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Island-wide power outages explained

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) explains that a line fault in one instance and high winds and salt spray in another are the reasons for multiple power outages in Abaco which happened November 19, 20 and 25.

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Magistrate Hosts Appreciation Luncheon

More than 20 members of the Juvenile Panel plus officials of the Magistrate’s Court attended an appreciation luncheon hosted by Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams in the conference room of the office of the Prime Minister on November 19. Magistrate Evans- Williams welcomed everyone, thanking them for all the hard work they put in volunteering their time to serve on the juvenile panel. As an icebreaker she then asked each person to introduce themselves.

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Pilot Club paints home of disabled woman, promotes Anchor Club in schools

In the early morning hours of Nov. 16, the Pilot Club of Abaco celebrated International Care & Kindness week by demonstrating what it means to be kind. According to Pilot Keora Archer, the team of volunteers painted the home of Sheila Calma, a disabled lady residing in Murphy Town.

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TSA regulations ensure tightened security at Marsh Harbour Airport

Last month, the Department of Civil Aviation on Abaco announced that passengers must arrive early to satisfy the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) regulations, and to ensure that flights depart on time at the Marsh Harbour International Airport.

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New airport fees to be replaced

Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe in a recent interview said an increase to the departure tax in place of some of the new and increased aviation fees may be “an acceptable position” for all sides as the government anticipates a greater return from air arrivals. Mr. Wilchcombe said, “We want to make sure that the airlift numbers increase. It’s one thing to say look at the new rate, but that rate has to be predicated on your deliverables and we’re expecting a greater return.”

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National Geographic promotes Geotourism Project to Out Islands only

Following a visit to the Abaco Cham­ber of Commerce in March regarding the Small and Medium Size Enterprises De­velopment Bill (SMEDA), Tonya Cargill- Adderley, principal of Contact Excellence Consulting, returned to Abaco on Nov.1. Cargill-Adderley was accompanied by Maria Lucia Prinz, a National Geo­graphic representative, for a presentation at the Office of the Prime Minister in the Government Complex. This time the focus was on The Bahamas Geotourism Out Is­lands Program for National Geographic’s Interactive MapGuide.

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Concerns continue to be raised in Treasure Cay: “Save the Bays” directors join with Council

Tensions were still running high in North Abaco last week following the dredging at the site of a proposed boutique hotel and fishing lodge by Sand Bar Club and Spa Ltd. near the entrance of Treasure Cay. Residents claim that the dredged site is where the Loyalists first settled after their 1783 landfall at Carleton Point, and that now artifacts of great historical value are lost forever. Although the government issued a cease and desist order on Oct. 22 for dredging to be stopped, it was reported that there was a delay in the developers re­ceiving it.

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Gun license hike upsets Abaco hunters, law-abiding residents

Residents in Abaco expressed serious concerns over the recent sudden appear­ance of a notice at the Marsh Harbour Po­lice Station indicating firearm license fee increases which are in effect as of Novem­ber 6, 2013.

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Fault shuts down Wilson City Power Plant in early November outages

In a press release from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) adverse weather conditions in the area which led to severe salt spray caused damage to several pieces of equipment and a number of out­ages from November 6 through 8. The statement said that the equipment had to be repaired and cleaned before sup­ply could be restored. Treasure Cay Crash Fire & Rescue assisted by washing excess salt off transformers in several areas be­tween Treasure Cay and Cooper’s Town.

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Controversy surrounds new Treasure Cay development

Questions and the ire of residents were raised as work on a new resort and spa development got underway in Treasure Cay and continued despite a reported cease and desist order. After acquiring approval from the Bahamas Investment Authority (BIA) in May of this year, Sand Bar Club and Spa Ltd., better known locally as Treasure Sands Club, began dredging the creek just outside the entrance gate to Treasure Cay and preparing the area for a dock and mini-pier.

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