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Updates for Turks & Caicos

We will continue to post news from Irma’s passage as we get it. Please feel free to send us more information to share.

Sara and Monty Lewis

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baci and shark bite


Turtle Cove entrance

Turtle Cove Shops

Sept. 9, From Dan at TCI Villas:
Thankfully I still have not heard of any loss of life or injuries. We have heard back on the condition of most villas and almost without exception the damage is very minimal. A status on power/water/communications/airport is below

Water – Statement from the water company – Following yesterday’s temporary switch on, Provo Water Company have identified and fixed a number of bursts caused by Hurricane Irma. We shall be switching on water supply again today between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., so once again encourage customers to fill water containers between those hours to have water available when the water supply is switched off again. We again request that any leaks or bursts observed are reported to 231-0705. This will enable us to record and attend to those leaks, to more quickly restore normal operations at the earliest opportunity. If you do not have cell service, you can report observed leaks via this page. Thank you for your assistance and patience while we restore the network.
Power – Fortis trucks can be seen throughout the island making repairs. As soon as the airport opens Fortis said it will bring in 50+ additional workers to help get power lines restored. They estimate 2-3 weeks until power is largely restored. A statement from them is attached
Communications – The cell phone voice network is mostly down however the cell phone data network is operating sporadicly. I have had success calling the island over the data network as opposed to the cell phone network. The free app “Whatsapp” can be used to make/receive voice calls over the data network.. This app also has a texting feature.
Airport – PRESS RELEASE HURRICANE IRMA ?UPDATE? #2?: Flight Operations Soon Restored
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Saturday, September 9th, 2017– The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) announces that flight operations will soon be restored as we assess the aftermath of the storm and first focus on emergency and rescue flights.
Scheduled carrier flights remain suspended within the Turks & Caicos Islands until further notice.
Flight operations are expected to resume at all Airports as soon as possible, since the ” All Clear” has been issued.
As the airport operator and air navigation service provider, the Airports Authority remains committed to the safety of aircraft, passengers, staff and other users of the airport. The Authority regrets any inconvenience caused and passengers are asked to contact their respective airlines for flight scheduling.
The Airports Authority is grateful that we are able to survive this storm and will continue to focus on restoration efforts to ensure minimal disruption of service.

I previously mentioned that the beach in Turtle Cove is new and improved with a lot of sand. Here are some photos. This was taken in front of Conch Beach Villa (formerly Conch Pearl) which is just to the right of bridge road on coconut rd.

I will continue to send updates as I know them.

all best regards,
Dan (TCI Villas)

New Flights to Abacos

NEW direct service from Nassau to Treasure Cay TCB on BAHAMAS AIR
Effective June 22 Bahamasair will reintroduce the Nassau/Treasure Cay
service. The flight will operate as follow:

Thurs/Sat/Sun depart Nassau at 6:30 am arrive Treasure Cay 7:40am – (note
stop in MHH first)
Thurs/Sat/Sun Depart Treasure Cay at 8:00am on the return to Nassau arrive

Mon/Thurs/Sun the flight will depart Nassau at 5:00pm arrive Treasure Cay at
5:35pm –
Mon/Thurs/Sun Depart Treasure Cay at 5:55pm arrive Nassau 7:05PM on the
return(note stop in MHH).

New Airlift-Fly Exclusive Bahamas

Direct Service from Nassau to Marsh Harbor: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
–morning AND evening flights available

Direct Service Nassau to Treasure Cay starting in July

Delta Airlines (800.455.2720):
Direct service between Atlanta and Marsh
Harbour (MHH) on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Island Wings (954.617.8804):
Direct flights between Fort Lauderdale
Executive Airport (EXE) and Treasure Cay on Monday, Thursday, Friday &
Tropic Ocean Airways (888.962.7728): Treasure Cay – Monday & Friday, Marsh
Harbour – Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Silver Airways (801.0401.9100):
Direct service between Fort Lauderdale and
Treasure Cay

Air Unlimited (888.962.7728):
Direct service between Sanford(KSFP) and
Treasure Cay (TCB) or Marsh Harbour (MHH) on Friday, Saturday & Sunday

8th Edition of Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas

For those of you who have been waiting for the newest edition (8th) of the popular Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas, which includes the Biminis, Berrys, Andros, Grand Bahama, Abacos, and New Providence), it is ready to ship to your doorstep. Order online at

And remember that the new 8th edition of the Explorer Chartbook Exumas just came out last week! If you order all three chartbooks online, you get $4 off each chartbook for a savings of $12. Shipping is free.

Here’s a peek at the new Near Bahamas:
SS NB 8th cover

New Routes for Watermakers Air

Watermakers Air, has begun regular passenger and freight air service into Great Exuma (GGT), N. Eleuthera (ELH), and Great Harbour Cay (GHC), from Fort Lauderdale. Perfect for all crew, guest, and supply needs for boaters!

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Please contact us for further information on scheduled flights, private charters, or freight services.

Phone: (954) 771-0330
General Fax: (954) 771-0499
Freight Fax: (954) 771-0499

Our business hours are:
Daily: 8am – 5pm
Our Address at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport:
Watermakers Air
Hangar 19
2331 NW 55th Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Bimini Ferry Service Discontinued

The Superfast Ferry, that has been running from Miami to Resorts World on north Bimini since 2013, is no longer in operation. After huge expense to build a 1,000 foot pier in the ocean, with great damage to the environment, the ferry service has shut down.

Cape Air is filling the gap with five flights daily to Bimini.

Another overly ambitious development plan gone awry!

Staniel Cay Airport reopens

THANK YOU!  Together, we did it!  Our collective voice (and your many signatures!) encouraged action, and we are thrilled to report the re-opening of the Staniel Cay airport as of yesterday!  The official notice can be seen at

Once again, thank you so very much for your support and collective efforts.  We look forward to welcoming you back to Staniel – as you land on our new and improved home airstrip!

Brooks Miller & Stephen Miller

on behalf of

Concerned Citizens of Staniel Cay & Vicinity

Staniel Cay Airport Update

Dear Staniel Cay Supporter:

THANK YOU!!!  Concerned Citizens of Staniel Cay & Vicinity garnered more than 5,200 online signatures to our petition letter, urging immediate government repair of our airstrip. (

We extend our sincere thanks to each and every one of you who signed the petition, forwarded the information, posted on social media, networked with your own contacts and otherwise added your efforts to this important cause.

 Most of you have followed news accounts in The Nassau Guardian and The Tribune and are aware that good news is at hand.  (See, e.g., and

We are pleased to confirm this as well.  The contractor is on-site with a host of workers and vehicles, and repair work is well underway.  We will remain vigilant until work is finally completed and the airport is actually reopened.  That will be cause for great celebration!

Until then, we cannot thank you enough for adding your voice to Concerned Citizens and helping us be heard at long last.

In sincere appreciation,

Brooks Miller & Stephen Miller on behalf of Concerned Citizens of Staniel Cay & Vicinity

Staniel Cay (Exumas) Airport

Dear Staniel Cay Supporter:

You can take action to help!  On August 12, we delivered a petition letter to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas and other key officials, urging the Government to repair and reopen the Staniel Cay airport immediately.  The hard copy petition is signed by 164 people – nearly all Staniel Cay residents (locals and foreign homeowners alike), business owners and every private island between here and the Exuma Park headquarters.

Of course, many more people and entities are affected by the airport closure as well.  We now seek widespread signatures from the many other supporters of Staniel Cay:  extended families of Staniel Cay locals; families and guests of homeowners; families and clients of business owners; private cay owners/operators/families/staff/guests; boaters and cruisers; SCYC and rental home guests; private pilots; charter companies; pilot organizations; fly-in tour groups; suppliers; tourism agencies; and any other person or entity who experiences the negative impact of the Staniel Cay airport closure and urges its immediate repair/reopening.  We have established an online petition to reach as many affected persons as possible.

Please go to to read the August 12th letter from Concerned Citizens of Staniel Cay & Vicinity and SIGN YOUR NAME IN SUPPORTPlease sign as soon as possible so we can cite a strong number of online signatures.  (If you are seeing this belatedly, we still welcome your signature as we will continue to cite growing numbers in ongoing efforts with officials.)  Please continue to visit the site for updates and any further calls to action.

PLEASE FORWARD this information to your own contacts and networks of Staniel Cay-related persons/businesses to encourage their online signatures as well.  We sincerely apologize for duplicate emails you may receive as word of this important initiative spreads.

Huge thanks to all signers!  To all of you who love Staniel Cay, thank you for your continued support of this special Cay, and let’s get our airport up and running again!

Thank you!

Dawn Spivey & Brooks Miller

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Acklins Fathers Day Special

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Chesters Bay Bonefishing Club is offering a lodging and pilot special for the month of June

*Booking must be made by June 15th and travel completed by July 1st.


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