On Thursday, February 4 the Senior Island Administrator Charles Moss assembled heads of government departments including the Police and Defence Force for a walk through and familiarization of the shanty town communities known as the Mudd and Pigeon Pea.
Fred Mitchell, Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs, held staging meetings with multiple agencies ahead of intensive immigration checks set for Abaco possibly “within the next 42 days”.
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.
Octvervil Baptiste, in partnership with Pastor Sitoir Pasterrain, Pastor Antoine Joseph, Pastor Lucane and Pastor Olibric held their 2nd Annual Back to School Giveaway on Aug. 31. According to Baptiste, the initiative is accomplished through their A Perfect Heart Foundation.
The Department of Immigration, along with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF), Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), Ministry of Works (MOW), and the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) went on a tour of the Pigeon Pea and Mudd shanty towns.
The Haitian Youth Conference 2013 was held from Feb. 17-24 nightly at the Friendship Mission Baptist Church L’Amitie in the Peas community under the theme: “Better Decisions Today for a Brighter Future Tomorrow.”
Indiscriminate and illegal dumping are raising concerns with residents at multiple locations including an overflowing bin located between the shanty towns of the Mudd and Pigeon Pea and household garbage dumped in the pine forest just hundreds of feet from the landfill.