Edison Key and Eric Carey clash at Abaco Businesses Outlook

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Edison Key, the outgoing MP for South Abaco.

Abaco, BahamasBahamas Press is following a nasty fight between MP for South Abaco, Edison Key, and environmentalists at the Abaco Business Outlook this week in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

During the Q&A at the event, someone asked Key about the rising cost of electricity on the island. Key replied, “If it wasn’t for them environmentalists wanting to get diesel instead of Bunker C, you wouldn’t have these high electricity bills. You got to blame the environmentalists for that one!”

Eric Carey, Director of Bahamas National Trust (BNT), took exception to the MP’s remarks and later told Edison, he was out of line with his response.

Edison in a rage shot back and stated, “We don’t need ya’ll from Nassau coming up here telling us what to do, We built this island, …I helped built this island.”

The row went back and forth for a little for a while leaving onlookers at Outlook in shock at the behaviour of the men.

Eric Carey, Director of the BNT

Shortly afterward during the coffee break Key was over heard telling someone, “And if he [Carey] wants some more, I will give him more.” The bitter row proves that the divide in Abaco is heating up.

Readers would remember how Hubert Ingraham with the advice of Edison Key, changed the location of the new Abaco Power Plant from Snake Cay to Wilson City; forcing the wastage in the million of tax dollars to accommodate special interest.

The new and old power plants in Abaco are both running at the same time, again wasting more public money is an already strained economy. Perhaps, Edison Key, should tell Abaconians when will this wastage cease? That would the highlight of a real OUTLOOK on Abaco!

The real reason why Abaconians and visitors have suffered during the summers of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 was due mainly to Edison Key embracing special interest.

The good people of South Abaco will remember this point when they go the polls and reflect on the role Edison Key played in making their lives miserable during these past five summers.

  • This report contains one large inaccuracy – the suggestion that the location of the plant was changed from Snake Cay to Wilson City either because Mr. Key requested it or that it was a request from a ‘special interest’. As someone who was very involved in choosing the site of the new plant, I can state with authority that BEC was responding to environmental concerns about the Snake Cay site and that the new site was chosen with the active participation of Friends of the Environment; Abaco’s largest environmentalist group.

  • This report contains one large inaccuracy – the suggestion that the location of the plant was changed from Snake Cay to Wilson City either because Mr. Key requested it or that it was a request from a ‘special interest’. As someone who was very involved in choosing the site of the new plant, I can state with authority that BEC was responding to environmental concerns about the Snake Cay site and that the new site was chosen with the active participation of Friends of the Environment; Abaco’s largest environmentalist group.

  • I must admit though, i’m from Abaco and I can tell you that there are massive blackouts from time to time. When the power goes down it can be out for at least an hour or more sometimes.
    The two facilities operating has provided better energy for the island so far, as for the wastage, that has yet to be seen and I guess once those reports on cost has been made public you will get an idea on how much both facilities are costing taxpayers.
    Besides, i’m pretty sure the PM will retire back home and as such, all utilities will be operational including the new hospital about to be built, the new airport, the new highway and possibly that new Chinese donated stadium in Marsh Harbour. The Piegon Peas and Mudd aka Twin City crew may even get a new Soccer stadium at this rate. Who knows!

  • Looking forward to seeing both men back in Abaco for round 2 believe Friends has a science alliance or something coming up that usually has a politico address during opening….