First of all
I wish to congratulate the Grand Bahama Port Authority for initiating
the revitalization of the physical environment of Freeport.
There is a sense now that care is once again being taken to bring
this city with its enormous potentials back in sync with its vision
as the enviable metropolis in this region. Adorning the city with
attractive flora brings alive a natural beauty which gives a balanced
perspective to this touted industrial capital of The Bahamas. With proper care and maintenance, what has now been
started can assist in wiping away that negative image which has plagued
our city for sometime.
I would like
to suggest that the Port attempt to convince the Ministry of Agriculture
to adhere to its promise to deal with the infestation of the pink hibiscus
mealy bug, which has virtually wiped out the beauty of those glorious
flowers which once adorned every area of our city. These devouring
creatures have now descended upon a myriad of other plants, and a simple
casual look around will reveal what damage has already been done to
flowering flora. For two years concerned residents have begged
the Ministry to bring in the only known agent which destroys these
nefarious creatures. But, I suppose, being simple peons, we have
not the clout to convince the powers that be to act. Maybe now
the Port Authority can exercise its muscle and either demand that something
be done, or, better still, import that agent itself to deal expeditiously
with this plague.
to the other projects on stream; they are all commendable and long overdue.
However, this is an opportune time to create these amenities for the
anticipated return of the glory of Freeport. The attention now
afforded the chicken farm odor is such a welcomed measure. For
years the patience of residents have been worn thin as their nostrils
have endured this repulsive stench.
I recall years
ago, while attending university in Minnesota, one of the largest turkey
and chicken farms in that state was situated a little more than a quarter
of a mile from the campus. At any one time it contained one million
turkeys and twice that many chickens. However, in the four years
there I never once smelled a single odor from that property, no matter
the direction of the wind. Of course, unlike here, regulations
were in place and enforced to deal with such matters.
to the proposed fish and conch market and its placement: I agree
totally with my friend and colleague Fred Smith. The site is a
gross mistake. Even if the market were to be fully enclosed, an
abundance of flies will undoubtedly wing their way to the area.
Just imagine, then, the invasion of these creatures upon the International
Bazaar, the Royal Oasis (once it’s operating again), where locals
and tourists alike would be dining outdoors. If one thinks that
the chicken farm breeds billions of flies which now descend upon homes,
schools, churches and YMCA, expect the tasty aroma of fish and conch
attracting them in the trillions. A much more sensible location
would be the old Portion Control property which provides a crossroads
locale, and is sufficiently removed from residential and tourist
environments. We must be careful not to add to the potential for fly-carrying
diseases across the breadth of this city, and then be left with
a barren land devoid of visitors or economic growth.
GB Human Rights Association