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Housing Approvals from TCI Planning Board expected to add over 100 Units

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicosIslands, October 10, 2023 – Grand Turk, Providenciales, and North Caicos are slated for new development following a suite of conditional approvals for housing and commercial projects. 

Over 100 units have been given the nod. 

The information was shared by the Physical Planning Board which handles applications for construction across the country. 

Most of the new construction approved in this batch was slated for Providenciales with both luxury appointments, open lots, and regular residences receiving approval. 

At least 92 units are to be built in about 8 developments ranging from apartment buildings to villas outfitted with perks like swim-up bars and restaurants.

Additionally, 19 open lots were conditionally approved for four different developers. A proposed children’s park was also approved.

Applications for over 77 open lots were deferred, as were several villas, a casino, and four 12-story blocks for a major hotel brand.

In Grand Turk, at least seven apartment units in two developments were approved by the board. Approved too was a commercial building with three retail units.

A proposal to create 18 open lots was refused.

Ten open lots were approved for North Caicos and seven luxury studio units for Ambergris Cay.

 

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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