During the Budget Communication in the House of Assembly in May the Prime Minister, The Right Honorable Perry G. Christie, stated that Abaco is poised to see some 1000 new job opportunities arrive over the next several years.
He said that Baker’s Bay high end residential resort, golf club and marina “serves as a model of success in the Family Islands for ultra-luxury property owners and visitors.” He noted that Baker’s employs just under 650 persons in construction and operations and they continue to grow. He added also that “some 30 Bahamian contractors and sub–contractors find steady employment.”
Mr. Christie said there has also been “a positive development which augurs well for the purchase, expansion and operation of The Abaco Club at Winding Bay.” Members of the Club have joined with the “experienced and successful” Southworth Development Company to acquire the asset.
“There is now a signed Letter of Intent with a sixty day exclusive period to complete the definitive purchase agreement, with closing scheduled for this summer, upon completion of a new Heads of Agreement with the Government,” he said. “This project will also create additional construction and permanent jobs.”
Mr. Christie said that “with the opening of the new airport terminal at Marsh Harbour and the construction of the new port in northern Abaco, the Abacos with expanding resort plans, large second home and boating sectors, and enterprising local businesses and entrepreneurs, are well poised to become one of the leading resort destinations in The Bahamas, with the real potential to create some 1,000 new job opportunities over the next several years.”