During a town meeting held by the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Dionisio D’Aguilar it was mentioned that the government is in the early stages of considering a development in South Abaco.
The announcement comes almost eight years after a prior proposal by a Georgia company Valencia Group went cold. The initial announcement was met with much controversy.
While Mr. D’Aguilar did not name the developer as it is still in the early stages of discussions, he did indicate that it was not Valencia Group.
Residents feared that the prior proposal which included a large-scale development of South Abaco, including three hotels, two golf courses, and an amphitheater in an area near the Abaco National Park, would be environmentally harmful and not in line with the character of Abaco which sees a stream of visitors who are attracted by the fact that it is less developed than New Providence and Grand Bahama.
Residents were further disgruntled by the pushing of a road through the eastern side of the National Park where it was feared some part nests with eggs were destroyed.
Mr. D’Aguilar said the project as he knows it does not include a marina nor a golf course.
He said the government will do their due diligence and bring the proposal to the people in a town meeting when they are at that point.