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New moorings at Conception Island National Park
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 01 December 2014 17:38

New Moorings at Conception Island National Park - As the trusted protectors of The Bahamas National Parks, the Bahamas National Trust and its staff constantly struggle to  maintain the pristine waters that surround its parks all while welcoming the thousands of tourists who visit its numerous islands. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bagwell, who love Conception Island, the BNT has been able to install three new moorings at the Conception Island National Park, to ensure that large yachts can anchor safely without damaging the corals.  Pictured is the crew of the Bagwell's ship installing the new moorings. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)CONCEPTION ISLAND, Bahamas – As the trusted protectors of The Bahamas National Parks, the Bahamas National Trust and its staff constantly struggle to  maintain the pristine waters that surround its parks all while welcoming the thousands of visitors to these parks. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bagwell, who love Conception Island National Park, the BNT has been able to install three new moorings at the Conception Island National Park, ensuring that large yachts can anchor safely without damaging the seabed.  

“We cannot thank Mr. and Mrs. Bagwell enough for their very generous donation to the BNT,” said David Knowles, BNT Director of Parks. “These anchorages will assist in protecting the seabed, especially precious coral reef resources that occur in the Park.”

Conception Island National Park was established on August 10, 1964.  Initially protection only included the island itself, however, the park was expanded in 2011 to include the surrounding marine platform out to 100 fathoms or 600 feet. Conception Island has some of the healthiest ecosystems in The Bahamas and is a major destination for yachts, dive boats, and research vessels.

Conception Island is one of the loveliest islands in The Bahamas. This uninhabited island is located on a platform that rises out of the deep ocean fifteen miles east of Santa Maria, Long Island. The island has miles of pink sand beaches, gorgeous sandstone cliffs, and an extraordinary abundance of wildlife on the land and in the sea. There are numerous locations for spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling.

The main island, Booby Cays and South Rocks are home to an extraordinary number of wildlife species, many of which are threatened or endangered. White–tailed Tropicbirds, Sooty terns, Oystercatchers, and Osprey nest on the island and cays. The center of the island is a large mangrove and creek habitat and an important nursery for fish, sharks, conch, and crawfish. Green turtles forage in the creek, off the southwestern shore, and in the northern bay. The coral reefs and grass flats in the surrounding sea are unusually healthy and are home to an abundance of sea life.

Resorts World Bimini helps raise money for children’s charities at Miss World Pageant
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Monday, 01 December 2014 17:32

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Children around the world will have one more reason to smile in the coming year, thanks in part to a generous donation by Resorts World Bimini. The resort recently donated a week’s stay at its beautiful property on picturesque Bimini to be sold at auction during the annual Beauty With A Purpose Miss World Charity Gala and Auction, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on November 30. The gift was presented by Miss World Bahamas Rosetta Cartwright who is currently competing in the Miss World pageant.

The Miss World Charity Gala and Auction is one of Miss World’s quintessential events, featuring an evening of beauty, generosity, and talent. Twenty-four national gifts were put in groups of 3, to auction off 8 packages. The highest bids were over $7800 and the audience was fierce in their bidding wars.

The final item was the most valuable, as it came from Denise Perrier, Miss World 1953, known as "The First Lady" of Miss World. Her donation of her Miss World trophy was auctioned off for an incredible $47,235. Other national gifts were sold during a silent auction.

All in all, the event raised thousands of dollars which will be put to good use helping children worldwide through the work of the Miss World Organization’s Beauty With A Purpose Foundation.

Resorts World Bimini President Edward Farrell said the resort was happy to assist.

“We are honored to be part of a program that helps to uplift children around the world,” he said. “If our donation helps to put a smile on the face of just one child – whether it is through better living conditions, feeding the hungry, or providing educational opportunities – then it will have been a worthwhile investment.”

Deputy PM speaks at Progressive Liberal Party’s All-Exuma Mini Convention
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Monday, 01 December 2014 08:29
Remarks by
Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, M.P.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Works & Urban Development
On the Occasion of The Progressive Liberal Party’s All-Exuma Mini Convention                                                
Saturday, 29th November 2014
Ramsey, Exuma

Theme:  "Exuma, Your Time is Now!”

Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Cabinet and Parliamentary Colleagues
Mr. Anthony Moss, Member of Parliament for Exuma
Stalwart Councillors
All Residents of Exuma

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening…

The New York Times once declared that “The real Exuma is a do-it-yourself place, best discovered with sand between your toes.”  I now declare that Exuma is one of the world’s jewels, and as a Government, we will do all that we can to ensure that you remain just that!
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.

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.

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.

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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