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Nowhere To Go For Shanty Town Residents

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

THE lack of available rental properties in Abaco could complicate the government’s efforts to regulate several shanty towns on that island, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes has said.

Speaking to The Tribune shortly after the government’s Shanty Town Action Task Force completed assessments there on Saturday, Mr Foulkes admitted that there could be some challenges ahead for the plan if suitable housing could not be identified.

Referring to some of the preliminary discoveries made by SATF on Saturday, Mr Foulkes said of adequate housing, consideration would have to be given to options that could “handle the persons we would displace”.

“I am waiting on (the task force) to finish its report before I say anything else, we need to see exactly what types of recommendations they come up with to address this issue of a lack of housing,” he said. “In New Providence, we don’t have that problem, there are ample rental units throughout New Providence to accommodate all the residents from the 11 shanty towns there.

Getting Fit With Ub's 'Blue Power'

Scores of runners, walkers and skaters participated in the second annual UB Fit presented last weekend by the University of the Bahamas.

The event in New Providence featured a 5k/10k fun, run/walk/bike/skate which started at university's Oakes Field campus.

UB Fit was the first fundraiser of its kind at the university, with a goal to raise funds to augment UB's annual fund and increase mobility on campus for students with special needs.

The event again highlighted "blue power fun" on the route, a scenic beach run for the 10k participants up Saunders Beach and back to the campus.

After the main event, participants enjoyed the Race Village featuring performances by Bahamian sensation D-Mac and African dance with Samantha Pratt. There was a health expo, bouncing castle for kids, face painting and raffle prizes on offer.