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For many households throughout the Grand Bahama Community, the need to utilize propane tanks and butane canisters increased in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.  The disruption in electricity meant having to prepare hot meals beyond the familiar electric stove for many families. With this change, also came an inundation of such containers discarded at various dumpsters in both the city and outlying areas. As the crews of Sanitation Services continue with their cleanup efforts, Lou Carroll, General Manager addressed the proper disposal of the canisters and propane tanks.

Carroll noted, “There is a specific procedure related to any pressure vessel, not just propane. The valve on it must be disconnected and the tank has to be flushed. We do not take pressure vessels with residual material in it.”  According to Carroll, pickups of larger propane tanks in particular, are not in the purview of Sanitation Services. He stated that such tanks are dealt with by specialized entities such as FOCOL on the island.

Good morning and welcome everyone!  It’s day 41 of Hurricane Matthew restoration and so, like the Bible, after 40 days and 40 nights we come to our Fifth and Final Hurricane briefing (not that we’re going to stop working!). As we approach the close of this stormy restoration chapter, we begin a new one of reconstitution - a return to a sense of normalcy.

What lessons have we learned?

 Hurricane relief aid began arriving on Grand Bahama earlier this week by way of a coordinated effort between Samaritan’s Purse International Relief (SPIR) and Karazim Ministries, with The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) as project facilitators. The humanitarian relief effort was organized by local church ministers, Raoul Armbrister, SPIR Regional Manager for North & Central American and the Caribbean, along with Karen Armbrister, National Coordinator for Christmas Child, to assist families adversely impacted by the recent hurricane. 

“Matthew was a massive storm, predicted to produce exceptionally high winds, storm surge, along with the possibility of tornadic activity, most of which this island had not seen in many years,” cited Raoul Armbrister.

The Grand Bahama Port Authority announces that it is adding to its program of care packages, water, and ice distribution and has organized a series of seminars to assist both business owners and families dealing with the post-crisis impact of Hurricane Matthew.

GBPA’s Vice President – Henry St. George states: “alongside our relief program we are commencing the rebuilding phase, The GBPA has organized two days of post crisis management seminars – one day focusing on families and one day for business owners. The seminars will provide critical information and guidance and help attendees navigate the after effects of Hurricane Matthew. These seminars will be FREE of charge and will occur on different days to allow attendees the opportunity to participate in both. GBPA has arranged for internationally renowned post crisis specialist Grace Plank to come to Grand Bahama and share her knowledge to assist families and business owners as they go through a period of rebuilding.”

Thank you very much for the opportunity to bring brief remarks on behalf of The Grand Bahama Port Authority on this significant occasion.

It was the Prime Minister who back in May of this year said: “It has become abundantly clear that in order to help the economy of Freeport to grow and to develop, in line with the original purpose of the HCA, large sums of new capital …. are required to drive expansion of existing businesses and the introduction of new ones.”

It was the Prime Minster’s determination to bring about a paradigm shift through the sourcing of new capital that fostered the strategic action of Government on this MOU. I must, therefore, express our sincere thanks first to the Prime Minister, and to Minister Halkitis and Minster Darville who are both here today, and without whose input and effort this MOU would not have been possible.


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.



GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.



Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.