The beach at Camp David – November 2019 –
I realize that it has been too long since I posted an update, and I apologize. Many good things have been happening in Abaco since I last posted and I would like to share.
Power has been stable in South Abaco for the past 3 weeks, since October 24th. That certainly makes life easier! Another life changer: Maxwell’s Super Market opened on November 7th and is wonderfully stocked – including lots of fresh produce and meats, etc. It looks amazingly normal! There will soon be a branch of Commonwealth Bank and a pharmacy in Maxwell’s. There is a wonderful small bakery in Crossing Rocks – with homemade breads, fabulous cinnamon rolls, and many other items to choose from. Call ahead and Liz will save your order.
The easiest way to get to Marsh Harbour right now is still through Nassau, with at least 6 scheduled flights every day to Marsh Harbour from Nassau: 3 on Bahamas Air and 3 on Western Air. There are several charter companies with regular flights direct to Marsh Harbour from south Florida, and the Prime Minister says the Marsh Harbour airport will be open to International flights by next week. After that Silver and American should resume direct flights from Florida.
There are 3 places to purchase gas in Marsh Harbour, and so far I know of 3 rental car companies that are back in business. Taxis are available at the airport and on call.
On November 8th, Dr. Charite opened his practice in the Mortuary across from the Marsh Harbour Health Care Center (the government’s mini-hospital), and the Abaco Health Services Mobile Medical Unit (Dr. Hull’s fully equipped bus) arrived in Marsh Harbour on Tuesday, November 12th, and he will publish a schedule for it soon.
Pete’s Pub has been open since the last 2 weekends in October, and the Sandpiper Inn opened its restaurant to the public last weekend. The Delphi welcomes reservations, and Nancy’s Seaside Restaurant in Sandy Point has been open. Take out is available in Cherokee from Hungry Again, and I have read of other small restaurants opening, but I do not have details.
South Abaco is open and welcomes your business. Casuarina Point is as beautiful as ever and rentals are available in a variety of price ranges. Many of you have asked how you can help, and right now the best way you can help Abaco recover is to visit, hire the guides, and dine in the restaurants or have meals prepared in your home. Your visit will mean so much!
Hope to see you in Abaco soon.
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My wife and I lived at Snake Cay for 4 years in the late 1960’s and I worked for the Sugar Mill. The senior Exec’s lived at Casuarina Point and we spent a great amount of time there. I had no idea that it would be rebuilt and made into a resort. It looks great. The mill closed in late 1970. We stayed at Casuarina Point in two of the houses in 1981, just south of the one with the swimming pool. Loved our 10 day vacation there. Would love to see it again. Many great memories there.
Thank you so much for posting, Bob. We have heard a lot about the days when the Sugar Mill was in Abaco, and we have had a few guests, like you, who lived there during those days and wanted to return to see it again, show their children/grandchildren, etc. The houses have changed a lot, but it is the same BEAUTIFUL beach!