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New Airlines coming to Grand Turk, in fact two says Premier Washington Misick

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, December 5, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is currently in negotiations with two South Florida airlines to secure commercial flights for the nation’s capital in what they hope will be a catalyst to the development of Grand Turk.

“We are pleased to announce that significant efforts are being made for the reintroduction of international airlift into Grand Turk— we are committed to enhancing accessibility for the residents of Grand Turk by establishing direct airlift into the South Florida market,” said Washington Misick, TCI Premier during a November 23rd House of Assembly sitting.

For now, the government and Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority are attempting to get two airlines to provide biweekly flights.

“We believe that this step will contribute significantly to the development and prosperity of Grand Turk,” Misick said.

More hotels are also in the works

“I am also happy to announce the approval of MOUs for two separate major resort projects in Grand Turk. The Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade will keep you informed assuming these projects advance to full Development Agreement phase over the next three to six months,” Misick said

Its particularly timely as according to the TCIAA, any increase in international commercial flights will have to be in tandem with an increase in accommodation i.e. hotels in the nation’s capital which has long struggled with successful completion of developments.  The agency had made it clear that they were willing to invest in development to increase international flights into Grand Turk.

It’s a tremendous opportunity to increase stayover visitors in Grand Turk, a move that is desperately needed as no major hotel brand has made its home in the nation’s capital despite deal after deal being struck and it’s frustrating residents.

“Somewhere in one of the government buildings is a closet just full of groundbreaking shovels for Grand  Turk, you could make a circle around Grand Turk with shovels,” Pastor Chad Archibald, a Grand Turk native had told Magnetic Media during an interview about the subject.

He says the island is worse off for the lack of proper hotels.

“There are no [hotels] and several attempts over the years to establish and create an extraordinary property on Grand Turk that would have been a catalyst for even greater economics– for various reasons hasn’t materialized.— There’s no other word to use; the community has suffered.”  the pastor explained.

A recent town hall meeting in Grand Turk, held on November 30 at Dillon Hall, is where government leaders again rolled out its plans for spending of millions pooled by itself and Carnival Cruise Lines.

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised

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#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

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

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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Rescued

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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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