The proposed East End International Air Hub by Jara Energy International and Missako Investments was rejected by the government and Bahamas Investment Authorities, claimed developer Louis Missick, President of Missako Investments.
In an interview on Monday (August 12) Missick, who was armed with documents, including emails said, he had high hopes of the government reviewing the project.
Missick alleged that the project was intentionally sabotaged by the project’s consultant, who was requesting an exorbitant fee.
Missick, who was extremely disappointed by the “shutdown,” maintained that the Cultural Village and logistics Air Hub would’ve supplied employment for over 300 Bahamians.
He explained that the Air Hub was a vision he received many years ago from God, to assist in the development of East End and unemployment rate.
“The investment that I have originally spoken about in the media for the International Air Cargo Hub and a commercial modern Arawak Cay village.
“The Hub would’ve been built on the missile base and across from it would’ve been a Cultural Village with 10 marina slips, 10x10 ft. building on piling and a Bahamian village designed with heads of the prime ministers of the country from past to present, Junkanoo Museum, Pompeii Museum – all built by Bahamian architects and engineers and would’ve been fully operated by Bahamians.
“Water Tours and taxis would’ve been a part of the whole ideas with Bahamian aphrodisiacs, music, herbal medicines etc.,” Missick disclosed.
According to Missick, the international Air Cargo Hub would’ve brought cargo from around the world by air and would’ve been picked up by the recipients who would fly in to pick them up and take them to various destinations.
“A 200-room hotel was a part of the plan with a police station, a library, ambulance and other amenities would’ve been built as a social economic outreach to the community of East Grand Bahama.
“Unfortunately, this plan was sabotaged,” he claimed disappointedly.
He maintained, “The investor (Jara Energy International) virtually begged the investment authorities for an agreement and principal subject to due diligence, so they could’ve deposited the initial $5,000,000 in the bank account to start the engineering and the civil work, before the architectural work was to commence.
“The Cultural Village was committed to by the investor in writing, to build it according to the Bahamian design plan and to really create the commencement of the paradigm economic shift outside of Freeport, where East End would’ve become a city under development.
“I am hoping that Oban is not treated the same way, because the death of the economy for East Grand Bahama will not exist if that happens the way this one went down.”
He added, “I am hoping that the government would reconsider and give their review of their rush or ill-conceived decision and to be impartial in totality with their investigation to give the investor who wants to bring work to this country for us who have suffered the recession of unemployment for so long.
“This would’ve also given us a chance to rise out of the dolldrums of oppression and depression economically.
“I am hoping that the economy turns around, I am hoping Oban is approved, I am hoping that Carnival comes to fruition and that Royal Caribbean working with our Lucaya comes to reality,” said Missick.