With no concrete plans announced but work continuing, the Abaco Defenders group remains concerned about the expansion of the Treasure Sands resort in Treasure Cay.
The conservation group known as the Abaco Defenders banded together to stop the clearing of land on private property that may be the remains of Carleton settlement, the first Loyalist settlement in Abaco. The group approached the operating bulldozer, stood in front of it with cameras running until it shut down. The group was able to explain their concerns to the operator and the General Manager of Treasure Sands, Tim Blakely.
Remains of a loyalist settlement have been confirmed at the site of the proposed Treasure Sands development and Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) has requested that construction cease pending further research.
The North Abaco Town Planning Board held a special meeting to discuss plans before them from Treasure Sands Club and to hear objections from Abaco Defenders on the proposed plans.
Questions and the ire of residents were raised as work on a new resort and spa development got underway in Treasure Cay and continued despite a reported cease and desist order. After acquiring approval from the Bahamas Investment Authority (BIA) in May of this year, Sand Bar Club and Spa Ltd., better known locally as Treasure Sands Club, began dredging the creek just outside the entrance gate to Treasure Cay and preparing the area for a dock and mini-pier.