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8, NUMBER 14 J U L Y 1 5 t h, 2000

IRegatta Dramws Boaters

Races and Parties Please Casual and Serious Sailors
Regatta Time in Abaco is celebrating its
25th consecutive year with sailing races
and shore activities which keep the sailors
coming back, some Near after year and
some new ones who hear what a great
place Abaco is. The races began with the
traditional Green Turtle Race on July 4th, a
tradition going back more than 30 years
and originating with boat builder Bill
Soverel and Walter Roberts of Green
,:Z Turtle Ca'. Over the years additional races
-.. and towns have been added to where five
races are featured with shore events in four
I different waterfrontt towns.
A ne'w Race Committee Chairman. Dr.
William Anderson of Coral Gables joined
the Regatta this year and has been wel-
Scomed bN everyone. He and his crew have
Done an outstanding job of managing the
S:- six fleets. The\ will be returning next )ear.
The weather r has been cooperative and the
enthusiasm has been high. Boats in the
ZGuana Ca) race went through a heavy rain
squall %which dampened the sails but not the
sailors' spirits.
On a sad note, the Regatta Committee
misses two faithful members. Mr. Van
Stratton who passed awaN in late March is
geis rlt on the second leg of the Hope Town Race on July 10. T1 o fleets of racing boats fI spinnakers ihile greatly missed for his sailing knowledge
rising k other Tub boats use onlj pibs and main sails. This is one of the more popular races ti ith the .Mlother Tub and his careful accounting of the funds. His
the course starts off Marsh Harbour, goes around Sandy and Garden Cai, then past Matt Lowes Cay and fin- diligence and reliability will leave a vacan-
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Fire Damages School
By) isobel Sherman
A fire broke out in
the Administration
block of Abaco
Central High School
in the early morning
hours of June 29th.
The Marsh Harbour
Volunteer Fire
.. Department arrived
on the scene prompt-
Iv with two trucks
from Marsh Harbor
and shortly after
were joined by their
truck stationed in
Murphy Town and
the Dundas Town
-Al had to use their
breathing apparatus
and mnasks to enter
the building because
of the hea%\ smoke.
The tire department
S had the fire under
control in less than
)30 IlinutilIle and con-
fined the hea\v dam-
age to the reception
When the firemen
first arrived at the
Mike Parotti was one of the firemen who responded scene, the smoke was
promptly to the fire in the administration building at
Abaco Central High School. Please see Fire Pg.6

Five recovered safes and two safe boxes are prepared by the police team for
evidence in a preliminary court hearing on July 12 when four men will be
charged. Eight members of the police team who broke the case, are standing,
I. to r., ASP McPhee, O.C, Reserve Constable 345 Lightbourne. Detective
Constable 2446 Moultrie, Constable 2270 Saunders, Constable 1846 lohnson.
Woman Constable 969 Strachan, Detective Constable 2072 Johnson and
Inspector Adderley 2nd.O.C.

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Development Bank Brings Benefits

By Stephanie Humblestone
The Bahamas; Development Bank is
continuing to assist people in realising
their dreams by financing a variety of pro-
jects throughout Abaco. Its Marsh Harbour
manager, Mr. Lauren Coleby, deals with as
many as 10-15 loan applications per month
which cover many sectors of society
including large fishing and agriculture pro-
jects to smaller enterprises in the hospital-
ity industry and manufacturing.
Many of these applications come from
people who are not business-oriented. "It
just has to be in you," said Mr. Coleby,
who attributed the entrepreneurial spirit to
high motivation and self-confidence.
Of these applications not all are pursued
through to their. final conclusion. Loan
applications are considered when all the
requested data is in place. For example, a
small fishing boat loan would require all of
the following: two character references, a
credit reference, a quotation for the piece
of equipment, an insurance quote, a mar-
keting and business plan and passport. The
first and last requests never create a prob-
lem but some of the others are slow in
coming. The confirmation period for a
small loan is up to 14 days whereas a larg-
er one will take 30-45 days from the date

of receiving all the necessary material.
Last ear's hurricane lessened the appli-
cations rather than increasing them as one
might expect. This is because the bank
does not do personal loans. Money which
otherwise may have gone on a business
venture went instead into domestic repairs.
However, some projects which began
before the hurricane were put on hold dur-
ing the clean-up and restoration period and
resumed when things were restored to nor-
The Bahamas Development Bank is
favourable to constructive projects which
have been careful) thought through and
.the homework done. It does not lend to pri-
vate individuals for home repairs and in no
way competes with commercial banks.
Applicants must be Bahamian.
There is evidence throughout Great
. Abaco Island and the cays of the input of
the BDB from Sandy Point where it has
helped in the building of restaurants and a
bonefish lodge to a small take-awaN store
in Crown Haven. Other businesses to
which the BDB has lent its support are
boat, car and scooter rentals, a bakery in
Dundas Town, a fish house in Moore's
Island, a fish and meat processing plant in
Treasure Cay, a charter boat service in

Cooper's Town, a cement mixing business
in Marsh Harbour and a sewing business
also in Marsh Harbour. The enterprises are
as diverse as the applicants themselves.
"There are literally scores of fishing
boat applications," said Mr. Coleby, who
is keen to rekindle an interest in initiating

new businesses after Floyd. He sees a great
potential for growth in Abaco and is recep-
tive to inquiries about how he and the
BDB can be instrumental in helping peo-
ple to realise their dreams.

Four Receive the Queen's


The Queen's Birthday honours for the
year 2000 included four Abaco persons.
Designated a Member of the Most
Excellent Order of the British Empire
were Mr. Percival Archer and Mr. Roscoe
Thompson. Mr. Archer received his award
for being a community spirited individual
who developed a number of businesses on
Abaco. He was the first Dundas Town
Committee Chairman under elected Local
Government and he is involved in many
community based activities. Although Mr.
Thompson does not live full time on
Abaco, he has a residence here and makes
frequent trips to Abaco. He was awarded
for being an astute businessman. He is the
owner and manager of Thompson's

Department Store in Nassau.
Awarded a British Empire Medal were
Mrs. Mildred McIntosh and Mrs. Agatha
Russell, both of Little Abaco. Mrs.
McIntosh has been a successful business-
woman for over thirty ) ears. She resides in
Fox Town and is engaged in a number of
civic organizations. She is the Mother
Leader of the Zion Baptist Church in Fox
To\wn. Mrs. Russell has been a prominent
businesswoman in North Abaco where she
is the owner of several businesses in
Crown Haven. These include a fish house
and a fishing vessel. She presently serves
as the President of the Anglican Women of
Little Abaco.



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S...N ew..... .. s of the C ays......-'.:.` .:. .. .. ."
News of the Cays "

Green Turtle Cay
Bi Annabelle Cross
June blew by with a flurry of gradua-
tions and school activities. Now it's offi-
cially summer and it's also Regatta Time
in Abaco.
School News
At the lower level of the school system
Tiny Turtles Preschool held its graduation
at the Church of God. Moving on to the
"big school" are Kardera Curry, Ramon
Curry, Blair Johnson, Cordell Johnson,
Kelly Lowe, Alexis Mclntosh and Taylor
Amy Roberts Primary School also had
seven graduates: Adam Cash, Vashtie
Cooper, Deangilo Curry, Stuart Lowe,
Andrea McIntosh, Chartelle McIntosh and
Jotario Pierre. Their graduation service
was held at the Gospel Chapel \ ith Dr.
Janet VanDyke as the guest speaker. This
graduating class had two \aledictorians,
Vashtie Cooper and Andrea McIntosh.
Beginning September these students will
rise early for a ferry and bus ride to a
school on Great Abaco.
Eleven students graduated from high
school. From Forest Heights AcademN
eight of the graduates are from Green
Turtle Cay. Congratulations to Ashley
Cash, Roger Bethel. Matthew Lowe,
Williams Lowe, Lise Roberts, Nicholas
Roberts, Joshua Sattem and Michelle
Sawyer. Roger had the honour of class
valedictorian. Our group of eight earned
the majority of awards and honourable
mentions handed out at the ceremony.
Other high school graduates are D\ ight
Jones from Wesle. College. Marcus Jones
from S.C. Bootle High School and

Cameron Sawer from Florida Air
The best of luck to all the 2000 gradu-
ates as they continue their studies at a
higher level or move into the life of
Community News
On June 10 Eddie Bodie and Samantha
Bain exchanged marriage vows at the
Miracle Church of God. A nervous but
excited Eddie couldn't stop smiling. A
reception followed at the Rooster's Rest.
After a honeymoon in Florida, the couple
settled into their home. Samantha is from
Crossing Rocks so we welcome her into
our community.
Vincent and Ellouise Cooper welcomed
Elias Vandero on July 1st. Both mother
and baby are doing well and are back
home. Congratulations to the Cooper fam-
There have been too many funerals in
our community this year. We lost one of
our senior citizens on June 18. Mr. Roger
Lowe passed away after a long illness. He
was 86 years old. He is survived by his
daughter Viola Sawyer; son-in-law Joe
Sawyer; four grandsons and their wives,
Reggie and Leslie Sawyer, Ronnie and
Janet Sawyer, Donnie and Pamela Sawyer
and Roddie Sawyer; seven grandchildren
and many relatives and friends. Mr. Roger
was a fine carpenter and taught his skill to
many including his grandsons Reggie and
Funeral services were held on July 1st
.at the Gospel Chapel for Kathleen Doris
Cohen. Mrs. Cohen was born on Green
Turtle Cay on June 10, 1925, and died in
New York on June 26, 2000. She is sur-
vived by her husband Maurice, son Harry,

daughter Deborah Cohen, daughter-in-law
Jodie, three grandchildren, sisters and
brothers-in-law Floyd and Zeddith Lowe,
Doreen Saunders and Archie and Ismae
Lowe, uncle Herbert Roberts and many
other relatives and friends.
Our community was also saddened to
learn of the death of Joseph Moses. Mr.
Moses owned a home on Green Turtle Cay
and visited often before failing health. He
loved to tease and be teased. We will miss
Mr. Joey's visits.
Regatta Time
It's Regatta Time in Abaco. The first
race in the series began July 4th off New
Plymouth. It was a lovely day for a sailing
race. William Brewer Company once
again hosted a lively party at Settlement
Point after the race. A local group was
cracking conch and making fresh conch
salad. Awards were handed out in six
As we begin Regatta 2000, we remem-
ber Jim Bacon and Van Stratton, who both
passed away earlier this year. Mr. Bacon
was active in RTIA for many years and
Mr. Stratton was RTIA treasurer until the
time of his death They will be greatly

Scholarship Recipient
SCongratulations to Tiffany Roberts,
who is the recipient of a Lyford Ca\
Foundation scholarship. Tiffany is a 1999
graduate of Forest Heights Academy.
Over the past year she as worked at
Sunlight Medical Centre with Dr. Robert
Sonn. Tiffany will begin her studies this
fall at the University of Georgia. She
hopes to pursue a medical career. Good
luck, Tiffany!
As the days get warmer, let's all hope
for a quiet uneventful (weatherwise) sum-
Bluff House Update
Provided by Roger Phillips
Bluff House has now been granted
approval on their extensive plans for a
large new marina in White Sound.
Hurricane Floyd completely destroyed the
old Bluff House marina. Rather than just
replace the old docks, they are enlarging
the marina to 46 slips. Although planning
approval delayed their construction start
last year, they will soon be opening a

Please See Cays

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School From Page 1
heavy but the flames had not yet broken
out of the building. The heat was intense,
causing damage to the interior partitions.
However, damage to the building away
from the reception area was minimal. The
reception area contained records as well as
a copy machine, a computer and school tro-
phies. After the fire was extinguished, some
staff members moved critical records to
other areas of the school which were more
secure. The entire building suffered smoke
damage but most furniture was left intact.
Police secured the building until an arson
investigation team could come from Nassau
to determine the cause of the fire. That team
arrived in the afternoon. At a closing staff

meeting on June 30th the school principal,
Mrs. Royann Swain, announced that the
team determined the cause of the fire was
electrical in origin and was not arson as had
been rumored.
It has not been determined yet if the
building is structurally sound to be repaired
or if it must be rebuilt. The amount of heat
generated by the electrical fire could have
damaged the integrity of the cement block
wall where the fire did the most damage. A
temporary office has been set up in the
computer room.
Due to the prompt response of the Marsh
Harbour Volunteer Fire Department far
more damage was averted. Once again I
cannot commend the Marsh Harbour Fire
Department enough for their fine fire fight-

This photograph show the reception area of Abaco Central High School which
destroyed the room's furnishings on June 29. Most school records were saved due to the
prompt action of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department assisted by Dundas
Town Fire Depratment. The fire was under control in less than thirty minutes.

ing efforts and knowledge.
Principal Leaves
By Isobel Sherman
Mrs. Royann Swain announced to her
staff on June 26th that she will not be

returning to Abaco Central High School in
September. Taken by surprise, the staffhur-
riedly organized a luncheon on June 28th

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School From Page 6
and presented Mrs. Swain with a gift.
By Isobel Sherman
Graduation for the Class of 2000 was
held on June 27th at Central Abaco Primary
School where 49 grade 12 students were

presented with diplomas and leaving cer-
tificates. Mr. Basil Smith, Honourary
Consul for The Bahamas to Jamaica, was
the guest speaker. The theme for the class
was Expand Your Horizons. Mr. Smith
emphasized the need for knowledge and
education now more than ever before.
Technology is changing our world and we
mqnt keon n1 o left them with theI nnnt+

Mr. Michael Pintard was guest speaker at the graduation of the sixth graders of Central
Abaco Primary. He is shown with the Head Boy, Jude Vilmar, and the Head Girl,
Lorissa Dawkins, who received copies of his book entitled "Still Standing."

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Mir Bad Snmiah, Hfonourarv Consulfor The Bahamas to Janmaua. is jho i, n il, top sltu
dent at Abaco Central High School, Clara Alcime. Clara was valedictorian and won six
subject awards as well as BEC prizes in mathematics and science.

"What man can imagine today, man can
accomplish \ within a generation."
Clara Alcime, Deputy Head Girl, was
valedictorian and won many awards and
trophies for her outstanding academic
record. She was the only student who had
maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better for the
entire school year and had actually main-
tained this record for the past three years.

She won the BEC prizes in mathematics
and science and was recognized as the top
student in biology, chemistry, English lan-
guage, geography, history and mathemat-
ics. Bemadette Jean Noel won the top
French and physical education student
awards. Antwanya Miller, Head Girl, was

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Page 8 The Abaconian July 15th. 2000

The Editor Says The Potential of Local Government

We hear many complaints that local
government is not effective, central gov-
ernment does not give the local commit-
tees and councils enough money, local
government does not have any power and
central government is only turning over
the drugery jobs to local government so
they don't have to bother with cleaning
verges, cemeteries and maintain the
schools and other public buildings. Let us
look into this a bit more thoughtfully.
Local government is new and inexperi-
enced. Most locally elected officials have
never held any public office, they are not
familiar with office procedures, they do
not know parliamentary procedures nor
how a meeting is conducted, they are
unaware of the way central government
operates and in many instances are not
aware of existing laws governing many of
the areas they are put in charge of. The
men and women who have served so far
have done admirably and many have
changed and evolved as they began under-
standing the "system."
Central government has given some
responsibilities to the local bodies. They
are watching to see how the local people
accept these responsibilities before they
add more. As local government proves to
be responsible, the restraints will be loos-
This process is similar to the way par-
ents deal with children who are growing
up and maturing. Each child is different
and each child accepts responsibility dif-
ferently and at different ages in their life.
Parents realize that children need to make
decisions for themselves but they allow
this to come about gradually. The same
holds true for local government. The new
system must prove itself worthy in little
ways before it can be entrusted to manage
larger issues. Local government is new
and has not developed its full potential.
Central government has given us the
tool to help ourselves. Local government
can be as effective as we want if we work
at it. Local government is a reflection of
the desires and ambitions of the communi-
ties. It is the communities themselves
which must stand up and say what we want
whether it is better traffic, better schools,

less crime, etc. Then local government can
bring pressure on the necessary bodies,
police, school administrations, etc. to
bring about change. But we have to get off
our duffs and do something besides com-
plain that central government won't do
anything. We need to take the initiative. If
we do, Nassau is not going to gripe but
will be happy that we are taking care of
ourselves. If we are not happy with local
government, then it is our fault for not
putting effective people in office. Or
maybe it is that we are not actively sup-
porting and encouraging those people we
did put there.
Many problems facing our communities
can be addressed by our Town
Committees and Councils Without the
need for additional funds. Each communi-
ty or district needs to consider its own
problems and come up with innovative
ideas which can be presented to the resi-
dents for feedback. Traffic problems face
several towns and some solutions do not
require large sums of money. Whether it is
huge trailer trucks driving carelessly, large

motorcycles roaring through narrow roads,
vehicles speeding or whatever it might be,
coming together to decide on a course of
action or finding solutions is within our
grasp now.
It is a fact that in the communities
abroad where residents make a concerted
effort to reduce crime, this has made a
noticeable difference. Where parents
wanted better education for their children,
they forced the schools into doing better. It
takes team work. It takes perseverance. It
takes effort on our part to do more than
talk but to take action, to give time and
energy to help.
Our leaders need to think and plan for
the future. This takes no money but a com-
mitment of time by a few dedicated per-
sons. We need recreational areas which
our people will enjoy in the future and this
requires joint action with central govern-
ment to set aside land for this use.
If our schools are not producing the
results we would like to see, they can be
improved by parents and the communities
working with the schools to bring about

necessary changes. Teachers and adminis-
trative staff need to know that we demand
better education for our children. We need
to support them and let them know that we
will back them. We need to back up our
words by offering real assistance.
These are some of the areas where our
local government and concerned residents
can bring about change and improvements.
No one person has all the answers.
Solutions are found as people work togeth-
er and exchange ideas.
We can be enterprising and do for our-
selves. The Local Government Act is not
restrictive so there are many areas where
we can take the initiative.
Local Government, like children,
matures gradually as we venture into new
areas. We hesitantly take on more respon-
sibility and explore further. It is up to our
own initiative as to how far we go. Like a
glass half full or half empty, we must see
Local Government as an opportunity to do
more. What we need is committed man-

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"This is an extended service from
Batelco. In order to complete your call,
please enter your pin number." "This is an
extended service from Batelco. In order to
complete your call, please enter your pin
number." This is ...
I obeyed the monotonous request as
many times as it was made and pressed the
"Send" button, each time clutching the tiny
machine a little tighter in my sweaty palm.
Determined to stay composed and not to be
outwitted by a two-inch by five-inch lump
of plastic dotted with numbers, I painstak-
ingly punched in my pin number, digit by
Within seconds my four figure personal
code appeared three times in a neat row on
the narrow screen, followed by beep!
beep! beep! There was a momentary
silence and then two words in bold capitals
flashed NO SERVICE.
At that point I lost it. My strangulated
screams echoed throughout the settlement
of Hope Town, vying in volume with The
Cat Lady, who of late has taken to yelling
obscenities around town.
"Oh! Just Stephanie making a quick
call," one resident reassured a concerned
tourist who heard me uttering moans as I

clambered from the surface of a high rain-
water tank in the centre of town where I
had been perched in the vain hope of gain-
ing favourable reception. What I had omit-
ted to factor in was that there is no logic to
making a cellular call. I might have been
better off crawling inside the tank! Who
knows? I don't think even Batelco does!
Well! I have only myself to blame. Do I
really need the crazy contraption? I existed
quite happily without it up until two
months ago. One more appendage! One
more thing to take care of! One more
When it works, as indeed it does on
occasions, it is a valuable tool in fact, ask
me after I have just pushed "Send" and
established contact and I will describe it as
"invaluable." I may even go as far as to say
it is "indispensable." However, on a really

bad day I would describe it as useless,
aging, frustrating and guaranteed to evoke
homicidal tendencies in even the gentlest
of people.
Let's face it, it is the "in-thing" to have
a cellular or, to be hip. a "cell" phone. It
sits snugly on the belt, spelling out suc-
cess. "I've arrived!" it says. "Call me on
mN cell," I tell my friends, registering their
grins. "Thinks she's hot stuff with her new
I am not a bus) executive or emergency
room physician. I can go "out of range"
without endangering humanity. No
irreparable harm will befall the business
world. No lives will be lost if I am incom-
municado but, like thousands of people in
Abaco, I justify my reasons for needing

Please See Humblestone Page 14

All About Town

Noise Pollution
By Isobel Sherman
It seems that in the past few weeks noise
pollution has taken over the streets of
Murphy Town and Dundas Town. The
noise comes from motorcycles which have
had their mufflers gutted and the style is to
speed up and down the streets of these two
communities day and night making noise
and being just plain reckless.
Classes were disturbed at Abaco Central
High School and perhaps at Central Abaco
Primary as well. Most bikers are not wear-
ing helmets or protective gear and some
bikes do not even have a license plate. The
one thing they all have in common is
NOISE. And I mean NOISE.
I am sure the members of the Scurvy
Few Motorcycle Club would be embar-
rassed to see these young men, and I do not
think any of them would qualify for mem-
bership. In fact, I do not even think the
infamous Hells Angels would take any of
Of course, the police are not present to
see if they could apprehend any of these
young bikers. What is going to happen, I
am afraid, is that one of them is going
splatter himself all over the pavement and
will become a traffic casualty. I hope it is
one of these careless and thoughtless
young men rather than an innocent child
walking the road or a passenger or driver of
a car.
These young men probably think they

look "COOL," the females,
but actually they look stupid by their reck-
lessness. If I were to tell one of them they
are putting their life in jeopardy, they
would tell me, No! For some odd reason
young people, especially young men,
always think dying or injury is not going to
happen to them, it is going to happen to the
other fellow.
It Happened!
By Isobel Sherman
I have written numerous times about
trailer trucks driving on the wrong side of
the road to avoid wires and I warned of an
accident. It happened. Taxi driver, Mrs.
Jenetta Lowe, was driving with a passenger
in her taxi when she saw an Albury's
Trucking truck heading right toward her.
She pulled over as far as she could on the
road shoulder. When she saw the truck still
coming, she just stopped and prayed. Did
the truck stop? Yes, when it hit her right
This driving on the wrong side of the
road has to stop before someone gets
killed. Mrs. Lowe's accident happened on
June 27th. The next day I was driving east
on Forest Drive. In front of me about 500
feet was a trailer truck traveling east on the
wrong side of the road. All of a sudden I
Please See Sherman Page 31

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Crime Is Escalating
Dear Mr. Editor,
Are the powers that be, local and
national, trulE aware that the crime wave
has spread to Abaco?
I came to this conclusion this morning
when I read that six or more safes had been
stolen or were attempted to be stolen in
Marsh Harbour and nearby cays during the
first five months of 2000. My genuine fear
is that before long the. shooting that often
accompanies these thefts will become a
When will we institute a crime watch as
we did in the mid-1980s? At that time it
was successful and could be again.
Alas, I fear we have a different calibre
of people today and nothing will be done.
I suggest that the days when we felt that
we were our brother's keeper have long
Take it as you will.
Yours, etc.
Patrick J. Bethel

We Need a New Dock
Power has driven Hubert Ingraham
absolutely mad. At any time he will insult
and embarrass anyone, even members of
his Government.
Members of the FNM National General
Council and all other leaders in the party,
you had better rein in this wild man before
it is too late, if it is not already too late.
Anyway, Mr. Ingraham, while you are
still Government and I say you because it
appears that you and you alone make all
Governmental decisions, we the people of
Abaco are desperately in need of a harbour
port facility. \'hat we have now is a
national disgrace. It is falling apart, we
outgrew the size of this one fifteen sears
ago and still no sign of replacement. I keep
on hearing that Government plans on
upgrading the airport facility first and then
a docking port. It is true that we can use a
larger terminal building at the airport but
the rest we can make do with for
another couple of years.
This dilapidated dock that we have to
put up with is driving us all nuts. We can't
put up with this for another year. The cus-
toms office and storage buildings are both
way too small.
We have contributed more than enough
in taxes to have three docking facilities the
size of what we need. Mr. Ingraham, just
give us one and we will all be happy.
Jim Hall

Garbage a Disgrace
Dear Editor,
We wish to address the problem Abaco
is facing regarding illegal, unsightly,
unsanitary and foul dumping of garbage
by some citizens of the Abaco community.
Our community must consider that each
and every time individuals dump their
bags of garbage by the side of the road or
in the pine forest or toss a Coke can out the
window of their vehicles, it costs them and
all the members of our community
MONEY! Local government must pay
someone to pick up all this garbage. The
funds our government must spend on this
effort would be better spent on real physi-
cal improvements in the various settle-
ments in Abaco.
A good example of this wasteful beha\ -
ior is the large accumulation of garbage on
the road across from the entrance road to
Spring City. Local government had to con-
tract for several truckloads of fill to be
placed across the roadway in order to stop
individuals from using this area as their
dumping ground. Then men had to be paid
to gather up the trash and bum it. This
exercise cost local government approxi-
mately $600 to $800. That sum of money
could ha'e been spent in the Spring Cit%
community in many better wa s. I'm sure
the Spring City residents would have
rather spent that money in the communist
for worthwhile physical improvements


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We have seen, within sight of the Marsh
Harbour dump, bags of garbage, old bath-
tubs, appliances and other trash dumped
by the side of the road. Not only has ille-
gal dumping increased since the storms of
1999, it is blatant. There is no excuse for
this trashing of Abaco. We have a well
maintained dump facility for which local
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Central Abaco News


By Stephanie Humblestone
Close to 60 representatives of banks
from the Marsh Harbour area attended a
three-hour seminar on money laundering on
the 24th of June at Abaco Beach Resort.
,Organised by Barclays Bank, it was pre-
sented by Christopher Lunn, Assistant
Manager of the Banking Supervision
Department of the Central Bank of the
Bahamas. The seminar was timely in that a
high-level international task force, The
Financial Action Task Force, placed the
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Mrs. Prudence Gallagher of the Marsh
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Bahamas, are required to know the laws
concerning money laundering; we have
ongoing training seminars."
The 26-nation Finance Action Task
Force on money laundering was created in
1989 by the Group of Seven, the most
industrialized nations in the world, to com-
bat money laundering and to identify coun-
tries which are obstructing those efforts
The Ministerof Finance, Sir William Alien,
is willing to do whatever is necessary to
change this status.
The Money Laundering Act of 1996 is
considered one of the most significant steps
towards the control of suspicious money
which comes from an\ number of sources
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such as drug trafficking or other illegal
transactions. Any person contravening the
law is liable to a fine or may be subject to
Mr. Lunn enlightened the gathering on
how to identify suspicious transactions,
methods of tracing them back to their
sources, the immunir, of persons making
public disclosures, bank confidentialits and
a host of other related subjects. Ms. N larcia
Mercius at the Royal Bank of Canada in
Marsh Harbour said that although the} have
regular in-branch seminars on money laun-
dering and correspondence from Head
Office, she learnt a lot. "It was very infor-
mative, and he gave us lots of real life situ-
Ms. Darlene Gibson, Branch Accountant


at Common ealh Bank in Marsh Harbour
said, "The seminar was well presented. Mr.
Lunn did a great job." Mrs. Lasonya
Missick, who has been with Scotia Bank in
Marsh Harbour for six years and had much
basic training in identii in, money, launder-
ing, said, -It % as excellent and I learnt a lot.
The last one we had here was three years
ago so we were all ready." Mrs. Gallagher
stated that both she and her staff of 13 were
impressed with Mr. Lunn's delivery, and
felt it was a great boon to the banking com-
munity She hopes that Barcla.s Bank %\ill
make the seminar an annual e\ent.

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Great Abaco Club

Offers Gated Security

By Isobel Sherman
Even before Hurricane Floyd and his
relatives ripped through Abaco last year,
the Marsh Harbour area was experiencing
a building boom. But since Floyd this
building boom has accelerated in all areas.
One area that has increased dramatically is
the sale of home sites and the building of
homes at Great Abaco Club, a private
gated community located within the prop-
erty of Abaco Beach Resort and Boat
Harbour. Ms. Cindy Hayworth, Sales
Manager, said that much of the construc-
tion boom is directly due to Floyd and the
extension of the exemption of duty on
building materials for Abaco.
Homes at Great Abaco Club had mini-
mal damage due to the storms. Ms.
Hayworth stated, "Although the docks at
Boat Harbour Marina were virtually
destroyed and are subsequently being
rebuilt, the club area received relatively
little damage. The club did not lose a dock
and only minor repairs such as roof shin-
gles and storm shutters required repair as a
result of the storm." She continued that

Mrs. Ruth Pinder, appointed to the
Hotel Licensing Board for the Central
Abaco District, was not on the Hotel
Licensing Board in Nassau as reported
in The 4baconian in the Jul\ I issue.
She has been involved in the hotel
indush) for mans >ears and has served
on a number of boards and commintees
in the private sector of the hotel indus-

several owners referred to the waterway in
the club area as a "virtual hurricane hole."
The sale of the lots at Great Abaco Club
is sixty-five percent complete. Fourteen
homes are complete, six more are under
construction and several others are in the
planning stages. Of the completed homes
three are the primary residences of the
owners. The others are occupied by their
owners for part of the year and some are
available for rental. A property manage-
ment company rents them for homeowners
for up to thirty-six weeks per year at
$1900 to $2500 per week. The renter has
the use of all the amenities available at
Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour.
Each home has its own dock for the
owner's boat or a rental boat. Ms.
Haywonh credits the Internet with revolu-
tionizing property sales and rentals. It is
the most cost effective way to advertise.
One thing is certain. The moto of Great
Abaco Club is true for the members and
that is Live Your Dream. You can certain-
ly do that in a home at the Great Abaco

AA Meetings

The AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
group of Marsh Harbour meets
Monday and Thursdays on 6:30 p.m.
at Calvary Baptist Church.
The AA group in Hope Town meets
Monday at 7 p.m. at the clinic.

By Isobel Sherman
On July 26th and 27th the National
Bonefish Championship will be held
on Abaco for the first time. The bone-
fish champion from every island in
the Bahamas except Abaco will be
competing to win the National
Championship which will entitle him
to fish the World Championship to be
held on Abaco in the fall. Different of
Abaco and the Abaco office of the
Ministry of Tourism are coordinating
this first time ever event for Abaco.
Each island champion will have a
local bonefish guide as well as an

observer on his boat to record his
catch-and-release over the two-day
period. The Abaco Tourist office
invites interested persons to sign up as
observers and bonefish guides for the
upcoming National Bonefish
Championship. The guides are
required to have their own boats to
take the participants to sites on bone-
fish flats and will receive a stipend of
$300 per day. Observers will receive a
stipend of $100 per day. For further
information contact the Abaco Tourist
Office at 367-3067 or 367-4512.


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Racing Series Draws Sailors

mounted on oiled mahogany plaques.
These are works of art rather than just tro-
phies and the boaters love them. Ninety-
three trophies are awarded in the course of
the five races which each have six racing
groups of boats.
The sleek racing boats are kept in two
classes of their own with the slower

"Mother Tub" boats competing against
each other. This last group is the most pop-
ular with slower boats and crews with less
racing experience. These boats are gi\en
ratings which may change after the skip-
pers demonstrate their abilities coupled

Please See RTIA

Page 30

Regatta Time In Abaco presented awards on July 8th at Crossing Beach in Marsh
Harbour. Shown is part oflthe crowd eagerly anticipating the results of the days racing.

RTIA From Page I
cy that cannot easily be filled. During the
1980s he \as Regatta Commodore and in
recent years he served as Treasurer. Mr.
James Bacon was another faithful member
of the group who passed away in early
April. For many years he and his wife
Litty were most diligent in selling T shirts
which continues to be one of the main
fund raising avenues for the Regatta.
The T-shirts this year used a design by

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local artist Anne Ray of Lubber's Quarters
as they did last year Mrs. Ray even auto-
graphed shins taken to her studio on the
south end of Lubber's Quarters. Regatta
shirts, both new and old, can be seen all
through the year on various town streets
The coveted trophies come from Pete
Johnston's Studio of Little Harbour. The
cast bronze marine and bird sculptures are

The crew of one of the cruising boats entered in Regatta Time In Abaco,
atmosphere to the awards ceremony held at Crossing Beach on July 8th.

Race Committee member Jane Ann Pincus
is shown presenting a trophy to Mr. Peter
Christie of Nassau who won first place for
one of the races on Balamena.

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South Abaco News

Cherokee Sound
By Lee Pinder
What's Happening
Abaco is experiencing a building boom
that is very exciting and Cherokee is no
exception. Work continues to progress
along the hill shore with a new sea wall to
help retain their beach. Their new dock
facility will be much bigger and much
stronger than the one it has replaced. A
native built rock wall and the clearing of
land for a small parking area has helped to
beautify the approach road while new
coconut trees and some wild sea oats have
helped to enhance the beach front. This
mini-settlement along the hill shore built
during the 1950s by Colyn Rees as a fishing
camp has all but been forgotten over the
years. This idyllic location has long been
coveted by many who glimpsed it from a
passing vessel or those who may have had
the opportunity to visit little Cherokee and
see it from afar. We have been told there are
plans for a restaurant and some rental cot-
tages to be built for the many Abaco
tourists and will undoubtedly help our
economy, too.

Bahamas Darts Team
Wins Caribbean Cup
By Isobel Sherman
A few weeks ago the Bahamas Darts
Federation sent a team to the Caribbean
Cup competition being held in Barbados.
Representing Abaco on the team w ere Earl

Smith and Donald Burrows. Malcolm
Spicer. President of the Bahamas Darts
Association, went along as manager.
During the entire championship the team
lost only once and came home with the
Caribbean Cup Championship with a 17-
point edge over second place St Lucia.
Congratulations to a great team effort!

the Long Dock. In addition, there was a
sand castle competition and hamburgers
and hot dogs for everybody, not to mention
the good high tide for swimming. A good
ending for the long school year and a better
beginning for the long hot summer. Many
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have plans for shopping trips to the States
while others are looking forward to a visit
to Disney World or family camping trips.
Whatever your plans are, we hope you have
a wonderful summer vacation.


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We send along our best wishes and trust he
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School News
For the last Field Day of the year a group
of 18 students, teachers and parents visited
Green Turtle Ca. on the 26th of June. The
first stop %was at Alton Lowe's Art Museum
where the artist himself welcomed us. He
gate the children a short talk explaining the
subject of some of his works and told us
about the many beautiful paintings and
sculptures that were on display. From there
we walked over the hill from White Sound
and made a short stop at school, then on to
the old jailhouse. We took a lunch break
and continued our outing by visiting the
Green Turtle Ca\ Museum and finished the
da\ b\ dropping by the Sculpture Garden
w here the children saw the bronze busts of
man\ famous Bahamians. It \was an enjoy-
able day for the students. The chaperons all
seemed to enjoy themselves nearly as much
as the children.
The last da\ of the school \ear ended
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additional freight service. The Tokai, a 2200 ton capacity container ship, recently
docked in Marsh Harbour at the freight dock. The companies will be bringing in addi-
tional boats as their freight business warrants.

Humblestone From Page 8
I travel out of town so much; I might
have a flat tire on the way to Fox Town or
on that long stretch between Crossing
Rocks and Sandy Point...
Unless a cellular phone is vital to a per-
son's job or he/she does not have a land
line, then it is merely an intrusion and yet
another threat to one's privacy. Why in the
world school children need them though
parents benefit from this self-imposed
monitoring is beyond me. Saying that,
my son has one! Why cellular customers
take their phones to parties beats me. At
the recent Sandy Point Homecoming there
were more cell phones than cars and peo-
ple were straining to speak on them over
the boom of the music.
By definition a "service" is something
provided in exchange for a monetary fee.
The difference with the cellular "service"
in Abaco is that the fee remains constant
but the "service" does not. Cellular cus-
tomers are becoming disgruntled at the
unpredictable service and, unpredictability
being one of the most distressing of all
human conditions, the outcome is
inevitable. Batelco is coming under criti-
cism from all sectors oof the community.
The normal reaction to the NO SERVICE
scenario is an irate call to Batelco but this
recourse is thwarted by the very nature of
the complaint. Catch 22! Another is to
sling the cellular as far as possible out of
range but with it goes that high installation
fee and a definite guarantee of NO SER-
VICE in the future.
With the Batelco package for cellular
installation should come a supply of tran-
quilizers for when communication breaks
down in mid-sentence and the person on
the receiving end says somewhat prophet-
ically, "Hello! Hello! You are breaking
In defense of our telephone company
which has indeed had a bad year, we must
remember that we live in a country which
is struggling to stay abreast technological-
ly despite its limitations and geographical
insularity. It is amazing we have phones
after last hurricane season, let alone cellu-
lars. Be patient, cell phone users. Be
"hip!" Stay cool!
However, I challenge myself to feel this
when I am precariously balanced on the
highest limb of a tree in my yard and close
to "breaking up!"

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Church in Marsh Harbour began its cele-
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Chapman conducted the service while Fr.
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He spoke powerfully of the message John
the Baptist preached in the desert. Both
the Marsh Harbour church and the diocese
is named after St. John the Baptist. One
week's activities were planned to cele-
brate this important time of this church but
some had to be cancelled due to the funer-
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A Horse Is Rescued

By Milanne Mimi Rehor
Timely emergency intervention saved
an Abaco wild horse named Dubhe. On
June 14 the weekly wild horse check found
the mare Dubhe limping badly and obvi-
ously in pain. She was separated from her
band when she couldn't keep up and a stal-
lion was harassing her. Arrangements
were made for Dr. Robert Allen of the
Caribbean Veterinary Clinic to go to the
farm to see her. However, that day Ms.
Rehor with Dr. Allen and others could not
find the mare and at dark the search was
abandoned. Dubhe had disappeared. The
next day she was located within 15 min-

utes. She was actually groaning when she
tried to walk. Yet another stallion was
harassing her. A phone call to Dr. Allen
brought him and David Knowles, the local
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries offi-
cer, with medical supplies.
While waiting for their arrival, Ms.
Rehor discovered that there was some-
thing lodged in the mare's left fore hoof.
When they arrived, Dubhe was darted with
a tranquilizer and was then calm enough
for Dr. Allen to give her painkillers.
Though she never went down the \ ay a
domestic horse would, she was sleepy
enough that Dr. Allen was able to lift the

hpof and remove a one-inch roofing nail
that was completely embedded in her foot.
Dr. Allen removed the nail and dressed
the wound. He secured a bandage with
duct tape and gave Dubhe penicillin. In a
few days she was back with her regular
band. She still had a slight limp but was
moving % without pain and able to keep up
with the others.
Without treatment the nail would have
festered and since the hoof is solid on the
outside, it would never have drained.
Death from infection was just about
inevitable. As of this writing, Dubhe
appears to be in good health and is walk-
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Dr. Robert Allen and Mr. David Knowles,
the local Ministry of Agriculture and
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A Tribute to Arch Bishop Thompson

By Mrs. Mary MacKenzie
It was a very simple thing, really. Just
breakfast. But what a feast it was for two
strangers in a strange land. We had arrived
in the Bahamas a few days earlier to begin
-a whole new life, far remove from the
sophisticated professional lives 'we had
known in Houston and Austin, Texas. My
husband Ken, formerly a professional
environmental engineer, was preparing to
become. ordained a Deacon in the
Anglican church-in the Bahamas, and I had
left my career as a Human Resources
Executive to follow the path God has set
for us. We had never been in the Bahamas,
we knew no one but put our lives in the
hands of newly named Archbishop Gomez
and the Anglican church in the Bahamas.
We were full of anxieties, questions and
doubts. Could we find friends? How
would the Bahamians feel about two white
middle-aged Americans in their midst?
Would these beautiful islands ever feel
like home to us? We wandered the streets
of downtown Nassau for the first few days
just trying to get our bearings and learning
to understand the Bahamian colloqui-
The Saturday morning after we arrived,
Ken found his way to St. Agnes Church
for a quiet Saturday morning service. He
introduced himself to the priest of the day,
Archdeacon William E. Thompson. A lit-
tle later I received a phone call from Ken.
"We will pick you up in ten minutes in
front of the hotel. We have been invited to
breakfast with Fr. Thompson and his
wife." I wondered about these people who
would invite strangers into their home for
an impromptu breakfast.
We arrived at the Rectory with wrap-
around porches and tall windows and were
welcomed warmly by our hosts.
Archdeacon Thompson quickly became
Willie as we sat in the sun-drenched front
room. His smiling wife Rose greeted us
briefly, then disappeared into the kitchen.
Ken and Willie immediately launched into
an active discussion about seminaries, the-
ology, the church today and life in the
United States and the Bahamas.
Rose soon called us to breakfast. We sat
in the spacious dining room as steaming
platters of hot ham and eggs, grits and but-
tered toast were quickly -consumed. The
four of us sat in the early day sunshine and
broke bread, drank coffee and sparkling
orange juice and chattered incessantly
about our lives, our families and our histo-

Giving Thanks always... Eph. 5:20

ry. Somehow during that time a portal was
opened and the moment became more than
a meal. It was a transforming sacramental
experience, symbolizing all the strength,
warmth and joy possible in the human
After what seemed like minutes, but
was hours, Ken and I reluctantly rose from
the table and asked Willie to return us to
the hotel. We exchanged warm hugs and
gave our thanks to Rose for her ability to
put together such a wonderful repast on
such short notice and for her gracious hos-
It was a simple thing, really. Just break-
fast. But as Ken and I returned to our
impersonal hotel room, we looked at each
other and agreed. We had just experienced
the very best that the Bahamas had to
offer. We were not longer strangers in a
strange land. We had shared the most
exciting human experience possible, the
discovery of new friends and the possibil-
ities for an exciting and lasting relation-
ship. Suddenly the Bahamas became home
to us. What a precious gift for two lonely
Americans! In retrospect it looms larger
than life.
When two hooded gunmen broke into
their home in the middle of the night last
May 29th, they shattered the lives of our
first friends here in the Bahamas. They
also broke the mold of the best the
Bahamas had to offer. What they did not
and could not kill was the love that the
Archdeacon carried and carries in his

heart for all of us in this land,, native
Bahamian and foreigners alike. Willie's
subsequent death after a valiant fight for
his life appears to have shattered the tran-
quility of the Bahamas. The only other
event in my lifetime which affected a
country as strongly was the assassination
of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in
As a country the Bahamas must answer
the nagging questions of how this small
friendly country of sparkling islands has
come to this point in their history. Willie
Thompson will stand forever as a symbol
of all the best this country has to offer as
he left a legacy of courage, wisdom and
challenge to his beloved Bahamaland.
How will this country respond? The
answer, Dear Brutus, lies not in the stars,
but in ourselves.
How we answer will determine whether
Willie's death was a clarion call for peace
and morality or a forerunner of more dis-

mal and discouraging days ahead. It is
very simple, really. I know what Willie
would choose. What you choose may
determine whether Willie Thompson can
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July 15th. 2000 The Abaconian Page 21

The Pine Forest

Part two of a series of articles about the
ecology of the Bahamian (Abaco) pine
By John Hedden
In the last article we talked a little about
the science of ecology, how imperfect it is
considering our human limitations as
observers (and participants) of the world
around us. We found out that an ecosystem
consists of all forms of interacting life as
well as the physical environment on which
that life relies. The interaction between the
living and the non-living has long reaching
effects on the succession and the evolution
or growing (dynamic balance) of that sys-
tem. We saw an example of this in the eco-
logical succession from the pioneering red
mangrove through to the beginnings of the
coppice vegetation. This, you remember,
also involved the change from an open salt
waterscape to that of the early stages of
fresh water inundated dry land (the early
If you actually took the time to travel
out to the mangrove areas of the marls and
observed these natural engineers making
dry land, the return journey to your car or
truck would also have been equally as
impressive. The most striking sight is the
low flat landscape of the rockland with its
beautiful display of life. Here we see the
soft woody and herbaceous type plants
ranging from ferns and rushes, grasses, to
the impressive palmettos such as the pond
top and the silver top. Here also and per-
haps a little closer to your car you will find
some flowering members of the gentian
family: the marsh gentian and the marsh
pinks. Carefully hidden amongst these are
the minute flowered southern yellow-eyed
grass which are members of the lily fami-
ly. Standing taller and distinctive are the
regal oriental-looking ming or spiny black
olive which also happens to be a member
of the white mangrove family. These love-
ly small dark trees (shrubs) only survive in
areas where the water table is very close to
the soil surface and in periods of drought
will leave their skeletons where once
abundant fresh water was to be had.
This is the landscape inhabited by wad-
ing and water birds, the wild hog and the

crabs, a geological landscape formed of
loosely cemented grains of calcium car-
bonate (oolites) and burrowed rockland
plates. Spread out over this area are ponds
populated by the leather ferns, the beak
rushes and saw grasses. Here, down low,
are the marsh pennyworts giving way to
grasses and the like. As we move closer to
our vehicle, we find that the land has
become ever so delicately elevated so that
our trek back has really been no effort at
all. Here now we move into the beginnings
of the forest. Here we see many silver top
palmettos, the early stages of hardwood
species such as the wild guava, some of
the stoppers including the Bahama stop-
per, Bahamian flax, members of the holly
family, fleabane, lice root and the occa-
sional pine tree.
However, even more conspicuous by its
absence is the land crab (of which the
Bahamas boasts two different species),
simply because it comes out to feed only at
night (nocturnal). No true Bahamian
would be out here at night unless armed
with a good strong crocus sack and a hefty
flashlight. In days gone by before the mod-
ern flashlight, torches were made by split-
ting a length of pine limb and setting light
to the oozing resins. Some in fact preferred
the white or black torch hardwood flames,
hence the names of the trees. The favoured
cooking delicacy is the black crab, and this
may be because it is a true vegetarian,
obtaining its flavour mainly from the
leaves of some of the hardy woody plants
of the area including the buttonwood. The
white crab is more the omnivore, even
feeding on carrion (dead animals) as does
the buzzard or vulture. But here we are
straying off again into a subject far
removed from the purpose of this article.
Even though the land crabs appear to have
colonised the land, they are still really
marine members of the crustacean family,
very closely related to the crawfish, the
blue crabs, the ghost crabs and suzy light-
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source of preferably salt or brackish water
because they breathe through gills which
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burrows down to the water table so that
they may have their own private pool in
which to bathe and keep forever damp.
The sea is an essential part of their life
cycle, this being why after mating and fer-
tilising of the egg mass, the female must
make her way quickly to the ocean and the
sea. Here she deposits the hatching egg
mass in the waves and waters, the crab lar-
vae floating away on the oceans to become
part of the floating surface (pelagic) life.
Later on in their life cycle they will return
to terrestrial (land) life as tiny replicas of
the adult, once again to repeat the life and
breeding processes. It seems ironical that
the commercial harvesting of the crabs is
done at the one critical time in their life
cycle when they are marching to the salt
waters to breed and continue their species.
The crabs don't just live here, they actu-
ally participate in the ecology of this early
coppice land system. They help recycle

nutrients and return them to the soil for
future plant use; they help break down the
harsh physical soils by their burrowing;
and they assist in soil aeration through the
tunnels they can dig. Crabs also have
another secret life, hidden from us as they
float around as larvae on the oceans and
seas, undoubtedly making a contribution
there as well.
So we can see that an ecological system
may interlock with other often seemingly
remote systems and through a species we
would not imagine leading such a double
life. In this case the lowly land crab. This
then is a part of the first of the familiar
coppice based series, where the marine and
land based environments still interact.
Continue to think about global warm-
ing. Will sea levels rise?

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Furniture Cellular Phones
Appliances Stereo Equipment
Tools Toys
Large Selection of watches and lamps
Located across from Marco Airconditioning
Tel: 367-2184
SOpen 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Saturday

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Nassau, Bahams
Tel: (242) 34911

2001 Directory Ads and Changes to Listings
BaTelCo wishes to advise the public that the deadline for submission
of all contracts for advertisements and cancellations in the Yellow
Pages, and changes and cancellations to be made to White Page list-
ings in the 2001 Bahamas, Grand Bahama and Abaco Telephone
Directories is August 31, 2000.
All contracts for advertisements must be submitted to BaTelCo's
Directory Publications Department located in the Administrative
Building, Thompson Boulevard in New Providence and in the Sea
Horse Shopping Plaza in Grand Bahama, on or before this date to
secure placement.
Subscribers wishing to make changes to listings in the White pages
should contact the Directory Publications Department in New
Providence at 326-4033, in Grand Bahama at 325-2336, and Family
Islanders may call toll free at 1-242-300-1997. Subscribers may also
complete the Change of Information Form inside the Directory or
write to:
Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation
Directory Publications Department
P.O. Box N-3048
Thompson Boulevard
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Bahamas Telecommunications
Directory Publications Department
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-MoCre News of the Cays

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Cays From Page 4
state-of-the art marina. The wait will be
well worth it. The docks will be of solid
teak, 50 tons is coming from Brazil. This
will be beautiful to look at and comes with
a life time guarantee.
The docks are designed after European
marinas and will be quite spacious. Their
Texaco fuel facility will be able to re-fuel
up to four boats simultaneously. The
docks include a unique fish weighing sta-
tion hydraulically operated. They will
actively cater to fishing tournaments.
Shore-side facilities will include a restau-
rant, a pool bar and gift shop.
Concessions will give opportunities to
local businessmen and will include a dive
operation, charter outboard and sailboat
operations, a commissary and a ship's
chandlery. Those interested should contact
Molly McIntosh at the Bluff House.
Announcements of the opening will be
made later in this paper.
Hope Town
Dune Update
By Stephanie Humblestone
As a gentle reminder for everyone to
protect the dunes, Tony and Elaine
Bennett of the Hope Town Association
arranged for 200 feet of pink netting to be
extended along the dune above the cholera
grave yard in the heart of the small settle-
Looking like a volley ball court from a

distance, the measure was taken when all
else seemed to have failed. "We appealed
to people not to walk on the dunes but to
no avail," said Mrs. Bennett, who was
among those instrumental in the planting
of thousands of sea oats along the five
mile stretch of Elbow Cay's recently
restored dunes. She explained that each of
the sea oats cost $1.50 to plant, taking into
consideration the freight costs from the
United States. "We really had to get the
message across to everyone," she said,
singling out no one in particular but
adding that it was not only people who
were walking across the dunes but also
"Some of the dogs are strays but others
are simply not monitored by their own-
ers," continued Mrs. Bennett, who along
with her husband has worked relentlessly
since Hurricane Floyd to not only restore
the damaged island but also to help
strengthen it in the event of further
onslaught from the elements.
As the height of the hurricane season
approaches, activity on the dunes willcon-
tinue with the construction of walkways,
boards with ropes, steps and half fences.
New Owners
Manage Lodge
By Stephanie Humblestone
The Hope Town Harbour Lodge is now
under the new management of Raymond
and Catherine Keytay effective the end of
June. Mr. and Mrs. Keytay came out of

Pictured here are members of Hope Town's Wyannie Malone Historical Museum
Committee's first meeting on 29th June at the new museum site. Now over three quar-
ters complete, the new building has four rooms and a large open area upstairs.
Con 'niently located close to the upper ferry dock, it is more conspicuous than the old
museum which still remains closed after Hurricane Floyd. With completion well in
sight, contractor Greg Russell of Hope Town, who has taken the project from the draw-
ing board to its present point, is pleased with the progress. Committee Treasurer Debbie
Patterson hopes that it will be open by early winter.

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Marsh Harbour 242-367-2703

Parrot Cay 242-366-0282

Hope Town 242-366-0023

Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4249

retirement to purchase and manage the
popular resort after selling the Breezy
Palms Resort in Islamorada which they
operated for eight years.
The repairs to the hurricane-damaged
property were extensive, especially in the
pool area which is now looking better than
ever. The exterior of the buildings which
faces both the harbour and the ocean has
been re-painted and the rooms refurbished.
The Keytays have done a great deal of
work to make the 19-room resort, restau-
rant and pool bar area operational. They
have many plans ahead for further expan-
sion, such as a deck overlooking the har-
bour, a cocktail bar and additional cot-
Man-O-War Cay
Mr. and Mrs. Derek A. Lee of Man-O-
War Cay are pleased to announce the wed-
ding of their daughter, Caren Brett Lee, to *

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Gates & Grills
Marine Items
Boat T-tops
Fuel & Water Tanks

Mr. James Travis Walker, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Lambert Walker of Reedville,
Virginia. The wedding vows were
exchanged on June 24 at the home of the
bride's family in Dunnsville, Virginia.
After honeymooning in Europe, the couple
will reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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On the waterfront at the end of the Key Club Road
Marsh Harbour Tel: 367-4011 Fax: 367-4018

Island Development


A Company Dedicated to the Development
and Growth of Abaco
Assistance with:
* Real Estate
* Surveying Appraisals
* Property Management and Maintenance
* Land Clearing
" Landscaping
* Heavy Equipment Work
* Asphalt Paving
* Civil Engineering
* Environmental Impact Assessment
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July 15th. 2000 The Abaconian Page 23

. M~ ore School News' A -- ..* .. ^ ..-,,
......More School News.....,..

School From Page 7
salutatorian and won top student in food
and nutrition and computers. Subject and
effort prizes were given.
S.C. Bootle High
The graduation ceremony for the
twelfth graders of S.C. Bootle High School

was held on June 22 at the Church of God
Cathedral in Cooper's Town. Two valedic-
torians were named, Denecia Burrows and
Calea LaRoda. Fifty-three students
received diplomas and leaving certificates.
The guest speaker was Mr. Michael
Pintard, who is an inspirational speaker and
writer from Nassau. He urged the graduates

to give prominence to ethics and excellence
in their lives. He captivated his audience as
he encouraged them to follow their dreams
to find success. They should seize opportu-
nities and face challenges. The world they
are facing is technical and scientific and
will require more education. At this time
between 75 percent and 90 percent of grad-
uates from tertiary institutions in the
Bahamas are women. He challenged the
men not to let the women get ahead of them
in education. He wanted them to set high
goals. It did not matter what their record
was so far, they still could be successful by
reaching for their goals.

Central Abaco
Primary School
The students of the sixth grade of Central
Abaco Primary graduated on June 26 to
high school. The ceremony was held at the
school. The guest speaker was Mr. Michael
Pintard, a speaker and writer from Nassau
who inspired the students to follow their
dreams. He encouraged them to have high
standards and to reach for their goals. The
audience was entertained by, songs and
poems performed by the students.

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Two valedictiorians ofS.C. Bootle High School are shown with their certificates and
plaques. They are I to r Denecia Burrows and Calea Laroda.

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Weather and other conditions will affect the tide. The predictions
shown on this chart are based on the normal conditions that existed -
when NOAA/NOS and other agencies gathered the data. Times
shown will be within a few minutes for the entire eastern Abaco
area. Pelican Harbour is just inside North Bar Channel.

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Bahamas Darts Team Wins
Caribbean Cup
By Isobel Sherman Association, went along as manager.
A few weeks ago the Bahamas Darts During the entire championship the team
Federation sent a team to the Caribbean lost only once and came home with the
Cup competition being held in Barbados. Caribbean Cup Championship with a 17-
Representing Abaco on the team were Earl point edge over second place St Lucia.
Smith and Donald Burrows. Malcolm Congratulations to a great team effort!
Spicer, President of the Bahamas Darts

Mosquito Spraying

By Stephanie Humblestone which has a high odour. The mist which
An island-wide campaign to rid Abaco lasts up to two to three days kills adult
of mosquitoes was set in motion from June mosquitoes and their larvae. After cover-
28th and July llth by Don Cornell, ing the mainland of Abaco, the team will
Director of the Vector Section at the return to their starting point to check for
Department of the Environmental Health areas which needed to be re-done.
in Marsh Harbour. He and one of Ve For Mr. Cornell, who moved here last
department's inspectors, Michelle year from the Department in Nassau, pre-
Sweeting, went out daily at sundown dur- ventative measures are just as important as
ing that period in a truck towing a fogging the elimination process. "We have identi-
machine which sprayed an oil-based fled high risk areas and tried to make peo-
insecticide. The insecticide is Malathion pie conscious of what they can do to min-

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Based in its Management Acc,,unts fur the rwehle week period
ending April ;0. 2000, DoctorH Hospital Health S.stem is plta-ed
tin report-

First quarter earnings of 5$,80,l)00 representing an increase of
.'o. over the same period la.t year:

Net patient revenues are up 22% over last year,

Operating expenses are up 20%;

\Weighted average earnings per share (EPS) fir the quarter
ending April 30, 2000 was ten cents (SO. 10) per share for the

The Board of Directors of Doctors Hospital IHealth System is
also pleased to announce that a diidend tof tiur and an eighth
tcnte I$0.04125 ) per shart has been declared for the second quarter
endingJul 31, 2000 t' all shareholder-, of record as at July l'
I20l10 and pa. .ble as (fJuly 2.', 2001. This equate< tn an annualied
yield if"' ,'i, based on the BISX share price o(f $2.10 published

ItLV 6. 2000

P.O. BOX N- 10
(242.) 32-8411

The Cub Scout Troop of Marsh Harbour under Troop leaders Sandra Evans and
Melinda Russell recently inspected the Fire Engines of Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire
Department. Firemen Mike Parotti explained how some of the equipment works. The
scouts enjoyed clambering on the equipment.

imise mosquitoes," said Mr. Cornell, who vehicles and old boats. "If we can prevent
has emphasised to people that all yards- the three stages of mosquito breeding
should be kept free of any water holding which occur in water, then we will be able
receptacles, such as barrels, cans, bottles, to rule them out," he continued.
tires, discarded appliances, abandoned

Dear Sir/Madam,
We would like to advise you that the importation of all fruit, vegetable,
plants, bananas and poultry items are regulated through an import permit system.
Permits must be secured from The Department of Agriculture one (1) week prior to
Products arriving without the benefit of an approved import permit are
subject to confiscation.
Please be advised that all fruits plants, vegetables and bananas must be
accompanied b. a Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the United Slates
Department of Agriculture. The original certificate is for agricultural purposes
and must be submitted along \ ih the invoices. ,
},..," .,r/. m'pl.'ti Jt tui i h t/.'/ Lr /(L ip e Sincerely,
David Knowles
I f*r I Director of Agriculture



Please report sightings of raccoons oh Abaco to
the Bahamas National Trust and the Department of
Agriculture in Marsh Harbour at 367-2240.
AL Remember the date. location and time of day sight-
ed. Please report sightings of feral (wild) cats, also
giving date, location and time of day.
The Bahamas National Trust and the Department of Agriculture
urge pet owners to consider neutering and spaying their cats and dogs
to reduce unwanted pet populations.

Raccions are ahbou1t the sIc ol. a/1 lrle Iat 'hey have greyish-
Irou n uri aldl a l/nj' niped tail TheL' are nocturnal and eat a
i'aItir. of loud including frita. i'vcetaYhles ana .nimall birds and other
a hilH 115

The Bahamas National Trust
P.O. Box N 4105, Nassau. Bahamas
Ph: 242-393-131" Fax: 242-393-4978
The Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box N 3028, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: 242-325-0430 Fax: 242-328-5874

Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box AB 20672
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Ph: 242-367-2240
Fax: 242-367-4260

Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box AB-20672
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Tel: (242) 367-2240
Fax: (242) 367-4260
Re: Import Permits and Phytosanitarv Certificates

July 15th. 2000 The Abaconian Page 25



Scooters Cars Boats Marinas Taxis Restaurants

Fuel facilities Bahamas Area Code 242
Boats coming from the United States can clear at Walker's Cay,
Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour.

Air Lines Serving Abaco
Air Sunshine from Ft. Lauderdale 367-2800
American Eagle from Miami 367-2231
Bahamasair from Nassau & Palm Bch 367-2095
Continental Connection
from Miami, Ft. Laud and W Palm Bch 367-3415
Major Air Service from Freeport 367-4826
Taino Air Services from Freeport 365-8245
Twin Air from Fort Lauderdale 365-8677
USAir from Ft. Laud and Palm Bch 367-2231
Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna Bch 367-4852
Abaco Air Charters *367-2266
Cherokee Air Charters *367-2089
Local companies offering charters to and from South Florida
and within the Bahamas

Restaurant Guide
Prices Low, ** Moderate, *** High
(Based on the range of dinner entrees)
-Provides transportation from town
+Picnic tables & restroom only
Marsh Harbour
Anglers 367-2158
C&G Restaurant 367-3227
Conch Inn Bistro ** 367-4444
Cozy's Restaurant 367-5090
Flippers 367-4657
Golden Grouper 367-2301
Kentucky Fried Chicken 367-2615
Snack Shack + 367-4005
Mangoes 367-2366
Mavis Country Kitchen 367-2002
Pop's Place + 367-3796
Sapodillys ** 367-2498
Sharkees + 367-3535
Wally's *** 367-2074
Dundas Town
Ambassador Inn 367-2022
Corner Restaurant 367-4346
Surfside 367-2762
Hope Town
Abaco Inn ** 366-0133
Boat House *** 366-0065
Cap'n Jacks 366-0247
Club Soleil *** 366-0003
Harbour's Edge 366-0087
H T Harbour Lodge 366-0095
Munchies + 366-0423
Rudy's Place 366-0062
Ena's Place 365-6187
Pavilion 365-6185
Hibiscus 365-6257
Guana Cay
Coco Paradise 365-5197
Guana Seaside ** 365-5106
Nippers 365-5143
Mermaid Cafe 365-5137
Floyds 365-5133
Treasure Cay
Florence's Cafe *
Harbour Cafe 365-8635
Hudson's Delight 365-8648
Island Boil & Sports Bar ** 365-4082
Spinnaker Restaurant *** 365-8469
Touch of Class *** 365-8195
Traveller's Rest 365-8654
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House ** 365-4200
Green Turtle Club ** 365-4271
Island Restaurant ** 365-4082
Laura's Kitchen ** 365-4287
Mclntosh's Restaurant 365-4625
New Plymouth Inn *** 365-4161
Rooster's Rest 365-4066
Sandy Point
Big J' s 366-4020
Oeishas 366-4139
Pete & Gays *** 366-4119
Seaside Inn Rest. ** 366-4120
Rickmon Bonefish Lodge 366-4477
Crossing Rocks
Leanies Restaurant 366-3219
Travis Midway Rest. 366-3217
Casuarina Point
Different oi Abaco ** 366-2150
Cooper' Town
M & M Restaurant 365-0142
Richies Restaurant 365-0155
Lubber's Quarters
Yahoes 366-3110
Cracker P's VHF Ch.. 16
Little Harbour
Pete's Pub VHF Ch. 16
Green Turtle Ferry Dock
Harbour Caf6 365-8635

Emergency Services
Police (Marsh Harbour) ..........................367-2560
Marsh Harb. Volunteer Fire & Rescue ............. .367-2000
Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue ............366-0023
Trauma One Ambulance Service ..................367-2911
Dundas Town Fire Dept .............. 367-2935 or 367-4935

Taxi Cab Fares
For Central Abaco
Airport to: ....... ......Charge for extra Passengers
Ferry Dock (to or from airport) ......... $12.00 Add $3.00 ea.
Abaco Beach Hotel .............. $10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Airport to Conch Inn ............ .$10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Harbour View .................. $10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Golden Harvest ............ .. .$10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
BYS ..................... .$12.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Dove Plaza ................... .$10.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Marsh Harbour ................. $10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Stop light ................... .$10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Westem Auto ................$ 6.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Dundas Town ..... ..........$. 10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Government Dock ............. .$10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Ambassador Inn ............... .$10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Murphy Town ................. .$14.00 (over 2 add $4 ea)
Pelican Shores ... ............ .$14.00 (over 2 add $4 ea)
Eastem Shores .............. .$15.00 (over 2 add $4 ea)
Spring City ................... .$15.00 (over 2 add $5 ea)
Gov. Clinic .................... $ 6.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Ferry dock to:
Great Abaco Beach ..............$ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Abaco Towns . ............. .$ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Conch Inn .....................$ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Wally's ....................... $ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
BYS ......................... $ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Jib Room .............. .......$ 5.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Stop Light ....................$ 6.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Dove Plaza .................. .$ 6.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Government Dock ...............$ 7.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Government Clinic ...............$ 9.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Western Auto ..................$ 9.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Ferry Dock ................. ..$ 9.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
National Insurance ..............$ 9.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Marsh Harbour Airport to:
Treasure Cay ............... .$55.00 (over 2 add $ 5 ea)
Airport Treas. Cay B ............$65.00 (over 2 add $ 5 ea)
Little Harbour ................ $80.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Cherokee ... .............. .$80.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Snake Cay ............ .. $35 00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Big Mangrove ... ........... $50.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Casuarina Point ....... . .$60 00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Bahama Palm Shores ...........$70.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Crossing Rocks .............. $100.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Sandy Point ............ $135.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour
No children under three years to be paid.
Pets not in cages will be charged as passengers
Luggage over four pieces, add $.50 each additional
Surf Boards $3.00 each

Taxi Cab Fares for Northern Abaco
Treasure Cay Airport to Treasure Cay $14 (over two add $6 ea)
TC Airport to Bronks ............. .$10 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Highway Liquors ...... $10 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Ferry dock ............ 5 (over two add $3 ea)
TC Airport to Bahamas Star ....... .$14 (over two add $6 ea)
TC.Airport to Moxey ............ .$14 (over two add $6 ea)
TC Airport to Sand Banks ......... .$20 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Joe's Creek ........ .$35 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Black Wood .........$14 (over two add $5 ea)_
TC Airport to Fire Road .......... $25 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Cooper' s Town ..... .$30 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Cedar Harbour ...... .$45 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Wood Cay ...........$50 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Mount Hope ......... $55 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Fox Town ...........$60 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Crown Haven ........$65 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Marsh Harbour ...... .$65 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Airport to Marsh Harbour RT ... .$85 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Hotel to Marsh Harbour ........$55 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Hotel to Joe's Creek ..........$25 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Hotel to Sand Bank .......... .$16 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Hotel to Moxey ............. .$10 (over two add $5 ea)
TC Hotel to Bronks ............... $7 (over two add $5 ea)
From Hotel to All Areas North of Airport Add $10
Waiting Time $12 Per Hour

- Bonefish Guides -

Sandy Point
Patrick Roberts ...366-4286
Nicholas Roberts
Derrick Gaitor
Ferdinand Burrows 3664133
Vernal Burrows
Kendall White
Anthony Bain ....366-4107
Floyd Burrows ...366-4175
Links Addery ....366-4335
Valentino Lightboume
Ricky Burrows ...3664233

Marh Hrbour
Jay Sawyer ......367-3941
Justin Sands .....367-3526

David Albury ....365 6059

Hope Town
Maitland Lowe ...366-0133
Will Key ........366-0059
Theodore Sawyer .366-2111
Will Sawyer .....366-2177
Marty Sawyer .... 366-2115
Randy Sawyer ...366-2284
Noel Lowe ......366-2107
Junior Albury ....366-3058

North Abaco
O' Donald Mcntosh
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 ....365-4261

Crassng Rocks

Dive Shops
Marsh Harbour
Dive Abaco ....................367-2787
Abaco Beach Dive Shop ............367-4646
Hope Town
Dave's Dive Shop ............... .366-0029
Froggies ........................366-0024
Man-O-War Dive Shop............. .365-6013
Treasure Cay
JIC Divers Down .................365-8465
Treasure Cay Adventures ........... 365-8111
Green Turtle Cay
Brendal's Dive Shop ............. .365-4411
Green Turtle Cay Divers .......... .365-4271

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A & P Car Rentals ....................... 367-2655
Reliable Car Rentals ....... . .367-4234
Rent-A-Ride Bicycle & Scooter Rentals .........367-4289
Rental Wheels Scooters, Bike, Car Rentals ......367-4643
Wilmac Car Rentals ...............367-4970 or 367-4313
Sea Horse Boat Rentals .. ................ 367-2513
Rich's Rentals .......................... .367-2742
Rainbow Rentals .........................367-4602
Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................... .367-3910
Power Cats Boat Rentals ..................367-4620
Laysue Boat Rentals ...................... .367-4414
Pier 1 ......................... .......... 367-3587
Green Turtle Cay
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D & P Cart Rental ................. ........365-4656
Guana Cay
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Guana Cay Cart Rentals . ... .......... 365-5016
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Hope Town
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Island Cart Rentals ................ .. 366-0448
Hope Town Cart Rentals ......................366-0064
Dave's Dive Shop Boat Rentals ..............366-0029
Island Marine Boat Rentals ................. 366-0282
Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals ...... .......... 366-0065
Treasure Cay
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C & C Boat Rentals ................... ... 365-8582
Alison Car Rentals .. ................... 365-8193
Comish Car Rentals .. ....... . ... 365-8623
Triple J Car Rentals .....................VHF Ch 06
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Albury's Ferry Service
One Way Fare Adult S 8.00 Children $4.00
Round Trip Adult S12.00 Children $6.00
Charters are available at any time
Phone 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16
Marsh Herb. to Hope Town Daily 20 minute trip
9 am 10:30 am 12:15 pm 2pm 4pm 5:30 pm
Also 7:15 am except Sundays and holidays
Hope T. to Marh Hab. Dally 20 minute trip
8am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3pm 4pm
Also 5pm except Sundays and holidays
Marsh arb. to Man-C-War Daly 20 minute tip
10:30 am 4pm 5:30 pm
Also 12:15 pm 2:30pm except Sundays
Man-O-Warto Mamh H. Daly 20 minute trip
8 am 1:30 pm
Also 11:30 am 3:15 pm except Sundays
Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries
leave from the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach
Marsh H. to Scot Cay & Guana 30 minute trip
10:15 am 1:15 pm 3:30 pm 5:30 pm
Also 6:45 am except Sat. Sun. and holidays
Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh H. 30 minute tip
8 am 11:30 am 2:30 pm 4:45 pm
Guana Cay and Scotland Cay ferries
leave from Conch Inn and Union Jack Dock
Green Turtle Ferry
One Way $7 (Children $3) Round Trip $11
(Depending on destination of passengers)
Charters are available at any time
Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Channel 16
Green Turtle Cay to Tram. Cay Akport
Daily 89 11 12:15 1:30 3:00 4:30
Tree. Cay Airport to Gren Turtle Cay
Daily 8:30 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:00

Abaco Marinas
Walker's Cay
Walker's Cay Marina 353-1252
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House 365-4200
Green Turtle Club 365-4271
Black Sound Marina 365-4531
Other Shore Club 365-4195
Abaco Yacht Service 365-4033
Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay Marina 365-8250
Man-0-War Marina 365-6008
Marsh Harbour
Boat Harbour Marina 367-2736
Conch Inn 367-4000
Harbour View Marina 367-2182
Marsh Harbour Marina 367 2700
Mangoes 367-2366
Triple J. Marine 367-2163
Abaco Yacht Haven 367-3079
Hope Town
Hope Town Marina 366-0003
Hope Town Hideaways 366-0224
Lighthouse Marina 366-0154
Sea Spray 366-0065
Spanish Cay
Spanish Cay Marina 365-0083
Guana Cay
Guana Beach Resort 365-5133
Orchid Bay 365-5175

Medical Services

Marsh Harbour
Abaco Medical Clinic ....... .367-4240
Abaco Family Medicine ...... .367-2295
Government Clinic ......... .367-2510
Treasure Cay
Corbett Clinic .......... 365-8288
Sandy Point
Government Clinic .......... 366-4010
Green Turtle Cay
Government Clinic ......... 365-4028
Cooper's Town
Government Clinic ......... .365-0019
Hope Town
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Police Report

As given to Stephanie Humblestone
The following items are being investi-
gated by the police.
Joel Thompson of Fire Road was
arrested and charged with a shop break-in
on June 17. The incident was reported by
Shavon McIntosh of Fire Road.
A break-in was reported on June 23 by
Clarence Johnson, Customs Officer at
Walkers Cay Customs Building. Nothing
appears to be missing.
Sean Franklyn Cooper was arrested on
June 23 on Walker's Cay for possession of
dangerous drugs.
Beatrice Moxey of Central Abaco
Primary School reported a break-in to that
establishment on June 24. The office win-
dow was forced open and a Hewlett
Packard 1010 Jet Laser printer was stolen.
A rape was reported on Green Turtle
Cay on June 26. A 25-year-old lady report-
ed being sexually assaulted at around 2 a.m.
at the Green Turtle Cay ferry dock. A 25-
year-old man was arrested and is assisting
the police with their investigations.
A guest at the Abaco Beach Hotel
reported that the villa he was staying in was
broken into. The guest was robbed of a 14
carat gold Rolex valued at $50010 and $136
in cash. Police are investigating.
amanta McIntosh of Crossing Rocks
reported on July 1 that her hand bag con-

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training her Bahamian passport was stolen
from the deli counter of Golden Harvest
Food Store in Marsh Harbour. It has not yet
been recovered.
Alexander Albury of Government
Subdivision, Marsh Harbour, was arrested
July 1 for possession of one gram of mari-
A sudden death occurred July 1 at
Fowl Cay to Katherine Ann Bommer Beck,
age 60, of Cincinnati, Ohio. She along with
husband George Beck and another couple
were snorkeling when she encountered a
problem. CPR was administered but to no
avail. She was taken to Dr. Boyce's office
and pronounced dead. The body was flown
to Nassau for an autopsy.
Charles Mills of Wood Cay reported
on July 3 that his garage shop was broken
into. Nothing was stolen.
Raymond Ketay, the new owner of the
Hope Town Harbour Lodge, reported the
theft his 28-foot open hull boat on July 3
from its dock in Hope Town. The boat was
equipped with two 225 HP Yamaha
engines. Equipment on board included a
North Star GPS, VHF radio, depth finder,
steer system and outriggers. Boat and
accessories are valued at $85,000. Marsh
Harbour Police have alerted the U.S. Coast
Guard, the Bahamas Defense Force and


Police have four persons in custody for
the spate of break-ins and the theft of safes.
It appears that a team of safe breakers have
been operating. Those arrested are from
Dundas Town and Murphy Town. ASP
McPhee hopes he can break the ring of safe
thieves before he leaves Abaco next month.
A break-in was reported at Abaco
Towns by the Sea on July 5 to the room of
Terrylee Schultz. The intruder entered dur-
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cards. All items were recovered and Wayde

Mills of Dundas Town was arrested and
Five U.S. citizens were arrested July 5
for catching crawfish out of season. The
arrest was made by Officer Bartlett, accom-
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one of which was spawning, were recov-
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July 15th. 2000 The Abaconian

Parrots and Racoons Will Collide

Please allow me to introduce you
Parrots vs Raccoons
By Alice Bain
There has been a lot of very public
debate about the fact that raccoons have
recently been introduced to Abaco. They
appeared in Little Abaco a couple of years
ago and have been spreading south ever
since; the assumption is that someone
brought them over from Grand Bahama.
Now raccoons are undoubtedly a nuisance
they raid fruit trees and are far more
adept at opening garbage cans than the
average potcake dog could ever hope to be
but the main concern has been that when
they reach South Abaco, they will wipe out
our native Abaco parrot by raiding nests
and eating eggs and nestlings.
Now, let me say up front that introduc-
ing raccoons to this island is an incredibly
stupid thing to have done, but the fact is
that as in the case of Casuarina trees and
feral (that is, domestic that have reverted
to the wild) cats, there is not a whole lot
we can do at this point. The genie is out of
the bottle, and we'll just have to cope. So
what is the damage likely to be? I'm not so
sure that it is as bad as it appears, although
to tell the truth we won't know until the
raccoons actually arrive in South Abaco.
As they say, the proof will be in the pud-
Abaco parrots are unique. Although
they are a subspecies (Amazona leuco-
cephala bahamiensis) of the Cuban parrot
(as is the Inagua parrot), they nest on the
ground. Ground-nesting parrots are
exceedingly unusual the only other
example I could find was the Kakapo,
which is from New Zealand. There are
only about sixty Kakapos left in the wild -
not only do they nest on the ground, but
they are also flightless and nocturnal
which makes them extremely odd indeed
and also a lot easier for introduced species
(like feral cats and rats) to catch and eat.
Our Abaco parrot is in a different category
from the Kakapo. For one thing, they still
have the use of their wings! When the
Abaco parrot first arrived on this island, it
was part of a population used to nesting in
The parrots innovated a different way of
nesting actually in crevices, in sinkholes
and other cracks in the limestone caused
by rainwater solution and we can't be
sure why. One theory is that our trees here
don't have holes/are too thin/are the wrong
type, another is that the behavior is recent-
ly developed as a reaction to the logging of
Abaco that occurred the beginning of last
century and again in the 1960s and still a
third is that it protects the nests from fire.
John Hedden theorizes that since the
Inagua variant nests mainly in thatch palm

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trees, the original Abaco parrots did as
well. As witnessed in the last round of for-
est fires, while the thatch palms them-
selves survive (most of the time), any nests
in them would most probably be roasted. A
natural forest fire here does not bum too
hot at the ground level and the sinkholes
might protect a nest fairly well.
Before humans arrived on the islands,
the only natural predators of the parrots
were land crabs and snakes. We (as we
have done everywhere else we have set
foot except possibly the moon) intro-
duced two species that hitchhike with us
and have a fondness for bird flesh the
domesticated cat and the Norway rat (I
have seen Norway rats in the wild here, but
never black rats like there are in Nassau.
Does anyone have any more information
on this?). Both of these species have hurt
the population of Abaco parrots, but the
parrots have survived. As of the last count
I could find published, we had somewhere
between 900 and 1200 in the wild, but a
more recent count claims to have sighted
anywhere up to 3,000 birds.
The Abaco parrot used to be a regional
variant of what we could call the Bahama
parrot but the bird has entirely disap-
peared from New Providence, San
Salvador, Crooked Island and Acklins
Island, all of which were part of its former
range (again, if anyone has any more infor-
mation on this I would appreciate it!) Now
the range is divided between Abaco and
Great Inagua, and the behavioral differ-
ences between these two populations sug-
gest the beginning of an evolutionary
So it looks pretty bad for the parrot,
what with all these introduced predators.
Why hold out any hope at all for them?
Firstly, it appears that their numbers have
been recovering of their own accord -
which seems to indicate that the main
pressure on the population was loss of
habitat due to logging. The parrots now
have their very own forest preserve so log-
ging will not be a problem in the future.
And secondly, because of the very fact that
they adapted to nesting in sinkholes. The
parrots haven't been here for very long (on
an evolutionary scale) and it occurs to me
that the flexibility they displayed by begin-
ning to nest in sinkholes may have more to
do with intelligence than with instinct.
That is, the parrots nest where they do
because they learn the practice from other

parrots in the colony (rather like we learn
to drive a car) rather than because of some
inner prompting. Of course, the only way
to find out for sure would be to swap
chicks from the Inagua population and the
Abaco population, let them grow to adult-
hood and see where they attempt to nest.
Somehow, I don't think anyone will be
doing this sort of research any time soon,
so let me theorize that they nest in sink-
holes because they figured out that that
was a good place to nest rather than doing
so "by accident," i.e. only those individu-
als who nested on the ground survived,
making the behavior innate.
To anyone who doubts that parrots have
the ability to figure things out, I would rec-
ommend withholding judgment until you
have had personal experience with a par-
rot. As a human who was owned by a par-

rot for all of four years, I can say without
reservation that they are cunning little
boogers. To perhaps clarify that statement
a bit there are no domesticated species of
parrot in the world, and taking even a cap-
tive-bred parrot into your home is a chal-
Trapping for the pet industry is part of the
reason our parrot is so scarce. If you must
own a parrot, buy one from a reputable
breeder (lists are available in the back of
Bird Talk magazine) but beware!
The parrot will rule your life if it can,
and they can be incredibly manipulative!
Amazons (of which the Abaco parrot is a
type) are particularly intelligent parrots.
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Parrots vs Racoons

Bain From Page 27
captivity that I have known have found it
pitifully easy to, for example, unlock and
open the average parrot cage door. They
can also open Tupperware, turn on water
faucets, open cupboard doors to find food,
etc. Furthermore, when taken out of famil-
iar surroundings, they will still understand
what the concept of "cupboard door"
means,. associate it with food and look
behind any promising cupboard doors that
they can jimmy open. Talk to an average
parrot-owned human and they will be full
of similar stories.
So, the parrots are smart and adaptable.
That probably explains at least some of
why they're still around. The problem is
that raccoons are smart as well and terribly
difficult to eradicate from the wild case
in point is Germany where they were
introduced as fur animals back sometime
in the first decade of the 20th Century. The
Germans have been trying their darnedest
to eliminate the raccoons for several
decades now and they haven't even come
close. Once raccoons have a proper

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foothold here, we are extremely unlikely
to be able to control them, and we'll all
have to start padlocking our garbage cans.
Starting control measures now while
they are still moving south would give us
a definite advantage. Putting a bounty on
raccoons (and feral cats while you're at it)
and letting our hunters shoot them could
slow their advance and the infiltration of
the southern forest preserve. This might
buy the parrots enough time to adapt
again. Of course, the parrots might survive
without any help from us at all as they
seem to have done in the past or they
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Categories Define Hurricane Strength

Once again hurricane season is here
and after what Abaco experienced last year,
everyone should be making preparations in
case another one comes our way.
Tropical storms and hurricanes are among
nature's most powerful forces because of
their size and potential for destruction. The
dangers of the storms are from the storm
surge, powerful winds, tornadoes and tor-
rential rains which can combine to be dev-
The storm surge is a rise in sea level
near the "eye" of the hurricane. As this
nears land, it becomes a wall of water
which is the greatest threat to life and prop-
erty. Most hurricane-related deaths are
caused by drowning.
When weather reports are given on the
radio, they use terms which we should be
familiar with. If the winds in a disturbance

are up to 38 mph, it is called a tropical
depression. When the winds are between 39
and 73 mph, it is called a tropical storm.
Hurricanes have winds of 74 mph or high-
Hurricanes are also rated in the follow-
ing categories according to their potential to
cause disaster. A category 1 hurricane has
sustained winds of 74 95 mph and damage
from these will be minor. A category 2 hur-
ricane has winds of 96 110 mph and there
will be moderate damage. Low areas may
flood and there will be some damage to
roofing materials, windows and doors.
Category 3 hurricanes have winds of 111 -
130 mph and this causes major damage.
Damage may include high water, flooding
and destruction to small buildings.
Category 4 hurricanes have winds 131 155
mph and creates severe damage. Damage

from waves and debris will be severe and The major destruction of a hurricane is
roofs on many small building may collapse, the combination of storm surge the rise in
Catastrophic damage occurs with a catego- sea leve 1- and wind. This combination can

ry 5 hurricane with winds above 155 mph.
Damage may include the collapsing of
buildings and roofs, extensive shattering of
glass and windows, and small buildings
blown away.

destroy buildings, erode beaches and pro-
duce flooding.
The next issue of The Abaconian will
include guidelines for preparations in case
another storm comes our way.

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Nunjack Cay 10 acres with fantastic eleva-
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Little Harbour Cement block house on
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Murphy Town, House for Sale Lot #67 on
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bath. central A/C, fully furnished, newly paint-
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The shelters for Central Abaco have
been rated for their appropriateness in
varying degrees of severity. Those shelters
which should be used for really severe
weather are A rated while B rated for for
less.severe storms and C rated are for short
term shelter in non-storm related emergen-
cies. All shelters may be used in the imme-
diate aftermath of any storm or during a
major emergency.

Central Abaco Primary School
Long Bay School
Creole Gospel Chapel
Marsh Harbour Church of Christ
RND Cinemas

St. John's Anglican Parish Hall
St. Frances Catholic Church
St. Frances School
Creole Gospel Chapel

St. Frances School


From Page 30

with their boat's performance. The hard
core racing boats are given a professional
rating which does not change. About sixty
boats participated this year.
Parties-included evening events at estab-
lishments like Guana Beach Resort,

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Nippers on Guana, Harbour's Edge in
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in Marsh Harbour. Popular street parties
were held at Green Turtle Cay and
Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour. The
new arrivals make new friends while the
repeat skippers and crews renew old
Some boats head for home immediately
after the final awards as skippers and crew

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must return to work. Others make a more
leisurely return and visit some of our
unusual spots such as Cracker P's and
Yahoo's on Lubber's Quarters. The studio
of artist Anne Ray is also on Lubber's
Quarters. A day trip to Little Harbour is
always worthwhile with a visit to Pete's
Pub, studio and foundry at the south end of
the Abaco Sound.

Marsh Harbour
Telephone 367-4195

Contractors are invited to bid on the construction of docks in
Murphy Town
Cherokee Sound
Mount Hope
and Wood Cay
Interested contractors may pick up tender documents at the
Office of the Administrator in Marsh Harbour or Cooper's Town.
Sealed bid submissions will be received until 4 p.m. August 9,
2000, at the office of Administrator Hart, Marsh Harbour.


July 1st. 2000 The Abaconian Page 31

Sherman From Page 8
saw a green car traveling west coming
right at me. I was near a road so I pulled
my car into the road entrance so the green
car could pass. Yes, the green car was
wrong, but it was wrong because the trail-
er truck gave it no choice. I appeal to the
law authorities to PLEASE STOP THIS
NOW. Have these trucks use S.C. Bootle
Highway, please. POLICE AND ROAD
By Isobel Sherman
When fire broke out in the
Administration block at Abaco Central
High School on June 29th, many persons
were very quick to blame a student for
"arson." Any thinking person would real-
ize that if a student were to set a fire, it
would never be where the fire was. Why?
Because first of all school was over for the
summer and secondly, even if school was

not over, classes could still continue. The
fire damaged the reception area and a
small part of the principal's office. Yes,
some records on the computer were lost
but no cumulative records were lost and no
report cards lost;
Why are persons in Central Abaco so
quick to blame students of Abaco Central
for any damage done to the school? Yes,
we have had several break-ins this past
school year. But who is to say it was stu-
dents of the school? Ever drive by Abaco
Central after dark. It is a dark no man's
land sitting out there all by itself. No one
can see from Forest Drive what is going on
in the school. The quadrangle has been
unlit since the Hurricane Floyd.
A few issues ago I wrote about some-
one calling the school a "DUMP." Those
who blamed students for the fire did not
drive out to the school to see the damage
and did not ask anyone that was there
about the fire. They should be ashamed of
themselves because they perpetrated an

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ugly rumor that is still being passed in the squad from Nassau who came that very
community today. day, the fire origin was electrical in
The fire was not started by students nature.
nor was it arson. According to the arson


If caught with crawfish before that date,
You can be fined and your boat and equipment
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Great designs, great prices. Call Chris
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For all your vertical and mini-blind needs con-
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Sales & Service.
DrafTech Computerized drafting. Low priced
plans for Houses, duplexes, apartments, busi-
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Water Storage Cisterns, 6 sizes available, less
than $1 per gallon, Factory direct. Call Dolphin
Fiberglass Products at (305) 247-1748.

J & M Janitorial Service for all your clean-
ing needs, commercial, office, carpet, win-
dow, floor waxing. Boat & Car cleaning.
Property management. Janitorial contracts.
Call 367-4677 or 359-6587.
Roof Repair. Do you need a new roof or roof
repair? Hurricane Shutters installed? Need help
getting your house finished up? Call Jeff 365-
Computer (corner) desk. $145 Call 367-3202

1995 Suzuki Swift Hatchback, full loaded.
$8,000. Call 367-3202/1 or 366-0588.
1998 Chevy S10. Excellent condition
$15,000. Call 367-3020 or 367-4453.

Floyd's Pool Bar and Grill at Guana Beach
Resort has openings for experienced wait staff
to be filled immediately. Please telephone
for maintenance and checking out larger sail-
boats at Boat Harbour Marina. Fax resume to
Susan Everhard, Vice-President, Florida Yacht
Charters Bahamas Ltd. Miami Beach Fl. Fax:
305-672-2039 or Tel: 305-532-8600 ext. 119.

l_ _.-/ available at
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E MAGICA B &D Marine
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Magica Rust Remover
removes rust trm clothing, carpeing, manne fittings,
bathroom fixrure. fiberglass. cement. automobiles.
motor homes, appliances, anque etc.

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20' Donzi w/135 hp Mere. w/stereo $12,000.
Call Chad Albury 359-6742 for information.
21' Boston Whaler Outrage, w/200 H.P.
E mnrude $8,000 O.B.O. Call 366-0189.
1981 24 ft Hydra Sport w/ 1992 200 hp
Volvo sterndrive diesel engine. $12,000.00
Call 366-3143.

Motorized Barge 50'x30' with
Harbourmaster, drive package GM engines.
Also Bantam 112 yard crane. $50,000. Duty
Paid. Call 354-4004. Cat Island.
25' Hydra Sports "Walkaround" 1984 twin
175 HP Yamahas, runs great, first $9,500
takes it! Call Don at Best Boat Sales &
Service 954-467-1555.
251b Anchor w/50' chain $300 O.B.O. 12'6"
Fiberglass dinghy $350 O.B.O. Call Kevin
26' Center console, twin 200 Yamaha. 1997
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