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VOLUME 13, NU MBER 9, MAY 1st, 2005 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction Guana Protests DevelopmentBy Jennifer Hudson The residents of Guana Cay have in no way diminished their efforts to stop the proposed $500 million development planned for the Bakers Bay area on Great Guana Cay from going ahead. They are not satisfied with the proposed compromises by the developers, and their attorney Mr. Frederick Smith has stated that they are prepared to fight to the bitter end. Mr. Smith has announced that a judicial review trial has been granted to the Save the Guana Cay Reef Association by the Supreme Court and is set to begin on April 26th. The association is suing Prime Minister Perry Christie, as the Minister responsible for Crown Lands; Wendel Major, as secretary to the National Economic Council, and Eugenia Cartwright in her capacity as treasurer, in its quest to prevent the construction of the Bakers Bay project which it claims will cause catastrophic damage to the environment and destroy the uniqueness of the cay. The Save Guana Cay Reef Association is asking the court to consider several different points which substantiate that the agreement was entered into unreasonably and with a total disrespect for the people. Justice Stephen Isaacs has ruled that the SGCR has real and substantive conResidents of Great Guana Cay protested outside the Hope Town District Council office in Hope Town on April 21. They are unhappy about the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club development scheduled for the north end of that cay. Before the meeting officially be gan the developer discussed with Council members the preliminary plans. Since they were incomplete, the plans will have to be resub mitted. Mr. Fred Smith, representing the dissenters, accused the developers of breaking their agreement not to begin work in any area requiring local permits.Bakers Bays Plans Are Being Contested Please see Protest Page 20Crocodile Skeleton Is DiscoveredThis is one of 18 crocodile skulls that were discovered in a Blue Hole in South Abaco. Some of them are being treated so they can be dried and preserved. They will then be carbon dated and DNA tested. A similar skeleton discovered in 1993 was carbon dated at 2840 years. By Jennifer Hudson Many interested persons, including environmentalists, students, Ministry of Tourism officials and media gathered in the St. Johns Anglican Parish Hall on April 18th eagerly awaiting details of the spectacular find in one of the South Abaco Blue Holes of four tortoises that seem to be related to the Galapagos variety and 18 crocodile skulls belonging to the rare Cuban species. Please see Fossils Page 2 Top Students Are HonoredOn his first official visit to Abaco the Hon. Alfred Sears, Attorney General and Minister of Education, presented awards to Abacos outstanding students. The ceremony was held on April 21 at New Visions Ministries. Shown here is the minister with three of the five students with a 4.0 GPA. They are Ashlea Archer St. Francis de Sales, Chelsea Sawyer Agape Christian School, Recipient of the Shooting Star Award, Charlotte Collins Forest Heights Academy, Raenell Lowe Forest Heights Academy, Miranda McIntosh Forest Heights Academy. Please see story on page 16. The Supreme Court in Freeport agreed to review the Heads of Agreement between the government and the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. The judicial review trial began on April 26. However, government asked for and was granted an adjournment as it had not had long enough to prepare. The trial will resume on June 13 and 14, 2005. Representatives of the Bakers Bay developers asked to be heard at that time as an interested third party. The Save Guana Cay Reef organization has filed for an injunction to stop the government from proceeding with the development. The hearing for the injunction will be heard on May 4, 2005Court Has Postponed Review


Page 2 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic lightWeekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau, & Marsh Harbour General Cargo, 20 & 40 ft. Containers, Drive-on Stern Ramp 20 ft. Refrigerated ContainersSpecify M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL Sailing ScheduleIn Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or call on VHF ch. 16 P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at (561) 844-5387 Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 B East Port Road, Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Sunday Depart Marsh Harbour Monday Arrive Port of Palm Beach Monday Depart Port of Palm Beach Tuesday Arrive Marsh Harbour Wednesday Depart Marsh Harbour Thursday Arrive Arawak Cay, Nassau Thursday Depart Arawak Cay, Nassau Friday Arrive Marsh Harbour Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 Spectacular Fossils Are Found in Blue HoleIn December 2004 former United States Navy diver, Mr. Brian Kakuk, who has been diving in The Bahamas for the past 20 years, was diving with several friends when, during a decompression stop, he stumbled upon what he thought looked like a tortoise shell sticking out of the silt. He and his companions were so surprised that they did a second dive in order to see if it was indeed what they thought and not just the remains of a regular sea turtle shell as they had never heard of any kind of tortoises being found in The Bahamas. On further investigation he was extremely excited when he found there to be two tortoise shells and two crocodile shells. He contacted Nancy Albury who convened an advisory committee of which the government was a part. Nancy became coordinator of the project which includes FossilsFrom Page 1 the Department of Antiquities, Monuments and Museums, Friends of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and paleontologists Richard and Shelley Frantz. In February Brian Kakuk and two others were permitted to collect photos and video at the site. Bringing these finds to the surface for identification is a very precarious task, explained Mr. Kakuk The environment is very hazardous in the caves which are 100 feet deep, and it is a very specialized activity in which all the protocols of cave diving must be meticulously observed. The divers tried to measure the finds in place with special grids before disturbing them. When it was finally time for the specimens to be moved to the surface, they had to be brought up submerged in the water which had surrounded them sealed in Tupperware tubs to prevent any salt water from touching them. Mr. Kakuk reported that since this initial find they have been down several more times. Each time they move material in that area they have found more and more skulls. To date they have discovered four tortoises and 18 crocodile skulls. Although the sediment in the caves makes it very difficult to get good photos, the water chemistry in the Blue Hole provides a perfect environment for preserving the fossils. There is a fresh water lens on top then a layer of sea water. But below that a hydrogen sulphide zone creates an area with no oxygen which protects the shells and fossils. It is very important not to breathe any air back into the underwater environment and so, instead of normal scuba gear, rebreathers are used. These re-breathers recirculate the air so that no silt is disturbed. They also provide extended bottom time, giving a maximum of eight hours under water. Mr. Richard Frantz, associate scientist of herpetology and paleontology at the University of Floridas Museum of Natural History, told the audience that this find is pretty spectacular; these bones are exquisite. Mr. Frantz, who is studying these fossils along with his wife, Shelley, said that the tortoise appears to be an un-described species of tortoise not seen ever before. However, preliminary examination has led him to believe that they belong to a South American group of tortoises which are related to the Galapagos tortoise as well as a small Argentinian species. Mr. Frantz remarked on how beautifully the tortoise shells have been preserved. Most of the parts are there and even the turtle skull which is very unusual and the tail vertebrae, in fact, virtually the entire skeletal set. It is incredible and blows me away, he enthused. The bones are so well preserved that they are not mineralized at all and are as fresh as our bones or any animal we may find in the woods today. This provides the potential for removing DNA from the long bones to ascertain how they are related to other tortoises and crocodiles. It may also be possible to reconstruct, from the peat, what environmental conditions existed when these creatures were alive. This huge accumulation of crocodiles and tortoises in the sink hole, which is 50 feet across, leads the scientists to wonder how so many managed to accumulate there. They will try to assess whether all died one time or slowly over thousands of years. Carbon dating should allow them to date the skeletons. The crocodile skulls found appear to be related to the Cuban crocodile which still lives in swamps in Southwest Cuba near the Bay of Pigs. The Cuban crocodile, with its flattened skull, is quite distinct from the American crocodile which has a rounded Nancy Albury organized paleontologists and government agencies to oversee the finding of skeletons of crocodiles and tortoises in a Blue Hole in South Abaco. This was the first knowledge that these animals lived in The Bahamas. Scientists will study the muck that covered the skeletons and will hopefully be able to tell what the land was like when these creatures lived. At the head table are Mr. Richard Frantz and Mr. Keith Tinker. Please see Fossils Page 26 is a private charter plane company providing safe, reliable transportation to and from the islands of the Bahamas and southeastern Florida.has opened its new facility at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. We are a full service FBO with Customs, Immigration, Fuel, VIP Lounge and many other five star services. We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want. CHEROKEE AVIATION Tel.# 242-367-0525 Fax.# 242-367-0536 VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-3673450 Fax.# 242-3673451P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : info@cherokeeair.comCherokee Air Cherokee Aviation


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 MARSH HARBOUR OFFICE Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 Fax: 242-367-5045 HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 Fax: 242-366-0569 jane@damianos.comMARSH HARBOUR, LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAYLaurie Schreiner Marsh Harbour Office: 242-367-5046 Lubbers Quarters: 242-366-3143 Cell: 242-359-6216 BUILDING SITES DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANYEXCLUSIVE LISTINGSTILLOO CAY WATERFRONT LOT Beautiful building site with deep water for private dock in pristine area of T illoo. Southern exposure facilitates fantastic views of the Sea of Abaco and protection from north winds making this a perfect retreat year round. Shared dock and swimming beach on Tilloo Beach, 5 minute walk to the Atlantic Ocean. Ref. #2426. Call Kerry Sullivan: 242-3660040 TILLOO BEACH SUB. Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. #1836. TILLOO CA Y SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $715,000. Int. Ref. #1884HOPE TOWN/ ELBOW CAY DORROS COVE Lot #13 with dock slip and Atlantic views. Walk to Tahiti Beach. $250,000. Internet Ref. #2344 NEW LISTING WHITE SOUND 1.034 acres with lisensed dock slip, excellent elevation, view of Atlantic and White Sound Harbour. Listing # 2735 Call: Kerry Sullivan 242-366-0040. NEW EXCLUSIVE 105 ft. x 105 ft. lot in White Sound area of Elbow Cay near ocean. Asking price $175,000. #2648 Call Jane Patterson 242-366-0035.GUANA CAY BUILD YOUR VACATION HOME! 135 x 165 lot $145,000. Ref. #2499LUBBERS QUARTERS JACKS JUNGLE High elevation, waterfront and interior lots with lush native foliage. Private dock slip. From $80,000. Call Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143. LUBBERS QUARTERS Waterfront lots starting at $140,000. LUBBERS QUARTERS Interior lots starting from $52,500.OLE KERR ACREAGE BEACHFRONT ACREAGE Beautiful 9.210 acre parcel, near the beach and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The settlement of Ole Kerr is located three miles south of Bahama Palm Shores in South Abaco. Offered for sale at $180,000 Internet Ref. #2694 Call Donna Darville: 242-3675046GREEN TURTLE CAY NEAR THE BEACH Excellent 312 x 209 corner lot 100 from Coco Bay Beach. Utilities available. $350,000. #2580 Call Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821GREAT HARBOUR CAYAwsome beach views 300 to beach $89,000. #2635 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046SOUTH ABACO PINEHURST SUBDIVISION Four interior lots, nearby beach; 12,500 sq. ft. to 15,750 sq. ft. $13,000 each. Ref. #2605 Call Donna Darville: 242-367-5046CHEROKEE SOUND NEAR WINDING BAY One Acre hilltop Atlantic seaviews $220,000.MARSH HARBOUR TWO LOTS Located in quiet neighbourhood, 100 x 200 lots each $55,000 or both lots for $100,000. #2623 Call Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821 COMMERCIAL Located in town near the Government Dock, this 6,525 sq. ft. lot has great investment potential. $75,000. Internet Ref. #2513 PELICAN SHORES Waterfront lot, 8,000 sq. ft., beautiful sea views. $581,000. Internet Ref. #2719 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TOP OF THE WORLDInternet Ref. #2584Fully furnished Loyaliststyle 2 bed 2 bath cottage with covered porchLarge lot with ocean view2nd floor framed out for Master suite or 1 bed studio with separate entranceGround floor storage$360,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #23222 bed 2.5 bath main houseWrap around verandahs1b/1b furnished rental cottage20 kw Generator100 ft. x 150 ft. propertyMINUTES WALK TO 8 MILE BEACHPRICE REDUCEDMOTIVATED SELLERNEW PRICE $355,000 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY DEMWELLSInternet Ref. #18282 bed 2.5 bath island homeTwo storey with covered porch and balconySea of Abaco view from upper deckV-joint cypress wood interiorOpen living/dining roomsElevated wood deck at the rear great for BBQLush native foliageJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 TREASURE CAY Stan Sawyer Tel: 242-365-8198 Cell: 242-477-5821 LUBBERS QUARTERS Charming 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished home. Stainless steel kitchen appliances & central A/C. Ground floor studio apt. with builtin sofas, beds, kitchen & bath. Located 200 feet from sandy beach. $425,000. Ref. #2425 Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 LUBBERS QUARTERS FLIP FLOPS Private beach bungalow on lush tropical 1.19 acres. One bedroom one bath; will sleep 4. Airconditioned with many new upgrades. Beautiful sunset view. This one wont last! $425,000. Internet Ref. #1851 Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAMARIND HILLInternet Ref. #2518Beautiful 2b/ 2b home with 1 bedroom apartment and one acre of land in very private LucayosSubdivisionAwesome view of the Sea of AbacoCommunity dock steps awayFully landscaped and furnishedLarge storage shed & car port$1,200,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 MARSH HARBOUR APARTMENT BUILDINGSInternet Ref. #16693 Duplex Apartment Bldgs.Great location in townEach Duplex is comprised of two 2 bed 1 bath apts. 750 sq. ft. eachFurnished & A/CLandscaping/mature treesGreat Rental HistoryEach Duplex for sale at $300,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY SILVER PLUMEInternet Ref. #2649Spectacular ocean viewsIsland Style elevated home2 bedrooms 2 bathsCozy V-joint wood interiorTiled floorsWrap around deck with views of Hope Town lighthouse and the seaGround level outdoor shower$875,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 LUBBERS QUARTERS HOTEL RESORTInternet Ref. #2644Own a business in paradise!4 Fully equipped furnished homes on six lots240 feet of sandy beachfront200 foot dock/Four 20 boatsBackup generatorLush tropical gardens, Tiki huts, two cabanas & moreEstablished turn-key operation$2,900,000Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY GAZEBO VILLASInternet Ref. #2509Two Waterfront villas in Hope Town VillageEach with 2 bed 2 baths upstairs & spacious living areas downstairsShort walk to white sand beachFully furnished, R/O water systemBack-up generator, laundry bldg.Professionally landscapedExcellent rental history$749,000 each Villa $1,490,000 for bothKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY RUDYS PLACE RESTAURANTInternet Ref. #2681Well established, fully licensed restaurant and barManagers house 840 sq. ft.6 lots totaling 1.3 acresFabulous elevation with endless views of the Sea of Abaco, the lighthouse, and the Atlantic OceanDock accessExellent for further developmentKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 May 1, 2005 Exclusive Affiliate of More Exclusive Listings in Section B Page 3 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAHITI HAIInternet Ref. #1640Dorros Cove SubdivisionNewly renovated 4b/2bCentral A/CWrap around porchSea to sea viewsSeparate gardeners apt.1/2 Acre & dock accessNear Tahiti Beach$895,000 FIRMKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY NOREASTER 1Internet Ref. #19452 bed 2 bath 1,000 sq.Great rental historySeaviews & steps away frombeautiful ocean beach spacious lotFurnished & dock access Reduced $400,000PARROTS PERCHFractional ownership for$225,000 (Ref. #2427)Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY LADY BUG LOFTInternet Ref. #1975Overlooking Tahiti Beach3 bed 2 bath 1600 sq. ft. two storey island home2nd floor loft with fabulous views of Sea of AbacoWrap around deckCentral A/CSpacious 21,113 sq. ft. lotPrivate dock slip$920,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SECTION ONEInternet Ref. #2753Charming duplex2 bed 1 bath downstairs1 bed 1 bath upstairsSecond floor balconyAttached GarageSpacious 15,000 sq. ft. lotSandy beach nearbyPeaceful environment with native Bahama parrot habitat$250,000 Laurie Schreiner: 242-367-5046 NEW LISTING MARSH HARBOUR CHARMING COTTAGEInternet Ref. #1688Very well kept & furnished2 bed 2 bath 1,400 sq. ft.Spacious 24,000 sq. ft. lot with lush manicured gardenCentral A/C & ceiling fansCovered Patio & GarageQuiet neigbourhood, a few minutes from town centreTurnkey$345,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 NEW LISTING TREASURE CAY VILLA ESMERALDALuxury 3b/3.5bath beachfront home bordering powder white sand, and crystal blue waterBreathtaking viewsProfessionally decorated with highest quality finishes5200 sq. ft. with 12 ceilings2 car attached garageBeautiful outdoor living space$3,100,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 UNDER CONTRACT


Page 4 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 May 8th 2005 Seating 6:30-8:30~ Soup ~ Lobster Bisque~ Salad ~Out Island salad, hearts of palms, sliced mangoes, toasted coconut tossed with a papaya dressing~ Entree Selections ~ Rack of LambMarinated in a Dijon mustard glaze and grilled to perfectionLobster ThermidorTender chuncks of fresh lobster with mushrooms in a sherry cream saucePrime Rib of BeefRoast prime rib of beef cooked to your likingLobster & Crab RavioliFresh stuffed with fresh local lobster and crab in a garlic tomato sauce~ Desserts ~Black Forest chocolate cake White chocolate mousePrice per person $40.00For reservations and information please call 366-0133 or VHF Ch. 16 A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 By Lindsey Delaplaine Save Guana Cay Reef protesters attended the Hope Town Council Meeting on April 21 to demonstrate their continuing objections to the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. On this day the center of the controversy was a dock permit application that had been filed with the Council. Numerous protesters held up signs outside the meeting while a small band, including their lawyer, Mr. Fredrick Smith, attended the public meeting. The Council asked the representatives of the Bakers Bay project to provide additional information including a more detailed site plan, copies News of the CaysProtesters Attend Council Meetingof a lease for the Crown Land being used and proof of ownership of their land on Guana Cay before the Council could make a ruling. The matter was tabled until that information could be provided. Mr. Smith asked that copies of all of the requested information be given to their group so they can remain appraised of the work in progress. Mr. Ed Divita, one of the partners in the development, said he would provide the requested information to both parties. Mr. Smith asked that his group be given notice before any decisions are made. He said the people he represents want the opportunity to participate in the democratic process and tell their side of the story before Council votes on any application pertaining to this development. Senior Administrator Revis Rolle replied that the government wants the people to have an interest in what is going on. Chief Councillor Walter Sweeting announced they would post notices before any relevant meetings so that everyone would have a chance to make their views known. He asked that anyone who wants to comment on the situation put their views in writing and submit them to the Council. The Temporary Housing permits, which were the subject of the previous council meeting and protest by the Save Guana Cay Reef Association, are currently being reviewed by the Department of Environmental Health and the Ministry of Works before they will be returned to the Council for a vote. As a vote was not being taken on any matters related to the Bakers Bay project, the groups were asked to leave the meeting so other matters could be addressed. Before departing, Mr. Smith left copies of The Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club presented preliminary plans to the Hope Town District Council at its regular meeting on April 21. Looking at the plans are Mr. Walter Sweeting, Chief Councillor, Mr. Ed Divita representing the development company and Guana resident Troy Albury. Seated on the left is Council member Mr. Roy Russell and on the right Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Administrator for Abaco. photos that had been published in the Freeport newspaper that day along with an article accusing the developers of the project of showing disregard for the law and tarnishing the water table at Guana Cay. After everyone departed, the meeting was officially called to order. It was announced that the Hope Town District was receiving $45,000 to be used at their discretion for capital projects. The amount will be split between the settlements. Man-O-War will use its funds to create retaining walls for the town dump to ensure the safety of the mangroves around the area. The town will also be constructing a park nearby and hopes to purchase playground equipment for the area. Guana Cay will use the money for road construction. Hope Town has also made plans for their capital funds, including re-tiling the library floor. Administrator Rolle asked for contributions from each island towards beautifying the Marsh Harbour Airport. Each islands representatives agreed to contribute $1,000. Rolle said other townships on the mainland Please see Cays Page 5


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously MaintainedOur Customers Get Extra Attention W eekly Rates: 26 Paramount$1295 23 Albury Bros$1015 22 Boston Whaler$ 945 20 Albury/Hydra$ 910 18 Privateer$ 665 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 4 were also making contributions. Local elections will be held the last week in June. The terms of the current Council members will end on June 30th. New voter registration is already underway and the deadline for nominations will be announced shortly. If no one is nominated, the Minister of Local Government, Mr. V. Alfred Gray, will appoint people to the position. Town meetings on each of the islands will be held before the end of this Councils term and are tentatively scheduled for the week of May 15th.Range Markers Guide BoatersBy Peter Michie A victim of Hurricane Jeanne, the harbour range markers for Hope Town harbour and the love seat beside them were recently resurrected some six months after the hurricanes of last September. The range markers consist of two white poles with red triangles so that boats approaching the harbour can line up on the poles and know they are in center of the narrow channel. The range is particularly useful as a safety aid at night when the markers are lit. Frequent visitor to Hope Town, Leo Marcoux, repaired the arm of the love seat and resident Peter Michie rebuilt the range and repaired its night time light system. One windy night about a month ago, I felt guilty when I saw a sailboat in distress just outside the harbour entrance as it had missed the channel centre line and went hard aground. This prompted me to find the time to rebuild the lower pole and replace the lighting system, said Peter. Although not formally responsible for the range, the materials were paid for by the Hope Town Association. When citizens take the initiative to donate their time to projects that add to marine safety and convenience, we are always pleased to help as well, said Michael Myers, President of the association.Elbow Cay Rental Houses Now Charge Six Percent TaxBy Peter Michie On March 18th two employees of the Bahamas Tourist Board and two of the Hotel Licensing Board paid surprise visits to some of the property management companies of Hope Town on Elbow Cay. Their purpose was to inform them that the six percent room tax which, hitherto, had been applied only to hotels and institutions renting out five rooms or more, should now be collected from renters for all house rentals. Also that all the property management companies now need to pay an annual fee of $3 per bedroom. Carrie Cash of Elbow Cay Properties which manages some 62 of more than 200+ rental properties on Elbow Cay commented, The four people showed up without an appointment to inform us of this change, which we had been expecting for several years. They also wanted to carry out the inspections of the houses right away and Please see Cays Page 6 The range markers assisting boaters into the narrow Hope Town channel were badly damaged during Huricane Jeanne. Volunteers repaired them recently including the night time light system. Shown here are Mr. Michael Myers, President of the Hope Town Association, Mr. Peter Michie and Leo Marcoux, who did the repair work. Flooding and wind-blown debris can BLAST through windows and sliding glass doors ruining household furnishings and irrecoverable treasures. And thats not to mention the dangers it presents to you and your family. Rollaway Shutters can protect your home even in windloads of 140 m.p.h. Installed on the outside and controlled on the inside, Rollaway Shutters also offer protection from vandals, harsh sunlight and heat and cold. With four styles to choose from to suit your needs, Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters can secure your home in minutes from theft or storm. Call now for a FREE estimate with no obligations or come to ABACO HARDWARE ( Local distributors for Roll-a-way ) for a custom quote today.ABACO HARDWARE LTDDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Tel: (242) 367-2170 e-mail: For more info on Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters please contact us. With Roll-a-way shutters, the days of having to manually board up your home can be a thing of the past! Accordian shutters in front of sliding glass doors. Bahama shutters are available in an array of colors. Colonial shutters look like traditional wood shutters.Orders Placed before April 30th will receive special discount HURRICANE SEASON.IT CAN BE A REAL BLAST


Page 6 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA 50 Deepwater Slips Fuel/Oil/Bait/Ice Fresh Water Garbonzo Reef Bar WATERFRONT VILLAS One, two & three bedroom units On the ocean & harbour Full kitchen/air cond/sat TVFor local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : www.seasprayresort.comBoat House Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House RR RR R eses eses es tt tt t auraur auraur aur antant antant antCome for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Stew Fish Chicken Souse Cornbeef & Grits Steam Sausage & Grits Remember Hope Town Marsh Harbour ferry service on Friday and Saturday nights Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Sea Spray will pick up from Hope TownHave Your Mothers Day Dinner with Usseemed surprised both at the number of houses and that all except one were occupied, making inspections out of the question without more notice, except for this one. Further, she commented that since most countries in the world charge some kind of tax, she does not see the six percent as a problem in terms of deterring prospective visitors. Patte Myers of Hope Town Villas with four houses commented that she had been listed as a hotel for some time, so she had been collecting the six percent since becoming a hotel. Tanny Key Rentals with 11 houses was called on by the Tourist Board personnel who were very courteous. She too was not at all surprised at the tax being levied. When you go to America, Canada or almost everywhere in the world, you pay tax, and most places charge more than six percent, said Tanny Key. Hope Town Hideaways lists over 60 properties, but they were licensed previously and have been collecting tax for some time. So overall the impact of levying the per cent on all rental homes has come as no surprise to the property management companies on Elbow Cay. However, the overwhelming concerns expressed by all the people interviewed were that Based on history, none of the tax money will likely come back to promote Abaco Even if it did, any advertising usually promotes major resorts and hotels rather than the rental cottages that are the backbone of Abacos economy. As proof of the validity of this concern, two of the current video commercials on contains a sign post showing all the Bahamas Islands EXCEPT Abaco. (See the Island Hopping videos for 30 and 60 Island Hopping Spots.)Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle CrossCay Is Preparing for Island Roots FestivalThe Island Roots Heritage Festival Comm ittee in conjunction with the Abaco Tourist Office is pleased to announce the second annual Island Roots Heritage Festival to be held May 20-22 on Green Turtle Cay. The purpose of this festival is to celebrate our rich heritage and our historic ties to Key West. The connection between Green Turtle Cay and Key West dates back to the 1800s when many Loyalist descendants moved from Green Turtle Cay to Key West seeking economic opportunity. Some dismantled their homes on Green Turtle Cay and transported them to Key West. The historic Bahama Village is the oldest neighborhood in Key West and is named for the Bahamian immigrants who settled there in the 1800s. Green Turtle artist, Alton Lowe, organized the first Island Roots Festival in 1977 to establish a sister city concept between Green Turtle Cay and Key West. In May 2004 the Abaco Tourist Office and the newly formed Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee revived the sister city connection with the first annual Island Roots Heritage Festival. The 2004 Island Roots Heritage Festival was held at Centennial Park. For many it was a time to reminisce with old friends and relatives. The Key West Choral, the Amy Roberts Primary School, the Gully Roosters and the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band provided entertainment. Great Bahamian food, music, Maypole plaiting and old time games were offered. An arts and craft show brought artists from all over Abaco to display their work. An ecumenical church service was the closing event. Residents and visitors came together to give God thanks for our beautiful country, rich heritage and a successful celebration. Despite two major hurricanes in September 2004, the Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee decided to move ahead with plans for the second annual festival. Through hard work and determination our community has been able to repair and recover from the hurricanes. The support of the community at festival fund raisers has been overwhelming. The festival site was extensively damaged during the hurricanes but with the support of local government, BEC, the Abaco Tourist Office and a hardworking construction crew, the festival site will be ready for the 2005 celebration. The 2005 Island Roots Heritage Festival will feature food, game, information and arts and craft booths. The food and games will take you back to a meal at grammys after a day of shooting marbles and spinning tops. The Abacobuilt schooner, William H. Albury, will offer tours during the day. Other day activities will include performances by Abacos local entertainers, the students of Tiny Turtles Preschool and Amy Roberts Primary School, Maypole plaiting, story telling, Abaco dinghy demonstrations, Junkanoo and the introduction of the Green Turtle Cay Marching Band. The Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band is scheduled to perform on Friday and Saturday. The arts and craft show will once again feature artists from all over Abaco displaying and offering their original works for sale. No trip to Green Turtle Cay is complete without a visit to our historic jail, cemetery, the Albert Lowe Museum, the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden, Captain Roland Roberts House and the local stores. So tour the town, but dont go home early because there is a great line up of Bahamian entertainers for the evenings. Lil Joe Cartwright and Bo Hog and the Rooters (Rake and Scrape) from Grand Bahama, Cacique Award winner and Abacos own Geno D, the Gully Roosters and the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band are all scheduled to perform. And once again the weekend will close with a Sunday morning service at the festival site. So make plans to be a part of the second annual Island Roots Heritage Festival on Green Turtle Cay. 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May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7Abaco Outboard JUST ARRIVED4KW GAS$1750 $1400 5KW GAS$1925 $1500 6KW GAS$2295 $1800Reg. PriceSale Price Waverunners 2005XL 700 $7350Abaco Outboard Engines For further Information Tel: 242-367-2452 Fax: 242-367-2354email : 2 Passenger 2000 Model Gas $4500 NEW starting from $7350 .85 HP Like New $4500 100 HP 4 Stroke 25 Shaft $7500 200 HP Pre-mix $8000 48HP Commercial $2500 By Richard E. Fawkes On April 25 Attorney General and Minister of Education Alfred Sears officially launched the Minister of Educations Book Club in Abaco in an upbeat ceremony at Central Abaco Primary School in Dundas Town. The program included lively students renditions of such U.S. Civil Rights Movement standards as Wade in the Water and a rape-and-scrape Goombay instrumental by the Abaco Central High School Band. If I can make it from the Boys Industrial School to a college professor in New York to Attorney General and Minister of Education, Minister Sears challenged the more than 700 students at the assembly, imagine what you can do. Students included contingents from private and other public schools in Central Abaco and schools as far away as Crossing Rocks, Mr. Sears started his presentation by inviting his young audience to join him in singing Eddie Minniss Naughty Johnny. He then recounted how he found himself at the Boys Industrial School at the age of 12 for being a Naughty Johnny, and how his discovery of reading enabled him to escape from that place to proceed to St. Augustines College and the road to an education. He told the students how he had read the Nigerian author Chinua Achebes classic novel Things Fall Apart while at the youth facility, and how it had opened his eyes to Nigerias rich civilization before European colonial conquest. He recounted how a female protagonists people had refrained from the use of excessive force to punish a neighbouring people for violating her, but had opted instead for dispensing a punishment in proportion to the crime. Mr. Sears said that years later, when he was a professor at the City University of New York, he had accompanied a group of students to Nigeria. His time at the Boys Industrial School came flooding back to him, and he was reminded of the many worlds to which he had travelled through reading books. He urged similar adventures upon the students. Minister Sears explained that one of the main reasons for launching the book club was to encourage students to read so that one day they too might be inspired to write their stories, their parents stories, and their teachers stories. He told them that two of the books chosen for the club were written by Abaconians: The Fledgling by Chester Thompson, which presents a lot of insight into growing up in Hope Town in the 1920s and 1930s; and The Disappearance of J.D. Sinclair by Keith A. Russell, which sheds much light on growing up in Spring City and Coopers Town in contemporary times. Minster Sears presented a collection of the book clubs selections to Central Abaco Primarys Principal Eunice Mills. The minister was accompanied by South Abaco MP Robert Sweeting; Creswell Sturrup, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education; Cay Mills, Chief Councillor of the Central Abaco District; NeilMin. Sears Launches Book ClubStudents from Central Abaco Primary display covers from some of the books in the Minister of Educations Book Club collection. The Hon. Alfred Sears, Attorney General and Minster of Education, launched the Book Club concept on Abaco in an assembly at Central Abaco Primary on April 25. Please see Book Club Page 26 Abaco Mothers Love GIFTS from Iggy Biggy... Buy her one today! Happy Mothers DayLOVE YOUR MAMA


Page 8 The Abaconian May 1, 2005The AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Annabelle Cross, Lindsey Delaplaine, Richard Fawkes, Peter Mickie, Carol Phelps, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334038,000 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface The Editor Says . The Need to Speak Out Dave RalphFor better or worse, there is a fresh breeze blowing through the Family Islands. Organizations, communities and individuals are feeling the urge to speak out on a variety of issues affecting their well being and future. Locally, we are following the Save Guana Cay Reefs effort to thwart the Bakers Bay development. Whether they succeed remains to be seen but it looks like an interesting lesson as little David (Guana Cay) tackles giant Goliath (the Bahamas government). This and other issues in different communities are being fought or debated locally and against central government in Nassau. Many of the issues are quite localized but some extend beyond the local level and may impact the entire Bahamas. There are other communities besides Guana Cay raising alarms about perceived threats to their well being. Our knowledge of these issues is limited to that seen in the daily newspapers coming from Nassau but there is free expression being generated in many quarters that government will have to listen to. Some concerns are political in nature, some relate to economics, some issues have social implications and the environment is becoming a substantial issue. A few of the situations under discussion follow. Bimini has a huge land and marina development which is drastically changing their mangrove areas. Residents are questioning the ability of Bimini to support such a large development and if their fishing industry will suffer from the coastal changes. Exuma is complaining that the huge Emerald Bay resort is straining their social resources. Traffic appears to be escalating on a road system barely able to handle the volume and there is a labour shortage on the island. Newcomers are changing the social fabric of the island and crime is increasing. Harbour Island, on the north end of Eleuthera, is complaining about a marina wanting to expand. Drought and growth are straining their water resources which come by pipe from North Eleuthera. The Harbour Island cisterns are running dry and the water being delivered by pipe is of poor quality. There is a faction who believes the island has reached a plateau on their growth and further development should be limited. Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town face similar challenges with water supply but they seem to be putting their energy into finding solutions rather than hollering for more government help. Green Turtle Cay will be the first cay on Abaco to get water piped from the mainland, perhaps in a year or two. Mayaguana was looking forward to a fish farm until government vetoed the project, but the people there were looking forward to the jobs it would have created. The debate is ongoing. Another contentious issue is the current debate over a liquified natural gas depot, LNG, somewhere in the Bahamas to supply gas to Florida by pipeline. Locations on Ocean Cay near Cat Cay and south of Bimini, and on remote sections of Grand Bahama are under consideration. Those in favor are trying to present their views while those against the proposed facility are making as much noise as they can to prevent a facility from being established here. There are several broad and far reaching governmental issues to be decided upon that will affect the entire population of this country. Many issues have not yet reached the man on the street. As concerns become public, government will have to pay more attention to public opinion. A shortage of qualified workers is being seen on many islands and the problem will become more acute as more development takes place in the family islands. Discussions on joining the Caribbean Single Market Economy are heavy in the papers at the moment as a meeting this summer may take us further into the Caribbean fold. Contentious issues related to CSME seem to be about: the free flow of labour within the Caribbean a single Caribbean currency forming a Caribbean Court of Appeal There are suggestions that we join the CSME while being exempt from the above requirements. The Bahamas is quite wealthy when compared to many of the islands in the Caribbean. Its proximity to the United States is also eyed with envy by many of the other islands. Discussions on the Free Trade Area of the Americas were lively last year but seem to have been replaced by CSME and other issues. Many of these concerns are being debated in the press, on radio and Television, and behind closed doors. What the outcome for these will be is anyones guess at this time. Public dissent is probably annoying to government as it is used to making decisions without much discussion at the local level, like good parents making decisions for their children. However, throughout The Bahamas, the children are becoming educated and maturing. Questions are being asked that do not have easy answers. At what stage does the common good for the country outweigh the perceived or real problems borne at the local level. Depressed economies tend to overlook faults in order to get economic benefits. However, faults are now being questioned with developers and government agencies becoming more aware of local concerns and taking these concerns into consideration. The court challenge to the Bakers Bay development has taken local concerns to a higher level. It will be interesting to see where this leads as governments are not often sued successfully. Neither do elected officials nor civil servants readily admit to making mistakes or poor decisions. Once a government decision is made, there is normally no return. Perhaps this new movement of awareness throughout the country will help government make better decisions with more thought to long range consequences rather than just consider the short term benefits. For instance, Abaco and Exuma seem to have a labour shortage while Nassau and other islands have unemployment. But there is a lot involved to successfully coax families to relocate to a new area. Furthermore, not everyone willing to relocate has the skills needed at the new location. Dealing with social and educational issues related to the movement of Bahamian labour will be a governmental headache. The Abaco economy may be the fastest growing in The Bahamas but other towns and islands are having their own growing pains. A trend is developing where local input is necessary and required to keep peace in the family. By Portia Jonsson A Mothers job is to watch over, nourish and protect maternally. She is the chief night watchman, her ear is fine-tuned to hear the slightest turn of a baby in the bed, a light whimper and immediately shes out of that bed and straight to her childs side. Mother is the doctor and nurse, all rolled into one. If it is a fever, a crying baby that wont be quieted, a cut, a broken tooth it does not matter. She knows how to fix it. A mother needs only kiss the bad boo-boo and the child instantly is calmed of all fears. After all, mother knows best! She is the taxi, bus driver and chauffeur whatever it takes to get the child wherever they need to go. Can she not just be mom? No way. She is the timekeeper. After all, children do not watch the clock; they listen to mom. She knows when the bus and ferry runs for school, the time of practice for the games, the piano lesson, the school play. Whatever has a time attached, be assured that mother has the time written down in her time clock, her head. If not, she surely has a paper attached to her refrigerator, the bathroom mirror, her purse or some place shes bound to see it. She is the chief cook and dishwasher. This lasts right up until they leave home. In fact, with some it never ends! A mother is a counselor who listens to all the problems and tries to solve them her way. She is also the consoler. She listens while they tell her that nobody loves me, my boyfriend dumped me and my fiance loves someone else. Mother is such a great consoler in this area. Why? She has been there, done that. A mother is the referee in every dispute and the cheer person during all the games and competitions. She is the light at the end of the tunnel, in the wake of a storm. She is Mom. Although overworked and underpaid, mother does not complain. She would work her fingers to the bone for her children. She would come to their rescue no matter what the cause. These are, after all, her God-given talents. Mothers Day is a very special day. Be sure to do something special for your mom this Mothers Day. View Point What Is a Mother?


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: Rresort & hotel development Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. Phone and electric company changes Fishing, boating & sporting activities Immigration, taxes or duty changes Changes to laws and regulationsFeb 2005Order The Abaconian Today Community events New business ventures Changes in airline service Actions by local government Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $40 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Letters to the EditorComments on the Bakers Bay DevelopmentDear Sir/ Madam, The proposed development at Bakers Bay, Guana Cay, has provoked a lot of reaction and some action. Please allow me to comment briefly. Any development proposed for any place in this country should be of concern to the residents of that place, be they native or expatriate, as long as they are legal expats. These residents should have a voice in said development. When there is such an uproar as in the Guana project, then the government of the day must ensure that all parties are satisfied, residents and developers, before forging ahead. This is the basic precept of local government after all that local residents would have more say in the goings on in their constituencies. Now, is the proposed development for Bakers Bay a good thing? Probably so, in some form, in my humble opinion, but I dont live on Guana Cay. So, it is not for me to say really. One thing I will say is that I am very proud of the people of Guana Cay in that they banded together to protest something they did not agree with. Good for them. This kind of civil action is what I have been trying to tell Bahamians for years, is the item of power that we have as The People. Essentially, our government works for us. Or at least they are supposed to. Finally, there is one thing that I take issue with in this whole sordid affair. As I understand it, the Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Mr. Robert Sweeting, is reported to have been invited by an expatriate to leave the island (Guana Cay) on one of his visits to that island in an attempt to calm the waters as a result of the fallout from this proposed project. I havent spoken to Mr. Sweeting since that episode, and I dont know how he feels. But I can tell you that this person was way out of line. I realize that tempers have been flaring throughout this tempestuous time, and they will likely continue to do so for a time yet. However, Mr. Sweeting, or whoever it might be in this same circumstance, is a duly elected Bahamian government official. And regardless as to how one might feel about him or this situation, his office must be respected. For anybody, especially an expatriate, to ask me to leave a public place in this country would be for them to tread on dangerous ground. Heres hoping for a mutually beneficial resolution to the proposed development at Bakers Bay. It is truly a beautiful location, and any development must be carried out with the utmost respect for history and the environment. Nuff said, I tink. Sincerely, Uncle Billy Roberts Aka: William (Billy) RobertsEmergency Health Service InadequateDear Editor, I am Gene Ferris on S/V Pangea I am the patient from the Conch Inn you referred to in your editorial regarding ambulance service. I experienced chest tightness and very rapid heart beat, very high blood pressure and a pulse of 171. Both Marcia and I have been through first responder level of first aid training. We recognized the danger of the situation and called for assistance. Your description of the situation is very accurate. Problems: Marcia, my wife, was my only care giver. Had I gone into cardiac arrest, she needed to be with me to start CPR. Folks responding on the VHF radio and cell phone suggested she go hunt for the Conch Inn security guard and go find a taxi (at 1:30 a.m.). You cannot separate the primary care giver from the patient! When we finally contacted the nurse at home, she was eventually able to get the ambulance rolling. However, even though Marcia was able to give my vital signs to the nurse, protocol requires that the nurse measure and relay the vitals to the doctor before he is called. The fact that Marcia was able to give high blood pressure and pulse to the nurse should have allowed the nurse to contact the doctor immediately. Maybe it was our fault. Marcia did not declare her skill as a first responder! Maybe that is a question to add to the nurses telephone triage list. If the person calling in provides definite vital signs, maybe bypass the standard protocol? The Ambulance: EVERY police and fire person should be trained in first aid to a first responder level. This could make the difference between calling the ambulance at an accident scene or the Coroner. One of the issues in my case was that oxygen is a normal treatment for any heart related issue. True. There was some delay in sending the ambulance because no one was trained to administer oxygen. The good news: When we saw the flashing lights, I was able to walk several hundred yards down the dock from our boat to the ambulance. (If I had suffered a full-blown myocardial infarction, that would have been impossible.) At the clinic I was able to walk in and Nurse Gray was very efficient. After verifying my vital signs, she phoned the doctor and administered initial drugs to lower my blood pressure. When Dr. Swarna arrived, he was very efficient and thorough. Both he and the nurse stayed at the clinic until almost 4 a.m. until my blood pressure and pulse were under control. The treatment at the clinic, when I finally got there, was excellent. As one of the many retired people who love to cruise the Bahamas, how can we help to improve the situation? We plan to be here on Abaco until late May. It is our sixth trip and we will be back. Assign us a task! My thanks to Dr. Swarna and Nurse Gray. Best regards, Gene Ferris and Marcia Mason S/V PangeaGratitude for Restoration CommitteeDear Members of the Elbow Cay Restoration Committee, I, for one as a resident of Elbow Cay, want to publicly express my gratitude to each member of the Elbow Cay Restoration Committee for all your hard work leading up to and including the sea oat planting last week. I just returned from Sunday morning chicken souse at On Da Beach at Turtle Hill on Elbow Cay and walked down to the beach where I saw hundreds and hundreds of newly planted baby sea oats gracing the dunes rebuilt once again after the heavy erosion they suffered during Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. I looked up at the mature sea oats waving in the breeze on the upper edge of the dunes. I remember when these were planted after Hurricane Floyd devastated the dunes five years earlier, and seeing them gives me hope that these little sea oats will also mature to hold our rebuilt dunes in place throughout upcoming hurricane seasons. I have been observing the process of rebuilding the dune line behind Hope Town, first with a large machine pushing the sand back up from where it had washed back in on the lower beach, then smoothing the dune out with a smaller tractor and then in three days time the planting of thousands of baby sea oats. Wow! What a lot of work organizing equipment and equipment operators, ordering sea oats, attending planning meetings, getting the sea oats here, getting them planted, keeping accounts, paying bills and raising funds to pay for it all. I honor all of you who have taken time and energy away from your own businesses, hurricane repairs and personal lives to tend so diligently to this much needed process. I dont need to mention names. You know who you are. I dont live on the beach. My hurricane repairs are for rain water damage, shingle repair and downed trees, but I go to the beach. Elbow Cay is my home and my town is Hope Town and we are all dependent on a healthy, stable dune line. Our island and its residents thrive on income produced by a second home owner and tourist economy which is dependent on this stable dune line. I had not gotten around to donating toward the restoration fund. Please find my belated donation enclosed. We need to be prepared for any future exigencies. Thank you, Mary Balzac A Grateful Elbow Cay ResidentExtreme EmotionsDear Editor, I would like to say how I really enjoy reading the various articles and information in The Abaconian each month. I share the Cherokee section and other issues with my grades in school when each new edition comes out. I would like to commend the staff and contributors for a job well don keep up the good work. When reading the April 15 edition I experienced a variety of emotions while reading the Letters to the Editor section. I went from feeling enormous pride to feeling bewilderment. Let me explain. The letter written by Kimberly Lowe filled me with immense pride. I am so proud to know this young lady and to be able to claim her as a former student, not to mention niece. She echoed, so well, all the sentiments I fell for my home settlement. I, too, like her, love the settlement of Cherokee and its people. There is no where else I would rather be. I always have encouraged my students to obtain the highest education they can and to bring it back to Abaco with them All of us have to work together to make Abaco and our settlements the best they can be for we, the people, who live here and of course for our visitors, too. When I went to the other page of the Letters to the Editor section, my feeling of pride changed. I couldnt believe what I was reading. Readers, I dont think these two letters were written by people who live in Cherokee! They couldnt have been! These letters had to be written by people living in their own little worlds! No realistic person could have written them. These people need to wake up and smell the roses. There are tremendous things happening in our settlement and many of them are good but there are negative things happening, too, and unfortunately, they seem to be growing. The majority of our youth seem to be heading in the right direction so I can only assume that whoever wrote the two drug denial letters must be members of the adult generation and to me this is sad. Youd think that they should have learned something by now. I guess wisdom doesnt always come with age. Another saying that seems applicable is There are none so blind as he or she who will not see! Michelle LoweEnjoys the Island LifeDear Abaconian Editor, Observing a flying-low-going-to-blow anO-War bird through my spotting scope on March 3, 2005, I was thankful for the calm settlement harbour waters of Guana Cay. As a guest on a boat in that harbour I was up close and friendly from a distance with people Id met ashore. I watched Milo selling his tomatoes. On another dock someone with bushy hair, a straw hat and baggy pants was loading cases of soda into his blue truck. And on the closest dock, the one in front of the church, a whole family worked on the catch of the day. Still in his wetsuit a young man, cleaned six big Nassau grouper and then the piece de resistance, a big hawksbill turtle. Aside from the golf carts and modern dress, it could have been a scene from the 1930s. It is a tribute to healthy Guana Cay and surrounding reefs that such plentiful fishing still exists in on Abaco. Sincerely, Patricia LatourneauThanks to the Staff at Spanish CayDear Editor, On April 7th, heading north on the Sea of Abaco, the steering cable broke on our 38-foot sailboat, Vindharpe II Fortunately, Please see Letters Page 22


Page 10 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Royal Harbour Village, Bay Street, Marsh Harbour Phone: 242-367-0137 Fax: 367-0136 www.theconchpearl.comNicole Ferguson Kathy Hura Sonia Isaacs Stephen Knowles Marlee Mason Sean McNamara Eddie Minnis Roshanne Eyma Roddie Pinder Chan Pratt Colyn Rees J. Michael Skinner Don Wood Jeweler/Gemologist AppraiserPeter Bradley, G.I.A.Gallery ManagerSandra Albury The boat building center of Cherokee Sound in the early 1950s. Astunning series of photos by Colyn Rees a window on history. Artists/Photographers Topic:Caribbean Single Market EconomyFind out how membership in the CSME would affect The Bahamas11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 18 Below Decks, Abaco Beach ResortCall 367-5822 or Email: by May 13 for reservations $20 for members $25 for non membersThe AbacoChamber of CommerceInvites you to hearThe Hon. Mr. Fred MitchellMinister of Foreign Affairs South Abaco NewsCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderAccidental DeathOur heartfelt and sincere sympathy go out to the family of 32-year-old Stanton Chea, who was tragically wounded on April 22 while performing a potentially dangerous but routine maintenance job at work, something he had done many times before. While working on a very large tire from a piece of heavy equipment, a safety ring broke and hit him in the chest. He was thrown back almost five feet from the tire. He sustained extensive internal injuries and was immediately flown to Nassau for emergency treatment. They were able to stabilize him, but he continued to lose too much blood and was sent on to Miami in hopes of saving his life. He succumbed on the way from the airport to South Miami Baptist Hospital where arrangements had been made to take him for further treatment. He is survived by his wife, Shelly, who is pregnant with their third child, living in Marsh Harbour; his mother, Iris Pinder; a brother, Stephen Chea, living in Cherokee; and a half-sister, Sonia Knowles, living in Marsh Harbour. Growing up in Cherokee he had many friends and relatives here. After getting married and moving to Marsh Harbour, he became a volunteer firemen and served with Trauma One. He was always willing to pitch in whenever help was needed. Everyone who knew Stanton said you could never meet a nicer guy and he will be greatly missed.RevivalsBoth churches in Cherokee have had revival meetings this past week. Rev. and Mrs. Easton came from Florida to hold a Revival Meeting for the Assembly of God members and Mrs. Kendris Carrey, President of The Bahamas Conference of Methodist Churches, who came to minister to her flock in Epwoth Methodist Chapel. Both revivals lasted three days each and drew the people in to receive an uplifting evangelical experience.School NewsStudents are preparing for their annual talent show, but due to many illnesses a definite date has not yet been set. Unfortunately, I omitted to announce the winners of the Easter Egg competition that took place just before the Spring Break and would like to list them now. In Grades1 and 2 the first place winner was Tiffany Albury, second place went to Cheyanne Turnquest and Donovan Hepburn captured third place. In Grades 3 through 6 Dominque Chea got first place, Hayley Sands second and Terence Albury third. First place winners received $20 in cash while the other winners received gifts of school books or supplies. Congratulations, kids, for all your hard work.New ConstructionIt seems like the sound of hammering has not ceased since last September when nearly every home in Cherokee sustained some type of damage from the hurricanes. Besides the major damages to Marty and Wendy Sawyers home that is now being rebuilt, there were several homes that needed completely new roofs. Epworth Methodist Chapel finally got its new roof this past week as did Sylvia Bethel and Ezra and Kay Walcott. Eric Pittman kept the original structuring of his aunts home and has transformed his little place near The Spit into something you might expect to see in Architectural Digest magazine. His newly remodeled vacation cottage is now something that he and Cherokee residents can be proud of after being an unoccupied, boarded-up and seemingly just another abandoned house in our midst for so many years. A welcome addition to our landscape. Well done, Eric. However, the real news is that there are two new construction sites underway. One is the home of Darrell Pinder who is building behind the Assemblies of God Church and who got engaged to Kelly Sawyer this past Christmas. So wedding plans cant be far off. The other job is a complex of small bungalows being built as rental property by second-home owners Kim and Simon Rhodin from Nassau. In addition, we have heard about the sale of two lots on the hilltop and understand the owners want to start building their new home as soon as they can find a local contractor to do the job. Partial Hook-Ups In Yellow Wood Even though the utility poles are already along the main road, actual electrical hook-ups by BEC to the new customers of Yellow Wood is still on hold. Three homes were hooked up this past week. But with at least 12 to 15 residents living in Yellow Wood waiting on electricity, and most of them have been waiting for years to be hooked up to BEC, this was a big let down And to make matters worse, it seems this was a not a case of first come first served, but just the opposite. Needless to say, tempers flared and many of the residents were very put out by the way they were ignored by the company. The workmen came with only one job order to hook up a newly constructed and unoccupied house. They were quickly approached by two irate neighbouring residents who were able to talk the men into hooking them up too since they were even closer to the road than the job they had come to do. As usual, there were many and varied excuses heard from BEC as to the reasons why some of the others could not be hooked-up. I fear this did not go over well with those home owners who are still having to crank up their generators every night.Cherokee Sounds HistoryHave you found the time to jot down some names, dates and maybe some pertinent and vital information about your family or ancestors to be included in the genealogical book on Cherokee families. It would be a shame to be left out, or worse yet, be mistakenly listed. The only way to make sure the information is listed correctly is for you to provide the data. If you dont supply the information, someone else outside your family may. But they may not have all the facts, so your assistance is very important. Its not painful, it will only take a few minutes of your time to write down the information. Then we will know that what is in the book is authentic and not just hearPlease see South Page 11 Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure Cay Open Monday Saturday 9 am 6 pmPh: 367-2180 Fax: 367-5241Major credit cards accepted Check out our large selection of fine wines and spirits In down town Marsh Harbour Conveniently close to the water front.


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 In addition to the Back Street Cafe Chef Terell owns and operates the Flour House Catering Service out of the restaurant. This full service operation offers creative and delicious dishes for graduations, weddings, birthdays, and milestone celebrations. Outstanding food crafted to exacting standards, and excellent service are the hallmark set by Chef Terell. Chef TerellFormerly Head Chef Abaco Beach HotelOpen 7 Days a WeekServing Breakfast from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Lunch from ll:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.Back Street CafeCall (242) 367-2782 for reservationsFlour House Catering ServiceAND May 1, 2005 Alburys Ferry ServiceEnjoy Dinner in Romantic Hope TownFerry $20 RT *Late trips Fri & Sat only Leave Crossing Beach 12:15 2:00 4:00 5:45 9:0010:45 Return from Hope Town 1:303:00 4:009:45 11:30P.O. Box AB 20163, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-367-0290 or 242-367-3147 say. If you have not yet seen the genealogy book in the library, make it a point to stop by and take a look.Sand Bar Re-OpensThe Sand Bar is once again open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for lunch or a mid-afternoon snack. They always have cold beer on ice or maybe you would prefer a chilled glass of wine with one of their daily luncheon specials. These are often a seafood dish from the local catchof-the-day and prepared by one of our famous Cherokee cooks. You can enjoy delicious homemade ice cream for dessert. However, I still believe one of the best reasons to go to the Sand Bar is to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery where you will be mesmerized by the natural sounds of the ocean and the incredible clearness of the water which will wash away all that stress associated with the daily grind of your job or the busy hectic rush of city life. SouthFrom Page 10 More South Abaco NewsCasuarina Point/ Bahama Palm ShoresNew Home for Fire Rescue TruckBy Carol Phelps The future home of the Casuarina/ Bahama Palm Volunteer Fire Rescue Department is well underway as volunteers flexed their muscles and dug into the removal of debris and trash. Residents, second homeowners and friends from Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shores turned out to assist with clearing the site of the old generator house in Casuarina Point which will become the future home of their fire department. The building will also be used to hold town meetings, licensing of guns and other community functions. Harlin Johnson and Bahamas Hot Mix provided a dumpster for the trash to be put in and when full, they removed it as part of their donation to the community. As a fund raiser to defray some of their operating expenses, the group is selling Tshirts with their new logo on front, and I Support the Casuarina/Bahama Palm Fire Rescue on the back. Construction of the building should begin in the near future.Sandy PointCommunity Restores Picnic GroundsBy Richard E. Fawkes Arthur Sherman of Bimini, the first resident commissioner posted to Sandy Point in 1959 under the old local government system, started a tradition in this fishing village on the southwestern end of Abaco which is cherished to this day. He encouraged St. Matrins Anglican Church, of which he and his wife Carol were members, to organize a public picnic on Easter Mondays as a fund raiser and as a community outing in a settlement desperately in need of such a diversion. The first picnic, held on Easter Monday in 1960, was a smashing success. It was held at a place about three-quarters of a mile along the beach outside the settlement called Old Wrack because a major shipwreck had occurred there in the late 1900s. It was so successful that Mount Zion Baptist Church, the only other church in Sandy Point at the time, soon started complaining that it was unfair for the Anglicans to have a day in which they were supported by the entire community at the expense of the Baptists. The Baptist church maintained a healthy rivalry with St. Martins for souls and community leadership through its pastor Rev. Samuel Sands, who regarded James A. Pinder, the schools principal and catechist of St. Martin, as his nemesis. Arthur Sherman, being the quintessential gentleman, diplomat and leader who cared for the uplifting of the entire community, suggested that the Baptists could organize a community picnic on August Monday. And so the equilibrium between the two churches was restored and the people of Sandy Point enjoyed two public Please see South Page 12 Ph: 367-2077


Page 12 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 outings during the year which redounded financially to each institution in turn. The original picnic committee comprised Arthur Sherman, Samuel Sands, Robert Fox, James A. Pinder and Walter Lightbourn. The picnic grounds soon became known simply as The Picnic. But the property at Old Wrack on which it was held was owned by Beatrice Burrows, daughter of James and Caroline Lightbourn, who, with Carolines brother John Dames, had founded Sandy Point around 1870. Mrs. Burrows, who had been part of a midwifery tradition with her mother and sister Annie, was getting down in age and means of income. Her house, which she shared with her husband Richard, was about to fall apart from rot. So she decided to sell Old Wrack, where she and Mr. Burrows used to grow watermelons, corn, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes, to an American by SouthFrom Page 11 the name of Metcalf, to raise money to build a new house in which she and Mr. Burrows could live out the rest of their lives in relative comfort. Mr. Metcalf built a winter home on the property, and so by the early seventies, The Picnic had moved farther up the beach, closer to the airstrip. The site was destroyed by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and until this year, picnics, fish fries and the more recent homecoming regatta during the Labour Day weekend have been held on a site near Old Wrack opposite Oeishas Motel. This year a Canadian second-home owner residing at Long Bay near Crossing Rocks donated materials such as T111 plywood to the Sandy Point community, and the decision was made to restore the picnic grounds with a bar cabana with a deck and a kitchen cabana. The structures were sufficiently comSouth Abaco News Sandy Point residents have rebuilt their Picnic site at Old Wrack with the assistance of a second home owner from Long Bay. The original picnic building was destroyed in Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Please see South Page 26 Parrot PointSugar Loaf Cay only a few hundred yards from the Eastern Shores, Marsh Harbour US $4,000,000 grossExclusive Listing Viewing by Appointment onlyABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB-20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco,BahamasTel : (242) 367-2719 Fax : (242) 367-2359 www.abacobahamas.comContact Bill Thompson: 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine Thompson 4.96 +/ 1/2 (100 100) 278 4 1/2 : 1580 . 1000 . , / ( ), .


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 A Full Lunch MenuMon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 11:30 am 2:30 pm Sat. 9 am 2:30 pm Evening Dinner 6 9 pm same daysClosed WednesdaysSunday Dinner 6 9pm Come by for our Saturday morning snacks Bar snacks 6 pm... untilRestaurantLive Music all open days by Estin SawyerCuban Cigars & Island FashionsHarbour-side Dining on our water front deckRestaurant Phone : 367-2366www.mangoesabaco.comConvenient dinghy dock for boaters Marina docks being reconstructed By Jennifer Hudson The Abaco Police Community Youth Marching Band is now set to begin in earnest since the arrival of new instruments. Although marching drills began in November, the band was not able to get under way musically at that time owing to lack of instruments. However, some very generous donors have now made the purchase of the instruments a reality. At a meeting on April 11th for parents of prospective members held at the Central Abaco Primary School, ASP Miller, Chief of Police for Abaco and whose dream it was to start a marching band for the youth here, introduced Sgt. 503 Hutcheson from Nassau, who will be the Band Director. Sgt. Hutcheson will be permanently stationed on Abaco from the 18th of April and will carry out regular policing duties in addition to his work with the band. ASP Miller, in his introduction of Sgt. Hutcheson, told the parents that the Commissioner of Police has this programme at heart and had approached Mr. George, Director of the Police Band in Nassau, who decided to pick one of his best to send to Abaco. Sgt. Hutcheson, who is an excellent all round musician and plays all the band instruments, is a veteran of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and has come forward to bring professional training to mold the young people of Abaco. Music is a gift from God, Sgt. Hutcheson told the parents and said how pleased he is to be here as he has blood ties with Abaco, his mother having been born in Crossing Rocks. He urged the parents to be patient and encourage their children to practise as the band will take time to develop. Quick fixes do not work and he envisions a project which may not reach fruition until maybe ten years down the road. Young people of twelve years of age and up will be eligible for the band though some eleven year olds may be considered. Nine and ten year olds can be members of the drill team which will act as a feeder for the band. Band members will study both theory and practical and will sit the Trinity College of Music examinations. It is Sgt. Hutchesons desire to take music to a different level throughout the whole of Abaco. This band will provide something positive and exciting for future generations and will offer alternative activities to steer young people away from antisocial behaviour, stated ASP Miller, who had hoped for a larger turnout of parents wishing to get their children involved. He urged parents to get involved and show their support in order to make this a successful and sustained project. Parents must also be involved in making sure that their children are responsible in caring for their instruments which will be allocated on a pay to own basis. Mr. Miller spoke of his future vision of a Battle of the Bands on Don MacKay Boulevard with bands from the United States and Nassau along with our own Abaco marching band and told the parents that they must give their children something other than the remote control. In reference to the membership drive, ASP Miller stated that he would like the band to reflect all of the diverse communities of Abaco and asked for people to spread the word in their work places and the schools. His advice to young people is, Get involved now. Dont wait until the band is already under way and then want to get in as it may be too late. Teachers were asked to make sure that the students in the band meet good academic standards of C or above. More funds are needed for the purchase of additional instruments, music stands, music books and uniforms so ASP Miller will be sending letters out to prominent business persons in this regard. Fund raising events will also be planned. A questions was asked regarding the allotment of instruments and the answer was that the professional band master will match the instrument to the capability and suitability of the child. Any children who already owns an instruments may use his orPolice Will Begin Marching Band For YouthThe youth band will be under the leadership of Sgt. 503 Hutcheson, who has been in the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and who can play all the band instruments. The first meeting with the youth will be on March 14. He is on the left with ASP Wayne Miller, Police Chief for Abaco. Blue SkyGALLERYBahamian Ar Bahamian Ar Bahamian Ar Bahamian Ar Bahamian Ar tt tt t FF FF F ramingraming ramingraming raming Originals and Prints Originals and Prints Originals and Prints Originals and Prints Originals and PrintsTuppy WeatherfordPP PP P ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb. Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb. Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb. Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb. Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb.Phone 367-0579 Phone 367-0579 Phone 367-0579 Phone 367-0579 Phone 367-0579Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. her own. Membership application forms were distributed and parents advised that the band will convene on May 2nd from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Central Abaco Primary School when the Band Director will officially begin taking the register. Parents were asked to be punctual in dropping off and picking up their children.


Page 14 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMASE-mail: People in the NewsWedding Is 500th for Wedding OfficerBy Richard E. Fawkes Imagine being the 500th couple to be married by a marriage officer! That is one memento that will be part of memorabilia of Alice Bain and Trent Tolers wedding that took place on April 9 in Hope Town. They were the 500th couple to be shepherded through the ceremony of holy matrimony by Vernon Malone, Justice of the Peace and Marriage Officer. Mr. and Mrs. Toler were married in St. James Methodist Church. Following their exchange of vows, the couple was accompanied the short distance to their reception at Harbours Edge Restaurant by the Spring City Rockers Junkanoo band. Trent is entomologist from Utah where he does research. His father, Bob, known as Barometer Bob, and his stepmother, Patty Toler, reside in Marsh Harbour, and he is a frequent visitor. It was on one of these visits that he met his future bride three years ago. Alice is well known on Abaco as a potter and artist who had a studio in Marsh Harbour for several years. She later wrote for The Abaconian before she returned to university for an advanced degree in journalism. She has solid Abaco roots. Many of the guests were from the United States and the United Kingdom as well as family members from Nassau. The couples wedding qualified as a tourist wedding, although they both have close ties to Abaco. Following the ceremony, Ms. Jeritzen Outten, Director of Tourism on Abaco, presented Mr. Malone with a plaque on behalf of the Weddings and Honeymoons Department of the Ministry of Tourism in recognition of his outstanding service in making Abaco, and Hope Town in particular, a premier wedding and honeymoon destination in The Bahamas. Mr. Malone became a marriage officer in 1992 and has performed a variety of ceremonies including a Jewish-Christian wedding, a Hindu-Christian wedding and even a wedding for Buddhists. In answer to a question about whether he performs weddings atop the lighthouse, he replied, Not anymore. Its too dangerous, although my first wedding was held up there. He said the ceremonies are held at the base at ground level now. Mr. Malone also performs beach side ceremonies. He has officiated at the wedding of a few rock stars, including Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers band. Ive married people from Iceland, Great Britain and as far away as Man-O-War Cay, Mr. Malone quipped in accepting the plaque from Ms. Outten. In his secular life, he is a grocer and baker who owns Vernons Grocery in Hope Town.Treasure Cay Broker Opens Real Estate AgencyJohn Cash, a native Abaconian and Treasure Cay resident since 1965, has opened his own real estate agency, John Cash Realty. John was licensed to sell real estate in November 2000 and has been an estate agent with H.G. Christie Ltd. for over four years. After completing all of the National Association of Realtors courses and Bahamas Real Estate Association requirements, John obtained his Brokers license in July 2004. He is a member of the Bahamas Real EsPlease see People Page 15 Alice Bain and Trent Toler exchanged wedding vows in a ceremony at St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town on April 9. They will be residing in Utah. Mr. Vernon Malone performed his 500th wedding on April 9th when he joined in matrimony Alice Bain and Trent Toler at St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town. Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for Abaco, presented Mr. Malone with a plaque honoring him for this accomplishment. Looking on is Bonnie Hall, Mr. Malones daughter.


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 Dr. Therese M. Bonamy (full time)General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM (Bleaching)Dr. Munir Rashad (May 6)Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth)Dr. Antoine Clarke (May 19-20)Periodontics (Gum disease & implants)Dr. Woodley ThompsonOrthodontic (Braces) (May 12-13)Dental Hygiene AvailableCall today for an appointmentAll emergencies and walk-in are welcome!Tel : 242-367-4355/4 Fax: 242-367-2193 P.O.Box AB 20676 Don MacKay Blvd.Email: agapedental Proverbs 3:5-6 The Dental Specialists AGAPE FAMILY DENTAL CENTREtate Institute and has recently become the only agent in Abaco to earn the coveted Certified Residential Specialist (C.R.S.) designation. In an effort to better identify the needs of the international real estate investor and further his professional education, John has participated in Council of Residential Specialist training courses and Master Sales Institute sales and marketing seminars in the United States and also holds a South Carolina real estate license. Johns extensive knowledge of the local real estate market and commitment to continuing education and excellent service has led to lifetime customers and endless referrals. He can be contacted at 477-5056 or e-mail him at More People in the News PeopleFrom Page 14 John CashHope Town Has New Real Estate AgentsParadise Real Estate Ltd. is proud to announce its arrival on Abaco. Frank Knowles and Mike Jones will head the Abaco office which will be opened soon in Hope Town. Both Frank and Mike are local Bahamians and know their surroundings well. Frank spent many of his childhood summers in Hope Town and after growing up in Nassau he returned to Abaco. He has lived in Hope Town for 11 years and has become an entrepreneur. Mike was born on Elbow Cay and has always had a strong Anatol Lizette Fawkes, daughter of Richard E. Fawkes of Sandy Point and Jaunianne Dorsette of Nassau and Patrick Cecil ODonnell, son of Patrick and Eleanor ODonnell of Ireland, were married in Nassau on April 22. Father Michael Kelly, former parish priest of St. Francis de Sales in Marsh Harbour, officiated. Many friends and family of the bride and groom travelled to Nassau for the occasion. The couple will reside in San Francisco. connection with Abaco. After study abroad he returned to Hope Town were he has lived for the past three years. Paradise Real Estate Ltd. is owned by Craig Pinder and his team in Nassau and are committed to delivering outstanding service to both buyers and sellers. They have thoroughly enjoyed assisting Bahamian and international clients in locating their dream property. For more information on Paradise Real Estate Ltd. and all of their listings, visit their website or contact the Abaco agents at 375-8655.Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Letterheads Flyers Programs P.O.BoxAB22275 Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501 E-mail: Craig@bahamabeachclub.comBroker Participation Invitedwww.BahamaBeachClub.comFor more information, see your Real Estate Professional or contact: Toll Free 800-284-0382 Best Beach in the CaribbeanCaribbean Travel &Life Magazine Visit Our On-Site Models Today! Phase1-4 SOLDOUT NowSellingonTreasureCay!BahamaBeachClubPhase5 3&4Bedroom/3BathLuxuryBeachfrontCondominiums Private Gated CommunityTwo Freshwater Pools & SpaDesigner Interiors AvailableOptional Detached GaragesLocal Bank FinancingTerrific Rental Income potential Treasure Cay Resort Area Amenities include:Spectacular 31/2mile White Sand Beach150 slip Marina for Yachts to140 feet18 hole Championship Golf CourseTennis, Snorkeling & Scuba DivingRestaurants, Grocers & Duty Free ShoppingInternational Airport (6,500 foot runway)Residences from $701,250 plus closing costs


Page 16 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Office Hours by Appointment Only Open Mondays & WednesdaysLocated in Marsh Harbour on Fire Road behind Batelco367-2584 or 367-0090 Outstanding Students Are RecognizedBy Portia Jonsson Under the theme Keep Your Eyes on the Prize the Third Annual Awards and Prize Giving Ceremony for Outstanding Students in Bahamian High Schools in the Abaco District was held on April 21st at New Visions Ministries. This program, which is the brainchild of Senator, the Hon. Trevor Whylly, began ten years in Nassau for the purpose of recognizing students for their academic and athletic achievements. Since then invitations have been extended to each island in The Bahamas to join hands and do likewise. In his remarks to the large crowd, Sen. Whylly on behalf of the teachers, students and parents, thanked the Minister of Education, the Hon. Alfred Sears, for coming, saying that the people of Abaco has waited three years to see him. Sen. Whylly said the Minister ought to know that not only are the government schools doing well but also the private schools. He added that he wants the minister to see what is happening with his organization and says that he will continue to support students year after year, no matter what. Mr. Whylly concluded by saying the minister was here to give his support, understands the importance of young people and believes in second chances. Despite climbing up on the rough side of the mountain the minister kept his eye on the prize. Mr. Whylly announced that next year the program will be formed into a foundation which will allow the committee to award scholarships. Mr. Sears advised that although he has been to Abaco on a number of occasions, this was his first official visit. He said Abaco is known for its talented business people but most do not know of the literary achievement of Abaconians. He spoke about two authors and sons of Abaco, Chester Thompson and Dr. Keith Russell. He told the students that having made the deans list or 3.0 GPA is only the beginning. He explained that what these men are saying in their books is look right here in Abaco and draw from your own culture. The Minister challenged the students with the words keep, eyes and prize. It is important to stay focused. He informed them that The Bahamas has the second highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in our region. If you do not keep your eyes on the prize, look at what the alternatives are: violence, HIV/ AIDS and other recklessness. He asked the students when they selected the word prize, what prize were they talking about. He said this prize, he assumed, must be a life of achievement. The Minister recalled his life as a young boy. At the age of 12 he only had dreams of killing while sitting in the Boys Industrial School in Nassau. People came into his life who inspired him to dream again. He dreamed of becoming a lawyer so that young people would not have the experience he had. This took a lot of hard work and persistence. He challenged the students as they dream they develop a more tolerant Bahamas and reject the racism that is still very much a part of us. We must celebrate our African and European heritage and see the beauty in ourselves. Mr. Sears expects great things from them and challenged them to live up to their theme. He commended the teachers and educators for the great work they are doing and parents for working hand in hand with the Ministry of Education. The students who were honored included the following: Grade 6 students Agape Christian School Austin Koepp and Blair Saunders Amy Roberts Primary Nicholas Schrack and Felicia Survanze Central Abaco Primary Giovanni Coakley and Blair Drakes Coopers Town Primary Darian Lightbourne and Rudonell McIntosh Crossing Rock Primary Crystal Johnson and Charlton Walker Fox Town Primary Kyvonne Lopez and Kentray Marsh Hope Town Primary Shannon Thompson and Nicole Maltarp Treasure Cay Primary Felicia Romer and Charo Williams J.A. Pinder Orenda Bain and KeAnu Pinder Long Bay Primary Tirshatha Etiene and Timothy Clarke Moores Island Nevandria Rolle and Nichel Lonke St. Francis de Sales Eugene Moss and School News Please see School Page 17 On April 13 Mrs. Monica Bianchi, a volunteer teacher at Every Child Counts, accompanied five groups of five students throughout the day to clean up the shore along Front Street in Marsh Harbour. Starting at the Port, they walked their way back for a mile to Mangoes picking up cans, bottles and debris along the way. This effort came as a participation in the coastal cleanup going on during the month of April.


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 ABACO HARDWARE Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel: 367.2170 Fax: 367.2928 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Oceanfrontier Log CabinsRental and Vacation Club Memberships On Beautiful Guana Cay Beach Six two-bedroom cabins sleep six, queen size bed in loft, kitchenette, private deck, full bath, short walk to townRent by the day or weekCall now 888-541-1616 or 519-389-4846 Website: E-mail: info@oceanfrontier.comPamela Smith Wesley College Paige Archer and Randy Sawyer Cherokee Primary Chandi Lowe Grade 10 students Agape Christian School Denario Carroll, Alisha Humes, Rashad Reckley, Hiliary Roberts, Garrett Sands, Kellie Sawyer, Shavanteh Spence Forest Heights Academy Bradley Albury, Eric Albury, Shikia Deveauz, Jonathan Evans, Lonnie Key, Ashley Knowles, Raine Sands, Christine Schaefer, Cheynea Turnquest, Christian Wilhoyte Long Bay High Nia Burrows, Warkel Cooper, Tahron Edgecombe St. Francis de Sales Brittany Archer, Clive Albury, Dominica Evans, Georquel Delancy, Shaishka Edgecombe, Seon Smith, Agnes Fertile, Sharran Cornish Abaco Central High School Alex Forbes, Matthew Wedgewood, Livingston Cornish, Rishad Smith, Samuel Cornish, Ashton Brown, Andre Singh, Jonathan Simms, Phenichia Clader, Corrine Cornish More School News SchoolFrom Page 16 Please see School Page 18 Wesley College Keino Clarke, Raymond McKinney Jr. S.C. Bootle High Devonya Russell, Latara King, Valdez Carey Grade 11 Students Agape Christian School Beth Albury, Matthew Bethel, Lenae Brown, Cecil Grant, Akeva Lightbourne, Myles Roberts, Trenaire Wells, Tiffany Williams Forest Heights Academy Donna Albury, Brittany Benjamin, Corenthea Johnson, Andrea McIntosh, Jessica Sands, LeeAndra Thompson, Jordan Wells, Nyika Wilmore Long Bay High Davia Dean, Shashona Davis, Lynden Hepburn, DAndre Sands St. Francis de Sales Lisa Kemp, Eden McIntosh Abaco Central High School Jude Vilma, Belinda Jacobs, Mikelle Baillou, Thomazena Stuart, Shemetrus Albury, Dandra Johnson, Larissa Dawkins, Lathera Lightbourne, Lunique Lightbourne, Nickesia Jones, Samanthan Pinder, Thomazene Stuart Wesley College Kustico Nabbie, Kneea Sands S.C. Bootle High Alichia Rolle, Marcus Josue Grade 12 Students Agape Christian School Christopher Knowles, Cody Lowe, Felicity Simms Forest Heights Academy Amy Albury, Jessica Higgs, Desirae Lowe, Stacy Lowe, Nathaniel Malone, Christopher Rutledge, Shantia Sands, Jason Schaefer, Heather Weatherford Long Bay High Donell Adderley, Kezia Etienne, Syrena Hollingsworth, Julienne Rivere St. Francis de Sales Shagerra Edgecombe, Peter Williams, Patricia Curry Abaco Central High School Dwayne Jones, Alitha Bain, Karis Edgecombe, Evelina Henfield, Kieshchelle Thurston, Tanique Pratt S.C. Bootle High Delvano McIntosh, Vanessa Pritchard, Joan Pinder Wesley College Rodger SmithEdrico Armbrister Places Second in National Spelling BeeBy Mirella Santillo S.C. Bootle High School student, eighth grader Edrico Armbrister, won second place in the National Spelling Bee. Edrico, who turned 13 on March 30th, said that he studied 3900 words to get ready for the spelling competition. Although he started to prepare last year when he decided to enter the contest, he really worked especially hard during the month of March. Edrico has always been good at spelling. His ambition is to become a scientist specializing in marine biology and oceanography. Not only does he do well academically, but he is an accomplished athlete. He placed 3rd in the


Page 18 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Center Console with T-Top 2 Dive Platforms with Swim Ladder VHF Depth Finder Igloo Cooler 2 Anchors Full Safety Equipment Offers the Smooth and Ultra Dry Ride of the MERCPANGA HullP.O. Box AB-22995 Man-O-War Cay Abaco Bahamas Ph: (242) 365-6008 Fax: (242) 365-6151 e-mail: More School News SchoolFrom Page 17 400m and 2nd in the 100m at the inter schools meet that was held at Abaco Central High School just before Easter. He is the runner-up for first place winner Chelsea Bipat and will be going to the international competition to be held in Washington, D.C., the end of may. He is looking forward to the trip where he will visit with his father for several days starting on May 29th. The international competition is sponsored by Howard Scripps Publishing Company. The expenses for the two winners is paid by The Nassau Guardian Games were very popular at the fair organized by Agape Christian School on April 16. This is the major fund raising event for the school. Lots of good food and drink kept the fair goers happy at the Agape Christian School fair. The well attended event raised needed funds for the school. which was the sponsor for the Bahamian competition.. When he is not studying spelling words, Edrico enjoys collecting foreign coins, reading fiction books and singing.Inter School SportsBy Mirella Santillo In mid March athletes from five Abaco high schools met at Abaco Central High School to compete in various track and field events. The North was represented by S.C. Bootle High School from Coopers Town, SchoolFrom Page 19 High school athletes competed in an Abacowide competition in March. The Inter-School Sports competition did not comlete the events so no winner could be announced. TT TT T elephone Nos : (242) 367-0432-3 elephone Nos : (242) 367-0432-3 elephone Nos : (242) 367-0432-3 elephone Nos : (242) 367-0432-3 elephone Nos : (242) 367-0432-3 Fax : (242) 367-0434 Fax : (242) 367-0434 Fax : (242) 367-0434 Fax : (242) 367-0434 Fax : (242) PP PP P .O.Box F-44636 .O.Box F-44636 .O.Box F-44636 .O.Box F-44636 .O.Box F-44636 FrFr FrFr Fr eeporeepor eeporeepor eepor t, Grand Bahama t, Grand Bahama t, Grand Bahama t, Grand Bahama t, Grand Bahama BRADLEY and SEAN CALLENDER the partners of theFirm of Sean B. Callender & Co.are pleased to announce the opening of theAbaco Branch of their Law Chambers ,situate at the Sea Star Building, Nathan Key Drive, Marsh Harbour Abaco.


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Page 20 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017 at Work at Play Weve Got Something for Everyone Weve Got Something for Everyone St. John the Baptist Anglican Church 5th Annual Bazaar Games Food Fun Saturday, May 28, 2005On Church Grounds Marsh Harbour, Abacocerns and their application for judicial review was not frivolous, vexatious, hopeless, misconceived or groundless. Mr. Troy Albury, owner of Dive Guana, is co-chairman of the Save Guana Cay Reef Association and is a very concerned and outspoken citizen on the matter who feels that the concerns of the Guana Cay residents have been brushed aside from the very beginning. In an interview I had with him he was very forthright on the matter and his heartfelt concern was obvious. Mr. Albury stated that at a meeting on February 1 with the Island Administrator and the Hope Town Council, the people of Guana Cay said that they did not want the development. The previous August, at a time when all the fisherman were off the island, a meeting was called at short notice of only eight to 10 hours. It was impossible for many people to get to the meeting when Mr. Baltron Bethel along with a lawyer and the developers put forward proposals. The people of Guana said NO. They requested that the proposals be left for perusal but the request was refused. Baltron Bethel said that nothing would be done until the Guana Cay community had been consulted further. The residents were ready for a meeting which was planned on the cay with the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson and the developers but, much to the disappointment of the residents, she did not show up for the planned meeting. There have been no other public meetings. Despite the lack of consultation with Guana Cay residents, the Heads of Agreement was, nevertheless, signed on March 1st. Government has been ignoring us; we hoped that they would come and talk. We are still hoping, but they will definitely talk after April 26th, stated an angry Mr. Albury. The feelings of the Guana Cay community are that they cannot trust the developers for several reasons: The developers say that the grass for the golf course will use very little fertilizer. However, according to SGCR research, the grass the developers want to use will need huge amounts of fertilizer. The developers say that they will be developing 100 acres as a golf course, but Mr. Albury says that from the plans the area looks more like 200 acres. Erin Pagliaro, President of the Friends of the Environment and resident of Guana Cay, said, The community is adamant that it will not stand for a golf course on Guana Cay. If the developers insist on going ahead with it, the residents will continue to protest the entire development for ever! The Bahamas National Trust was supposed to monitor the plans but Chris Hamilton of the BNT said that he had received no consultations from the developers or the government. In fact, the first time the BNT had heard about it was when they saw it in the papers. The developers have already begun to abuse the environment by removing concrete foundations and tanks left by the former Premier Cruise Lines from their holding areas and have uncapped and upturned, one causing diesel and oil to run into the ground polluting the water table. The developers have begun to clear roads, destroy trees and begin developing without permits. The SGCR members feel that the Island Administrator, in representing Central Government, is trying to steamroll the local permitting process without public consultation. Government instructed Passerine developers not to speak to the Guana Cay people. To date neither the Prime Minister nor Mrs. Gibson has visited Great Guana Cay to talk about the project. That is why we cannot trust the developers, says Mr. Albury. One of the concessions promised was a reduction of the number of slips in the marina from 240 to 180. But this would still mean dredging which will cause changes which could destroy the reef and the mangroves. The Save the Guana Cay Reef Association is very angry at the Government for giving away 150 acres of Crown Land. Attorney Fred Smith stated, The Crown Land does not belong to Perry Christie or Allyson MaynardGibson to give away for free. The Bahamas belongs to Bahamians and thereGuana Cay Continues Its Fight ProtestFrom Page 1 Premier Cruise Lines, which brought a cruise boat into Abaco Sound at the north end of Guana Cay, left a lot debris which is now being cleaned up by Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. 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May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 Gold & Silver Jewellery, Bronze Sculpture & Nautical CuriosThe work of three generations of JohnstonsVisitors to our PP PP P ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Gallery are always welcomeVisit Abacos largest and most diverse art gallery Chat with the sculptors and artist craftsmen Open Every Day18 miles South of Marsh Harbour, by road or boatWebsite: e-mail: P.O. Box AB-20282, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 366-3503On the beach in downtown Little HarbourHappy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour FF FF F riday riday riday riday riday 5pm Until5pm Until 5pm Until5pm Until 5pm UntilSee a different part of Abaco and have lunch at our beach front pub Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyBreakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Closed SundaysEach month during the school year St. Francis de Sales School recognizes its students who have performed well and names them Student of the Month. Pictured are the students of the months for February and March. Front row left to right: Chelsea Albury, Joel Reckley Jr. and Candace Trembley. Second row: Diandra McIntosh, Mario Haygood and Shagerra Edgecombe. Back row: Patricia Curry, Stephen Pedican Jr., Dominica Evans and Claudius Burrows. Absent from photo are Lisa Kemp and Mikhail Russell. Pictured are the students of the lower school for the months for February and March 2005. Front row from left to right: Andrew Pinder and Gregory Whymns. Second row: Caitlin Doyle, Teryn McDonald Chassity Sawyer and Shawntalay McDonald. Third row: Rickanta Smith, Amanda Bethel, Robyn Miller and Desmonda Bootle. Fourth row: Aidan McPhee, Nathan Grammatico Abidemi Simon and Matthew Grammatico. Back row: Jasmine Ferguson and Ivanna Gaitor. Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, More School News Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility


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Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: Services include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Well stocked marine store Mechanical repairs Marine Store Products: Yanmar Engines & Generators Marine Paints & Accessories Repair & Resin Supplies Yanmar Parts & Service Bottom Paint & Solvents Stainless Steel Bolts etc. Cleaning Supplies Cutlass Bearings Fuel Dock Zincs Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat Lift Bottom blister repair Propeller repair MoreLetters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 9 there was a trawler not far off our starboard. Unfortunately, despite raising the distress flag; waving life preservers and attempting radio contact, they ignored our request for help. (Perhaps all of us boating these friendly waters should be more aware of the boats around us.) After lowering sails and dropping anchor we installed the emergency tiller. The emergency tiller is not easy to use. The leverage is poor. Our crew quickly learned that by using the stronger leg muscles, they could slowly turn the boat in whatever direction we asked. We contacted the nearest harbour which was Spanish Cay. The radio operator stayed in contact with us and talked us through the last four miles into the dock. The office at Spanish Cay helped us with phone calls to the States while we debated flying a mechanic direct to the island. The island manager, Scott, was a former air force mechanic. On seeing our distress, he asked if he could take a look at the problem. The problem was in the most inaccessible place on the boat. Scott and his staff from Coopers Town and Fox Town were fabulous. Fortunately, we carried a spare steering cable on board. Forty-eight hours later Scott had permanently fixed everything and we were on our way to Sale C ay and Florida. Thank you, Scott. You and your staff arc some of the best Abaconians weve met. Nan and George GregoryWe Lost a Great ManDear Editor, Please allow me a space in your newspaper. As many of you know, Uncle Haziel passed away one week ago today. We have lost a great man in our community. He was a Christian (a born again child of God); he was a husband; he was a father; he was a grandfather; he was an uncle; he was a Sunday School teacher; he was a preacher of Gods Word; he was a public school teacher; he was a barber; he was a fisherman; he was a carpenter (boat builder), house builder, furniture maker; he was a postmaster; he was a wireless operator; he was a store keeper; he was a Justice of the Peace; he was a secretary for Uncle Wills grocery store and boat building business; he was a lawyer when it came to making up legal documents; he was a painter; he was an artist (printing names on boats); he was one of the Queens honorary; he was a realtor; he was a residing officer; he was an author; he was an airline agent (Bahamas Airways); he was a kind man; he was a gentleman. Here is a few personal remarks about Uncle Haziel. As I think of Uncle Haziel, Im reminded of so much I could say about him. First of all, I think about when I was a child, he was the first one to cut my hair. After school on Fridays there was time set aside to cut the little boys hair and on Saturday afternoons he would cut the mens hair. He was my teacher. I give him credit for many of the verses and chapters of Scripture I can recite today such as Psalm 23, Psalm 46, Isaiah 55-6, Seek ye the Lord while he may be found. Call ye upon him while he is near and of course many, many more. There is one thing I held him accountable for. One time a group of boys was disobeying on the school grounds at break time. So Uncle Haziel called them to the line and gave each one a whipping. I was one of them who got the cane. But you know what? I was not one who was disobeying. I dont know how come I was not, but not this time. It has taken me a long time to forgive him of this. But I did. This brings me to a point right here. Uncle Haziel was the most giving person Ive ever known. But you know what has impressed me more than anything is how he could forgive. Full Stop! There are so many good things I could say about Uncle Haziel and Aunt Mary. The time, in fact 11 years ago March past when I had my four fingers cut off by an electric saw, I was not able to work for approximately one year and a half. So this meant no income. But Uncle Haziel and Aunt Mary would show up many many Saturdays with bags of groceries as well as money many times. There are just so many good things I could say and write about him. Any time anyone would have legal paper work such as passports, Uncle Haziel was there to help, many times no charge (never once charged me.) Just three weeks ago he sat at my table with legal papers for Arlene and myself to sign. He knew his job when it came to legal work. Also he was good in sharing Gods word. He was well liked by many people as we saw at the funeral service. Just yesterday my friends Guy and Attie, the people who bought my house on Dickies Cay, reminded me that Uncle Haziel and Aunt Mary were the first persons they met on Man-O-War Cay. Every time for the past four years that Ive called them or they have called me, they never signed off without asking me how are Haziel and Mary doing. So this shows that he was a special man to say the least. We love you, Haziel, and sure will miss you, but the good part is we will see you again. Love, SamA Tribute to Uncle HazielDear Editor, Will you please publish this in your newspaper. Goodbye, we are forced to say, we are here to celebrate, not mourn today. We know he is above intensely looking down, savoring every heartfelt word, nodding with Please see Letters Page 23


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 ABACO (242) 367 5792AE98 Happy Mothers Day to all of our Wonderful MomsFeel Special deserve it! ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367-2798 Fax: 367-5098 Letters to the Editorappreciation of all the sounds. He is with us in body no longer but where his soul is abiding we need not wonder for he has served his Great Master to the fullest and today he can sit back peacefully and rest. He has conquered in life more than many, blessed with a large family, closer than any. Hes lived through great sickness and pulled through great sorrow, but always kept strong, lived faithful, eager for tomorrow. His knowledge was great, a legend of sorts. A preacher to many and so many he taught, an author, a poet, his works left for future generations. A many who loved his country and was recognized by nations. He held his titles as most important and sincere. A loyal husband, a devoted daddy, and oh his grand and great-grand children were his sweet little dears. He always had time, not only for them but for others, helping in the community, treating us as sisters and brothers. Goodbye, Uncle Haziel, your work here on earth is done. Your everlasting life with your Lord has now begun. We love you and will miss you. This we know but Jesus was calling you so we had to let you go. Lenora SweetingFeels He Was MisrepresntedDear Sir: This letter is to discuss your article in The Abaconian dated April 15 th under the heading Bakers Bay Project Is Explained I quote, Troy Albury is not comfortable with government but admitted that he was impressed with the plan. He wants to be assured that the project will be completed. Which meeting were you at, sir? I spend every waking moment trying to stop this development because of its dire environmental impacts and you quote me as saying I am impressed with the plan. and I want to be assured that the project will be completed. Nothing could be further from the truth. I did speak of who was going to LettersFrom Page 22 monitor the project, of which there is no good answer and I also spoke at length on the amount of fertilizer that the golf course will use giving hard facts from a University of Florida report. None of that was reported. I am at a loss as to why because this is pertinent information. Just in case one might wonder if I am making this up, I refer to an article written by Richard Fawkes in the April 9, 2005, issue of the Freeport News. He was reporting on the same Hope Town Meeting. I quote, Listening to your presentation today I had to hold my tongue for a long while because everything you talk about, that you SAY you are going to do, that would be great. But who is going to follow up? About this grass, I went online last night. You say it needs little or no fertilizer. You consider 242 pounds per acre little or no fertilizer. 242 pounds per acre? Im no golf course expert but 242 pounds of fertilizer sounds like a hell of a lot of fertilizer to me. I realize you did not have space to report everything I said in quotes because of the size of the article, but at least you could have represented my remarks in the statement you put in. I realize a lot of information was covered that day and I respectfully submit that you purchase a tape recorder and USE IT when quoting. Troy Albury Editors Note: Here is the exact quote from the meeting. This substantiates our earlier remarks and also gives the additional infromation that you presented here. Listening to your presentation today, I had to hold my tongue for a long while because everything that you talk about, that you say you are going to do, that would be great. But, who is going to follow up? You say University of Miami and Kathleen Sealey and Bahamas National Please see Letters Page 26 Wireless Coverage for Boaters Out Island Inter.Net Marsh Harbour All marinas, main anchorage & Boat Harbour Marina Hope Town Harbour anchorage Man-O-War anchorage White Sound, Elbow Cay Lubbers anchorage Guana Cay main harbour anchorage Guana Cay Fishers Bay anchorage Treasure Cay Marina & anchorage Little Harbour Entire settlement and AnchorageWireless@abacoinet.com367-3006New sign-up onlineHave your own wireless equipment?Get online with OIIs High-Speed wWireless Internet now! It is easy! Scan for any of our OII Access Points. . Connect to it . Open a regular Internet Explorer Browser window . It will automatically re-direct you to our sign-up page . Sign-up and youre done!


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Marine F reeport 242.352.9246 Up to three year warranty extensive parts inventory and factory trained mechanicsBy Jennifer Hudson It is a well known fact that Abaco is in desperate need of a new airport so I recently spoke with several pilots to ascertain their views on the present situation and changes which need to be made at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. Mr. Lewis Key, owner of Zig Zag Airways, was very outspoken on the subject and had no qualms about being quoted as saying, This is a sickening and deplorable situation and the government is disgraceful in its disregard of it. Abaco puts millions of dollars into the Treasury from the Port Department and the government only wants its money without giving anything back. Mr. Key stated that some time ago a group of pilots had drawn up a plan of a proposal for a taxi-way which they sent to government but it was ignored. The present runway is in such a terrible state that it could break up any plane, continued Mr. Key and told of a friend of his who, on landing at the Marsh Harbour airport and hitting one of the many potholes, had the nose wheel of his plane knocked loose, two propellers broken and the engine messed up, thus resulting in a repair bill of approximately $100,000. Other pilots spoke of the large amounts of money they must spend every year in purchasing new tyres and maintenance on their landing gear. Mr. Key stated that he knows of people who are now refusing to bring their planes into the Marsh Harbour airport. The deplorable state of the runway was the main bone of contention with all the pilots. Besides the fact that it is 2000 feet too short, it presents other serious safety concerns. In addition to the huge potholes which break up the landing gear, there is a large dip in the runway where the surface has sunk. This causes the pilots of jets to have to thrust them into reverse and when they hit that dip it feels as if the planes nose is coming off. Faron Sawyer reports that one U.S. pilot, after landing at Marsh Harbour airport, asked to be taken on a golf cart out to the runway so that he could make a note of where all the potholes are to try to avoid them in future. Faron and his father have been out onto the runway and filled some of the potholes themselves. Mr. Sean Nixon of Inter Island Charters urges that when the runways are upgraded, they need to be properly constructed on a bed of rock with a proper asphalt surface to prevent the sagging which is currently happening as the result of jets landing. Andrew Kelly, owner of Abaco Air, pointed out that for major repairs to be done to the existing runway, the airport would have to be closed down for several weeks. One way to avoid this would be to build a new runway parallel to the old one, then join it to the existing one and use the old runway as a taxi-way. All of the pilots were unanimous in that the most pressing issue after that of a decent runway is the need for a taxi-way. At the moment planes have to use the runway as a taxi-way which causes delays. A taxi-way would make for a much smoother flow of traffic and would save time as a plane would not have to wait for another plane to take off before being able to taxi out. The pilots agree that a taxi way would be of far more benefit than a control tower which, at present, is not a necessity. The pilots state that they have no problem with the present system whereby they contact Marsh Harbour traffic from 20 miles out, are in touch with any traffic in the area and work out the landing order amongst themselves. Consultants who have been out to look at the airport reported that a taxi way is needed more than a control tower. There are several different views on where a new airport should be located. Some people feel that a new airport should be built between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay in the area of Bustic Bight where it would be central to the island with the Treasure Cay airport being used as a domestic terminal. But Mr. Key feels that this would be a no brains idea as several local pilots have invested a lot of money in setting up their operations around the Marsh Harbour airport. In addition to Zig Zag Airways there are Andrew Kellys Abaco Air and Faron Sawyers Cherokee Aviation with its newly built state-of-the-art FBO operation. Building a new airport in a different location would involve a lot of hardship to these companies that would have to move their operations to the new location. Andrew Kelly feels that fixing up the existing airport would be a band-aid measure and that it is necessary to think long term. The ideal location for a new airport in his view would be about 10 miles south of Marsh Harbour where the land is entirely flat and not used by anybody. The airport, he feels, is not needed in the north, but in the south where all the major expansions are taking place. Marsh Harbour is now expanding into the airport area, and it is not wise to have an airport close to homes. Eventually 747s will be coming into Abaco and people would not want them flying over their homes. There are other safety issues such as an airliner running off the end of the runway. Although it would hurt Abaco Air and the other operators to have to relocate, Mr. Kelly said that he would be willing to do so as we must look at whats good for Abaco. Mr. Nixon, when asked for his opinion, stated that there are so many things he could say he did not know where to start. Looking to the future he sees a lot of call for jet traffic, especially 737 Regional Jets. Investors in Abaco will want to make sure that the airport is adequate to cope with the large jets which will be necessary in order to bring in people to fill up hotel rooms. A runway of 7,500 feet will be needed; today the run-Pilots Speak Out on the Airport Situation Please see Airport Page 25


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 25 Washers, Dryers Microwaves Stoves, Fridges Freezers Phones, Satellites Car Stereo System Stereos, Speakers WE NOW CARRY FLAT SCREEN TVSEvery Day Great Low PricesSummer is here!A/C UNITSNOW IN STOCK!Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph : (242) 3672265 (242) 367-2128 way is only 5,500 feet. In addition to a lengthened runway, he sees a need for a taxi way as presently bottlenecks build up of sometimes six or seven planes trying to land. Also the ramp area needs to be increased as planes are parked almost to the runway. Faron Sawyer feels that we need to get the 737s coming into Marsh Harbour as Bahamasair is over booked and Continental would probably prefer to run two or three larger flights per day. Another matter which needs addressing is the problem of trees growing too close to the runway. There is a problem of a tombstone mentality where the government waits for a crash before doing anything,says Mr. Nixon. Trees are growing on top of a hill close to the airport which causes wind shear and prevents pilots touching down in the proper zone. Trees are also too close to the runway; pilots are complaining that the trees need cutting down today. Mr. Faron Sawyer has a lot of good ideas for upgrading of the present airport if the government does not have the money to construct a new one. The plans the previous government had drawn up several years ago for a new airport are already too small and a whole new survey will need to be done now. He feels that there is much can be done to expand the existing airport without spending a lot of money as the infrastructure is already there. His idea is for the present terminal to be extended along the eastern side inside of the fence where the grassy area is now. A large, long room, he feels, would not be expensive and could hold up to 200 people. This should include a sterile area for people to sit after they have passed through security with bathrooms and a snack bar. The airlines should pay to rent space on a realistic scale. Presently, the amount the airlines pay is far too low; but a more realistic sum would go a long way to paying for improvements to the airport. Other matters which local pilots suggested need immediate attention for the upgrading of the airport are: Proper lighting as many of the lights do not work, and proper signage on the runway directing visiting pilots to the different aviation areas. Adequate drainage. The drains which were put in a few years ago are not functioning properly which causes severe flooding after heavy rains. Flooding could be avoided if the drains were cleared and made deeper with additional drainage leading to a trench to carry the water away Paving of the parking area and roads alongside the airport as the dust is very bad when the planes are revving up. An organized paid parking area where car owners pay for long term parking. Upgrading of the fire fighting equipment. The pilots say they never know if the fire truck is working, and they feel it could not put out a fire anyway as a jet fuel fire cannot be put out with water; it needs foam. Also it is felt that the firemen should go on refresher courses. The whole airport area needs to be landscaped to make it more attractive. A pilot with one of the international airlines stated that while the runway is very bumpy, his first concern would be for a taxi-way. He would like eventually to see a control tower here in preference to the present system whereby pilots are in contact with each other for the landing order as, in his opinion, there are some who do not always want to wait their turn. A Bahamasair pilot chose not to comment as he said that they are not allowed to make a public statement on such matters. AirportFrom Page 24Some Airport Problems Need Immediate Attention Abaco Print ShopLocated in the Abaco Shopping Centre Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201Your Friendly and Professional Printing Service!Professional Graphic Services(Graphic Artist on Site) and much more . . .Calendars Labels Flyers Book Binding Yearbooks Photo Scanning Business Cards Laminating Certificates Tickets Invitations Menus Carbonless Forms Envelopes Wedding Stationery Office Stationery Brochures Funeral Stationery


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A BRAND NEW LOOKArea Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties34 hse + 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties30 + 365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key43 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Hotels and House Rental AgentsMarsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse + 367-2719 Abaco Towns 32 effic 367-2227 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House6 rms 367-3980 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort 353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web Siteswith general Abaco information http.// + agents who have multiple cottages and houses Are you an artist? A wannabe artist? A student artist? An art teacher? Join theAbaco Artists AssociationFirst Meeting Wednesday,May 18, 11:30 a.m.Anglers Restaurant Abaco Beach Resort Marsh HarbourQuestions? Call 367-0137Trust. Whos going to monitor them? You are paying them to monitor for you. Whats to say, when they get here, theyre not just going to say, Well, youre paying me, so thats okay. Who is going to monitor what you do to make sure you do what you say youre going to do? If you can answer that question, you could put everything there. About this grass, I went online last night. You say it needs little or no fertilizer. You consider 242 pounds per acre little or no fertilizer? 242 pounds per acre! I dont know anything about this grass. I went to five different web sites. All of them said use three to four pounds per 1,000 square feet. How could you tell me thats little or no fertilizer? Im no golf course expert, but 242 pounds per acre sounds like a hell of a lot of nitrate to me. So I mean, everything you say youre going to do, if you could do it, I think youll have our blessing. We have no trust in you right now. You havent talked to us before. And everything you put on paper changes day by day ... I saw the EIA and there are only two pages about the reef. Two pages! ... I dive on that reef every day. LettersFrom Page 23 skull and is a salt water animal. They have also been found on Grand Cayman. Two crocodile skulls were found in another Blue Hole in Abaco in 1993, one was recovered and one left in situ. The one was carbon dated as being 2,840 years old, and it is thought that these new finds may be of a similar age. The skulls measure approximately 22 inches in length. Mr. Kakuk said that the group has been working with the Bahamas National Trust and signs have been posted in the area stating that research is in progress and asking people to refrain from diving in that hole. Mr. Keith Tinker, Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums, made the observation, There is a lot of history being made today which will lead to a rewriting of the history we once knew. FossilsFrom Page 2 Campbell, assistant Central Abaco Administrator; and Rudolph Smith, Abaco District Superintendent. He and his party proceeded to Coopers Town for a similar ceremony to launch the book club in North Abaco schools. Book ClubFrom Page 7 pleted for the Easter Monday Anglican picnic, although Catechist Benjamin Pinder had to create a temporary roof of plywood for the kitchen pavilion. On Saturday a team of volunteers headed by Rob McKinney, Town Committee Chairman, worked feverishly to complete the kitchen roof and siding. The reason? The commencement of the Regatta Committees Sunday afternoon fish fry to raise funds for the homecoming regatta over the Labour Day weekend and to complete the hurricane shelter. Sandy Point is the only community in the country which has built its own hurricane shelter. It was completed sufficiently last year to safely house over 60 residents during Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. According to Stanley White of the Committee, the shelter, which is located on high ground in the new Sands Cove subdivision near the airport, still needs to be properly wired. It also requires a plaster finish on the outside. Perhaps now, with these two beautiful structures to continue the picnic tradition, Sandy Point would consider naming the spot in honour of its gracious founder The Arthur Sherman Picnic Grounds. must at least be a debate about it in Parliament. The fight to save Guana Cay is in truth a fight to save The Bahamas. It can have the benefit of preserving some of our culture, history, heritage and environment. Erin Pagliaro stated,We are joined by hundreds of people around the country who see that this is a very important change for the way Out Islands are developed. It has spurred the development ProtestFrom Page 20 of draft legislation to prevent large scale developments destroying small island communities. This is not a dictatorship we live in; it is a democracy and despite the dismissal of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, the voices of the Bahamian people do matter and we are confident that the courts will prove this. SouthFrom Page 12


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 27 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourDive Abaco...................................367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures................367-2963Hope TownFroggies...................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Center...................365-4411 Guana Cay Dive Guana...........365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals.......................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & bikes................365-5178 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 Water Ways Boat Rent..357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals................366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Hope Town Cart Rentals....................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals...............366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals.........366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals............................366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent.................................365-8193 Cass Carts........................................365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals...........................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless noted Albury s Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm 2 4 5:45 9+ 10:45+ Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5 6:15 9:45+ 11:30+Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach10:30 am 12:15 pm2:30* (M-Sat) 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* (M-Sat) 4:30 Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) 40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45am 10:301:30 pm 3:30 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 6:30Same day fare Adult oneway $15 / Round Trip $20 Kids 6-11 half fare Free under 6 From Union Jack Dock Except holidays + Hope Town late trips Fri & Sat only Green T urtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $12 Extra to some destinations Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25 call for time Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $40 one way Children half fare Call Abaco 365-2356 for information Bus between Freeport and McLeans Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Between Nassau & Sandy Point under 4 Hr. Friday & Sunday Lv Nassau 3:30 pm Lv Sandy Point 8 pm Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Islander Express Bus between Marsh Harbour & Sandy Point -For information call 366-4444 or 457-9958 Enovahs Bus Service Hourly bus through Murphy Town, Dundas Town & Marsh Harbour to Ferry dock. Spring City early morning & late afternoon. Sandy Point Patrick Roberts ....3664286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......3664107 Floyd Burrows .....3664175 Links Adderly .......3664335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....3664233 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury .........3758068 Terrance Davis ....3674464 Buddy Pinder .......3662163 Justin Sands .......3673526 Danny Sawyer .....3673577 Jay Sawyer .........3673941Bonefish Guides Man-O-War David Albury........365-6059 Cherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ...............366-2107 Junior Albury ............366-3058 Randy Sawyer .........366-2284 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .........366-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh..477-5037 Pope McKenzie .......477-5894 Orthnell Russell .......365-0125 Alexander Rolle .......365-0120 Edward Rolle ...........365-0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer. .......365-4070 Jeff Survance ...........365-4040 Ricky Sawyer ...........365-4261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys.................... $$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Club Soliel.........................................366-0253 Harbours Edge............. $$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay.........................................265-5175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Lauras Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Nancys............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise Please bring errors, omissions or corrections to our attention Emergency ServicesPolice Marsh Harbour 367-2560 The following services are provided by volunteersFire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500, Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178, Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............367-0020 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre..............367-0049 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour........367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay...................365-8288 Government Clinic Coopers Town.........365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay.....365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town...............366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point.............366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town.................................Rev 4 Mar 05Compliments of The Abaconian Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Closed.. Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...............45......F....365-4200 Green Turtle Club.....32......F....365-4271 Black Sound Marina.15..............365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F....365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...... Rebuilding......F ....367-2366 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................50......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats can clear Customs at Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour..367-5358 Abaco Island Tours Marsh Harbour .......... 367-2936 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0431 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ....... 367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale .................................. 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale .............................. 367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau & W. Palm Beach ............. 367-2095 Bimini Island Air Ft Lauderdale .................. 954-938-8991 Calypso AirFt Laud & W Palm Bch..............954-3594191 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ........................ 367-3415 Fla Coastal Airlines Vero B & Ft Lauderdale..... 367-0179 Island Express Ft Lauderdale .......................... 367-0169Majors Air Service Freeport ............................... 367-4826 Southern Air Nassau .......................................... 367-2498 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale .................................... 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch ...................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ............... 367-4852 Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale ..................... 954-359-0292 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air .............................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr ...........$12 + $3 Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Govt dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market..........$10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town................$10 + $3 Murphy Town to Shell Sta......................................$14 + $4 Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house ...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house..................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ..............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores.........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................ $ 3 each Solomons Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resor t..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$65 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry or Blue Hole............... $14 + $ 6 T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles.................................$20 + $5 T C Hotel to Joes Creek ........................................$30 + $6 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$14 + $5 T C Hotel to Banyan Bch Club.................................$6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $70 + $10


Page 28 The Abaconian May 1, 2005 OPEN MON SAT FROM 8 AM 7 PM & SUN 9 AM 2 PM WELL BLOW YOUR MIND, NOT YOUR BUDGET The freshest produce, specially-cut meat,groceries, supplies,housewares,electronics, lawn and garden & more.All at great prices with daily Smart Buys for even bigger savings.You CAN have it all. All in one place:Solomons SuperCenter. Nathan Key Drive,Marsh Harbour,Abaco Tel:242-367-2601/2 Fax:242-367-2731 Open MonSat from 8:00 am:00 pm,Sun from 9:00 am:00 pm LOOK FOR FANTASTIC SPECIALS EVERY DAY THROUGHOUT THE STORE


VOLUME 13, NU MBER 9, MAY 1st, 2005 Cerveza Captures the BBC Marsh Harbour ChampionshipA record fleet of 70 of the worlds top sport fishing teams started this years Bahamas Billfish Championship in grand style by catching 88 qualifying billfish during the four-day Marsh Harbour Championship on April 17-22. The record participation reflected the enthusiasm for changes in the release categories and the increased minimum length for boated blue marlin. Cerveza led by owner Tom Russell, fishing on his 62-foot Spencer, released a blue marlin on the first day of fishing. In releasing a blue marlin and white marlin on the second day, followed by another white marlin on the third and fourth days, the accumulation of 1800 points garnered the team not only the First Place Award, but also the Top Release Award. Finishing a close Second was the Joanna fishing on their 54-foot Viking. The Joanna achieved 1600 points by releasing a blue marlin on the first fishing day, another blue on the second day, and two white marlin on the third. Smooth Finish finished in Third Place with 1400 points. Fishing on a 54-foot Bertram,Fishing Tournaments Encourage Catch and ReleaseFirst BBC Tournament Has 70 BoatsThe first leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship was held at Boat Harbour on April 17 to 22. Only three blue dolphin were brought to the dock. This one was landed on Black Bart on the last day of the tournament and weighed in at 571 pounds. All white marlins, sailfish and spearfish were released after being photographed. The top three anglers did not land any fish. Please see Tournaments Page 2Earth Day Featured Pine WoodsThe Hon. Ron Pinder, Parliamentary Secretary with the Ministry of Health and Environmental Services, was the key speaker at the program officially opening the Earth Day observance on April 22 on Abaco. He is pictured above with four students he singled out for giving correct answers to his questions. The students received cash prizes from him. Please see story on page 6.Remember Your Mother on Mothers Day, May 8 Remember Your Mother on Mothers Day, May 8 Remember Your Mother on Mothers Day, May 8 Remember Your Mother on Mothers Day, May 8 Remember Your Mother on Mothers Day, May 8Four Receive Keys to HousesFour persons received keys to new houses from the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie in a ceremony on April 18. Shown above is the Prime Minister on the left with the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing, presenting the key to Barbara Bethel-Kemp. Although the ceremony was held in Sandy Point where two of the recipients lived, the other two are from Marsh Harbour. These houses are replacing homes that were destroyed by the two hurricanes of September 2004. By Mirella Santillo On April 15th BEC held a one-day seminar at St Johns Parish Hall for all their employees who could attend. Mrs. Marisa Mason-Smith, Manager of Human Resources and Training for BEC in Nassau, was the hostess for the event which was meant to introduce the employees to a holistic approach to health. Two guest speakers from Nassau were also present: lecturer Mr. D. Paul Reilly and Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Bennington Brennen, a family counselor. AA Seminar Emphasizes a Sound Mind in a Healthy Body Please see BEC Seminar Page 3 The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, presented keys to four new homeowners at Sandy Point on April 18. The four new homeowners were Vincent Burrows and Alonso Prosper from Sandy Point and Barbara Bethel-Kemp and Rebecca Simms, both of Marsh Harbour. Mr. Christie said that while the government was committed to restoring the lives off those affected by Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances in September 2004, homeowners owed a duty to themselves to properly prepare for hurricanes in the future. He emphasized that preparation is the key to dealing with hurricanes and called on those responsible for getting shelters ready to remain vigilant. Please see Houses Page 8


Page 2 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Well Done Drilling ServicesSpecializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNONS GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMONS SUPERCENTER LOWES FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO COWhite Marlin Open Has Successful Tournamentthe team released two blue marlin and one white marlin for the week. Smooth Finish a well known BBC participant, captured the Largest Fish of the Series Award in 2004. The excellent fishing during the Marsh Harbour Championship resulted in 45 qualified blue marlin caught; 35 qualified white marlin were released, five qualified sailfish released and two spearfish were released. All but three of the blue marlin were released. All catches are verified using time and date stamped digital images. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on each team further confirmed that the fish was released in accordance with tournament rules. Rolex continues as Title Sponsor of the 2005 Bahamas Billfish Championship. This years Rolex Grand Prize is an expense paid, round-trip to Queensland, Australia. The team will participate for the second year as the BBCs representative in the Riviera/Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic. TournamentFrom Page 1 Last Stall was the first team to accumulate 400 points and capture the 1st Place honors in the Second Annual Bahamas White Marlin Open held at the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina in Marsh Harbour on April 12-15. Last Stall released two white marlin on the first day of fishing and was able to maintain their position despite 28 other fishing teams trying to upset their lead. Matt Gaston on Surveillance released a white marlin on the first day and a white marlin on the second day of fishing, accumulating 400 points to take the 2nd Place Awards. The Reel McCoy released a blue marlin on the second day and a blue and white on the third day of fishing to take 3rd Place honors with their 400 points. For the three day event, a fleet of 29 boats competing in the Bahamas White Marlin Open caught a total of 28 billfish in this all release tournament eight white marlin, seven blue marlin, and 13 sailfish. Release points were awarded using time and date-stamped digital images to verify the time of the billfish release and the species. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on the team further confirmed that the fish was released in accordance with tournament rules. In the Fun Fish Categories, the largest dolphin fish trophy was taken by the 2nd Place Surveillance, bringing a 39-pound fish to the weigh scale. Venture Out brought a 71-pound tuna to capture that top category. Domarlo weighed in a 72-pound wahoo to win that category on the last day of fishing. Strong local interest for this tournament by the community of Marsh Harbour led to changes in this years social events. The opening night cocktail reception sponsored by Abaco Beach Resort was followed by dinner hosted by Abaco Gold and the Sand Dollar Shoppe. High Seas Technology and PipeWelders hosted a cocktail reception on the second evening at Sapodillys Restaurant. The Jib Room treated the participants to a steak dinner on the third night, courtesy of Gregory Pool Caterpillar. The Bahamas White Marlin Open in its second year saw a 30 percent increase in participants for the 2005 event. Based upon fishing results and input from participants, the organizers may move the venue within the Family Islands from year to year. The Bahamas White Marlin Open, a total release tournament in the billfish categories, awards 200 points for the target species, white marlin; 100 points for blue marlin, and 50 points for sailfish and spearfish. Prizes are awarded for the largest fish caught in the Fun Fish categories tuna, wahoo, and dolphin. Hatteras Yachts and MarineMax Yachts and Brokerage were the principal hosts for the Marsh Harbour Championship, presenting their trophies to the winners and hosting numerous social functions. Abaco Gold and the Sand Dollar Shoppe hosted their traditional conch festival on Lay Day. Additionally, the Abaco Club on Winding Bay delighted BBC participants to a golf outing at their new development near Cherokee. John Bull welcomed the participants to a cocktail reception and raffle prizes held in their new store. Spanning April through June, all five BBC tournaments are governed by a uniform set of rules controlling minimum lengths of 105 inches for qualifying blue marlin, line class, fishing hours and entry fees. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas Billfish Champions. Throughout its history, the Championship has been a consistent supporter of billfish research and in 2000 established an endowed Scholarship Fund to enable Bahamian students to pursue a degree in marine biology. The BBC Scholarship Fund is supported by voluntary financial contributions from anglers, BBC sponsors and the Bahamian business community. Next, the Bahamas Billfish Championship anglers will head to Harbour Island on Eleuthera for Leg Two which begins May 1st and continues through May 6th. For the first time in the history of the Bahamas Billfish Series, all tournament venues are sold out for the remainder of the fishing season.Tournament Boasts Record Number of Entrants Lubbers Quarters Lots starting at $48,000 Lots with private dock slip starting at $89,000 Elbow Cay -Adjacent to Aunt Pats Bay Subdivision This 1.034 acre lot with sea views is located on Elbow Cay. $606,000 Half acre also available for$364,000 Spencerville Lot 4 acre, elevated, residential lot. One of the few lots still available under $100,000 on Elbow Cay. $85,000 Southern Breeze Lubbers Quarters 2 Bedrooms,2 Bathrooms, Offers sea views, a beautiful patio, custom cabinetry, central air, a modern kitchen, and a 9,500 gallon cistern. Great rental history. Private dock slip available forpurchase.$387,000 Moon Shadow Lubbers Quarters 2 Bedrooms,1 Bathrooms,This charming 1,600 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home sits on 4 acres. It enjoys spectacular views of the ocean and cays and 150 foot of dockage space including T.$1,150,500Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas 375-8655 Mike Jones Sales Agent Frank Knowles Sales Agent


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIES EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIES Nestled in a tropical garden with coconut palms is Mango House, a two-storey home with walls adorned in native custom stone art work. Second floor living, dining and bedrooms opening to verandahs with sea views. Ground floor guest suite with living room and patio. Great views of powder sand beaches. Serene island ambience. $1,550,000. Internet Reference #2671 Contact: Stan Sawyer: (242) 477-5821 TREASURE CAY The Blue House Uniquely designed 4 bed 5 bath beach house on Treasure Cay Beach. Great ocean views, master suite and bedroom/study, three bedroom suites with private baths; each bath has access to the outdoor deck. Hurricane shutters, 3 central A/C units, open kitchen, cathedral ceiling in main living area and more. US$2,090,000. Internet Reference #2086 Contact: Nick Damianos (242) 322-2305 TREASURE CAY Serenity House is a modern 5,600 sq. ft. two story CBS home offering incredible ocean views from every room. All floors are marble and ceilings are open wood-beam in this four bedroom, four and a half bath, two car garage home. Designed by noted Bahamian Architect John Darville. Two fully landscaped lots with 290 ft. oceanfront. Fully furnished at US$3,900,000. Contact: George Damianos (242) 362-4211 TREASURE CAY PRIME WATERFRONT COTTAGE DEVELOPMENT Ten acre property with 460 feet waterfront, including a 120 foot beach. Four cottages, each with two bedrooms, ensuite baths, kitchen and living area. High quality, low maintenance materials. On-site furniture, fixtures and Reverse Osmosis water system. Development potential as a marina, resort or fishing lodge. Price upon inquiry. #2407 Contact: Stan Sawyer (242) 477-5821 TREASURE CAY Crosswinds Four bed three bath 2,800 sq. ft. family home and apartment. Located in multi-millionaire neighbourhood. Solid CBS construction inside and out. Family room, 2 central A/Cs, 2 generators, 2 fresh water wells and manicured garden. Apartment with large bedroom and bath, living room and kitchen; great rental history. Offered for sale at $820,000. Internet Ref. #2516. Contact: Stan Sawyer (242) 477-5821 TREASURE CAY "Casa Bella" Luxury 3 bed 3.5 bath beachfront home bordering white sand and crystal blue water. Professionally decorated 5,200 sq. ft. of living space with 12' ceilings. Quality finishes include: custom cabinetry, Monogram stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble floors and designer furnishings. Study, attached 2-car garage and more. US$3,100,000. Internet Reference #2640 Contact: Kerry Sullivan: (242) 366-0040 TREASURE CAY Surf Song Clear aqua ocean and 125 feet of white powder sand beach to be enjoyed at this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach house. Located at the north end of Elbow Cay in Hope Town Point Subdivision. Spacious kitchen and open living room, dining rooms. Tropical landscaped grounds, central A/C, back up generator, garage and more. Offered for sale at US$1,500,000. Internet Ref. #2785 Contact: Jane Patterson: (242)366-0569 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY Pelican Point lies in a very private a cul-de-sac in Pelican Shores. The elevated property has 435 feet of waterfrontage and 75 foot dock with 6,500 pound boat lift. The main house encompasses 2,900 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms 3 baths and spacious deck with hot tub. It sits on a bluff with fantastic sea views. Garage and private one bedroom apartment. US$1,690,000. Internet Ref. #2769 Contact: George Damianos (242)362-4211 MARSH HARBOURGeorge Damianos President Nassau: (242) 322-2305 Lyford Cay:(242) 362-4211 Marsh Harbour:(242) 367-5046 Hope Town:(242) 366-0040 Treasure Cay:(242) 477-5821 Elbow Cay Properties:(242) 366-0569 Lubbers Quarters Cay:(242) 366-3143 Eleuthera & Harbour Is:(242) 332-2820DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LTD. since 1945 www.damianos.comExclusive Affiliate of May 1, 2005 Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 nutritionist, Ms. Adamae Hanna, also gave advice. Mrs. Smith explained that BEC was hosting a campaign of preventive health, after having noticed an increase of diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure among the employees. As a result of these heath problems, the company is experiencing higher insurance premiums. The purpose of the seminar was to help BEC employees to reduce stress, practice good nutrition and to develop a positive attitude in order to be more successful and more productive. Dr. Reilly started by mentioning that a positive mental attitude was the key to everything. He said that 95 percent of people in the world have a negative attitude because of conditioning that stated at a very young age and has become embedded into the subconscious. That negative impact produces a low self esteem which in turn produces negative results. He advised parents not to say anything negative to their children, but on the contrary to praise them and love them. However, as adults we are in charge of our actions and our thoughts and we can change if we want to. He reminded the audience, The body is the servant of the mind. By changing the way we think, we can change our lives. We are always moving towards our most dominant thought. He also said that as we develop a stronger mind, we have to keep a healthy body to serve that mind better. Good eating habits and exercising are a must. He jokingly said, If there is anything wrong in your life, go to a mirror; youll see who is responsible. He explained that being successful is an attitude that requires setting goals and working hard to achieve them. He listed some very successful Bahamians who achieved status by hard work and determination. Pastor Brennen spoke about family life. He said, People have to set their priority about family life and marriage. A spouse or a family should come before a career. To give an optimum performance on the job, a valuable relationship at home is needed, whether one is single or married. So Pastor Brennen encouraged the audience to re-evaluate their personal relationships and give their spouse and family first place. Before a lunch break, the employees had the opportunity to have their blood pressure and their glucose checked. Ms. Angie Collie, Managing Director of Auskell Clinic, performed the test on 34 employees, the results of which, she said, were OK. They were encouraged to have yearly physical check-ups for prevention and screening tests to catch things before they get out of hand. The nutritionist reminded them about a balanced diet including fruits and green vegetables and the importance of exercising daily. The seminar ended with the employees invited to give their impressions on the day, which all of them described as being very educational. They expressed their gratitude for the interest the company was showing them.BEC Staff Urged to Live Healthly Lives BEC SeminarFrom Page 1 One of the guest speakers at a seminar sponsored by BEC for its employees was Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Bennington Brennen, a family counselor who discussed family life with the group. He is seen talking with Mr. Benjamin Beneby, BECs general manager for Abaco. The seminar was held to make the BEC staff conscious of healthy living habits to improve their lives. AA and Al Anon Meetings The AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AlAnon group of Marsh Harbour meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for information and location. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.


Page 4 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-2020/8 Fax: 242-367-2242 Open MonFri from 8:30 am5:00 pm, Sat from 8:00 am1:00 pmQuarter, half and full cases and bales. Cash & carry and wholesale bulk buying means you always get more, for less at Abaco Wholesale.fresh produce &meat, groceries, supplies, household items & more! NEW CASH & CARRY NOW OPEN & Cash and Carry A resident of the Mud was arrested on April 5 for attempting to cash a forged cheque for $435.84 at the Scotia Bank. A Murphy Town man was threatened by death by a man he knew who was wielding a screwdriver. This occurred on April 5 near the Magistrates Court in Marsh Harbour A man was arrested on April 5 on vagrancy charges in Hope Town when found near an apartment building but unable to account for his presence there. Four cellular phones worth $1161 were stolen during a night break-in on April 4 from the Batelco station on Grand Cay. Two young men are being sought for having sex in January with a 15-year-old girl living in Pigeon Peas. The incident came to the attention of the girls mother on April 6. A Wood Cay man was arrested on April 10 for threats of harm, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. A resident of the Mud received treatment for a cut on his hand caused by an attack by his girlfriend. During the investigation at the government clinic on April 10, it was discovered that a woman living in the Mud was there whose upper lip had been bitten off and was being flown to Nassau for further treatment. Classic Coin Wash was broken into during the night of April 12 and thieves made a clean haul of six bottles of Pine Sol, two packages of fabric softener, 11 bottles of Joy detergent and four bottles of Clorox with a total value of $79. A Pigeon Peas man was arrested on April 12 for causing harm. He was later released on $500 bail. Three 18-year-old men were arrested on April 14 in Marsh Harbour while in the vicinity of D & S Plaza for fighting and carrying arms, specifically a cutlas. They were residents of Spring City, Hope Town and Marsh harbour. A Treasure Cay resident was arrested in Marsh Harbour on April 14 for being drunk and for disorderly behavior. Ruby Russell, 88 years old, died in the early evening of April 14 at her home in Government Subdivision. The body was pronounced dead by Dr. Boyce. On taking over the office of J.S. Johnson Insurance Co, in February 2005, the manager began a review of the business and subsequently discovered $35,911.74 missing from night deposits sometime between October 4, 2004 and February 7, 2005. Investigations are being conducted internally and with the Commercial Crime Office in the Freeport Police Department. Police responded to a fight at St. Francis de Sales school on April 15 after classes were dismissed when a student was threatened by a group of young men armed with bottles and a cutlas. A Coopers Town man was arrested and subsequently released on April 15 for causing harm at a local bar. On April 17 a resident of the Mud was standing under an almond tree just before noon when he was beaten about the body by a man he knew. Over the April 15 weekend, the One Son Liquor Store near the Treasure Cay turn-off was broken into and $2500 worth of liquor was stolen. Police were notified of a shoplifter discovered in Solomons SuperCenter before noon on April 20. A resident of Spring City was later arrested and charged with stealing. Sometime between April 10 and 20 the Marsh Harbour Seven Day Adventist Church was broken into and a $350 Yorkville speaker was stolen. An Abaco Central High School female student was attacked y by another female student while on the school bus going home on April 20 to Sandy Point. A Marsh Harbour woman was beaten on April 22 about the body by her brother who was later arrested. Three boys at Abaco Central High School pulled a girl student into the boys bathroom and touched and fondled her inappropriately. This happened on April 22 just after school was dismissed. Jacob Nesbit died April 24 about 5 p.m. when his vehicle veered off the road north of the Treasure Cay airport and crashed into a power pole. He was alone in the car and no other vehicles were involved. A Treasure Cay resident was arrested on April 22 for causing grievous harm. A woman living in the Mud was beaten about the body and punched in the eye before dawn on April 26 by her boyfriend. She was taken to the clinic for treatment. A Murphy town man was arrested on April 26 for assaulting a police officer, using obscene language and resisting arrest. He was later released on bail. On April 18 a police officer discovered a white powder in the area of the gas tank refill on his car. It was subsequently found to be sugar which damaged the engine.Police Crime Report


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayThis lot is located in beautiful Leisure Lee, just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour. It is situated on a protected canal waterway, great for boating enthusiasts & nature lovers. It is approx. 9000 sq. ft. & is the perfect place to perch your dream home. This lot is in a great neighbourhood that is fast growing, so don't miss your opportunity to own your own little piece of paradise. Only minutes from Marsh Harbour & Elbow Cay, there are two 80 x 125 choice lots available. Identical in size & price, both lots can boast picturesque sunsets, & views of the Sea of Abaco. There is soon to be dockage close by. Roads are in great condition, & this desirable location is walking distance from the local restaurant. Tahiti Beach is a skiff ride across. Abaco Ocean Club Lubbers Quarters #2200 & #2201 $70,000.002 lots available each lot priced at Bahama Palm ShoresEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Peek-A-View Hope Town #2136 $868,000.00One of the finest homes on Elbow Cay & overlooking the beautiful crystal blue Atlantic Ocean. Centrally located on the island, 'Peek-a-View' is a great choice for a second or retiring home. The property is beautifully landscaped & the home is open & spacious. This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath home has a large, open kitchen, Jacuzzi tub & his & her closets in the master suite. Located just 20 minutes from Marsh Harbour in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores is this great parcel of land. Just across the street is the beautiful eight mile beach. This property is approx. 22,000 sq. ft. & is the perfect spot for your island dream house. The community of Bahama Palm Shores offers second home owners & full-time residents a personal atmosphere. Bahama Palm Shores #2172 $156,000.00This magnificent property is comprised of three lots. A gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath cottage w/ all new quality furniture, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, computer, television & new laundry facilities. The house also has new septic, cistern, IPE decking, & new hurricane windows.The entire house has also been re-roofed. Must be seen to truly appreciate all of its wonderful features. Clifford Sawyer House Hope Town #2147 $780,000.00 Turtle Rocks Marsh Harbour #2176 $242,000.00Located just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour is this beautiful lot. With 100 feet of Sea-of-Abaco frontage & 125 feet on the main road you will be well secluded from the outside world. The entire property is 2.5 acres & can be sub-divided at a later date into no more that 5 1/2 acre lots. This is the last one available in this area, so call our office today for more details. This offering consists of three consecutive lots on Banyan Tree Drive in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores. Priced to sell at a mere $89,000 you can build your home on one lot and keep two for future use or resale. Only a short walk from the beach, this property is an excellent buy. Call our office or make an appointment today. #2171 $89,000.002 blocks from this stunning sandy white beach and cystal Atlantic Ocean, walking distance. This lot is perfect for those who want their own little piece of paradise. It is located in the peaceful and quiet Bahama Palm Shores. Bahama Palm Shores #2134 $20,000.00Bahama Palm ShoresThis lot is located near Fry's Mangrove on Elbow Cay. It is situated between the Sea of Abaco & a creek making it an ideal location for nature lovers & boating enthusiasts. The property is approx. 41,000. sq. ft. & is just a few minutes from Hope Town. This is a great investment opportunity for those that want their own little piece of paradise. #2168 $144,000.00Beautiful Wooded Lot Elbow Cay #2175 $110,000.00Leisure Lee Marsh HarbourCall for an appointment today. To view all of our Bahamas Listings go to Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 june@grahamrealestate.comJune E. Russell, BRIHope Town (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602 patti@grahamrealestate.comPatti Love, Realtor


Page 6 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Diamente Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: Dr. Barry L. Russell May 13 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major May 20 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available Local Agent:Marsh Harbour Shipping Company P.O.Box AB 20777242-367-3341 Fax:242-367-4885 Ray Weatherford,Shelly Russell and John BethellThe BestConnectionto AbacoSaturday departure and Sunday arrival,ready for Monday pick-upFull Container Load Services including expanded area of equipment positioning throughout the southeast United StatesWe provide fenced and secure dockside storage and parking in Marsh HarbourConveniently located near Interstate 95 at 1489 Martin Luther King,Jr.Blvd.Riviera Beach,FL 561-844-8306Consistent and personal customer serviceLess-than-container load, Refrigerated and Consolidation ServicesBy Jennifer Hudson The Earth Day celebrations was presented by the Friends of the Environment in association with the Ministry of Tourism on April 22nd under the banner Protecting Our Chidrens Health and Our Future It provided a day of both educational opportunities and fun and was well attended by school groups from all over Abaco. The theme this year was Abacos Pine Forest Ecosystem and various environmental organizations and schools took part in the event which was held on the grounds of New Vision Ministries in Marsh Harbour. Interesting display booths were presented by students of the various schools who had spent time and care researching their themes. The Every Child Counts School handled the theme of recycling and reptiles while Hope Town School had studied owls of The Bahamas, an endangered species. S.C. Bootle High School presented some good artwork of the pine forest and wild hogs while Forest Heights Academy Senior High Department presented a very well documented and scientifically researched project on the ages of trees in the pine forests. Awards were presented to the following schools for their winning displays : Lower Primary Division: First: Man-OWar; Second: Amy Roberts Upper Primary: First: Hope Town Junior High: First S.C. Bootle; Second Forest Heights Academy Senior High: First: Forest Heights Academy; Second: Abaco Central High School and S.C. Bootle; Fourth: St. Francis. S.C. Bootle was recognized for being the school which signed up the greatest number of students that day as student members of the Friends of the Environment. Thirty seven signed up and the school received a tree for its grounds. Various ecological activities and games had been planned to keep the students informed and amused.. Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey members used a Smash the Trash game to inform the students about pollution, presenting some amazing statistics about the time it takes for marine debris to degrade. Plastic bottles and disposable diapers take 450 years; aluminum cans 200 years and Styrofoam 50 years but the worst culprit of all is fishing line which takes an unbelievable 600 years to degrade. Thousands of whales and dolphins are killed each year by the ingestion of or entanglement in marine debris. The Marine Mammal Survey group also had on display a whale skull from an Antilles beaked whale which was beached at Allens and Pensacola Cay in June 2000. Mrs. N. Smith, a teacher at the Abaco Central High School, displayed a fine selection of medicinal plants from the bush and was most willing to share her vast knowledge of the subject. Everyone is turning to bush medicine now, she said. Children are becoming interested because their grammies are telling them about it and they are drinking it, too. The Friends of the Environment showed environmental movies and Ron Pagliaro from Friends led several forest hikes. A young student from the Hope Town School, on his return from a hike, proved how valuable the experience had been as he had been able to identify the Caribbean Pine, Five Finger, Guanaberry, Passion Flower, Poisonwood, Wild Sage, Powderpuff and a Bahamaian Swallow and had got some good pictures. The proceedings were officially opened at 1 a.m. by guest speaker, Mr. Ron Pinder, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health and Environment. Mr. Pinders theme was Pollution and he mentioned five ways he had noticed Marsh Harbour being polluted within just a one hour drive that morning before arriving for the ceremony. Man burning rubber off wires, releasing dangerous pollutants from the smoke into the air Truck dropping garbage off the back Man draining radiator fluid into the waterEarth Day Attracted Hundreds of Youth Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 Schools and environmental organizations had displays, ecological acitivites and games which were educational as well as fun. Field trips into the pine forest gave the young people a close up of that environment. Please see Earth Day Page 7


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 B Man throwing peanut shells into the marina Indiscriminate dumping in the Mud He urged all the students to encourage everyone to preserve the environment beyond the confines of their school into the community. Garbage causes rats, roaches, flies and mosquitoes and they do not discriminate. This is our country, a gift from God to us and what we do with it demonstrates to God how we appreciate His gifts. Earth Day was held as part of Coastal Awareness month, the slogan for which was, If not us, who? If not now, when? Another activity for the month had been a coastal clean up and awards were presented at the Earth Day ceremony. Nine schools participated and the winner was the school which collected the greatest number of garbage bags of trash. Some of the more unusual items found were engine parts, fluorescent lights and toilet seats. Prizes went to S.C. Bootle with 20 bags; Every Child Counts with 26 bags and the winner Amy Roberts School in Green Turtle Cay which collected the grand total of 54 bags. The winning schools received gift certificates and decorative trees while each participating school was awarded a certificate and CD and each child was given a certificate. Friends of the Environment will be awarding two scholarships. One is for a student to spend ten days working with the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey at Sandy Point studying whales and dolphins. The other is for a teacher to attend an Island Teachers Conference in Eleuthera. Both will be awarded in May and application forms are now available. 13001 13013 LITTLE HARBOURON THE HARBOUR FRONT IN QUAINT LITTLE HARBOUR. EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS GREAT ELEVATIONS.STARTING AT $170,000 Resort Location 13088 THE SAND BAR at CHEROKEEHAS EXCELLENT POTENTIAL FOR EXPANSION, 6 +/-ACRES OF PRISTINE WATERFRONT PROPERTY. OFFERED AT $3,500,000Island Dream BEST VALUE IN ABACO! 13150 TURTLE ROCKS2.5ACRES WITH 148 +/FEET OF SHORELINE/ BEACH. MATURE COCONUT PALMS AND FRUIT TREES. FEATURES A LOVELY BEACH, AND A FLAT ROCK SHORELINE. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE SEA OF ABACO. $220,000. 2818 CASUARINA POINTSPACIOUS BEACH FRONT, 4 BED AND 4 BATH. GORGEOUS VIEW OF BAY AND ATLANTIC OCEANOFFERED AT $580,000 PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH BRI CRS CIPS BROKER (242) 357-8001peter@eradupuch.comDONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES Tel: 242-366-3088 (home) MARSH HARBOUR & OUTER CAYSjamesanddonna@erabahamas.comERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL Tel: 242-366-0440 MARSH HARBOUR/HOPETOWNerika@erabahamas.comwww.erabahamas.comJAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES Tel: 242-366-3088 (home) MARSH HAROUR & NORTH & SOUTH ABACOjamesanddonna@erabahamas.com2809 GREEN TURTLE CAY 3.719 ACRES COCO BAY TO ATLANTIC OCEAN WITH DOCK AND DREDGED CHANNEL. $1,200,000. TREASURE CAY TWO ADJACENT LOTS ON GOLF COURSE. PRICED AT $35,000 EACH MARSH HARBOUR COMMERCIAL ACREAGE. CALL FOR DETAILS. 27 ACRES JUST NORTH OF LEISURE LEE $450,000. LOTS AVAILABLE IN CASUARINA POINT AND BAHAMA PALM SHORES. STARTING AT $12,750. LUBBERS QUARTERS LOTS STARTING FROM $89,000 SELLING FAST !!!!! CHEROKEE HILLTOP 100 ELEVATION, BREATHTAKING OCEAN VIEW,4 LOTS. STARTING AT $149,000.P.O. Box AB-20340 P.O. Box AB-20340 P.O. Box AB-20340 P.O. Box AB-20340 P.O. Box AB-20340 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. DUPUCH REAL ESTATE Tilloo Dream 13151 HUNKALOO2 BED/2 BATH WITH GUEST COTTAGE ON 2 +/ACRES SEA-TO-SEA. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. LANDSCAPED GARDEN WITH DOCK SLIP.$1,100,000 Hunkaloo13157 MOON SHADOW2 BED/2 BATH WITH GUEST COTTAGE ON 4 +/ACRES SEA-TO-SEA. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. LANDSCAPED GARDEN WITH DOCK SLIP.$1,100,00013137 TILLOO DREAM1 1/3 ACRE WATERFRONT PROPERTY WITH 1 BED/1 BATH COTTAGE AT BACK OF PROPERTY WITH ALL AMENITIES,DOCKSLIP PERFECT TO STAY IN WHILE BUILDING WATERFRONT HOME, DOCK SLIP.$500,0002840 ISLAND DREAM3.75 ACRE SEA-TO-SEA 2 BED/1.5 BATH COTTAGE (W/ APPROVED PLANS FOR MAIN HOUSE)PROTECTED BOAT BASIN W/ HORSESHOE DOCK. BRING YOUR YACHT. MOTIVATED SELLER!!$2,900,000 2836 BAHAMA PALM SHORES BEACHFRONT PROPERTY ON GORGEOUS ATLANTIC VIEW. (16,800 SQ.FT) REDUCED PRICED AT $138,000. 05/04/15REDUCED PRICEChange Ministries International truly became international this past week. Pastor Samuel Cornish and five church members traveled to Florida to minister to hundreds of inmates at two maximum security prisons in Central Florida. The plan originated when Mr. Zef Fessenden of Tampa and Little Harbour mentioned to Pastor Cornish that there was a great need in Florida prisons for ministering to inmates. The idea took root and Pastor Cornish arranged the trip. Brent Brooks, Mark Douglas, Terrell Russell, Nehemiah Sanders and Matthew Taylor accompanied him on a two-day intensive program to correctional institutions in two Florida counties.. At the Hardee Correctional Institution, the group was welcomed by Warden Watson, who explained the need for guidance for his 1500 inmates. As he put it, The only way to turn around these inmates lives is through spiritual growth. The group held Bible study sessions with a group of 25 inmates and toured the prison. Pastor Cornish accompanied Mr. Fessenden to solitary confinement where inmates spend between 15 to 120 days locked up in a cell alone. He was able to talk to and counsel over 80 inmates. This, for him, was a unique experience. The day included lunch and dinner in the chow hall (nutritious food, but not exactly restaurant quality!) The evening Praise and Worship service was the highlight of the day. Over 100 inmates attended. Music was provided by the prison music group and Pastor Cornish spoke inspirational words to men who may have lost hope. One inmate exclaimed, We havent had a service with this much energy in the two years Ive been at Hardee! When the service ended, many men hoped the group would return, impressed with the Abaconians willingness to travel so far to minister and share the word of God. The following day the group went to the Polk Correctional Institution where Chaplain Clanton welcomed the group session with about 125 inmates. Pastor Cornish spoke about Character in his afternoon address. The real worship message was given at the evening service. After dinner outside the fence, the visitors returned to a packed chapel and were welcomed by the inspirational voices of the prison choir. The pastors message was simple and straightforward. Change is possible; it comes from within and can only begin by surrendering to God. Inmates were on their feet clapping and praying, and by the end of the service 20 inmates came forward to be anointed. Again the men asked for a return visit from the Abaconians. According to Pastor Cornish, they will return. Although travel is expensive and time is precious, the need is so great. How could Change Ministries refuse? Brent Brooks has been asked to spearhead this prison program. According to Mr. Brooks, another trip is tentatively planned for six months from now. Earth DayFrom Page 6Change Ministries Members Visit FloridaPastor Samuel Cornish of the Change Ministries Church along with five of his members visited two prisons in Florida to speak with the inmates about their faith. The response was so encouraging that the men are hoping to make more trips. They went at the invitaion of Mr. Zef Fessenden, who has a home in Little Harbour. Support the Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Call 367-3477 for info


Page 8 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 COMMERCIA L DOCKSP RIVA TE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOA T LIFTSDOCK DEM OLITION & REM OVA LOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellualar: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine ConstrConstr ConstrConstr Constr uctionuction uctionuction uctionDo the work on the shelters now, he said. We have a duty to recognize that we must learn as much as we can from our experience of dealing with disasters. The island administrator ought to have beforehand a list of the equipment necessary to deal with hurricanes. We (government) have an obligation, but we cant do all this for all people, for all communities right now, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister said residents have an obligation to ensure that their homes are prepared to withstand hurricane force winds that can exceed 160 miles per hour. On the economic front Prime Minister Christie predicted good things for AbacoPM Is Committed to Assist Hurricane Victimswhich already served as a magnet for visitors and for those who built second homes. Visitors are looking more and more for a destination that is both attractive and family oriented. Abaco is the right choice, he said, as it offers among other things, sailing, fishing and sea bathing. That is why when we look to the future Abaco has nothing but win, win, win, he said. The Prime Ministers comments came as the controversy over the proposed development at Guana Cay continues to rage. Mr. Christie did not mention Guana Cay by name, but he did allude to the fact that Abaconians were entitled to enjoy the benefits of economic development, which was not detrimental or harmful to the environment and the future of the children. It is a question as we move forward of what we want for our country. Mr. Christie was guarded in his comments on the proposed Guana Cay development as the matter is presently before the courts. The expected construction of the first phase is scheduled to begin June 1, 2005, and to be completed by June, 2008. It includes a 180-slip marina, a freight dock a desalination plant, 75 villa-style rooms. Infrastructure for 350 residential lots, marketing facilities and a community centre for the residents of Guana Cay. On December 22 of last year, 10 Abaco families received keys to newly built homes; a further 11 received keys on February 11 and four more families got their keys on April 18. The four homes were built at a cost of over $130,000. Prime Minister Christie was happy to see that 84-year-old Rebecca Simms received keys to her new home. Notwithstanding the fact that she is 84 years of age, the programme of the Ministry of Housing and NEMA has recognized her needs, and that she is entitled to the benefits of the programme. We do as much as we can for as long as we can for (the elderly) and those in the twilight of their years. Accompanying the Prime Minister were the Hon. Shane Gibson, Min. of Housing and National Insurance; Mr. Luther Smith The students of the J.A. Pinder Primary School provided entertainment for the visit of Prime Minister Perry Christie during his visit to Sandy Point on April 18. The Prime Minister was there to present keys to four persons who lost their homes in the hurricanes of last September. HousesFrom Page 1 The Prime Minister paid a visit to the students of the Crossing Rocks Primary School during his trip to South Abaco on April 18. Please see Houses Page 9 You name it, we can do it!Your Friendly and Professional Printing ServiceAbaco Print Shop Abaco Print Shop Abaco Print Shop Abaco Print Shop Abaco Print ShopLocated in the Abaco Shopping Centre Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201Book Binding Yearbooks Photo Scanning Business Cards Laminating Certificates and much more . . Professional Graphic Services (Graphic Artist on Site) Carbonless Forms Envelopes Wedding Stationery Office Stationery Brochures Funeral Stationery Tickets Invitations Menus Calendars Labels Flyers


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay from the Prime Ministers Office; Mrs. Leila Green, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and National Insurance; and Mr. Jack Thompson, NEMAs Abaco Coordinator. While on Abaco, Mr. Christie and party paid a courtesy call to the students of the J.A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point HousesFrom Page 8PMs Visits Developers OfficeThe Prime Minister stopped by the Marsh Harbour office of Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club, developers of the north end of Great Guana Cay. He is shown here speaking to Mr. Doug Shipman representing the developers. He was accompanied by Mr. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing. In the background is ASP Wayne Miller, Abacos police chief. and to the students of the Crossing Rocks Primary School. The group inspected nine houses under construction in Spring City. These are for the remaining families now at Snake Cay. These consist of five 3-bedroom houses, three 2-bedroom houses and one 1-bedroom house. The Prime Minister said that these houses cost a total of $168,000 and are expected to be ready for occupancy by Mothers Day. It was announced that all the lots in Phase I of the Crossing Rocks subdivision are sold and Phase II may be undertaken. A courtesy call was made to the Bakers Bay office in Marsh Harbour prior to the Prime Ministers return to Nassau. Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerels Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Tuesdays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph. 242-367-4962 E-mail: or Leslie PinderPELICAN SHORES Fantastic parcel of land on the harbour, over 1 acre, very private area Marsh Harbour Regattas of Abaco 2 Bed, 2 Bath upstairs unit c/air, fully furnished, tennis courts, swimming pool and more SOLD High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $510,000 Don MacKay Blvd. Large lot 1.5 acres, across from Abaco Wholesale EXCLUSIVE $335,000 Regattas of Abaco Condos For sale or rent by Day, Week or Month 2 bed / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security EXCLUSIVE Call for Info. Pelican Shores elevated lot on the harbour. One of the last (Beautiful vies) Lots available on Pelican Shores. EXCLUSIVE $450,000.00 High Rock elevated large 3 bed / 3 bath, excellent sea views, nicely furnished, 2 car carport Call for Info Don MacKay Blvd. 2 buildings on 2 1/2 acres 1.3 million Bahama Palm Shores three lots in section three. Under Contract Two lots in section two Under Contract Treasure Cay Carleton Landing Condos on the canal Call for info. Bahama Palm Shores 2 bed / 2 bath home on stilts, on 2 lots, furnished, C/air, tool shed, standby generator & much more Call for Info. Royal Harbour 4 Lots on the water UNDER CONTRACT RENTAL Pelican Shores 3 bed x 2 bath, fully furnished on the harbour, weekly or monthly Call for Info. P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: or Telephone : 242-367-4962 UNDER CONTRACTHigh Rock Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiryIf We Dont Have It, We Will Find It!PRICED REDUCED Sunrise BayMarsh Harbour Hurry -ONLY 12 lots remainingCROSSING BEACH AREA 3/4 Acre 138 waterfront $365,000 CROSSING BEACH AREA 2 Acres 196 waterfront $735,000 Royal Harbour Marsh Harbour Lot #26 consisting of 14,583 sq.ft. Offere d @ $150,000 Royal Harbour Marsh Harbour Lot #26 consisting of 14,583 sq.ft. Offered @ $150,000 NEW EXCLUSIVE LOOKOUT HOUSE Eastern Shores $1,575,000 gross Bahama Palm Shores 3 Lots 80 x 125 sq.ft. @ $25,000 each New Exclusive Bahama Palm Shores 1 acre with 100 beach front @ $239,000 NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING! 2 Bahama Coral Island lots Electricity easily available at both 85 x 120 from $16,500 NewExclusive Listing 10.8 Acres Old Kerr Great Elevations @ $165,000ABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB-20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco,Bahamas Phone : (242) 367-2719 Fax : (242) 367-2359 Contact Bill Thompson 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine ThompsonTAHITI BEACH, Dorros Cove, Lot 39 $225,000 includes private boat slip. Lot 40, $150,000 Both lots 1/2 acre +/-with Atlantic ViewsTAHITI BEACH YELLOW WOOD CHEROKEE1. 17 acres overlooking the Atlantic & Winding Bay offered at $235,000 Treasure Cay Lot in Country Club Estates near golf course $35,000


Page 10 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 367367 367367 367 By Jennifer Hudson. The mission of the government of The Bahamas is to improve the quality of life for all the Bahamian people through the creation of a stable, fully employed society in which every Bahamian who is willing and able will become economically empowered. A vibrant small business sector can be the basis of a fully employed Bahamas. To achieve this goal by setting Bahamians up in business, keeping the businesses successfully running and thus attaining financial independence, the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation held a three-evening Small Business Management Seminar at St. Johns Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour from April 18-20. About 20 persons with the enthusiasm and desire to become entrepreneurs and begin their own businesses gathered. They listened to speakers who had been invited from different sectors of the business community to impart their knowledge to the participants. Some high powered motivational speakers from the BAIC office also spoke to the group. Mr. Ejnar Cornish, Domestic Investment Officer for the northern region with responsibility for the Abaco area, opened the seminar by commenting on the timeliness of this seminar when so many new developments are happening in Abaco. In addition to the Winding Bay and Bakers Bay projects there is another which may be coming on stream in North Abaco, all of which will be bringing in more people who will need many services such as restaurants, apartments and cars. Everybody who wants to make money when all these businesses come on stream will be able to make money, emphasized Mr. Cornish. We are here to let you know how to do it. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Chairman of BAIC, Mr. Michael Halkitis, told the new business hopefuls that the government, through BAIC and the Bahamas Development Bank, will offer advice and support to assist persons to become successful in business but, Your success will depend on your dedication to your plan. He was here to get feedback and the feedback obtained on their last visit indicated that they must redouble their efforts. In presenting a course overview, Mr. Don Major, Deputy General Manager of BAIC, echoed Mr. Halkitis words in reminding the participants, We are looking for big dreamers; we will give you the tools but the success is up to you. He advised persons wishing to start their own businesses that accounts and record keeping are vitally important and that they should minimize their risks through insurance. Anybody can start a business but the key is to STAY in business. Small businesses are a very perishable commodity with 80 percent failing within the first three years. BAIC would give the means to reduce the likelihood of them becoming a failure. Mr. P. Benjamin Bailey, AssistantBAIC Holds Small Business SeminarManager Business Services Division, during his topic Selecting a Legal Entity for your Business advised persons to obtain the advice of a trained professional before embarking on anything. Other topics covered during the three sessions included: Developing a Business Plan; Record Keeping; Customer Needs and Insurance for Small Businesses. Persons were advised that once they have an idea for a business they should visit Mr. Cornish in the BAIC office in Marsh Harbour and he will forward it to the main office where a plan will be worked out for them. About 20 persons took advantage of a three-night seminar offered by Bahamas Agriculture and Industrial Corporation in managemen t of small businesses. People who were competent in a variety of areas of business acumen discussed aspects of being a small busi ness owner. Mr. Michael Halkitis, Chairman of BAIC, was one of the guest speaker.


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front Waterfront with Dock Situated in beautiful Black Sound. 1.5 acre lot with a 125 ft. dock Near beach and settlement. Under Contract! Treasure Cay #1322 Three bedroom two bath home near beaches and golf course. Fully furnished with all amenities. $265,000 Reduced! Historic Club & Inn #5077 Located in the heart of a story book Colonial village, this 150 year old landmark has been meticulously maintained in its original dcor. Consisting of 10 guest rooms, 40 seat restaurant, lounge, pool and patio. A rare find that will allow you to enjoy a lifestyle reminiscent of the old days. This once in a lifetime opportunity is offered at $1,780,000 Coco BayDeep water lot with a dredged channel. Spectacular views of the bay, ideal for a future dock. $498,000 Beachfront Beautiful 1.5 acre plot located on a 2.5 mile white sandy beach. 100 ft. of frontage with elevations for magnificent views. $550,000 Beachfront acre lot located virtually on the Atlantic beach Sold! Black Sound 2 acre deep water harbour side lot near settlement ideal for boaters. $910,000 Waterfront with Pool & Dock Three bedroom 2 1/ 2 bath located in beautiful White Sound, overlooking the Harbour. This new house is sure to be a pleaser. Offered at $1,100, 000 Acreage 4 acre plot located 3 miles South of Treasure Cay over 250 of water frontage and 900 deep. $298,000 excluding stamp duty and purchasers legal fees.Green Turtle Cay OfficeP.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Email: Big Bluff Two lots with panoramic views of White Sound and near to resorts and beaches. $180,000 Beach/Canal lot package Enjoy the best of two worlds, a beautiful sandy beach and a safe canal front lot for your boat. Located in Leisure Lee, these adjoining lots are a rare find for the person who loves living on the beach and boating. $600,000 Coco Bay Waterfront with DockBeautiful lot overlooking Coco Bay, has a deep water dredged channel and dock. Property is landscaped and ready to build. Offered at $ 482,000 Sold! White Sound One acre lots on White Sound with good elevations and magnificent views of the Harbour. Last two remaining lots on White Sound. $545,000 Coco Bay Good investment property located near Coco Bay. The property consists of 1.5 acres of elevated land with natural foliage. $325,000 Beachfront -Two bedroom two bath house situated right on the beach. Excellent rental history and ready to enjoy. $850,000 plus 7% closing costs. Building Lots -1/4 acre and acre lots located near resort and beaches. Prices start at $59,000 SeatoSea with a Dock3.6 acre plot with over 135 of beautiful beachfront extending to a protected bay with your own private dock. $1,320,000 New Three Bedroom Two Bath In quiet residential neighborhood. Near to beach and docking facilities. Large deck with swimming pool for those hot summer days. $665,000. Chris Farrington BRIOffice (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697 Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081Aisle of Palm RealtyBrent Cartwright web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco BEST BUYS IN ABACO1105 Bonefish Lodge located on the beach in Sandy Point with 10 rooms, large dining room and kitchen, just minutes to the flats. 1115 5 lots with amazing views and excellent elevations. All lots 1+/acre in size and underground utilities to come. Email: web site: Maria Silvester Coral Point 1007 Two adjacent parcels of land approx. 1.5 acres each with 40' elevations and 130'+ of waterfront. One parcel is vacant, other has partially completed home of 3/2 Bahama Palm Shores Seven lots exclusively listed starting at $12,750. Bahama Palm is HOT! HOT! HOT! Tilloo Cay 1021Only one lot left. 100' of waterfront and great elevations and deep water draft. $199,900 Guana Cay 1162 Sea to Sea property of 3.5 acres. Also interior lots with sea views available. Guana Cay 1117 & 1118 One cottage of 2/1 and one home of 3/2 on spectacular beachfront near town. Both homes have great rental history. Cherokee 1157 Abaco pine built home in the heart of the settlement. Offers one bed and bath with sleeping loft $125,750 Bahama Palm 1160 Section one home site w/ foundation started for 2/1 home. Finish to your liking. $35,500 Marsh Harbour Home 1180 2/2 home in Marsh Harbour. Entertainment room can be converted to third bedroom. Spacious and open, large fenced-in yard. Great Abaco Club 1189 NEW LISTING 3 bedroom home on three floors. Pool, 100' dock, unbeatable views, lovely landscaping. A must see. Call today Haziel Albury Haziel L. Albury was a man of many hats. Born on November 16, 1924, to Edgar (Papa Eddie) and Fleetie (Mama) on his beloved island, ManO-War Cay. His sensitive boyhood years came during the depression of the 1930s. He and all the island worked, as they said, from Can to Cant or sunrise to sunset. At the age of 2, he was stricken with an illness that affected all the joints of his body. The pains were not necessarily all the time, but bouts of the illness lasted until he was about 15 years old. There were times when he was laid up and could not walk for two to four weeks and would often be seen carried by a family member or crawling down the hill to the harbour for therapy in the salt water. As a young boy, he learned to scull, fish, farm, build boats and build household furniture. He attended the small school on the island of which he later became the Principal for 32 years. In 1939 Mr. and Mrs. Murdo McKenzie and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Fell of the United Kingdom visited Man-O-War to preach the gospel. These gospel meetings were held in the open air on the street corner. It was at one of these meetings that Haziels brother, Cyril, was converted. Some years later Haziel also accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. Haziel married Ena Albury on September 24, 1946, and this marriage produced three daughters, Minerva, Denise, and Winnie. When Winnie was a baby, Ena was called home to be with the Lord. Later Haziel married Mary Albury and they had one daughter, Martha. Haziel has served his island community in many capacities. He was the former postmaster, a barber, the first propane gas agent, and the first and only agent for the first airline to serve the Abacos, Bahamas Airways. He was the manager of the telephone and telegraph office from 1952 till 1984. Haziel was a realtor, and although he was never able to study law formally, he familiarized himself with legal terminology and practices. He wrote wills and deed conveyances for the islanders and many of the American residents. He has been a Justice of the Peace by appointment of the Governors Office since 1948. He has received numerous awards and certificates over the years. One of the most outstanding was in 1966 when he received the Queens Badge and Certificate of Honour. Haziel was one of the local preachers and mainstays at the Gospel Chapel on ManO-War, and this was the favourite of his capacities. He, along with his brothers, Cyril and Eddie, continued in the Lords work at the chapel for many years. His last time out to the chapel was Easter Sunday night, March 27th, 2005. Haziel was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in November 2000 and most recently has had difficulty walking. The weakness of his legs was the reason for his fall and injury to his shoulder. Haziel succumbed to these illnesses on April 9th, 2005. Haziel is survived by his loving wife Mary; daughters Minerva, Denise, Winnie and Martha; sons-in-law Billy, Wallace, Walter and Richard; grandchildren Bruce, Paul, Jeff, Valerie, DeeDee, Patti, Charmaine, Madeline, Haziel, Fred, Junea, Rich and Pete; grandchildrenin-law Eve, Shann, Heather, Dita, Sam, Glenn, Dave, Cheryl, Netica and Rebekah; great grandchildren: Sheila, Andrew, Sarah, Wayne, Alyssa, Tommy, Annie, Cassie, Micah, Shauna, Makayla, Felicia, and Aaliyah; sister Florrie, brothers-in-law: Ritchie, Hilland and Harcourt, sisters-in-law Lois, Sarah, Patricia, Sylvia, Kathryn, Vashti and Liz; and many other nieces, nephews, family and special friends.Obituaries of Family and Friends


Page 12 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Find your new home with Bahamas Realty. Bahamas Realty reaches the world via its simple and easy-to-use website We have offices in Nassau, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Exuma, Long Island, Harbour Island & Eleuthera. #7735: Lovely wooded home site, cleared and ready for building. A fresh water well is in place to service the property. Nice elevation for views of the South Side of Abaco. Power and telephone line run close to this property. $20,000BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND COVE ESTATES#8551: 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath family home in Cove Estates. Custom built, tongue & groove interiors, tile, master bath spa with hot tub, double vanities, deluxe master suite. Many built-ins, gorgeous gourmet kitchen. Offered where is, as is. Roof needs to be re-shingled. Owner motivated! Price is firm.UNDER CONTRACT #9079: Outstanding beachfront building site situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Very desirable, approximately one and one half acres running over 100 feet along Guanas fabulous sugar sand beach and approximately 525 feet deep. Conveniently located near the settlement and well north of Nippers. Secluded and well-vegetated.GUANA CAY #8928. Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in the lovely community of Bahama Palm Shores. Located directly across the lane from Eight Mile Bay and its gorgeous beach. Rooftop deck enjoys some of the best views in the area. Room to expand and put your personal touch to this promising home. $422,000BAHAMA PALM SHORES #8842: Magnificent Atlantic Ocean beachfront home site encompassing more than 1.5 acres. Frontage on the beach is approximately 100 linear feet and runs inland 700'. Properties of this size are fast disappearing and this offering will not last long on the market!UNDER CONTRACTGUANA CAYUNDER CONTRACT#9092: Only two-years old, modern triplex with efficiency apartment. Well-built, solid concrete construction, tile floors. Spacious back yard. Convenient to Government Primary school and all amenities. Nice quiet cul-de-sac location. Fully furnished, this wont last long! $298,000 #9297: Bordering the Sea of Abaco with the Atlantic Ocean to the east, this expansive parcel boasts 77 fabulous acres, including high elevations, a pond, dense native coppice, numerous coconut palm trees and pristine white sand beaches. Serious inquiries only, please.LYNYARD CAY #9484: NEW! Newly built 3 bed/2 bath family home located in Coopers Town, North Abaco. Coopers Town has all infrastructure, including Government medical facility, schools and grocery shops. $154,900COOPERS TOWNUNDER CONTRACT DUNDAS TOWN #9486: NEW! Rare homesite located on the secluded peninsula of Eastern Shores. Eastern Shores. Property runs sea-to-sea, 66' on the protected Creek, western boundry runs 120', eastern boundary 133'. Serious inquiries only, please.EASTERN SHORES #9492. NEW! Lovely homesite in secluded Bahama Coral island; just 10 minutes north of Marsh Harbour. Elevated and just across from natural wildlife area and 5 minutes to the secluded beach area. Great views if built up! Buy now for the future! $21,000.BAHAMA CORAL ISLANDOffered Exclusively by Bahamas Realty E-mail: Royal Harbour Village. Opposite Boat Harbour EntranceTel: 242-367-3262 Fax:


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 B Chris Thompson Real EstateOffering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris ThompsonGreg Roberts* P r i v a t e I sland s Wat e rfront H o m es and L and I n v estment P r o p e rty Acer age P r o j ect /Pr o p e rty Managem ent C o mplet e S e rvice fro m S ales t o C onstruc t ion ***** Ex clu siv e Agent s f o r Matt L o w e s C a y ***** www.Ch r isT hompsonR ealE s t a t e com HIGH HOPES Atlantic Ocean, North End Elbow Cay 3 bed 3 bed bath, large ocean side deck, excellent rental history $1,450,000FLAMINGO VILLASFabulous villas located at the mouth of Hope Town Harbour. Each 2 bed / 2 bath, incredible West Indian decor, open decking and shared pool. Excellent rental $865,000 eachBLEST NESTHigh on ocean dune at North End. 3 bed / 3 bath (detached guest cottage) panoramic views, excellent rental history $ 1,725,000Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope TownLOTS 53 NORTH END Pristine ocean front property at the secluded north end $495,000MAGNUSON HOUSE quiet North End Elbow Cay, 3 bed/3 bath (detached master efficiency) overlooking white sandy beach, large wrap deck, sold fully furnished, great art work, boat, golf cart included $1,525,000 ATLANTIC HORIZONS Dorros Cove ocean front home, 3 bed/3 bath, pool, dock slip at Tahiti Beach, furnished, great rental history $1,500,000 SOLD CASA LUISA located one lot away from long sandy beach just south of Turtle Hill. Custom 3 bed/2 bath home, good rental history, turnkey $630,000 SEA TO SEA ESTATE PROPERTY PARCEL 4 last available lot on this lush estate property. On the Sea of Abaco, North End Elbow Cay, access to incredible beach, and perfect spot for a deep water dock $785,000 PARCELS 1, 2, 3, AND 5 SOLD BREAKERS White Sound, great ocean front lot located on surfers dream, Garbonzo Beach. Great building site for single family home, or 2 villas, convenient location, walk to marina and restaurant $595,000 SWEPT AWAY perfect family home located one lot from the ocean in White Sound steps to restaurant and marina. 2 bedroom/2 bath, large open kitchen with pass through dining bar. Fenced back yard, room to add pool or cottage $793,000 JOES CAY 3 acre private cay located in White Sound. Great elevations and surrounded by deep water perfect for dock $1,762,000 UNDER CONTRACT AUNT PATS BAY Rare opportunity, 5.18 acres located on the Sea of Abaco in White Sound. High elevation, white sand beach, deep water dockage. UNDER CONTRACT DORROS COVE 1/2 acre lots with Atlantic views, seconds away from Tahiti Beach. Some with dock slip starting at $152,000 to $230,000 OCEAN HOUSE Just at the edge of historic Hope Town located on beautiful beach. 2 bed / 2 bath, large lot with room to expand, $1,300,000 SOLDMARNIES LANDINGPrivate waterfront community of 1/2 acre lots from the Sea of Abaco to the Atlantic Ocean, dock slip included starting at $330,000 SOLDSOLD SOLDSOLD SOLD


Page 14 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO MERCPANGA & MIMSA BOATS Kathleen Albury, BRI a professional Licensed Real Estate Appraiser who has performed work for most local financial institutions, many attorneys and private individuals. She also serves as Estate Agent with H.G. Christie, Ltd. with six years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, four of these years in Abaco. She maintains licenses in both countries. She has completed many continuing education courses, having received her Bahamas Real Estate Institute designation, and can be considered one of the best trained realtors in Abaco. Kathleen serves all of Abaco and currently resides in Hope Town, Elbow Cay.When you require a Real Estate Appraisal, please call: HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 e.mail: A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery By Jennifer Hudson With the new development of Winding Bay now a reality and the Bakers Bay development, and possibly others, hovering on the horizon, Mr. Benjamin Beneby, General Manager of BEC Abaco, gave some insight on how this growth will affect BECs operation. Mr. Beneby kindly answered not only that question but many others to give the community a picture of BECs current situation and plans for the future. Personnel at headquarters in Nassau are currently looking at what the future requirements will be. At the moment there is no need to make any changes and no new expansion has been required to accommodate the demands of Winding Bay at this moment as that development is still in the first stage. However, as increased development takes place at Winding Bay, new infrastructure will be added next year. There has been a general increase in demand and the Winding Bay and the Bakers Bay developments will just cause it to happen faster. Over the past several years there has been a steady four and a half to five percent growth in load demand but the Winding Bay project and others have led to an eight percent increase this year. The fuel consumption is about 20,000 gallons per day and the peak load is approximately 20 megawatts between May and September. Abaco is the next largest BEC operation after Nassau. The Planning Department in Nassau is looking at expansion for Abaco which presently has ten engines. However, it is difficult to maintain ten engines, some of which are old and unreliable. New and larger engines are needed. This year will make the third year that rental sets will have to brought in to cope with the summer demand in the case of equipment failure. One additional generator will be placed in Green Turtle Cay, one in Treasure Cay and two in Marsh Harbour. Any of these will be able to be connected into the system to add to their total capacity. The current location of the power station is no longer suitable for many reasons. The location is too small and additional space is already needed for expansion. It would be best moved to an area of 10 acres or more which would give room for any future expansion. Also it needs to be located where the fuel can be piped from the tanker directly to the plant. A very important consideration is that where the power station stands now, it is in close proximity to a growing housing development. It needs to be moved away from residences and isolated by sufficient land to act as a buffer against noise and exhaust emissions. It is not known what types of fuel will be used in the future. If it is coal, space will be needed for storage; and if it is LPG, then there must be a buffer against dangerous gases. There is now a contract to extend the grid from Crossing Rocks to Sandy Point, and this will be accomplished later this year. The present plant at Sandy Point will be left as a stand-by. Redundant cables are being laid to the cays. A new cable from Marsh Harbour to Great Guana Cay will be tied into Scotland Cay within two to three weeks, then to Man O-War in a couple of months. In order to prevent voltage problems on the cable to Man O-War which could arise due to its length, voltage regulators will be used. Plans and materials are all ready for installation of electricity on Matt Lowes Cay with a technical question being dealt with in Nassau. A feed will go from Crossing Beach to Matt Lowes Cay, then to Man-O-War and Hope Town. Yellow Wood near Cherokee now has primary power. BECs policy is that when it puts primary power into an area, poles beyond the main line are paid for my customers. Little Harbour is one of the last places on Abaco not fed by BEC, but a scheme to get power in is waiting for Nassaus approval. BEC is looking at replacing the fuel line in Green Turtle Cay. Fuel is presently barged in and transported by truck to the power station. There is now a concern about this method since the recent tanker spill in Marsh Harbour. Although BEC has effected a 90 percent recovery since the hurricanes, there are a large number of street lights still damaged or missing. BEC is doing its best to replace or repair them, especially on roads that are dangerous. But it is difficult to keep up the schedule. They possess two bucket trucks. One is presently down, and it is not easy to manage with only one since it is used for both construction and maintenance. The same employees who would repair the street lights are the people who have to deal with emergencies. Street lights are a high maintenance item. It is the managers opinion that they should not be used as the first line of defense for road safety, but that other departments should assist by installing reflectors (cat eyes) and reflective line painting. There is just not enough staff or equipment to maintain all the lights so that they are always operational. Priority items, such as making sure that there is enough power, must be dealt with first. The BEC line on South Side Road between S.C. Bootle Highway and Murphy Town which has been down since the hurricane will be removed. There were plans to remove it much sooner but emergencies have had to be dealt with first. BEC is doing its best to cope, but there are many community functions which take place all the way from Grand Cay to Sandy Point for which local governments and the Ministry of Tourism request BEC to install power free of charge. Requests of this nature must be approved by authorities in Nassau. These installations take time and money and put BEC behind with its regular schedule and the manager asks that people be mindful of BECs total responsibilities.BEC Abaco in 2005 and BeyondRotary Club of AbacoKaraoke FunBy Jennifer Hudson The evening of April 12th was a time of Karaoke fun at Sapodillys when Rotary Club of Abaco members took to the microphone to raise funds for their club with five dollars per song going into the kitty. Some brave souls who had said that they only usually sing in the shower and badly at that swallowed their pride and actually gave some commendable performances. People who were too timid to get up and perform were only too happy to make their donation and ask well loved tenor Bryan Thompson to perform in their place. Bryan seemed delighted to oblige and entertained the crowd with a wide variety of songs including a great rendition of New York, New York and I Did It My Way Joanne Bradley was a good sport and got the audience joining in the chorus of her tuneful rendition of Puff, the Magic Dragon but a highlight was the duet by Cindy Hayworth and Bryan Thompson of the song Summer Days from Grease in which their voices blended so well and they obviously had a great time singing it. Later in the evening as people began to feel more relaxed, several visitors and tourists joined in the fun which helped to make the evening a great success and over $500 was raised for club funds.Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerels Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Tuesdays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort Club News


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 B ... THE BATTERY WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT OF LIFE!!!BATTERIES A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck/Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries Diesel Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries W E HONOUR THE FULL WARRA NTY P ERIOD NOT P RO-RA TED(If an Epic Battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!)Delivery Service AvailableFULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 Fax: 367-0064 Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCA Bahamian Financial Service Corporatio n Investment Fund Administration Fund Formation and Licensure Articles of Association and Offering Memorandums Shareholders registration, issuance and redemption of shares All accounting and administration including monthly financial statements, partner statements, and NAV calculations Government compliance Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider International Business Companies (IBCs) incorporation and registration Central Bank applications Registered agent services Custodial and local account administration Serve as director, nominee shareholder, officer, or local agent Government compliance Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Dedicated to e-commerce and client communication through the internet Data storage of all client documents (both hard and soft copies) Monthly, quarterly, or annual preparation of financial statements Bank reconciliations, Payroll, Accts Payable, and Accts ReceivableMemorial Plaza, Suite 202, P.O.Box AB-20763, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel: 242-367-0220 Fax: 707-516-7765 Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation has had a successful fund raising year, despite the local economic hardships created by two hurricanes. This has been due to the generosity of local residents and businessmen and visitors to our islands. Our fund raising efforts again culminated this year with a very successful and popular silent and live auction event held at the Abaco Beach Resort on March 19. We are pleased that these efforts will allow us to continue the partial support of our previous recipients and to award ten new partial scholarships for this, our fifth, year. After the application review process and the personal interviews, Pathfinders scholarship committee made the following selections. Christina Basden, daughter of Keith and Deborah Basden of Dundas Town, is a graduate of Abaco Central High School and is currently attending The College of The Bahamas where she is majoring in biology and chemistry. Christina plans to enter medical school following her graduation from COB. Jamie Benjamin is a graduate of Forest Heights Academy. She is currently majoring in elementary education at Florida Southern College. Jamie is the daughter of Derek and Terry Benjamin of Marsh Harbour. Samantha Gaitor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gaitor of Moores Island, is a 1998 graduate of Abaco Central High School. She has been attending Miami Dade Community College where she will graduate with an AA in business administration. She will then enter the colleges dental hygiene program in August. Raenell Lowe will be graduating from Forest Heights Academy this year, where she won an Outstanding Students in Bahamian High School 4.0 Academic Award. She is the daughter of Raymond and Bessie Lowe of Green Turtle Cay. She will be attending Palm Beach Atlantic University and will be pursuing a BSN in nursing. Delvano McIntosh will graduate from Sherlin C. Bootle High School this year. He is the son of Dwight McIntosh and Lucinda Forbes of Fox Town. Delvano will attend either The College of The Bahamas or Bahamas Baptist College. He hopes to become a teacher and will major in history and computer systems. Veronica Nairn, the daughter of Veronica Nairn of Marsh Harbour, is currently majoring in psychology at Florida Memorial College. She formerly attended Abaco Central High School where she graduated in 2002. Terrinique Pennerman is attending Francis Marion University where she is preparing to become a certified financial analyst. She previously attended The College of The Bahamas and Abaco Central High School. She is the daughter of the late Margaret Meeres of Dundas Town. Joan Pinder will graduate this year from Sherlin C. Bootle High School where she is Head Girl and was awarded one of the Outstanding Students in Bahamian Schools Award. She plans to attend The College of the Bahamas and intends to study culinary arts. She is the daughter of Euturpy McIntosh of Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay. Raymonde Saintil is the daughter of Raymond and Elisemane Saintil of Hope Town. She is presently attending Hesston College in Kansas, but will be transferring to Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia to prepare for a career in nursing. Raymonde is a 2000 graduate of Abaco Central High School. Malisa Singh is completing her first semester at York College in New York. She is a graduate of Abaco Central High School and the daughter of Partap and Gaulty Singh of Marsh Harbour. Malisas field of study is accounting and she hopes to become a certified public accountant. Felicity Simms, the daughter of Jonathan and Agatha Simms of Murphy Town, will be graduating from Agape Christian School this year where she received one of the Outstanding Students in Bahamian Schools Award. Felicity plans to attend The ColDoors & Windows Moldings & Millwork Pressure Treated & Dimensional Lumber Custom Cypress Builders Hardware Tools, Plumbing & Electrical items202 Old Dixie Highway Lake Park half mile from The Port of Palm Beach Call now 561-842-4666 Distributors for: lege of The Bahamas and hopes to become a mathematics teacher. Jesse Tador is a 2001 graduate of Abaco Central High School and attended Florida Memorial College. Seeing the growth in businesses on Abaco, he intends to complete a degree in accounting. He is the son of Daniel and Louse Tador of Marsh Harbour. These students were selected on the basis of academic preparedness, motivation realistic goals and financial need. They join the other 43 students to whom Abaco Pathfinders has provided aid in achieving their educational goals. We are very proud that this year we will see our first graduating class, our 2001 recipients. These students have either already graduated or will graduate this year. Congratulations to Keora Brown, Tabitha Cash, Rory Duggan, Darlene Higgs, Madeleine Joseph, Benadette Jean-Noel, Jerome Menard, Olivia Patterson, Waseela Rahim, and Tecuma Sherman. A reception honoring this years recipients and the first graduating class will be held June 12 at the Below Decks Restaurant at the Abaco Beach Resort.Pathfinder Scholarship Winners Are Announced


Page 16 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New! 90 beach front on gorgeous Bight O Bay on the Atlantic Ocean. .4 acre $500,000 plus 7% to close. ONO New! Furnished one bedroom one bath cottage located high on a ridge overlooking Ocean Beach where the reef is close enough to swim to. Spacious screened live-in porch. Outstanding views of the ocean. 30 x 30 garage and small shed on 18,800 sq. ft. of land. $580,000 (All closing costs included.) New! Two inland lots 8,500 sq. ft. and 9,000 sq. ft. respectively. Located near Green Turtle Club and a public dock. A short walk to Coco Bay and ocean beaches. B$46,000 (All closing costs included.) New! Family estate consisting of a two story furnished house on 1.67 acres with 120 dock on Black Sound with 5 draft at low tade; 2 vehicles; 3.9 acres on Gillam Bay beach with over 300 of beach front and Gillam Bay House with four bedrooms; four baths and pool on 3/4 acre with 140 of water front. Gillam Bay House has repairable hurricane damage. Details available to serious inquirers. $5.34 million (All closing costs in.) New! 90 feet of white sandy beach front on Coco Bay with elevations throughout of approximately thirty feet. 360 feet in depth running towards the Atlantic Ocean. Residential, 3/4 acre, located at north end of island near Coco Bay Cottages. Great for viewing the sunset and watching small boats sail by towards South Abaco. US 595,000 plus 7% to close New! 1854 sq. ft. lot with wood building located in the heart of New Plymouth. Just a short walk to Sea of Abaco & public dock. $72,000 plus 6% to close A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. One acre. Stunningly landscaped with wooden decks and walkways. Six buildings set in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Wicker and rattan furniture. A/C throughout. Satellite TV. 1.98 million plus 7% to close Motivated Seller! Brand new two bedroom two full bath home located within five minutes walk of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Central A/C. 40 x 32. Tile floors; porch and deck. Fully landscaped with white picket fence. 9 ft. high ceilings throughout. Centrally located near public dock; beaches and a major resort. Perfect for first time buyers or retirees! B325,000 gross New! Spacious two bedroom two bath furnished home on the beach at beautiful Gillam Bay. Excellent rental history. Within one mile from historic New Plymouth and two miles from two major resorts. A/C in bedrroms. Full kitchen with separate dining room. Laundry room. 135 on beach. 19,735 sq. ft. of property. $775,000 gross New! Prime water front commercial / residential location in the town of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. Site of take-away restaurant plus two bedrooms and two baths; kitchenette and great room. Private deck. Furnished two story building. Near public dock. Views of water from both floors. $350,000 plus 2% to close A perfect site on White Sound. 2 bedroom 2 bath main house with deck and porch. Boathouse and 2 Whalers. Guest cottage with one bedroom and one bath. Waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Only accessible by boat. $660,000 ONO Two bedroom one bath basically furnished home with large deck and view of Coco Bay. Just steps away from beautiful Coco Bay Beach. 18,000 gallon rain water tank. Basement. Garage. Good elevation. 1/3 acre. B $398,000 firm North End: Stunning, furnished 3 bed 2 bath home with fireplace. 125' on Atlantic Ocean. 35' elevation. Commanding views of the ocean. Spacious screened-in porch. One acre. $1.32 million plus 7% to close Four unit income producing building with views of Coco Bay and dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. Two inland lots 1/3 acre each located within walking distance of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Good elevation. B$90,000 each firm New! 112 x 200 ocean front lot on north end of island. Outstanding ocean veiws. Reef is close enough to swim to. $495,000 plus 7% to close MUNJACK CAY: 1/4 acre on Atlantic Ocean. 125' frontage. $183,000 gross SOLD: Lot 12 & 14 Coco Bay Tract Coady Point Lot 8 A Coco Bay UNDER CONTRACT: Treehouse No. 2 Seabreeze Cottage Lot 9 Coco Bay TractOCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementE-mail: www.oceanblueproperties.comCOMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS2005 / CLE / QUI /00300 IN THE SUPREME COURT Common Law and Equity Division IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land comprising Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres more or less originally granted to John Cash by Crown Grant B-219 which said John Cash Grant is situate on the Southern edges of the Township of Marsh Harbour on the island of Great Abaco one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards between the Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant K-145) on the South and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded Westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called Pole Line Road or Nathan Key Drive AND IN THE MATTER o The Quieting Titles Act, 1959 AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Roy Carlisle Newbold, Sr. NOTICE The Petition of ROY CARLISLE NEWBOLD Sr. of Stede Bonnett Road in the Township of Marsh Harbour in the Island of Great Abaco one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:ALL THAT piece parcel or part of a tract of land comprising Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres originally granted to John Cash (Grant B-219) which said John Cash Grant is situate on the Southern edges of the Township of Marsh Harbour and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards between the Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant K-145) and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded Westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called Pole Line Road or Nathan Key Drive and generally having the position shape boundaries marks and dimensions as shown for Grant B-219 on Bahamas Registered Plan 436 ABACO and which said hereditaments is bounded ON THE WEST by the said Road Reservation sometimes called Pole Line Road or Nathan Key Drive and running thereon Four hundred and Thirty-three and Five hundredths (433.05') feet more or less, ON THE SOUTH by the aforementioned Nathan Key Grant (Grant K-145) and running thereon One thousand Seven hundred and Forty-four and Three hundredths (1744.03) feet more or less ON THE NORTH by the aforementioned Road Reservation to the North and running thereon One Thousand Seven hundred and Fourteen and sixtyone hundredths (1714.61) feet more or less AND ON THE EAST by the High Water Mark of the Sea and running thereon by straight transect One hundred and Fifty and Eighty-three hundredths (150.83) feet but following the configurations of the coast running thereon One hundred and Seventy and Ninety-two hundredths (170.92) feet more or less and which said piece parcel or part of a tract of land has the position shape boundaries and dimensions as are shown on plan filed in the above Action and thereon coloured Pink. Roy Carlisle Newboid Sr. claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said land free from encumbrances and has made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealthof The Bahamas under section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the said Act. A Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal business hours at the following places:1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building, East Street, Nassau, Bahamas. 2. The Office of the Administrator, Local Government, Central Abaco District, Dove Plaza, Don MacKay Boulevard, Marsh Harbour, Abaco. 3. The Chambers of the Petitioners attorneys, Messrs. Maillis and Maillis, Chambers, Fort Nassau House, Marlborough Street, Nassau, Bahamas. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower or right of dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 31 st day of July A.D, 2005 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit and other prescribed papers to be filed therewith. Failure of any person to file and serve a Statement of his claim within the prescribed time will operate as a bar to such claim. DATED the 26th day of April, A.D. 2005 MAILLIS AND MAILLIS Chambers Fort Nassau House Marlborough Street Nassau, Bahamas Attomeys for the Petitioner By Lindsey Delaplaine The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum is looking for donations of items from the sea. Anything dead says volunteer Teleri Jones, who is working on a creative educational display of sea life for the museum. We just want to make sure no one kills anything, said Jones. They are looking for everything from sponges to shells, urchins and sea fans. Thus far one of the more rare donations has been a chambered Paper Nautilus found on the beach by Curator Tony Bennett. Ms. Jones, an artist and product designer by trade, is attempting to create a different type of display. It will be more of an organic composition. She has been in touch with the museums around the world to get help with preservation and presentation ideas. The Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington has been extremely helpful, she said. Ray Brown, a Board Member of Museum, says they are working to have a living museum that puts the past, present and future on display. They hope by reminding people of what is here now it will increase everyones sense of their island heritage. All donations can be taken to the museum. By Mirella Santillo On April 17th a group of bird watchers under the leadership of Reg Patterson sighted an Indigo Bunting and a Summer Tanager in the area of Bustic Bight, just North of Marsh Harbour. These two feath-Museum Wants Sea Life Donationsered visitors come to Abaco only from November to the end of April and are not commonly seen. All together 32 species of birds were sighted that day within four hours.Bird Watchers Sight Rare Species


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 B Mailin Sands Ph# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas BahamaCoral Island-vacant lot situat ed in subdivision. Elevated.-$40,000 Long BeachBeautiful area featuring gorgeous white beach. All lots approx. acre, and have beach access. Financing available. Call today. BahamaCoral Islandvacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available, Call for details. Treasure CayCanal Lots in desirable location, sea views, great buyUNDERCONTRACT Cabbage Point5 acre parcels on the SC Bootle highway, financing available Call today for details Marsh HarbourVacant property on Key Club Road approx 0.7 acres, features elevations. $92,000 Guan aCayTwo vacant lots side by side situated only a short distance from the settlement. $144,000 each. www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comMarsh Harbour-# 5220-Large Parcel of property 100 X 270 with two concrete warehouses, would be ideal for certain commercial adventure. Property fenced in. Call today for more details. Sweetings Village-# 5224-Two bed/2bath 1400 sq ft island beauty, immaculate condition. Excellent elevation. Built in 2001 and has lovely views of the Sea of Abaco. $325,000 COLDWELL BANKER LIGHTBOURN REALTY UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay-#5191 Luxurious home located on a 2.5 mile sandy beach. Consisting of five bedrooms, four bathrooms with wrap around verandas. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this villa. Offered at $2,400,000 Green Turtle Cay-#0272 Unique "Pod Style"luxury estate situated high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. This three bedroom three and bathroom consists of 3,289 square ft. and over 2,000 sq. ft. of decking. Built with attention to detail, this can be described as "Island living at it's best". Offered at $1,980,000. Green Turtle Cay-#5077 Historic 10 room Inn located in "Story Book" pretty New Plymouth. Consisting of 10 guest rooms 40 seat restaurant and bar,patioand swimming pool. Painstakingly restored to it's original Colonial condition. Offered at $1,780,000.Green Turtle Cay-#5282 Luxury Waterfront Estate with over 100' of frontage. Swimming pool, dock and guest cottage. Property is 1.7 acres of elevated land with panoramic views. Offered at $3,500,000 Chris Farrington, BRI Sales Associate Green Turtle Cay, Abaco (242) 365-4695 Business (242) 365-4697 Fax (242) 559-8800 Cell chris@mlrealty.net____________________________________________________________________ Great HarbourCay-#2096-Charming 1B/1B house on elevated in the beautiful Barry Islands. There is also an attached 14x22 building with its own entrance ready to become a second bed a n bath. This island style home also features a 1B/1B guest cottag e and looks over the golf course and Ocean.-$230,000Yellowwood-#5263-Adorable 2B/2B cottage, newly built, and never lived in! Large lot 100 x 150. Features laundry room, hobby room, outside patios, and central A/C. A MUST SEE!-$219,000 April 15th,2005DundasTown-#5276 Incoming producing property, unfinished duplex on elevated lot. Can be finished to ones own taste. Situated on lot 100x128-$92,000. Call for more details. Man-O-War Cay-Vacant interior lot close to the Atlantic Beach, restaurants, and grocery stores. $120,000.00 UNDER CONTRACT


Page 18 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on thebeach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 31/2 bath in the main house with detached garage /bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! $2,500,000 + 7.5% closing Cross Winds Split level CBS home extra large lot acrossfrom 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1 bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $868,000 + 7.5% closing SANDPIPER BEACH Idle Hour Seeing is believing describes the many features of this special home on our beautiful beach. Living space 2750 sq. ft., garage 450 sq. ft. beach side porch 550 sq. ft. Master suite bedroom / bath plus 2 guest bedrooms / 2 baths, large living / kitchen / dining / family room. Many, many features. MUST SEE$2,400,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see.$405,000 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, detached 2 car garage Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. NEW PRICE$899,000 + 14% closing WINDWARD BEACH ROAD Darnell House REAL PACKAGE DEAL Canal front home fully furnished, vacant beach front lot, car / golf cart / 23 boat. Well planned home has 3 bedrooms / 3 bath, including master suite with 2 guest bedrooms, den, open livingroom, dining, kitchen, utility room, screened-in porch on canal side, large garage and covered carporte/breezeway, landscaping with fenced section. MUST SEE $1,284,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.netMember NEW! NEW! NEW!Call for more information and prices 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips Starting at $625,000 +14%closings 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips Starting at $525,000 +14% closing 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access $349,000 + 14% closing ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase II Marina side 2 bed / 2 bath -12 ft. wide slip. Special location, end unit, never rented$430,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 4 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, w/ boat slip and storage shed $296,400 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 2 bed / 2 bath, end unit, extra features, never rented $212,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Pool side / garden location 2 bed / 2 bath $335,000 ROCK POINT Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE!$350,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other features Starting at $701,250 Plus 14% closing VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. ocean front 1 acre+/Beginning at $875,000 Canal Front Beginning at $175,000 Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $35,000 SOLD UNDER CONTRACT An expert committee comprising environmentalists, business, civic and government leaders from throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas says the preservation of the countrys coastal areas is critical to the future socio-economic development of The Bahamas. It is very important for us to preserve our coastal areas because our social and economic future lies in the healthy development of those areas, says Earlston McPhee, General Manager of Sustainable Tourism Development at the Ministry of Tourism. Unlike a number of other countries, the entire Bahamas is a coastal area and most of us either reside on the coast or in close proximity thereof. Our beaches, oceans, wetlands, mangroves, dunes and blue holes are all an integral part of our coastal resources, and therefore we must all do our best to preserve these areas, Mr. McPhee adds. The coastal region is a major reason why millions of visitors journey to the countrys shores annually, spending hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign currency that creates a number of lucrative jobs for Bahamians and residents alike. It makes good business and environmental sense from an economic and social standpoint for all Bahamians and residents to properly manage these resources. A number of visitors have indicated through the Ministry of Tourisms Exit Surveys that they selected The Bahamas over other destinations due to our white, sandy beaches and clear, crystal water, says Mr. McPhee. As a matter of information, we get our beautiful, white, sandy beaches as a result of a healthy coral reef system. But if we pollute our waters, there is a good chance that we will destroy this reef system and there goes our beaches along with future economic opportunities which it supports. Mr. McPhee says pollution is one of the greatest challenges The Bahamas faces with regards to maintaining its coastal environment. Seventy per cent of all marine pollution is land-based. Our entire islands are littered with abandoned automobiles and other consumer goods such as refrigerators and stoves that have been and are still being indiscriminately dumped by persons living in our country and that pollution reaches our oceans, says Mr. McPhee. The preservation of our mangrove system is also very, very important as the mangroves act as a filtering system for our marine ecosystem and serve as a habitat for juvenile fish. The filling in of wetland areas is another major challenge we face in The Bahamas, which ultimately will result in more flooding and increased insurance rates, Mr. McPhee adds. Other areas of concern over-harvesting of fish resources, climate change, invasive species and habitat destruction. Figures provided by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration reveal that sustainable development within the Caribbean region The Bahamas being no exception cannot occur without healthy watershed and marine ecosystems. The NOAA report further revealed that coastal populations worldwide are on the increase with those figures expected to reach to 75 percent within the next 10 to 15 years. Already, 50 percent of the worlds population lives in coastal areas. The over-harvesting of fish resources is a major concern due to the fact that fish accounts for up to 60 per cent of the animal protein consumed by persons living in developing economies such as The Bahamas. However, some 70 per cent of the worlds fish stock is already fully fished or over-fished. Improper building techniques, adverse weather conditions such as hurricanes, the presence of invasive species and littering are other factors that can all contribute to accelerated coastal erosion. Abaco is well aware that real estate prices seem to have grown dramatically in the last few years, and nowhere have they grown faster than in Hope Town, as demonstrated by this wooden shed with a sign on it. The $350,000 price tag does not even include the land.Hope Town Real Estate Goes Crazy! Preservation of Coastal Areas Is Critical to DevelopmentSupport Citizens Against Crime


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 B Aldersgate Methodist ChurchMarsh Harbour, Abaco Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. Radio Ministry: Radio Abaco 93.5 FM Monday through Friday at 7:55 a.m. Minister The Reverend Charles A. Carey Congregational Board Chairman Brother Percival J. Archer Phone: 242-367-2009/2566 Fax: 367-5419 Catholic ChurchesSaturday Mass Treasure Cay 3:00 p.m. Bahamas Farm Chapel (Creole) 5:00 p.m. Saints Mary and Andrew ChurchSunday Mass Marsh Harbour & Hope Town 9:00 a.m. St. Francis de Sales Church 12:45 p.m. Jarrett Park (Hope Town) 5:00 p.m. St. Francis de Sales Church (Creole)Weddings and Funerals (by arrangement)Confession (before Mass or by appointment)Baptism (every Sunday before Mass or within Mass)Rev. Father Rogelio (Roger) P. Madrazo Parish Priest 242-367-2714 Speaking where the Bible speaks; Silent where the Bible is silent. Schedule of Services Sunday Bible Class10:00 a.m. Morning Worship11:00 a.m. Evening Worship7:00 p.m. Radio Abaco 93.5 FM5:00 p.m. Wednesday Devotion/Bible Class7:00 p.m.Church of ChristP.O. Box AB 20543 Marsh Harbour, Abaco 242-367-3496/ Minister Jason G. Quashie Friendship Tabernacle ChurchPastor Silbert MillsSunday Church Services 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Bible Study on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Youth Meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. P.O. Box AB 20513 Dundas Town Abaco 242-367-5848 Nursery Pre-School Day Care Teaching Children to Achieve 242-367-0295 Kirk o the Pines For information and help please ring an Elder at 367-3643, 367-4479-367-3477 or 367-2365 (Presbyterian) Seek and Ye Shall Find Sunday Mornings at NineWelcomeSaturday Morning Childrens Club at half past tenSaturday and Sunday at Forest Heights Academy (Don MacKay Blvd. near airport round-about)Thursday Evenings at six thirtyBible Study & Discussion Group (in varius homes) St. John-the-Baptist & St. Martin Anglican ChurchesSchedule of Services Sunday Holy EucharistEvening Prayer Marsh Hbr. Sandy Pt. 1st (ACW) 8:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.7:30 p.m. (Both) 2nd (CYM)11:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m.7:30 p.m. (Both) 3rd (AYA) 8:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.7:30 p.m. (Both) 4th (ACM)11:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. (M.H.) 5th11:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m.7:30 p.m. (S.P.) Rector: Reverend Father Earl Hepburn 242-367-2518 (phone/fax) Pastor& Mrs. Stephan N. Knowles And The Family ofStrong TowerCommunity Church Welcomes You! Please feel free to come and Worship with us INTERNAT I O N ALPh: 367-5411 E-mail: strongtower@coralwave.comWednesday Bible Study and prayerat 7:00 p.m. Sunday Worship Celebration at 10:45 a.m. Dundas Town Church of GodWhere Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is Lord! Sunday Prayer Meeting6:00 a.m. Sunday School9:45 a.m. Morning Worship11:00 a.m. Evening Worship6:00 p.m. Weekdays (Prayer Meeting) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday5:00 a.m. Monday Night7:00 p.m. Wednesday Night F.T.H.7:00 p.m. Friday Youth Night7:00 p.m. Tuesday, ThursdayFamily Night For Transportation call Rev. Jerry Cornish at 367-2457 or 367-4719 (church) or contact Bro. Val Nesbitt at 367-5565 Bishop Anthony Campbell242-367-4718 or cell phone 242-457-5565 Dtcog@coralwave.comJesus Saves We exist to: Reach, Develop, Train, Love and Send Grace Baptist ChurchSunday Worship 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Divine Worship 7:30 p.m. Evening Worship Every second and fourth Sunday 8:00 a.m. Morning Glory (no evening service) Tuesday Evening Prayer Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Friday Evening Youth Night 7:30 p.m. Bishop Clifford and Minister Evelyn HenfieldYou are always welcome at GraceGrace Baptist Preschool Quality Christian education for children ages 2 1/2 5 years. Please call 242-367-5403 for Principal Mrs. Claudine Burrows or Secretary Ms. Lorraine Lewis to register. Bus service available. Phone242-367-2926 Fax 242-367-5403 Church Page AnnouncementsThe Dundas Town Church of God will host Randy Paris, May 12 15 at 7 P.M. for his topic: PULSEThe Heartbeat of the Next Generation Call 367-4719 for more information. New Vision Ministries is celebrating The Family between Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Friendship Tabernacle Church is having a special service May 1 to honour Police Officers. A computer will be given them in appreciation. Call 367-2677 with the special events at your church. New Vision Ministries(Non Demoninational)Our Mission Turning people into devout followers of Jesus Christ Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday Kids Korner 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Interactive Bible Study7:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer Time12:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Friday Youth Night (high school & up)7:30 p.m. Pastors/Leaders Derek Benjamin Ted Pearce David Lowe Youth Pastor: Brooks Russell For Directions call 242-367-3324 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas


Page 20 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654 By Maureen Koepp and Candace Key Four dogs and their owners traveled to Nassau for the 24th Annual Bahamas Kennel Club Dog Show. They did Abaco proud and returned home with ribbons, trophies, prizes and a great sense of accomplishment. There were various competitions in Breed and Obedience. To enter in Breed the dog must be a pure breed registered dog, with an exception for the special potcake class. Any breed, mixed breed or potcake, can enter Obedience, after all we know that our potcakes are very intelligent. Many dogs and owners traveled from the United States, Canad and Bermuda to compete, hoping to achieve an obedience title or become a coveted Bahamian Champion. A dog competing in obedience must follow commands and patterns directed by its owner or handler. A dog earning a certain number of points per show will earn a leg toward its championship. There are several levels of obedience titles the dog may earn leading to a championship. Although most dogs entering the show are pure breeds, the Bahamas Kennel Club recognizes the Potcake dogs as a breed. The kennel club has a committee to ascertain if a dog possesses the traits established by the club to classify it as a true Potcake. Potcakes compete in breed, obedience and handling classes. The club also holds Junior Handling Competitions for different age groups of children to be judged against each other on their dog-handling abilities. Austin Koepp of Marsh Harbour showed his Pomeranian Meeko and won first place in his class of Junior Handling, first place in Pure Breed dogs special spay/neutered class, second place in veteran dogs (over seven years of age) and third and fourth places in Beginner Obedience. Quite a feat for a young man who has only shown for two years. Austins mom, Maureen Koepp, did well showing her Shetland Sheepdog Katie for the second year in Obedience. Maureen guided Katie to winning high in trust which is the highest score in herAbaco Dog Owners Bring Home the Ribbons Please see Dog Show Page 21 Three dogs with their owners traveled to Nassau to compete in the Bahamas Kennel Club Dog Show and all three did very well, bringing home ribbons and other honors. Shown above are Austin Koepp with his Pomeranian Meeko, Maureen Koepp with her Shetland Sheepdog Katie and Candace Key with her Bedlington Terrier Breezy.


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $325,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 Guana Cay brand new island apts. with harbour views, 2 bed/1 bath, full kitchens, TV, VCR. $900 / week, discount for extended stay. 242365-5082 or 904-982-2762 Guana Cay brand new rental, 4 bed, deep water dock, privacy, plenty availability, 561-805-8673 Hope Town Specialist. A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or Lubbers Quarters vacation rentals, secluded, privately owned coastal cottage, 15 min. boat ride from Marsh Harbour. Marsh Harbour fully furnished, well appointed, 4 bed, 3 bath home on 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco. With dock and boat lift. Available for long term rental. Call 367-0124 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSElbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALEGreen Turtle Cay, great lot for sale by owner, near Coco Bay, water view, sheltered from hurricanes by natural ridge. 181 x 50 $90,000. After 4 p.m. 365-4079 GREAT GUANA CAY 3 COMMERCIAL WATER FRONT PROPERTIES -Beach Front Hotel/Condo +/-175 beach frontage, +/6000 sq ft private dock -Guana Harbour Marina +/310 water front, 24 slips dev opportunity -Beachfront Dev. Property in Settlement +/200 beach frontage Complete details www.guanabeachfor (828) 242-1060 Hope Town Stunning views from attractive 3 bed/2 bath cottage with100 of water front just outside the harbour. Central AC & 30+ rental weeks/year. (561) 202-8163. Lubbers Quarters beaut iful home across from Tilloo Cut with 2 kings / 2 baths / queen loft. Gorgeous view, convenient location, private boat slip, central A/C, turn key, rental history. By owner 242-366-0266 Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Tract, 2B / 2B plus pool table room, fully furnished, tile & carpet, wood & Hardy board exterior, sheetrock & V-joint interior. Manicured lawn, fenced backyard. $250,000 gross. Contact Marcus @ 375-8248 or Tara @ 357-6842 Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath newly refurbished home on high ground. New roof, tongue and groove cypress on interior walls and ceilings, 20 x 40 cement porch/patio. Over one acre fenced with fruit orchard of grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lime trees. Well and city water. This tropical paradise a steal at $250,000. Call 367-5503 or 357-6561 Scotland Cay excluisve pvt. island for property owners and guests only. Located 7 mi. N. of Marsh Harbour between Guana & Man-OWar. 2 mi. of pristine pink powder beach with a uniquely protected lagoon and marina. Paved Ph. 242-367-3420 Cell 242-375-8465Realtors Ruth Albury Percy PinderLocated above theSand Dollar ShoppeP.O.Box AB 20473 Marsh Harbour, RENTAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTYMarsh Harbour, commercial shop /office spaces available in Royal Harbour Village shops. Great location, high traffic area. Please call for details. 242-367-3262 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEairstrip & roads. Daily scheduled ferry service from Marsh Harbour. Deeded 1/2 acre lot, 200 to beach & ocean with 180o unobstructed ocean view. $350K net. 850-519-1990 Treasure Cay, nice 2 br. 2 bath, fully furnished ground floor unit at Sand Dollar condo Nice pool and beach. By owner. 365-8499, US 540721-6786, 540-885-1459, e-mail $299,500 Treasure Cay Dormy Villa, 2 bed 2 bath villa. Call for price. 366-4046 or 357-6823 NEW LISTINGS:Bahama Palm Shores: Lowest price. Only one left. $10,000.ea. Commercial property: Excellent location with clear title deeds. Oversize lot on heavily trafficked road includes concrete building. $399,000 Eastern Shores Classic: Superior construction, large living areas, rustic charm, 100 of Sea of Abaco. $862,000 Great Cistern: Water front property in artist colony. $148,800 Great Cistern: Stylish and cozy, 149 of water front, 3 bed/ 2 bath villa with dock. $574,700 Guana Cay: Deepwater harbour access, seven lots three on the Atlantic Ocean. Won't last. $130-299,900. Marsh Harbour: Commercial property on main road. $287,500 Scotland Cay: Rare opportunity in Coconut Creek $422,000 Turtle Rocks: Lovely property Beach access. Good value. $58,800 Sandra Evans, BRI, CIPS (242) 367-2365 Bill Thorndycraft (242) 357-6638We get the job done! FOR SALE BY OWNERMurphy Town Newly constructed duplex located off Forest Drive, quiet family neighborhood. Each unit 2 bed / 1 bath, kitchen, living, laundry, central A/C, excellent yard space. Asking price $185,000 gross or $179,000 net. For further inquiries please call DAY: (242) 424-3176 or (242) 323-7826 ext. 229, EVENINGS: (242) 324-7845 Island Property ManagementJulie Farrington & Leslie SawyerP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: Vacations Rentals Sea Grape RealtyVictor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2749 E-mail: seagraperealty@hotmail.comElbow Cay:Interior lot with paved road, electric, telephone lines for $53,500 Best deal on Elbow Cay! Lot on Big Hill adjacent to Centerline Road, one of only a few left going fast! $125,000Lubbers Quarters:1/2 Acre House Lot on East Side! Deep water and utilities available. $298,000 Hillside acre with private dock slip and utilities. $145,000 Appeal for Funds for Peter Albury, Who Is Awaiting a Heart Transplant54-year-old Peter Albury suffered a major heart attack. He was flown to Nassau for surgery and later airlifted to Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, where he is awaiting a heart transplant. His family is appealing to the people of Abaco to assist in any way possible to enable Peter to have this heart transplant. We have opened an account at Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited in Marsh Harbour. Any donations can be deposited there for transfer to Tampa General Hospital. We would like to thank you for your generous assistance at this time and ask for your prayers for Peter at this time. Sharlyne Thompson, Sister Clarissa Albury, Sister Dog ShowFrom Page 20 Novice Obedience Class. Candace Key showed her two Bedlington Terriers in Conformation classes. Her champion Muffin was officially retired after winning another Best of Breed and International Terrier Group Placement Her eight-month-old Bedlington Terrier puppy Breezy began to make his mark by winning his championship and an International Terrier Group second place. The Abaco dog handlers are interested in having other dog owners join them. If you are interested in showing your dog in Conformation or Obedience, please call Maureen Koepp at 367-2597, Kim Roberts at 367-4442 or Candace Key at 366-0059. Hints for Helping Our Environment Help keep our island clean. Do not throw trash out car windows. Do not dump trash except in designated dumps.Friends of the Environment Presents


Page 22 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005 Affordable Reliable200-800 GPD SC Compact 1000-1500 GPD SC StandardSK WatermakersMarine, Residential, and Commercial Systems from 150 to 10,000 Gallons per Day Superior Warranty Coverage Highest Quality Components Wide Range of Options RO Parts & Supplies(772) 489-085 2www.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 SUPPLY DEPOTHotel, Restaurant & Commercial Supplies Over 1000 Items in Stock Blue Warehouse on S.C. Bootle Hwy. Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Business Service DirectoryGadites Maritime & Navigational Institution P.O.Box CB-13328 Nassau, Bahamas Tel/Fax: 242-362-4305 (home) Cell: 242-557-1617 Email:gaditesmaritime@hotmail.comInternational License Class B License Radar Observer Unlimited Bridge Resource Management COURSESCOURSES COURSESCOURSES COURSESClass A License Celestial Navigation Personal Survival Basic & Advanced Call 367-4585 or Fax 367-3091Souvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing T-Shirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry Childrens Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmons Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat 9 5 Phone: (242) 367-4822 Bs Sunrise Guardian Angel Security CompanySecuring Life and Property 24 Hr. Security Guards Body Guards Money Escort Mobile Patrol, etc. Servicing Abaco and the CaysP.O. Box AB 20156 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242-367-5187 B B a a h h a a m m a a D D a a w w n n D D e e s s i i g g n n s s Custom Quilts and Fabrics Behind B&LPlaza 367-4648 phone/fax P.O. Box AB20503 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242 37 5-2501 Cell: 242 375-3551Vinyl Floor Waxing Ceramic Tile Cleaning Floor Maintenance Rug Shampooing Vehicle Detailing Pressure Cleaning ABACO FENCING CO.We make sure its secure Best prices on all your fencing material & quality work that lasts Call or fax 242-367-2277, Mobile 242-559-8273 PO Box AB20976, Marsh Harbour Email: MAGARIMS CONSTRUCTION CO.Licensed Contractor Large or Small JobsCall 357-6970 or 367-0246 The recipie for better health is as simple as 1-2-3 Fruits, vegetables & grains. The next best thing to fresh fruit & vegetables is: Call Joan Nixon 375-8410 Marsh HarbourElectronics& Satellite Bargain Car RentalsThe Newest and Finest Car Rental Co. Low Rates High Quality ServiceBargain Parts FinderYour #1 store for Auto Parts (Windshields, Bumper, Lights, etc.) Delivery within 96 hrs. Call us today Ph: 367-0500 Next to Abaco Wholesale Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourAbaco Shopping Centre P.O. Box AB 20265 Ph: 367-5880 Fax: 367-3538 By Richard Fawkes Stanton Chea died late April 22 on the way to a hospital in Miami, Florida, after suffering massive trauma sustained in an industrial accident on his job at Sunshine Trucking in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Chea, manager, mechanic and heavy equipment operator at Sunshine Trucking on Pole Line Road, was filling a tyre with a rubberized foam-epoxy (to make it puncture resistant) on a front-end loader when the rim ruptured, hitting him in the chest and upper abdomen. The accident occurred mid-day on April 20. Mr. Chea was taken to Dr. Bernard at the Abaco Family Medicine Clinic before being airlifted to Doctors Hospital in Nassau where he was treated until Friday afternoon when he was airlifted to Florida. News of his death came late in the afternoon on Firday. Before Mr. Chea could be moved from the work site, the epoxy, which had sprayed all over him, had to be cleaned up so that it would not set.Industrial Accident Kills Well Liked Community Volunteer Mr. Chea was accompanied to Nassau and then on to Miami by his wife Michelle, who is 12 weeks pregnant. The couple has a 10year old son, Vicente, and an eight-year-old daughter, Tatiana. Mr. Chea is survived by his mother Iris Pinder and his stepfather, Phillip Pinder, of Cherokee Sound and other relatives. Mr. Chea was very active the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue and his death came as a shock to the other firemen. Close friend, Mr. Shane Sands said Mr. Chea was like a brother. They worked together as volunteer firemen in the fire department, where Mr. Chea was also chief engineer and mechanic. When we would go to a fire, a tearful Mr. Sands recalled, no matter how long it took or tiring it got, he would always find a way to make people laugh to keep their spirits up. He was a person who did not like confrontational situations, but would always try to make peace. Abaco will miss him for a long, long time Mr. Chea was a very kind, compassionate man who was willing to assist anyone who needed help. Many have come forward since his accident to comment on kind acts he did for them. After the hurricanes last fall, he went door-to-door in Cherokee to see how he could assist residents there. Mr. Cheas company worked with the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) to install transformers. He personally supervised the replacement of numerous utility poles throughout Abaco following Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Sunshine Trucking provided a mobile lighting plant for public events such as fairs and festivals. Only feelings could describe what he meant to us, said Bert Capron, who worked as a heavy equipment operator with Mr. Chea for five years and was waiting at the Sunshine Trucking yard with coworker James McKenzie, also a volunteer fireman, for other operators to return from the various jobs they were on. They had no idea what to expect with the company, except for them to keep doing the jobs they were obligated to complete. The police are continuing to investigate the accident. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. By Portia Jonsson Garnell Stuart, a young, talented and motivated musician, has been involved with music since birth. Her parents Garnett Stuart and Patti Limperes Stuart, both now deceased, were a part of the popular music group Funk Connection back in the 1980s. Many Abaconians may be familiar their songs, especially an all time favourite and big hit Abaco People Since their deaths, Garnell feels that the torch has been passed to her to carry on the legacy. Along with playing the piano, Garnell writes short stories, poetry and lyrics and not long ago started a poetry club called The Abaco Poets Society. She teaches piano lessons to children of all ages. Last year she joined the group Holla Back and has since performed at numerous events. She soon recognized that the young people in Abaco have tremendous talent but no way to display it. As a young and upcoming artist herself, she believes that others, too, can go far in the music industry. Two months ago she formed G-Star Productions which will allow her to find young talent and inspire them to continue. G-Star Productions will host its first Abaco One Love Talent Search at the Parish Hall on May 14th at 7:30p.m. This show will feature 15 performers between the ages of 13 26 and afford them an opportunity to perform on stage and get a feel for what it is like to be recognized. Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to the first, second and third winners respectively in three categories, singing, dancing and rapping. Tickets are $10 adults and $ 7 for children 10 years and under at the door and food and drinks will be on sale. If this show is a success, Garnell says GStar Productions she will continue to stage searches every few months showcasing young artists, promoting and exposing their talents in an effort to keep Abaco fresh and one day form a network of talent throughout The Bahamas. Garnell thanks all of her sponsors for their donations and assistance in helping her realize the dream she started to help other youths expand their talent to the fullest. She appeals to the community for its support in encouraging our youth to reach their dreams.Talent Search Is Set for May 14


May 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 COMMERCIAL SERVICES Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & BoatsFor all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service Mooring for rent in Man-O-War, 4.5 feet at low water, special rate for long term. Call 3656433 16 Flats Boat includes trailer, pole, seats, jackplate, and 30 HP motor (only 2 hours) For info contact 359-6473 16 Edge Water CC, 1998 70 HP Yamaha, unsinkable, new boat covers, excellent condition. $12,500 Ph. 367-2350 16' Rahming Bonefisher 1996, 2004 OMC 50 HP with extra lower unit, 4 blade ss prop, Bob's jackplate, Lenco trim tabs, trailer/new tires. In great shape. DUTY PAID. $11,800 OBO. Call 242-365-8423 or email 17 Proline CC 1996, 2004 Yamaha 90 HP, nice run about boat for the Sea of Abaco, includes trailer. DUTY PAID $11,500 OBO Call 305-451-5751 or 305-942-3597 MERCHANDISE FOR SALEFrench doors, 3 sets, Anderson high performance doors, new in carton, warranteed, DUTY PAID. No shipping, no hassle. $2980 each. In Hope Town. Call Philip 366-0680 Gateway laptop computer $1800, New lawn mower $450, Remote control plane $500, GE 24 cu. ft. refrigerator $1700, Time for water heater $40, Used lawn mower $400, 2 used chest of drawers $90 each, Mens bicycle $300, Childs 20 bicycle $125, Meat slicer $40. Prices negotiable. Call 367-2997 30 GE electric stove, brand new, still in box, New style. $600 Call 365-8625Real Estate Sales Agent WantedMarsh Harbour Damianos Real Estate Company wishes to employ for their Marsh Harbour, Abaco office a licensed, experienced and reputable Sales Agent. The successful applicant must have exceptional phone and communication skills, be self-motivated, enthusiastic and be prepared to work as part of a team. If you feel like joining our innovative and successful company, please forward your resume to or fax to (242) 3624730. Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay seeks a handy man with experience in carpentry, electronics and plumbing. No certifications required. Full or part time. Call David Phillips at 3654247. Positions are also available for front office staff. For more information please call Tracey at 365-4247 Job vacancy for gardener / handiman to work in MH. Call 359-6121 Job vacancy for maid / care taker for house in Coopers Town. Call 359-6121 Housekeeping position available in Murphy Town. Please contact Danario at 367-0274 or 367-2519 Pinewoods is seeking a qualified person to fill the position of ordering for the gift department as well as having an artistic and creative eye in interior shop display and design. The position will allow some flexibility in work hours and would be part time. Resumes can be delivered to Pinewoods Nursery or for further information we can be reached at 367-2674 for an interview. Diamante Dental is seeking an office manager/ receptionist. Experience in accounting, marketing and sales needed. Must be computer literate and have own transportation. Interested persons may call 367-4968 or 554-8327 Wood You Furniture is looking for a responsible, reliable male with some carpentry skills. Call 367-9663 EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIES86 Honda Goldwing Interstate 1200 cc, runs good, looks good, 40,406 miles, AM/FM radio and cassette player. Asking $6000 or nearest offer. Call Rex 366-3027 87 Buick LeSabre, loaded, A/C, runs good. $2500 OBO Call Karen 366-0266 98 Toyota Camry Cloth interior, CD player, power windows and locks, grey. Asking $12,500 Contact Chris Pinder at 375-8835 98 Plymouth Voyager 7 seater van, A/C, CD player, $8000 ONO. Contact Lillian 366-3016 / 559-9228 99 Ford Explorer Sport, 2 door, 4 wd, auto, V6, leather interior, sun roof, only 40,000 miles. Asking $12,500 Call 367-5994 99 Dodge Caravan, white, low mileage. $8000. Call 365-2401 20 Shamrock cuddy cabin 220 HP V8 inboard, f/w cooled. Harding double axle trailer. DUTY PAID Boat kept in dry storage. $12,000 Call Dale 365-4359 or Bill 365-4319 21 Cobia 214 CC, 2002 150 HP HPDI with 309 hrs., lean post w/ cooler, T top, compass, raw water pump, console enclosure, VHF, Garmin GPS map 238 sounder, dual batteries, dual battery charger and dual batteries for 24 v. rod, new trailer never used, motor has 2 yrs factory warranty. Contact 365-5195 22 Atlantic Bay Skiff, 8-foot beam, fiberglass, 350 MerCruiser inboard, center console, Bimini, VHF, depth sounder, US registered, fully found, DUTY PAID. Asking $16,500 OBO Call 365-8608 or 365-8420 24 Rampage Cuddy Cabin 240 HP Yanmar diesel, 70 hrs. Excellent condition. DUTY PAID. Call Darvin Sands at 242-365-6007 days and 365-6093 nights 34 Venture, 2001 w/ twin 250 HP saltwater series Yamahas. 600 hrs, immaculate condition, DUTY PAID, loaded, too many extras to list. Serious inquiries. Call Sidney Albury 9-5 Ph. 367-2091 After 5 p.m. 367-2031 45 #1 Hull Fiberglass fishing boat, 1980, single 8V71 engine, 6,000 lb. freezer, 15 KW Isuzu generator, water maker, 300 gal fresh water tank, 1200 gal diesel tank. Sleeps 8. Excellent condition. Contact Arthur Lightbourne 366-4355/ 366-4430, cell 375-9644 Wanted: Dinghy or boat under 12, fiberglass. Call 357-6806 between 7 p.m. 10 p.m. BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS WANTED20 courten steel container, ideal for storage, excellent condition. $2900 Call 367-2673 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE00 Dodge 3/4 ton cargo van, beautiful condition with racks inside, radio, auto, air. $14,900 OBO 365-8188 00 Dodge Durango fully loaded. $17,000 Contact 367-2262 or 367-4485 BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE By Portia Jonsson Earlier this year during his second visit to The Bahamas in less than three years, the former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, praised The Bahamas for its success rate in clinical care against HIV/ AIDS. Mr. Clinton met with the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, before touring the Specialty Clinic at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Initially the antiretroviral (ARV) medicine was very expensive, but Mr. Christie said as a direct result of funding by the Clinton Foundation it has been drastically reduced. He added that the death rate has been reduced by 50 per cent and The Bahamas has scored remarkable results in its treatment of HIV/ AIDS patients. The Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Marcus Bethel, was praised by President Clinton for his leadership in the reduction of HIV/AIDS cases. Last year The Bahamas recorded no new cases of children born HIV positive from mothers infected with the virus who were receiving treatment. This was facilitated by the help of the Clinton Foundation. More than 1,600 people are receiving the ARV medicine, up from an estimated 470 who were on the cocktail in 2002. More than 2,000 HIV-positive individuals are receiving health care and support under the Clinton Foundation programme. Between the end of 2002 and 2004, the mortality rate for persons with HIV/AIDS was reduced from 250 deaths per year to 140 deaths yearly. The percentage of HIV-positive pregnant women declined from 2.7 percent in 2001 to 1.6 percent in 2004. Assisting Caribbean countries in building their capacity in the fight against AIDS is a major priority of the Clinton Foundation. This initiative was also implemented in Africa, India and China, reducing the cost of AIDS drugs and diagnostic tests. The Bahamas government and a number of businesses created a plan in October 2002 under which all HIV-positive persons will be in care and receive the necessary medications by the end of December 2005. Its aim is to reduce the HIV transmission rate by 25 percent.The Bahamas HIV/AIDS Programme Was Praised Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe toThe Abaconian


Page 24 B The Abaconian May 1, 2005Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoGreat Guana Cay "Plum Loco" 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,228 sq.ft. home on almost 1/2 acre with 100' of beautiful beachfront. Furnished and fully equipped#AB97UNDER CONTRACT Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Drive -"Steiner House" 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home on two levels upper level deck almost 1/2 Acre Good Sea of Abaco Views. Short stroll to beach. Great family home. fully Furnished. #AB116 $925,000.Sand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 $355,000.PRIVATE ISLANDSSea of Abaco "Cornish Cay" 38 Acre private Island 2 bedroom, 1 bath residence, 2 Guest Cottages, Caretaker's Cottage, Barn, Tennis Court, Sea Plane Ramp, Boat Basin with Boat Lift, Boat Ramps, Breakwater protected Dock, Solar Power and generators # AB 119 UNDER CONTRACTSea of Abaco "Carrington Cay" 300' from the Abaco mainland, near Leisure Lee 1.4 acres. Excellent elevation. #AB5147 $375,000. VACANT LAND Great Guana Cay 5.9 Beautiful sea-to-sea acresSouth end of Great Guana Cay 395' of Ocean frontage. 160' of Sea of Abaco frontage. 245' of semi-private boat basin frontage. Good elevations for fabuolus ocean and sea views #AB5176 $2,950,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area "Madiera Hill" 1.497 Acres 312' x 209' Waterfront access super views. # AB5143 UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay "Lot 60" 12,235 sq ft., almost 1/3 acre. between Coco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. mature native landscape. and trees. Convenient to Green Club and beach Last parcel remaining in the area. #AB 5183 $73,000.Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Site 5,207 sq.ft. dockage for 55 'Vessel and 25' runabout #AB5187 NEW LISTING $545,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Sites #40 9,778 sq.ft. AB5155 Extra Large Corner Parcel NEW PRICE $275,000. #41 7,070 sq.ft. AB5156 Good Elevation Sea View -NEW PRICE $345,000.Sand Banks Creek One Acre plus Wooded lots with over 90' of water frontage on Bay 3 miles south of Treasure Cay Limited Number Available. # AB5069 from: $63,700. Northern Abaco Cays 20 acre private island. 1,000' wide glorious lagooon with fabulous crescent beach. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Studio home, Cabana, protected dock-slipway 50 years remaining on a 99 year lease. #AB126 NEW LISTING $2,200,000. "Little Hog Cay" NEW LISTING Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,500 sq.ft residence with 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1,100 sq.ft guest house. Southeastern point of island. Swimming Pool Private boat slip. Superb ocean and cay views. Furnished # AB112NEW PRICE $1,750,000. "Point of View" NEW PRICE Man-O-War Cay 3 + Acres Sea-to-sea. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,920 sq.ft. residence. 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath guest complex on beach. 259' of beautiful Sea of Abaco beach. Lush landscaping, a myriad of fruit trees. Fully furnished and equipped. Superb Views. # AB111 NEW PRICE $3,900,000 "Ceylon's Isle" "Rosewood" NEW PRICEMan-O-War Cay 3/4 acre sea-to-sea. Elegant 1 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, 1,220 sq.ft., home. 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath guest house. 3,300 sq.ft. of decks and porches. Private Dock, Beach. Central A/C, Generator, watermaker Beautiful lush sub-tropical landscaping.#AB133 NEW LISTING $1,800,000. NEW LISTING "Bien Choisi"Man-O-War Cay Charming, exquisite, traditional Bahamian home on over 1/4 acre. 1 bedroom, 1 bath in 1,047 sq.ft. Two screened porches. 249 sq.ft. "Snore Box" with 1/2 bath and attached workshop. Crows nest for great ocean views. Private boat mooring. Furnished. #AB131 NEW LISTING $475,000. "Sugar Apple" NEW LISTING Man-O-War Cay Ocean Beach-front. Superb, beautifully maintained, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath 3,300 sq.ft. home on two levels. Wraparound covered and open decks. Fabulous ocean views. Central A/C, Generator. #AB134 NEW LISTING $995,000. NEW LISTING "Czanne" Great Guana Cay 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,686 sq.ft. Beach-Front Home 725 sq.ft. of Decks. Over 1/4 Acre with 80 of ocean front. Fabulous views. Deeded access to semi-private dock. Beautifully Furnished. Great Rental History. #AB142 NEW LISTING $1,380,000 "Watch Hill" NEW LISTINGMan-O-War Cay 5 Bedroom, 4 bath, 3,000 sq.ft. home, 2,400 sq.ft of covered verandahs. set on over 1/3 Acre with 100' of Beach-front. Fabulous ocean views. Swimming Pool, Generator, Water-maker. Fully furnished. #AB138 NEW LISTING $1,400,000 "Utopia" NEW LISTINGElbow Cay 2 Two Storey Waterfront Homes. A total of 9 bedrooms, 8 baths in 4,000 sq.ft. Set up as four separate rental units with great history. About 1/12 Acres with 170' of Sea of Abaco frontage. Furnished. Fabulous views. Private dock. #AB141 NEW LISTING $1,925,000 "Twin Dolphin Point" NEW LISTINGMarsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Unique 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 2,800 sq.ft. Living Space on 3 levels. Upper Level Decks Superb Views. On 2 Lots totalling 10,180 sq.ft. Swimming Pool. 100' of Private dockage. #AB149 NEW LISTING $1,750,000 "Jaffa" NEW LISTINGTurtle Rocks 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,200 sq.ft. Beach-Front Home Almost 1,600 sq.ft. of Covered wrap-around veranda. Over 2 acres with 100' of Sea of Abaco Beach-front. Fabulous views of the sea and outlying cays. Fully Furnished. #AB139 NEW LISTING $1,175,000 "Hidden Paradise" NEW LISTINGGreen Turtle Cay Coco Bay, 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, 2,300 sq.ft. Water-front Home 4,800 sq.ft. of Decks. Recently completely Renovated. Over 1/4 Acre with 100' of bay front. Fabulous views. Private dock with dredged channel. #AB140 NEW LISTING $1,725,000 "Bay Lodge" NEW LISTING Kathleen Albury, BRIEstate Agent Appraiser Elbow CayTel/Fax: (242) 366-0700 cell: (242 ) 477-5350 e.mail: Faron SawyerEstate Agent Marsh HarbourTel: (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242) 359 6981 e.mail: Margot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: Chris Plummer, BRI Assistant District ManagerEstate Agent Green Turtle CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 Cell: (242) 554-9451 e.mail: VHF Channel 16 Derek A. Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 367-4608 Cell: (242) 357-6856 e.mail: dereklee@oii.netMarsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoMarsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Casa Sirena" -3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,474 sq.ft. Canal Front Home Over 900 sq.ft. of porches and Decks. Two Car Garage. Private dock for 55' boat and 10,000 # Boat-lift for 25' boat. Fully Furnished and Equipped. #AB121UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club -"Robin's Nest" 3 bedroom, 2 bath home 1,487 sq.ft. 2 Lots totalling 11,895 sq.ft. Home on Lot 16 New Swimming pool on lot 17. 89' Layalong dock with great versatility in sizes of vessels. #AB136 UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Endless Summer"4 bedroom, 3 bath 2,700 sq.ft. Home. Private Dock with boat lift on the Sea of Abaco. Some of the most Fabulous Panoramic Views in Abaco. Across the road from Beach. fully Furnished. #AB118 $1,500,000.Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Sea View" 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1,400 sq.ft of living space. Private Dock Slip. Superb views of the Sea of Abaco Fully Furnished and Equipped Good Rental Income Producer. # AB68 UNDER CONTRACT "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 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