The last few weeks have been difficult ones in Abaco, with many families and communities suffering heartbreak and loss. On January 30, Green Turtle Cay lost one of its own when Reneka Cooper was killed in a boating accident.
Reneka, who worked with the Leeward Yacht Club, Bluff House and most recently, Pineapples Bar & Grill, was loved by locals and visitors alike for her infectious smile and charismatic personality. And in the wake of her tragic loss, the community is rallying around her family, particularly her 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.
The library has a terrific Bahamian reference and research section (I often find books about Bahamian culture and history there that I can’t find anywhere else) so I’m super excited that my book is now a part of it!
If it’s been a while, or if you’ve never visited the library, do check it out. Operated by a dedicated group of volunteer librarians led by Seanna Dames, the library is located in the town’s administrative complex in the heart of New Plymouth.
There’s a terrific selection of books for adults and kids, DVDs and jigsaw puzzles, all available on loan.
During the early 1800s, wrecking was a common occupation for Bahamian residents, and many plied their trade in the waters surrounding the Florida Keys. In 1825, however, the U.S. Congress passed the Federal Wrecking Act, which stipulated that goods salvaged from any vessel wrecked in American waters must be brought to a U.S. port.
In the decades that followed, hundreds of Bahamians, including wreckers, boat builders and those in related professions from Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Abaco relocated to Key West. To this largely uninhabited island, they brought everything, up to and including their houses!