a plantation estate home in the Caribbean. Electrical Contracting Single & 3 Phase Licenced Electricians Air Conditioning Refrigeration Supplies MARCUS BETHEL Located on Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTelephone: (242) 367-3186 e-mail: marcoac@batelnet.bs 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) 489-0 852www.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town Well Done Drilling ServicesSpecializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 4 the internet is compromised because the fiberoptic cable on the pole was destroyed in the storm. He has heard that he will not have regular telephone service for another three months. Despite his challenges, Farrington kindly took this reporter on a damage assessment tour of the island which included the home of the developer of Prozak, Dr. Faber. Dr. Fabers boat is lodged high up on the rocks and his dock resembles a roller coaster ride. The roof of the home and art museum of Alton Lowe was extensively damaged. Apparently all of his fine paintings were carefully protected and are unharmed. However, a large portion of his roof now rests in the tops of trees next to the house. Tradewinds, The home of Allen and Jane Werthmann, which is one of the oldest structures on the island, is situated high Bluff House resort suffered damage including boats at its docks which were sunk or otherwise damaged. Dr. Faber, the developer of Prozak, found his boat ashore and his docks all jumbled. Tradewinds, the home of the Allen Werthmanns, lost the exterior walls of their living room, kitchen and one bedroom. They are shown here in the interior of their house. Please see Cays Page 10

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Page 6 B The Abaconian October 1, 2004 For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www.mhby.com Services include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Well stocked marine store Mechanical repairs Marine Store Products: Yanmar Engines & Generators Marine Paints & Accessories Repair & Resin Supplies Yanmar Parts & Service Bottom Paint & Solvents Stainless Steel Bolts etc. Cleaning Supplies Cutlass Bearings Fuel Dock Zincs Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat Lift Bottom blister repair Propeller repair Kathleen Albury, BRI a professional Licensed Real Estate Appraiser who has performed work for most local financial institutions, many attorneys and private individuals. She also serves as Estate Agent with H.G. Christie, Ltd. with six years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, four of these years in Abaco. She maintains licenses in both countries. She has completed many continuing education courses, having received her Bahamas Real Estate Institute designation, and can be considered one of the best trained realtors in Abaco. Kathleen serves all of Abaco and currently resides in Hope Town, Elbow Cay.When you require a Real Estate Appraisal, please call: HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com 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 Richard E. Fawkes A team of technical advisers and other personnel from various ministries in Nassau arrived in Abaco on September 28 and met with the Disaster Preparedness Committee. The group wanted to see how they may assist in meeting the emergency created by Hurricane Jeanne for relief with food and water, shelter and healthcare. They would advise the central government on steps to restore services and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the back-to-back blows of this latest storm and Hurricane Frances three weeks ago. We need help; we need to rebuild; we need you to help us resurrect the rapid pace of reconstruction we saw after Hurricane Floyd, Silbert Mills, co-chair of the committee, told the delegation. Vernal Cornish from Fox Town, who is chairman of the Little Abaco local government committee, told the meeting his community was in need of food, water and ice since yesterday. Mr. Cornish, who had driven 50 miles to the meeting, said several homes were destroyed in his area and the homeless could not go to family and neighbors for help as their homes were more than likely badly damaged. He was prepared to take a truckload of supplies back with him immediately after the meeting; that his people could not wait. Personnel from the Department of Social Services and Ministry of Health and Environmental Services, including a medical doctor, remained on Abaco through October 1to assist in food and other relief distribution, and medical services, as well as in damage and relief assessment. Staff from health and social services brought food, water and medicines with them to begin the process of meeting those needs. More relief supplies were expected from Nassau over the next few days. The main challenge, according to local officials, is to find long-term shelter for over 230 persons still at the Central Abaco Primary School and St. Francis de Sales official shelters, plus dozens more at unofficial shelters who have no homes to return to. The school is needed for classes. Food and water, which have been trickling in, is also a major priority. It was revealed that a large number of persons are returning to homes which are really uninhabitable. This is especially so in areas such as the Mud, a predominantly Haitian community near the government dock in Marsh Harbour which was submerged by several feet of storm surge. Local committee members put out a call for adequate vehicles to transport relief supplies throughout the island. A structural engineer, an architect and a quantity surveyor from the Ministries of Works and Housing are on hand to conduct a more thorough assessment of housing and other structural damage. Local Ministry of Works structural engineer John Schaeffer estimates that over 100 homes island-wide have been destroyed or made uninhabitable. This assessment did not include Pigeon Peas and The Mud, which had yet to be scrutinized. Several schools, including the S.C. Bootle High School and Coopers Town Primary Schools sustained additional roof and classroom damage to what occurred during Frances. Abaco Central High School, which never opened after Frances, received further damage. No announcement has been made so far as to when schools might re-open. Sarone Kennedy, shelter manager for the committee, reported that 12 structures had been identified for use as housing facilities for displaced persons, but that ten of them were privately owned and none had yet been inspected. Inspections and negotiations would be conducted over the next several days.Technical Team Is Assisting and Assessing Damage US Embassy Representative Views Storm DamageMr. Robert M. Witajewsky from the American Embassy in Nassau visited Abaco on September 27 to see the damage that Abaco suffered from two hurricanes. He was given a quick overview of the situation in Central Abaco from Abacos Chief of Police, Supt. Clarence Russell. The DEA helicopter in the background provided his transportation.

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 7 BBeaches all along Abaco suffered extensive erosion. This photo was taken at the beach in Hope Town beside the Methodist Church. The road in the White Sound area of Elbow Cay was eroded further. Hurricane Frances washed away much of the dune and much more was lost during Hurricane Jeanne. The road will probably have to be re-routed to go along the Sound. The dock at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge which is used by Alburys Ferry Service was badly damaged. More Views of the Cays Aunt Pats Bay, the home of Burl Ives in the 1960s, suffered major damage to the main house shown here and to the cement work which created a protected dock. DUPUCH REAL ESTATE PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCHBRI CRS CIPS BROKER (242) 357-8001 peter@eradupuch.com DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REESMARSH HARBOUR & OUTER CAYS (242) 3676-3088 donna@eradupuch.comJAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REESMARSH HAROUR & NORTH & SOUTH ABACO (242) 366-3088 james@eradupuch.com ERIKA FESZT-RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT-RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT-RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT-RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT-RUSSELLMARSH HARBOUR/HOPETOWN (242)366-0440 erika@eradupuch.com We have buyers for your property. Call one of our agents and get your home SOLD TODAY!! 2818 CASUARINA POINTLOVELY BEACHFRONT DUPLEX FURNISHED WITH JACUZZI & GARDEN AREA. PRICED AT $694,000 PRICED AT $694,000 PRICED AT $694,000 PRICED AT $694,000 PRICED AT $694,000 .. .. 2837 BAH. PALM SHORESLOVELY 3 BED, 2 BATH HOME, CENTRAL AIR & PICKLED CYPRESS CEILINGS. PRICED AT $341,000. PRICED AT $341,000. PRICED AT $341,000. PRICED AT $341,000. PRICED AT $341,000. 2840 TILLOO CAYPRISTINE OUT ISLAND COTTAGE. 2 BED, 1 BATH, BOAT SLIP, TURNKEY & OCEANFRONT. PRICED AT $2,900,000. PRICED AT $2,900,000. PRICED AT $2,900,000. PRICED AT $2,900,000. PRICED AT $2,900,000. 2836 BAH. PALM SHORESBEACHFRONT PROPERTY ON PEACEFUL OUT ISLAND. (16,800 SQ.FT) GREAT BUY. PRICED AT $180,000. PRICED AT $180,000. PRICED AT $180,000. PRICED AT $180,000. PRICED AT $180,000. International Collection ABACO 28,000 agents worldwidewww.erabahamas.com Passive Income Secluded Beach Great Buy! Island DreamAlways there for you! 2839 LUBBERS QUARTERSUNFURNISHED HOME WITH OCEANVIEW, DOCK,ELEVATED & PEACEFUL. MOTIVATED SELLER $407,000. $407,000. $407,000. $407,000. $407,000.2820 MARSH HARBOURENJOY A FRUITFUL INCOME. NICE 2 2 1 BED, 1 BATH UNITS, A/C UNITS & CENTRAL. PRICED AT $240,000. PRICED AT $240,000. PRICED AT $240,000. PRICED AT $240,000. PRICED AT $240,000.2839 ELBOW CAYPEEK A VIEW PEEK A VIEW PEEK A VIEW PEEK A VIEW PEEK A VIEW 4 BEDROOMS, 3.5 BATHS, 2 CAR GARAGE OVERLOOKING ATLANTIC OCEAN ON ELBOW CAY. LOVELY LANDSCAPED GARDEN.

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Page 8 B The Abaconian October 1, 2004 Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-2020/8 Fax: 242-367-2242 Open MonFri from 8:30 am5:00 pm, Sat from 8:00 am1:00 pmQuarter, half and full cases and bales. Cash & carry and wholesale bulk buying means you always get more, for less at Abaco Wholesale.fresh produce &meat, groceries, supplies, household items & more! NEW CASH & CARRY NOW OPEN & Cash and Carry 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654Haitian Communities Were Badly FloodedMen were seen working together to repair damage soon after Hurricane Jeanne was gone. This scene was in the Mud. There was some structural damage to houses in the Mud. This house was overturned. Most of the residents stayed in shelters in Marsh Harbour and Dundas Town. Some had no home to return to after the storm. The Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas Mr. Louis Harold Joseph, toured the three Haitian communities on October 2. He was accompanied by Mr. Gremy Antoine, Counsellor in charge of Consular Affairs of the Embassy, and Mr. Span A. David, Second Secretary. Mr. Joseph listened to his people, sympathizing and encouraging them. Abaco has three communities which are made up mostly of Haitian immigrants. Pigeon Peas and the Mud are located in the center of Marsh Harbour while Sand Banks is located outside Treasure Cay. The Mud and Sand Banks are on government land which is quite low and frequently flood when the area has heavy rains. Pigeon Peas is on private land which is higher. The storm surge from Hurricane Jeanne severely flooded both communities of the Mud and Sand Banks with water up to six or seven feet in some houses. The residents of these communities lost everything they had. The structural damage was not bad, a few houses collapsed and roofs had damage but the main problem was the flooding. Please see Haitians Page 9

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 9 B This 4 bed, 2 bath, ocean view home offers 1800 sq. ft. of air conditioned living space & would make an ideal first home for the local Bahamian or a low maintenance second home for a seasonal resident. There is approx. 850 ft. of open decking around this Bahamian style wood framed home. Large open dining & living areas offer a beautiful backdrop for entertaining guests. The property has mature fruit trees & native foliage. This is a must see for any investor! Located on Key Club road in Marsh Harbour is approx. 6.5 acres of prime real estate. This property is situated in a very quiet, residential area & faces the ocean with great views of the neighbouring cays. This spectacular lot has over 450 ft. of water frontage w/ 50 ft. elevations. This lot has great potential & could be used for a sub-division or commercial business. June E. Russell BRIOffice: (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 Email: june@grahamrealestate.com P.O. Box AB-20967 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasNassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660 Sweet Haven White Sound$402,000.00Commercial Acreage Marsh HarbourEXCLUSIVECall for PriceEXCLUSIVETo view all of our Bahamas Listings go to www.grahamrealestate.com For an extensive and thorough look at the best properties that Abaco has to offer, call our Abaco office in Marsh Harbour. We will be happy to assist you in your search for a home in one of the finest & most beautiful communities in The Bahamas.Since it's inception in 1990, Graham Real Estate has distinguished itself as one of the premier real estate and rental firms for exclusive and luxurious real estate properties in The Bahamas.#2149 #2150 Ready Mix Concrete Prices start at $110.00 per yd. Free DeliveryROCK $31 ton (imported) 3/4 and pea rock SAND $33 ton (imported)Delivery from Treasure Cay to Bahama Palm ShoresVisit our modern facility on the Murphy Town water front beside Parkers Landing CALLUS TODAY FOR QUOTES PH: 367-2891 FAX: 367-2892 Abacos cornerstone to construction. AIRCOMPRESSORAVAILABLE FOR RENTAL 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 SUZUKIDisease Outbreak Is a Big ConcernThe waters drain slowly in the Mud. Several days later there was still a foot or more of standing water. This resident made a bridge to higher ground. Mattresses are drying on the roof. Clothes, bedding and other personal effects were hung everywhere to salvage what they could of their belongings. There is a great deal of concern that there could be an outbreak of disease. The sanitation situation in these areas is very primiHaitiansFrom Page 8 tive with open cess pits. Most of the houses do not have running water or modern plumbing facilities. There is severe crowding so disease could spread quite rapidly. After the storm a walking tour found clothing and bedding being washed and hung on every available place to dry. But much was ruined beyond what washing could remedy.

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Page 10 B The Abaconian October 1, 2004By Richard E. Fawkes The people of Spanish Wells, the countrys leader in the fishing industry, brought several boats loaded with relief supplies, ranging from ice and water to food and clothing, to give to the hurricanestricken people of Abaco. One of the boats, the Lady Chelsea arrived at the fish house dock in Marsh Harbour early on September 29. Other boats were dispatched to ManO-War Cay, Hope Town, Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay and Cherokee Sound. I was mopping my kitchen floor and just started crying, said Mrs. Meryl Russell, who accompanied her husband Capt. Charles Russell and her son Gino Russell on the Lady Chelsea I said we have to go help those people in Abaco. Mrs. Russell and some other residents called a meeting and received a great response from the Spanish Wells community. Capt. Charles Russell of the Lady Chelsea with his wife Meryl and son Gino brought relief supplies for the people of Abaco. Five boats came bringing water, food and clothing. Everybody, businesses and individuals, contributed, she said. Mr. Ray Roberts, who accompanied the donations, said another boat bringing over 200 loaves of bread along with other supplies would arrive in Marsh Harbour on September 30. The volunteers put an announcement on Radio Abaco inviting residents in need to come to the boat to receive supplies. The Bahamas Defence Force vessel, under the command of Commander Stephen Russell, brought relief supplies from the National Emergency Agancy (NEMA) in Nassau for distribution throughout Abaco. The boat dropped off supplies at Grand Cay before calling at Marsh Harbour, according to Commander Russell. Spanish Wells itself suffered a direct by Hurricane Frances just a few weeks ago. The community, with its usual aplomb, has rapidly bounced back. on a bluff overlooking Coco Bay. The Werthmanns said that the house had been through nine hurricanes during the 16 years they owned it and that the building was weakened because of them. Because of Hurricane Jeanne, they lost the outside walls to their living room, kitchen and their sons bedroom and the outside concrete railings to their swimming pool which was filled with wind driven debris. With great understatement, Allen Werthmann said that although they now have wonderful cross breezes, they plan to rebuild immediately. Bluff House sustained some damage including a sunken sail boat at the dock with other boats heeled over on the shore. Houses were sand blasted and will certainly need to be repainted.Spanish Wells Helps Abaco Chris Farrington said he hoped these last two storms, Frances and Jeanne, dont discourage future investment on Abaco. After all, everyone was able to build, rebuild, and restore after Hurricane Floyd, and they will after Jeanne, too. There were no lives lost, casualties were kept to a minimum and the future looks bright. CaysFrom Page 5 The public is hereby advised that the Bahamas Electricity Corporation has initiated the automated meter reading project. This project has already been completed in Nassau and is working well. The automated meter reading project will improve our meter reading accuracy and assist with monitoring the meters on our system. Over the next three weeks our meter reading staff will be very visible in the community, changing out all meters on Abaco. We request your patience and cooperation as we seek to improve our service to you.Bahamas Electricity Corporation Abaco Operations Automated Meter Reading 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@coralwave.com www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results Available Now at Bellevue AbacoCUSTOMS DUTY CUSTOMS DUTY CUSTOMS DUTY CUSTOMS DUTY CUSTOMS DUTY BOOKBOOK BOOKBOOK BOOKThe Red Book for Serious Shoppers & EntrepreneursInside...the Customs Duty on... Food Infant Items Healthcare Products Clothing & Accessories Housewares Household Appliances School & Office Supplies (incl. Computers) Medical Equipment Entertainment Items (incl. musical instruments) Bicycles & Motorcycles Boats Motor Vehicles, Buses & Trucks Fuel Alcohol & Cigarettes Construction Material Agricultural Goods Duty-Free Goods List Investment Tax Concessions Family Island Development Concessions Concessions for Schools, Churches, etc. Areas Reserved for Bahamian and Foreign Investment Stamp Tax Rates Directory for Consumers & InvestorsWHATS YOUR DUTY % 2004/2005Betty RolleJeannie D. Gibson This booklet contains the current Customs Duty and Stamp Tax on essentials consumer and commercial goods, a complete list of dutyfree goods, and a directory of Bahamian overseas trade and diplomatic offices. The Guide to Imoport Taxes in The Bahamas P.O.Box N-1744 NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS (242) 325-7016 AND 392-3697

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 11 BElbow Cay Dorros Cove 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,500 sq.ft residence with 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1,100 sq.ft guest house. Southeastern point of island. Swimming Pool Private boat slip. Superb ocean and cay views. Furnished # AB112NEW PRICE $1,970,000. "Point of View" NEW PRICEMarsh Harbour Bustic Bay 8 Unit Bonefishing resort, with fifty seat Lazy Parrot Restaurantand Bar. Central Airconditioning. Fresh water swimming pool. Excellent investment opportunity. AB100 NEW PRICE $750,000 "Sunset Point Resort" NEW PRICEGreat Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 5 Bedroom, 3 bath home set on over 1/2 Acre with 100' of Beach-front. Open decks for fabulous ocean views, elevation for Sea of Abaco Views. Fully furnished and equipped. #AB123 NEW LISTING $1,379,000 "Surfside" NEW LISTING Man-O-War Cay The Creek 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1,000 sq.ft. Home with 1,500 sq.ft. of open and covered porch and deck on over 1/2 acre with great views. 50' of Harbour frontage, studio dock house with two beds, kitchen and bath on 66' Private Dock. Furnished. #AB122 NEWLISTING $925,000. "Lookout" NEW LISTING Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,474 sq.ft. Canal Front Home Over 900 sq.ft. of Covered and Open porches and Decks. Two Car Garage. Private dock for 55' boat and 10,000 # Boat-lift for 25' boat. Fully Furnished and Equipped. #AB121NEW LISTING $1,035,000 "Casa Sirena" NEW LISTING "Cornish Cay" Sea of Abaco 38 Acre private Island Great Beaches 1 bedroom, 1 bath residence, 2 Guest Cottages, Caretaker's Cottage, Barn, Tennis Court, Sea Plane Ramp, Boat Basin with Boat Lift, Boat Ramps, Breakwater protected Dock, Solar Power and generators # AB 119 NEW LISTING $4,900,000 NEW LISTING Derek A. Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 367-4608 Cell: (242) 357-6856 e.mail: dereklee@oii.net Chris Plummer, BRI Assistant District ManagerEstate Agent Green Turtle CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 Cell: (242) 554-9451 e.mail: bpepperinn@abacoinet.com VHF Channel 16Great Guana Cay Colonial plantation style 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath 3,900 sq.ft. home 450 sq.ft. dock house with screened porch. On an extremely private 3/4 acre point. 170 of deep water frontage with dock. Mature native landscaping Superb Sea of Abaco Views. #AB125 NEW LISTING $1,380.000 "Blueberry Hill" NEW LISTING NEW LISTING "B-Team" Treasure Cay Galleon Bay 4 Bedroom, 3 bath, 4,000 sq.ft. canal-front home with 1,280 sq.ft. of open and covered decks. On two parcels of land totaling over 3/4 acre. 48 layalong private dock. Beautifully furnished and landscaped with great Sea of Abaco views. #AB124 NEW LISTING $1,395,000.. Treasure Cay Brigantine Bay 6 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath 5,500 sq.ft. Canal-front home on two levels 100' Dock with 6' depth, Four car garage. Great family home or Corporate retreat. fully and tastefully Furnished. #AB120 NEW LISTING $2,290,000. NEW LISTING "Final Approach" 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$749,000. Treasure Cay "Chameleon Bay" 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,478 sq.ft. Home. 150' of Treasure Cay Beachfront over 1 1/2 acres. # AB95 UNDER CONTRACTTreasure Cay "Son Burns" 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home on 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.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 Views. # AB66 UNDER CONTRACT Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Drive -"Steiner House" 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home on two levels upper level deck almost 1/2 Acre Good Sea of Abaco Views. Short stroll to beach. Great family home. fully Furnished. #AB116 $925,000.Sand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 NEW PRICE $355,000. HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" The Bahamas Oldest and most extensive real estate service Global Exposure Local Expertise Over eighty years of service Bahamas Largest Real Estate Data Base The largest number of luxury property listings in Abaco The most extensive geographically distributed and best trained active agent network in Abaco The most professional, best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas Agents' own vessels for convenient access to all areas. HOMES The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES SALES RENTALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: abaco@hgchristie.com08/15/04 Margot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.com John Cash, BRIBroker Treasure CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: jic@oii.net VACANT LAND Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Sites #12 8,335 sq.ft. AB5012 A Large East Canal Parcel UNDER CONTRACT #40 9,778 sq.ft. AB5155 Extra Large Corner Parcel $299,000. #41 7,070 sq.ft. AB5156 Good Elevation Sea View $360,000. #45 6,968 sq.ft. AB5066 Good Elevation Sea View UNDER CONTRACTCabbage Cove 1/3 Acre Sea of Abaco Beachfront 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. Great Guana Cay 5.9 Beautiful sea-to-sea acresSouth end of Great Guana Cay 395' of Ocean frontage. 160' of Sea of Abaco frontage. 245' of semi-private boat basin frontage. Good elevations for fabuolus ocean and sea views #AB5176 $2,950,000. 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.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.PRIVATE ISLAND"Carrington Cay" 1.4 AcresNear Leisure Lee -# AB5147 $375,000. Marsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoMan-O-War Cay "Ceylon's Isle/Rosewood" 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 $3,700,000.Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Endless Summer"4 bedroom, 3 bath 2,700 sq.ft. Home. Private Dock with boat lift on the Sea of Abaco. Some of the most Fabulous Panoramic Views in Abaco. Across the road from Beach. fully Furnished. #AB118 $1,500,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Villa Douglas" 3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,650 sq.ft. Home, Upper and Lower Covered Verandas, Garage Private Dock, Boat Lift Beautifully Furnished. #AB71UNDER CONTRACT 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 Great Abaco Club "Sea View" -2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1,400 sq.ft of living space. Private Dock Slip. Superb views of the Sea of Abaco Fully Furnished and Equipped Good Rental Income Producer. # AB68 UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour "Blueberry Hill" Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 970 sq.ft. residence with 2 rental cottages. 2 bedroom, 1 bath and 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Centrally located but good privacy. Fully Furnished. Swimming Pool. Great Income Producer. # AB115 $347,000. 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. Excellent Rental Record. # AB93 UNDER CONTRACTMarsh Harbour Commercial over 1/3 Fenced Acre 2,160 sq.ft. S howroom/Office/ Warehouse Building Great for service business or wholesaler Good relocation property for businesses expanding into Abaco from Nassau or Freeport. AB110 $290,000. Kathleen Albury, BRIEstate Agent Appraiser Elbow CayTel/Fax: (242) 366-0700 cell: (242 ) 477-5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com Faron SawyerEstate Agent Marsh HarbourTel: (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242) 359 6981 e.mail: faron@hgchristie.com Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment 1 1/2 Acres -private dock with boatlift Fabulous Views. The privacy of a private island with in town convenience. Furnished. #AB67$2,950,000 "Pelican Point"

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Page 12 B The Abaconian October 1, 2004 ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New! 3/4 acre ocean front parcel on the Atlantic Ocean.112' x 290' Owner will deed in access to Coco Bay Beach. Parcel is located just steps away from pristine diving reef that you can swim to.$625,000 plus 7% to close 1.46 acres on north end. 135' on Atlantic Ocean beach. $480,000 plus 7% to close 14 lots across from Atlantic Ocean with waterfront on Inner White Sound. acre and up. Starting at $78,650 Quiet waterfront on Black Sound. Excellent storm protection. 1.35 acres. 125' dock. Close to bonefish flats and Gillam Bay beach. $650,000 A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. One acre. Stunningly landscaped with wooden decks and walkways. Six building set in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Wicker and rattan furniture. A/C throughout. Satellite TV. 1.98 million plus 7% to close acre near ocean beach and Coco Bay beach. High on ridge. Many fruit trees. B$85,000 Three acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, waterfront and Green Turtle Club $60-$70,000 each 2 bed 2 bath furnished home with view of ocean and Sea of Abaco. A/C throughout. W/D. Wrap around porch. Reef close enough to swim to. Many custom pieces. $575,000 plus 7% to close ONO North End: Stunning, furnished 3 bed 2 bath home with fireplace. 125' on Atlantic Ocean. 35' elevation. Commanding views of the ocean. Spacious screened-in porch. One acre. $1.32 million plus 7% to close New! Prime waterfront location in the town of New Plymouth at Long Dock. Water views. Two story furnished commercial site plus one bedroom and one bedroom one bath full apartment. $390,000 plus 2% Hilltop lot 200' by 300' offering views of the Sea of Abaco and Coco Bay. Large mature trees. B$360,000 Under construction: three 40 x 32 foot 2 bedroom 2 full bath cottages. 9 ft. ceilings. Landscaped. Central A/C Water maker. Ceiling fans throughout. Five minute walk to Coco Bay beach and 5 more minutes walk to ocean beach. B$ 375,000 gross A perfect site on White Sound. 2 bedroom 2 bath main house with deck and porch. Boathouse and 2 Whalers. Guest cottage with one bedroom and one bath. Waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Only accessible by boat. Needs work. $660,000 ONO Four unit income producing building with views of Coco Bay and dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. New! Spacious two bedroom two bath furnished home on the beach at beautiful Gillam Bay. Excellent rental history. Within one mile from historic New Plymouth and two miles from two major resorts. A/C in bedrroms. Full kitchen with separate dining room. Laundry room. 135 on beach. 19,735 sq. ft. of property. $960,000 gross MUNJACK CAY: 1/4 acre on Atlantic Ocean. 125' frontage. $183,000 gross ABACO MAIN LAND: 100' x 200' on the Sea of Abaco. Near Fire Road. B$59,000 110' x 200' on Sea of Abaco. New nearly finished home 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom. Near Fire Road B$177,000 UNDER CONTRACT: Lot 11 Coco Bay $70,800 gross Lot 10 Coco Sound Tract $180,000 plus 7% to close Lot No. 4 Bight O Bay Beach $360,000 plus 7% to close Lot 9 Green Turtle Estates $45,000 plus 7% to close Little Ambrigris Cay $965,000 pl. 14% SOLD: The Beachhouse $1.85 million plus 7% to close Osprey Nest $957,500 gross Surcouf House $525,000 plus 7% Pirates Rest house $515,000 plus 7% to closeOCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementE-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www.oceanblueproperties.com By Richard E. Fawkes Ms. Yvette White, proprietor of the Subway franchise in Marsh Harbour, presented cheques of $5,000 each to the local chapter of the Red Cross and the Central Abaco Disaster Preparedness Committee on September 29. Ms. White made the presentation at a meeting of the committee at its command centre at Central Abaco Primary School in Dundas Town. Mr. Sarone Kennedy, shelter manager at Central Abaco Primary, accepted the donation on behalf of the Red Cross; Mr. Silbert Mills, co-chair of the committee, accepted on its behalf. We just want to give back something to the community during this time of need, Ms. White said in presenting the donations. The Subway shop in downtown Marsh Harbour also suffered some damage during Jeanne. Ms. White said that each Subway franchise reserves a certain amount of funds to send to its corporate office for advertising and promotions. She and the owner of the Freeport franchise decided to channel these funds into hurricane relief on the two northern islands that suffered back-to-back devastation from Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Subway Freeport was making individual donations, but she decided it was best to give the money to the organizations leading the hurricane preparedness and reMs. Yvette White, Marsh Harbour Subway proprietor, presented a $5000 cheque to Mr. Sarone Kennedy for the local Red Cross chapter and $5000 to Mr. Silbert Mills on behalf of the Disaster Committee.Subway Donates to Local Relief Agencieslief efforts here. There were still over 200 men, women, and children staying at the Central Abaco and St. Francis de Sales shelters because they had no home to return to. The Central Abaco Primary shelter was serving 25 meals twice daily as of September 29. The Disaster Preparedness Committee was seeking alternative shelters to make the school available for reopening. The entire island of Abaco is in immediate need of building materials with some individuals needing assistance with food, water and clothing. Water and electricity has been restored to most of the island, and electricity to most areas. Most of the island was deprived of overseas telephone service until the first weekend in October. By Portia Jonsson Department heads were introduced to the new Senior Administrator, Mr. Revis Rolle, at a luncheon held September 16th at the Conch Crawl Restaurant. Making the introduction was former Administrator, Mr. Alexander Williams. Mr. Williams acknowledged the Administrators deputy, Mr. Neil Campbell, and Mrs. Christine Greene, Chief Environmental Health Officer. Mrs. Greene was recently assigned to Abaco and takes over the reins of Ms. Berthamae McPhee. Mr. Campbell joins the staff in Central Abaco to assist the Administrator in his duties. Mr. Campbell did his understudy in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera. He is a former teacher, former vice principal, former reserve police officer and has served as an elected member of local government. The new Administrator, Mr. Revis Rolle is no stranger to Abaco and is a veteran teacher, having taught his deputy, Neil Campbell. He thanked the group for their kind gestures and asked them to keep the bigger picture in mind that they all work together. He asked them to be flexible and allow him to interface with them. Business for SaleEsEs EsEs Es tt tt t ablished Florablished Flor ablished Florablished Flor ablished Flor isis isis is t and Gift and Gif t and Gift and Gif t and Gif t Shopt Shop t Shopt Shop t ShopPrime Location in Marsh Harbour Call 367-2262 or 367-4485 for more information Serious Inquires Only, PleaseNew Administrators Are Introduced Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081 email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comAisle of Palm RealtyBrent Cartwright web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Please call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco BEST BUYS IN ABACO1109 Two story building in the heart of Hope Town with 2 bedroom apartment upstairs and two commercial rental units downstairs. 1105 Bonefish Lodge located on the beach in Sandy Point with 10 rooms, large dining room and kitchen, just minutes to the flats. 1123 7 unit apartment complex in Hope Town. Four one bedroom and three two bedroom units. Always a waiting list of tenants. 1003 Two bedroom, two bath cottage on 17,000 square foot lot with approved plans for a main home. Turn key. Dockage & views. 1115 5 lots with amazing views and excellent elevations. All lots 1+/acre in size and underground utilities to come. Coral Point Large elevated lot with partially completed home. Tilloo Cay Two waterfront parcels with great elevations and good draft to shoreline. Little Harbour Best ocean views on Abaco from this 2 story home with two bedrooms, two baths & large game/ entertainment room North End, Hope Town Vacant lot in quiet area, close to beautiful beach, ready for building. Guana Cay Two adjacent beach front homes. One offers 2/1 and the other 3/2. Guana Cay Vacant beach front parcel on high bluff and amazing views. GREAT PRICE!!

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 13 B U1Portable Generator $55 NS404CYL CAR W/AC $55 NS604CYL CAR W/AC $62 584/6 CYL CAR W/AC $69 264/6 CYL CAR W/AC $55 754/6 CYL CAR W/AC SIDE POST $85 2 46/8 CYL CAR W/AC $85 34 6/8 CYL CAR W/AC $85 G658 CYL CAR/TRUCK W/AC $98 24MARINE A/C DELCO $99 27MARINE A/C DELCO $110 31TRUCK/MARINE/DIESEL $115.00 4DTRACTOR/MARINE/DIESEL $175.00 8DTRACTOR/MARINE/DIESEL $200.00 7512V GOLF CART GAS $85.00 GCII6V GOLF CART ELECTRIC $89.00 GCII6V GOLF CART TROJAN $108.00 GCII8V GOLF CART TROJAN $118.00OTHER BATTERIESLarge 8v Marine Batteries U.P.S. Computer Batteries Jet Ski Batteries Motor Bike BatteriesCall for ALL Your Battery Needs! See You Soon! Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 Fax: 367-0064(If an Epic Battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!)Delivery Service AvailableFULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE! We Dont Pro-rate Our WarrantyFull One Year Guarantee! Hurricane Special 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. 801 Avenue East 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 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 Central Abaco Schools Brave Major Obstacles to Open October 4By Richard E. Fawkes Despite a compounding of the electrical, roof and ceiling damage by Hurricane Jeanne to Abaco Central High School, which never recovered sufficiently after Hurricane Frances to hold classes, Principal Euthiel Greene assured District Superintendent Rudolph Smith at a meeting of the areas teachers and principals on September 30 that the school will open on October 4. The electricity would not be back on, except in the bathroom block, assuming the BEC electrical inspector approved the work done to repair the electrical damage in that unit. Newly appointed District Superintendent Smith called the meeting at the Dundas Town school, which serves Central Abaco, the Cays, and South Abaco, because he needed to know if all of the teachers were well and comfortable after the storm. Mr. Smith had held a similar meeting at Coopers Town for North Abaco personnel that morning. He explained to the dozens of teachers and principals at the Central Abaco meeting that he wanted them to be assured of comfort zones before going into the classroom. Supt. Smith told the educators that he wanted to convey to them on behalf of Minister of Education Alfred Sears three avenues of assistance are open to them in the wake of damages or losses they may have suffered in the two hurricanes. Any of you who feel you have a need and wish to receive a salary advance, may do so, Mr. Smith announced. He informed the meeting that the Ministry of Education had put in place, in cooperation with the banks, a guaranteed loan at reasonably low interest of up to $50,000 for persons with damages to their homes for which they needed such assistance repairing. He said the Ministry would deal with those applications quickly. Thirdly, Mr. Smith explained that if personnel needed to import vehicles to replace any destroyed in the storms, or materials to repair homes, they may do so duty free. He encouraged those persons living in Ministry of Education quarters that were damaged or suffered loss of furniture to let him know and they would be dealt with immediately. Mr. Smith assured teachers from the Central Abaco Primary School, which served as the main hurricane shelter in Central Abaco and was still housing dozens of displaced residents, that their facility would be ready for the resumption of classes on Monday. A teacher from the school expressed concern that the superintendents office would work with the Department of Environmental Services to ensure proper hygiene was restored to the school before the janitorial staff moved in, and that children be examined by medical personnel upon their return to school to which Mr. Smith responded that he had already held meetings with the appropriate agencies on those very matters. Mr. Greene said that contracts to repair School Newsthe roof and the electrical infrastructure were given to Mr. William Swain and Mr. Leonard Knowles, respectively, and they had already begun work after Hurricane Frances. He explained that the electrical repairs were very extensive because so many of the wiring, outlets, fans and lights were water-damaged and had to be replaced. At the time Hurricane Jeanne struck, the repairs had been completed on the bathroom block only. Most classrooms were bereft of ceiling tiles destroyed by water from the damaged roof. Ceiling fans in many classrooms were on the floor. The classroom in which the meeting was held still contained puddles of water. Outside, the courtyard and areas around the buildings were littered with debris washed up or blown into the compound. Workers were on the roofs scraping off the remaining tarpaulin and shingles to make way for a thorough repair, all of which added to the amount of cleanup needed to be done before Mondays reopening. Mr. Greene said he expected the roof and electrical repairs to continue for a while, but wanted no disruption to the holding of classes. Teachers seemed to be in an upbeat, determined mood, which Mr. Smith encouraged. One teacher, in asking about what plans the Ministry had for adjusting to the extreme delay in the start of the school year, said she was prepared to remain after school to help students catch up, of which many in the room nodded approval. Mr. Smith said the Ministry was mapping out a new schedule for Abaco and Grand Bahama, especially with respect to the BJC and BGCSE exams, which would probably be delayed for the two islands.College Fair Is Still PlannedBy Isobel Sherman The Third Annual Abaco Central College Fair is still slated for November 16 at New Vision Ministries in Marsh Harbour. So far, 18 colleges have indicated they will be coming. Many are new colleges to Abaco and some are from Canada. All high schools on Abaco have been invited to bring their students with their to the fair.Abaco Central HighBy Isobel ShermanSchool Opens, Then ClosesOn September 20 Abaco Central High School opened for all new students in Grade 7 and all Grade 10 students. However, the buildings suffered damage from Hurricane Frances. Roofs in two of the classroom blocks were leaking and the middle twostory classroom block suffered water damage. The amount of water damage raised Please see School Page 14

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Page 14 B The Abaconian October 1, 2004 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax SANDPIPER BEACH Point of View 3 bed/ 2 1/2 bath CBS split level open concept home with cathedral ceilings and skylights. Lower level including living/ dining/ kitchen/ den and master bedroom suite accesses large ocean-side deck with Beach Beach and more Beach. Upstairs bedrooms each with own entry and sun deck. $1722,000 CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD "Toad Hall" Package deal. Extra large ocean front lot with unlimited opportunity for building your dream home. Directly behind is your present main home on its own lot. Two storey with 4 bed / 3 bath upstairs and large living / dining / kitchen down stairs. Detached double garage with 1 bed / 1 bath guest apt. above. $1,292,000 Another World This name gives you an idea of this special family island beach home. 5 bed/ 5 bath CBS house on world reknown Treasure Cay beach with many features/ extras including a van and golf cart. Areal MUST SEE $1,292,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see.$405,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home,fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $714,500 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3bed/ 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. $1,200,000 WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES Sea Star built as a retirees dream house, this comfortable spacious home has 2 bed / 2 bath with cozy living/dining/kitchen. Also enclosed porch, carport, utility room. Lush garden w/ picket fence. Package shows lots of TLC. $370,000 Bahama Sunset Canal front two storey CBS home with 141 ft. water frontage with dock. Upper level has livingdiningkitchen den with mater suite and large covered deck. Downstairs 1 bed/ 1 bath/ living also large garage/ workshop. Unique property with fantastic sunset view as well as sunrise ocean view. $950,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.netMember NEW! NEW! NEW!Call for more information and prices 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 2 bed / 2 bath -24 ft. wide slip w/ 2 large docks, very special condo w/ many features MUST SEE$430,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 4 Upstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, boat slip$224,000 Bldg 4 Downstairs end unit, 2 bed/ 2 bath w/boat slip $242,000 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 1 bed / 1 bath $113,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Garden location 2 bed/ 2 bath, excellent condition $225,000 ROCK POINT Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE!$350,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other features Starting at $550,000 Plus 14% closing BRIGANTINE BAY ESTATES "Sea Cliff" newly completed 2 storey CBS home fully furnished. Living / dining / kitchen downstairs, bed rooms upstairs. Direct greenway access to Treasure Cay beach MOTIVATED SELLER $369,000 LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on thebeach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 31/2 bath in the main house with detached garage /bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! $2,520,000 Cross Winds Split level CBS home extra large lot acrossfrom 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1 bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $984,000 VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. 1 acre+/Beginning at $800,000 Canal Front Beginning at $125,000 Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $35,000 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD the question of the electricity being turned on. Mr. Green, the electrical inspector for BEC, made a preliminary assessment on Septemeber17 and again on September 20. The electricity had been turned on for September 20. The Chief Councillor for Central Abaco, Mr. Cay Mills, voiced his objections to this and in an interview for Radio Abaco Mr. Mills stated that he felt the school was unsafe for students and that some repairs had to happen to create a safe place for the students. He cited the electrical problems as the main cause for concern for the safety of the students. He stated that if school began without needed repairs, those repairs would probably not be done until the end of the term or the end of the school year. On hand for the interview by Radio Abaco was the President of the Abaco Central PTA, Mr. Leonard Edgecombe, and Principal, Mr. Euthal Green. Later in the morning Mr. Edgecombe informed the teachers and administration that he was calling an emergency PTA meeting on September 20 to apprize the parents of the situation. That meeting was canceled because the electricity was off at the high school. The meeting was rescheduled for September23 at Central Abaco Primary. Until the threat of Hurricane Jeanne Principal Green had planned to open school on September 27.School Is Set of ReopenAbaco Central will welcome students on October 4. The ceiling tiles and hanging insulation will have been removed by then. Electricity will be supplied to the bathroom block if an inspection shows that it is safe. Repairs will continue while school is in session. In certain instances practical subjects will have to teach theory until electricity can be restored safely to the classrooms. The carpentry building on the eastern campus sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Jeanne and will not be able to be used. Some classrooms suffered major damage during Hurricane Frances and the damage during Hurricane Jeanne further damaged those rooms. SchoolFrom Page 13 By Richard E. Fawkes Batelcos tech nical staff began laying a fibre-optic cable from Sandy Point to Marsh Harbour on the afternoon of September 28 to restore communications between the rest of Abaco and the world. Sandy Point, which is the southern relay station on Abaco to the outside world, is the only community with local and overseas access because its tower and antennas remained intact during Jeanne. It would take at least two days to run this cable and re-establish service, according to Batelcos Abaco Manager Henry Romer. Mr. Romer described two hair-raising dramas during Jeanne that resulted in the downing of communications on Abaco. His command centre at the Batelco office in Marsh Harbour, where he was set to stay for the storms duration, was overcome by water, which rose above the second level where all of the communications equipment was stored. This was from the storm surge. Mr. Romer was rescued from the facility by the superintendent of police early Saturday morning at the height of the storm and dropped off in front of his house, to which he had to swim in chest-high water. The entire system had to be shut down due to the saltwater flooding. A large portion of the Cherokee tower, which relays communication from the Marsh Harbour area, including cellular traffic, to Sandy Point and the outside world, collapsed onto the roof of a nearbyBatelco Pushes to Re-link Abaco to the Worlddwelling. Fortunately, none of the occupants of the home, including a 14-yearold boy, was injured. The house sustained major roof damage, but held up for the rest of the storm. The facilities in Fox Town and East Grand Bahama, which relay communications from the north, were also severely damaged and incapacitated, according to Mr. Romer. In the meantime, to help offset the daily, even hourly, loss in business due to international communication failure, Cable Bahamas, through the offices of Island Administrator Revis Rolle, on September 28 installed three telephone lines at its field station in Marsh Harbour which business establishments could use to contact their head offices or transact other overseas business. Telephone subscribers in the Marsh Harbour area are able to make local calls through Batelco, and Cable Bahamas customers who have electricity are able to enjoy television. Mr. Romer said the cable from Sandy Point to Marsh Harbour would be the best option for efficiency and duration, as it might be sometime before the status of the water-logged equipment could be determined. Other options included trying to bring in the sole portable earth station in the country or establishing a patch through the Cable Bahamas fibre-optic network. Batelco also has to restore considerable downed lines, some of which had not been repaired since Hurricane Frances.

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 15 B Mailin Sands -mailin@mlrealty.net Ph# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasMarsh Harbour Office Marsh Harbour -#5150 Harbour front property on Pelican Shores. Lovely parcel runs 172 on the harbour and consists of more than an acre of property. Features a 3 bed/3.5 bath house with covered carport. This prime piece of property is unique and rare. Could have a commercial venture possibility. Room for expansion Lots of potential. $1,750,000Marsh Harbour -#5106. Great opportunity. Established commercial complex. Currently features several retail stores and two rental apartments. All currently rented. Ideally situated on the main tourist strip. FANTASTIC INVESTMENT Call today for more details on this fine offering.Man-O-War Cay -5082 SUNSPLASH-Island beauty!Main residence features 2 beds/2 baths, guest cottage with 2beds/2baths. Direct beach frontage, has a shared dock on the harbour side. This home does fantastic in the rental market. Jewel in the islands -$1,970,000 Guana Cay -SUMMERWIND-#50382bed/2bath home with central A/C, close walk to beach. Great rental potential through nearby resort, with right to use resorts amenities. Perfect for that vacation get-away .-$260,000 Man-O-War -#0331-Elegant 3 bed/3 bath residence., 3,200 sq.ft wine cellar, hobby room, Corian countertops, well kept, and views of the Atlantic$1,100,000Marsh Harbour -#5105 Duplex available for sale. Each side -2beds/1bath with open floor plan Furnished and well-kept.!-$260,000 __________________________________ Man-O-War -vacant interior lot in town, close to amenities-$17,500UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War vacant interior lots, close to Atlantic Beach, and close to restaurants, grocery stores, etc. $120,000 CasuarinaPoint -Vacant lot available in growing area. Close walk to beach. SOLD Pelican Shores-Elevated harbour front lots available, in one of a kind location. Call for prices. Long Beach -Beautiful area featuring gorgeous white beach. All lots approx. acre, and have beach access. Financing available. Call today. Sand Banks vacant property on main highw ay to Treasure Cay. Large parcels,and sea views. Bahama Coral Island -vacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available, Call for details. Treasure Cay -Canal Lots in desirable location, sea views, great buyUNDER CONTRACT Boat Harbour Guana Cay -vacant water front property accessible by boat only, not much available in this areaUNDER CONTRACT Yellowwoodinterior lot in fast growing area, near winding Bay and Cherokee Sound SOLD Cabbage Point5 acres parcels on the SC Bootle highway, financing available Call today for details Treasure Cay, Abaco-New Exclusives -Luxury Homes Luxury Home A, features 3 bedrooms/3.5baths, 12 ceilings,and custom made kitchen cabinets. Also features a study, and 2 car garage. $3,400,000 Luxury Home B, Features 4 bedrooms, 4.5baths, 14 ceilings, and custom made kitchen cabinets. Boasts of a study, and a 2 car garage. $3,700,000These two superbly built, luxury homes, feature the finest in craftsmanship. Beautiful and strong, these two Treasure Cay beauties are immaculate, beautifully decorated, and tastefully furnished. These homes are waiting on the buyer who want the very best in life. Precisely positioned on gorgeous beachfront property, both fine structures, demand the glorious view of the turquoise water, and powder white sandy beach. Nicely landscaped and brand new, they are awaiting their lucky owner! Dont delay and miss your opportunity to own A Perfect Paradise! CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT Boat Harbour-Great Guana Cay#Vacant property featuring water on both sides. Accessible by boat only. THIS LOY WONT LAST LONG!$198,000Marsh Harbour-4 bedroom 2bath house on Don Mackay Blvd. Prime area for a commercial venture. 26,513 sq. ft of property. Great central location.-CALL TODAYNEW NEW Bahama Palm Shores-vacant residential lots in fast growing area.These lots sell quickly. Call today before theyre gone. SOLDTreasure Cay-two lovely canal front lots have been sold. Call today for more details on whats still available.NEW PRICEwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.comCell phone 375-8278

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Page 16 B The Abaconian October 1, 2004 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 242-367-3677BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Houses and Apartments For RentClassified Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSGreat Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Great Guana Cay 3 bedroom luxury home with dock. Fabulous views. $2000 per week. Call Robert at 704-299-6954 or www.blacktipcove.com Green Turtle Cay home fully furnished, 2 bed/ 2 bath on 1.5 acre penninsula with deck overlooking Sea of Abaco. $2200 per month. 3654226 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 Lubbers Quarters vacation rentals, secluded, privately owned coastal cottage, 15 min. boat ride from Marsh Harbour. www.abacoseaside.com Island Property ManagementJulie Farrington & Leslie SawyerP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: ipmjulie@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/ipm Vacation Rentals Department of AgriculturePUBLIC NOTICEWild Bird Hunting Season Opens October 16, 2004The public is hereby advised that the opening of the wild bird hunting season for 2004-2005 that was scheduled to commence on September 15, 2004, has been rescheduled to October 16, 2004. Any person found acting in contravention of the above will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This order supercedes previous announcements in this regard. For more information contact the Department of Agriculture at telephone 242-325-7502/9, fax 242-325-3960, Nassau, Bahamas. By Order of the Director of Agriculture September 9, 2003 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 Island Power Solutions Life as it should not stop when there is a power loss. Generators from 6 to 600kw Special Model 600GMAX 6kw Price:$6995(Delivered) Contact Steve Pedican Ph: 359-6411 or 365-8770Need an alternate Power Source? Minister Visited Damaged Police StationsThe Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Cynthia Mother Pratt, toured North Abaco on September 15 to view the damage done by Hurricane Frances. She was accompanied by Commissioner of Police Paul Farquharson. She is shown here arriving at the Marsh Harbour airport. Frances caused major damage to the police station and the residence of the officers in Crown Haven. On the same flight was the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, who came to view the damage to resorts by the storm. By Jennifer Hudson Once again we are thankful to the Royal Bahamas Defense Force for assisting us in times of emergency. Nine officers were already stationed in Marsh Harbour for the past several months under the command of Leading Seaman Stanley Pitt, to ensure the security of the Port of Marsh Harbour in accordance with the recent ISP Code. They came to our aid during Hurricane Frances. As soon as the threat of Hurricane Frances became imminent, the Port was closed and these officers became the Impact Team for the hurricane, managing the command centres at the Central Abaco Primary School and the Abaco Central High School. The majority of people who sought refuge in a shelter were housed in these two locations. Six hundred were in the Central Abaco Primary School and 300 in the Abaco Central High School. St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church was also used as a shelter. During the hurricane the Defense Force Officers prepared food for the residents of the shelters and distributed it even at the height of the storm. Rooms were utilized as close together as possible but the nature of the buildings still necessitated the officers going out in the weather to distribute supplies and check on the residents. They managed to get around by tying themselves one to another with a strong rope. After the passage of Frances, the officers worked with Mrs. Charlamae Fernander of Social Services. Phase One of their work was to take food rations to the elderly who they knew needed them. Phase Two was to check on other elderly people by going door to door and asking what they needed. This they did in each settlement from Marsh Harbour to Crown Haven. They issued food items, lumber and building supplies. Mr. Michael Albury donated thousands of gallons of water for distribution. Information from all the settlements of Abaco regarding needs for building supplies was sent into the command centre and was then forwarded to NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) in Nassau. Building materials were expected to arrive in Abaco within two weeks after the hurricane. The Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Alfred Gray, Minister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Neville Wisdom and Minister of Transport, the Hon, Glenys Hanna-Martin arrived on Abaco shortly after the hurricane and targeted different sections of the island. It was expected that once the building supplies arrived on Abaco extra Defence Force personnel would be dispatched here from Nassau to assist with the distribution. Leading Seaman Pitt was seeking assistance from the public with trucking in order to be able to distribute the supplies to the necessary areas.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Assisted with Relief A government delegation headed by the Minister of Financial Services and Investments, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, visited Abaco on September 15 after Hurricane Frances to assess the damage to two of our resorts The Abaco Club at Winding Bay and the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. The Abaco Club owner, Mr. Peter De Savery, took Mrs. Maynard-Gibson on a tour at Winding Bay which sustained very little damage to the buildings. The landscape was being groomed nicely and responding well to late summer rains but the storm left it in a shambles. Sand was removed from the golf courses so it is in good shape. The ocean front Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay suffered extensive roof damage to the main building and most of the patio surrounding the pool was destroyed in Hurricane Frances. Hurricane Jeanne inflicted more damage to the main building and damaged many of the cottage rooms overlooking the beach. Owner John Head felt the Inn would be providing limited service by Thanksgiving.Financial Minister Gets Update on Two Resorts

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 17 B 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 Cherokee in Yellowwood, 1280 sq. ft., 2 bed/ 2 bath, central A/C, 12 KW Onan generator, all major appliances. Ph 242-366-2065, 4775291 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Man-O-War two beautiful wooded lots, one with guest housea and orchard. Roads in place; electric, phone, TV lines are underground. Also 16 fiberglass sloop. H. Thompson 3656060 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE MUST SELLINVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY REAL ESTATE IN ABACOTreasure Cay Vacant land 10,000 sq. ft. 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 apt. complex 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 #67For condition of sale and any other information contact Ms. C.A. Cooper or Ms.T. Rolle at 367-2141.BIDS ONLYMurphy Town Duplex 2 bed, 1 bath and 1 bed efficiency 8900 sq. ft. Lot #68 Bahama Coral Island Vacant land 10,890 sq ft. Section #3 Block A Lot #1 Houses and Land For SaleClassified Advertisements LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $250,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Your concierge realtor on AbacoSandra Evans, BRI Multiple Listing Broker Bill Thorndycraft, Sales Agent East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 Fax: 242-367-2365sandra@abacorealtor.com www.abacorealtor.comPrivate line: 242-367-5576 Cell Phone: 242-357-6638 Residence: 242-367-2040Great Values!Commercial building on 1/2 acre of prime real estate. Fully leased, well maintained, includes large fabrication shop, retail, office and food service bays. Sufficient parking, clear title, central location. $459,900 Beautiful and impeccably maintained home. Spacious and bright, newer kitchen and baths, wonderful garden with large terrace. Quiet, friendly and safe neighbourhood. 15,000 square feet of property. $279,000Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath furnished home. Large yard w/fruit trees. $250,000. Call 3675503 or 357-6561 Marsh Harbour 1/2 acre lot in Sweeting Village. Guana Cay lot w/ high elevation within township. Call after 5 242-393-0966 nadian companies and one U.S. company. The decision of which firm will be made by the end of the first week in October. The planners will come to Marsh Harbour to begin their examination of the airport with the view to whether the current location is suitable. If it is not suitable, they will study where it should be. They will also make recommendations as to how to immediately fix the present airport facility. The government will move quickly to make the Abaco airports acceptable. Mr. Christie said that government will be turning over the management of the Nassau airport to an international firm. They will bring expertise and capital to modernize the airport. AirportFrom Page 1Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri.Raffle Tickets Event TicketsPlain, numbered or with stubsThe road to Eastern Shore in Marsh Harbour was badly eroded. In this area only a narrow ribbon of road remains, just wide enough for one person to walk. The erosion uncovered their water, power and phone lines, disrupting all these services. Most of the homes are owned by absentee owners who were not in residence. Although the buildings themselves remained intact, section of sea walls were tossed about with many ending up on the road. The residents there will have a great deal of clean-up to do to get that area back in acceptable condition. Three houses on Snake Cay were completely destroyed. These houses were built by Owens Illinois of the Bahamas in 1959 to house their staff. They have been used by squatters since Owens Illinois sold their holdings to the government. This leaves five families still living there, two in what were originally wash houses and three in houses. Pelican Beach Villas in Marsh Harbour were destroyed once again. Hurricane Floyd in 1999 flattened them and now they will have to be rebuilt completely. Two of the buildings came off their foundations, one ending up in a neighbors yard. They are on low ground very close to the waters edge and are in an exposed location. Furnishings and appliances were all washed onto the adjoining property.Pictures Portray the Storms Fury The Abaconianis now on the Internet atwww.abaconian.com By Isobel Sherman On November 19 and 20 the Abaco Club at Winding Bay will be hosting its first golf tournament. The tournament is for members plus three guests for each member.Winding Bay Will Host Golf TournamentThe Abaco Club has asked Abaco Central High School to help them recruit 30 young men to carry the players golf bags for this tournament. This will be the first tournament at the golf course at Winding Bay.

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(Note that additional crew need not hold a B Captains License.) ALL Captains and Crew members of any commercial crafts (i.e. ferry boats, dive boats, bonefish boats and cargo boats) must be S.T.C.W. certified by January 1st, 2005. You and your employees have the option of taking this course on Abaco. The Training Division of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force will commence the S.T.C.W. training on Abaco on October 11th, 2994. For further information regarding cost, time and location, contact the Port Department at 367-0038 or 367-2934. Your compliance in these matters is anticipated. Captain Cyril A. Roker Port Administrator The funeral service for Alma Melvena Brown, 87 formerly of Marsh Harbour, was held in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her daughters Agnes Thompson and Evelyn Richardon; sons Alfred Bullard and Courtney Stubbs; sisters-in-law Vera Brown and Almenda McMinns; brother-in-law Henry Brown; grandchildren; great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Wayne Deon Big Six Bastian passed away on August 26 in Nassau after a short illness. Mr. Bastian was the son of William and Lula Bastian of Nassau and grandson of Robert and Velma Ferguson of Spring City. Although he grew up in Nassau, he always considered Abaco his home. He was employed by the Ministry of Works and was committed to his work and his community. He was the Shop Steward for government workers in the Bahamas Public Services Union and organized the first Labour Day march on Abaco. He served on the Independence Committee for Central Abaco. He was active in the Abaco Darts Association, represented Abaco at national tournaments and won many trophies. He is survived by his wife Keva Bastian; father William Bastian; mother LulaObituaries of Family and FriendsTyskiewicz; step-father Ray Tyskiewicz; children Denardo, Kailan, Tallia, Allissa and Ajah; brothers Brent, Kavon and Montez; grandfather Robert Ferguson; mother-in-law Grettle Linden; uncles John, Eugene, Cedric and Fritz Ferguson and John Bastian; aunts Myrtis Russell, Agatha, Geraldine, Donnalee, Ronnalee, Wynsome and Nickie Ferguson and Shirley Johnson; grand-aunts Alfrancis East, Alicia Donald, Inez Rolle and Shirley Lewis; aunts-in-law Elva Saunders, Marina Linden, Vivian Cooper, Lorenna Simmons and Kenvolyn Wallace; uncle-in-law Chris Russell, John Braynen, Kinsley and Vandyke Linden, Leonard Simmons, Frankie Saunders and Samuel Cooper; sisters-in-law Claudia Williams, Venetta Saunders, Carolee Forbes, Latonia and Tenille Linden, Keturah, Maleka and Makayla Whyms, Ettajane and Anna McIntosh and Katherine Adderley; brothers-in-law Trevor, Lyndon and Franklyn McIntosh, Jonathon Whyms, Nehemiah Saunders and Peter Williams; and a host of other retatives and friends including the staff the of the Ministry of Works, officers and members of the Bahamas Public Services Union and officers and members of the Abaco, Freeport and Nassau Darts Associations. Little Harbour Had Its Share of Damage Petes Pub in Little Harbour, a popular bar and restaurant, ended up looking like a ship wreck. The novel structure could not withstand the fury of Hurricane Jeanne. The Johnston Gallery, housing art work of renown artist Randolph Johston and other artists came through the storm with little damage. Do You Have a Student Away at College?We want to include them in our list of students. With phone service disrupted, we may not be able to contact you. Complete this sheet and return it to our office with a photo. Or phone us at 367-3202 or fax us at 367-3201 Name of student __________________________________ Name of school ___________________________________ Location of school ________________________________ What year in school _______________________________ Major __________________________________________ Name of parents or guardians _______________________ Phone number of parents ___________________________ Home town of student ______________________________ High school attended _______________________________

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October 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 19 B17 Key West w/ 70 HP Yamaha, less than 200 hrs on engine. VHF, depth sounder, GPS, DUTY PAID. Ready to go. $7000 cash ony Call 367-2163 23 The finest example of Man-O-War boat building. The hull is Bahamian mahagony, glassed over and lovingly maintained. Heavy, fast and ver seakindly. 100+ gallon fuel tank and low hour Yahama. $50,000 Call 404-8697537 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 92 Ford Explorer, A/C, CD, tape, runs good, $7350 OBO Phone 554-8779 or 375-9635 95 Motorbike 535 LC, excellent condition, spare tire, oil filter, helmet and carburetor. $3500 Call Buddy 365-6152 97 Ford F150 Lariat, extended cab, 3 door, white exterior, gray interior, 6 CD changer, tape deck, new speakers, excellent condition. Call 477-5679 or 554-9650 2000 Daewoo Tico car, standard shift, less than 7000 miles, excellent condition, complete with A/C, stereo, gray interior. Asking $5500 OBO Call Buddy @ 365-6152 Bluff House Beach Hotel, Green Turtle Cay, is expanding! We are looking for administrative staff for our front office and marina, a contract gardener, maintenance worker, property cleaner and kitchen cleaner. Please apply to 3654247 tel. or 365-4248 fax EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 SUPPLY DEPOTHotel, Restaurant & Commercial Supplies Over 1000 Items in Stock Blue Warehouse on S.C. Bootle Hwy. Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs VEHICLES FOR SALE COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats COMMERCIAL SERVICESFor all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service Abaco Electric Motor & Generator RepairsRewind, Rebuild, Repair HP 200 HP All Types of Electric MotorsElectric Pumps, Generators, Power ToolsAir Compressor Repairs Sonith Lockhart 367-3273, -0262 Forest Drive, Dundas TownWe guarantee service, price & your satisfaction MISCELLANEOUSWANTED: Beachcombing Stories for book research. I would like to hear about your interesting and unusual finds while beachcombing on Abaco. What, when and where. Please send your stories to me at kathy_nesbitt@hotmail.com or P.O. Box 87, Gilford, Ontario, Canada L0L1R0 Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 9 am 6:30 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 noon Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. 24 Pursuit 2470 WA (walk around), 1998, includes Garmin GPS with map card, 20 gal fresh water tank, CD player, foul weather curtains, 1998 225 HP Yamaha (250 hrs.) duty paid. Price as is $35,000. Contact 365-4045 25 Grady White Sailfish cuddy cabin, walkaround, new bottom paint, powered by twin 225 HP Evinrude ram ficht engines, low hours. $48,000 OBO Call 367-2598 27 Phoenix 1989, twin 200 HP Volvo diesel, outriggers, auto pilot, V-berth w/shower & toilet 100 sq ft fishing area, ready for charter. $32,000 Call 954-764-7145 or 954-770-7197 30 Grady White 306 Bimini, center console, open fish, twin 200 250 HP Yamaha outboards, GPS, auto pilot, telescoping outriggers, low hours. Docked at Boat Harbour. 242-359-6044 32 Island Gypsy sport fishing boat, 1987, 2 25 HP Lehman, 8 KW Westerbeke generator, A/C, DUTY PAID. Asking $44,000. Call 3654120 32 Endeavor Barnacle DUTY PAID, very good condition, Yanmar, A/C, ref, 1 KW generator, 10 sailing dinghy. Offered at $23,800 For more info call Don at 262-377-8418Bicycles, bicycle parts & accessories, fitness equipment and novelties. Five years established. Great location Forest Drive, Dundas Town, Abaco. Next to major schools nd subdivisions. Clientele in every Abaco community including cays. Strong repeat customer base. Over $100,000 gross potential. Owner leaving. Must sell. Serious inquires only. 367-2671/554-9883 BUSINESS FOR SALE Guardian Angel Security CompanySecuring Life and Property 24 Hr. Security Guards Body Guards Money Escort Mobile Patrol, etc. Servicing Abaco and the CaysP.O. Box AB 20156 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242-367-5187Souvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing T-Shirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry Childrens Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmons Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat 9 5 Phone: (242) 367-4822 Bs Sunrise We Are Back as of September 16th!Island ExpressThe Airline of The Bahamas Daily Flights between Marsh Harbour and Ft. Lauderdale Treasure Cay and Ft. Lauderdale For Lauderdale and Marsh Harbour Fort Lauderdale and Treasure Cay Treasure Cay365-8697 Marsh Harbour367-0169, 559-8770 Ft. Lauderdale 954-359-0380 Hardware stores are having difficulty getting building supplies. Several Caribbean islands have been hit by hurricanes and Florida has had a record number of four hurricanes. So building materials are in short supply. This load of tarpaper was a welcome sight for many home owners anxious to seal their roofs before any more rain comes. After Hurricane Jeanne a Defence Force boat brought supplies from government in Nassau to be distributed to the needy.Building Supplies Arrive Within days an office will open in Marsh Harbour for the coordination of hurricane relief and to assist with the expediting of recovery of the business community. Heading this effort on Abaco will be Mr. Jack Thompson, who arrived on Abaco on October 6 at the request of Prime Minister Christie. Assisting Mr. Thompson will be Mr. Neil Campbell, Central Abacos newly assigned Assistant Administrator. The office location for this hurricane relief coordinator has not been chosen but is expected to be operational in several days. It is governments intention to assist the Abaco business community become functional as soon as possible for employment and to get the tourism economy back on track. This office will work closely with Social Services and other agencies to bring relief to those less fortunate in their ability to recover from the effects of the two recent hurricanes. An initial meeting was held between Mr. Thompson, the four Island Administrators and Mr. Gary Smith, officer in charge of Abaco Customs, to begin a coordinated effort on recovery while expediting claims processing and minimizing governmental red tape. Mr. Thompson is no stranger to Abaco as he was a very popular Administrator in North Abaco several years ago. More recently he served in a similar hurricane relief coordinator position on Abaco after Hurricane Floyd in 1999.Jack Thompson Returns to Coordinate Hurricane ReliefSupport Citizens Against Crime

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Page 20 B The Abaconian October 1, 2004 OPEN MON SAT FROM 8 AM 7 PM & SUN 9 AM 2 PM WELL BLOW YOUR MIND, NOT YOUR BUDGET The freshest produce, specially-cut meat,groceries, supplies,housewares,electronics, lawn and garden & more.All at great prices with daily Smart Buys for even bigger savings.You CAN have it all. All in one place:Solomons SuperCenter. Nathan Key Drive,Marsh Harbour,Abaco Tel:242-367-2601/2 Fax:242-367-2731 Open MonSat from 8:00 am:00 pm,Sun from 9:00 am:00 pm LOOK FOR FANTASTIC SPECIALS EVERY DAY THROUGHOUT THE STORE