Photos from Marsh Harbour’s Eastern Shores

Thanks to Rhonda Pearce of Rhonda’s Photography for allowing me to share these pictures she took in Marsh Harbour’s Eastern Shores.

You might assume the images were shot in early September, shortly after Hurricane Dorian. However, they were taken November 24th — nearly three months after the Category 5 devastated the northern Bahamas.

Several South Abaco Resorts are Open and Ready to Welcome You

It’s true that many resorts and vacation rentals in central and north Abaco are temporarily closed due to damages sustained during Hurricane Dorian. But several south Abaco resorts are open and ready to welcome guests.

The Sandpiper Inn at Schooner Bay in South Abaco (Photo courtesy of the Sandpiper Inn)

They include:

The Days After Dorian

This video of my cousin, Oswald Hall, will give you a brief glimpse into what our friends and relatives endured in the days following Hurricane Dorian.

Oswald Hall

The footage was recorded in September, but for many on Abaco and Grand Bahama, the emotions are as raw and the pain just as real nearly three months after the storm.

Ossie’s right when he says that the only way Abaconians are going to get through this experience is to pull together and make it happen. And it’s been incredibly inspiring seeing folks in Abaco do just that.

Of course, their progress to date would not have been possible without the generous outpouring of love and support from countless individuals, relief organizations and foreign and domestic NGOs.

A Wish List from Marsh Harbour

One of the greatest challenges facing Abaconians as they recover from Hurricane Dorian is that Abaco’s economic center, Marsh Harbour, was virtually wiped out by the storm.

The destruction in much of Marsh Harbour is extensive

And whereas some regions of Abaco — the cays in particular — are making strides toward rebuilding, greater Marsh Harbour (including Murphy and Dundas Towns) is recovering more slowly. In the past few weeks, several vital businesses have reopened, but Marsh Harbour has a long way to go.

What Abaco Businesses Are Open?

I’ve received numerous reader emails since Hurricane Dorian and by far, the most commonly asked questions are “How can I help Dorian victims?” (which I’ve answered HERE) and “What Abaco businesses are open?”

Sid’s Groceries on Green Turtle Cay has reopened post-Dorian

To keep everyone informed (and to help me keep track, since the list is growing daily!) I’m compiling a master list of open Abaco businesses, which I’ll share over the next few days here on the blog.

Important Progress is Being Made in Marsh Harbour

It was terrific to see a Marsh Harbour update today on The Abaconian’s Facebook page. It’s amazing how much progress has been made in just the three weeks since Tom and I were there!

Marsh Harbour – October 23, 2019

New developments reported by The Abaconian include:

  • City water is once again available to many buildings
  • Bahamas Power and Light is working hard to restore electricity to key structures including the government complex, mini-hospital and Leonard Thompson International Airport

Bahamians Still Need Your Support – Here’s How to Help

Though much of the world’s media has moved on to other stories, our friends and family in the Bahamas are still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

A building in Marsh Harbour destroyed by Hurricane Dorian

While it’s true that some communities are making progress in their recovery, many areas still have a long, long way to go. Thousands of Bahamians still have no electricity, running water or access to banks and other vital services.

The Treasure Cay Airport, Abaco, Bahamas

The reality is that foreign aid is still very much needed in the northern Bahamas, and will be for years to come.

For those wondering how to best help Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian, I’ve recently updated my “How You Can Help” page. Please take a moment to check out the list and contribute if you can toward these worthy organizations.

Hope Town United Featured in Palm Beach Post Article

It was great to see my cousins Vernon, Brian and Wyannie Malone featured in this recent article from the Palm Beach Post about Hope Town United and the recovery efforts in Hope Town.

Located south of Green Turtle Cay, Elbow Cay (on which Hope Town is located) was the first point of landfall for Hurricane Dorian. The damage there has been extensive.

The Strength of the Bahamian Spirit

In the nearly ten weeks since Hurricane Dorian, we’ve talked a lot about the helpers. And rightfully so.

Hundreds of relief workers and volunteers have put their lives on hold to come to the Bahamas to feed storm victims, raise sunken vessels and muck out buildings.

A chef from World Central Kitchen, one of hundreds of relief workers currently on the ground in the Bahamas, watches as supplies are unloaded from the weekly freight boat in Marsh Harbour.

Thousands of kind donors have contributed funds, food, clothing, vehicles, construction materials and more. And the Bahamian people are incredibly grateful for this support. 

 But on Friday night, Tom’s news report – shot while we were in Abaco in late October – was about Bahamians. In this case, the residents of Green Turtle Cay who are working tirelessly to rebuild their homes and lives.

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