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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 By Jennifer Hudson February 11th was a day of celebration for many people in the settlements of Moores Island, Coopers Town and Murphy Town when government and officials of the National Emergency Management Agency were on hand for a series of joyful Key Presentation Ceremonies. Keys to four homes were presented in the settlement of Hard Bargain on Moores Island, five keys were presented in Coopers Town and two in Murphy Town. All were presented to the lucky new home owners in red boxes in what Mr. Jack Thompson, Coordinator of NEMA, Abaco, referred to as a Pre-Valentine Key Presentation. The distribution of homes varied from one to three bedrooms depending on need. In each of the settlements the contractors were praised for their excellent and timely workmanship. Also thanked were the architect, engineer John Schaeffer, heavy equipment operators, BEC, Water and Sewage and residents who loaned materials. Mr. Thompson began his remarks by reminding everyone how on September 25th, 2004, the island was troubled on every side and cast down but not destroyed. However, just one day shy of 20 weeks, 21 keys toNEMA Presents Keys to 11 HomeownersMinisters Pratt and Gibson Attend Ceremonies Please see New Homes Page 2 In a ceremony on Moores Island on Februay 11 four persons were given keys to new houses built by NEMA. Shown above in the back are the Hon. Cynthia Mother Pratt, Deputy Prime Minister; the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing and National Insurance; Mr.Neil Campbell, Deputy Director of NEMA on Abaco; Mr. Richard Gibbs, Housing Officer on Abaco; and Mr. Roderick Bowe, Administrator for South Abaco. In the front are the four who received keys to their new houses. They are Meltina Davis, Betty Albury, Irwin Davis and Leon Swain. Ms. Albury gave the new homeowners response.Murder Suspect Is ArraingedChristopher Sands of Guana Cay was arrainged in Magistrates Court on February 18 charged with the murder of Eltoro Yogi Adderley on February 13. He will be remanded to Fox Hill Prison in Nassau until his preliminary hearing on July 5. The body of Mr. Adderley was found on February 14 in his boat with a bullet wound to his head. Mr. Sands was arrested on Febrary 15. Abaco police officers were assisted in their investigation by police officers from Grand Bahama. Please see story on page 5.Guana Residents Hear Environmentalist The residents of Great Guana Cay are mobilizing against a proposed development for the north end of their island and are raising money to finance their effort. They accept that the 500 acres of private land will eventually be developed but they have strong reservations about a golf course, a 260-slip marina in a wetland area and governments insistence on giving the developers the last remaining Crown Land on Guana Cay. With a June start-up date mentioned by politicians, the Guana residents have hired an attorney for guidance, and they are documenting their objections with known facts and scientific reports. Prominent civil rights attorney Fred Smith of Freeport has been retained. He came to Guana Cay and spoke to about 75 residents on February 10 at the Blue Water Grill. He gave the various steps the developers application must go through and the stages where their objections must be heard and considered. He further stated that Local Government must give its approval at several stages and is Please see Guana Page 20 The residents of Guana Cay met to hear Dr. Michael Risk, who has studied coral reefs in The Bahamas and Caribbean for 40 years. He explained some of the possible consequences of development on the north end of the island. Introducing the speaker is Troy Albury. Volume 13 Number 5 March 1, 2005 Section A

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Page 2 The Abaconian March 1, 2005 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 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 We Now Carry Flat Screen TVs Every Day Low PricesWE HAVE MOVED TT TT T OO OO O AIRPORAIRPOR AIRPORAIRPOR AIRPOR TT TT T 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 new homes have already been presented, which equals one house per week. The presentation on Moores Island concluded all the houses for that community but, as Mr. Thompson said, The love affair will continue as we want to assist some of the senior citizens with repairs and further distribution of supplies. The Hon. D. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing and National Insurance, stated that all concerned shared in the joy of the families receiving keys that day and that it was evidence of the governments determination to bring relief to hurting Bahamians the length and breadth of Abaco. On Moores Island he praised the communitys support of NEMA under the leadership of Chief Councillor Lillian Laing and mentioned the setbacks encountered by the work crews there due to challenges of obtaining essential supplies owing to unfavourable weather conditions and finding a suitable vessel. Contractors working against all odds got the houses completed in record time and over 150 persons in Moores Island benefitted from the additional work. Mr. Gibson addressed the issue of land ownership which had been brought to his attention during his previous visit to the island. Persons were unable to procure mortgages as they had not been able to get papers for their land. He told the residents that in order to solve the problem the government will take ownership of all land and then give title back to the home owners for a nominal processing fee.. During the ceremonies in North and Central Abaco the Minister of Housing stated that by the end of the day 46 homes will have been rebuilt on Abaco and over $1 million worth of building materials have already been issued. He thanked all who have donated to the relief account. Speaking on the National Housing Project in The Bahamas, Mr. Gibson said that they have to continue to build homes for new homeowners and the government has an aggressive mission to build 1000 new homes throughout The Bahamas this year at a cost of $107 million. The greatest challenge, he said, is securing enough land to build the homes on. People will not be allowed to construct on government land without permission. Another mission is to repair houses as part of the governments Urban Renewal Programme. The plans are to transform communities by assisting with home repair, community clean up and youth and senior citizen programmes. We must also transform minds or people will go back to their old ways, stressed Mr. Gibson. The Urban Renewal Programme has already been launched on Abaco and people will see it more in force here soon. The present residents of Snake Cay will be moved to homes in Spring City. Mr. Gibson stated how proud he was to be able to show off the houses built jointly by the governments Housing Programme and NEMA for the families for whom help has come including the disabled, senior citizens and single mothers. The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Cynthia (Mother) Pratt, gave a very moving and uplifting speech to the people of Moores Island. We saw disaster, she said,but God always has a plan and God always turns it into good. What we see today is the result of team work. She encouraged the residents to set a day aside to clean up Moores Island and paint the buildings (the paint to be donated by Jack Thompson). Urban renewal will come to Moores Island! Mother Pratt did not continue on with New HomesFrom Page 1 the official party to the other settlements but remained overnight in Moores Island as she said that she always has to hurry off. She never gets to hear what the people have to say so this time she was going to stay and listen to them. Mr. Carl Smith, Chairman of NEMA, Bahamas, expressed sincere gratitude to allContractors Are Praised for Timely ResponseThe Moores Island All Age School choir entertained the dignitaries and crowds at the ceremony giving keys to four residents of Hard Bargain. NEMA provided the houses to the needy who were unable to rebuild after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne last September. Members of the Wesley College band provided music for the ceremony in Murphy Town on February 11 which gave keys to new houses to two residents there. Their homes were destroyed by the hurricanes. The Hon. Shane Gibson gave the keys to the new homeowners. Please see New Homes Page 22

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March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 MARSH HARBOUR OFFICE 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.com BUILDING SITES HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY NOREASTER 1Internet Ref. #19452 bed 2 bath 1,000 sq.Great rental historySeaviews & steps away frombeautiful ocean beach spacious lotFurnished & dock access$425,000NOREASTER 2 (Ref. #2427)Fractional ownership forJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANYEXCLUSIVE LISTINGSHOPE TOWN/ ELBOW CAY DORROS COVE Lot #13 with dock slip and Atlantic views. Walk to Tahiti Beach. $250,000. Internet Ref. #2344 NEW! LUCAYOS SUBDIVISION 1/4 acre lot in quiet well wooded community with shared dock. Call for Kerry Sullivan for further details. $119,000. Ref. #2588 NEW EXCLUSIVE 105 ft. x 105 ft. lot in White Sound area of Elbow Cay, near ocean. Asking price $175,000. Internet Ref. #2648 Call Jane Patterson 242-366-0035.LUBBERS QUARTERS JACKS JUNGLE High elevation, waterfront and interior lots with lush native foliage. Private dock slip. From $80,000. Call Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143. LUBBERS QUARTERS Waterfront lots starting at $140,000. LUBBERS QUARTERS Interior lots starting from $52,500.GUANA CAY BUILD YOUR VACATION HOME! 135 x 165 lot $145,000. Int. Ref. #2499GREEN TURTLE CAY NEAR THE BEACH Excellent 312 x 209 corner lot 100 from Coco Bay Beach. Utilities available. $350,000. Internet Ref. #2580 Call Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821GREAT HARBOUR CAYAwsome beach views 300 to beach $89,000. #2635 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. One lot left with deep water for private dock $197,500. Int. Ref. #1836. TILLOO CAY SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $715,000. Int. Ref. #1884NORTH ABACO WATERFRONT Large 110 x 200 residential lot. $41,000. Internet Ref. #2384MARSH HARBOUR GREAT ABACO CLUB Canal lot #8 with 50+ feet on the water and unobstructed view of the Sea of Abaco. Sea wall and deep water. Underground utilities, easement allows utility services to be brought to the boat slip. $299,000. Internet Ref. #2102 Call Kerry Sullivan: 242366-0040 ROYAL HARBOUR Harbourfront lot in private gated community, close to town, restaurants and shops. Capabilities of dock installation. $305,000. Int. Ref. #1432 TWO LOTS Located in quiet neighbourhood, 100 x 200 lots each $55,000 or both lots for $100,000. Internet Ref. #2623 Call Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821 COMMERCIAL Located in town near the Government Dock, this 6,525 sq. ft. lot has great investment potential. $75,000. Internet Ref. #2513 MULTI-FAMILY Elevated property close to town; quiet area. $38,000. Ref. #1704CHEROKEE SOUND NEAR WINDING BAY One Acre hilltop overlooking Atlantic and Winding Bay $220,000. NEAR WINDING BAY Private community, elevations up to 100, great ocean views, small craft accommodation, offshore deep-sea fishing. One acre oceanfront lots $610,000. Lots from $145,000. Ref. #2131. Call Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TOP OF THE WORLDInternet Ref. #2584Fully furnished Loyaliststyle 2 bed 2 bath cottage with covered porchLarge lot with ocean view2nd floor framed out for Master suite or 1 bed studio with separate entranceGround floor storage$360,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 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 SELLERNEW PRICE $355,000 Donna 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 SELL $500,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY DEMWELLSInternet Ref. #18282 bed 2.5 bath island homeTwo storey with covered porch and balconySea of Abaco view from upper deckV-joint cypress wood interiorOpen living/dining roomsElevated wood deck at the rear great for BBQLush native foliage$420,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 TREASURE CAY Stan Sawyer Tel: 242-365-8198 Cell: 242-477-5821 stan@damianos.comwww.damianos.com NORTH ABACO WATERFRONT Large 110 x 200 lot with partially completed 40 x 36 home. Breathtaking ocean views overlooking Ambergris Cay and Bonefish Cay. Asking $120,000. #2383 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 LUBBERS QUARTERS Charming 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished home. Stainless steel kitchen appliances & central A/C. Ground floor studio apt. with builtin sofas, beds, kitchen & bath. Located 200 feet from sandy beach. $425,000. Ref. #2425 Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAMARIND HILLInternet Ref. #2518Beautiful 2b/ 2b home with 1 bedroom apartment and one acre of land in very private LucayosSubdivisionAwesome view of the Sea of AbacoCommunity dock steps awayFully landscaped and furnishedLarge storage shed & car port$1,200,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING MARSH HARBOUR APARTMENT BUILDINGSInternet Ref. #16693 Duplex Apartment Bldgs.Great location in townEach Duplex is comprised of two 2 bed 1 bath apts. 750 sq. ft. eachFurnished & A/CLandscaping/mature treesGreat Rental HistoryEach Duplex for sale at $300,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569MARSH HARBOUR This commercial building is located in the heart of town. Ground floor 1,800 sq. ft. office/shop space and two 1 bed 1 bath unfurnished apartments upstairs. Central A/C, walk-in traffic and great rental history. $440,000. Internet Ref. #1707 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAHITI HAIInternet Ref. #1640Dorros Cove SubdivisionNewly renovated 4b/2bCentral A/CWrap around porchSea to sea viewsSeparate gardeners apt.1/2 Acre & dock accessNear Tahiti BeachPrice Reduced $895,000 FIRMKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY SILVER PLUMEInternet Ref. #2649Spectacular ocean viewsIsland Style elevated home2 bedrooms 2 bathsCozy V-joint wood interiorTiled floorsWrap around deck with views of Hope Town lighthouse and the seaGround level outdoor shower$875,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 NEW LISTING LUBBERS QUARTERS HOTEL RESORTInternet Ref. #2644Own a business in paradise!4 Fully equipped furnished homes on six lots240 feet of sandy beachfront200 foot dock/Four 20 boatsBackup generatorLush tropical gardens, Tiki huts, two cabanas & moreEstablished turn-key operation$2,900,000Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 NEW LISTING TREASURE CAY MANGO HOUSEInternet Ref. #2671Sandy beachfront3 bed 2 bath residenceSecond floor living, dining and bedrooms opening to Verandahs with sea viewsGround floor guest suite with living room & patioLush tropical gardenSerene island ambience$1,550,000Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821 NEW LISTING HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY GAZEBO VILLASInternet Ref. #2509Two Waterfront villas in Hope Town VillageEach with 2 bed 2 baths upstairs & spacious living areas downstairsShort walk to white sand beachFully furnished, R/O water systemBack-up generator, laundry bldg.Professionally landscapedExcellent rental history$749,000 each Villa $1,490,000 for bothKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW PRICE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY RUDYS PLACE RESTAURANTInternet Ref. #2681Well established, fully licensed restaurant and barManagers house 840 sq. ft.6 lots totaling 1.3 acresFabulous elevation with endless views of the Sea of Abaco, the lighthouse, and the Atlantic OceanDock accessExellent for further development$1,500,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY LADY BUG LOFTInternet Ref. #1975Overlooking Tahiti Beach3 bed 2 bath 1600 sq. ft. two storey island home2nd floor loft with fabulous views of Sea of AbacoWrap around deckCentral A/CSpacious 21,113 sq. ft. lotPrivate dock slip$920,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING TREASURE CAY VILLA ESMERALDAInternet Ref. #2640Luxury 3b/3.5bath beachfront home bordering powder white sand, and crystal blue waterBreathtaking viewsProfessionally decorated with highest quality finishes5200 sq. ft. with 12 ceilings2 car attached garageBeautiful outdoor living space$3,100,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING Exclusive Affiliate of Exclusive Affiliate of

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Page 4 The Abaconian March 1, 2005 Gold & Silver Jewellery, Bronze Sculpture & Nautical CuriosThe work of three generations of JohnstonsVisitors to our PP PP P ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Gallery are always welcomeVisit Abacos largest and most diverse art gallery Chat with the sculptors and artist craftsmen Open Every Day18 miles South of Marsh Harbour, by road or boatWebsite: www.petespub.com e-mail: pete@petespub.com P.O. Box AB-20282, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 366-3503On the beach in downtown Little HarbourHappy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour FF FF F riday riday riday riday riday 5pm Until5pm Until 5pm Until5pm Until 5pm UntilSee a different part of Abaco and have lunch at our beach front pub Jennifer Hudson Mr. Jack Thompson, Co-ordinator for NEMA, Abaco, issued the following progress report on the post hurricane restoration/recovery to February 18, 2005. NEMA, Abaco commenced issuance of Construction Vouchers on October 18th, 2004. This effort was implemented and designed to allow residents to access building supplies from the two local hardware companies: Abaco Hardware and Standard Hardware. The issuance of vouchers ended on December 10th, 2004. One thousand, one hundred forty-nine homeowners were issued vouchers. As hardware stores inventory/supplies improve, delivery of supplies continues. On December 22nd, 2004, the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, accompanied by Hon. Shane Gibson, Min. of Housing and National Insurance, and Hon. Melanie Griffin, Min. of Social Development, visited Abaco and participated in Keys Presentation Ceremonies. Keys were presented as follows: Moores Island four families; Murphy Town two families and Mount Hope in Little Abaco four families. A total of ten new homes. On February 11th, 2005, Min. Gibson, accompanied by other Cabinet Ministers, NEMA officials and Senior Public Officers participated in Pre-Valentine KeyNEMA Makes Progress Report on Recovery Presentation Ceremonies. Keys were presented as follows: Moores Island four families; Coopers Town five families and Murphy Town two families; a total of 11 new homes. This brings the overall total of new homes to date to 21. The construction of 15 more homes with one, two or three bedrooms is presently underway and approximately 90 percent of all the houses under construction are expected to be completed by Easter 2005. A total of 15 families have been assisted with labour and materials to date. A total of over 250 persons received payments from NEMA, either through direct construction or services provided. All indications are that Abaconians and other residents are embracing the dutyfree extension period granted by the Bahamas government to March 31, 2005. NEMA is grateful to the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association which has already given a refrigerator and a stove to all houses constructed in North Abaco and which intends to donate the same to all homes to built in the region. The Bahamas Association in Miami has pledged/shipped to Abaco ten new bedroom sets and mattresses for Baham ians. Five residents of Coopers Town received keys to their new houses on February 11 in a ceremony which was attended by the Hon. Shane Gibson. This group is standing in front of the three-bedrrom house that was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Mosell Smith. Shown here are, left to right, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Mr. Brian Russell, the Hon. Shane Gibson, Mrs. Arimentha Curry's granddaughter who received the key for her grandmother who was unable to attend, Ms. Ebony Rolle, Ms. Veronica Bootle and Mr. Jack Thompson. Beginning Monday February 28th, 05All NewPanini Pressed Sandwiches! New MenusLive Music Every Friday & Saturday Nights!!! Open Daily Mon SatLunch 11:30 3pm Dinner 6pm 9pmTel: 367-3498HAPPY HOUR Every Friday & Saturday 5:30 to 7:30pm 2 for 1 highballsNEW SALADSAppetizers Lunch & Dinner Menus

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March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 If you think the new building codes are tough, youre right. But new LifeGuard windows and doors from Weather Shield are even tougher. Theyre certified to withstand winds up to 150 mph with a combination of strength and beauty that no other impact resistant products can offer. New LifeGuard windows and doors are available in a multitude of sizes. With styles, shapes, colors and options to complement any home, theyre engineered to blow you away. To learn more, call 1-800-477-6808 ext 1-800-477-6808 ext 1-800-477-6808 ext 1-800-477-6808 ext 1-800-477-6808 ext 1398 1398 1398 1398 1398 or visit wwwwww wwwwww www .weathershield .weathershield .weathershield .weathershield .weathershield .com.com .com.com .com .. .. ABACO HARDWARE LTDDon MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367.2170 Fax: 367.2928 Center Console with T-Top 2 Dive Platforms with Swim Ladder VHF Depth Finder Igloo Cooler 2 Anchors Full Safety Equipment Offers the Smooth and Ultra Dry Ride of the MERCPANGA HullP.O. Box AB-22995 Man-O-War Cay Abaco Bahamas Ph: (242) 365-6008 Fax: (242) 365-6151 e-mail: mowmarina@hotmail.com By Jennifer Hudson It is a sad matter when the peace of a God-fearing community such as this is disturbed by something as terrible as murder, stated ASP Wayne Miller, Officer in Charge of Police on Abaco at the opening of a press conference at Police Headquarters in Dundas Town on the afternoon of February 17th concerning the murder of Eltoro Yogi Adderley. I am pleased to announce that due to the professionalism and cooperation between officers from Abaco and Grand Bahama, we have been able to bring this investigation to a speedy conclusion, he continued. ASP Miller thanked the entire investigating team which was headed by Inspector Godfrey Ferguson, Officer in Charge of the Abaco Crime section, and Inspector Edric Poitier, Officer in Charge of Scenes of Crime in Grand Bahama. Mr. Miller said that it was due to the cooperation of all the officers working together with the assistance of the people in the community and the cays which made it possible to locate witnesses. He praised the tremendous support the investigating team received throughout Abaco and the community of Dundas Town. Inspector Poitier stated that a number of exhibits had been recovered but that he was not prepared to say more at that time. He further stated that although they had an initial report which allowed them to bring charges, they still did not have the official report as to the exact cause of death. Based on evidence received he believed that only one person was involved but that Const. Edison McSweeney, Leading Investigator of the Homicide Division in Grand Bahama, would remain on Abaco for a few more days to be on hand should any further leads materialize. ASP Miller, during the press conference which was recorded by Radio Abaco, called upon all persons in the Abaco community to exercise good judgement and restraint and not to listen to rumours or jump to conclusions. He urged people to remember that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and reminded all that the world is watching Abaco to see how we conduct ourselves in circumstances like this. Mr. Miller further stated that he hoped the quick resolution of this crime will send a clear message that Abaco is not a place to come and do foolishness. The full arm of the law will be used to bring quick consequences. He stated that his liaison officers have kept the victims families abreast of what they were doing in order to bring some relief to the family in this crisis situation. The murder victim, 29-year-old Eltoro Yogi Adderly of Dundas Town, was discovered dead, reportedly with a bullet wound to the head in his open hull fishing boat at approximately 9:45 a.m. on the morning of February 14th after failing to return home from a fishing trip the previous day. Due to the quick and professional response of the officers an arrest was made the following day. The accused killer, 26-year-old Christopher Leonard Sands of Guana Cay was arraigned in court on the morning of February 18th and was charged with murder and armed robbery by Magistrate Crawford McKee in a packed courtroom with family of both the deceased and accused present. Mr. Sands will be represented by attorney Godfrey Pro Pinder and will receive a preliminary hearing on July 5th in Marsh Harbour. Until then he will remain in custody at Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill, Nassau.Man Is Charged with MurderA very large crowd waited outside the Magistrates Court while Mr. Christopher Sands was arrainged for the murder of Eltoro Yogi Adderley on February 13.

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Page 6 The Abaconian March 1, 2005 Join us for the 5th AnnualBarefoot Man Beach Concert& our famous Pig Roast at Nippers Bar & Grill Guana CayFeaturing The Barefoot Man The Barefoot Man The Barefoot Man The Barefoot Man The Barefoot Man Sea n BSea n B Sea n BSea n B Sea n B & bahamaian singer Stone McEwan Stone McEwan Stone McEwan Stone McEwan Stone McEwanSunday March 6thcall for more information365.5143365.5143 365.5143365.5143 365.5143Extra ferries to run from Conch Inn dock 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 North Abaco NewsTreasure CayAirport Meeting Is HeldProvided by the TCPOA A meeting of property owners, cochaired by Ed Whitcraft, chairman of the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association, and Jos Konsten, manager of Treasure Cay Ltd., was held at the Community Center on January 26 to explore the status of the Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour airports. The discussion focused on two main issues: Security Future of the Treasure Cay AirportSecurity Must Be AddressedThere are 28 airports in the Bahamas, but only three (Nassau, Freeport and Georgetown, Exuma) are currently qualified under FAA standards. The FAA has said the by January 2006 all must qualify. Fortunately, there are indications that the deadline might be extended if demonstrable progress is being made to meet the requirements. Flights from nonconforming airports could be denied entry to the United States. Treasure Cay Ltd commissioned and paid $25,000 for a professional evaluation and recommendations for compliance. The resort has been assured that the Bahamian government will take responsibility for compliance. The existing airport is, however, not physically capable of meeting the requirements; e.g. separate secured space for those passengers and the baggage that have been screened as well as the equipment required to do the screening.The Future of the Treasure Cay AirportThe future existence of Treasure Cay airport is not assured. While it is not certain, it is somewhat logical that one of the Abaco airports might be eliminated. Marsh Harbour is the third busiest in terms of passenger traffic and would seem to have priority over Treasure Cay. It must be recognized, however, that many of the passengers boarding in Marsh Harbour come from North Abaco. The Treasure Cay airport has a strong advantage in that the runway is longer than Marsh Harbour (7,000 feet versus 4,000 feet); it is also free from flooding. It would be very expensive to lengthen the runway at Marsh Harbour as it is abutted by the Marls. An upgraded Treasure Cay airport would certainly improve if not assure its continuation. Jos Konsten will approach the government with a proposal for the upgrading. The estimated cost is approximately $1 million. Of this sum, $500 thousand would come from private sources and $500 thousand from a bank loan (or other borrowing), perhaps guaranteed by the Bahamian government. Mr. Konsten is confidant that he can raise $500,000 from commercial sources and already has commitments for $175 thousand as follows: $100,000 Treasure Cay Limited $ 50,000 Bahamas Beach Club $ 25,000 Banyan Beach Club Other commitments from Bluff House and Green Turtle Club in Green Turtle and the new and existing developments and businesses in Treasure Cay, Green Turtle and Guana Cay would complete the total. The Treasure Cay community has a large stake in the maintenance of Treasure Cay airport. The impact of no airport versus a new modern one on property values is obvious. The inconvenience and expense of arriving and departing from Marsh Harbour is also apparent. It was the sense of the meeting that the community would financially support the effort with enthusiasm. A target of repaying the debt $100,000 annually was accepted as reasonable. It would provide debt service and other costs directly related to the Treasure Cay airport project.Possible Revenue SourcesAn annual assessment of between $100 and $200 per homeowner. (Taxi round trip to Marsh Harbour is $150+.) An impact fee of $5 paid by every departing passenger in addition to the present $15 paid to the Bahamian government. A charge for car, truck and plane parking at the airport.Questions and CommentsWho would monitor the $5 impact fee, or would it just disappear into Nassau like the present $15? Suggested was a trustees in a special private account. The Treasure Cay airport, if upgraded, might attract more airlines, e.g. USAir and American that service only Marsh Harbour at present. Many Treasure Cay passengers must presently go to Marsh Harbour. The passenger load in Marsh Harbour is therefore artificially inflated. A VIP lounge could be part of the upgrade at the Treasure Cay airport, to be used only by passengers who financially support the upgrade. The most efficient way to raise the initial money needed would be to have the villa and condominium associations collect it from their members. There are more than 500 homeowners in these associations. The funds would be held by them or in a trust account set up for the purpose. Individual homeowners could be solicited by TCPOA. (Parenthetically, it is becoming more apparent each year that some form of centralized community administration is a good idea.). A Treasure Cay Airport Authority should be created to collect and disperse the monies. The new Treasure Cay Community Foundation will look at ways to qualify contributions as IRS tax-deductible. The possibility of a bond issue was raised. Please see North Abaco Page 10 ABACO INNSAnnual Art Show & LuncheonSaturday, March 19th, 2005 Showing begins at 11:00am Lunch at noon!!Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Jewelery, Woodwork, Pottery, Glassware and Straw art ALL DONE BY OUR VERY OWN LOCAL ARTISTS!!!LAST YEAR WAS AN AMAZING SUCCESS AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AN EVEN BETTER TURN OUT THIS YEAR!!If you are an artist or know of an artist please... SIGN UP TODAY!!! Space is limited and based on first come first serve.Ferries leaves Marsh Harbour 10:30 am, 12:15 pm & 2:00 pm Reservations Required for lunch Seatings: 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pmFor more information please contact Wilma Call us on VHF 16 or Phone: (242) 366-0133 or Email:events@abacoinet.com

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Page 8 The Abaconian March 1, 2005 Dave RalphThe 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, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Lindsey Delaplaine, Judy Johston, Leslie Kennedy, 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 Y ear) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface The Editor Says . Immigrant Settlements Are ExpandingOur migrant situation is beginning to get local and national attention. Reference to the problem is now often heard from politicians and articles in the Nassau newspapers. The most frequent reference relates to those here illegally and what must be done to rectify this. There have been many comments on the need to speed up the process of obtaining passports and other documents for those who qualify. The general public is not privileged to know what happens within the Immigration Department when processing applications, but it is known to be an extremely slow ordeal. Many of those living here and labeled as Haitians are generally conceded to be Bahamians, perhaps with Haitian origins, but are unable to obtain documents as government has not chosen to recognize their status. Being given status would allow many persons now in our ghetto settlements to move out and join the greater community by being able to get a bank loan or buy property. It would be relatively easy for government to study the application process and inject some efficiency into the system. Several groups have recently been formed, both on Abaco and in Nassau, to study the problem and make recommendations. A local task force looking into various immigrant issues has been formed by Administrator Rolle. It is composed mainly of government department heads with a few non-governmental persons included. A working sub-committee is taking an unofficial census of the immigrant settlements. This is being done predominately by Bahamians with a Haitian background who are accepted and comfortable in the Haitian settlements. The information is being collected blind with no reference to names or individuals so there should be no hesitation in giving information. This group hopes to have their numbers for the Marsh Harbour area compiled for presentation in mid-March. Their statistics are eagerly awaited. When the statistics for the Mud and Pigeon Peas are completed, the group plans to gather similar figures on the situation in Sand Banks and the new expanding community on the Norman's Castle farm road. The statistics this group presents will be an unsubstantiated census but will be the first figures based on fieldwork and not a guess. One aspect that receives scant attention is the number of new houses appearing in all the Haitian settlements. The Pigeon Peas is probably the closest of these settlements to being saturated as they are now tightly packed with little free space to utilize for expansion. A few of these houses have electricity with a meter. Electric wires are seen running all about on the ground, often protected inside a water pipe. Some houses have a small gas or diesel generator and sell power to their neighbors. Other residents complain about the noise these generators make throughout the night. Water may come from friendly neighbors by either allowing a connection or perhaps charging for water access. The other three major settlements are steadily expanding: the Mud in Marsh Harbour, Sand Banks near Treasure Cay and the settlement on the Norman's Castle farm road. Houses are now appearing in the Mud with either concrete foundations or raised on ground pins to avoid future flooding. They are also appearing looking more like proper cottages with awning windows and proper front doors as opposed to thrown together shacks on flimsy foundations. One house shows technical expertise with solar panels on the roof. This settlement is on 15 20 acres of low-laying Crown Land in the middle of Marsh Harbour. The name Mud comes from the dredge spoil pumped into a swamp in the early 1960s when the nearby channel into the harbour was dredged. The area reverts into a huge mud field when it rains thereby the name Mud. Very few houses in the Mud have electricity. Some residents have running water in their houses while others must rely on a common standpipe or spigot. This community within the Marsh Harbour business district has most of the business elements of a normal town: restaurants, nightclubs, vendors selling all types of goods and food, repair shops and several churches. The Sand Banks settlement is pinched between the highway and a salt water mangrove creek just south of the Treasure Cay turn-off. This settlement is presumed to be on Crown Land and is expanding with new houses being perched on stilts backed up against the mangroves. We are not familiar with their electric and water situation. The area they have settled in is subject to flooding in heavy rains and hurricane winds from the west. Further north is another settlement on Crown Land near the Green Turtle Cay ferry landing. It is just off the highway on the road leading to the now abandoned Bahama Star Farm. What appeared to be ten or so houses was recently discovered to be double that number with more underway. Expansion here is out of sight on a spur road. The new houses appear to be well constructed and are on high land in the pine forest. Since this new subdivision was discovered a month ago, it is reported that more houses are underway. This is the most conventional of the settlements with the residents spacing themselves in a reasonable fashion. Looking at the power line going to the farm discloses that three of the original houses have electrical connections. Water would either be by hand pumps or perhaps by individual domestic water pumps. This area has the most potential for being converted into a subdivision as all utilities are close by. The water main passes by on the highway and the main power line on the highway also carries a Batelco fiberoptic cable. This has the capacity to provide phones for the residents. At the moment the residents would not qualify for any of these services as they are squatting on Crown Land. However, this area might be considered for a new low cost subdivision in the north. The low-laying Mud and Sand Banks areas are not suitable for improvement for residential expansion. With enough fill to get above flood level, the Mud could be used for commercial development or a government complex. The discovery of 10 15 new houses to the farm road settlement makes one wonder if there are more settlements to be discovered. None of these four settlements qualifies for electric connections as BEC requires proof of land ownership or other legal documents before a residential or commercial connection is considered. Lowering their standards for an electrical connection is not an option as this would then be the new minimum requirement for the entire Bahamas. A unified strategy must be developed to curtail further house construction. It has reached the point where Bahamians have discovered the benefits of finding a site and building homes in these sanctioned areas. "If the Haitians can do it, why can't we?" they ask. Local officials confronted with this line of reasoning are left mumbling in agreement as they wander off while attempting to explain the difference. There are many social and civil consequences to be contended with as these communities expand. More houses means the communities contain many more inhabitants, legal and illegal. Ultimately, the illegal persons must be dealt with. As the settlements grow in size, solutions become more difficult from the shear number of residents. Government agencies must come together and find ways to stop further construction. The total lack of effort in this direction shows immigrant residents that the practice is condoned. It appears that those wanting a house are working hard to move into a new one before any restrictive measures might be applied. Construction of new houses is constant in the Mud community in the heart of Marsh Harbour. Some of the houses are now raised on piling to protect against flooding.

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March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9Letters to the Editor Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: Resort & hotel development Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. Phone and electric company changes Fishing, boating & sporting activities Immigration, taxes or duty changes Changes to laws and regulationsFeb 2005Order The Abaconian Today Community events New business ventures Changes in airline service Actions by local government Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $40 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 8902 N Military Trail FR181, Palm Beach Garden, FL 33410 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below 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 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana CayOur Deplorable AirportDear Sir, In your February 1st issue Capt. Leonard Thompson expressed his opinion on the present state of the Marsh Harbour International Airport. Some of your readers may not know it, but Mr. Thompson is a WW II veteran pilot, a former POW in Germany after having been shot down on one of his many missions during the war; and he is a pioneer in aviation in The Bahamas. I say all of this to say that his opinion on anything carries a lot of weight as far as I am concerned. Now, if you please, I would like to voice a very short summary on the situation at our so called international airport. To say that the airport at Marsh Harbour is a disgrace is to be lenient in ones criticism. As I have said on many occasions before, it is easy to criticise; but if one is critical from a constructive point of view, then criticism is needed. First off, as far as I am concerned, the fault for the present state of affairs at the Marsh Harbour Airport can be laid both at the feet of the old PLP and the FNM. In fact, not expecting to get anything of any real consequence from the old PLP and putting all my trust in the FNM, as a result I actually lay a lot more of the blame on the FNM. I dont know how many promises have been made as to the upgrading of the airport or by whom, but one thing is certain: Marsh Harbour Airport, as it stands today, is a testament to the practice of politics in its most raw form. And as a result, anybody who lives on Abaco must hold their head low in shame when traveling through this airport. It is a joke not one to be laughed at, but one that tears must be shed over. I am truly ashamed for anybody to know that I am a Bahamian when I travel through this airport. And believe me, I am ordinarily never ashamed to announce to anybody, anywhere, that I am a Bahamian. Now we have in power a government that claims to be very concerned about us and our needs, and the greatest need as far as I can calculate is to jealously protect that which God Himself has bestowed upon us. What is that, Billy? If you must ask, then here it is. The Bahamas is the most beautiful tourist destination in the world. Our number one industry is tourism. Thus, it stands to reason that we would try to accommodate these people as best we can. And the very first impression put upon them is their arrival to our shores, or more precisely, our ports, both air and sea. So, now we wait once again and hope that our government the new one is serious about getting the important matters put right. Allow me to make a suggestion to the Christie Administration Privatization! If not private ownership, at least put private management in place for these very important areas. First impressions can be overcome with a lot of work, but it is much better to make such an impression in the first place so as not to have to. And I think private management, at least, will go a long way in making this happen. Why? you might ask. Its very simple. There is never as much waste and lack of productivity in a private organization as there is in any government run entity, period! So, heres to hoping for a new and efficiently run airport on Abaco. I just hope I ain too ole to enjoy it, much less see it. Chile, pleez! Sincerely, William (Billy) RobertsCrashed into ParadiseDear Editor, October 13th 2004 started out to be a great day for me in Sarasota. One of my clients was sending me to The Bahamas to access the damage from the recent hurricanes. I have been to The Bahamas before to assist my client. I still get excited when he asks me to go with him. What a place to be: clear skies, the most beautiful waters in the world and most of the time the whole place to ourselves. As we loaded the single-engine Cessna 210 and set off, everything seemed normal. We made our way across Florida and were just about to reach the Atlantic when Herman Giger, the pilot switched the fuel tank over to the starboard side. We now were over water and all seemed normal. About 20 minutes later, I smelled that unmistakable smell of oil, very hot oil. I asked Herman if that was bad. Its not good, he said. We continued. About 5 minutes later we smelled that hot oil smell again, only much stronger. About that time the engine sputtered and smoke began to come into the cockpit. About 30 seconds later, the engine stopped.. It is terrifying when you see the propeller of an airplane stop at 11,500 feet and you think you are in the middle of the Gulfstream. In less than five seconds, Herman was on the emergency channel sending out a Mayday. I collected our life vests and our emergency equipment. While I was in the back, I had asked God to please get us out of this safely. By that time I saw in the distance West End and Freeport. Though we were descending at a very fast pace, I was very happy to see land. At that point, we thought we would make the runway in Freeport. He put down the landing gear and stated our attempt to do just that. We continued to descend very quickly. In about 90 seconds Herman told the air traffic controller we would be short of the runway. We now prepared for the worst. I, at that point, noticed a small boat and a twinengine plane already circling above. Another 30 seconds went by, we were now about 100 feet in the air. In a few seconds we hit the water and not very softly. There was a sand bar we were aiming for and we hit it dead center. I remember hitting the instrument panel. I opened my eyes only to find that The investors of The Mayaguana Development Project plan to work with government to restore an old existing runway by end of this year to allow for direct flights from the United States to the island. The original airstrip of 11,000 feet was constructed as part of the missile tracking system in the 1950s. The group plans to restore enough of the runway to accommodate jet planes from the United States. The project, which is a joint venture with the government, will include a resort and marina aimed at attracting high-end second home owners. The airport part of the project includes plans for Mayaguana Will Get Airporta marina which will accommodate yachts up to 100 feet. The project is expected to be completed by December 2005. One of the developers had this to say: The primary objective is to make Mayaguana a place where people can call their second home a place to come to and work. With good air travel and good telecommunications there is absolutely no reason why someone should not be able to live in Mayaguana and conduct their business in New York or wherever. Mayaguana, one of the more southerly islands of the Bahamas, has a population of about 400. Please see Letters Page 22

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Page 10 The Abaconian March 1, 2005 The Paint PlacePh : (242) 367-2271Open 7:30am 4:30pm Monday Saturday Abaco Shopping Centre Don MacKay Blvd. Email : paintplcabaco@coralwave.comWhen youve got to paint it the first time. Come check out our wide selection of Interior, Exterior and Paints, Brushes Rollers and Trays Color swatches and more....Visit Our NEW Display Room! WEVE EXP ANDED! RIGHT 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 There was not enough expertise in the room to explore this option. After discussion, the following was decided: Jos Konsten will take the proposed financial structure to the appropriate Bahamian authorities for their approval. Property owners and businesses in Treasure Cay and the other communities would build the building. The Airport Authority in Nassau would provide the security equipment. The community would service the $500 thousand bond issue or bank loan, or raise the rest of the money through capital contributions. The heads of the various villa and condo associations would report by March 15 (the TCPOA Annual Meeting) to determine the communitys acceptance of the funding proposal. A decision and action program will be agreed upon at the TCPOA Annual Meeting on March 15th.TCPOA Holds Crime Watch MeetingBy Jennifer Hudson At a Town Meeting on February 2nd for Treasure Cay homeowners following a spate of robberies in the area, residents were encouraged by ASP Wayne Miller, Chief of Police for Abaco, to initiate a crime watch. As a result, a group of concerned members of the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association led by President, Mr. Edward Whitcraft, met together in the Treasure Cay Community Centre on February 10th to listen to Mr. Millers suggested approach to crime watch, put forward their proposals and begin to formulate plans for a crime watch programme. The homeowners are greatly distressed at the rising crime rate which, they fear, will destroy the area, as they have already heard of people who are no longer willing to purchase homes there because they are afraid. ASP Miller told the assembly that crime watch groups, or neighbourhood watch schemes as they are sometimes called, are the most successful crime prevention initiatives in the entire world and he referred to England where he completed an advanced Police training course, which set up over 100,000 crime watch schemes in one year. Similar initiatives are utilized in the U.S. and in Nassau they have been very effective in reducing crime considerably in certain areas. The citizens go on car patrols during the night and record information which the police operate on. The Police cannot do it alone, stressed Mr. Miller. We cannot solve crime without the help of the public as we are limited in resources and in the ability to know everything that is going on. Of all the matters dealt with by the police 95-97 percent of the matters come to our attention via public information. ASP Miller commented on the fact that over the years community spirit has been sorely neglected and people need to begin watching out for one another in order to live in a safer, crime free environment. One thing that causes crime to flourish, he stated, is when residents lock themselves away; there is nobody about to see what is going on so the criminals have free reign to go about their business. He suggested that people not only make their homes more difficult to get into by installing stronger locks, but that they get together in groups and walk around in the community so that criminals have less chance to move around and work; also to try and engender a public spirit to protect the community. Evil prevails when good people sit back and do nothing; but crime cannot flourish in a community that cares, Mr. Miller said. You are investing millions of dollars in your homes but security is lagging far beMore North Abaco News North AbacoFrom Page 6 Please see North Abaco Page 11 ASP Wayne Miller spoke at a Treasure Cay Property Owners Association meeting on February 2. The meeting concerned a rash of break-ins in the Treasure Cay area over a period of about two months. The police have two men in custody charged with some of the crimes. Seated at the table with Officer Miller is Mr. Ed Whitcraft, President of the TCPOA.

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Criminals seek the softest spot; what they fear most is being on the scene longer than they need to be. To them it is a business; every day they go to work and they will go to the easiest targets. Once a community makes it difficult for criminals, they will then go elsewhere to look for softer targets. That is why the police will soon be having meetings at Pelican Shores and Eastern Shores to make those targets harder as the criminals will move onto new ground. Other aspects of crime in the Treasure Cay area mentioned by Mr. Miller which must be addressed are the stealing of boats and yachts by persons coming from Freeport and the peddling of drugs in bars at Treasure Cay. People must not sit by and let the drug business continue right under their noses but must say something to stop it. The point was made by one of the home owners that the most challenging time for drug activity occurs during Spring Break when there is a heavy demand from students coming in, and the dealers know that it presents a good opportunity. ASP Miller promised a zero tolerance policy by the police on drugs. Another problem brought to light was that of criminals who are employed on the building sites in the community who, during their lunch hour, scour the joint and pass information to other criminals. The idea was put forward that contractors should ask for police reports on all employees before hiring them. They are available locally and cost $2.50 each. Mr. Miller informed the group that the Treasure Cay Police Force has now been strengthened by the addition of a police car which will be stationed in Treasure Cay. There are three police officers living at the entrance to Treasure Cay and another officer within the community all of whom will supply their cell phone numbers to all residents. Sgt. Johnson, who resides in Mount Hope and whose special duty it is to be on call at all times to assist, gave her home telephone number. It was stressed, however, that in an emergency the numbers 911 or 919 should be dialed. Mr. Whitcraft praised the police department for a quick response to a call he made early one morning regarding a strange car cruising around the area. He was told that the car was, in fact, carrying plainclothes police officers who were on patrol. At the end of Mr. Millers presentation of guidelines for establishing and running a neighbourhood crime watch scheme, persons from the TC POA presented various ideas for helping to reduce crime in their area which they had come up with since their last town meeting with ASP Miller. Some of these included a gate at the entrance to Treasure Cay, surveillance cameras, flourescent signage for all residents vehicles, and crime watch area signs to be posted throughout the community. Mr. Miller said that it will be up to them which schemes they decide to implement but that firstly the crime watch group must have a coordinator who is dedicated and committed to keeping the scheme going so that it does not fizzle out. The meeting closed with Mr. Whitcraft, President of the TCPOA calling for nominations for the position of coordinator and other board members. North AbacoFrom Page 10Youngster Drowns in Open PitBy Portia Jonsson On February 7th tragedy struck the Haitian community in Sand Banks, Treasure Cay. Sometime during the late morning Lukeson Francois, a three-year-old boy, wandered out of his house, fell into an open pit filled with water and drowned. The childs mother, who was at home at the time, soon realized that the youngster was missing and went looking for him with the help of her neighbours. One of the men in the search party noticed a shoe next to an open pit and decided to check inside it. The man went into the pit and as he moved around he hit the childs body. It then floated up. The body was removed from the pit and the men tried desperately to revive him but to no avail. When told of his sons death, the father recalled the bad dreams he had been having. He advised his wife not to wash the clothes that day and just watch the baby. Because of this horrific tragedy the Lukesons family no longer wants to live in this area. This is a sad reminder to all of us the dangers of any open holes, pits and containers on our properties. It does not take much water for a small child to fall inside and drown. Reduce the risk by properly sealing or emptying such hazards. More North Abaco News AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AlAnon group of Marsh Harbour meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for information and location. 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March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.comTollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!One of the10Best Beaches in the WorldNational Geographic LUXURYCONDOMINIUMS Tbh By Jennifer Hudson On February 13th worshipers from three of the Methodist Churches for which Rev. Carla Culmer is pastor attended a Fellowship Service at Epworth Methodist Chapel in Cherokee. Members of the Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church and other visitors were invited also. Each of Rev. Culmers three churches; St. Andrews in Dundas Town, St. James at Hope Town and Epworth at Cherokee, hosts a fellowship service at some point during the year to bring all the congregations together. The church was packed for this delightful service which was very ably led by two young people, Tatyanna Rolle of St. Andrews and Akrisza Kemp of St. James. It was pleasing to see so many young people taking part in the entire service with the readings and prayers and also a very expressive Liturgical Dance by the St. Andrews Dance Troupe. All the churches presented delightful vocal selections. Appropriately for the day preceding Valentines Day, the theme of Rev. Culmers sermon was love but she warned not to use the word frivolously and not to forget the other days of the year to love. She asked the congregation, Do you love God and take time to show Him? She suggested that they ask themselves, Am I walking in love with my brothers and sisters? Rev. Culmer encouraged the congregation to walk in loveand referred to that great passage on love from 1 Corinthians 13. Following the service the congregation was invited to the school hall to come together in enjoying a great fellowship lunch prepared by the ladies of Epworth Church.Methodists Hold Fellowship Service The choir of Epworth Chapel in Cherokee sang at the fellowship service that Methodists held in Cherokee on February 13. The combined service also included Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church. By Portia Jonsson The First Annual Little Miss Fabulous Pageant is planned for March 5th at the Anglican Parish Hall. Twelve contestants between the ages of 8 and 13 are vying for the title. The organizers hope the pageant will boost the confidence of these young ladies and build their self-esteem. The contestants will be judged on talent, evening gown and sportswear. Judging will also take place during the question and answer period. Tickets are on sale for $10 and available from coordinators Antonise Nicholas, Lachrisser Dean and Phillipa Farrington and at the door. Showtime begins at 7 p.m. Special dance performances and other entertainment are planned for the evening. Master of Ceremonies is Mr. Leroy Thompson. Prizes, trophies and flowers will be awarded to the Queen and the first three runner-ups. A motorcade will take place February 26th through the streets of Marsh Harbour beginning at Abaco Central High School. Mark your calendars, plan to attend this fun filled event and cheer on your favourite contestant.Pageant Is Set for March 5 Dr. Therese M. Bonamy (full time)General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM Bleaching)Dr. Munir Rashad (Mar. 4)Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth)Dr. Antoine Clarke (Mar. 17-18)Periodontics (Gum disease & implants)Dr. Woodley Thompson(Mar. 10-11)Orthodontic (Braces)Janet Ferguson RDH (full time)Dental HygienistCall today for an appointmentAll emergencies and walk-ins are welcome!Tel : 242-367-4355/4 Fax: 242-367-2193 P.O.Box AB-20676 Don MacKay Blvd.Email: agapedental@batelnet.bs Proverbs 3:5-6 The Dental Specialists GRAND OPENINGHome & Office Furniture Office & School SuppliesDesk & Computer Workstations Entertainment Centres Bedroom Furniture Filing Cabinets Calculators Desk Organizers Paper, Forms, & Envelopes Pen, P encils, Markers & Correction Notebooks, Binders & File Folders Dictionaries & School Supplies Tape, Adhesive & Glue Staplers & Punches and much more..... Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh HarbourFor ordering and deliveries just call (242) 367.3186 tel (242) 367.3469 fax We offer a wide assortment of items such as: OPEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8AM 5PM SATURDAY 8AM NOON

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Page 14 The Abaconian March 1, 2005 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: Y anmar 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 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO MERCPANGA & MIMSA BOATS South Abaco NewsMoores IslandStudents Enjoy a Field TripA group of nine students from the Moores Island All Age School, accompanied by two teachers, recently visited Freeport where they visited a high school, a newspaper office, radio and television stations. They saw first hand a city operating with industry, tourism and fishing all coming together in one city. The goal of the trip was to broaden their horizons. The school on Moores Island takes students only through the ninth grade. The school has 140 students with nine teachers. When the students complete ninth grade, they have to go to Abaco, Grand Bahama or Nassau to complete their high school studies. Many of the families cannot afford the expense of having them continue their education. As a result many of them quit school and become fishermen or construction workers. Employment opportunities are very limited on the island and particularly so for women. The trip to Freeport showed them a completely different way of life. Some had never been anywhere but Abaco and they found their experiences quite interesting. The teachers stresses that they could become whatever they wanted, that they were not restricted to the few trades offered on the island. The group traveled to Freeport using the ferry between Crown Haven in Little Abaco and McLeans Town on Grand Bahama. A police officer met them to take them to Freeport. However, they had a very unfortunate experience on their return trip. The police officer driving the vehicle they were in lost control of the van when a tire blew out. The van crashed into a pine tree injuring several of the students. They were taken to Rand Memorial Hospital for emergency care.Town MeetingBy Judy Johnston Cherokee, Casuarina Point, Bahama Palm Shores and Little Harbour held a Town Meeing at Difference of Abaco on January 31st, 2005 The meeting was attended by about 26 residents from the four communities. Speakers included Mr. Roderik Bowe, Island Administrator for South Abaco; Asst. Supt. of Police Wayne Miller with several officers; two members of the Cherokee Town Committee; Mr. David Knowles from Department of Agriculture; and Ms. Green from Environmental Health. Ms. Nettica Symonette chaired the meeting. The meeting was opened with prayer by the Rev Bob Cornea The chairman explained that the secretary had not yet arrived and asked Mrs. Eleanor Jorgensen to take the minutes. Later when the secretary arrived, she took the minutes. Lively discussions were held on a number of subjects. Brother Bob Cornea presented his sketch of a proposed fire house for Casuarina Point that could also be used as a town hall. The chairman explained the budget for the township and said that it had been cut by five percent. She went on to explain where they had applied the cuts. She mentioned that they had cut the Cherokee library funding completely which brought some comments that the roof leaked badly. The Chairman said the funding that was cut was not sufficient to repair the roof in any case. Discussions were held on numerous subjects including speeding in the settlements, (ASP Miller suggested the use of speed bumps), construction of houses without building permits or no display of permit number, improper septic tanks. There was a lively discussion on uncontrolled dogs and being attacked. Ms. Symonette had been attacked and several others have been attacked as well. Mr. Knowles left dog licenses with the Committee for people to license their animals which costs 25 cents for a male dog or spayed female and 50 cents for a female. A Cherokee resident asked if a pond could be filled in where mosquitoes breed. If that couldnt be done, would government provide a fogging machine. A Cherokee resident offered to buy a machine if government could provide pesticide. Ms. Green that there were no funds for a fogger and that they didnt even have funds for the pesticide.Little HarbourBirthday Party Raised FundsBy Mirella Santillo Children were playing in the sand, the famous ducks were parading on the beach and there were lots of people having a good time. The day was February 13th, and it was a beautiful, sunny and mild Saturday in Little Harbour. The occasion was Mr. Pete Johnstons belated birthday party! He could not have chosen a better day for this gathering that was not only a birthday celebration but also a fund raising event for the benefit of several nonprofit organizations. Petes Pub was crowded with all kinds of people that afternoon, families with children, boaters, artists, visitors and regular patrons who came by cars, by boats and on foot to enjoy the food and drinks and to dance to the rhythms delivered by the band Impact that played throughout the day. I did not even know about the party, said one person. I just stopped on my way from Bahama Palm Shores to have lunch, and here I am having fun! Party or no party, Petes Pub is always a popular spot on weekends. The quaintness of the bay, the foundry and the museum, the relaxed atmosphere of the bar and the beautiful ocean beach are only a few of the attractions that bring people to Little Harbour. Today one of the foods offered on the menu was the pig roast that made the place famous, and Mrs. Leigh Davis, the bartender, concocted a special benefit cocktail the Tsunami Punch and benefit shots called Tidal Waves! The hosts for the days events were Mrs. Tanya Duncombe and Mr. Dana Cuicle, who kept people in good spirits and monitored the auction. The donated items auctioned through the course of the day comprised art and craft objects displayed on the beach deck and other prizes. Fifteen donors contributed several paintings, two bronze statuettes, a beautiful quilt, a painted panel, a golf and lunch day for two at The Abaco Club at Winding Bay, three romantic getaways donated by local hotels, shell mirrors and frames and much more. People were not only generous in giving, but they also were when buying. The bronze turtle donated by Mr. Johnston, for example, fetched $1,000 while a painting of an Abaco parrot by Mr. Jeep Byers was bought for $800.The few items that were not sold on Saturday are available for purchase in the Gallery. Their proceeds will added to the funds already raised. Additional generosity came from local businesses that supplied groceries and liquors. The staff participated in the fund raising effort by working for tips only that day and the musicians played for free. The beneficiaries of the auction are Doctors without Borders, Habitat for Humanity and Abaco education. The party was a great success for Abaco Barefoot Relief, said Ms. Heather Moore, who added, We all had such a good time, too.Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderEscaping Some Very Cold WeatherAnother couple of second-home owners are back in Cherokee for an extended winter stay. Welcome back to sunny Cherokee to Ezra and Kay Wolcott of Big Flats/ Elmira, New York, where the snow was16 inches deep and the wind-chill factor dropped to around five degrees, so the weatherman said recently. Please see South Abaco Page 15

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March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 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 More South Abaco News Sand Bar Re-OpensWe arent the only ones who have been waiting patiently for our only local restaurant, The Sand Bar, to re-open. Even though the building didnt receive much damage from the hurricanes, The Sand Bar has been closed since last summer, but plans to reopen for business on Saturdays and Sundays starting March 19th and will open Good Friday and Easter Monday as well. Ellen, the manager, will have her regular friendly staff back and the same delicious food. She hopes that all her old customers will drop by. The Long DockIf you have been around to the front of the settlement since the hurricanes, you have probably agonized over the state of the Long Dock as the ground pins stick out of the sand looking so empty and forlorn. But, thankfully, our usual group of volunteers has taken up the banner once again and started with the job of rebuilding. Everyone seems to use our famous Long Dock, in summer for picnicking and swimming parties and in winter for walks on bright moonlit nights. It is part of our history and has woven itself into our memories. However, it doesnt seem to have a very good track record with hurricanes and periodically, it needs more than a little help to put it right again. Now is one of those times and it needs you if you can spare a few hours to hold a stringer onto the ground pins or hammer a nail or carry logs out to the work area or just to be there to give moral support we need your help to put our Long Dock back as it has always been and it wont get done unless we all pitch it. New Electricity PolesThe electrical poles are in place from the boundary lines of The Abaco Club property at Winding Bay to the BEC compound at the edge of town and the electrical lines are strung. It cant possibly be that much longer before the homes in Yellow Wood are hooked up to electricity and, hopefully, we, too, will be hooked up to these new connections. That should help some of our problems in Cherokee as well. School NewsThe following students made the Honour Roll this term: Tiffany Albury, Tyler Albury, Dre Hepburn and Chandi Lowe. In addition, these students made the Principals List: Chyanne Turnquest, Terence Albury, Juliet Weatherford, Hayley Sands, Cruz Turnquest and Tyler Sawyer. Keep up the good work kids. Dont forget the school is holding a Cake and Pie Raffle on March 18 to help raise funds for its projected field trip to Eleuthera in June. Our Youth Need a Meeting PlaceCherokees youth want a place of their own. As it stands now there is no place large enough for the young people to gather. Our new Community Center is a great meeting place for public gatherings, receptions and parties, but our youth need something more. A town meeting was called by the young people of Cherokee to propose a youth hall and recreation center for their activities. The youth were led by Mickie Bethel and Darrell Pinder, with Andrew Lowe and Heather Lowe giving them moral support. Mickie laid out their basic plans and Darrell expounded on them. He pointed out that the only places available to our young people to play pool or a game of darts is in the bars of Marsh Harbour, which is not exactly the environment we want to expose our youth to. He said they had an abandoned local building in mind, but that they had called the town folk together to get a general feeling from them as to its restoration and transformation into a recreation center before they approached government with their proposition. The building they have in mind has long been an eyesore and an embarrassment to our area for more than 30 years. Since being built in late 1960s, it was never maintained properly and fell into extreme disrepair. It has not been utilized for anything other than storage for almost 20 years, and it has long been thought that something needed to be done with it one way or the other. The young people fully realize they have a long road ahead of them in completing this project, but after all, they come from sturdy stock, and Cherokee people have already proven their determination with the monumental task of restoring their old school. Obviously the young people have been discussing this need for quite awhile and have come to the conclusion that it was time something was done about it. Darrell said they discussed games, tournaments and competitions that would be organized and promoted by them. They spoke about setting up house rules and a dress code and their determination to enforce them. Although shy in their presentation to their elders, they were relentless in their efforts and welcomed all inquiries and suggestions with renewed enthusiasm. Our young people are our future. That they have come to us for our approval on this project makes us proud to know they value our opinion. They realize it is a huge undertaking and they asked for our help. Who amongst us can refuse assistance to those who want to help themselves. We feel this is a good beginning and all who attended the meeting, and there were many, gave them a resounding thumbs up. South AbacoFrom Page 14 Please see South Abaco Page 16 ABACO HARDWARE Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel: 367.2170 Fax: 367.2928

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Page 16 The Abaconian March 1, 2005 Servicing the Bahamas and South Florida Turbo Prop Service Available MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS (242) 367-3450 (242) 367-2613 (242) 367-3451 Call for Scheduling Committed to a Higher Standard in Aviation CHEROKEE AIRCHARTER SERVICE 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 Tri-Church FellowshipThree of the Abaco Methodist churches came together for a grand Fellowship Meeting and luncheon on February 13. Both St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town and St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town came with large groups to Epworth Chapel in Cherokee. Each church provided various types of entertainment and all who performed did an excellent job. As an added treat, the Kirk of The Pines Presbyterian members joined in our time of fellowship and offered some entertainment of their own. The service was conducted by two very capable young ladies, one from Dundas Town, Tatyannna Rolle and one from Hope Town, Akrisza Kemp. The sermon was delivered by our own Rev. Carla Culmer, who ministers to all three churches, and she gave her combined congregations an encouraging message on Love With near perfect weather, good food and good friends to visit with everyone agreed the day was deemed a great success, as they always are. Annual Sea Shell Exhibition A Cherokee Annual EventOur third shell show is being planned and if inquiries we have received are any indication, it will better than ever. It will be located in the new W.W. Sands Community Center building in Cherokee Sound on March 26 at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will be held over until Easter Monday at the same times. There will be a small charge to see the show with the funds goSouth AbacoFrom Page 15 More South Abaco News The mens chorale of St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town sang at the fellowship service held in Cherokee on February 19. ing to a local cause, both yet to be determined. As before it will be an exhibition with judging of all types of natural shells in four separate categories: The first category is for individual shells, groups of shells and a section for childrens shell entries. The second category will be for anything out of the sea other than shells, i.e. sponges, fans, coral, crabs, turtles, etc. The third category will include art work and hand crafted items made from real shells or other items from the sea. The fourth category will be for miscellaneous entries of man-made items that depict shells or things from the sea as well as floatsum or things thrown up from the sea, i.e. old bottles, coins, stamps or jewelry to look like shells. There will be three independent judges from off Cherokee, who will award First Place, Second Place, Show and Honourable Mention as well as Best in Show ribbons in all categories. There is a handsome Conch Shell Best in Show traveling trophy that the winner will have his (or her) name put on a brass plaque and added to the trophy along with past winners that the winner will keep until there is a new show and a new winner. So far, this has been mainly a Cherokee event, but we will be accepting a few select entries which we hope will enhance the show for the spectators. We have had three really great exhibitions and know this year can only be better. Hopefully, we will have some food stalls and some arts and craft stalls to entertain our visitors. The young people have promised to have a car-wash to raise some funds for their new project. The show itself is an exhibition; the shells will not be for sale, only for showing. The Conch Shell Best in Show trophy

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March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 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 242-367-2498 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. 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 Truck Bodies Made & InstalledAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding By Jennifer Hudson On February 10th Mr. Brensil Rolle, Controller of the Road Traffic Department, was in Marsh Harbour for discussions pertaining to the concerns of Public Service Drivers. During the day he met with Road Traffic officials and administrators and in the evening he attended a meeting at the Magistrates Court for all drivers of public service vehicles where he addressed various issues. Other head table officials were Chief Councillor of the Central Abaco District, Cay Mills, and Road Traffic Supervisors Belinda McIntosh and Plural Wells. Mr. Cay Mills opened the meeting by commenting on the amount of lawlessness in Abaco. He then stated that he wants to try and make it better for taxi drivers who are disrespected for many reasons and went on to outline various situations which are detrimental to the taxi drivers and which must not be allowed to continue. The Winding Bay situation is unacceptable; taxi drivers have not made a dollar from that establishment since it opened. The car rental facility at the airport is illegal and should be relocated to its former location. The cars are being rented to Winding Bay guests instead of their getting there by taxi. The taxi cabs in use nowadays are of very suitable quality and it is in Winding Bays best interest to meet with taxi drivers and deal with the issue. No buses should be at the ferry dock. Buses must comply with the rules and not be in taxi areas. Mr. Mills stated that he is not pleased with the Bahamahost programme. The fact that the meeting was poorly attended, he felt, was because in the past people have become tired of attending these meetings because afterwards nothing is done. Mr. Brensil Rolle stood to address the small but attentive audience and acknowledged the fact that Cay can be difficult but that it is due to his commitment to Abaco and his belief that his community deserves the best. He applauded Cays frankness and openness. Mr. Rolle reported on the items which had been discussed during the mornings meeting. 1. Duty exemption for taxi cabs and omni-buses. Government has set out legislation for duty concessions for the period 2002-2008. Duty exemption as it stands during that period is that if a person is bringing in a brand new vehicle, it is allowed in duty free. For a vehicle three years old or less but not new the duty is 50 percent. For a vehicle over three years full duty is required. Anyone wishing to apply for duty exemption should go to the Road Traffic Department here on Abaco and get a letter certifying that he or she is the rightful owner of the plates. The letter should then be taken to the Administrators office where a cover note will be written to the Ministry of Finance which will approve the application. The owner does not have to go to Road Traffic in Nassau. The duty free concession can be obtained for as many vehicles as desired. However, if a person brings in a duty free vehicle and then wishes to sell it outside of the industry, whoever he sells it to must pay the Government its due. 2. Bahamahost programme. The Department is trying to get people to look at the taxi business as a professional business. A course has now been designed specifically for different sectors where the focus is on setting people up as business persons. At the end of every five year period persons must show that they have participated in one of the industrys training courses. Anyone over 60 years, however, is exempted. 3. Dress Code. This is the biggest problem in New Providence but there has been a campaign to rectify this. Public Service Drivers anywhere must comply with the dress code. It is very important that ground transportation professionals give all clients equal treatment, whether they are wealthy tourists or local residents. 4.Excessive Speed and Window Tinting. It is very tempting to speed on Abaco; speeding is going up not only in the outskirts but also in the city. The first obligation is to be in compliance with the speed limit. Drivers are responsible forTaxi Drivers Concerns Are DiscussedMr. Brensil Rolle, Controller of the Road Traffic Department, met with Administrators, Road Traffic officials and taxi drivers on Abaco on February 10. He heard many complaints and answered many questions. He is shown at the meeting held that night in the Magistrates Court. With him at the are Mrs. Belinda McIntosh, Supervisor of Road Traffic on Abaco, Ms. Plural Well, also of the Abaco Road Traffic office and Chief Councillor Cay Mills. Please see Rolle Page 22

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Page 18 The Abaconian March 1, 2005 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 White Sound, Elbow Cay FULL SERVICE MARINA 50 Deepwater Slips Fuel/ Oil/Bait/Ice Fresh Water Garbonzo Reef Bar WATERFRONT VILLAS One, two & three bedroom units On the ocean & harbour All with full kitchen/air cond/sat TVFor local transporation to Sea Spray Call VHF 16 or 366-0065 email : seasprayres@oii.net www.seasprayresort.comBoat House Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House RR RR R eses eses es tt tt t auraur auraur aur antant antant antCome for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Stew Fish Chicken Souse Cornbeef & Grits Steam Sausage & Grits Sign up for our BILLFISH TOURNAMENTApril 5th 9th By Jennifer Hudson Ingrahams Coming, stated the poster which drew a capacity crowd to the Community Centre in Treasure Cay on the evening of February 16th to hear what the former Prime Minister had to say regarding the future of their community. Also in attendance were Administrator for North Abaco, Mr. Donald Cash and Mr. Ingrahams parliamentary colleague, Mr. Ken Russell, M.P. for High Rock, Grand Bahama. Mr. Ingraham was introduced by Nan Gregory, Chairman of the Treasure Cay Events Committee, who gave a brief bio of North Abacos Parliamentary Representative. Mr. Ingraham welcomed the presence of the second homeowners and assured them how much they are appreciated. He remarked on the great impact the second homeowners have made on our island and how beneficial it has been to us that their presence has remained strong and continues to grow and improve the quality of life for those on Abaco. They are an important part of Abaco and contribute significantly to our well-being. The Treasure Cay homeowners came forward to assist after the hurricanes, and after 9/11 they were the first to return home here when everybody else was afraid to fly. Their presence has continued throughout economic dips and sometimes they have been the only game in town. The future development of Abaco will need their cooperation and assistance, he told them. The financial benefits to Abaco have been enormous and we want to increase them. They provide significant tax revenue and revenues from home construction, property management, transportation, home maintenance, dockage, boat service, food stuffs and the general patronage of local businesses. Treasure Cay has transformed North Abaco. It is important to see yourselves as a part of the Abaco family, not as outsiders, they were told. You have valuable expertise in your own countries that you can use to assist us for our benefit as well as yours. Your contribution to local schools is appreciated and we encourage you to continue to tutor, help with sports and donate to local libraries. Mr. Ingraham then focused on tourism which is the largest generator of jobs and government revenue. It is the engine of the economy for The Bahamas and Abaco has the highest standard of living in the country outside of New Providence. We possess the great attributes of azure waters, white sand and smallness of size. Ten years ago, he said, Abacos tourism was low impact with small to medium hotels and a fairly large yacht business but the impact of the second homeowners has been enormous. Ten years ago there were 75,000 air arrivals annually but today there are approximately 95,000. The homeowners have, however, found that local services are not up to standard. There is inferior water, unreliable electricity service, lack of telephones and water and sewage problems. The fees paid by Treasure Cay homeowners are supposed to cover services but the standard has declined. The deterioration of infrastructure became a larger issue for government which had to intervene and assume responsibility for the standard of the services. Water and Sewage has spent $2.5 to $3 million putting in wells and lines and they are now installing new metres. However, Mr. Ingraham warned to expect a delay in completion of the upgrade because Water and Sewage is cash-strapped. Batelco has now insured the installation of a land line with over 1,000 connections which it would previously not do in a private community. The developers of Treasure Cay and the cable company have not come to terms overT. Cay Residents Hear From Hubert IngrahamRt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham Please see Ingraham Page 19 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

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March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 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 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 PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES Available every Thursday 10:30 am 6:30pmChristina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. MessarraPhysiotherapist Suite 105, Memorial Plaza (Within FitCo Gym) Tel: 367-5939 or 242-323-0121 Nassau cable service. Mr. Ingraham suggested that the more than 900 international persons who reside in Treasure Cay plus the Bahamian residents who have now joined them should form a community group like the one in Lyford Cay in Nassau. They should select persons who can speak for their needs and take their concerns to the government, their Member of Parliament or an Embassy. Regrettably, the issue of crime as a factor in the country now has to be recognized and Treasure Cay is no exception, the crowd was told. Mr. Ingraham stated that the Police Force is unable to considerably increase the number of police officers in Treasure Cay. But he suggested getting to know ones neighbours and forming a Neighbourhood Watch group. An effective uniformed security team was another suggestion. The matter of the Treasure Cay airport, which was built 25 years ago but which today does not meet the post 9/11 requirements, was addressed. This airport is critical to sustaining Abacos growth and everything possible must be done to prevent it from being downgraded to domestic services only. Mr. Ingraham suggested that American citizens can play a pivotal role with the U.S. authorities in appropriating facilities and equipment for screening prior to boarding. Security personnel and air traffic control are essential. The Bahamas cannot make all of its 16 airports post 9/11 compliant; therefore, choices must be made. Mr. Ingraham stated that he had contacted the Prime Minister with his wish to have both the Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay airports made compliant. Statistics given regarding the two airports were that 12 years ago in Marsh Harbour there were 45,000 air arrivals and in 2004 there were 66,500, a significant increase. At the Treasure Cay airport 12 years ago there were 32,400 arrivals but in 2004 only 27,286, a decrease. We can together work to make the Treasure Cay airport compliant, Mr. Ingraham said. The floor was then thrown open for questions. The first question put forward was regarding duty free concessions on Abaco compared to those on Eleuthera, Exuma and Grand Bahama. Mr. Ingrahams reply was that concessions are given in accordance with the laws at that particular time. However, regarding the question of duty-free materials to build a building to house a humane shelter, fire department and ambulance, Mr. Ingraham said that he will help to get such a request through the process. Regarding a question on airport departure tax, Mr. Ingraham replied that it is part of the general revenue of The Bahamas but he feels that the government should put in place at the airport a sign which reads User fee charge for use of the facility to inform travellers as is done in the United States. In answer to the question, Has an airport between Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour been considered? Mr. Ingraham replied that the government is presently doing an assessment study on a third site for an airport but that it is his personal view that nothing will be done regarding a new airport in the near future. He feels that a new airport at Treasure Cay is critical to our needs. Regarding the issue concerning a new doctor for Treasure Cay a member of the audience expressed the opinion that the IngrahamFrom Page 18Residents Questioned Former Prime Ministergovernment is causing an impediment to stop a new doctor from coming in to replace Dr. Wilson and asked if Mr. Ingraham would help to get another doctor for the community. His reply was that the government will respond to the need but the response will depend on circumstances. The policy both of the government and the Medical Council is Bahamians first, and he feels that it would be difficult to entice a Bahamian doctor to take up a post in Treasure Cay. However, he will endeavour to assist. A retired American physician who resides in Treasure Cay expressed his concern that though he had held a license here for 15 years, he has been unable to get it renewed and he is not allowed to assist in medical emergencies even without taking any payment. Mr. Ed Whitcraft, Chairman of the TCPOA expressed his frustration with this problem saying that he has spent 15 months working on the doctor situation in Treasure Cay. Mr. Ingraham was, at times, very forceful in his answers which resulted, it appears, in some homeowners leaving feeling somewhat disgruntled. He was thanked for his very informative talk.

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Page 20 The Abaconian March 1, 2005 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 ROOMS TO GO Open Monday Friday 9am 5pm Saturday 9am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 Quality FurnitureCompetitive Prices obligated by law to represent the residents concerns. This drew an immediate response from those gathered who declared Nassau often bypasses the Local Government process and gives approvals without any local input. Mr. Smith was astounded at this revelation and said the residents can challenge governments decision by court action at this breach of the Local Government Act. Mr. Smith said Guana Cay is not a colony attached to Nassau and government ministers there should not be setting the agenda for Guana Cay. He further stated that the project is not a done deal as Meister has not been paid and financial arrangements have not been concluded. Several items related to the Guana Passerine development are irritating the residents and were brought out at the meeting with Mr. Smith. First is the inclusion of 80 acres of Crown Land adjacent to the primary piece of 500 acres which contains the bulk of the project. It is proposed to convert, in an ecologically friendly manner, swamp land into a 260slip marina for the exclusive use by of the residents in the new development. It would be a storage marina and not a commercial or liveaboard facility. The proposed marina for the most part utilizes wetlands devoid of mangroves although they are quite close. The second concern is the golf course which they feel will threaten the nearby reef with wastewater runoff rich in nutrients and chemicals used in the maintenance of the course. Another irritant is governments lack of respect for Guana Cays concerns. A scheduled meeting several months ago by government representatives with Guana Cay residents was cancelled due to weather problems and scheduling conflicts. The residents felt slighted that no follow-up meeting was scheduled and no apology or reason for the cancellation was made. Residents are annoyed that government states that the residents concerns will be heard, yet announces that construction will begin by June without addressing the concerns. Five days after the meeting with Mr. Smith, a Canadian professor, Dr. Michael J. Risk, with 40 years of coral reef research in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean, spoke to the Guana Cay residents at their outdoor waterfront Fig Tree site. Dr. Risks studies and reports have been accepted by the United States EPA. NOAA and other governmental agencies. He began by complimenting the healthy state of the reef which he felt was 60 percent healthier than the rest of the Caribbean reefs. Dr. Risk was adamant that a marina in Joes Creek, even a passive one with no live-aboards, would degrade Joes Creek wetlands into a cesspit, killing any marine biological activity that the tidal swamp now fosters. He gave the Florida example where strict environmental standards must be met by marina and coastal developers. Even with adhering to the requirements, Floridas coastal waters are in terrible condition. His information indicated that computer models for water flow and marina flushing only provides for border line flushing. This will be one of the biggest marinas in the Bahamas and in an established marine wetland. The golf course will damage the reef which he estimates may take five to ten years to show significant damage as the grass will delay the effect of the runoff. Marine life is very sensitive to changes in the nutrient levels. Examples of industrial and agricultural runoff in the Chesapeake Bay were given. Dr. Risk saw no sign of disease on the Guana reef including that portion in front of Nippers. He did give the development high marks for their proposed efforts to preserve the native vegetation which he did not find evident in the Orchid Bay development. Dr. Risk told of The Bahamas being a signatory to International EnvironmentalGuana Organizes to Save Their Environment 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 Guana Cay residents listen to Mr. Fred Smith, attorney from Grand Bahama, as he advises them on tactics and legal aspects of voicing their objections to a proposed golf course and 260-slip marina on the north of Great Guana Cay. 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March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 HIGH-SPEEDWIRELESS INTERNET Out Island Inter .Net Bahama Palm Shores Cherokee Sound Fishers Bay Guana Cay Hope Town Leisure Lee Little Harbour Lynard Cay Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War Marsh Harbour Scotland Cay Tilloo Cay Treasure Cay White Sound, Elbow Cay Winding BayNow Available in:Wireless@abacoinet.com367-3006 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. . 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Hull, raised over $7,000 to be contributed to Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Organization from her recent efforts in the Miami Tropical Half-Marathon. The Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Or-Local Runner and Attorney Donates to Abaco Pathfinders ganization is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to assist Abaco youth with furthering their post-secondary education whether it be at the College of the Bahamas or abroad. Presently Abaco Pathfinders supports over 30 students at more than 20 different colleges including some students who are on full scholarship. Ms. Hull participates annually in the Miami Tropical Half-Marathon and raises funds for Abaco Pathfinders from donations by many persons for each mile that she runs. She has a schedule for contributions based on whether she is running training miles or the actual race miles and this year she raised $7,200. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Blumberg accept cheques from Rhonda L.C. Hull, who raised the money through running. Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442Conventions which this project seems to violate. When asked about the economic value of the reef to Abaco tourism, he admitted this aspect was out of his realm. He did add without explanation that reefs are valued at $2000 per yard. Mr. Troy Albury of Dive Guana noted that of the 300 pages in the developers Environmental Impact Assessment statement, only two pages related to the reef. A Guana resident previously associated with the Treasure Cay project stated that within six months of the completion of the golf course there, the bonefish and other marine life vanished in the adjoining Sand Banks Creek. Others told of the loss of marine life off Paradise Island in Nassau when the airstrip was improved years ago. Residents have formed a lobby group, Save Guana Cay Reef, and are pursuing options to persuade government to reject the proposed plan. Two petitions were circulated for signatures by those objecting to the proposed project, one for Bahamians to sign and one for foreign homeowners. (The 2000 census showed 163 persons total on Guana Cay.) To further their objectives, the group has Please see Guana Page 20 developed a Web site explaining their position and giving links to environmental studies supporting their concerns. This site is found at: www.saveguanacayreef.com Mr. Smith noted that the Guana lobby will be hiring environmental specialists to critique the 300 page EIA prepared by the developers. Government held a public meeting on August 20, 2004, on Guana Cay with the developer and his team making a presentation and explaining the project. There was a question and answer period. Leading the delegation and introducing the project was Mr. Baltron Bethel, Chairman of the Hotel Corporation of the Bahamas, Mr. John Head of the Passerine Development, Attorney Frederick Gottlieb, representing the developer and Mr. Robert Sweeting, Member of Parliament for South Abaco. A follow-up meeting was promised. However, there has been no further communication by government with the Guana residents about this development. It has been stated by persons with knowledgeable persons that government does not allow developers to present their project directly to the communities. Government prefers to handle all disclosure and public relations.

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Page 22 The Abaconian March 1, 2005Area 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 who assisted in responding to the disasters and reminded people that the Natural Disaster Emergency Fund which was established in 2002 is an ongoing fund. The new home owners on Moores Island are Betty Albury, Eulease Davis, Leon Swain and Ervin and Meltina Davis. Those who received keys in Coopers Town were Brian Russell, Arimentha Curry, Ebony Rolle, Mr and Mrs. Mosell Smith and Veronica Bootle in Coopers Town; and Mr. and Mrs. James Burrows, and Mr. and Mrs. Hesley Cunningham in Murphy Town. New HomesFrom Page 2 the nightmare was not yet over. My face was completely under the water and I needed air. I was pinned to the instrument panel. I demanded all my strength pushed with all I had. I realized my face was only 10 inches under the water and the items which were pinning me down were the items we had loaded on the plane. I opened the door and worked my way out. I took another breath of air and started to help Herman but he was already out and bleeding from his head as I was. It seemed that in less than 10 seconds the small boat I spotted earlier was at our side. Its funny to me that even in time of tragic such as this both Herman and I knew that to make life easy we had to find our passports and wallets. The two Bahamian fishing companions, Mr. and Mrs. Williams, insisted we get on board so they could take us to get medical aid. After Herman got on board, he laid his head on the deck and was out. I held on for about 45 seconds and the next thing I remember was pulling up to the boat ramp. We were then met by five policemen who took us to the West End Clinic. There the Corp. Williams was asking us for our names and other information. Nurses checked our vitals and injuries. They kept calming us, telling us how God was with us on this day. A few minutes later an ambulance took us to the hospital in Freeport. We were taken to the emergency room and taken care of. At this point, all I could think of was that I had to call home to let my wife and kids know we were fine. Nurse Leon brought me her personal cell phone and told me to go ahead and call. The staff and others came continually to ask how we were doing. One nurse brought us food, another brought us toothbrushes and toothpaste which she had purchased with her own money. Later that day several people came to see us to spend some time with us. The first thing they would do is take my hand, stroke my face, smile and say something like Its so good to see you. Some of them would ask if it would be ok to pray with us, others just wanted to say hello, but always with a big beautiful smile. I spoke to so many people in those three days. And they all were so kind, gentle, and sincere. Later that day, one of the nurses took our clothes and brought them back cleaned and pressed. I have been to the Bahamas many times. I have spent much of the time on Scotland Cay. I have met many great, nice and giving people. But much of the time I spent alone on Scotland Cay. I would sit at the end of the dock looking out, just thinking how this is paradise with the beautiful waters, and quiet nights filled with stars. I have since realized the sweet, kind, giving, loving, honest native Bahamian people make it a true paradise. And to all of them who gave us so much kindness, affection and love, in our time of need thank you and I will never forget you. Sincerely, Robert Cardenas Dear Editor, Following my letter published in The Abaconian of February 1st I find I made an error. I was amazed that St. Jamess Methodist Church, Hope Town, Christmas Production of The Mystery of Simon Shepherd had raised $1900 for the Bahamas Orphans Summer Camp. Apparently that was the proceeds from the first night only, and a further $2300 was added the second night, bringing a wonderful total of $4,200 to the Summer Camp Joel Project of the Methodist Church. My apologies for this error, and even more congratulations. Yours in faith, Glyn M. Haines Leicester, England LettersFrom Page 9 the safety of the people in their vehicles and Public Service Drivers have been given the responsibility to move people safely. Their vehicles must be in good condition and they must drive according to the law. Window tinting is not in itself illegal but it becomes illegal when an Inspector is unable to see who is inside the vehicle through the window. A light tint is suggested. 5. Pre-arranged trips. The best definition of a pre-arranged trip is that a commitment must have been made before a journey takes place. In such a case the taxi does not have to go on the line, but it must be established in advance who is being picked up and when. 6. The Abaco Club at Winding Bay. Road Traffic officials met with the owners of Winding Bay before it opened to state what would be acceptable regarding transportation of guests. The position of Winding Bay was that they themselves would select persons to be at their airport facility to move guests to their club. However, the position of Road Traffic is that Winding Bay cannot select. It was agreed after a meeting between a Winding Bay representative and the Department that the first cab in line at the airport would be allowed through the gate to Winding Bays airport facility to pick up the guests. It was further agreed that if any cab is deemed sub-standard, that cab should not be called to go through the gate. Mr. Brensil Rolle firmly stated that whereas Winding Bay wanted a special limousine service for the Club, this was an impossible position, and he could not give licences for limousines only to drive to Winding Bay. However, persons who qualified should be given licences to drive limos all over Abaco. He closed by saying that public transportation is reserved for Bahamians and that all licences are given by the government to citizens to earn a living. Following his speech Mr. Rolle invited questions. The main issue of concern was the proper use of the taxi line system, and Mr. Rolle answered several questions to clarify the rules and guidelines for the proper use of the system. Failure to comply fully with the system is punishable by law. RolleFrom Page 17 Blue SkyGALLERYBahamian Ar Bahamian Ar Bahamian Ar Bahamian Ar Bahamian Ar tt tt t ArAr ArAr Ar t & Ft & F t & Ft & F t & F ramingraming ramingraming raming Originals and Prints Originals and Prints Originals and Prints Originals and Prints Originals and PrintsTuppy WeatherfordPP PP P ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building Queen Elizabeth Drive Queen Elizabeth Drive Queen Elizabeth Drive Queen Elizabeth Drive Queen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Open 9am 5pm Open 9am 5pm Open 9am 5pm Open 9am 5pm Open 9am 5pm presented byABACO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOLInternational FairMarch 7th 11th, 2005 Visit the following countries:Argentina Bahamas Gr. Britain GuyanaH ait iJamaica Trinidad United States of America March 7th 10th: Country exhibitions daily March 11th: Cultural presentations beginning at 10am Food sales 11am 3pm Funds raised will be used to build a lunch cababa for students and to landscape the grounds. Any persons wishing to donate money or materials for the above projects, please contact Lori Thompson at Abaco Central High School Take a trip around the world without leaving home...

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March 1, 2005 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..............................365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals.......................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 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm 23:30 4 5:45 9 + 10:45+ Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5* 6:15 9:45+ 11:30+ 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 New full time route Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 6:30 New routeSame day fare Adult oneway $15 / Round Trip $20 Kids 6-11 half fare Free under 6 Workmans special Mondays thru Fridays from Union Jack Dock Except Sunday and holidays + New route Fri & Sat only 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 between 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 or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 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 ....36 6-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......36 6-4107 Floyd Burrows .....36 6-4175 Links Adderly .......36 6-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....36 6-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder .......36 6-2163 Jay Sawyer .........36 7-3941 Justin Sands.......36 7-3526 Terrance Davis ....36 7-4464 Danny Sawyer .....36 7-3577 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..477-5037 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.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys.................... $$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Club Soliel.........................................366-0253 Harbours Edge............. $$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay.........................................265-5175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Lauras Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Nancys............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 www.abacochamber.org Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Closed.. 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.........Closed 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 can clear Customs at 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 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 .......................... 367-0169Majors 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 air charters 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 Solomons Super Center ..........................................$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 Resor t..............................................$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 One 367-2911 Police Marsh Harbour 367-2560 Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500, Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178, Treasure Cay 365-8749 All the above services are provided by non-paid volunteers 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 22 Jan 05Compliments of The Abaconian www.abaconian.com

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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 5, MARCH 1st, 2005 Contract Is Let to Destroy Diseased TreesThe Big Cat Equipment Company of Marsh Harbour was awarded the contract to clear 3700 acreas of diseased citrus trees on the Bahama Star Farm. The contract for $720,000 is expected to be completed in a few months. Citrus canker was discovered on the farm in December. By uprooting all the trees and burning them, the officials hope to keep the canker from spreading. Shown above are David Knowles, Department of Agriculture officer on Abaco; Shannon Albury of Big Cat; the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, Min. of Agriculture and Fisheries; and Christopher Pinder of Big Cat. By Richard E. Fawkes Big Cat Equipment Limited, a five-yearold earthmoving company owned by cousins Shannon Albury, 32, and Christopher Pinder, 31, beat out four other bidders to win the Bahamas government contract to destroy the citrus-canker-infected grove at Bahama Star Farm near Treasure Cay. We started work on Friday afternoon (February 4) with three tractors, Mr. Albury said He said that in the interest of avoiding further delay in the eradication process, his company began work on the $720,000 job on the strength of a letter of agreement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries with the actual contract to be signed within a day or so. Min. V. Alfred Gray and the Department of Agriculture have come under public criticism for a seemingly long delay in destroying the plants which were officially determined to be infected with the highly contagious citrus canker bacterium at the end of December, 2004. Critics charged that the longer the delay, the more likely the prospect of the disease being spread throughout the island by persons removing plants or fruit from the farm, or even carrying the bacterium on clothing. So far, there have been nor reports of the disease in other groves in South Abaco or on residential property. The farm, which was operated by a Fort Pierce citrus company on a lease from the government, closed in early January, putting about 100 farm workers, mostly Haitian immigrants on work permits, out of work. Many of the farm workers families still reside on the farm, with school children trekking several miles to the main road to beg rides to school in Treasure Cay or Coopers Town. The main gate to the farm is now closed The Annual General Meeting of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce was held on February 10th at Below Decks, Abaco Beach Resort with the main item being the election of officers took place during this meeting. The new officers are, left to right: George Riviere, Director; Dave Ralph, Director; Art Sands, Honourary Treasurer; Robert Claridge, Co-President; Derek Lee, Co-President; Michael Albury, Outgoing President; Cindy Hayworth, Vice President; and Brenda Claridge, Director.Chamber Has New Officers The 8th Annual Spelling Bee Competition of the Ministry of Education Abaco District was held on February 18th at the Learning Resource Centre in Marsh Harbour. Nineteen students competed for the title of best speller from various schools including Forest Heights Academy, St. Francis de Sales, Abaco Central High, Central Abaco Primary, J.A. Pinder Primary, S.C. Bootle High and Moores Island All Age School. Emerging victorious for the second time was Eldrico Armbrister of S.C. Bootle High School. He will travel to Nassau in April to compete in the National Spelling Bee Competition. Present for the Spelling Bee were Mr. Rudolph Smith, District Superintendent of Education, and Mr. Antony Capron of the Nassau Guardian who awarded the trophies. From left to right: Mr. Antony Capron, Second Place winner Shaquille Jones-Abaco Central High, First Place winner Eldrico Armbrister-S.C. Bootle High and Third Place winner Orrana Bain-J.A. Pinder Primary. All participants will receive certificates during the Ministry of Educations Awards ceremony.Spelling Bee Produces WinnersMOW School Holds Flea Market Please see Big Cat Page 19 By Richard E. Fawkes February 10 was an extraordinary day in Bahamian-Haitian relations in Abaco. The day began with a combined force of immigration, police, and defence force officers taking into custody dozens of suspected illegal Haitian immigrants throughout the Marsh Harbour area. Thirty-four were deported. Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Local Government, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, visited Abaco that day to observe the destruction of citrus canker-infested fruit trees at Bahama Star Farm, underway since the previous Friday. Mr. Gray met with workers still living on the closed and quarantined farm, mostly Haitians or HaitianBahamians, who, with their families number over 200, to assure them that the government would assist them with food and utilities until they could be processed by immigration in an orderly way to determine who were entitled to remain in The Bahamas and who would have to be repatriated to Haiti. That night Mr. Gray presided over a community meeting in Marsh Harbour at the Anglican Parish Hall, attended by over 50 residents of mixed ethnic backgrounds, to inform them of the governments plans to contain citrus canker throughout the island, including testing trees on residential property. Much of the meeting focused on discussions about the growing tensions between Please see Gray Page 17Big Cat Will Clear 100 Acres/DayThe Man-O-War Primary School holds an annual Flea Market that is anticipated by many people from all over Abaco. This year it was held on February 19. The school allows anyone to sell with the agreement that they pay 10 percent of their sales to benefit the school. The school reserves the sale of all food and drink for the school.

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Page 2 B The Abaconian January 15, 2005 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 COMMERCIAL DOCKSPRIVATE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOAT LIFTSDOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellualar: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine ConstrConstr ConstrConstr Constr uctionuction uctionuction uction News of the CaysHope Town District Council MeetingBy Lindseye Delaplaine The Hope Town District Council met on February 17. The major issues addressed were the 2005-06 budget and continuing problems with garbage collection. Each of the settlements in the Hope Town District submitted a capital budget as well as a combined recurring (general and administrative) budget to the government. The Man-O-War capital budget included requests for their roads, clinic, building public restrooms, a community center and new retaining walls and expenses related to dredging a new staging area for their dump site. Guana Cays capital requests included money for roads, building a new retaining wall, expanding their clinic and dredging at the public dock. Hope Towns requests were the same as last year: money for a new freight dock, repairs to the public docks, school building repairs and maintenance, an upgrade for the clinic and additional funds to assist with garbage collection. The recurring budget includes local government employees salaries, funds for garbage collection, upkeep and maintenance on public buildings and upkeep and maintenance of public grounds and recreational sites. The 2005-06 budget request was an $86,000 increase over last years budget. The increases came in the areas of garbage collection and upkeep and maintenance. Last year the government support for garbage collection in Hope Town was $20,000 less than the lowest commercial bid for garbage collection. Line items were added for the upkeep of public docks and beaches. The Council was unsure as to whether or not any of the capital requests would be approved, but are assured of receiving most of the recurring budget. The issuance of annual licenses for local establishments was approved in principle, pending the receipt of positive reports from various government agencies that are required to do annual inspections. Although the inspections are supposed to take place before the end of the year, many of them have not been completed. When the Music and Dancing licenses are issued, a reminder will be attached regarding the restrictions about music being played after midnight. It was reported that the road contract would be revoked from the current contractor if work does not recommence by February 19th. Due to continual congestion at the Hope Town dump, the Council is investigating the feasibility of requiring all construction sites to be responsible for their own trash. This would mean they would rent their own bins from E&D Waste and pay for the waste to be barged to Marsh Harbour. Also, a letter will be going out reminding everyone that Council is only responsible the collection of residential household garbage. Rental houses are considered commercial properties and are responsible for paying for their garbage removal. Individuals are personally responsible for removing derelict vehicles from the island. They cannot be discarded or abandoned at the town dump.Hope Town Assoc. Refocusing on Taylor ParkBy Lindsey Delaplaine So far this year the Hope Town Association has been busy repairing damage from the 2004 hurricanes which has delayed work on their major project for 2005 recreating Taylor Park. Much of the work that needed to be done Please see Cays Page 3 Taylor Park was established in 1970 to commemorate the tragic death of a member of the Hope Town community. For a time it was a vibrant part of the communitys life, but it has recently fallen into disrepair. The Hope Town Association is working to restore and revitalize the area. The Hope Town community swimming pool is behind the sign. Page 2 B The Abaconian March 1, 2005

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January 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B 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 More News of the Caysafter the hurricanes involved cleaning or repairing work that the association had already done. For instance, the harbour signs had to be recovered, (one had been blown all the way to the Lodge), repainted and repatriated. The parks and public areas around Hope Town were filled with debris and much of the landscaping required repairing or, when necessary, replanting. Trees have been ordered to replace the ones lost at Sunshine Park. The swamp at Taylor Park had to be cleared of two boat houses that used to reside on the Sound and were relocated by the hurricanes. Taylor Park was dedicated in 1970 in memoriam for Taylor Quackenbush, a 6year-old who was killed in a tragic car accident while living on the island. His parents, Babe and John Quackenbush, used donations made in his name to purchase bleachers and sporting equipment for the park. On opening day a softball game was held between the Babes and the Quacks. It was the first of many such games, between Hope Town teams and against teams from other islands. The park was also used for showing movies in the evening with Vernon Malone serving as the projector operator. However, in the last decade or so the park fell into disrepair. Interest was revived with the addition of the community pool, but the rest of the grounds continued to need attention. The current refurbishing project was set in motion last summer by a series of generous donations. Randy Key of Pinewoods Nursery in Marsh Harbour donated enough weed killer for the park to be sprayed. This opened the door for Lorin Senn (Papa Nasty) to donate his time and equipment to scarify the field, which entails using specialized equipment for turning up the ground. Joe Krouse and his crew, who worked on the golf course at Winding Bay, volunteered their time on three separate weekends to install an irrigation system throughout the field. Elbow Cay Properties was kind enough to lodge the gentlemen from Winding Bay. This would have enabled the field to be sodded had the hurricanes not struck soon after. Now the irrigation system has to be dug out from under a few feet of sand. Association President, Michael Myers, is talking to potential volunteers to address the issue. Once the irrigation system is up and running, a salt water pump will need to be purchased to help maintain the field. The association has received some donations towards the purchase of the pump. What the committee is not sure about is raising additional funds for the purchase of a set of bleachers and sports equipment. We raise our money from donations and membership dues, said Patte Myers, treasurer of the association. Since our December newsletter we have had 35 people send in dues. While thats great, its not enough to allow us to do all that we hoped for the ball field. The Association would like to see the field available to all who want to play a variety of sports: softball, soccer, football. They also hope to bring back movie night which used to be a town favorite. The Hope Town Association was created 15 years ago by the Myers to address needs they saw around town. The Myers are actively looking for more volunteers to be inCaysFrom Page 2 Please see Cays Page 4 ABACO (242) 367 5792AE81 Days Only! Days Only!2 2Tent Sale at adam&eveMarch 11th & 12th 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 March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B

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Page 4 B The Abaconian January 15, 2005 volved in the project. Many of the longterm committee members have retired or moved on and the remaining members all work full-time, which doesnt leave much time for association work. Anyone who is an Elbow Cay resident, part-time resident or owns a second home is encouraged to contact Michael Myers and get involved. The number is 366-0030.Hope Town Sailing Club Enjoys Windy WinterBy Lindsey Delaplaine The mission of the Sailing Club is to promote the sport of sailing in the area of Hope Town. To that end, the Sailing Club organizes a variety of races, regattas and cruises throughout the winter and spring season. The races are open to anyone who wants to sail and are free. We have the most diverse fleet Ive ever seen, said Race Committee member George Holloway, and were hoping it gets bigger each year. To encourage participation, the Sailing Club is sponsoring a Basic Racing Course for beginners on February 28th at 10 a.m. The course will cover basic racing tactics, including tips on starting, sailing the various legs of the race and how to finish. There will also be a session on racing rules. The course is open to anyone who is interested and will be held at the Sailing Club. The races typically take place every other Wednesday during the season. However, this year few races have taken place on the original date and the Boxing Day Regatta was canceled due to high winds. Although in most areas it is up to the individual sailor whether or not he wants to compete in whatever conditions the race takes place, the Hope Town Race Committee uses a great deal of caution when deciding if a race should take place. We have a lot of small boats for which sailing in high winds is dangerous, said Holloway. According to Race Committee member Sue Holloway changing the dates has worked out well this year. All of the postponed races have turned out wonderfully. To ensure that the races are as fair as possible, especially with such a diverse fleet, the actual racing times are adjusted, wherever possible, to the handicaps as listed in the U.S. Sailing Associations PHRF handicap listing. Each of the Sailing Clubs races are named for actually trophies and cups that have been donated to the club over the years. Some have been there for decades. The results for the races through February 17th follow.January 5: Charles Manchee Trophy1st place Flyer (Bristol 28' Channel Cutter)Skipper Mike Mallory 2nd place Malola (Morgan 28') Skipper Wellington Pinder 3rd place Sunshine (Manta 42')Skipper Mike HoughtonJanuary 19: Yeardley Smith Trophy1st place Grumpy Ole Men (J 80) Skipper Bob Knaus 2nd place Flyer (Bristol 28' Channel Cutter)Skipper Mike Mallory 3rd place Jasmine (Maine 30' catamaran) Skipper Ron EngleFebruary 2: 1st Race for Hope Town Cup1st place Nalu (modified 25' Piver trimaran) Skipper Ron Engle 2nd place Lookin Good (Columbia Challenger 25) Skipper Art Wilder 3rd place Flyer (Bristol 28' Channel Cutter)Skipper Mike MalloryFebruary 9: 2nd Race for Hope Town Cup1st place Nalu (modified 25' Piver trimaran) Skipper Ron Engle 2nd place Grumpy Ole Men (J 80) Skipper Bob Knaus 3rd place Lookin Good (Columbia Challenger 25) Skipper Art WilderCombined Results of Two Races for Hope Town Cup1st place Nalu 2nd place Lookin Good 3rd place Grumpy Ole Men February 17: Founders Cup1st place Nalu (modified 25' Piver trimaran)Skipper Ron Engle 2nd place Firelight (Peter Brett 41) Skipper Tim Harrison More News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 6 Two Marshall Cat boats fly across Abaco Sound during the Hope Town Sailing Clubs Founders Cup race on February 17th. Photo by Amy Brubaker CaysFrom Page 2 4 STROKE GAS AND ELECTRIC (48V)Its versatility allows it to serve a variety of uses. Prices starting from $7500.00 GENERATORSStarting from $1100.00GAS & DIESEL AVAILABLE Duty Free Information Available YAMAHAContactAbaco Outboard Engines For Further Information242-367-2452INTRODUCES Page 4 B The Abaconian March 1, 2005

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January 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every Day Bahama Palm ShoresEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Peek-A-View Hope Town #2136 $868,000.00One of the finest homes on Elbow Cay & overlooking the beautiful crystal blue Atlantic Ocean. Centrally located on the island, 'Peek-a-View' is a great choice for a second or retiring home. The property is beautifully landscaped & the home is open & spacious. This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath home has a large, open kitchen, Jacuzzi tub & his & her closets in the master suite. Located just 20 minutes from Marsh Harbour in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores is this great parcel of land. Just across the street is the beautiful eight mile beach. This property is approx. 22,000 sq. ft. & is the perfect spot for your island dream house. The community of Bahama Palm Shores offers second home owners & full-time residents a personal atmosphere. Bahama Palm Shores #2172 $156,000.00This magnificent property is comprised of three lots. A gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath cottage w/ all new quality furniture, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, computer, television & new laundry facilities. The house also has new septic, cistern, IPE decking, & new hurricane windows.The entire house has also been re-roofed. Must be seen to truly appreciate all of its wonderful features. Clifford Sawyer House Hope Town #2147 $780,000.00 Turtle Rocks Marsh Harbour #2176 $242,000.00Located just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour is this beautiful lot. With 100 feet of Sea-of-Abaco frontage & 125 feet on the main road you will be well secluded from the outside world. The entire property is 2.5 acres & can be sub-divided at a later date into no more that 5 1/2 acre lots. This is the last one available in this area, so call our office today for more details. This offering consists of three consecutive lots on Banyan Tree Drive in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores. Priced to sell at a mere $89,000 you can build your home on one lot and keep two for future use or resale. Only a short walk from the beach, this property is an excellent buy. Call our office or make an appointment today. #2171 $89,000.00Located 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. Commercial Acreage Marsh Harbour #2150 Call for PriceBahama Palm ShoresThis lot is located near Fry's Mangrove on Elbow Cay. It is situated between the Sea of Abaco & a creek making it an ideal location for nature lovers & boating enthusiasts. The property is approx. 41,000. sq. ft. & is just a few minutes from Hope Town. This is a great investment opportunity for those that want their own little piece of paradise. #2168 $144,000.00Beautiful Wooded Lot Elbow Cay This lot is located in beautiful Leisure Lee, just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour. It is situated on a protected canal waterway, great for boating enthusiasts & nature lovers. It is approx. 9000 sq. ft. & is the perfect place to perch your dream home. This lot is in a great neighbourhood that is fast growing, so don't miss your opportunity to own your own little piece of paradise. #2175 $130,000.00Leisure Lee Marsh Harbour Bea's Nest offers 5 bed & 4 bath w/ numerous porches. Large open kitchen w/ adjacent family room w/ beautiful ocean views. Above the kitchen is a second storey loft that can be used as a home office. 2 beds are detached from the main house offering separate entries, perfect for visiting guests. Beautifully landscaped, includes a pool, cabana & spa tub. Beas Nest Man-O-War Cay #2166 $1,400,000.00Call for an appointment today. To view all of our Bahamas Listings go to www.grahamrealestate.com Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 june@grahamrealestate.comJune E. Russell, BRIHope Town (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602 patti@grahamrealestate.comPatti Love, Realtor March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B

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Page 6 B The Abaconian January 15, 20053rd place Yellow Bird (Islander 36) Skipper Gerri Smith The results are cheerfully kept and complied by Race Committee member Jim Klein. He informed me that Nalu m the winner of the Hope Town Cup and the Founders Cup, was rebuilt by Ron Engle after it was badly damaged in Hurricane Floyd. In addition to completely rebuilding the three hulls, he replaced the center board with a six foot keel and used a salvaged mast from another Floyd wreck which is six feet taller than the standard Piver 25 mast. The Sailing Club has two more cruising races on the books for March as well as a number of Saturday races scheduled for Abaco dinghies.Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle CrossIsland Roots Heritage Festival UpdateDue to conflicts with other groups and events, the dates for the 2005 Island Roots Heritage Festival to be held on Green Turtle Cay have been changed to May 20, 21 and 22, 2005 If you missed last years Festival, you will have heard about the great time we had as we celebrated our heritage and our ties to Key West. We were entertained by Junkanoo, Amy Roberts Primary School, the Key West Chorale and, of course, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band. We enjoyed great food, fun old time games, Maypole plaiting and reminiscing with old friends. So make plans to be a part of the 2005 festival and enjoy great food and entertainment. For additional information, contact Karen McIntosh 365-8489 or Julie Farrington 3654047 or the Abaco Tourist Office 3673067.Police Holds Community MeetingOn February 16th members of the Abaco branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force held a community meeting at the Miracle Church of God in Green Turtle Cay. The meeting was opened with a prayer by Bishop Johnny Lowe. Local Police Officer Ferguson introduced the visiting guests which included Sgt. Gaynell Johnson, Const. Campbell, Corp. Cash, ASP Wayne Miller and Immigration Officer Mrs. McKenzie. Also in attendance were Officer Hubert Smith and Police Reservists Samantha Bodie and John Sawyer. After brief remarks Sgt. Gaynell Johnson introduced ASP Wayne Miller. ASP Miller spoke about community policing and winning back the support and respect of the Bahamian people. He made it clear that he was here to hear the concerns of the people. He spoke about the increase in domestic violence and urged victims to report incidents to the police. He told of the effects of drug and alcohol abuse in Abaco communities. The use of illegal drugs is killing our children and our communities. He also talked about the incidents of house breaking in the Treasure Cay area and the arrest of those responsible. As a result of a community meeting in Treasure Cay, there is now a crime watch group. He warned that because Treasure Cay is no longer an easy target, the criminals may target our community. He urged that people take precautions and protect their homes. ASP Miller talked about the diversity of cultures in the Abaco community and the need for peaceful and legal integration. He comMore News of the Cays 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 CaysFrom Page 4 Please see Cays Page 18 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 REESTel: 242-366-3088 (home) MARSH HARBOUR & OUTER CAYSjamesanddonna@erabahamas.com ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELLTel: 242-366-0440 MARSH HARBOUR/HOPETOWN erika@erabahamas.com 2840 TILLOO CAY3.75 ACRE SEA TSEA PROPERTY; 2 BED/1.5 BATH COTTAGE; APPROVED PLANS FOR A 3 BED/2 BATH NEW ENGLAND STYLE HOME; PROTECTED BOAT BASIN W/ 170FT. HORSESHOE DOCK WITH BOAT LIFT AND SPACE FOR 35FT CRUISER; PROTECTED BY SEA WALL & REAKWATER; DEEP WATER ACCESS;OUTSIDE 80 FT. DOCK W/ POWER ONSHORE LINE. BRING YOUR YACHT! MOTIVATED SELLER! TURNKEY OPERATION. 2837 BAH. PALM SHORESWELL MAINTAINED 3 BEDROOM/ 2 BATH C/A CYPRESS CEILINGS, CERAMIC TILE. OFFERED AT $341,000. OFFERED AT $341,000. OFFERED AT $341,000. OFFERED AT $341,000. OFFERED AT $341,000. www.erabahamas.com 2809 GREEN TURTLE CAY 3.719 ACRES COCO BAY TO ATLANTIC OCEAN WITH DOCK AND DREDGED CHANNEL. CALL FOR PRICING CALL FOR PRICING CALL FOR PRICING CALL FOR PRICING CALL FOR PRICINGTREASURE CAY TWO ADJACENT LOTS ON GOLF COURSE. PRICED AT $35,000 EACH PRICED AT $35,000 EACH PRICED AT $35,000 EACH PRICED AT $35,000 EACH PRICED AT $35,000 EACH .. .. .MARSH HARBOUR COMMERCIAL ACREAGE. CALL FOR DETAILS. ACREAGE JUST NORTH OF LEISURE LEE CALL FOR INFO. LOTS AVAILABLE IN CASUARINA POINT AND BAHAMA PALM SHORES. LUBBERS QUARTERS LOTS STARTING FROM $89,000 WITH DOCK SPACE. CHEROKEE HILLTOP 100 ELEVATION, BREATHTAKING OCEAN VIEW,4 LOTS. STARTING AT $149,000. At the Stop Light At the Stop Light At the Stop Light At the Stop Light At the Stop Light Marsh Harbour,Abaco Marsh Harbour,Abaco Marsh Harbour,Abaco Marsh Harbour,Abaco Marsh Harbour,AbacoTel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.comJAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REESTel: 242-366-3088 (home) MARSH HAROUR & NORTH & SOUTH ABACOjamesanddonna@erabahamas.com2818 CASUARINA POINTSPACIOUS BEACH FRONT 4 BED 4 BATH, GORGEOUS VIEW OF BAY AND ATLANTIC OCEAN. 2937 BAH. PALM SHORES 100 X 150 LOT NEXT TO ESTATE LOTS, BUILD FOR VIEWS OF THE ATLANTIC. UNDERGROUND ELECTRIC AND PHONE. $38,000.$38,000. $38,000.$38,000. $38,000.WHITE SOUND ELBOW CAY4 ONE BEDROOM AND 3 TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT COMPLEX. GOOD INCOME EARNER WAITING LIST FOR TENANTS. $925,000.$925,000. $925,000.$925,000. $925,000. Elbow Cay2836 BAH. PALM SHORES BEACHFRONT PROPERTY ON GORGEOUS ATLANTIC VIEW. (16,800 SQ.FT) REDUCED PRICED AT $138,000. PRICED AT $138,000. PRICED AT $138,000. PRICED AT $138,000. PRICED AT $138,000. Harbour Properties 13001 LITTLE HARBOURTWO ON THE HARBOUR PROPERTIES. ONE OF A KIND BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE ATLANTIC AND HARBOUR GREAT ELEVATIONS. INTERIOR LOTS AVAILABLE.CALL FOR DETAILS CALL FOR DETAILS CALL FOR DETAILS CALL FOR DETAILS CALL FOR DETAILS 13013 LITTLE HARBOUREXTRAORDINARY VIEWS OF THE HARBOUR AND SEA OF ABACO 800 SQ. FT. HOME, WORSHSHOP, LANDSCAPING, WATER TANKS, PHONE, ELECTRTICOFFERED AT $160,000 OFFERED AT $160,000 OFFERED AT $160,000 OFFERED AT $160,000 OFFERED AT $160,000 Island Dream Great Buy! 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Page 8 B The Abaconian January 15, 2005 Sunrise BayA private, residential community on the Sea of Abaco in the heart of Marsh Harbour.(Next Door to Regattas of Abaco) SELLING FASTOnly 14 Lots remainingABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB-20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone : (242) 367-2719 Fax : (242) 367-2359 www.abacobahamas.comRoyal Harbour Marsh Harbour Lot #26 consisting of 14,583 sq.ft. Offered @ $125,000 Dorros Cove Elbow Cay Lots #39 & #40, Offered as one parcel. Approx. 220 x 220 fabulous unobstructed ocean views, Offered @ $339,000 Includes boat slip Bahama Palm Shores 3 Lots 80 x 125 sq.ft. @ $25,000 each Casuarina Point Residential Lot 80 x 125 sq.ft. @ $15,000 NEW EXCLUSIVE 5 acre tract near Sandy Point Airport $39,900 gross212 ft Waterfront Adjoining Winding BayMarsh Harbour WaterfrontSandy PointNEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING! Beautiful waterfront estate on the Sea of Abaco. 5 Bed, 4 Bath, pool Must see $2,150,000 NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING! 5 acre parcel, great elevations overlooking Winding Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Call for price. NEW EXCLUSIVEBahama Palm Shores Beachfront 100 Beachfront x 400+/deep $249,000Contact Bill Thompson 477-5712NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING! 2 beautiful beach front lots 90 x 180 $79,900 each (if purchasing both)$99,900 each (if purchasing separately) 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 Diamente Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: www.diamantedental.com (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: dentalspecialistabaco@yahoo.com Dr. Barry L. Russell March 18 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major March 11 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) availableA Teacher Is RememberedBy Portia Jonsson Principals and teachers from schools throughout Abaco joined hands with the administrative staff, teachers, students and parents of Central Abaco Primary to remember and celebrate the life of the late Doris Hall during a memorial service held February 11th. Mrs. Hall joined the staff of Central Abaco Primary in September 1997 as a third grade teacher. She spent more than 35 years in the teaching profession and for the past two years she was the school librarian. Mrs. Hall taught in the United States and Nassau before moving to Abaco. On February 2nd she passed away after complications from a recent triple bypass surgery. The outside walls of the school were decorated with loving tributes, pictures, drawings and poems by the staff and students. During the service the Central Abaco Primary School family wore white t-shirts with a picture of Mrs. Hall and the words, A Teacher on Earth, an Angel in Heaven. Among those in attendance were the bereaved family; Mr. Rudolph Smith; Superintendent, Abaco District; Ms. Felemease Sawyer, Assistant to the Superintendent; Pastor David Cartwright; Pastor Lernis Cornish; and Chief Councillor Cay Mills. The staff and students of Central Abaco Primary paid tribute in song, dance, poem and scripture reading. Mrs. Eunice Mills, school principal, said Mrs. Hall was a tireless and energetic worker. She was always a friend when needed and eager to help. She described Mrs. Halls life and career as an inspiration to them all. Mrs. Mills extended the schools heartfelt sympathy to her family and tearfully added how hard it was to express the depth of sorrow felt by the school that day. Mr. Smith encouraged everyone to continue to give God thanks for someone like Mrs. Hall. She left a legacy behind for each of us to follow and advised that when we reflect on these things, we will be able to rejoice rather than be sad. Mrs. Hall is survived by her husband James, sons David and Ricky and granddaughter Taylor.Forest Heights AcademyStudents Are HonouredBy Leslie Kennedy The past two months have been busy ones at Forest Heights Academy producing honours for many students. The Rotary Club will be holding its Annual Speech Competition on February 21. Participants from Forest Heights, Upper School: Brittany Benjamin and Lee Andra Thompson and Lower School: Antonia Wright and Brittany Symonette were the winners of the school competition. The school event encompassed grades 8-12 with all participating. Public speaking is a very important skill and there was a great deal of talent to consider. These four articulate students are now preparing for the district level in which the top three winners will go to Nassau for the National Texaco Speech Competition. This year the topics were particularly strong issues, dealing with the causes of crime and the prevention of littering. Consequently, the real importance of this competition was that the students developed quite an awareness in both of these subjects. As a footnote, many of the students were proud to point out the successful aluminum can recycling program inspired by science teacher, Ms. Alana Carroll. It is in its third year and Ms. Carroll faithfully hauls off large bags of aluminum cans on a regular basis. Hopefully, these practices will begin a grass roots effort. Meanwhile, Forest Heights is waiting for the return and all of the wonderful stories of the 20 some students who traveled to London for their mid-term break. Organized by Principal, Mr. Paul Vernall, the trip was sure to be culturally, historically and socially unforgettable. Finally, as a cuirnination of all their achievements, the Students of the Month were named for December and January. The honorees were Lower School: Joe I`hompson and Stephen McComb and Upper School: Adam Cash and Nyika Wilmore.St. Francis de SalesLibrary Is Rebuilt by VolunteersBy Mirella Santillo The Rotary Interact Youth Club helped volunteers rebuild and paint St. Francis de Sales Schools relocated library after the School NewsCentral Abaco Primary School remembered a favorite teacher at a Memorial Service on February 11. Grade One students paid tribute to the late Doris Hall in song, All Things Bright and Beautiful Please see School Page 9 Page 8 B The Abaconian March 1, 2005

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January 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B Marsh HarbourLittle Orchard 3 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished home with efficiency apartment Great neighbourhood for kids!EXCL USIVE $265,000.00 High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $510,000 Don MacKay Blvd. Large lot 1.5 acres, across from Abaco Wholesale EXCLUSIVE $335,000 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 Treasure Cay Carlton Landing Condos on the canalCall for info. Bahama Palm Shores 2 bed / 2 bath home on stilts, on 2 lots, furnished, C/air, tool shed, standby generator & much moreCall for Info Bahama Palm Shores Several lots available Eastern Shores: Rental Townhouse 3 bed x 2 bath on the beah, upstairs and downstairs, balconies. Beautiful views. Weekly/monthly P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph. 242-367-4962 www.landandsearealty.com E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com Leslie PinderCALL US TODAY!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 levelEXCLUSIVE 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 B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367-2798 Fax: 367-5098 The leading provider of automotive, household, hardware, and industrial products and services in The Bahamas.Make NAPA your choice for all of your automotive parts and service needs. AUTO& Home CenterNo one can match NAPA's products, services, and commitment.Don MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone : (242) 367-2117 Let the Cash family help you find your piece of paradise in Treasure Cay. P.O. Box AB 22212 Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Tel:(242) 365 8467Fax: (242) 365-8771 Cell: (242) 477 5056 e.mail: jic@oii.netJohn I. Cash, BRI, CRSReal Estate BrokerHGChristie.com old one was condemned as a result of the damage inflicted by last year two storms. Like so many schools on Abaco, St. Francis suffered extensive damage during the hurricanes. There are still repairs to be completed there, as in other schools, but there was a lucky break in the case of the school library. The school library was a wooden structure on stilts erected on one side of the main building. During the storms it lost part of its roof and one of the walls caved in. Most of the books were destroyed by floods of water pouring in. The building was out of order for the first three months of the school year until volunteer librarian Mrs. Mary Mauck and her husband, Mr. Dennis Mauck, returned for their winter stay in Marsh Harbour at the beginning of November of 2004. Mrs. Mauck, a boater and a repeat visitor to Marsh Harbour for many years, was trained in the late eighties to take care of the library by school librarian Sister Patty-Ann. Since then, she has been St. Francis wintertime volunteer librarian. So, one can imagine her distraught to find out upon her return last November that the library was closed and thousands of books destroyed. Mrs. Kumar, the Principal, involved with the running of the school and the other repairs, could not foresee the reopening of the library for the 2004-05 school year. A solution had to be found! It was decided that it was not practical to use the existing structure which was standing on low ground and did not seem to be sound enough to withstand other bad storms. However, there was a storage shed on higher ground at the opposite end of the school built several years ago as a carpentry class project. That shed was still standing, had very little damage and seemed strong enough. So, with Mrs. Kumars approval, it was chosen to house the new library in spite of its smaller size. The librarian gathered a group of volunteers, boaters, students and teachers who wanted to help. The roof and the walls of the old library were repaired. Some shelves and furniture were salvaged as well as the books that were not mildewed. Then we moved everything out of the shed into the old library, said Mrs. Mauck, so we could clean, and prepare the shed for its new function. She added, The Rotary Interact Youth Club helped us paint as we worked More School News SchoolFrom Page 8 Each month during the schools academic year, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School awards its students who have performed well and names them Student of the Month. Pictured are the students of the upper school for the month for January 2005. Front row: Rhia Sudine, Serena Greene, Sabrina Diehl, Sashoy Campbell and Shaniska Edgecombe. Middle row left to right: Lisa Kemp, Adisha Pinder, Agnes Fertil, Samajra Baillou and Serenity Murray. Back row left to right: Amard Murrary, Nigella Thompson, Katie Joseph and Leslyn Gibson. Please see School Page 10 March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B

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Page 10 B The Abaconian January 15, 2005 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654 Marine ElectronicsCapt. Pat and Ann McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repair of: Web: www.merlinsmarine.com E-mail: merlin@abacoinet.com VHF CH 16 Mon Fri 8-5 F.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained Technician At the Jib Room. Marsh Harbour Marina Tel: 242-367-2163Fax 242-367-3388 SIMRAD through the Christmas vacation, building shelves, painting and sorting out books. The walls and the shelves were painted white. It gives the room a bright, cheerful look, she noted. The floors are painted blue plywood, decorated with brightly colored fish and are easy to keep clean. Two tables, a few chairs and a desk made up the furniture. At the school reopening in January the new library was stacked with books, ready again for the children and teachers to use. All the encyclopedias and dictionaries had been spared as well as some of the children books; unfortunately, nearly all of the nature and literature books were destroyed. To help restock the library books were given to the new library by parents and people in the community and donated novels were exchanged for school books. The librarian said, There are now approximately 2,500 books here compared to close to 10,000 before the storms. She mentioned that 50 boxes of books donated by the Rotary Club of Annapolis, Maryland, believed to have been misplaced, are now on their way to Marsh Harbour. So she is happily preparing cataloguing labels while waiting for their arrival. During my visit students were in and out of the room, looking for stories to read or reference books for school projects. Mrs. Kumar expressed her gratitude for the help of everyone involved in rebuilding that most used school facility.Man-O-War Flea MarketBy Jennifer Hudson Alburys largest ferryboat, packed with eager bargain hunters, made its way over to Man-O-War Cay early on the morning of February 19th for the traditional flea market which is eagerly looked forward to each year by residents from all over Abaco, second homeowners and boaters and which is held to raise funds for the Man-O-War Public School. These are the students of the lower grades who were named Student of the Month for January 2005. Front row: Jacob Doyle, Nathan Princilus, Hannah Parotti, Marbria Wilmore and Adrian Newbold. Back row from left to right: Seanna Albury, Farrah Johnson, Kadeem Gibbs, Khadisha Bain, Joshua Archer and Ranisha Newbold. More School News Please see School Page 9 Please see School Page 11 Chris Thompson Real EstateOffering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris Thompson Greg Roberts* Private Islands Waterfront Homes and Land Investment Property Acreage Project/Property Management Complete Service from Sales to Construction ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowes Cay ***** www.ChrisThompsonRealEstate.com Page 10 B The Abaconian March 1, 2005

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January 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B Your Key to Real Estate Sales & Appraisals In The Bahamas Serving The Bahamas for Over 50 YearsRoyal Harbour Village. Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and moreTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs Select Properties Marsh Harbour Area Marsh Harbour Area. NEW! Income! Only two years old, modern triplex with the added bonus of a nearly completed efficiency apartment. Well built, solid, concrete construction, tile floors. Nice private and spacious back yard area. Convenient part of the community within blocks of the Central Abaco Primary School and all amenities. Nice quiet culde-sac location. Listing #9092.Please call for details.Bahama Palm Shores. UNDER CONTRACT! Coral Ridge Drive. Nice 13,000 s. f. homesite in Section One. Densely wooded. Walk to Eight Mile Beach! #9053$ 24,500 Bahama Palm Shores. UNDER OFFER! Two adjacent lots, Section IV, Casuarina Drive, 200' to beach. Clear sight-lines to Atlantic, build up for superb views! #3646$41,000 each Bahama Palm Shores. Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath residence directly across from lovely Eight Mile Bay. #8928 $422,000 Guana Cay Superb elevation, Beach front home site, 1.5+ acres, just north of Orchid Bay. Property like this is disappearing fast! #8842Call for details Guana Cay. Outstanding Atlantic 1.5 acre beachfront building site. Conveniently located near the settlement, but secluded and well north of Nippers. #9079Call for details Lubbers Quarters. Abaco Ocean Club. 10,000+ s.f. homesite on Marlin Way cul-de-sac. Close to marina. Priced to move. #7316$48,000 Marsh Harbour. Great location near Boat Harbour entrance. Commercial or residential building site suitable for single family or duplex. Make an offer! #6251$120,000 Split Rocks. UNDER CONTRACT! Sea of Abaco acreage! 15 acres of rolling hills. High elevation. Perfect for a small resort or secluded estate. #8729 $590,000 Lots of good food was available at the Man-O-War Flea Market. The school kept all sales of food and drink items for benefitting the school. The very successful day brought in enough funds to buy necessary school supplies as well as build an extension onto the school. The new part of the building will have classrooms as well as two covered porches. Many town residents helped including the conch fritter crew which stayed busy. Headmistress of Man-O-War School, Mrs. Kellie Janes, was thrilled with the result of this years flea market which, she said, was their best ever and she wished to thank everyone who had taken part. The whole community came together and so many people helped, whether they live here for a week, a month or permanently and some of the second home owners worked for weeks ahead sorting all the white elephants, said Ms. Janes. All of the items for the silent auction were Please see School Page 10 SchoolFrom Page 12 More School News Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCA Bahamian Financial Service Corporation Investment Fund Administration Fund Formation and Licensure Articles of Association and Offering Memorandums Shareholders registration, issuance and redemption of shares All accounting and administration including monthly financial statements, partner statements, and NAV calculations Government compliance Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider International Business Companies (IBCs) incorporation and registration Central Bank applications Registered agent services Custodial and local account administration Serve as director, nominee shareholder, officer, or local agent Government compliance Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Dedicated to e-commerce and client communication through the internet Data storage of all client documents (both hard and soft copies) Monthly, quarterly, or annual preparation of financial statements Bank reconciliations, Payroll, Accts Payable, and Accts ReceivableMemorial Plaza, Suite 202, P.O.Box AB-20763, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel: 242-367-0220 Fax: 707-516-7765 March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 1 1 B

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Page 12 B The Abaconian January 15, 2005 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 donated outright as were the white elephants and proceeds from many of the other stalls. People wishing to sell their own items donated 10 percent of their sales.. Ms. Janes was especially hoping for a bumper year as in addition to the books, computers and other supplies which they use the money for each year, this year they were hoping to put an addition onto the school. Thanks to the large amount raised this year that dream will now become a reality and this summer construction of the new addition will begin. It will include a resource room mainly for science and art but also some music and language classes and two covered porches. There were bargains galore, as usual, covering everything from books, toys, nicknacks, boating paraphernalia, tools and plants to used vacuum cleaners, fans, barbeques, proving once more the old adage, One mans junk is another mans treasure. Tuppy Weatherford displayed a new set of Bahamian parrot photographs which were truly stunning and Colyn Rees once again drew a large crowd with his highly sought after historical black and white prints. Fisherman Peter Sweeting displayed a fine array of starfish and a magnificent green turtle shell. The Man-O-War Humane Society in conjunction with the Friends of Abaco Animals had a large booth to raise funds for their cause and the Youth Group of the Man-O-War Church of God ran a stall which was to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Tennessee. Fourteen members of the youth group will be traveling to the Winterfest Youth Convention from March 10-13. Both groups, whilst raising funds for their needs were also helping the school and made their donations of10 percent of their sales. Ann Pleydell Bouveries plant stall offering a wide variety of attractive plants was very popular. This is the third year More School News SchoolFrom Page 11 A wide variety of food was available at the Man-O-War Flea Market. Plenty of activities provided entertainment for all ages. Many people go as they find the occasion a great time to renew friendships with those from other communities. This was the 19th year for this special day. Please see School Page 18 Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081Aisle of Palm RealtyBrent Cartwright web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco BEST BUYS IN ABACO1105 Bonefish Lodge located on the beach in Sandy Point with 10 rooms, large dining room and kitchen, just minutes to the flats. 1115 5 lots with amazing views and excellent elevations. All lots 1+/acre in size and underground utilities to come. Email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Maria Silvester Coral Point 1007 Two adjacent parcels approx. 1.5 acres each with 40' elevations and 130'+ waterfront. One parcel is vacant, other has partially completed 3/2 home. Bahama Palm 1160 Section one home site w/ foundation started for 2/1 home. Finish to your liking. $35,500 Cherokee 1157 Abaco pine built home in the heart of the settlement. Offers one bed and bath with sleeping loft $125,750 Watching Bay Section of interior and ocean view lots starting at $27,500 Bahama Palm Shores Seven lots exclusively listed starting at $12,750. Bahama Palm is HOT! HOT! Tilloo Cay 1021One lot left. 100' of waterfront and great elevations and deep water draft. $199,900 Liesure Lee 1138 Gorgeous corner canal lot with deep water and long views of the waterway Under Contract Guana Cay 1162 Sea to Sea property of 3.5 acres. Also interior lots with sea views available. Guana Cay 1117 & 1118 One cottage of 2/1 and one home of 3/2 on spectacular beachfront near town. Both homes have great rental history. Page 12 B The Abaconian March 1, 2005

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January 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 B 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, Forest Heights AcademyNow accepting registration for Grade 7 starting September 2005. Limited space in other grades. New applicant entrance testing Saturday, March 12th at 10 a.m. Please call 367-3539 for further information. ... THE BATTERY WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT OF LIFE!!!BATTERIES A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck/Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries Diesel Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries WE HONOUR THE FULL WARRANTY PERIOD NOT PRO-RATED(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!Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 Fax: 367-0064 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 We have reserved ten spaces on www.caribbeanrealestateshowcase.com. Will your listing be one of them? Contact us:www.abacorealtor.com Ph: 242-367-2365The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club officers for 2005-2006 pictured, left to right, are Dave Bluto, Commodore; Pat Stoddard, Rear Commodore, Meetings and Socials; Ray Vallerie, Rear Commodore, Community; Kathy Fenn, Secretary; Rusty Angstadt, Rear Commodore, Education; Helen Sutherland, Rear Commodore, Finance; Milt Sales, Rear Commodore, Membership; George Fraizer, Vice Commodore; Tom OBrien, Rear Commodore, Radio Communications; and Linda Gassmann, Treasurer.Yacht Club Names New OfficersThe Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club recently held its Annual Commodores Ball in the Marquee at Abaco Beach Resort. The gala dinner dance featured a gourmet sitdown dinner prepared by Chef Walter with piano music by Kathy Warren. After dinner musical entertainment and dance music was provided by DJ Audrick. Club members and guests in attendance came from Guana Cay, Scotland Cay, Elbow Cay, Marsh Harbour, Central Abaco CaysCanada, England and the United States. Dave Bluto, a cruising boater of nine years in the Abaco area, was installed as the new Commodore replacing John Mitchell who had served as Commodore in 2004. New officers were introduced as well as those continuing on in 2005. The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club is an 700-plus member yacht club that was founded here in Marsh Harbour in 1980. The club welcomes cruising boaters frequenting the Abaco waters and has many homeowners here that are active members as well. The goal of the club is to promote cruising boaters to come to these beautiful Out Islands from the United States and other countries. The club has contributed generously to the cruising community by building and maintaining public dinghy docks and providing channel markers in the harbour to direct new boaters safely into Marsh harbour. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club can contact the Rear Commodore of Membership, Milt Sales at 367 2158 ext. 508 or by calling LoKee on channel 68. Batelco Holds Open HouseBahamas Telecommunications Corporation is inviting the public to join them during the week of February 28 through March 4 for an open house celebration. During Customer Appreciation Week customers can discuss service problems, hear about the companys latest technology, and sign up for new services being offered. It will be an opportunity for interested person to learn of Batelcos expansion plans. March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 B

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Page 14 B The Abaconian January 15, 2005 ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: 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 Three acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, waterfront and Green Turtle Club $60-$70,000 each 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 Hilltop lot 200' by 300' offering views of the Sea of Abaco and Coco Bay. Large mature trees. B$360,000 Motivated Seller! Brand new two bedroom two full bath home located within five minutes walk of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Central A/C. 40 x 32. Tile floors; porch and deck. Fully landscaped with white picket fence. 9 ft. high ceilings throughout. Centrally located near public dock; beaches and a major resort. Perfect for first time buyers or retirees! B$325,000 gross 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. $850,000 gross New! 112 x 200 ocean front lot on north end of island. Outstanding ocean veiws. Reef is close enough to swim to. $495,000 plus 7% to close New! Prime water front commercial / residential location in the town of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. Site of take-away restaurant plus two bedrooms and two baths; kitchenette and great room. Private deck. Furnished two story building. Near public dock. Views of water from both floors. $350,000 plus 2% to close 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 Two inland lots 1/3 acre each located within walking distance of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Good elevation. B$90,000 each firm Four unit income producing building with views of Coco Bay and dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. Two bedroom one bath basically furnished home with large deck and view of Coco Bay. Just steps away from beautiful Coco Bay Beach. 18,000 gallon rain water tank. Basement. Garage. Good elevation. 1/3 acre. B $398,000 firm 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 Treehouse No. 2 Bluff Harbour Seabreeze Cottage, Ocean Beach Waterfront lot, Settlement Creek, Green Turtle Creek Lot No. 4 Bight O Bay Beach $360,000 plus 7% to close Lot 3 Coco Bay Coady Point, Bluff HarbourOCEAN 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 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) 367-4842The funeral for Doris Elizabeth Randolph Hall, 63 of Marsh Harbour was held at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel on February 12th with Pastor David Cartwright and Rev. Carla Culmer officiating. Burial was in the Public Cemetery. Doris was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Nina Randolph; and one brother. She is survived by her husband Jim, married 36 years; sons David and Ricky; granddaughter Taylor; sister Phyllis Pugh; godchild Sierra Cartwright; brothers-in-law Albert, Evan and Ossie Hall, Tony Sands and Lonnie Albury; sisters-in-law Dorry, Cynthia, Juanita and Sue Hall, Bea Sands and Geanette Albury; nieces Renee Pugh, Kristi Wong, Lonnette and Fallon Albury, Misty, Angel and Jessie Hall; nephews John, Stephan, Luke and Austin Hall and Cameron Knowles; nephew-in-law Jeremy Wong; niece-in-law Gina Knowles; grandnieces Kiana Hall, MacKennlee Ferguson; grandnephews Joshua and Gabriel Wong, Zachary Knowles, Nathaniel Hall and Peyton Sawyer and many relatives and friends. Laura Ann Pinder 84, affectionately called Auntie Annis of Mount Hope was held on February 12 at New Hope Baptist Church. Rev. John McIntosh officiated assisted by Rev. Jackie Curry and Rev. Dr. Allen J. Mills. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Mount Hope. She is survived by her son Rudolph Pinder Sr.; adopted children Howard Russell, Ludine Clarke, Gary Cooper and Willie Saunders; sister Idamae Cooper; grandchildren Rudolph Dula Pinder Jr., Wellington Pinder Sr., Donald and Gavin Pinder, Lavina Darville, Winnifred King, Richard and Kenderia Russell, Janet Cooper, Jennifer Jordan, Deanya and Okeno Thompson, Courtney and Cadesha Clarke, Decarlo, Jamalla and Natasha Russell, Delvin and Angelita Pritchard; great grandchildren, Rudolph RJ Rashad, Wellington Jr., Mataieo and Dondre Pinder, Leonardo and Lavardo Darville, Nelliesha Roberts, Lavisco and Latonia King, Shakita and Valincia Wright; nieces Regina Saunders, Norine Murray, Trissa, Wendy, Nadine, Janet, Donna, Roslyn and Tracey Cooper, Enid McDermott, Margarita Munnings, Cathrine Davis, Cetal and Muriel Curry, Geneva Roberts and Alene Johnson; neph-Obituaries of Family and Friendsews Rosevelt, Johnathan and Howard Curry, Jeffery, Ellie, Perrie, Harem, Herman, Maxwell, Lawerence, Levie, Jollie and Oliver Cooper, Neville Munnings, Lucine and Leon Pinder and John Mills; sisters-in-law Maud Cooper and Nathlee Johnson; daughters-in-law, Virginia Pinder and Joycelyn Russell and Pauline Cooper; son-in-law Collin Clarke; grandsons-in-law Anthony King, Lenward Darville and Steadman Roberts; granddaughters-in-law Garnell and Vertil Pinder; and many other relatives and friends. Lukeson Francois 3, of Treasure Cay died on February 14. His funeral was held on February 19, at the Full Gospel Assembly in Treasure Cay. Pastor Stafford Symonette and Rev. Cecil Forbes officiated. Interment was in Sand Banks Public Cemetery. He is survied by his mother Verlande Benjamin; father Lukener Luc Francois; brother Rubin-Love Francois; grandmother Antionette Benjamin; grandfather Vernae Benjamin; aunts; uncles; cousins; and many other relatives. Gerald L. Wisdom announced the Grand Opening of Price Busters in its new location at the traffic light in the old Barclays Bank building. Wisdom said that this business began when his career as an athelete in Track and Field came to an end. Although he has enjoyed successful careers in both the banking and the insurance fields, it is in retail that he makes his mark today. Originally from Nassau, Mr. Wisdom bought property on Abaco about 10 to 12 years ago, property that he is now developing into a housing community in the Turtle Rocks area near Liesure Lee in Central Abaco. If that wasnt enough to occupy this busy mans time, a friend who owns the Price Busters franchise in The Bahamas suggested that he consider opening one on Abaco. And so the first Price Busters outside Nassau was opened on October 2, 2003, in Flamingo Plaza in Marsh Harbour. Now there are fifteen stores all over The Bahamas. Of course, Mr. Wisdom said with a conspiritorial grin, This is the ideal location. We sit at the only traffic light outside Nassau and Grand Bahama. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, the store features a variety of housewares, beauty aids, footwear, televisions and other electronics, paper goods, cosmetics, cleaning products, toys and over-the-counter drugs all at great price busting prices.Price Busters Has Moved Page 14 B The Abaconian March 1, 2005

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January 15, 2005 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, Bahamas 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. $1,750,000 Guana CaySUMMERWIND-#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 Marsh Harbour -#5105 Duplex available for sale. Each side 2beds/1bath with open floor plan Furnished and wellkept.!-$260,000 __________________________________ Man-O-War -vacant interior lot in town, close to amenities-$17,500UNDERCONTRACT Man-O-War vacant interior lots, close to Atlantic Beach, and close to restaurants, grocery stores, etc. $120,000 Long BeachBeautiful area featuring gorgeous white beach. All lots approx. acre, and have beach access. Financing available. Call today. Sand Banks vacant property on main highway to Treasure Cay. Large parcels,and sea views. Bahama Coral Islandvacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available, Call for details. Treasure CayCanal Lots in desirable location, sea views, great buyUNDERCONTRACT Boat Harbour Guana Cayvacant water front property accessible by boat only, not much available in this area-UNDER CONTRACT Cabbage Point5 acres parcels on the SC Bootle highway, financing available Call today for details Marsh HarbourVacant p ro p ert y on Ke y Club Road a pp rox 0.7 acres features elevations. $92 000 Treasure Cay, Abaco-New Exclusives -Luxury HomesLuxury 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 incraftsmanship. 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 #5203-Great GuanaCay-#Vacant property featuring water on both sides. Accessible by boat only. THIS LOT WONT LAST LONG! $198,000 Marsh Harbour New Price#5205-4 bedroom 2bath house on Don Mackay Blvd. Prime area for a commercial venture. 26,513 sq. ft of property. Great central location.$206,000 PRICED TO SELLNEWSOLDNEW PRICEMarsh Harbour -#5106. Great opportunity. Established commercial complex. Currently Sandy Point -#5072-This 1 story home is located on a pretty powder white beach. This home consists of 3bed/2bath, utility garage and boat house. Great area for bone fishing, and deep sea fishing.www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comMarsh Harbour-# 5220-Large Parcel of property 100 X 270 with two concrete warehouses, would be ideal for certain commercial adventure. Property fenced in. Call today for more details.Dundas Town-#5222-Property situated in prime location running 135 on the waterfront. Fixer upper situated on property. Views of the harbour and Sea of Abaco. $125,000Sweetings Village-# 5224-Two bed/2bat h 1400 sq ft island beauty, immaculate condition. Excellen t elevation. Built in 2 and has lovely vie w the Sea of Abaco. $325,000 Sweetings Village-# 5225-Brand new 2bed/2bath concrete residence. Elevated a comprises of approx 1000 sq ft. Also incl u hobby room and outside decking $230,000.Marsh Harbour#5219-Vacant properety comprises of approx 1.25 acres.Could serve as residential or commercial property. Call today for more details. NEW EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE PRICED REDUCED NEW EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE Man-O-War -#5234-This home consist of 3bed/3 bath.. Modern kitchen, laundry room and living area. Features a dock with boat shed and a boat lift Call for more details. FROM COLDWELL BANKER LIGHTBOURN REALTYNew Exclusive March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 B

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Page 16 B The Abaconian January 15, 2005 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax 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 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. MOTIVATED SELLER $1722,000 CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD Another World This name gives you an idea of this special family island beach home. 5 bed/ 5 bath CBShouse on world reknown Treasure Cay beach with many features/ extras including a van and golf cart. A real 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 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, detached 2 car garage Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. NEW PRICE$899,000 + 14% closing 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 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, w/ boat slip and stsorage shed $296,400 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 1 bed / 1 bath $113,000 BEACH VILLA SUBDIVISION Garden location 2 bed/ 2 bath$181,500 TREASURE HOUSES Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool/waterfall 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal house, front row location with wrap-around deck oceanside $450,000 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 $602,250 Plus 14% closing VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. ocean front 1 acre+/Beginning at $800,000 Canal Front Beginning at $150,000 Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $35,000 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLDBy Richard E. Fawkes Bahamas Immigration officers, assisted by the Police and the Defence department, swooped down upon places in the Marsh Harbour area on February 10 which they considered likely to expose foreign nationals illegally in the country. By 5 p.m. they were organizing the transport of around 34 persons eligible for deportation to the police station to await transfer to Nassau according to an immigration official. No official statement was issued by the local immigration office, headed by Frederick Bonaby, on a day that began with persons, mostly Haitians, being apprehended in such places as the Abaco Big Bird chicken farm bus and the Guana Cay ferry boat as well as in The Mud and Pigeon Pea areas. The action, referred to by one police officer as spot checks, not raids came in the context of similar apprehensions in Nassau. The Immigration office in the Marsh Harbour port building, which ironically is across the street from The Mud which is the largest illegally constructed immigrant ghetto in Abaco, was a beehive of activity as relatives and friends of those arrested milled around outside to know the fate of their loved ones, and in some cases to bring them food. Among them were two girls aged eight and 13 in school uniforms, whose mothers were in custody. I want to see my mother, said the 13year-old with tears in her eyes. Her mother, who had 10 children ranging in age from 19 to two, was picked up on the farm bus. She said the other under-age children were with social services personnel who had intervened after the arrest. The eight-year-old who was with her sixyear-old brother said her mother was picked up in Pigeon Pea. Her mother had eight children. Even some Bahamian employers were at the Immigration office to prove Haitian employees had proper work permits. Clint Sawyer of Marsh Harbour, who owns a construction company, said one of his employees was picked up at the airport while dropping off someone for a flight. He had gone to the office to bring the mans work permit. Kandy Pinder, manager of Abaco Big Bird chicken farm, said the bus was stopped near the airport on its way to the farm. She was at the immigration office because one of her female employees picked up was born in The Bahamas. The mother of ten, whose 13-year-old daughter was waiting for news of her outside, was arrested on the farms bus. She was not an employee, explained Ms. Pinder, but had come to fill in for a relative. The Haitians have this habit of sending someone to fill in for them when they cannot come to work. The woman allegedly does not have resident status or a work permit. Ms. Pinder said her farm operations were closed down for the day because the Bahamian employees, when they heard their coworkers had been arrested, decided to leave work with the exception of one or two. She hoped to re-open on Friday. Another employer, Jeff Harding, just happened to be at the Immigration office for an interview to renew the work permits of two of his employees, both Haitians. I understand and support what Immigration is doing here today, said Mr. Harding, who operates Hardings Property Management which specializes in landscaping and maintenance. This situation on Abaco has been blown out of proportion, Mr. Harding said, and the private sector must help the government to solve it. Those people who are here illegally must go back. We cannot go to Haiti and do what they are doing here. And the private sector must stop hiring people who are not legal. I would prefer to hire Bahamians rather than pay the $300 work permit renewal, he said, but the Bahamians have lost the work ethic. They would work two or three days and then stay home. But the private sector must also do what it could do to help Bahamians get back the work ethic so we dont have to rely on Haitians because it is really out of hand now. Mr. Harding had just paid $600 to renew the work permits of his landscaping foreman, who has been in The Bahamas since 1986, and his head painter. As to those released from custody, an Immigration officer who said his department was still processing apprehended persons after 5 p.m. would only say that a few had been released.34 Deported Following Immigration SwoopRotary Club Raises Funds for ECCThe power to leverage money is what helps civic clubs on Abaco be so effective. Thanks to the generosity of The Windermere Rotary Club (located near Orlando, Florida) and through the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Abaco a $3,000 gift of money destined to help build a playground and safe driveway for Every Child Counts has grown to $10,500. Thats because the Rotary Governing District for the Windermere Club pledged to match the $3,000 and Rotary International pledged the rest. Bringing the good news to the Rotary Club of Abaco were several members of the Windermere Club who flew in to take a look at the plans drawn up by staff of Every Child Counts and to enjoy an evening of hospitality at the Tuesday evening meeting held at Anglers Restaurant at the Abaco Beach Resort. Dont Drink and Drive Page 16 B The Abaconian March 1, 2005

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January 15, 2005 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 Approx 4.5 acres 140 x 1500 Road to sea at Hill Creek. Mostly high land. Overlooking Treasure Cay and Guana Cay, just north of Leisure Lee. Possibility of adjoining similar tracts. For sale by owner. $100,000 Non-nego. Phone 356-7848 or 324-1328 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 Little Harbour 100 x 209 building site approx. 300 from ocean, minutes to Winding Bay. Call owner 242-3663507 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $325,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.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 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS BRI, CIPS Licensed BrokerBill ThorndycraftBuyer Specialist Ph: 242-367-2365 Cell: 242-357-6638 E-Mail: abacorealtor@abacoinet.comGreat Location! Great Price!Wonderful Guana Cay OCEAN FRONT home. Immaculate and easy care 2 bed/2 bath with big picture windows and stunning beachfront terrace. Extremely well built with an enchanting garden and high-end neighbourhood. Very well priced at $795,000. Also listed is the owners BAYFRONT lot. Unique opportunity to capitalize on the spectacular sunsets, great fishing and deepwater dockage sheltered from the NE blows. Excellent value at $339,900. Either holding is available individually but act now and both prime properties can be yours.www.abacorealtor.com Sandra Evans 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 Vacations RentalsLubbers Quarters beaut iful home across from Tilloo Cut with 2 kings / 2 baths / queen loft. Gorgeous view, convenient location, private boat slip, central A/C, turn key, rental history. By owner 242-366-0266 www.abacohomeforsale.com Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath newly refurbished home on high ground. New roof, tongue and groove cypress on interior walls and ceilings, 20 x 40 cement porch/patio. Over one acre fenced with fruit orchard of grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lime trees. Well and city water. This tropical paradise a steal at $250,000. Call 367-5503 or 357-6561 Treasure Cay, nice 2 br. 2 bath, fully furnished ground floor unit at Sand Dollar condo Nice pool and beach. By owner. 365-8499, US 540721-6786, 540-885-1459, e-mail LakeCare@aol.com $299,500 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSGuana Cay brand new island apts. with harbour views, 2 bed/1 bath, full kitchens, TV, VCR. $900 / week, discount for extended stay. 242365-5082 or 904-982-2762 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 Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help? A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 CALLUS TODAY FOR QUOTES PH: 367-2891 FAX: 367-2892 Abacos cornerstone to construction. AIRCOMPRESSORAVAILABLE FOR RENTALReady Mix Concrete Prices start at $120.00 per yd. Free DeliveryROCK $33 ton (imported) 3/4 and pea rock SAND $35 ton (imported)Delivery from Treasure Cay to Bahama Palm ShoresVisit our modern facility on the Murphy Town water front beside Parkers Landing 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 Bahamians and Haitians, especially with respect to the building of illegal communities, the regularizing of the status of persons born here of Haitian parentage and what to do about those who are here illegally. Passionate voices were raised on both sides, with Mr. Gray appealing to Bahamians to be sensitive and humane, while trusting his government to move decisively to solve the problems with an action plan they were putting in place. One of those speaking out was Katie Etienne, 20, a resident of Bahama Star Farm who was born in The Bahamas but does not yet have her Bahamian citizenship documents. If you must hate me because my parents were Haitians, and Im sorry but I love my parents, then keep it to yourself because I dont want to hear it anymore, she said, in a moving cry from the heart to those in the audience who consider themselves native Bahamians. Ms. Etienne said the only time she had ever been to Haiti was a few years ago when she went to wrap up the affairs of her mother, who was killed in a plane crash while on her way from The Bahamas to Haiti. I dont know any other country but The Bahamas, she said. But during the whole time I was in school, from when I was five until I was 18, if you sit next to a Bahamian, they would start saying things like, Haitians stink; why dont you go back to Haiti? Ms. Etienne has been a de facto interpreter for Creole-speaking farm workers and English-speaking Bahamian officials including Mr. Gray when he met with the workers earlier that day, since the farm closed in early January. She was so accustomed to being spoken to in a derogatory manner by Bahamians that when North Abaco Administrator Donald Cash and NEMA Coordinator Jack Thompson spoke to her after the farms closure about how things were and how they could help, she was pleasantly taken aback, but slightly suspicious of their motives. This is different, she mused. GrayFrom Page 1 This is the destruction caused by a driver of a self-drive car which came around a curve at the Treasure Cay airport too fast. Although the driver escaped serious injury, he left the power pole in several pieces, three transformers trashed and the phone service between Abaco and Grand Bahama disrupted. The crash resulted in electrical power and all communication services disrupted at the ariport for three days. Later that same weekend two incidents near Crossing Rocks, a head-on collison and a bush fire, took out threequarters of a mile of fiber optic cable, disrupting Batelcos phone service through Sandy Point to Nassau. The exposed cable was slated to be buried but the trenching machine was diverted to Andros. The same weekend a truck snagged a cable near the Marsh Harbour airport, disrupting phone and airline reservation service.Four Accidents Cause Batelco Problems March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 B

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Page 18 B The Abaconian January 15, 2005 You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNONS GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMONS SUPERCENTER LOWES FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO CO Port DepartmentPublic NoticeTO ALL BONEFISHNG GUIDESRegistration of Bonefishing Boats and Certification of Boat Masters under the Boat Registration Act of 1991It has been brought to this Departments attention that many of the Bonefishing Guides in the Abacos have been conducting fishing trips without the proper registration or license to do so. Please be advised that all Bonefishing Guides must hold a Class B Boat License and no boat may ply for hire without the proper registration issued from the Port Department to do so. Your compliance in these matters is greatly appreciated as any Bonefishing Guide that is found without a valid certificate of registration and an unlicensed master will be PROSECUTED Captain Cyril A. Roker Port Administrator BAHAMAS DEVEL BAHAMAS DEVEL BAHAMAS DEVEL BAHAMAS DEVEL BAHAMAS DEVEL OPMENT BANK OPMENT BANK OPMENT BANK OPMENT BANK OPMENT BANK JOB V ACANCY Administrative Assist antA job vacancy exists for an Administrative Assistant at the Bahamas Develpment Bank, Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Duties includes, inter alia, the following: Performing the duties of a receptionist, filing, record keeping (log books), and assist with all administrative and clerical duties of the Branch. The applicant must be a high school graduate with a good command of the English language, very reliable and able to work with little supervision. Interested persons are to apply in writing to the Manager, Bahamas Development Bank P.O.Box AB-20956 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas no later than 15th March, 2005 CaysFrom Page 6 mended GTC residents for living in racial harmony and suggested that we are an example to our country. After his very interesting address he opened the floor to a question and answer session. Concerns that were voiced included underage drinking and unlicensed drivers, parking in the street, the lack of parking spaces, the need for transportation for our local police officer, the need for Officer Ferguson to be on the island all day long and the number of unsolved crimes. ASP Miller suggested that a local effort be made to provide the officer with a golf cart as the police jeep was destroyed in Hurricane Jeanne. He informed the group of the penalties for serving alcohol to minors and for obstructing traffic. In response to comments and questions concerning what seems to be a lack of interest on the part of the police in following up on complaints, he urged that a report be made. In response to questions about the unsolved murder of Jeanne Sands, he responded that he was not on Abaco at the time, but allowed Sgt. Johnson to comment. She said that a murder case is never closed, but there had been insufficient evidence to bring charges against anyone. A member of the audience suggested that the crime scene had been cleaned too soon after the murder, therefore the evidence was destroyed. ASP Miller heard that, in general, the public is often frustrated when dealing with the police. People are reluctant to call the police or give information for fear of repercussions and the indifferent attitude of the police. The problem of hiring illegal immigrants was also brought to the attention of Mrs. McKenzie. While we have no immigrant communities on GTC, the individuals find their way over each day looking for work. The meeting was attended by a cross section of the community. Information booklets on forming a community crime watch group were passed out. ASP Miller urged that the people help the police by reporting crime and sharing information. Deacon Livingston Bodie closed the meeting with a prayer. Ann has grown all the plants herself and run the stall but she was disappointed that she did not have the number of plants she would like to have had as half her plants were destroyed in the hurricanes and she had to scramble to get plants ready for the flea market. This avid gardener was also selling her home grown organic veggies. There was plenty of fun for the children at the Pirate Bean Bag toss where they enjoyed trying out their throwing skills to get the bag through the skull and cross bones. Many a child was delighted with their winnings on the Take a Chance. What I got most fun out of watching were the crab races which were held every half hour. After paying their money to procure a crab for the race the hopeful participants pored over the crab cage selecting which of the humourously decorated crabs they thought looked like a winner. When it was time for the race, all the selected crabs were placed under a large blue bucket and at the sign for off the bucket was lifted and all excitement broke loose as the crabs made their way to the edge of the designated circle amongst much cheering and encouragement. One serious crab racer soon worked out a strategy as I heard him say, The trick is to put your money on a little crab because the big ones are too slow! It is so nice that this event each year not only achieves its goal of raising much needed funds for the school, but it also brings enjoyment to so many people who look forward to the day out. It is obvious by looking around on the ferry going back to Marsh Harbour what a lovely day people have had. You can see it in their happy faces and as you watch them excitedly showing off and comparing their newly acquired treasures. Still feeling very elated by the great success of this past weekend, Ms. Janes is already looking forward to next years event which will mark the 20th year of the Man-OWar flea markets and she hopes that they will keep on getter better and better each year. SchoolFrom Page 12 Page 18 B The Abaconian March 1, 2005

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January 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 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 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 COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & BoatsFor all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service Bahamian Homemade Jam guava, mango, seagrape, cherry, plum, tomato, etc. Handcrafted Strawwork Come and see our display. Call 367-2649 16 Flats boat includes trailer, pole, seats, jackplate, and 30 HP motor (only 2 hours) For info contact 359-6473 COMMERCIAL SERVICES MERCHANDISE FOR SALE2 rebuilt 20 KW generators $6900 each. 2 new 12 utility trailers w/ 3 sides and ramp $3950 each. Contact Randy Key at 367-2674 or 3596081 Real Estate Sales Agent Wanted Marsh Harbour Damianos Real Estate Company wishes to employ for their Marsh Harbour, Abaco office a licensed, experienced and reputable Sales Agent. The successful applicant must have exceptional phone and communication skills, be self-motivated, enthusiastic and be prepared to work as part of a team. If you feel like joining our innovative and successful company, please forward your resume to mark@damianos.com or fax to (242) 3624730. EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIES Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. VEHICLES FOR SALE93 Chevrolet S10 4-wheel drive. $6500 Please call 366-2803 94 Dodge Caravan Good condition $6500. Please call 366-2803 02 Ford Focus Station Wagon red, low miles, radio. auto, air, elec window. Like new. $15,900 Call 365-8188 For sale or hire 1997 Case 4-wheel drive 580L backhoe low hours, 2 buckets, new hydraulic 24 auger w/ quick disconnect, forklift attachment. New back tires, front 85%. Professionally maintained with new chrome exhaust manifold, muffler and exhaust pipe. Beautiful! DUTY PAID Price $44,000 firm. Hire with operator $125/ hr. local area 366-2284 9 am 5 pm Cherokee EQUIPMENT FOR SALE MERCHANDISE WANTEDI buy wooden cabinets with shallow drawers. Call Rick 367-2884Souvenirs 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 Guardian Angel Security CompanySecuring Life and Property 24 Hr. Security Guards Body Guards Money Escort Mobile Patrol, etc.P.O. Box AB 20156 Tel 242-367-518717 Proline CC 1996, 2004 Yamaha 90 HP, nice run about boat for the Sea of Abaco, includes trailer. DUTY PAID $11,500 Call 305-451-5751 or 305-942-3597 17 Boston Whaler and trailer $7500 Please call 366-2803 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 3654045 25 Mako with twin Evinrudes, Bimini top and s/s frame, two v-berths, portable potty, s/s rod holders, dive flat form, large cooler, portable shower, fish station, etc. Please call 365-8028, 477-5171 25 Boston Whaler, walk-around cabin, 2 150 HP Johnsons, low hour engines, well maintained, new Bimini, VHF, stereo, fishfinder. Asking $25,000 Call Karl Conrad 365-8141 or Roberts Marine 365-4249 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 262-377-8418 DINGHY BOAT WANTEDWanted: Dinghy or boat under 12, fiberglass. Call 357-6806 between 7 p.m. 10 p.m.SEA HORSE BOAT RENTALS has an immediate opening in the full time position of RENTAL BOAT ASSISTANT. Successful candidate will be able to interact well with our guests, be a team player, familiar with the geography of the Central Abaco area, familiar with outboard powered boats and have a positive attitude. If this is you please call 366-0023 and ask for Stanfford. Salary based upon your abilities POSITION AVAILABLE Are you building a new home in ABA Are you building a new home in ABA Are you building a new home in ABA Are you building a new home in ABA Are you building a new home in ABA CO?CO? CO?CO? CO?Let PRO BUYERS INC. help I have over 10 years experience building fine custom homes in the Abacos... and now I am providing consultative and purchasing services to help keep costs in line and your project moving on time.CALL ME! I CAN SAVE YOU MONEY AND EASE YOUR STRESS! ANDREW CURR ANDREW CURR ANDREW CURR ANDREW CURR ANDREW CURR Y Y Y Y Y Ph: 561-207-6870 Fax: 561-626-5222 email: emacurry@msn.comand controlled by a man employed by a private security firm. He and a co-worker rotate to staff the gate for a total of 12 hours each day. He was instructed to allow onto the farm only persons with written permission from the Department of Agriculture or the government Administrator for North Abaco, Donald Cash. Big Cat won the bid against two Abaco and two Nassau companies. It has been reported that other bids were closer to $1 million. We believe we could complete the job at that price within the six-month deadline the government has set, Mr. Albury said, in attempting to explain why he thought his company won the bid, adding, We had all the equipment and were ready to go if we had won the bid. He said Big Cat will be using five tractors on the job with one stand-by machine they are having shipped in over the weekend. They are awaiting some attachments for the other two tractors they will put into operation on the 3,700-acre farm. We expect to be fully operational within two weeks, Mr. Albury said, with five pieces of equipment and about eight workers, including equipment operators and helpers. Our goal is to clear an average of 100 acres per day. Mr. Albury said they were instructed by the Department of Agriculture to burn the Big CayFrom Page 1 trees five days after uprooting them. The department has provided the company with a 13-minute instructional video to help him and his team carry out the job effectively, he said, with the minimal risk of contagion. Weve been told to pressure-wash all vehicles and equipment with detergent that contains ammonia before removing them from the farm, he said, and the workers have to be careful to thoroughly wash their hands and feet. We started five years ago with a backhoe and a dump truck, he said, now we have 14 pieces of equipment. We do any kind of earthmoving job from land clearing to rock sand excavation. Mr. Albury, who runs the family-owned K & S Auto Service and A & P Auto Rental businesses in Marsh Harbour, said Big Cat was hired by American Bridge to work on the recently opened port facility, and by Peter de Savary for his Abaco Club on Winding Bay project. We worked 14 months at Winding Bay, he beamed, and we hope to work on the Bakers Bay project too, he said, referring to the controversial 500-acre Passerine golf course, marina and residential project on the northern end of Great Guana Cay, which some residents are urging the government not to approve because they believe it will be detrimental to the cays ecology. March 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 B

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Page 20 B The Abaconian January 15, 2005 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 bedroom, 2 bath home 1,487 sq.ft. 2 Lots totalling 11,895 sq.ft. Home on Lot 16 New Swimming pool on lot 17. 89' Layalong dock with great versatility in sizes of vessels. #AB136 NEW LISTING $1,178,000 "Robin's Nest" NEW LISTING 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. #AB67NEW PRICE $2,390,000 "Pelican Point" NEW PRICE Northern Abaco Cays 20 acre private island. 1,000' wide glorious lagooon with fabulous crescent beach. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Studio home, Cabana, protected dock-slipway 50 years remaining on a 99 year lease. #AB126 NEW LISTING $2,200,000 "Little Hog Cay" 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 situated over 3/4 acre. 48 lay-along private dock.Beautifully furnished with great Sea of Abaco views. #AB124 $1,395,000. 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 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 16 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 Man-O-War Cay Ocean Beach-front. Superb, beautifully maintained, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath 3,300 sq.ft. home on two levels. Wraparound covered and open decks. Fabulous ocean views. Central A/C, Generator. #AB134 NEW LISTING $995,000. NEW LISTING "Czanne" Man-O-War Cay 3 + 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 NEW PRICE $3,900,000 "Ceylon's Isle" "Rosewood" NEW PRICEMarsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 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 $585,000. "Sea View"Man-O-War Cay 3/4 acre sea-to-sea. Elegant 1 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, 1,220 sq.ft., home. 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath guest house. 3,300 sq.ft. of decks and porches. Private Dock, Beach. Central A/C, Generator, watermaker Beautiful lush sub-tropical landscaping.#AB133 NEW LISTING $1,800,000. NEW LISTING "Bien Choisi" Elbow 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 $1,750,000. "Point of View" NEW PRICEMan-O-War Cay Charming, exquisite, traditional Bahamian home on over 1/4 acre. 1 bedroom, 1 bath in 1,047 sq.ft. Two screened porches. 249 sq.ft. "Snore Box" with 1/2 bath and attached workshop. Crows nest for great ocean views. Private boat mooring. Furnished. #AB131 NEW LISTING $475,000. "Sugar Apple" NEW LISTINGMarsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoMan-O-War Cay "Ceylon's Isle/Rosewood" Over 3 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 $3,900,000.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 "Lightbourn" Commercial Almost 2 Acres Prime Queen Elizabeth Drive Location, near stoplight 3,600 sq.ft. Store or warehouse. # AB AB99 $1,400,000. Marsh Harbour Commercial over 1/3 Fenced Acre 2,160 sq.ft. Showroom/Office/ Warehouse Building Great for service business or wholesaler Good relocation property for businesses expanding into Abaco from Nassau or Freeport. AB110 $290,000. 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.com3/1/05 VACANT LAND Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,474 sq.ft. Canal Front Home Over 900 sq.ft. of porches and Decks. Two Car Garage. Private dock for 55' boat and 10,000 # Boat-lift for 25' boat. Fully Furnished and Equipped. #AB121$1,035,000 "Casa Sirena"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 UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay North End Lot A. Pristine 135' of beach-front. 1.46 wooded acres. Good elevations. Minutes from clubs and town.#AB5182 UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay "Lot 60" 12,235 sq ft., almost 1/3 acre. between Coco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. mature native landscape. and trees. Convenient to Green Club and beach Last parcel remaining in the area. #AB 5183 NEW LISTING $73,000.Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Sites #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 SOLDSand 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. 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. Furnished and fully equipped#AB97UNDER CONTRACT 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 tastefullyFurnished. #AB120 $2,290,000.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 $355,000. PRIVATE ISLANDSSea of Abaco "Cornish Cay" 38 Acre private Island 2 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 UNDER CONTRACTSea of Abaco "Carrington Cay" 300' from the Abaco mainland, near Leisure Lee 1.4 acres. Excellent elevation. 8' of water at western end. Fresh water electricity and cable near-by. Also called Lower Turtle Rock. #AB5147 $375,000. John Cash, BRI, CRSBroker Treasure CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: jic@oii.net Margot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.com Great 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 PRICE $1,275,000 "Surfside" NEW PRICE Page 20 B The Abaconian March 1, 2005