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Resorts World Bimini donates heavy equipment to Local Government
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 08:59

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- A top-of-the-line backhoe and dump truck were donated to the Bimini Local Government Town Council on Monday by Resorts World Bimini (RWB) as part of the corporate citizen’s ongoing support of efforts to beautify the island. The two heavy-duty vehicles have a combined value of more than $50,000.

Several Town Council members were on hand as RWB Senior VP of Non-Gaming Operations in Bimini Farooq Rehmatwala handed over keys to the vehicles to Chief Councilor Robbie Smith. Mr. Smith expressed gratitude for the generous gift, saying it will be put to good use.

“This really means a lot to the people of Bimini,” he said, “and I am grateful to Resorts World for fulfilling its promise to us. Together, we are moving forward on the right track, and everyone on the island really appreciates what has been done here today.”

Mr. Smith explained that the two vehicles will help to put the Town Council’s beautification project on a fast track forward, as they will now be able to remove derelict vehicles, and demolish and cart away debris from abandoned buildings at a much faster pace.

Island Administrator Oscar Munroe says he is happy to be on the Local Government Town Council at such a time as this.

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Month-to-month fixed rate slip rental plan launched at Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina
Submitted by John Bell   
Friday, 21 November 2014 13:24

ALICE TOWN, Bimini — The historic Big Game Club Resort & Marina has a plan that will float your boat for a fixed monthly flat rate this winter.

The $500 monthly rate—no long term contract required— provides boaters (50 ft. and up) with local, Bimini dockage access through April that will include:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Cable and computer access
  • Free Use of Resort Pool
  • Bathroom & Shower Facilities
  • Access to PADI Dive and Watersports Center
  • Discount on rooms and guests at $139.00 per night plus tax
  • $300 Fuel Credit (With four consecutive night stay at resort)
  • Customs located on property
  • 24/7 security
  • Water, electric 30/50 and 100

For many, keeping their boats secured in Bimini, is a cost-effective and safe travel decision, as fuel costs and unpredictable winter seas make travel from Florida and surrounding islands a challenge.

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Bimini beautification underway with freshly-paved roads
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:55

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Residents of North Bimini who have been plagued by dusty, pothole-ridden roads over the years are all smiles, now that the paving of the island’s King’s Highway is all but complete, courtesy of Resorts World Bimini (RWB). The road works are expected to be completed within the month of November as part of the contract to extend the South Bimini Airport runway, which is also ongoing. The infrastructural development also includes the resurfacing and paving of the government dock in Alice Town.

RWB has been working closely with Bimini’s Local Government Council in its efforts to give the island a facelift. The public/private partnership includes the resort’s purchasing of a heavy duty back hoe and flatbed truck which are earmarked for the Council’s program of demolishing and removing abandoned buildings and derelict vehicles, a longtime eyesore on the island.

The Bimini Beautification project continues with the Most Beautiful Yard competition, also sponsored by RWB. The resort is donating 1000’s of gallons of paint to the island’s residents who are being encouraged to paint their homes and spruce up their surroundings for a chance to win the top prize of $1000. A second place winner will receive $500, while the third place winner will receive $250.

Says RWB President Edward Farrell, all of these initiatives combined will result in an enhanced experience, both for locals and visitors to the island.

“Resorts World Bimini is proud to support the people of Bimini with their beautification efforts,” he said. “With the repaired and repaved roads, beautifully decorated houses and yards, the soon coming Bimini Heritage Trail, and the quaint charm and sports fishing the island is already known for, this already beautiful destination is going to be second none.”

 
Award winning Indaba Project students renovate historic Cat Island kitchen
Submitted by Mieko K. Smith   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:27

 

Participants in the Indaba Project Cat Island Historic Kitchen Restoration Project.CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas -- Fulfilling a promise to Cat Island native, the late Margaretta Rolle, students of the award winning Indaba Project are working hard to restore Mrs Rolle’s historic detached limestone kitchen in the mystic island. After securing a $6,000 grant from the International Development Bank (IDB), the Indaba Project organized a multi-island project team to help preserve this important part of Bahamian material history.

The Indaba Project (TIP) is a registered non-profit organisation aiding in community development in the historic African townships of Bain and Grants Town. Two of its main pillar projects are an After School Programme and an island-hopping summer camp, known as the Island Stewards Camp (ISC).

Detached Limestone Kitchen on Rolle Family Compound in Devil's Point, Cat Island.Stewards who participate in the ISC are hardworking high school students who actively take part in the Indaba Afterschool Programme. In 2012, stewards were first introduced to Mrs Rolle when they visited Cat Island on the third ISC. This was the start of a lasting relationship with Mrs Rolle and her wider family. Now, 16 stewards from C R Walker, T A Thompson, D W Davis, H O Nash, C C Sweeting are working in Cat Island on the kitchen restoration project that is expected to extend over six to eight weeks.

“I was excited about the opportunity to visit Cat Island because I have never been to Cat Island before, and I wanted to learn about the way of life on the island. Also, with the kitchen project, I feel proud of myself knowing that our work can help bring a family closer together. The kitchen is on a family compound and when it is finished, the family will be able to use it so they can talk how they used to,” said Rose Pierre, a ninth grade student at T A Thompson.

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Horizon Hotel Group LLC named to manage Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina
Submitted by John Bell   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:35

ALICE TOWN, Bimini — Chicago-based Horizon Hotel Group LLC has assumed management responsibilities for the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina.

Making the announcement was Eric Jarvis, spokesman for the Southern California-based Hankey Group of Companies, owner of the 51-room resort. The Hankey Group of Companies is a privately held financial services, real estate and insurance organization based in Los Angeles, California.

A national hotel asset management and consulting company, Horizon Hotel Group specializes in the renovation, repositioning and rebranding of hotels and resorts.  Horizon Hotel Group, headed by Principal James Gould, currently represents clients in Miami, Cancun, Dominican Republic, Mexico City and New York.

“Horizon Hotel Group is honored and privileged to be given this opportunity to take the leadership of such an important and historic resort in Bimini,” said Gould.  “We look forward to working with ownership, the staff and the people of Bimini in creating a partnership for the future growth of the Big Game Club.”

The Big Game Club, which was founded as a dinner club in 1936 and relocated in 1947 to its current location, was re-opened in 2010 following completion of a $3.5 million renovation that included all guest rooms, the new Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill, Hemingway Rum Bar and Social Lounge and the Outfitter Shop.

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Berry Islanders graduate from BTVI General Maintenance course
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:13

BTVI’s Academic Dean, Pleshette McPhee, presents Pharon Winder with his General Maintenance course certificate.BERRY ISLANDS, The Bahamas -- Twenty-nine Berry Islanders recently made history as they were the first graduates of a General Maintenance course offered by The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

BTVI spread its wings to the island, offering the 16-week course that included the fundamentals of carpentry, plumbing, tiling and electrical installation; the course was offered each Friday evening and Saturday, spanning a 10-hour period per weekend.  The graduates included students of the R. N. Gomez All Age School and a few adults.

BTVI’s Academic Dean, Pleshette McPhee, noted during the ceremony held at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Bullocks Harbour, Berry Islands that with global competitiveness, higher education is becoming increasingly critical.

“Through tertiary education, individuals are armed with a multitude of skills relevant for improving their lives within a society.  As critical thinkers, entrepreneurs, innovators and engineers, educated citizens share the responsibility to be catalysts for change,” she said.

Ms. McPhee thanked the Berry Islands Homeowners Association, and the community at large, for playing an integral role in helping the participants.  “You ought to be commended. I urge you to continue to support and empower the youth because this is certainly the only way our future can be secured,” she stated.

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New schedule for Bimini SuperFast with one and two-night cruise options
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:49

BIMINI, Bahamas -- Following numerous requests for overnight cruises to Bimini, Resorts World Bimini has announced the repositioning of Bimini SuperFast to operate two-night cruises from Port Miami on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing at 5pm and returning at noon two days later. Additionally, the company will offer a one-night weekend cruise on Saturdays departing Port Miami at 5 p.m., returning at Noon on Sundays. The new schedule begins Thursday, Nov. 13th, 2014.

Passengers have a choice of staying in cabins onboard Bimini SuperFast or in one or two bedroom condos at Resorts World Bimini. Introductory prices start from $199 per person based on double occupancy. Third and fourth passengers are free and meals aboard the ship during the cruise are included. Port and resort transportation charges are additional.

Below is the new cruise schedule:

Guests remaining onboard Bimini SuperFast while docked at the Port of Resorts World Bimini may travel with a valid government-issued photo ID and original birth certificate. Guests who opt to remain in one of the villas at Resorts World Bimini must travel with a valid passport. Blackout dates apply.

One-way tickets to and from Bimini are also be available for passengers who are staying in other Bimini hotels and their own villas and condominiums at a rate of $99 per person on Tuesdays and Thursdays and $159 per person on Saturdays and Sundays. Port and resort transportation charges are additional.

 
BTC brings the latest technology to Bimini with new store and IP TV testing
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Monday, 10 November 2014 13:26

L-R – Oscar Munroe, Sr. Admin Bimini District; Jack Thompson Sr. Under Secretary / Office of the Prime Minister; Mrs Dianne Stuart, retired BTC Employee, Mr. W.O. Weech, retired BTC Employee; back row Talbot Collie VP Northern Bahamas BTC, Leon Williams CEO BTC. ALICE TOWN, Bimini -- BTC’s CEO Leon Williams delivered a double dose of good news for Biminites on November 6th when he officially opened a new BTC retail store in Alice Town and also announced that in two weeks, Bimini would be the first testing ground for IPTV, BTCs new internet television service available next year.

“You'll enjoy free IP TV during the test period,” he told attendees at the new store opening. “You’ll have an alternative to those other fellows and you’ll get a taste of what is to come next year when we launch IP TV with all the channels.”

The CEO said that in another couple of months the government will go to tender to receive bids for the second cellular license and in 2016, a third.

“The Bahamas government has the option in 2016 to issue a 3rd license, I am suggesting to you that as it stands today, the Bahamian people own 51 % of the economic value of BTC - you own 51% so when the competition arrives and they want to give you free this and that, remember you own 51% of the economic interest in BTC and we've been here since 1892.”  

Local Government Official for Bimini, Robbie Smith, said that BTC’s store upgrade was both timely and very welcome, given the boom expected to come with the impending launch of Resorts World Bimini.

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