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Guy Harvey Outpost’s inaugural Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament brought crowds to Bimini Sands Resort & Marina
Submitted by Alina Quintana   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:02
Photo: The inaugural Guy Harvey Outpost Beach Bash (Ned Stone/Guy Harvey Outpost).More than 300 guests Attended Burning Marlin Celebration  

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- The inaugural Guy Harvey Outpost Beach Bash, Bonfire and Tournament came to a close on June 29th with Captain Bouncer Smith guiding Victor Bermudez to a first place finish and award of the Burning Marlin Trophy. The weekend’s closing ceremonies included a sky diving performance and the lighting of a 30-foot-tall Blue Marlin steel sculpture designed by acclaimed artist Bobby Little before a crowd of more than 300 at the Bimini Sands Resort & Marina on South Bimini. Proceeds from an on-line auction of weekend fishing charters with Captain Bouncer Smith benefitted Bimini marine conservation programs.  

Made from recycled rebar, the Burning Marlin sculpture will be dropped next Spring into the Bimini waters where it will function as Biorock®. This will enable species of coral to grow faster within the sculpture than they would in natural reef structures. “I am always looking for ways to give back to the islands that have given so much to me,” noted sculptor Bobby Little.  

“Sustainable tourism is always at the heart of what we do,” commented Outpost President Mark Ellert. “Bimini is in our DNA and we’re thrilled to be back. We also know a few things about art, and with our plans to create an annual Burning Marlin festival for artists, anglers, families and friends of Bimini we intend to start of a new tradition on South Bimini.” Guy Harvey Outposts celebrated its return to Bimini after two years of growth throughout the Caribbean, Central America, the Galapagos and elsewhere in the Bahamas.  

The Beach Bash opened with Jesse Cors of Outpost Extreme Sports leading a sky diving team that parachuted into the Friday night beachside cocktail party, setting up a second jump the following evening to light the Burning Marlin.  Days were filled with family-friendly beach and watersport activities organized by the Bimini Sands Activities Center, including scuba diving with world record-holder Neal Watson of Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center and excursions to Honeymoon Harbour to snorkel with wild stingrays, tours of the mangrove lagoons, Bimini Nature Trail, and the Bimini Sharklab.  

Tilloo Cay Reserve provides a great habitat for seabirds
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 07 July 2014 11:25
Photo 1: Tilloo Cay Reserve Provides a Great Habitat for Seabirds: The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has a keen interest in protecting and conserving the birds in The Bahamas, and to aid in this mission, the BNT recently did an assessment on the White Tailed Tropic birds in Abaco.  The assessments were done on Tilloo Cay Reserve last month, and several nests were found.  Pictured is the BNT team surveying one of the nests that were found. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)ABACO, Bahamas – The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has a keen interest in protecting and conserving the seabirds of The Bahamas. To help advance in this mission, the BNT recently conducted an assessment on the White-Tailed Tropic birds in Abaco. The assessments took place in the Tilloo Cay Reserve, one of 6 national parks on Abaco. The team located several successful nests during the exercise.

“These assessments are conducted on an annual basis during breeding season to assess the breeding population and determine nesting successes of the White-tailed Tropic bird” said David Knowles, Director of Parks. “This assessment provided a great deal of insight on the birds, and is confirmed that there is still successful breeding occurring in the Reserve.”

During their assessment, the BNT team found eight active White Tailed Tropic bird nests with pre-fledging chicks and adults. The nests were found under coastal scrub vegetation and overhangs, and in stone crevices and in the Reserve.

Tilloo Cay Reserve was established 1990 to protect a pristine natural environment including important nesting habitats for seabirds. This recent assessment shows that the reserve is serving its purpose, as the birds are nesting successfully. In addition to being an important breeding and nesting site for the White Tailed Tropic, Tilloo Cay Reserve is also a breeding ground and nesting site for other tropic birds, the yellow-crowned night heron, several species of terns and other seabirds.

“Despite this good news, BNT concerned about the predation. While it is possible this may have been natural from a bird of prey, it is also possible that feral cats may still be on the island and are attacking the birds. We are asking all residents to help us preserve this sanctuary and to advise us if they see any cats in the area where the birds nest,” said Knowles. “Abaco residents are keen to support our parks and we hope together to keep Tilloo Cay’s birds breeding successfully.”

Miss Bahamas contestants shoot swimsuit calendar in Bimini
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 12:22
Miss Universe Grand BahamaBIMINI, Bahamas – Bimini is known for its warm summers, however temperatures were recently rising for a reason other than the sun as the contestants in the 2014 Miss World Bahamas and Miss Universe Bahamas pageants converged on the island for a swimsuit calendar photo shoot. The lovely ladies from throughout the Bahamas were photographed at Resorts World Bimini (RWB) by renowned photographer Jonathan Simms of Tropix Photographix, wearing swimsuits designed by Aquarelle Swimwear, a line that has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.

With the beauty of Bimini serving as a perfect backdrop, the contestants were shot exclusively at Resorts World Bimini, one of the sponsors of the upcoming pageants. The calendar will be released in December 2014.

This was the first trip to Bimini for several of the contestants who had an enjoyable time on the island, despite the long hours required for the photo shoot. Said Miss Universe Grand Bahama Tomii Culmer, “I had so much fun! I am definitely coming back to Bimini, but next time for a vacation.” Miss World Paradise Island Rontre Rolle was impressed by the warm welcome extended by Biminites. “The people here have been so friendly to us,” she said. “They really make you want to come back.”

The island’s residents got a chance to catch a glimpse of the beauty queens during a motorcade which preceded a swimsuit fashion show at RWB’s Sabor poolside in which the contestants wore swimsuits and wraps provided by several vendors in the Bimini Craft Market. The fashion show was a fundraiser for Miss World Bimini Cymphony Lockhart,whowillberepresentingtheislandintheMissWorldBahamaspageant. ResortsWorldBiminihaspledged to support Miss Lockhart’s fundraising efforts, including matching the funds she raises up to $2500.

Resorts World promotes pageants globally and says RWB President Dana Leibovitz, the opportunity to support the Miss Bahamas pageants and contestants was welcomed.

Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina awarded 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
Submitted by John Bell   
Saturday, 28 June 2014 13:12

ALICE TOWN, Bimini — The historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina announced Friday that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers,” said David Hess, who recently joined the internationally recognized resort property as General Manager. “With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on our customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

According to Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business: “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

The 51-room Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina, a legendary outpost for fishermen, boaters and divers officially re-opened in 2010 following completion of a $3,500,000 renovation.

Newly-built Ocean Dream Beach Resort welcomes guests to historic Cat Island
Submitted by Earnestine Moxyz   
Friday, 27 June 2014 07:01

CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas -- Imagine a place so serene, so exotic and so inviting that its welcome mat stretches for more than 40 acres, offering breath taking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and its morning greeting is a warm kiss of freshly baked pastries.   You’re there.  This blissful seclusion is the newly built Ocean Dream Beach Resort located in Smith’s Bay, Cat Island.

An ideal escape for honeymooners and nature lovers, the Ocean Dream Beach Resort is a collection of six generously sized and vibrantly colored cottages, each providing spectacular hill top views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Each cottage, one bedroom or two, features cathedral ceilings and separated kitchen, living and dining rooms, king sized beds, plasma television, private outdoor patios, mini refrigerators, ceiling fans and indoor shower and tub combinations.  All cottages enjoy a comfortable distance of separation, providing for the ultimate in privacy.

Guests  at the resort’s art-filled restaurant, can enjoy exotic pastries baked daily using native fruits from nearby gardens or feast upon any of the fresh seafood caught from the pristine waters of The Bahamas, island-style.

The elegant yet laid back atmosphere of this Resort is the perfect backdrop for a small sized intimate wedding and the warm hospitality and personalized service of its staff will far exceed your greatest expectations. Let the experts at this resort help you plan that special day.

Baha Mar Family Island outreach heads to Bimini
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Saturday, 14 June 2014 06:54

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- With more than 4,000 Bahamians set to be hired by the time Baha Mar opens in December 2014, the $3.5 billion resort’s recruitment and outreach team is ramping up its search throughout The Bahamas for the best and brightest Bahamians to join the growing Baha Mar team.

The Baha Mar Academy will be on Bimini on June 16th-17th, conducting presentations and interviews, in the search of Dream Team individuals who are committed to becoming a part of Baha Mar.

Representatives from the Grand Hyatt, Rosewood and Baha Mar Casino and Hotel will discuss specific career opportunities available and qualifications necessary while all potential candidates will discover more about the Baha Mar Standard of Service and expectations from their future team members.

When Baha Mar opens its doors, guests from all over the world will be expecting only the best global service standards. Those expectations will be exceeded at Baha Mar, according to the property’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Pusateri.

“We are revolutionizing service in the country, creating a best-in-class service culture you can only find here at Baha Mar,” Mr. Pusateri said. “Our outreach to Bahamians throughout The Bahamas is another part of Baha Mar’s ongoing recruitment and training efforts to engage people with an aptitude for service, a commitment to hospitality and the passion tohelp build a world-class destination.”

Burning marlin sculpture officially on its way to Guy Harvey Outpost's Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament in Bimini
Submitted by Alina Maria Quintana   
Friday, 13 June 2014 07:05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- The burning marlin is pumped and ready as it makes its way to the now sold-out Bimini Sands Resort & Marina for the Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament. It’s set to arrive this week.

The Guy Harvey Outpost crew is still hard at work preparing for this year’s exciting and highly anticipated event, which runs from June 26 to June 29.

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.  

The family-friendly 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 and IGFA’s “Legendary Captain” Bouncer Smith.

On-line tournament registration to bid on half and full day charters with Capt. Bouncer is still open. Auction proceeds will go directly to the IGFA and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to benefit conservation efforts in Bimini and its surrounding waters.

(Photo Credit: Guy Harvey Outpost / Bobby Little)

End of One Eleuthera's grant with Susan G. Komen marks the beginning of notable change
Submitted by Gacintha Deveaux-Gordon   
Friday, 13 June 2014 06:46

ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas -- Saturday, May 31, 2014 marked the official completion of the Susan G. Komen (SGK) grant given to the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) which funded a Community Outreach Program on Eleuthera.  

Focused primarily on breast cancer, the program employed a Community Outreach Coordinator (COC) in the person of Maisie Pinder, who has travelled the length and breadth of Eleuthera educating women and increasing breast cancer awareness since the program’s inception in May of last year.

The goal of the outreach program has been to educate the public about breast cancer, the high risks Bahamian women face, the importance of early detection via regular mammogram screenings and the need to maintain healthy lifestyles to reduce the risks of being diagnosed with this dreaded disease.

The message has been heralded through various means. The Community Outreach Coordinator conducted an island-wide needs and assessment study, breast cancer presentations, seminars and sessions with church women’s groups, schools and civic groups, home visits, field trips distributing breast cancer material, health and fitness programs, public service announcements and lending support to local cancer groups and associations such as Cancer Society of Eleuthera and Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative. The Outreach program even included the mentorship of a 9th grader from Deep Creek Middle School as a part of a community activism class.

“It has made a tremendous difference to have Maisie Pinder serve as Community Outreach Coordinator and for the opportunity to work with her to enhance the programs that we offer to the women of Eleuthera”, said President of Cancer Society of Eleuthera, Juanita Pinder. “We feel that the Breast Cancer Community Outreach Program has certainly made a huge difference in the lives of our women as they have benefitted from an intensive breast health education campaign and other programs and activities that focused on providing crucial information to assist them to make better health choices.”

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