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17th Annual Coconut Festival Planned for Pelican Point, Grand Bahama - Mar 30, 2015 - 7:01:26 PM

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GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas - Plans for the 17th Annual Coconut Festival in Pelican Point, East Grand Bahama, on Easter Monday were announced on Monday, during a press conference at Banana Bay.

During the festival, which will be held from 11am to 8pm on Monday, April 6, there will be a showcase of culture with live performances by The Grand Bahama Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, Veronica Bishop and Kirk "K.B." Bodie.

Describing cultural festival as an integral part of the island's tourism product, Elaine Smith, Coordinator Product Department of the Ministry of Tourism said, "we recognize the importance of these celebrations that tell the story of our past and highlight the rich value of our Bahamian history..."
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Increased Tourism Activity in Grand Bahama Boosting Local Economy - Mar 30, 2015 - 9:37:45 AM

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Freeport Grand Bahama - Bustling with a diverse demographic of clientele, Port Lucaya has seen an inflow of one-day cruise ship passengers, spring breakers making the most of their college holiday experience, as well as families enjoying the amenities of surrounding hotels. Needless to say, this bodes well not only for the marketplace and its tenants, but for residents and businesses of the island at large.

According to local tour operators, the New Year has brought increased tour activity as a result of the high occupancy levels at surrounding hotels and the influx of cruise and flight passengers...
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Huey Lewis and other stars visit Deep Water Cay, Bahamas - Mar 24, 2015 - 11:14:29 AM

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Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama – Grand Bahama’s best-kept secret may not be so ‘hush-hush’ anymore thanks to last week’s visit from Tom Brokaw, Huey Lewis, Yvon Chouinard, Bill Klyn, and legendary fly-fisherman Bernard ‘Lefty’ Kreh.

Last week the Orion Production team, under the guidance of their CEO Chris Dorsey, flew into Deep Water Cay for a week of the world’s best bonefishing, deep-sea fishing, Junkanoo – hermit crab racing, and a little singing too! The team was back again to this premier boutique resort to film a portion of season six of “Buccaneers and Bones,” projected to air in America in early 2016 on the Discovery Channel...
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BFM Leader Dr. Dave Burrows to Open Biggie Fest in Grand Bahama - Mar 19, 2015 - 1:24:54 PM

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The Bahamas Global Youth Festival (aka Biggie Fest) officials announced today that newly appointed President and Senior Pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI), Dr. Dave Burrows, will open the festival in Grand Bahama next month.

This will be his first major platform since taking the helm of BFMI after the tragic passing of his long-time close friend, and former beloved leader, Pastor Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife and seven others in a plane crash last November.

Biggie Fest, slated for Grand Bahama from April 8 – 10, 2015 will be held at the Grand Lucayan Resort - climaxing on April 10, 2015 with a Bahamas Gospel Party and Cd release Concert of Tony Lowe and Doranell Brown at Count Basie Square in the Port Lucaya Marketplace...
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Rand Memorial Hospital Expansion Drawings Due at End of May, says PHA Chairman - Mar 19, 2015 - 3:08:26 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Drawings for the next phase in the upgrade for the Rand Memorial Hospital should be completed by the end of May, announced chairman of the Board of the Public Hospitals Authority, Senator the Hon. Frank Smith during a press conference at the Rand on Monday.

"As you may recall, in 2012 the PHA's investment in the expansion and upgrading of the operating theatres and emergency room at the Rand Memorial Hospital was completed. Today, the patients of the Rand enjoy far more efficient surgical services in state of the art facilities. The project we launch today is an acceleration of the PHA's strategy of phased renovation, enhancement and growth with respect...
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Sarah St. George: Freeport The Right Way Forward - Mar 17, 2015 - 12:42:39 PM

I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I’m here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest – For those who don’t know me, I am Sarah St George.

Let's start by looking at the World around us - as we can't look at ourselves in splendid isolation in these ever-changing markets. To quote from Baumant & Bordoni’s book State of Crisis, "Governments are bound to seek LOCAL solutions to GLOBALLY generated problems"...
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Constitutional Reform Commission Visits West End - Mar 16, 2015 - 8:44:18 PM

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WEST END, Grand Bahama – Members of the Constitutional Reform Commission gave presentations on the proposed Constitution Bill amendments, at St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church Parish Hall on March 13. Conducting the presentations and commentary were: Retired Justice Rubie Nottage, Co-Chairperson Public Education Programme; the Hon. Theresa Moxey-Ingraham, Co-Chairperson, Public Education Programme; and Miss Brandace Duncanson, member, Constitutional Commission.

Mrs. Moxey-Ingraham said the purpose of their trip to West End was to explain the proposed changes to the Constitution. They explained the process required for constitutional change and clarified any doubts or misconceptions that community members may have with regard to the proposals...
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Learn About Bonefish Research at the Rand Nature Centre, Grand Bahama - Mar 14, 2015 - 4:26:53 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – After the success thus far of this year’s public lectures, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is hoping for a ‘three-peat’ with their March lecture on the capture-mark-recapture of bonefish in The Bahamas.  The lecture on March 17th will feature Justin Lewis, who currently works as the Bahamas Initiative Coordinator in Grand Bahama for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

Lewis is a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama and has had a passion for fishing and the ocean from a very young age.  This passion led him to St. Francis Xavier University in Canada where he earned his BA in Aquatic Resources with Public Policy and Social Research.  During his undergraduate studies, he took part in a variety of conservation efforts including The Bahamas bonefish tagging programme ...
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(VIDEO) Ultra-athlete and author to hit the road in Grand Bahama - Mar 13, 2015 - 2:58:43 PM

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Freeport, The Bahamas - American author, inspirational speaker, and ultra-athlete, Croix Sather is in Grand Bahama Island for a conference and on Sunday, March 15th he will be giving a free talk and is asking local runners to come out and hit the road with him for a run.

It gets underway at 7:30am and interested persons as asked to meet up at the roundabout (traffic circle) between the Pelican Bay Hotel and the Manor House (Grand Lucayan).

He will also have a few copies of his bestselling book that he will sign. "Dream Big Act Big"  His self-help and personal development books...
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Grand Bahama property developer shows that Less can often mean More - Mar 12, 2015 - 1:04:54 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas -- It’s not often you find a property developer who willingly cuts density from plans, but the Ascot Grand Bahama project just got a serious pruning by its lead, Steve Bell.

Ascot has been in the works for over a year now but has only become public knowledge last September. It is set upon a “barefoot elegance” theme with a twist of health and well-being. Features like edible gardens, an orchard and beachside yoga–meditation cabanas set Ascot outside of typical condominium developments.

The most noticeable change is the reduced number of towers that stretch across the more than 1000 feet of prime oceanfront beach.
News : Grand Bahama
RBDF apprehend 9 foreign nationals off Grand Bahama Island - Mar 11, 2015 - 7:04:01 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, P 129, apprehended 9 foreign nationals including 1 Bahamian, 1 Jamaican, 6 Dominicans, and 1 Lithuanian around 10 a.m. this morning off West End, Grand Bahama aboard an 18-foot vessel.

The Defence Force vessel was alerted by Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) officials to a vessel in distress off West End. The 9 occupants were found aboard the vessel by Defence Force marines and subsequently taken into custody.
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Women's rights activist to speak at Join Me on the Bridge in Grand Bahama - Mar 6, 2015 - 12:19:58 PM

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Join Me on the Bridge Holds 6th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration

Grand Bahama, The Bahamas -- On March 8th, women and men from The Bahamas, along with international visitors, will be joining together at the Garden of the Groves to celebrate International Women's Day.

Grand Bahama’s 6th annual International Women’s Day celebration, “Join Me on the Bridge”, will be held on the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves on Sunday, March 8th 2015 at 3pm.
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Economic Growth Underway in Grand Bahama, Says Darville - Mar 6, 2015 - 2:49:10 AM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Thursday said he thinks Grand Bahama will continue to see economic growth once certain variables are in place.

Dr. Darville addressed participants at the Grand Bahama Business Outlook held at the Grand Lucayan, where the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas and Minister of Finance gave the keynote address.

Among those in attendance were: Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs; the Hon. Khaalis Rolle, Minister of State for Investment in the...
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Join Me on the Bridge High School Essay and Art Competition - Feb 25, 2015 - 8:00:59 PM

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Grand Bahama, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama’s annual International Women’s Day celebration, Join Me on the Bridge, now in its sixth year, announces its annual high school essay and art competition in advance of its event to be held 8th March 2015, at the Garden of the Groves.

This year’s theme is “INSPIRING WOMEN”.

“In the hopes of inspiring young women and men to celebrate women’s achievements and explore and reflect on women’s rights and equality, Join Me on the Bridge holds its annual essay and art competition for Grand Bahama female and male high school students,” said Lynette McInnes, event organizer...

News : Grand Bahama
2015 Junior Achievement's Bahamajac Conference held in Grand Bahama - Feb 22, 2015 - 6:46:06 PM

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Freeport, The Bahamas - The 2015 Junior Achievement's Bahamajac Conference Held took place this past weekend, February 20th to 21st on Grand Bahama Island. The following are photos provided by Derek Caroll Photography.

Above are the speech finalists.
From left to right are Mr. Philip Simon, Executive Director JA Bahamas, Mr. Raymond Winder, Chairman JA Bahamas and JA Worldwide, Speech Winner Kristen Saunders of Grand Bahama; Bobbeth Colebrook second place finish of New Providence and Bernette Wright third place finish of the Berry Islands and Mr. Donald Glass, Chairman of JA Grand Bahama...
News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Shipyard Chosen by Crowley for 23-Vessel Dry Dock, Maintenance and Upgrade Agreement - Feb 21, 2015 - 12:05:58 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – One of the largest exclusive ship repair fleet agreements in Caribbean history, worth over $10 Million dollars, has been signed between the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) and Crowley which will extend through 2017.

GBS, the ship repair and refurbishment yard in Freeport has signed a ship repair fleet agreement with Crowley Maritime Corporation for an extensive maintenance program for twenty three (23) vessels over the next twelve months. The agreement, worth more than $10 million dollars, will see GBS dock and upgrade these vessels exclusively at the Shipyard...
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PM Christie Opens New Insurance Brokerage in Grand Bahama - Feb 21, 2015 - 11:01:32 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie on Thursday commended Freeport Insurance Agents & Brokers Limited owners for opening a new business in Freeport, despite the nay sayers.

The Prime Minister gave the keynote address during the office's official opening ceremony at their 25B West Mall Drive location.

After congratulating Lawrence Palmer, Donald Ward and Deborah Knowles for opening their new business, he said, "I want you know, you made the right decision at the right time...
News : Grand Bahama
Chef Simeon Hall, Jr. to represent The Bahamas at COTW 2015 in Atlanta - Feb 18, 2015 - 8:01:03 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Renaissance Chef Simeon Hall, Jr., will represent The Bahamas when he travels to Atlanta, Georgia, for the National Black College Alumni (NBCA) Hall of Fame Foundation’s 10th Annual Chefs of the World: A Taste of Fame event set for March 2, 2015.

The fundraiser showcases exquisite creations by top chefs and recognizes their extraordinary culinary accomplishments. Proceeds from the event will support scholarship programmes for students pursuing a degree in the fields of Hospitality or Culinary Arts.

News : Grand Bahama
The Next Evolution in Property Development - Mar 23, 2015 - 3:25:07 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Property development has changed significantly, especially in the last 15 years, with the formula of pre-construction offerings, high-energy sales and big marketing budgets. Buyers clamour to get a piece of property well before any real foundations are laid, suiting both developers and their bankers perfectly, in fact property developers that don’t proceed this way are often squeezed out of the market by rising holding costs and a finance market that gets more demanding and protective of its cash. In effect the old formula of “design, build, sell” has now been flipped into “sell, design, build...”
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Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour Nominated as The Bahamas's Leading Resort 2015 Award - Mar 23, 2015 - 3:12:39 PM

WEST END, Grand Bahama Island ( March 23, 2015) Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour has been nominated in The Bahamas's Leading Resort 2015 award category in the 2015 World Travel Awards. The resort is one of only two resorts on Grand Bahama Island nominated for this award and one of nine resorts total. The Wall Street Journal is among the many media that have heralded WTA as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry.”

Voting is underway until August 23rd, 2015:
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