Wish I could attend this meeting. If anyone is going, would you record and post on social media? Thanks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The township of Marsh Harbour and Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire And Rescue remind donors and potential donors that only the individuals listed below are authorized to collect donations (material or financial) on behalf of MHVFR.
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?”
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Until the 1970s and 80s, few Green Turtle Cay residents had home telephones. Most had to walk to the hilltop telephone station to place calls.
Later, the VHF radio provided a vital communications link for local residents. What it lacked in privacy, I’m told it made up for in entertainment value.
Thankfully, over the past few decades, communications in Abaco have improved significantly. Not only have land lines become common, but the quality of cell service and Internet rivals that in the U.S. and Canada.
But then came Dorian. And now we’ve gone back – quite literally — to the drawing board.
A lot of blog readers have emailed to ask how the Green Turtle Cay Ferries fared during Dorian.
Prior to the storm, GTC Ferries had four vessels in operation: Bolo, Bolo II, Bolo III and Bolo IV.
With Dorian churning toward the island, the ferry company hauled Bolo and Bolo IV from the water and secured them on the hard at the boat yard. They tied up Bolo III in Black Sound and moored Bolo II deep in nearby Munjack Creek.
They said they’d do it, and they did. Congratulations to the entire team at Maxwell’s Supermarket & Home Store in Marsh Harbour on meeting their goal to reopen the store yesterday.
Not surprisingly, after eight weeks without a grocery store, Marsh Harbour residents were eager to get shopping. I understand that parking spaces and shopping carts were nearly impossible to find.
Today makes two years since we lost Eric Sawyer so unexpectedly. His passing was a shock then and it’s still difficult to accept.
I wanted to take a few minutes to remember him (if I close my eyes, I can still hear his laugh) and to send love to his parents, Brian and Caroline, his sister Michelle and her family, his brothers Ronel, Peter and Richard, and his thousands of friends in the Bahamas and around the world.
Two weeks ago, Tom and I spent the day in Marsh Harbour, Abaco’s commercial hub and one of the areas worst hit by Hurricane Dorian.
Before we went, someone said to me, “You really have to see it for yourself.” And it’s true. The dozens of photos we’d seen simply couldn’t convey the scope and scale of the damage.
On September 15, two weeks after Hurricane Dorian, the 55’ Nordhavn trawler M/V Adventure arrived at Green Turtle Cay to assist with the island’s recovery.
Vessel owners Captain Bradford and Lorraine Carlton, along with a group of friends and volunteers, quickly established a food kitchen, which they called the Adventure Cafe.
For the past six weeks, with the help of local residents, the Adventure Cafe has served two meals a day, feeding people as they work hard to put their town, their homes and their lives back together.
Though we took the mailboat from Nassau to Abaco on our recent trip (that’s an entire post in itself), we flew from Treasure Cay back to Nassau via Bahamasair.
As you can see, the Treasure Cay Airport was completely destroyed by Dorian.