Repairs Planned For Current Island Docks
Eleuthera, The Bahamas – The Government’s Infrastructure Crusade expanded to Current Island with the signing of a $214,959.30 contract for two docks there.
Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko C. Grant made a stopover visit to that island on March 14. His delegation included Colin Higgs, permanent secretary; Dion Munroe, project engineer and Shaun Lightbourn, assistant engineer. Also in attendance was the Hon. Alvin Smith, Member of Parliament for North Eleuthera and Stephanie Rahming, administrator.
A large representation of the 50-member population including students of the Current Island All-Age-School witnessed the event held under a cabana at the site of the main dock posed for reconstruction. Police Constable 2673 Carlton Smith led the North Eleuthera Community Youth Band, which provided music for the event.
“The existing deteriorated docking facilities cannot adequately meet the needs of this community,” said Minister Grant.
“We thank the people of Current Island for their patience.
“We anticipate that the reconstruction of the docking facilities here will facilitate further development of the existing fishing and straw industries along with other industries on this island.”
In addition to reconstruction of the main dock, the contract also includes repairs to the nearby wooden ferry dock on that island. The concrete dock was destroyed as a result of recent hurricanes. The project is expected to be finished in four months.
Mr. Smith said, “We are signing a contract for a dock that is absolutely necessary. The Government has never “forgotten” the people of Current Island. You are a people of strength and faith.
“We believe that with your population of just 50 that you are to be treated just like New Providence with a (population) of 200,000, Grand Bahama of just under 100,000 or the rest of the Family Islands.”
The contract was awarded to Robert Roberts of Complete Marine Services Co. Ltd. The Government is also carrying out 3.2 miles of roadworks in Current Island that is set to be finished in six weeks.
By Kathryn Campbell
Bahamas Information Services