Please publish this response.
Simon, it’s always a pleasure to read your letters – they are so well written. However, I would like to correct a couple of misapprehensions you seem to have.
For instance: Bill’s Power & Light ceased to function about 10 years ago, and there were never more than half a dozen houses hooked into it. Everyone in Little Harbour is on solar, and yes, most – but not all – have back-up generators for cloudy days. The septic systems are probably no better or worse than the ones in Cherokee. There are only 3 derelict houses in Little Harbour and guess what, they all belong to the Abaco Club. And it was the EIA that said the marina would only create two jobs, not us.
Obviously, they don’t expect to have any actual boats on their two acres of docks. (The two acres also came from the EIA, by the way.)
Which brings us to our main objection to this project: If the Abaco Club came to Little Harbour, bought a couple of private houses, and used them for their staff or guests, we would have no problem whatsoever. They would be more than welcome here. But they want to take up approximately 20% of the usable space in the harbour with a private marina, which will in no way benefit anyone but the developer and his club members, and will involve moving or destroying moorings that have been there – legally – for decades.
Simon, be honest now. If the Abaco Club came to Cherokee Sound, bought three houses, then left them to rot for twelve years – overgrown yards, torn screens, sagging rooflines – would you be OK with that? And if they announced they were going to put in a 44 slip marina, for their use only, next to Long Dock, and oh by the way they’ll have to demolish the last 50 ft of Long Dock because it’s in their way, would the people of Cherokee say that was fine with them? And if they also wanted to put a private restaurant and bar in one of those houses, right in the middle of the settlement, would you still say “welcome to Cherokee”?
I doubt it.