At long last, the Smith’s Point seawall project will officially open.
The government has planned a ceremony that is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The location is pristine, and an attractive product that the Grand Bahama Tourism Office should have no difficulty marketing.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and his government deserve full credit for making the project a reality. When the Free National Movement Government came to power on May 10, 2017, the project was in chaos. The previous Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Government had been twiddling thumbs, so to speak, for much of its five-year term in office.
Early into the second non-consecutive administration of Perry Christie the official signing took place for the project to begin. Sadly though, some two years went by before the actual work was seriously addressed. What followed was deplorable. A lot of money flowed from the Treasury into the project, but a travesty was left in place when the PLP lost the government.
Subsequently, in relatively short order, with Minister of Works Desmond Bannister and his Parliamentary Secretary Iram Lewis leading the way for the government, the project began to take shape nicely.
Now, in less than two years of being in power, the government has delivered a truly fine product. Smith’s Point has been greatly enhanced.
The FNM handled the project so much differently. The PLP, with present Leader Philip “Brave” Davis as the Minister of Works, and Dr. Michael as the Minister for Grand Bahama, had a meaningless ceremony in Smith’s Point and indicated that the work would progress to the satisfaction of the people of the community.
That was definitely not the case.
As for the FNM, Minister Bannister and Parliamentary Secretary Lewis monitored the process, and networked with the contractors constantly. They invited the media at different stages to see the progress. The process was smooth.
There was full transparency and the public got updated appropriately. We have not hesitated to call out the government when it has not performed well. That is our duty as the prominent Fourth Estate representative in Grand Bahama.
By the same token, the Smith’s Point project is a grand achievement and the FNM Government should be complimented.
The entrepreneurs of Smith’s Point are thus challenged to work with the government to maximize the great looking location.