ISLAND NEWS

 

(Revised on December 13th, 2019)

 

From Hope Town Fire and Rescue:
 
We need your help. 
 
Our team is working day and night to help the people of 
Elbow Cay -- where Hurricane Dorian first made landfall. 
 
Donations are best made directly to: 
Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue through the DonorBox 
Donate link is on our website http://htvfr.org/how-to-help.html   
 
U.S. citizens can make tax-deductible donations of $250.00 or more online via www.PercAbaco.org/how-to-donate/paypal-donations and checking Hope Town Fire and Rescue from the charity list or by check mailed to: 
PERC, Inc. (Preservation, Environment, Recreation, Community) PERC, Inc. P.O. Box 232, Grand Isle, VT 05458 USA. 
For us to receive you donation, you must say that the funds are for the Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue efforts. 
Donations will be immediately process and distributed to HTVFR See their website for exact instructions and background information. https://www.percabaco.org 
 
 

 

Check out www.elbowcay.org for all the latest updatest and information on Elbow Cay's recovery.

 

 

Join the Lighthouse Turns Cruiser's Net CrowdCast for daily updates:

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/cruiser-net--oct-16th/register?fbclid=IwAR1xw380xI6PNK2GoG2W092bGhM7UAyICr6jq5cbD3N6ykJbTjpYu8PyU78

 

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Link to Nassau Tribune article regarding power: http://www.tribune242.com/news/2019/dec/11/energy-industry-eyed-for-80m-post-dorian-boost/

 

 

 

Sad news to report...Hope Town’s Bill County has died. Bill lived on his wooden boat Tamar II in the harbor near the HTSC dinghy dock and was a very talented artist. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

 

Below are the 2020 Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue Officers. Thank you to them and all of HTVFR!

Chief: Troy Pritchard
Assistant Chief: Stafford Patterson
Secretary: Marji Chapman
Assistant Secretary: Jordan Wells
Treasurer: Steve Roberts
Team Leader Medical: Jamie Williams
Team Leader Fire: Richard Cook
Team Leader Engineering: David Darville
Team Leader Marine: Clint Russell
Team Leader Dispatch: Bonnie Hall

 

 

Thomas Bethel and Neil Drori are putting together a group of home owners to do a bulk buy of 14 – 20 KVA propane generators to bring to the island in order to get discounted prices and save on logistics costs. Propane generators with output sufficient to run a whole house including an ATS (automatic transfer switch) run between 20% - 25% of the cost of a diesel generator of equivalent output. In addition, they come complete with an insulated enclosure, have a small footprint and are clean burning. Their only limitation is that they are not designed to run 24/7. The Drori’s have personally had a propane generator at their home in Hope Town for over 5 years and have been very satisfied with both performance and running cost. The buying group already has 8 commitments but the more units we can buy, the more negotiating power we will have. Any interested parties are invited to contact Neil at neil.drori@gmail.com or Thomas at harbourviewgrocery@gmail.com

 

 

Also, you can contact Stafford Patterson if you are interested in solar power.

 

 

 

Link to Latest Exigency Order (#5, Dec 1):

 

https://inlandrevenue.finance.gov.bs/other/hurricane-dorian-exigency-order/

 

 

 

 

 

G&L Transportation now has 3 boats available. All MH runs depart from the Crossing. Their new tentative schedule beginning Monday, November 4th is:


MH to HT. HT to MH
6:30am.   7:00am
9:00am.   9:45am
11:00am. 1:00pm
3:30pm.   4:00pm

 

MH to MOW. MOW to MH
6:30am.      8:00am
12:00pm.    1:30pm
4:30pm.      5:00pm

 

 

 

Below is the link to the Nassau Tribune article regarding tax breaks that expire June 2020…

https://thenassauguardian.com/2019/11/29/special-economic-recovery-zone-tax-breaks-outlined/ 


 

11/29 update on power restoration:

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2019/nov/29/more-power-restored-in-abaco/


 

ZNS video with Hope Town locals you will recognize!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=CPUi5rPuYIo


 

Thanksgiving in Hope Town! A community Thanksgiving feast was held by the Post Office Dock with thanks to many people including the World Kitchen, Doug Plourde from On Da Beach, the NGOs, Samaritan’s Purse and Chef Noah and staff. There were even full wine bottles for sale to benefit HT that were recovered from the bottom of the harbor where the Lighthouse Liquor Store was! Photo credit and complete report posted on the Hope Town Bulletin Group’s Facebook page thanks to David Idas: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HopeTownBulletin/permalink/2717974508263509/?sfnsn=mo

 

 

 

 

For a list of what is open in Abaco as of late November, Click the link below:

https://littlehousebytheferry.com/whatsopeninabaco/


 

The Hope Town FUEL DEPOT is now open.
Located in White Sound at Abaco T-Shirt lot (factory)
MON-FRI 9:30-12:30

 

 

 

 

From HTVFR, Nov. 20th: Sorry for the loooong time between posts but we've been busy busy busy. Since Sept. 1st HTVFR has, with the help of your donations, paid a community fuel bill, helped to secure the services of Help NGO, and assisted in financing the debris cleanup. We have paid for 2 barges to bring materials to the island and have committed to pay for 3 more. In addition, we have secured materials to repair our stations and replace the doors on Station 1. We continue to work with Help to determine where best to use the donations and will keep you all updated as the efforts continue. Peace and Stay Safe.

 

 

 

Check out www.elbowcay.org for condition updates. Below is the link to the boaters’ page with important information for all cruisers heading to Elbow Cay.

 

https://www.elbowcay.org/cruisersboaters.html?fbclid=IwAR0C_eIEImz_LcBvANScRh1KvxQTT35shWcfVFt04j2bV7wTsfdomqQo1zM


 

 

Maxwell’s Supermarket and Furniture Store has reopened in Marsh Harbour! Hours are Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 9a.m. to 1 p.m. (including furniture store). Frederick’s Agency and Commonwealth Bank have offices inside and The Chemist Pharmacy will also be opening there soon.


 

Elbow Cay businesses have started to reopen, including:

Captain Plug's Adventures

Vernon's Bakery

HT Inn & Marina with limited slips and water (Restaurant may open in December)

Abaco Inn

Abaco Marine Mechanics 

On Da Beach Bar and Grill 5pm until ? M – F, Noon until ? Sat - Sun
Getaway, Island, Hope Town, Elbow Cay and Lighthouse Cart Rentals
Lighthouse Marina (gas and diesel only M/W/F 8 - 2),
Bike Shop/Hope Town Canvas
Imports Unlimited (limited stock you have to go and look 9 -12 & 1-4 M-F),
Lighthouse Liquors, in Sip Sip (afternoons),
LVA Grocery and Harbour View Grocery with limited stock and hours
The Chopping Block (cuts only, call for appointment)
Eric's Charters (on demand)

 

 

 

Lighthouse Marina’s cranes have arrived. Work will begin to remove, re-block and launch your boat. Please call 242 577-0283...or email: Lighthousemarinaht@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

The first barge load of debris was transported from Elbow Cay over to Marsh Harbour for disposal on November 5th. This load consisted of ten, thirty yard containers totaling 300 cubic yards of debris removed from Elbow Cay.

 

 

 

 

Building supplies have landed via cargo plane for rebuilding the Hope Town Library. When construction is complete, this facility will temporarily become the community center for gatherings and information.

 

 

 

 

Fuel at Lighthouse Marina is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 - 2:00. Please check in at the Post Office Dock at 9:00 am with jugs clearly marked gas or diesel and your name. You can also pull up to the shoreline if you have access to a boat (they are now able to take credit cards).

 

Perry Institute for Marine Science and the Nature Conservancy in the Caribbean just wrapped up reef surveys around the Marsh Harbour area. The good news is that offshore reefs were minimally damaged including Sandy Cay Reef in the Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park and reefs in Fowl Cays National Park. However, shallow reefs in closer proximity to the shoreline experienced more damage. On some of these reefs, large pieces of coral were toppled over and land-based sources of debris also impacted the reef (note ladder and mower at Mermaid Reef). Photos: Craig Dahlgren (Perry Institute for Marine Science).

 

 

 

 

Thanks to donations, Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue now has two rescue boats to replace the ones damaged by Hurricane Dorian!

 

 

 

 

PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY ZONES FOR ABACO AND GRAND BAHAMA.

To Feature Tax Concessions and $10 Million to assist Bahamian Small businesses in impacted area

From the Prime Minister's Address: "As special economic recovery zones, the following measures will be put in place:

1) Duty Free Purchase of all materials, fixtures, furniture, vehicles and equipment for all business needs and for all business and residential construction/rehabilitation efforts. This provision will also be extended to domestic purchase of qualifying items that I will detail shortly.

2) Waiver of Business License Fees for operations within the zone.

3) Waiver on Real Property Tax payable on all eligible properties that are reconstructed, restored or otherwise are inhabitable by October 2020.

4) A VAT credit of up to 50 percent on the sale of real property, provided that such sale will be immediately followed by material construction, on or enhancements to the property, or the utilization of the purchased property to material commercial activity.

To maintain the credit, the qualifying activity must commence within 75 days of the close of the sale and must be followed through to scheduled completion. Otherwise the full VAT becomes payable.

5) Establishment of a $10 million loan guarantee and equity financing programme to allow for qualifying Bahamian small and medium size business to secure up to $500,000 in financing under the programme to fund the restoration of businesses, or the creation of new businesses.

6) The Extension of the Provisional Business License Programme to all businesses – with limited exceptions – within the zones so as to allow for qualifying businesses to get started with their businesses within 2 business days of completed application.

7) The establishment of a business assistance One Stop Shop in Grand Bahama and Abaco that will house representatives of the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), the Bahamas Investment Authority, the Ministry of Finance, The Bahamas Investment Authority, The Department of Inland Revenue, The Department of Environmental Health and Building Permits units of the various agencies.

This one stop shop will be equipped and empowered to ensure that all existing and new businesses will be able to work through any regulatory requirements within 5 working days.

 

 

 

 

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