<<< Garbage at a beach area on Marshall Road piled a mile high. The area is filthy! Where is the minister of environment?
Nassau, Bahamas: Do you know where Southern Shores is on New Providence? Well, if you don’t let’s see if we can direct you. Does anyone know where Cowpen Road is? Yeah? Good! Well it’s all that area nearby the sea at the southern end of the island. If you were on Cowpen Road it’s about a mile south of Cowpen Road.
The area occupies some fine residential homes. Two-story homes and well-kept yards would give a better description of how nice the area looks. It appeals to middle income families. And, further west along this southern corridor of the island are several very attractive gated communities. Ahhhhh! You didn’t know that eh? Nor did we. It was our first time visiting the area as we said to ourselves Nassau is really an island.
But let’s get back to our story, now you have an idea of where the area is. When entering Southern Shores there is a long road that runs west along the coast. That road is called Marshall Road. Ahhh, now you know where we are. Much land in the area was and still is owned by the Munnings family. Yeah, Percy Munnings children are developers of the area. A turn south on that road after driving west for about a mile, would take you directly to the sea.
Marshall Road is known for its nefarious activities. Gun/drug running, Haitian smuggling, and cocaine shipping. Many of you must wonder how could that be if this area is just 1 1/2 mile away from the Defense Force Base? The very institution that is mandated to protect our seas and boarders! But that’s another story.
The area is dangerous and pleasurable. Marshall Road has seen the best and the worst this Bahamas has to offer. We say pleasurable because, as we observed over the weekend, it’s an area for fishing as well. In the area beautiful young innocent looking children can be seen playing and walking near by along the coast, whilst a grandfather cast a line with conch bait hoping to catch a meal.
“People talking about hard-times? They don’t know here at this open sea are the treasures of this country,” the elderly fisherman said as he pushed his small boat into the water and prepared to head out to the ocean.
But this same Marshall Road beach ramp just this year had seen the worst the city has to offer. It was at that same ramp/beach where a resident discovered the floating body of a Pinewood resident. His body was wrapped and tied so it could stay under water. But somehow it loosened and his body drifted to the shoreline.
Some would remember this same area last year, being the sight of a major illegal smuggling bust. A resident called Immigration officers to the area around 5 AM one morning. Daylight was about to break and coming into Nassau, again just in sight of the Defense Force Base, was a Haitian sloop carrying over 280 illegal immigrants.
“Mannnn the stench was ‘unhumanlike’! One could smell the air of human feces 30ft away from the vessel. The ship had run aground. All I could see was scores of persons leaping from this ship swimming to the Marshall Road ramp. I mean people, whilst others on the sloop poured buckets and bags of feces into the water,” the resident said. “That morning will live in my memory forever!”
But there’s something else about this Marshall Road ramp that has never ever hit the Bahamian public. As busy as the area is and as wealthy the community appear, One must wonder what is the Ministry of the Environment doing to keep it clean, well lit and protected?
All along that beach area beds and freezers can be seen. From gun cartridges to used condoms mixed with clothes sprawled all along the beach. From tin cans to tin foils. Old broken fans and chairs cast into corners as if they wait for the family to return to their living room. Empty rusted drums, car parts, empty bottles and old tires all lay along the beach. Tons of conch shells, fish skins and guts scatter like leaves all across the area, gathering a swarm of hungry flies. And this is supposed to be a public place? Where is the national pride with this garbage ALL AROUND?
Another angry resident told Bahamas Press he’s fed up with the nasty ways of people who come into the area and leave it like a junkyard!
“It is ridiculous man… and when you see these fisherman leave this area, they leave all their dirt. Look at the empty oil bottles. I don’t understand our people!
“You see how nasty down there is bey? It’s time for us residents to cause this to stop!” he exclaimed.
The 19 year resident of the area said that the way we are treating our environment is unacceptable and told Bahamas Press he will fight to bring changes to this vexing dilemma.
We shall see what happens in a few weeks around this area, and update you our readers. WE NEED CHANGE!
The sea of garbage, conch shells, and fish skin and guts sprawled along the Marshall Road beach ramp. The area needs a massive cleanup.