Kindly permit me the space in your newspaper to bring to the public’s attention the serious condition of the roads here in Green Turtle Cay. I have been a resident of this Island for 25 years and have never seen the roads in such a neglected state as they are at present.
The local Government Board
have done their best to patch the largest of the pot holes which only lasts a few weeks and then get washed out by the rain or worn out by the vehicles that travel over them. At the end of the paved road, this is another situation. I would also like to point out that this section of the island is where the majority of the foreign home owners have homes and by law are the only ones who are subject to paying Real Property Tax.
The roads are so bad that drivers are making their own pathways off the main road, “through the bush”, to avoid going through the pot holes. Being a real estate broker, I for one suffer, especially when showing clients property and homes whilst driving on these roads. If I was visiting another country and a realtor was showing me homes and property with roads like the roads we presently have, I would not even consider purchasing a home as this shows that the “powers that be” are not concerned about the citizens or potential investors.
Green Turtle Cay is only 3 miles long and has only one main road from one end to the other with several subdivisions along the way. Surely the Government can use some of the Stamp Duty and Real Property Tax revenue to address this serious situation. Let’s not forget to mention the tax and licensing the golf cart rental companies and private vehicles pay every year.
For what it is worth the four major real estate companies have in the past year, in my estimate, grossed collectively around $80m in sales for all of Abaco. The Government collects 10% of this amount for Stamp duty right off the top. Surely some of this revenue could be used to re-pave a three mile road.
Incidentally, the Government must be wondering why the Stamp Duty revenue has fallen from what it used to be from the Cay’s return to the treasury. There are other issues that are affecting real estate sales on the Island, however I will address this later on as I have taken enough of your valuable space of which I am truly grateful.
Chris Farrington, Broker, BRI, CRS
Green Turtle Real Estate