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Curry Ratified for North Abaco

Renardo Curry, current Member of Parliament for North Abaco, was ratified by the Progressive Liberal Party as the candidate for the North Abaco Constituency once again. His ratification was confirmed Thursday, September 22.

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Party Leader Addresses Supporters at DNA Town Hall Meeting

The Democratic National Alliance, headlined by party leader Branville McCartney, held a town meeting on September 1 at St. John the Baptist's Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour where he outlined his plans for Abaco and the country.

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FNM Leader Speaks at Constituency Meeting

During what was scheduled to be a constituency meeting leader of the opposition and the Free National Movement (FNM), Doctor Hubert Minnis spoke to the public outside the South Abaco constituency office in the Abaco Shopping Plaza on December 4.

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DNA Hosts Town Hall Meeting in Abaco

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney, along with Chairman Andrew Wilson and other members of the party came to Abaco on October 31 through November 2, holding a town meeting as well as visiting several communities.

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Min. Halkitis speaks to Abaco on VAT Tax

During the Vision Empowerment VAT Seminar at Change Ministries Minister of State for Finance, Michael Halkitis spoke to a room of about 150 persons concerning the proposed Value Added Tax (VAT) due to be implemented on July 1, 2014 and answered questions from the audience.

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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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Senator Sawyer Defends Decision on Sweeting

After Hope Town District Council Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting made public his employer’s change of policy regarding his time off to deal with local government matters, Senator Gary Sawyer, part-owner of Abaco Petroleum, defended his decision. The issue that precipitated the change came about when the Hope Town District Council received a cut to their budget and Mr. Sweeting held a press conference in in which he called the cuts “the biggest and gravest crisis since the inception of local government.”

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MP Key defends choice to stay

On August 7 police officers entered the House of Parliament to remove Free National Movement (FNM) leader Dr. Hubert Minnis. This was in response to Dr. Minnis’ refusal to withdraw comments he made last month regarding the Prime Minister. As the officers came to remove Minnis, he and seven FNM Members of Parliament left the Chamber in solidarity. The only FNM MP to remain was Central & South Abaco MP Edison Key.

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Opposition Leader Visits Abaco

On August 10, Dr. Hubert Minnis along with party chairman Darron Cash and members of the Free National Movement (FNM) held a brief memorial service for former FNM National Chairman Charles Maynard laying a wreath on the side of the road at the site of his passing.

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Central Abaco Council

After a 40-minute wait for enough members to form a quorum, the Central Abaco Council held its final meeting for this fiscal year ending June 30. Those attending were upset with those members who fail to honour their commitment of several hours a month to serve their community.

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