#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: June 6th, 2019
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
is nothing like the comments, questions or statements of a child that
can make you smile or laugh out loud. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of
being the guest speaker at a local school to speak on tourism and
business subjects. I was having a crazy week, just back from vacation,
and I really did not go to the event very prepared. I did not need to
worry – I think if I had talked about unicorns coming back to earth -
they would have embraced me and participated too.
Grand Bahama Officially Opens World’s First Land-Based Commercial Coral Farm for Reef Restoration!
Coral reefs are
dying around the world, with over half being lost since the early
seventies. Based on current trends, scientists predict that ninety
percent of coral reefs are on track to die by 2050. This ecological
tragedy is also a serious socio-economic problem; reefs support one
billion people and an estimated 25% of marine life while generating
conservatively $30 billion annually through tourism, fisheries, and
coastal protection. The Bahamas, who welcome over six million visitors a
year to their islands, beaches, and crystal-clear waters has embraced a
new dynamic adventure they hope will change this outcome.
Coral Vita is a
mission-driven company dedicated to restoring dying reefs, with a vision
to create a global network of projects to sustain reefs into the
future. They have started by creating the world’s first land-based
commercial coral farm for restoration located in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
NEMA urges “Be Prepared Bahamas” for 2019 Hurricane Season
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has as its
theme: “Be Prepared Bahamas” for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The season runs
June 1 to November 30. However a Subtropical Atlantic Storm Andrea has
already form, making 2019 the fifth consecutive year to have a named
storm outside of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
In this vein,
Director of NEMA Captain Stephen Russell is reminding The Bahamas about
three consecutive hurricanes: Joaquin in 2015, Matthew in 2016 and Irma
in 2017 all category 3 storms, which left millions in destruction.
BREA President Wallace-Whitfield to Keynote Florida Business Meeting
Estate Association (BREA) President Christine Wallace-Whitfield will be
the keynote speaker when business leaders from various countries gather
in Fort Myers June 6 for International Day.
“This is a great
honour for The Bahamas and for the Bahamian real estate profession,”
said Wallace-Whitfield, who was recently elected for a third term as
head of the 700+-member professional association. “It is a recognition
of the interest in our market and the value of investing in The
Gov’t failed to report on threats to human rights defenders
IACHR issues second official request for information on activists facing risk of violence and intimidation in the Bahamas
Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has had to reiterate its request for
information from the government regarding threats against the safety of
human rights defenders in the Bahamas.
The threats in
question were reported to the Commission in December 2016 and early
2017, towards the end of the former PLP administration. They occurred in
the face of an order from the IACHR requiring the government to protect
five activists from Save The Bays, after it was found that they were
“in serious and urgent situation, since their lives and personal
integrity face an imminent risk of irreparable harm”.
WSC Plans Potable Water Improvements for Cat Island
of the Water and Sewerage Corporation and Member of Parliament for Long
Island, Adrian Gibson, and a team of engineers of the corporation
visited Cat Island on Thursday, May 30, 2019 to get a better grasp of
the work the corporation proposes to do in order to bring potable water
to the island.
Mr. Gibson said as
soon as a few glitches have been cleared up and bids go to tender, a
suitable company will be chosen to start work in Cat Island.
To the residents of Cat Island, Mr. Gibson wished to assure them that, "your cries have been heard."
The Government Ensuring Eligible Bahamians are Afforded Opportunity to Own Land
Minister of the
Environment and Housing the Hon. Romauld Ferreira said the Government
continues to address the needs of Bahamians by ensuring that eligible
Bahamians are afforded the opportunity to own land in the country.
brought remarks during the Opening of the Lionel Davis Estate, Fox Hill,
Friday, May 31, 2019. The Opening launches the Government’s third
Serviced Lot Initiative. The Housing Minister explained that the
Department of Housing Engaged in a rigorous exercise to locate available
land in the Fox Hill community.
Conchman Participates in International ‘TRI’ Training Camp
Last month two
trainers and ten camp participants arrived aboard Bahama Paradise Cruise
Line (BPCL) Celebration cruise ship to begin an intensive three-day
Triathlon training camp, based at Lighthouse Point, The Grand Lucayan on
Grand Bahama Island.
They were met at
Freeport Harbour by ten local triathletes who rode from the Harbour,
along Grand Bahama Highway, over the new bridge, and back via Casuarina
Bridge to The Grand Lucayan. The Group was led by Kris Swartout and Wes
Johnson, both USAT Level 2 Coaches who held the triathlon camp at
ONE OCEAN Closes on Two Penthouses, Paradise Island Appeal ‘Greater than Ever’
ONE OCEAN, the
luxury high-rise condominium at the eastern end of Paradise Island,
announced this week it has completed sales of two of its most expensive
units – 10th floor penthouses with massive square footage and 10-foot
high glass walls affording sweeping views of islands, harbour and sea.
brought to nearly 70% the amount of prime harbourfront residential real
estate inventory gobbled up since Canada-based Replay Destinations
Bahamas Limited took over the once-challenged property.
Destinations Bahamas has poured millions into improvements. The company
known for its turnaround successes in Hawaii, Antigua, Mexico and Utah
residential and resort properties has all but rebuilt the dramatic