EDITOR, The Tribune.
I was extremely embarrassed recently when house guests from abroad informed me that Montagu Beach, which I had recommended to them as it is within walking distance of my home, was so filthy they declined to either picnic or swim there.
After visiting other parts of the island over the next week, my guests expressed dismay and disgust at the practice of Bahamians in discarding whatever rubbish they had at hand, be it food containers, bottles, cans or papers by either throwing them on the ground as they walked or out of the car windows as they drove. They further commented that in their country this sort of behaviour was not only unacceptable but would immediately be rewarded with a hefty fine and a number of hours of community service engaged in picking up and bagging the same trash.
As someone who drives from one end of the island to the next on an almost daily basis, it is difficult to ignore the filthy condition of Nassau in general. No matter which road you drive on or beach you visit there is litter in abundance, our “National Pride” on display to the world.
The Ministry of Tourism spends millions of dollars each year promoting the beauty of our islands as do the various corporate sponsors who generously maintain many of our park areas such as Montagu and it is shameful to see their money and efforts being rendered futile by the ignorant, selfish and slovenly behaviour of our people. I’m not sure that it’s better in the Bahamas, but it’s certainly dirtier.
July 21, 2014.