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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 7, APRIL 1st, 2006 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction By Jennifer Hudson The signing of a contract for repairs to the Marsh Harbour International Airport runway on March 13 was indeed a much anticipated occasion for Abaconians who had long been appalled at the deteriorating and dangerous conditions at the airport. The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation, and the Hon. Bradley B. Roberts, Minister of Works and Utilities, accompanied by Mrs. Anita Bernard, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, were in Marsh Harbour for the contract signing ceremony which took place under a marquee adjacent to the tarmac, where the vast amount of air traffic through this airport was obvious from the continual arrivals and takeoffs. All the major carriers and several private jets utilised the airport during the ceremony. Moderator for the ceremony, Senior Island Administrator, Mr. Revis Rolle, alluded to this fact saying that the continual background noise throughout the ceremony demonstrates “the busyness of the airport which is the second busiest in the Bahamas for the number of takeoffs and landings and thus bespeaks an economy that is alive and well.” Runway Paving Contract Is $3.9 MillionMarsh Harbour Will Get 1000-foot Extension and Taxiway Please see Airport Page 2 Advance Clocks One Hour April 2Daylight Savings Time begins 2 a.m. April 2. Set your clocks ahead one hour either at bedtime on Saturday evening, April 1, or on Sunday morning, April 2. Abaco Pathfinders Raises $150,000 for Scholarships A silent auction with more than 100 items and a live auction proved to be very profitable for Abaco Pathfinders that netted $150,000 in the one night event. The top bidding was for the offer of ten days in a restored Italian monastery. The auction was to raise funds for scholarships for students to study abroad. It was held at the pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort and the successful auctioneer was Jim Blumberg of Hope Town, who is the Chairman of Abaco Pathfinders. See story on page 4. The signing for work on the runway and taxiway for the Marsh Harbour International Airport took place on March 13 at the airpor t. The work will be done by Bahamas Hot Mix and will include resurfacing the current runway, extending it by 1000 feet, constructi ng a taxiway and putting in a drainage system to control flooding. The Hon. Glenys Hannah-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation, and the Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works and Utilities, were present for the signing. Seated at the table abov e are, left to right, Mrs. Hannah-Martin, Mr. Roberts, Mrs. Anita Bernard, Mr. Eddie Sadie, General Manager of Bahamas Hot Mix, Mr. Harlin Johnson, Ababco Island Manager for Bahamas Hot Mix. No date has been set for the start of construction as plans for the closing of the airport will have to be worked out. Chinese Ambassador Tours Abaco The Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. Li Yuanming, and his wife, Gangsheng Zhong, along with Mr. Yu Zhang, Public Relations Officer, were shown many areas of Abaco. He is shown here in Treasure Cay where they enjoyed lunch with Mr. Donald Cash, Administrator for North Abaco, Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP for South Abaco, and Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, and others. On March 9 Abaco was treated to a visit by the Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. Li Yuanming, his wife Gangsheng Zhong and Mr. Yu Zhang, Public Relations Officer for the Embassy. This was a factfinding and social visit by the Ambassador Please see Ambassador Page 6


Page 2 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Joint Venture ofMarsh Harbour Shipping Co. & United Abaco Shipping Co. NEW EXP ANDED SER VICE 2 Weekly Sailings to Marsh Harbour from West Palm Beach 2 Weekly Sailings to and from Nassau 1 Weekly Sailing from West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour to Spanish Wells Eleuthera NEW Warehouse outside of Port Security Area. General Cargo, 20' & 40' Dry and Refrigerated Containers, Drive-on Ramps, Special Charters available RELIABLE, DEPENDABLE AND PERSONALIZED SERVICE 708 710BlueHeronBoulevardOld Dixie HighwayBroadwayMart i nLutherKing, Jr .Boulevard45thStreetAustralianAvenueAvenue R 1Nort h CongressA v enue EXIT 76 ABACO SHIPPING II Heavy Lift Services Gulfstream Line EXIT 74 West 13th Street 2006 D.A. Lee Riviera Beac h Port of Palm BeachLakeWorth 95 95 95 PeanutIsland ABACOSHIPPING ABACOSHIPPING Bahamas Address:P.O. Box AB20737 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2091 Tel: 242-367-3341 Fax: 242-367-2235 Fax: 242-367-4885 e-mail: unitedabacoshippingco @coralwave.comU.S. Delivery & Receiving Address:Gulfstream Lines Heavy Lift Services 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404 Tel: 561-840-9393 Fax: 561-863-3451 Contact: Tina Diaz NEW OFF-POR T F A CILITY 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404When Shipping to Abaco Remember ABACO SHIPPING M/V TRITON EXPRESS M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL NIPPERS BEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayMrs. Martin opened by saying, “It is a daunting task having responsibility for all 28 airports throughout the country, but I am painfully aware of the conditions of the terminal at Marsh Harbour with its deteriorating runway and problem of flooding.” She alluded to the previous airport plans which had been drawn up several years ago under the former government saying that there were various problems with those plans in that they were drawn up before 9/11 and thus did not provide for the newly mandated security measures and did not maximise the use of space. A new U.S.-based firm was brought in to look at those plans and came up with a new master plan. “Today the contract will be signed for work to the runway, but this is only the beginning of the rehabilitation, refurbishment and upgrading of the Marsh Harbour International Airport. Your patience will pay off, and you will be the envy of airports in the region. The runway will not only be resurfaced, but extended by 1,000 feet with a parallel taxiway. Design plans for a terminal encompassing 17,000 square feet of space are about to be completed, and they will be immediately sent out for tender,” stated Mrs. HannaMartin, who also referred to the 2005 model OshkKosh T150 fire engine, valued at $400,000 which government recently provided to replace the old outdated fire engine. “The U.S. firm of Edwards and Kelcey of Clearwater, Florida, in formulating their master plan, identified three sites for a new airport and came up with a preferred site for a single airport. “However,” Mrs. Martin said, “the opinions of the people who live here will first have to be sought before the project goes out to tender.” Mr. Roberts stated that the expansion in air traffic growth at the Marsh Harbour International airport has rendered the facility inadequate to meet demands. Therefore, he is here to formally execute the contract for the resurfacing of the existing runway and construction of an additional 1,000 feet of runway and a parallel taxiway on the north side of the runway. In addition, a drainage facility will be installed to correct the problem of flooding and runway markings will be instituted. It was decided, in order to facilitate the increase in air traffic and prolong the life of the runway, to resurface it with asphalt hot mix, which will reduce both construction time and airport closure. Locals were invited to tender, and Bahamas Hot Mix came in with the lowest tender at a cost of $3,680,470.85. “Regarding the extension to the terminal, an international firm has completed a design, and plans are available today for perusal,” stated Mr. Roberts. “A town meeting will be held soon to solicit comments from the community. After completion of the plans, the design will immediately go out to tender. The new extension will be completed at a cost of $3 million, bringing the total refurbishment of the airport to over $7,680,000.” The chief architect was present at the contract signing ceremony for the runway to answer questions about the 17,000-square-foot extension to the terminal which will be fully compliant with FAA and ICAO regulations. “Today we are executing a momentous contract which will take us from one era to another,” stated Mr. Roberts. Mr. Eddie Sadie, General Manager of Bahamas Hot Mix, stated that Bahamas Hot Mix has been on Abaco for 15 years and is delighted to be entrusted with the runway construction. The contract signing took place between Mr. Roberts, Mrs. Bernard, Mr. Sadie and Mr. Harlin Johnson, Abaco Island Manager for Bahamas Hot Mix. Though Mr. Roberts jokingly stated that he expected to see Bahamas Hot Mix trucks on the runway to begin work immediately after the ceremony, Mr. Harlin Johnson stated that no starting date has yet been set as plans for the closure of the airport will have to be worked out prior to the commencement of construction. In his welcome, Mr. Cubell Davis Jr, Chief Councillor for Central Abaco, said that it was his special pleasure to welcome the dignitaries to Marsh Harbour and Abaco, and he was happy to see that the government will spend money to give Abaco what it deserves. The ceremony closed with a prayer offered by Mr. Derek Benjamin, Pastor of New Vision Ministries, for the safety of all involved in this construction project and all flights and passengers using the airport. Both Mrs. Martin and Mr. Roberts congratulated the Wesley College Band under the leadership of Rev. Charles Carey for the excellent musical renditions both before and during the ceremony. “The future of the Bahamas is embodied in our young people,” stated Mr Roberts. Other dignitaries present were UnderSecretary with the Ministry of Works and Utilities, Mr. Calvin Balfour; Chief Architect, Mr. Livingston Fawkes; Deputy Director of Civil Aviation, Mr. Ivan Cleare; Assistant Island Administrator, Mr. Neil Campbell; Administrator for North Abaco, Mr. Donald Cash; Deputy Administrator for South Abaco, Mr. Roderick Bowe; members of local government, heads of department, community leaders, members of the banking community, engineers from the Ministry of Works and representatives from Hot Mix. AirportFrom Page 1 New Drains Will Reduce Airport Flooding


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 NEW EXPANDED SERVICE EXIT 76 EXIT 74Riviera Beach95 95ABACOSHIPPING NEW OFF-PORT FACILITY HOPE TOWNKerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 f 242.366.0164 Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.comELBOW CAYJane Patterson t 242.366.0035 f 242.366.0569 Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.comMARSH HARBOURLaurie Schreiner Marsh Harbour Office: 242.367.5046 Lubbers Quarters: 242.366.3143 Cell: 242.359.6216 Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.comTREASURE CAYStan Sawyer t 242.365.8198 c 242.477.5821 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY OCEANFRONT “ELBOW ROOM” Turnkey home with 3 master suites. 100 linear feet on the ocean and deeded dock slip in Marnie’s Landing. Expansive outdoor living area with swimming pool. Great rental history. $2,175,000. #2989 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “MY ISLAND RETREAT” Beautiful 4 Bed, 3 Bath 2 storey family retreat. Cathedral wooden ceilings, Nicely detailed woodwork throughout. Wr ap-around screened-in porches with views from every room. $1,300,000. #3073 Stan Sawy er:242. 477.5821 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SEA VIEWS “WINDOVER” Tranquil gardens surround this immaculate 3 Bed 2.5 Bath home on 2 lots with exquisite views of the Sea of Abaco & surrounding cays. Ver andahs, upper deck gazebo & more. $1,350,000. #2638 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 BAHAMA PALM SHORES BEACHFRONT “TRANQUIL BREEZES” Beautiful 4 Bed, 4 Bath home sits on just over 1 acre with 100 feet of oceanfront. Solid CBS construction, sprinkler system, 15 KW generator & air-conditioned bedrooms. $1,050,000. #2853. Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Charming duplex in Section One of this peaceful community. 2 Bed 1 Bath unit downstairs and a one bed one bath unit upstairs. Second floor balcony, attached garage and spacious 15,000 sq. ft. lot. $250,000. #2753 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY BIG POINT Beachfront property with 90 feet on the Atlantic Ocean, just south of a scenic rock cliff with oceanfront cave. US$725,000. #2969 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 BIG POINT Lot #19 ocean view, 7798 sq.ft.. $140,000 #3201 Jane P atterson: 242.366.0569 WHITE SOUND Oceanfront lot with 100 ft on the water x 300 ft deep. Beautifully elevated waterfront building site,close to the public dock & sandy beach. $600,000 #2866. Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 BUTTONWOOD High elevation 107’ x 149’ lot with Sea of Abaco views. $183,000. #3000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SECTION THREE Block 14, Lot 20 $47,000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TREASURE CAY Wonderful canal lot on the northern side of Galleon Bay Drive & overlooking Carleton Point Development. Fabulous views of the canal waterways. $310,000 #3071 Stan Sawyer: 242. 477.5821 GUANA CAY Sea of Abaco Lotappro ximately 1 mile west of the settlement. 6,560 sq.ft with rising elevation & good water depth for future dock. $250,000.00 #3206 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 MARSH HARBOUR TWO LOTS Quiet neighbourhood, 100’ x 200’ lots each $55,000 or both lots for $100,000. #2623 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 COMMERCIAL Located in town near the Government Dock, this 6,525 sq. ft. lot has great investment potential. $75,000. #2513 PELICAN SHORES Waterfront lot, 8,000 sq. ft., beautiful sea views. $581,000. #2719 LUBBERS QUARTERS WATERFRONT LOTS from $300,000 INTERIOR LOTS from $52,500. AOC GREAT BUILDING SITES One lot off the Sea of Abaco with access to public beach 300 feet away. LOT 82 AOC $118,000 LOT 83 AOC $106,000 #2857 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. #1836. Spectacular Sunrise! Unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean. Beachfront Lot 100x190. Tropical landscape. Community dock for your boat. $248,000. #3120. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 GREEN TURTLE CAY Beautiful waterfront lot overlooking Coco Bay’s harbour. A dredged channel to an exisiting dock for the avid boater. $650,000. #3031 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 LUBBERS QUARTERS WATERFRONT “HIDDEN JEWEL” This exquisite property offers maximum privacy & is located on the northern end of Lubbers Quarters Cay. The 3 Bed 2 Bath home is situated on 2.5 acres of lush tropical landscape. $1,750,000. #2611 Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY WATERFRONT “GAZEBO VILLAS” Two villas in Hope Town Village. Each with 2 Bed 2 Baths upstairs and spacious living areas downstairs. Fully furnished and professionally landscaped grounds. Excellent rental history. $1,490,000 for both. #2509 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 GREEN TURTLE CAY HARBOURFRONT “Turtle’s Nest” This large, immaculately land-scaped property overlooks White Sound Harbour. Main house, guest cottage, dock & fresh water swimming pool. Many extras! Fantastic Views! $3,800,000. #3075 Stan Sawy er:242. 477.5821 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SEA VIEWS “HILL TOP” Beautifully restored 3 Bed 1 Bath heritage home. Double lot on highest elevation in Hope Town Village. One block off the water. Panoramic views from rooftop gazebo. Lush garden & outdoor living space. $850,000. #2855 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY HARBOURFRONT “SWEETINGSLANDING” 3 Bed 2 Bath 1,300 sq. ft. + bonus second floor space. Additional waterfront lot kitty corner to the property, excellent docking space. Nicely landscaped. US$1,800,000. #2911. Kerry Sullivan:242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY Beautiful piece of property with 109 ft. on the Sea of Abaco approx 380 ft deep, total area 39,190 square feet. Build your own private dock. Easy access to the town of Hope Town. One of a kind. Beautiful Sunsets. $750,000. #3126 Jane Patterson:242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY WATERVIEW “SLEEPY HALLOW” 2 Bed, 2 Bath turn-key home with wrap-around deck & cool breezes from every direction. Dock with room for a run-about just 3 minutes walk away. Generator, golf cart, & garage on lower level. US $740,000 #3251 Jane Patterson:242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN,ELBOW CAY WATERFRONT WHITE SOUND1/2 acre vacant lot on excellent surfing beach in established neighborhood. Permitted architectural plans for a 1200 sq.ft. beach cottage. Steps from public dock, sandy beach, & all amenities. $590,000. #3207 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SEA VIEWS “BLUE MOON” Quaint 2 Bed, 1 Bath home in White Sound, 1 minute walk to the ocean beach. Porch overlooks White Sound Harbour. Small detached garage, fully furnished, great rental history. $398,000. #3128 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 LUBBERS QUARTERS WATERFRONT “FLIP FLOPS” Private beach bungalow with 1.19 acres. 1 Bed 1 Bath that can sleep 4. A/C, and many new upgrades. Lush tropical foilage and beautiful sunset view. This one won’t last! $499,900. #1851 Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY “RUDY’S PLACE RESTAURANT” Well established, fully licensed restaurant and bar. 1728 sq. ft. A/C, 75ft. by 125 ft. main road lot with dock access. Restaurant equipment and furniture included. Excellent business opportunity. $325,000 firm. #2681 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 TREASURE CAY “TRANQUILITY” Very clean CBS inside and out central air conditioned 3 Bed 2 Bath home in peaceful neighbourhood in Treasure Cay. Mature fruit trees in backyard. $235,000. #3070 Stan Sawyer :242.477.58 21 MARSH HARBOUR HARBOURFRONT “HARBOUR HOUSE” 2 acres with 200'+ of protected deep water, perfect for large vessel docking. Spacious 2800 sq. ft. home with 4Bed/ 3.5Bath & screened-in porch. Excellent for private estate or development. $2,298,000. #2818 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163ABACO AGENTS Marsh Harbour Office: t 242.367.5046


Page 4 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Located at waterfront on Marsh Harbour strip Marsh Harbour, AbacoOpen 11 am until 7 days a week Happ Happ Happ Happ Happ y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y y y y y Phone: (242) 367-2278 By Jennifer Hudson People from all over Abaco, including a very large number of seasonal visitors, crowded into the pavilion at the Abaco Beach Resort on March 11 for what they termed “the social event of the year.” This was the fund raising auction night for the Abaco Pathfinders and is by far the largest fund raiser of the year on Abaco. The purpose of this fund raiser is to provide scholarships abroad for deserving young people to train for academic and vocational careers which they would not otherwise be able to afford. Selection of candidates is based on ability, financial need and the motivation to succeed. The organisers were ecstatic at the amount raised this year which, when the final figure is in, netted more than $150,000, a 50 percent increase over last year’s amount. Each year this event gets bigger and better. In its first year the auction netted $20,000, the following year the figure rose to $50,000, last year the figure doubled to $100,000.To have such a large increase again this year, is extremely rewarding to all of the organisers. It takes five months of hard work to organise this immense function, and Joan Blumberg begins to collect items for auction in October of the previous year. She and her husband Jim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pathfinders, are noted for having a special way of getting people to donate items for this worthy cause. They approach artists, craftsmen and a multitude of business people. This year at least 200 items were donated for auction, showing increased support from a wide cross section of the community, and the organisers would like to thank all who donated for their overwhelming support and generosity. Jim Blumberg is swift to give all praise to his wife Joan who oversees the entire setup and their very enthusiastic and hard-working staff: Cathy Myers, Katy Cash, Susan Hopkins, Sarah Jenkins, Deanna Taylor, Patty Sands, Joanne Sands, Kathy Weldon, Kevi Thompson, Betsy Helm, Dielta Jador, and Marilou Giacomelli. The evening began with a silent auction of well over 100 items, including nautical pieces, antiques and home furnishings, artwork, jewellery, boat rentals, dinner and gift certificates. Then, after being replenished with substantial and tasty hors d’oeuvres and liquid refreshments, people settled down for the live auction led by Mr. Blumberg. This is always a fun time, as Jim, who has had much experience in the auction business during his years in Chicago, has Auction Raises Funds for Scholarships Mr. Jim Blumberg, left, of Hope Town began Abaco Pathfinders to assist students going away to colleges and technical schools. He has found that auctions are the most successful way of raising funds. He and his wife work for months to acquire the items for auction and get donations of a wide variety of items, services and accommodations. He is shown here with Michael Albury, who serves on the Board of Directors. Over 100 items were on display for a silent auction. Dave and Phoebe Gale of Parrot Cay are considering items on a table behind a hand made sign. The more valuable items were offered through a lively auction with Mr. Jim Blumberg as auctioneer. a very affable way of getting people to part with their money. If people are a little reticent in their bidding, he knows exactly how to get things moving. Some of the many excellent items for the live auction included airline tickets, marina slips, ferry travel, art and craft work, a complete package of pampering by Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, oneyear membership at the Abaco Club at Winding Bay and several property rentals in such exciting places as the Big Apple, Cape Cod and Paradise (Hope Town). The piece de rsistance of the auction was an incredible 10 days stay at Please see Pathfinders Page 25 Easter DinnerSunday, April 16th. 2006, 6:30pm 9:00pmPumpkin Soup Spinach Salad with Lemon Sauce Soy Dressing Shrimp CreoleShrimp cooked in a spicy tomato, bell pepper and onion sauce served on a bed of riceSweet n Sour Pork KabobPork Tenderloin marinated in sweet n sour sauce grilled with onions and bell peppers, served on a bed of rice.Carrot Cake l Fruit Cake $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 per person per person per person per person per personGratuity Not IncludedRegular & Childrens Menu Available Ph: 366-0065 366-0035


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 5 Open Monday thru Saturday Breakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. ‘til Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Music Wednesday and Friday Nights Satellite Sports TV • Ice for Sale Restaurant & Bar On the Hope Town Waterfront • Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16Specializing in Bahamian FoodsBy Jennifer Hudson Dr. Alan Williams, who was selected by the Government of The Bahamas to carry out a Crown Land Policy Study, was overwhelmed by the turnout at the meeting held on March 14 at the Central Abaco Primary School. The concern of the people regarding this subject which is dear to their hearts was obvious from the full capacity of the audience who came from all over Abaco including the cays, even necessitating some people standing outside to try to hear through the windows. Also on hand for this meeting was Mr. Tex Turnquest, who held the post of Director of Lands and Surveys in Nassau from 1966 to April 2005 at which time he was transferred to the Office of the Prime Minister to coordinate the project for Land Use Policy and Administration. He stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss specific areas regarding land administration and management and national land issues and guidelines which would lead to the development of a Crown Land Policy. In order to oversee the development of a Crown Land policy, it was necessary for the government to obtain a higher consultant, and so bids went out through the entire Caribbean. Dr. Williams won the bid and was in The Bahamas from January 16 until the end of March. During his time in The Bahamas Dr. Williams targeted three areas for study; Inagua, Andros and Abaco, since these are the islands where the largest areas of Crown Land exist. Abaco is second only to Andros in Crown Land area. After his final meeting on Abaco, he will prepare his report for government. Mr. Turnquest assured the group that Dr Williams “wants to hear what you feel about Crown Land and the changes that need to be made. He is here so that he will gain first hand information.” Dr. Williams stated that Crown Lands comprise 70 percent of land in the Bahamas. Seventy-seven percent of Crown Land on Great Abaco has not yet been allocated, whereas on Little Abaco over 80 percent has already been allocated. “Tourism, construction needs, marinas, subdivisions, patrimony, squatting and immigration cause Crown Land to be an endangered tenure. Crown Land is held in trust for the people of The Bahamas. A more effective policy is needed, but policy itself will not solve all the problems,” stated Dr. Williams, who opened the floor for discussion. The biggest concern was delays in dealing with applications. People mentioned waiting as long as 10 years before acknowledgment or receipt of their application, and many cited a total lack of response, causing them to just give up. One person said that he had first applied in 1987 but received no reply and has since made multiple applications. Entrepreneurs stated their frustrations in not being able to pursue a business. Others stated that when they enquire about their file, they are told that it is lost. “Lost Meeting Gets Crown Land Feedback Please see Crown Land Page 25 A large crowd turned out for a discussion about Crown Land led by Dr. Alan Williams. Many had complaints that Dr. Williams noted who will draw up guidelines for the orderly management of Crown Land. “A Unisex Salon” Ofra Cosmetics • Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday • 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza • 367-3623


Page 6 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 AppetizersDelicious Raviolis filled with wild mushrooms, vegetables; Lobster; all topped with marinara sauce sprinkled with fresh parsleySoupPortabello Mushroom and Brie sprinkled with herbed croutonsSaladPear Salad mixed greens, with a pear poached in merlot, candied walnuts, gorgonzola, crumbled bacon with a mango dressingEntreeIsland Grouper stuffed with seafood & herbs, topped with a white wine sauce, served with duchess sweet potato and asparagus tips Oven Roasted Duck stuffed herbed stuffing and blue berry sauce, served with garlic mashed potatoes and baby carrots Filet Oskar A delicious filet topped with asparagus, lobster and bearnaise sauce. served with garlic mashed potatoes and baby carrots Sping Rack of Lamb encrusted with honey and herbs, served with mint jelly, duchess sweet potato and asparagus tips.DessertTriple Cappuccino MousseEaster DinnerSunday April 16, 2006$50.00 per person, gratuity not includedRESERVATIONS REQUIRED l Ph: 366-0095 l VHF16 Boats equipped with:VHF • Bimini Top • Cooler Anchor & Lines • Compass Dive Ladder • Life Jackets Paddle • Flares • Flashlight Fire Extinguisher • First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously MaintainedOur Customers Get Extra Attention W eekly Rates: 26’ Paramount$1295 23’ Albury Bros$1015 22’ Boston Whaler$ 945 20’ Albury/Hydra$ 910 18’ Privateer$ 665 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 • Fax (242) 367-2516 Ambassador Was Hosted by Abaco Leaders as he tours the various islands to learn about our diversity and culture. He was treated to a luncheon and tour of Treasure Cay, a visit to Green Turtle Cay, a visit to Man-O-War, Hope Town and Different of Abaco. He responded to his hosts by having a dinner for them and their guests at The Abaco Club at Winding Bay. He thanked them for the attention they were giving him and, in effect, acknowledging the benefits that closer ties may bring. He expressed the view that there was much to be gained by both countries through commerce and social interplay. When asked of his impressions, he graciously stated that all of the islands he has visited were beautiful, and it was difficult to make comparisons. The Bahamas has recently opened an Embassy in China and is hoping to lure Chinese visitors to visit The Bahamas. The middle and upper class Chinese are becoming quite affluent and traveling to many foreign destinations. The Bahamas was recently certified by the Chinese as an acceptable destination. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has recently held awareness workshops to sensitize hoteliers and others in the industry to the needs and expectations of Chinese visitors in anticipation of their visits. An interesting stop for the group was at Joe’s Studio in Man-O-War where Joe Albury took the Ambassador into his workshop and showed him many aspects of boat and model making. A tour of the Wyannie Museum in Hope Town was also interesting as he studied the historical exhibits. Administrators, Chief Councillors, Local Government members and leading busiAmbassadorFrom Page 1 The Chinese Ambassador enjoyed Elbow Cay. Here he is shown, center, with his wife at the end of the road in Hope Town overlooking the channel into the harbour. The Ambassador was intrigued with the woodworking skills of Joe Albury in Man-OWar. He and his wife are shown here with Mr. Albury along with Administrator Revis Rolle on the left and and Adminstrator Neil Campbell. nessmen were all hosts at various times during his stay on Abaco. Beautify Your Home & Garden With... Beautify Your Home & Garden With... Beautify Your Home & Garden With... Beautify Your Home & Garden With... Beautify Your Home & Garden With..... .. Rose Bushes Rose Bushes Rose Bushes Rose Bushes Rose Bushes Orchids Orchids Orchids Orchids Orchids Bromeliads Bromeliads Bromeliads Bromeliads Bromeliads Flowering Shrubs Flowering Shrubs Flowering Shrubs Flowering Shrubs Flowering Shrubs Silk Flower Silk Flower Silk Flower Silk Flower Silk Flower Baskets Baskets Baskets Baskets Baskets Beautiful Gift Items Beautiful Gift Items Beautiful Gift Items Beautiful Gift Items Beautiful Gift Items Pets & Garden Supplies Pets & Garden Supplies Pets & Garden Supplies Pets & Garden Supplies Pets & Garden Supplies MondayFriday : 9-5 Saturday: 9-3 Ph (242) 367-2674 Fax (242) 367-4755 Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Airport Airport Airport Airport


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Page 8 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Dave Ralph The Editor Says . Improving Local GovernmentThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Jo-Ann Bradley, Annabelle Cross, Lindsey Delaplaine, Shaun Diehl, Samantha Evans, Lee Pinder, Robert Wilson Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abaco’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) $45.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Letters to the Editor When Will the Potholes Be Filled?Dear Editor, I am pleased to see that an effort has been made to fill the many potholes which were beginning to grow into craters along the streets of Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town. My car is suffering the consequences of falling into the huge pothole which lurked outside Mangoes Restaurant. One evening when I had the misfortune to hit this hole while driving in the dark, the force of the jolt sent the right driver’s side hubcap spinning across the road. After some searching, I found it and had it replaced. However, the actual wheel was damaged by the force which has, in turn, caused a shimmy on the steering. I am sure many of Marsh Harbour’s motorists have suffered similar annoying damage to their vehicles and are relieved to see that an effort has been made to rectify the pothole situation. Unfortunately, however, the nice new black patches in the roads lull one into a false sense of security as not all the portholes have been filled. I would guess that there was not enough asphalt to fill all the holes and so the workers had to pick and choose. It became a case of “fill what you can and leave the others.” But a very undesirable situation remains. Not only can it be costly in repairs to vehicles, but it is also very dangerous, as accidents can and do happen as a result of vehicles swerving to miss potholes. In some places, Murphy Town in particular, the side of the road is so eroded that one has to be very careful to keep clear or risk the danger of falling off! I hope whoever is in charge will see to it in short order that the remainder of the potholes get filled. But in the meantime this is a reminder to motorists to watch out for those potholes still lurking to surprise you and your vehicle. A disgruntled motoristTo All Lot Owners in Bahama Palm ShoresDear Editor, In 2001 some of the lot and home owners in Bahama Palm Shores rallied together to form the Palm Shores Owners Association. Our main and only objectives are basic: hurricane clean up, fire breaks and fire fighting equipment, dump maintenance and road improvements. This association benefits all lot owners but not all lot owners are contributing their share. In 2005 the association collected $11,000 in dues, our expenses totaled $10,550 for road work and maintenance. Fire breaks alone cost over $3200. Hurricane Floyd washed out part of the ocean road, dividing the development and necessitating the opening of a south entrance. This road now is in need of repair and those repairs are scheduled for 2006. Other projected expenditures for 2006, other than general maintenance, include grading the Ocean View Road and pot hole repairs. The dump is Please see Letters Page 9 Well before the advent of Local Government in 1996, Hope Town took the initiative as a leader in many areas. Government ministers often allude to the self reliance and the initiative exhibited by the Abaco people. We are often told to continue doing what we do best and set an example for the rest of The Bahamas. Hope Town in particular exemplifies this example. It was Hope Town environmentalists who attempted to stop the dredging of the cruise ship channel leading into the Baker’s Bay area. Even after the channel was dredged and the tourists came on the big red cruise boat to Guana’s Treasure Island, they discouraged the cruise visitors as temporary visitors was not what Hope Town wanted. The environmental group, Friends of the Environment, was begun in Hope Town and expanded with a move to Marsh Harbour to serve a larger constituency. Much of the lighthouse maintenance has been undertaken by the Hope Town based Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society in a move to keep the original mechanism in place and operational. After Hurricane Floyd in 1999, Hope Town residents banded together and restored the White Sound dune that the storm broached. Other examples can be given but it is not the intent here to list all the innovations coming from Hope Town. Presently, the Hope Town Council is working on a White Paper in an attempt to regulate future growth in acceptable ways. This is a new initiative and it is not known how it will be accepted by Nassau. The process of devolution or the handing of power to local authorities is a slow process. Now into the fourth term of Local Government, councils and town committees are reading the Local Government Act more closely and stretching the boundaries. The white paper being prepared by the Hope Town Council is an example. One of the universal problems for many Abaco councils is insufficient funding by Nassau. The area is growing but for three years Nassau has provided the same funding, often reducing the amount by five per cent mid-way through the budget year due to budget constraints. Central Abaco earlier sent a detailed report on the growth of the area, giving explicit information where expanding services due to growth are not provided with increased funding. Whether their recent request was successful or not will not be known for several more months. Residents in several towns are looking for ways to augment the garbage collection funding while residents in other towns are resisting and maintaining that this is a government function which is under funded. When the second term of local government began, Hope Town, Man-O-War and Guana Cay were removed from the Central Abaco District and made a District III Council. The business of these three towns was no longer included for debate within the Central Abaco District Council. This has worked with mixed results. Based on population figures, Man-O-War and Hope Town were each allowed three Council members while Guana Cay was allowed one member. The Guana member has recently had medical problems leaving Guana Cay without representation. Furthermore, the residents there feel that Hope Town and ManO-War Councilors are making decisions to the detriment of Guana Cay. They are asking for the same three members as allocated the other two towns. Guana Cay residents feel further isolated as government seems to ride roughshod over them, ignoring their needs and problems while cooperating fully with the Baker’s Bay development on the end of the island. With their one Council member out for medical reasons and no provision for an alternate Council member in his absence, they feel abandoned. Even when they have their one member attending Council meetings, they feel outnumbered. However, being allowed three Council members would not resolve the possibility of the two towns imposing their standards on the third town. In theory, a liquor store could be allowed in Man-O-War if the Council members from Guana Cay and Hope Town decided it was acceptable. So far, the members have respected the wishes of the town residents. The three towns would each like to be declared a District III Council by the Minister and be responsible for their own affairs, including Licensing and Town Planning. This would lighten the extensive work load this fast growing district generates and imposes on the Council members. The logistics imposed on the Council members for these three towns is awkward as there is no scheduled transportation between them. To go from one to the other, they first go on a ferry to Marsh Harbour, then catch the next ferry to the other town they need to visit. A several hour mid-day meeting can take all day if relying on ferry schedules. Members occasionally use their own boats but rough weather can hamper their use. Ferries are sometimes chartered but a night meeting may add several hundred dollars to take and return the representatives from two of the settlements to the third town for the meeting. A year ago, Green Turtle Cay was split from the North Abaco District and made a District III Council, giving them total control of their town planning and licensing functions. Having shown that this separation can be done, the three towns in the Hope Town District wonder why they cannot be given this status. If the three towns were granted District III status as accorded Green Turtle Cay, there would be no need for Council members to travel to other towns for meetings as they would be limited to conducting their own affairs on their own island. The Minister for Local Government has the authority to make this change as demonstrated a year ago for Green Turtle Cay. Another beneficial change would be to incorporate the three towns presently in the Hope Town District Council into the Central Abaco Council. However, provision would have to be made for their autonomy in governing their internal affairs. Central Abaco is one huge economic engine, and all communities have an interest in many aspects of governmental services such as garbage collection and disposal, airport, clinic, port, high school and other facilities. The main source of our prosperity, tourism and second homeowners, has no boundaries. Small island settlements operating with local autonomy might tend to become insular in their thinking. But being represented on a central Abaco Council would keep them working with other communities in Central Abaco. Their acknowledged innovative thinking and perspective would be a welcome addition to Council debates. Giving autonomy to the three towns on the cays can be done under the present Local Government Act as demonstrated by the recent status accorded Green Turtle Cay. Bringing them into the Central Abaco District Council but leaving them with local autonomy would require changes to the Local Government Act. Changes or amendments to the Act are now being prepared for Parliament, but the nature of these changes have not been disclosed in depth. Consolidating the Central Abaco District with autonomy for the individual towns would remove the complaint that other towns were attempting to extend their influence into areas beyond their concern or authority. It would also allow grievances over local decisions to be heard at a higher but local level, the District Council, before requiring further arbitration by the Minister. A consolidated district could consider a paid district manager working for the Council but with expertise in many areas. A district manager would be able to provide training for the elected councillors and town committee members relieving much of this burden now imposed on the Administrator. Our present elected persons are generally not conversant with the rules and obligations of the office when first elected. A district manager would assist in their coming up to speed with the rules and protocols of the office. Local government is now nearly a year into its fourth term. Necessary changes are acknowledged by the amendments being considered. Government recognizes that Abaco is the fastest growing island in the Bahamas and that it has the fastest expanding economy. It is time that our local governing system keep pace with our growth. At the recent ambulance dedication, Dr. Nottage stated that government’s level of services on Abaco is not keeping pace with the growth we are experiencing. We hope that the amendments to the Local Government Act will give will propel the governing process to a new level.


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 9Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #14, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe Receiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: • Resort & hotel development • Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. • Phone and electric company changes • Fishing, boating & sporting activities • Immigration, taxes or duty changes • Changes to laws and regulations • Community events • New business ventures • Changes in airline service • Actions by local government More Letters to the Editor another expense; everyone uses it. Someone has dumped tree trunks and debris near the pit but not in the pit, and that debris has to be bulldozed at a cost of $1600. Local Government considers Bahama Palm Shores “private” and not entitled to any funding, period. A situation, that perhaps could become an election issue. After all, the majority of lot owners here are Bahamian. In the meantime, unfortunately, to maintain our property values and make our community a safe and attractive place to live, we have to foot the bill. The membership dues for this year are $100 per lot or 28 cents a day. All of us in Bahama Palm Shores benefit from this association. Thanks to our volunteer fire fighters and our equipment, many homes were saved in 2004. Our community is improving, thanks to all who have joined, volunteered, donated equipment and contributed financially. We can only continue this work with your help. We need your input, we need your muscle and yes, we need your financial support. Please join or make a donation to Palm Shores Owner’s Association. Please visit our Web site: http:// www.suscom-maine/-wbruce Palm Shores Owner’s AssociationDentists Need to Be ReleasedDear Sir, It’s been a while since I have thanked you for your continued support of my opinions by publishing them in your column from time to time. So, thank you very kindly. My new commitment is to try to keep my letters short and sweet. Long letters are a bit of a turn off, aren’t they? Re: Detained Cuban dentists The images of the Carmichael Road Detention Center as seen on the Hannity and Colmes show tonight (March 9, 2006) on Fox News embarrassed me tremendously. On top of that is the fact that our government is having trouble deciding whether to honour their friendship with our greatest friend the United States or to honour an agreement they made with a dictator. Speaking of dictators what in God’s name are we doing getting so chummy with the likes of the People’s Republic of China? Does the term human rights violations mean anything to our government? Do we really think that China is going to give us a multi-million dollar stadium just because they love us so much? Come on, man! What about Hugo Chavez? Is the very dim possibility of cheaper gas prices really worth getting into bed with an egocentric head of a foreign state? Do we really think that Chavez is going to give us gas on credit just because he loves us? I don’t think so. ( I wonder if he gave Cindy Sheehan any free gas.) He sees an opportunity to unite Carribean region countries against the U.S. I sure hope our elected leaders are not that stupid. Finally, what does Fidel Castro have to offer us? Why are we so afraid of him? I wonder, do all of these Bahamians calling for us to stand up to America and send the Cuban dentists back to Cuba really understand what the consequences would be if the U.S. was to impose any kind of sanction upon us? If we didn’t have a friend in the United States and Cuba was our great benefactor, then I could understand the actions of our government in this Cuban dentist situation. The opposite is true. America is our friend. My God, we are the most Americanized non-U.S. territory in the world! Fidel Castro on the other hand, is a man standing with one leg in the grave and the other on a banana peel. These two dentists need to be released to travel to America to their families. (Even Fidel himself believes that, if you’ll recall the Elian Gonzalez case some years back.) That is the right thing to do. Political prowess be damned! And any other illegal immigrants of any colour or nationality finding themselves in the same situation in The Bahamas as these Cuban dentists that is to say, having won a visa lottery and having family that has already moved to America in anticipation of the eventual arrival of their loved ones there should be afforded the same consideration. The Detention Center needs to be cleaned up, and the refugees there need to be treated with dignity regardless of who they are, not because we are a “black government,” but because we respect all human life. This ain’t China, nor Cuba. This is The Bahamas, and we don’t violate the rights of any human being, and we like to do the right thing even if it means upsetting bad people. God help us in our time of weakness! Sincerely, William (Billy) Roberts Eyes wide open on Abaco Ed. note: We are happy to report that the two Cuban dentists have been reunited with their families in the United States.Where Have All the Mangroves Gone?Dear Editor, The loss of mangroves discussed in a Letter to the Editor in the last Abaconian was only the barest beginning of a description of the real destruction going on. In the same place, at the head for the harbour in Marsh Harbour, the few remaining living mangroves have now been reduced yet again by a clear cutting operation that has razed an entire peninsula of mangroves to bare rock. On the highway towards Treasure Cay around beautiful Bustick Bight, there is not only the One Stop Boat Shop and the Cat Island Experience Resort which have affected the mangroves to an unknown degree, there is now a few hundred yards north of the resort, a swath from the highway to the bay that has been clear cut; there is nothing there but white marl. Not only are mangroves gone but any rain will loose a choking torrent of sand and silt into the bay. Within view of that area a road has been driven through the narrow neck separating the highway from the Bight and an overlook has been cleared. As if that isn’t bad enough, consider the real estate ad offering land on the Bight that clearly states there is “no zoning,” meaning anything goes, rip it all to shreds if it suits you. It’s an open invitation to total destruction. The Bight is a jewel of an area, and we all know that mangroves are nurseries for many species. Is greed and total lack of environmental sensibility going to destroy yet another swath of Abaco? AnonymousOur Dream Is ShatteredSirs: Twelve years ago my wife and I docked at Harbour View Marina. Since then we have returned every year and three years ago bought property at Nick Miaoulis’s 70 Acres. This spot offered us an opportunity to: (i) help in the development of Abaco, (ii) contribute to the economy, and (iii) support his dream of conserving and managing a unique marine environment. To our dismay that dream has been shattered. We find on our return this year that someone has purchased a three-acre plot on the edge of the 70 acres where he plans to build eight houses. This area, predominantly mangrove, is subject to flooding during the hurricane season or any high tide. The construction of septic tanks cannot be considered, while a water supply would have to be found considerable distance away. Mr. Miaoulis had constructed a road on the government right of way and added a broadwalk for local visitors to reach the beaches. That broad-walk is blocked by a chain and the right of way has been barred by a stone wall. To make matters worse and what has caused us to end our thoughts of building is that this person has cut down the Casuarinas that protected the beach. Last year’s hurricanes deposited garbage quite a way back into the green land. This leaves me to believe that any decent storm, hurricane or not, that hits the shoreline will in all probability destroy the beach and open up the mangroves behind to constant flooding. The future life of the other two beaches must also be suspect What Bahamians do to their land is their prerogative. However, this individual has started a process that could destroy the 70acre environment for all Bahamians as well as potential expatriates who wish to stay on Abaco. While I trust the ill conceived actions of this individual can be resolved in the near future, it is difficult to be optimistic in light of past responses to environmental concerns. We are sorry to say but our money is going out of the country. Sincerely, Dr. John LambertFrustrated with BatelcoDear Editor: As a subscriber to the telephone system I can only echo the thoughts of the contributor who said that if it weren’t for voiceover-internet-protocol, it really would be a fifth world country. In the meantime the telephone corporation endeavors to do the usual bit about 1. hiding behind a law which says, “You can’t do that.” 2. Coming out with a reduction in long distant rates, then doubling the cell rate and increasing the monthly line rental by 60 percent. This is the usual smoke and mirrors used by most of those who are not getting on with the job. But then they don’t have to they can’t be fired! Some years ago when there was a talk about selling, a raft of “employees” were bought off. After that, the service didn’t get a bit worse. Now there is more talk of selling to a foreign investor (49%, of course). Will we then be in a position to have another bunch of surplus “employees” to buy off? Would these new investors be given a hammerlock on telephone service for say 15 years (like Cable Bahamas)? There is no way anybody would buy this organization which up to now has not had to really get mean and lean because they have been shielded from the real world by a bunch of politicians looking for votes. One thing for certain the more things change the more they stay the same. Frustrated with BatelcoResponse to Letter Concerning Fowl CayDear Editor, Thank you for providing space in your paper for persons to express their views. Dear Mr. Sweeting: As a resident native of Man-O-War and one of your constituents, I thank you for your enthusiasm in representing the peoples’ will. I happen to think you have many people you serve that would be supportive of some kind of marine reserve where generations of people, some still unborn, could enjoy seeing abundant marine life. Mr. Sweeting, we have known each other all our lives, and it is important for you and those persons who are against any type of marine reserve at Fowl Cay to know the following: the role of Friends of the Environment in this issue is to gather public feedback from the different islands concerning the formation of the park. We have no legal power to, nor would we if we did, shove something down the throat of a community. The information we are gathering will be passed on to the Bahamas National Trust and the Bahamian Government, the bodies that do have the legal authority to make those decisions. I hope that you will send us a copy of the petition so we can include it in the materials that will be sent to Nassau for consideration. Friends’s concern about this issue grew from the realization that more and more people are traveling to Abaco everyday. Please realize that if Fowl Cay is not protected, it is open for everyone to fish, Bahamian and foreign, alike. As tourism numLettersFrom Page 8 Please see Letters Page 26


Page 10 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 North Abaco News Walker’s Cay Under Purchase ContractBy Mirella Santillo According to a March 7th press release by the CEO of Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas, Mr. Dave Clark, the company has entered into a contract agreement for the purchase of Walker’s Cay. The island was bought in the 1950s by Mr. Robert Abplanalp, the inventor of the aerosol valve and patriarch of the Abplanalp family. Mr. Abplanalp died in 2003 at the age of 81. The year following his death, the island was devastated by two hurricanes. After the closing of the resort in September 2004, the island was subsequently put on the market, at, rumor has it, for a price of $20 million. The northernmost island of The Bahamas, Walker’s Cay is a renown diving and fishing paradise. It is encircled by a barrier reef, home of the Flower Garden, the Shark Canyon, Spiral Cavern Reef and has an abundance of fish. First settled in 1911, the island was the home of the Walker’s Cay Hotel and Marina Resort that included a 62 room hotel, three villas the Harbour House, a 75-slip marina, two restaurants, two bars, gift shop, dive shop, salt water swimming pools and tennis courts. The island is very much self contained with a private airport and a power plant. According to the press release, Mr. Clark stated, “As the first international property in the Cay Clubs portfolio, Walker’s Cay will become a first class resort destination.” He also said, “Cay Clubs is committed to environmentally sensitive development and eco-tourism, and we consider Walker’s Cay one of the true ecological gems of the world. We cherish the opportunity to preserve it for future generations to enjoy.” Cay Clubs owns and operates resorts in northwest Florida and throughout the Florida Keys. Cay Clubs would like to make improvements to the island, including renovation of the existing facilities and addition of several hundred hotel rooms, condominiums, cottages and townhouses. The clubs intends to partner with IMG Academies, the world leading sports management company and operator of sports training facilities, to add programs focusing further on boating, fishing and scuba diving. Cay Clubs is presently involved in preparing its initial application to the Bahamian government upon which approval the project depends. If all goes well, Cay Club hopes to have a grand opening on Walker’s Cay by 2007. The re-opening of Walker’s Cay will be welcomed by the residents of Grand Cay who provided most of the resort’s staff and who remained jobless after its closing, following the hurricanes.Cedar Harbour Plans Easter FestivalBy Mirella Santillo Cedar Harbour is preparing for a festival that will start at 3 p.m. on Good Friday and will end on Easter Sunday. According to Mr. Wilfred Curry, one of the organizers, there will be cultural shows, games and activities, food and drinks. “Crab Man,” a musician from Nassau will perform on Saturday evening, and Mr. Austin Mills, the principal from the Fox Town School, will put on a show. There will be an 11 a.m. service at the Baptist Church on Sunday morning. The festivities will end on Sunday afternoon with a 5 p.m. Gospel Concert that will take place at the park. Mark your calendar! Now on Line The Abaconian at B & V Plaza Don MacKay B lvdT T T T T el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 7 7 7 7 7 2 2 2 2 2 798 F 798 F 798 F 798 F 798 F ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 7 7 7 7 7 .5098 .5098 .5098 .5098 .5098 Blue Sky GALLERYOriginal Art Prints Framing Originals byLou Lihou Anne Ray Malcolm Rae William Johnson Shula Raney Fritz Keck Kim Rody Photography by TuppyLocal Artists Beth Sweeting Zandrick Jones Lori Thompson Dion Lewis Colyn Rees Located Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh HarbourTel: 367.0579


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Page 12 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 J & J ELECTRIC BILL 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: By Mirella Santillos On March 17 the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, Minister of Health and Director of the National Insurance, together with the Hon. Alfred Grey, Minister of the Local Government and Consumer Affairs, visited Abaco for the inauguration of a new ambulance and the setting up of a governmentfunded emergency service for the island. That same evening they held an open meeting at Central Abaco Primary School to discuss health related topics and irregular situations affecting the local consumers. The meeting was fairly well attended, considering it was on a Friday night. “My responsibility,” said Dr. Nottage, “is to keep you healthy. When I think of health, I think of ‘wellness,’ of eating the right food, of exercising, of preventing illness instead of treating illness.” He blamed the recently acquired material affluence of Bahamian people for the increase in preventable diseases such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and coronary problems. As a society becomes more affluent, people drive instead of walk, drink more alcohol and eat more of the wrong foods. They rarely take the time to exercise. However, the real purpose of the meeting was to discuss the putting in place of a National Health Insurance program, which would require every working Bahamian to subscribe. The insured as well as his family would be covered for medical care in case of medical emergencies. Mandatory contributions to the National Health Insurance will be deducted from wages together with the National Insurance dues. The program is available to Bahamians and foreign residents. “No one is excluded,” said the Minister. “If you pay, you are in the program. We are concerned with people having access to proper health care.” Employers and employees will each pay a percentage of the dues, 2.6 percent of the salary. Dr. Nottage is convinced that the program will greatly benefit Bahamian people. He also announced plans for the construction of a hospital on Abaco that will be located on S.C. Bootle Highway in Dundas Town. The facility will have in-patient accommodations and will be able to handle deliveries, emergencies and minor surgeries. It will have a laboratory, a pharmacy and a radiology wing. “The government has not always been keeping up with the needs of communities, especially with fast growing communities, so it is time to make amends,” he said as he mentioned the building of two more clinics on the island, one in Crossing Rocks and one in Sandy Point. Repairs to the present facilities will also be approved. “You will be well served by the plans we have for you,” he added. With this implementation of a better health care system on the Family Islands comes the need for more personnel in the medical field. Physicians, radiologists, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, nurses and more care-related staff will be required. Dr. Nottage urged parents to encourage their children to pursue a career in the medical field. He said, “There will be very attractive incentives for those Bahamians willing to consider health-care professions and move to a Family Island.” He reminded the audience that he was also Director of the National Insurance and as such reiterated the benefits of that program. “It is there when you get sick. It pays benefits even if your employer keeps your contribution and has not paid your dues to National Insurance. It entitles you to unemployment compensation up to 13 weeks and pays survivor’s benefits,” he explained. Dr. Nottage concluded his presentation by again stressing the importance of maintaining good eating and exercising habits. “If we have a healthy life style, there’ll be less trips to the doctor.” But in the eventuality that a need arises, Family Island residents will be backed up by better health care services, by the Visit us online at 2005 ADWORKSABACO242-367-2688 € Exuma 242-336-2420 € Freeport 242-352-7119 NASSAU Collins Ave 322-2341 € Thompson Blvd 325-8776 € Mall at Marathon 393-6286 Our Comprehensive Private Car Policy protects your No Claims Discount for qualifying drivers. Youll enjoy peace of mind, knowing that when you claim up to $10,000, your No-Claims Discount will not be reduced. Our No Fault Benefit protects you if an accident is not your fault. Well provide for a rental car up to $500 and waive your deductible up to $500. It even provides free Personal Accident Benefit up to $5,000. So call one of our agents today. 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April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 13National Insurance, by the National Health Insurance and by the proper facilities, hospitals and clinics staffed by the pro per doctors and nurses. Minister Nottage’s presentation was followed by Min. Grey’s speech. “Abaco is my second home,” he started. “I am looking forward to the day I can come back and practice law here.” He went on by delivering a message from the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing, relating to immigration problems. “He intends to clean the mess here on Abaco.” As Minister for Local Government and Consumer Affairs, he explained that his job was to make sure that there were no adverse or illegal practices on the island affecting the consumers such as higher markup on price-controlled grocery items Resort Features:€ Spectacular 3-mile beach € Championship golf course € Marina-view restaurant & bar € Pool,tennis,watersports € 150-slip full-service marina € Diving,snorkeling & dive shop € Boat rentals,charters & guides € Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 like bread, eggs, corn beef, Carnation milk and rents higher than warranted by the premises.” “It is my duty,” he said, “to make sure that nobody makes a killing, but that everybody makes a living. The price of gasoline is controlled and should be the same in every gas station. We will appoint price control officers in the near future to make sure that prices are right. “We will also cause to establish a register of landlords to ensure that the rents are actually calculated as a fair percentage of the value of the house.” But he added, “As a tenant you have an obligation to pay the rent. As consumers, we all have to abide by the law.” To a statement by Mr. Sonith Lockart, Dundas Town Councillor, that public servants were underpaid, Min. Grey answered, “If we paid income taxes, we could pay the public servants more.” He explained that people hired by local government fell under the jurisdiction of local government councils. However, he said, “People working in local government prior to 1996 are going to be made permanent and pensionable.” The question of retail being monopolized by wholesalers was brought up by Mr. Anthony Davis. Min. Grey’s answer was that local licensing authorities were responsible for issuing licenses to busiTown MeetingFrom Page 12 Min. Gray Speaks About Consumer Issues The Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, left, discusses the proposed national health program with William Davis. nesses. Business owners have to apply locally, he insisted. The license, retail or wholesale, has to be stopped at Licensing Authority. The law gives the authority to local government to check and refuse a license. The matter of licenses being granted directly from Nassau was brought up to the dismay of the Minister who said, “Local government should never let that happen, and such practice should be brought immediately to my attention in the future.” To a question about changes to the Local Government Act, he explained, “A Chief Councillor elected by a majority of board members could be voted out by that same majority with reasonable reasons such as corruption or dishonesty, for example.” The meeting adjourned with the promise from the Ministers that they would come back to visit the island in the very near future. Attending the meeting were Senior Administrator, Mr. Revis Rolle; Administrator for North Abaco, Mr. Donald Cash; Abaco’s police chief, ASP Wayne Miller; Chief Councillor for Central Abaco, Mr. Cubel Davis; various council members from Central Abaco, press representatives and local residents.


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Page 16 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfront Bar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm • Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 • 366-0292 • VHF Ch 16 ICE RENTAL BIKESGreen Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross Here on Green Turtle Cay spring is springing, wedding bells are ringing, babies are arriving, but it’s not raining! It is very dry and everyone is doing their best to conserve water.Fire Department Holds Fund RaisingThe Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department held its 2nd Annual Fireman’s Ball at the Green Turtle Club on February 25th. The staff of the Green Turtle Club prepared an excellent buffet dinner, and the weather was perfect for dancing on the patio. Local entertainers Kevin McIntosh, Billy Roberts, Avery Thompson, Lise Albury and Matthew Lowe entertained the crowd. An appearance by “The Village People” who “sang” YMCA brought cheers from the audience. The silent auction was very popular and a scaled down model ship by Vertrum Lowe brought some competitive bidding. It was a very successful evening and more than $5000 was raised to purchase fire equipment.Students Are ActiveThe students and teachers of Amy Roberts Primary School have been very busy with their regular classes as well as other activities. Since the beginning of the term students from grades 4, 5 and 6 have taken part in Spelling Bee competitions. Sixth grade student, Quitel Charlton, also took part in the annual speech competition and won 3rd place in the Primary division. Physical education coach, Mr. Williams, organized a Road Race for February 25th. Other Abaco primary schools were invited to attend, but in the end it was only the students of Amy Roberts Primary. The younger children ran one mile while the older competitors ran two miles. The children did an excellent job, making their parents, friends, their coach and themselves very proud. This year is the first time that the school has had a physical education coach. The students of 5th and 6th grades are studying the earth’s continents and presenting posters, mobiles and written reports. At the end of each unit they have a continent theme party, and they dress to represent the continent as well as sample ethnic foods. On the day that they presented their reports on Asia, they had a very pleasant surprise. By coincidence the Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. Li Yuanming, was on a visit to Abaco and was touring Green Turtle Cay. He made a stop at the school and saw their reports and decorations. Colby Cross, whose report was on China, was especially thrilled to meet the ambassador. The annual School Fair and Grand Raffle will be held on April 8th at the school. Parents and teachers are busy preparing for the event. So be sure to come out and support the school.Ball Park Is ImprovedA group of sports enthusiasts headed by Christopher Roberts are working hard on the ball park. They are filling and landscaping the field, putting up lights and properly preparing the area to be used as a sports field. The students of Amy Roberts use this field for their physical education activities. Much funding for this project has been through private donations and volunteer labor. If anyone is interested in assisting with this project, please contact Christopher Roberts.Council Meeting Brought Up Many ConcernsIn early February the Local District Council held a town meeting that was well attended. Mr. Gary Smith, the Superintendent of Customs for Abaco, and Mr. Junior Roberts, the Volunteer Fire Chief, were guest speakers. Mr. Smith discussed the landing of goods at the dock and the fact that some persons had not paid customs duty on goods they had imported. There is no warehouse on GTC and Bahamas Customs and the local brokerage agencies have been very lenient in allowing persons to remove their goods in good faith. This has become a problem and Mr. Smith suggested placing a 40-foot container on the Heritage Park site to hold goods for persons who do not have a bond or broker. The idea of putting a container on the park and creating a freight area was not well received. In the end it was decided that the News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 17 The students of the Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay participated in a road race organized by Coach Williams. This is the first time that the school has had a physical education teacher.


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 17container would stay on the dock. The only alternative would be to have the goods go on to the Marsh Harbour warehouse. Then it would be the responsibility of the importer to get them back to GTC. Customs duty is the Bahamas’ main form of revenue, and it is very important for Bahamians and non-Bahamian residents to understand the system BEFORE importing goods. When they understand the system, they will understand why goods cost considerably more in this country and that the payment of duty is not optional or negotiable. Mr. Smith explained that exemption on goods for charity must be authorized by the Ministry in Nassau BEFORE the goods arrive in the country. Mr. Roberts discussed the volunteer fire department and the need for funding and support from both local and central government. Plans to build a small firehouse on Bahamas Customs property fell through because permission had not been granted for the use of the property. Mr. Smith explained that he was not in authority to grant such permission. Other areas of government owned property are being looked into for a building to house the fire truck and equipment. As in all meetings the local dump and the increasing traffic problem brought much discussion. Indiscriminate dumping makes it hard to maintain the dump. The idea of having a person supervise the dump was discussed, but it was not clear as to who would pay for this. As GTC continues to grow, so does the trash. Mr. Luke McIntosh, who is responsible for trash collection, has seen his work load increase, but not his salary. He is not able to take on any other responsibilities involving trash collection. Traffic has become a problem on GTC because there are so very many private vehicles as well as rental golf carts on the island. Many persons drive with excessive speed, especially on the roads leading to the north end of the island. There is little or no enforcement of traffic law on GTC and underage driving is also a problem. The traffic problem is often discussed, but there seems to be no immediate solution. Speed bumps are discussed, but that idea doesn’t seem to be very popular. Chief Councillor Chris Farrington told the audience about plans for renovations to the administrator’s building, the public restrooms and the public dock in Settlement Creek. He hoped that additional rest rooms would be built in town in the near future. He thanked Mrs. Myrtie Lowe and her volunteer group, The We Care Foundation, for their hard work in transforming the interior of the Government Clinic. There is still a lot of work to be done to the exterior of the building and the grounds. Other concerns raised included the rusting tugboat that has been tied to the government dock since last October. Mr. Greg Curry said that dockage was being charged, and there were plans to move it eventually. The tug’s engines are not working, and for this reason it cannot be forced to leave. Also discussed was the cleaning of beaches. It was suggested that the resorts help in the clean up. Ms. Lynn Johnson of the Green Turtle Club agreed that her resort would be happy to help but couldn’t do it alone. Since the meeting Ms. Johnson and the Green Turtle Club have honoured her promise, and each week employees of the resort clean and rake a large area of the ocean beach. Now it is up to others to follow the lead and get involved in keeping our island clean, green and pristine!Weddings, Births and HonoursIn a small community there may be years between weddings, but 2006 promises to be a record year for GTC. Congratulations to Ventura and Marcus Poitier, who were married in Nassau, but returned home to GTC to celebrate at a reception with friends and relatives. Ventura (Turie) is the daughter of Veronica Swain. 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Page 18 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Karen McIntosh. The couple will reside in Florida. Reneka and Vince Cooper were married on March 18 at the Miracle Church of God. A lovely outdoor reception followed at the home of the groom’s parents. The weather was ideal for an afternoon reception and many friends and relatives came out to celebrate. Reneka is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon McIntosh of Cooper’s Town, and Vince is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Cooper. The couple will reside on GTC. Three more weddings are being planned for the upcoming months! Congratulations to Geno and Barbara Simms on the birth of their first child Genovia Anna who was born in Freeport on February 15th. David and Sharon Jones also welcomed their first child. David Lincoln Jones, Jr was born in Nassau on February 21st. Congratulations to Joel Reckley who received BEC’s long service award at a ceremony at Government House.A Town Water SystemFor people living on GTC there has never been a public water system that provided running water to the homes. People have built cisterns and depended on the rainfall to collect water. The cost of an adequate cistern adds quite a financial burden when building a home. Over the years there has always been talk about providing running water throughout the community. This talk always seems to get louder at election time! About seven or eight years ago the pipeline to deliver this water throughout the town of New Plymouth was laid. At the time the thought was to pipe the water from the mainland of Abaco. But we still wait for water to fill that pipeline! Over the past weeks employees of the Water and Sewage Cooperation have been on GTC testing the pipeline. The talk is that we will be getting water before the end of 2006. Instead of a pipeline from Abaco, the government will install a Reverse Osmosis system on the island. It is only reasonable that people have taken a “we will believe it when we see it.” attitude. We have learned to manage with our cisterns and conserve. But water is a basic necessity of life. We are a country (and, indeed, a community) with the latest technology, but not a dependable water supply. Our homes, resorts and guest cottages require a lot of water. Keeping the island looking clean and green is next to impossible during the dry season. We should not see the delivery of water to our community as a favor or a gift! It has been a promise dangled temptingly to us over the years, with no fulfillment. It is time that we demand a dependable water system for our community! After all, no one is GIVING us this basic necessity, our tax money pays for it! I’m hoping that in the very near future I will write about how the people of the town are enjoying the new water system. (The pipe line doesn’t extend to my neighbourhood!) Island Roots Festival Is Planned The Island Roots Heritage Festival will be held on May 5th, 6th and 7th this year. Committee members are busy organizing the event. It take a lot of time, money and effort to organize a 3 day event. The committee depends on the support of the community, the Ministry of Tourism and friends of GTC to make the event successful. As with the previous festivals, the theme is to showcase our heritage as well as our connection with the city of Key West.One Man Art Show Features Abaco ArtistBy Mirella Santillo Such was the theme of the 39th consecutive one-man show by Green Turtle Cay artist, Mr. Alton Lowe, that opened on February 24th in Nassau. “It will be the last at the Nassau Beach Hotel,” mentioned Mr. Lowe regretfully, “as the hotel has changed ownership and is going to be demolished.” But he continued, “The new owners have assured me that I am welcome back upon completion of the project.” Twenty-four paintings were on display, representing mostly Bahamian flora and garden landscapes. Some of them depicted rubber vines, amaryllis, oleanders, angel trumpet and more. “I always had an interest in gardens,” explained the artist, “And The Bahamas are really a tropical floral paradise.” The postal service has chosen 16 of the paintings for a collection of postage stamps that will be issued for five years and will be inaugurated in July. Mr. Lowe was very pleased with the turn out of spectators. “There was a very nice attendance. Clients and friends from The Bahamas and abroad came,” he said. The Please see Cays Page 19 CaysFrom Page 17 More News of the Cays Jillian and Pedro Rodriguez


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Ph : (242) 367-2265 (242) 367-2128 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderWelcome backIt’s nice to have Moweena and Dwight Sands back home again after a long stay in Freeport. It’s also good to see their home getting a face lifting and that lived in look again. Also, welcome to their daughter Stephanie, who has joined themRoad RepairsWe are very appreciative of the Road Traffic employees who have just recently done spot repairs to the main road from Cherokee to Marsh Harbour. Needless to say, there is an increase in traffic on the road now and if the pot holes were ignored they would only worsen. Thank you, Road Traffic Department, for a timely job well done.Eye WinkersRegrettably, we were unable to come together for a casual meeting as was suggested in February because of a medical emergency of our first speaker. However, I do hope this will not deter the organizers to continue with their efforts to plan other meetings in the future. We shouldn’t forget the past; it is our history. If we do not repeat the old stories and reveal them to our youth, how will they know how things really were and how neighbour helped neighbour and how Cherokee got to where it is today? They were hard times, but there are many a heart warming story that can be told. Only the Old Timers or “Eye Winkers” can personally can impart their wisdom to next generation.Another Shell ShowCherokee Sound will host another Sea Shell Show and Exhibition on April 15th at the W.W. Sands Community Center from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded for quality and excellence in five separate categories, i.e. Individual Native Shells, Grouping of Native Shells, Shells in Arts and Crafts, Other Objects found on The Seashore and Entries of Items Depicting Shells or with a Shell Motif on jewelry, coins or stamps or other mediums. There will be a Best in Show Award for the most outstanding item or display in the entire show and the winner will be entitled to retain the traveling trophy till the next Show and Exhibition in 2007. This will be our fifth annual shell show and, as far as I know, still the only community shell show in Abaco. Food and drinks will be available as well as craft items for sale, and there will be a minimal entrance fee for the exhibit with proceeds going to the local school. All persons interested in a booth or displaying shells or other shell related items in the show should contact Lee Pinder at 366-2053.Creek ReclamationFriends of the Environment sponsored a presentation by Dr. Craig Layman, who holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and that pays his salary, outlined his ongoing scientific research throughout The Bahamas and his present project of reclaiming an area of Cross Harbour Creek in South Abaco. Dr. Layman said that a great deal of his time was utilized trying to find grants to finance his work. In an attempt to keep our citizens informed and educating them with regard to returning the blocked off sections where foot paths or solid bridges has stopped the flow of the sea, Dr. Layman told the audience how human interference impacts nature in the tidal creeks. He told how vital these areas are nurseries for our young grouper, conch and lobster as well as many other fish and crustaceans. He explained how the reclamation would be accomplished by means of culverts and small footpath bridges, again allowing the natural flow of the sea. Almost immediately sea life will find its way back into the tidal creeks, thereby allowing the reproduction process to thrive once more. Dr. Layman assured us that the culvert installation would be a matter of only a day or two and would not impede the sparse traffic into the area for very long. Blockage of these tidal creek areas has come about through pollution, over-fishing, dredging, the alteration of water flow and/or permanent blocking of water flow by the insertion of roads and bridges. The restoration plan at Cross Harbour is to dig out the road, put in three large culverts and replace the road. In addition, newly grown mangroves need to be removed from the original creek’s path to allow seawater to again flow freely. In partnership with the reclamation of these artificially blocked off areas, Dr. Layman has a program to tag the fish and monitor their travels in and out of the tidal creek. A plan to educate the public with regard to these tagged fish is underway through presentations such as this one and information posters that will inform the public of their importance. In this project he is soliciting assistance from local school students and is very complimentary of their hard work and dedication. His ultimate plan is to implant monitors into larger fish that can be tracked by satellites and computers within the schools. He pointed out that other sea life as well could be implanted with these monitors to map their movements. This “Adopt A Fish, Adopt A School” program will run about $300 for each monitor and Friends of the Environment is soliciting participation by interested sponsors to fund Dr. Layman’s project. Present at the meeting and visible in the slide presentation were Dana and Danielle Lowe, students of Forest Heights Academy and residents of Cherokee Sound. We, too, would like to congratulate these young people for their concern for our environment with more than just talk – they actually got out and got down in the mud to do something positive about improving our environment. Of course, there were many other students involved in this project, and we could all take a lesson from their example. Reclamation of these tidal creek areas is absolutely necessary if one of The Bahamas biggest industries, fishing, is to survive. Dr. Layman and Friends of the Environment need all the help and assistance we can give them. South Abaco News


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 CHILD PROTECTIONThe Honorable Prime Minister Perry Christie has proclaimed April to be Child Protection MonthThroughout April there are events, exhibitions, and programs relating to Child Protection presented by the Ministry of Social Service and Community Development and the Multi-Disciplinary Task Force of Abaco. Flyers with a schedule of events will be distributed on April 3rd. Additional information will be given on Radio Abaco at 9:00 a.m. on April 4th. Exhibitions may be seen at the Marsh Harbour, Cooperstown, and Sandy Point Health Clinics. You are invited to join a walk-a-thon on April 8th from Ocean View Park to the Police Station and on April 21st a workshop on foster parenting to be held at the Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour. In addition to school talks at all primary schools, high school students from the North will participate in a Speak OutŽ programme on April 25th at S.C. Bootle HS and from the South/Central on April 26th at New Vision Ministries. Events will culminate in a church service at the Church of God in Dundas Town on Sunday, April 30th at 11:00 a.m. IS AFAMILYAFFAIR THE OUTBOARD SHOP Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: theoutboardshop@abacoinet.comAuthorized Distributor Now In Stock Available Associated 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 MarineGreen T urtle Cay 242.365.4262 Island MarineP arrot Cay 242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town242.365.0023 Fishermans MarineL ong Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersports Exuma 242.336.2604 O.B.S. MarineF reeport 242.352.9246 Up to three year warranty • Extensive parts inventory Factory trained mechanics THE OUTBOARD SHOP Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: CURRY’S FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour frontThe funeral for Firstina Simms 74, of Moore’s Island was held on March 4 at Zion Baptist Church in Hard Bargain, Moore’s Island. Pastor Nixon Simms officiated assisted by Pastor Preston Knowles and other ministers. Interment was in the Hard Bargain Public Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter Daisymae Stuart; sons Lealon and David Simms; step son-in-law Elmore Rolle; daughter-in-law Rosena Rolle; son-in-law Dudley Stuart Sr; grandchildren Masheva Davis, Dudley Jr, Melissa, Audley and Sharissa Stuart, Shawn, Shane, Jermaine and Sherise Simms, Debrah Stuart, Zelwin Smith Davincy, David, Leonardo, Ashron, Ashley, Davine and Shonere Simms; greatgrandchildren Sasha, Marsha and Manic Davis, Oneil Stephon and Jaquohn Stuart; granddaughter-in-law Matthew Davis; brothers-in-law Alfred Simms and Roland Stuart; sisters-in-law Martha and Manoyva Simms; nieces Bulahmae, Patsy, Lucinda, Evalyn, Meltina, Shanty, Carolyn, Evane, Hilda, Sybiline, Emily, Glorya, Genaive, Sherly, Ulease and Loretta; nephews Alfred, Simeon, Roland, Jeff, Nixon, Isreal, Linton and Randol; godchildren Audrey, Sonamae, Freeman, Ronald and Trevor; and many relatives and friends. The funeral for Elizabeth Saunders, 74, of Treasure Cay was held on March 4 in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, John Saunders; sons, Edward, Johnny, Nathan and Bertram Saunders, Joseph Sweeting, Kent, and Terry Hodgkins; daughters Rudell Swain, Joan Knowles, Sandra Smith and Alice Higgs; brothers Allington and Hubert Morrison, Cardinal Green and Busta Morley; sisters Maria Cox, Paula Bell, Rosemary Dos Santos and Francais Rolle; brothers-in-law Erie Cox, Cliffton Rolle, Matias Dos Santos, Bertell Pratt, Harold, Ralph and Henry Saunders; sisters-in-law Ida Morrison, Pearlee, Ethel Green, Zelda Gray, Marian and Beauty Saunders; sons-in-law Adrian Smith, Johnnie Knowles and Jerome Higgs; daughters-in-law Joyclyn and Jennifer Saunders, Christine Swain, Katie Hodgkins and Melonie Hodgkins; grandchildren Stacey and Leanqusha Swain, Linke Pinder, Harriett Bain, Daniel Stuart, Edwin Greene, Sandra and Jill Sweeting, Terrell, T. J. and Timesha Russell, Deanglo, Denyel and Alicia Turnquest, J. J. Jayvado and Joniece Knowles, Oquendo and Sandrian Smith, Javoun and John Saunders, Bertrinique and B. J. Saunders, T J. Hodgkins, AJ, Chelson and Crashanda Swain and Andy Moxey; great-grandchildren Pria, Olivia, Darius, Jayquan, Kal Janea, Reineka, Bruce, Bre, L.J and Dandre; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends. Elimene Prudent, 71, of Marsh Harbour was held on March 11 at Friendship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town. Bishop Roland Swain officiated and interment was in the Public Cemetery in Marsh Harbour. He is survived by daughters Examine, Dienoula, Oxilia, Serilia and Trezitie Prudent; sons Oieousel, Maslin, Geressant, Weis and Enoussa Prudent; grandchildren Bernard Presandie, Winer, Claude Elise, Siliane, Lecuise, Elimene, Lunes, Tilme, Erla Mitchel, Adrin, Examene and Raslanne Jean, Mavine, Safre and Louisma, Seradie, Louisilia, Wilker, Wilfrid, Usner, Adine and Tivane Prudent, Danie, Whitney, Michel, Maclivins, Dienite, Ronicar, Veonicar, Eliamis, Dostali and Derete; brothers Oinoussa and Estinie Prudent; sisters Vela, Emilia, Annosilia, Evzilia, Franisilia and Tounma Gihome; niece Eliamis, nephews Dostali, Devente and Rodrigue and many other relatives and friends. Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends


Page 22 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Extends Thanks to:Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina Abaco Shipping The Abaconian Black Sound Marina Computer Creations Tania Duncombe Ebb Tide Elbow Cay Properties Forest Heights Academy Froggies Out Island Adventure Hope Town Harbour Lodge Java in Abaco Pete Johnston Matt McCoy & Patti Toler Modern Vintage Nippers On Da Beach Radio Abaco Regattas of Abaco The Shoe Place Vacation Planning ServicesSpecial Thanks to...Bristol Wines & Spirits Curly Tails • Hope Town Harbour Lodge Harbour’s Edge • Hummingbird Restaurant and Bar Island Delights • Snappa’s Grill & Chill okout for their donations) The Reef Ball Commitee Challenge Donors Michael and Anyes Adams • American Bridge The Nature Conservancy’s Bahamas Program Matching Donors •Abaco Insurance • Kathleen Albury • Baker’s Bay Ocean & Golf Club • Dr. Frank Boyce • Briny Bowen • Tania Duncombe • Elbow Cay Properties • Frederik Gottlieb • Captain James • John Bull • Matt Lowe’s Cay • Ian McKay • Pinder’s Plumbing and A/C • Price Right • Professional Services Ltd. • “Ro & Flo” • Mailin Sands • Sawyer’s Soft Drinks • Mark & Fiona Scott • Doug Shipman • Snappa’s • Grill & Chill • Tankship Transport • Tropical Construction of Abaco ...from Friends of the EnvironmentNew DSC Feature of VHF Radios Is ExplainedBy Robert Wilson A long standing tradition among visiting boaters has been the WD40 Seminars sponsored each year by the Marsh Harbour Marina and Yacht Club. Somewhat more formally referred to as “WD40 for the Mind,” the seminars have covered a variety of serious topics and occasionally a more non-serious topic always seems to attract a large audience. Forrest Golden of the sailing vessel Rejoice conducted this year’s first seminar, covering the “boat to boat” calling features of a selective digital service using a VHF radio. These DSC features will soon be the preferred means of communication between the United States Coast Guard and mariners, commercial and recreational. Additional seminars will be conducted at 9:30 each Thursday morning in the Jib Room at Marsh Harbour Marina. There is no charge and the public is welcome.Sundown Will Never Be the SameBy Robert Wilson It is difficult to determine where it started, but among those living on and around the sea sounds emanating from a conch horn have become somewhat traditional and especially so at sundown. The WD40 Seminars for the Mind series has become equally as traditional among the many visitors to Abaco. Tom and Linda Leffler of the Marsh Harbour Marina and Yacht Club have sponsored the series for many years to the delight of the yachtsmen and land-based visitors alike. The most recent seminar was an all day event held at the Jib Room. Participants gathered in the morning to learn the art of cleaning conch but more importantly in the art of creating a truly Bahamian conch shell horn. The Department of Fisheries provided brochures detailing the growing process and the proper instructions on the careful harvesting of these popular creatures. Jason Davis, Dock Master, and Brown Tip provided demonstrations for the 50 or so gathered participants, many of whom had never seen a live conch. Following various demonstrations, everyone had an opportunity to test their newly acquired skills as they began working to create what each anticipated would be the prize winning entry for the evening’s competition. As it turned out, the winning entry for Best Looking went to Deryn on Grader and David Crone on the vessel Jaftica Honorable Mentions were awarded to Richard Fickes of Splender Hyaline and Chris Tower of Chrisdeke. The Most Prolonged Sounds were generated by Deryn on Grader and Dennis Krakow of WalkAbout To the delight of those attending, the Overall Best Sounding Conch Horn Awards for 2006 went to Debbie and Earl Judge aboard the vessel Painkiller While some sounds were prolonged, other sounds were reportedly stressful; nonetheless, it seems the WD40 Series has once again been a success. If you should, however, hear someone in and around the harbour attempting to blow his horn with little or no success, just give him a pat on the back and a smile, and invite him back for next year’s competition. Marina Offers WD40 Seminars for Boaters Boaters learn the intricacies of cleaning conch and making a conch horn with the shell. These were entered into a contest for the ultimate honor of winning the Overall Best Sounding Conch Horn Award. The Marsh Harbour Marina holds a series of seminars each spring to educate and enlighten boaters. They are not limited to boaters as anyone is welcome to attend.


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 23 CaysFrom Page 19 Methodist Church, will be the summary meeting, where a more finalized version of the White Paper will be presented. Mr. Hall expects that this version will be half the size of the original, which was over 120 pages. Many of the original ideas will be removed, based on public feedback, while some additions will be made. All residents are encouraged to attend. Hall says every effort will be made by the Council to make sure all voters will receive a copy of the white paper so they can review it before the vote in late April.Guana CayMeeting Dwelt on BakerÂ’s Bay ProjectThe March 16 meeting in Guana Cay to get further town feedback on zoning and building issues migrated to other issues. Johnny Roberts began by asking why Council would waste time on this when they were unable to solve the daily issue of decent garbage collection. His suggestion that the paper was put together by foreigners upset Chief Councillor Wayne Hall, who left the room, soon followed by Mr. Roberts. On returning, Mr. Hall said he had put the paper together following guidelines from other communities of a similar nature which are facing these same problems. He reiterated that this is an attempt to direct future growth in ways not presently allowed or available. Anthony Roberts felt local control was impossible. He used the example where government committed Crown Land to the BakerÂ’s Bay group at the market rate of $300 per acre. He pointed out that land on Guana Cay is more realistically priced at $1 million per acre on the beach, $300,000 on the bay and $150,000 inland. The majority of the 16 persons present were adamant that Guana Cay is underrepresented on the District Council and their wishes are overridden by Man-OWar and Hope Town. Mr. Troy Albury echoed this sentiment by demanding three council members as now allocated to Man-O-War and Hope Town. Further, Mr. Albury could not support any effort toward contributing toward garbage collection as that was a mandated service that government must provide. Residents felt they were being overlooked by central government on many issues while at the same time government was pandering to the BakerÂ’s development on the north end of the island. The lack of services by government was reiterated by others who dwelt on the closed post office and marginal phone service. It was suggested that the Council should find a way to restore postal service to Guana Cay rather than dwell on solving abstract future problems. Mr. Hall said the Council was attempting to put guidelines in place for GuanaÂ’s future as well as the other cays which could be controlled locally with proper regulations and authority as opposed to the past where there was minimal local control. Mr. Hall said he was beginning to feel unwelcome on Guana Cay as the residents continue to ask for solutions to problems which are out of his control. For example, garbage collection requires more money that is presently not available. Central government controls issues related to the Post Office and the number of Councillors Guana Cay is allowed. He felt equally frustrated with his inability to restore the postal service to the town. He objected to being constantly berated over issues related to the BakerÂ’s Bay project which occurred prior to his term in office. He was asked by Johnny Roberts if, as Chief Councillor, he had approved docks on Crown or Treasury Land for the BakerÂ’s project as they do not own the land yet. It was said that the Council has the power to withhold permits when it is not in the best interest of a community, and this authority is not being exercised. The meeting petered out with the few residents still there asking that more attention be paid to current problems and move to future issues after current problems are solved. In conclusion, Mr. Hall suggested that they petition government, lobby their representative and the Minister for Local Government to get the changes they feel are necessary. For instance, issues related to Guana Cay and the other two towns being given their own Town Planning committees or having three representatives on council to match the other two towns in the district are decisions for the Minister to make. More News of the Cays The Public is hereby advised that effective June 1, 2006, under authority of the Local Government Act, Section 14 subsection 2 (a), in exercise of the powers conferred by the Port Authorities Act; All Public Docks, Piers, Wharves and Abutments within the Hope Town District are subject to the prescribed rates for Pierage and Wharfage as set out in the Third Schedule of the Port Authorities Act. Failure to comply will result in the exercise of any and all remedies available under the Act. LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITYHOPE TOWN DISTRICT PUBLIC DOCK FEES


Page 24 The Abaconian April 1, 2006 ... the battery with the lightning bolt of life!!!Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck / Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries DieselFULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!!(If an epic battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!) DELIVERY SERVICE AVAILABLE WE DON’T PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday • Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay By Lindsey Delaplaine A very exciting example of positive conservation is taking place on Abaco in April. Friends of the Environment is coordinating a group of dedicated scientists, a variety of Bahamian nonprofit organizations, local students and interested citizens towards the goal of restoring tidal flow to a blocked creek in Cross Harbour, located on the southwest portion of Great Abaco. In the words of the lead scientist, Dr. Craig Layman, this project will be a creek restoration model “not only for Abaco, not only for The Bahamas, not only for the Caribbean, but for the world.” The restoration will be accomplished by removing a section of the causeway road to Cross Harbour, placing culverts in the roadbed to allow for unrestricted water flow and then replacing the torn up area of the road. Starting April 7th and continuing for 10 days, Friends will be hosting students and interested volunteers to help finish the restoration by recreating the natural tidal channels and starting the scientific monitoring. Students and teachers from four local schools have already committed to spending at least a day in Cross Harbour. Friends calls this initiative “positive conservation” because it is win-win situation for everybody. So much of the environmental movement is focused on what people can’t do, but this project will not interfere with fishing, boating or the general use of Cross Harbour. Instead, more than 40 acres of wetlands will be reclaimed and put back into use as a habitat for conch, a large variety of fish and crawfish. Cross Harbour will be scientifically monitored before and after the restoration so that the changes that take place can be documented. Nearly 200 fish have already been tagged in the area so their movements from below the blockage into the restored area can be tracked. This will not only serve to demonstrate the increase in sea life populations and the improved general health of the area, it will allow the project to be a model for future creek restorations. Friends plans to use Cross Harbour as a stepping-stone to larger projects on Abaco and around The BahaFriends Will Restore 40 Acres of Wetlands mas. Several sites on Abaco have already been identified for future restorations including Stink Pond north of Marsh Harbour and the causeway connecting Great Abaco to Little Abaco. Partners in this initiative include The Nature Conservancy – Bahamas Program, The Bahamas National Trust, Ministry of Works, Acorn Alcinda Foundation and Yale University. To gather local feedback and thoughts on the restoration Friends hosted community meetings throughout March. Locations for the meetings included Marsh Harbour, Cherokee, ManO-War, Hope Town and Sandy Point. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Friends of the Environment, 242-367-2721 or or visit Dr. Craig Layman of Yale University talks to Abaco students about the planned Creek Restoration at Cross Harbour on Great Abaco. Students from both St. Francis de Sale and Abaco Central High visited Cross Harbour as part of Abaco Science Conference. Students from Forest Heights Academy have made two journeys south with their teacher and Friend’s Board Member, Jim Richard. Students have caught and tagged fish, snorkeled the creek and surveyed species, taken GPS readings and depth readings, tethered mahara fish and measured their predation time. Four schools have already committed to volunteering at Cross Harbour during the restoration. It Pays to Advertise


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 25 Daily Service Marsh Harbour l l l l l Treasure Cay Daytona Beach l l l l l Melbourne l l l l l Ft. LauderdaleRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 € Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP STARTING FT. LAUDERDALE SERVICE APRIL 1, 2006 may be a different official language,” one frustrated person said. Several people expressed their disapproval. “Investors get Crown Land in no time whereas Bahamians cannot get it. Can Bahamians achieve what they want in life? There should be beach access for citizens, but the investors are taking this away. Do not give Crown Land to the investors; it should be for Bahamians with status. Investors are getting thousands of acres. If they get upset and leave after a couple of years, the government cannot bring them back in. Therefore, they must be very careful before giving it out. If investors leave, Crown Land should go back to the people.” Dr. Williams stated that it will be his job to Rasina, Italy, in a fully restored monastery dating back to the 1500s. In fact, bidding went so well on this that the donor offered another identical package, thus raising another very sizeable amount for the fund. Jim and Joan Blumberg would like to express their gratitude to all the people who came to buy and spend their money; “Such great generosity is shown each year, and only once in the four years has anyone failed to pay for their item.” They also wish to express profound appreciation to Peter Sweeting and Manny Alexiou of the Abaco Beach Resort for their incredible co-operation and for the hard work of the staff who assisted in PathfindersFrom Page 4 Crown Land From Page 5 the smooth running of the event with special praise to Kevi Thomas for her exceptional help. Funds raised from the auction will ensure a college education for another full class this coming year. A board meeting was held the following week to discuss plans, and interviews of prospective candidates were held on the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The names of the candidates who were selected will be announced later. It Pays to Advertise By Lindsey Delaplaine A fun time was had by all at the Wine Tasting Event hosted by Sapodilly’s Restaurant and Bar to benefit Friends of the Environment on February 16th. The wine tasting featured wines from the soon to open Tupps Fine Wine and Spirits and Burns House Limited. Cost Rite provided delicious food for the standing room only crowd. The purpose of the cocktail party was to update Marsh Harbour residents on the activities of Friends of the Environment and highlight the need for local support to address local issues. Friends is working in five different areas: the marine environment, which includes the mooring balls at the local reefs; working against the spread of invasive species, coordination of recycling programs, the management of Abaco’s Sapodilly Hosted a Wine Tasting for Friends National Park and the education of children and adults about the importance of preserving the beauty, heritage and environs of Abaco. After the update, a raffle was held with a variety of wonderful prizes. Board President Michael Albury and Penny Turtle pulled the winning tickets, and Friends’ auditor Ronnie Knowles selected the prizes. Monkey’s Uncle Unique Gifts, a new store which will be located in the building going up next to Sapodilly’s, donated a number of prizes, as did Kim Sands, owner of Java Coffee House. Local artist Stephen Knowles donated one of his handcrafted wooden bowls, Kim Rode gave one of her prints as did artist Marjolein Scott, and the Conch Pearl Gallery contributed a beautiful necklace. evaluate these practices. Other concerns were: how to qualify, how much land can be granted, at what cost and the need for more guidelines for filling in applications. Also, the fact that there is no zoning applied to Crown Land and people do not know where Crown Land is available for certain uses. The possibility of a Crown Lands office in Abaco was suggested. Dr. Williams closed the meeting by reiterating that he was not there to give answers, but that he was seeking views to enable the development of a Crown Land Policy which should have an impact on the island’s future.


Page 26 The Abaconian April 1, 2006Area 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 cott366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse366-2053Grand CayRosieÂ’s Place352-5458Green Turtle CayCocobay Cottages6 cott365-5464 Island Properties +34 hse365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties +30365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Donna Sands +12 hse365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott365-5106 Harbour View Haven365-5028 Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Sea Shore Villas365-5028 WardÂ’s Landing4 units 904-982-2762Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop +53 hse366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm366 0095 Hope T Hideaways +63 hse366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages +3 hse366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas366-0065 Tanny Key +43 hse366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas366-0557Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals +8 hse365-6048 SchoonerÂ’s Landing 5 condos365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms367-2158 Abaco Real Estate +6 hse367-2719 AlesiaÂ’s 3 rms367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms367-4000 DÂ’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 effic367-2227MooreÂ’s IslandMooreÂ’s Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishaÂ’s Resort366-4139 Pete & GayÂ’s Resort14 rm366-4119 RickmonÂ’s Bonefishing 10 rm366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 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 bers increase, more pressure is put on our local reefs and fishing areas. Everyone has already seen evidence of the damage overfishing has done in the drastically smaller number of fish and conch in the area compared to what was there when our fathers were young. Science has shown that larger fish lay 100 times more eggs than fish that are just old enough to reproduce. Unless fish have a protected place to get larger, they will not be able to keep up with the ever-growing number of fishermen. These larger fish will have the protection to reproduce and their offspring will overflow beyond the park boundaries. The reason Fowl Cay had been suggested is so that we can all benefit from the increased number of fish that will be produced. We hope to learn lessons from Florida and the Keys where residents have found that once fish and conch are gone, it is nearly impossible to bring them back. It is our thought that it is better to protect these resources for future generations of Abaconians before it gets to that point. However, what happens next is in the hands of the people. Yours truly, Michael Albury, President Friends of the EnvironmentWill We Really Get an AirportDear Editor, My good friend Patrick, the Bethel, has repeatedly warned me that long letters, while they may be very informative, tend to put the average reader off. I have heeded his advice because he is older and presumably wiser than I, and therefore I shall be very succinct herein. If you please. There is some buzz again about much needed, positive change coming to the Marsh Harbour airport. I donÂ’t pay too much attention to details anymore, but any hope whatsoever that Abaco will, in fact, get a decent international airport is cause for much jubilation because we absolutely deserve it, and that is because we are payLettersFrom Page 9 More Letters to the Editor ing for it repeatedly and have been for some years now with the revenue that we generate monthly. I have to ask a few questions here: Why canÂ’t Abaco get more of what we desperately need? Why are Nassau politicians PLP and FNM alike so seemingly jealous of Abaco? Actually, I know the answer to the second question. It is because of all of the family islands in The Bahamas, Abaco has the greatest potential (self reliance), and therefore the least need of NassauÂ’s interference. And that has got to be a scary thing for those who think the sun rises and sets on Nassau only. And now a couple of uncomfortable questions for my FNM friends: Why didnÂ’t Abaco get a real airport long before now? Why is it that while an Abaconian and one with a big mouth at that was the Prime Minister of this country, did Abaco not get a proper airport facility? (Just in case there is any confusion, I am referring to former P.M. Hubert Ingraham.) IÂ’m quite tired of hearing the political explanations as to why the airport was not at least started under the FNM. And IÂ’m quite tired of everything in this country having to be suggested, discussed or implemented in a political fashion. Abaco needs and DESERVES a proper international airport, one in which we may hold our heads high as members of this community. If the PLP accomplishes this task, then good for them. If, on the other hand, they simply pull some sort of quickly thrown together political stunt, then most likely weÂ’ll be looking to the FNM again next election because we donÂ’t have any other choices now, do we? Terse enough? Sincerely, William (Billy) RobertsReponse to Fowl Cay LetterDear Editor, Thank you for allowing a response to Mr. SweetingÂ’s letter in your earlier paper. Mr. Sweeting, after reading your letter, I donÂ’t know where to start. Why is it that all fish, conch, crawfish, etc., in your opinion, only belong to those who want to kill them. While the idea of saving some of our fish stock for breeding so future generations of fisherman can make a living may not have caught on totally around Abaco, the concept is growing in popularity, and those native Bahamians have a right to say what happens to some of our fish as well. I think those people from Man-O-War and others that have always fished the Fowl Cay area will soon see a big change. Now that the word is out that it is not a preserve, as believed by many for decades, it will be fished by a growing number of persons both local and foreign. Prepare to see your small stocks of conch and fish disappear. If you are not interested in saving fish stocks for future generations, and before you say that you are, just remember it is always easy to say parks should be placed somewhere else where they do not affect you. If it is a good concept, then you should be willing to set aside a small area near your town for future generations while still leaving lots of space and conch for the Saturday Scorch. If setting aside an area where marine life can reach maturity is a bad idea, then you should not suggest it be placed further north where mainland communities go for their livelihood. In fact, based on how you said your community uses the area, it would be less of a loss to you than them. Please consider another point of view. There are many people who make a living taking guests to see marine life. The time it takes to get fish tame at a coral head could take months. In one afternoon their work could be wiped out by one fisherman. What was feeding a family year round has gone to feed a family for a day. So please, when you are considering your right to kill all the fish, conch, crawfish, etc. consider those who make a living from the same resources. The only difference is that it is in their best interest to keep them alive for all to enjoy for years to come. Please help defend their rights to some of the fish as well. You say you value the opinions of others, but you also say no further dialog will be had on the subject. It is so easy for persons like yourself to build support by implying all conservation is only supported by foreigners. Or those outsiders are trying to snatch something from you. But many Bahamians are prepared to make sacrifices for future generations when it comes to our fish stocks. And those that can afford it most should lead the way. To end, if you think the marine resources we currently have can withstand the increasing fishing of Bahamians, Americans, Haitians and others, you are mistaken. Some areas have to be put aside if we expect to look to the sea for food in generations to come. And I donÂ’t think you want to run 40 miles to catch fish coming out of a park in the North. Concerned Abaco CitizenPrayer for a FriendThis is Evangelist Franklin Russell at the AdamsÂ’ house in Hope Town. On behalf of our family we want to thank those who went to give blood for Lesley McDonald to have his operation. I thank God and doctors and nurses in the hospital for his life so far and I pray that God will heal him completely. This is my prayer. Dear God, I want you to send your only Son to lay hands on Lesley McDonald and heal him right now and He will in JesusÂ’ name. Thank you for the answer. You are a good God. Amen. Evangelist Franklin Russell


April 1, 2006 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 notedAlbury’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 onlyGreen Turtle 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 destinationsAbaco 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 timePinder’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 $45 OW / $90 RT • 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 OWIslander Express Bus M Harbour & Sandy Point -call 366-4444 or 457-9958Enovahs 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 ...........365-4261 Visitors’ Guide Restaurants • Services • Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only ‡ Provides local ride 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...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Mother Merle’s................$$ Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Cap’n Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Harbour’s Edge............. $$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Sea Spray.......................$$ .....‡....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 • Use Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise Please bring errors & revisions to our attention Emergency ServicesPolice Marsh Harbour 367-2560 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 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 20 Mar 06Compliments of The 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 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 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 B, Ft Laud .......... 367-2095 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 Calypso Fort Lauderdale ...................... 367-0140 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 • Caged pets as people Luggage $1.00 each over four, Surf boards $4.00 ea. • Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective 13 Nov 05Treasure Cay Resort ..............................................$20 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$14 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry d ock.....................................$8 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$18 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$24 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$24 + $5 Joe’s Creek, Leisure Lee .....................................$44 + $10 Black Wood............................................................ $18 + $5 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town...................................$37 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$55 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$60 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $65 + $5 Fox Town................................................................ $70 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$75 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$75 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $65 + $10 T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry (Blue Hole $24).........$18 + $ 5 T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles.................................$22 + $5 T C Hotel to Joe’s Creek ........................................$35 + $5 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$16 + $5 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $75 + $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 & swim onMermaid Reef off M Harbour Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole off Treasure Cay farm road Open Nights OnlyTo Abaco by land and sea from Florida • Take Discovery Cruise Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale or CloudX ferry (866-4733779) 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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St. Francis Earn Medals at National Track MetStudents Bring Home Two Golds and One Silver Directors of Friends of the Environment organized its annual Reef Ball held at the pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort on March 4 and was very successful. The Modern Vintage Band from Nassau was back again this year. The directors are, left to right, Lory Kenyon, Jim Richard, Nan Kenyon, David Knowles, Anita Knowles, Cha Boyce, Bill Thompson. Behind are Tania Duncombe and Michael Albury, chairman of the organization. See story on page 2. By Shaun Diehl St. Francis de Sales Tornadoes Track and Field team sent a contingent of seven athletes to the Bahamas High School National Meet run by Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations on March 16, 17, and 18. These athl etes were Samantino Baillou, Kevanna McIntosh, Semarja Bailliou, Zinnia Miller, Nigel Thompson, Phylicia Bootle and Alex Forbes. The group went to Nassau thanks to Abaco Air, arriving on March 15. Each of our team members competed in two to three events over the next few days against the best athletes the Bahamas has to offer in high school track. We found out that we can compete, and compete well. Among the seven athletes, we brought home two gold medals, one silver, a fourth place finish, a fifth place finish, a seventh place finish and others. The athletes learned that to compete at this level training has to be taken seriously. They learned that they can do as well or better than any other premier athlete nationally. They were motivated to prepare early and well for next year with images replaying in their hearts and minds of that one jump or throw that could have been just that much better. Finally, they brought home a sense of pride and accomplishment for themselves, their families, their schools and coaches and their Abaco community. Please see School Page 8 Ambulance Service Is Commissioned Reef Ball Is Success for Environment By Mirella Santillo An impressive delegation of Ministers and Health Department officials from Nassau visited Abaco on March 18th to celebrate the donation by central government of a brand new fully equipped ambulance and the setting up of a new emergency service on the island. The Hon. V. Alfred Grey, Minister of Local Government and Consumer Affairs, and the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, Minister of Health, headed the officials in Marsh Harbour for the occasion. Mr. Grey invited the audience to pay tribute to the Dr. Bernard Nottage, and Seven athletes from St. Francis de Sales School competed in the Bahamas High School National Meet in Nassau on March 16-18. They brought home two gold medals, one silver, a fourth place, a fifth place and a seventh place finish. They are, left to righ t, Nigel Thompson, Samantino Baillou, Semajra Baillou, Kevanna McIntosh, Zinnia Miller, Hardera Bootle and Alex Forbes with Mr. Shaun Diehl, their physical education teacher.VOLUME 14, NUMBER 7, APRIL 1st, 2006The medical officers on hand for the commissioning of the ambulance service were pleased to show the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage the equipment in the ambulance. Shown here they are looking at the screen of the automated external defibulator. In the doorway are Robert Sweeting, MP for South Abaco, and the Hon. V. Alfred Gray. Please see Ambulance Page 4 The Bahamian crawfish season closes at midnight, March 31, 2006, for all persons, Bahamians and visitors. The crawfish are protected with a closed season during their spawning period until harvesting is again allowed in August. Taking crawfish by any method after March 31 is illegal and Fisheries officers will be looking for violators. All commercial fishermen with a compressed air license must have their compressors ashore on April 1 and not be found with them in their boat. Bahamians may have any quantity of fish or crawfish during the season but must observe the minimum sizes. Bag limits for nonBahamians are six crawfish per person during the open season. Crawfish within the bag Crawfish Season Closes Please see Crawfish Page 6


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Regattas Units Rentals Daily, Weekly, Monthly HIGH ROCK Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiry P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone : 242-367-4962E-mail: or leslie@landandsearealty.comIf We Don’t Have It, We Will Find It!HIGH ROCK 3 bed / 3 bath home, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lubber’s Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, Exclusive 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level CALL for INFO EXCLUSIVE By Lindsey Delaplaine The sixth Reef Ball, Friends of the Environment’s annual fund raising event, was a smashing success. All of the right elements were in place: the perfect venue, the Abaco Beach Resort pavilion; a rocking band, Modern Vintage; a packed dance floor; tasty food; entertaining emcees, Tania Duncombe and Michael Albury; environmental award winners; and a successful challenge match thanks to generous donors and members of the audience. A good time was had by all to benefit a worthwhile cause: Abaco’s environment. To begin Friends’ fund raising efforts, local wine merchant, Bristol Sellers Wine and Spirits, donated a significant amount of wine to Friends so that all proceeds from wine sales went to the organization. Local restaurants and bars also contributed wine and water to the event. During the band’s first set break, the Board of Directors for Friends was introduced and recognized for its hard work and dedication. This year’s Environmental Awards, exquisite plaques donated by local artist Pete Johnston, were presented to honor exemplary members of the Abaco community. The 2006 Environmental Award winners were the following: Nancy Albury proves that one person really can make a difference. On her own, she undertook the task of mapping Abaco’s caves and blue holes, which led to the discovery of the tortoise shells, crocodile skulls and bird bones that are revolutionizing the natural history of the Bahamas. Thomas Bethel has volunteered untold hours to benefit the environment including scientific field research including crawfish studies for the Perry Institute, which meant venturing out in all sorts of weather to check collectors and count juvenile crawfish as well as catching and tagging turtles for the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research. And, in a much less glamorous role, he, along with his father Willard, transport aluminum cans from the recycling depot in Hope Town to Marsh Harbour. Kitty Donnan moderated the first Friends’ Abaco-wide environmental workshop, served as a Board Member and Secretary as well as organizing Friends’ first overall financial and strategic plan. As the moderator of both popular Abaco Science Alliance Conferences and contributing valuable editing expertise on Friends’ publications, Kitty has shown herself as a true Friend of Abaco’s environment. Candace Key is a founding member of Friends of the Environment and has spent the last 28 years doing environmental education as a teacher and principal. She has traveled around The Bahamas, to Europe and the United States with her students for environmental projects and has sponsored a number of environmental education forums for Abaco school students in Hope Town. Her students recently won second place in a UNESCO contest for their Sandwatch project, while Candace was honored with the prestigious Golden Apple Environmental Award in England for her work. Examples of her students’ work were on display at the Reef Ball. It is only fitting that Friends honors this amazing woman who has given so much to Abaco’s environment. During the second set break the 50/50 raffle was won by Rosie Pyfrom. Then came an audience challenge by three local donors: Michael and Anyes Adams, American Bridge and The Nature Conservancy’s Bahamas Program. These committed donors came together to create a $15,000 pool to challenge matching donors. Thanks to a generous initial pledge by Reef Ball Raised Funds for the Environment The buffet line at the Reef Ball was popular between dance numbers. The Reef Ball is a fund raising event for Friends of the Environment and is eagerly anticipated each spring. The Modern Vintage Band from Nassau is a regular attraction at the Reef Ball. Their selection of music is well liked. Please see Reef Ball Page 26


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 B Nassau:242.322.2305 Lyford Cay:242.362.4211 Marsh Harbour:242.367.5046 Hope Town:242.366.0163 Treasure Cay:242.477.5821 Elbow Cay Properties:242.366.0569 Lubbers Quarters Cay:242.366.3143 Eleuthera & Harbour Is:242.332.2820 George Damianos, CRS, t 242.362.4211 f 242.362.4730 TREASURE CAY WATERFRONTPrime development. Ten acre property with 460 feet waterfront, including a 120 foot beach. Four Bed 2 Bath cottages. Dev elopment potential as a marina, resort or fishing lodge. Price upon request. #2407 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY NEAR THE BEACH “RUBY’S LOVE” Comfortable 3 Bed, 2 Bath family home 5 minutes from Treasure Cay’s world famous white powder sandy beach. Needs some TLC but is fully furnished. $205,000. #3028 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “BEACH VILLA 715” Cozy 2 Bed, 2 Bath villa on beautiful Treasure Cay beach. Great family home, or vacation rental. Magnificent sunrises & sunsets at your doorstep! Won’t last long. $460,000. #3076 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “SERENITY HOUSE ” Modern 5,600sq.ft. 2 storey 4 Bed 4.5 Bath CBS home. Incredible ocean views from every room. 2 expansive lots with 290 ft. oceanfront. Newly refurbished, turn-key estate $4,900,000. #1660 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “SANDY SHORES” Beautifully laid out 3 Bed 2.5 Bath family home. This two storey home features an elevator and spacious living areas. Enjoy panoramic 360 degree views and serene ambience. $1,700,000. #2934 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “CASTLE ROCK” Nestled amid palm trees and tropical foliage is this 4 Bed 4 Bath home with heated fresh water swimming pool. World famous location. Excellent rental history. US$1,700,000. #3029 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY SEA VIEWS “HILLTOP ESTATES” Hilltop 3 Bed 2 Bath home located 60 feet above sea level with scenic views. The five acre property features hundreds of fruit bearing trees, hillside cottage and double carport. $650,000. #2115 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY N N N N NEAR EAR EAR EAR EAR THE THE THE THE THE B B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CH CH CH CH CH“HOMESWEETHOME” Package deal with 2 deeded parcels of land. 1 vacant lot & a spacious 2 Bed, 2 Bath home on the other lot, together 1/2 acre. Fully furnished & with A/C, heating, & ceiling fans. $350,000. #3032 Stan Sawyer 242. 477.5821 TREASURE CAY WATER VIEWS “CROSSWINDS” 4 Bed 3 Bath 2,800 sq. ft. family home and apartment. Located in multi-millionaire neighbourhood. Family room, 2 central A/C’s, 2 generators, 2 fresh water wells and garden. $820,000. #2516 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TILLOO CAY WATERFRONT “HUNKALOO” Beautiful waterfront property with 2 Bed 2 Bath home & a 1 bed 1bath guest house. Two + acres that are Sea to Sea with protected docking on the Sea of Abaco. $995,000. #2724 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TREASURECAY WATER VIEWS “GARDEN VILLA 675” Charming 2 beds 2 Bath villa on a corner lot, just one minute from beautiful Treasure Cay beach. Great rental oppurtunity or family retreat. Community pool. Very private. $300,000. #3072 Stan Sawyer 242. 477.5821 TILLOO CAY WATERFRONT “TILLOO DREAM” Two parcels, 1 acre on the Sea of Abaco, & 1/3 acre with a 1 Bed 1 Bath cottage which has a spacious deck & access to the Atlantic Ocean with a shared dock. $597,000. #2723 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY OCEANFRONT“SIROCCO” This 4 Bed, 3 Bath home overlooks the bluegreen Sea of Abaco to the east and beautiful gardens. Central A/C, tile throughout with cypress tongue & groove. US$1,850,000. #3125 Jane Patterson:242.366.0035 SUGAR LOAF CAY WATERFRONT ““PARROT POINT” Unique 4.96 acre property. Private marina with 278 lineal feet of dock space. 5 water cisterns, electricity, telephone, furnished main house & guest cottage. US$4,000,000. #2817 GeorgeDamianos: 242.362.4211 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY OCEAN VIEWS “SILVER PLUME” Charming 2 Bed, 2 Bath home with cozy pine interior & tiled floors throughout. .4098 acre property has lots of room for additions or garden. Dock & beach access steps away. $800,000. #2649 Jane Patterson:242.366.0035 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “SEAGRAPES” World famous location. Beautiful residence with awesome ocean views. Professionally decorated featuring 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, open concept kitchen, & living rooms -ideal for entertaining. $3,500,000. #2887 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY MARSH HARBOUR WATERFRONT 10 ACRE PARCEL is perfect for a marina, small development or commercial endeavour. Deep water on the Sea of Abaco with a canal dredged on the backside of the parcel. $2,500,000. #3100 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 SUGAR LOAF CAY WATERFRONT “Parrot Point” Unique 4.96 acre property. Private marina with 278 linear feet of dock space. Five water cisterns, electricity, telephone, furnished main house and guest cottage. US$4,000,000. #2817 George Damianos: 242.362.4211


Page 4 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 The Watercolour Paintings of T. Michael Skinner The Acrylic Paintings of Kathy Hura The Wood Turning of Steven KnowlesRoyal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0137 Friday Evening April 7th 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Music, Munchies &Merlot Conch Pearl Galleries, Ltd.Fine Bahamian Art and Jewellery m e e t t t h e a a r t i s t e e v e n t presents a said “ The government and the private sector should be applauded for what they have done and what they will do.” Dr. Nottage addressed the medical staff present, “Thanks and congratulations for a job well done. You are special people who deserve our appreciation.” The Minister reviewed the economic situation of Abaco, stating that since 1990 Abaco has the fastest growing population of The Bahamas. Because of that, “The economic development has outgrown the medical structure. The economy mandates that the health care system grows to accommodate the health requirements for a better quality of life.” He mentioned that there are only four government physicians on the island, all foreigners. Armed with that fact, he urged young Bahamians to grasp opportunities in the medical field. He urged, “Bahamian physicians should become familiar with the rest of the country. Students should come back home. Your country needs you: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, emergency care personnel, all provide a service essential to the national development.” He announced, “Plans are on the way for a $6 million mini-hospital for Abaco that will be located on S.C. Bootle Highway.” Dr. Sarah Friday, Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services, outlined the scope of the program and announced the functioning of the emergency number 919. She explained, “The system will incorporate a radio network to contact nurses and doctors to make them aware of an emergency. Dispatchers and emergency paramedics will be immediately contacted. We want quality emergency services to meet the demands of a growing community.” For over 10 years emergencies on Abaco were covered by Trauma One, a service founded by Mr. Daniel Wiltfang, operated by volunteers. Incapacitated by the two hurricanes of 2004, Trauma one closed in April 2005. At that time the government took over by sending teams from Freeport comprising a Certified Emergency Technician trained at the Rand Hospital and a First Responder; the teams changed every two weeks so the staff could return home to the family they had left behind On March 17th the Emergency Service was officially returned to Abaconians. A medical team from Nassau gave local volunteers a three-day training session which will be taken over on March 24th by Dr. John Shedd, a physician at the Treasure Cay Clinic, who has volunteered for the undertaking. Crash Rescue and the emergency teams from Freeport will continue to assist until the program is established, approximately for another three months. The inauguration of the new ambulance together with the commissioning of the Emergency Medical Services prompted the March 18th celebration. Staff from the various clinics of Abaco were present, local government representatives and press members as well as local residents interested in the happenings of their island. Orchestrated by Senior Administrator, Mr. Revis Rolle, the ceremony proceeded. Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Mr. Robert Sweeting, stated, “The health of a nation is its wealth.” He continued, “Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Wiltfang and their team of volunteers and the dedicated nurses and doctors of Abaco.” The Rand Hospital emergency team was presented with a plaque by Nurse Fernander who said, “The medical staff of Abaco wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the EMS of Freeport Branch for the excellent service rendered to us.” The Wesley College band performed during the ceremony and was rewarded by contributions from the managing Director of Public Hospitals Authority, Mr. Herbert Brown, and from local business people. The Hon. V. Alfred Gray, left, Minister of Local Government and Consumer Affairs, and the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, Minister of Health, came to Abaco to commission the ambulance service and a new ambulance which is shown in the background. Local Ambulance Staff Is Being Trained AmbulanceFrom Page 1


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 5 B A b a c o R e a l E s t a t e A g e n c yAbacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate AgencyContact Bill Thompson 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine ThompsonABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 Fax: (242) 367-2359 lMARSH HARBOUR LISTINGS l lSOUTH ABACO LISTINGS l CONTACT : BILL THOMPSON: 367-2719P.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 lFax: (242) 367-2359 l www.abacobahamas.comWATCHING BAY, CHEROKEENewŽ Subdivision, limited number of investor lots available. Interior lots from $50,000 Ocean view lots from $190,000 grossOLD KERR2 miles south of Bahama Palm Shores 10.8 acres, Great elevations $165,000 gross BAHAMAPALM SHORES6 Interior lots from $25,000YELLOW WOOD CREEK1.17 Acre Hilltop lot Winding Bay Oceanviews $300,000 GrossLONG BEACHInterior Lots from $55,000 Lots with Great Ocean views from $120,000 lGUANA CAY l lGUANA CAYUnique Business Opportunitiesl lHOPE TOWN lLUBBERS lTILLOO CAY lORCHID BAY1.07 acre lot 144waterfront on Sea of Abaco $849,000GUANABEACH FRONTLarge beach front lot 300 yards NE of Nippers $495,000 gross 2 / 2 HOUSE IN SETTLEMENTGreat location 150 yards to beach Next to Batelco & School 21,000+ lot nice 2 / 2 house $585,000 gross3 VACANT LOTSLocated in settlement next to Batelco 1) 8251 sq. ft. 2) 7922 sq. ft. $160,000 each 3) 7593 sq. ft.2 VACANT LOTSDolphin Beach Estates, side-by-side lots, Great Sea of Abaco views, each lot 33,500 sq. ft., $200,000 each1 VACANT LOT10,400+ sq. ft. great views, near Boat Harbour, $125,000SEASHORE VILLAS3 Town Houses, each 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath, Living & Dining room, full kitchen, tv, vcr, cd player, satellite, all central a/c, fresh water swimming, pool, deck & Gazebo. Fully furnishedHARBOUR VIEW HAVENTop floor; 2 bedrooms with Queen Beds, 1 bathroon, one single room with futon, full kitchen, living room, Dining room, full balcony. One single unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bath & futon. These 2 units can open into one. Central A/C, T.V. Satellite, VCR, & CD Player, Ground floor; 1 bedroom with Queen bed, 1 bath, ground floor office, Cistern 48,000 gallon. Exclusive Listing by Appointment only @ B$1,750,000SUNRISE COTTAGE2 Bedroom 2 bath, fully equipped kitchen, Central A/C., Satellite TV., CD Player For more photos and information on this business please see www.guanacayvillas.comThis amazing Guana Cay 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home is built on a 50,730 sq. ft. lot with 130 ft of protected waterfront. Ideal spot to build your own private dock. Located on the water between the settlement & Blue Water Grill. Construction & finish work are of the highest quality available. Beautifully landscaped with manicured gardens and flowers. Generator house with standby generator and r/o water system. This home is beautifully furnished and is turn-keyŽ. Must be seen to be appreciated. By appointment only.Ž B$2,875,000 Gross. (Exclusive of 1/2 Stamp Tax and Purchases own legal fees)EXCLUSIVE LISTING BYAPPOINTMENT ONLYŽ@ B$3,600,000Located on the waterfront in the center of Guana Cay Harbour, Business comprises of:-For more photos and information on this business, please see www.guanacayvillas.comHOPE TOWN50waterfront 300deep in Hope Town Harbour on Back Creek $570,000 grossLUBBERS2 acres 115waterfront $600,000 grossNewŽ Abaco Ocean Club LUBBERS Lots 39 & 40 $99,000 gross eachGREAT CISTERN3 bed 2 1/2 bath home 3,179sq. ft. plus 2/2 cottage 1000 sq. ft. both fully furnished and turn key. Located on a hill top with great views. Reduced to $670,000 grossCOMMERCIALLOTnear Spooners Dept. Store $150,000COMMERCIALBUILDINGacross from Golden Grouper $520,000REGATTAS OF ABACO2/2 fully furnished $290,000SUNRISE BAYonly 7 lots remain in this beautiful subdivision from $170,000CROSSING BEACH AREA3/4 acre 138waterfront $365,000CENTRALPINES ESTATESLarge Interior Lot 15,690 sq $35,000BUSTIC BAY5 minutes north of Marsh Harbour Two 1/2 acre lots w/ 100waterfront each $99,000GIFT SHOPCentral A/C, Ice Cream Freezer, soda cooler, chest freezer, bathroomLAUNDROMAT5 Washers & 5 Dryers, bathroomSTORAGE BUILDING22,000 Gallon Cistern, r/o water maker, Ice Maker, 3 Big Chest Freezers, Central A/C., 100kw GeneratorDOCK250 ft. x 8 ft wide dock & 2 beach cabanas, Great marina potential. TILLOO CAYHappy Cats, nestled on 3 acres of Sea to Sea property with private dock,Fresh water, swimming pool,4 bed 3 bath 3,380 sq. ft.Home, central a/c standby generator, Caretakers cottage, 5,500 gallon cisterns $1,750,000 gross PELICAN SHORES HARBOUR FRONTLot located on exclusive Pelican Shores. This 26400+ sq. ft. Residential lot sits on an elevated hill top with 360 views of the Harbour & Sea of Abaco, property is landscaped with electricity & water installed. Utilities supplied at your private dock on the harbour. Waterfront is 162 +/and has a new dock that is 90x 8LŽ shared with an additional 15x 15area that can have a roof installed to provide shade.B$1,225,000 Gross (Exclusive of 1/2 Stamp Tax and Purchases own legal fees)


Page 6 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Open Monday Saturday : 9 am 6 pmPh: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure Cay Located: Queen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone: 242-367-3007 Fax: 242-367-3839 Email: -Wireless Internet Access Dial-up Internet Access -Internet Caf (use your own computer or ours ) -Coffee Bar! WWW.ABACOINET.COM limit may be kept in a home or boat freezer after the season closes but should be documented as being on hand on April 1. The bag limits are not accumulative for successive days or for people no longer in that group. The bag limits may be legally taken to Florida by boat or aircraft. There are no limits to the amount of fish or crawfish that can be legally purchased by visitors. However, amounts above the bag limits should be documented with receipts and invoices to clarify the origin of the fish. Buying crawfish after March 31 at a commercial fish house from their inventory is acceptable. A receipt for crawfish from an individual fisherman in mid-April will probably raise some eyebrows. Crawfish on hand on April 1 should be documented with Fisheries. Fresh crawfish found by officers after the season closes will not be viewed kindly. Any crawfish in freezers of Bahamians, second home owners or visitors on April 1st, the first day of the closed season, should be documented with a letter to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries or to local fisheries officers. You may or may not be inspected by an officer to verify the quantity. Remember, for nonBahamians the amount of crawfish on hand must not exceed the bag limit for the number of people in the house on the boat. The Bahamas government has the responsibility to protect and manage the fishing resources for the benefit of Bahamian people. The intent of the law is to allow visitors to catch crawfish for their immediate enjoyment but not to compete with commercial Bahamian fishermen. The closed season is to allow the stock to replenish. The closed season for Nassau Grouper in December and January throughout the Bahamas was a move in this direction. The establishment of year-round no-take fisheries zones is another protective measure being formulated.Fishermen Call It Worse Season EverBy Mirella Santillo From Sandy Point to North Abaco the comments were the same: it was one of the worst lobster seasons ever. However, the retail price of crawfish at the end of the season was $17 per pound. Mr. Long of Long’s Landing Seafood, who started fishing when he was seven years old when lobster sold for one penny a piece, said, “The season was very slow. It’s the worst year that I can remember. I do not think I caught 300 pounds during the whole season. There are lobsters on the reefs and in deep water,” he explained, “But the traps have not been productive at all.” Mr. Long lost nearly all of his traps during Frances and Jeanne. “I am planning to go out once more before the end of the season,” he said. “But,” he added, “I have done really well with the stone crabs: I caught as many as usual with only half of the traps.” Stone crab season runs from October to May, whereas lobster season is from August 1st to March 31. In Sandy Point another fisherman, Mr. James Green also lamented, “The season has been bad, very bad. We have not recovered since the hurricanes. We lost a lot of traps and the replacement ones have not been successful. I am hoping for a summer without hurricanes and pray that next year will be better.” Mr. Gurth Russell, an owner of Marsh Harbour Exporters Importers, also confirmed these statements. “It was very slow, but I am optimistic for next season,” he said He, too, attributed the bad season to the loss of traps during the hurricanes. “I estimate that approximately 60 percent of our traps have not been replaced yet. We have not been able to get to all the areas.” But to take advantage of the last few days of the season, the company boat, The Leopard left on March 22nd for her last crawfish trip of the season. In North Abaco they voiced the same complaints. Mr. Wilfred Curry, a professional fisherman from Cedar Harbour, said, “It was not too good this year; it was the worse season we ever had.” Mr. Curry, whose fishing grounds are around Grand Cay and Walker’s Cay, said CrawfishFrom Page 1 A Very Poor Crawfish Season Ends Please see Crawfish Page 27


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 7 B 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!Ekali' is the main house in a recently subdivided, idyllic seaside community, overlooking the Sea of Abaco. The flagship house is on 2 levels, the top floor is a beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath home that has a rich English flair. The Guest Quarters are on the ground level & boast another 2 bed, 2 bath w/ full kitchen, open dining & sitting room. Just outside the lovely French doors on the sea side is a spacious deck. A unique property. Casuarina PointEXCLUSIVE 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. Sits on a double lot with over 150' canal frontage. Hardy panel exterior, concrete base, Very well constructed. The interior needs to be completed to new the owners specifications. 10ft ceilings, large walk-in master closet. Decking out back, very private. 1 floor, no garage. brand new, never lived in. This is the "Bone Fishing Capital" of Abaco #2226 $462,000Beautiful 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 $1,200,000This 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 This magnificent property is comprised of three lots. A gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath cottage w/ all new quality furniture, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, computer, television & new laundry facilities. The house also has new septic, cistern, IPE decking, & new hurricane windows.The entire house has also been re-roofed. Must be seen to truly appreciate all of its wonderful features. Clifford Sawyer House Hope Town #2147 $692,000 Breathtaking 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 $75,500 Ekali Elbow Cay #1883 $2,100,000


Page 8 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs • 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16 Guana Harbour Grocery St. Francis thanks Mr. Jeremy Wisdom for coaching Zinnia in sprints and guidance and help with transport and accommodations in Nassau. Thanks also to Mr. Patrice Charles of Abaco Central High with his help and guidance throughout the meet. The Results: Zinnia Miller Under 15 Girls: Gold Medal High Jump; Silver Medal 200 M; 4th place Long Jump Alex Forbes Under 17 Boys: Gold Medal Shot Put; 7th place Javelin. Samantino Baillou Under 15 Boys: 5th place Long Jump Coaches: Mr. Cecil Simon, Mrs. Jessica Brown, Mr. Jeremy Wisdom, Mr. Shaun DiehlMan-O-War Students Enjoy SoftballThe Man-O-War Parrots softball team would like to thank their coaches Mr. Fred Sweeting and Mr. Haziel McDonald for the all of the work they have done these past five months. The team has come a long way since they had their first games in the fall. We recently hosted a softball game on March 21st. Hopetown Primary sent over a softball team to play our team. We thank the coaches and team of Hopetown for making this game possible. Both teams made some great plays and proved that they have a lot of skill. The players showed wonderful sportsmanship and made their supporters very proud that afternoon. Man-O-War Parrots would like to host games with other teams. Our team has students ages 5-11.Art Student Makes School ProudBy Samantha V. Evans Kanesha Mackey, tenth grade student at Abaco Central High School, was proud as she sold her two paintings at the recent art show held at Abaco Beach Resort. She attributes her great skills to her love of art and the encouragement received from her art teacher. She also won third place in the AIDS Logo Competition in November 2005 and first and second place in a school based logo competition. She was very happy to be acknowledged for her work. She stated that she has never won any awards or been paid for her art before now. She makes A’s and B’s in art and looks forward to going of to college to study art so that she can become an architect.Tenth Grader Plans Sports CareerBy Samantha V. Evans Robin Lafrance is a point guard on the Abaco Central High School Marlins Basketball Team and with Youth in Action. He began playing basketball while in grade 6 at Central Abaco Primary School. When he started high school at Abaco Central High School, Mrs. Elva Davis encouraged him to play and introdu ced him to baseball and soccer. His main goal is to go to college on a scholarship to become a professional basketball player. To accomplish this goal, he realizes that he must focus on school work and study more. So far he has won ten trophies, seven for basketball, one for baseball and two for soccer. Even though he plays other sports, basketball is his passion. He has traveled to Nassau and Freeport to compete as well as competing in Abaco tournaments. He plays soccer with Coach Charles and they have been going to Freeport since he School News Please see School Page 9 SchoolFrom Page 1 Robin Lafrance The Man-O-War Parrots softball team is eager to play other teams of 5 to 11 year olds. They have been practicing diligently for several months under the coaching of Mr. Fred Sweeting and Mr. Haziel McDonald. Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081 Aisle of Palm Realty Brent Cartwright web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco Email: web site: Maria Silvester 1218 NEW EXCLUSIVE Two story home in Bahama Palm Shores offering two beds along with detached one bedroom guest cottage. $355,000 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. Yellowwood hillside 1208 Hillside lot with great views of Cherokee and the mainland beaches and ocean looking south and views of Winding Bay. 1226 Royal Harbour waterfront Ideal protected dockage in Marsh Harbour. Close to town, all underground utilities. 1 Apr 061 234 Beach Walk is a 3/2 home in the settlement of Guana Cay. Just steps to the beach. $299,900 Tilloo Sea to Sea 1107 Great new price on over 3 acres of bay and oceanfront land. Unlimited possibilities. We are a small company, BIG on SERVICE, and based on TRUST and HONESTY Watching Bay near Cherokee Sound offering lots starting at $45,000 Beach access for all lots. 1256 Guana Cay beachfront home on double lot. Home offers 3/2 on two levels. Excellent rental home. Priced Right to sell 1248 Great Cistern hillside lot with great views of the Sea of Abaco. 28,000+ square feet. $65,000 1265 Marsh Harbour commercial One acre prime commercial with 60' x 36' building. Lots of room for expansion. Priced Right!! 1258 Scotland Cay beach lot Half acre beach lot ready for dream home. Over 100' of pristine beach


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 9 B "One Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #439) Fully furnished and meticulously maintained one bedroom, one bath ground level, poolside condominium, recently completely renovated, all new appliances & furnishings, customs cabinetry, terracotta tile floor, lots of amenities. Rental potential Price $185,000.Residential Inland LotŽ(Ref #442) Choice residential lot on paved Flamingo Drive, located just one block from Ocean Blvd. 10,000 s/f & 80 on the road. All utilities are available at the property boundary, including TV & DSL. Price $45,000. LEISURE LEE:Canal Front Home"(Ref #214) 2 bedroom 2 bath single story CBS construction home, open living/kitchen on the end of a finger canal, tile floors, central A/C, low maintenance, 50 of bulkhead canal front with deep water and dock, fully furnished, includes vehicle. Close to beach access $465,000.Rocks CleftŽ(Ref #466) Fully furnished, topsider home, 3 bedroom, 3 bath with 2,600 s/f on 2 levels located on peninsula with 360 degree waterfront views, canal front dockage for 100+ yacht, boat ramp, lots of amenities includes vehicle and boat. Price: $986,000.LITTLE HARBOUR:Waterfront PropertyŽ(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.TURTLE 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.GUANACAY:Two Commercial LotsŽ(Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road location, across from the public dock, total frontage 161 feet, lot#8 $299,000, lot#9 $349,000.00.BUSTICK BIGHT:Waterfront AcreageŽ(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 ParcelsŽ(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 LotŽ(Ref#440) Choice cleared lot ready for construction in highly desirable 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.Great Abaco Residential LotŽ(Ref#493) Select residential lot in Great Abaco Club, 7,750 sq. ft. in size, finger dock for 25 vessel, direct access to Sea of Abaco, gated community, all utilities available, use of all resort amenities, close to restaurants, shops, etc $425,000. Prime Real Estate Listing Throughout Abaco TREASURE CAY:"Argyll House"(Ref #483) Elegant & luxurious 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath Ocean Blvd. Estate approx. 6,900 s/f, on 1.6 acres with 153 on the beach, landscaped, fully furnished, high ceilings, marble floors, 2 car garage, includes vehicles. $5,100,000."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 HouseŽ(Ref #350) Fabulous 2 storey 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath, fully furnished, plus efficiency, pool, 80' beach frontage, recently renovated $2,300,000.OceanaŽ(Ref #498) Furnished 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath private home with open floor plan and British Colonial decor for elegant and comfortable living, located on Sandpiper Beach with magnificent views, garage, landscaped, beachside deck. $1,875,000."Beachfront Vacant Lot"(Ref #462) 1.82 acre cleared lot with 144 of prime beach frontage, located on prestigious Ocean Blvd, all utilities available, limited beach lots available in this area. Price $1,550,000."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."Four Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #454) Luxurious fully furnished 4 bedroom, 3 bath two level waterfront condominium overlooking both Treasure Cay Marina and poolside. Large kitchen for entertaining, master suite overlooks marina with sitting area and balcony. Price $485,000."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."Two Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #454) 2 bedroom, 1 bath fully furnished, two level poolside unit within view of Treasure Cay Marina and just a 5 minute walk from the Treasure Cay Beach. Can be combined with listing #455 to make a 3 bed/2bath with open living area. Price $317,900.Waterfront Lots"(Ref #260) Four adjoining sea-walled waterfront lots on Galleon Bay Rd with spectacular views of the Sea of Abaco, cleared ready for construction, excellent value, Price $220,000 each.Galleon Bay Canal Lot"(Ref #422) Prime Canal Front cleared lot totaling 10,295 s/f and 88+ feet of protected canal water frontage situated on the wide expanse of pictureque Galleon Bay, quick access to the Sea of Abaco. Great price. $275,000."One Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #455) 1 bed, 1 bath fully furnished ground floor poolside unit. Mariners Cove offers pool, tennis courts, laundry facilities, on site management, good rental potential. Price $200,000.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 March, 2006 was in grade 7. The team won the championship at the Rugby Tournament in 2004/ 05. He has played baseball for the past two years and won the outstanding athlete award in 2003/04 in Freeport. Besides his many involvements in school and on the weekend, he works at Solomon’s in the evenings and on the weekends. When asked how he manages to balance his time and stay up to date with school work, he stated that it is hard; but he has to do it. This year would make four years since Youth in Action athletes have attended the Hoytes Tournament in Freeport. He plans to win the MVP award in June 2006. He attributes his success to his coaches and to his involve ment in the Youth in Action Club. His advice to any young person who is looking to pursue a career in sports is to join Youth in Action. His involvement in this club has kept him out of trouble, helped him to become a better player and motivated him to make it.Probation Officer Holds Workshop in AbacoBy Samantha V. Evans Mr. Clarence Riley, Senior Probation Officer from the Department of Rehabilitative/Welfare Services on Grand Bahama, held a workshop with local social workers, counselors and principals on March 8th at the Marsh Harbour court room. Mr. Riley has been a probation officer for the past eight years in Freeport and his region of responsibility includes Abaco and Bimini. He stated that Abaco usually gets left out of a lot, especially when new initiatives come on stream like the National Youth Service Program. He explained that the program was introduced to help male students who have difficulty in the regular school setting. He encouraged those present to take full advantage of the programs benefits. He stated that the program is free. The only expense to parents is a plane ticket to get their son into Nassau. The intended length of the program for each student is six months. After this time, students return to the regular classroom setting. He explained that the program is not a quick fix. Even though parents must agree for students to attend, some students who have been in frequent problems or who are on probation can easily be signed onto to the program. Once the names are given into Ms. Denise Minnis, they will be interviewed by her to assess the case. He encouraged counselors especially to do the best they can to help those students who may be experiencing challenges or who have behavioral problems. More School News Please see School Page 10 SchoolFrom Page 8 Mr. Clarence Riley, Senior Probation Officer, met with principals and counselors making recommendations for students with problems. He explained the National Youth Service Program and encouraged the group to consider it for students with behavior problems.


Page 10 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Showing Integrity Every Day www.grahamrealestate.comEkali EstatesVilla San Paulo is a spacious, beautiful, 3 bed, 2 bath villa resembling a Swiss chalet. It also features wide, covered decks which are ideal for entertaining just 20ft from the sea. Only a step away from the villa is a beautiful 27ft swimming pool edging the sea with a cabana at one end which affords spectacular views to those relaxing within. Under contract. The Main House on 2 levels is Ekali a beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath house that has a rich English flair. The Guest Quarters are on the ground level & boast another 2 bed, 2 bath with full kitchen, open dining & sitting room. Just outside the lovely French doors on the sea side is a spacious deck. $2,100,000 Set back on a hill Kashmir House is a unique home that offers a view of the ocean from every room as well as magnificent views of the nearby English gardens. This very attractive, well built home sits at the center of the estate and is constructed with aluminum & hurricane proof glass. This home is spacious & can accommodate a very large family. $1,600,000 Alcantara I & Alcantara II are 2 identical 4 bed, 4 bath homes, built using the best craftsmanship. Alcantara I & II sit on very high, solid concrete bases hence they stand above all the other cottages, overlooking the entire estate with an excellent view of the Bay of Abaco from the wrap around porch. Just below these 2 homes sit a large, spacious 35ft. pool. $1,750,000 LOTS for sale 1 available 1/4 Acre = $201,000 1 available 1/2 Acre with 1 bed cottage = $430,000 6 available 1/2 Acre = $301,000 All of these lovely homesites come with full access to the facilities of Ekali Estates. This includes, magnificent oceanfront, 60ft dock, lush landscaped grounds and pool. Ekali Estate is a magnificent commercial property consisting of 5 upscale villas, 1 cozy cottage & now 6 newly subdivided homesites. Ekali lies in a lush tropical setting with beautifully landscaped gardens on the Sea of Abaco which offers breathtaking views of the ocean during the day and unimaginable evening sunsets. Now you can be a part of this idyllic community by the sea. Choose from one of the unique existing homes or purchase a parcel on which to build your dream home. Call Patti Love at Graham Real Estate today to find out more about this exciting investment opportunity!NOW SUBDIVIDED INTO AN OCEANFRONT COMMUNITY WITH EXISTING HOMES & LOTS FOR SALEEkali EstatesPatti LoveOffice: (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602Regional Offices: Nassau (242) 356-5030 € Eleuthera (242) 335-5464Email: GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA CT CT CT CT CT ORS & ORS & ORS & ORS & ORS & CONSTR CONSTR CONSTR CONSTR CONSTR UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN A A A A A GEMENT GEMENT GEMENT GEMENT GEMENTProfessional care of all building needs from start to finishCavalier Abaco Office: (242) 367 0664 Contact Niels Wiethuchter or Tom Wallace for more informationCavalier Construction Company Ltd. Crawford Street P.O. Box N-8170 Nassau, Bahamas www.cavalierbahamas.comBuilding The Bahamas since 1956! It is important that all of us work together for the good of the students and not to have a power struggle in the school system. This makes it difficult for students and parents alike to respect us as professionals. On Thursday morning Mr. Riley visited with some males students at Abaco Central High where he spoke to them about the importance of being an individual and not make decisions based on friends. He told them of the many cases he has dealt with where friends turn on each other and in some cases killed each other to preserve self. He told them not to let this happen to them because prison is no place to be. He told them to stop, think and react before they act. It will make a tremendous difference in how they respond. He wishes to see each of them reach his true potential and soar to new heights but they must want too.Girls Attend Leadership WorkshopBy Samantha V. Evans S.T.R.A.W. Inc. which stands for Strengthening, Transforming, Restoring, Affirming, young Women, is a Center for Young Women in Nassau that held a leadership conference for girls on March 17th. The participants of the conference were able to interact with women who have distinguished themselves through their career and personal choices. The philosophy behind the conference was to encourage and motivate female students to develop skills they can use in school and reinforce education as the key to success. The conference brought together 100 young women from New Providence and Abaco (which was the only Family Island represented) to help develop their leadership potential. While all the girls had an opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills, they learned how to work together as a team, take initiative, have a positive attitude and set and achieve goals, thereby improving their selfesteem. The conference began with opening remarks by the Hon. Neville Wisdom, Min. of Youth, Sports and Culture, who talked to the females about making choices and explained that they will determine your life. The choices they make will determine Please see School Page 12 SchoolFrom Page 9 More School News Several girls from Abaco Central High School attended a leadership workshop in Nassau. The workshop covered many topics that are important to teenagers.


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Page 12 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Drill Rig Dock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOA BOA BOA BOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, 100’ waterfront with dock and great 3/2 home $399,000 Great value in a 3/2 centrally located family home $205,000 139’ of waterfront with 40 dock and substantial home $575,000 1 acre of pristine dockage property with boat ramp $125,000 1 acre properties on secluded and beautiful beachfront $208,500@ .Abaco AgentBill Thorndycraft & Sandra EvansSandra Evans Real Estate SalesPhone: (242) 367-0365 l Cell: (242) 357-6638www.AbacoAgent.comRealtors You Know And TrustBay Street, Abaco Bahamas whether they have a good life or not. He continued that this small nation cannot continue to lose anymore of our youth to social ills. He encouraged the young women to guard themselves, to set high standards and to not lower their standards because a young man says that he “loves them.” He encouraged them to not repeat the trend of many young women by having a baby every year, getting strung out on drugs or getting “the t’ing” (AIDS). They are worthy of much more than that and should accept nothing less than the BEST! The keynote speaker was Lakita Garth a former Miss Black World. Track Star and Olympian Eldece Clarke-Lewis, Mr. Lionel Elliot, Executive Director of J.A., and Mrs. Laura Pratt-Charlton. Also present for all sessions were Miss Gospel Bahamas and Miss Teen Bahamas. The speaker for the afternoon was Pastor Dave Burrows, who gave the females some startling facts as he spoke on the topic Dispelling the Page 3 Myth-Exploring the Exploitation of Women. His presentation was very timely and on point as he spoke to them about sex and dating, music and commercials and how they exploit women. He encouraged the females to set high standards and protect their body and mind. More School News Interschool Sports Disappointed ManyBy Samantha V. Evans On March 10th Abaco Central High School, Long Bay and S.C. Bootle high SchoolFrom Page 10 schools gathered at the Abaco Central High School field for interschool sports. The sports day is usually a day of friendly comAgape Christian School held its annual fund raising fair on March 11. Food is always popular at these events as shown on the left. One of the popular booths was the pie-in-theface. The pies were supposed to be thrown, but some students could not resist pushing the pie into their teachers’ faces. Please see School Page 13 Abaco Central High School hosted an interschool track meet on March 10 but several schools had conflicting schedules. S.C. Bootle High School dominated the competition.


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 13 BWINDWARD 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 WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES “Bahama Sunset” Canal front two storey CBS home with 141 ft. water frontage with dock. Upper level has living / dining / kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite bath, den / optional bedroom and bath, and large covered dock. Downstaris 1 bed / 1 bath / living also large garage / workshop. Unique property with fantastic sunset view as well as sunrise ocean view. $1,107,000 ROCK POINT “Pilot House” special unique location with a commanding, enviable view of the Sea of Abaco. Water front home, 2 storey, CBS/ frame. Upstairs master and guest bed, 2 baths, large living/ dinning/ open kitchen; lower level 1bed / 1 bath, 2 car garage plus 1 car/boat garage. $1,230,000 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! $400,000 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: info@treasurecayrealestate.comMember 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. THE COTTAGES Now the newest oceanfront development on Treasure Cay beach com prising individual luxury units Starting at $625,000 + 14% closing ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 3 bed / 3 bath upper end unit, 12’ wide slip with boat lift, includes golf cart. $553,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 1 Lower unit 2 bed / 2 bath, 15’ wide boat slip, includes car. Newly decroated. MUST SEE $430,500 Bldg 4 Upstairs end unit, 2 bed / 2 bath, totally redone, with boat slip, includes golf cart. MOTIVATED SELLER $406,000 ROYAL POINCIANA Ocean Front Condos with on site pool and tennis 3 bed / 2 bath downstairs end unit with wrap-around deck. Never rented. Fully and tastefully furnished. Special must see unit. $738,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / onsite pool and many other features Starting at $742,500 Plus 14% closing VACANT LOTS AVAILABLE • Ocean front properties Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. Sand Piper Beach Sunrise Point Beginning at $875,000 • Canal Front Beginning at $264,500 • Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $175,000 • Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $50,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Pool side / garden location 2 bed / 2 bath $369,000 Second row beach with direct ocean access. Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special features. MUST SEE $553,500 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 2 bed / 2 bath, end unit, extra features, never rented $212,000 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 BRIGANTINE 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 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT SOLD More School News petition amongst schools, but that day was not one filled with that same spirit of camaraderie. Many students did not show up to participate, and this made it very difficult for races and field events to run smoothly. It is alleged that due to the late decision of the “approval body” to give the date to the school principals, many schools were unable to participate as they had other events scheduled for example mid-term exams. Therefore, the remaining schools could not attend. It is unfortunate that this decision was not made earlier because many students at other schools wanted an opportunity to display their athletic abilities as well. However, those students who were present, no matter how few, made the best of it. The day was peaceful and fun for those who came out to support their favorite team. The sports day was dominated by S.C. Bootle High School as many students from Abaco Central High School who were scheduled to participate did not show up. Coaches at Abaco Central were very disappointed as they knew that their students were capable of performing well. It is hoped that better planning will be done next year by the “approval body” so that all athletic students will get an opportunity to participate in interschool sports and represent their respective schools.Agape School Held FairBy Samantha V. Evans Mrs. Cecile Albury, principal, and teachers of Agape Christian School worked very hard to make this day fun for students and others in the community who came out to support this event. People came out in droves to play games, buy conch fritters, steak dinners and to throw pies at teachers and event the principal. Mr. Steve was creamed by over twenty students who lined up to hit him in the face with whip creamed pie. Principal Cecile Albury sat in the dunking booth to allow students an opportunity to throw balls at the circle to get water Please see School Page 16 SchoolFrom Page 12 The pre-school class of Central Abaco Primary along with their teacher, Mrs. Moss, shows off its fruit and vegetable garden. The garden, which was started in November last year with the help of parents who donated soil and monies, grows potatoes, corn, kidney beans, sweet peppers and apples.


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April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 15 B SAND BAR AT CHEROKEEPotential for expansion, 2 acres of pristine waterfront property, small villa & restaurant buildings. Spectacular view of ocean and sound. #13088Price:$2,455,000 D u p u c h R R e a l E E s t a t e POBox AB 20340 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel: (242) 367-0288 Fax: (242) 367-0289 € info@eradupuch.comOffices in Abaco, Eleuthera and New Providence. Covering the entire Bahamas.Browse thousands of online properties CHEROKEE HILLTOPExtraordinary oceanview property, located in a private area with 1/2 acre lots available. #3035Price:$189,000SAND BAR LOTSLots located next to the Sand Bar property. Secluded with access to Watching Beach. Spectacular views of ocean and sound. #13371Lots from $169,000 CHEROKEE HOUSECute 3 bedroom, 1 bath cottage, immaculately kept and very comfortable. #13359UNDER CONTRACT CASUARINA POINTLovely 4 bed, 2 bath canal front home situated on 120 of sea walled property. Boaters dream. Relax with friends and family. #13312Price:$600,000 ISLAND DREAMThree and 3/4 acre sea to sea 2 bed, 1.5 bath cottage with protected boat basin including horseshoe dock. Bring your yacht. Motivated seller has reduced the price. #2840Reduced to $1,850,000CASUARINA POINTBeautiful building lot in the peacefull community of Casuarina Point. All utilities available with beach access. #13348Lots for $86,000 TOM CURRYS POINTOn the ridge overlooking three bodies of water, prime building site, great elevation and views. #13003Price:$550,000 LITTLE HARBOUROne hundred and fourty feet on the water in quaint Little Harbour. Extraordinary views, great elevation. #13001Price:$500,000BAHAMA PALM SHORESLovely island style 3 bed, 3 bath beachfront home on one acre of property. #13081Price:$580,000 LITTLE HARBOURBuild the home of your dreams on this beautiful hillside lot overlooking the harbour. Offering 15,400 sq. ft. of property. #13002Price:$170,000BAHAMA PALM SHORESGreat starter home still under construction. One bed, 1 bath located in a quiet area. #13415Price:$105,000 HARBOUR FRONTOn the harbour in Pelican Shores this elegant 5 bed, 4.5 bath home is perfect for a family or corporate investor. #13254Call for DetailsGREAT ABACO BEACHTwo and 3 bedroom luxury waterfront residences. All the amenities that resort life has to offer with home comforts. #13420Call for Details BAHAMA PALM SHORESLovely 4 bed, 4 bath furnished home sitting on 1/2 an acre in the quiet, safe community of Bahama Palm Shores. #13403Price:$540,000


Page 16 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 844-5387 M/V Legacy c/o Palm Beach Steamship 158 B East Port Road 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 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 R o y a l P P a l m 2 BR, 2 BA Marina front condo, fully furnished, with boat slip. Tropical decor $ 5 9 9 0 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 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 S O L D 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 More School News dunked on her head. This line was just as long as or even longer than the line to dunk Mr. Steve. All of the participates were good sports and worked hard to make the day a great success.Students Raise Money for Costa Rica TripBy Samantha V. Evans For several months Spanish and geography students of St. Francis de Sales School have been raising funds to go to Costa Rica. They have had a bake sale outside of Solomon’s Super Centre on Saturday, a car wash, bake sales at school and a mini-fun day. The purpose of the trip is for Spanish students to practice interacting in Spanish as well as to enable geography students to experience rain forests, volcanoes, rivers, museums and mountains. The school intends to make this trip an annual trip for the students in Spanish and geography. This year a group of 20 students from grades 8-12 will be going. They will be accompanied by four chaperones and will be spending 12 days in Costa Rica. The trip is scheduled for April 6-18. Ten students went on the trip last year during the Easter Break. They were accompanied by the Spanish teacher Mrs. Jessica Brown, who is a native of Costa Rica, and three other teacher/parents chaperones. This year’s trip promises to be even more educational and informative as new venues will be visited, such as a cloud forest, a safari in Liberia and a high school where they will spend the day. Eden McIntosh describes Costa Rica as being extremely beautiful with high mountains and captivating views that can take your breathe away. She remembers visiting a volcano with the largest grater in the world the rain forest and the national museum. It was a great learning experience and like they say in Costa Rica, “Pura Vida,” which means “pure life.”Commonwealth Day at St. FrancisBy Samantha V. Evans Commonwealth Day is celebrated to acknowledge the 53 states of the ComSchoolFrom Page 13 Please see School Page 17 St. Francis de Sales School celebrated Commonwealth Day with a church service followed by music and displays of several of the Commonwealth countries with many dressing in the costumes of the various countries. A two-day Math Training Workshop was held March 8th and 9th at Every Child Counts by Cengiz Alacaci, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Florida International University. This workshop was open to math teachers from both public and private schools.


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 17 B Friends of the Environment Meet at Friends Office at 6:45 a.m. Trip will leave at 7 a.m. Return 11 a.m.Bird Watching Guided WalksLed by Reg PattersonApril 1 and April 22The Ornithology Group functions under the Friends of the Environment. There is no fee to participate but participants are encouraged to be current members of the Friends. Join now for 2006 if you are not already a member. Please bring water and other personal items and provide your own transportation.Beginners welcomeRegister with Anita Knowles at 367-2721 or email by March 31st for the trip on April 1st and by April 21st for the trip on April 22nd. abaco-realestate.com04/01/06Derek Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Res: (242) 365-6156 dlee@hgchristie.comChris Plummer BRIAssist. District Manager Estate Agent Green Turtle Cay (242) 365-4052 Cell: (242) 554-9451 chris@hgchristie.comKathleen Albury BRIEstate Agent -Appraiser Elbow Cay (242) 366-0700 Cell: (242) 477-5350 kathleen @hgchristie.comNeil Aberle BRIEstate Agent Marketing Specialist Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell:(242) 359-6274 neil@hgchristie.comChris AlburyEstate Agent Marine Specialist Man-O-War Cay (242) 365-6008 Cell: (242) 477-5245 calbury@hgchristie.comFaron SawyerEstate Agent Transportation Specialist Abaco (242) 367-3450 faron@hgchristie.comBill JohnstonEstate Agent Utility Specialist Little Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242-357-6674 bill@hgchristie.comRobbie BethelSales Assistant Photography Specialist Hope Town (242) 366-0700 (242) 375-8533 robbie@hgchristie.comRetta ThomasOffice Manager Support Services Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasTelephone: (242) 367 5454 e.mail: abaco@hgchristie.comMargo SawyerEstate Agent Green Turtle Cay I.T. Specialist (242) 365-4052 Cell: (242) 551-7976 msawyer @hgchristie.comSilbert MillsEstate Agent Media Specialist Abaco (242) 367-2935 Cell: (242) 375-8359 "Vista Mar" Great Guana Cay Orchid Bay Lot # 39 45,100 s.f. 1.035 acres 158.5' on Sea of Abaco 6,500 s.f. foundation in place 13,000 gal Cistern Building Plans Approved Fabulous Views #TS10552 $838,000. NEW Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates Beachfront Building Site 36,839 s.f. 0.845 Acre 50' Beach Frontage Good Elevation Superb Ocean Views Lush Native Vegetation #AS10575 $545,500. "Lost Shaker" NEW Man-O-War Cay Eastern Harbour Rare 0.40 Acre Building Site Sea-to-sea 80' of Harbour Front Average Depth 200' Good elevation #AS10694 $830,500. "Eastern Harbour" Treasure Cay 2 Lots offered as a single parcel 24,140 s.f.over 0.5 acre 174' of water frontage Overlooks entrance to Treasure Cay Marina Cleared and ready to build All utilities available #AS10592 $739,000. "Treasure View" NEW SALES RENT ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES SALES RENT ALS APPRAISALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 5,207 s.f. Building Site. Semi-private dock. Dock rated for a 55' Vessel and a 25' Runabout. #AB5187 $520,000. "Lot # 30" NEW PRICE Sand Banks Creek near Treasure Cay 1 Acre plus Building Sites Wooded Lots 90' of Bay Frontage 80' of Road Frontage 3 Miles south of Treasure Cay #AB5071 from: $61,500. "Sand Banks Creek" Sea of Abaco near Leisure Lee 1.4 Acres 300' from mainland Excellent Elevation 8' water at western end 3 Miles south of Treasure Cay #AB51471 $375,000. "Carrington Cay" PRIVATE ISLAND "Conched Out" Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay 3.08 Acres 225' On Atlantic Ocean 235' On Coco Bay 30' Elevation Last Sea-to-sea parcel on Green Turtle Cay #TS10560 $2,600,000. NEW NEW Great Guana Cay Beachfront Building Site 16,500 s.f. 0.3787 Acre 100' Beach Frontage Over 200' of depth Good Elevation Superb Ocean Views Lush Native Vegetation #AS$425,000. "Secret Beach" NEW WEBSITE More School News SchoolFrom Page 16 monwealth of Nations, usually known as the Commonwealth. All of these countries were once under British control. The Commonwealth promotes an atmosphere of economic cooperation between member nations as well as the promotion of democracy, human rights, and good governance in those nations. The Commonwealth is not a political union and does not allow the United Kingdom to exercise control over the affairs of the organizationÂ’s other members. While some nations of the Commonwealth, known as Commonwealth Realms, recognize the same person who is the British Monarch as their head of sate, the majority do not. This day of celebration began at the Catholic Church. Present for the event were Mrs. Claudette Rolle, Director of Catholic Education; Mrs. Lynn Major, Principal of Every Child Counts; Father Rodger; parents and church members. Students held flags high as the parade of nations took place. Students displayed the flags accompanied by overtures of anthems. Oral presentations were read by 11 students on the following member countries: the United Kingdom, The Bahamas, Canada, Guyana, Nigeria, Jamaica, Trinidad, Singapore, Dominica, India and Barbados. Other students dressed in attire to showcase national pride for each country represented. Short slide presentations were shown after the oral presentations were read to show things about each country that makes the people proud. The BahamasÂ’ slides showed our national symbols, conch salad, the Great Atlantis Hotel and Junkanoo. The director read the message from the Queen which reminded students that good health is a precious gift one that should be cherished. Yet there are many citizens The Ministry of Education Abaco District Spelling Bee for Grade 3 was held March 10th at the Learning Resource Centre. This yearÂ’s winners were, left to right, Sedericka Storr 2nd Place, J.A. Pinder Primary; Sujith Swarna 1st Place, Agape Christian School; and Kenston Gedeon 3rd Place, Central Abaco Primary. Also pictured is Mrs. Rebekah, Grade 3 Teacher at Agape Christian School, accepting the schoolÂ’s trophy. Other schools competing were St. Francis de Sales, Long Bay, ManO-War Primary, Amy Roberts Primary, Treasure Cay Primary, CooperÂ’s Town primary, Crossing Rocks Primary, Fox Town Primary and MooreÂ’s Island All Age School. Please see School Page 26


Page 18 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIES TIES TIES TIES TIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 • Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636 E-mail: • www.oceanblueproperties.comSales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New Listing! Business project for sale! Four lots surveyed off with electricity already in. 3,670 to 5,016 sq. ft. parcels. Builidng plans already passed for a single family home on each lot. The first home on the fifth lot is already sold. Property is located close to two beaches and a major resort in an up and coming residential neighborhood. Trailer of building materials included. B$350,000 with all closing costs in. New listing! Striking furnished block construction, 3 1/2 bath 4 bedroom home on beautiful Coco Bay with private dock appointed with water, electricity and air. Large turning basin. Dredged designated channel. 6’ draft at low tide. 11,941 sq. ft. of land with 100’ on the water. Central A/C. 18,000 gallons cistern. Satellite TV. Telephone. Reverse Osmosis system. W/D, 2,300 sq. ft. of interior living space with 2,500 sq. ft. of screened porch and decks. Three minutes walk to beach. $1,740,000 with all closing costs in. New listing! Seven lots for sale near two major beaches; a public dock and a major resort. 8,000 sq. ft to 14,134 sq, ft, B$158,600 to B$244,000. with all closing costs in. New listing! Family estate located on Gillam Bay and Black Sound consisting of one two story furnished house with three bedrooms; three baths; two kitchens and two living areas. Sits on rise of land with spectacular views of both Gillam Bay and Black Sound. 1.67 acres. Two vehicles. 2 car garage. Caretaker’s cottage with one bedroom and one bath. House has 120' dock on Black Sound in hurricane sheltered waters. 3.9 acres of property with 282' of beachfront on Gillam Bay. Estate can be sold as two parcels. $1.99 million for 2 story house. $3 million for beachfrout parcel. Viewing by appointment only. New listing! 80 feet of beachfront on north end of Bight O Bay. 174' deep. 1/3 acre. Gorgeous beach cove lot with stunning views of Atlantic Ocean. $620,000 (all closing costs included) New listing! 85' of beachfront on south end of Bight O Bay. 560' deep. One acre of spectacular white sandy beach. $840,000 (all closing costs in) New listing! Waterfront lot on Coco Bay. Dock to be decked over with 10' draft protected during storms. A few steps and you are on Coco Bay Beach. Outstanding water views. 12,000 sq. ft. $650,000 plus 7% to close. New listing! Two newly constructed three bedroom, two bath 40x36 furnished cottages plus porch on approximately one-half acre of land each on the Atlantic Ocean beach on the north end of the island. “Conch Shell” and “Conch Pearl” are landscaped and feature an 18’ vaulted living room ceiling; 9,000 gallon rain water tank; and a ground floor store room for golf cart storage. Use of shared private dock on Coco Bay included. Dock has 4 1/2 ft. draft at low tide. Just 75 yards off shore is an incredible snorkeling reef. Amenities include: Central A/C; W/D; hand painted cabinets by local artist; and storm shutters. $1.55 million each (closing costs included) For the discerning buyer seeking privacy and a secluded location. Two bedroom three bath furnished Bahamian style home overlooking Bluff Harbour and the Sea of Abaco. Good elevation. 30,000 gallon cistern. Dock with sling on Bluff Harbour. 2 acres with over 1,000 feet of shoreline. Gazebo to watch the sunsets. $3 million gross. Four unit furnished income-producing building with views of Coco Bay and use of shared private dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. Three bedroom two bath newly constructed home in residential area overlooking green space and pond. Jacuzzi. A/C throughout. Fully fitted out kitchen. Vaulted ceilings throughout. Large decks. Screened porch. Landscaped. 1/4 acre. Close to town and within walking distance of Ocean beach. B$660,000 North End: Stunning three bedroom two bath home block construction home with fireplace. Outstanding views of Atlantic Ocean. 35' high elevation. Spacious screened in porch. One acre. 125' on ocean. $1.32 million plus 7% to close. Under Contract: Deck House Sold: Getzaway Cottage Gillam Bay Lots H1 and H2 Three lots in Settlement Creek Wood building on lot in New Plymouth Lot 8A Coco Bay Gillam Bay House is a private charter plane company providing safe, reliable transportation to and from the islands of the Bahamas and southeastern Florida.has opened it’s new facility at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. We are a full service FBO with Customs, Immigration, Fuel, VIP Lounge and many other five star services. We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want. CHEROKEE AVIATION Tel.# 242-367-0525 Fax.# 242-367-0526 VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-3673450 Fax.# 242-3673451P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : Cherokee Air Cherokee Aviation Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Window Glass Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442By Lindsey Delaplaine A very exciting example of positive conservation is taking place on Abaco in April. Friends of the Environment is coordinating a group of dedicated scientists, a variety of Bahamian nonprofit organizations, local students and interested citizens towards the goal of restoring tidal flow to a blocked creek in Cross Harbour, located on the southwest portion of Great Abaco. In the words of the lead scientist, Dr. Craig Layman, this project will be a creek restoration model “not only for Abaco, not only for The Bahamas, not only for the Caribbean, but for the world.” The restoration will be accomplished by removing a section of the causeway road to Cross Harbour, placing culverts in the roadbed to allow for unrestricted water flow and then replacing the torn up area of the road. Starting April 7th and continuing for 10 days, Friends will be hosting students and interested volunteers to help finish the restoration by re-creating the natural tidal channels and starting the scientific monitoring. Students and teachers from four local schools have already committed to spending at least a day in Cross Harbour. Friends calls this initiative “positive conservation” because it is win-win situation for everybody. So much of the environmental movement is focused on what people can’t do, but this project will not interfere with fishing, boating or the general use of Cross Harbour. Instead, more than 40 acres of wetlands will be reclaimed and put back into use as a habitat for conch, a large variety of fish and crawfish. Cross Harbour will be scientifically monitored before and after the restoration so that the changes that take place can be documented. Nearly 200 fish have already been tagged in the area so their movements from below the blockage into the restored area can be tracked. This will not only serve to demonstrate the increase in sea life populations and the improved general health of the area, it will allow the project to be a model for future creek restorations. Friends plans to use Cross Harbour as a stepping-stone to larger projects on Abaco and around The Bahamas. Several sites on Abaco have already been identified for future restorations including Stink Pond north of Marsh Harbour and the causeway connecting Great Abaco to Little Abaco. Partners in this initiative include The Nature Conservancy – Bahamas Program, The Bahamas National Trust, Ministry of Works, Acorn Alcinda Foundation and Yale University. To gather local feedback and thoughts on the restoration Friends hosted community meetings throughout March. Locations for the meetings included Marsh Harbour, Cherokee, Man-OWar, Hope Town and Sandy Point. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Friends of the Environment, 242-367-2721 or or visit Friends Will Restore 40 Acres of Wetlands Dr. Craig Layman of Yale University talks to Abaco students about the planned creek restoration at Cross Harbour in South Abaco. Students from St. Francis de Sale and Abaco Central High visited Cross Harbour as part of the Abaco Science Conference. Students from Forest Heights have made two journeys south with their teacher, Jim Richard, who is also a Friends’ board member. Students have caught and tagged fish, snorkeled the creek and surveyed species, taken GPS readings and depth readings, tethered mahara fish and measured their predation time. Four schools have already committed to volunteering at Cross Harbour during the restoration.


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 19 B 95 708 710West 13th StreetBlueHeronBoulevardOld Dixie HighwayBroadwayMartinLutherKi ng, Jr.Bouleva r d45thStreetAustralianAvenue Riviera Beac h Avenue R 95 1NorthCongressA v e nue EXIT 76 EXIT 74 ABACO SHIPPING II Heavy Lift Services Gulfstream LinePortofPalmBeachLakeWorth 2006 D.A. Lee PeanutIsland ABACOSHIPPING ABACOSHIPPINGBahamas Address:P.O. Box AB20737 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2091 Tel: 242-367-3341 Fax: 242-367-2235 Fax: 242-367-4885 e-mail: unitedabacoshippingco @coralwave.comU.S. Delivery & Receiving Address:Gulfstream Lines Heavy Lift Services 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404 Tel: 561-840-9393 Fax: 561-863-3451 Contact: Tina DiazJoint Venture ofMarsh Harbour Shipping Co. & United Abaco Shipping Co.NEW EXPANDED SERVICE2 Weekly Sailings to Marsh Harbour from West Palm Beach 2 Weekly Sailings to and from Nassau 1 Weekly Sailing from West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour to Spanish Wells, Eleuthera NEW Warehouse outside of Port Security Area. General Cargo, 20' & 40' Dry and Refrigerated Containers, Drive-on Ramps, Special Charters available RELIABLE, DEPENDABLE AND PERSONALIZED SERVICE M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL M/V TRITON EXPRESS NEW OFF-POR T F A CILITY 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404When Shipping to Abaco, Remember ABACO SHIPPING Abaco Express Providing U.S. Mail and Parcel ServiceBetween West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour Call for Details 242-367-3450 • 561-689-1010 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas MMV Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Street in Saintes-Maries, used with permission. Soth eby’s International Realty is a licensed trademark to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, Inc. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity Kerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 f 242.366.0164 Hope Town, Elbow Cay Abaco, Bahamas m Top Company Producer“Kerry’s dedication, knowledge, and professionalism awarded her top producer status for 2005... Kerry has the drive and determination it takes to get it done and those who have worked with her agree that she is the best choice, whether buying or selling real estate in Abaco.”George Damianos President Sotheby’s International Realty Bahamas


Page 20 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 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 • NCR Forms • Office Stationary • Flyers • Certificates • Tickets • Brochures • Photo Scanning • Wedding/Funeral Programs • Business Cards • Envelopes • Menus • Labels • Laminations • ...More Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing ServicesLocated in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS!Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday 9am 5pm 9am 5pm 9am 5pm 9am 5pm 9am 5pmMethodist Youth Workers ArriveBy Jennifer Hudson Tom and Jen Cuneio received a blessing and commission as youth workers on March 5 at the United Fellowship Service for all three of the Methodist churches within Rev. Carla Culmer’s region. The members of St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town and Epworth Chapel in Cherokee, joined with their brothers and sisters of St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Dundas Town in welcoming these two young people to service in the area. Tom and Jen arrived on Abaco on February 28 to begin their youth work and took up residence at the Mission House in Hope Town. They hail from Colorado Springs and bring with them several years of experience in voluntary college ministry. They served as Campus Ministry leaders at both Colorado College and the University of Colorado and led Bible studies amongst a group of peer friends. Tom has a degree in Mechanical Engineering while Jen has a degree in Fitness and Wellness with a minor in Christian Education. Though previously involved in regular daytime jobs, Tom and Jen said that faith was very central to their lives, and they wanted to make it a bigger part of their dayto-day activities. For several years they had wrestled with what they were supposed to be doing in their lives and felt that this was the best way to invest their time and talents in Christian ministry. After several months of e-mailing between Rev. Culmer and the three church boards, the prospective candidates were flown down at the end of November to spend a week on Abaco for interviews and orientation. The Cuneios’ work will involve organizing youth meetings each week at the Methodist church in Hope Town, Dundas Town and Cherokee. They will work with children from grades 1 to 12 in Hope Town and Dundas Town and grades 7 to 12 in Cherokee. On three Sundays out of each month they will lead the early morning service in Hope Town and on the fourth Sunday they will preach at Cherokee or Dundas Town. They are planning exciting activities including games, messages and worship songs which Tom will accompany on his guitar. Tom and Jen are looking forward to the challenge of ministering to all ages within three distinct cultures. “Our hearts and passions are in ministry, and we are happy that this work here will provide us with exposure to every aspect of church ministry.”New Start Total Health ExpoBy Portia Jonsson Internationally acclaimed New Start Health Expo, sponsored by the Abaco District of Seventh-day Adventist, staged a three-day opportunity for families to participate in this unique approach to several world health concerns of people. Exhibits demonstrating eight major health concerns were held at the Long Bay School Auditorium on March 12th, Revival Time Pentecostal Church in Cooper’s Town on March 13th and finally South Abaco Seventh-day Adventist Church in Crossing Rocks on March 14th. The Health Expo is a new, scientific view of Total Health showing how disease is prevented or reversed through the New Start health promotion plan. The Health Expo Lifestyle Programs emphasize that “Total Health” means a balance and optimum function of all dimensions of life: physical, mental, social and spiritual. Through eight illustrated exhibits, a practical program on “how to live healthfully” was beautifully portrayed in art and action. Health professionals explained and demonstrated simply and scientifically Eight Steps to Better Living through Health Expo health education exhibits. Each of the eight illustrated exhibits Church News A three-day Health Expo was held at Long Bay Auditiorium, Revival Time Pentecostal Church and South Abaco Seventh-day Adventist Church on March 12th 14th. Seventh Day health advisors included, left to right, Joan Crane, Lena Nelson, Dr. Kne Nelson, Valerie Whylly, Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Fred Whylly, Dorothy Nelson, Hamfreth Rahming, Emmanique Bootle and Sis. Natasha Bootle. Tom and Jen Cuneio Please see Church Page 21


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 B If you’d like to buy or sell a piece of property, Call Uncle Bill Tel : (242) 365-8061Madeira Park Plaza Suite1l l l l l P.O. Box AB-22182 Treasure Cay, Abaco Bahamasemail : wfhertz@cocotels.netWilliam Hertz Limited l l l l l Tel. & Fax. 365-8061156 acres 3000ft Beach front Crossing Rock Treasure Beach Lot 155ft x 700ft deep Beach front Near Winding Bay Exclusive Yellowood, two lots, 70’ x 170’, side-byside, near Winding Bay, spectacular ocean views and awesome views of Winding Bay beach and Cherokee Creek. $77,000 eachTreasure Cay Highway Exclusive 2.28 acres, open zoning, beaches nearby. Approximately 240’ x 600’ Asking $135,000Pelican Shores Exclusive Harbour front lots, prestigious neighbourhood, protected harbour frontage, side by side lots. $549,000 eachBeach Front Lots South Abaco 2 lots 100’ x 140’ ea. $120,000 each Interior half acre lots with deeded beach access starting from $35,000 Marsh Harbour Office 367-SOLD (7653) Hope Town Office 375-8655 Frank Knowles Sales Agent Cell # 375-8655 Donna Darville Sales Agent Ph/Fax 367-SOLD (7653) Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite For More Information Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hardware)Marsh Harbour, Abaco AffordableReliable200-800 GPD SC Compact1000-1500 GPD SC StandardSK WatermakersMarine, Residential, and Commercial Systems from 150 to 10,000 Gallons per Day Superior Warranty Coverage Highest Quality Components Wide Range of Options RO Parts & Supplies(772) 489-0852 www.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town More Church News ChurchFrom Page 20 presented a dimension of health following the sequence of New Start: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest and Trust in Divine Power. Participants in the Nutrition Exhibit observed demonstrations of creative food preparation and tasted samples of foods needed to handle the world’s problems of food shortages, high-tech society’s problem of over-nutrition such as obesity and the problems of the quality of foods consumed. The Exercise Exhibit addressed the issues of a sedentary society in need of refreshing, enjoyable activity. The Water Exhibit demonstrated the essential value of internal and external use of water for cleanliness and health. Although there are important precautions with the problem of sunshine and skin cancer, the Sunlight Exhibit showed how this vital component of life can be safely enjoyed and its maximum benefits experienced. Temperance is an old-fashioned word meaning “selfcontrol.” This exhibit featured films and demonstrations relating to the use of drugs, smoking and alcohol. The Air Exhibit demonstrated that the necessity of fresh, clean air is life’s most critical requirement. The Rest Exhibit featured stress control and awareness of good mental health in relation to a balanced lifestyle. Trust in a “Higher Power” Exhibit provided opportunities for strengthening spiritual resources for healthful living and insight into the relationship of faith and fitness. Physicians, ministers and other health workers led in the exhibit discussions, demonstrations and brief illustrated lectures. In addition, there were areas where blood pressure and health consultations were carried out. Also included was the computer Health Age Test. This test not only lets you know your birth age but also your physiological age according to your health habit. Food demonstrations, video films, free gift drawings and a health poster drawing for children were staged as well. The Health Expo was created for public evangelism, designed to be an avenue of direct soul-winning integrated into the presentation of the Seventh-day Adventist Message.


Page 22 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 CITIZENS AGAINST CRIME Keeping 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 Well Done Drilling Services Specializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 SidÂ’s Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 By Jo-Ann Bradley A clear call for a better Abaco was the emphasis from students in the 2006 Rotary Club of Abaco Speech Competition on March 1st. Although the number of participating schools was down this year, the quality of speeches was up. Students from Amy Roberts, St. Francis de Sales and Forest Heights Academy schools competed in three groups: Primary (grades 5-6) speaking on the topic Reading is the key to a successful education. What are the advantages of being able to read? Junior (grades 7-9) on Abaco has been growing in leaps and bounds. What is your dream for the future Abaco? And senior (grades 10-12) on Conflict resolution how anger and violence impede learning and suggestions for avoidance. Coordinated by Ms. Felamease Sawyer from the Department of Education, the contestants presented their speeches to a panel of Rotarian judges, including Ms. Cindy Hayworth, Mr. Hugh Cottis and Mr. Cyril Bethel. Mr. Bryan Thompson, PresidentElect for the club was score keeper. First place in primary category was Rayshall Sands from St. Francis de Sales School with Quitel Charlton from Amy Roberts in second and Sabrina Diehl from St. Francis de Sales in third. In the junior category first place was won by Aliceia Simon from St. Francis de Sales, second place by Calvon Edgecombe from Forest Heights and third place by Taj Anderson also from Forest Heights. In the senior category first place was won by Antonia Wright of Forest Heights with Samantha Baillou of St. Francis de Sales second and Brittany Archer of St. Francis school taking third. As the first and second place winners in the senior group, both Antonia and Samantha will be going to Nassau to compete in the national Texaco Speech Competition. The Rotary Club of Abaco embraces the importance of literacy and was honored to sponsor the speech competition and to provide support for these fine future Bahamian leaders. All Abaco is rooting for Antonia and Samantha as they continue to hone their speeches for the upcoming Texaco Speech Competition. The winners of the Rotary Club of AbacoÂ’s speech competition received trophies. The top two winners in the senior category will compete in Nassau in the Texaco Speech Competition. Rotary Club Holds Speech Competition Cable Bahamas UpdateBy Samantha V. Evans On March 14th I spoke with a Cable Bahamas technician from Nassau to find out what was happening with cable services since there have been several cuts in service. He stated that the outages are due to their updating the internet speed in Abaco so that internet service will be available to Abaconians in Crossing Rocks, CooperÂ’s Town and all areas of Abaco. Consumers should see a great improvement in the speed of their internet service when they go online. Central Pines residents will be happy to hear that they are slated to have cable service before the end of 2006. They could not give a date at this time until the field surveyor from Nassau comes to Abaco to scope out the area. This surveyor will also look for a suitable site to build the Cable Bahamas Office. The technician stated that where the office is built will be determined by what property is available as well as the cost to build the facilities. Consumers can take note that their cable needs will continue to be met with professionalism and proficiency. Cancer Society Thrift ShopOpen Third Saturday 9 a.m. -12 Noon


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Page 24 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Our ThanksWe, the family of Percival Archer extend our sincerest thanks to all of you who have given unstintlingly of your love and support during our time of bereavement. You have brought sunshine into our homes by your visits, calls, flowers, meals, prayers and for attending the home-going service and for this we are thankful. Our sorrow is easier to bear with help from God and friends like you. We thank you. We also wish to thank Rev. & Mrs. Charles Carey, Dr. & Mrs. Colin Archer, Pastor Dansbury Hudson, Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Administrator Everette Hart, Pastor Dereck Benjamin, Pastor and Mrs. Silbert Mills, Pastor and Mrs. Earlyn Balliou, Dr. Marc Binand. Dr. Frank Boyce and Staff. Percy and Shannon Albury, Mr. Emalin Sawyer, Mrs. Anita Cornish St. Francis de Sales Choir and The Abaconian & Staff You can now find your favourite newspaper The Tribune and 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 Rich’s Boat Rentals “Abaco’s Best Rental Fleet” At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21’ Paramount $170 $475 $790 26’ Paramount $225 $675 $1100 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Diamante Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 • Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: • Dr. Barry L. Russell April 21 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) • Dr. Kendal Major April 19 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants • Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available By Jennifer Hudson Many people are aware of the wonderful work being done at the Every Child Counts school in Marsh Harbour, Abaco’s first full-time, special education and literary programme whose mission is “to ease the burden of learning by disabled students who struggle academically by providing direct assistance, education and training.” Its goal is to provide help to disabled students whether their families are able to afford it or not. Approximately one-third of the families cannot afford the fees and the majority struggle to meet the cost, but they endeavour to help the school in whatever way they can. The school is completely self funded and depends entirely on the support of the Abaco community, receiving great financial assistance from many business owners and individuals. It also relies greatly on help from many volunteers who freely donate their time to assist either with the students in the school, in fund raising or other administrative duties. Lynn Major, Principal of the school, the staff and students are very appreciative of all that is done for them and on March 17 they held a special assembly to thank the volunteers and supporters “for each and every act of kindness.” A lot of hard work was devoted to putting on the programme by teachers and students, and there was a great deal of excitement amongst the students to be performing for the visitors. Mrs. Major, in her welcome to all the volunteers and visitors, said that this was a day “to thank all people who make this possible and the best lessons that the children learn are from you all.” She mentioned that every child in the school took part in the preparation of the event, whether it was in the little concert or in the preparation of the food. After an impressive drum roll and the singing of the National Anthem by all assembled, a group of young men from the senior class confidently sang He watches me directed by their teacher, Miss Brooke. Alonzo Williams, who has been blessed with a very pleasant voice, sang a solo in this song and also later in the programme. A delightful skit about Clovis, the Witch’s Cat, complete with costumes and face painting, was presented by young students from Ms. Ellen Hardy’s class. The skit was written especially for the ECC students by Elizabeth Webb, a seasonal resident of Hope Town, and author of The Madrigal books. All proceeds from the sale of these children’s books on Abaco are donated to Every Child Counts school. The students of Ms. Pamela Hepburn’s class gave a very touching performance, ‘signing” to the music Our Prayer The senior students were very ambitious in presenting a small excerpt from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet under the direction of their teacher, Mr. Mars, which was very well done. Some of the students, assisted by their teacher, played music on their recorders as sound effects. Several students at the school recently made very attractive brightly painted little wagons full of building blocks under the guidance of volunteer, Rev. David Stapleton. These were presented by the students to the little ones of Ms. Mel’s class who were delighted and could hardly wait to start playing with them. This charming programme concluded with everyone being invited to partake of refreshments which the students had assisted in preparing, and visitors, teachers and students enjoyed a time of fellowship. Every Child Counts presented a program as thanks to all those who have helped the school by donating funds, by volunteering in the school or by assisting with fund raising. Every child was involved either in the program or in the preparation of refreshments after the program. ECC Shows Appreciation with Special Program


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 25 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS 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 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTY BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 Dundas Town, Central Pines Estates, brand new 2 bed, 1 bath apartment, fully furnished, washer, dryer, central A/C. Inquires call 3596133 Guana Cay 2 bed apt. $1200/ mo, no pets. Also new vacation rental $900/ wk. Call for details. 904-982-2762 wardslanding 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 Marsh Harbour 2 bed, 2 bath house, fully furnished, central A/C, fenced yard, ready to move in. on Nathan Key Drive. Call 367-3295 after 5 p.m. Casuarina Point lot near beach. $35,000 net. 366-3247 Cherokee Yellow Wood, vacant property in view of Cherokee Sound and overlooking Winding Bay. 13,478 sq. ft. Call 366-2005 for more details. $100,000 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 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 508-5403240 or e-mail Treasure Cay 1/2 acre canal lot on Galleon Bay, with sea wall. $249,000. Call 366-3247 Prime Water Front Land for Sale Perfect for that very private individual estate or small gated community. Just minutes from Treasure Cay airport and Treasure Cay shops. 6 2/3 acres located between Green Trutel Ferry Dock and Treasure Cay road. Great commercial frontage on highway with excellent views of Green Trutel Adn Treasure Cay from hop of hill and water front (over 30’ elevation on top of hill with approx. one acre plateau and view of water to teh west) with gradual rolling stair step eleavations to Sea of Abaco. Room for approx. two acre private marina. Land has been cleared of large vegetation with gravel road from highway to water front. Basic boat ramp cut into water. Two fresh water wells. electric adn telephone at highway. Available for inspection until April 6 by appointment only. For sale by owner, no brokers. Call 365-8009 or after April 6 305-238-2459 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath 2 car garage, fully furnished, wrap-around deck, water front view, 3200 sq. ft. Please call for additional info. Ph 359-6303, 367-5867 Marsh Harbour, commercial shop/ office spaces available in Royal Harbour Village shops. Great location, high traffic area. Please call for details. 242-367-3262 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS HOME FOR SALELantana, Florida – 5 mi from PBIA 2/2/1 – pool – no HOA Just refurbished $299,000 R. Denkin, owner/agent 561-683-8810 M-F or 561-641-9080 lv. message on tape Guana Cay 5 bed/3 bath house on interior lot with ocean view. Shared dock. Call for info. 365-5181 Guana Cay 2 bed/2 bath on water, with dock, like new. Asking $725,000. Call 365-5181 for details Leisure Lee Lovely home site with views of canal system, beach and Sea of Abaco. For sale by owner. $75,000 Call 242-362-1021 Little Harbour, High elevation w/panoramic views. Harbour water front plus protected water front on pond for small boat. 3B/2B home with wraparound decks & screened porch. Beautifully furnished and landscaped. Harbour mooring included. By owner. (242) 366-3509 or email: Lubber’s Quarter, beach front lot. 1 acre, dock and electric. $525,000 Call 375-8313 or Beach front property: Gorgeous beach front on Lubbers Quarters with two beach cottages, private, w/ dock. Call 366-0347 or e-mail Scotland Cay deep waterfront lot, good elevation, outstanding Sea of Abaco views. Overlooks entrance to the Hurricane Hole private marina. 84’ of protected deep water dockage w/ electric and a second 60’ x 22’ boat slip. $595,000 net. Ocean view lot w/ excellent unobstructed panoramic ocean views. Good elevation. $295,000 net. Both properties are located on Scotland Cay, a pvt. island w/ airstrip, ferry svc, beautiful beaches, lagoon, marinas and upscale homes. 850-519-1990NEW DELUXE CONDO FOR SALEThe Moorings at Lantana on Intracoastal 5 miles from PBIA 2/2 indoor park – Marina space available Call R. Denkin, owner/agent at 561-6838810 M-F 9-5 pm or 561-641-9080 Leave message on tape PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath 2 car garage, fully furnished, wrap-around deck, water front view, 3200 sq. ft. Please call for additional info. Ph 359-6303, 367-5867 Duplex for Short Term Rental in Nassau Located in Little Blair, 2 bed/ 1 bath, cable, laundry, facilities, no petes allowed. $100 pernight, $550 per week, monthly rate available. Please inquire at 242-393-1962 Florida Palm Coast. Brand new intracoastal 2bd/2ba condo. Full service marina, tennis, shopping, dining and championship golf. Also avail direct intracoastal lot ready to build your new waterfront home. Membership to Yacht Club & Beach Club incl. The Selby Group 866-439-3159 or Candace Key, Principal of the Hope Town School, was recognized at the Reef Ball for her efforts in environmental protection and was awarded a bronze plaque. She is shown here with some of her students who were active in the preservation projects of the school. Teacher Promotes Preserving the Environment The Bahamas Billfish Championship Announces ScheduleThe Bahamas Billfish Championship has announced the dates for this year’s competitions. The Marsh Harbour Championship will be held at Abaco Beach Resort on April 17-22. The second competition will move to Harbour Island and will be held on April 30 to May 5 while the third competition will be at Emerald Bay on Exuma on May 1419. The Championship will return to Abaco for a competition at Treasure Cay on June 4 to 9 while the last competition will be held at Boat Harbour on June 18-23. This prestigious series of fishing tournaments is proving to be popular and has already closed out registrations for the Harbour Island and Emerald Bay Championships. The BBC president, Al Behrendt, expects that all five tournaments will be sell outs. Again this year Rolex will sponsor the Grand Prize which is an all expense paid trip to Australia for the winning team for a week of fishing for black marlins. The winner will also receive a Rolex Submariner Chronometer. John Bull, outlet for Rolex in The Bahamas, will host cocktail parties during four of the tournaments. The Sand Dollar Shoppe in Marsh Harbour will create a special BBC ring for the second and third place overall winners. As in previous tournaments, most of the billfish are released. Only the largest are boated and the minimum size changes during the tournament according to the number of fish caught over the minimum size. Any team bringing in a fish less than the minimum is penalized. 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Page 26 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 Straw Baskets • Shirts • Hats Casual Wear • Gifts • SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 • Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 • Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard Accepted Tropical Souvenirs Business Service Directory Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 • 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 • 359-6839 Well Drilling ServicesServicing All of AbacoAndrew MajorMarsh Harbour Abaco, BahamasTel: 551-7375 DRA NAGE SOLUTIONS Sick Copier?Call the Copier DoctorWe make house calls! Most brands serviced We make business quality rubber stamps: Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps Self-inking and traditional stylesCall 367-4709 Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar macy macy macy macy macy Prescriptions • Testing Beauty Supplies • Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 • Fyne’s Pest ControlPhone 365-8409 • Cell 359-6312 Stephen Fynes Professional ExterminatorPO Box AB22214 Treasure Cay www.Fynes@msn.comCommercial, Residential, Pre-construction Treatment BAHAMA TILE LICENSED INSURED Office : 367-7072Larry LoweCell : 477-5966 Marble l Granite l Ceramic Porcelain l Mud Work l Kitchens Bathrooms l Entire Home FOR SALE Sucessful long standing (16 yrs) Turnkey Retail Business, located in two prime Tourist locations Serious Inquires Only Call 561.628.7946 Amelia Airways, Inc. Private Air Charter Based in South Florida Serving Florida, the Keys, The Bahamas, Caribbean and other US Destinations Phone # 800-546-4648 Fax # 954-489-9126 Ask us about our Spring Discounts! 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 of Jesus Christ ”Sunday 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. Friday Youth Night (high school & up)7:30 p.m. Pastors/Leaders Derek Benjamin • Ted Pearce • David Lowe Youth Pastor: Chris Pinder For Directions call 242-367-3324 Dundas Town Church of GodWhere Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is Lord!Sunday Prayer Meeting6:00 a.m. Sunday School9:45 a.m. Morning Worship11:00 a.m. Evening Worship6:00 p.m. Weekdays (Prayer Meeting) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday5:00 a.m. Monday Night7:00 p.m. Wednesday Night F.T.H.7:00 p.m. Friday Youth Night7:00 p.m. Tuesday, ThursdayFamily Night For Transportation call Rev. Jerry Cornish at 367-2457 or 367-4719 (church) or contact Bro. Val Nesbitt at 367-5565 Bishop Anthony Campbell242-367-4718 or cell phone 242-457-5565 • Dtcog@coralwave.comJesus Saves We exist to: Reach, Develop, Train, Love and Send Your Ad Could Be Here Call 367-3202Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, the emcees were soon flooded with donations from the audience and the challenge was successfully met. Friends is deeply indebted to the challenge donors. Innumerable individuals and local businesses made the Reef Ball possible. The amazing Reef Ball Committee headed by Cha Boyce, Lory Kenyon, Cissy and Steve McCombe and Leddi Neophytou get special thanks for organizing the reef theme decorations which Forest Height Academy art students made entirely with recycled materials. Friends would like to thank everyone who supported the event. The mission of Friends is the preservation and protection of Abaco’s terrestrial and marine environments in order to achieve sustainable living for the wildlife and the people of Abaco. To achieve this mission Friends operates programs in five areas: protection of the marine environment, working against the spread of invasive species, coordinaReef BallFrom Page 2 tion of recycling programs, the management of Abaco’s National Parks and environmental education. As a non-profit, Friends relies on members, volunteers and the Abaco community to continue its important work. If you would like to learn more about Friends, visit their website: or call 242-367-2721. of Commonwealth nations who have HIV, and many mothers die in childbirth. When one is ignorant about issues, this can breathe uncertainty. HIV victims can live a healthy life if they will get proper care. The Commonwealth ensures that citizens are exposed to treatment. It is up to them to learn what is available and get treated. She continued that communities can work together to make surroundings safe and clean. Getting involved in sports also helps to keep one healthy and in good spirit of team work. She concluded by saying, “He who has breathe has hope. He who has hope has everything.” SchoolFrom Page 17 The Magnificent Seven“The Finest in Country Music” Appearing in Concert Abaco Beach Resort April 8 • 6:30 p.m. Buffet and Concert • $45The students and staff returned to the school grounds where they viewed one of the classrooms which was decorated with many displays of the Commonwealth nations. Advertise in The Abaconian


April 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 27 Bthat these areas were even more affected by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne than the rest of Abaco. He thinks that “the hurricanes not only took away the traps, but also altered the eco-system.” He blamed the weather which was pretty rough this winter and prevented the fishermen to go out for any length fo time. He usually leaves the main island with a crew of nine for 10 to 15 days and sells his catch to the Fish House in Marsh Harbour. “We are already trying to prepare for next season. I am very optimistic about it,” he concluded. CrawfishFrom Page 6 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 Case Loader 6806, year unknown, Firestone 21L24 rear tires, runs good, looks bad, needs new hydraulic lines (we have) loaded. Scotland Cay. Call Curran 954-523-3344 Forklift Hyster S40 XL 3-stage warehouse, used, well maintained, in use now. $10,000 OBO 367-2128 Call between 9-5 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service No Nonsense Painting & Pressure Cleaning spray finish, pickling, staining, knock-down, glazing. Interior & exterior. Free quote. Professional, detail, custom work at reasonable prices. 561-319-8611 / email Green Turtle Club multiple positions available. All applicants MUST possess an outgoing personality and have the ability to interact with upscale clientele. Pay commensurate with experience. Dock Master Boating and docking knowledge manatory. 48 hrs/wk House keeping 3-4 days a week Waitress 4-6 days a week, variable hours. Evening work required Host/ Hostess 4-6 days a week. Evening work required. Knowledge of wines a plus. Interested parties please call Ben @ 365-4271 for an appointment. Wanted Cashier with experience in hair and beauty supply products, nail technician, hair stylist. Call 367-2386 Wanted one farm labourer Outback livestock farm. Contact 366-2030 Sea Spray Resort Help Wanted Cook, general kitchen help, bartender, wait staff and marina assistant. Full time. Paid transportation. Experience with references required. Call for appointment. 366-0065 Harbour View Grocery, Hope Town, Teller/ Stock person wanted. Must be computer literate. Call Thomas 366-0033 for appointment. Mooring in Man-O-War, 4 1/2’ at low water. Special long term rate. For boats to 30’. Call 365-6433 or e-mail Inflatable dinghy, Zodiak 4 man, inflatable floor, oars and air pump, in Treasure Cay. $250 Call 365-8670 COMMERCIAL SERVICES EQUIPMENT FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats 94 Ford Taurus, fully loaded, good running condition. Asking $2000. To view or make offer call 559-8656 01 Ford Focus Station Wagon, beautiful condition, white color, fully equipped. $13,900. Call 365-8188 32’ Island Gypsy Sportfish 175 Ford Lehman, 8 KW Westerbeke, air conditioned, etc. $44,000 Call 365-4120 35’ Chris Craft, DUTY PAID A/C 6.5 Onan generator. Located at Marsh Harbour Marina. Great live aboard or island boat. Port engine runs fine. Starboard engine needs work $20,000 Call 367-0572 38’ Gulfstar Trawler 1983 with 6 cyl Perkins Diesel. Asking $45,000 Tel: 242-366-0351 or 407-384-7301 42’ #1 Hull Crawfishing Boat. Fully equipped. For further info call 366-0430 45’ #1 Hull Fiberglass Fishing Boat, 1980, single 8V71 engine, 6,000 lb freezer, 15 KW Isuzu generator, water maker, 300 gal fresh water tank, 1200 gal diesel tank. Sleeps 8. Excellent condition. Contact Arthur Lightbourne 366-4355/366-4430, cell 375-9644 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 40’ container, good condition. $6000 OBO Call 365-8539 Pre-castin concrete molds for sale. Call for info. 559-8538 or 242-535-1492 or 242-3611857 Quick Sale 2 boats, 18.5’ Wahoo, just like new, 21’ Chris Craft with cabin. Asking $15,500. Call 365-5181. Make an offer 2 Honda 130 HP outboard engines. Low hours. Call 553-7037 12’ Carolina skiff, new, with 15 HP Mariner, with or without trailer. For more information contact Buddy at 365-6152 20’ Albury Bros. 2006 BPR direct fuel injected Bombardier, 100 hrs., T-top, anchor, battery, rope, anchor light, bilge pump, rocket launcher, 30 gal fresh water tank, 55 gal. gas tank. Call 365-6035 and leave message or 551-4733 22’ Abaco-built fiberglass boat 200 HP Evinrude motor, float-on trailer, Garmin colour map GPS, VHF, fishfinder. Asking $30,000 OBO Contact Earl, Ph 367-2289 or 357-6813 30’ Hydrocat 300X 2004, fibreglass catamaran, twin 225 HP Yamaha, 4 stroke, 250 hours. Stable fishing machine and finest riding rough weather boat available. DUTY PAID $90,000 Located Man-O-War Cay. Enquire at 557-6856Provided by The Counsellors Developers of the 585-acres Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club are adamant that its opponents are propagating false and erroneous information relative to its development and that the local press is failing in its job to be impartial in reporting news when it prints statements without verifying the facts. The most recent example is that the government is “giving away” Crown and Treasury Land. The fact of this matter is that the government of The Bahamas has agreed in principle to the lease or conditional purchase lease of Crown and Treasury Lands to Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club. This is by no stretch of the imagination, a “give away” of either Crown or Treasury Land. This is easily verifiable because it is contained in the Heads of Agreement signed on March 1, 2005, between the Passerine at Abaco Company (Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club) and the Government of The Bahamas. The developers’ feelings are prompted because of repeated claims by the Save Guana Cay Reef Association, which represents an extremely small number of Guana Cay residents, that the government is “giving” land away to the Baker’s Bay project. Despite the availability of the above facts to the Save Guana Cay Reef Association and the media, these erroneous and misleading claims continue to appear in the print media. The Head of Agreement states that the Government or Crown “is the owner” of the approximately 105 acres of Crown Land and the Government or Treasurer of The Bahamas “is the owner” of approximately 43 acres of Treasury Land that is to be leased to Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club. The total size of the project’s site is approximately 585 acres. Of this amount, 460 acres are privately owned, including Gumelemi Cay, and approximately 126 acres are either Crown or Treasury Land. The Crown Land consists of 105 acres with planned usage in the following areas: 15 acres for the building of residential homes paid for through sales, 25 acres leased to the developer at market terms and dedicated to the marina and the majority, 66 acres, is to be leased to the developer and permanently protected as an environmental preserve area for the perpetual enjoyment of all Bahamians and visitors to the area. The Treasury Land will all be leased to the developer at market terms and includes four acres dedicated to employee housing, two acres for a desalination plant, sewage facility and electric substation, four acres for a solid waste transfer facility, two acres for dry dockage of boats and eight acres for general storage. Relative to the utilities and infrastructures, the developers are making them accessible to all residents of Great Guana Cay should they choose to access these environmentally friendly and state-of-the-art facilities. It is important to note that all the oceanfront Crown Land that will be leased to the developer is in the preserve. The remainder of the Crown Land is at an elevation of only four feet above sea level and needs extensive improvements to be made useable for the marina or housing. The vast majority, more than 70 percent, of the project’s land will remain as open space. In addition, the development is preserving more than six miles of the natural shore line and the beaches along these areas will remain open to the public, consistent with applicable Bahamian laws. Further, the developer is funding the creation of an interpretive centre, public trail system and fiveacre public beach park on the Sea of Abaco providing restrooms, fire pits and a public dock for small craft. These features as well as all of the intended Baker’s Bay development at Great Guana Cay are being carried out with the utmost care and respect for the environment. The developers of the Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club remain committed to developing the most environmentally-sound project that The Bahamas and the region has seen to date. Government Is Leasing Crown Land To Baker’s Bay It’s No “Giveaway” Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE


Page 28 B The Abaconian April 1, 2006 SALES RENT ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES "Hope Town Apartments" Elbow Cay White Sound 7 Apartment Units Total of 3,800 s.f. 4 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Apartments 3 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Apartments Central A/C All fully Furnished Great Rental History #AB156 $925,000. "Watch Hill" Great Guana Cay 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. 1,686 s.f. Residence 725 s.f. Open Decks. 80' of Prime Beachfront Over 1/4 Acre Superb Ocean Views Semi-private Dock Fully Furnished. Great Rental History #AB142 $1,380,000. Man-O-War Cay 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. 1,921 s.f. Residence. 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath 400 s.f. Guest Cabin 172' Ocean Beach Front 1.189 Acres Beautifully Landscaped Semi-Private Dock Fabulous Views #AB150 $1,840,000. "Sunsplash" Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. 2,300 s.f. Residence. On 2 Lots totaling 10,180 s.f. Swimming Pool 100' Of Private Dockage Fabulous Views #AB149 $1,750,000. "Jaffa" abaco-realestate.com04/01/06 Scotland Cay 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths -1,300 s.f. Residence 300' of Ocean Beach 1 Bedroom, 1Bath Guest House "Playhouse" with Bar Covered & Open Decks Fabulous Ocean Views #AB160 $2,315,000. "Summer Camp" Scotland Cay 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,470 s.f. Residence 124' of Ocean Beach 2,000 s.f. of Decks Central A/C 30,000 gal Fresh Water Fabulous Views Furnished #AB161 $1,100,000. "Casa Bueno" Derek Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Res: (242) 365-6156 dlee@hgchristie.comChris Plummer BRIAssist. District Manager Estate Agent Green Turtle Cay (242) 365-4052 Cell: (242) 554-9451 chris@hgchristie.comKathleen Albury BRIEstate Agent -Appraiser Elbow Cay (242) 366-0700 Cell: (242) 477-5350 kathleen @hgchristie.comNeil Aberle BRIEstate Agent Marketing Specialist Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell:(242) 359-6274 neil@hgchristie.comChris AlburyEstate Agent Marine Specialist Man-O-War Cay (242) 365-6008 Cell: (242) 477-5245 calbury@hgchristie.comFaron SawyerEstate Agent Transportation Specialist Abaco (242) 367-3450 faron@hgchristie.comBill JohnstonEstate Agent Utility Specialist Little Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242-357-6674 bill@hgchristie.comRobbie BethelSales Assistant Photography Specialist Hope Town (242) 366-0700 (242) 375-8533 robbie@hgchristie.comRetta ThomasOffice Manager Support Services Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasTelephone: (242) 367 5454 e.mail: abaco@hgchristie.comMargo SawyerEstate Agent Green Turtle Cay I.T. Specialist (242) 365-4052 Cell: (242) 551-7976 msawyer @hgchristie.comSilbert MillsEstate Agent Media Specialist Abaco (242) 367-2935 Cell: (242) 375-8359 Elbow Cay Hope Town 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. 1,300 s.f. Residence. 630 s.f. of open decks. 91' of Harbour Frontage Superb Views Great Rental History. Furnished. #PS10565 $1,190,000. "Aeolian" Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths. 3,600 s.f. Residence. 2 Connected Buildings Ocean Waterfront Amazing Views Swimming Pool Private Boat Slip Furnished. #AB112 $1,750,000. "Point of View" "Sea-esta" Great Cistern Abaco 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. 1,680 s.f. Residence. 155' of Water Frontage 20,580 sq.ft 0.5 acre of land Great Views of the cays Private #TS10557 $483,000. NEW Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. 3,000 s.f. Residence Open Decks. 100' of Beachfront Over 1/2 Acre Superb Ocean Views Fully Furnished. #AB123 $1,425,000. "Surfside" Great Guana Cay 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 930 s.f. Residence 750 s.f. of Decks 250' on Sea of Abaco 47,930 s.f. 1.1 acres Ample space for additional Residences Great elevation Fabulous Views Dock Permit approved #TS10559 $1,385,000. "Coco Di Mama" NEW Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths. 2,100 s.f. Residence 670 s.f. Raised Decks. Over 1/2 Acre Great Views Beach & Dock Access Furnished. #AS10668 $838,000. "Pura Vida" Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. 1,150 s.f. Residence 760 s.f. Covered Porch 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 490 s.f. Apartment Workshop Great Views Near Settlement #AS10689 $640,000. "Junkanoo Splash" Green Turtle Cay New Plymouth 10 Rooms 40 Seat Restaurant Pool Patio 12,723 s.f. of land 0.29 acre #AB27 Price on Request "New Plymouth Inn" NEW Man-O-War Dickies Cay 5 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths. 3,360 s.f. Residence. 1,200 s.f. Covered Deck 0.84 Acres Sea-to-Sea Private 136' Dock. Auxiliary Generator Superb Harbour Views Furnished. #AS10693 $2,000,000. "Viking" Man-O-War Cay Settlement 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. 1,400 s.f. Residence. 330 s.f. Screen Porches Land 16,583 s.f. Parcel 25,000 gals Fresh Water Beautifully Landscaped Furnished #AS10596 $695,000. "British Colonial" NEW Man-O-War Cay Settlement 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath. 1,270 s.f. Residence. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 400 s.f. Guest House Workshop Crow's Nest for great views. 0.373 Acre Beautifully Landscaped #AS10585 $650,000. "Golden Palms" "Villa Gladys" Wood Cay Little Abaco 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,147 s.f. Residence 9,849 s.f. of land 12' easement to water to build dock. #AS10593 $211,000. NEW SALES RENT ALS APPRAISALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL NEW Marsh Harbour Royal Harbour 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,900 sq.ft. Residence In-ground Swimming Pool and Patio Fenced Back Yard. Furnished Immaculate Condition. #AS10604 $685,000. "Harbour View Villa" NEW Marsh Harbour Cove Estates 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 2,216 sq.ft. Residence -1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Downstairs Apartment 14,500 s.f. of Land Good Central Location #AS10598 $491,500. "Wings of the Dove" NEW Marsh Harbour Little Orchard 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,800 sq.ft. Residence Brick Patio Wooden Deck Pool 14,500 s.f. of Property Nicely Landscaped #AS10601 $375,800. "Heavenly Cove" "Lookout" Man-O-War Cay 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bath. 3,200 s.f. Residence 1,000 s.f. Covered porch 200 s.f. Open Sun Deck Land 19,000 s.f. at Beach. Auxiliary Generator Superb Ocean Views Furnished. #AB134 $995,000. "Cezanne" Man-O-War Cay The Creek 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath. 974 s.f. Residence 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 268 s.f. -Dock House Land over 1/2 Acre Private 66' Dock. Superb Views Furnished. #AB122 $1,450,000. 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