About a week after work was stopped at the North Abaco Port project due to “environmental concerns” the Minister of Works and Urban Renewal, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis toured the site on October 22 noting that he expects work to continue “very soon.”
“It is a question of best ensuring the design they are going by meets the environmental issues and concerns that were highlighted, and they needed to ensure that happens and that’s what they are doing now,” Mr. Davis said.
He said that when Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission (BEST) visited the site they noted that there were some alterations to the design and “the alteration required that they look at it to see whether or not what they originally approved [is] impacted by those plans.”
“I can say with my own observations that I am a bit disappointed on the pace of the progress,” he said. However, he expects the issues to be resolved very quickly and the work continue “very soon.”
He said that while there is a break from Parliament that he also intends to visit the family islands and address some of their infrastructural concerns. “Abaco has come to the fore for us to keep some of the promises were made before our success at the polls,” he said.
“We also want to make sure Dundas and Murphy Town look not unlike Cooper’s Town, so we are going to see the progress of the works there and to ensure the commitment to do the work is ongoing,” Mr. Davis said.
Mr. Davis also noted that they would seek to complete the sidewalk on Forest Drive that was left incomplete.