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February 24, 2015


Simon Rodehn

That cave in Little Harbour was my first home in the Bahamas. My dad was Rand Johnston's first mate when they went looking for a homestead. They ended up in Little Harbour where we lived for about 6 months in that cave and some huts they built on the hill, until my mother couldn't take it any more with her two year old (yours truly) my sister Miriam 4 and Robin 11. She moved us to Cherokee Sound to a conventional house. She eventually moved back to Nassau and my father gave up and followed a few months later where he continued to research the titles at Crown Lands Office to help Rand secure his deeds to the area now known as Little Harbour. This indeed was the beginning of the process that has led to the present day dilemma. Everybody wants to be the last person into the neighborhood. These folks who complain about progress forget they were newcomers too and contributed to the present situation. If they had not been permitted to join and all others blocked from then on this situation they find today would not exist.

Elizabeth Ackerly

Being a Little Harbour property owner, I don't believe any of us think we should be the last ones into the settlement. But for a developer to think that turning a single family, private residence on the harbour into a 44 slip marina, store and restaurant is a serious overreach. Why should they be allowed to take up a huge portion of the harbour to the exclusion of the rest of the residents? This place is a national treasure and should be preserved for all those who will come after us. It would be a tragedy to lose the unique qualities of this jewel. And don't even get me started on the environmental impact this development would have. We have all seen the destruction other developments have wrought in the Bahamas.

Peter Sandefur

Mr. Rodehn is equating normal development with an "unreasonable expansion of use" such as Little Harbour currently is threatened with. Buying a tiny 1 or 2% of a harbour should not automatically give a developer the right to displace and monopolize perhaps 50% of the navigable water in that harbour. There has never been a "slamming" of the door to normal residential development. The Marina Complex proposal IS drastically different and it is not "normal" development. The proposed Marina Complex will be private, for "club members only", to the exclusion of all other Bahamians, residents and visitors.

Gordon Core

It is my recollection that Little Harbor is a preservation area specifically with some focus on the turtle population there. By what slight-of-hand has the Government (Nassau) set aside the influences of Abaco's careful and observant local government councils?

Andrew Allen

I take both the points against the project and I take Simon Rodehn's point. It is honestly a hard one, although in this case I a tilt slightly away from development. Clearly, without large scale development, there would be no progress, no investment, no professional jobs (for lawyers, realtors etc.) and no middle class. So I am dead against those who reflexively oppose any kind of transformation of the 'old' Bahamas.

HOWEVER, the Bahamas is big enough so that you can sacrifice Nassau, Freeport, even mainland Exuma for industry and STILL have those idyllic places that make us unique, and draw to our shores all the best kinds of homeowners and tourists (witness the civic concerns expressed by the opponents of this develpment - who are not even Bahamian!).

Having been to little harbour as a teenager, I would argue that it is one of those drops of paradise that should be preserved as is.

Alison Ball

Larry, Thank you so much for your great article. It will go a long way toward helping us - Bahamians, second home owners, visiting boaters and tourists - to save Little Harbour. There's a reason it's called that - it's LITTLE. It can't take much abuse. I understand that the government needs the money that Big Development brings in, but Southworth already have their big development just down the road at Winding Bay. They really don't need to ruin Little Harbour as well, and they certainly won't be bringing "hundreds of millions" to Abaco's economy by doing so. Thanks again, Larry, drinks are on me any time you show up at Pete's Pub.
Your fellow RAF brat,
Ali Ball

Simon Rodehn

While I lived there as a barely two year old I remember Little Harbour first when my Dad and I visited in 1959. I recall it being remote and idyllic and the structures were pine logs, screen and thatch. Today it already looks like a dump with trashy docks and an eclectic assortment of houses. Worst part that no one speaks of is how all these people living there cart their garbage to Cherokee Sound with impunity and certainly without permission and dump it in the mangroves. At least the Abaco Club exports their garbage lawfully to the government controlled landfill site near Snake Cay. The little Harbour residents with the exception of Pete Johnston provide absolutely no assistance to the management of waste which expense falls on a few souls in Cherokee.

Simon Rodehn

I have no sympathy for anyone who feels put out by the prospect of a marina facility in Little Harbour. At present all the existing docks there are private, so what will change? Nothing really, except that a few more of our planets 7 billion will be using the area just like the folks already there.


please please, reconsider any destruction of such a pristine part of the Bahamas.


I have been visiting Little Harbour for at least 15 years. You know why I come back?? Because of the friendly and beautiful community.

We don't want any big corporate big wigs changing an already perfect place.

Look at winding bay!! How welcoming are they! Not very!!!

Hope government listen to people's concerns.

Liz Watson

Leave it as us..a pristine, beautiful place...accessible to those who wish to experience Bahamas of long ago....we need to have these treasures protected...they will survive without further development.

Jennifer Primrose

Our family has lived in Little Harbour for over 30 years and we do not put our trash in the dump at Cherokee. A few small docks for homeowners is very different from a Private 44 boat slip for people who do not live in Little Harbour. The Johnston family has rented dock space since they built their docks decades ago and no one is upset about that. It is open to anyone at a price.

This a solar community, we catch all our water from rain and try to keep the environment as pristine as possible. I don't think the investors in Winding Bay realize they are working to destroy a community, they seem to be only interested in themselves and increasing the worth of their property.

Jennifer Primrose

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