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$1 Million in TCI Housing programs; Deadline coming, what to know



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 


#TurksandCaicos, September 11, 2023 – Deadlines are coming up for residents who wish to benefit from the country’s recently announced housing programs, and while there’s no reason to delay, all is not lost if you do fall outside the cutoff according to Jamell Robinson, Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development (PPID).

The Minister was clearing up concerns from residents about the September 29th deadline announced by PPID for the Housing Improvement Program for Existing Homeowners.

“The reason this has a time limit is this is specifically tied to the current budget cycle. We have to be in a position where we collect applications, do evaluations, and create a price point to know how much we need to spend on those renovations.” He explained.

The Community Renewal and Infilling Program has the same deadline.

Launched on July 27 the Housing Improvement Program provides a $50,000 grant for islanders to refurbish their homes with priority given to the vulnerable, while the Community Infilling Program aims to ‘construct new housing for socially disadvantaged persons with properties that have sustained physical damage.’

No deadline was announced for the third program which provides tax write-offs for residents building residential complexes.

As for those who may find themselves not quite ready, Robinson said. “It will be an ongoing program subject to funding availability:”

This of course is dependent on the budget and the amount of applications received, emphasizing the importance of getting applications in as soon as possible.

“Now clearly, it’s not unlimited funding, so we’ll prioritize those that are in greater need first. Of course, we will continue because we can always reopen the application process so that it isn’t a one-off time. Let’s say out of the $1 million that we have for this program we only end up spending $600,000 in the first tranche; that would be $400,000 we have to spend for more homes.”

The minister stressed that the government was aware of the great need and expected to spend the first $1 million allotment with no difficulty and once additional funding was procured the program would open again.


Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised



#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death




June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Media Release

June 22nd, 2024.


Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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