Denise McIntosh of Green Turtle Cay’s McIntosh’s Restaurant & Bakery reports there was much excitement and energy on the cay yesterday.

Photo courtesy of Denise McIntosh

Thursday night, a barge bearing power poles pulled up to the freight dock. And first thing Friday morning, crews began the task of transporting and installing them throughout town.

 As with the other Abaco Cays and much of the Abaco mainland, Green Turtle Cay has been without electricity since Hurricane Dorian. Representatives of the Green Turtle Cay Foundation recently met with Bahamas Power & Light officials as well as experts from Florida Power & Light, who I understand provided valuable guidance as to how to restore power to the island.

First step? Repairing Green Turtle Cay’s transmission lines. The GTC Foundation arranged to transport the power poles and they’re bringing in trained line crews and equipment to assist BP&L in achieving this goal.

Newly installed utility pole in the settlement of New Plymouth. (Photo: Mary Ann Conlon Huggins)

It will likely be a while until electricity is actually restored, but this is a huge step in the right direction. As Denise McIntosh says, “This is what hope looks like for the people of Green Turtle.”

Speaking of McIntosh’s, this week the restaurant reopened for breakfast and lunch service, and I understand they’ll soon be adding dinner.

Denise and Jimmy McIntosh during the repairs to their restaurant (Photo courtesy of Denise McIntosh)

Congratulations to Denise and Jimmy for persevering and getting the restaurant dried out, repaired and back in operation. Tom and I look forward to enjoying some souse there very soon.

And of course, a million thanks to the Green Turtle Cay Foundation for everything they’re doing for the people of the island. The foundation is funded primarily through contributions from the public, so please help them to continue their amazing work by donating if you can.

2 thoughts on “What Hope Looks Like

  • October 19, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Thank you so much for these posts. They have been very informative seeing those polls is uplifting.
    I have a small house behind the club. Topsy Turtle. I still don’t know if a tarp has been put up yet.

  • October 19, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Those poles look taller and more substantial than some I have seen on Hope Town, some of which are too short. Regards, Steve Albury



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