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A night under the stars, for the stars!



#TurksandCaicos, March 6, 2023 – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) proudly presented its 14th installment of the Star Awards.

This heavily anticipated event heralds the roles played by the top performers in the hospitality industry in Turks and Caicos.  Reputed as a night of glitz and glamour, more than 300 individuals were treated to a felicitous time of pomp and circumstance poolside at Beaches Resort’s French Village.

Housekeepers of the Year, Ambassadors, TCHTA Shining Stars, Employees of the Year, Supervisors and Managers of the Year, Taxi Driver and Entertainer of the Year, Hotel, Restaurant, and Hotelier of the Year, and those considered the Heart of Hospitality, were all celebrated in fine fashion on this occasion, aptly held outdoors under the stars.

The awardees, flanked by their Executive teams, were applauded for their hard work and commitment, thanked for being the reason Turks and Caicos is #1.

And this is what makes Star Awards unique; the housekeeper or maintenance worker typically donning a uniform daily while toiling away sight unseen can dress in their red-carpet-worthy attire and enjoy a night of merriment in the company of their Supervisors and Managers, there to honour them.

Remarks were delivered by the Premier Honourable Washington Misick (keynote speaker), the Minister of Tourism, Honourable Josephine Connolly, TCHTA President, Trevor Musgrove, and TCHTA’s CEO, Stacy Cox, brought the night’s vote of thanks.

“As an organization, this event is one of the highlights of the year for us. It allows us to come face-to-face with you and thank you openly for the hard work and sacrifices you deliver to this industry,” said Musgrove. “Make no mistake; tonight is all about you. We are here to celebrate your achievements and acknowledge you as the faces of excellence in our country’s number one industry.”

The Premier and Minister of Tourism’s remarks echoed those of Musgrove, each lauding thanks and accolades to the deserving awardees who work diligently to maintain the standard of excellence for the destination.

The celebrants enjoyed a luxurious evening of fine dining and entertainment, dazzled by saxophonist Dexter “DaxX” Landy, whose opening number was a beautiful instrumental serenade, and the Beaches Resort Entertainment Team, delivering two show-stopping numbers that evoked roaring applause.

The excitement in the air was palpable, and the evening’s Emcee, Bianca “Queen Bee” Harvey, and disc jockey Drexler Smith of Prime DJs ensured that every moment of the night was upbeat and engaging.

The TCHTA used a jaw-dropping video rendition of the Turks and Caicos National Song, produced by Andre Kerr of Spotlight Communications. The piece is a captivating representation of Turks and Caicos’ landscapes and its people. This was a stand-out moment of national pride during the event.

Reflecting on the spectacular night, CEO Cox said, “It was a fitting celebration to honour our 2022 top performers, and we are grateful to everyone who supported so vigorously.” The CEO held high praise for the delivery by the Beaches Team, hosts of the night’s event. “The way they transformed the space for this event is nothing short of amazing. The décor was captivating, and the team delivered without missing a beat. It was perfection.”

The evening’s co-sponsors, Rubis, Fortis TCI, and CSC Insurance Brokers, Ltd. all played a part in the presentation of awards throughout the evening.  The TCHTA extends thanks to these sponsors and to its members for their support.

Hotel of the Year was won by Point Grace Resort, with James McAnally of Beaches Turks and Caicos, winning the title of Hotelier of the Year. These categories were awarded by vote, open to all members of the TCHTA. Award winners in the other categories will be displayed on the TCHTA’s official Facebook page @officialtchta.

The organization shares its thanks with the wider community for acknowledging these bright stars and encourages all to stay tuned for the 15th annual Star Awards event will be one of epic proportions.

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Male Charged With Murder



#TurksandCaicos, June 7, 2024 – A 29-year-old male has been charged with the murder of BUTLER BRAVE PROPHETE. KERLY AGENOR, of Dock Yard, Providenciales, was charged today (June 06th) following advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In addition to the murder, the accused faces the following charges:

  • Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Discharge of Ammunition

The charges against Mr. AGENOR state that on March 05th, 2024, in Providenciales, he murdered Mr. PROPHETE, Contrary to Section 3 of the Offenses Against the Person Ordinance Chapter 3.08.

At the time of his death, Mr. Prophete, 22, of Wheeland, Providenciales, was exiting his workplace on the Lower Bight and was shot dead.

Mr AGENOR remains in custody pending a Sufficiency Hearing.

In a brief statement, Superintendent in charge of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection, and Intelligence Dean Holden said: “I wish to thank the officers of the Serious Crime Unit for their dedication and commitment in bringing this case to a charge. Further, I wish to reassure the public and families that the RTCIPF is committed to bringing prosecutions against perpetrators and, when possible, closure to persons who have lost loved ones to these senseless homicides”.

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Tragic Shooting Death of Frantz Fleurimond Rocks Five Cays Community



Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent



#TurksandCaicos, May 31, 2024 – The tight-knit community of Five Cays was left reeling following the tragic shooting death of Frantz Fleurimond, a 34-year-old resident, on the night of Friday, May 24th, 2024.  Exclusive insights from family members, friends, and neighbors shed light on the circumstances surrounding the untimely demise of Fleurimond, known affectionately as Frantz by those who knew him.

According to accounts from family members, including his outspoken father and mild-mannered stepmother, the harrowing incident unfolded around 10 pm.  The father vividly recalled the terrifying moment when loud gunshots rang out, with one bullet piercing through their wooden home, which housed both the family and Frantz in separate sections.

This wasn’t the first brush with violence for Frantz.

Several years prior, he had endured a brutal assault in Blue Hills, leaving him with severe head injuries that required months of recuperation in Jamaica.  Despite his resilience, Frantz’s mental health had been fragile ever since, with episodes of erratic behavior and struggles with substance abuse.

Described by many as a highly respected chef at prominent hotels across Providenciales, Frantz’s life took a dark turn following the traumatic incident.  He returned to live with his parents after his marriage ended, grappling with mental illness and addiction.

Neighbors recounted hearing the fatal shots on the night of Frantz’s death, followed by a chilling silence. Rushing to investigate, they discovered Frantz’s lifeless body in his own home, prompting them to alert the authorities.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force confirmed the tragic incident, expressing condolences to Frantz’s grieving family.  Superintendent Dean Holden of the Serious Crimes Unit assured the community that the investigation into the shooting were underway, emphasizing the urgency of finding justice for Frantz and his loved ones.

While details surrounding Frantz’s death remain murky, speculation swirls about a potential motive stemming from his troubled past and reported confrontations with others in the community.  However, no official statements have been made regarding suspects or arrests in connection with the case.

As the Five Cays community grapples with shock and sorrow in the wake of Frantz Fleurimond’s untimely passing, loved ones remember him fondly for his culinary talents, kind spirit, and resilience in the face of adversity.  As investigations continue, hopes remain high for answers and closure for those left mourning the loss of a cherished friend, family member, and community member.

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Two Firearm-related incidents are being investigated; one ends in MURDER



#TurksandCaicos, May 30, 2024 – The Serious Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating two firearm-related incidents that occurred yesterday evening and this morning in Providenciales.

Head of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection and Intelligence Superintendent Dean Holden said, “Last evening’s shooting incident resulted in the death of a 34-year-old male from Five Cays.

“The victim has been identified as FRANTZ FLEURIMOND. Based on preliminary reports, Mr. Fleurimond was at home when a gunshot was heard. The police were contacted and, upon arrival, discovered his body. The RTCIPF extends condolences to Mr. Fleurimond’s family.

“In a separate incident that occurred today (May 25th), a 48-year-old security guard was on duty at a bar located off South Dock Road when a lone gunman entered the establishment and proceeded to rob the patrons.

“While fleeing the scene, the gunman fired two shots, one of which struck the security guard.

“Officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene, and the guard was transported to a medical facility for treatment.”

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on this incident or any other illegal activities.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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