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Staniel Cay Runway Repairs Underway, Say 'Pleased' Residents

By NICO SCAVELLA

Tribune Staff Reporter

nscavella@tribunemedia.net

RESIDENTS of Staniel Cay, Exuma, said on Friday they are "very pleased" with the "impressive" work by construction workers to repair the airstrip at the Staniel Cay Airport. 

Solomon Robinson, a local pilot, told The Tribune that a team from Bahamas Hot Mix are currently on the ground in "full force" conducting repairs of the airstrip, which has been closed since April 9. 

Residents had expressed their frustration with the situation, claiming that the closure has severely affected the local economy and access to emergency health care. 

Mr Robinson said he and others residents are relieved to finally see some work being done to restore the airstrip. "Everybody is pleased," he said. "I'm very pleased so far, and I feel that the whole entire island is pleased. To see the work, it's happening, and its really looks good. It looks promising. I think it will be good at the end of the day."

Earlier this month, Mr Robinson told The Tribune that a team from Bahamas Hot Mix flew into Staniel Cay and spent the day surveying the airport before heading back to New Providence with fill samples. 

Deputy Prime Minister Philip "Brave" Davis, the Minister of Works, had said then that repair of the airstrip would take roughly 12 weeks to complete. 

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