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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.”

Hope Town District Council

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.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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