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26th Annual Festival Noël Fundraiser goes virtual in support of the Revitalization of The Rand Nature Centre - Dec 3, 2020 - 9:45:52 AM

For the past 25 years Grand Bahamians have always looked forward to the Bahamas National Trust’s annual fundraiser at the Rand Nature Centre - Festival Noël. The signature holiday event that heralds the start of the Christmas season on Grand Bahama.

Although we cannot gather in person this year, a week of exciting activities will take place November 30th – December 4th, 2020 for the 26th Annual Festival Noël, reimagined as a hybrid event in the virtual space. The Grand Bahamian community is invited to enjoy and support this week of wine, music, prizes....
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The 'O' Smoothie Bar & Grill on Taino Beach - Nov 6, 2020 - 1:17:52 PM
The 'O' is a Smoothie Bar & Grill on Taino Beach; Home of THE OCEAN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. It is an adult beach hub intended as a daytime tourist spot with nighttime fun. Recent global events have made The 'O' focus on weekends only.
The 'O' is a favorite venue for those seeking a secure, relaxing beachfront zone to read a book, take advantage of our free WIFI to host meetings or get work done, spend time with friends and family and most of all, enjoy a refreshing smoothie or beach bite straight off the grill. Membership is also encouraged as it provides privileges like BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle).
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Illegal dumping will not be tolerated - Oct 21, 2020 - 6:14:23 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama: The Grand Bahama Development Company Limited (DEVCO) is aware that hazardous material was disposed of in the Lucaya area, and has taken steps to ensure a swift clean-up.

DEVCO and its maintenance company, Lucaya Service Company Ltd. (LUSCO), are working with the relevant authorities and environmental agencies to identify the offender(s).  

LUSCO management stated that there is zero tolerance for this type of action, and that they consistently work to maintain and improve the subdivisions and public areas of Lucaya...
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Grand Bahama Port Authority and partners conclude successful grant program - Oct 21, 2020 - 10:07:03 AM

Five months after the launch of the Small Business Recovery (SBR) grant program, implementing partners The Bahamas Red Cross Society (BRCS) and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) successfully concluded their economic recovery initiative targeting micro and livelihood businesses on Grand Bahama.

The SBR program, which launched on 1st May, 2020, has awarded some $450,000 in business restoration funding, bolstering the recovery efforts of more than 100 entrepreneurs devastated by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019...
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Grand Bahama students receive tablets to advance learning experiences - Oct 19, 2020 - 7:05:03 AM

The distribution of 1,500 donated tablets for students in the disaster zones continued in Grand Bahama with more than 260 junior high and high school students receiving devices.
The Alcatel 1T 10-inch tablets were donated by a group of concerned citizens through the Bahamas Hope Foundation, Odyssey Aviation and STARS Bahamas (Supporting Technology Access and Research for Students) in partnership with the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA).

The Covid-19 era has altered traditional education making it necessary for students to have devices with internet service for access to new learning portals...
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Grand Bahama Children’s Home officially reopened - Oct 17, 2020 - 9:17:59 PM

Inclement weather did not stop the much-anticipated arrival from Nassau of the 30 children of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home on Friday, October 16, for the official reopening of the Home.

As promised, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell accompanied the youngsters from the nation’s capital to Freeport, along with other senior government officials and chaperones... 

The Grand Bahama Children’s Home had been damaged by Hurricane Dorian over a year ago, and the children were moved to home facilities in New Providence...
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The GBPA’s support of Genesis Academy helps ensure every child has access to education - Oct 2, 2020 - 3:09:36 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - With the support of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Limited, Genesis Academy’s Principal, Dr. Ricardo Major, and his staff will restart in-person lessons at the facility in late November.

Genesis Academy offers Programme S.U.R.E. (Success Ultimately Reassures Everybody), a subset of the Government of The Bahamas’ Ministry of Education (MOE). The Programme is tailored to troubled teens who are trying to refocus on their education and obtain their high school diplomas in Grand Bahama...
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Waste Management Companies donate equipment and operators in East End Grand Bahama Marine clean up effort - Sep 10, 2020 - 10:26:48 AM

With the assistance of Captain James Edgar Curling, President of Tycoon Waste Management Company Ltd. and Andrew Gaitor of A&D Gaitor Heavy Equipment, 18 submerged vehicles were removed from the area around the McCleans Town Dock.  Captain Curling expressed that, ‘As a mariner, I realize the danger these submerged vehicles could have on the many boaters who frequent this area.’ 

Katherine Smith, Managing Director of the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) stated that, “It’s been a long year, and there are many things that we had hoped to address within the first six months of the reconstruction and recovery efforts,
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Grand Bahama Utility advises of regulatory approval for potable water in several additional communities - Aug 31, 2020 - 10:40:17 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama: One month after its most recent update to the public on its progress to return water potability to Grand Bahama residents island-wide, the Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC) has received regulatory approval that deems 70% of the island’s water safe to drink.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, which inundated the majority of GBUC’s wellfields with salt water, the utility has worked to repair and rebuild its infrastructure. “Following significant revisions to our rebuild plan and capital investments of over $5 million...
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GBPA partners with Disaster Reconstruction Authority to collect bulk debris in private subdivisions - Aug 12, 2020 - 4:47:57 PM

The City Maintenance & Management Department of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is collaborating with the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) to carry out post-hurricane debris collection and disposal in private subdivisions. 

The effort kicked off on Friday, August 7, 2020 in the Sunset and Regency subdivisions.  The teams moved onto debris collection in the private subdivisions of Hudson Estates, Royal Bahamia Estates, Bahama Terrace. Troy McIntosh, GBPA’s Deputy Director of Building and Development Services...
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Grand Bahama Utility Company announces new capital investment amidst significant progress towards island-wide potability - Jul 30, 2020 - 1:06:03 PM

Since Hurricane Dorian’s devastating impacts in September 2019, the Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC) has been working to restore island-wide water potability to the island’s residents.  GBUC’s efforts to return the island to full potability have been severely hampered by the effects of the global pandemic. Disruptions to the supply chain, access to new equipment, machinery, and technical experts, and the requirement to split the workforce into two separate teams as a preemptive transmission contingency measure have all impacted GBUC’s timetable.

In addition, wellfield data produced in March highlighted further Hurricane Dorian-related damage to the freshwater lens, impacting the forecasted wellfield recovery timetable. “Our main wellfield that historically produced 60% of our supply
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GBPA designates land in Civic Industrial Area to curb indiscriminate dumping of derelict vehicles - Jun 19, 2020 - 10:28:53 AM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPC) is partnering with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Department of Environmental Health to bring resolve to the dangerous and unsightly problem of dumping derelict vehicles in and around residential and commercial areas and on verges.

Since the passing of Hurricane Dorian, residents of Grand Bahama continue to recover and restore their surroundings...
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GBPA assisting in bringing GB Children’s Home residents back in July - Jun 12, 2020 - 12:46:32 PM

Grand Bahama residents continue to recover from the extraordinary impacts of Hurricane Dorian.  Sadly, with extensive damage to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home (GBCH), thirty-two youngsters experienced some of the storm’s worst impacts.  

“Thankfully, full restoration of the Home is underway,” said Sarah St. George, Acting Chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA)...
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GBDRF helps Reach Out Youth Organization feed Grand Bahamians struggling with unemployment due to COVID-19 - Jun 8, 2020 - 9:48:23 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), continues to support Grand Bahama in times of need. COVID-19 has impacted all residents, including those who are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Dorian, and GBDRF has partnered with Reach Out Youth Organization (ROYO) to help feed thousands of struggling families.

ROYO, led by President Dudley Seide, is a non-profit organization that works with at-risk and inner-city youth to provide wholesome activities...
Community : Grand Bahama
GBPA recovery support helps the Sir Charles Hayward Library’s progress toward reopening - May 30, 2020 - 10:26:25 AM

Libraries are integral to communities the world over, and Grand Bahama’s Sir Charles Hayward Library is no exception. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) has made funds available to the library in excess of $250,000 to assist with mucking and gutting, renovation of the entire interior infrastructure, replacement of computer equipment, books and other supplies, as it recovers and rebuilds following the devastating flooding of Hurricane Dorian...
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GBDRF distributes beds to needy families across Grand Bahama - May 20, 2020 - 4:15:25 PM

The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), sourced over 100 new beds for distribution to communities across the island.

Pastor Eddie Victor, an active GBDRF volunteer since inception, organized this initiative and worked with teams to ensure that beds were delivered to those families still challenged by recovery from Hurricane Dorian, which decimated communities across Grand Bahama last September...
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GBDRF Urban Renewal Sorority Donation - May 19, 2020 - 10:33:32 AM

Together with its valued partners, the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), delivered food to 200 families in communities on Grand Bahama this past Wednesday, May 13th.

For this venture, the GBDRF partnered with Urban Renewal Grand Bahama, whose mission is to provide information, training resources, and programmes that will restore, revitalize and redevelop our communities...
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GBDRF, the Charitable Arm of GBPA, sources furniture and appliances for distribution to residents impacted by Hurricane Dorian. - May 12, 2020 - 10:53:00 AM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), through its charitable arm, the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), has sourced greatly needed household goods for distribution to those in our communities who continue to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Dorian. 

Many residents of Grand Bahama are still challenged by the devastation of last September’s hurricane while, at the same time, are coping with the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic...
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GBDRF, the Charitable Arm of GBPA, donates $1,000 weekly to support Reach Out Ministries’ Meal Program - May 8, 2020 - 12:10:47 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), through its charitable arm, the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), is partnering with Reach Out Ministries (ROM) to provide ongoing financial support to the meal program serving the Grand Bahama community. 

As residents continue to recover from the effects of Hurricane Dorian and grapple with the social and economic impact of COVID-19...
Community : Grand Bahama
The Freeport Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. donates 50 digital devices through their Digital Device Donation Program for island residents - Apr 24, 2020 - 6:45:14 PM

The Zeta Rho Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. has sourced 40 tablets and 10 laptops to kick-off their Digital Device Donation Program to support virtual learning for students through this COVID-19 pandemic.

The impact of this unprecedented period of COVID-19 is far reaching throughout our community.  As parents respond to the challenge of maintaining normalcy in family life, children are also forced to adjust to the loss of traditional classroom instruction.  Zeta Rho Sigma Chapter is leading the charge by investing in our island’s youth and seeking to provide the necessary digital essentials for students...
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