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I am a man and I cry. There, I have said it & 242 Weekly News Highlights

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28,000+ Signatures Cry Out for Preservation of Lighthouse Point, Asking to Give Island Jewel Away is Like Asking Me to Hand Over a Child

By: Joe Darville 

Dear Readers,

I am a man and I cry. There, I have said it.
I cry for the inhumanity of human against human. I cry for all the parts and parcels of The Bahamas that Bahamians do not have access to.
Please, please do not make Lighthouse Point one of them.
Every time I learn of a little piece of this beautiful archipelago that is being developed without kind and gentle care for its future, I am torn between wanting to scream and shedding another tear. Like others who support Save The Bays, I am not anti-development. But development must be done by with care by those who care. It must be sensitive to the environment and sustainable for the future. Its footprint must be acceptable.

At this moment in time, there is no area under more of a threat than Lighthouse Point and Lighthouse Beach in South Eleuthera. Disney Cruise Lines wants to buy either the 700-acre parcel or some substantial portion thereof to create a private destination for its passengers. I cannot blame Disney. Lighthouse Point is one of the most breathtaking places on the face of God's green earth and that is only one reason why it must be preserved for Bahamians. It is also one of the highest elevations and with climate change and the accompanying sea level rise, researchers far wiser than I predict that many of our islands may be underwater in less than a century, making it even more critical to preserve key high elevation places for future generations. Fifty, 80 or 100 years from now, our great grandchildren and theirs may be searching for high land or living on the sea. And where will Disney be then? Will it have abandoned its pretty little piece of paradise like Gold Rock did when it finished the Disney movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, and left structures to rust, like a diseased ghost town in Grand Bahama?

If you do not care about one senior citizen activist like me who wants to save Lighthouse Point, there are 28,382 other reasons, every one of them a person who cared enough to sign the petition as of 5 pm on September 17, 2018. It is the largest petition in Bahamas history so far as I can tell. Before this, Save The Bays had amassed the most signatures with more than 7,000 for a broad spectrum of environmental measures. Bahamians are not great petition signers. We would rather go on radio and talk or complain to anyone in general. But the children from a school in South Eleuthera who are leading part of Save Lighthouse Point drive and the crush of people signing every few seconds is jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring. Consider it relative to other drives. An oil pollution petition attracted 1,400 signatures, an anti-Oban Energies petition got 550 signatures. Save Lighthouse Point is at 28,000 and climbing.

28,000+ signatures - Mr. Prime Minister and those who we elected to represent us, hear the voices of those who penned that petition and do the right thing. Not because one old man does not want to shed another tear for another piece of The Bahamas that will be lost. There are plenty of places to create a cruise ship play area, including right across the harbour from where the ships dock in Nassau or in Grand Bahama. But not at Lighthouse Point. Please, Mr. Prime Minister, save Lighthouse Point for Bahamians and anyone who wants to visit and leave that craggy, rocky, green hills and white sand beaches canvas of Nature just as they found it, taking only memories of the beauty with them.

This Week's 242 News
Contribution to the Debate on the Resolution to Guarantee the Purchase of the Grand Lucayan

I rise in support of this Resolution, a necessary and critical step in the rescue and renewal of Grand Bahama.
The redevelopment of Grand Bahama is essential for the ongoing economic recovery and development of the economy of The Bahamas.
I note at the outset that the Grand Lucayan Property includes three distinct hotel properties:
The Property referred to as Memories, the Lighthouse Point and Breakers Cay. Read More
PM Opens National Skills Symposium
In keeping with the government's commitment to improve the standard of living for Bahamians, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis officially launched the National Committee for Industry & Skills Development, on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the opening of the National Skills Symposium. Read More
Small Islands Have to Grapple with the Imposition of External Standards Set by Larger Countries
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said small islands like The Bahamas have to grapple with the imposition of external standards set by the world's large countries when it comes to the financial sector. Read More
Sandals Resorts International Announces First Phase of Elimination of Single-Use Plastic from Resorts Across Seven Caribbean Islands
Today, on the first day of Pollution Prevention Week, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) announced that all 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven Caribbean islands - including Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Barbados and Turks & Caicos - will eliminate the 21,490,800 single-use plastic straws and stirrers used across the resorts each year by November 1, 2018. Eco-friendly paper straws will be available upon request. Read More
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Environmental Groups Denounce Efforts to 'Buy Off' residents!
With a renewed campaign aimed at protecting and preserving Lighthouse Point, various concerned environmental partners have been moved by the outpouring of support. "Not only has the campaign successfully raised public awareness - and reached the set goal of over 25 thousand signatures on the petition to the Prime Minister," said re-Earth President, Sam Duncombe, "but we have introduced new generations of Eleutherans and Bahamians to the awe-inspiring beauty of the point."  Read More
Courtesy Call on Minister Rolle -- A Celebration for Shaunae Miller-Uibo
Surrounded by cheering well-wishers and waving Bahamian flags, Olympic Gold-Medalist and 2018 Diamond League Winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo arrived at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MOYSC) for a courtesy call that was a celebration for all present, on September 17, 2018, even those cheering and dancing to live Junkanoo music on the two floors above the building's main floor. Read More
Newest Conchman Sponsor looks Forward to Future Partnership
Over the past three decades, the GBPA Conchman Triathlon event held on Grand Bahama Island has grown in popularity attracting some of the world's preeminent triathletes. Since 1986, the event has provided an environment of friendly competition for both residents and visitors while encouraging physical health activity. Read More
Local Influencers treated to Lighthouse Point Experience on Eleuthera
Sometimes, you have to see it, to believe it and this past weekend, some of the country's most influential social media voices got a chance to see, feel and experience the magical beauty of Lighthouse Point on the island of Eleuthera.
The breathtaking monument has been part of Eleuthera's charm and beauty for hundreds of years. Read More
CIBC FirstCaribbean Helps Kids Get Back to School All Prim and Proper
The Salvation Army and CIBC FirstCaribbean have teamed up during one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year for some parents, to provide school uniforms to a number of students.
Salvation Army Community Relations Associate Melanese Coakley said, "Always at this time of year people are seeking uniforms to send their children back to school. We try to help meet this need through our 'Back to School' program. Read More
Nearly 1,000-year Order Donates to Bahamas Feeding Network
With nearly 1,000 years of service to the sick and poor around the world, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller (Malta) through the Commandery of the West Indies made a donation to the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) during an Investiture of new members recently held in The Bahamas. Read More
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e Car Boot Sale

Saturday, September 29th at the Garden of the Groves
Humane Society's Car Boot sale will be taking place at Garden of the Groves on Saturday, 29th September between 10.00am and 1.00pm. 

There are a few spaces still available for anyone wishing to sell their unwanted chattels, clothes, anything! etc. in exchange for making some money for themselves. 

It's $20 per 'boot' - that's a car, truck or wagon. Anyone can share one vehicle with a friend too.

This is a weeks' notice so you've got time to clear your clutter in time for the holiday season, and prepare. Pricing in advance is a good idea. 

If you're not in the market for a clear out and selling please come along and browse the many stalls already booked, and carry away some excellent bargains. 

The Garden Café will be open from 9.30am until 4.00pm for breakfast, brunch, lunch and cocktails of course! 

Anyone wishing to book a boot-space please contact Caraline Holding at or 373 1611. $20 payable on the day. 

As always, 100% revenue from the boots goes directly to the Humane Society to help our homeless dogs and cats so please support this event!
Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
Grand Bahama
  • September 24th, 2018
    • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Chamber Open House & Exhibit 11:00am - 4:00pm at The Conference Room
  • September 25th, 2018
    • The Ministry of Environment and Housing Town Hall Meetings 9:00am - 3:00pm at The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
  • September 26th, 2018
    • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Meeting 12:30pm at Delphine Room,Pelican Bay Hotel
  • September 28th, 2018
    • Local Farmers and Craft Market 9:00am - 1:00pm at The Rand Nature Centre
  • September 28th, 2018
    • The Ministry of Environment and Housing Town Hall Meeting 9:00am - 3:00pm at The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
  • October 13th, 2018
    • Book Launch for S.L. Sheppard's The Left-over Daughters 6:00pm at Regency Theatre Foyer
Family Islands
  • September 26th, 2018 
    • Ali's Antique Car show at Governor's Harbour
  • September 26th, 2018 
    • Ali's Antique Car show at Governor's Harbour
  • September 29th, 2018 
    • Pap Smear & Breast Exam for Women and PSA Blood Testing & Digital Exam for Men at Long Island Clinics
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