as predicted, more development of the islands. they are going to end up destroying the natural environment and over developing bimini.
Agreement Signed to Significantly Increase Resorts World Investment in Bimini
Nov 23, 2015 - 6:05:20 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said the thriving economy of Bimini is set for another boost with the signing of the Supplemental Heads of Agreement between the Government of The Bahamas and Resorts World and its partners.
“Resorts World entities and BB Entertainment have revised their business plan from an investment of $150 million in the resort project to now $600 million,” Prime Minister Christie said during the signing of the Supplemental Heads of Agreement at his office, Friday, November 20, 2015.
BB Entertainment is a joint venture partnership between Genting (USA) Ltd., a subsidiary of Resorts World and leading Florida builder and real estate developer, Gerardo Capo’s Company, RAV Bahamas Ltd.
The Prime Minister explained that some of the main components within the supplemental agreement comprise the following:
* Firstly, a new luxury Hilton branded 300-room hotel now nearing completion. Some 200 rooms have been activated and work towards completion of the lobby, an additional 100 rooms, and connections with the casino are soon to be completed.
* Secondly, the airport expansion and other infrastructural and community works, including a new water taxi ferry station; preparation by the international planning firm EDSA in collaboration with relevant government agencies and local shareholders of a master plan for north and south Bimini; paving of King’s Highway and the government dock; the enhancement of the fountain of youth; the acquisition of local fishing boats; as well as various economic, social, cultural and educational community projects.
* Thirdly, the construction of a deep-water jetty facility capable of accommodating the Bimini Superfast Cruise ship Ferry and other cruise ships.
* Fourth, construction of employee housing comprising 448 units.
Prime Minister Christie also explained that under the Supplemental Heads of Agreement, the Government has granted the developer the following options on terms to be mutually agreed with the Government:
* Lengthening of the Bimini airport and runway to 9,000 feet and further upgrade the terminal and flight facilities.
* Development and construction of a water taxi terminal on the lagoon side of the airport.
* Development and construction of an additional hotel with a minimum of 200 rooms.
* Construction of a laundry facility for amphibian aircraft near the resort development and a resort heliport for use in cases of emergency at the resort.
South Bimini will be the dump, airport, industrial stuff, Oh and at least 2 big hotels, if the dump doesn't change those plans.
What a sweet world it will be over there!
OK Nuevo, now move this to politics.............We wouldn't want anyone with their head in the sand to find out whats really happening on the most visited Island in the chain
Hard to see the changes, but where else are all the good places on Earth going?
At Ocean Cay there planning three islands and a cruise ship port. South Cat Cay hotel and marina construction is to start 2016.
Glad we are talking about Bimini again. SO much more exciting than the nothing here otherwise. :-)
On a the other hand, if you need a chickee hut topped, call me at 1-800-EAT-CACA for bargain pricing.
X2. I been saying this forever. GHC is the last resort so to speak; the real Bahamas. On the other hand, Cuba is going to *****-slap Genting and the Bahamas in the not-too-distant future.
This thread and this discussion are entirely appropriate here.
As for Bimini, both the North and South Islands have been ruined by development. I haven't been to the north island since the Compleat Angler burned, and the one time I stopped at South Bimini since then was on a friend's boat to check in at Customs on our way to the Gingerbreads.
You can have 'em.
Oh yes sir our great and powerful leader who decides what we can talk about and where.
Speaking of "where" where the F did you get the credentials to be a mod? Oh and when you answer that, why would you even do it?
Never mind Oz
Yep, and you can thank guys like, "you know who" who just showed up on this thread!
Gracious as usual. You do remember that you called me out in the 5th post on this thread.
To answer your question, I was asked to moderate by Griz. There are about 30 of us. I was just lucky enough to inherit some of the sections that you frequent so eloquently.
Actually, Ron, most of the members who left this section blame the incessant harping about Resorts World by you and others.
We all care about the islands, but there doesn't seem to be much we can do to stop the development there, except to complain and whine.
ANOTHER BAD HAIR DAY
i havent crossed since may so i have no reports to file, but i am hoping to cross in the next few weeks and will report then.
all that Bimini BS is what killed this section. First time I've looked at Tropical in a while.
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said the proposed $94 million luxury resort development project on South Cat Cay, in the Bimini Islands chain, is "another manifestation of the confidence of foreign direct investors in the Government and future of the Bahamian economy".
"It represents a wonderful addition to the attractive Bahamas tourism product, with very close proximity to the affluent South Florida market, and a large number of other wealthy residents and visitors being attracted from South America and Europe to Florida," Prime Minister Christie said December 14, 2015 at the signing of the Heads of Agreement between the Government of The Bahamas and South Cat Cay Properties (Bahamas) Limited, at the Office of the Prime Minister.
Also present were members of the Government's Cabinet.
Prime Minister Christie pointed out that the project will comprise a 53-room, five-star branded boutique hotel with related amenities; 29 marina condo units; 37 residential units; a 137-slip marina; restaurants; shops and recreational facilities. The resort will also include an "upmarket" residential community.
Partners in the project are Floridians Dr. and Mrs. Enrique Murciano and Mr. Ernesto Andrew Estrada Fernandez Salvador, a citizen of Ecuador. Prime Minister Christie noted that the latter partner's family has a "40-year history in The Bahamas," with a home in Lyford Cay and extensive assets in The Bahamas.
"Building designs will combine the unique features of Bahamian and modern architecture. Both the construction and landscaping will be carried out in accordance with the highest international environmental standards," Prime Minister Christie added. "Comprehensive environmental impact studies and environmental management plans will be implemented and carefully monitored".
He noted that during the course of construction in two phases, it is estimated that some 75 Bahamians will be employed, and upon completion and build out, some 170 permanent jobs will be created.
"In addition to the $94 million capital investment by the developers, their economic impact assessment projects over $200 million in real estate sales over the first five years, which will significantly benefit government revenues, suppliers and employment," Prime Minister Christie pointed out.
Facilities will also be provided by the developer for the accommodation of customs, immigration, police and other public offices, he added.
"The Company advises that the project will bring considerable benefit to Biminites in the form of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities generated by proposed retail space and excursions in the marina village," Prime Minister Christie stated. "The Company plans to purchase Bimini-built skiffs for bone-fishing excursions led by Bahamian guides.
"A Bahamian will operate a ferry service to and from Bimini; an artist in residence programme will expose Bahamian artists to new techniques; a recording space will dedicate studio time for local musicians and local cooks will be provided with classical training."
Additionally, he said, a fund is being established for primary and secondary educational facilities in Bimini to further long-term environmental awareness. It is also proposed that a marine sanctuary will be created to the southeast of South Cat Cay to complement the educational initiative, he added.
"We look forward to working closely with those families -- who are the developers -- who plan to move ahead with construction as soon as they receive the necessary permits from the relevant Government agencies," Prime Minister Christie said.
Don't think he needed it. LOL