Two Bahamian men were arrested and charged before Magistrate Ancella Evans for Assisting Illegal Landing in connection with the Haitian Nationals who were found entering Abaco on Sunday October 5.
During a two day meeting held in Hope Town between key people involved in the maintenance of Abaco lighthouses it was decided that the lighthouses of The Bahamas would be placed under the jurisdiction of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC). Representatives of government agencies, such as the Port Authority, The Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation and The Bahamas National Trust, were joined by local stakeholders for the meeting.
In an effort to devise a plan of action to proceed with the restoration of Hole in the Wall Lighthouse, the Lighthouse Restoration Committee decided to invite an expert, Annie Potts (who was involved with the restoration of the Hope Town Lighthouse) to one of the meetings.
Hole-in-the-Wall, the famous and historic landmark that jutted from the southern tip of Abaco, has been forever altered. The distinctive arch that formed a bridge from the mainland out to the rocky tip was the victim of extremely strong surges courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. What remains is a gap where the land-bridge once was suspended. White, un-weathered limestone now stands as a stark reminder of what once was.
The Hole in the Wall Restoration Committee met in the afternoon of August 9 at the Ministry of Tourism Training Center. The Committee discussed the results of the assessment expedition and finalized the major points concerning the installation of the lights in the lantern room as well as the installation of plexiglass in that same room to protect the lights from bad weather. A major point of discussion was devising a way to warn heavy equipment operators of the danger posed by the cave system located around and under the road to the lighthouse. Other topics of future concern were brought up also.
Five people - Richard Cunningham with the Port Authority, David Knowles, Director of Parks for the Bahamas National Trust, Marcus Bethel, National Park Warden and two Hole in the Wall Lighthouse Restoration Committee members, Preston Roberts and Mirella Santillo - took a trip to the lighthouse on July 21 to make a preliminary assessment of what had to be done to the lighthouse and to the surrounding grounds to make it more accessible.