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Unresolved Issues Continue to Nag at Hope Town Council


During the opening remarks of the Hope Town District Council’s regular monthly meeting Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting took a moment to remember former council member Tony Albury of Man-O-War who recently passed away, and a moment of silence was observed.

The Senior Island Administrator, Charles Moss informed the Council that he has not received any official response regarding the status of Arthur Elden who has been nominated by the Council to fill one of the vacated seats for Man-O-War.

Mr. Moss noted that voter registration exercises are on hold as they are awaiting the necessary funds to enable them to travel to the Cays to register voters. He said he is expecting the funds shortly.

Mr. Sweeting said he wants to put some of the issues they are experiencing in the newspapers as they have a number of items unresolved for too long.

The Council reversed a prior decision concerning an application for a floating take-away and bar that was submitted for their consideration. In a previous meeting they felt it necessary to take the application to a town meeting to be held in January and let the people have input on the proposal.

Since that time the Council felt it would be fairer to make the decision themselves; however, Donnie Carey, Deputy Chief Councillor, proposed that there be a resolution limiting floating take-away/bars to three for the district – one for Hope Town, one for Man-O-War and one for Guana Cay – and limiting which beaches they could have access to.

Mr. Sweeting then asked to make an amendment to the resolution on behalf of Man-O-War that no floating bar be permitted for the Man-O-War area. The resolution was deferred to the next meeting as they wanted to get the language and amendment corrected.

About Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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