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The Hope Town District Council met on March 12 to deal with a variety of matters including town planning, port authority and more.

Hope Town District Council Meeting: March 12

 

Above: the Hope Town District Council along with the US Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, Lisa A. Johnson (far left).
Above: the Hope Town District Council along with the US Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, Lisa A. Johnson (far left).

The Hope Town District Council met on March 12 to deal with a variety of matters including town planning, port authority and more.

Councillor Arthur Eldon of Man-O-War, submitted a resignation letter, which was accepted by the Council.

It was noted by the Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting that the deadline for Baker’s Bay to begin work on a community center in Great Guana Cay is almost here and they will seek to have Livingston Marshall attend their next meeting to give them an update.

After reviewing BEC’s Environmental Management Plan for their proposed sub-marine cable from Logger Head Creek to Great Guana Cay (in the Baker’s Bay area) the council agreed to give their approval to the project.

In recent months Hope Town has not had a nurse and the visits from the Marsh Harbour Clinic are infrequent. It was noted that there was an applicant in Nassau for the Council to consider. The Council agreed that whoever applied should be a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) as well.

A long discussion ensued concerning the building of a 120 foot dock at the end of Yahoes on Lubber’s Quarters. An application was submitted by David Henneford; however, it was noted that Lamar Braxton and Kevin Hoppleman were gifted the original developer’s interest in the development of Abaco Ocean Club. They have requested that the dock, which had been previously built but destroyed in a hurricane be rebuilt under the previous permit.

There was also concern expressed that the permit was being submitted under one name rather than an association because the dock was meant to be public for residents of the Ocean Club.

As for many years some moorings have been illegally placed in the eastern harbour at Man-O-War the Council has decided to regularize some. For persons who had placed a mooring and never legally applied they would be required to pay five years of permit fees. Any new moorings; however, will be made to be removed.

Mr. Sweeting reported that of several projects that they requested bids for in Man-O-War only one bid was received, which was for the painting of the library. The bid received was for $1100. The council approved the bid.

Mr. Sweeting suggested to put bids to tender for the repairing of the North Side Road on Hope Town; however, Mr. Carey suggested that they petition Central Government to take care of the road work.

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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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