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Sapodilla Bay Vendors unhappy with proposed move

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Dana Malcolm and Wilkie Arthur,
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#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2024 – “Tourists love this beach, What is the government going to do for us, where am I going to go?”

That was the frustrated comment from one business owner at Sapodilla Bay on Tuesday, March 12 when Wilkie Arthur, Magnetic Media Court Correspondent, visited the beach to speak to the longtime vendors about orders they had received to pack up and go.  Now the Tourism Ministry says the letter was in an effort to make the vendors correct arrears on their accounts.

Only five businesses complete with their chairs and stalls are set up along the area.  Some were called in to pay outstanding fees, others say they’re paid up but received notice to vacate the beach last week.  One letter we saw was dated March 4, from the DECR.

“The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) writes to you on behalf of [redacted] operations on Sapodilla Bay.  The department notes that you are currently assigned to Sapodilla Bay Zone 1.  Please remove your items from the beach and occupy your assigned zone by March 6th 2023.  Please feel free to request further information as necessary,” the letter said.

The owners we spoke to say they are established businesses who are now paid up with their fees.  They are upset that after accepting their money, the government wants to put them across the street in a parking lot outside of the prime location for tourists where there are no amenities for them.

“If you’ve accepted my funds, then what are you going to do with me?  Who the heck is gonna walk across the road to bring our [wares] over here?  The purpose of this is to be on the beach,” a business owner said.  “Even if you say you’re putting us over there nothing is built there for us.”

“The letter was issued to the vendors to pressure them into updating their licenses.  Only one vendor has updated so far, we’re trying to work with them to make sure that everyone is in compliance,” said Luc Clerveaux, Director of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR).

Vendors think it’s the villa owners nearby who want them off the beach.

“The homeowners won their case, this is the man’s property,” a vendor said referring to the houses behind the beach “and they don’t want this in front,” she explained referring to the vending stalls.

Thanks to a review of the Crown Land Ordinance it’s confirmed that the government doesn’t sell certain parts of the shoreline.  It has the power to keep back everything between the natural vegetation line to the seabed (meaning the area colloquially referred to as the ‘beach’) for the people.

Despite this, vendors are convinced that the letters have something to do with homeowners.  A business owner who spoke to our news team on Tuesday said she had been confronted by one villa owner who told her outright that they had paid $40,000 to have them removed and queried why their stalls were still up.

Some also say they’ve been given the runaround when they try to pay their fees for their stalls.

When we spoke to Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism, she said she was in the middle of trying to sort out the issue stressing that she was determined to get to the bottom of it.

Connolly said she had heard the rumours and was investigating within her team.  The minister explained that some had not paid their fees, and had received a “strong letter”

”There seems to be a story about who’s sent home, we haven’t sent anybody home.  Vendors were supposed to go in and pay and bring their licenses up to date.  The problem was the license.”

For now, none of the vendors have vacated the spot and are anxiously waiting to hear their fate.

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13th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament (WCGFT) Check Presentation Ceremony – 5th April, 2023

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#TurksandCaicos, April 10, 2024 – We are proud to announce that this year’s proceeds from the 13th WCGFT were presented to 3 youth-oriented organizations: Edward Gartland Youth Centre, TCI Amateur Athletic Association (TCIAAA) and TCI Swimming Federation (TCISF).

The Edward Gartland Youth Centre is a non-profit organization providing a space of learning for the youth of Providenciales with activities ranging from tutoring to sports and recreation, arts and craft and so much more.

TCIAAA and TCISF just represented the Turks & Caicos Islands in the CARIFTA Games in Grenada, 2024. We are proud of their achievements and happy that we could help in time.

The Charities were presented cheques totaling $70,000:

Edward Gartland Youth Centre:          $35,000

TCIAAA:                                            $20,000

TCISF:                                                $15,000

This brings the total donated by the WCGFT and its Sponsors to $530,000. We look forward to giving even more next year.

This concludes this year’s 13th WCGFT Event and Cheque Presentation. We would like to thank our sponsors and organizers who were key in our efforts to give back to the youth of the TCI Community.

We look forward with great anticipation to next year’s event.

Thank you all.

 

CONTACT: Desmond Williams, desmond@winecellar.tc, Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament

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Provo Water Company Boosts Water Distribution Infrastructure in Providenciales with Key Improvement Initiatives

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI, APRIL 9, 2024: Provo Water Company (PWC) remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the water distribution network in Providenciales by making significant progress on various improvement projects while innovatively addressing short-term distribution challenges.

The company is currently working on two projects to enhance water distribution on Providenciales. The first project will see the installation of a new city water transmission main line from the TCWC Production Plant along June Plum, Gardenia Way, Kakeka Streets, and Garden Loop to the Leeward Highway, extending from the Long Bay Hills Drive junction to the roundabout near Crackpot Kitchen. This pipeline upgrade will provide increased water supply to the network and is expected to be completed by the end of May 2024, enhancing water reliability and ensuring better service for the community.

The second project, which is set to be completed by the end of September 2024, will focus on upgrading the fittings at major water junctions along the Leeward Highway. These improvements to the water supply network’s central artery will increase water flow to the Suzie Turn Reservoir, and enhance water availability and quality for customers located west of Turtle Cove.

These projects not only tackle the current water distribution issues causing nightly restrictions but are also essential components of PWC’s long-term strategy to support the island’s population growth and flourishing tourism industry. In the immediate term, the organization has resourcefully repurposed a newly built water tank located in the Industrial Park area. Originally designated for a future project, the water company has utilized the new tank as an additional source to replenish the Suzie Turn Reservoir, addressing the water supply issues that began in March.

In response to the new development, Managing Director Robert Hall stated, “We are pleased to have found a way to utilize this water tank as a temporary aid in addressing the high-water demand. The activation of this tank reaffirms our commitment to fulfilling the water requirements of our community in response to the growing demands of our customers and stakeholders.”

Situated in the heart of the Industrial Park area, the new tank boasts a capacity of 1.5 million gallons. This tank will work hand in hand with the Suzie Turn Reservoir to meet the water supply needs in the northern and southwestern areas of Providenciales, bridging the gap until ongoing projects deliver a lasting solution.

Once the two current projects have been completed, the new water tank will serve a critical role in a future project and in safeguarding Providenciales with an emergency water supply during crises like hurricanes and other natural disasters.

“This water system investment speaks volumes about our proactive approach to directly addressing water challenges. Through expanding storage capacity and optimizing distribution efficiency, we are well-positioned to deliver reliable, high-quality water services to our customers,” Hall said.

He also added that, amid these efforts, advocating for water conservation practices is crucial. Small actions, such as fixing leaks, using water-efficient fixtures, and practicing mindful water consumption, can play a significant role in safeguarding our valuable water resources.

In addition to these initiatives, the organization will continue to optimize and promote its robust educational campaigns and community engagement programs aimed at raising awareness about water conservation and the importance of sustainable water practices. By empowering individuals with knowledge and tools to make informed choices about water usage, Provo Water Company aims to foster a culture of responsible water stewardship that benefits both the environment and future generations.

“As we move forward, we remain committed to serving our community and look forward to the positive impact that these new initiatives will bring to this island.” Hall concluded.

For additional details about Provo Water Company and its water efficiency and conservation initiatives, visit its website, provowater.com and social media pages at @ProvoWaterCompany for tips and announcements, or contact our customer service team at customerservice@provowater.com.

 

Pic: Provo Water Company’s Managing Director, Robert Hall, and team working to expand water storage capacity to optimize distribution efficiency.

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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”

 

Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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