That this year’s Island Roots Heritage Festival’s theme was Adventure, Enterprise and Infamy seemed fitting, given that many of us had to walk the plank to attend.
On Friday evening, the first night of the festival, tides were unusually high. Not sure if it was related to the phase of the moon and/or the heavy westerly wind and/or some other factor, but by mid-evening, the narrow strip of land between the Sea of Abaco and Settlement Creek, which serves as the entrance to Settlement Point and the festival grounds, was under several inches of water.
But as they say, the show must go on. Members of the festival committee and town council worked quickly to construct an elevated walkway, which they jokingly referred to as Green Turtle Cay’s first boardwalk.
The effects of the exceptionally high tides were felt throughout the settlement of New Plymouth on both Thursday and Friday nights. Does anyone know for certain why?