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July 29, 2008


mudda nachur

The number one reason to plant BIG shady trees!


Exactly, Larry. Don't even get me started.

We were in Savannah in 2000, and it's clear to me at least that the future of Nassau should lie along the same road.

We need to adjust our priorities, learn what tourists actually spend money on, and invest in those things long-term. Dredging the harbour to allow bigger cruise ships in is a smokescreen -- it'll boost our arrival figures, not our economy. Good for spin, and nothing much else.

larry smith

Investing in a bigger cruise port could boost our economy if we had a saleable product (like Savannah) instead of a refuse pile to entice passengers to spend money.

Jacqueline R.  Belcher

Well done, as usual. A couple of photos of Savannah might add inspiration.

I'd forgotten that bit about lawyers being banned. Oh, if it was only so today!

I enjoyed our time together.


Good article Larry, my daughter is attending SCAD there, it is an amazing college town, which adds youth to the equation.
She says she wants to stay and live there, so add one more Bahamian to the exodus.
I don't blame her.
By the way, if the Florida legislature decides to repeal the Sales tax exemption for exports, Savannah is where I'll be shipping from.
I'm sure they will appreciate the business and facilitate the Bahamas imports.

grace dototoyo

Thank you sir. I'm curious as to why there are some people, like William Wong, against moving the port to Arawak Cay? I like your articles because they offer a basis for and explanation of what The Bahamas has always stood for.... hope.

BTW... Midnight in the garden is based on a real person and true events.

Jackson Burnside

Your Savannah story painted exciting imagery even though I have never travelled there. While we share history, and have size in common, it seems to me that industry and sense of responsibility for their own destiny inspires cities, like Savannah, to revitalize their own environment.

It is interesting that you mentioned slaves and masters. "What does that have to do with it?" is the obvious question that must be examined. This is an aspect of our history that both black and whites in our society avoid discussing in depth and honestly. Our failure to know and respect all aspects of our heritage, good and bad, is what in my mind causes us to "devalue our assets".

For example, if we can see the value of spaces for public assembly (in our case, particularly the waterfront), we can begin to appreciate vwhat inspired Savannah to have more city squares than possibly any other North American city. That one feature of their city plan distinguishes Savannah and makes it unique. Imagine the potential beauty of our city, and entire island for that matter.

The glass is more than half-full, possibly even filling up. The keys are "management, maintenance and money" to quote Frank Comito. I would add convenience, security, and delight that draw people back into our city and make them want to spend time, walk about, and live there again.

Savannah made the commitment, to legislation and regulations, to facilitate investments by the people whose patrimony is represented by the history in the buildings, streets and parks within the city and the surrounding neighbouhoods. Nassau can do much of the same, not by copying the past, but learning from our ancestral heritage and maximizing the 21st century potential of our assets.

Emancipation will be in a few days. The question is, "Are we as Bahamians, emancipated?" Do we have a sense of responsibility and accountability for our own affairs, or are we still enslaved in our dependence on persons from outside to provide our social and economic salvation?

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