Please publish my open letter to The Chief Councillor, Island Administrator, Central Abaco District Council, Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
I would like to bring to your attention the unattractive- appearance of down-town Marsh Harbour with respect to the garbage which is thrown on the street and around the Union Jack Dock, and the unauthorized parking on the sides of the road leading to Maxwells Supermarket. Further, the road side verges, flowers, shrubs and signage which we constantly have to replace, is being destroyed by the volume of foot traffic that moves back and forth on a daily basis to and from the ferries to Guana Cay and Bakers Bay.
I wish to make it clear I am not trying to take food off anyone’s table, and am keenly aware of the importance of foreign investment into the Abacos. As we all know, our businesses and livelihoods depend on it. However this stretch of road from the stop-light to Rum Runners, I, along with the help of some other buisnessmen, look after, mow, pick up the garbage, plant shrubs, palms, and flowers, on a daily basis, 52 weeks out of every year. We did a major garbage pick-up in October of 2014 of the Golden Harvest property, along Nathan Key Drive, and if you were to travel to it today, you would think that it was never picked up.
Lawns that we installed on the roadsides back in June of 2014 are slowly to the point of being destroyed. We built a walkway on the northern side next to the Bethel property, but hardly anyone uses it. Garbage is ankle deep behind the stone wall next to Union Jack dock, which is clearly a health hazard. Further, is my concern of safety. Hundreds of our fellow brothers and sisters are crossing the main road every morning and evening, without proper pedestrian crossing facilities. It is an accident waiting to happen!
Could it be a suggestion to move the ferry pick-up to the domestic public dock at the Marsh Harbour Port? Early in the mornings and evenings when workers are being transported, much of the commercial activity on this dock has come to an end. A small ramp / stairs could be constructed where The Duchess of Topsail was parked, and the ferries could use this as their offloading facility. An area on the other side of the road, bordering The Mudd could be cleared of to provide ample parking.
I have no agenda other than the desire to see the downtown area improve for all of our benefit, and for the benefit of our visitors and tourists who travel through this area on a daily basis. I believe we are all in this boat together. Our forefathers worked hand in hand to bring our island to where it is today. There may be differences at times between us, but, I want to think we have a common goal. Let’s come together and create a lasting solution to this problem, and not pass the torch onto someone else to fix the issues that we can fix ourselves.
I would be happy to come to a Council Meeting to discuss this issue on a face to face basis if requested.