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Bahamas marinas open for business

Most of the member marinas of the Association of Bahamas Marinas are reporting no damage from Hurricane Irma and are open and ready for business. 

Association of Bahamas Marinas
Friday, September 15, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017

The marine recreational sector of the Bahamas’ tourism industry is up and open for business. Most of the member marinas of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) are reporting no damage from Hurricane Irma and are open and ready for business.

“This hurricane caused great damage throughout the region and the Southern Bahamas,” says ABM President, Stephen Kappeler, “and we sympathize with the citizens of the islands that were so badly affected. We are also deeply concerned about the welfare of citizens of the state of Florida, whose lives have been so disrupted by Hurricane Irma,” he said.

“However, we are greatly relieved that Hurricane Irma bypassed so many of the islands in The Bahamas and spared most of our members from damage or dislocation,” said Kappeler.

“Only two marinas have reported damage that prevents them from opening for business,” said Basil Smith, Executive Director of the Association. “Of 27 members, we’re still awaiting word from seven, but the overall picture right now is very positive indeed.”

Hurricane Irma, as it approached The Bahamas, veered to the west after impacting the southernmost islands in the archipelago, inflicting serious damage on Ragged Island, in particular. It then steered clear of most of the islands, delivering tropical force wind and minimal rain in most areas, before inflicting a somewhat more severe impact on West End, Grand Bahama and Bimini as it left the archipelago for Florida.

Disruption to utility services in those areas has impacted operations at marinas on Bimini and at West End. “We hope that in subsequent reports we will be able to give a positive account of the marinas in those locations,” said Smith.

Contact: Basil Smith | (242) 462-4376 | executivedirector at bahamasmarinas.com

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest opened the Securities Commission of The Bahamas industry briefing yesterday in Nassau. Read his remarks here.

Atlantis Paradise Island resort has launched a fundraising campaign on YouCaring. Through this site, the resort will match all donations received dollar for dollar, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The Bahamas Red Cross and to the Red Cross efforts in Florida, up to $250,000. The fundraising efforts will continue until October 31, 2017.

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