Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Magnificent Beachfront Estate

Magnificent beachfront estate on Spanish Main
Our featured Grand Bahama real estate listing at Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty is a stunning estate on Spanish Main that overlooks the island's beautiful southern shore.

Status: Active
Rental Price: $25,000
Price: $15,000,000
Rental Term: Weekly
Address: Spanish Main Drive
Subdivision: Fortune Bay
City: Freeport, Grand Bahama
Unit: 4
Block: 14
Lot: 11-15
Latitude: 26.524217
Longitude: -78.609388
Beds: 7
Baths: 7
Square Feet: 11,000
Lot Size: 5.31 Acres
Zoning: Single Family

Listing ID: 5116

This luxurious waterfront estate sits on one of the finest beaches on Grand Bahama Island. Situated on the exclusive and prestigious street of Spanish Main within the Fortune Bay community this home is available for rent or sale. This estate includes 5 prime single family lots with over 1,000 sq, ft. of water frontage.

Lot 13 features canal front lot measured at 0.82 Acres with over 270’ of water frontage.

Lot 14 features the 3 bedroom, 3 baths Conch Cottages which is tastefully designed with a carefree Bahamian flare.

Lot 14A features canal front accreted lot measured at 0.99 Acres with over 390’ of water frontage.

Lot 15 features Pub with wet bar, pool table, flat screen plasma tv and other entertainment devices.

Lot 15A features the Main house with 4 bedrooms and 4 ½ Baths. The main house is measured at 4,186 sq. ft. Enticing formal living room, seductive master suites, private sun decks, luscious landscaping, and high end finishing allows the enjoyment of carefree island life in your very own private beachfront estate. This estate offers 7 bedrooms, 7 baths. This estate boasts over 290' of beach frontage and over 860’ of canal frontage with a total of 5.31 Acres. Truly Captivating!!! Home offered fully furnished for $25,000 weekly or $15,000,000.

To see additional photos and full listing details, click here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ground Breaking on Grand Bahama Power Company's New $80 Million West Sunrise Plant

Ministers attending the recent ground breaking are (left to right) Ian Rolle, President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Minister Ken Russell, Bishop Arnold Pinder, President of the GB Christian Council, Sarah MacDonald, CEO & President of Grand Bahama Power Company, Minister Neko Grant, Verna Grant, MP for Eight Mile Rock, Sir Albert Miller, GBPA Executive Board, and Ginger Moxey, Vice-President of the GBPA. Photo: Erik J. Russell
by Sarah Kirkby, Barefoot Marketing

Freeport, Grand Bahama  Local Ministers and Grand Bahama Port Authority Executives attended the Grand Bahama Power Company ground breaking for the newly named West Sunrise plant. The Hon. Neko C. Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport, addressed guests at the ceremony and expressed his excitement about the ensuing economic opportunities due to the large investment.

“The diesel plant (state-of-the-art facility) will be constructed at a cost of $80 Million and will provide some 70 jobs for Bahamians during construction. At this time when the economic downturn has had a negative impact on employment levels in The Bahamas, as in other countries; this opportunity for additional employment on Grand Bahama is welcomed.”

The 80 million dollar generation plant will be constructed on 6 acres of land adjacent to the current Steam Plant,  and will significantly improve levels of reliability and stabilize electricity costs for Grand Bahama.  Emera is able to make the $80 million investment into the plant with no base rate increase to customers due to a new rate structure granted by the company’s regulators, the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

“Today marks a turning point in the energy future for the Grand Bahama Power Company and the Island of Grand Bahama,” noted Sarah MacDonald, President & CEO of GBPC,  “We are not merely constructing a diesel plant on this ground but making an investment in the future of this island.” She went on to add, “This is just the start of the plans we have for this company. Emera believes that the Grand Bahama Power Company has the ability to not only meet but also surpass the electric expectations of our customers. This groundbreaking ceremony represents a very important step towards achieving our overall vision as we work towards keeping Grand Bahama’s future bright.” 
Also in attendance was the Member of Parliament for Eight Mile Rock, Verna Grant, who commented on the impact the new plant would have on reliability and efficiency for customers of the GBPC. “Emera’s investment in the construction of this 52MW diesel plant is evidence of their commitment to providing residents with a higher quality of service and improved reliability, which is of special importance to the customers in West Grand Bahama,” commented Mrs. Grant.

The 52MW plant is slated to be completed by late summer 2012 and represents Emera’s longer-term strategy to delivering a higher quality of electric service and making improvements to reliability. As a short-term solution to the islands stability issues, Emera has invested in bringing in 45MW of supplemental generation to meet the summer demands in Grand Bahama.

To view full article in Bahama Island Info click here.
To view full article in The Bahamas Weekly, click here

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bahamas: Island Dreams are Just a Few Hours Away

photo by Gary Guertin: Heading out the St. Lucie Inlet at first light
headed to Grand Bahama Island
Check out a great article on The Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches website by clicking here.

It's a wonderful look at the easy boating travel and strong connections between boaters and anglers along the South Florida Treasure Coast and The Bahamas, which Gary Guertin, publisher of the Bahamian franchise of Coastal Angler Magazine cleverly dubs Flahama™.

To take a look at the Coastal Angler Magazine online, click here.
Thanks to Robbin Whachell and for spreading the word on this story.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Local Trainer Rob Harris Wins Bodybuilding Championship and Introduces New Premium Line of Health Supplements

by Paula Boyd Farrington

A Certified Personal Trainer in Grand Bahama, Rob Harris won the top Best Overall title trophy in the recent Northern Bahamas Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships held at the Regency Theatre.  A long time bodybuilder and trainer, Rob Harris and his Innovative Fitness Group have also introduced a new line of great tasting premium protein drinks and supplements to boost health and fitness performance.

Rob Harris with new premium health supplements:
For more information on Rob's Innovative Fitness Group certified personal training, click here, or give him a call at 242-727-4348.

For additional information on the results of the recent Northern Bahama Bodybuilding Championships click here, or here.

Bravo and congratulations to all the bodybuilding champs and everyone who has a great time on Grand Bahama keeping in shape!
Rob Harris working out with Victor Martinez, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Champ

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Gentlemen and Ladies,

Join fellow aficionados, Business Professionals, Owners and Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists for an evening of Good Food…Fine Cigars…and Excellent Spirits with a Flair…

Bring your favorite Cigar or enjoy one of ours, Hand Rolled on site by a Graycliff Cigar Roller.

Great Food…Wine Tasting…Jewelry Show…Fashion…Chinese Auction and More!

$50.00 Donation per person with proceeds going to The Big Brother Big Sister Program and The Safe Swim Zone Program.

For tickets call, text, email or Facebook your favorite G.B. Sunrise Rotarian and we will arrange to deliver your tickets. Tickets also available at James Sarles Realty 351-9081

Dress : “Vintage Havana”
The ladies can come in summery cocktail dresses, while the
gentlemen can don cool linen guayaberas, plantation or tropical print shirts
with collars, and smart fedoras

This event is sponsored by: Pelican Bay, Graycliff Cigars, CEI, 99/1 Food Service Management, Cappuccinos Restaurant, Bahamas Wholesale Agencies, Sky Bahamas, Piccadilly Media

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Vision Airlines Restores Low Fare Non-Stop Air Service to Grand Bahama

Beginning November 11, 2011 Vision Airlines provides non-stop air service to Grand Bahama
(June 14, 2011) Vision Airlines will reconnect Grand Bahama Island with direct air service to at least five (5) US cities beginning in November, the Grand Bahama Tourist Office announced today. Beginning November 11, 2011, Vision Airlines will provide non-stop jet service to Grand Bahama Island from a number of US cities, including Richmond, Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky; Greensboro, North Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Using a 136 seat Boeing 737-300 aircraft, Vison Airlines will add some 100,000 available seats annually to Grand Bahama Island in its first phase of operations.

 As a result, Grand Bahama Island will once again be available to these familiar gateways offering 5 day/4 night packages ranging from $449.00 to $549.00, including air.  This resumption of non-stop jet service ends a seven-year break in service previously provided by Grand Bahama Vacations, via the former Laker Airways. Established in 1994, Vision Airlines, is the US' newest big jet, low-cost carrier.  It has flights to five Florida vacation destinations from 15 southern US cities and Niagara Falls, New York.

For full article, click here

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TWIRL: A Lois Seiler Academy of Dance Spectacular This Weekend!

Rico Thompson & Scarlett Wilson · photo via

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Rehearsals are in full swing for TWIRL, the Lois Seiler Academy of Dance production, which will be staged, this weekend, on Saturday 18th June at 7 p.m. and a special Father's Day production on Sunday 19th June at 4 p.m. at the Regency Theatre. 

The Sugar Plum Fairy: Devan Chee-A-Tow · photo via
A cast of 120 dancers, aged from 4 to 54, are putting hours into daily rehearsals to prepare for the show. The show will feature a bright and interesting variety of dance from classical ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and some rather different and surprising numbers. A fabulous full production tribute to Bahamian culture will surely have audiences laughing.
Editor's Note: This is a much-anticipated island event (staged once every two years) that is quite popular and always an entertaining and dazzling dance treat ... Tickets are available at the G.B. Fitness Center and the Animale fashion boutique, Port Lucaya Marketplace & Marina.

For more info, event poster & original article, click

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Congrats Lyndah & Doug and Welcome Layla!

Special congratulations to Taste of Grand Bahama Blog Editor Lyndah Wells and her husband, Doug, on the birth of their daughter, Layla Elise Chidimma, who arrived June 8th, 2011, at 5:47 a.m., weighing in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and 19 1/2 inches long! Join us in welcoming Layla into the world and wishing Lyndah and Doug and family all the best as they enjoy and cherish their beautiful new baby girl!

(posted by Lyndah's Maternity Leave Guest Editor, Paula Boyd Farrington)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

June Festivals Boost Freeport's Economy: Int'l Food, Culture, & Sport Championships Coming Up!

from The Freeport News 6.10.2011

After a successful Labour Day Junkanoo Parade in Freeport, Grand Bahama, officials of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) are optimistic about the round of festivals and events slated to be held here in June and their enormous injection into the local economy.

"The Junkanoo parade definitely impacted our local economy in a positive way," commented GBPA president, Ian Rolle. "The amount of support shown by domestic visitors from other islands, as well as some who came from abroad, was overwhelming."

Between the two major competing groups out of Nassau, Friday's crowd-pleasing event drew more than 500 visiting participants who traveled by boat and air to the island. Three hotel chains reported that over 200 rooms were booked by travelers either participating in or attending last weekend's event.

Along with hotels, local car rental companies also reported doing brisk business during the Labour Day Junkanoo rush-out.

Tourism officials likewise confirmed that scores of visitors were transported to the event by private bus charter from ships docked at Freeport's harbour. "The success of such an event confirms that Grand Bahama is an ideal place for international festivals and events," Rolle added.

Spectator support for Friday's Junkanoo reached into the thousands, with enthusiastic revelers lining the streets. According to festival organizers, reserved bleacher seating was sold out, resulting in chairs having to be put in place to accommodate the swelling crowd.

Riding on the success of the 'Rush For Peace' Junkanoo parade, Freeport now readies to host its first-ever Downtown International Food and Cultural Festival.

Slated to be held June 17 and 18, patrons can expect to enjoy two days of Bahamian and international cuisine, arts & crafts and musical entertainment. Highlights of the upcoming event include an official opening ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on Friday June 17, with Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Brent Symonette, delivering the keynote address.

Also, popular Bahamian entertainer, 'KB,' will be the headline act on Saturday evening.

Grand Bahama ends the month of June by hosting the Ninth Annual Grand Bahama Port Authority, Andre Rodgers National Championships, June 22 – 26. The tournament is expected to draw 50 teams from nine islands, encompassing almost 900 youngsters, along with parents, officials and of course supporters.

The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) BTC National Junior and Senior Track and Field Championships will also be held in Freeport simultaneously, on June 24 – 25.

"We're honored and thoroughly excited to have the opportunity to showcase all that Grand Bahama has to offer. Not only do these events help to fuel the local economy but they also provide sources of entertainment and opportunities for our residents to excel on a national level," Rolle expressed.

For original article from The Freeport News, click here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Red Beard's Pub given TripAdvisor Top Honours

by Sarah Kirkby, Barefoot Marketing

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- It’s not been open a year yet, but Red Beard’s Pub, a local tavern in the Lucaya area of Grand Bahama, is proud to boast its first TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“I’m thrilled and so proud of my staff,” said Brian Botham, co-owner of Red Beard’s Pub. “We’ve worked hard to promote our restaurant and bar and it’s wonderful to get this feedback and international recognition.”

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is awarded to qualifying accommodations, attractions, and restaurants listed on TripAdvisor that maintain a high overall user rating and a high volume of recent and quality reviews. TripAdvisor is recognized as the world's largest travel site providing an interactive travel forum that assists readers by gathering online reviews, opinions and travel information.

Red Beard's Pub owners Brian & Debbie Botham

“The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation would like to congratulate RedBeard's for winning this prestigious travel award in only their sophomore year,” noted Karen Seymour, GB Tourism Director. "They have clearly succeeded in doing their part to enhance the visitor experience on Grand Bahama Island.”

Brian Botham returned home to Grand Bahama from Canada last year with his wife Debbie, hoping to find a business they could run so they could return to the beauty of the islands. Botham, a former truck driver and safety consultant, spent the last 15 years driving all over the US and Canada before opening his own safety and consulting company along with his wife. “We’ve worked hard and been successful in our business, but at the end of the day we wanted to come and live here - we love it.”

Red Beard’s employs 15 local staff and opens from 4pm to 2am nightly. “We’ve developed a great local clientele and our Chef Colleen Davies has them coming back regularly for her great pub meals and specials,” said Botham. “It’s the locals who have helped spread the word for us as well as the taxi drivers and tour operators. It’s a fantastic recognition of our all our hard work and I hope a great nod for Grand Bahama too.”

For original article, click here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Grand Bahama's Labour Day Junkanoo Parade!

photo by Paula Boyd Farrington
by Paula Boyd Farrington

Grand Bahama celebrated Labour Day — the annual holiday honoring the Bahamian workforce — with a vibrant and well-attended Junkanoo Parade in downtown Freeport, Friday evening, June 3, 2011.

photo by Paula Boyd Farrington
Featuring top Junkanoo groups, The Swingers and Majestic Crusaders, from Grand Bahama, and the Saxon's and Valley Boys from Nassau, New Providence Island, the Junkanoo: Rush for Peace Parade was a bright, beautiful display of meticulously handcrafted colorful costumes,  dancing, heart-thumping rhythms of goat-skin drums, cow bells, conch horns, whistles, and big brass trumpets, trombones, and tubas!

photo by Paula Boyd Farrington
Thousands enjoyed the family-friendly event on an especially lovely and breezy evening. This first Grand Bahama Junkanoo Rush to be held on the Labour Day holiday was a huge success, with many expressing hopes that this would become an annual event. Community thanks go to the major corporate sponsors who made it possible: The Grand Bahama Port Authority,  Grand Bahama Power Company, Burns House, and Kalik Beer (named for the kalik-kalik-kalik sound the cow bells make when they shake). Countless community volunteers also worked long and hard to make this dazzling display of cultural pride and art happen. Bravo to all the participants!

(And if you're reading this from afar and want to catch the next major unforgettable Junkanoo spectacle, plan to be on Grand Bahama Island for the traditional New Year's Day 2012 Junkanoo Parade!)

photo by Paula Boyd Farrington

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Royal Poinciana Season

by Paula Boyd Farrington

Driving around Grand Bahama Island this time of year is an especially wonderful feast for the eyes. Bright red pops of colour seem everywhere, with the annual blooming of the scarlet-red Royal Poinciana (Delonix Regia) trees, known locally as the “Flamboyant Flame Trees”. Their fire-red blossoms are exquisite—and especially impressive when adorning the very tall and wide mushroom-shaped canopies of the most mature trees.

The Royal Poinciana Annual Red Dress Ball is a natural spectacle that Grand Bahama residents and visitors are privileged to enjoy as they go about their days in May & June. Artists capture their glory on canvas. Photographers fill frame after frame with their beauty. Wordsmiths write poetically about their grace. And everyone smiles just a bit brighter as they glimpse this royal Queen of Trees in full seasonal dazzle. All hail tropical splendor!