Eight illegally constructed homes were bulldozed in Sand Banks on October 7. Sand Banks is a shanty town community just south of Treasure Cay. On May 4 of this year a fire destroyed about half of the homes in the community. The actions on October 7 targeted the homes which had been constructed since the fire.
Officers from various departments and ministries were on hand including Immigration, Police Force, Defence Force, Works and members of Local Government. Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham along with his North Abaco colleague, Neil Campbell, oversaw the operation as well.
Nine structures were targeted. However only eight could be destroyed that day since the last house was built over the water and officers were afraid the bulldozer would bog down. Plans are in place to destroy the final house at a future date.
The residents of all nine structures had been warned a month prior. However, when officers arrived with the bulldozer the homes were still inhabited. Residents were given a brief period to remove whatever belongings they could before demolishment begun.
Officials disclosed that plans for more extensive operations are being made for Central Abaco shanty towns The Mudd and Pigeon Peas. However, details could not be given as of press time.