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The Bahamas Investor: Serenity Point, Great Abaco

June 28th, 2010

Serenity Point was recently covered by The Bahamas Investor.

Serenity Point, Great Abaco
July 2010
By Catherine Boal

Although luxury is obviously a major concern to buyers, the environmental footprint of their homes is also important to a generation of more eco-conscious investors. The company’s responsible attitude toward the local environment and its wish to have the least possible impact on the surrounding natural ecosystems are becoming increasingly attractive selling points.

According to Nihon III, water conservation is particularly important, and the site will feature a comprehensive irrigation system using reservoirs capable of holding up to 100,000 gallons of rain water. Lot owners will also be compelled to keep one 20,000 gallon tank on their properties.

“This will save millions of gallons of water yearly, substantially reducing the energy burden on the government to supply our community with water–an increasingly scarce resource in The Bahamas,” he says.

Developments such as Serenity Point, and neighboring Schooner Bay Village, are part of an overall resurgence currently being enjoyed by Abaco—one of the fastest growing islands in The Bahamas and the country’s third largest economy after New Providence and Grand Bahama.

Private developers and government initiatives are helping to bolster the region, with new projects such as the Delphi Lodge—an upscale bonefish fishing lodge, which opened at the end of 2009—and The Abaco Club, which was bought by luxury hotel chain Ritz-Carlton in 2008, both opening in tandem with a redevelopment of the Marsh Harbour International Airport.

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What’s New in Abaco

June 14th, 2010

The World Billfish Series has a number of upcoming events, including

  • BBC Boat Harbour, June 9-12 @ Boat Harbour
  • Abaco Cay Billfish Tournament, June 13-18 @ Boat Harbour

Coconuts along the ShoreSince healthy oceans support the billfish we so enjoy, we’re pleased that part proceeds from the opening of the Disneynature film Oceans (April 22-28) were directed to The Nature Conservancy Bahamas Program to assist with coral reef protection through the expansion and management of new marine parks in The Bahamas. The Disneynature/TNC partnership has already resulted in $350,000 towards the Bahamas Protected Area Fund.

The Disneynature film is one example of how environmental stewardship is promoted to adults and children. In Abaco, that stewardship is seen on many levels.

On Wednesday May 12th, members of the Discovery Club were awarded their Weather Badge as well as their Endangered Species Badge.

Discovery Club is an after-school, badge-earning program for children aged 7-12. Designed by The Bahamas National Trust, it is organized in Abaco by Friends of the Environment and run by two wonderful instructor/volunteers Alana Carrol and Joy Chaplin.

Discovery Club picks up again in September, but over the summer Friends of the Environment are hosting environmental summer camp in north, central and south Abaco. Camp dates run from July 13 to July 23. For more information please call 367-2721 or email info@friendsoftheenvironment.org.

Environmental stewardship is not only for children. Research biologists from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) have been conducting a long-term study tracking marine mammals around the Bahamas since 1991.

Currently based in Sandy Point, Abaco, this project provides the only comprehensive data on marine mammals in this part of the world. This year BMMRO will be hosting a 5-day Whale Expedition for adults from July 25-30. Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside marine mammal biologists and learn firsthand about species identification, research methods and results, and conservation issues.

There will be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 participants. The cost will depend on the number of participants but will range from $110-160/day per person, which covers everything except travel to Sandy Point, dinner at a local restaurant 1 night (approx $20) and any alcoholic beverages. For more information please contact Diane Claridge at diane.claridge@gmail.com

If you know of any other environmental programs or events in Abaco, please add them to the comments field below.

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South Abaco Developments on the Move

March 15th, 2010

South Abaco Developments on the Move
The Nassau Tribune
Published Tuesday, March 09, 2010
By Noelle Nicolls

Great Abaco’s south side is primed for a major economic boost with groundbreaking on two beach-side sister developments on the five-mile long Schooner Bay Beach, Abaco.

With the unbroken stretch of beach as a prime draw for potential home owners, Serenity Point has taken measures to ensure a light development footprint.

According to Eric Carey, Bahamas National Trust president, the beach is not only lovely for human activity, it is a prime turtle nesting ground. Hence, “[Serenity Point] has committed to keeping lights off the beach. They have also committed to using as much native vegetation as possible; taking out the few casuarinas that are there. They say they will commit to keeping the dune intact because this beach profile is entirely dependent on this dune being intact,” he said.

The article notes that the same commitments were secured from the neighboring Schooner Bay development, which ensures that this whole area is sustainable and environmentally sound.

In addition to the shared beach, both projects have one major element in common. They are fully self-financed by private investors.

Regarding Serenity Point, the Nihon family has owned large tracks of land in Abaco since the 1960s. Asked about the timing of the development, Mr Nihon II said: “We have a wonderful team, so we are going to gradually grow. It is going to take time, so watch what will happen in the next two or three years.”

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