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Today we celebrate a historical milestone and honour those remarkable persons who set the stage for a new Sovereign Nation carved into a Declaration of Independence signed 43 years ago in 1973.  This gave expression to an efficient and dignified Constitutional Democracy and Justice System.  It is exemplified in all aspects of economic, religious, political and social life that are uniquely Bahamian and that are the foundation of this Bahamas which marches confidently towards its fifth decade. On the 40th Anniversary of Independence the Prime Minister, The Right Hon Perry Christie, urged this Sovereign Nation and its people to heed the words of Timothy Gibson in the National Anthem and those of Rev. Philip Rahming in the Pledge of Allegiance to continue our noble journey as “one people united in love and service”. 

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBU) wishes to respond to statements made by Mr. Shuffel Hepburn, as a guest, on a radio talk show hosted by Mr Wendall Jones on Wednesday, 29th June.

The public should be aware that Mr. Hepburn is prosecuting a lawsuit against The Grand Bahama Utility Company before the Supreme Court in which he has made certain allegations regarding the operation of the Chesapeake Waste Water Treatment Plant. Mr Hepburn claims have been comprehensively answered by GBU in the pending litigation.

Dozens of Licencees of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), are taking their companies from local to global as a result of the company’s recent “Websites 101” training initiative, held at Pelican Bay Hotel last Thursday. Eager attendees gained the necessary tools to create interactive and successful websites that customers will be more inclined to visit, allowing them to tap into a thriving online sales industry.

According to Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama, this teeming consumer pool can increase sales for businesses as persons will be able to view various products or services that a business has to offer simply by accessing a company’s website.

Dozens of physicians converged on Grand Bahama Island this past week for the 2016 Regenera Global Medical Conference, under the theme: Redefining the Practice. The 3-day conference hosted by Regenera Global, in partnership with The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), provided a platform where renowned industry leaders discussed pertinent issues facing the regenerative medicine industry.

Ian Rolle, President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), brought welcome remarks during the conference’s opening ceremony on Friday past; whilst Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama, presented at a pre-conference workshop on Thursday. Although speaking on two separate days, the message was clear, “Get Better in Grand Bahama” as touted by both.

The Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association (GBSPA) is putting forth their effort to revitalize the sport of golf in Grand Bahama. 

Following the success of the Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson/Fred Higgs Invitational Golf Classic, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Fred Sturrup and Ambrose Gouthoro, the GBSPA was formed.

Now, two years in, the GBSPA announced this Monday that the first annual Edward St. George Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament would transpire September 23-25, 2016. The tournament will take place at the Reef Golf Course. 

The tournament will feature 20 four-person teams. The best two scores on each team will count toward to the team’s score. It will be handicapped and a special presentation has been designated for the 14th hole of the course. Other activities have been planned for the tournament.


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.