I returned from a two week holiday to Abacos recently (22 Feb), but for me it was principally a fishing trip. We stayed at the Delphi Lodge for the first week, and Sandpiper/Blackfly Lodge the following week.
I picked up a copy of your paper at the airport on the way out, and read with interest the leader on the forthcoming elections, noting that your brother was a candidate. In fact the name Albury cropped up in one or two other places as well, so I assume there are long historical connections with the Abacos.
I loved the place, and so did my wife, but hiring a car and taking off down deserted tracks to the coast were spoiled by the trash, garbage, and detritus (mostly plastic) which inconsiderate and careless morons had left in some of the most beautiful places.
It’s bad enough here in England, and we live in a densely populated country, but it was appalling to discover such a casual and careless attitude to this jewel of an island. The Ernest A Dean Highway is the same. (I visited his grave at Sandy Point and told him how his legacy is being treated!). Who are these people who can’t take pride in their countryside? Do they imagine some magic fairy godmother will come along and make all this crap magically disappear with a wave of a trash wand?
I have no idea how much of this stuff comes from boats cruising the islands (I suspect quite a bit), but nevertheless it’s pride and consideration which is missing.
And this is the thing…..nowhere in your paper, or contained within the profile your brother wrote regarding his suitability for candidacy, did any of this mess get a mention. This was my first visit to the Bahamas, and tourism is surely a mainstay for the economy of the Island, but I can tell you that this total disregard for proper waste disposal is one of the main reasons I am unlikely to come back, and I suspect other visitors feel the same.
Maybe it’s the usual “familiarity breeding contempt” attitude, whereby no one notices the way your coastline is being despoiled, and if tourism is to be encouraged, I suggest it needs to be addressed pronto.
If your brother makes it into office, make sure he adds a clean-up campaign to his agenda! (I have no idea if the elections have been or gone or what happened)
John Ralphs Craddock