The Hope Town District Council held their monthly meeting at Man-O-War Cay where they took time to visit the sites of several port related matters, while also hearing presentations from a youth fitness group and Baker’s Bay.
Amelia Putnam of Man-O-war Youth (MOWY) Fitness group and local educator Rich Roberts spoke with the Hope Town District Council concerning repairs to the softball field on Man-O-War which was damaged in a hurricane a few years ago. They are seeking to repair the fencing first, then later fix the dugouts and install new lighting.
The Council agreed to provide $5000 towards the necessary repairs which they expect will total close to $20,000.
Dr. Livingston Marshall, Senior Vice President of Environmental and Community Affairs at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, made a presentation to the Council on the Community Centre and Community Park and beach area that the Club is responsible to build as part of its heads of agreement with the government of The Bahamas.
Dr. Marshall outlined their plans to build a 6000 square foot warehouse which includes 1400 square feet of office spaces which is already being constructed near their port of entry on the cay. The office spaces would facilitate a warehouse manager, medical facilities, common bathrooms, immigration and custom and a police office. The warehouse would also feature an 1800 square foot air conditioned shell space for a community center.
Dr. Marshall also presented the proposed Community Park which would cover approximately two acres along with 248 feet of beachfront. He said there will be an NBA regulation size basketball court, restrooms, picnic area, multi-use turf sport field (for soccer, football, softball etc.), and a gazebo and will be landscaped for screening, shade and aesthetics, automated irrigation system and lighting. The Club is also looking at building additional staff housing adjacent to this area in the future.
Dr. Marshall indicated that they expect to complete the facility and the park by November/December of this year.
Council did a site inspection regarding a brewing dispute over the location of a mooring in Eastern Harbour in Man-O-War. The mooring in question was located adjacent to property owned by a different person who is now seeking to build a dock on his property in the same area. Reportedly, the mooring was initially agreed to be moved to another location; however, the owner has since disputed the relocation and is seeking to have it at its former location. Council agreed that the mooring should stay at the site it was relocated to.
Administrator Preston Cunningham indicated that it is likely a matter that the court should decide if the owner of the mooring wishes to persist.
In another port matter, dredging at another location in Man-O-War was claimed to have caused a neighbor’s wall to collapse. The property owner wants the person dredging to take responsibility and assist in repairing the integrity of the boundary wall between their properties.
In town planning the Council approved several plans totaling over $3.4 million in value, most of which were for Baker’s Bay.