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In recent weeks numerous signs have popped up throughout Marsh Harbour, most notably at the traffic light, advertising a night club located in the Haitian Shanty Town known as the Mudd which has caused a stir among residents.

Shanty town night club legally licensed?

 

Residents have expressed concern that a, presumably, illegal business has taken to brazenly canvassing Marsh Harbour with posters. “Club Vila” is advertised as being “In Da Mud,” which, in itself, is another illegal settlement that shirks building codes that the rest of the township must adhere to. Recently a fire burned down over 70 homes in the adjacent shanty town of “The Pigeon Pea,” unenforced building and safety codes in the settlement prevented fire fighters from effectively battling the fire and allowed the flame to rapidly spread. If “Club Vila” indeed received a business license, as other enterprises in the illegal town purportedly have, it “open[s] up another can of worms,” as stated by one officer.
Residents have expressed concern that a, presumably, illegal business has taken to brazenly canvassing Marsh Harbour with posters. “Club Vila” is advertised as being “In Da Mud,” which, in itself, is another illegal settlement that shirks building codes that the rest of the township must adhere to. Recently a fire burned down over 70 homes in the adjacent shanty town of “The Pigeon Pea,” unenforced building and safety codes in the settlement prevented fire fighters from effectively battling the fire and allowed the flame to rapidly spread. If “Club Vila” indeed received a business license, as other enterprises in the illegal town purportedly have, it “open[s] up another can of worms,” as stated by one officer.
In recent weeks numerous signs have popped up throughout Marsh Harbour, most notably at the traffic light, advertising a night club located in the Haitian Shanty Town known as the Mudd which has caused a stir among residents.

The club advertises “Ladies Night” every Thursday and simply says they are located in “Da Mudd”. Residents have long complained of the loud music that often comes from the area on weekends and are throwing their hands up at the recent advertisements.

“We are second-class citizens in this country,” said an Abaconian who lives near the Mudd. “The law doesn’t apply to them (Haitian Immigrants); Bahamians can’t get away with what they are doing in there.”

When we spoke to the Business License Department the Department Head was off island and they would not confirm whether or not Club Vila specifically had a license to operate a night club. However, a knowledgeable source indicated that they were sure that the business in question was not legally licensed.

After speaking to the Island Administrator, Preston Cunningham, we were forwarded to the Police Department to look into it. Mr. Cunningham said they had just had a Department Heads meeting and discussed enforcing such matters as businesses operating without license.

After speaking with officers at the Marsh Harbour Police Station we were assured they would look into it. As of January 27 they were still investigating the matter.

It was suggested by an officer that there are some businesses in the Mudd that have licenses which he concurred “opened up another can of worms”.

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About 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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