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From: Robyn Adderley

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#GrandBahama, Bahamas, July 2, 2022 – Hundreds of Beautiful Grand Bahama workers cheered as the Minister of Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Friday that their 12-week work schedule has been extended for another 12 weeks.

Employees come from all communities on the island.

Speaking to Grand Lucayan employees, Minister Moxey said, “Your hard work and dedication has begun to produce the results that we at the Grand Bahama Ministry envisioned when we launched this program. in April.

“We wanted to provide hope, to provide an opportunity for our young people, especially our downtown residents, to earn an honest living, while helping to revitalize their communities by addressing the issues that have negatively affected the environment and diminished historical and cultural heritage. beauty of our beloved island, which affects its appeal as a world-class destination.

The goal of the program, she said, is to transform lives and communities.

“Many of you here today are mothers, fathers, siblings, and perhaps primary breadwinners in your home, and your time with this program has restored your faith in the recovery of our island.”

It was the conviction of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis, while assigned to the ministry, she continued, that Grand Bahama could be one of the strongest economies in the country.

The program, the minister continued, is designed to transform communities, not just a clean-up campaign.

Minister Moxey then highlighted how the transformations have already begun: the Tripp Circle project is designed to house displaced families to provide short-term housing assistance, including trauma counseling and a disaster preparedness program. jobs to help them get back on their feet; the Peel Street project is designed to transform a historic national security site into a police museum and cultural center for visitors and residents to enjoy; the historic Pinder’s Point Lighthouse area will be converted into a community visitor attraction and entrepreneurship hub, as part of the Community Tourism and Culture Initiative; the Pelican Bay Festival Grounds will be transformed into another tourism and cultural hub for East Grand Bahama, to create year-round economic activity for residents; and working in West Grand Bahama, to transform the community of Eight Mile Rock in West End, clearing bushes and debris, beautifying spaces for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

The government, she said, is committed to “rebuilding, revolutionizing and restoring Grand Bahama, but we cannot do it without your help. The people of Grand Bahama are brave and resilient; It’s finally Grand Bahama time, and the Grand Bahama Ministry wants to help you prepare for future opportunities.

To further help employees, Minister Moxey continued, Pastor Barry Morris has been asked to help those who may have made choices in their past and now have a record. Representatives from the Department of Labor and Immigration were also present to assist further in these areas.

“As I have said from the beginning, this is what Beautiful Grand Bahama is – it is a holistic approach to rebuilding our communities and the lives of our people.”

Minister Moxey then announced that the program had been extended for another 12 weeks and the room erupted in cheers.

As a surprise for the minister, Corey Nixon serenaded her on saxophone with an Alicia Keys song, “If I Aint Got You.” In response to this, Minister Moxey took the opportunity to inform employees of the $5,000 Orange Economy Grant.

The Minister closed the event with “See you Monday”.

Version: BIS

Photo captions:

On your mind: The Minister of Grand Bahama, the Hon. On Friday July 1, Ginger Moxey announced to hundreds of employees of the Beautiful Grand Bahama initiative that the program had been extended for another 12 weeks.

1st insert: Hundreds of residents gathered in the ballroom of the Grand Lucayan Resort on Friday, July 1 for the closing ceremony of Beautiful Grand Bahama, a 12-week initiative to clean up all communities on the island. During the ceremony, the Minister of Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey, explained what is intended for the areas in which the employees worked.

2nd insert: Saxophonist Corey Nixon serenaded Grand Bahama Minister Hon. Ginger Moxey on Friday, July 1 at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom at the conclusion of the closing ceremony for the 12-week Beautiful Grand Bahama initiative. Minister Moxey explained that there is a $5,000 Orange Economy Grant where talented artists and creatives can receive funding.

(BI Photos/Andrew Miller)

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