As the meeting began on November 6 for the Hope Town District Council a moment of silence was observed in recognition of the passing of Chester Thompson and Javon Black (son of Dr. Lenora Black District Education Officer for Abaco).
A letter was read formally announcing the resignation of Michael Albury, council member from Man-O-War Cay. The letter expressed frustration over “not having the ability to do the will of the majority of Man-O-War residents.” He added that he was concerned with the “distraction caused to the normal operation of the [Council] meetings while attempting to do what I believe is the will of the Man-O-War people.”
The resignation leaves only one representative for Man-O-War Cay; Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting. Elbow Cay and Man-O-War are assigned three representatives and Guana Cay is assigned one. The Hope Town district council now has three members from Hope Town and one each from Man-O-War and Guana Cay. There is expected to be an election soon in order to place two members from Man-O-War on the Council.
The council discussed an issue of a property owner adjacent to Hope Town Inn and Marina who complained that the newly built resort had built a wooden walkway on her property. Letters were exchanged between the property owner and the Hope Town in in hopes of reaching a compromise; however, the property owner simply requested the walkway be removed. A representative of the Inn agreed to proceed with the removal of the walkway.
It was noted by Mr. Sweeting that the Man-O-War harbour light was not functioning possibly as a result of Hurricane Sandy. It was suggested that someone investigate and determine the nature of the malfunction and then get it repair it.
Approval was granted for a 120 foot dock near Orchid Bay in Guana Cay Harbour.