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White demands to know who is behind Athol Island development

St. Anne's MP Adrian White speaks during a sitting of the House of Assembly on July 8, 2024. Photo: Dante Carrer/Tribune Staff

St. Anne's MP Adrian White speaks during a sitting of the House of Assembly on July 8, 2024. Photo: Dante Carrer/Tribune Staff

By LEANDRA ROLLE 

Tribune Chief Reporter 

lrolle@tribunemedia.net

ST Anne’s MP Adrian White called on government yesterday to name the developer behind “a major development project” on Athol Island that is creating an offence and producing a “great travesty to our environment”.

Mr White said his constituents alerted him to the development and became concerned after seeing the works being done in the “marine protected area”.

“We have a major development going on right now where clear-cutting has occurred,” he said in the House of Assembly.

“Native caucus has been removed, and piles of barge sand materials have been deposited on this island.”

He asked who has a lease “for this massive parcel of Crown land that sits in a marine protected area”.

While showing an outline of the island to his parliamentary colleagues, Mr White said serious environmental infractions had been committed and could be verified if inspectors visited the area.

He said the native limestone has been demolished to create a path across much of the island.

“Here we are in our own country causing damage each and every day under this blueprint for pain PLP administration,” he said, noting the prime minister has repeatedly called on bigger countries to take responsibility for climate change.

The Davis administration has not publicly announced any projects for the island, but multiple Bahamian investors have for years been eyeing to develop the area.

Comments

truetruebahamian 1 week, 5 days ago

It is the site of our historic quarantine station and boneyard. It has been kept clear of development or sale. Atlantis wanted it for a golf course but calmer heads and huge opposition cancelled any hope of that. I hope that whoever is ripping up one of the very few places where we can quietly beach and explore is charged and made to restore, regardless of their connections.

hrysippus 1 week, 5 days ago

fewtruebahamian; you neglected to mention the proposed airplane runway Athol Island proposed by a hotel based on an island north of New Providence; has everyone forgotten about this?

ExposedU2C 1 week, 5 days ago

It would seem Chester the Jester and his girl friend Jibrilu neglected to inform the public that Royal Caribbean was given this Athol Island site to develop in connection with the development of its site on the western end of Paradise Island. LOL

Dawes 1 week, 4 days ago

As expected the environment only matters if we can make money from the larger countries. In reality we will destroy all the environment for short term gain.

ExposedU2C 1 week, 4 days ago

The first words uttered by wide-eyed and very corrupt Chester the Chester when he became DPM and minister of tourism were probably along the following lines:

"Man oh man....look at all the government property I can now put up for sale to the right kind of buyers who are willing to use grease to ease the getting of whatever they want."

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