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Hartling Group Appoints Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty as Official Broker

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Providenciales, 13 Nov 2014 (Shore Club News Release) – For the second time in 15 years, two of the most successful names in Turks and Caicos real estate development have formed an alliance.

The Hartling Group has named Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty (TCSIR) as the official broker for the Shore Club. The third luxury beachfront resort development for the Hartling Group, the $100 million Shore Club is now under construction on Long Bay beach.

Hartling Group CEO Stan Hartling, and Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s President Joe Zahm, first worked together in 1999, when Zahm provided consulting services on the design of phases two and three of Hartling’s first resort project on Providenciales – The Sands on Grace Bay.

The Sands became one of the first and most successful condo-resorts on Providenciales, and Zahm’s real estate agency (first established as Connolly Zahm Properties) became a powerhouse new development specialist before it morphed into its present form as TCSIR.

From that first occasion when Hartling and Zahm combined their collective expertise has come many years of professional respect and personal friendship between the two business leaders. “I’m really looking forward to working with Joe and his team again,” states Hartling. “We feel that combining our in – house abilities with Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty’s local, regional and international power, puts the Shore Club, and other Hartling Group developments in the optimal position to grow on our success. Joe, Nina Siegenthaler and their team have deep knowledge of the resort real estate model and luxury market, and have many tools at their disposal to penetrate the international market through the Sotheby’s International Realty Brand”.

Adds Zahm: “The timing is ideal for our team to represent the Shore Club to our international audience. Long Bay is now home to some of the finest completed and under-development estates in the Caribbean, with strong market demand and rapidly improving values. Just as Stan’s existing developments significantly exceeded expectations, so too will the Shore Club, with its highly evolved, lower density master plan, multiple swimming pools and restaurants, great condominium suites and incredible single family villas. Construction is progressing quickly and with over 60% of the condominiums sold, we look forward to introducing buyers to this exceptional opportunity to purchase a luxury condominium or villa within an expertly designed development in a private, exclusive setting”.

Beachfront condos at the Shore Club start from $1.4 million, and the six bedroom villas start from $5.5 million. The condos will be ready for occupancy in early 2016.

For more information visit www.theshoreclubtc.com.

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About The Shore Club
The Shore Club is a $100 million condo-­‐hotel project being developed on Long Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The resort consists of 38 condos and six villas on a nine-­‐acre property that occupies 820 linear feet of beachfront. The project is being developed by The Hartling Group, in association with DECCO, a Dart Enterprises company based in the Cayman Islands. www.theshoreclubtc.com
Contact: sue.nickason@gmail.com

About The Hartling Group
The Hartling Group is a real estate sales and development firm specializing in luxury Caribbean condominiums and villas. Based in the Turks and Caicos Islands, The Hartling Group has developed The Sands Resort on Grace Bay and the Regent Palms Resort. Construction on the company’s third project, The Shore Club, starts in January 2014. The Hartling Group is one of the largest employers in the Turks and Caicos Islands and employs approximately 400 people. www.hartlinggroup.com

About Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty
Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty is the leading real estate brokerage in TCI, and is the acknowledged leader in luxury condominium and villa development. Led by President Joe Zahm and Vice President Nina Siegenthaler, TCSIR has been a major force in the concept, design, sales and marketing and successful opening of many of Turks & Caicos finest resorts. Their flagship office is located in the heart of the upscale Grace Bay commercial district, with resort offices at The Regent Palms and Grace Bay Club.
Contact: Denise Douglass; 649.946.4474 / denise@tcsothebysrealty.com, www.turksandcaicossir.com

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Statement on Road Traffic Department 

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#TheBahamas, September 26, 2022 – As an integral agency under the Ministry of Transport and Housing, the Road Traffic Department is responsible for the collection of revenue from vehicle licensing and inspection fees.

On an annual basis, the revenue from the Road Traffic Department exceeds 60 million dollars.

This revenue is critical in supporting the programmes and initiatives of the Government of The Bahamas and covers the operating costs of the Road Traffic Department.

The revenue must be protected.

To ensure the integrity of revenue collected, numerous processes and procedures have been implemented. Additionally, several audits have been undertaken to ensure that employees act in accordance with the established protocols of the Department.

The Ministry is aware of allegations and discord in the public domain between two employees at the Road Traffic Department.

While it is not the policy of the Government of The Bahamas to publicly comment on internal staff matters, the Ministry takes grave exception to personal allegations against employees being made public while the allegations remain under investigation by independent parties.

Public Officers are reminded of the provisions of General Orders which disallows public statements on any matter.

The Ministry continues to foster and encourage a harmonious and respectful working environment at the Road Traffic Department and all agencies under its remit.

The Ministry remains strongly committed to strengthening the audit and compliance oversight of the Road Traffic Department and will not be deterred its efforts to safeguard the Government’s revenue stream.

 

September 26th, 2022 

Ministry of Transport & Housing

Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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NEMA Director orders activation of shelters in GB, Bimini

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Captain Stephen Russell, Wednesday, ordered the activation of shelters in Grand Bahama and Bimini as a precautionary measure against potential impacts from Tropical Storm-Force conditions associated with Hurricane Ian.

 Six shelters were activated in Grand Bahama (two in Freeport, two in Eight-Mile Rock, and one each in Pinedale, Seagrape and Holmes’ Rock) and one in Bimini (Gateway in Bailey Town) at 10am. Captain Russell also announced that Floodwater Rescue Teams have been pre-positioned in West End and Alice Town as yet another precautionary measure.

 The National Emergency Management Agency’s National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) remained on Partial Activation Wednesday and will remain Activated throughout the response phase. Teams from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, The Bahamas Department of Meteorology, the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Local Government, have been in communication with Island Administrators, Local Government officials and Disaster Consultative Committees in the north-western Bahamas.

 During Partial Activation, certain NEOC Team Members (known as Emergency Support Functions) are activated to monitor certain risks and/or hazards in areas that could be impacted by weather conditions associated with the passage of a storm, and as a means of communicating with/supporting disaster managers and planners and disaster consultative committees on the ground in those areas.

 The NEOC is responsible for executing emergency management and ensuring the continuity of operations for the entire country.

 Meanwhile, a Tropical Storm Warning remained in effect for the north-western Bahamas as at 12noon Wednesday with residents of Grand Bahama and the Biminis being advised to prepare for the possibility of sustained Tropical Storm-Force winds tonight through Thursday. Residents in the remainder of the northwest Bahamas, including Abaco, the Berry Islands, North Andros, New Providence and Eleuthera, could experience winds gusting to gale-force during this period.

 (A Tropical Storm Warning means that Tropical Storm conditions could be experienced in the mentioned islands within 36 hours.) 

 Forecasters at The Bahamas Department of Meteorology said rainbands associated with Hurricane Ian, will continue to affect the islands of the northwest Bahamas today and Thursday. Residents in these islands are asked to exercise extreme caution as the rainbands will bring severe thunderstorms, gusty winds and possible tornadic activity.

 Total rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches are expected with isolated amounts of up to 8 inches through Friday. As a result, severe, localized flooding is possible in low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Residents of low-lying, flood-prone areas of the north-western Bahamas, are asked to take special precautions during any heavy and/or prolonged rainfall event, and to exercise extreme caution in the event there is flooding. One such precautionary measure is to avoid driving in or through floodwater, where possible, or playing in floodwater (children) as floodwater can contain numerous hidden hazards. These include:

  • Downed power lines.
  • Sewage and other contaminants.
  • Large Holes.
  • Sharp objects that can cause injury and lead to infections.
  • Objects such as lumber, vehicles, debris.
  • Carcasses of dead animals, in addition to rodents and snakes.

Exposure to contaminated floodwater can result in:

  • Wound infections.
  • Skin rash.
  • Gastrointestinal illnesses.
  • Tetanus (Lock-jaw).

If you do come into contact with floodwater, you are advised to:

  • Wash the area with soap and clean water as soon as possible. If you do not have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizers.
  • Wash clothes contaminated with floodwater or sewage water in hot water and detergent before re-using them.

If you must enter floodwater, protect yourselves by wearing rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles. The same goes for Standing Water.

The National Emergency Management Agency reminds residents to pay close attention to the Alerts, NEWS ITEMS, Public Forecasts, Severe Weather Warnings and/or Special Weather Statements issued by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology.

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Glass Window Bridge envisioned as a symbol of resilience and sustainability says Works and Utilities Minister

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By KATHRYN CAMPBELL

Bahamas Information Services

 

#ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas, September 27, 2022 –  A new bridge design that incorporates opportunities for Bahamian entrepreneurs was presented at a Town Hall Meeting Thursday, September 22, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Lodge Hall, Hatchet Bay.

During the livestreamed event the Minister of Works and Utilities, the Hon. Alfred Sears; the Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs; island administrators, representatives of the Ministry of Works, Town Planning Board, the Bridge Authority, Local Government, Lambert Knowles and other consultants, and residents of Eleuthera discussed plans for the proposed replacement of the Glass Window Bridge (GWB) in North Eleuthera.

Minister Sears termed the meeting very “successful” consultation and attendance by local stakeholders and virtual participants.

He said Mr. Knowles has assembled a world-class team of bridge designers who have put together a design that will turn the GWB “into a symbol of resilience, sustainability and also a place of entertainment and relaxation where Bahamian businesses can come and share in the wonderful goods of Eleuthera to the international travelling public as well as the residents in Eleuthera.

“We’re speaking now with Caribbean Development Bank with respect to funding; the design is now completed, there is also interest in PPP’s. Within the next two months we should have a funding pathway and then of course we will move on the procurement. Once the funding is in place we will announce a date.”

“It is not only a look out point, we are approaching this project as an enterprise where the people who live in Eleuthera would have the same opportunities that the people in South would have as the Disney Project would have, but it would be more significant than Disney because this project would be owned by Bahamian people — entrepreneurs, performers and culinary artists.

“Eleuthera is one of the places in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas where development is taking place very rapidly. It is one of the most unique communities in our country; it is the fifth largest economy within the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. We have some of the wealthiest industrialists with homes in Eleuthera; we also have booming Bahamian business resorts throughout Eleuthera.”

The GWD represents a place where we “can build opportunities for Bahamian businesses, Bahamian entrepreneurs to showcase the imagination of the Bahamian crafts persons, also to showcase the culinary skills as well as the extraordinary culinary dishes of Bahamian cuisine,” he said.

Although “spectacular” Minister Sears said the current one-lane bridge is “dangerous” and unable to facilitate the transport of freight from the north to the south of the island because its carrying capacity is only 12 tonnes — anything over 12 tonnes cannot be transported over the bridge.

He noted other challenges and informed that the bridge is not fulfilling the potential that it has for the development of Eleuthera.

Using a Power Point presentation, Mr. Knowles introduced the design team, technical aspects of the built design and various options considered for the new bridge.

He said the proposed bridge will be unique; a picture opportunity and a venue to host an event. It will have a park, security, rest rooms, parking, a location for food trucks to sell crafts and food; and topography with different elevation.

During the question and answer segment, Minister Sears said a decision has not yet been made regarding a bridge toll on the major undertaking.

“It is a project which multilateral bodies and private sector investors have expressed an interest in participating in the funding. It is a project that once we have the community by-in the government is committed to building a world class production at this location.” Construction is expected to take place on the proposed bridge from 2023-2026 at an estimated cost of $50-$60 million.

The GWB was built in 1990 and provides the only vehicular link between North and South Eleuthera.

 

(BIS Photos/Ulric Woodside)

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