Katherine Smith remarks at at the Red Cross Groundbreaking event
- Apr 21, 2021 - 4:49:11 PM
See enclosed speech presented by Katherine Smith, Managing Director of the Disaster Reconstruction Authority, at the Red Cross Groundbreaking event held on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021, in Freeport, Grand Bahama:
Ladies and Gentlemen Good Morning.
When I was asked to
address this ceremony as I read the letter of invitation, I took note of
the name for this event which is; “Hurricane Dorian Closing Ceremony
and Grand Bahama Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
BTC reopens Grand Bahama Offices
- Mar 24, 2021 - 12:14:31 PM
BTC proudly reopened its 5,000 plus square foot Settlers Way
employee complex on March 19th, sixteen months following Hurricane
Dorian. The complex which includes the company’s warehouse and fleet
were completely destroyed as a result of water damage.
Settlers Way facility has been fully remodeled, and features a sleek
open floor plan including two conference rooms, an employee lounge and a
café. The completely wireless facility has social distancing markers in
place and employees will use a digital appointment system to schedule a
‘hot-desk’ for days they go into the office.
GBPA Partners with PHA and GBHS to provide COVID-19 vaccination centre
- Mar 9, 2021 - 1:48:27 PM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) has joined forces with
the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) and the Grand Bahama Health
Services (GBHS) to provide a safe and hygienic environment to administer
the much-anticipated AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Grand Bahamians
As the Government of The Bahamas
makes preparations to distribute the vaccine, GBPA has stepped in to
make a portion of the Susan J. Wallace Community Centre available for an
initial period of two months as a full-service immunization facility...
Multi-Cam Video Streaming Grand Bahama
- Feb 10, 2021 - 1:07:29 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Professional multi-camera video streaming services are available for your special occasions that require professional look and sound. Mackey Media utilizes state of the art Canon video and cinematic cameras along with state of the art digital audio mixing gear for Live Streaming your special event to your favorite video streaming sites including; Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, ZOOM, Vimeo and more. Weddings, Funerals, Rallies, Church Services, Shows, Concerts you name it...
Construction of Grand Bahama Utility’s $5 million Reverse Osmosis water facility underway
- Jan 27, 2021 - 12:30:52 PM
The Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC) is excited to announce the
installation of a three-million-gallon Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant,
which represents a $5 million investment. After months of extensive
hydrogeological surveys, planning and design, “we are delighted,” said
Philcher Grant, GBUC’s Director of Operations, “that this significant
step in GBUC’s long term storm hardening plan is now underway.”
Bahamians and residents have experienced innumerable challenges to
rebuild and recover since Hurricane Dorian ravaged the island in
CIBC FirstCaribbean opens new innovative Pioneer's Way branch in Freeport
- Jan 19, 2021 - 9:41:13 AM
Grand Bahama is now home to the first of all CIBC FirstCaribbean branches in the country to offer Smart ABM technology.
addition to other upgrades, the bank’s new, state-of-the-art Pioneer’s
Way branch in Freeport features three ultramodern ABM machines and a
GBPA launching new, lower cost micro-business license in January
- Dec 15, 2020 - 11:52:01 AM
Beginning January 2021, aspiring entrepreneurs on Grand Bahama will have
a new, cost-effective option for launching new businesses in the city
of Freeport. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is
introducing a new Licensee category that will reduce startup costs and
bring significant benefits to entrepreneurs looking to start
The new Micro-Business License (MBL) comes as a
result of more than eighteen months of data-gathering during business
recovery efforts and grant funding programs that supported hundreds of
micro and small businesses...
Grand Bahama Power announces transition to fully Bahamian-led operations
- Dec 2, 2020 - 8:30:14 AM
The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) is pleased to announce executive
appointments that progress its goals of being a customer-focused, agile,
Nikita Mullings, a Grand Bahama native, has been appointed Chief
Operating Officer (COO) of GBPC, effective December 1, 2020. Ms.
Mullings brings a strong safety, operations and administration
background to this critical role that oversees all areas of operations
and administration for the organization. Ms. Mullings’ unwavering focus
on working safely, her strong leadership capability and commitment to
excellence will ensure the company delivers on its commitments to
“Since joining GBPC in 2014, Nikita has been an invaluable part of the
team,” said Dave McGregor, President and COO of Emera Caribbean Inc.
GBPA touts the benefits of partner MicroMentor’s Virtual Marketplace to Freeport’s business owners and entrepreneurs
- Nov 3, 2020 - 6:30:22 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama: Last week, the Grand Bahama Port Authority,
Limited (GBPA) welcomed hundreds of its licensees, entrepreneurs and
other interested parties to the launch of partner MicroMentor’s Virtual
On October 28-29, 2020, MicroMentor, the world's
largest community of entrepreneurs and experienced volunteer business
mentors, with the support of the GBPA, hosted virtual Zoom sessions to
share details about the Marketplace and its many resources designed to
help local businesses succeed...
Investors, real estate agents and developers receive the ultmate virtual travel experience in Grand Bahama
- Nov 3, 2020 - 1:03:23 PM
With exotic getaways now seemingly only a figment of one’s imagination
amid a global pandemic, DonCar Management, a management, marketing and
consulting firm, has partnered with Hibiscus International’s The Real
Estate Travel Academy, on October 28 to provide investors, real estate
agents and developers the ultimate virtual real estate tour experience
on Grand Bahama.
The virtual travelers were given a history of
Grand Bahama Island, heard of eight reasons to invest in Grand Bahama...
GBPA partner MicroMentor brings a first-ever virtual business marketplace to Freeport
- Oct 27, 2020 - 4:58:32 PM
Throughout 2020, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) has
been pleased to partner with MicroMentor, the world's largest community
of entrepreneurs and experienced volunteer business mentors, to benefit
Freeport's business owners and entrepreneurs.
Today, we are
pleased to share the news of MicroMentor's further stake in Freeport's
economic recovery through the launch of its online MicroMentor
Marketplace event, a first for the organization and a benefit to
Announcement: New Cardiologist arrives on GBI
- Oct 12, 2020 - 3:28:13 PM
Dr. Hamid Seyfi, a clinical and interventional cardiologist will be
opening his practice at St. Jude's Medical Centre on Coral Road as of
October 13th. He comes with a broad scope of experience in cardiac
disease consultation, electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, holter
monitoring, blood pressure monitoring, stress testing, cardiac
catheterization and all conditions to do with cardiology. Dr. Seyfi will
hold clinic from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. He welcomes all in need
of his services.
Dr. Seyfi explains that he came from Venezuela
to serve the Bahamian people and to become a part of the Grand Bahama
community. Dr Seyfi is a family man with a wife and two children...
The Grand Bahama Port Authority’s Statement on Grand Bahama Power Company Storm Restoration and Stabilization Charge
- Sep 24, 2020 - 4:40:46 PM
With the evolving global pandemic COVID-19, these are unprecedented
times and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), in our role
as regulator, must balance the need for a healthy electric utility with
upgraded technology and infrastructure, against the needs of the
consumer and the island’s economy.
As such, the GBPA has worked
together with the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) to further delay the
implementation of its Storm Recovery and Stabilization (SRS) charge to
GBPA introduces Revitalization and Economic Expansion of Freeport (REEF) working committee to establish a plan for Freeport’s economic future
- Sep 23, 2020 - 2:30:35 PM
In response to the Prime Minister’s request for new and innovative ideas
to revitalize the Bahamian economy, and as a reaction to the economic
challenges brought on by Covid-19 and Hurricanes Matthew and Dorian, the
Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Limited launched a working committee
entitled the Revitalization and Economic Expansion of Freeport (REEF).
REEF’s key priorities are to stimulate, activate and lead growth and
change by engaging with the people of Grand Bahama and the Government of
the Bahamas to support and implement its initiatives...
Grand Bahama Port Authority’s clean-up of derelict vehicles underway
- Aug 17, 2020 - 11:15:46 AM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is progressing on its
initiative to rid Freeport of the unsanitary and unsightly problem of
derelict vehicles in and around residential and commercial areas and on
“In June 2020, we advised that the GBPA was partnering
with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Department of Environmental
Health to bring resolve to the ongoing issue of illegal dumping of
vehicles,” said Ian Rolle, President of the GBPA...
GBPA donates $25,000 and launches Digital Food Vouchers to support the GB Food Distribution Task Force
- Aug 14, 2020 - 3:00:26 PM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) announces the launch of a
digital food voucher programme in the Kanoo Pays app to support the
efforts of the Grand Bahama Food Distribution Task Force to provide food
for the most vulnerable families on Grand Bahama.
The GBPA, a
member of the Food Distribution Task Force’s steering committee, donated
$25,000 to be used to enable the programme’s recipients to shop at
local grocery stores...
Scotiabank Employees in Grand Bahama diagnosed with COVID-19
- Jul 28, 2020 - 5:16:21 PM
We can confirm that two employees attached to our Freeport Branch have
tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working very closely with the
Ministry of Health (MOH) to have all other staff members from that
branch tested and in the interim they have been advised to self-isolate
for 14 days.
Our top priority at this time is the health and
safety of our employees and customers and we are proactively working
with MOH officials...
GBPA unveils monument honouring Hurricane Dorian victims
- Jul 17, 2020 - 5:15:07 PM
Each anniversary of Independence, we honour our forefathers for their
invaluable contributions to building this small, but great and proud
sovereign nation. It has been a challenging ten months for all Grand
Bahamians and, at this time of Independence, the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, Limited (GBPA) thought it fitting to honour those who so
tragically perished in Hurricane Dorian.
On Tuesday, July 14,
alongside the victims’ families, the GBPA honoured thirty-one lives lost
last September with the unveiling of an elegant cross at the Sir Jack
Bahamas Customs Office Grand Bahama closed until Friday July 17th
- Jul 13, 2020 - 3:48:11 PM
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE BAHAMAS CUSTOMS OFFICE LOCATED AT THEC.A.
SMITH BUILDING, GRAND BAHAMA WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FRIDAY 17TH JULY,
2020. ALL ENTRIES SUBMISSIONS AND PAYMENT FOR ENTRIES WILL BE
ACCOMMODATED AT THE FREEPORT HARBOUR OFFICE UNTIL THE REOPENING OF THE