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Greg Gomez

The recently ratified candidate for the Free National Movement (FNM) in North Abaco is ready to continue to “build on the foundation started by Mr. Ingraham” as he seeks to bring all Abaconians together as one in the upcoming by-elections. A native Abaconian, Greg Gomez was educated at Dundas Town Primary, later graduating from Abaco Central High. He continued his education at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma where he studied business administration.

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Schooner Bay Host Local GOvernment Officials

Mr. Joshua Smith, newly appointed Administrator for South Abaco, and various Local Government officials were treated to a luncheon at Schooner Bay on July 27. Afterwards they were taken on a tour of the property to view the various aspects of development.

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Cay Mills

Declaring his bid to run as an independent candidate in the North Abaco by-elections, Cay Mills shared what he called a “flawed” and “unfair process” undertaken by the Free National Movement (FNM) in selecting their candidate. According to Mr. Mills the process of selecting the FNM’s candidate for North Abaco began with Perry Thomas, Jackson McIntosh and himself, with John Swain being considered at one point before withdrawing himself from the race. After seven weeks of waiting, which he said was supposed to have been two; Greg Gomez’s name was added to the list.

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An evening of appreciation held for former Administrator Pinder

An appreciation dinner was held in the Community Hall, Sandy Point, on July 21 to honour former Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. Mr. Pinder was hoping to work until his contract expired in September 2013, but was replaced by an Administrator from Nassau, Joshua Smith, who arrived to take up office on July 15. In an emotional farewell speech, Mr. Pinder said, “I am a little saddened at leaving my post but I was taught whenever one is down one should stand up, shake it off and move on so that is what I will do.

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Minister of Education Tours Local Schools

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, visited Abaco on July 12-13 to inspect the “physical plan of the government schools” across Abaco and was pleased with the general conditions of the schools here. Mr. Fitzgerald spoke of the need to focus more time on core subjects in schools “as we move forward to improve our educational system so that the students are not only prepared for the jobs that will come online but to be able to compete in the twenty-first century.”

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Minister of Housing Inspects Government Projects

During his visit to Abaco on July 20, Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett addressed concerns with the number of government homes in Spring City that are boarded up and unoccupied stating that he intends to have them occupied as quickly as possible to avoid any further “depreciation of the assets here in Abaco.” “My concern continues to be that we have completed homes in Spring City and unfortunately my understanding is that we haven’t provided or facilitated the mortgages to enable people to occupy those homes,” he said.

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Gomez Chosen as FNM’s North Abaco Candidate

On July 23 the Free National Movement officially selected and ratified their candidate to run in the North Abaco by-elections. Greg Gomez was chosen and accepted to run on the party’s behalf. The by-election will be called within sixty days after the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham officially resigns from the House of Assembly on August 31. Other names, besides Mr. Gomez, which were considered by the FNM were Perry Thomas, Jackson McIntosh and Cay Mills. Mr. Gomez was chosen after nearly ten hours of deliberation.

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BNT holds public meeting on the use of lobster condos

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) held a public meeting on July 18 at the Anglican Parish Hall, and Angee Doerr, a PhD candidate from the University of California-Davis, delivered a presentation on the “Socioeconomic and Ecological Impacts of Condos on the Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery.” Currently, the lobster fishery is …

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Body Found in Bustic Bight Area

A gruesome discovery was made on Sunday, July 15, when a resident and some family members were in the area of Bustic Bight hunting for hogs and they found a body wrapped in a sheet through a track road. Police were alerted and upon investigation discovered the body of a …

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Cephas Cooper Bids Farewell to Abaco

On July 14 previous Senior Island Administrator Cephas Cooper was honoured in a special going-away dinner held at Abaco Beach Resort. Mr. Cooper, originally from Cooper’s Town, has been Abaco’s Senior Administrator for several years. The dinner party marked his last weekend as Abaco’s Administrator before he headed to Rock Sound, Eleuthera to take up administrative duties there.

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