A couple, who opened some of Abaco’s early hotels and worked to preserve kerosene-fueled lighthouses, have been named winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the 15th Cacique Awards, the awards organizers announced.
David and Phoebe Gale beat out 16 others to win the prestigious Clement Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award. The Abaco couple moved to the Bahamas in 1954 and later became Bahamian citizens. They started out in the tourism industry as hoteliers, but Mr. and Mrs. Gale eventually opened Island Marine, renting small boats and cottages to visitors.
Making the announcement at the press conference was former Cacique winner and Blue Ribbon Panel Chairman, Antonius Roberts.
“They have always been involved in community work,” Mr. Roberts said. “One of them started the Abaco division of Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association [BASRA].”
He went on to say that the couple was also responsible for creating the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society for the purpose of saving the last three hand-wound, kerosene-fueled lighthouses in the world from automation.
David Gale also had several articles published a variety of magazines including Skin Diver, Southern Boating, Sail, Sea History and Abaco Life.