Dear Mr. Editor,
Please allow me to respond to a recent letter in The Abaconian “Road Work to Begin in Green Turtle Cay Soon”. Sir, I find it amusing that after almost three years our MP and Government finally realize that our roads are in need of paving.
They have been here three times in the last 12 months, and neither visit have they spent enough time here to really assess what all is needed to be done for the right job. We need a bulk head along the Black Sound Road, where the high tides are eroding the streets away. We need conduit pipes laid under the road so many hundred feet, so we can have access to the utilities so that the road does not get dug up for every little job. We need drains where water settles and most of all we need number one asphalt roads (no black spray paint).
I am shocked to read that our MP, Mr. Curry, said that there will have to be a business partnership in Bethel Estates between the government and the property owners for the roads to be paved. I already have a partnership with the government, they charge me taxes and I pay them. That is our partnership. There will be no partnership, the government will do it all. The FNM government did not tell us that when they put in running water in Bethel Estates. But, maybe then the FNM had more vision than the PLP. The government has insulted the residents of Bethel Estates by saying we are somewhat not as important as the rest of Green Turtle Cay. Just in case the government does not understand, good roads in Green Turtle Cay means land sells, houses are built, jobs are created, and taxes are paid. This is how revenue is created.
Personally, I don’t believe all that mumbo jumbo talk about them coming when they said they would because we were promised paved roads during the bi-election of 2012. I sure hope the contractor is not the same man who is going to purchase the Hope Town Lighthouse.
Once again to my Honourable MP Mr. Curry, the people (especially the young and middle aged) of Green Turtle Cay went out on a limb to give you a vote of confidence by electing you. But, so far you have not come through for Green Turtle Cay. If you show as little interest in the rest of North Abaco as you do us, you will be one and done. But, don’t be afraid all is not lost, there is still hope for you. If you work really hard and you begin to ask concerned business people what is needed, you will be reelected again. I am of the opinion that you are getting advice from persons who have little, if any, vision in their community. The blind cannot give you advice. You will only fail. We want good roads and we want them now.
I leave you with a little verse from the Bible, “Never withhold good when it is in your power to do so” Proverbs 3:27.