The Hole in the Wall Restoration Committee met in the afternoon of August 9 at the Ministry of Tourism Training Center. The Committee discussed the results of the assessment expedition and finalized the major points concerning the installation of the lights in the lantern room as well as the installation of plexiglass in that same room to protect the lights from bad weather. A major point of discussion was devising a way to warn heavy equipment operators of the danger posed by the cave system located around and under the road to the lighthouse. Other topics of future concern were brought up also.
Present at the meeting were Anita Knowles, South Abaco Administrator Joshua Smith, Preston Roberts, Millie Dawkins, Stanley White, Nancy Albury, Ruth Albury, David Knowles and Maxwell Johnson with the Defense Force. The recording secretary was Mirella Santillo.
Anita Knowles immediately expressed her intention to have a clean-up done in late October. She would like to see the sea grapes along the walkway to the shore trimmed back to make the path more accessible. She asked Maxwell Johnson to convey the information to Commander Bain that the mercury had been completely removed and suggested that the Rangers help with the clean-up, perhaps on a weekend trip.
The cave system running underground beneath the access roads to the lighthouse was the topic of a long discussion. The committee members were concerned of the hazard it posed to heavy equipment operators. Vehicles reversing on the narrow road have already found themselves in holes. People operating bulldozers or any other similar type of machinery should not attempt to go further than the Soldier Road intersection.
It was agreed to publish an article in “The Abaconian” warning people of the danger and perhaps place warning signs on the road leading to the lighthouse from the “Y” intersection once permission from the Ministry of Works has been obtained.
The restoration of the other buildings was again brought up. All agreed that a conceptual plan should be done in order to approach some of South Abaco business owners for financial help.
Nancy Albury confirmed that an architect from the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation would probably be willing to come to Abaco before the end of the year to give ideas on how to restore the buildings in keeping with the spirit of the period they were built. A plan drawn by an architect would become part of a formal proposal for the area.
It was decided to coordinate a Fall clean-up day with the Rangers.