Tag: Green Turtle Cay

What Hope Looks Like

Denise McIntosh of Green Turtle Cay’s McIntosh’s Restaurant & Bakery reports there was much excitement and energy on the cay yesterday.

Photo courtesy of Denise McIntosh

Thursday night, a barge bearing power poles pulled up to the freight dock. And first thing Friday morning, crews began the task of transporting and installing them throughout town.

It’s Finally Time: A Fish Hooks Update

Over the past six weeks, Tom and I have received so many kind calls, emails, texts, Facebook and Whatsapp messages and more, inquiring about our little house by the ferry and how it fared during Hurricane Dorian. Until now, however, I just didn’t feel ready to talk about it.  

Fish Hooks Cottage – April 2019

Early on Sunday, September 1, as Dorian barreled northwest along the coast of Abaco toward Green Turtle Cay, we began hearing how severely Hope Town and Marsh Harbour had been hit. At that point, Tom and I made peace with the fact that Fish Hooks would likely be destroyed.

Video of Green Turtle Cay Post-Dorian

This terrific video was posted yesterday on YouTube by a member of Team M/V Adventure. Team M/V Adventure helped set up the Adventure Cafe, which has been feeding the folks of Green Turtle Cay as they attempt to rebuild their town and their lives after Hurricane Dorian.

Video courtesy of YouTube

I just did a rough tally, and over the past 14 years, I’ve shot more than 115,000 photos on Green Turtle Cay. And yet, in watching this video, there were entire street scenes that I didn’t immediately recognize. The amount of damage and destruction our little island has sustained is absolutely heartbreaking.

More On-The-Ground Green Turtle Cay Photos (Post-Dorian)

Many thanks to Trina Sasine (she and her husband Robert own Sandpiper, on Gillam Bay) for allowing me to share these photos, taken in the days following Hurricane Dorian.

Did you know that 70,000 Bahamians — that’s more than one in six! — have lost their homes and/or businesses? Here’s how you can help them rebuild their lives.

On-the-Ground Photos of Green Turtle Cay (Post-Dorian)

A million thanks to Bruce Pinder of Da Salty Pig Adventures in Spanish Wells for allowing me to share these photos of GTC’s New Plymouth settlement with you.

As you can see, the devastation is widespread, and the residents of Green Turtle Cay (as well as the Abaco mainland, other Abaco cays and Grand Bahama) will need all the support they can get in the weeks, months and years ahead. Please help if you can. Here’s how.

Other Shore Club/Pineapples

Aerial Photos of Green Turtle Cay (Post-Dorian)

Hi, all. Below are a number of high-res photos of Green Turtle Cay taken during a fly-over shortly after Hurricane Dorian. I’ve tried to put them in order roughly from north to south.

As you can see, some homes have been lost all together and most others are heavily damaged. Our family and friends on the cay and throughout Abaco and Grand Bahama need as much help as we can give them in the weeks, months and years ahead. Here’s How You Can Help.

North End of Green Turtle Cay

Update from Green Turtle Cay – Sept 8/19

The following information comes directly from Green Turtle Cay as of this morning, Sunday, September 8th:

“Everyone on Green Turtle Cay is working around the clock, keeping spirits high, and staying very organized against all odds. They have jumped into immediate action hosting town meetings, distributing relief items, and clearing debris.

The roads are fully cleared already with use of some functioning carts/cars.

Immediate Needs:

Video From Green Turtle Cay

Thank you to Kristi Lowe for sending me the link to this YouTube video. I haven’t even finished watching it, but wanted to share it for all who have been awaiting word of family and friends.

What a relief to see the people of Green Turtle Cay looking healthy and determined and already working to return our island to what it was before.

Video coutesy of YouTube

Click HERE to find out how you can help Bahamians affected and displaced by Hurricane Dorian. And please share this information with any and all who may be able to help. The need is so very great.

How You Can Help Bahamian Victims of Hurricane Dorian (Updated October 14/19)

In early September 2019, Hurricane Dorian swept through the northern Bahamas, devastating thousands of Bahamians in Abaco and Grand Bahama. Hundreds of people have been killed. Many who survived have been left with nothing but the clothing they had on. And since hurricane insurance is prohibitively expensive, most didn’t have it.

Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian will need all the help we can give them — not just today, but for months and maybe years to come.

Here are some of the many ways to help:

And Now, We Wait…

Green Turtle Cay waits as Hurricane Dorian approaches (Photo: Denise McIntosh)

I’ve been in touch with a number of folks on Green Turtle Cay, Elbow Cay and the Abaco mainland today, and all report that they are as prepared as they can be for Hurricane Dorian.

Like most Abaco establishments, GTC’s McIntosh Restaurant and Bakery, is closed and shuttered. (Photo: Denise McIntosh)

Homes and businesses are boarded up, vehicles and boats are secured. Now, all anyone can do is wait.

Waiting for Dorian

As I write this, Hurricane Dorian is churning northwest across the Atlantic, taking direct aim at Green Turtle Cay and the other northern Bahamian islands. Predictions are that the storm could reach Category 3 or even 4 strength by the time it passes over the Bahamas on Sunday.

Map of Hurricane Dorian’s predicted path, courtesy of the National Hurricane Center

Though neither Tom nor I are on Green Turtle Cay at the moment, our amazing property managers Michael and Jennifer Sawyer of Abaco Breeze Properties have ensured that Fish Hooks is closed up tight and ready for Dorian. We’ve been in touch with a number of our friends and family members in Abaco, and everyone’s busy boarding up and battening down.

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