Work at Dock in Exuma STOPPED after contract was issued in January

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The Hon. Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment speaks to residents of Exuma during a contract signing ceremony for the George Town dock. Also pictured is the Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko Grant, seated from left (front row) Colin Higgs, permanent secretary, the Hon. Anthony Moss, MP for Exuma and back row from left John Canton, director.

EXUMA, Bahamas —  Here is another story you will only find on Bahamas Press, and when read deeper you would see the WUTLESSS MEDIA was at the launch event but refused to do the followup.

On Jan 14th 2011 a contract with much fanfare was signed with a Contractor with no prior experience in building or repairing docks as per attachment with a projected completion date of 90 days.

The contractor framed up the dock and covered sections with fill.

Work on the dock ceased immediately thereafter and the MP for Exuma Anthony Moss expressed deep concerns on behalf of his Constituents.

MP Moss questioned as whether provisions was made in the contract for pilings as the old one had rotted away. Ministers Neko Grant and Phenton Neymour assured Moss that same was included in the contract.

The cessation on the work continues as noted in the attached photos.

BP is advised that much of the fill was washed away during the passage of the recent Hurricane.

The People of Exuma are shocked and bewildered that a contract executed by the FNM Government on January 14th 2011 with a completion date of April  2011 remains in disgraceful state for six months with no completion date in sight.

Exumaians are shocked and surprised that they are being treated so shabbily by this Outgoing Government of Trust. In the meantime Exuma’s MP Anthony has tabled questions in the Parliament at its recent sitting, we await the answers.

Dock Contract Issued and NO WORK DONE!!! FOLLOW THE MONEY…

Georgetown Dock in the amount of $325,120.30 to R & F McKenzie Construction Co. Ltd.

This refurbishment will consist of:

• Demolition of the existing bulkhead and designated bollards; • Repair of existing damaged sheet pile; • Construction of new footings for designated bollards and installation of new bollards at the same; • Construction of a new bulkhead with a new roll on/roll off ramp; • Supply and installation of new light poles with lights; and • Construction of a new approach pavement.

The Contract is YET TO BE COMPLETED!!!

  • I’m guessing they Government looking for another foreign company to come in and place bids to build that dock after the original contractor went Christmas shopping with those monies a long long time ago! Sad. Bahamians need not apply. I will remember that statement and pass that on to my kids for generation to come.
    I give the government credit on this one for actually placing a contract out stating exactly what they wanted done. However, it wasn’t gone and that is what will be remembered.
    Elections coming up fast, so I think now that BP has exposed this situation, the dock will be rebuilt in due course. No MP wants unfinished work like that left on their portfolio to come back and haunt them on the campaign trail.

  • dames

    EXUMA IS ONE OF THE BEST ISLAND IN THE BAHAMAS. WE HAVE PEOPLE VISITING EXUMA FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WE NEED THE DOCK TO BE FIX THIS IS THE END OF THE YEAR AND APRIL IS ALMOST HERE AGAIN.

  • This is disgraceful and continues too be a problem in the bahamas. Government agencies hire these people without taking a close examination of there back ground. Not only should licensing be considered before awarding a contract, but experience and personal background. And if it was me, experience and personal back ground should be at the fore front. Just look at the previous bahamas contractors association president Mr. Wrinkle who was found steeling electricity (and who knows what other bull shit he has already gotten away with) or the road works that is going on in the nassau. If they had taken a good back ground check into this south american company may be some of these dam roads would be finish already