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Councils to Collect Property Tax on Behalf of Central Gov’t; Fixed Percentage to be Kept for Local Projects

As a result of the Hope Town District Council’s initiative, government is about to make a significant change to benefit local government, one of only two major changes since the system was initiated in 1996. The Local Government Act has been amended to allow district councils to collect real property tax on behalf of The Treasury.

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Thousands Served at Stranded Naked

The Free Stranded Naked Cheeseburger Beach Party is hard to grasp for anyone who has not experienced it. Between the people (or, more accurately, the characters), the warm water, the sights, sounds and smells of burgers wafting across Fiddle Cay it is easy to get lost in what is understood to be the largest beach and boat party in the country.

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Forty Years for Regatta Time in Abaco

Right on the heels of the first day of summer in Abaco and spread between the American and Bahamian Independence Days came the 40th Annual Regatta Time in Abaco (RTIA) bringing together about 50 boats from The Bahamas and around the world to compete in a series of races starting in Green Turtle Cay and ending at Hope Town.

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Man-O-War Independence Day Celebrations

The Bahamas celebrated 42 years of Independence on Friday, July 10, and Man-O-War is one Cay that sure knows how to celebrate. There were games, contests and fun for the whole family.

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Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ Sculling Race Pulls into Abaco

Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. Ltd. helped Abaconians enjoy the 42nd Bahamian Independence celebrations in a ‘Truly Bahamian’ way with their Sands ‘Man in The Boat’ sculling races. The event took place over the holiday weekend in Treasure Cay, right after the Regatta Time in Abaco finals.

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Abaco Crash Fire Rescue No Longer Responding to Emergencies at Venues Serving Alcohol, Chief Says for Volunteers Safety   

In addressing concerns surrounding events held at the public beach in Treasure Cay, the Abaco Crash Fire Rescue (ACFR) department wants to make it clear to the Oversight Committee that they will not respond to emergencies at venues were alcohol is served and promoted for the safety of the volunteers who staff the department.

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MP Notes Abaco’s Growth During Budget Debate

During the budget debate in June, North Abaco Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary Renardo Curry said that Abaco “continues to experience aggressive advancements”, noting that over 190 new businesses have been licensed between January and May of this year.

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Stiffer Penalties Demanded for Boat Thieves

On Monday, June 22 a Boat Theft and Security Information Meeting and Workshop was held in the Office of the Prime Minister at the Government Complex in Marsh Harbour. The meeting was organized by the Abaco Chamber of Commerce and Marine Operators of The Bahamas. It was hosted by North Abaco Member of Parliament Renardo Curry. The meeting was held to connect authorities (such as the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Royal Bahamas Defence Force) and other concerned stakeholders such as the Ministry of Tourism, Resorts, Insurance Agencies, Boat Rental Companies and other members of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce. All notes from the meeting were compiled and were presented to the Prime Minister and appropriate Cabinet Ministers.

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Lighthouse Festival Enters Second Year

The 2nd Annual Elbow Reef Lighthouse Festival was held on June 23, 2015. The celebration was held to help raise money for restorations to the lighthouse to help keep it on and running smoothly. With a combination of music, art, food and history it was a day of fun worth braving the summer sun for.

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Delta Air Lines to Commence ATL/MHH Nonstop Service in December 2015

Delta Air Lines will begin direct flights into Marsh Harbour from Atlanta on Dec 19, 2015. Tickets are currently on sale.

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