While residents of most of Abaco are certainly frustrated with recent power outages, residents and guests of Green Turtle Cay are exasperated as they are experiencing excessively longer outages.
Though the recent outages that have affected almost all communities on Abaco have also affected Green Turtle Cay; they continue to experience outages, some days long, after much of the island is restored.
One resident noted that she was told there is a problem with the underground power line going to North End, it is old and damaged and despite attempts to fix it, it appears it really needs to be replaced.
However, it was said that replacing it is potentially a problem as the residents of North End want the cable underground, which can cost as much as three times more than overhead lines on poles, and that that is where a sort of impasse exists.
With 26 cottages at the North End of Green Turtle Cay there is much anxiety as recent outages have lasted days with little to no reprieve. Property managers were noted to have bent over backwards to ensure guests who had already arrived were comfortable during their stay as cottages had no lights, water or refrigeration.
Resorts in Green Turtle Cay are generally busy this time of year and as one General Manager, Molly McIntosh noted, this is absolutely the worst time and situation for power outages.
Ms. McIntosh said that the Bluff House had just received a group of private pilots and had every room and villa on the property rented, and she was aware that the Green Turtle Club also had a group who had many slips and all their rooms booked.
“What do we say? We cannot say anything because we do not know anything because no information is shared by BPL/BEC,” she said.
She said after the power outages “Boats left our marina specifically because of the power problems. The private pilots stayed, but do you think that they will come back again? I doubt it.”
She said that the “Bluff House and the staff work very hard to keep our guests happy so that they will come back and will tell others. Private Pilots and Boaters specifically, can come back several times a year and are always talking to other boaters and pilots as they are all always looking for places to go in their boats and planes that are easy to get to and fun and that have power.”
She said that the economic impact from this specific time would be hard to determine, but the impact is going to be felt for the rest of the season and next year.
“Word is out on social media and by word of mouth. This has really hurt Abaco,” she said.
She said that if it were just the first time or even the second time; however, “this just keeps happening and with no explanation or decrease in rates, to the contrary it seems as though our rates increase.”
Not unlike other reports from Green Turtle Cay, Mrs. McIntosh noted that brown outs and surges have ruined one of their ice machines and as well as many other people’s and business’ appliances.
All residents we spoke to, including Mrs. McIntosh gave great credit to the hardworking BEC/BPL crew who have been working tirelessly to try to fix the issues on the Cay.
Residents remain frustrated and hope they still can salvage what’s left of the summer season, and hope the issues get resolved before guests return.