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Saving Lighthouse Pointe

Dear Readers,

Despite all the noise in the marketplace about BPL and the make-up scandal.... There are many who are deeply concerned about Eluethera right now and they are asking for all Bahamians to help them!
In late 2013 concerned Bahamians started a petition to protect one of Eleuthera's and maybe our country's most beautiful monuments Eleuthera's Lighthouse Point, Bannerman Town and the surrounding areas. This God made creation of outstanding beauty was marketed as a potential site for gated development, and it upset many who wanted to keep it for Bahamians, visitors and for the next generations. We understand that Disney Cruise Line has selected this Bahamian landmark for a park or second cruise 'destination' island, which was likely sold to them for only $20 million.

The cape is on the southern end of the 110-mile-long island of Eleuthera, famous for its pink sand beaches. Just off the northern shore of Eleuthera is Egg Island, where Disney had expressed interest in a second private port years ago, but after careful environmental studies announced in 2016 that they had decided the island was not suitable for large-scale development.

Locals on Eleuthera have begun a campaign to block the development on Lighthouse Point, citing concerns over how the development could impact the local ecology and the rich history of the island. In an exclusive statement with Tribune 242, a Disney Cruise Line spokesperson ensured Bahamians that would be involved with any future the cruise line would have in the nation, noting the cruise line's commitment to "sustainability, protecting the environment, creating jobs and economic opportunity, and celebrating the culture and stories of the area." 

According to residents of Eleuthera, the diversity of the Eco system and the hugely important cultural and historic resources are irreplaceable and should be preserved for the enjoyment and education of the entire community and not just for a select few. Archaeological and scientific findings to this point have been significant. It is reported to be one of the most important unexplored archaeological and scientific sites in The Bahamas.

Even though the Government of The Bahamas has signed onto the Caribbean Challenge and has agreed to place certain percentages of land and sea into protected custody, it has not designated conservation areas on Eleuthera.

But, the protest persists, and now many concerned Eleutherans, Non-profits and many persons who love The Bahamas are saying NO and asking you to sign this very important petition and help us make Lighthouse Point the first protected place on Eleuthera.

We are in support of this, and encourage you to sign, share and post.  2017 and 2018 have proved that 'the people' can bring change. That we can demand our Government listen to us and save some of our amazing lands and seas for our people and not another Cruise Line, taking business away from the islands open to them - and keeping it all to themselves.
We encourage you to read more, learn more and demand that Disney moves on to another place and leave these 700 acres of paradise alone for all to enjoy - not just fans of Mickey Mouse.


This Week's 242 News
PM promises to give report on Grand Lucayan hotel sale at next sitting of the House

When the House of Assembly resumes in September after its summer break, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis will outline details pertaining to the sale of the Grand Lucayan resort.

He made the announcement during a press conference following a tour of the sprawling property on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 during which he also announced that the government signed a $65 million sales agreement with Hutchison Whampoa and that a $10 million deposit was made. Read More
National Security Minister "excited" about the opening of GB's new fire station

After a long wait, firefighters in Grand Bahama will soon be moving into their new home - a state-of-the-art fire station that can also house law enforcement officers. According to Minister of National Security, the Hon. Marvin Dames, the firefighters could move into their new facility by mid-September. Read More
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Elnet Maritime Breaks Ground for New Center in Grand Bahama

Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson, said both foreign and local investors continue to display confidence in the Grand Bahamian economy by starting new businesses or expanding existing ones.  Read More
Presidente Turns Up the Heat with New Summer Promotion

Bahamian Summers are synonymous with high temperatures, beach bodies, and now thanks to a new promotion from the Caribbean's favourite beer, it will also become synonymous with ice cold Presidente. Read More
Bahama Paradise Cruise Line offers amazing cruise prizes for GBPA Conchman Triathlon winners

Athletes have even more reason to look forward to the 32nd annual GBPA Conchman Triathlon on November 3rd as Bahama Paradise Cruise Line (BPCL) have come on board as a major sponsor offering a number of cruise prizes.

"We are pleased to announce that Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line have generously given us eight tickets for their two-night, three-day cruise between Palm Beach and Grand Bahama," said GBPA Conchman Triathlon committee chairman Christopher Baker.
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KGBC Puppeteers Reaches Scores of Youth with Environmental Message

Youth on Grand Bahama Island learned valuable lessons about protecting the environment and keeping their communities clean courtesy of the Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) Committee, who recently concluded a successful tour of the island's Summer Camp Programs. In keeping with their commitment to education, conservation and preservation of the local environment, KGBC visited several local camps to spread the message of keeping the island clean. Read More
New Community-Owned Clinic Opens in Eleuthera

In a refurbished building that was once a general store, gleaming medical equipment, still encased in protective plastic wrappers, stood ready. It was August 20, the day of the opening of Eleuthera Medical Clinic. The community-owned facility already had 600 members and was quickly approaching its limit of 2,000. There was no fanfare, no ribbon-cutting, no band. A priest stood by the door, wanting to bless it. It was his idea. A few moments later, another minister called. She, too, wanted to come by and say a prayer. Read More
 "Camp Hope" summer camp was founded this year for children and teenagers known to have suffered mentally from some form of life trauma.
The objective of the camp counsellors was to restore hope to children who'd lost loved ones to acts of violence or illness, or who'd experienced some other form of damaging personal trauma. Read More
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We know you have opinions and we love to hear from you each week. In a brand new section which we've dubbed "In Response" we will feature insightful, interesting and opposing your perspectives to our weekly editorials. So weigh in and have your say, because we all have our 5 cents...In Response.

This is   Ashley Carter's Response to our editorial on August 23rd, 2018.
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You go girl!!!!! Discrimination has to stop! Not everyone will be slim and or skinny! They should be teaching everyone to love the skin their in. It's bad enough that people have to go to school or work or even anywhere in fact and people feel the need to degrade the other person. Woman and men need to build each other up and stop tearing each other down!!!
Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
Grand Bahama
  • August 29th, 2018
    • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Meeting 12:30pm at Delphine Room,Pelican Bay Hotel
  • August 31st, 2018

    • Bahamas Federation of Performing Arts One Shot Photography Competition 7:00pm at Grand Lucayan
  • August 31st, 2018

    • 3rd Annual "Our Kids' Future Matters" 5K Fun Run Walk 6:00pm at Independence Park 
  • August 31st, 2018

    • Prostate Cancer Town Meeting 7:00pm at BPSU Hall
  • September 3rd, 2018

    • Freeport Players Guild Monthly Meeting 7:00pm at Regency Theatre
  • September 7th, 2018

    • Prostate Cancer Screening Clinic 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Pearce Clinic
Family Islands
  • September 1st, 2018 
    • Softball Playoff Begins at Palmetto Point, Rock Sound, Governor's Harbor and James Cistern
  • September 9th, 2018 
    • "Rock Sound Regatta Rock Sound Sailing Regatta" at Queen's Highway, Rock Sound
  • September 26th, 2018 
    • Ali's Antique Car show at Governor's Harbour
  • September 26th, 2018 
    • Ali's Antique Car show at Governor's Harbour
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