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The Grand Bahama Development Company Limited
The Grand Bahama Development Company Limited (Devco) owns over 70,000 acres of land on Grand Bahama Island. Devco is responsible for master planning most of the land zoned for tourist/commercial and residential use within the city of Freeport. Devco under...
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Minister for Grand Bahama, ...
Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville, initially reminded those gathered of the many hurricanes that have passed through The Bahamas, some of which have caused immense damage.
quoted Charles R. Swindell when he
said, life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how we respond to it.
"This reminds us that we cannot control the actions of those people who seek to harm us, or of natural acts that have devastating effects, but we can control how we respond," Minister Darville stated.
The Minister for Grand Bahama
acknowledged that in order to build stronger and safer communities, it is important we take a collaborative approach to address issues, especially those that can and may have national implications.
was excited that the workshop would include a wide array of risk factors rather than just Hurricanes.
In concluding, Darville
ministry's full support for such workshops and is pleased to work alongside the public and private sector in the Grand Bahama
community to organize and streamline effective hurricane relief efforts.
Dr. Michael Darville, the ...
Dr. Michael Darville, the minister for Grand Bahama, praised Sir Jack's vision.
Dr. Michael Darville, ...
Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama also expressed, "Walter Lippman once said, 'The first test of a leader is that he leaves behind him, in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.' Such words have never been more timely and appropriate as we gather here today to officially open the Sir Jack Hayward Bridge.
"This new bridge was envisioned to provide a direct route from McLean's Town to the downtown Freeport area in order to create efficiency, lesson travel time, reduce fuel costs for residents and businesses especially the faculty and students of the Northern Campus of the College of the Bahamas, soon to be the University of The Bahamas
," said Darville
"Although challenges are eminent and we face many of them on this island and throughout our country, this accomplishment that we celebrate today is proof on how much we can get done together, as long as we remain committed," noted Darville
Hon, Dr. Michael Darville, ...
Hon, Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama expressed, his view.
Darville endorses GB Junkanoo ...
Darville endorses GB Junkanoo Carnival kick-off weekend
Pictured from left are: Betty Bethel, Director, Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama; Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama and Ginger Moxey, Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival and Immerse Bahamas. (PHOTO:?JENNEVA RUSSELL)
Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama addressed those gathered by confirming his backing of the Kick-Off festivities and his excitement regarding what is planned for the second year of Junkanoo Carnival.
"The successful inauguration last year highlighted all aspects of Bahamian culture and heritage - music, art, choreography and Junkanoo, and the money raised was put back into the community," Minister Darville acknowledged.
The Minister for Grand Bahama
shared specifics of the economic benefit garnered from last year's event: Grand Bahama's
Special Olympic group received a donation; 600 locals were employed during the Carnival period; $1.2m in direct local expenditure; $5.5m in direct economic activity; $2m in tax revenue; 30,000 spectators over two nights by police estimates; major stimulus and direct benefit to 310 small and medium sized enterprises; 52 vendors had lucrative opportunities at the Taino Beach Cultural Village; drop in unemployment by 5.7 percent, during this period, with some direct correlation to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
In addition, Minister Darville stated a range of professions and small, medium, and large sized enterprises were positively impacted by Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015, including car rental businesses and hotels being fully booked.
congratulated Ginger Moxey (Chairman of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, Grand Bahama) and her team for their hard work last year, and acknowledged this year's event is sure to be bigger and better.
"As Minister for Grand Bahama, I am really excited and am pleading for the Grand Bahama community from East to West to come out, and every Bahamian on every Island come out - we want the full support of the community," Darville concluded.