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The Department of Immigration, along with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF), Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), Ministry of Works (MOW), and the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) went on a tour of the Pigeon Pea and Mudd shanty towns.

Government Departments Tour Shanty Towns

 

The Department of Immigration, along with the RBDF, RBPF, Ministry of Works and the Department of Environmental Health Services went on a tour of the Pigeon Pea and Mudd shanty towns earlier this month. In their walk through they noted several businesses operating illegally as well as home construction violating Stop Work Orders that were issued previously.
The Department of Immigration, along with the RBDF, RBPF, Ministry of Works and the Department of Environmental Health Services went on a tour of the Pigeon Pea and Mudd shanty towns earlier this month. In their walk through they noted several businesses operating illegally as well as home construction violating Stop Work Orders that were issued previously.

The Department of Immigration, along with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF), Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), Ministry of Works (MOW), and the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) went on a tour of the Pigeon Pea and Mudd shanty towns.

The walkabout resulted in several businesses in the area being discovered to be operating without a proper business license or permit. Three males of Haitian decent were also taken into custody for breach of the Immigration Act.

There were also quite a few derelict vehicles, large amounts of garbage and other environmental health hazards that the DEHS was able to take note of.

Mudd 2Abaco Superintendent of Police, Noel Curry said “We have much more to do within the Mudd and the Pigeon Pea community.”

One location in the Mudd that was visited had some grocery items and appeared to be selling numbers. Upon the arrival of the officers and other agents a woman suddenly left the building. Mr. Curry said that the register and receipts were secured by the police as they were abandoned, and invited the shop owner to present proper documents to the police in order to reclaim the items.

He said “We want to encourage persons in the Pigeon Pea and Mudd communities, and throughout The Bahamas, if you are going to sell wares please get the prerequisite documents, so when we see you and you have the correct documentation, we will pass by.”

He added that “those who are selling illegally, those are the persons we are interested in, and we will [prosecute] them with the full brunt of the law. So we want to encourage them now at this time to take a few minutes and seek the relevant agencies and acquire the proper documents.”

Mr. Curry noted that the police had a private meeting on Tuesday with the owner of a place considered to be a nightclub on Charles Sawyer Blvd. in the Mudd. The owner told police that he is not running a nightclub but a Haitian dance party and claimed he had documents, which Mr. Curry said have not yet been produced.

He said that Haitian migrants building and operating on Crown Land is a concern for them because they know there are a number of requirements needed in order to get a license. “We are not sure that those requirements were met,” he said.

Mr. Curry added that “there are a number of breaches and flaws especially in the designs of the buildings.” He encourages all persons operating a business in the area without the documents, to “go and seek them and let us know at the police department so we know that you are straight and all is well.”

Mudd 1He was happy to have Mr. Krezel (Area Engineer for Ministry of Works) on the tour who put up a number of stop work order notices and deal directly with a number of breaches.

Mr. Curry said “we would be happy to accompany Mr. Krezel to actually do some rectifying and if it calls for demolishing we would be happy to support all of the agencies who have a stake in this overall venture in making Abaco a better place to live.”

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About Timothy Roberts

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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3 comments

  1. Why does this newspaper have to show photos like these, can’t you write the article without them? Isn’t the crime rate destroying the tourism enough? Do you really want the tourist who are doing their research on their computer for a vacation destination to see this? This is an outrage, no one wants to see this crap, not even the people that live in them!

    • Bradley Albury

      Good Afternoon,

      Thank you for your comment. I respect your opinion and feel you are voicing valid concerns.

      However, this is a real problem happening in our community. Sweeping it under the rug will not keep it secret, it will not fix it and it will not prevent it from being discussed by locals and tourists alike.

      Neglecting these stories WILL keep the public ignorant, it WILL chill dialogue among those who seek to bring positive change and it WILL allow facts to be distorted.

      I hear your criticism that it will affect tourism negatively. Perhaps in the short run. But I KNOW what will destroy our Tourism industry permanently is if we as Abaconians keep our head in the sand about these and other critical issues.

      Thank you for reading The Abaconian.

  2. This is South Africa or India, not the Bahamas? No way this could be Abaco!

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