Green Turtle Cay Council member Donnie Adderley is concerned about erosion occurring at Gillam Bay after one property owner built a bulkhead on the beach in front of their property.
Mr. Adderley, who opposed the local government decision to permit the bulkhead, said that since the bulkhead was built last year “hundreds of feet of beach have gone; washed away.”
He said that in over twenty-nine years Gillam Bay and residents that have built homes near the beach have never had problems with erosion but now he fears that a hurricane coming from the right direction could cut the island in half.
He further questions whether the building of such a bulkhead on a beach is even permitted by law. A resident also noted that sand was taken from the bay to backfill the bulkhead creating a new channel which he believes will have effects on the land to the leeward.
Mr. Adderley said that locals and visitors alike are upset with what has happened to the once naturally beautiful beach and a favorite of guests to the Cay.
As one regular visitor commented, “I have always thought that public access to all beaches on the islands was one of the best things the Bahamian Government has done.” He stated that access has been completely blocked by the bulkhead which makes it difficult to get to the beach “and, if you could, there is no place to walk even at low tide.”
Mr. Adderley said that “God gave us a naturally beautiful beach, and the beach belongs to the community and the locals. No one should have the right to take all that away from the people like what has happened here.”
Mr. Adderley said to allow this beach to be destroyed by the selfish actions of a few would be a disaster and it sets a bad precedent. He is appealing to North Abaco Minister of Parliament Renardo Curry to come and see and do something to save Gillam Bay “for the residents of Green Turtle Cay and the many visitors who come to enjoy our amenities.”