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Launch of Aristo’s Newest Project



The Bahamas, 19 Oct 2015 – They came. They saw. They bought. It was a glitzy, glamorous residential real estate investment launch that met with such positive response it even took developers by surprise.

The launch, held poolside at Graycliff with flowing champagne, soft music and a night lit with a million stars, was designed to introduce the public to the first video views of Aristo Development’s latest foray into the luxury condominium market, THIRTY|SIX, a 38-unit ultra-chic complex on Bayview Drive, Paradise Island. Thirty percent of the residences were sold prior to the invitation-only event.

“We were overwhelmed by the positive response,” said Aristo President Jason Kinsale. “By the time the evening ended, we had even more reservations on units and by the next day, we were 50% sold-out with construction not due to start for another several months.”

John Christie, whose real estate firm HG Christie has the exclusive on the Paradise Island project, said both the turn-out and the results pleased but did not surprise him.

“Paradise Island is one of those rare gems that continues to shine regardless of temporary shifts in the global economy because for those who can afford it, there is no place quite like it,” said Christie. HG Christie broker Ryan Knowles agrees. “Where else can you go where you have instant access to all the amenities of a world-class resort like Atlantis two minutes from your doorstep yet retain all the privileges and privacy of your own luxury residence with 24-hour concierge service?” he asks.

According to Aristo Sales & Marketing Director Matthew Marco, the appeal of Paradise Island accounts in part for the success, but a large part is a reflection of Aristo’s reputation and a distinctive sense of style.
“This is Aristo’s fourth project and its first on Paradise Island,” said Marco. “So whether people are buying for their own residence or for investment, they can look at the track record and see that Aristo does not just promise, it is a developer that delivers.” Marco points to The Balmoral, a sprawling, well-landscaped and thought-out townhome and single-family residential community in Nassau that is completely sold out with the exception of two homes that are just being completed. “Last week there were three left, now there are two. Next time we speak in a few days there may be none,” he told the writer. “We had so much interest for townhomes at The Balmoral that we recently acquired 12 additional acres adjoining the development and are thrilled to announce a new and final phase with luxury townhomes starting in the $400’s.” Aristo’s first project, Hampton Ridge, was also a 100% sell-out with condos delivered on schedule.

And ONE Cable Beach, currently under construction is 45% sold at a point when underground and site work have just been completed and the bones of the building with its organic, flowing lines are hardly out of the ground. “The style of that building has just wowed the public,” said Marco. “There’s nothing like it anywhere in The Bahamas and I doubt anywhere in the region.”

THIRTY|SIX is the first project that has teamed Aristo with the equally successful Sterling Financial Group, an integrated private equity, real estate investment and development firm based in Nassau. Sterling’s Chairman and Paradise Island resident, David Kosoy, has said that the market is “hungry for an offering with the sophisticated style and quality construction of THIRTY|SIX.”

“Am I surprised at the early sales reports of 50% sold with start of construction a few months away? Not at all. I looked at the plans, the location, the amenities and I just knew this was a winner which is why I chose to become an equity partner,” said the man who with others has developed more than $2 billion worth of real estate in the North American market.

Of the 38 condominiums in the block-long striking, contemporary building that will feature walls of glass, extensive landscaping draping from roof to ground floor, fitness centre, elevators and underground parking as well as 24-hour concierge service, only two-bedroom units ranging from $675,000 to $1.3 million remain available. All the studio and one-bedroom units sold and nearly all the two-bedroom corner units have been reserved.

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TCI Governor’s Office Reports on Meeting with TCI Officials and the US Congressional Delegation



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#TurksandCaicos, May 20, 2024 – This morning, Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and the Honourable Premier Charles Washington Misick received a US Congressional delegation at the Governor’s Office, Providenciales, following a request for a meeting to discuss the recent arrests of US nationals for possession of ammunition offences.

The US delegation raised five cases of US nationals currently before the courts, concern for their well-being and clarification on the legal process. In order to maintain the integrity of the legal process, the Governor confirmed it would not be appropriate to facilitate the delegation’s request to meet with the Chief Justice.

The Governor and the Premier confirmed – as per the constitutional separation of the executive and judicial branches – they cannot intervene nor comment on ongoing legal cases before the courts. They explained that the Turks and Caicos Islands have clear laws prohibiting the possession of firearms and/or ammunition and strict penalties are in place to serve and protect all who reside and visit the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Hon. Attorney General confirmed possession of firearm and/or ammunition offences carry a mandatory minimum custodial sentence of twelve years plus a fine. Where the court finds there are exceptional circumstances, the sentencing judge does have discretion, under the law, to impose a custodial sentence and a fine that are fair and just in the circumstances of each case rather than impose the mandatory minimum.

Noting that it is for defence counsel to ensure all relevant information is put before the court. The UK Government’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office representative who was in attendance at the meeting affirmed that the UK Government cannot comment or intervene in an ongoing legal case and that as a British Overseas Territory, the UK have full confidence in the operation of the courts of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Governor and Premier appreciated that the circumstances for US nationals who find themselves in this position can be difficult but were aware that US officials are providing consular support to each of the individuals. They noted that the Turks and Caicos Islands law enforcement agencies apply professional standard operating procedures for processing matters through the legal system and that they will investigate any concerns where it was felt standards were not met.

The Governor and Premier noted the prohibited items of ammunition were not identified at US departure screening; and the responsibility of travellers to ensure their baggage is free of firearms and/or ammunition prior to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

They noted that the National Security Council keeps under review the operational effectiveness of legislative provisions that underpin internal and border security. The meeting concluded with both parties recognising continued Turks and Caicos Islands – United States partnerships to tackle shared threats in the region.

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#TurksandCaicos, May 20, 2024 – The Governor’s Office can confirm that Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and the Honourable Premier Charles Washington Misick will this morning receive a US Congressional delegation, who have requested a meeting to discuss the recent arrests of US nationals for possession of ammunition offences.

The US delegation, which arrived yesterday evening, was met by Protocol officials and is due to depart this afternoon.

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Eleven Senators, Three Governors make appeals for Leniency; Five Americans now face 12 Years in Prison



Deandrea Hamilton                                                                                                                              



#TurksandCaicos, May 20, 2024 – US law makers are going to bat bigtime for their citizens detained in the Turks and Caicos for breach of the firearms ordinance, a congressional delegation arrived on Sunday for talks on an amicable  conclusion in the controversial court matters.

Here for a meeting set to take place today,   the congressional delegation is led by Senator Markwayne Mullin.

Five tourists are facing the 12 year minimum for possession of bullets, they say were inadvertently left in their checked baggage, but they can get a lesser sentence if the judge rules that it is warranted under the ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ clause in the Firearms Ordinance, newly amended and stiffened in 2022.

Eleven U.S. Senators and three State Governors have addressed letters to the TCI government beckoning for leniency in the cases of American citizens charged and detained for breach of Turks and Caicos gun laws which strictly prohibit the possession of unregistered firearms or ammunition; an infraction which carries with it a penalty of 12 years imprisonment.

It became known that at least one governor was communicating with Daleeni Daniel- Selveratnam, Turks and Caicos Governor about the unsettling situation.

J Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma appeared on television vocalizing his thoughts, calling the mandatory 12 year sentence “absurd.”  His letter for leniency was endorsed by Josh Shapiro, Governor of Pennsylvania and Glenn Youngkin, the Governor of Virginia.

“We humbly ask that your government – in its wisdom – temper justice with mercy and recognize that these made mistakes but had no apparent malicious intent,” states the May 14th letter signed by all three governors.

Twelve days before, Senators had already expressed their dire concern in correspondence dated May 2nd.

Magnetic Media obtained that letter which 11 senators have supported; their dispatch issued to the Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos, Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, KC.

Senators Markwayne Mullin, Oklahoma; Robert P. Casey Jr, Pennsylvania; Mark Warner, Virginia; Tim Kaine, Virginia; James Lankford, Oklahoma; Michael Cloud, Texas; John Fetterman, Pennsylvania; Bob Good, Virginia; Guy Reschenthaler, Pennsylvania; Josh Brecheen, Oklahoma and former presidential contender, Ted Cruz of Texas boldly signed the document, with strong words for the TCIG.

“We do not discount the fact that the authorities in Turks and Caicos take the presence of unspent ammunition cartridges seriously to prioritize the safety of its civilians. However, based on our relationships and understanding of the circumstances of these American citizens, we strongly urge you to exercise leniency when reviewing their cases.”

Both letters point to the current good relationship between the Turks and Caicos and the United States as the reason to have the cases of Michael Lee Evans, 72 of Texas; Bryan Hagerich, Pennsylvania; Tyler Wenrich, 31 of Virginia and Ryan Watson, 40 of Oklahoma come to a reasonable conclusion.

Since Monday May 13, added to the four men and despite the media attention and US State Department warnings, Sharitta Grier, 45 of Orlando, Florida was arrested, sentenced and is now out on bail on near identical charges.

She is the fifth American held in recent months for the discovery of ammunition upon departure of the islands.

Grier, was on Thursday May 16 arraigned for allegedly having two bullets in her baggage; detected as she was exiting the Turks and Caicos following a Mother’s Day getaway with her daughter.  By Friday, bail had been granted to the woman who is still expressing shock at the gravity of the consequences; a dozen years in a Grand Turk prison.

A week earlier, a Thursday May 8, media release by the Turks and Caicos National Security Council informed of the Attorney General’s report to the group, which included the Premier, Minister of Tourism and Governor on the nuances of the legislation, according to a recent Court of Appeal decision.

“The Attorney-General, in respect of the law applicable to the cases against US Nationals on charges relating to the possession of ammunition, confirmed that an Attorney General’s Reference to the Court of Appeal certified that where a court finds there are exceptional circumstances, the sentencing judge has discretion under the law, to impose a custodial sentence and a fine that are fair and just in the circumstances of each case rather than impose the mandatory minimum. The Chief Justice is advancing sentencing guidelines in this respect.”

On Sunday, Senator Mullin of Oklahoma landed in Provo, with him:  “Rep. Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania; Rep. Good of Virginia; Rep. Brecheen of Oklahoma and Rep. Cloud of Texas.  They have a few staff members and an escort of four marines.  They will be in meetings all day. We are hoping for an agreeable resolution today,” explained a source close to the senate.

We’ve also learned that the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis may climb aboard this train in the name of reasonable justice after Floridian, Sharitta Shiniee Grier was last week charged.

On social media, Grier has opened up about her arrest.

“Once the police cuffed my leg to a chair and left me in a room by myself I started crying out to the Good Lord, saying I know you are real but I need you to move for me, right now!  I need you to show me a sign that I’m going to be alright.”

Grier explains that before she could wipe away tears, “Mrs. Susan and her husband My Pop Pop” turned up, came to check on her while in police custody and are now lending her moral support.

Court correspondent Wilkie Arthur informed that during Grier’s arraignment, the courtroom was filled with some of the other Americans accused and their families; in her post, she called Ryan (Hagerich) and Bryan (Watson), both men who share a vacation villa as they await verdicts in their bullet possession matters, her ‘brothers.’

“I know it was God who placed them in my life.  They have a heart of gold, just like me and I love them. We are family forever.”

It is this kind of solidarity that the defendants hope will work in their favour as their Representatives have reportedly taken advocacy to a new level; landing at the private airport in Providenciales on Sunday to – in person – make appeals on behalf of the five Americans with the hope of seeing them avoid the lengthy prison term mandated by TCI law.

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