A community meeting was held on January 26 in the High Banks Firehouse at 6:30pm for residents of Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shores. The meeting was very well attended. Presenters for the evening were Administrator for South Abaco Lavon Harris Smith, General Manager Ministry of Works, William Krezel, Superintendent of Police Kevin Mortimer, Superintendent Paul Farquharson of the CID Department and Mr. Poitier from Simmons Construction Company.
Ministry of Works (MOW) began demolition of a two story home illegal constructed on the edge of the shanty town known as the Mudd on Friday, November 7 after several stop work orders were ignored over the span of a year.
Eight illegally constructed homes were bulldozed in Sand Banks on October 7. Sand Banks is a shanty town community just south of Treasure Cay. On May 4 of this year a fire destroyed about half of the homes in the community. The actions on October 7 targeted the homes which had been constructed since the fire.
The Marsh Harbour Spring City Town Committee continues to work, in conjunction with government agencies and volunteers, maintaining drains and putting in speed bumps in their township.
Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, led a delegation of cabinet ministers and officials to view the new terminal on Wednesday, May 25 to view what he called a ‘major accomplishment’ for the people of Abaco.
The Ministry of Works, with police escort, demolished a recent illegally built home in the shanty town known as the Mudd after the builder ignored stop work orders, finished building and moved in.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip Brave Davis said that “certain delays” are causing the government to put off again the opening of the Marsh Harbour International Airport Terminal until “some other issues” are addressed.
During a contract signing at the Government Complex on May 27, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, Philip Brave Davis took time to address the numerous complaints concerning road works in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Davis said that “complaints have reached me but our engineers are satisfied with the quality of work.”
Residents grow more and more weary of dodging potholes on Central Abaco’s main roads – Don MacKay Blvd. and Elizabeth Drive which joins into Bay Street – as after every rain shower the size and quantify of holes to avoid. During a drive through of these roads on September 12, significant (more that twelve inches wide and at least one inch deep) potholes numbered close to 100 and several areas had large clusters that required vehicles to slow significantly or switch lanes to avoid.