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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 20, OCTOBER 15th, 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 Business Outlook Conference Draws 100Minister Roberts gave update on airport and utilities, others spoke on problems of growth by Richard E. Fawkes With an ambitious one-day agenda that left most speakers breathless to meet a tight schedule and participants little time for discussion, the Second Annual Abaco Business Outlook Conference tackled topics related to the conclave’s theme, “Managing the Challenges of Growth,” at Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour on Thursday, September 29. In his remarks opening the conference, Derek Lee, co-chair of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce which sponsored the event with the Counsellors Limited of Nassau, declared himself “bullish” and “excited” about the prospects of the the island’s continued economic growth. Calling attention to what he regards as a growing reversal in the traditional slowdown in the island’s economy that begins every August, Mr. Lee, the H. G. Christie broker in Abaco, said the main indicators of prosperity real estate, shipping and building supplies were showing strong movement. “Change is inevitable,” keynote speaker Bradley Roberts, Minister of Public Works and Utilities said, “The best way to manage change is to lead it,” as he addressed the role of infrastructure in growth. Congratulating Abaconians for bouncing back following last year’s devastating hurricanes, Mr. Roberts said Abaco is booming. “We have witnessed the opening of The Abaco Club under the watch of the new PLP Government,” Mr. Roberts bragged. “With much relief it seems that The Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club Development at Guana Cay is in the stage of evolving to the benefit of the Abaco economy; we are hearing about and seeing the expansion of Bahama Beach Hotel in Treasure Cay; and of course, foreign persons, in increasing numbers, are seeking second home residences in Abaco on a consistent basis.” Noting the World Bank’s emphasis on a direct link between infrastructure Mr. Silbert Mills, standing, of Radio Abaco introduced the speakers for the recent Business Outlook Conference held September 29. Minister Bradley Roberts of Public works and Utilities, seated at right, brought information on the airport, utilities and other improvements Abaco can look forward to. Seated l to r, are Mr. Leon Williams of Batelco, Mr Paul Major of BahamasAir, Mr. Kevin Basden of BEC, and Mr. Don Demeritte of Water and Sewerage. They were brought by Mr. Roberts to answer questions related to the government corporations.Illegal Houses to be Torn DownMinister of Works Roberts states that illegal construction will be demolished Set Clocks Back One Hour October 30Daylight Savings Time ends 2 a.m. October 30. Set your clocks back one hour either at bedtime on October 29 or on the morning of October 30. Visit the All Abaco RegattaSee Heritage Bahamian Sailing Smacks October 27 29 Races • Thurs Sat Food & Live Music • Drinks and Games Treasure Cay Ferry Landing This is the Pigeon Pea settlement behind Abaco Hardware in the middle of Marsh Harbour. It has been there for years and houses not there are not threatened by this new government edict. New construction here, which is on private land, or in other areas would be subject to demolition according to Mr. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works and Utilities, speaking at the second Abaco Business Outlook Conference.This particular settlement does not have much room for expansion. See Story on Page 2 Please see Business Page 16


Page 2 The Abaconian October 15, 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 By Richard E. Fawkes Bradley Roberts, Minister of Public Works and Utilities, pledged to Abaconians on behalf of the government that all illegal housing put up after September 29 will be demolished. Mr. Roberts made his declaration during a wide-ranging speech under the theme, “Managing the Challenges of Growth” at the Second Abaco Business Outlook Conference at Abaco Beach Resort on September 29. “All citizens and residences, legal or illegal must comply with the laws of our land,” Mr. Roberts said. “The construction of any building without a building permit is against the laws of our lands and I declare this morning, and let the word goMin. Roberts Says New Illegal Houses Will Be DemolishedBahamian Law must apply to all, Citizens, residents and even illegal immigrantsMinister Roberts forth, that any and all illegal construction and the unauthorized occupancy of Crown Lands commencing from today, September 29, 2005 will be dealt with in full compliance with the law. Effective immediately, the services of heavy equipment operators here in Abaco will be contracted to demolish any unauthorised construction in a manner that is humane.” With respect to existing illegal housing including all The Mudd, Pigeon Peas, Sand Banks, and the virgin forest area called Hidden Valley just outside Bahama Star Farm near Treasure Cay Mr. Roberts said they will be addressed under the “new immigration policy program.” “No doubt you would have also heard,” he explained, “about the first of a two-part report, which was recently presented to the government on the serious illegal immigration problem in The Bahamas. And I emphaChief Councillor for North Abaco, Steve Pedican, brought illegal construction in the Treasure Cay airport region to government’s attention earlier this year. Behind him is one of many houses springing up in the pine forest. One house was demolished during construction but within weeks was rebuilt and occupied. This area off the Treasure Cay farm road has been named Hidden Valley due to its inconspicuous location. Please see Illegal Page 20


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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 Town Fine Dining Fine Dining Fine Dining Fine Dining Fine Dining Relaxed Atmosphere Relaxed Atmosphere Relaxed Atmosphere Relaxed Atmosphere Relaxed AtmosphereFor Reservations Call: (242) 367-2158EVERY SUNDAY from 10:30am to 2:30pm $30.00 per person, Children under 12, 1/2 Price INCLUDES: All you can eat buffet, FREE Mimosa, FREE soft drinks, FREE ParkingSUNDAY BRUNCHAirport Short Comings to Be Addressed in 60 DaysNew airport may be built in 5 6 years in a central location with private fundingBy Richard E. Fawkes In a departure from what has come to be accepted as a sacred cow of Bahamian governments’ development philosophy — that only public funding should be used for infrastructure — the Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Public Works and Utilities, announced that a new airport is being planned for the entire island of Abaco to be built with private funding. “It is intended for that project to be something that could be well put together, well thought out and to be built over a period of time using privatised funding for the exercise,” Mr. Roberts said in answer to a question following a speech he gave at the Second Annual Abaco Business Outlook Conference in Marsh Harbour on September 29. “In other words, no involvement of the government. As the government is about to enter into a contract with a company that would manage the Nassau International Airport, we think that the time has come to put operations like that into private hands, people who have the expertise to do so.” Mr. Roberts said the government has engaged experts to identify a location for a new airport somewhere between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. “And because of the heightened level of security all around the world,” he added, “I guess thanks to Mr. Osama bin Laden, we all have to make and go through these major changes. So we’ve determined that it is the best thing for us to do and that is the intention for the future of an airport, maybe to be built five or six years down the road for the entire mainland of Abaco.” Heavy rains on October 4 and 5 flooded the Marsh Harbour ramp causing flights on the 5 th to be diverted to Cherokee Air’s ramp further west. Some aircraft chose to land at Treasure Cay. The Marsh Harbour runway was not flooded, but the area outside the terminal was flooded. Cherokee Air, a fixed base operator (FBO) for aircraft, has a higher ramp and remained dry while the main terminal remained in a shallow sea. Customs and Immigration were able to facilitate passengers here. On the right edge of the photo can be seen Abaco Air’s FBO facility which also remained dry. In his prepared speech on the topic, Managing the Challenges of Growth the theme of the conference, Mr. Roberts said that the government “is painfully aware of the inadequate conditions at the Marsh Harbour International Airport,” and promised that, as a result of a discussion with Prime Minister Christie he had had the night before coming to Abaco, work to address the issue will begin within 60 days. “I can confirm today,” Mr. Roberts told the conference that was attended by about 100 business and professional persons, “that the extension, renovation and refurbishment of the existing terminal building is being fast tracked for the construction of a major addition to the existing terminal in conformity with ICAO specifications. Additionally, the plans call for the construction of a parallel taxiway and the repaving of the existing runway.” Critics such as United States Ambassador John Rood and retired Abaconian aviator Capt. Leonard Thompson had suggested repaving the runway to prevent possible front tyre blowouts and construction of a parallel taxiway to ease air traffic congestion. Mr. Roberts also said, in response to a question, that there were plans to provide adequate drainage for the flood-prone airport. Ironically, during the weekend and into the week following the minister’s address, heavy rainfall required the closing of the airport terminal for three days because of the flooding of the apron. The runway remained operational, however. Bahamasair was diverted to Treasure Cay and other airlines used the Cherokee Air’s terminal. Mr. Roberts said the terminal will be expanded to 5,000 square feet, twice the size planned by the previous government. Many passengers using the second busiest airport in the country are forced to await their flights in uncomfortably squeezed conditions or outside the building. See a condensed history of Abaco at


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Page 8 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Dave RalphThe Editor Says . Roberts brought a lot to ponderThe 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: Richard Fawkes, Portia Jonsson, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Hugh Cottis, Lindsey Delaplaine, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abaco’s most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moore’s Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Letters to the EditorU.S. Magazine tells how to steal Bahamian crawfishTo All Our Fellow Bahamians: Recently, a Bahamian fisherman handed me the August 2005 edition of the Florida Sportsman Magazine to read an article entitled, “Buggin in the Bahamas.” I will be happy to share this article with anyone who requests it. I was appalled to read that foreigners are now coaching others how to seek out and locate Bahamian fisherman’s crawfish habitats, quoting from the article, “Habitat found.” The writer of the article actually encourages foreigners to come fish in the Bahamas instead of the Florida keys and take our crawfish. Exposure of this magnitude from a high profile magazine is only going to escalate our marine resource crisis. The writer of this article further advised the magazine readers that we Bahamians don’t care if they rob us, and I quote from the article again, “we saw several locals diving in the area and they didn’t seem to mind.” What a crock of bull! Reading this infuriated me because I know from experience how hard all Bahamian fisherman work to make a living and recognize their financial investment in the trade only to have foreigners come in and benefit from the Bahamians back breaking labour. It made my blood boil. Wonder how they would feel if the tables were turned and Bahamians went over to the Florida Keys and fished their waters and poached from their fisherman? While pondering that question, poaching is still prevalent in the Bahamas. Just recently, a foreign sports fishing vessel loaded down with crawfish habitats was observed leaving the White Sound area of Elbow Cay headed for the Abaco Sound area to distribute these habitats. Tell me why the government isn’t doing anything to prevent this bold display of breaking the law. It appears our government doesn’t care about its own people. I ask my fellow Bahamians now to step to the plate and help me plead to the government officials to protect our livelihoods and our marine resources by taking action now to stop foreigners from spear fishing and from catching crawfish and conch once and for all. Period. Please take the time, write some letters, make some phone calls, make some noise, anything to get the governments attention and force them to think about their people instead of themselves. Thank you for your support and assistance. Sincerely, Robert LoweVisitor shocked by Florida Sportsman magazine articleGood day, I am writing this in response to an article entitled “Buggin’ in the Bahamas” that appeared in the August edition of Florida Sportsman Magazine. The man made structures described in the article are “traps” built and placed by Bahamian Fishermen to aggregate Crawfish so they can be collected and sold to feed their families. They are not there for you or me to pick over when we want Lobster, when you do you are stealing, and there is no way to justify theft. Many visitors don’t realize how much time and money Bahamian Crawfishermen put into buying the materials, building and setting traps. Crawfishing is their profession, it is how they feed their families, and when visitors, or locals raid their traps it takes food from the mouth of the fishermen, and their families. Everyone seems to think that the few they take are not a big deal, but 100 or more boats taking a dozen Crawfish each from fisherman’s traps can equate to $5000 to $10,000 worth of Crawfish that the fisherman won’t have available to feed his family and that is the amount of damage done daily!. At the start of the season there are literally hundreds of foreign and rental boats robbing traps every day. The storms of 2004 destroyed, or carried off thousands of traps which fishermen had Please see Letters Page 9 The official word is that Abaco has some serious improvements coming to the island’s infrastructure. The stories on earlier pages in this paper are taken from a presentation made September 29 by Mr. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works and Public Utilities, to a group of about 100 managers and leaders in the government and private sector. The occasion was a Business Outlook Conference sponsored by the Counselors of Nassau on the “Challenges of Growth” as related to Abaco. Acknowledging that our economy is expanding at a rapid rate, Mr. Roberts stated that utilities and other infrastructural amenities must expand in unison with the private sector. This expansion will lead to further development he said. He gave some insight into government’s plans for Abaco’s utilities and other government services. Most of the items which follow were given without specifying a timetable. Cherokee will benefit eventually from the water line installed to Winding Bay by the Abaco Club. Two items will delay this connection. The first is finding the money to put a distribution system in the Cherokee settlement. The second is the actual installation of the pipes, digging up the roads and subsequent repaving. The underwater pipeline suggested for connecting the mainland to Green Turtle Cay has apparently been scrapped as being too expensive and a reverse osmosis (RO) plant is now being considered. Distribution pipes were laid through New Plymouth several years ago before the roads were resurfaced Guana Cay settlement will ultimately be connected to the Baker’s Bay RO system. Studies are underway for Man-O-War Cay and Elbow Cay being supplied by RO.. Putting a water supply into Cherokee, Elbow Cay and Man-O-War is probably years away as money must be found for the projects and the towns dug up while the pipes are laid. In Hope Town’s case, they will be digging up half a million dollars of new road paving from the town to the south. BEC will be extending their power line from Crossing rocks into Sandy Point. That project is either underway now or will soon begin. This extension will provide power the length of Abaco. Without elaborating, Mr. Roberts mentioned studies underway for a new power plant. This is badly needed as more generation capacity is required and there are many reasons for relocating rather than expanding the present facility. Two main reasons for relocating are the expanding subdivision bordering the present plant and the need for a fuel pipeline to a coastal connection for tank ships. BEC now consumes 20,000 gallons of fuel per day. In answering a question about high electricity costs, Mr. Basden of BEC, suggested consumers begin using solar water heaters and take other conservation measures. Conservation is a ripe area for government to exploit and the topic has generally been ignored. We live on islands with limited water resources and must import all fuel which is becoming more expensive each month. There are many proven measures that consumers can use to reduce their electric consumption which translates for BEC to either lower fuel needs or a lessened need for more capacity. Mr. Roberts expanded slightly on the environmental side of Abaco’s growth with reference to sewer systems and pump out stations for marinas. He referred to three of our polluted harbours, Green Turtle, Hope Town and Marsh Harbour. He made a muted reference to a deep disposal well for sewerage at the new waste disposal site now under construction between Snake Cay and Spring City. A marina pump-out station needs a companion disposal site somewhere else. It is not likely that we will see a full scale sewage system in Marsh Harbour in our lifetimes. We will be depending on the “honey wagons” for years to come. This raises the interesting question of pump-out stations on the cays. The marinas on the cays are popular with the boaters and they could pump out boat holding tanks but then where does it go. At the moment, only Guana Cay is in line for a marina with a pump out facility and a companion treatment and disposal plant. Two other environmental projects were given. The solid ferry ramp at Sandy Point was ordered to be removed, presumably to be replaced with a structure that would allow sea currents free access along the beach. The beach on the south side of the ramp is becoming noticeably broader while the north side is visible getting narrower. The diminishing shoreline may encroach on waterfront buildings in time. Another often mentioned project is the restoration of water flow now blocked by the causeway connecting Little Abaco. A bridge here would restore a vast nursery for fishery resources. This was scheduled for completion several years ago but Hurricane Floyd changed the priorities. The audience listened attentively as the Minister gave an edict that all illegal construction found after September 29 would be humanely demolished. He alluded to our heavy construction operators who may be contracted for this work. Humanely would imply removing the structures before they are occupied. The room burst into applause on hearing this but it remains to be seen how and when this will be carried out. Four weeks have passed and we are not aware of any structures being demolished. Perhaps none have been built. The logistics of implementing this were not given. Abaco is getting a resident works engineer who will be the Ministry’s senior staff member on Abaco. The monitoring of illegal construction would normally be a part of his portfolio. Mr. Roberts got everyone’s attention when he brought up the Marsh Harbour airport. It seems that the present airport will be upgraded with a new terminal of some 5,000 square feet, the runway will be repaved and a taxiway will be put in place. Whether due to a change in thinking or inadvertently omitted, there was no mention of a control tower which is an expensive addition when staff requirements are considered. Many here are confident that air traffic can be controlled safely without a physical control tower but by using accepted air control methods. He made no reference to the Treasure Cay airport. His final note on a new airport suggested a location is being studied somewhere between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Financing will be innovative according to Mr. Roberts as privatized funding will be utilized to build this facility. He intimated that this might be five or six years in the future. This information was tempered by his announcement that improvements to the Marsh Harbour airport should begin within 60 days. Except for seeing work begin by the end of the year, no other schedules were given. Improvements to the present airport could be completed in 12 24 months whereas beginning fresh is probably 24 36 months away if the process began now, and there is no sign of this happening. The 5 6 year time frame mentioned for a new airport may be to give time to reevalueate the situation after the present airport is improved. The renovations mentioned should allow the Marsh Harbour facility to function comfortably for five, ten or more years. It is presently the second busiest airport in The Bahamas. The fixed base operators now at the airport are expanding and may be diverting a significant number of aircraft and passengers from the present terminal This trend may grow and change the overall operation of the airport and the traffic through public terminal. The Abaco Club and the Baker’s Bay projects will be several years in coming up to speed. There have been muted references this past year to a pending massive development on south Abaco and comments on lesser projects in the north. Who knows the way Abaco is growing and developing, our airport requirements may be entirely different in five years. Minister Roberts gave us a lot to think about.


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 ARAWAK AGENCYC U S T O M S B R O K E R S 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 AllŽ Internet Access Out Island Inter.Net Hign Speed Wireless Internet Dial-up Internet Internet Cafe Printing, Copying & FaxingP.O.Box AB-20991 Queen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone: 367-3006 Fax: 367-3387 Monda Monda Monda Monda Monda y F y F y F y F y F rida rida rida rida rida y y y y y 9 am 5 pm 9 am 5 pm 9 am 5 pm 9 am 5 pm 9 am 5 pm spent hundreds of thousands of dollars setting. These traps had to be replaced at huge costs to the fisherman, only to be worked by others leaving the fisherman without income while still having to pay for the traps. Crawfishing is not a fun pastime to these fishermen – it is their livelihood. I was shocked, and disgusted to read the article in Florida Sportsman Magazine describing how to find, and rob Bahamian traps. The theft of a man’s livelihood has nothing to do with being “a sportsman” and is wrong! I just thought y’all might want to know the flip-side of grabbing a few crawfish from someone’s traps. If things like this continue the Bahamian Fisheries Department will have no choice but to change existing laws that will affect all sportsmen, think about who you hurt before you act. In the long run these kinds of actions will hurt everyone. Regards, R.More Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 8Stagger dates for crawfish seasonMr. Michael Braynen Min of Fisheries, Nassau I think you for your time discussing recent problems between local fishermen and visitors at the opening of crawfish season. These tensions have escalated now to the point where someone is going to be seriously injured and the ramifications to our tourist industry will be severe. I have had first hand reports of visitors being held at gunpoint and threatened by local fishermen if they are found to be even in the vicinity of their traps on opening day. Our local fishermen depend upon this catch, particularly in the opening weeks, to feed their families and they should not have to compete, in their own country, with well equipped, state of the art electronics found on most visitors boats. The Abaco Chamber of Commerce would like to propose to your ministry that you consider closing the first two weeks of crawfish season to foreigners and reserve this time exclusively for Bahamians. We don’t feel that this two week time frame will adversely effect our tourism and it will help to defuse some of the mounting tension. Although difficult to police we feel that the Bahamians out there on the water will help by taking names and registration numbers on boats and reporting them via VHF to the proper authorities. You said yourself that if we can’t catch them over here you know the appropriate people to speak to in Florida. The penalties should be severe and well published. Also we recommend that a fishing licence should be purchased for crawfishing. We ask that you please consider these measures in time for next August’s season. The Ministry of Tourism, according to Don Cornish whom I spoke with on this issue, will be able to have sufficient lead time to issue notices on any policy change. Mr. Cornish supports this idea wholeheartedly. Thank you for your consideration in the matter. We look forward to a response at your earliest opportunity. Sincerely, Cindy Hayworth, Vice President. Abaco Chamber of CommerceAmbulanceTeams Stay for two week ShiftsEmergency Medical Personnel Are from Freeport’s Rand Memorial HospitalBy Mirella Santillo Since the closing of Trauma One in April, teams of two emergency personnel have been sent from Freeport, Grand Bahama every two weeks to staff ambulances and respond to emergency situations in the Marsh Harbour area. Every other Friday a replacement emergency certified technician and first responder go on duty at the clinic as the previous crew leaves. On September 23 Mr. Tamar Bodie, who was trained at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport and has been a Certified Emergency Technician for over eight years, arrived in Marsh Harbour for the second time since April accompanied of Mr. Stirrup Deangelo, a first responder for the last six months. Mr. Bodie and Mr. Deangelo are part of a team of 29 emergency personnel based in Freeport. “We are here to provide emergency medical services to the Marsh Harbour area,” explained Mr. Bodie. “We will go to accident sites, answer cardiac arrest calls or attend mass casualty situations. We work 24 hours a day, and we can be found at the government clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are on call after that. We can be reached by calling 359-6282 or the clinic at 367-2510 or the police station at 367-2560. During his stay on Abaco, Mr. Bodie has had to deal mainly with road traffic accidents and house emergencies. “Working at the clinic has been a good experience,” said Mr. Bodie. “The difficult part is leaving our families behind.” However, he added that working in Marsh Harbour made him appreciate home more. “It takes longer to get things done here,” he explained. “There is more red tape to go through.” The emergency crews have three ambulances at their disposal. “Two were donated by Trauma One and one was sent from Nassau,” explained Mr. Bodie. The ambulances are equipped with first aid supplies and an automatic external defibrillator for cardiac arrest victims. Seriously injured people still have to be stabilized and airlifted. “There is a need for a more modernized clinic,” said Mr. Bodie. It is the plan of the Ministry of Health to do train and hire locals to become emergency personnel. There is only one first responder in Marsh Harbour, Mr. John Pintard. Mr. Bodie does not know how soon that will happen Please see TEAM Page 22 Mr. Bodie and Mr. Deangelo 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 regulationsJun 2005Order The Abaconian Today• Community events • New business ventures • Local government action • Changes in airline service Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $40 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 8902 N Military Trail FR181, Palm Beach Garden, FL 33410 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below


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We are hoping to collect some local treasurers and put them on display in the W.W.Sands Community Center on December 29th 2005 for public viewing. At the same time outside in the schoolyard we will set up a reception area where our visiting retired Antique Dealers will be able to look over your antiques and memorabilia and give a qualified quote or estimate of their current value. As everyone who lives in the islands is aware termites, ants, mildew and the elements take their toll on almost everything sooner or later. However, almost everyone has kept something that belonged to Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa or even Aunt Suzie that they treasure for it’s sentimental value because of who it belonged too. Some little keepsake that you always wondered whether it might be of some value. It might be a piece of furniture, jewelry, a bible, some old coins, a painting, a photograph, some china or pottery or maybe a quilt. If it goes back fifty years or more it may be an antique. Of course, the older the better. This event will be another first for Cherokee and Abaco, I believe, and hopefully some of our local historians will give us some of their valuable knowledge in order to make a success of this local fund raising project. Your assistance would be appreciated and we would love to have your individual input. When Cherokee’s old school was renovated and restored some discussions were held regarding a museum to house local artifacts. However, present day needs won out over the past which has proved to be a necessary and useful community meeting place for our settlement and everyone is very proud of the work that was accomplished. But, we don’t want to forget our heritage and this Antique Exhibition will be a good opportunity for the people of Cherokee to show that they still remember their ancestors and bring out some of their personal keepsakes that were left to them. So, take a look in that old trunk, maybe the back of the linen closet or out in the shed, or maybe you have something that is very precious to you and you have it in an honored place on display everyday in your home. We are looking for something, anything, that you kept that belonged to your family? Would you like to show it off or maybe just find out if it really is a treasure and may be worth something? Here’s your chance to have it checked by the experts. South Abaco NewsShown are a few antique items of interest that will be on display at “The Antiques Road Show,” You may have more. by Hugh Cottis Saturday 8th of October marked the beginning of activities in Cancer Awareness Month for Abaco. The local branch of the Cancer Society of the Bahamas organized three free clinics, Women were given pap smear tests for cervical cancer while the males had PSA and digital examinations for prostate cancer. Clinics were held at Marsh Harbour, Coopers Town and Moores Island. Marsh Harbour recorded 32 females and 10 male examinations. This number was down from previous years and can be attributed to the inclement weather that prevailed throughout the day. Coopers Town saw 21 females and 19 males, while Moores Island exceeded expectations by registering 31 females and 11 males. This totaled 84 females and 40 males. The increased number of men coming forward is very encouraging. The Abaco Branch extends thanks to the many persons who contributed to the success of these clinics. Four doctors from Nassau were flown in, volunteering their weekend to make these clinics possible; they were. Dr.Edison Thompson, Dr. Francis Williams, Dr.Charles Wildgoose and Dr. Delicia Wood. They were ably supported by Nassau based members of the Society, Nurse Peggy Cooper, Sheila Moss, Lee Ferguson and Sherry Thurston. A great debt of gratitude also is due to the Abaco Cancer Society members who assisted at the various clinics and to the staff of the Government Clinics who worked tirelessly throughout the day. Radio Abaco. Abaco Air, Lofty Fig Villas and Sapodillys also showed their support for these clinics by providing free publicity or services at greatly reduced prices.Clinics Sponsored by Cancer Society Screen 124


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This is the second time the Abaco Swim Club invited swimmers to dive into the Sea of Abaco connecting the islands of Great Abaco and Elbow Cay, one stroke at a time. The event will begin at 10am on October 22nd from the Great Abaco Beach Hotel. The swimmers will be monitored by Hope Town Fire & Rescue, Hope Town Sailing Club, and other qualified volunteers until they reach their destination of White Sound on Elbow Cay. After the race the participants, spectators and volunteers return for the award ceremony. The Abaco Tourist Office has been instrumental in helping the Hope Town Swim Club by offering their organizational skills and general sponsorship of this event. This is just one of the number of fall events coordinated by the Abaco Tourist Office to encourage a healthy fall season. The Office has advertised to over 1000 swim clubs in the United States and circulated information throughout The Bahamas to ensure that the event is a success. Even non-swimmers will enjoy this fun filled day and play an important role by sponsoring the racers. Whether freestyle or breaststroke, the course is said to be challenging. Although the swim club has their own regulation pool they return to this marathon as their major fund raiser. As head coach and chairman of the fund raiser explained, “This marathon takes us back to the Abaco Swim Club’s roots and we want to remember where we began in the Sea of Abaco.” The first marathon raised $20,000 for the Hope Town Community Pool and brought a lot of attention to the worthy cause. The event attracted Bahamian National Champion swimmer and Olympic competitor, Jeremy Knowles. This year over 100 entries are anticipated. Several competitive trophies in a variety of categories will be offered including the Fastest Overall Male swimmer and Fastest Overall Female swimmer. The Hope Town Community Pool has several endowments including a monthly maintenance fund but there are still many needs the Abaco Swim Club would like to fulfill in-Four Mile Swim Attracts Nassau and U.S. SwimmersPlanners hope 100 start at Abaco Beach Resort waterfront and swim to the White Sound entrance on Elbow Caycluding time clocks, water-maker, pool cover and bleachers. This pool represents one of many organized team sports available to the youth of Abaco. Through this pool the children will be able to compete nationally, internationally and each year the Bahamas would begin to receive Abaco representation even up to the Olympics status. The Abaco Swim Club has come a long way with its own training pool that they will offer for exercise to members, competitive swim meets, interschool meets and recreational activities. The Hope Town Community Pool is located on the north end of Hope Town Village in Taylor Memorial Park. The entire park is devoted to Abaco children. By Lindsey Delaplaine John Bull, one of the major sponsors of the Abaco Rage hosted a cocktail party for its crew at the Sea Spray Resort on Elbow Cay. The Rage a Bahamian work boat, is in the middle of its racing season with two races completed and two to go this year, as long as the weather cooperates. To be a Bahamian work boat means having canvas sails, no instruments other than a compass, no tell tales on the sails, no winches and a standing anchor start. As crew member Richard Cook explained, “A work boat is just that – a lot of work.” The Rage completed the Georgetown Regatta and the Long Island Regatta this spring. The Rage came home with the Prime Minister’s cup from Georgetown but had a disappointing fifth place finish overall. A torn sail, resulting in a DNF (did not finish), pulled them out of contention. The Rage fared better in Long Island, coming in third overall.Abaco RAGE Will Defend Its Home Sailing GroundsThe crew’s sailing skills will be tested Oct. 27 29 when competing against the best the Bahamas has to offer Please see RAGE Page 20 At the starting gun, half the crew of the RAGE pulls on the anchol rode giving the boat some motion so the rudder will take effect and the boat can point off the wind. The other half of the crew hoist the sail to catch the wind. This is the start of a 2003 race.


Page 14 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Chris Thompson Real Estate“Offering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings” One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris Thompson Greg Roberts* Private Islands Waterfront Homes and Land* Investment Property Acreage Project/Property Management Complete Service from Sales to Construction ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowe’s Cay ***** FLAMINGO 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 eachUNDER CONTRACTBLEST 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 TownATLANTIC HORIZONS Dorros Cove ocean front home, 3 bed/3 bath, pool, dock slip at Tahiti Beach, furnished, great rental history $1,500,000 SOLDSEA TO SEA ESTATE PROPERTY PARCEL4 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 PARCEL 4 UNDER CONTRACT PARCELS 1, 2, 3 and 5 SOLDBREAKERS 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 $595,000JOES CAY 3 acre private cay located in White Sound. Great elevations and surrounded by deep water perfect for dock $1,762,000 UNDER CONTRACTAUNT 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 CONTRACTMARNIES LANDING Ocean Front Lots, private marina community, convenants permit main house and guest cottage on these large dock slip included: Lot #2 $895,000 & Lot #6 $770,000JACKS JUNGLE Lubbers Quarters Cay consists of 2 parcels, waterfront lot over 1/2 acre $240,000, and interior lot over 1 acre $120,000. Deeded dock slips for each lot included.WHITE SOUND Rare Ocean front find in White Sound, large lot with DOck on White Sound Bay. 150’ on the ocean and White Sound Bay, 129’ on North Boundary, and 94’ on South Boundary. Ideal spot to build second home, or income producing rental $899,000.MARNIES LANDINGPrivate waterfront community of 1/2 acre lots from the Sea of Abaco to the Atlantic Ocean, dock slip included starting at $600,000. HIGH HOPESAtlantic Ocean, North End Elbow Cay 3 bed 3 bed bath, large ocean side deck, excellent history $1,450,000.MOMMA’S MARLINTurnkey ocean front home 4 bedroom, 2 bath, large open deck, great rental history $850,000. MAGNUSON HOUSEQuiet 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 $1,595,000


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15Abaco Regatta October 27-29at Regatta Village, Treasure Cay


Page 16 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 October 22nd, 2005Race starts at Abaco Beach Resort Race starts at Abaco Beach Resort Race starts at Abaco Beach Resort Race starts at Abaco Beach Resort Race starts at Abaco Beach Resort to White Sound, Hope Town to White Sound, Hope Town to White Sound, Hope Town to White Sound, Hope Town to White Sound, Hope TownAwards Presentation Awards Presentation Awards Presentation Awards Presentation Awards Presentationat Sea Spray Resort in White SoundFood and Drinks will be on sale GET YOUR RELAY TEAM READY FOR A FUN-FILLED EVENTNEW DATESponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Local BusinessesFor further information contact Abaco Tourist Office, Sapodilly’s, Elbow Cay Properties, Lighthouse Marina development and economic activity, Mr. Roberts said, “Public investment in infrastructure is a necessary requirement if we are to encourage private sector expenditure. Therefore, as the economy of Abaco expands, so must its infrastructure.” Former FNM MP Frederick Gottlieb seized on this statement during the discussion period to challenge Mr. Roberts claiming PLP credit for Winding Bay. He said he was convinced the Winding Bay development would not have occurred if the FNM had not put a paved road to Cherokee and paved the South Abaco Highway to Sandy Point. Among the improvements in utilities Mr. Roberts promised Abaco was a plan by the Water and Sewerage Corporation to “embrace the proximity of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay to extend the service from this development to Cherokee Sound,” the only “major Bahamian community on mainland Abaco without piped water.” Mr. Roberts admitted there was a challenge “to secure the funding required for the necessary transmission and distribution system.” He said consideration is also being given to piping water to Little Harbour and subdivisions around Marsh Harbour where developers did not install pipes. Mr. Roberts said the government will hold developers of future subdivisions responsible for installing the necessary utilities. The minister also announced that Water and Sewerage is negotiating a contract for a reverse osmosis supply of water for New Plymouth settlement on Green Turtle Cay. He said Guana Cay residents will be able to obtain water from Baker’s Bay, and that the government is considering providing Man O’War and Elbow Cay with reverse osmosis plants. With respect to telecommunications, Minister Roberts said Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) was spending $14 million to place 40 GSM towers to improve cellular communication on Abaco, of which 39 had already been installed. He said Abaco will be connected to New Providence by undersea fibre optic cable through Fresh Creek, Andros; and to Grand Bahama by undersea fibre optic cable through Coopers Town and McLean’s Town. These connections, which are part of BTC’s archipelago-wide $60 million undersea network currently being laid, should prevent a replay of the destruction to telecommunications wrought by the recent hurricanes, he said. Among the improvements mapped out for electricity, Mr. Roberts, who praised BEC employees on Abaco for the “swiftest ever” restoration exercise following the hurricanes, announced that the corporation will carry out a study for a new power station to be built on mainland Abaco. He also announced the construction of a 34,500-volt overhead line from Crossing Rocks to Sandy Point at a cost of $600,000; Marsh Harbour generation and distribution upgrades; the upgrade of submarine cables to a number of cays; and a Treasure Cay reinforcement. In a discussion on the high cost of electricity, BEC general manager Kevin Basden acknowledged that the fuel surcharge on electricity is around 34 35 per cent, although the actual rates were reduced. He said BEC was advising consumers to invest in solar water heaters and considering other cost saving measures such as recycling used for fuel where possible as ways to tackle the increasing cost of oil. BusinessFrom Page 1Plans for Infrastructure, Utilities and Civil Projects Are Given Please see Business Page 17 The water line to the Abaco Club may extend to Cherokee This cellular GSM tower beside Friendship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town is one of 40 to stretch the length of Abaco.


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 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 Caribbean"Caribbean Travel &Life Magazine Visit Our On-Site Models Today! Phase1-4 SOLDOUT NowSellingonTreasureCay!BahamaBeachClubPhase5 3&4Bedroom/3BathLuxuryBeachfrontCondominiums €Private Gated Community€Two Freshwater Pools & Spa€Designer Interiors Available€Optional Detached Garages€Local Bank Financing€Terrific Rental Income potential Treasure Cay Resort Area Amenities include:€Spectacular 31/2mile White Sand Beach€150 slip Marina for Yachts to140 feet€18 hole Championship Golf Course€Tennis, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving€Restaurants, Grocers & Duty Free Shopping€International Airport (6,500 foot runway)Residences from $742,500 plus closing costs Standing Seam Metal Roofing Standing Seam Metal RoofingHurricane RatedTel & Fax: 367-0227 Cell: 557-3538Email: COASTLINE CONTRUCTION COASTLINE CONTRUCTION COASTLINE CONTRUCTION COASTLINE CONTRUCTION COASTLINE CONTRUCTIONMr. Roberts, sticking to his theme on infrastructure and development, said infrastructural installations related to investments are planned for Winding Bay, Baker’s Bay, Lubbers Quarters and Matt Lowe Cay. (See separate articles for airport, ministry of works improvements, and immigration matters.)Environmental IssuesSaying that “we must protect our environment or destroy it to our own detriment,” Mr. Roberts said the government will require new developments in Abaco to install sewer systems, and marinas to have pump out facilities. He said existing marinas will be strongly encouraged to do likewise. The minister said he made the declaration on marinas because “communities like Marsh Harbour, Hope Town, and Green Turtle Cay, where there are enclosed harbours and which have always been considered to be beautiful and pristine, need proper sewerage systems for the disposal of refuse. “I am told that the waters in these harbours are polluted and their quality will continue to deteriorate until proper sewerage and wastewater treatments plants are put in BusinessFrom Page 16 The mother ship LEOPARD returned to her home port in Marsh Harbour shortly after Please see Business Page 18 Michael Braynen place,” he said. In answer to a question about where the pumped out waste would go and about duty exemptions for installing such expensive pump-out facilities, Mr. Roberts said he understood the new dump site that is being constructed near Snake Cay will have a disposal well; and that the questioner should write the government on the duty exemption issue. Director of Fisheries Michael Braynen continued the environmental conservation theme in his presentation. Mr. Braynen warned that while it is inevitable that human activity and development will lead to the reduction of marine life, Bahamians must be sufficiently conservation conscious not to allow development or fishing patterns to put us in the position of the Florida Keys, where the reefs are dying and conch will “never return.” the crawfishing season opened due to an extremely poor harvest on her initial trip.


Page 18 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 “CALLING ALL ARTISTS” “CALLING ALL ARTISTS” “CALLING ALL ARTISTS” “CALLING ALL ARTISTS” “CALLING ALL ARTISTS”HOPE TOWN HARBOUR LODGE 6 6 6 6 6ND ND ND ND ND ANNUAL ANNUAL ANNUAL ANNUAL ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Wine & Cheese Tasting Wine & Cheese Tasting Wine & Cheese Tasting Wine & Cheese Tasting Wine & Cheese TastingSponsored by Bristol Wines & SpiritsPOOLSIDE LUNCH 11:30 3:00PMCrafts, Jewelry, Pottery, Straw Art Crafts, Jewelry, Pottery, Straw Art Crafts, Jewelry, Pottery, Straw Art Crafts, Jewelry, Pottery, Straw Art Crafts, Jewelry, Pottery, Straw Art and much more..... and much more..... and much more..... and much more..... and much more.....What a great way to spend the day! What a great way to spend the day! What a great way to spend the day! What a great way to spend the day! What a great way to spend the day!If you are an Artist/Craftmaster or know an Artist/Craftmaster.... sign up today!! Come and enjoy the day at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge.ARTISTS MUCH SIGN UP NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 12THSPACE IS LIMITED AND BASED ON A “FIRST COME...FIRST SERVED” SIGN-UP BASIS Friday, November 25th, 2005 Festivities begins 11am 5pmFor More Information Please ContactHOPE TOWN HARBOUR LODGEPhone: (242) 366-0095 Fax: (242) 366-0286 BusinessFrom Page 17 Don Cornish Dale McHardy Errol W. Berkeley Dr. Marshall and Mr. Shipman Ms. Lenora J. Black. The more than 100 business persons, professionals and public servants also heard a talk on managing the challenges of tourism growth by Mr. Don Cornish of the Ministry of Tourism’s Ft. Lauderdale office; a presentation on how the Bahamas Development Bank can assist small businesses develop and expand by the Bank’s Dale McHardy; an exposition on potential areas for developing agribusiness by Mr. Errol W. Berkeley of the InterAmerican Institute for Agribusiness; a talk on planning financial growth by Mr. Anthony Ferguson of Colina Financial Advisors, who sounded an alarm on the lack of savings and pension planning among Bahamians; and a discussion of the responsibilities for educating Abaco’s future workforce by Abaconian educator Ms. Lenora J. Black. These presentations, mostly of valuable and provocative content, were rushed, Road Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility however, because of time constraints. The participants could have benefited greatly from in-depth discussions and exchange of ideas on them. Perhaps the conference planners would consider this for next year’s Outlook. Mr. Doug Shipman and Dr. Livingston Marshall, development and senior vice president for community and environmental affairs, respectively, at Baker’s Bay, made a presentation on the development’s progress during the closing luncheon.


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 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: NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Open Monday Saturday : 9 am 6 pmPh: 367-2180 / Fax : 367-5241 Ph: 367-2180 / Fax : 367-5241 Ph: 367-2180 / Fax : 367-5241 Ph: 367-2180 / Fax : 367-5241 Ph: 367-2180 / Fax : 367-5241Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure Cay or appointment.” Mr. Rolle said if the ramp is removed, the ferry service would have to be discontinued because there would be no alternative docking facility. “We would prefer not to discontinue the service,” he said, “as it shows great promise. We would prefer to sit down with the ministry and the community and come up with an environmentally sound solution.” The ramp, built by Bahamas Hot Mix, is constructed of boulders and fill, with no provision for the flow-through of water. At the conference, Mr. Roberts reiterated his government’s intention to construct a bridge over Ben Curry’s Cut, which divides Little and Great Abaco. This is to replace the causeway which does not allow for the free flow of water and fauna. It is believed considerable ecological damage has been caused in the more than two decades of the causeway’s existence. Mr. Roberts said a bridge, which will also allow boaters access, had been designed and put out to tender. “However, it was later determined that the approaches to the bridge had not been designed,” he said. “This matter is now receivRampFrom Page 4Bridge will replace Little Abaco Causewaying the attention of my ministry and the work would have to be re-tendered upon the completion of the new design.” The causeway was considerably damaged and the highway reduced to a precarious one lane by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in September of 2004. The government had promised then to replace it with a bridge but, after a few months, the causeway was repaired as the funding was not available. Mr. Roberts reported that the preliminary engineering for the Elbow Cay coastal reconstruction has been carried out by Baird Associates and that a final design will be made based upon their work. He further stated that the award of a contract for that work is awaiting a Cabinet decision. Mr. Roberts announced that an engineer will be temporarily assigned to Abaco pending the hiring of a permanent resident engineer for Abaco to replace John Schaefer, who returned to Canada at the end of May. It is believed an engineer from Freeport will be assigned here temporarily at the end of October. The beach on the south side of the ferry ramp is collecting sand and becoming wider while the beach on the north side is losing sand and threatining beachfront structures. The solid ramp is suspected of causing a shift in sea currents and altering the sand migration. The causeway connecting Little Abaco to Abaco proper is often mentioned as an environmental impediment and should be replaced with a true bridge This was scheduled about five years ago but Hurricane Floyd which caused this damage shifted priorities.


Page 20 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Ph: 367-2516 35% off ALL boats August 15thDecember 17th, 200505 Limited spaces available, based on availability, proof of travel tickets required (airline, ferry ticket) not available to Abaco Residents, 1 coupon per rental/family, please contact participating airlines, hotels etc.Treasure Cay ResortAbaco, Bahamas Sept. 1 Nov. 31, 200520% off regular hotel rates! 25% Off Golf Cart Rentals Sept. 1st Nov. 15th 2005 1 Coupon per Family Sea Side Cart Rentals20% off Any Golf Cart Rental September, October & November 15th 2005 The Abacos Domestic Fall Travel PromotionSeptember 1st November 30th, 2005 For More Information Contact The Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067 or The Ministry of Tourism Office on your Island. Green Turtle CayPh: 365-4200Sept 1st-Oct 31st & Nov 26thDec 18th,20053 night package, deluxe accommodations for 2 people. Breakfast daily, 1 day golf cart rental, all service charges & taxes. $247.00 per person for 3 nights including all service charges & taxes. Ph: 367-2681 Sept. 16th Dec. 14th, 2005 ALL INCLUSIVE FALL PACKAGE September 1st –December 15thDay $110 3 Days 100 per day Weekly $640 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco BahamasPhone: 242-365-4060 Brian Sawyer Manager Email: Sundownersbar2002@yahoo.com10% Discount on Dinner & Alcoholic Beverages Fall Promotion Weekly Rate of $300.00 & free Road Map September 1, 2005 October 31, 2005Phone: 242-367-4887Marsh Harbour, Abaco September 15 December 15, 200521’ Dusky 24’ Ocean Pro 26’ PARAMOUNT Single 26’ PARAMOUNT TwinCAT’S PAW BOAT RENTAL Off Season Discount 25%Boat Rental Rates:Ask for Harold or Lisa Bar & RestaurantGreen Turtle CaySundownersHopetown Abaco, Bahamas Phone:/Fax 242366-0380$137.00 per night Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-367-4000 or 4003 Fax: 242-367-4004 VHF Channels 16 and 82FALL PROMOTION September 15 October 15, 2005Email: Abaco Beach ResortMarsh Harbour Ph: 367-2158 www.greatabacobeach.comSept. 1st Dec. 12th, 2005 $175.00Inclusive of tax & service 3 night minimum, single or double Green Turtle ClubPh: 365-4271 Sept. 29 Nov. 22, 20055 Days/ 4 Nights $697.50 per person based on occupancy (1,395.00 for 2) Add on nights: $174.00 per person. Extra Person rate (18 & older) $130 per person per night. Age 13-17 $89.00 per person per night. Age 6-13 $39.00 per person per night, Children under 6 are free.Package Includes: ROH Accommodations (S tandard Waterfront or Deluxe Club Room) Three Meals Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerBeverages (Not including call brands, liqueurs and wines by the bottle) All Taxes & Gratuities Hope Town Hope Town Hope Town Hope Town Hope Town Hideaways Hideaways Hideaways Hideaways HideawaysPh: 366-0224 Ph: 366-0224 Ph: 366-0224 Ph: 366-0224 Ph: 366-0224 Promotion Code ATM12005 Package Includes accommodation only. Pricing based on 4 people. Sharing 2b/2b villa subject to 10% tax. Offer Sept.15 Dec.15 2005 Excluding Thanksgiving. $720 3 nights/4 days in your own private villa!*Full Kitchen *Satellite TV *Direct dail phone *Wireless Internet *Maid *Pool *Boat (Harbour use only 11ft motorized dinghy) *Reverse Osmosis water *Back-up Generator. Discounted accommodation rates are available to Bahamian Residents only (proof of residence may be required), are quoted for single or double occupancy and are subject to availability, 10% tax, plus $2.00 per person, per night service charge. To receive a discounted rate, please contact the hotel directly at 242-3658801 in Fort Lauderdale at 954-525-7711 or by e-mail at info@treasurecay .com and quote “ Bahamian Resident Rate ” to receive the special discount. Hope Town Harbour LodgeSept. 1st Dec. 15th, 200512 rooms with no minimum stay requirements in the main building. $80.00 per night plus 20% tax. Includes a complimentary welcome cocktail & complimentary morning coffee Ph: 366-0134 T & A Golf Cart Rentals Green Turtle Cay 1 or 2 people: $115.50 Daily;: $751.31 Weekly 3 People : $137.50 Daily; $894.30 Weekly 4 People:$159.50 Daily ; $1037.30 Weekly Tax IncludedPete & Gay’s Guest HouseSandy Point, Abaco, BahamasPh: 366-4119$331.00 Double Occupancy $225.00 Single Occupancy Round Trip on the sea-wind Nassau-Sandy Pt-Nassau 2 nights at Pete & Gay’s Guest House Free Breakfast for the 2 days at the Guest HouseNote: Bahamas Fast Ferries has agreed to a 10% discount on their fares for adults & children. Green Turtle Cay 477-5497 OR 359-6062 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: size The Bahamas, not just Abaco. The government is presently giving consideration to the recommendations presented in the report and very shortly will be implementing a number of them. It is intended that our new immigration policy will evolve from part two of the report.” “This will not only apply to Abaco,” Mr. Roberts said of the demolition and new imILLEGALFrom Page 2 The Rage plans to compete in the All Abaco Regatta, which was postponed by Tropical Storm Rita to the end of October. It hopes to race in the Harbour Island Regatta the weekend of October 14th. Fred Hazelwood, president of John Bull, took the opportunity at the cocktail party to reiterate their support for the Abaco Rage “We are totally commited to making the Abaco Rage the best it can be,” said Hazelwood. The Rage recently held elections for its executive committee. The results were: Jeff Gale, Admiral/Chairman RAGEFrom Page 13 Christopher Lightbourne, Assistant Admiral Stafford Patterson, Secretary Lory Kenyon, Treasurer Monica Cook, Fund Raising Lindsey Delaplaine, P/R – Media The new executive committee members immediately voted that the group be known as the Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate (or ARSS). Hazelwood noted that when he looked up “syndicate” in the dictionary, the only definition he could find that accurately described the Rage Syndicate was, “any group, as of criminals, organized for some undertaking, such as controlling gambling.”Pressure Is Being Put on Squatters and Illegal Housingmigration policies, putting aside his prepared text, “it will apply throughout The Bahamas.” Mr. Roberts then went on, off the cuff, to address his audience on what he said was citizens’ involvement in the illegal immigration problem: “Let me add a personal note. The problem of illegal immigrants is not one for the government; it is one for all of us. I ask the question, ‘Who employs these illegal immigrants? How are they able to obtain an income to provide sustenance and for their existence?’ It has to be us who are doing so. But yet we complain, on the other hand, because of their presence. But that can’t be right. So I also encourage you, please, to cease and desist from hiring persons who have no status in our land. That’s a starter in the right direction, in my opinion. “Yes there’s a temptation cheaper labour and so forth; but look at the social problems that attend it at the same time! Please, I implore you, consider that some time. And we must stop blaming somebody else.” Mr. Roberts said that even before he became a part of the government, people would come to him to complain about illegal immigrants. “And they would say to me,” he recalled, ‘ Send them all out, but don’t touch mine!’ We have to get serious about the matter.”John Bull Is a RAGE Sponsor and Gave Crew a Thank-you PartyOther major sponsors of the Rage are Lighthouse Marina and Abaco Multi-hull Charters. The Rage crew proclaims they couldn’t survive without the support of the Abaco community. “It’s a boat for the Bahamian people,” says crew member Jamie Bethel. “It’s about the culture we all share and keeping our traditions alive.” The crew of the Abaco Rage poses with Fred Hazelwood, President of John Bull, at the cocktail party on October 6th. As a thank you for their sponsorship, the crew gave Hazelwood the framed picture of the Abaco Rage in action.


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Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242)367-3186 Fax: (242) 367-3469 E-mail: 22 Romantic Tropical Rooms nestled upon the sand dunes.2 miles south of Hope Town, Elbow Cay Keep an eye out for special events throughout the year. Remember the Marsh Harbour Hope Town ferry every Friday and Saturday nights. Come dine with us. CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION “Barefoot Elegance”Tel: (242) 366-0133/0333 • fax: (242) 366-0414 • www.abacoinn.netAbaco Park Designated as Important Bird AreaNational Parrot Park chosen as one of 45 Caribbean Bird Monitoring AreasBy Mirella Santillo With bird habitats shrinking because of human takeover, reducing their source of food and nesting areas, conservationists have become concerned that some birds would soon become extinct or that their population will be seriously reduced if protective measures were not taken. Associations such as Bird Life International have formed worldwide to save bird populations Developers have become more aware and concerned. Some corporations are sponsoring conservation projects such as the grant Disney made for monitoring the parrots on Inagua and Abaco. One site in Nassau, Harold and Wilson Pond, was chosen in 2002 as the first Bahamian site. The second area monitored in 2004 was Inagua. Because of the abundance of birds there, the whole island was designated as an important bird area. The third site is the Abaco National Park, home of the Abaco parrot. The training for survey and monitoring of that site, scheduled for last year, was postponed because of the hurricanes. The aim of the program is to recruit local people, including veteran and novice bird watchers, and train them to survey and monitor bird life there. Ms. Lynn Gape and Dr. Lisa Sorenson organized a six-day training seminar in Marsh Harbour from September 29th to October 4th. The training comprised of daily field trips and evening presentations held at the Friends’ of the Environment office in Marsh Harbour. On September 30 a film on the journeys of migrant birds, Winged Migration was shown in the New Visions Church auditorium. It was open to the public. A few years ago Bird Life International initiated a worldwide conservation program, named Important Bird Areas, (IBA) intended to recognize and preserve certain areas important for migrant and resident birds. So far 45 sites have been chosen in the Caribbean, including the in The Bahamas. The program in The Bahamas was started over two years ago in close association with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT). The project is headed in The Bahamas by Mrs. Lynn Gape, Director of Education and Communication with the Trust, and Dr. Lisa Sorenson, coordinator for West Indian Whistling Duck organization and Wetlands Conservation Project based in Boston, Massachusetts. Several birdwatchers, coming from various background such as, government employees, teachers, self employed and retired people, old and young, enrolled in the seminar and participated in one or several of the sessions. The program consisted of morning bird watching trips on Friday, September 30, Monday, October 3 and Tuesday October 4, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., to accommodate working people, and evening presentations on different species of birds. Saturday and Sunday were spent in the National Park locating monitoring points. Those areas will be monitored every two months by a team composed of one observer and one recorder, accompanied by one or two birdwatching trainees. The monitoring has to follow a specific protocol established by the IBA. The site, the radius of the observation point, which in this case will be 25 meters, the recording time and other data have to be noted the same time of day for each observation to be qualified as scientific data. The information collected will be forwarded to the BNT and to Friends of the Environment. The field trips were designed to practice bird watching to teach the group how to recognize the different species of birds frequenting our island; distinguish the permanent residents from the migrants or transient birds that are seen here between September to April, and establish points within the park and teach the participants how to monitor them. Abaco has a large diversity of habitats for birds: mangrove wetlands, pine forest, coppice, grassy and inhabited areas and, of course, the sea, a perfect place for a multitude of species of migrant birds to winter here or stop on their way to South America. The idea was to find within the park various points representing all of these habitats. Mr. Reg Patterson, and Mr. Ron Pagliero, two very knowledgeable ornithologists, will be the observers, backed up by Mr. Woody Bracey. Different birders will assist them each time with the recording. The first monitoring meeting is scheduled for October 22. Ms. Lynn Gape, seated, and Dr. Lisa Sorenson led several bird identification courses. Please see BIRD Page 26


Page 22 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Gold & Silver Jewellery, Bronze Sculpture & Nautical CuriosThe work of three generations of JohnstonsVisitors to our Pub & Gallery Pub & Gallery Pub & Gallery Pub & Gallery Pub & Gallery are always welcomeVisit Abaco’s 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 F F F F F riday riday riday riday riday 5pm Until 5pm Until 5pm Until 5pm Until 5pm UntilSee a different part of Abaco and have lunch at our beach front pub THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 Full range of Johnson two stroke and four stroke Evinrude outboard engines from 2hp to 250hp at lower than US prices Up to three year warranty extensive parts Inventory and factory trained mechanics Dry boat storageAssociated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin Marine Green Turtle Cay 242.365.4262 Island MarineP arrot Cay 242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay 242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town 242.365.0023 Fishermans Marine Long Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersports Exuma 242.336.2604 OBS Marine Freeport 242.352-9246 Authorized Distributor Merchandise forTEACHERS, PARENTS STUDENTS & ARTISTSPosters Borders Bullentin Board Sets Stensils Fadeles Paper Constructio n Paper Lesson Plan Books Art Supplies Handwriting Paper Games, Puzzels and so much more... ALL SALE ITEMS50% off 50% off 50% off 50% off 50% off 7 10am40% off 40% off 40% off 40% off 40% off 10am 1pmTel: 367-5757D & S Shopping Plaza Upstairs Abacom When: Saturday, Oct. 29th, 2005 Time: 7am until 1pm Where: Educational Depot (Upstairs above Abacom) TEAMFrom Page 9 and for how long the Freeport Emergency Staff will continue to help Marsh Harbour. The authorities are aware of the need for a proper emergency department on Abaco to take care of a growing local population and the visiting tourists. What were the team’s impressions of Marsh Harbour? “The public is cooperative,” said Mr. Bodie, “but I am surprised by the lack of respect for the siren!” Mr. Deangelo said. “I am is still getting used to Abaco, but I would like to come back to visit.” According to Mr. Bodie, the crew is here to take care of emergencies in the immediate vicinity of Marsh Harbour. Although the Cooper’s Town clinic has an ambulance, there are no emergency personnel on site and the auxiliary nurse and/ or the doctor have to ride in the ambulance for a serious call. Sandy Point does not have an ambulance anymore and Dr. Consulta explained that seriously injured people are immediately airlifted to Nassau.Relics Found Confirm Several New Loyalist Sitesby Mirella Santillo About a year after reading Ms. Sandra Riley’s book, Homeward Bound, Mr. David Bethel became enthusiastic about local archeology. He did not participate in the dig for Carleton, but decided to start looking around the island by himself, for possible sites. According to history, most of those Loyal to England during the American revolution, left the American colonies in 1783 and went South looking for land to develop. They reached Abaco that year and founded Carleton, the first settlement on our island, next to what is now Treasure Cay. However, a few months later, there was a slave revolt and the inhabitants abandoned Carleton. The slaves went North and settled in the Coco Plum area and the plantation owners went South, where they were granted land and founded Maxwell Town, now Marsh Harbour, Little Harbour, Rawdon Town, and Fig Tree Hill, between Cherokee and Crossing Rocks. Some might have gone as far South as Hole in the Wall. Armed with old maps showing the land grants for the year of 1786 and an actual document dated September 23rd 1787 and signed by Mr. Josiah Tattmall, Surveyor General, billing a certain John Ferguson for surveying the town of RawdonMr. Bethel performed intensive searches of that area leading him to his first discovery: Spencers Bight. There he found numerous military buttons, pieces of china and bottles. Approximately fifteen years ago, he discovered the walls of a structure sitting on Thomas Brown’s grant. “ I would like to go back there, said Mr. Bethel, but it is very difficult to access.” But scouting a nearby area of that site, during the weekend of October 10, he stumbled upon a new site. He unearthed pieces of kaolin pipes, numerous pieces of china, including a Wedgewood piece with a characteristic medallion, a brass furniture decorative plate with W I initials on it, and another military button showing the initials R P ( Royal Provincial) similar to one he had found a couple of years before. The most prolific site he found, though, was on Green Turtle Cay, at the back of the Albert Lowe Museum. He performed the dig for Mr. Alton Lowe and recovered hundred of objects, bottles, glasses, china and ceramics, wooden household utensils, some of them in perfect condition. Loyalist settlements are not the only ones discovered by our local archeologist, his scouting of the island led him also to Indian and slaves sites. It’s our heritage, we have to keep looking for it, he said. Now than the cool weather has returned, Mr. Bethel will be on the go again, searching and unearthing the ground for more clues left by the first settlers.Amateur archaeologist continues to find evidence of Abaco’s early settlersClay pipes and a decorative brass furniture plate are firm evidence of earlier residents presence. Remnants of pottery, china dinnerware are further evidence of past activity. Get a summary of Abaco’s rich history at


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Heavy Lift Service Inc. 801 Avenue East Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potter’s Cay Dock Nassau, New ProvidenceServing Marsh Harbour and the Cays with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm Beach• Departing Palm Beach Weekly service* • Departing Nassau Every Tuesday Night Arriving Marsh Harbour Early Wednesday Morning Extended Services to Green Turtle Cay* For more information on the Palm Beach service Call Trinity Customs Brokerage (242) 367-4297 Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.comFreeport Skiffs13’ 15’ 17’ Now AvailableCall for information Corner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250Abaco Club Hosts Top Employees From Their Other Resorts Photo caption: Left to right Hattieme, Martha, Yolanda, Sean and Ben. by Stone McEwan Mr. Peter de Savary, the founder and the chairman of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, has recently launched his employee incentive programs at the Abaco Club. These programs consists of $61,600 in cash awards each year plus other benefits. The programs are available to all employees at all sporting retreats owned by Mr. de Savary. In September three members of the staff from de Savary’s Cherokee Plantation club located in South Carolina, Mrs. Martha Williams, a cook, Mr. Sean Scriven, detailer for club vehicles, and Mr. Benjamin Garrett, assistant golf course superintendent, were all winners of the Employee of the Year award that carries huge bonuses. One of the perks that accompanies the coveted title is a vacation at any one of the properties in Mr. de Savary’s chain of exclusive clubs. They all choose to visit The Bahamas and the Abaco Club. Even though each of them won in a different year, they all decided to cash in at the same time. Each winner is allowed to bring along one companion. Mrs. Williams brought her sister, Mrs. Hattieme Ellis, Sean was accompanied by his fiance, Ms. Yolanda Ericka Polite, and Benjamin came alone. The formation of Hurricane Rita in The Bahamas was a blessing in disguise for this group of travelers. The heavy rains from the storm forced them to spend an unscheduled night in Nassau. This positive setback allowed them to view some of the main attractions on that island, further enhancing their trip. All were first time visitors to The Bahamas with the exception of Ben, who saw the Abaco Club in its infancy. He could not believe his eyes when he entered the gates. He said, “I couldn’t imagine it turning out like this. The others also marveled by the sheer natural beauty, the elegance, friendly and attentive staff at the Abaco cCub. Mr. Mark Scott, Project Director for the Abaco Club, has had the opportunity to work with Martha, Sean and Ben and had forged a lasting relationship with the Carolinians. He assigned Stone McEwan, Public Relations for the Abaco Club, to host the group, making sure they received a great time including a visit to Elbow Cay, the site of the worldfamous candy-stripe lighthouse in Hope Town. Mrs. Hattie said, “Mr. de Savary is one of the best bosses in the world and my sister should be very thankful to be in his employment. The Abaco Club is the most beautiful place I have ever seen.” Martha, who many have said is the originator of the Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe, prepared a delicious southern fried chicken dinner for Mr. Scott’s and Stone’s families as well as Mrs. Bernadette Simms Hepburn, Office Administrator. Mrs. Williams said, “I would gladly come to the Abaco Club anytime to cook. This I would do just to be around this piece of heaven.”Three Employees of the Year from the Carolinas Choose a Trip to Abaco for Their RewardWhen Sean and Yolanda were asked if they would consider returning to Abaco on their honeymoon, they both said, “We have already begun discussing plans to do so. This is the best trip we have ever had.”Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Flyers Tickets Brochures Certificates NCR Forms FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Laminations Envelopes Menus Labels Open 9am 5pm Mon. Fri.


Page 24 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Local Attorney Addresses Real Estate Agents on Contracts Mirella Santillo On October 5 the Bahamas Real Estate Association held its monthly meeting at Angler’s. The guest speaker was attorney Mr. Frederick Gottlieb who reviewed real estate contracts, listing agreements, and the recent two year requirement for a foreign buyer of vacant land to build. Also on the agenda, was a discussion on the Multiple Listing Service, MLS, to be soon implemented. Last month’s discussion pertained to real estate tax laws in The Bahamas. One of the points mentioned then by guest speaker Mr. J. Norris, the Tax Assessor for Abaco, was that property assessments would be made every five years to keep up with the rising prices. Mr. Gottlieb addressed a congregation of approximately thirty agents to inform them of the legal requirements to facilitate the completion of a sale. “ It is important,” he said, “that agents and attorneys communicate. Misunderstandings occur because of lack of communication.” He reminded them that the sale / purchase contract was a crucial document, and had to be completed very accurately. With the implementation of MLS this becomes even more important. He explained that “once there is a contract, the purchaser becomes the owner, and the possible risks pass on to him insurance then becomes important. After the contract is signed, the seller becomes the trustee of the land. As far as precontractual inquiries are concerned, “the owner is under no obligation to answer the inquiries,” he explained. What has to be disclosed only pertains to the title. He advised the agents to obtain information on real estate taxes and on insurance when getting a listing on a property. They should determine the nationality of the purchaser, note if financing is involved and make sure that the attorney’s fees are mentioned. Reasonable expenses should be included when writing a contract. He recommended that they obtain and follow The Standard Seller’s Guide, a manual that he wrote to set out requirements mainly for non Bahamian purchasers. The controversial and not very well understood new Government requirement on foreign buyers was discussed which imposes a two year limit for building a structure. “There are no guidelines as to what building is intended.” The law requires it must be a significant and substantial development.” The Abaco real estate agents meet monthly Please see AGENTS Page 25 Minister of Financial Services and Investments Allyson Maynard-Gibson, speaking at the October luncheon meeting of the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA), promised Bahamian Realtors action on proposals to close loopholes and put teeth into the Real Estate Act. “I agree that Bahamian real estate agents deserve the same legislative recognition given other Bahamian professionals and that if loopholes exist in the law, they should beMinister promises BREA Closure of loopholes in Actclosed swiftly,” she said at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel’s Royal Palm Room. She asked BREA members to work closely with her ministry to produce needed changes in the legislation. She said she looks forward “to receiving your proposals for enhancement or amendment of the law to ensure that sales of Bahamian real estate where a real estate agent is involved, must involve a Bahamian real estate agent.” Her speech was an apparent response to months of complaints and campaigning from BREA President Patrick Strachan, CRS, CRB, CRRA, GRI. Mr. Strachan points out that licensed Bahamian agents and brokers are often sidestepped in substantial real estate transactions, particularly in large foreign owned developments, although the Bahamas Real Estate Brokers and Salesmen Act 1995 stipulates that only licensed individuals can sell Bahamian real estate and BREA is the only recognized licensing body. Steady growth of real estate markets in New Providence and remarkable interest in the Family Islands, translate, she said, into a much more balanced economical environment for a wide spectrum of Bahamians. The time is ripe, she advised, for locals seeking real participation in the many aspects of developments from construction to entertainment. The Minister credited second home investment with cushioning the economy “from external shock” and added, “Look at the speed of recovery in Abaco.Second homeowners recognized as economic cushion from “external shock”


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 25 Tides:Pelican Harbor based on Hampton Roads (Sewells Point), Virginia (NOAA) 26 23 N 76 58 W November 2005 Average Tides Mean Range: 2.6 ft MHWS 3.1 ft Mean Tide: 1.4 ft Sunday 6 n 6 Monday 6 n 6 Tuesday 6 n 6 Wednesday 6 n 6 Thursday 6 n 6 Friday 6 n 6 Saturday 6 n 6 1 (EST) 2 (EST) 3 (EST) 4 (EST) 5 (EST) 6 (EST) 7 (EST) 8 (EST) 9 (EST) 10 (EST) 11 (EST) 12 (EST) 13 (EST) 14 (EST) 15 (EST) 16 (EST) 17 (EST) 18 (EST) 19 (EST) 20 (EST) 21 (EST) 22 (EST) 23 (EST) 24 (EST) 25 (EST) 26 (EST) 27 (EST) 28 (EST) 29 (EST) 30 (EST) -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 12:57a 0.3 7:17a 3.3 1:43p 0.3 7:34p 2.8 1:34a 0.2 7:56a 3.4 2:25p 0.3 8:15p 2.8 2:13a 0.2 8:36a 3.4 3:09p 0.3 8:57p 2.7 2:54a 0.2 9:19a 3.4 3:55p 0.3 9:42p 2.6 3:38a 0.2 10:06a 3.3 4:44p 0.4 10:32p 2.5 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:28a 0.3 10:58a 3.2 5:39p 0.4 11:28p 2.4 5:25a 0.4 11:56a 3.1 6:38p 0.4 12:31a 2.4 6:31a 0.4 1:00p 3.0 7:41p 0.4 1:40a 2.5 7:45a 0.4 2:08p 2.9 8:42p 0.3 2:50a 2.6 9:00a 0.4 3:15p 2.8 9:40p 0.2 3:55a 2.8 10:10a 0.3 4:17p 2.8 10:33p 0.1 4:53a 3.0 11:12a 0.1 5:14p 2.8 11:23p 0.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 5:46a 3.2 12:09p 0.0 6:06p 2.7 12:10a -0.1 6:35a 3.3 1:00p -0.1 6:55p 2.7 12:55a -0.2 7:22a 3.4 1:48p -0.1 7:40p 2.7 1:38a -0.1 8:06a 3.4 2:34p 0.0 8:24p 2.6 2:20a -0.1 8:49a 3.3 3:19p 0.0 9:07p 2.5 3:02a 0.0 9:31a 3.2 4:03p 0.2 9:49p 2.4 3:45a 0.2 10:13a 3.0 4:46p 0.3 10:33p 2.3 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:28a 0.3 10:56a 2.8 5:31p 0.4 11:18p 2.2 5:14a 0.4 11:40a 2.7 6:17p 0.5 12:08a 2.2 6:05a 0.6 12:27p 2.5 7:04p 0.6 1:01a 2.2 7:01a 0.7 1:17p 2.4 7:52p 0.6 1:57a 2.2 8:02a 0.7 2:10p 2.4 8:39p 0.5 2:53a 2.3 9:03a 0.7 3:03p 2.3 9:26p 0.5 3:45a 2.5 10:01a 0.6 3:56p 2.3 10:10p 0.4 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:33a 2.6 10:55a 0.5 4:46p 2.4 10:54p 0.3 5:19a 2.8 11:45a 0.4 5:34p 2.4 11:37p 0.2 6:03a 3.0 12:33p 0.2 6:20p 2.4 12:20a 0.0 6:47a 3.1 1:19p 0.1 7:07p 2.5 Monthly High & Low High November 3, 8:36a 3.4 ft Low November 15, 12:55a -0.2 ft Printed by Tides & Currents for Windows’ by Nobeltec Corporation. (503) 579-1414 € The Moorings Yacht Charters• The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort Hotel rooms on the harbour front Conch Crawl waterfront restaurant and bar Dive Abaco a complete dive facilityThe Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you.The Conch Inn Marina Docks back in service with power Cable TV connections underway Texaco fuel station is in service Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new power boats 34 ft. mono-hull or 37 or 45 ft. Catamaran Tide North Bar ChannelNovember 2005A letter was read dated August 9, sent to The Prime Minister on behalf of the Abaco Chapter of BREA, asking for a more reasonable length of time and requesting a meeting. No answer had been received as yet. The agents are concerned that the short building time frame put off prospective buyers, and the agents are confused as how to explain the law and its implication to their clients. “Evidently the law was put in effect to prevent speculation and to limit the amount of land being sold to foreigners, but it affects the marketability of property” explained Mr. Gottlieb. The president of the BAR has been talking to the Government regarding that issue. “But,” said Mr. Gottlieb, “his chances of being successful are not very great.” As far as the MLS is concerned it is hoped that “the service will be constructed and in place by the end of the year.” The web site will be available to Realtors and their agency’s agents only; it will not be available to the general public. The listings will have to be kept up-to-date or will be “hidden” until such time as the agency brings them up to date. Any agency not willing to participate and pay the monthly maintenance fees, which has not be determined yet (probably between $ 25 and $50), will not be allowed access or use of the site. Mrs. Molly Roberts, of Bahamas Realty, is the Chairman for the local MLS Committee. Information about the MLS and Real Estate news will be published each month in the first issue of The Abaconian. AGENTSFrom Page 24October Is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthPortia Jonsson Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual national health campaign organized by the major breast cancer and cancer charities. It aims to increase awareness of the disease among the public and health professionals, raise funds for research into the cause, prevention and cure of the disease and offer vital information and support to those affected by it. This year Breast Cancer Awareness Month is again reaching out to women with several key messages, most notably, the importance of early detection through annual mammography screening for women over 40. Mammography screenings are a woman’s best chance for detecting breast cancer early. When coupled with new treatment options, mammography screenings can significantly improve a woman’s chance of survival. It is recommended that women over 40 are monitored for breast cancer every year and that they have a mammogram every 1 or 2 years. After the age of 50, they should have a mammogram every year. Any woman with a family history of breast cancer, that is a mother, sister or daughter who has had breast cancer, should ask for advice from her physician on additional screening. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor in the breast. Malignant cancer attacks the tissue in which it started and can spread to other parts of the body. The good news is that nine times out of ten, lumps in the breast are not cancerous. In fact, many women have naturally “lumpy” breasts, caused by other harmless conditions such as cysts. However, it is always best to check any lumps or changes in your breasts with your doctor sooner rather than later. The majority of breast cancers are first spotted by the woman herself or her partner. This shows how important it is to be breast aware and to know what is normal for your breasts, so you can spot any changes as soon as possible. Early detection of breast cancer can in some cases increase survival rates to 90 per cent. National Mammography Day will be celebrated on October 21st. On this day or throughout the month women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment. Mammography screenings are carried out at the Auskell Medical Clinic in Marsh Harbour and the Abaco Cancer Society will pay $20 towards the cost of this life saving procedure. Don’t throw away your empty inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges or cell phones. Here’s a new, easy way to help to help the Wild Horses Of Abaco, and it costs you nothing. All you need to do is save some trash, which we can turn into cash. We’re working with a company that recycles inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges and cell phones. Please save your empty cartridges and cell phones (working or dead) and ask your neighbors, family, friends and coworkers to give you theirs. The program pays us for each empty inkjet or laser printer cartridge and each digital cell phone (working or not). Not only does this help us raise funds, it’s also great for the environment. We ship the empties out and they are recycled. There are more than 250 different inkjet cartridges on the market. We can turn most of them in for cash. However, there are a few styles we can’t send for payment. We cannot use Epson cartridges. You can call us to find out if your inkjet cartridges will help us, or we’ll just pick them up and sort them out for you. All laser cartridges and cell phones are a sure go. Call us for pick up and information: Mimi: 367-4805 8 am to 6 pm, or leave message And THANK YOU for helping the Wild Horses Of AbacoWHOA Pleas for used Ink Jet Cartridges & Old Phones


Page 26 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 CITIZENS AGAINST CRIMEKeeping your neighbourhood safe since 2001. We need your help to keep going. Donations can be sent to: Citizens Against Crime P.O.Box AB-20095 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas or call Randy Key at (242) 367-2674 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseIsland-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Casuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053Grand CayRosie’s Place 352-5458GreenIsland Properties +34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties +30 365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Donna Sands +12 hse36 5-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop +53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm366 0095 Hope T Hideaways +63 hse 366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages +3 hse 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas36 6-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse 366-3121Hotels and House Rental AgentsMan-O-WarIsland Home Rentals +8 hse 365-6048 Schooner’s Landing 5 condos365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms367-2158 Abaco Real Estate +6 hse367-2719 Alesia’s 3 rms367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms367-4000 D’s Guest House6 rms 3367-3980 Great Abaco Club + 12 hse367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic367-2227Moore’s IslandMoore’s Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort14 rm366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm365-8111 Island Dreams + 45 hse365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms365-8801Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa365-2222Web Sites with Abaco Information http.// + agents with multiple cottages and houses Rev. 29 Aug 05 BirdFrom Page 21Park Improvements Could Create Bird Related JobsBy Mirella Santillo The bird monitoring seminar that was held from September 29th to October 4th was sponsored and funded by Bird Life International. The association provided several binoculars for the group, a telescope and written material kept at Friends of the Environment’s office for the birders to use on their monitoring trips. Several local people agreed to be part of the monitoring and received classroom and onsite training for a week. Sixteen designated sites will be monitored in the Park every two months, starting October 22. If enough birds are recorded during the migration season in The National Park, a grant could be received from Bird Life International, for the possible use of up-keep to the logging roads giving access to the observation points. Some of the sites might be landscaped to use as a destination for guided birdwatching trips for tourists, local birders and school children. Bird activities generate economic revenues. Thousands and thousands of people in the world are interested in birdwatching,Birdwatchers have potential for tourism growthBy Lindsey Delaplaine Friends of the Environment recently announced the election of two new officers, Michael Albury as president and Jim Richard as vice president. Debbie Patterson continues to serve as treasurer and Jo-Ann Bradley as secretary. The new officers were elected mid-year to replace those who had been standing in as interim officers. Erin Lowe-Pagliaro, who had served as president previously, agreed to continue in that capacity until elections could be held. Anita Knowles served as interim vice president. Other board members are: Bill “Little Bill” Albury, Cha Boyce, Diane Claridge, Lory Kenyon, Nan Kenyon, David Knowles, Michael Lightbourne, Jeritzen Outten, and Ann Pleydell-Bouverie. Michael Albury is a local business owner who lives in Man-O-War. He originally joined the board of Friends in 2002 and served as vice president from 2002-2004. He left the board briefly after the 2004 hurricanes due to lack of available time, but was happy to rejoin once his schedule permitted. “It is only fitting that he should step into place now that he has the time again,” said Mrs. LowePagliaro. Mr. Albury joined Friends out of concern for the environment and what he sees happening in Abaco. He wants to help steer conservation efforts in the right direction. Jim Richard is a science teacher at Forest Heights Academy and has been on the board since January 2005. In addition to his new role as vice president, Richard also chairs the education committee for Friends. “I am excited to be a part of Friends because, as an educator, I have seen this organization develop into Abaco’s primary method of environmental education and networking,” said Richard. “The workshops, fairs, scholarships and materials provided by Friends have helped me in the classroom, and I know that there is so much more to be done.” Friends is a local Bahamian nonprofit organization based in Marsh Harbour, dedicated to the preservation and protection of Abaco’s terrestrial and marine environments as a means of achieving sustainable living for the wildlife and the people of Abaco. For more information visit their website at www .friendsoftheenvironment.or g or call 242-367-2721.  Environmental Group Elects New OfficersMrs. Gape has been with the Trust for a total of twenty years. Dr. Lisa Sorenson, who holds a Ph D in ecology, is not a stranger to The Bahamas. She wrote her thesis on the endangered Bahamas Pintail Duck in the nineteen eighties, and has been involved in coordinating the I BA project with Mrs. Gape. including eco-scientists, who may chose Abaco as an observation and research destination, should a proper site be created. It could generate tourist activity during the off season since September and October are months to observe migrant birds arriving here. Many jobs could spring out of a partial development of the National Park. This driver recognized that he had a top-heavy load and crawled through town at 5 miles per hour. He was very slow in going around the corner at the traffic light. The cartons were held toghether with plastic wrap but the bundle was not secured to the truck. AA MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Drive Safely Watch for School Children


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 27 Dive Shops Dive Abaco, Marsh Harbour.........367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh H.367-2963 Froggies, Hope Town................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay....365-8465 Treasure C. Adventures................365-8111 Brendal’s Dive, Green T. Cay.......365-4411 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 Bargain Car Rentals..........................367-0500 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 Rich’s 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 Donnie’s 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 Cat’s 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 Cas’s Carts........................................365-8771 Claridge’s Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Rich’s 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 McLean’s Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLean’s 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 McLean’s Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119 Wednesday, Friday & Sunday Lv Sandy Point for Nassau Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Islander Express Bus M Harbour & Sandy Point -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. The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour bus to N Abaco Call 367-2165 Lv Marsh H. 5 am & 12:30 pm, connect with ferry to Grand Bahama & bus to Freeport Lv Crown Haven 9:30 am & 5:30 pm bringing ferry passengers to Marsh Harbour From Freeport take cruise ship to Ft. Lauderdale or ferry to West Palm Beach Sandy Point Patrick Roberts .... 366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain ....... 366-4107 Floyd Burrows ..... 366-4175 Links Adderly ....... 366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows ..... 366-4233 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury ......... 375-8068 Terrance Davis .... 367-4464 Buddy Pinder ....... 366-2163 Justin Sands ....... 367-3526 Danny Sawyer ..... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer ......... 367-3941Bonefish 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 ......... 366-0234 North Abaco O’Donald 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.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Gino’s ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamie’s Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Pop’s Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodilly’s.................... $$$.............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 Cap’n Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Harbour’s Edge............. $$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudy’s Place.................$$$.....‡....366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .....‡....366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Island Treats Snack Bar....................365-6501 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay.........................................265-5175 Treasure Cay Florence’s Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudson’s Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Traveller’s Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Laura’s Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntosh’s Restaurant......$.............365-4625 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Rooster’s Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big J’s...............................$.............366-4020 Nancy’s............................... 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 & 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 Cooper‘s Town.........365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay.....365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town...............366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point.............366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town.................................Rev 22 Sep 05Compliments of The Abaconian Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walker’s Cay Walker’s 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 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 .......................... 367-0169Major’s 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 Gov’t dock thru Dundas Town................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyer’s Market ....$10 + $2 Gov’t Clinic thru Western Auto .............................$ 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 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally’s & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................$ 3 each Solomon’s Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Gov’t dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free • Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resort ..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks............................................................$22 + $5 Joe’s Creek.............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................$16 + $5 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$65 + $5 Crown Have n..........................................................$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 Joe’s 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 Points of InterestAlbert Lowe Museum...........................Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibitsGreen Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden.............. Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum............Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station...............................Hope Town Walk to & swin on Mermaid Reef off M Harbour Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole off Treasure Cay farm road Open Nights Only Closed Sep -Nov Closed Sep Nov Closed Aug Nov Closed Aug Nov Closed Oct Closed Aug 23 Closed Sep 6 Oct 31 Closed Sep NovTo Abaco by land and sea from Florida • Take Discovery Cruise Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale or CloudX ferry (866-473-3779) from West Palm Beach to Freeport •Bus to McLeans Town • Ferry to Crown Haven • Bus to Green Turtle Ferry or Marsh Harbour •Taxi to Marsh Harbour ferry dock • Ferry to Hope Town, Man-O-War or Guana Cay


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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 20, OCTOBER 15th, 2005 Police Publish Parenting Handbook Farmers prepare for the new season by Richard E. Fawkes As a follow-up to a very successfuonion harvest earlier this year,members of the Abaco Farmers Co-operative Society discussed preparations for planting new crops at their general meeting at Central Abaco Primary School on Thursday evening, October 6. About eight farmers indicated they would be planting onion this season.Co-op chairperson Augustine Williams told the group that he was informed by David Knowles, the Department of Agricultures extension officer in Abaco that onion seeds were still available at the Produce Exchange in Nassau at no change in prices. Mr. Williams also informed the membership that Pastor Lenny Etienne, a co-op farmer, will be driving the organizations sole tractor for land preparation on a firstcome-first-served basis. The co-op charges member farmers $60 per hour tractor service, including fuel. Members pay for a minimum of two hours, and the co-op provides an additional two hours free of charge. Mr. Williams also asked members to recommend additional tractor drivers for the land preparation effort. Co-op member Brent Brass told the membership he would make his tractor available for rental at a charge of $75 per hour, including fuel, to augment the service of the co-ops limited machinery. Farmers Augustine Williams and Lennie Ettienne were proud of last years onion harvest which was being graded, bagged and read y to ship to market in Nassau. Community relations will improve by better parenting skills.Abaco Rage wins the 16th Annual North Eleuthera Regatta Please see RAGE Page 3 by Matthew McCoy With a brand spanking new paint job and a last minute departure, The Abaco Rage and her crew set out to compete in the North Eleuthera Regatta. Held on the 14th and 15thof October, the Regatta promised great sailing and a good time in the bustling town of Harbour Island. Te crew was ready to sail Friday afternoon after the B and C class races. Unfortunately, since the Lonesome Dove was not allowed to compete due to a late entry, the crew had nothing to do but wait around and stay well hydrated. The 9 AM start for the C class started promptly at 10:30 and was a real drifter. By the time the B class races were finished the wind was still calm and the day late; the A class races had to be postponed. The crewLand clearing, suitable winter crops and grinding grits are discussed by farming coop members Please see FARMERS Page 2 Abaco Rage Takes 1st in Harbour Island Please see Police Page 3 ASP Miller and Dundas Town Chairman Agustie Williams conducted a walkabout visiting families throughout Dundas Town. by Richard Fawkes The Royal Bahamas Police Staff Association, the equivalent of a labour union for police officers, has just published a handbook on parenting that is being distributed free of charge to the public at the police station in Dundas Town. Parenting Handbook, as the publication is titled, is part of the associations effort to continue to serve and educate its members and the Bahamian public, according to an introduction to the book by Executive Chairman Bradley Sands, and demonstrates its commitment to the development of the people of our country ... When we look at the many social ills that are affecting our society today, one must agree that a better topic could not have been selected. As we look at crime, teenage pregnancies, domestic violence, child The crew celebrated their victory. Photo by Matthew McCoy


Page 2 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 fruition last year, to take advantage of Pastor Etienne’s expertise for advice on planting techniques. Pastor Etienne has enjoyed resounding success with his onion crops over the years. Farmers also discussed the issue of raising corn in Abaco as part of the government’s national thrust to significantly increase production of corn grits and corn flour. Abaco has received one of several corn mills from the government as part of that initiative. Initial efforts to launch the program in Abaco last year were thwarted by the hurricanes. Mr. Williams reported that he was looking into setting up the mill, which has yet to be used, at Bahamas Palm Groves Farm, opposite the co-op’s allotments between the CheroFARMERSFrom Page 1Farming Coop Assists With Land Clearing kee Sound and Casuarina Point roads on the eastern side of the Great Abaco Highway. While Mr. Williams urged Abaco’s participation in this national effort, there was an air of general reluctance in the room. Most farmers pointed out the large amount of acreage (a minimum of five) that each farmer would have to put under cultivation; the high cost of preparation and maintenance compared to the much cheaper imports; and the need for expensive spraying, harvesting and shucking machinery. Mr. Williams suggested importing corn to test milling of flour, grits and by-products as a pilot to test the viability of production. No firm commitments were made to undertake the project Farmers also discussed the need to free up land currently held by non-farming co-op members. Mr. Williams reported that there are only about a dozen active farmers on the allotments, each of which is a minimum of 25 acres, while there are a number of persons wishing to farm — some of whom have paid their membership fees but have yet to receive an allotment. One woman present said she had been waiting two years after paying the required fee, and requested that her money be returned if she could not be assigned land. She said she was anxious to get started farming. Members said they were working on a plan to have the idle farmers transfer their allotments, and urged her to wait for such a transaction. 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October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 took this opportunity to go sailing and tune the boat to the light air. The next day the wind was still calm, but there were signs that there would be an increase. The race committee had a last minute schedule shuffle, putting the A class races first but not informing anybody. There was a mad dash scramble on the dock and all six A boats lined up at the starting line, anchors down. The Rage had the most leeward position, but the line favored that side. A great anchor pull and they were off on Starboard sailing to the left side of the course, ahead of the fleet except for Good News who tacked early to the other side of the course. After a few mark rounding they were still trailing the Ragged Island boys on Good News but they were closing the gap. The final downwind push to the finish was an out and out drag race, with Good News slightly ahead. Skipper Jeff Gail saw a chance to jibe over early, and when Good News followed suit the two boats were neck and neck. Looking for a favorable puff of air, the crew found it at the last minute and The Rage sailed ahead to photo finish victory. The race committee decided to change the course for the second race, and there was plenty of confusion as everybody tried to take their positions and figure out the new course. Suddenly the race started before all the boats were ready, and The Rage already in an unfavorable position on the line, got off to a bad start. The rest of the second race was spent making up ground. Two competitors got into a scuffle behind them at a mark rounding and took the pressure off for the downwind leg. On the next upwind leg, the crew kept their eyes peeled for wind lines and shifts, clawing their way up to a dead heat for third with Red Stripe. Unfortunately, while rounding the last mark, there was confusion as to whether that was the end of the race (which it wasn’t) and Red Stripe gained ground while the crew shifted back into racing gears. It was another drag race to the finish, this time on a reach. Everybody was shifting their weight, trying to find the right balance. At the finish, it looked like Red Stripe got the line, but the committee called it in favor of The Rage. New Southern Cross won the race, but with good overall performances by both Red Stripe and Good News four boats now had a shot at winning the regatta going into the third and final race. Usually only two races are sailed back to back, but because they were a day behind all the competitors had to turn around and prepare for another start. The Rage crew was tired, sunburned and very, very thirsty. The wind was beginning to really pick up, so the chase boat dropped off two more crew members for ballast. Pulling it all together for a decent start, The Rage took off with good fleet position but Red Stripe had a commanding lead. Over standing the windward mark didn’t help narrow the gap to first. In the second race the jam cleat for the mainsheet had broken, and Tuning the boat for light air after the first day of races had been cancelled. Photo by Matthew McCoy POLICE From Page 3 RageFrom Page 1 Rage Crew is Ecstatic at Taking First Place in Harbour Island Regattaat a packed rounding of the leeward mark the mainsail did not come in fast enough and Good News got ahead. Some good sail trim and excellent pry work meant The Rage was able to out point and out tack the Ragged Island crew even though their boat is generally faster in the freshening wind. Although not able to close in on Red Stripe they took second place, giving them enough points to win overall. Two points shy, Red Stripe took second, followed by New Southern Cross and Good News abuse, illiterate rate and gang activities that are rampant today among young persons, the first thing that comes to mind is where are the parents who are responsible for these persons; who is supervising whom?” Even persons who are impatient with reading through prose thick with technical terms will find this handbook very “user-friendly” and chockfull of straightforward, practical advice on a wide range of issues relevant to parents in an ever-changing Bahamas that is increasingly an integral part of the global society and its complex problems. The material is presented in an easily accessible list style with boldfaced topics and subtopics, in a Comic typeface that underscores its childcentred orientation. Young parents in particular, especially young single parents, should find this handbook a welcome companion as they try to navigate the stressful challenges of childrearing and understanding themselves as parents, and the awesomeness of parental responsibilities. There are three sections on child developPlease see POLICE Page 14 Tuning the boat for light air begin the first day after races had been cancelled. With light wind predicted, the crew adjusted the boat accordingly. Phototo by Matthew McCoy


Page 4 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Abaco ExpressProviding U.S. Mail and Parcel ServiceBetween West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour Call for Details 242-367-3450 • 561-689-1010 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 ON 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 Bahama Palm Shores EXPERTS!!! No one sells more Bahama Palm Shores lots than us. Call today for available lots and prices. 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 1216 NEW EXCLUSIVE 3/2 home upstairs with 2/1 and 1/1 apartments downstairs. All units fully and tastefully furnished. A must see!! Call for more info. info. 1217 NEW EXCLUSIVE Two bedroom home centrally located in Marsh Harbour. Great price. Call for details. Bahama Coral Island 1200Two adjacent parcels listed at $12,900 each. 1218 NEW EXCLUSIVE Two story home in Bahama Palm Shores offering two beds along with detached one bedroom guest cottage. A GREAT BUY!! 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 EXCLUSIVE Marsh Harbour 2 Bed, 1 Bath Home on large lot. Fully furnished. Old Ballpark Rd. EXCULSIVE NEW PRICE $175,000 High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $710,000 Pelican Shores Duplex 1,200 sq.ft. each side. Furnished, central air, patios. EXCLUSIVE $450,000 RENTALS Regattas of Abaco Condos For sale or rent by Day, Week or Month Regattas of Abaco 2 bed / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security. $275,000 UNDER CONTRACT Pelican Shores elevated lot on the harbour. One of the last (Beautiful views) Lots available on Pelican Shores. Exclusive $485,000 High Rock elevated large 3 bed / 3 bath, excellent sea views, nicely furnished, 2 car carport, central air, 1.08 acres $1.150 Million EXCLUSIVE Don MacKay Blvd. 2 buildings on 2 1/2 acres 1.3 million Exclusive Treasure Cay Carleton Landing Condos on the canal Call for info. Pelican Shores Large Lot on the Harbour. Can be made into two lots. Call for Info Bahama Palm Shores 2 bed / 2 bath home on stilts, on 2 lots, furnished, central air, tool shed, standby generator & much more. Call for Info Little Orchard Triplex Two, 1 bed, 1 bath apartments One, 2 bed, 2 bath apartment, central air, fully furnished. Price $440,000 Murphy Town Lots for sale approx. 90’ x 100’ $36,000 each Forest Drive & Crocket Drive Two lots for sale. Call for info. P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone : 242-367-4962E-mail: or 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 Don’t Have It, We Will Find It!These Students Are Studying AbroadThis is our second installment on Abaco students who are studying in Nassau, in the States, Canada or in other countries. We are pleased to showcase these promising young people and let you see where they are studying and get a glimpse of their aspirations and goals. We encourage parents to bring their children to our attention who we have inadvertently omitted. Scott Jason Albury is in his first year at George T Baker School of Aviation in Miami, Florida. He is majoring in Aviation Technology and has completed his first course, maintaining all A’s. Scott graduated from St. Francis de Sales in 2004. He is the son of Jason & Lucy Albury of Cherokee Sound. Viline Baptiste is in her first year at Nova Southeastern College in Florida. She is majoring in Biology and PreMedicine. She received a scholarship from Abaco Pathfinders & Winding Bay. Viline graduated from St. Francis de Sales in 2004. She is the daughter of Willie & Siltane Baptiste of Marsh Harbour. LaKesha L. Bodie is in her first year at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau. She is majoring in Primary Education. Lakesha L Bodie Please see STUDENTS Page 6 LaKesha graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 1998. She is the daughter of Denise Bodie & Arnold Newbold of Green Turtle Cay. Dashineak Charlton is in her first year at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau. She is majoring in Elementary Education. She received a scholarship from the Ministry of Education. Dashineak graduated from Abaco Central High school in 2004. She maintained a 3.59 GPA throughout her secondary education. She is the daughter of Michael & Glenda Bethel of Marsh Harbour. Juliette N. Deal is in her final year at Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida. She is majoring in Interior Design and currently is the president of the ASID. Juliette graduated from Abaco Central High school and is the daughter of Kathleen Frederick of Guana Cay. Shaquerra Edgecombe is in her first year at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau. She is majoring in Communications. She is a member of the National Soccer Team. Shaquerra graduated from St. Francis de Sales in 2005. She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Geron Edgecombe of Sandy Point. Akrisza Kemp is in her first year at Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach. Florida. She is a member of the Caribbean Student Association & the Federation of Bahamian Students. She majoring to become a pediatrician. Akrisza graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2005 and is the daughter of Sherman & Wilma Kemp of Hope Town. Aaron Knowles is in his first year at Wingate University in North Carolina. He is majoring in Business & Sports Management. Aaron is a past student of Forest Heights Academy. He graduated from Miami Springs Senior High where he played on the Varsity Baseball team for the last 2 years of highschool. Aaron has received a partial Wingate Scholarship & is pursuing his baseball career. He is the son of Craig & Linda Knowles of Hope Town. Nquania Knowles is in her third year at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau. She is studying Secondary Education. Nquania graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2002. She is the daughter of Brenda Russell & Joe Knowles of Treasure Cay.


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayIncredible hilltop home named for the ancient Tamarind tree that stands proudly surrounded by the breezey wraparound verandah. Beautiful, fully furnished 2 bed 2 bath home with one bedroom apartment and one acre of land in very private Lucayos Subdivision. Awesome view of the Sea of Abaco. Community dock steps away. 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 $70,0002 lots available each lot priced atNEW LISTING! NEW LISTING! NEW LISTING! NEW LISTING! NEW LISTING! Bahama Palm ShoresEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Peek-A-View' Hope Town #2136 $868,000One 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 $156,000Breathtaking views await you once you are standing upon this lovely 10,000 square foot hill top property in Long Beach. Lot # 370 is a corner lot with great elevation and views of the open Atlantic Ocean. Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood about 30 minutes south of Marsh Harbour with quality neighbours to entertain once you build your dream home. Long Beach #2205 $89,000 Buttonwood #1849 $143,000This lovely, elevated lot overlooks the Sea of Abaco and is located in the quiet Buttonwood subdivision. Only a 10 minute walk to the settlement of White Sound and the beach, this lot is an excellent spot to build a cottage or rental home surrounded by native foliage. The community dock is just down the hill from the property. 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 $89,000Beautiful home overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Private dock permit already approved. Ideal family hideaway w/ private water access. 2 of the 4 beds have private quarters & baths. Ideal for entertaining, there is a bar set into the living room & a cosy fireplace to enjoy on those cooler tropical evenings. Wraparound decks are the perfect spot to enjoy the ocean view. West Wind' Buttonwood #1852 $1,500,000Bahama 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 $144,000Beautiful Wooded Lot Elbow Cay #2175 $1,200,000Tamarind Hill White SoundCall 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 The Abaconian October 15, 2005BRIGANTINE BAY “Dolphin” Very special canal front CBS home, 2bed / 2 bath with living/dining/kitchen opening on to a covered porch. Also garage/ utility room as well as dock and boat lift. MUST SEE $984,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES “Seaductress” / “Harbour’s Edge” Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, detached 2 car garage Except ional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. NEW PRICE $1,265,000 + 7.5% 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 bed rooms, 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 $1,284,000 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 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts Sales Associate Everett Pinder(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax Treasure 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 $556,000 +12% closing 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access $349,000 + 14% closing 4. THE COTTAGES Now the newest oceanfront development on Treasure Cay beach com prising individual luxury units Starting at $625,000 + 14% closing TREASURE HOUSES Ocean Front Development Comprising 12 Luxury Units with Lagoon Pool / Waterfall Unit #9 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal home. Completely redone with additional storage below and storm shutters $550,000 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 Upstairs end unit, 2 bed / 2 bath, totally redone, with boat slip, includes golf cart. MOTIVATED SELLER $406,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Pool side / garden location 2 bed / 2 bath $369,000 VACANT LOTS AVAILABLE • Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. ocean front/ Sand Piper Bch. Beginning at $875,000 • Canal Front Beginning at $264,500 • Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $175,000 • Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $45,000 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 2 bed / 2 bath, end unit, extra features, never rented $212,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / onsite pool and many other features Starting at $701,250 Plus 14% closing LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE “Trident”/”Turquoise Seas” You cannot be more “on the beach” than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widow’s walk. WOW! $2,500,000 + 7.5% closing “Cross Winds” Split level CBS home extra large lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 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 guestbedrooms / 2 baths, large living / kitchen / dining / family room. Many, many features. MUST SEE $2,400,000 SOLD SOLDYouth Are Continuing Their Education Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS!Daron Lightbourne is in his first year at Essex Community College in New Jersey. He is majoring in accounting and received a scholarship from Temple Christian. Daron graduated from Temple Christian (in Nassau) in 2005 and is the son of Valencia & Sargent Donald Brennen of Coopers Town. Joshua Lowe is in his first year at Robert Morgan Vocational Technical Institute in Miami, Florida. He is majoring in Diesel Technology. He will have certifications in basic diesel shop skills, diesel engine tuneup, troubleshooting and run in, hydraulics & pneumatics, air conditioning in motor vehicles & big equipment. Joshua graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2003. He received a scholarship from the Lyford Cay Foundation. He is the son of Larry & Una Lowe of Green Turtle Cay Joshua Malone is in his second year at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach, Florida. He is majoring in Computer Information Systems / Business Administration. Joshua graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2003. He is the son of George & Debbie Malone of Man-O-War Cay. Rebecca Risberg is in her first year at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. She is majoring in Business. Rebecca graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2004. She is the daughter of Carl & Elizabeth Risberg of Lubbers Quarters Cay. Tiffany Roberts is in her second year at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is studying Biochemistry, Cell Development & Biology in a P.H.D. Program. Tiffany graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 1999 and is the daughter of Bert & Martha Roberts of Green Turtle Cay. Sarah Swain is in her second year at The College of the Bahamas in Freeport. She is majoring in Elementary Education. She received a scholarship from Abaco Pathfinders. Sarah graduated from Abaco Central Highschool in 1994. She is the daughter of Stevenson Jay & Margaret Swain of Dundas Town. Shamika White is in her third year at Florida Memorial University in Miami, Florida. She is working towards her Bachelors degree in Human Resource Management. She received a scholarship from Pathfinder. Shamika graduated from Abaco Central Highschool in 2002. She is the daughter of Stanley White of Sandy Point.


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 Mailin Sands mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comPh# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20403 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour-#5106. Great Opportunity. Established commercial complex. features several retail stores and two rental apartments. All currently rented. Ideally situated on main tourist strip. GREAT INVESTMENT.www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comYellowwood-Vacant parcel of property in fast growing neighbourhood. 51,000 sq.ft. lot, partially cleared and awaiting its new owner.-$68,900Dundas Town-#5222-Property situated in prime location running 135Â’ on the waterfront. Fixer upper situated on property. Views of the harbour and Sea of Abaco. Yellowwood-Large waterfront lot available. Comprising 37,368 sq.ft of property, this parcel commands endless ocean views and runs 184Â’ on the Atlantic.-$275,000 COLDWELL BANKER LIGHTBOURN REALTY Green Turtle Cay-#5191 Luxurious home located on a 2.5 mile sandy beach. Consists of five bedrooms, four bathrooms with wrap around verandas. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this villa. Offered at $2,300,000 Green Turtle Cay-#5077 Historic 10 room inn located in story book pretty New Plymouth. Comprising 10 guest rooms 40 seat restaurant and bar, patio and swimming pool. Painstakingly restored to its original Colonial condition. Offered at $1,780,000. Chris Farrington, BRI Sales Associate Green Turtle Cay, Abaco (242) 365-4695 Business (242) 365-4697 Fax (242) 559-8800 Cell chris@coldwellbankerbahamas.com____________________________________________________________________ Yellowwood-#5263-2B/2B cottage newly built. on large lot -100Â’ x 150Â’. Features a laundry room, outside patios, and a hobby room.central A/C, and all appliances are include. A MUST SEE!-$219,000 Oct 15th, 2005Dundas Town-#5276 Income producing property, unfinished duplex on elevated lot. Situated on lot 100x128-$92,000. Call for more details. Lubbers-#0350 -vacant lot in Abaco Ocean Club. Comprises 10,125 sq.ft. call today for more details. $70,000UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay-#5347 This island paradise is a rare find for the discerning yachtsman who is looking for privacy and all the amenities the island has to offer. 2 bed/2bath home also has a private dock and dredged channel. Offered at $2,300,000.00 Yellowwood-Fabulous elevated lot with breathtaking views of Winding Bay and the Atlantic.$275,000UNDER CONTRACT NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGSMALL HOME, ACREAGE AND CANAL SLIP! Near Treasure Cay Sits on 10 acres, property includes a 1b/1b home. Utility room, underground electricity and back up generator.Call NowYellowwood Cottage-#5027 partially completed 1bed/1 bath cottage on a 150Â’x175Â’lot. Near to Cherokee Sound. $150,000.00 Leisure Lee-#5366-3 bed, 3bath home in quiet neighborhood. 1,600 sq.ft. living space, extensive wrap around screened in porch and central A/C. All lots have beach access. $347,000.00Yellowwood-Vacant property features elevations and views of Cherokee Sound. This 33,690 sq.ft. lot is a great location for a home.-$82,000 MarshHarbour. #5426. 2b/1b home on 110Â’x140Â’lot. Second bath and laundry being added. Detached 1b/1b apt. on property -$200,000.00 UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay-Pineapple Bluff-3 bed, 3.5 bath, 3,289 sq.ft. home overlooking the Sea of Abaco. $1,980,00.00 NEW LISTINGOrchid Bay-#5428-The only bay front lot available in Orchid Bay. Over acre, and runs more than 100Â’ on the Sea of Abaco. Picturesque views! Call today! This wonÂ’t last long.-$789,000Ready to sell? Looking to buy? Call us today! orPlease visit our new office location on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Next to the Fire Station. Man-O-War Cay # 5439 2 bed/2 bath home in immaculate condition, 1,280 sq. ft. Features generator, tool shed and wrap around covered porch. Furnished and awaiting its new owner-$399,000. NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGMan-O-War Cay-#5451-Two, 2bed/2bath cottages on 16,000 sq. ft. of waterfront property. Features 60,000 gallon rain water cistern, generator house and 15KW generator. Post card pretty view. Call today!NEW LISTINGMarsh Harbour-List#5464-2bed/ 2 bath home in SweetingÂ’s Village. Furnished, central A/C, hobby room and outside patio space. Call now! $250,000 NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGManjack Cay-10 acres of property with beautiful beachfront at both ends. Protected anchorage on west side. Close to Green Turtle Cay.$2,000,000 Man-O-War-#5475-Vacant property from sea to sea on Eastern Harbour. Total of 160Â’ of waterfront. Rare offer. Call now!NEW LISTING NEW LISTING New Listing


Page 8 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Island Living Real Estate P.O. Box AB-20997 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone: (242)367-2696 Fax: (242)367-5329www.islandlivingrealestate.comElevated Waterfront, Lynard’s Cay UNDER CONTRACT $144,000 Listing#7393/4 acre on the Sea of Abaco, Atlantic seaviews and deep water for a dock. Short distance from Little Harbour and Cherokee.$145,000 Listing#28619,400 sf with 100 feet of beach frontage in a quiet and upcoming community. Miles of scenic tranquilityBeachfront Splendor, Long Beach Abaco’s Spring City Rockers Junkanoo Group received their first financial assistance to defray the cost of preparations for the 2005-2006 Junkanoo seasons.The much needed support came from Mr. Peter de Savary, the Founder and the Chairman of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay. Mr. de Savary is a dedicated supporter and exporter of Bahamian culture. This is the second consecutive year; the Abaco club has come onboard as part sponsor of the Junkanoo group. The group also performs at the Abaco club on special occasions. The Spring City Rockers expressed their gratitude with a stellar performance on Saturday October first at the Abaco club. Mr. de Savary was so impressed; he made a commitment to have various Junkanoo groups perform at the club every Saturday evening commencing in December. Mr. Colon Curry, the leader of the Spring City Rockers said, “This donation from the Abaco club is very timely and it will allow us an early start in preparations for the Boxing Day parades”. When asked what improvements the public could expect to see from the group in the upcoming parades he said, “We will have more three dimension designs, the group will have more members, and our music will beAbaco Club Donates to Junkanoo Group stronger and more rhythmic” Stone McEwan, Public Relations in the Bahamas for the Abaco club who presented the donation to Mr. Curry on behalf of de Savary and the club said, “Mr. de Savary has exported and promoted Bahamian culture on a scale, no single investor has ever done before”. He further said. “The Abaco club will continue to support the communities on Abaco and render assistance whenever possible to individuals, causes and organizations whose mandates are to improve the existence for the majority on Abaco”. Mr. Curry and his deputy leader Mr. Uriel Delancy thanked Mr. McEwan for the sponsorship. He accepted on behalf of de Savary and the Abaco club. October first, was also a special weekend for de Savary, due to the Discovery Channel sending a film crew to Winding Bay. The purpose of their trip was to have an interview with Mr. de Savary and to film footage of the Abaco club. Upon completion, the documentary will be one of the featured episodes in a ten part series about entrepreneurs from Europe. The program will be aired on global television stations and seen by millions of Europeans and Westerners. These enormous promotion will surely attract more visitors to the Bahamas and especially the island of Abaco. From left to right, Mr. Uriel Delancy, deputy leader of the Spring City Rockers Junkanoo Group, centre Mr. Colon Curry, leader of the same and Mr. Stone McEwan, Public Relations for the Abaco Club on Winding Bay. Mr. Peter de Savary, feeling the rush. Set Clocks Back One Hour October 31Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on October 31. Set your clocks back one hour either at bedtime on Saturday evening, October 30 or on Sunday morning, October 31.


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 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 seven years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, five 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. HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 Hope Town, Elbow Cay Tel: (242) 366 0700 Fax: (242) 366 0701 Cell: (242) 477 5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.comWhen you require a Real Estate Appraisal, please call: Regardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) • (386) 423-1773 • Fax (386) 423-1774E-mail: • CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIPDaily Service Marsh Harbour Melbourne Treasure Cay Orlando Intl. Daytona Beach Jacksonville BAHAMA PALM SHORES:Beach Front Parcel(Ref #337) Spacious 17,129 sq. ft., 124 foot sandy beach frontage on Atlantic Ocean, Spectacular ocean views $299,000.ELBOW CAY:Elevated Parcel(Ref #380) large 66,600 s/f 148 x 450 parcel located near lighthouse. Can be subdivided, natural vegetation, public dock access $586,000.LEISURE LEE:"Canal Lot #202"(Ref #233) Located on the main deep water canal, close proximity to waterways entrance, large 11,770 s/f lot with 125 of canal frontage. Includes dock pilings already installed. Water and power installed on the lot, telephone & DSL available, cleared. Price: $192,000. UNDERCONTRACT"Canal Lot #203"(Ref #203) Prime canal front lot in growing waterfront residential community, located in the main deep water canal, just minutes from the Sea of Abaco and Treasure Cay Marina. 10,590 s/f with 121 of protected canal frontage, all utilities available. Price: $168,000. UNDERCONTRACTTURTLE ROCKS:Turtles RockŽ(Ref #361) 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach front home built in 2000 on 1.18 acres with 102 on the beach, very private area, fully furnished. $755,000.Ridgetop Home(Ref #123) 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 4,520 sq. ft. home on 5.84 acres, 2 car garage, large modern kitchen, Requires repairs and completion $375,000. GUANACAY:Two Commercial Lots(Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road location, across from the public dock, total frontage 161 feet, $245,000 each.BUSTICK BIGHT:Waterfront Acreage(Ref#381) 2.73 acres, featuring 900+ of water front on protected Bustick Bight, located just 6 miles north of Marsh Harbour, open zoning, ideal location $425,000.SPLIT ROCK:Waterfront Parcels(Ref#299) Large waterfront lot(s) in new Split RocksŽ subdivision. This prime property consists of 1.39 acres and features over 100 feet of frontage on the beautiful Sea of Abaco. Call for pricing.MARSH HARBOUR:Great Abaco Club Canal Lot(Ref#440) Choice cleared lot ready for construction in highly desireable gated community, dockage potential for 55 vessel plus 26 runabout, location provides great rental home possibilities and use of all resort amenities. Limited number of lots available in this community! Price $499,000. Prime Real Estate Listing Throughout Abaco TREASURE CAY"Trident House"(Ref #317) Superb 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath fully furnished beach front home, 3,500 square feet, sensational beach & ocean views, many extras $2,500,000."Casuarina Beach House"(Ref #350) Fabulous 2 storey 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath, fully furnished, plus efficiency, pool, 80' beach frontage, recently renovated $2,300,000."Harbours Edge"(Ref #191) 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 s/f harbour front home, 90 of bulkhead for dock with 8+/depth, waterfront views though large glass doors, open kitchen, interior decor includes hand painted tropical mural, 2 car garage, 1/3 acre lot with privacy walls, Mediterranean style pool, fully furnished. Price: $1,265,000.Tigh-Na-MaraŽ(Ref #179) 7 bedroom 7.5 bath 3 storey Ocean Blvd. Beachfront Estate with freshwater pool, landscaping with mature coconut trees and privacy walls. 80 on the beach. Interior requires some renovations, materials on site. New Price: $1,445,000. UNDERCONTRACTSams LandingŽ(Ref #398) 3 bed/3 bath plus office area, 2,400 sq. ft. two story open concept canal front home with 102 of water frontage with dock and davits on Brigantine Bay. Fully furnished, central A/C, garage, unique glass front living area provides gorgeous 180 degree panoramic views. Price: $978,000."Brigantine Beach Condo"(Ref #369) 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath bath townhouse with ocean views just steps from the beach, furnished, rental history $458,000.Canal Lot on Brigantine Bay(Ref #321) Oversized, cleared, 130' canal frontage, deep water $365,000.Canal Lot Package(Ref #396) Two adjoining canal lots sold together as a package for a total of 20,000 +/sq. ft. on Galleon Bay Drive and 168+ of bulkhead, cleared, possible ocean views $275,000 each or $540,000. LITTLE HARBOUR:Waterfront Property(Ref #347) 2.2 acres, sea to sea, total 280' water frontage, ideal for boat dockage in protected Little Harbour, large natural cave. $910,000.SCOTLAND CAY:Waterfront Lot(Ref #319) Large lot with 125 feet on Sea of Abaco, Private island with air strip, elevations up to 50+/$400,000. UNDERCONTRACTNORTH ABACO:Waterfront Lot (Ref #431) Large waterfront lot includes 20,000+ sq.ft with 110 ft of waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Deep water access, views of Spanish Cay just 3 miles south of Coopers Town. All utilities accessible. $129,900.We Exceed Client Expectations!www.abacoestateservices.comPlease contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime properties throughout Abaco. Phone: (242) 365.8752Cell: (242) 357.6570 Sales Team of Ed & Cindy Newell James Moir Broker Members Bahamas Real Estate AssociationABACO ESTATE SERVICESREALESTATESALES VACATIONRENTALS15th Oct, 2005 Mirella Santillo By the end of September 2004, Mr. And Mrs. Wells, the owners of Pepper Pot farm, had lost most of their house in Casuarina and the all16 acres of their banana plantation had been wiped out by the two hurricanes. A year later, they are not yet back into their home, but still living in a trailer on the farm, but the summer yielded a few good cash crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons and pumpkins and approximately five acres of the bananas have grown back and are ready to be picked. “We are not back to normal yet, but we are getting there” said Mr. Melbourne Wells as I passed him preparing a field for the new crop. All crops have to be rotated, later explained Mrs. Jill Wells, not to deplete the soil. So after each harvest, a different fruit or vegetable is replacing the one before. Mrs. Wells keeps a precise chart of the rotations which occur about six time per year. “My husband takes care of the growing, she said, I am at the processing end. After the crops have been harvested, I wash, sort out and package, she explained, and I keep track of the crops on charts that are filed for further reference.” Pepper Pot Farm is a family operation with only a part time helper, so every time one visits, Mr. Wells is always in the fields, working. The local weather is good for farming nine months of the year. July, August and September are usually too hot, especially for tomatoes, and pests are more abundant at that time. So the Wells grow most of their cash crops on black plastic, that helps control underground larvae and above ground weeds and keep the soil moist and the fertilizers more concentrated. Tomatoes and cucumbers are grown on stakes which makes it easier to pick the fruits and also keeps them from the ground. “The fruits are nicer and cleaner.”said Mrs.Wells By rotating and planting the crops on small acreage, about 1/4 of acre for each, the Wells are hoping to produce year around, enough to supply the Abaco demand. They are also experimenting with different tomato seeds, more heat resistant, such as the Israeli or Solar Fire, the latest produced by the University of Florida. Mrs. Wells is presently processing the first crop of bananas which are cut into bunches and usually gassed before being put in crates. She explained the gassing process which involves ethylene, a gas naturally produced when fruits ripen and contrary to some belief, not at all health threatening. It helps putting on the market a fruit uniformly ripe, presenting better on the supermarket shelves. Mrs. Wells who is welsh, comes from a farming family on her mother’s side, but she said “farming was not her first vocation.” “ I do not really have a green thumb, she commented, but I like taking care of the administrative side of the farm.” She was a teacher in Nassau, before moving to Abaco. “ Mel, however, always wanted to be a farmer, she said of her husband.” Mrs. Wells explained that she comes to Marsh Harbour to sell some of her crops from the back of her truck, such as watermelons at the beginning of the summer, but people can to come and buy diPepperpot Farm Comes Back to Life After Hurricane Damage Please see PEPPERPOT Page 21


Page 10 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Nathan Key Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-2601/2 Fax: 242-367-2731 Open Mon-Thurs: 8am-7pm Fri &Sat: 8am-8pm Sun:8am-2pm Get your freehurricane safety guide BEPreparedstock up Hurricane SeasonHurricane Season: June 1st-November 30th Generators Propane Stoves with fuel Lanterns Batteries AM/FM Clock Radios HyTop Canned goods Water Candles & much more


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 Abaco AirCelebrating 30 Years Of ServiceCHARTERS BETWEEN ABACO & THE ENTIRE BAHAMAS & FLORIDASCHEDULED SERVICE TO NASSAU, NORTH ELEUTHERA & MOORE’S ISLANDWITH HALF PRICE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 ON ALL SCHEDULED FLIGHTSCALL US TODAY FOR INFORMATION ON OUR RATES, SCHEDULES AND FREQUENT FLYER REWARDS TEL 242-367-2266 FAX 242-367-3256 EMAIL reservations@abacoaviationcentre.comCOME FLY OUR FRIENDLY SKIESM Harbour Faces Growing Traffic Challangesby Mirella Santillo According to Mrs. Linda McIntosh, Officer in charge of the Road Traffic Department for Abaco, eighty to one hundred new cars are being licensed every month. “So far from January to June, four hundred and ninety one new vehicles have been licensed. If the growth continues, she said, in another two years, we will be at par with Grand Bahama.” The growth of Abaco is an open book: more new developments are being built, Winding Bay, Baker’s Bay, Bahama Beach Club to name a few, more houses and more apartments are sprouting from the ground everywhere, more workers are moving in from other islands, new foreign staff is following the new projects and more second home owners are building. This tremendous increase in population and the economic boom it is bringing to Abaco, contributes to the large number of new vehicles crowding the roads. “ Every time there is a new project, it means twenty to thirty more vehicles on the island But the prosperity of the island shows in the quality of the cars coming in, commented Mrs. McIntosh. “More brand new cars or trucks are being brought in, and if used, the vehicles are only a couple of years old.” Growth is always a good thing for a community, but it involves putting in place the infrastructure to accommodate it. Marsh Harbour, where most of the population is concentrating, was not designed for such a growth. The roads are narrow, parking is not sufficient any more, it lacks street signs and the one traffic light is becoming obsolete without turning lanes to expedite traffic flow. The problem in town is the lack of space to enlarge the roads or create new ones. “ We had looked at an area where a road could have been pushed, but AID expanded their building, making the option more difficult” Most of the businesses in Marsh Harbour are close to the streets and there is not even enough space for side walks, let alone for parking. “Dove Plaza does not have sufficient parking. Elizabeth Drive, also known as “ Tourist Strip” does not have sufficient parking either and drivers have to reverse onto the traffic, which is an offense, but there is no choice,” she said. We were used to a time when driving was easy, the people of Abaco have not yet opted to car-pool or take public transportation, thus creating a “ rush hour” in the mornings while taking the children to school and going to work, and at 3p.m. when school is over and 5.p.m. when work is over. Mrs. McIntosh said that public transportation did not work before, but it is an alternative that will have to be seriously considered in the near future. Three bus companies now serve the area: Ennovahs Bus Service, has one bus and serves the Marsh Harbour area; Great Abaco Express has two buses and takes people from Marsh Harbour to the Crown Haven Ferry Dock and back several times a day; and the Islander Express which served the Southern part of Abaco, from Sandy Point to Marsh Harbour and back until recently. However that service has not been operative for the last two months because of mechanical problems, mentioned Mrs. McIntosh. The Marsh Harbour area offers an additional challenge to the Road Traffic Authority Board which is in charge of granting licenses to the bus companies, because of the lack of place to put bus shelters. A bus shelter cannot be placed in front of a private residence or in front of a heavily frequented business such as a bank or a church, and public land is nearly non existing. “A route for bus stops has been established in Marsh Harbour, but there is no place to put the stops!” Guidelines were designated under the old administration, with the advice of the Ministry of Works, but it is difficult to plan for stops within the possible space to accommodate every possible users. So, as the numbers of divers increases, “we have to become better roads users” said Please see TRAFFIC Page 15 As Marsh Harbour grows so does the size of the vehicles needing space. This is angle parking at the traffic light which is marginal for normal size vehicles.


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October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 #8928. Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. 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 LYNYARD CAY#9510: Greenland Bay. Gorgeous, unspoiled beach front, dazzling white sand, rolling grassland interior. Parcels encompass 100 to 200 feet on the beach, depth of +/300’. 30 miles south of Marsh Harbour. Only one parcel may be sold in each instance; the entire acerage is not offered a whole. Starting at $ 120,000. GREENLAND BAY#9770: Leisure Lee. Lovely, oversized wooded home site containing 18,204 sq. ft. Inland location, road-to-road site with possible views of canal system and the Sea of Abaco if buyer “builds up”. A greenway borders one boundary making the site secluded and private. $68,500. LEISURE LEE #9492. 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 ISLAND EASTERN SHORES #9662. Treasure Cay. Located in Galleon Bay of Treasure Cay, this approx. 10,000 sq.ft. site is located on Windward Beach Drive. Sea of Abaco views are in store for the lucky buyer. Build up on “stilts” for views on all levels and added protection. Well-priced for a quick sale $60,000.TREASURE CAY UNDER CONTRACT #9756. Lovely, oversized home site in Casuarina Beach Estates. Located at the end of a schedule cul-de-sac and directly on the golf course. Great investment for the future!. Price to sell at $45,000.TREASURE CAY DUNDAS TOWN #9601. Building site situated in Anchorage Estates, the perfect location for a small multifamily project. Located adjacent to the round-about, this 14,000 sq.ft. lot is zoned muti-family and could be developed for a small boutique style resort. $69,500TREASURE CAY #9323. Just built and never lived in! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, nicely detailed with arched interior doorways, tile and modern fully equipped kitchen. The perfect starter home for a young family. Near Government high school and all conveniences of town living. $165.000.MURPHY TOWN UNDER CONTRACT#3646: Two nice side-by-side home sites just 300 feet from Eight Mile Bay Beach. Good elevation, cleared and ready to build. Buy both for a generous building envelope and ‘build up’ for Atlantic Ocean views and breezes. $41,000 each.BAHAMA PALM SHORES #9939. Lovely wooded home site located in the secluded community of Bahama Palm Shores. The site is situated within 300 ft of the gorgeous 8 Mile Bay and its sugar sand beach! Build up for views and breeze. Priced to sell! $38,000.BAHAMA PALM SHORES #9934. “Southwind”. One of the first homes built on the lovely peninsula of Pelican Shores. Encompassing just under one acre of land, fronting on Duck Pond. Comprised of 2 bedroom/2 bath, den/library, open living and dining area and galley style kitchen. Included is a guest cottage, pool, enclosed 12Kw generator and dock. A promising property with superior land value and great potential for the discerning, imaginative buyer. SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY PLEASE.PELICAN SHORES #9935. Lovely home site of approximately 10,000 sq.ft with high elevation and views of the sea on the west of Abaco and the South Side. Conveniently located just 3 miles north of Marsh Harbour. $35,000.BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND REDUCED !#9486: Rare homesite located on the secluded peninsula of Eastern Shores. Property runs sea-to-sea, 70' on the protected “Creek”, western boundry runs 120', eastern boundary 133'. Serious inquiries only, please. #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. #9092: 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 won’t last long! $285,000. REDUCED!UNDER OFFER!


Page 14 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 FOR ALL YOUR OFFICE & SCHOOL SUPPLIES DON’T FORGET TO VISIT WINDOW / WALL AC UNITS starting at$249.00 CHEST FREEZERS .......................starting at$418.69 DISHWASHERS..........................starting at$429.00 ELECTRIC DRYERS .....................starting at$433.30 FRIDGES .......................................starting at$673.40 BBQ GRILLS ................................starting at$196.01 MICROWAVES ..........................starting at$96.60 ELECTRIC RANGES ....................starting at$594.30 GAS RANGES .............................starting at$569.25 RANGE HOODS ........................starting at$236.60WASHER/DRYERS......................starting at$1,507.10 WASHERS...................................starting at$603.40 ** PRICES VALID WHILE SUPPLIES LAST**END-OF-SUMMER SALE25% 30% OFFON SELECT MAJOR APPLIANCES!Don Mackay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Ph 367-3186 Fax 367-3469 E-Mail ment babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers which discuss such issues the stages of physical development, sleeping, nursing, food and nutrition, making your home child-friendly and child-safe, crying, teething, discipline, toileting, tantrums, play and learning, reading, and even the use of computers and television at the pre-school age. The handbook provides a useful checklist of reading from birth through age six in a separate section on reading. The handbook also has separate sections on pre-school and kindergarten, playtime and watching television. “Children view an average of three to five hours of television daily,” according to a discussion on the effects of television viewing in the section in the handbook on guidelines for family television viewing. “While it is difficult to document the effects of such extensive television exposure on kids, research indicates that TV viewing may be linked to a range of negative behaviours: violence or aggression, obesity, poor academic performance, precocious sexuality, and the use of drugs or alcohol.” Parents are then invited to consider some “sobering facts.” The handbook does not stop at pointing out the negative, but advises parents that, “You can help your child avoid television’s negative influences and use TV as a positive, creative force for learning.” Tips include setting limits on watching; encouraging and participating in alternative activities such as sports, chores, reading, conversation, or hobbies; knowing what your child watches by watching with him or her and discussing the programmes. Interestingly, the handbook advises against allowing or withholding television as punishment because it “makes television seem even more important.” The handbook contains a particularly thoughtful and highly relevant section titled, “Family Issues.” The section, for example, includes the results of the following question the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health asked 50 parents whose children had become “well-adjusted, productive adults: Based on your personal experiences, what is the best advice you can give new parents about raising children?” Among the answers were: “Love abundantly; discipline constructively; spend time with your children; develop mutual respect; really listen; teach your children right from wrong.” The family issues section also focuses on such important subtopics as having a loving relationship with one’s spouse; being a mother (including a being a first-time mother and balancing working and mothering); being a father (including a special consideration of fathers and sons); dealing with divorce and separation (including access visits and joint custody, and helping children to cope); single parent families; blended families; and child abuse. The Royal Bahamas Police Staff Association is to be congratulated for this timely and extremely relevant and helpful publication. Businesses and individuals who contributed to making the handbook available free of charge are also to be congratulated. It is now up to parents to avail themselves of this invaluable resource by simply going to the police station and picking up a copy and reading and discussing it with friends. I would urge school administrators, teachers and PTA officers to distribute the handbook and organize parental discussion groups around it as a way to encourage and improve parental involvement in their children’s education. I have two suggestions to eliminate what I consider to be shortcomings in the publication. The list of services appended at the back of the handbook are all in Nassau and do not include information on where parents may seek help or advice in family emergencies; where families may seek psychological, medical, welfare or legal counselling; or what are some of the legal obligations of parenting. A section that focuses specifically on Bahamian issues and the relevance of the excellent information in the handbook to the local situation would also be an enriching addition when it is updated. Finally, I would hope that more Abaconians would contribute to the publishing endeavour. There are only two or three Abaco advertisers in the handbook. Perhaps Abaconians would also want to contribute to the publication of a special section on immigrant issues in parenting for a future addition. The newly Parenting Handbook published by The Royal Bahamas Police Staff Association and distributed free of charge.Police Publish Parenting HandbookPolice feel effective parenting will contribute to less community problems Check out The Abaconian online BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!IT’S THE LAW! From POLICE Page 3


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 Monday Friday: 9-5 Saturday: 9-3 Ph (242) 367-2674 Fax (242) 367-4755Beautify Your Home & Garden With....Rose Bushes Orchids BromeliadsFlowering Shrubs Silk Flowers BasketsBeautiful Gift Items Pet & Garden SuppliesCitrus Trees NOW Available 156 Acres 3000 Feet of Beachfront Adjacent Crossing Rocks $3,000,000 William Hertz Limited Tel. & Fax. 365-8061Madeira Park Plaza Suite 1 P.O. Box AB-22182 Treasure Cay, Abaco Bahamas Mrs. McIntosh.” We have to start using signals, to respect the school zones and the speed limit.” A reminder: the speed limit on the highways is 45 miles per hour, in town 25 mph and in school zones, 15 mph. The Road Traffic Officer explained that “ 80% of traffic fatalities are due to human error and in most of these, speed is the factor.” But some common sense practices are not always applied by the local motorists. “ Signals are very important, said Mrs. McIntosh, vehicles stop without warning. Sometimes they do the opposite of what their signal means.” Respect other drivers: do not stop suddenly on the road, but pull on the side of the road when picking up or letting out somebody.” Do not pick up or discharge someone at the traffic light.” Driver’s License procedure So in a town where there is no driving school, how do drivers qualify for their driver’s licenses? First to apply for a permit, an applicant must be 16 years and eleven months old. This is a new law as it was previously 17 years old. Applicants must show proof of age such as a birth certificate or a passport and they will be issued a six month temporary permit allowing them to drive with a licensed driver. When the six months are over, a second application is made to schedule an appointment for the driver’s examination, She gives the written examination every other week. “ I cannot do it more often, she explained, it takes two hours per person.” She is hoping that with the increase of new drivers, a full time examiner will be appointed for Abaco. She said the busiest time is between April and August, especially after graduation.” A new written examination was implemented in 2003. Eighty multiple choice questions are divided into eight sections and sixty questions must be answered correctly for a pass grade. When the applicant has passed the written part, he or she is then given the driving test by Mrs. McIntosh, who takes into consideration the driver’s control of the vehicle, the performance of a 3 and 4 points turn, a hill stop and right hand turn, reversing and observing the road signs. “ If you fail, warns Mrs. McIntosh, you must wait a month before trying again. Until now driving licenses were issued manually and without picture identification. An attempt to introduce picture I.D. last year failed because of equipment problems. There is now a computer system with photos being This top heavy load crawled through town at an idle with a long string of vehicles trailing behind. The load was not tied to the truck and the driver was being extra cautious. Please see TRAFFIC Page 18 TRAFFICFrom Page 9Traffic comes to a crawl with more cars and commerce


Page 16 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 S t e i n e r H H o u s e T T r e a s u r e C C a y R R o a d 4 BR,2 1/2 BA $ 8 0 9 0 0 0 B a h a m a B B e a c h C C l u b 2039, Deluxe Beach-front Condo 3 BR,2 BA $ 8 5 0 0 0 0 G a l l e o n B B a y C C a n a l Waterfront Homesite $ 3 0 3 0 0 0 S a n d D D o l l a r 2BR, 2B, Beach front Condo, under renovations $ 4 6 2 5 0 0 H e l e n s P P o i n t G G a l l e o n B B a y Waterfront 4 BR,3 BA Home, Sea of Abaco views $ 1 3 8 8 0 0 0 G a l l e o n B B a y R R o a d Homesite overlooking Treasure Cay Marina $ 4 0 5 0 0 0 S a n d B B a n k s H H a r b o u r Up to 10 Acres Available. Pr ice upon request T w i n P P a l m s B B r i g a n t i n e C C a n a l Home, 3 BR 2BA pool and dock $ 8 7 0 0 0 0 E a r l y L L i g h t R R o y a l P P o i n c i a n a 2 BR, 2BA Condo on Treasure Cay beach $ 6 9 5 0 0 0 A t l a n t i s 2 2 2 0 2 2 BR, 2 BA Condo with 25' wide boat slip, including boat lift $ 4 0 5 0 0 0 U N D E R C C O N T R A C T A t l a n t i s 2 2 0 3 2 BR, 2 BA Condo with 15' wide slip, shares private breezeway with 2202 $ 4 0 5 0 0 0 U N D E R C C O N T R A C T COMMERCIAL DOCKSPRIVATE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOAT LIFTSDOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellular: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Constr Constr Constr Constr Constr uction uction uction uction uction Doors & Windows Moldings & Millwork Pressure Treated & Dimensional Lumber Custom Cypress Builder’s 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: The police have been receiving high praise for the series of community walkabouts they have been conducting with local government, urban renewal, and community and religious leaders. On October 1 ASP Wayne Miller, accompanied by Chief District Councillor Cubell “Star” Davis, Dundas Town Committee Chairman Augustine Williams, Urban Renewal Officer Elaine Martinborough and Cpl. Farquharson, who has been assigned Dundas Town as his “personal policing area,” visited families in Dundas Town. Residents expressed their thanks for the police presence as a reassuring gesture. Most said they had no complaints; some complained of auto speeding, noisy motorbikes, unkempt yards and occasional rowdy groups of young men assembled in front of various establishments. They also spoke to a few residents who said they needed social service assistance.Dundas Town Walkabout — A Photo Essay Chief Councillor “Star” Davis, left, and ASP Wayne Miller, right, chat with Dundas Town businessman Carrington “Samson” Lightbourn outside his residence. Committee Chairman Augustine Williams, Evangelist Kathleen McIntosh and ASP Miller. Mr. Williams and ASP Miller speak with Stephanie McPhee, who said she needed help fixing up her home. Young entrepreneur Patrick Roberts, operator of the carwash next to Mother Merle’s, engages in a tete-a-tete with ASP Miller.


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 BAHAMAS HOT MIXCivil Engineering ContractorSite clearance Earthworks Water & Sewerage installation Road paving Car park & drive ways Airfields Asphalt related products Materials testingLar Lar Lar Lar Lar g g g g g e Flee e Flee e Flee e Flee e Flee t of Hea t of Hea t of Hea t of Hea t of Hea vy Eq vy Eq vy Eq vy Eq vy Eq uipment uipment uipment uipment uipment a a a a a v v v v v ailable f ailable f ailable f ailable f ailable f or r or r or r or r or r ent ent ent ent ent : : : : :D8 DozerExcavator TrucksLoaders Low BoyRollers Tractor Heads Graders Trenchers Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-3956 367-3957 Fax: (242) 367-3959BAHAMAS HOT MIXFor FREE estimates contact Harlin Johnson Providing Abaco & surrounding cays with the following services for over 10 years: Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties • New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 • Fax 242-366-0434 Chairman Williams, ASP Miller, Cpl. Farquharson and Urban Renewal Officer Martinborough hold court with Pastor Lernis Cornish on whose porch they waited out a rain shower. Thanking the group for coming through the community, Pastor Cornish told them, “Where there is no police presence, there is public disorder.” ASP Miller shakes hand with distinguished Dundas Town citizen “Mother Merle” Louise Williams, owner of Mother Merle’s Restaurant, at her establishment. ASP Miller listens while brothers Otis and Cassius Cornish Cornish tell their side of the story. Several residents had complained to Mr. Miller about the brothers’ yard, where a number of dilapidated vehicles are parked and where they allege untoward behaviour. The brothers told Mr. Miller the criticisms were unfair and that they had been cleaning up the property. Another brother, Lewis Cornish, with a bottle of Kalik in his hand, launched into a loud litany of complaints, liberally laced with obscenities, about how he was being harassed by his neighbours and the police. Additional Views of the Walk-About


Page 18 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Horizontal storage tanks Cone bottom Pick-up truck tanksLow profile tanks Vertical tanks POLYETHYLENE TANKS Also: pumps, bladders, softeners, RO systems, desalinators, DI systems, filters, etc. .• Resilient Won’t crack UV stabilized Better than F G No bad smell No bad taste Inexpensive Ships easily Many sizes Many Shapes Lots in stock Bulkhead fittings installed Distributors wantedADVANCED WATER ENGINEERING, INC. Indian Harbour Beach, FL Ph: 321-777-4909 • Fax 321-773-8338 E-mail: For prices call or E-mail NOW Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri.Raffle Tickets Event TicketsPlain, numbered or with stubs 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) 367-4842A Marsh Harbour shop keeper called the police on September 9 to take custody of a minor found shoplifting with $3.50 of ladies underwear. Frederick’s Agency in Marsh Harbour reported a client had presented a check by Elite Securities Ltd. for $16,320 on August 25 to pay for duties and services on vehicles and other goods. The client stopped payment on the check on September 8 as he claimed that some of the vehicles were damaged. The client is being charged with fraud. An employee of Quality Star Texaco in Marsh Harbour cashed an Elite Securities Ltd. check for $2,000 in July which was later returned by the bank. A repayment schedule was negotiated. However, returned checks from the same company were later found at the Outboard Shop for $44.10 and the Treasure Cay fuel station for $900. A Murphy Town resident had the rear window of his car smashed by a man he knew causing damage of $625. The assailant was arrested and will appear in court. Chelsea’s Choice Water Company in Marsh Harbour had a truck stolen from the company parking lot during the night of September 9. About 10 p.m. that night, a Treasure Cay resident was accosted while walking on the road by two men driving the same truck. They had a handgun and attempted to rob him. About 10:30 another resident answered a knock at his door to find two black males armed with handguns demanding cash. Co-workers appeared and the men fled on foot. Subsequently, two men were arrested in the Sand Banks Haitian community. Both had been previously deported to Haiti after serving time in a U.S. jail. A search warrant was executed during the afternoon of September 10 at a residence in the Sand Banks Haitian community. A small amount of suspected cocaine was found. The suspect was arrested and cautioned in reference to being in Possession of Dangerous Drugs. A man was arrested on September 10 for causing damage of $2863 to a car on August 14. A Marsh Harbour resident was arrested in the afternoon of September 10 when found with a small quantity of cocaine in his back pants pocket. A Grand Cay man was arrested on September 15 when found with one joint of marijuana. During the night of September 14 someone broke into the boat storage yard of Abaco Outboards. Eleven boats appeared to have been entered although nothing seemed to have been taken. On being asked to leave Jones Native Diner on Forest Drive in Murphy Town about 5 p.m. on September 15, a man screwed up the shirt of a woman patron who lived in the area, annoyed her with obscene language then threw a stone hitting the proprietor. A resident of High Rocks in Marsh Harbour was arrested shortly after sundown on September 15 for having an unlicensed shotgun, for disorderly behaviour, using obscene language and resisting arrest. During the night of September 28, the Baker’s Bay office on Marsh Harbour’s front street was broken into. Nothing appeared to have been taken. A shopkeeper on Forest Drive in Marsh Harbour was punched in the face about 10 p.m. by a man he identified.Crime ReportA Grand Cay fisherman was bitten twice in the face by a shark in mid-afternoon October 2. He was treated locally then flown to Freeport for further care. A Grand Cay man was arrested on October 2 about 8 pm for shop breaking and receiving. During the investigation, drugs were found which added to the charges. A Murphy Town woman reported that her 11 year old daughter had been missing since sundown on October 4. The minor was later found at an apartment on Crockett Drive, Marsh Harbour, occupied by two young men and sexual activity was suspected. A 17 year old man was arrested. A Dundas town woman reported on October 5 about 10 p.m.that her minor son had several times acted in a disorderly manner to her and that he was using drugs which rendered him uncontrollable. Police assistance was requested. The Grand Cay police arrested two men who alternated residence between Grand Cay and Grand Bahama when found at daybreak on October 5 with a small quantity of marijuana. printed in Freeport and returned within two weeks. So she urges drivers to apply at the beginning of their birth month and not at the end, so you may receive your license on time. Ms McIntosh doubles her duties of running the Department with attending board meetings, collecting revenues in the Cays and being an examiner.” Within a year or two there will be a need for more staff to handle the increasing number of vehicles and drivTRAFFICFrom Page 15 ers.” However she is confident that the new Road traffic Comptroller, Mr. Jack Thompson, who took office in April, will not forget to take into consideration the situation on Abaco. “ He is no stranger to Abaco, she said. He has a lot of new visions and ideas to answer the concern of the Department with the number of fatalities on the island. There will be a new set of publications and billboards very soon to address that problem.” Even small vehicles pose traffic problems and impede the flow of traffic.


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 ... THE BATTERY WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT OF LIFE!!!BATTERIES A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck/Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries Diesel Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries WE DON’T PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY(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 B & D MarineAbaco’s Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items• At the Traffic Light • P.O. Box AB 20461 • Marsh Harbour • Abaco • Tel: 242-367-2622 • Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKI SUZUKI SUZUKI SUZUKI SUZUKI 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 VERNON’S GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMON’S SUPERCENTER LOWE’S FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands’ Leading Newspaper AB AB AB AB AB A A A A A CO CO CO CO CO By Mirella Samillo After three and a half years on Abaco, Mr. Lyndon Davis will relinquish his managerial position at Commonwealth Bank in Marsh Harbour on October 7 to return to Freeport, Grand Bahama, to assume the same position there. “My stay here was a great learning experience,” said Mr. Davis. “Contrary to Grand Bahama, Abaco has a lot of self employed people. It is a different business setting here. Abaco is very strong. When I first came here, I used to call my mother and tell her that Abaco was the best kept secret in The Bahamas,” he said jokingly. Mr. Davis has been employed in banking for 24 years, 18 of which have been with Commonwealth Bank. However, Mr. Davis and his wife, Mrs. Elva Davis, who was a teacher at Abaco Central High School until June of this year, will be Commonwealth Bank Manager Is transferred to Freeportboth remembered in Marsh Harbour for their dedication to the Youth in Action program. “I came to Marsh Harbour in January 2002,” explained Mr. Davis. “By February the basketball program was underway with the help of Stretch Morley and Cay Mills. We started with 12 kids, but with the help of Radio Abaco, The Abaconian and the support of the community, Youth in Action, grew to what it is today.” Before coming to Abaco, Mr. and Mrs. Davis were involved in the Hoyt’s program in Freeport and will join again upon returning to Grand Bahama, which will give them the opportunity to travel back to Marsh Harbour for sport meets. Mr. Davis praised the staff of Commonwealth Bank. “Not only are they dedicated to the banking industry;” he commented, “but they are also good people, involved in community service. We have mixed emotions about leaving Abaco because of the reception we received here,” he said. We formed many friendships and it is hard to leave even with the many projects we have for Freeport.” Even though leaving a week later, he will coach the first session of soccer for Youth in Action, planned for October 1st. “Abaco is going to keep growing,” he added. “Maybe I will be sent back here in the distant future.” Mr. & Mrs. Lynden Davis


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October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 Hope Town Abaco, Bahamas375-8655Mike Jones Sales Cell # 551-5545 Frank Knowles Sales Agent Cell # 375-8655 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 Waterfront property and/or beach cottage. Pretty 2bed/bath cottage on 72 ft.private beach front with private dock, electricity. Vacant water front lots with private dock. Brokers protected. Please call 242 366 0347 or email: 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 Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements 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 SALE LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Luxury vacation rentals with private boat slips and all resort amenities in a gated community. Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 Elbow Cay’s Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at Marsh Harbour, Government Sub. 2 bed, 1 bath, living & dining room, front room, wash room. Small apartment on the hill. House was built for a main house on top. Land 140 x 110 n road. $180,000 Call 367-4963, 367-4143, 5599603 Tilloo Cay charming hideaway, 1 br/ 2 ba cottage, safe haven, tucked in cove with dock. Panoramic view of ocean in all directions from top of hill. On approx. 3.75 accres, sea to sea. Generator, battery and solar powered. Call 508540-3240 or e-mail Treasure Cay area 6.5+ acres available on Sea of Abaco, cleared, boat ramp, two fresh water wells, highway frontage. Small marina a possibility. Road from highway to ocean. Property located between Treasure Cay airport and entrance to Treasure Cay. For information call 305-238-2459 NO BROKERS Turtle Rocks area, 3.47 acres, joining the Three Beaches. Asking price $225,000 gross. Ph 242365-6058 or 242-477-5944 or 242-333-4165 or 242-557-7584 Little Harbour 1/2 acre building site, high elevation, good ocean view, walk to Pete’s Pub. Best deal in Little Harbour, $145,000 net. Call owner 970-562-3868. Guana Cay 2 bed apt. $1500/ mo, no pets. Also new vacation rental $900/ wk. Call for details. 904-982-2762 Guana Cay long term rate, fully furnished, newly renovated, 1 bed and 2 bed rentals, TV, VCR, pool and sandy beach. Call Jerry, Guana Sunset Resort 365-5133 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 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS HELP WANTED East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 Homes • Property Beachfront Condos Corporate Rentalswww.abacoagent.comSandra Evans, BRI, CIPS (242) 367-2365 Bill Thorndycraft (242) 357-6638 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSLittle Harbour New 2B/ 2B home on 1/2 acre. Fantastic ocean view, high elevation, nearly finished. Buy now and save. Owner 970-562-3868. Little Exuma 8 1/4 acre lots. Package price $80,000 (net) or 2 side by side lots for $25,000 (net). Call 1-242-365-8674. Wanted, a General Practioner. Contact Auskell Medical. Wanted, Cook/Chef for Guana Cay. Call 3655115 (evening) YARD SALEBIG YARD SALE! Everything must go! Household items, lots of toys & more. Across from Abaco Hardware lumber yard. Saturday 22nd Oct 9am 4pm. I have regular clients, even second home owners who always call to find out what’s available.” What are the Wells long term plans? “ I hope to get one bedroom section of the house done, so we can move back before the end of the year. (The subsidize provided by Nema was not enough to finish the inside of the house.) I ‘d like to be able to use the internet again and get the farm on line”, she said. They are also introducing a larger variety of product, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, sweet and hot pepper, okra, pumpkins, eggplant and spring onions and from October to February, they are hoping to produce two crops of lettuce. The black Sigatoka that had appeared after hurricane Michelle, seemed to have gone on the winds of Frances and Jeanne, mentioned Mrs. Wells “ Black Sigatoka is a fungus, called after a valley in Fiji, where it was first discovered, that kills the leaves of the banana plants” she explained. The diseased plants produce smaller fruits. Several banana plantations on Abaco were attacked by Sigatoka a few years ago, but now appear to be free of the disease. The Wells are slowly bringing back to life the banana plants on the 16 acres, concentrating on small plots of approximately 5 acres, so the future looks promising for Pepper Pot Farm, providing the weather stays fair and that no equipment brake down, each of which could produce a serious setback. But at present, the Wells are hopeful and in good spirits. PepperpotFrom Page 9Pepperpot Farm ReboundsBy Portia Jonsson Everyday persons experience the horror of fire. But most people do not understand fire. Only when we know the true nature of fire can we prepare ourselves and our families. During the week of September 19th officers from the Grand Bahama Fire Department were on Abaco to speak with students and residents on fire prevention and safety. The month of September was deemed Firemen’s Month for Northern Bahamas under the theme, Preventing the Worst. Put Safety First. On September 20th Officer Harvey and Corp. Bullard met with the high school students at Agape Christian School to educate them about the simple facts of fire. Corp. Bullard advised them that the first thing to know in a fire is not to panic. When people panic, they are not in the same state of mind and explained that because they do not know what to do, they normally panic. Fire, he said, is not a bad thing. Fire that in not controlled is a bad thing. In the event of a fire the students were told to remember time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! They learned some simple facts that explain the particular characteristics of fire. Fire is fast and there is little time. Fire is hot and heat is more threatening than flames. Fire is dark and deadly. Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell, the toxic fumes of carbon monoxide can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. There are four elements that must be present for a fire to exist. The concept of fire prevention is based upon keeping these four elements separate. There must be Oxygen to sustain combustion, Heat to raise the material to its ignition temperature, Fuel to support the combustion and a Chemical Reaction between the other three elements. Not all fires are the same. Different fuels create different fires and require different types of fire extinguishing agents. Class A fires are fires in ordinary combustibles such as paper, wood, cloth, trash and plastics. Class B tires involve flammable liquids such as gasoline, petroleum oil and paint. Class C fires consist of energized electrical equipment like motors, transformers and appliances. Corp. Bullard demonstrated the correct use of a fire extinguisher. The first step is to pull the pin, then aim the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire, squeeze the operating lever to discharge the fire extinguisher agent and lastly, sweep the nozzle or hose from side to side until the fire is out. Anytime there is a fire, get out of the build-Fire Prevention and Safetying as quickly and safely as possible. Once you are out, stay out. In closing the students were asked to be appreciative of our volunteer fire department because they are very valuable, important, significant and they are all that we have. Presentations were also made at St. Francis de Sales School, Forest Heights Academy, Abaco Central High School, Central Abaco Primary and Moore’s Island All Age School. Hints for Helping Our EnvironmentFriends of the Environment PresentsRoad Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility


Page 22 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Church Listing 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 Children’s 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) New Vision MinistriesOur Mission “Turning people into devout followers ofSunday Worship11:00 a.m. Sunday Kids’ Korner9:30 a.m. Tuesday Interactive Bible Study7:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer Time12:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Pastors/Leaders Derek Benjamin Ted Pearce David Lowe For Directions call 242-367-3324 Dundas Town Church of GodWhere Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is Lord!Sunday Prayer Meeting 6:00 a.m. Sunday School9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Evening Worship6:00 p.m. Weekdays (Prayer Meeting) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 5:00 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 Business Service Directory Want More Business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201________________________________ Diane FletcherChartered AccountantFinancial Statement Preparation Audits and Investigations Business Licenses Accounting Software Installation &Training Specializing in Restaurant and Point of Sale Softwaredfletcher@coralwave.comWorking with you in AbacoNassau Cellular 359-3207 Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 ABACO INTERNET & COMMUNICATIONS SERVICESWe specialize in CCTV Systems, Access Control, Alarm Systems, Gate Operators and Magnetic Door Locks.We also monitor Alarm Systems and CCTV Systems for your Home and Business, as well as connect Remote Office Networks and Phone Lines and or Extensions. “SECURING AND CONNECTING YOUR WORLD” HONEST RELIABLE AND DEPENDABLEPhone/ Fax: 242-367-6245 Mobile: 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 Harbour Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar macy macy macy macy 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. 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 About 24 police officers and reservists took part in an intensive training in what ASP Wayne Miller, officer-in-charge of Abaco described as a “public order exercise” during the evenings Monday through Thursday, October 2 to 6 at Central Abaco Primary. Under the direction of Inspector Wilson from Nassau, the men and women learnedPolice train to maintain public ordertactics of restoring order in the face of unruly or disorderly “demonstrators,” using long and short plexiglass shields and clubs. There was also a tear gas exercise. ASP Miller declined to go into details about the training or why it was conducted at this time. Abaco Police are receiving training in many aspects of enforcement including crowd control


October 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 26’ Monza w/ twin 225 HP Optimax, VHF, chart plotter, fish finder, depth finder, fresh water shower. Call 367-4276 Hrs. 8-5 28’ Mako, 1987, 96’ 225 Ocean Runners, full tower, NEW Rupp riggers, Furuno depth recorder, split console. $22,500. Ph: 321-7954577 email: 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 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE EQUIPMENT FOR SALEForklift, Hyster S40XL 3-stage warehouse, used, well maintained, in use now. $10,000 OBO 367-2128 Call between 9-5 Electric bread making machine like new. $25 Call 267-2677 Personal Computer includes Windows '98 w/many good programs, Canon Printer/Ans. Mach, Fax & Scanner w/add. ink cart. All in excl.working condition $300 Or Best Offer 3662053 Propane chest freezer, Frostek 240, 8.5 cu. ft. storage, needs no electricity. $500 Call 375-8079 BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE14' Edgewater 140CC, 2002 35 HP Johnson, Bimini, trailer, cover, DUTY PAID. $11,800, (242) 365-8397 17’ Boston Whaler Montauk 2003, 90 HP Mercury/Yamaha 4 stroke, Bimini, VHF, depth sounder, GPS, swim platform. Full Sunbrella cover used 90 hours, in storage. Contact Keith or Blake Albury, MOW 242-365-6006 18’ Fiberglass boat ready for crawfishing, 150 HP Evinrude outboard, GPS, VHF, stereo, compressor, Bimini top, etc. Serious inquiries only. Call (242) 359-6978 BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MERCHANDISE FOR SALE COMMERCIAL SERVICESFor all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service BUSINESS FOR SALEIce Cream Parlour, great location. Intersted persons should call 367-2831Wanted to Rent a substantial dock or mooring in Man-O-War for a 48', 25 ton, classic motorsailer, long term, each winter, Dec. to April. Call Bob at (519) 899-2401 Canada before October 15. MARINE ITEMS WANTED TO RENTFull Time Help Wanted Front Desk Clerk Duties include answering phone, serving fuel, taking reservations, operating cash register for gift store. Applicants must possess excellent customer service skills, proper phone etiquette, computer literate, and able to work six days a week. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm Tuesday thru Saunday. Monday off Interested person please apply in person at Sea Spray Resort. DAMIANOS REALTY CO. LTD. Is seeking to hire Licensed Real Estate Agents and Apprentices in its Marsh Harbour, Abaco, office. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to join an established growing company. Visit our website to learn more about our company or contact Mr. George Damianos at 242-362-4211 email: Wanted music teacher for marching band. Call 365-4120 or 365-4080 89 Jeep Wrangler, 4 wheel drive, luggage rack, under hood security box, runs OK but needs work, oversized tires and extras. Call 365-8318 or 305-238-2459 94 Buick Lesablra & 97 Buick Lesabra. Mint condition. Contact Freddy at 551-4186 95 Chevy truck 1500 standard shift, good condition. $8500 OBO Tel 242-367-2266 (8 am 5 pm) 99 Cadillac Escalade, white, w/leather interior, A/C, DVD player, screen by dash & 2 in headrest, CD player, sound system, 22’ rims. Call daytime 551-4163 or 375-3511. After 6 p.m. call 365-8867 00 Dodge Dakota low miles, fully loaded, oneof-a-kind paint job. Serious inquiries only. 3596481 Golf Cart 2000 EZ GO 36v electric cart. 4 seater, new tires, good batteries. $3,500 3655122 96 Mercury Marquis LS everything power $8,500. Please Call 365-4643 19' Robolo, 1977, center console, Bimini, live well, w/ 1999 200 HP Merc, needs work. DUTY PAID $4,000 Call 365-5122 20’ Albury 2002, CC, Yamaha 200 HP 2 stroke, Bimini top, spray rails, fresh water, DUTY PAID. $36,000 Call 772-263-1031 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’ Paramount 90 HP Mercury $1100. Please call Amos 367-3965 23’ Hurricane, 135 Mercury, great fishing/ dive boat or water taxi, VHF. $6500 OBO Ph: 502551-5760 e-mail: 23’ Albury 2004 CC, Mercury 225 Optimax, VHF, color GPS, plotter, depth, compass, Ttop, rocket launchers, DUTY PAID. $56,000 772-263-1031 31’ Fiberglass Power Boat 1988 twin 57 Merc Cruiser inboard engines, gas, excellent condition, loaded, extras. Contact Nancy 36702698 32’ Island Gypsy Sportfish 175 Ford Lehman, 8 KW Westerbeke, air conditioned, etc. $44,000 Call 365-4120 34’ Catalina 1988 shoal draft sailboat DUTY PAID 27 HP Yanmar, 12 v. refrig, many upgrades. Lying Abacos. $51,500 Call 828-6690828 Fax 828-664-1710 38’ Bertram, classic 1964, flybridge, sedan cruiser, repowered with twin Cummins 555 diesel engines in 1990, low hours, galley up, 8 KW Yanmar diesel generator, solid overbuilt fiberglass hull, sleeps, 6, head with shower. Bahamian registry. $39,000 USD. Must sell, owner will consider all serious offers. Boat at Abaco Yacht Services, Green Turtle Cay. Call 242-3654033, fax 242-365-4216, email 39’ Wellcraft 1990 1999 engines, 7.4 liter, 370 HP, generator, central air, Halon 1301 engine room fire system, 2 new gas tanks, 270 gal, 75 gal water tank, full galley, wet bar, 2 TV’s, fully equipped, radar, depth finder, DUTY PAID Call 367-0158 38’ Gulfstar Trawler 1983 with 6 cyl Perkins Diesel. Asking $45,000 Tel: 242-366-0637 Or 407-384-7301 26’ Carver powered by completely rebuilt 220 HP Volvo diesel engine, has stove, fridge, bathroom, 2 steering stations. Can be seen @ MH Boat Yard. Price $16,000 Firm 559-8196 25’ Grady White Sports Fish twin “90” 200 HP Evinrudes, all effects, 2 VHF, Live Well, Depth Sounder, Out riggers, fully found. At Dolphin Marine, GT. Ph: J. McAllister Fl. 561-799-9426. $15,000, OBO. On October 3rd, Ms. Jacquelyn Estevez, a 33 years veteran in the banking industry, relieved Mr. Lyndon Davis, as manager of the Marsh Harbour, Commonwealth Bank branch. Ms. Estevez built up her banking experience by working for twenty years in Offshore Banking, in Nassau. She was Assistant Vice President of World Banking, there, before joining Commonwealth Bank, nearly fourteen years ago. She has been with the Marsh Harbour Branch for six years. In preparation for her taking over as manager, Ms Estevez spent several months in Nassau, for training from March to August. She then attended the Richard Ivey School of Training, in London, Ontario, which specializes in executive training. It was her the first time in Canada, “ the weather was very nice, but the training extensive”, she explained. “ We started at 6:30 a.m. and went on until 10:30 p.m., but it was very informative.” “ I feel very privileged to have participated. I came back with a lot of tools for my new position.” “ My goals will be to try to instill integrity, transparency, ( for the public and the employees ) as well as trust and respect, and to boost the staff for more production.” “We will work on improving community awareness. We want to become more involved, visit the Cays, have mortgage fairs, invite the Real Estate Companies to participate in legal workshops. We hope to educate the staff and the community, and will have “open house” to maintain a mutual relationship. We aim at keeping the Bank number one status.” she added with a smile.Commonwealth Bank Installs New ManagerBy Portia Jonsson “Last month a group of 29 Bahamians including seven Abaconians traveled to Palestine, Texas, doing good works and spreading God’s Word. The group, with members as young as six years to group members in their 50s, reached out to others. It is the group’s goal to become full time missionaries and spread the word of God. Sponsored by the Antioch Church and Trinity Valley Community Church, they stayed in a home owned by a single mother and carried out minor repairs and painting in order to help her sell the house. In 1993 missionaries from Crossover Community International based in Columbia, South Carolina, came to The Bahamas to enlarge the territory for God and so The Bahamian mission group, headed by Mr. Sherlin Williams of Freeport, Grand Bahama, went to Palestine to train others. The trip contained three elements a work project, vacation Bible school and door-to-door evangelizing. Young RayJay Sands of Marsh Harbour went on the trip in the hopes that his testimony might help someone come to Christ. Before he went, RayJay said he would always get into fights and was a bully. He went to a church camp and during a sermon the pastor asked people to come to the front if they wanted to be saved and they would pray with them. It was at that very second, RayJay explained he left his former life behind and began to follow Christ. He shared his testimony with all during a church service in Palestine and wants to help others find what he has. The other members of the Abaco group were Raymond and Wendy Sands, George Martin Jr., Serkeron Dorsette, Sheldon Martin and Rayshell Sands.Religious Group Fulfilling Mission Subscribe toThe Abaconian


Page 24 The Abaconian October 15, 2005 Man-O-War Cay 4 Bedroom, 2 bath, 1,536 sq.ft. home, 440 sq.ft of covered verandah. set on a 6,469 sq.ft. parcel in the northwest-central area of the Man-O-War Settlement Auxiliary Generator, Fully furnished and equipped. #MW1001XH NEW LISTING $575,000. "Cragamo" NEW LISTINGMarsh Harbour Great Abaco Club2 bedroom + Study, 2 bath home 1,228 sq.ft. 400 sq.ft. screened porch. Private dock for 55' boat and 25' runabout. Beautifully furnished. Great Sea of Abaco views. # AB163 NEW LISTING $753,000. NEW LISTING "Moonlit" Elbow Cay Buttonwood Bay -2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 1,056 sq.ft home on 1/3 acre Over 600 sq.ft. of Covered verandahs and deck. Excellent design and use of space. Convenient location. Great View. Furnish ed # AB88 NEW LISTING $399,500. NEW LISTING "demwells" Man-O-War Cay 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,270 sq.ft. home. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 400 sq.ft. guest house with full kitchen. Separate workshop with crows nest for great views set on .373 acre in the southeast area of the settlement. # AB NEW LISTING $650,000 "Golden Palms" NEW LISTINGScotland Cay 124' of of Atlantic Ocean Beach-front. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1,470 sq.ft. home with Central A/C. Over, 2,000 sq.ft. of covered and open patios and decks. 19,000 gals fresh water. Fabulous Ocean views. #AB161 NEW LISTING $1,100,000. "Casa Bueno" NEW LISTINGScotland Cay "Summer Camp"300' of prime Ocean Beachfront. 2 Bedroom & Bunkroom, 2 Bath 1,300 sq.ft. home on two levels. Guest Cottage, "Playhouse" with Bar. Covered and open decks.Fabulous ocean views. #AB160 NEW LISTING $2,315,000. "Summer Camp" 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 $1,750,000 "Jaffa"Green 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"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 $1,380,000 "Watch Hill"Elbow 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 1/2 Acres with 170' of Sea of Abaco frontage. Furnished. Fabulous views. Private dock. #AB141 Each Home Separately $975,000. The Complete Estate $1,925,000. "Twin Dolphin Point"Elbow Cay White Sound 7 Unit Apartment Building, Total of 3,800 sq.ft. Four 1 bedroom, 1 bath units and three 2 bedroom, 1 bath units. All fully Furnished Central A/CLaundry BuildingExcellent Rental History # AB156 $925,000. "Hope Town Apartments" Scotland Cay 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, 1,815 sq.ft. home. 630 sq.ft of covered and open decks. Sited on two lots for a total of 1.04 Acres. Central Air, 2 Golf Carts. Auxiliary Generator Great Ocean Views. Fully Furnished #AB162 NEW LISTING $635,000. "Green Door" NEW LISTINGScotland Cay 162' of Sea of Abaco Frontage. 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath 2,150 sq.ft. home on two levels with Central A/C, 360 sq.ft. Shop, 260 sq.ft. Bar, 1,137 sq.ft. of covered and open decks. Fabulous views. Private Dock #AB158 NEW LISTING $1,545,000. "Samahab" NEW LISTING Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoSand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 $355,000.Turtle Rocks "Hidden Paradise" 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 UNDER CONTRACT "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" The Bahamas Oldest and most extensive real estate service Global Exposure Local Expertise Over eighty years of se rvice Bahamas Largest Real Estate Data Base The largest number of luxury property listings in Abaco The most extensive geographically distributed and best tr ained active agent network in Abaco The most professional, best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas Agents' own vessels for convenie nt access to all areas. HOMES The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES SALES RENTALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: abaco@hgchristie.com10/15/05 VACANT LAND Lubbers Quarters 1.18 acres 144' of waterfront and beach. Facing west for fabulous sunsets, and Great Sea of Abaco views. Community Dock access. #AB5189 UNDER CONTRACT 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. Sand Banks Creek One Acre plus Wooded lots with over 90' of water frontage on Bay 3 miles south of Treasure Cay Limited Number Available. # AB5069 from: $63,700. PRIVATE ISLANDSSea of Abaco "Carrington Cay" 300' from the Abaco mainland, near Leisure Lee 1.4 acres. Excellent elevation. #AB5147 $375,000.Marsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoMan-O-War Cay "Bien Choisi" 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 landscaping. #AB133 UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War Cay "Ceylon's Isle/Rosewood" 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, Fully Furnished and equipped. Superb Views. # AB111 UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War Cay "Sugar Apple" Charming, exquisite, traditional Bahamian home on over 1/4 acre corner lot. 1 bedroom, 1 bath in 1,047 sq.ft. Two screened porches. 249 sq.ft. Guest House with 1/2 bath and attached workshop. Crows nest for great views. #AB131 UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-Wat Cay "Utopia" 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 $1,400,00 Marsh 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 Man-O-War Cay 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,921 sq.ft. main beach-front residence. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 400 sq.ft. guest cabin. 1.189 well landscaped acres. Semi-private dock on harbour. Fantastic Ocean Views. # AB150 $1,840,000 "Sunsplash" 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 $995,000. "Czanne" Meet our Abaco Team of Agents and discover Why you need a Managing Broker in our H.G. Christie Ad on Page 2 of the first section.Great Guana Cay -Dolphin Beach Estates 4 Bedroom, 4 bath, 2,100 sq.ft. home. 670 sq.ft of raised decks Sited on one half acre. Central Air Great Ocean and Sea of Abaco Views. Beach and Dock Access. Furnished. #AS11731 NEW LISTING $838,000. "Pura Vida" NEW LISTING