PLP: The FNM still abandoning Grand Bahama…

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PLP Chairman, Bradley Roberts

PLP HIGHLIGHTS FNM ABYSMAL RECORD ON THE ISLAND

2nd January 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Bahamians, like Bahamians everywhere continue to feel the harmful effect of the FNM’s failure to put Bahamians first.

Grand Bahamians know that 2 devastating hurricanes caused severe damage to the Royal Oasis hotel. The FNM negotiated a Heads of Agreement for that hotel knowing that the project was overleveraged, under insured and under funded. Mr. Christie is reported on 17th August, 2011as saying: “That agreement, when compared with the other hotel casino agreements in our country, was a shoddy piece of work… you can find from that agreement that much was left out in terms of the corporate guarantees by parent companies that would ordinarily be in major agreements negotiated by the government.”

It was the PLP government who moved quickly to offer immediate financial relief to the displaced workers of Royal Oasis in the wake of the hotel’s closure. Putting Bahamians first, the PLP aggressively negotiated with Lehman Brothers for payments to be made to displaced workers. The first two payments totaling $6.12 million were made by the PLP government. The subsequent payment made by the FNM government was negotiated by the PLP!

Grand Bahamians have 5 Members of Parliament, 3 of whom are Cabinet Ministers. They have been asleep at the wheel and have presided over the worst economic times ever experienced by Grand Bahama. The FNM’s failure to incentivize airlifts to Grand Bahama resulted in the closure of hotels and the termination of hundreds of Bahamian jobs. And, to date the FNM government failed to reopen the Royal Oasis hotel. The FNM’s record for Grand Bahamians is failure and a litany of broken promises.

Below is a snap shot of Grand Bahama’s perishing economy  and human suffering under this FNM Administration since May 2007:

Ø  Royal Oasis Hotel and Casino forgotten about and left to ruin.

Ø  Harcourt Investment Mega Condominium Development Project Stopped.

Ø  All three City Markets food stores on GB Closed.

Ø  Island Palm Hotel Closed.

Ø  Royal Islander Hotel is closed.

Ø  Reef Village @ Our Lucaya Closed.

Ø  Port Lucaya Hotel Closed.

Ø  Lighthouse Point Hotel @ Our Lucaya Closed.

Ø  Old Bahama Bay West End Closed.

Ø  Xanadu Beach Hotel 75% Closed.

Ø  Gombay Park Closed.

Ø  Grand Bahama Distributors Closed.

Ø  Discovery Cruise Line Gone.

Ø  Spirit Airlines Gone.

Ø  Construction Industry for all except FES Construction is virtually dead.

Director of Nassau Inflight Board, FNM Turstee and Tourism Officer, Marsha Thompson, - Right - has joined the DNA.

These are the cold, hard and unforgiving facts about the economic state of Grand Bahama and the current realities of Grand Bahamians. No amount of Red Herrings, political spin, distortions and distractions by the FNM can change this reality.

Zhirvargo Laing is running scared and away from the people of Marco City. Having promised the people of Grand Bahama that a FNM government could easily create thousands of new jobs, he is now afraid to stand on his record of broken promises. The people of Ft. Charlotte will not accept rejected goods. Bahamians everywhere deserve better.

The FNM government cannot identify one new major project that it introduced to Grand Bahama in the last four and one half years. The few bright spots in Grand Bahama including the Ginn development in West End, the Northern campus of the College of the Bahamas and the brewery, were all started by Christie’s PLP administration.

The PLP recognizes that the strategic location for the Port and its support services has not changed. The PLP’s team of exceptional new generation business and other leaders, combined with proven leadership will immediately engage in dialogue with the principals so that services and training at the Port will be regenerated and expanded for the benefit of Bahamians.

To revitalize, diversify and grow our tourism product, the PLP proposes to resurrect and upgrade the Grand Bahama Promotion Board, as well as to ambitiously retool the Hotel Corporation so as to give the necessary support to smaller boutique hotel properties.

To restore Grand Bahama as the industrial capitol of the Bahamas, the Ministry responsible for energy will  specifically focus on the needs and importance of Grand Bahama with a view creating thousands of jobs and business opportunities.

For struggling home owners, we propose mortgage reform where the government works closely with financial institutions to allow many Bahamian homeowners to keep their homes.

As part of our commitment to doubling the investment in education, we pledge to place significant emphasis on training and education so that thousands of students and workers are trained and retrained annually, preparing and retooling for good long term 21st century jobs. Additionally, putting Bahamians first, we will enforce strict immigration policies to ensure that Bahamians will be the first to benefit from jobs in The Bahamas.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Good Day to all our readers of Bahamas Press, and want to you all a safe and happy new year, today i begin by saying that we as Bahamians have a very small memory bank 1. when the FNM 1st came to office in 1992, they won with sayings like ” the PLP and Sir Lynden was in power for 25yrs or more” they were corrupt all of the minintersunder LO stealing from the people etc! well lets look at the Goverment of today, out of the last 20yrs who has been in power, Mr Ingrahm and crew with a whole lot of scandels along with his deputy. i will continue tomorrow

  2. wHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT GRAND BAHAMA THE DOCTORS CAN NOT EVEN DIAGNOS WHAT KILLED GRAND BAHAMA BUT LET ME TELL YA THE PLP STARTED AND FNM FINISHED THE PORT AUTHORITY CONTROLLED THE POWER COMPANY ELECTRICUT IT THE HIGH COST OF LIVING SWALLOWED IT UP THE GREEDY LANDLORDS VICTORIOUS OVER US THE MEAN BANKERS STOLEN FROM US SOME UNSCRUPULOUS CHRISTIAN LEADERS MANIPULATES US THE FAILED JUSTICE SYSTEM SCREWED THE OPPRESSIVENESS BURY US OUR SOCIETY JUST REST IN PEACE

  3. @Kevin Evans and Guy Fawkes
    I pity the two of you as its obvious that you are unable to seperate right from wrong.Any employee who has done a terrible job like the FNM Govt should be fired.Ineptness is the badge of this FNM Govt and the sooner they ring the bell the better it would be for all Bahamians.I hope both of you read your Bible so that you might get salvation.Both of you are like blind mice and continue to allow yourselves to be used like tissue.Stop finding excuses for the Govt as they are running from their record,aND believing that everyone is like thge two of you,”stupid”.

    • Well Guy where you been when Papa was on Long Island in the Middle of the Holidays cussin the PLP? Where was you last week when the FNM MPs on Grand Bahama were all on the radio cussin the PLP for the state of Grand Bahama under the FNM watch? THEY ARE MOST NEGLECTFUL! The FNM has failed to restore the state of the GB economy and therefore they should be FIRED OFF DA JOB!

      THEY HAVE NO DAMN SHAME!

      As my good uncle said tonight, “I HOPE when the elections are completed NOT ONE FNM would be standing…”

      BP

    • And Kevin did you not know the FNM has been in-charge of the country for the last 15 of the past 20 years?????

      BP

  4. Clearly the economy has been decimated in the past 12 years in Grand Bahama.We here desperately need help.I just understand why GB continues to struggle.It just doesn’t make sense at all.

    • ISLAND GIRL WHERE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST YEAR? FOREIGNERS WORKING AND ARE INCHARGE OF BTC! PAPA AND THE FNM DO DAT!

      BP

    • I know there lots of expats around town…but do we really need them in the banks? One of my friends works at Scotia Bank, I hear these dudes just cruzin….and we have locals who could do the job – any idea if Brent gave permits to his bank and the others?

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