HOPE TOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL
Ref: Elbow Cay Club Debris Management Site
A very pleasant good evening to the residents of Elbow Cay.
Samaritan’s Purse has operated three (3) sites on the island of Elbow Cay since November and signed a memorandum of understanding to operate until the end of March. As many of you know, sites were operated in North End, White Sound & the Elbow Cay Club.
At the end of March, Samaritan’s Purse graciously agreed to continue its debris removal until the end of June.
For seven months now, Samaritan’s Purse has been a major help in the cleanup of our island. They hauled over 160 barge loads of debris!!! Samaritan’s Purse and all who partnered with them moved our beloved community of Elbow Cay 4-5 years ahead of where we would have been without their assistance.
We cannot begin to thank them enough!!! We and other surrounding communities of Abaco owe them a debt of gratitude for their selfless acts of kindness. May God richly bless them and all others who partnered with them in return!
I was privileged today to speak with key leadership of Samaritan’s Purse in the Bahamas, Mr. Daniel Ruiz, Deputy Director and Mr. John Peays, Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse.
I brought to them the concerns that have been levied to me as your Chief Councillor and the concerns that have been brought to Council.
After a frank discussion, it was concluded that the operations of Samaritan’s Purse will continue to fold as planned, however, persons seeking assistance over the next thirty day (30) period until July 31st may make application to the District Council for debris removal assistance and each application will be reviewed by both District Council and Samaritan’s Purse. Assistance will be granted upon a case by case basis, determining to assist the most vulnerable in our township.
Mr. Matt Winslow has generously donated the use of his property at the Elbow Cay Club for this thirty day (30) period. We would like to applaud Mr. Winslow for his efforts not only with the use of his property but helping in so many ways with the relief and reconstruction efforts.
Samaritan’s Purse will remain on the ground in Elbow Cay until mid September. Their efforts will mostly be focused on cleaning up and the proper disposal of the organic waste.
Moving forward, the District Council will use all of our efforts and resources in locating a new location for a more permanent location for debris removal.
I held discussions with the Disaster Reconstruction Authority this afternoon and I can confirm that they have not only taken note of these concerns but are moving to put in place a contract so that the operators can continue to remove debris hopefully without much delay!
We will get through this very trying ordeal!! It has not been easy and yes there has been many bumps along the way!! But day by day, things are getting better, many thanks to all of our amazing friends and partners and many thanks to all of you, our LOCALS that team together and work together that make things happen and that make Hope Town and the Hope Town District the special place that it is and the special place that we are privileged to call HOME!
On behalf of the District Council,
Jeremy T. Sweeting