When Hurricane Sandy passed over Abaco last October Man-O-War Cay fared well; however, one well-loved area on the island, the picnic cabana at the Low Place, suffered some damage.
Hope Town District Council Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting said, “Even though we were faced with budget challenges, [the Council] felt responsible to see that the repairs were carried out one way or the other. We just can’t wait on government to solve our problems.”
Mr. Sweeting and Council Member Arthur Elden organized a hamburger cookout in late April and raised $1,400 in the two hour grill out.
The Low Place, as it is called by native Man-O-War residents, is the beach on the isthmus that narrowly separates the Sea of Abaco and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the most popular beaching spot.
The Hope Town District Council built the picnic cabana in 2007, and ever since it has been a popular spot. On any given day, particularly in the summer, the place in crowded.
This cabana has a bolted down table with benches and a back rests. It is covered with cedar shingles, and it has a walkway with a handrail leading to the beach.
In October, during Hurricane Sandy, waves on the Atlantic side broke the table, washed it away and destroyed most of the benches.
With summer coming, the Council wanted to see the cabana repaired, but realized the severe budget constraints they were faced with.
The funds raised were used to repair the Low Place cabana, to build the benches, back rests, and the table back to its original condition.
Mr. Elden said, “Some funds were left over after the repairs were made, now we will make use of those funds by either pouring cement for more parking or building a permanent BBQ grilling area.”
Mr. Sweeting noted that he was glad that the area was repaired in time for the summer months and enjoys seeing others use this facility.