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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...
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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...
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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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GBPA delivers donation of two X-ray machines to support the fight against COVID-19 - Apr 22, 2020 - 6:04:14 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is pleased to confirm the delivery of two new medical X-ray machines to Grand Bahama Health Services, to aid in the fight against COVID-19 on Grand Bahama.

The GBPA previously announced procurement of the machines to support the Grand Bahama Health Services’ frontline medical team.  This critical diagnostic equipment is now on island, and was delivered this morning to the Cancer Association of Grand Bahama facility...
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Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) an environmental epidemic ravaging Grand Bahama marine protected areas - Apr 21, 2020 - 4:25:23 PM

In November 2019, when it was first documented in The Bahamas, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) - a newly emergent marine epidemic with no cure- has rapidly spread in five months over 20 percent of coral reefs in Grand Bahama’s National Parks. The national parks that are affected include Peterson Cay National Park and Lucayan National Park. The results of a rapid assessment, completed in March 2020 by Perry Institute of Marine Science (PIMS), leaves park wardens and environmental stewards deeply troubled...
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Home repairs high priority item for GB Non-Profit to support Grand Bahamians during COVID-19 - Apr 14, 2020 - 12:13:40 PM

Fresh off a collaborative campaign with the Grand Bahama Port Authority which provided over 100 appliances to residents on Grand Bahama Island, the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF) and local NGOs are continuing the work of completing repairs to homes damaged during Hurricane Dorian in communities across the island.

During Dorian’s two-day rampage on Grand Bahama, as many as 2,000 structures on the island received varying degrees of damage, with1,500 of these within the city of Freeport...
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GBPA sources rapid-result test kits and announces upcoming food and voucher distribution initiative - Apr 11, 2020 - 6:05:56 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), in collaboration with local medical teams, have sourced and funded a supply of COVID-19 rapid test kits, from a U.S. based company, for use by Grand Bahama Health Services. The kits are on island, and a portion of them have been made available to The Bahamas Ministry of Health for use throughout the archipelago.

Dr. Duane Sands, Minister of Health for The Bahamas, has stated that comprehensive testing is key to controlling the spread of Coronavirus...
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Conchman participants donate to ongoing Dorian Relief efforts in Grand Bahama. - Apr 8, 2020 - 10:54:17 AM

In November 2019, the Conchman Triathlon marked its 33rd year of friendly but fierce triathlete competition on Grand Bahama Island. Though set against the backdrop of an island ravaged by Hurricane Dorian, the 2019 triathlon attracted more than 50 triathletes from around the world - competing in categories ranging from Sprint, Team Relay, Iron Kids, and individual competition.

Over its 30 year history on Grand Bahama, the Conchman committee has worked to encourage healthy living and physical activity for men, women, and children...
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New Coral Disease outbreak hits Grand Bahama - Apr 7, 2020 - 5:31:26 PM

A new, rapidly spreading outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) has quietly infiltrated nearly 40 miles of Grand Bahama’s southern coastline, killing a wide range of coral including some that are already endangered.

“Corals are the engineers that build the entire marine ecosystem. Without them the ecosystem collapses. The reefs lose their function. It makes a fundamental change in the ecosystem from what we’ve seen in the past,” said Dr Craig Dahlgren...
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100 new refrigerators donated to Grand Bahama homeowners - Mar 17, 2020 - 11:09:48 AM

Over the past several weeks, the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA), along with GBPA volunteers, have distributed brand new refrigerators to more than 100 homeowners in communities across the island - yet another step toward turning local houses into homes.

The effort is part of a wider distribution strategy organized by the GBDRF. This will, in weeks to come, see the foundation purchase and distribute other major appliances to local homeowners as well. The refrigerator donation initiative gave priority to the elderly, the disabled, the unemployed, and households of single mothers with small children. It required residents to provide proof of severe flooding at their residence...
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