Tom Southworth, vice-president of development for Southworth Development, the Abaco Club’s main owner, said that the September 2, 2016, Heads of Agreement signing “had nothing to do” with either the marina permitting or Responsible Development for Abaco’s Judicial Review.
Seeking to fulfill their obligation to hold public consultation The Abaco Club at Winding Bay held a meeting in Cherokee on June 27 along with officials from government agencies to present their final plans and address any issues, concerns or questions raised by the public.
Cherokee Sound residents hosted a Town Meeting with persons attending from Yellow Wood, Winding Bay, Little Harbour, Casuarina and Bahama Palm Shores. The Chief Councillor of South Abaco, Jacqueline Estevez, moderated the meeting which was called to order at 7:00 p.m., with approximately 50 persons attending. An opening prayer was given by Michael Knowles of the Cherokee Town Committee.
In the midst of considerable excitement, The Abaco Club at Winding Bay finally changed hands on December 11, 2014 as Southworth Development purchased the property along with an association of homeowners as well as plans to inject several hundred million in improvements to the property over the next five to seven years.
On Feb. 22, 2015 you wrote a letter to the Association of Little Harbour Property Owners stating that you intend to proceed with your marina project "without additional consultation with Little Harbour." The justification you offered was that certain ALPHO members have over-dramatized effects of the project and based remarks on things they knew to be untrue. I'm glad you were careful enough to qualify your statement with "certain ALPHO members" because I am certain your statement does apply to everyone in Little Harbour.
David Southworth, the new owner of the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, met with residents of Little Harbour on January 8 to discuss his plans to put dockage and other facilities in the harbour community.
Marina Operators of The Bahamas (MOB) met on Feb 5 at the Schooner Bay development in South Abaco. On the agenda for the meeting was a financial overview of the organization, a discussion of new marketing tactics and presentations by ancillary partners such as the Police who reported on stolen vessels throughout the country. The day was capped by a round table discussion with the Minister for Financial Services: the Hon. Ryan Pinder. MOB made the case to Mr. Pinder that the government loses millions of dollars in revenue a year from faulty recording a collection practices in the marina and yachting industries.