The Save Guana Cay Reef Association (SGCRA), which mounted a groundbreaking five-year legal campaign in opposition to the Baker’s Bay development, warned of serious implications for the surrounding reef – recognized as one of the best dive sites in the world – as well as for the rest of the previously unspoiled island. The group fears now that their predictions have come true.
Tensions were still running high in North Abaco last week following the dredging at the site of a proposed boutique hotel and fishing lodge by Sand Bar Club and Spa Ltd. near the entrance of Treasure Cay. Residents claim that the dredged site is where the Loyalists first settled after their 1783 landfall at Carleton Point, and that now artifacts of great historical value are lost forever. Although the government issued a cease and desist order on Oct. 22 for dredging to be stopped, it was reported that there was a delay in the developers receiving it.