REMARKS THE MOST HON. DR. HUBERT A. MINNIS
PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FINANCE
Presentation of Land Grants for Crossing Rocks, Abaco
Friday 11 December 2020
Ladies and Gentlemen:
On September 14, 1999, Hurricane Floyd made landfall in Abaco as a Category Four storm, barreling through communities, tearing off roofs, flooding homes and dislocating hundreds of residents.
The community of Crossing Rocks became one of the many victims of this treacherous storm.
During a visit to Crossing Rocks, on June 1st 2018, I saw the more than 120 properties destroyed from the storm.
Following this visit, my Government made a pledge to the people of Crossing Rocks, who were relocated following the passage of Hurricane Floyd.
We pledged to do what we could to ensure that you received title deeds to your properties to rebuild.
There were some challenges which were eventually overcome.
In 2019, some 56 title deeds were transferred to residents of Crossing Rocks by the Ministry of the Environment and Housing.
I am pleased to announce that we have returned today to award an additional 24 grants to residents of this community.
This brings the total title deeds and grants awarded to residents in this community, to 80.
This figure represents more than 60 per cent of the properties in Crossing Rocks which were destroyed by the 1999 storm.
For those of you who are patiently waiting to receive papers to your property, I encourage you to remain steadfast.
I am advised that additional grants are being prepared and they too will be awarded to residents of Crossing Rocks.
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