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TCI: “Race for the Conch” Back With 101 Swimmers



#TurksandCaicos, July 8, 2021 – COVID forced the cancellation of the 2020 “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim, but not this year. Conditions could not have been more perfect on Saturday June 26, 2021 for the 11th annual open water swim race in Grace Bay. 101 swimmers took part in the one mile and half mile events that ran along the shore from Rickie’s Flamingo Cafe to just past the Venetian Resort and back. An additional 15 youngsters under 11 years swam in the 100 meter Children’s Swim.  

Co-Race Directors Ben Stubenberg and Chloe Zimmermann implemented several COVID mitigation measures to get clearance, including a requirement that all athletes had to show a vaccination card or take an antigen test on the spot before registering or checking in. Swimmers supported the forward leaning actions as a small inconvenience for the thrill of getting to race through TCI’s turquoise waters.   

“We didn’t do much promotion of the race this year because of the uncertainties,” said Ben Stubenberg. “So we were truly amazed and happy that so many local and foreign swimmers signed up. We were particularly impressed that many young local swimmers had practiced hard to get ready for the race and held their own.” Chloe Zimmerman added, “We wanted to make this happen. Every swimmer who comes to TCI and swims through our beautiful, clear water knows it doesn’t get better. Huge thanks to all the swimmers, sponsors, providers, and volunteers who made this race happen. You rock!”

This year saw another fast field of swimmers with American Drew Modrov winning the men’s division in the one mile in a blazing 20 minutes 21 seconds. American Genny Jordan won the women’s division with a brilliant time of 22 minutes and 46 seconds. In the half mile, American Eric Erenstopft finished in speedy 11 minutes and 56 seconds, while another American, Beth Stuble finished in a super fast 12 minutes and 8 seconds. Many young local swimmers gained valuable experience in open water swim racing, as they started alongside these and other top swimmers.

Once again, the Race Directors presented conch medals and conch trophies made by local artists Stanford Handfield and Lucie Stubbs respectively. Evans Joseph (Keep it Xtraordinary) printed the T-shirts locally as well. In keeping with the “Eco-SeaSwim” name of the race, the Race Directors welcomed Turks & Caicos Reef Fund to promote reef protection, while Stream2Sea provided reef safe sunscreen for swimmers.  

Special thanks to Sports Commission for valuable advisory support.

Next year’s race takes place on Saturday June 25, 2022. Information on the race can be found at

Along with dedicated volunteers, race directors want to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors and service providers who did so much to make this a success: Grace Bay Club, Hartling Group, Surfside Ocean Academy, Accu Diagnostics, Finishing Touch, Turks & Caicos Reservations, Carolina Medical

Centre, Provo Ambulance, Big Blue Collective, Paradise Photography, Bay

Bistro, Got-U-Covered,, Blue Loos, TC Crystal Water, NUUN rehydration, Marco Travel, and Caicu Naniki Sports Adventures.


Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk



#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk





Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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