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Biminites approve court ruling, look foward to opportunities as development moves forward
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 06:41

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- The head of Bimini’s Local Government Council says the people of Bimini welcome the Appellant Court’s decision to deny a request for an injunction to halt dredging for the construction of the Port at Resorts World Bimini. According to Local Government Chief Councilor Lloyd Edgecombe, the people of Bimini are pleased with the ruling, and what it will mean for the island.

“There is an old Bahamian saying, don’t mind the noise in the market, it’s the price of the fish that counts,” he said. “We have heard a lot of noise from the outside regarding this project, but no one can appreciate how much this is benefitting the island more than the people of Bimini. We are seeing the creation of more jobs, new businesses are opening, a state-of-the-art airport is being developed; a new hotel is coming; and more people are returning home to work than we have seen in years. To those out there who have been opposing this development to advance their own personal agendas, we don’t need anyone from the outside telling us how we should react to this development because at the end of the day, they have their livelihood to go back to. Just like them, we want to have a good livelihood too, and that is why we support the Resorts World project because we are already seeing how it is benefitting the island. We can only look forward to the good things to come when this development is finished.”

The Port at Resorts World Bimini is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014 and a new luxury Marina hotel is slated to open late in the Fall of 2014. Mr. Edgecombe confirms that the island’s business community is mobilizing to take advantage of the opportunities they will bring.

“Forward-thinking business persons on the island recognize and are preparing to take advantage of the new channels for increased opportunities. We have already taken steps to form our own Chamber of Commerce, which will hopefully be done by next month. Bimini is on the move, and the business community is moving right along with it.”

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Tarpum Bay Primary youngsters visit the capital
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:14

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Students and teachers of Grades 1, 2, and 3 of Tarpum Bay Primary School in Eleuthera are pictured visiting Government House on Monday, May 19, 2014, during their field trip to New Providence. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

 
South Andros Public Library renamed after ‘Father of The Nation’
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:51

MONEY ROCK, Andros – A tribute was paid to former Prime Minister, the late Sir Lynden O. Pindling in South Andros during a ceremony Friday, May 16.  

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Cabinet Ministers and Government Officials, joined members of the Legacy Foundation (chaired by Mrs. Monique Pindling –Johnson, Sir Lynden’s daughter) and the community of The Bluff, Andros at the South Andros Public Library. Prime Minister Christie said Sir Lynden’s legacy should never be forgotten.  

“While others may have conveniently forgotten the true measure of Sir Lynden’s service, the good people of The Bluff, Andros have not,”

He said the re-opening of South Andros Public Library is a reminder to all who would seek to forget that The Bahamas is what it is today, in large part because of the courage and commitment of Sir Lynden "to fight for Black Bahamians, indeed for all Bahamians to be free.”  

Mr. Christie said the ceremony demonstrated a parallel of history. “Some twenty five years ago, Sir Lynden, through the Committee for a Better South Andros sought to raise the funds to build the library,” he said. “Today, the family of Sir Lynden through the Lynden Pindling Foundation has provided the funding to repair and restore this structure after it sat closed and in disrepair for many years.”  

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Florida Sportsman magazine online thread: 'It's a sad day in Bimini'
Monday, 19 May 2014 06:58

Dredging on Bimini is making waves on chat boards online.  Click HERE to follow the thread on Florida Sportsman.


 
Guy Harvey: Bimini an 'environmental gem' that must be protected
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 19 May 2014 06:49

RARE JEWEL­ ­– Internationally acclaimed wildlife marine artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey has weighed in on the controversial cruise ship terminal project on Bimini, which is now underway despite a judicial challenge. Harvey stressed that the island is an 'environmental gem' and must be protected.BIMINI, The Bahamas -- World renowned marine artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey has declared Bimini an “environmental gem” and urged Bahamians to do everything they can to protect it.

His statement came as concerned citizens fretted over the future of Bimini’s marine ecosystem as the 450-foot long cutter suction dredger, the Niccolo Machiavelli, began excavating the sea floor to accommodate a cruise ship delivering passengers to a resort and casino. The dredging, say opponents, will wipe out some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the undersea world.    

“Tracking research done by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation shows that The Bahamas plays an important role in the lifecycle of Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean shark populations,” said Harvey. “Specifically, the Bimini mangrove ecosystem provides vital habitat for these juvenile sharks, as well as many other valuable fish species. As overfishing continues to reduce many fish populations locally and globally, this habitat in Bimini becomes even more crucial to the conservation of these species. The islands of Bimini are an environmental gem and every step should be taken to conserve these resources.”

Harvey has been interested in marine conservation his whole life and continues to speak on the subject at conferences and universities. He donates part of the proceeds from his extremely popular artwork to marine conservation efforts.

In 1999, he founded the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova's Oceanographic Center in cooperation with Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The institute, which is funded in part by contributions from his charitable Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, conducts research on the ecology, genetics, behavior, physiology, and evolution of fish. Areas of focus include shark and stingray ecology and conservation, and artificial reef design and monitoring.

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NEMA conducts phase II of water rescue training in Andros
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 17 May 2014 15:07

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, conducted Phase II of its Water Rescue Training Exercise on the island, in collaboration with the United States Northern Command, USNORTHCOM held April 28 to May 1, 2014. Participants pictured learnt shore based rescue assessments, organisation and searches skills. NICHOLL’S TOWN, Andros -- The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, conducted Phase II of its Water Rescue Training Exercise on the island, in collaboration with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), held April 28 to May 1, 2014.

Andros was the second island to receive the training, which took place in the settlement of Nicholl’s Town at the Nicholl’s Town Gospel Chapel Youth Hall.

USNORTHCOM donated the necessary equipment to facilitate the training and additional equipment to assist rescue teams with responding to disasters near the coast or swamplands.

The 19 participants who hailed from the community were taught how to: establish a Search and Rescue Programme, Common Skills (Rescue Organisation & Searches), handle ropes, hardware and knots, Low Angle Raising and Lowering, Simple Mechanical Advantage, Surface Water Rescue (Shore based rescue assessments, organisation and searches).

Participants included: Charlene Whyms, Carson Lundy, Kelson Colebrook, Kirkwood Dean, Tammy Farrington, Stephen Riley, Shane Miller, Owen Julius Hanna and Natalie Pratt, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Natheria D. Pratt and Clorice Taylor-Knowles, Civil Aviation Department, Colin Ingraham, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Omar Miller, Ministry of Public Works and Urban Development, Johnathan Fowler Sr., Nathaniel Pratt and Wendell Evans. Volunteers, Malissa Coakley and Andrea Smith Department of Public Service and Navardo J. Rolle, Western Air. Thirteen participants received level 2 certification and six received level 1.

The purpose of the training and equipment programme was to equip and train a team of individuals on the island to be able to effectively respond to a disaster in nearby waters. However, NEMA’s main focus for this particular water rescue training was to ensure that individuals in the community are properly trained to respond if an aircraft or boating mishap happened in waters near the coast.

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Next phase of construction moves forward at Resorts World Bimini
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Friday, 16 May 2014 07:40

BIMINI, Bahamas -- A significant boost to the economy of Bimini is one step closer today, with Resort World Bimini announcing that it has officially commenced with the next phase of construction at the port of its top-flight destination resort.

With the beginning of the fully permitted dredging process, Resorts World Bimini (RWB) is moving towards completing the construction of the Port at Resorts World Bimini -- a key component of RWB’s plans for the island -- which will result in multiple benefits, including:

  • multiple business opportunities;
  • increased visitor spending;
  • a year-round tourism season;
  • easier transportation options for the island’s residents to visit loved ones from Miami;
  • the availability of daily cargo service, and more.

“With all the necessary approvals in hand, we have been given the green light to proceed with our development plans,” said RWB President Dana Leibovitz. “We anticipate a smooth process as we move one step closer to transforming Bimini’s economy for the better.”

With more than four decades as a world leader in designing, developing and operating casinos and integrated resorts that span the globe, the Genting group has been steadily transforming Bimini into one of the most sought after destinations in the Caribbean through its multi-million dollar investment in the island. The South Bimini airport - where night flights were introduced to the island for the first time several weeks ago - is undergoing a major upgrade and expansion.

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Guy Harvey Outpost Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament comes to Bimini Sands Resort & Marina June 26 - June 29
Submitted by Elizabeth Moss   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:58

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Bimini Sands Resort & Marina, the newest member of the Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Collection, announced today it will play host to the Guy Harvey Outpost Beach Bash, Bonfire and Tournament at its South Bimini, Bahamas, property on June 26-29, 2014. The event will feature an exciting fishing competition, scuba diving, family entertainment and much more, headlined by world-renowned marine artist and conservation advocate Guy Harvey and Florida fishing authority Capt. Bouncer Smith. For the event’s signature bonfire celebrations, 30-foot tall Blue Marlin wire sculptures by artist Bobby Little will be lit on fire Friday and Saturday night.  

“This is the first event to come out of our new strategic alliance with Guy Harvey Outpost, and it will give participants the chance to enjoy everything Bimini has to offer,” said Bimini Sands President & CEO Frank Cooney. “We want to welcome Guy Harvey back to Bimini with a big-time bash.”

Guy Harvey Outposts celebrates its return to Bimini after two years of growth throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean. “Bimini is cast in the light of colorful stories of legendary fishing and revelry,” explained Outpost Resort President Mark Ellert. “We’re back to help carry the torch that keeps Bimini’s history and Out-Island character alive. This party is sure to write some colorful South Bimini stories and keep the flame burning.”

In a unique opportunity for event guests, four fishing charters with Captain Bouncer will be offered by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts in an on-line auction opening May 10th benefiting the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and IGFA to benefit conservation efforts in Bimini and its surrounding waters.

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