Grand Bahama officially opens world’s first land-based commercial coral farm for reef restoration
- Jun 5, 2019 - 9:00:56 PM
Coral reefs are dying around the world, with over half being lost since
the early seventies. Based on current trends, scientists predict that
ninety percent of coral reefs are on track to die by 2050. This
ecological tragedy is also a serious socio-economic problem; reefs
support one billion people and an estimated 25% of marine life while
generating conservatively $30 billion annually through tourism,
fisheries, and coastal protection. The Bahamas, who welcome over six
million visitors a year to their islands, beaches, and crystal-clear
waters has embraced a new dynamic adventure they hope will change this
TEDxYouth@GrandBahama 2019 talks now available online!
- May 23, 2019 - 8:00:16 AM
On 6th March, 2019, the third edition of TEDxYouth@GrandBahama took
place under the theme “Lemme Say Sumtin!” Approximately 350 high school
students gathered at the Regency Theatre to participate in this fun,
imaginative, and smart TEDx event designed for, and organized with young
people on Grand Bahama island.
Following opening remarks by
Minister of State for Grand Bahama J. Kwasi Thompson, where he
challenged students to imagine a new Freeport, the event featured
TEDxYouth talks on a range of topics that brought together bright minds
who gave idea-focused presentations on a wide range of subjects...
GBPA Preparing businesses for future opportunities in Tourism
- May 15, 2019 - 6:55:24 PM
As Grand Bahama prepares for an unprecedented boost
in the island’s Tourism industry, executives at The Grand Bahama Port
Authority, Limited (GBPA), are keen on ensuring the readiness of local
Bahamians for upcoming opportunities within the sector.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, various business owners and prospective
entrepreneurs gained knowledge from Melanie Colpitts; Lead Coach and
Trainer of Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence. Over the last decade,
Aquila has offered training programs to help Cruise Destinations and
Tour Operators around the world achieve excellence in their ports,
tours, guides, and businesses...
GBPA asserts role as utilities regulator for Freeport
- May 14, 2019 - 2:19:37 PM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) under the powers vested
in it by the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) has been and still is the
sole regulator for all utilities in the Freeport zone since 1956.
the utilities Regulatory Authority in the City of Freeport, GBPA in
2012, recognized that there was a need to strengthen the regulatory
regime by implementing a Regulatory Framework and Operating Protocol
(“Framework”) in accordance with international best practices...
URCA’s Executive Team headed to Grand Bahama for Public Consultations for three days
- May 6, 2019 - 11:00:22 AM
Executives from The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority
(URCA) have embarked on a series of public town hall meetings to listen
to the concerns of consumers. The URCA representatives have held
discussions with residents in Abaco and in New Providence, and now
URCA’s executive team will continue their campaign of public
consultations across the northern islands, with three scheduled town
hall meetings on Grand Bahama and “pop up” office hours at the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Commerce.
URCA is responsible for regulating
the Electronic Communications Sector (ECS) and Electricity Sector (ES)
in The Bahamas....
Grand Bahama Power on "Energy Saving Devices"
- Mar 21, 2019 - 3:15:38 PM
Recent investigations undertaken by
Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) have revealed several residents and
businesses have purchased an alleged “energy saving device” from a local
Through our investigations and discussions with
affected customers, GBPC learned that these businesses purchased what
they believed was an energy-saving device from a local company. These
businesses are a victim of fraud and were in fact either connected
directly to GBPC’s power system via a meter bypass, or the meters were
tampered with to under-read actual usage...
GBPA on statement recent meter audit by GBPC
- Mar 21, 2019 - 12:29:51 AM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited wishes to advise the public
that as Regulators, we were notified by The Grand Bahama Power Company
(GBPC) that during a course of their recent meter audit, they discovered
a number of suspected electricity diversions at several businesses
within the Port Area. As a result, we immediately began our own
independent investigations into this matter which is currently ongoing.
Thus far, we can confirm that all of the work performed by the licensee
was unpermitted, and was executed outside the scope of the license.
As this matter is currently with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and
investigations are still ongoing, we do not wish to comment any further
to interfere with the Police investigations. We do believe that due
process will be carried out and we are...
FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama shows off a stellar lineup of independent films
- Mar 20, 2019 - 6:40:40 PM
The return of “FLIFF On Location” to Grand Bahama Island and the Pelican
Bay Hotel this past weekend, was a heartwarming experience for
President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (FLIFF), Greg Von
Hausch. The festival’s strong connection to the island, was the driving
force behind its return.
“FLIFF has a wonderful history with
Grand Bahama and it feels good to be back”, said Von Hausch. “We first
came to the island in 2009, to screen a movie at the Regency Theatre.
That event was a tremendous success, and the catalyst for our agreement
with the Ministry of Tourism to come to Freeport to host FLIFF at
Pelican Bay from 2011 to 2013...
TEDxYouth@GrandBahama 2019 - March 6th
- Feb 26, 2019 - 12:21:44 PM
TEDxYouth@GrandBahama will return for a third year on Wednesday, 06th March 2019.
the theme ‘Lemme Say Sumtin’, Grand Bahama’s youth will gather at the
Regency Theatre to hear several of their fellow students and watch TED
talk videos that take a multidisciplinary approach to ideas worth
sharing. The event will feature presentations that are idea-focused and
on a wide range of subjects; foster learning, inspiration, and wonder;
and provoke conversations that matter...
Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience makes Top 10 Best Caribbean Beach Bar List
- Feb 22, 2019 - 2:09:36 PM
"Nothing says 'vacation' quite like sipping a tropical cocktail while digging your toes in the sand. The Caribbean could be called the beach bar capital of the world with countless places to sip the day away." USA Today asked a panel of Caribbean travel experts to nominate their favorites, and gave the public time to put in their vote.
The official announcement was made Friday, February 22...
Focus Forward Broadcast Launches Season 4
- Feb 20, 2019 - 12:25:04 AM
Television show features the best of Grand Bahama and launches season
four from the Invest Grand Bahama (IGB) studios at the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, Limited (GBPA).
Focus Forward is Grand Bahama’s most
engaging outreach strategy to showcase entrepreneurs. The simulcast
shares the latest news about current events and developments positively
impacting the Freeport business community. Derek Newbold, GBPA Senior
Business Manager affirms, “Focus Forward gives a weekly pulse on the
island of Grand Bahama...
Mr. & Ms. Jack Hayward Sr. High Pageant Held
- Feb 11, 2019 - 9:26:17 AM
On Feb 1, 2019, Jack Hayward Senior High School held its first official
full blown Mr. & Ms. Jack Hayward Senior High School Talent Pageant
and Coronation. This is the second year that JHSH embarked upon this
venture. However, this is the first year that the school decided to
upgrade to a full blown pageant. Pageant chairperson and Senior
Mistress, Afrika Karamo-Miller stated her excited and delight in the
interest and the improvement in the direction and proclaimed that "we
are excited to keep on growing and expanding." She expressed a deep
gratitude to the co- director and choreographer, Darrol Stubbs for his
patience, dedication and vision to move the pageant in and upward
Location Revealed for New Cruise Port in Grand Bahama
- Feb 6, 2019 - 11:58:41 PM
During a public meeting held on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Foster
B. Pestina Center, the location and plans for a new cruise port for
Grand Bahama Island were announced.
Guest speakers included Sarah St. George,Co-Chairman, Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA); Giora Israel, Sr. Vice President of Global Port
& Destination Development; and the Rt. Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis,
Prime Minister of The Bahamas...
PM: Proposed Carnival Cruise Port significant for Grand Bahama economic recovery
- Feb 5, 2019 - 12:51:56 PM
The proposed cruise ship mega port for Grand Bahama represents
significant opportunities for the island’s economic recovery, said Prime
Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis as he addressed hundreds at
the Carnival Cruise ‘Grand Port – The Road to 2021’ Information Meeting,
at Foster B. Pestaina Centre, February 4, 2019.
revival of Grand Bahama is critical in the economic revival, and growth
and expansion of The Bahamas economy,” he said.
Minister remarked that his government is very enthusiastic about the
project. And, he called on Grand Bahamians to prepare themselves for
the potential economic benefits from additional cruise passengers and
LRA OBB, Limited completes final transitions of its properties
- Jan 31, 2019 - 5:02:38 PM
LRA OBB, Limited (OBB), the owner of marina slips and various amenities
at Old Bahama Bay continued the process of transitioning their
operations and ownership of their assets yesterday in West End, Grand
Bahama. OBB’s right to reclaim their resort assets were reaffirmed
again, by The Bahamas Supreme Court last week..
PM Minnis reveals aggressive agenda for Grand Bahama’s economy
- Jan 30, 2019 - 12:55:00 PM
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis shared with the
Bahamian people that he is pleased with the jobless rate in Grand
Bahama, as that northern island is tapped to become the country’s
In the first of a series of three National
Addresses delivered to the nation on Monday, January 28, 2019 the Prime
Minister focused on what his government is proposing to do to boost
economic growth across the Bahamian archipelago...
Access Accelerators Bahamas Small Business Development Centre to Launch in Grand Bahama
- Jan 29, 2019 - 9:53:35 AM
The Access Accelerator Small Business Development Centre will kick off
its movement to transform the Grand Bahama economy through the
development of small and medium-size businesses. A series of events will
be held in Grand Bahama over the next week and a half to celebrate the
launch of this important initiative.
Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Finance The Hon. K. Peter Turnquest will deliver the
keynote address at the official launch of the Access Accelerator’s
Northern Bahamas operations, scheduled for Bishop Michael Eldon School
Auditorium at 6:00pm on Thursday, January 31...
LRA Old Bahama Bay Limited Prepares for Transition
- Jan 20, 2019 - 5:00:00 PM
LRA Old Bahama Bay, Limited (OBB), the owners of the marina and other
assets at Old Bahama Bay continue the process of transitioning the
operation and ownership of their assets. The OBB owners and
representatives, like so many Grand Bahamians, have actively supported
the significant efforts going into the future success of West End.
has previously provided appropriate lease termination notice to its
tenant, Island Ventures Resort and Club, Ltd. (IVRC), which has also
been affirmed by the Bahamian Courts. As of Monday, January 21st, 2019
OBB will temporarily close their marina operations, in order to make
proper arrangements for a future operator...
New My Grand Bahama App Highlights Customer Service Experiences
- Jan 15, 2019 - 3:50:40 PM
Mobile technology aims to improve customer experiences with the
introduction and promotion of the My Grand Bahama app launched by the
Invest Grand Bahama (IGB) unit of the Grand Bahama Port Authority
The new My Grand Bahama app is the latest
technology tool strategically designed and developed to improve customer
service experiences on the island. The app was developed to help
residents, visitors and investors to share real time experiences around
customer service experiences at local businesses...
World’s first land-based commercial Coral Farm breaks ground on Grand Bahama
- Dec 3, 2018 - 9:16:47 PM
A $1M dollar investment has been announced for East Grand Bahama. The investment
will be the first of a global network of coral farms capable of
sustaining reefs for future generations. The Grand Bahama Development
Company and the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) have partnered with
Coral Vita to bring this world class project to life, the public
announcement, with a special Ground Breaking and Blessing of the
project, was held on Thursday, November 29th in Eastern Lucaya.
to GBPA officials, the total projected investments cost is $1.2M. Coral
Vita will be the first on land commercial coral farm in the world to
restore dying reefs. Rupert Hayward, GBPA Executive Director...