FYI: This letter was also sent to Renardo Curry, Hon. Philip E. Brave Davis, Administrator Colebrook and Matthew Lowe.
As Managing Director of Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina, I have, like all the folks on Green Turtle Cay, been clamoring for years for someone to fix our island roads. The charming town of New Plymouth, the stunning beaches of Green Turtle Cay, the beautiful and popular resorts of Green Turtle Club and Bluff House Beach Resort (the oldest resort in the Bahamas’ Out-Islands) are big tourist draws. Visitors come to our resorts by ferry or by boat rounding the Whale, neither of which is as difficult to navigate as traveling by local golf cart.
Each year, getting to and from these resorts on the government road has become more impassible and more dangerous than ever before.
Green Turtle Club and Bluff House pay close to $1,000,000 in salaries annually to Green Turtle residents who work at the resorts. We also support Bahamian vendors (hardware, food services, liquor suppliers, building supplies, BTC, BEC, landscaping, water, telephones, fuel, entertainment, advertising, promotion boards, etc.) adding more than two million dollars annually to Abaco communities and government. Second home owners bring jobs and spend money locally to live here. Tourists wait all year to visit the land of Paradise with its clear, blue water, white-sand beaches and miserable 3rd world, bumpy, pot-filled, rattle-your-teeth roads.
A Green Turtle tourist’s main complaint about their visit to our island is how bad the roads leading to the resorts are and they voice their complaints at Trip Advisor and several other online travel sites. Not good publicity for the island. Green Turtle residents and second home owner’s biggest complaints are about traveling the roads leading to their homes and businesses. Employees who work at the resorts watch daily as their cars, trucks and carts take a beating they were never designed to withstand. The cart rental concessions spend time and money replacing parts damaged by roads that look and feel like bombed out Syrian villages. Perhaps they should rent Humvees so guests can successfully make the trip.
In December, ‘The Abaconian’ announced that after years of ignoring island pleas, the Bahamian government decided to pave the town road from New Plymouth to Bluff House. There were pictures in the paper! Much celebrating and hoopla! Wonderful news! Blessed by the Minister of Works, Philip Davis, and North Abaco Member of Parliament, Renardo Curry, who said the government would “bring the relief” to the people and pave the roads of Green Turtle Cay!
It was announced paving would start in January, 2016. It is now February and we’re still waiting with high hopes. Hopefully, after all these years, our tax dollars will be used to make the Green Turtle roads safer and more drivable.
Will they keep their promise?
When I first came to Green Turtle, I was warned to be careful, that it was hard to get things done— “It’s the Bahamas,” they said. My reason for ignoring those skeptics and buying into Bluff House anyway was because … It IS the Bahamas.