When the original plan was trotted out and put on display for us it was sand and seal and patching throughout Central Abaco. Not what was promised us during that very heated election, but if done properly could have been acceptable.
Was $1.3 million dollars’ worth of patching and sealing done? Most Abaconians, and I do not think I am making too broad of a statement there, would disagree.
When the government can’t afford to transport trash from the cays and manage the landfill, despite stripping it from local government’s budgets and directing it back into the hungry maw of Nassau, how can $1.3 million be so flippantly unaccounted for? Where did it go? Perhaps down inside those pits in front of Memorial Plaza?
Stand in front of that building one afternoon and watch traffic. The road is unusable. Motorists take to the sidewalks in vain hopes to avoid a trip to the center of the earth. And this is the very stretch of road that funnels most investors and tourists into our resorts. One of their first impressions coming in and one of their last going out.
Was that original road contract absorbed into this new one? We are getting asphalt, the work is started and it seems to be going well. And I’ve been told its going all the way to the Crossing. If the contracts were combined then that is fine. But we do not know.
“Wait and see” is not an acceptable means of accountability.
It seems we’ve taken this wait and see approach for the airport, too. As the pipeline that feeds Abaco is wrung tighter by more government taxes, diverted because of rival destinations and clogged by residue of crime and entitlement – we sit back and accept, albeit scornfully, the fact that we haven’t tapped the new pipeline (that beautiful blue terminal that’s just sitting there) due exclusively to government bungling.
The previous administration laid plans that cost millions over budget to actually make workable. And the current can’t get official approvals for the work crews in on time to meet even the most lax of deadlines.
Budget cuts – yes I know. But the solution is not to tax the current airlift until we have enough to open the new airport. Those airlines, and passengers, won’t stick around for whenever we have that grand opening ceremony.
To “wait and see” is to sit on our spoiled backsides and watch this country be made lame.
We have a wonderful opportunity in this country. Our individual voices can be powerful and heard. Just to be safe, though, I suggest we start shouting soon.