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North Abaco Port Update

The China Harbour Company (CHC) is doing preliminary work on the ground as they get set to build the North Abaco Port just north of Cooper’s Town, possibly breaking ground as early as December.

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Pilot Club member gives update on Lowe Project

Margo Dean, director of projects for the Pilot Club, gave an update on the Love for the Lowes Project in late October. The project is a partnership among the Pilot Club, Rotary Club of Abaco and Scurvy Few members.

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Airport Timeline

The following is a timeline of over a decade of promises and delays as residents of Abaco wait for the new Airport Terminal and Air Traffic Control Tower that has been a sore point for locals for much longer.

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Hope Town District Council: October 19

During the Hope Town District Council meeting on October 19, issues with garbage collection were discussed and plans totaling over $14 million were passed as they dealt with a variety of matters for the district. Nicholas Sands, the contractor responsible for residential garbage collection in Great Guana Cay expressed concerns at not being able to collect payments from vacation rental home owners.

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Nearly 1200 signatures gathered in airport petition

Local business men and women, concerned about Abaco’s economy, circulated a letter of request during the month of October. The letter asked for signatures from Abaconians who wanted to see the airport open “in the shortest time possible.”

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BTC and PMH organize Abaco Blood Drive

Blood Drives at Abaco’s Cooper’s Town Clinic and the Marsh Harbour Parish Hall on the pre-Halloween weekend garnered a large number of willing participants for a record total of 70 donated pints of blood for the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH.) The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and a medical team from PMH saw a massive turn-out for their October weekend Blood Drive organized to help restore low levels at PMH. To encourage a healthy turnout, BTC gave away phones, phone cards, tablets and refreshments.

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Urban Renewal food drive benefits several Abaco communities

Paula Nesbitt, center manager for Urban Renewal’s Central Abaco Office, headed their first official food drive on Oct. 16. Nesbitt was assisted by Urban Renewals’ four facilitators: Sandy Boodle; Ernestine Albury; Anita Reckley; and Weldon Davis.

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Deputy Prime Minister Speaks on Airport Delays

“Concerns of a technical nature” are proving to be a challenge for the Ministry of Works and has delayed their ability to “issue necessary approvals” said the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip Brave Davis, while speaking at the Abaco Business Outlook on September 25 at the Abaco Beach Resort.

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Abaco’s diversified economy leaves further room for growth: Ministry of Tourism plans targeted campaign

The lineup of speakers for the 10th Annual Abaco Business Outlook on Sept. 25, included David Johnson, Director Ggeneral for the Ministry of Tourism. He spoke on the topic: “The Abacos: Our Most Diversified Family Island Economy and Its Enormous Opportunities for Future Economic Growth.”

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Tourist location site of scrap metal dump

For some time now scrap-metallers have been utilizing the freight area on the western side of Treasure Cay’s Ferry Dock and there are now piles of scrap metal covering most of the dock. This dock is also a major transit point for many visitors who make their way to Green Turtle Cay and they are often greeted by this eyesore. Scrap-metallers have also been seen burning large items on the dock creating a further nuisance and spreading hazardous smoke into nearby areas.

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