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Contract signed for new bridge and port for North Abaco
Written by BIS   
Monday, 24 October 2011 18:22

NASSAU, Bahamas – The Government of The Bahamas has signed a $40 million contract with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the construction of a bridge and port in North Abaco. The EXIM Bank of China is funding the projects. The project entails the design and construction of the Little Abaco Bridge at a cost of $6,580.985 and the North Abaco Port at a cost of $33,419,015. Work on the bridge commences in December and is expected to be completed in February 2013. The construction of the port will start in December and will be completed in November 2013.

The announcement was made during a press conference held at the Ministry of Finance on Friday, October 22.

Mr. Colin Higgs, Permanent Secretary for The Ministry of Works and Transport, said the projects would enhance the quality of life for fishermen in Abaco.

“The bridge will have an opening of 150 feet to allow water flow and in addition to restore tidal flow between the two islands – Little Abaco and Great Abaco – it will revive and permit fish migrations and will allow small pleasure crafts as well as small fishing vessels to go between the north and sides of Abaco without having to go the long way around by sea” said Mr. Higgs.

Mr. Higgs explained that the existing 300-feet causeway constructed in the early l960s across Angel Fish Creek separating Great and Little Abaco Islands effectively cut off tidal flow and fish migration between the islands and adversely affected the surrounding ecosystems and most notably fisheries.

Schooner Bay Abaco makes the cover of Coastal Living magazine
Submitted by James A. Malcolm   
Sunday, 23 October 2011 06:21

Schooner Bay Village in South Abaco and its resident Town Artist ‐ Bahamian Antonius Roberts ‐ are featured this month as the cover story in Coastal Living magazineSCHOONER BAY, Abaco -- Schooner Bay Village in South Abaco and its resident Town Artist ‐ Bahamian Antonius Roberts ‐ are featured this month as the cover story in Coastal Living magazine – An immensely popular island lifestyle periodical with 1.2 million readers in the U.S. alone.  

The blossoming new harbour village of Schooner Bay as an arts and Bahamian lifestyle destination located in easily accessible South Abaco, Bahamas, is showcased this month in one of the US’s premier coastal home and beach lifestyle magazines. Profiled in the Schooner Bay article is Bahamian artist and resident town artist – Antonius Roberts. Mr. Roberts has a home at Schooner Bay aptly named “Post House”, a studio & gallery, as well as several art installations on the property.

He has conducted several workshops and art symposiums there over the past few years with audiences from primary school kids, COB students, noted Bahamian and world renowned artists. His presence, dedication to Schooner Bay, and work have become a beacon for this new town - being built by renowned developer and community builder – Orjan Lindroth and his wife Amanda. Schooner Bay has quickly become a harbour community on mainland Great Abaco for Bahamians and visitors alike. A real place being built responsibly by real people at a deliberate pace. A sustainable, affordable place for the generations.

Coastal Living with a circulation of 1.2 million readers – many of whom live in the east and southern US - is an essential read for individuals with an affinity for life at the beach, bay or in the islands. It has everything one loves about seaside living from beach-themed home décor and architecture to unique travel destinations and tasty seafood inspired dishes. Coastal Living brings you features on the world's most stunning islands and travel ideas that are sure to get one planning for their next escape or second home investment. Whether you live on the beach or simply crave the seaside lifestyle, Coastal Living satisfies your desire for all of the wonderful flavor and style that regional coasts and islands have to offer. The Bahamas and our Out Island lifestyle in particular epitomize this for many people.

Gulfstream International Airlines announces new service to Marsh Harbour
Submitted by Steve Bennett   
Thursday, 20 October 2011 16:09

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- VPAA Co. dba/Gulfstream International Airlines (“Gulfstream”) announced today its plans to launch new daily scheduled air service from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Marsh Harbour (MHH) in The Bahamas. The new flights are now on sale for service scheduled to begin November 10, 2011, and will operate as follows:

“This new service underscores our commitment to offer the highest quality service and flexible flight options in the Florida-Bahamas market,” said Darrell Richardson, CEO of Gulfstream International Airlines. “To help accommodate the leisure travelers who we largely serve to destinations like the Bahamas, we developed a schedule that allows our customers to maximize their vacation time through the convenience of early morning departures to their destination and late evening returns.”

Abaco Kayak Challenge time almost here
Submitted by Andrea Stone   
Friday, 07 October 2011 16:24

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- The Abaco Kayak Challenge is one week away!  Taking place on Saturday, October 15th, 2011, paddlers will depart from the Abaco Beach Resort.

20 mile paddlers leave by 8am, 12 and 7 mile paddlers leave by 10am.  All paddlers leave from and return to the Abaco Beach Resort.

For the non-paddlers an all day beach party will take place at Abaco Beach Resort including lunch, drinks and live music by New Entry Band.

TO REGISTER: Click here for a REGISTRATION FORM and more information

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Pledge as an event sponsor or support an individual paddler. All funds support the work of The Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment. Volunteers are also needed that day. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up.

Environment Minister addresses Abaco Business Outlook
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 18:46

Remarks – Hon Earl D. Deveaux MP Minister of The Environment  
Theme: Shaping the Future: Investment, Invention, Integration


My Colleague, Minister Grant could not be with you and graciously asked that I apologise to you and to represent him. So therefore on his behalf and mine, It is a pleasure to address this opening session of the Abaco Business Outlook.

This morning I will provide an overview of public infrastructure projects that will facilitate investment opportunities and the further development of the island of Abaco and The Bahamas.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Like other countries, the global economic slowdown has had significant impact on the islands of The Bahamas. The efforts by The Government, some of which I will address today, have been designed to minimise the impact of the recession and to prepare the Country and our people for recovery.

In an effort to counter these effects on the construction industry, and to prepare the country for the gradual economic upturn, the Government of The Bahamas launched an initiative to enhance public infrastructure and create employment. The public infrastructure enhancement initiative has resulted in Docks, Bridges, Road Works and other Capital works being executed on every major island of The Bahamas.

Kayak Challenge to benefit Abaco Cancer Society
Submitted by Barefoot Contessa   
Friday, 16 September 2011 06:44

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- On October 15th Abaco will be "Up the Creek With a Paddle" during a unique and fun fundraiser at Boat Harbour Marina.  Participants are invited to paddle -- anything!  Any craft that can be paddled: kayak, paddleboard, canoe ... just no engines ... for a distance of 7, 12, or 20 miles.

This fun event is a fundraiser for the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment with events for the entire family kicking off at 8am.  Click on the graphic to view the full event poster, see below, or click HERE.


New Marsh Harbour Airport terminal to enhance quality service
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 03 September 2011 06:43

A contract signing ceremony for the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility was held at the terminal site.  Pictured from left: Architect, Donald Dean; Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace; Principal, FES Construction Company Limited, Fletcher McIntosh; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham; Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant and Member of Parliament, South Abaco Edison Key.   (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- The building of the new Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility will further enhance Marsh Harbour Airport’s capacity to provide quality service to the growing number of Abaco residents and visitors, Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant said.

The project will complement recent upgrades to the airside infrastructure that were undertaken a year ago, Minister Grant said during the Contract Signing Ceremony at the new terminal site, Thursday, September 1.

“These upgrades included construction of a new jet runway of 6,100 feet conversion of the original runway into a jet-way; installation of new signage, approach, taxiway, and runway lighting, and the development of new flight procedures for the new runway to ensure compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation.”

Minister Grant explained that in July 2010, the Architects Incorporated Company was awarded a contract for architectural design of the new Marsh Harbour terminal, control tower, and fire/crash facilities along with works to integrate the existing terminal building into the new airport terminal’s design.

He said subsequent to completion of the architectural drawings, nine contractors were invited to submit tenders for the project. Seven tenders were received and opened at the Ministry of Finance’s Tenders Board meeting, May 17, 2011.

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