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Record-breaking numbers as Romora Bay Marina becomes prominent sportfish and mega-yacht destination
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 03 July 2015 11:23

PACKED HOUSE, 100% OCCUPANCY – Romora Bay Resort and Marina on Harbour Island experiences record numbers, part of a 20% overall increase in yachting business in one year for the relatively new marina which recently installed the island’s largest reverse osmosis water system among other infrastructural improvements and amenities. (Photo courtesy of Romora Bay) HARBOUR ISLAND, Eleuthera -- Two days before American Independence, Romora Bay Resort and Marina reported experiencing record numbers of boaters with 100% occupancy at its docks, one of several marina-business trends its general manager said bode well for Harbour Island.

Among those trends – larger boats, longer stays, with yachting visitors contributing more to the Bahamian economy.

“Yachting numbers in The Bahamas have seen a steady increase over the last three years,” said Romora Bay Resort and Marina General Manager Joe Dargavage. “The yachts are getting larger and the length of stay per yacht is increasing. At Romora Bay Resort and Marina we have seen an increase of 20% in yacht traffic over 2014. With both the US and Bahamian Independence in early July, our marina is full to capacity with record breaking numbers, which equates to higher tourism revenue for the entire island.”

Under the management of Dargavage, who also serves as the Vice President of the Marina Operators of The Bahamas, the resort has undergone major room renovations and added amenities including a new 17,000 gallon per day Reverse Osmosis water system, the largest on the island, fiber optic high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the marina, and generator upgrades to the marina, providing yachts with full power backup at all times.

“We set out to do whatever it took to ensure that Romora Bay Resort and Marina would emerge as the premier destination for sportsfish and megayachts in Harbour Island. As we were working toward our goal, investing in infrastructural improvements and new amenities, the boating world itself was evolving with the production and unveiling of megayachts in greater numbers than ever before. Also, the sportsfish industry that had taken a bit of a dive when fuel prices were sky-high has rebounded and The Bahamas is benefitting,” said Dargavage.

Exuma Straw Market vendors receive Government grant assistance
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 09:36

Cheque Presentation to Exuma Straw Vendors, with Deputy Prime Minister Davis at centre. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)EXUMA, The Bahamas – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis, announced the grant of $2,300 to each of the twenty-three Straw Market vendors who suffered losses resulting from a fire which destroyed the Straw Market in George Town, Exuma two months ago.

The Deputy Prime Minister led a delegation to George Town, Monday, June 29, to present cheques and join the Exuma Christian Council and the Straw Market Authority in a Service of Thanksgiving. The delegation included the Hon. Arnold Forbes, Minister of State in the Ministry of Works and Urban Development; Kevin Simmons, Chairman of the Straw Market Authority; members of the Straw Market Authority; senior Government officials and New Providence Straw Market vendors.

Addressing the straw vendors and members of the community gathered at Regatta Park, Minister Davis said, “every challenge presents an opportunity. This is an opportunity for Exuma to “up its game” in artisanship and craftsmanship. Straw vending is one of our country’s oldest industries. Many Bahamians are born of talented fingers and entrepreneurial spirits of straw vendors. Those gone before us have demonstrated that the talent exists and we encourage vendors to go back to basics and offer more Bahamian-made products in the straw market.

He assured the community of the “full commitment” of the Government to not simply restore what was, but instead to build “a better, modern and well-deserved straw market.”

On behalf of the Government, Mr. Davis expressed appreciation to various benefactors.

Cheque presented to Cat Island Regatta Committee
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 09:25

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray presented a cheque to the Cat Island Regatta Committee during a press conference Monday, June 29, at the Ministry’s offices. Pictured from left: Rev. McPhee, Permanent Secretary Rena Glinton; President Pat Strachan; Chairman Marcian Mortimer; and Race Committee Chairman Maxwell Burrows. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

COB interns delve into everything naturally Bahamian at BNT's Levy Preserve
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 22 June 2015 07:43

 Levy Preserve Welcomes Three Interns to Learn About Bahamian Plants - In the spirit of educating Bahamians on our national treasures, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (LLNPP) in Eleuthera welcomed three students from the College of The Bahamas in Nassau to participate in their summer internship programme. Shannan Yates, Francesca Rahming, and Tamarind Johnson arrived at the Preserve in May ready to learn and prepare for their careers.  So far they have participated in lectures, mapping, data collection and even planting Bahamian plants at the Preserve. Pictured are (left to right) Tamarind Johnson, Shannan Yates and Francesca Rahming. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)ELEUTHERA, Bahamas – Seeking to create enriching experiences in the Sciences for Bahamians, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (LLNPP), operated by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) welcomed three students from the College of The Bahamas to participate in their summer internship programme.

Shannan Yates, Francesca Rahming, and Tamarind Johnson arrived at the Preserve in May ready to learn and prepare for their careers. So far they have participated in lectures, mapping, data collection and even planting Bahamian plants at the Preserve.

“The internship is off to a great start,” said Falon Cartwright, Preserve Manager. “This year, we have three incredibly bright young women who are not only thrilled to be here, but are very focused on learning - so it doesn’t get much better than this. These young scientists are being immersed in Bahamian natural history through personalized lectures as well as field and research time with seasoned field biologists, ecologists, and geologists.”

During the first week of their internship, the students received lectures from Dr. Ethan Freid, Preserve Botanist, who is running the internship on basic plant morphology and plant family characteristics. Each morning’s lectures have taken place in the educational Pavilion at the Preserve, with the students participating in various activities around the Preserve and Eleuthera in the afternoons and evenings. By the end of the first week they were able to identify 52 plant species.

ZNS signal off-air for Family Island cable TV subscribers
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 07:46

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Cable Bahamas Ltd advises that its cable TV subscribers on the Family Islands are currently experiencing an outage of service for ZNS (cable ch 11/211). This outage is due to an issue that the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) is currently experiencing with its "uplink" facility at the New Providence headquarters.

Engineers at BCB are currently working to remedy the situation.

Cable Bahamas subscribers on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera are not affected by this outage, as they receive their ZNS signal via the cable operator's submarine fibre optic network, which remains fully operational.

Engineers at Cable Bahamas assure its subscribers that the ZNS signal will be restored to all cable TV subscribers as soon as the uplink signal from the BCB has been reinstated.

Cat Island and the Village of Richton Park, Illinois sign Sister Cities agreement
Submitted by Lededra Marche   
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:49

HISTORIC SIGNING – The people of Cat Island signed a Sister Cities agreement with the Village of Richton Park, Illinois, at Fernandez Bay, Cat Island on Friday. From left are Bahamas Chamber of Roderick Simms II; Village Community Relations Vera Brooks; Cat Island Sister City Association (CISCA) Melvin Seymour; Tammy Reinbold; Mayor Richard Reinbold; CISCA Danson King; Cat Island MP Deputy Prime Minister Brave Davis; Bahamas Honourary Consul to Chicago Michael Fountain; Immerse Bahamas President & CEO Ginger Moxey; Cat Island Chief Councillor Kevin Brown; Board of Director Laticha Brown;  CISCA member Garth King; and Village Manager De'Carlon Seewood. (Photo by Immerse Bahamas)CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas – In an historic move, Cat Island signed an agreement with the Village of Richton Park in Illinois on Friday to form a Sister Cities relationship.

Cat Island MP Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis, Village of Richton Park President Mayor Richard Reinbold, Bahamas Honourary Consul to Chicago Michael Fountain and Immerse Bahamas President and CEO Ginger Moxey were in Cat Island for the special occasion.

Sister Cities International was created at President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1956 White House summit on citizen diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world.

The Village of Richton Park is a small community located 30 miles from the City of Chicago in northeast Illinois and home to some 13,500 residents while Cat Island, which is positioned in the center of The Bahama Island archipelago, 325 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, has a population of approximately 1,600 people.

DPM Davis hosted Mayor Reinbold and a delegation from the Village of Richton Park at his home in New Providence in March and was pleased to witness the official formation of the partnership between the two countries with the signing at Fernandez Bay.

Deputy Prime Minister attends annual crabfest in Fresh Creek, Andros
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Monday, 15 June 2015 08:20

FRESH CREEK, Andros -- Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis lead a government delegation to Fresh Creek Andros on Saturday to attend and show his support for the annual Crabfest there. DPM Davis, BEC Chairman Leslie Miller and CARICOM High Commissioner Picewell Forbes are pictured mingling with the huge crowd of mostly young people at the event. The delegation is also pictured with local businessman, avid sportsman and co founder of Superwash Adrian D'Aguilar (in the wheelchair) at his business establishment. PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts is pictured to the far right. (BIS photos/Elcott Coleby)

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Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina completes phase one of a $5.6 million renovation
Submitted by John Bell   
Friday, 12 June 2015 09:45

ALICE TOWN, Bimini —“Come on in - the water’s fine” is the new mantra for the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. Featuring a new family-sized pool, two completely re-built docks at the 75-slip marina, and several improvements to the boutique resorts’ 51-rooms, the popular Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina is looking forward to a very busy summer season.

Phase I of the renovation program entailed demolition of the existing pool and rebuilding a brand new, larger pool (44’ by 60’), updating for the 75-slip marina (docks A and B), and several other capital improvements to the property, including landscaping for the entire resort, painting interiors and exteriors, and new windows, sliding glass doors and ceiling tiles.

“We appreciated the patience of those who have stayed with us in recent weeks and those who have booked guests for the next few months in anticipation of the pool completion and upgrades being added,” said General Manager Dafna Ronis.

The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina has long been a Bimini destination favorite, drawing heavily from South Florida (just 50 miles away) as well as being a regional, national and international draw for those looking to experience Bimini’s True Island Feel that has appealed to thousands of visitors, including author Ernest Hemingway.

Resort owner Southern California-based Hankey Group of Companies said a second phase of work will be completed in the fall, including a C Dock re-build.

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