Thank goodness for generators. If it weren’t for a generator right now, as I’m typing, this issue of The Abaconian would be much delayed. With so many power outages it’s easy to forget that Abaco is supposed to be one of the top powerhouses of the Bahamian economy. With so many surges and dips flickering our lights you would think Abaco a giant strobe light pulsing to 70’s disco.
With as bad as the power is sometimes we might as well be stuck in the 70’s.
How many lost hours of productivity? How many sweaty, disgusted tourists have vowed not to return? How many burned appliances?
It would be understandable if BEC was cheap. It’s not. The average BEC bill is not merely expensive. It is crippling.
It’s crippling to the family budgeting to feed their children. How can they budget when each month, no matter how much they conserve, their fuel surcharge is both random and astronomical?
It’s crippling to the business trying to provide consistent service. How can they guarantee deadlines and be competitive when BEC drags Bahamian businesses down with them?
It’s crippling to the resorts, boat rentals, airlines, fishing guides, taxis, car rentals, restaurants and every business touched by tourism. How can they win back all the visitors, many of whom this is an EXPENSIVE vacation of a lifetime, who are disgusted that they can’t even shower after a salty day in the boat or see their dinner.
This is a big issue. It will continue to hold us back in many ways. We know there is not one single solution, but certainly there are steps that can be taken and ways to keep the public informed on progress and difficulties.
Government and Union need to stop playing political checkers that harm us and take bread out of our children’s mouths.
Management needs to do a better job of keeping us informed.
And we need to be more vocal and demand, at the very least, the service that we pay so very much for.