My thing is, the country is in dire need of an active, motivated, and outspoken Environment Minister right now. With already existing issues with Bimini and the Mangroves Destruction, Oil continuously seeping out from Clifton and now apparently also in many points between dealing with fuel/oil supply lines; the ticking time bomb at the dump - with Bahamar also stepping on our necks to remediate; Environmentally related issues in Hurricane ravaged areas, Environmental Issues dealing with new cruise ports on Ocean Cay and East Grand Bahama, and finally...maybe...possibly...hopefully...some sort of sensible, sustainable recycling plan for all the trash we dump in Nassau.
Posted 15 September 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Seems like you get the best discounts when you don't pay your bills. Reward those that don't pay while all else suffer...no interest on unpaid Real Property Tax Arrears, breaks on your high BEC bills...it goes on and on.
Posted 15 September 2017, 9:44 a.m.
Why is it taking the Minister of Environment so long to make a decision on the protection of existing mangroves in Bimini? Everyone is on this wait and see agenda. Resorts World has occupied enough of the Natural Environment of Bimini, let the hotel sustain itself as is and make the existing mangroves an MPA protecting it from everyone. As for the foam, seems like the core of the floating dock was foam but had a hard casing around it, the casing cracked in the storm, probably rubbed against the supports etc and broke apart. That part might not have been expected but for God's sake don't sit back and just let the tide/wind take the foam out to sea.
Posted 14 September 2017, 4:18 p.m.
Only if the middlemen are basing their markup on the VAT inclusive rate, which they are not supposed to. If they did the results would be evident. Importing items yourself is a mess yes, with tax on tax and confusing fees here there and everywhere.
Posted 14 September 2017, 3:57 p.m.
If things worked properly, everyone was held accountable, money wasn't being lost/stolen/diverted here there and everywhere, and people got value for money then maybe; but there's a lotttt more that must be fixed first. Having an income tax probably also means that The Bahamas needs to join in on the Totalization Agreements with the US IRS and other nations so that Foreign Residents can offset income taxes paid to country of residence vs country of citizenship.
Posted 14 September 2017, 3:51 p.m.
No redundancy in fire suppression equipment? If they get there fast enough 2 or 3 of these on standby probably could have made this a non-issue http://www.amerex-fire.com/products/f...
Posted 14 September 2017, 10:40 a.m.
Yet everyone in the NEMA meeting said they were ready and on schedule :) Seems like no one wanted to admit to the boss that they might be behind the 8 ball a bit. Would hate to see what truths would come out if Nassau or another heavily populated island got a direct hit from Irma.
Posted 14 September 2017, 9:32 a.m.
Are hurricanes really getting stronger or has Nassau just been in the crosshairs for the last 3 years after getting lucky for nearly a decade? I think Oracle is right, maybe this would be a good time for a private firm to offer some sort of contract with the government where the private firm sets up a solar farm and provides power, infrastructure and maintenance in Ragged Island, and the residents pay the private firm vs BPL. From what I see on the videos it looks like they have a decent elevation from storm surge, its just the winds that are an issue.
Posted 13 September 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Seems like they use "mean lower low water" for that table. So if I understand correctly the lowest point is the average of low tides each day over a 19 year period. I guess we could simultaneously prove both our points if we conclude the low tides of the last 2 years have been higher than the average low tide over the other 17 yrs. I imagine this could also help to prove sea levels are rising worldwide if the low tide over a year long period doesn't get near the 19 year average. Either that or its just a seasonal difference :)
Posted 13 September 2017, 3:28 p.m.
Still happens. Cars racing up and down the street also push the water into the surrounding buildings.
Posted 13 September 2017, 3:21 p.m.
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