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: Irene/Acklins

08-24-2011, 02:32 PM
Looks like Irene's eye went right over Springpoint. Hope all are safe and there is'nt too much damage. It'll probably be awhile before we hear from anyone down there. Spoke with Felton ( Acklins Boy) the other day at that time he was hoping it would skirt the island. Hope he boarded up the "Taj"


08-24-2011, 05:11 PM
Felton.... please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the good folks on Acklins...

08-25-2011, 08:11 AM
He responded to concerns with well wishes for us as she heads our way.

08-25-2011, 09:53 AM
Spoke to a friend from Lovey Bay. Apparently a lot of the houses on the water had damage. The houses inland, even a little bit, fared better. Didn't sound great.

08-25-2011, 11:20 AM
Watching Fox Business at 12:15, reporter quoted Acklins Administrator as saying that 80% of Lovely Bays homes have been flattened.Hope its not accurate.


08-26-2011, 10:11 AM
I spoke today with representatives from Ivels who are in Nassau, and Ivels B & B sustained minimal damage--some lost shingles, small pieces of roof, etc. . . No apparent injuries to anyone associated with Ivels.

He did say he heard that some homes were flattened, but he could not elaborate where on Acklins.

I also just spoke with Clinton Scavella from Crooked Island (he's in Nassau) and everything on Crooked Island is ok, some roof damage and a lot of cleanup, but everyone is definitely safe there.

He did say he heard that 19 homes were completely destroyed on Acklins, in the lovely bay/chesters area, and many others sustained heavy damage.

Lets pray that no one was seriously hurt.

08-26-2011, 05:29 PM
Hi friends! The report coming out; says:

*17 homes/properties completely destroyed
*29 major damage
*48 properties with minor damage

*NO INJURIES OR LOST OF LIFE!! Bahamians understand hurricanes very well.

The headache will be the clean-up and getting things back to some sense of normalcy, inclusive of getting the income centres up and running. I dare say early..... The peoples will need work, if they are to rebuild the island.

Notwithstanding the above NO-ONE should underestimate the resolve & tenacity of the Acklins Islander!


I promise a more detailed report once I can confirm.

We will be ready for the start of the season!

08-27-2011, 01:56 AM
great news there are no injuries Felton!

08-27-2011, 10:14 AM
Thank the Lord all are safe Felton. here's hoping for a speedy recovery. Keep us informed.


08-27-2011, 07:33 PM
Amidst the bad news coming from Acklins via the local new cast; power has been restored, going south from the power station. This would include areas like, Spring Poing, Delectable Bay & Pompey Bay. Appears, the north rec'd the most damage. Popular water hole 'club RolleX is gone. Out of respect, name is with held, but the most popular lodge in the north is also gone. From the news cast, a number of private residences that I recognized, are not livable. The island adminstrator, alluded to the fact that the most damage might be among the newer construction. No infor yet from Salina Point. Fingers & Toes are crossed!!!!!!!!!!

08-29-2011, 03:17 PM

08-30-2011, 12:48 PM
Hate to see that about Greys Point. My first Bahamas trip was to there and I will always have fond memories of the place even though it led to my addiction.
It was just after 9/11 and I was the only fisherman staying at the lodge. The Williamson's were warm hosts and made me feel at home. The fishing was excellent also.

08-30-2011, 01:51 PM
Felton, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Acklins. I hope we can support you by making this winter season our biggest presence on the island!

08-31-2011, 09:21 AM
I spoke to my friend Fedel a couple times over the last few days. He's heading back to the island as I type but his house/lodge was one of the lucky ones and only had minor damage-shingles and some water damage. I wired my deposit in yesterday so it can help with the restoration work.

Whether it's acklins, cat, eleuthera, andros, etc., this is a good year to show support. The tourist dollars are going to be more important than ever. That no one on Acklins lost their life in that storm is amazing.

08-31-2011, 09:25 AM
Good news that no one was seriously hurt. It will be a long process to get things back in order and our prayers are with the people of Acklins.

It is also sad about Grey's Point. That is the first place I stayed at on Acklins, and we have brought many guests there over the years.

Sad about club rolex too--we enjoyed drinks and dinners there many times over the last couple years. They had great craked conch and grouper fingers.

We hope your place is ok Felton, and I need to plan a visit there soon.

08-31-2011, 11:43 AM
A pleasant afternoon friends!!

Just back from Acklins! Individual properties sustained major damage, however, the good news; the power company is working hard and has power restored going north into Hardhill. There is more work to be done, aided with crews from New Providence, who are expected this week.

Salina Point Lodge and Carefree Lodge were blessed beyond measure as we sustained no damage!!!

I was encouraged, within 12 hours of the total lost of Club RolleX, Henry was operating, Club Irene from across the street. I believe this is a good omen of whats to come.

Later today, I will post some photos and provide details as you wish.

thanks for your concern,


08-31-2011, 12:17 PM
Good news Felton! I'm pleased that both properties made it through. It's a terrible thing for those that did suffer damage. Please let us know when and where you post the pictures.


08-31-2011, 02:14 PM
Yes Lee, there are tears of joy and sorrow all thru the Bahamas. Having some compatibility issues, once they are dealt with, I shall post some here.

Again thanks all!!

08-31-2011, 08:38 PM
Great news Felton!

Good to hear rolex is up and running, albeit under a new name and new location.

I received an email today from Kendall Williamson of Greys point and the roof sustained heavy damage. The dinning room and boats were ok.

Kendal said he expects the lodge to be up and running by late November. Somehow I suspect the Williamsons will get the lodge ready for 2012.
That should leave plenty of time for the winter/spring bone fishing season on Acklins.

09-01-2011, 11:07 AM
Thanks for all the updates, Vince, Felton. It could have been a lot worse. Planning on heading down this Nov., will be at Salinas after Thanksgiving.


09-01-2011, 01:07 PM
Looking forward to the Taj Mahal this winter Felton, will try to round up a good group so get those conch fritters and grouper fingers ready!

09-11-2011, 03:54 PM
The latest report on Acklins from the Nassau Guardian:

It appears that well known guide Elvis Collie sustained heavy damage to his home. He's a good person and a great guide. Lets keep all Bahamians who suffered great hardships in our prayers.

09-21-2011, 07:42 PM
Eleuthera got hit pretty good too.

I know that Unique Village in North Palmetto Point sustained some bad roof damage. Repairs are under way now and they should be fine for the winter season.