We are 35 year second-homeowner veterans to Marsh Harbour. As you can imagine, much has changed over the last 35 years. A lot of it has been great…..the grocery store, the roads (for the most part), the number of flights in and out, etc. I know, I know, a lot of you are sitting there going “these have improved??? ”
Well yes they have, believe it or not!
But now the reason for my letter: it saddens me to know that absolutely without a doubt that when we are arriving or departing from our beloved island home, the first AND last impression we will remember is the way we are “welcomed” or “asked to leave” the airport. I know that without a doubt we will be yelled at to move, get out of the way, hurry… even if we are just giving our friends and loved ones a kiss without anyone else around for miles!
No smile, no thank you for visiting and putting food on my table – NOTHING!!! As second-homeowners, we bring a number of friends and members of the family down every single year. They love our island like we do but how sad is it that one major thing that always sticks in their minds is how rudely they are treated at the airport.
Explain to me why an old man (and I say that with a smile on my face because we are probably the same age) feels like he has to walk around slapping a billy club in his hand when all we are possibly trying to do is get in or out of the airport??? Most of the time when we either arrive or leave, there are very, very few people even there and with a greeting like that, will probably become less and less. What is he planning to do? Whack a tourist on the head??? Give me a break. Great first impression Abaco – we finally get a beautiful, new airport and he is the image that sticks in our minds. Come on people! I know there has to be a nice person out there who would LOVE to have that job. A person who would make us all feel welcome.
It’s not just me… although he does me that way every, single time…..if I wanted to I could name SEVERAL people who have been treated this way and guess what? They are all tourists!!!
I even know of business owners who are not Bahamian that get treated that way! What part of “WE ARE YOUR INCOME” do the airport authorities not understand?
O.K. Moving on.
What is the deal with all the trash on the sides of the road going South??? O.K., I get that the new dump is along one of those roads but why are these people who haul it down there not made to clean up their mess???? Maybe if we could stick “Billy Club Man” out along the road to oversee the pick-up of the trash by the ones who “lost” it off their trucks or to write up these litterers and report them, then that would kill two birds with one stone. He would have someone to bully and the roads would be clean.
It’s an embarrassment to tell our friends that we are taking them to a beautiful spot and then have them see that. A total disgrace. Get it together.
Thanks for listening.