Friends of SGCR
Save Guana Cay Reef is supported by individuals that are concerned about the environment and the Bahamian legacy.
If you would like more information, or better yet you would like to help our
cause, please contact us at:
We thank you so much for your words of encouragement, we will continue to post them.
10/01/05: Sierra Club
03/16/05: Please add our names as a supporters of your
drive to save Guana Cay Reef and mangroves. I enjoyed demonstrating with you in
Nassau yesterday and admire the courage and determination of everyone there. I
feel I have made a few good friends in just a few short hours. Thank you all.
03/16/05: I am in total opposition for this
multi-million development in the Bahamas. The amount invested too small, what is
$400 million, it is only a drop in the bucket, because the profit these
developers will be making will be astronomical when compared to $400 million
01/08/05: Please add the following names, keep up
the fight and good work.
01/04/05: Not sure if non-citizens or land owners can
be on the petition, but please consider Sean & Annette McMullen of North Palm
Beach, FL to be vehemently against the destruction of Guana Cay and Abacos in
general with any large scale development that only serves to turn the Abacos
into the exact type place people go there to escape!! There are 140+ golf
courses in Palm Beach County, FL alone!! And private gated communities?!
Hundreds with all the walls, gates, Disney-like landscaping and one could ever
01/03/05: As Friends of Guana Cay, please add our names to your
petition to SAVE GUANA CAY REEF!
01/03/05: We are lovers of all the Abaco Islands. But,
our favorite is Guana Cay. It is truly a special place. I have visited numerous
islands in the Caribbean. But, there is an indescribable magic about Guana Cay.
The people, the pace of life and the beauty of that fabulous island must be
preserved! Not to mention the gorgeous water that surrounds it. It would be
an absolute atrocity for anyone or anything to harm the beauty, the wildlife or
the ecosystem in any way shape or form!
12/28/04: Dear Prime Minster Christie, I have recently read of the
proposed development on Guana Cay and cannot understand the short sightedness of
the Bahamas government. At a time when Eco Resorts are becoming very popular and
their impact on environmentally sensitive areas is minimal, that the government
would have the short sight to consider a resort from the “same old” over built,
put it any where, add as many pollinates as necessary to make mainlander think
its tropical type resort.
12/20/04: Hi, Your website is great! short sweet and to the point. I will pass it on to my list. I will also write a letter to the press. Will try to contact Keod Smith Ambassador to the Environment to see if I can get anything from him. Sam Duncombe, Director reEarth Nassau, The Bahamas
12/17/04: I would be very surprised if there's anything "sound" about the Guana Cay development. In Bimini the Bahamian Government is allowing the Bimini Bay development. It's a biological travesty condemned by every scientist who sees it yet the government preaches that it's a sound project. As in Guana the citizens were bypassed and the deals made in Nassau. The officials say that there's "only a few people opposed to the project". That's untrue, but the Biminites feel mostly helpless against a government that doesn't include them. The parallels between Guana and Bimini show that the PLP's policy is to plow it all up for a quick buck. In Bimini PLP won by some 70% in the last election because they promised to be "more environmentally sound" than the FNM. As soon as they were elected they immediately made a quiet deal with Miami-Cuban developer Gerardo Capo to destroy the Bimini Estuary. They tout the development as "drastically reduced from the earlier FNM approved proposal". The reality is that they leave out that the FNM had greatly reduced the project already from it's original form and had set aside a lot of land. PLP re-expanded it back to it's original size but agreed with Capo to have less dwellings. It seemed that the original density was just a poker player's ploy. Still there will be thousands of new people on Bimini, an 18 hole golf course in what is now mangrove estuary, hotels, casino, mega-marina etc. etc. all for which there is no adequate way to deal with sewage, solid waste and nutrient runoff. Capo's EIS was a self-serving joke and even then he ignores the environmental provisions in it. Already his digging and filling has drastically reduced the conch, bonefish, shrimp, lobster and probably every other inshore species in Bimini. The seagrasses are covered in silt because Capo doesn't use his silt containment booms that he promised (except in his official web site pictures). Also, although Capo owns the land a site plan from him to expand his development into all remaining Crown land on North Bimini was seen on the Prime Minister's desk. In addition to all of this Capo imports cheap Mexican and other foreign labor instead of using Bahamians like he promised. We are in the same boat in Bimini as you are in Guana. Maybe we should join forces? To get a little insight into the Bimini Bay problem go to the forum thread "out of the mouths of babes" at the site listed here and have a look athttp://outdoorsbest.zeroforum.com/zerothread?id=280429 "Bertram 25"
12/15/04: 1. Where are they going to get all the fresh water to keep the greens and fareways watered? 2. How are they going to handle the runoff of all the organic chemicals (pesticides) and inorganic chemicals (fertilizer) necessary to maintain a golf course? Having a Master's Degree in Solid Waste Management and Water Chemistry (Environmental Engineering, UF) I can guarantee you that the reef system adjacent to Guana Cay will be dead and covered with algae in a short period of time if a golf course is allowed to be built as planned. The golf courses referenced at Winding Bay and Emerald Bay are located on very large islands with groundwater supplies for fresh water. Also, there are no barrier reef systems adjacent to these facilities, only rocks and then deep water. There is a golf course nearby at Treasure Island that could be utilized by the development if they need to have golf available and run them over on a ferry boat to the mainland. Actually, it would be better for the people of Guana Cay, the local reef systems, and the ecology of the island if no development were built at all. Guana Cay is much too small an island for a golf course. It would destroy the shallow fresh water table aquifer that many on the island use for their water supply. Development of a golf course on Guana Cay must be stopped. It would be an ecological disaster and counter-productive to the long-term interests of the other inhabitants of the island. Robert W. Bass, Professional Geologist/Environmental Engineer
12/15/04: Seems to me that regardless of the environmental impact of the development, the permanent and even seasonal residents of Guana don't want a development of this type on their Cay and I really don't blame them. The residents of Cherokee didn't want Winding Bay either. This is just another example of Nassau selling the country to slick foreign businessmen with fancy brochures, who will make a pile of money destroying the ambiance and beauty of these islands. These Cays have done very well over the past several decades and generating millions in tax revenue, by marketing and distinguishing themselves by what we don't have here ... like golf courses, casino's etc. "Island Notes"
12/14/04: Dear Prime Minister