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Bannister Praises The Mudd Clean-Up

The Mudd area after the clean-up.

The Mudd area after the clean-up.

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

CARIBBEAN Pavement Solutions has completed its clean-up of The Mudd shanty town in Abaco, transforming an area that was a labyrinth of structures later decimated by Hurricane Dorian.

Works Minister Desmond Bannister said he toured the site on Friday to assess its completion, ensure it was protected from entry by unauthorised people and determine what further steps must be taken.

“The clean up of that site was outstanding, and shows the high quality work that young Bahamian professionals can do,” he said yesterday.

Drone photos capture the new reality of the area, one that is now free of structures after being the site of the country’s most complex and populated shanty town for years. In a statement, CPS said it took four months to clear, sort and discard tons of waste from the area, “white, e-waste, green waste and construction debris.”

“Eagle-eyed workers had to remain alert for human remains. They discovered 12 hurricane scattered bodies at the site and provided those lost souls with dignity in death by turning them over to authorities for identification,” a press release from the company said. “Another challenging aspect CPS faced was navigating the swampy terrain from which the community took its name. Aside from the mud, the site featured sinkholes and poorly constructed cesspits, not built to code, which could wreck costly heavy-duty machinery if traversed.”

CPS said the project employed 100 men at its peak and it transformed Friendship Tabernacle in Central Pines into a man camp to house and feed its workers while outfitting the church with a new generator, additional air conditioning units, airbeds, washers, dryers, outdoor showers and installed recreational amenities.

CPS is a subsidiary of Bahamas Striping Group of Companies that specializes in heavy-duty clean-up, maintenance and pavement preservation.

Comments

TalRussell 7 months, 1 week ago

I sense the colony's entire Imperialists red cabinet is on a pre general election campaign sugar kinds high.rush? No clean-up should've got such rush excitement from such senior crown minister?
Now, comrade minister, date and time to hand over the envelope for the all-in Bill - listing in detail the itemised costs breakdown. Was the contracted, tendered?
Whom exactly is the registered legal owner of the property?

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bogart 7 months, 1 week ago

WHY REST OF ALL OTHER DONE HEAVILY TAXED...TAXPAYERS FROM OTHER ISLANDS HAVE TO ......MAKE SACRIFICES TO PAY FOR THIS CLEAN UP...?????

This illegal shsntytown inferior construction all mashed up and published all over the world....turning Bahamas into beggary nation......because of Govts slackness ...incompetitence...WOrld wanting to know why gross illegal incompetitrnce flourished an NOONE RESPONSIBLE...!!!!!! AN NOW STICKING THE CLEANUP COSTS TO THE PEOPLE LAWABIDING FOLLOWING LEGAL BUILDING CODE LAWS....!!!!

PUT LIEN ON THE LAND OR EMINRNT DOMAIN...SEIZE IT.... AND PUT IT UP FOR AUCTION AND REPAY LEGAL LAWABIDING Taxpayers COSTS.plus interest..!!!!!!......then again that is unlikely because there are cronies, cohorts likely wanting to have it go back to the Haitians and wanting their families who can vote.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 7 months, 1 week ago

Notice how the very corrupt Minnis and Bannister do not tell us how much this clean up exercise has cost the taxpayers of the Bahamas. Also absolutely nothing said about recovering any portion of the land clearance costs from the main private owner of the land who for years was collecting rents from many of the shanty town occupants.

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mandela 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Father Almighty, Thank you, Dorian, the area looks beautiful, a beautiful new start.

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sweptaway 7 months, 1 week ago

Meanwhile people fishing in potholes on the Bootle Highway!

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joeblow 7 months, 1 week ago

Five dollars worth of gas and one match could have accomplished the same thing!

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Well_mudda_take_sic 7 months, 1 week ago

ditto that, but it would have been a Viking burial on land rather than at sea for the dead souls hidden under the debris

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bogart 7 months, 1 week ago

Looks like scraping bald the earth. How much was the BID...???? ..HOWmuch was the scope of the details of scaping. ????...How much contamants excavated...??...So where did they dispose all the contaminants....did they just throw it in another hole...??? Looks like a dust bowl just waiting to put blown dust all over ...affecting everyone breathing, and eating dust...even dust running into ocean. How much foresight was put into scraping the contaminayed area bare clean wid layer clearly exposed...!!!!...who has asthma..breathing ....???

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stillwaters 7 months, 1 week ago

Jesus.....can you all give credit sometimes???If they did not clean up these areas, the illegals would have already rebuilt there. We want the government to solve the illegal problem, so shut the hell up sometimes and let them chip away at this monumental problem that cannot and will not be solved overnight

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bogart 7 months, 1 week ago

Obvioisly you and your ilk been suckjng asses and at the feeding trough....and for decades refuse to admit failures...failures...failures....and still want whichever people in government to solve the illegal problem...for decades..!!!! .

If any govt been failing to solve the problem for decades...then you must also be the stupidest person along with ilk for decades.....Talkkng making excuses ...excuses excuses excuses ..decades of excuses....is why the country is corrupt failing to protect sovereignity in control of land...they take in command..!!!!!....must make you general in cesspool of incompetitance If the intruders, tresspassers, breaking the laws of breaking back the areas....then get Loftus Roker to be in charge and team of canine unit..!!!!! Nation of laws must be enforced..would not have shantytowns in the first place....!!!!!!!

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joeblow 7 months, 1 week ago

@stillwaters... if my sources are correct, it seems that some are now already rebuilding in other areas!

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jus2cents 7 months, 1 week ago

OK, now maybe they'll use the government's energy and power to get on with Actually Helping the Survivors now, instead of playing the political pissing match, it is obvious the gov was just pandering to pacify the 'Party People' in Nassau, they used the hurricane as an excuse to ethnically cleanse the Haitian population.

Everyone knows the Haitians will be back when the Bahamians start needing cheap labour.

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TalRussell 7 months, 1 week ago

For the asking, any real Comrade Abacoians will reveal that indeed there are many more never mentioned shantytowns spread across Abaco's Towns and Settlements? Neither colony's PM, nor Abaco's South and North red MP's lips - have ever spread they lips to acknowledge that a Elbow Cay's shantytown exists - much less that it comprises a resident population of some 500? The Imperialists have launched their pre general election campaign with the theme - 'What colony's PopulacesOrdinary - don't know about what their government is really up to is far much better than if they did know? Can't write this. Just, can't.

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