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GBPA follows vision to enhance Derelict Buildings on Grand Bahama

 In keeping with the vision of The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), its executives officially launched a derelict building enhancement project on Grand Bahama.

The initiative will involve some eight buildings in high traffic areas about the island where President Ian Rolle says are burdened with the unsightly structures.

“A part of the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s vision plan is to create a greater impact on the community of Grand Bahama and one of the initiatives that we are about to launch is the beautification of some of the dilapidated buildings in the community. The structures are sound and therefore we have issues with demolishing these particular buildings.  So, what we intend to do is make something negative into something very positive.  These buildings might be unsightly now, but we intend to make them into attractions, “he said.

City Manager, Troy Mcintosh also weighed in on the major undertaking, noting its importance and present issue of a large contingent of abandoned buildings that are in need of gaining more artistic appeal.

“The idea is to spruce up the buildings and somewhat clean up the landscaping and what we did was identify an artist who provided us with renditions of the proposed because we didn’t want it to come across as graffiti, but more so to just provide an appeasing aesthetic of the existing dilapidated buildings,” he said.

The proposed buildings will be comprised of a number of mesmerizing depictions inclusive of pastel colors and according to project lead, Sheldon Saint a local artist of some 20 years revealed his thoughts on the inventive development.

“I would like to thank Mr. Rolle and Mr. Mcintosh for this opportunity to actually assist with beautifying our city here in Freeport.  I do believe that it is something that will be enjoyed by the residents here in Grand Bahama, and the visitors as well,” he said.

Saint said each building will take approximately two months to complete.

Also adding some excitement to the venture, Group Corporate Affairs Senior Manager, Kimberley Miller said the public will also play a role in the upcoming assignment.

“We definitely want the public involved in this process because it is a community venture and we know that everyone will not be able to see Mr. Saint paint these buildings stroke by artist stroke of his brush so, we have a Go Pro device that is now a part of our arsenal and we’re very excited about it because it actually has a chest harness that thankfully Mr. Saint agreed to.” 

Miller said the entire process from start to finish will be captured on video and will be launched to the public via social media upon the completion of this task.


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.



GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.



Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.