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Residents Perturbed by Clinic Conditions

Over the past several months residents have expressed dismay over the conditions at the Marsh Harbour Clinic. A few have contacted The Abaconian upset about what they have seen at the tax-payer funded health facility.

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Immigration Minister Visits Abaco to Clarify Policies

Fred Mitchell, Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs, held several meetings throughout Abaco on the cusp of “more consistent and thorough checks of the immigration status of residents” in line with new administrative measures which came into effect November 1, 2014.

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Looking Back on 2014

Editor’s Note: As a supplement to last issue’s “Top Twelve Stories of 2014” this is a more comprehensive reflection on the big events of last year.

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Lighthouse to Undergo Repairs, Light Out for the End of January  

Alex Klahm, with Architectural Metal & Design Inc, a specialist in restoring metal historical structures, will return to Abaco on January 23 to start work on the Elbow Reef Lighthouse the following day.

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Migrant Boat Captured

A small sailboat loaded with Haitian migrants was captured in the waters of North Abaco attempting to make their way to Miami, Florida on January 7.

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Visitor Bitten by Shark

A 34-year-old American tourist, bitten by what is believed to be a bull shark while swimming in the area of Tahiti Beach on January 6, is now recovering in a South Florida hospital.

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Winding Bay Sold

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay officially changed ownership on December 11. Southworth Development, and international developer of residential resort communities, purchased the property along with an association of Winding Bay homeowners. Marriott Vacation Worldwide Corporation was the previous owner.

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Top 12 Stories of 2014

It’s a new year with new adventures ahead for Abaco. But to put our future in context we should reflect on the past. In putting this list together we decided on what we felt were the most impactful stories for Abaco of 2014. They could not be annual events (sorry Regatta, Stranded Naked, Business Expo and Box Cart Races) and could not be a “national” story (sorry VAT, Leslie Miller and BahamasAir Strike).

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GTC Festival of Lights delights

Residents of Green Turtle Cay celebrate Christmas in style thanks to the work of the Festival of Lights Committee who yearly have a series of holiday events to raise money to outfit New Plymouth in lights and decorations for the season.

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Man arrested for boat theft, human trafficking

Mark Bastian, 41, was arraigned at the Magistrate’s Court on Dec. 23 on charges of stealing and receiving.

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