Times of the Islands Spring 2017

Presents the "soul of the Turks & Caicos Islands" with in-depth features about local people, culture, history, environment, businesses, resorts, restaurants and activities.

Presents the "soul of the Turks & Caicos Islands" with in-depth features about local people, culture, history, environment, businesses, resorts, restaurants and activities.


You also want an ePaper? Increase the reach of your titles

YUMPU automatically turns print PDFs into web optimized ePapers that Google loves.

TIMES<br />

OF THE<br />




Is it for You?<br />


TCI Farming<br />


Brewery Open for Tours

AT<br />

A luxury condo and villa resort community<br />

The Perfect Combination...<br />

The privacy <strong>of</strong> a luxury villa<br />

The convenience <strong>of</strong> a penthouse<br />

• Located on exclusive Long Bay Beach<br />

• The security <strong>of</strong> a full service resort<br />

• Full access to resort amenities<br />

• The opportunity to earn rental<br />

Villa<br />

income<br />

Frontage<br />

A “10 Best Island Beaches Around <strong>the</strong> World”<br />

- Condé Nast Travellers List<br />

www.TheShoreClubTC.com<br />

“Future Location <strong>of</strong> Villas”<br />

Award winning developer <strong>of</strong> luxury<br />

beachfront condos for over a decade.



T<br />

LIVE<br />

ON THE<br />

EDGE<br />

DAY.<br />



Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa goes beyond <strong>the</strong> unexpected to<br />

create a new level <strong>of</strong> contemporary design and luxury never before seen at an<br />

all-inclusive resort. Pools in <strong>the</strong> sky. A living room in a swimming pool. Decadently<br />

romantic suites with discreetly private Tranquility Soaking Tubs for two on balconies<br />

and patios. There are unlimited land and water sports—including scuba diving<br />

for certified divers—plus six bars serving premium spirits and wines as well<br />

as 5-Star Global Gourmet dining at 10 outstanding restaurants, including <strong>the</strong><br />

Caribbean’s finest steakhouse. It’s all included, even <strong>the</strong> tips, taxes and transfers* .<br />

@sandalsresorts<br />

Share Your #NoWorryMoment<br />



Voted World’s Best for 21years in a row<br />


*Visit www.sandals.com/disclaimers/times<strong>of</strong><strong>the</strong>islandsspring<strong>2017</strong> or call 1-800-SANDALS for important terms and conditions.

contents<br />

Departments<br />

6 From <strong>the</strong> Editor<br />

13 Unsung Heroes<br />

Paul Stephenson Higgs Sr.<br />

By Dr. Carlton Mills<br />

50 Island Hopping<br />

Valentine’s Day Surprise<br />

Story & Photos By Katie Gutteridge<br />

59 Resort Report<br />

Blue Haven Resort<br />

By Kathryn Brown<br />

72 Food for Thought<br />

Brewed in <strong>the</strong> TCI<br />

Story & Photos By Kathy Borsuk<br />

77 Shape Up<br />

Chocolate, Grapes and Your Heart<br />

By Tamika Handfield<br />

78 Did You Miss Something?<br />

By Meelike Mitt<br />

79 Faces & Places<br />

Colour Run<br />

By Claire Parrish<br />

Photos By Le Mens Welch, Caya Hico Media<br />

80 About <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>/TCI Map<br />

85 Where to Stay<br />

87 Dining Out<br />

89 Subscription Form<br />

90 Classified Ads<br />

Features<br />

20 Living <strong>the</strong> Dream<br />

By Ben Stubenberg ~ Photos By Marta Morton<br />

40 A Tough Roe to How<br />

By Jody Rathgeb<br />

46 Pre-Summer Looks from Emerald <strong>Islands</strong><br />

Fashion By Jeritt Williams<br />

Photos By Ora Hasenfratz<br />

54 A Warm Welcome: Blue Haven Marina<br />

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos Courtesy Blue Haven<br />

TIMES<br />

OF THE<br />



On <strong>the</strong> Cover<br />

Marta Morton travels around <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos taking<br />

photographs when she is not busy as <strong>the</strong> owner<br />

<strong>of</strong> Harbour Club Villas. Marta shot this photo on <strong>the</strong><br />

magical island <strong>of</strong> Salt Cay and it is one <strong>of</strong> her favorites.<br />

She says, “Here you see St. John’s Anglican Church,<br />

built in <strong>the</strong> early 1800s, with reflections in <strong>the</strong> salt<br />

pond waters. The foreground is filled with <strong>the</strong> endemic<br />

National Flower Turks & Caicos Hea<strong>the</strong>r (Limonium<br />

bahamense) in full bloom. I’d never seen this rare plant<br />

before, so I took hundreds <strong>of</strong> photos.” To see more <strong>of</strong><br />

Marta’s work, visit www.myturksandcaicosblog.com.<br />

Astrolabe<br />

62 The French Connection<br />

By John de Bry<br />

67 Remembering Sherlin Williams<br />

Story & Photos By Dr. Donald H. Keith<br />

79<br />

Green Pages<br />

31 A Rare “Snowbird” Returns<br />

Photos By Eric F. Salamanca<br />

34 In Safe Hands<br />

Story & Photos By Amy Avenant<br />

36 Two Kews<br />

Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco<br />


4 www.timespub.tc



The Palms may totally inhabit <strong>the</strong> role <strong>of</strong><br />

an elegant, luxurious, award-winning resort,<br />

but beneath that cultivated exterior beats<br />

an untamed heart. Parallel23 sprinkles every<br />

dish with a dash <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> unexpected. 72˚West<br />

<strong>of</strong>fers you <strong>the</strong> moon and <strong>the</strong> stars. Whimsy<br />

rules at The Palms Courtyard Shops featuring<br />

T H E S P A<br />

W I S H<br />

P A R A L L E L 2 3<br />

7 2˚W E S T<br />

Wish Boutique. And your senses are<br />

utterly seduced at The Spa at The Palms.<br />

Feel free to visit and indulge your inner wild<br />

child in all we have to <strong>of</strong>fer.<br />

649.946.8666 | <strong>the</strong>palmstc.com<br />


from <strong>the</strong> editor<br />


This o<strong>the</strong>r-worldly photo taken on Leeward Beach in early winter is an example <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> remarkable work done by resident photographer Lisa<br />

Adara (lisaadaraphoto.com). She was also responsible for <strong>the</strong> photos <strong>of</strong> North and Middle Caicos mistakenly credited to Paradise Photography<br />

in our last issue’s feature, “Changing Faces.” Thank you for your contributions, Lisa, and please forgive this editor’s error!<br />

The Soul <strong>of</strong> a Place<br />

As someone who has lived and worked in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> for 24 years, I wholeheartedly agree with Ben<br />

Stubenberg’s comment, “There is a soul to <strong>the</strong> way <strong>of</strong> life <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos Islanders” and, like him, I never tire <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> place. Ben has contributed a comprehensive article, “Living <strong>the</strong> Dream,” on <strong>the</strong> realities <strong>of</strong> picking up and moving<br />

to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. I also concur that if you don’t sense <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>’ “soul” in your bones after spending time among TCI<br />

people and places, this probably is not <strong>the</strong> place for a long-term commitment.<br />

To <strong>the</strong> best <strong>of</strong> my limited ability, and relying extensively on our valuable contributors, we try to distill that soul<br />

within <strong>the</strong> pages <strong>of</strong> this magazine. And people who don’t get it, probably don’t read or enjoy <strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

But if <strong>the</strong> spirit <strong>of</strong> this endearing place vibrates in your heart, you’ll probably be fascinated to learn about Paul Higgs,<br />

one <strong>of</strong> TCI’s earliest politicians; mourn <strong>the</strong> passing <strong>of</strong> photographer/graphic artist extraordinare Sherlin Williams;<br />

bewail <strong>the</strong> plight <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Piping Plover. Jody Rathgeb’s intriguing essay on TCI farmers will encourage you to seek out<br />

local produce. The clothing designs <strong>of</strong> North Caicos native Jeritt Williams, presented in a series <strong>of</strong> breathtaking photos<br />

shot at <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos Junkanoo Museum, will leave you awestruck at his talent. And you’ll look forward to<br />

investigating <strong>the</strong> corners <strong>of</strong> Provo to search out Blue Haven Marina and <strong>the</strong> Turk’s Head Brewery. Ben’s observation<br />

that living in TCI “requires essential qualities <strong>of</strong> tolerance, empathy, patience, humility, and respect” seems to me to<br />

be a recipe for peace and a utopian community anywhere in <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Kathy Borsuk, Editor<br />

timespub@tciway.tc • (649) 946-4788<br />

6 www.timespub.tc

Turks And Caicos<br />

TurksAndCaicosProperty.com<br />

Real Estate<br />

Parrot Cay Beachfront<br />

New to <strong>the</strong> Turks and Caicos real estate market<br />

is a 4.94 Acre estate site on Parrot Cay with over<br />

440 ft. <strong>of</strong> pristine beachfront. This blank canvas is<br />

situated in a private bay and away from <strong>the</strong> resort<br />

amenities. A perfect opportunity for a discerning<br />

buyer to design and build <strong>the</strong>ir private luxury villa.<br />

US$6,000,000<br />

Long Bay Beachfront<br />

This is a rare opportunity to own over 2 Acres <strong>of</strong><br />

pristine beachfront land in <strong>the</strong> highly sought-after<br />

neighborhood <strong>of</strong> Long Bay. The generous 155 feet<br />

<strong>of</strong> frontage on this lot <strong>of</strong>fers you <strong>the</strong> chance to<br />

design your vacation dream villa or accommodate<br />

multiple villas or a micro resort to cater to kite-boarders.<br />

US$2,650,000<br />

Bernadette Hunt<br />

cell ~ 649 231 4029 | tel ~ 649 941 3361<br />

Bernadette@TurksAndCaicosProperty.com<br />

Bernadette relocated from Ireland to <strong>the</strong><br />

Turksand Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> in 1996 and worked<br />

as anAttorney for more than 10 years. After<br />

retiringfrom <strong>the</strong> practice she focused exclusively<br />

onwhat was already a successful real estate<br />

business that she co-founded in 2000.<br />

Long Bay House<br />

Long Bay House is a unique 8,500 sq. ft. 6 bed/ 6<br />

and a half bath beachfront estate, situated on over 2<br />

Acres and set amidst Providenciales’ most luxurious<br />

beachfront properties in Long Bay. The villa has<br />

been beautifully landscaped and features over 157 ft.<br />

<strong>of</strong> coveted white sandy beach to enjoy with endless<br />

turquoise ocean views.<br />

US$7,900,000<br />

Mandalay Villa<br />

Mandalay is a 11,073 sq. ft. estate on sought after<br />

Long Bay beach that sets <strong>the</strong> standard for luxurious<br />

living in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos. Carefully designed to<br />

embrace an indoor-outdoor lifestyle on over 2 Acres<br />

with 150 ft. <strong>of</strong> beach frontage. Featuring extravagant<br />

finishes, furnishings and ultra-modern technology<br />

throughout. There’s nothing like it!<br />

US$11,500,000<br />

Based on independent MLS figures she has<br />

active sales exceeding US$200M and her<br />

gross transaction numbers are unrivaled. This<br />

proven level <strong>of</strong> efficiency, experience and up<br />

to <strong>the</strong> minute information provides a platform<br />

for quality service that you can count on.<br />

Turks and Caicos Property is now <strong>the</strong> leading<br />

independent real estate brokerage in <strong>the</strong> Turks<br />

and Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> with <strong>of</strong>fices located at 103<br />

Ocean Club West Plaza and Ocean Club West<br />

Resort. Bernadette’s reputation and success has<br />

been earned over time through <strong>the</strong> dedication,<br />

enthusiasm and consistent performance <strong>of</strong> her<br />

and her team.<br />

Her personal experience with owning a number<br />

<strong>of</strong> properties on island and having renovated<br />

some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m, means she is wellplaced to<br />

advise her customers and developers on what<br />

to anticipate in <strong>the</strong> construction process.<br />

Bernadette delights in working in <strong>the</strong> real estate<br />

industry and her humor and energy make her a<br />

pleasure to work with.<br />

Villa Renaissance<br />

Penthouse 403 at Villa Renaissance on Grace Bay<br />

beach is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most attractive 2 bed beachfront<br />

condos currently listed for sale. It is beautifully<br />

furnished and decorated throughout. The interior<br />

is bright due to <strong>the</strong> vaulted ceilings and open<br />

floor plan, creating a comfortable and residential feel.<br />

The Palms Turks & Caicos<br />

This stunning beachfront 2 bedroom condo with<br />

studio “lockout” option is located on <strong>the</strong> second<br />

floor at <strong>the</strong> Palms Turks & Caicos. The spacious<br />

luxury suite has been meticulously maintained by<br />

<strong>the</strong> current owners and upgraded with a number <strong>of</strong><br />

custom features enhancing this spectacular property.<br />

Call Bernadette if you would like to find out a<br />

little more about owning real estate in <strong>the</strong> Turks<br />

& Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

TCP<br />


Boutique Real Estate Brokerage<br />

US$1,100,000<br />


®<br />

&<br />

Resort Villages & Spa<br />

Turks Caicos<br />





19 YEARS IN A ROW<br />

BEACHES ® Turks & Caicos, <strong>the</strong> last <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> true exotics, includes absolutely everything you could think <strong>of</strong> for <strong>the</strong> ultimate<br />

family vacation, even <strong>the</strong> tips, taxes, and transfers*. A thrilling 45,000 square-foot waterpark with 10 water slides and a<br />

surf simulator. Fabulous land and water sports including unlimited scuba diving*. PADI even named Beaches Resorts<br />

one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> top fi ve dive operations in <strong>the</strong> Western Hemisphere. Superb 5-Star Global Gourmet TM dining at 21 restaurants,<br />

and 14 bars serving unlimited premium spirits for adults. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic island entertainment for everyone. Cool hangouts<br />

for teens and Sesame Street ® fun and games for <strong>the</strong> kids. Complimentary accredited nannies for all ages, all day and<br />

into <strong>the</strong> night. Beautifully appointed family-sized rooms, suites, and villas, some even with butler service. Take a closer<br />

look at Beaches Turks & Caicos and see why we continue to enjoy an unparalleled record <strong>of</strong> award-winning success.<br />


*Airport transfers included. O<strong>the</strong>r transfers may be an additional cost. PADI certification is required to dive, but not included. PADI dive courses, night dives and kids’ dive programs are<br />

available on resort for a nominal fee. Beaches ® is a registered trademark. Unique Vacations, Inc. is an affiliate <strong>of</strong> Unique Travel Corp., <strong>the</strong> worldwide representative <strong>of</strong> Beaches Resorts.

a dreamWedding<br />


BEACHES ®<br />





OR MORE!<br />


*<br />






A BUBBLY WELCOME A bottle <strong>of</strong> chilled sparkling wine<br />

elegantly arranged in your room upon arrival to toast your future.<br />

A ROMANTIC GESTURE A special turndown service on<br />

an evening <strong>of</strong> your honeymoon. WAKE UP TO WEDDED<br />

BLISS Delight in a delivery <strong>of</strong> fresh flowers and a<br />

decadent breakfast in bed one morning <strong>of</strong> your choice.<br />








IN THE<br />



in a dreamDestination<br />

It’s <strong>the</strong> day you’ve dreamt <strong>of</strong> your entire life, and you want to share<br />

it with <strong>the</strong> ones you love. Best <strong>of</strong> all, after your magical wedding<br />

day, <strong>the</strong> two <strong>of</strong> you can slip <strong>of</strong>f to <strong>the</strong> honeymoon <strong>of</strong> your dreams.<br />

Enjoy every indulgence in one <strong>of</strong> our decadently romantic suites,<br />

while your guests enjoy <strong>the</strong> vacation <strong>of</strong> a lifetime where everything’s<br />

included. Every land and water sport under <strong>the</strong> sun, including<br />

scuba diving * –voted top five in <strong>the</strong> Western Hemisphere by PADI,<br />

5-Star Global Gourmet dining at up to 21 restaurants serving<br />

unlimited pours <strong>of</strong> Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines and premium<br />

spirits, even tips, taxes, and transfers * . At Beaches Resorts, you<br />

can enjoy <strong>the</strong> honeymoon <strong>of</strong> a lifetime and celebrate <strong>the</strong> most<br />

special time <strong>of</strong> your life with <strong>the</strong> people who mean <strong>the</strong> most to you.<br />

R e s o r t s<br />

by Sandals<br />



call 1-877-BEACHES or call your Travel Pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

@weddingmoons<br />


*Visit www.beaches.com/disclaimers/times<strong>of</strong><strong>the</strong>islandsspring<strong>2017</strong>bch or call 1-800-BEACHES for important terms and conditions.


TIMES<br />


Kathy Borsuk<br />

OF THE<br />



Claire Parrish<br />


Amy Avenant, Kathy Borsuk, Kathryn Brown, Simon Busuttil,<br />

Marta Calosso, John Claydon, Luc Clerveaux, John de Bry,<br />

Elise Elliot-Smith, Katie Gutteridge, Tamika Handfield,<br />

Dr. Donald H. Keith, Sidney Maddock, B Naqqi Manco,<br />

Dr. Carlton Mills, Meelike Mitt, Claire Parrish,<br />

Jody Rathgeb, Eric F. Salamanca, Pat Saxton, Caleb Spiegel,<br />

Ben Stubenberg, Craig Watson, Kathleen Wood.<br />

Love your home<br />


Award-winning architecture firm RA Shaw Designs<br />

has created some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most sophisticated and<br />

technologically advanced luxury properties<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Caribbean. Recently voted<br />

“The Best Architecture & Design<br />

Company <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Year”<br />

for <strong>the</strong> second consecutive year by Caribbean<br />

World Magazine, our team specializes in creating<br />

a unique sense <strong>of</strong> place by integrating building<br />

techniques and architectural details with <strong>the</strong><br />

surrounding culture so that you too can<br />

love your home.<br />


Lisa Adara Photography, Anglotopia.net, Amy Avenant,<br />

Blue Haven Marina, Kathy Borsuk, Marisa Findlay<br />

Photography, Derek Gardiner, Katie Gutteridge,<br />

Ora Hasenfratz, Dr. Donald H. Keith, Agile LeVin,<br />

B Naqqi Manco, Dr. Carlton Mills, Marta Morton,<br />

Steve Passmore–Provo Pictures, Jody Rathgeb,<br />

Tom Rathgeb, Eric F. Salamanca, Pat Saxton, Martin Seim,<br />

Turks & Caicos National Museum Collection,<br />

Elizabeth Turner, Le Mens Welch–Caya Hico Media.<br />


Wavey Line Publishing, Sherlin Williams<br />


Franklin-Dodd Communications, Hialeah, FL<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> ISSN 1017-6853 is<br />

published quarterly by <strong>Times</strong> Publications Ltd.<br />

Copyright © <strong>2017</strong> by <strong>Times</strong> Publications Ltd. All rights reserved<br />

under Universal and Pan American Copyright Conventions.<br />

No part <strong>of</strong> this publication may be<br />

reproduced without written permission.<br />

Subscriptions $28/year; $32/year for<br />

non-U.S. mailing addresses<br />

Submissions We welcome submission <strong>of</strong> articles or photography, but<br />

assume no responsibility for care and return <strong>of</strong> unsolicited material.<br />

Return postage must accompany material if it is to be returned. In no<br />

event shall any writer or photographer subject this magazine to any<br />

claim for holding fees or damage charges on unsolicited material.<br />

While every care has been taken in <strong>the</strong> compilation and reproduction <strong>of</strong><br />

information contained herein to ensure correctness, such information is<br />

subject to change without notice. The publisher accepts no<br />

responsibility for such alterations or for typographical or o<strong>the</strong>r errors.<br />

Business Office<br />

<strong>Times</strong> Publications Ltd., P.O. Box 234,<br />

Lucille Lightbourne Building #1,<br />

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, BWI<br />

Tel/Fax 649 946 4788<br />

Advertising 649 431 7527<br />

E-mail timespub@tciway.tc<br />

Web: www.timespub.tc<br />


12 www.timespub.tc

unsung heroes<br />

Paul S. Higgs, Sr. was an early advocate for <strong>the</strong> rights <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

Islanders and foresaw tourism as key to <strong>the</strong> country’s progress.<br />

Ahead <strong>of</strong> His Time<br />

Paul Stephenson Higgs, Sr.<br />

Story & Photo By Dr. Carlton Mills<br />

One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI’s “unsung heroes” is Paul Stephenson Higgs, Sr. During <strong>the</strong> early years <strong>of</strong> TCI’s political<br />

history, he was a tireless advocate for <strong>the</strong> rights <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos Islanders. Before <strong>the</strong> first hotel was<br />

built in Providenciales, he foresaw tourism as being <strong>the</strong> key to <strong>the</strong> country’s progress and development.<br />

The 2016 TCI election day (December 15, 2016) would have been a proud occasion for <strong>the</strong> late stateman<br />

as his grandson—Hon. Ralph Higgs—followed in his political footsteps, spearheading <strong>the</strong> tourist industry<br />

which he envisioned so long ago as being <strong>the</strong> lifeline <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 13

The Hon. Paul Stephenson Higgs was born in Bottle<br />

Creek, North Caicos on February 2, 1898. He was married<br />

to Brenetta E. Williams <strong>of</strong> Bottle Creek and <strong>the</strong> fa<strong>the</strong>r <strong>of</strong><br />

four sons and four daughters.<br />

Early life<br />

Paul Higgs attended <strong>the</strong> Bottle Creek Primary School (now<br />

Adelaide Oemler Primary School). As a young man, he<br />

engaged in many <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> activities preferred by his age<br />

group. These included fishing, boat building and eventually<br />

construction. He was an incredible sailor and<br />

fisherman. He enjoyed fishing so much that he spent<br />

long hours in <strong>the</strong> boat. Many times, his family would<br />

worry about him because <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> length <strong>of</strong> time he spent<br />

at sea. He would return home sometimes long after ten in<br />

<strong>the</strong> evening with a huge catch, some <strong>of</strong> which had already<br />

begun to rot! He lost most <strong>of</strong> his catch because <strong>of</strong> this but<br />

he did not worry about that. He was enjoying something<br />

he loved.<br />

Honourable Paul Higgs was one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first political<br />

representatives for North Caicos. During his tenure, <strong>the</strong><br />

island experienced many benefits. He was instrumental<br />

in securing scholarships for several persons to pursue<br />

studies in Teacher Education, Nursing and Agriculture in<br />

Jamaica. He had a passion for education. He believed that<br />

if <strong>the</strong> people <strong>of</strong> North Caicos were to assume responsible<br />

positions within <strong>the</strong>ir country, education must play a pivotal<br />

role. Some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> persons who received scholarships<br />

at <strong>the</strong> time in North Caicos include Claudius and Carlton<br />

Williams, Cecelia Gray and Raymond Gardiner. These individuals<br />

went on to become prominent citizens in <strong>the</strong> TCI<br />

due to efforts that were made by Hon. Higgs to ensure<br />

overseas training for <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

The commencement <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> popular road works programme,<br />

which involved ensuring that <strong>the</strong> roads and<br />

roadsides were properly maintained, was started under<br />

Hon. Paul Higgs’ watch. This programme provided<br />

employment opportunities for several persons on <strong>the</strong><br />

island who, under ordinary circumstances, would not<br />

have been able to support <strong>the</strong>mselves and <strong>the</strong>ir families.<br />

Ironically, despite <strong>the</strong> progress we claim to have made<br />

today, some political figures are still seeing this initiative<br />

as <strong>the</strong> way to stimulate <strong>the</strong> economy in <strong>the</strong> Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

Paul Higgs was a hard-working, trustworthy, dedicated<br />

and determined man. He was very bold and outspoken<br />

and would give you a piece <strong>of</strong> his mind in a heartbeat.<br />

He once told a renowned politician at a public meeting in<br />

North Caicos to shut up because he “would not know ‘A’<br />

if it was as big as <strong>the</strong> rafters in <strong>the</strong> building” where <strong>the</strong><br />

meeting was being held. He was alluding to <strong>the</strong> fact that<br />

uneducated persons should not be in <strong>the</strong> forefront <strong>of</strong> politics.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> same meeting, he also reprimanded <strong>the</strong> new<br />

leader <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> PDM Party, Hon. JAGS McCartney, referring<br />

to <strong>the</strong>m as <strong>the</strong> “Black Power Boys” and that <strong>the</strong>re was no<br />

need for that kind <strong>of</strong> movement in North Caicos. This was<br />

because <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> perception <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> party at that time.<br />

He was also a very religious man. He was not only a<br />

Senior Deacon in <strong>the</strong> local Baptist Church, but he was <strong>the</strong><br />

person in charge <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> church. One had to “tow <strong>the</strong> line”<br />

under his leadership. He did not tolerate marital indiscretions<br />

and laziness. He frowned on persons who could not<br />

work due to minor illness such as <strong>the</strong> flu. He would <strong>of</strong>ten<br />

be heard reminding workers that only lazy people had<br />

time to be sick. He was never sick—not even on <strong>the</strong> day<br />

<strong>of</strong> his sudden death.<br />

Paul Higgs was a confidante and <strong>the</strong> local people who<br />

lovingly referred to him as “Con Paul” (Cousin Paul) relied<br />

on him regularly for advice. He also served in <strong>the</strong> very<br />

sought after and important role <strong>of</strong> Justice <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Peace<br />

and Marriage Officer in <strong>the</strong> island <strong>of</strong> North Caicos.<br />

Hon. Paul Higgs played a pivotal role in <strong>the</strong> day-to-day<br />

life <strong>of</strong> his people. In addition to his religious role, he also<br />

represented <strong>the</strong> poor and downtrodden in <strong>the</strong> courts. He<br />

sought justice, pro bono, for those who could not defend<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves, despite not having any formal legal training.<br />

This was a clear testament <strong>of</strong> his interest and concern for<br />

his people.<br />

A man with vision<br />

Hon. Paul Higgs was a man with a vision. He envisioned<br />

<strong>the</strong> demise <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> salt and <strong>the</strong> sisal industries and argued<br />

that although salt brought some prosperity to <strong>the</strong> TCI, he<br />

believed that it was <strong>the</strong> main factor that contributed to<br />

<strong>the</strong> country’s division—Turks against Caicos. At <strong>the</strong> time,<br />

salt was only being produced in <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong> (Grand<br />

Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos) and most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> commercial<br />

activity took place in Grand Turk. This made <strong>the</strong> Salt<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> residents, particularly those on Grand Turk, to feel<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y were superior to people in <strong>the</strong> Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

“Caucus people” (as <strong>the</strong>y were called by Salt Islanders)<br />

had to travel many days in sloops to Grand Turk to trade<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir ground provisions and sisal products. Although <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

farm produce was badly needed in Grand Turk, <strong>the</strong>se<br />

hard-working and ambitious people were, in many cases,<br />

mistreated and scorned during <strong>the</strong>ir visits. At that time,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re was a buoy placed in <strong>the</strong> waters to clearly demarcate<br />

<strong>the</strong> separation between <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong> and <strong>the</strong> Caicos<br />

<strong>Islands</strong>. This was responsible for <strong>the</strong> phrase “West <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

14 www.timespub.tc

Buoy.” “Caucus people come from West <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Buoy,” was<br />

a popular but not endearing term during those years.<br />

Hon. Paul Higgs wanted to end this segregation and<br />

replace it with a unified TCI. For this reason, he lobbied<br />

in <strong>the</strong> State Council for <strong>the</strong> economy to be diversified. He<br />

felt that <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> should move towards being a tourist<br />

destination. He obviously saw where this initiative would<br />

have more far-ranging financial benefits to <strong>the</strong> lives <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

people <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI than what was being realized through<br />

<strong>the</strong> salt industry.<br />

Political challenges<br />

One <strong>of</strong> Hon. Paul Higgs’ major tests came in <strong>the</strong> late 1950s<br />

and early 1960s when <strong>the</strong> Federation Movement was <strong>the</strong><br />

political headline in <strong>the</strong> English-speaking Caribbean. The<br />

TCI was no exception since <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> were being administered<br />

by Jamaica at <strong>the</strong> time and Jamaica was deeply<br />

involved in <strong>the</strong> Federation and <strong>the</strong> self-determination<br />

movement. Although <strong>the</strong> TCI was ruled by Jamaica, it had<br />

not achieved <strong>the</strong> same status <strong>of</strong> internal self-government<br />

as many countries involved in <strong>the</strong> Federation Movement.<br />

The Federation issue was challenging to <strong>the</strong> TCI for<br />

several reasons. Firstly, TCI was at <strong>the</strong> time regarded geographically<br />

as part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Bahamas and had close ties with<br />

this country as many <strong>of</strong> its people had migrated <strong>the</strong>re<br />

seeking employment. Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, <strong>the</strong> TCI’s agricultural<br />

abilities were hampered by <strong>the</strong> poor quality <strong>of</strong> its<br />

soil which did not permit for mass production <strong>of</strong> crops.<br />

Because <strong>of</strong> this, <strong>the</strong> TCI relied heavily on imports from<br />

neighbouring countries. Ano<strong>the</strong>r serious challenge faced<br />

was its distance away from <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r Caribbean countries<br />

involved in <strong>the</strong> Federation Movement, making travel and<br />

communication between <strong>the</strong>se countries almost impossible.<br />

The TCI itself, because <strong>of</strong> its geographically scattered<br />

nature, created administrative concerns. These challenges<br />

led to <strong>the</strong> TCI’s inability to elect a representative to <strong>the</strong><br />

BWI Federation parliament. Turks & Caicos <strong>the</strong>refore<br />

had no choice but to seek a special position within <strong>the</strong><br />

Federation, which limited its ability to become a full member<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Federation as Jamaica was.<br />

Under <strong>the</strong> administration <strong>of</strong> Jamaica, <strong>the</strong> TCI suffered<br />

major political and economic injustices. Politically,<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> did not receive adequate representation. The<br />

governor <strong>of</strong> Jamaica, who was also responsible for <strong>the</strong><br />

TCI, was seated in Jamaica and made decisions about <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Islands</strong> without consulting <strong>the</strong> TCI representatives who,<br />

on occasions, had to travel by sloops to Jamaica and<br />

missed many sittings <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Jamaican House <strong>of</strong> Assembly.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 15

Also, because <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> limited numbers <strong>of</strong> TCI representatives,<br />

even if <strong>the</strong>y had arrived on time to attend House<br />

meetings, <strong>the</strong>y could not affect any real change for <strong>the</strong><br />

TCI as <strong>the</strong>y were outnumbered. Jamaica in essence, was<br />

seeking its own interest with little concern for <strong>the</strong> TCI.<br />

Economically, Jamaica was benefitting from <strong>the</strong> TCI’s<br />

salt industry by charging a tax on all exports <strong>of</strong> salt from<br />

<strong>the</strong> TCI. The income from this tax went directly to support<br />

Jamaica’s economy ra<strong>the</strong>r than being reinvested into<br />

<strong>the</strong> TCI. This was a repeat <strong>of</strong> what was experienced in<br />

<strong>the</strong> 1700s and early 1800s while TCI was being administered<br />

by <strong>the</strong> Bahamas. This practice by Jamaica seriously<br />

contributed to <strong>the</strong> fur<strong>the</strong>r underdevelopment <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI.<br />

It is important to note that all <strong>the</strong> commercial activity<br />

was mainly between Jamaica and Grand Turk, making <strong>the</strong><br />

Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> dependent on Grand Turk for day-to-day<br />

needs, fur<strong>the</strong>r enhancing <strong>the</strong> superiority complex <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

residents <strong>of</strong> Grand Turk forementioned.<br />

Based on those critical circumstances, it was decision<br />

time for <strong>the</strong> British Crown Colony (<strong>the</strong> TCI). The decision<br />

was whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> should remain with Jamaica<br />

or return as a full-fledged British Colony. Many heated<br />

debates ensued, resulting in visits made by delegations<br />

from <strong>the</strong> TCI to Jamaica and to England. Hon. Paul Higgs<br />

was one <strong>of</strong> those persons who travelled to Jamaica and<br />

finally to England to present <strong>the</strong> case on behalf <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

TCI withdrawing from Jamaica. Knowing how candid and<br />

forceful he was, it is strongly believed that he influenced<br />

several <strong>of</strong> his colleagues to take <strong>the</strong> same position as he<br />

did. In fact, he was <strong>the</strong> spokesman for <strong>the</strong> Caicos group<br />

and was reported as saying to <strong>the</strong> British Parliament,<br />

“Anchor us <strong>of</strong>f in <strong>the</strong> Atlantic Ocean. We refuse to suffer<br />

one more day under Jamaica!”<br />

When it came to <strong>the</strong> crucial vote in <strong>the</strong> TCI’s local<br />

Legislative Council, made up <strong>of</strong> one member from Salt<br />

Cay, one from South Caicos, two from Grand Turk, one<br />

from Middle Caicos, three from North Caicos and one<br />

from Blue Hills, <strong>the</strong> Yes’s won by one vote (five to four) in<br />

favour <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI moving away from Jamaica and becoming<br />

a full-fledged British Colony. This was symbolic <strong>of</strong><br />

Hon. Higgs’ strong stance against <strong>the</strong> harmful separation<br />

between <strong>the</strong> Turks and <strong>the</strong> Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. All <strong>the</strong><br />

representatives from <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong> voted in favour <strong>of</strong><br />

remaining with Jamaica, while all <strong>the</strong> representatives in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, led by Higgs, voted for separation.<br />

If it were not for his strong position and leadership,<br />

supported by that <strong>of</strong> his colleagues Gus Lightbourne,<br />

Emanuel Hall, James Walkin and Harry Musgrove, <strong>the</strong> TCI<br />

might still be a colony <strong>of</strong> Jamaica to this day! One can<br />

only assume that with <strong>the</strong> economic and political challenges<br />

that Jamaica is currently facing, <strong>the</strong> TCI might<br />

not be enjoying <strong>the</strong> high level <strong>of</strong> economic growth and<br />

prosperity it now enjoys. These five brave men had finally<br />

affected <strong>the</strong> change longed for by <strong>the</strong> Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

Following this vote, representatives in <strong>the</strong> Turks<br />

16 www.timespub.tc


Developing commercial and residential<br />

properties since 1966<br />

Most experienced,<br />

most knowledgeable, and<br />

with <strong>the</strong> largest inventory<br />

<strong>of</strong> LAND AVAILABLE<br />

for sale on<br />

Providenciales<br />

Properties available in:<br />

Turtle Cove • Turtle Tail<br />

Grace Bay • Long Bay<br />

Ocean/Beach Front<br />

Ocean View • Canal<br />

Call Bengt Soderqvist<br />

Ph: 649 946-4303 Fax: 649 946-4326 Email: provident@tciway.tc<br />

P.O. Box 594, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos<br />

15150 Golden Point Lane, Wellington, FL USA 33414<br />

ALSO:<br />

Commercial Areas<br />

Marinas<br />

Hotels • Condos<br />

Private Homes<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> realized that <strong>the</strong> balance <strong>of</strong> power resided in <strong>the</strong><br />

Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. They felt that to avoid fur<strong>the</strong>r defeats,<br />

a seat had to be taken away. The seats in Bottle Creek,<br />

North Caicos were reduced from two to one. This seat<br />

was placed in Grand Turk, giving <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

majority <strong>of</strong> seats.<br />

Post-Jamaica years<br />

Hon. Paul Higgs was a part <strong>of</strong> TCI’s pre-ministerial era.<br />

He realized that <strong>the</strong> single member constituency that<br />

currently existed could not reap <strong>the</strong> necessary rewards<br />

for <strong>the</strong> TCI. Hence, he encouraged voters to support <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>n-Labour Party which was spearheaded by Clarence<br />

Jolly and o<strong>the</strong>rs who had just returned home from <strong>the</strong><br />

Bahamas with experience in political organizations. Hon.<br />

Higgs spoke out openly in favour <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Labour Party as<br />

he felt that collectively, local representatives would be a<br />

greater force to reckon with. He noted that every developed<br />

country had a labour system <strong>of</strong> government. In his<br />

view, <strong>the</strong> same should apply for <strong>the</strong> TCI.<br />

He drew reference in his many political speeches to<br />

countries such as Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir respective Labour leaders—Errol Barrow, Alexander<br />

Bustamante and Dr. Eric Williams. He was self-educated<br />

and kept abreast <strong>of</strong> what was happening politically in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Caribbean region and <strong>the</strong> role that Caribbean leaders<br />

were playing in <strong>the</strong> lives <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir people. Hon. Paul Higgs<br />

admonished <strong>the</strong> TCI to follow <strong>the</strong> example around <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

He argued that <strong>the</strong> world was changing and that <strong>the</strong> TCI<br />

should also change in order to remain competitive.<br />

Hon. Paul Higgs was passionate about his people. He<br />

argued that <strong>the</strong> TCI should make a serious effort to attract<br />

foreign investment. He believed that this would be one <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> ways to reduce unemployment and raise <strong>the</strong> standard<br />

<strong>of</strong> living <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> people <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI. This, he believed, would<br />

make <strong>the</strong> TCI a better place. This was his dream.<br />

Hon. Paul Higgs saw <strong>the</strong> need for self-improvement<br />

and cooperation to prevail in <strong>the</strong> TCI. This is what he<br />

promoted over <strong>the</strong> years, particularly at <strong>the</strong> opening <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> House <strong>of</strong> Assembly. He believed that Turks & Caicos<br />

Islanders should be <strong>the</strong> architects <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir growth and<br />

development. To this end, he pushed continuously for<br />

Islanders to undertake advanced training, and advocated<br />

for TCI people to go abroad and earn degrees in areas<br />

such as Medicine, Agriculture and Education. These persons,<br />

he opined, would be instrumental in charting a new<br />

course for <strong>the</strong> TCI. He first coined <strong>the</strong> phrase “Turks &<br />

Caicos Islanders First.”<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 17

35Years<br />

Assisting domestic and international clients for 35 years<br />

Tel + 1 649 946 4602 • Fax + 1 649 946 4848<br />

Email reception@savory-co.com • Website www.savory-co.com<br />

Hon. Paul Higgs was a warrior. He was a champion<br />

for people’s rights, justice and equality. He felt <strong>the</strong> pain<br />

that <strong>the</strong> people in <strong>the</strong> Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> were experiencing.<br />

He experienced <strong>the</strong>ir struggle first-hand. He knew about<br />

<strong>the</strong> rejection Caicos people encountered. He experienced<br />

it first-hand. He knew <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir unfair treatment and degradation.<br />

He experienced it first-hand.<br />

Despite being unpopular in certain circles, Hon. Paul<br />

Higgs was a man <strong>of</strong> passion, a man <strong>of</strong> substance, a man<br />

who cared. He placed country above self, a concept that<br />

is desperately lacking among some politicians in <strong>the</strong> TCI<br />

today. This is what is required <strong>of</strong> leaders. Hon. Paul Higgs<br />

led by example.<br />

The TCI has since seen <strong>the</strong> closure <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> salt and<br />

sisal industries and <strong>the</strong> growth and expansion <strong>of</strong> tourism<br />

with flights from North America, <strong>the</strong> Caribbean and<br />

Europe. This is undoubtedly Paul Higgs’ vision being<br />

realized. What has made his vision so significant is that<br />

tourism is now <strong>the</strong> focus <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>—<strong>the</strong> very<br />

islands that Hon. Higgs knew needed to grow and develop<br />

in that direction. Some <strong>of</strong> his family members, including<br />

two <strong>of</strong> his sons and one <strong>of</strong> his grandsons, have been<br />

actively involved in <strong>the</strong> tourist industry in <strong>the</strong> TCI and <strong>the</strong><br />

Bahamas.<br />

Interestingly, Hon. Higgs himself was not a supporter<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Black Power Boys’ new party, <strong>the</strong> PDM. He<br />

obviously did not endorse some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> activities that <strong>the</strong><br />

group allegedly were engaged in. He obviously would<br />

have supported <strong>the</strong>ir position on making Turks & Caicos<br />

Islanders first in <strong>the</strong>ir country. This is what he wanted<br />

to see. However, during <strong>the</strong> December 15, 2016 general<br />

elections one <strong>of</strong> his grandsons, Hon. Ralph Higgs, who<br />

resigned his post as <strong>the</strong> Director <strong>of</strong> Tourism to contest<br />

a seat, on a PDM ticket in North and Middle Caicos won<br />

convincingly and was appointed as <strong>the</strong> new Minister <strong>of</strong><br />

Tourism. Hon. Paul Higgs’ dream for TCI seems to have<br />

come full circle.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> age <strong>of</strong> 83, Paul Stephenson Higgs died suddenly<br />

(without illness) on May 12, 1980 in Nassau,<br />

Bahamas while visiting his children. He was buried in<br />

Old Trail Cemetery <strong>the</strong>re. TCI Chief Minister Hon. JAGS<br />

McCartney was buried on that same day. Hon Higgs is<br />

survived by two sons and one daughter. From <strong>the</strong> records,<br />

his political career in <strong>the</strong> TCI spans from 1955 to 1962.<br />

The 2016 TCI election day would obviously have been<br />

a proud, joyous and exceptional one for Hon. Paul Higgs if<br />

he were alive to see his bloodline following in his political<br />

footsteps and spearheading <strong>the</strong> tourist industry which he<br />

envisioned so long ago as being <strong>the</strong> lifeline <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI. a<br />

18 www.timespub.tc

The Leading Private Bank in <strong>the</strong> Turks and Caicos <strong>Islands</strong><br />

Where values are growing<br />

Wealth Management • Bonds/Fixed Income<br />

Investment Strategies • Foreign Exchange<br />

Stocks/Equities • Precious Metals<br />

Fixed deposits/CD’s • International Transfers<br />

Turks & Caicos Banking Company Ltd.<br />

The Regent Village, Unit H102, Grace Bay Road, Providenciales<br />

Tel: +649 941 4994<br />

Email: services@tcbc.tc • www.tcbc.tc<br />

Regulated by <strong>the</strong> Financial Services Commission, Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>

feature<br />

Opposite page: One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> great joys <strong>of</strong> living in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> is mingling with people from different nationalities at community<br />

events such as this sailing regatta on Grace Bay Beach.<br />

Above: An afternoon <strong>of</strong> floating in <strong>the</strong> sea and sipping a tropical drink is ano<strong>the</strong>r joy to be savored.<br />

Living <strong>the</strong> Dream<br />

Could a life in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> be in your future?<br />

By Ben Stubenberg ~ Photos By Marta Morton, www.harbourclubvillas.com<br />

It’s your last day <strong>of</strong> vacation in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos, and you don’t want to leave. Maybe you’re gazing out<br />

over that brilliant turquoise ocean with a cold drink in hand and thinking to yourself, “Wow, could I live<br />

<strong>the</strong> dream?” Countless visitors have asked <strong>the</strong>mselves and <strong>the</strong>ir partners that same question. And why<br />

not? Gorgeous beaches, lovely people, cool vibe, tasty cafés, sports galore, warm sunshine and an aura<br />

<strong>of</strong> peace and tranquility spark <strong>the</strong> imagination and create a sense <strong>of</strong> possibilities.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 21

Morning comes too soon, though. The taxi’s waiting<br />

and ready to go. You stand in line at <strong>the</strong> airport, wait,<br />

check in, wait some more, climb <strong>the</strong> stairway into that<br />

gleaming airplane, and buckle up. Your mind gears shift<br />

from <strong>the</strong> relaxed island vibe to <strong>the</strong> familiar world <strong>of</strong> efficient<br />

processing <strong>of</strong> people and paper and things. The<br />

plane takes <strong>of</strong>f and banks out over gorgeous Grace Bay<br />

and <strong>the</strong> surf-fringed reef. You crane your neck and press<br />

your forehead against <strong>the</strong> window so you can get one last<br />

glance. Then it all vanishes below <strong>the</strong> clouds. And <strong>the</strong><br />

dream, along with <strong>the</strong> vacation, starts to slip away.<br />

Now home, you slide back into <strong>the</strong> comfortable routine<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> life you have built—and it’s not bad. In fact,<br />

it’s pretty darn good. It got you a vacation on <strong>the</strong> best<br />

beach in <strong>the</strong> world!<br />

But maybe <strong>the</strong> dream lingers a little longer. You<br />

remind yourself that you have entered “middle age” and<br />

now is <strong>the</strong> time to take a turn in life. (Or at least explore<br />

<strong>the</strong> options so you don’t have any regrets later.)<br />

Is it really possible to open that door in <strong>the</strong> far<br />

corner <strong>of</strong> your mind and walk down <strong>the</strong> unlit corridor<br />

towards a new beginning? To swap out <strong>the</strong> routine <strong>of</strong><br />

reasonable certainty and expectations for <strong>the</strong> impetuous<br />

soul <strong>of</strong> a dreamer who gave it all up to walk on a beach<br />

in paradise?<br />

It’s freezing outside, but you still feel <strong>the</strong> warm sand<br />

under your toes. You still see that big orange sun sink<br />

over <strong>the</strong> sea and every hue <strong>of</strong> pink and red paint <strong>the</strong><br />

clouds <strong>of</strong> a darkening sky. You still anticipate <strong>the</strong> quiet<br />

arrival <strong>of</strong> ano<strong>the</strong>r tropical night, strewn with a billion<br />

stars, bright and sharp in <strong>the</strong> absence <strong>of</strong> ambient light.<br />

And you still remember <strong>the</strong> small act <strong>of</strong> genuine kindness<br />

from someone who made you feel welcome. If that’s you,<br />

keep reading.<br />

Before you take <strong>the</strong> leap<br />

First, ask this essential question: “Can I appreciate <strong>the</strong><br />

fact that I will be a guest in someone else’s country with<br />

a culture and way <strong>of</strong> doing things different from me?”<br />

Think hard because it requires essential qualities <strong>of</strong> tolerance,<br />

empathy, patience, humility, and respect. If your<br />

answer is “No,” don’t come. Period. For all <strong>the</strong> easy-going<br />

goodwill among locals and “expats” (expatriate foreigners<br />

who live here), acceptance goes out <strong>the</strong> window for<br />

those who come down with <strong>the</strong> wrong attitude or prove<br />

untrustworthy.<br />

Know this: The Turks & Caicos is not a place to escape<br />

from problems and bring baggage filled with unresolved<br />

issues. The <strong>Islands</strong> are too small, and whatever bad qualities<br />

you have will be magnified. You won’t last. And even<br />

Enjoying a sunset walk along a nearly deserted beach is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> great pleasures <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> have to <strong>of</strong>fer.<br />

22 www.timespub.tc

if you do, you won’t be happy.<br />

But if you’re someone who sees <strong>the</strong>se sunny isles as a<br />

destination where you can open your heart and touch <strong>the</strong><br />

lives <strong>of</strong> o<strong>the</strong>rs who hail from every corner <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world,<br />

you have passed <strong>the</strong> first test. Living in <strong>the</strong> TCI is just as<br />

much about being an agreeable, simpatico human being<br />

as it is about relishing <strong>the</strong> exquisite natural environment.<br />

Next, are you married, have kids, or are in a tight<br />

relationship with someone? If so, you need to sit down<br />

and have that frank talk to see if he or she shares that<br />

tropical dream with <strong>the</strong> same passion. Often, one partner<br />

will enjoy <strong>the</strong> vacation but for any number <strong>of</strong> quite legitimate<br />

reasons— financial security, career, family—doesn’t<br />

want to make <strong>the</strong> leap. Then you may have to compromise<br />

and just take more vacations here, possibly buying<br />

a house or condo that anchors you to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

without full-time commitment. That’s OK too.<br />

Got kids? There are many excellent schools, and<br />

youngsters who grow up here tend to be smart, secure,<br />

open-minded, and well-adjusted. Still, uprooting <strong>the</strong>m is<br />

a hard call. So, you may have to delay <strong>the</strong> dream for a few<br />

years for <strong>the</strong>ir sake, but that just gives you more time to<br />

lay <strong>the</strong> groundwork for a future move.<br />

Start exploring<br />

Next comes <strong>the</strong> fun part where you take <strong>the</strong> time to really<br />

get a feel for <strong>the</strong> place to see if it’s for you. Read all you<br />

can about <strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> and current events.<br />

Local magazines (including this one) and newspapers—<br />

hard copy and online—abound and provide a plethora <strong>of</strong><br />

valuable information. Watch local TV shows and listen to<br />

radio stations for insightful local coverage.<br />

Go to <strong>the</strong> Thursday Fish Fry in The Bight, but also plan<br />

a visit around Maskanoo, <strong>the</strong> Caribbean Food Festival, <strong>the</strong><br />

Conch Festival, Valentine’s Day Cup and New Year’s at<br />

Rickie’s Flamingo Café. Attend fundraisers for <strong>the</strong> Edward<br />

Gartland Youth Centre, Provo Children’s Home, Turks &<br />

Caicos Reef Fund, and curing breast cancer (In <strong>the</strong> Pink).<br />

If you are sporty, consider taking part in one <strong>of</strong> many<br />

well-organized events such as a run or swim race, triathlon,<br />

sailing regatta, or a golf or tennis tournament. Soccer<br />

for both children and adults is ano<strong>the</strong>r popular sport.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r or not you are religious, visit one <strong>of</strong> numerous<br />

churches <strong>of</strong> just about every denomination and hear<br />

<strong>the</strong> exuberance <strong>of</strong> faith, <strong>of</strong>ten expressed in song.<br />

Rent a car and hire a taxi for a couple <strong>of</strong> hours and<br />

go all over <strong>the</strong> island. Use a guide to fill you in and share<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir local knowledge. Stop in at a variety <strong>of</strong> bars and<br />

cafés.<br />

From top: Maskanoo is an annual cultural festival just after Christmas,<br />

filled with costumes, music, food, and a grand parade.<br />

The Great Raft Race is part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> annual Fool’s Regatta, a fun day on<br />

<strong>the</strong> water anticipated by residents young and old.<br />

This group <strong>of</strong> schoolchildren are performing in <strong>the</strong> TCI Costume, with<br />

each band <strong>of</strong> color signifying a different island.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 23

Meet and talk to lots <strong>of</strong> people, but don’t wear <strong>the</strong>m<br />

down with your hopes and dreams. Instead, ask what <strong>the</strong>y<br />

like best about being here. And if <strong>the</strong>y are from somewhere<br />

else, ask <strong>the</strong>m what brought <strong>the</strong>m here. Everyone<br />

has a story. Now ask yourself, “Do I like <strong>the</strong> people around<br />

me? Do I share <strong>the</strong> spirit?”<br />

Most expats who move here had to navigate <strong>the</strong><br />

maze <strong>of</strong> requirements to make <strong>the</strong>ir dream come true,<br />

no matter where <strong>the</strong>y came from. That creates a sort <strong>of</strong><br />

self-selecting part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> population imbued with a strong<br />

dose <strong>of</strong> adventuresome confidence—seekers who let<br />

something go back home on <strong>the</strong> gamble it would work<br />

out here. Make no mistake, <strong>the</strong>y took risks and made<br />

trade<strong>of</strong>fs, and so will you. Just be clear-headed: While<br />

<strong>the</strong> lifestyle is unrivaled, having some money behind you<br />

makes it so much easier. This is hard place to be if you<br />

are hurting for cash.<br />

Keep in mind you’ll likely get valuable snippets <strong>of</strong><br />

knowledge, but not <strong>the</strong> full story because it’s not <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

job to prepare you, even if you buy <strong>the</strong> drinks. For that<br />

you should look into hiring someone to get you oriented.<br />

At least one new service, Turks & Caicos Living, has<br />

sprung up to give potential transplants a briefing tour<br />

that covers <strong>the</strong> bases <strong>of</strong> living here from o<strong>the</strong>r expats<br />

who’ve made <strong>the</strong> jump.<br />

Schedule/price subject to change without prior notice.<br />

Downsizing<br />

Most North Americans and Europeans move here looking<br />

for a less hectic, slower pace <strong>of</strong> life. That’s <strong>the</strong> allure<br />

<strong>of</strong> living on a small island in <strong>the</strong> West Indies. And small<br />

islands <strong>the</strong>se are, but very well connected to <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Still, you need to be comfortable with limited roaming<br />

space and what you can do without.<br />

Providenciales has most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> essentials with supermarkets<br />

and <strong>of</strong>fice supply and building material stores.<br />

We have a fine bookstore, several boutiques, a couple <strong>of</strong><br />

yummy bakeries, and an excellent c<strong>of</strong>fee roaster, brewer,<br />

and rum distiller. There’s a modern hospital, well-stocked<br />

pharmacies, and several very good private doctors<br />

(including naturopathic and osteopathic), optometrists,<br />

physical <strong>the</strong>rapists, and even an acupuncturist. But it’s<br />

not <strong>the</strong> vast shopping center <strong>of</strong> North America, and never<br />

will be.<br />

Take that as an opportunity to roll back and re-evaluate.<br />

After all, whe<strong>the</strong>r you buy a luxurious beachfront<br />

villa or choose less upscale quarters, isn’t entering this<br />

little Eden about changing course, living life a bit unte<strong>the</strong>red?<br />

This is not where you come to replicate “home” with<br />

palm trees and sand.<br />

24 www.timespub.tc

To really appreciate what unte<strong>the</strong>red means, take<br />

a day or two to explore <strong>the</strong> “Out <strong>Islands</strong>” and see how<br />

<strong>the</strong> old Caribbean ways are very much alive. For those<br />

who want a complete break and yearn for an even slower<br />

pace, consider settling in North Caicos, Middle Caicos,<br />

The longest established legal practice<br />

South Caicos or Salt Cay. These rural gems with spectacular<br />

beaches and vast stretches <strong>of</strong> wilderness have only<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong><br />

a fraction <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> population <strong>of</strong> Provo’s 25,000+ and few<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> conveniences. But <strong>the</strong> expats that live here love it<br />

and rely on what is already in place—fresh fish and conch<br />

Real Estate Investments<br />

and healthy local produce. More importantly, <strong>the</strong>y rely on<br />

& Property Development<br />

each o<strong>the</strong>r as <strong>the</strong>y integrate into a more traditional Turks<br />

& Caicos community <strong>of</strong> relationships.<br />

Immigration, Residency<br />

On North Caicos, this might mean sharing drinks and & Business Licensing<br />

grilled snapper with Clifford and friends at <strong>the</strong> thatched<br />

Company & Commercial Law<br />

Barracuda Bar on <strong>the</strong> beach while listening to a “rake and<br />

scrape” band. On tiny Salt Cay, it could be kicking back Trusts & Estate Planning<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Coral Reef Bar and Grille watching for whales to<br />

breach in <strong>the</strong> winter months. Of course, <strong>the</strong> expats bring<br />

Banking & Insurance<br />

in whatever else <strong>the</strong>y need, but over time those needs<br />

become less important. The demands <strong>of</strong> a busy metropolis<br />

fade, replaced by <strong>the</strong> gift <strong>of</strong> serenity.<br />

Grand Turk falls somewhere in <strong>the</strong> middle, with a few<br />

1 Caribbean Place, P.O. Box 97<br />

more conveniences and a pleasant quietude. There are<br />

Leeward Highway, Providenciales<br />

Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, BWI<br />

cruise ship passengers during <strong>the</strong> day, but most hang<br />

Ph: 649 946 4344 • Fax: 649 946 4564<br />

out in Margaritaville by <strong>the</strong> dock and depart by late afternoon.<br />

Cockburn Town, <strong>the</strong> country’s capital, exudes<br />

E-Mail: dempsey@tciway.tc<br />

charm. Here you can wander down tree-shaded lanes with<br />

Cockburn House, P.O. Box 70<br />

Market Street, Grand Turk<br />

100+ year-old houses, storefronts and quirky cafés. The<br />

Juan Martinez Fall 15 Turks sixth_Layout & Caicos 1 5/27/16 <strong>Islands</strong>, 11:58 BWIAM Page 1<br />

settlement meanders along a low bluff facing west for<br />

Ph: 649 946 2245 • Fax: 649 946 2758<br />

spectacular sunsets framed by perfect beaches on ei<strong>the</strong>r<br />

E-Mail: ffdlawco@tciway.tc<br />

side. Also, <strong>the</strong> town hosts <strong>the</strong> headquarters for <strong>the</strong> TCI<br />

National Museum, a treasure for any lover <strong>of</strong> history.<br />

Chloe Zimmermann, long-time Provo resident, owner<br />

<strong>of</strong> Marco Travel, and agent with Forbes Realty, puts <strong>the</strong><br />

PHONE:<br />

question <strong>of</strong> moving here this way, “Be alert and open<br />

2 4 1 . 3 2 9 7<br />

to emotions that both elate and trouble you about <strong>the</strong><br />

2 4 4 . 9 0 9 0<br />

3 4 4 . 9 4 0 3<br />

<strong>Islands</strong>. If it doesn’t feel right for you to live here, <strong>the</strong>n it<br />

2 4 4 . 6 1 9 1<br />


doesn’t. No worries. At least you found out before making<br />

one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> biggest commitments <strong>of</strong> your life. Just visit<br />


for vacations. And if it does click, count yourself among<br />

<strong>the</strong> fortunate.”<br />

Finding a home—rent, buy or build?<br />

Renting allows you to dip your toe without a major investment,<br />

but be aware that rents can be high and good<br />

places are limited on Provo. The short term rental market<br />

serving visitors is hot right now, which is exacerbating<br />

<strong>the</strong> scarcity <strong>of</strong> long term rentals.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 25


The author is a self-proclaimed “ocean man” and enjoys training swims in TCI’s crystal-clear waters. He is also co-founder <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> annual “Race<br />

for <strong>the</strong> Conch” Eco SeaSwim, next scheduled for July 1, <strong>2017</strong> along Grace Bay Beach.<br />

Buying naturally ties you more to <strong>the</strong> community.<br />

You are invested in <strong>the</strong> island and have a stake in its<br />

future. Property on <strong>the</strong> beach or on a canal in Provo is in<br />

scarce and expensive, particularly anything on Grace Bay<br />

or in <strong>the</strong> Leeward area. But you only need go back from<br />

<strong>the</strong> beach a few blocks and <strong>the</strong> price drops noticeably.<br />

Houses with magnificent views on Long Bay or on a bluff<br />

or hilltop in Long Bay Hills, Flamingo Pond, South Shore<br />

or Thompson’s Cove can <strong>of</strong>ten be more reasonable.<br />

One very attractive feature <strong>of</strong> buying is that <strong>the</strong>re are<br />

no restrictions on foreign individuals buying property<br />

(but <strong>the</strong>re are restrictions on foreign companies). And<br />

<strong>the</strong>re are no real estate taxes beyond a one-time stamp<br />

duty. Stamp duty is calculated on a sliding percentage <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> sale price up to a maximum <strong>of</strong> 10% on Provo and up<br />

to 6.5% on some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r islands.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r advantage <strong>of</strong> a house purchase <strong>of</strong> at least<br />

$300,000 is that you can be eligible for a non-work<br />

residency permit (with $1,500 fee every five years as<br />

explained below). And still ano<strong>the</strong>r bonus is that, subject<br />

to certain qualifying criteria, you can bring down a full<br />

container <strong>of</strong> household goods and pay a processing fee<br />

at Customs <strong>of</strong> 7.5% on <strong>the</strong> value.<br />

Building a house <strong>of</strong>fers many advantages and,<br />

although more intimidating, can actually be an incredibly<br />

exciting and fulfilling experience. Immediate benefits<br />

are that you get to choose <strong>the</strong> ideal location, design <strong>the</strong><br />

house exactly <strong>the</strong> way you want it (within budget, <strong>of</strong><br />

course) and you get a house without having to pay <strong>the</strong><br />

10% stamp duty on its value (you only pay stamp duty on<br />

<strong>the</strong> value <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> land).<br />

If you decide that building is <strong>the</strong> way to go, <strong>the</strong>re is<br />

no better advice we can give than to first contact a locally<br />

based, fully qualified pr<strong>of</strong>essional architect. They will<br />

be able to assist you in setting realistic budgets, advise<br />

you on appropriate land purchases to suit your needs<br />

and steer you all <strong>the</strong> way through <strong>the</strong> process, including<br />

financing <strong>the</strong> build, choosing a contractor and completing<br />

construction. They will also be able to help you select<br />

legal assistance, furniture suppliers, landscapers and all<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r aspects <strong>of</strong> designing and building a home. Be aware<br />

that nei<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> building nor design industry is regulated<br />

and <strong>the</strong>refore it is critical that you find someone properly<br />

qualified and with a proven record <strong>of</strong> service in <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

Note that construction costs are higher than <strong>the</strong> US,<br />

driven largely by import duty on many building supplies<br />

and increased cost <strong>of</strong> doing business generally.<br />

Residency—<strong>the</strong> legal aspects<br />

If it still feels right, it’s time to talk to an attorney who can<br />

guide you through <strong>the</strong> nuances <strong>of</strong> residency, working,<br />

26 www.timespub.tc

TWATIMES_Layout 1 2/16/17 7:49 AM Page 1<br />

banking, and investing. That’s when <strong>the</strong> dream can come<br />

up against reality. Learn exactly what hurdles you have<br />

to clear to make it happen. Here’s what to ask and what<br />

you need to know:<br />

1. Do you need to work? If yes, (meaning you have to<br />

earn a living to survive,) you need a work permit that falls<br />

into two basic categories:<br />

• You can seek out an employer who needs your skills but<br />

cannot find <strong>the</strong>m among those with full citizen “Belonger”<br />

status. That means your prospective employer has to<br />

apply for a work permit for you, which includes advertising<br />

<strong>the</strong> position. If no one qualified applies, you may be<br />

hired, typically for a year or two at a time before you have<br />

to renew. The employer must pay a work permit fee that<br />

can amount to many thousands <strong>of</strong> dollars depending on<br />

<strong>the</strong> skill level. That tends to dampen salaries. After 10<br />

consecutive years you can apply for Permanent Residency<br />

status (PRC) and <strong>the</strong> work permit fees no longer have to<br />

be paid. The current fee for a PRC is $10,000.<br />

• You can open your own business. For that you must<br />

apply for a business license, which is reviewed for<br />

approval depending on <strong>the</strong> nature <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> business. While<br />

not automatic, businesses that benefit <strong>the</strong> country with<br />

Serving international & domestic clients in real estate, property development,<br />

mortgages, corporate & commercial matters, immigration, & more.<br />


<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 27

three year periods before you have to renew again. This<br />

is definitely <strong>the</strong> low risk option and may appeal to retirees<br />

with a good pension or investment income, as you must<br />

show you can support yourself. You may also qualify if<br />

you can do your work remotely <strong>of</strong>f-island so you are not<br />

affecting local employment. This might be a consulting<br />

business where <strong>the</strong> services are performed outside <strong>the</strong><br />

country or a stock day-trader. If you live here in this status<br />

for 10 consecutive years, you can apply for a PRC<br />

without <strong>the</strong> right to work.<br />

• You can invest in a house for a minimum <strong>of</strong> $300,000<br />

and get a homeowner’s residency permit. You will have<br />

to pay $1,500 every five years, but you can generally live<br />

here as long as you own <strong>the</strong> house. This type <strong>of</strong> residency<br />

permit does not give you eligibility for a PRC after 10<br />

years.<br />

• You can request visitor status for between 30 to 90<br />

days at a time. For this you must leave <strong>the</strong> country when<br />

<strong>the</strong> 90 days are up. But you can return a day later and<br />

request ano<strong>the</strong>r 90 days. This can be a good option if<br />

you are spending part <strong>of</strong> your time back in your home<br />

country and don’t really intend to live in <strong>the</strong> TCI full time.<br />

Constant renewals every 30 to 90 days, however, can<br />

invite close scrutiny <strong>of</strong> your purpose here. So, this is not<br />

usually recommended as a long-term option.<br />

If <strong>the</strong>y say natural beauty—especially sun and sea—promotes healing<br />

and reduces stress, a visit to Middle Caicos is a tonic.<br />

investment and services are generally approved, as long<br />

as <strong>the</strong>y do not fall into restricted categories reserved for<br />

Belongers. Some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se restricted categories include<br />

taxi services, small to medium construction services,<br />

and certain boat businesses. You can engage in <strong>the</strong>se<br />

restricted category businesses if you have a Belonger<br />

business partner who owns a majority <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> interest<br />

in <strong>the</strong> business. Be advised that while you will not need<br />

labour clearance to manage <strong>the</strong> business, you will have<br />

to pay <strong>the</strong> maximum work permit fees that are currently<br />

$9,500 per year. As with employee work permits, you can<br />

apply for a PRC after 10 consecutive years and <strong>the</strong>n not<br />

have to pay <strong>the</strong> work permit fees.<br />

2. Do you not have to work or will your work be performed<br />

<strong>of</strong>f-island? If so, you have three basic non-work<br />

residency options.<br />

• You can apply for a non-working residency permit. It<br />

costs $1,500 a year and can generally be obtained for<br />

3. Do you have serious medical issues or a criminal<br />

record?<br />

• If you are planning to work, and thus be part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

national medical and insurance system, you will need a<br />

medical clearance done here with in-depth screening.<br />

You may be rejected if you have serious medical conditions<br />

that risk infecting o<strong>the</strong>rs and/or will require <strong>the</strong><br />

health system to incur great expense. You will also need<br />

a medical clearance if you are seeking a general non-work<br />

residency permit for $1,500 a year, but <strong>the</strong> screening is<br />

not as in-depth. Those using <strong>the</strong> homeowner residency<br />

permit need not have a medical clearance.<br />

• All categories <strong>of</strong> residency require that you provide a<br />

police record from your home country showing you have<br />

no criminal past, along with reference letters proving<br />

good character.<br />

Erica Krygsman, attorney at Provo law firm Twa,<br />

Marcelin, and Wolf, advises, “Whatever your situation, you<br />

would do best to understand and appreciate <strong>the</strong> rationale<br />

behind <strong>the</strong> current immigration policies, which is<br />

first and foremost to protect <strong>the</strong> livelihood and well-being<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> people <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.”<br />

28 www.timespub.tc

The reception you’ll get<br />

What can you expect when you get here? This really<br />

depends on your demeanor and mindset. It’s like any<br />

small town—you develop a web <strong>of</strong> friends and contacts<br />

and a reputation. Most expats give everyone a chance to<br />

fit in and share <strong>the</strong>ir story because <strong>the</strong>y’ve been <strong>the</strong>re<br />

too. Don’t blow it with inflated self-importance.<br />

Equally welcoming are locals. But again, it depends<br />

on <strong>the</strong> way you come across. Show arrogance, and you’re<br />

done. Most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> time, things work fine. And when <strong>the</strong>y<br />

don’t, chill out and remember: Folks are not here to make<br />

sure your Big City expectations are promptly met. Show a<br />

little sensitivity and you will get along just fine.<br />

Sure, expats are easier to get to know because you<br />

come from a common background and experience. So<br />

it’s easy to drift into exclusive circles. But cut yourself <strong>of</strong>f<br />

from <strong>the</strong> local population, and you’ll miss some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

most precious moments <strong>of</strong> living here.<br />

Once when emerging from <strong>the</strong> water on <strong>the</strong> far end<br />

<strong>of</strong> Grace Bay after a swim, a group <strong>of</strong> locals preparing<br />

a BBQ on <strong>the</strong> beach called out, “Hey, you want to have<br />

a beer with us? How about some food? Got some good<br />

stuff cookin’ up.” Heck, <strong>the</strong>y didn’t owe me anything, but<br />

<strong>the</strong>re <strong>the</strong>y were sharing what <strong>the</strong>y had with a stranger<br />

who came out <strong>of</strong> nowhere. How cool is that?<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r time I heard loud calypso and reggae music<br />

coming from <strong>the</strong> beach in <strong>the</strong> Leeward area. I slipped on<br />

my sandals and ambled toward <strong>the</strong> sound a few blocks<br />

away. When I got <strong>the</strong>re, about 30 locals were dancing Harbour on Club:Layout 1<br />

<strong>the</strong> sand to <strong>the</strong> sounds played by a DJ. On seeing me,<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir first words were a very concerned, “Are we too loud?<br />

We can turn it down.” I assured <strong>the</strong>m it was just fine.<br />

“Well, <strong>the</strong>n have a drink and hang out for a while.” Once<br />

again, a stranger just shows up and is made to feel welcome.<br />

There is a soul to <strong>the</strong> way <strong>of</strong> life <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

8/17/16 10:16 AM Page 1<br />

Islanders, as well as <strong>the</strong> amazing diversity <strong>of</strong> humanity<br />

woven into <strong>the</strong> tapestry <strong>of</strong> this micro-universe. When you<br />

Turtle Tail Drive, Providenciales<br />

come across it, embrace with gusto!<br />

Six one-bedroom villas.<br />

Dive operators at our dock.<br />

When it comes to service, consider how Caicos Bonefishing in <strong>the</strong> lake.<br />

Express Airlines handled a customer who had just missed<br />

a flight to Salt Cay. She had hoped to make <strong>the</strong> connection<br />

Fabulous beaches nearby.<br />

Ideal for couples or groups.<br />

after flying down from Toronto in mid-February, but<br />

<strong>the</strong> Canadian plane had been delayed. The eight-seater<br />

Caicos Express flies to Salt Cay only four days a week, so<br />

she would have to wait a couple more days in Provo. But<br />

<strong>the</strong> customer was so understanding that <strong>the</strong> quick-thinking<br />

Trip Advisor<br />

Travellers’ Choice<br />

Awards Winner<br />

E: harbourclub@tciway.tc<br />

ticket counter agent decided to help her out. She T: 1 649 941 5748<br />

See our website<br />

called <strong>the</strong> captain <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> aircraft, who was taxiing to <strong>the</strong> for details.<br />

runway, and asked if he could return to <strong>the</strong> gate to pick<br />

Harbour Club Villas<br />


<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 29

enewable energy solutions<br />

energy efficiency solutions<br />

www.greenrevolutionltd.com<br />

moreinfo@greenrevolutionltd.com<br />

tel. 649-232-1393<br />

up one more passenger. He did. The little door at <strong>the</strong><br />

back <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> plane opened and <strong>the</strong> steps dropped down.<br />

She scurried up and flew away. Where else is that going<br />

to happen?<br />

Finally, <strong>the</strong>re’s ano<strong>the</strong>r kind <strong>of</strong> reception that may<br />

be waiting for you, but it’s not from people. Ra<strong>the</strong>r, it’s a<br />

sense <strong>of</strong> well-being that derives from proximity to water.<br />

According to Wallace J. Nichols, author <strong>of</strong> Blue Mind, neurological<br />

studies show that just looking at blue water<br />

affects your brain positively by reducing stress.<br />

Grace Bay Medical Centre has taken this a step fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

and developed a broad-based Wellness Program that<br />

integrates <strong>the</strong> natural positive aspects <strong>of</strong> sun and sea<br />

to enhance and promote healing. Island Naturopath Dr.<br />

Meghan O’Reilly explains, “Research clearly shows that<br />

<strong>the</strong> natural environment has a direct impact on health. So<br />

we make sure that everyone going through <strong>the</strong> program<br />

takes full advantage <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> exceptional conditions in <strong>the</strong><br />

Turks & Caicos, including ocean water <strong>the</strong>rapy.”<br />

Indeed, <strong>the</strong> evidence is building that being visually<br />

close to and possibly immersed in pleasant watery environments<br />

makes people healthier and happer. Certainly,<br />

few living on this 100 mile-long archipelago surrounded<br />

by clear, warm ocean would argue with that.<br />

Visitors <strong>of</strong>ten ask residents if <strong>the</strong>y ever get bored<br />

or tired <strong>of</strong> island life. It’s a fair question, but one that<br />

is likely answered with a smile, “No, never. Watching<br />

<strong>the</strong> sunrise bring in a new day moves me as much now<br />

as when I first arrived.” Feel that, and you can live <strong>the</strong><br />

dream. a<br />

Ben Stubenberg is a contributing writer to <strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> with a passion for <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos. Ben<br />

is co-founder <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> vacation adventure company Caicu<br />

Naniki Adventures and <strong>the</strong> annual swim race “Race for<br />

<strong>the</strong> Conch” Eco-SeaSwim. An avid ocean man and frequent<br />

guide for dreamers, he can be reached at ben@<br />

caicunaniki.com.<br />


Twa, Marcelin, Wolf/Attorneys at Law<br />

Chloe Zimmermann/Forbes Realty & Marco Travel<br />

Grace Bay Medical Centre/Health & Wellness<br />

Turks & Caicos Reservations/Bookings & Island Living<br />

Visit Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>/Website<br />

Simon Wood/Architecture<br />

Norstar Group/Construction<br />

Caicu Naniki/Island Living & Vacation Adventures<br />

30 www.timespub.tc

green pages<br />

newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

head <strong>of</strong>fice: church folly, grand turk, tel 649 946 2801 • fax 649 946 1895<br />

• astwood street, south caicos, tel 649 946 3306 • fax 946 3710<br />

• national environmental centre, lower bight road, providenciales<br />

parks division, tel 649 941 5122 • fax 649 946 4793<br />

fisheries division, tel 649 946 4017 • fax 649 946 4793<br />

email environment@gov.tc or dema.tci@gmail.com • web www.environment.tc<br />

This rare Piping Plover was spotted at East Bay Cay, North Caicos on January 25, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />


A Rare “Snowbird” Returns<br />

Piping Plovers return to <strong>the</strong> TCI for <strong>the</strong> winter.<br />

By Eric F. Salamanca (DECR), Elise Elliot-Smith (US Geological Survey), Caleb Spiegel and Craig Watson<br />

(US Fish and Wildlife Service), Sidney Maddock (Contractor for Environment and Climate Change Canada),<br />

Simon Busuttil (Turks & Caicos National Trust & Royal Society for <strong>the</strong> Protection <strong>of</strong> Birds), Kathleen Wood<br />

(SWA Environmental), Bryan Manco (DECR), Luc Clerveaux, Marta Calosso and John Claydon (DECR)<br />

The mudflats and sandy beaches <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> have long attracted Piping Plovers.<br />

However, due to <strong>the</strong>ir cryptic colouring and use <strong>of</strong> remote beaches, we are just beginning to learn <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir presence here. The Piping Plover is a rare shorebird that breeds in <strong>the</strong> United States and Canada<br />

and migrates to <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn USA, Caribbean, and Mexico for <strong>the</strong> winter. The International Union for <strong>the</strong><br />

Conservation <strong>of</strong> Nature (IUCN) Red List has listed this bird as “Near Threatened,” while <strong>the</strong> US and Canada<br />

have it federally listed as “Threatened/Endangered.”<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 31

green pages newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

Wintering birds from USA and Canada spend considerable<br />

time in <strong>the</strong> TCI, probably due to <strong>the</strong> favourable<br />

climate and habitats. Piping Plovers prefer mudflat and<br />

sandy beach habitats. Mudflats, also known as tidal flats,<br />

are coastal wetlands that appear when shallow flats are<br />

exposed by tides.<br />

Mangroves constitute an important part <strong>of</strong> muddy<br />

coastlines, both biologically and for stability. Any disturbance<br />

or damage to mangroves, such as clearing or<br />

cutting, can cause severe problems, decreasing biodiversity<br />

and causing erosion and flooding, <strong>the</strong>reby affecting<br />

<strong>the</strong> wintering habitats <strong>of</strong> Piping Plovers.<br />

The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) is a small<br />

shorebird that nests and feeds along coastal sand, mudflats<br />

and beaches. The Piping Plover’s diet includes<br />

marine worms, fly larvae, beetles, insects, crustaceans,<br />

mollusks and o<strong>the</strong>r small invertebrates. When it spots<br />

prey, <strong>the</strong> plover will quickly run after it, stop suddenly,<br />

and <strong>the</strong>n quickly snatch it up.<br />

In 2011, many local bird enthusiasts had reported<br />

Piping Plover sightings during <strong>the</strong> winter months, but no<br />

authoritative confirmation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> birds’ migration to TCI<br />

had yet been made. They were observed in <strong>the</strong> nor<strong>the</strong>rn<br />

Bahamas at that time (Gratto-Trevor, et.al., 2016). The<br />

preferred wintering habitats in <strong>the</strong> Bahamas are replicated<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. Knowing this, in 2016 a<br />

group <strong>of</strong> researchers from <strong>the</strong> US Geologic Survey (USGS)<br />

and US Fish and Wildlife Service (UFWS), in cooperation<br />

with <strong>the</strong> TCI Department <strong>of</strong> Environment and Coastal<br />

Resources (DECR) conducted a preliminary survey and<br />

found 96 Piping Plovers and 57 Wilson’s Plovers in TCI.<br />

This year (<strong>2017</strong>), <strong>the</strong> same group, with <strong>the</strong> addition <strong>of</strong><br />

Environment and Climate Change Canada, Turks & Caicos<br />

National Trust, <strong>the</strong> UK’s Royal Society for <strong>the</strong> Protection<br />

<strong>of</strong> Birds (RSPB) and SWA Environmental collaborated to<br />

conduct a similar study but to cover more areas.<br />

This year’s preliminary results recorded 174 Piping<br />

Plovers (78 more than last year), observed at East Caicos,<br />

South Caicos, Little Ambergris Cay, Little Water Cay, Fort<br />

George and <strong>the</strong> East Bay Cays <strong>of</strong>f North Caicos. Banded<br />

Piping Plovers (e.g. those with coded bands on <strong>the</strong>ir legs)<br />

were tracked and found to have originated on <strong>the</strong> breeding<br />

grounds in <strong>the</strong> USA and Canada. This finding, also<br />

observed in 2016, confirms that endangered and threatened<br />

birds that breed in <strong>the</strong> USA and Canada spend <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

winter in TCI. The excellent habitats, including secluded<br />

and undeveloped mudflats and sandy beaches, are definitely<br />

among <strong>the</strong> many factors that make TCI an attractive<br />

wintering area for many migratory birds. In addition to<br />

<strong>the</strong> large number <strong>of</strong> Piping Plovers, <strong>the</strong> survey team found<br />

several hundred <strong>of</strong> ano<strong>the</strong>r US and Canadian “threatened”<br />

shorebird, <strong>the</strong> Red Knot (Calidris canutus), on remote<br />

sand bars near Middle Caicos. This year’s survey also<br />

recorded more than 3,500 wintering shorebirds.<br />

Description<br />

The Piping Plover is a small, stout shorebird, with a large,<br />

rounded head, a short, thick neck and a stubby bill. It is<br />

a sand-colored, dull gray/khaki, sparrow-sized shorebird.<br />

The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across<br />

<strong>the</strong> forehead from eye to eye and a black ring around <strong>the</strong><br />

neck during <strong>the</strong> breeding season. During nonbreeding<br />

season, <strong>the</strong> black band becomes less pronounced. Its bill<br />

is mostly black, with a small amount <strong>of</strong> orange at <strong>the</strong><br />

base. It ranges from 15–19 cm (5.9–7.5 in) in length, with<br />

a wingspan <strong>of</strong> 35–41 cm (14–16 in) and a mass <strong>of</strong> 42–64<br />

g (1.5–2.3 oz).<br />

Breeding<br />

Piping Plovers breed on open sand, gravel, or shell-strewn<br />

beaches and alkali flats. Each nest site is typically near<br />

small clumps <strong>of</strong> grass, drift, or o<strong>the</strong>r windbreak. In winter,<br />

birds prefer sand beaches and mudflats. Migrants are<br />

seldom seen inland, but occasionally show up at shores,<br />

river bars, or alkali flats.<br />

Conservation status<br />

The Piping Plover is globally threatened or endangered,<br />

depending on <strong>the</strong> location, with fewer than 9,000 individuals<br />

in <strong>the</strong> world. In <strong>the</strong> US Great Lakes region, it<br />

has been listed as “Endangered” and it is considered<br />

“Threatened” in <strong>the</strong> remainder <strong>of</strong> its US breeding range.<br />

32 www.timespub.tc

green pages newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

The Piping Plover survey team is looking for <strong>the</strong>se illusive birds at East Bay Cay, North Caicos.<br />


In eastern Canada, <strong>the</strong> Piping Plover is considered an<br />

“Endangered” species. In <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>,<br />

this bird is listed as “Rare and Endangered” (Wildlife<br />

and Biodiversity Protection Bill). It is globally recognized<br />

as “Near-threatened” by <strong>the</strong> International Union for <strong>the</strong><br />

Conservation <strong>of</strong> Nature.<br />

Critical activities that affect Piping Plover<br />

Many anthropogenic activities can negatively affect Piping<br />

Plover populations, including <strong>the</strong> following: dredging and<br />

dredge spoil placement; construction and installation <strong>of</strong><br />

facilities; pipeline construction; road development; oil<br />

spills and oil spill clean-up; construction <strong>of</strong> dwellings,<br />

roads, marinas, and o<strong>the</strong>r structures and associated<br />

impacts, such as staging <strong>of</strong> equipment and materials;<br />

beach nourishment, stabilization and cleaning; certain<br />

types and levels <strong>of</strong> recreational activities such as all-terrain<br />

vehicular activity; predation and disturbance by<br />

introduced animals; storm water and wastewater discharge.<br />

It was noted by <strong>the</strong> visiting researchers that a high<br />

tide roost known to support Piping Plover from last year<br />

was empty <strong>of</strong> Piping Plovers this year, possibly due to<br />

disturbance from high levels <strong>of</strong> kiteboarding very close<br />

to <strong>the</strong> roost location. What is usually considered a low<br />

impact activity may be significant in deterring roosting in<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rwise preferred areas.<br />

What to do to enhance bird conservation<br />

There is definitely a need to enhance habitats and bird<br />

conservation in TCI. If we want this endangered and<br />

threatened bird to continue to visit TCI’s shores, <strong>the</strong>re<br />

is a need to address <strong>the</strong> deterioration and destruction <strong>of</strong><br />

important bird habitats.<br />

The coastal dune habitats need to be protected at all<br />

times. Stay on boardwalks and existing trails when possible.<br />

When walking with your pets on a beach or in o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

natural areas, please keep your pet leashed to prevent<br />

disturbing nesting, roosting, or foraging birds. It might<br />

be better not to bring your dog(s) into bird nesting areas<br />

at all because it is known that birds have much fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

flight distances for dogs than humans. The mere presence<br />

<strong>of</strong> even leashed dogs in nesting areas can cause<br />

problems (allowing dogs to play at chasing birds is especially<br />

problematic). The wrack lines should not be raked<br />

up, manually or o<strong>the</strong>rwise. The debris in <strong>the</strong> wrack lines<br />

is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most important areas <strong>of</strong> a living beach’s<br />

food web. Man-made trash should be removed but natural<br />

debris makes <strong>the</strong> beach healthy.<br />

Support plans to include important bird areas/<br />

habitats in <strong>the</strong> Protected Areas System. Also, support<br />

government or non-government initiatives to protect <strong>the</strong><br />

natural resources and wildlife <strong>of</strong> TCI.<br />

If you want to take part in various activities that will<br />

promote environmental sustainability, including bird conservation,<br />

please contact DECR at environment@gov.tc. a<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 33

green pages newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

Little Water Cay in <strong>the</strong> Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve is known for its healthy Caicos Rock Iguana population.<br />

In Safe Hands<br />

Protected areas keep TCI “Beautiful by Nature.”<br />

Story & Photos By Amy Avenant, DECR Environment Outreach Coordinator<br />

The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> boast a vast system <strong>of</strong> protected areas. So vast, that almost 45% <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> country’s<br />

biodiversity falls under some form <strong>of</strong> conservation status. Protected areas are very important to<br />

both <strong>the</strong> biodiversity and economy <strong>of</strong> a country as <strong>the</strong>y restrict human interaction with <strong>the</strong>se areas as<br />

well as conserve <strong>the</strong>m, so that <strong>the</strong>y can continue performing <strong>the</strong>ir vital ecological roles (and allow TCI<br />

to remain “Beautiful by Nature.”)<br />

34 www.timespub.tc

green pages newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> have a total <strong>of</strong> 10 National<br />

Parks, 12 Nature Reserves, 4 Sanctuaries, and 7 Areas<br />

<strong>of</strong> Historical Interest. Princess Alexandra National Park,<br />

which encompasses world-famous Grace Bay Beach, is<br />

probably <strong>the</strong> country’s most well-known protected area.<br />

National Parks are areas that have been set aside<br />

for ecosystem and biological conservation, but permit<br />

public recreation, although not without very important<br />

etiquette, rules and regulations! Nature Reserves are<br />

designated for conservation, however activities enjoyed<br />

in <strong>the</strong>se areas are restricted to low levels <strong>of</strong> recreation<br />

such as camping, fishing and sailing. Sanctuaries enjoy<br />

a far more strict set <strong>of</strong> rules, as <strong>the</strong>y were established<br />

primarily for <strong>the</strong> purpose <strong>of</strong> protection <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> natural<br />

ecology, protecting a particular terrestrial and/or marine<br />

organism, as well as limiting <strong>the</strong> disturbance <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> area<br />

by humans.<br />

To ensure that you interact with nature in an appropriate<br />

way, here are some rules and etiquette:<br />

• DO remove all your trash including cigarette butts. Be<br />

mindful <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> wind blowing trash into <strong>the</strong> sea.<br />

• DO stay on <strong>the</strong> walkways to avoid walking on sand<br />

dunes and watch out for iguana burrows on <strong>the</strong> cays.<br />

• DO NOT feed wildlife including fish, birds, and reptiles.<br />

• DO use biodegradable suntan lotion whenever possible<br />

and allow time for all lotions to soak into <strong>the</strong> skin before<br />

going into <strong>the</strong> ocean. Suntan lotion is toxic to <strong>the</strong> reefs.<br />

• DO NOT touch, stand on or kick <strong>the</strong> coral; it is a living<br />

animal and you will harm it.<br />

• AVOID kicking sand with your fins when snorkelling so<br />

that fine particles do not smo<strong>the</strong>r and choke living coral.<br />

• A permit issued by <strong>the</strong> DECR is required for any bonfire<br />

or social function on <strong>the</strong> beach.<br />

• IT IS ILLEGAL to remove corals, sand, shells and wildlife,<br />

whe<strong>the</strong>r dead or alive, from <strong>the</strong> Protected Areas.<br />

• Anyone who wants to export more than three Queen<br />

Conch shells must apply for a CITES (Convention on<br />

International Trade in Endangered Species) export permit<br />

through <strong>the</strong> DECR.<br />

• For your safety, please swim within <strong>the</strong> “swim zone”<br />

(within 300 feet <strong>of</strong> shore).<br />

• IT IS ILLEGAL to fish in protected areas such as National<br />

Parks and Nature Reserves. This includes “catch and<br />

release” fishing or hunting for conch and lobsters.<br />

• For fishing licenses, please apply through <strong>the</strong> DECR.<br />

• Use <strong>of</strong> jet skis, hovercraft and water skis are permitted<br />

only in demarcated ski zones.<br />

• Visiting a Sanctuary is only allowed with written permission<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Director <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> DECR.<br />

• Please report to <strong>the</strong> DECR if you witness your boat captain<br />

anchoring on coral reefs or sea grass beds.<br />

• Please make sure your “fresh conch salad” does not<br />

come from <strong>the</strong> National Park!<br />

List <strong>of</strong> TCI Protected Areas<br />

National Parks:<br />

• Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park,<br />

South Caicos<br />

• Chalk Sound National Park, Providenciales<br />

• Columbus Landfall Marine National Park, Grand Turk<br />

• Conch Bar Caves National Park, Middle Caicos<br />

• East Bay <strong>Islands</strong> National Park, North Caicos<br />

• Fort George Land and Sea National Park<br />

• Grand Turk Cays Land and Sea National Park:<br />

Gibbs, Penniston and Martin Alonza Pinzon Cays<br />

• North West Point Marine National Park, Providenciales<br />

• Princess Alexandra National Park, Providenciales<br />

• South Creek National Park, Grand Turk<br />

• West Caicos Marine National Park<br />

Nature Reserves:<br />

• Admiral Cockburn Nature Reserve, Long Cay,<br />

Six Hill Cays, Middleton Cay<br />

• Bell Sound Nature Reserve, South Caicos<br />

• Cottage Pond Nature Reserve, North Caicos<br />

• Dick Hill Creek and Bellefield Landing Pond Nature<br />

Reserve, North Caicos<br />

• Lake Ca<strong>the</strong>rine Nature Reserve, West Caicos<br />

• North, Middle and East Caicos Nature Reserve<br />

(International Ramsar Site)<br />

• North West Point Pond Nature Reserve, Providenciales<br />

• Pigeon Pond and Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve,<br />

Providenciales<br />

• Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve, Providenciales,<br />

Little Water, Mangrove and Donna Cays<br />

• Pumpkin Bluff Pond Nature Reserve, North Caicos<br />

• Vine Point (Man O’War Bush) and Ocean Hole Nature<br />

Reserve, Middle Caicos<br />

Sanctuaries:<br />

• Big Sand Cay Sanctuary;<br />

• French, Bush and Seal Cays Sanctuary<br />

• Long Cay Sanctuary<br />

• Three Mary Cays Sanctuary a<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 35

green pages newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

An assortment <strong>of</strong> plants grown in RBG Kew’s Tropical Nursery from TCI seed includes, clockwise from left: Bahama love-grass Eragrostis<br />

bahamensis; two Brace’s broom Evolvulus bracei (both Lucayan Archipelago endemics); and two dwarf morning glories Evolvulus alsinoides<br />

all demonstrate lush growth and larger size in <strong>the</strong> less harsh conditions.<br />

Two Kews<br />

TCI’s native plants are a long way from home.<br />

Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist<br />

It is a plant fanatic’s dream—away from <strong>the</strong> exhibition greenhouses and behind <strong>the</strong> public barriers, <strong>the</strong><br />

walk through <strong>the</strong> glass-walled corridor <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Tropical Plant Nursery at <strong>the</strong> Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew<br />

in London passes by huge glasshouse rooms keyed to <strong>the</strong> climate <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> thousands <strong>of</strong> plants <strong>the</strong>y hold.<br />

Several rooms each <strong>of</strong> orchids and ferns, a gigantic collection <strong>of</strong> Aroids, succulents and cacti, aquatic<br />

plants, and countless conservation projects are tidy but full.<br />

36 www.timespub.tc

green pages newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

Far more densely packed than exhibition gardens can<br />

be, this area is Kew Gardens’ filing cabinet, an <strong>of</strong>f-season<br />

warehouse, a horticultural hoard. Tropical plants<br />

from <strong>the</strong> far<strong>the</strong>st reaches <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world are held here.<br />

Some represent nearly <strong>the</strong> entire population <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir species—indeed,<br />

some plants have been saved from wild<br />

extinction by <strong>the</strong>ir presence here. All <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m are here<br />

for conservation, research, or display in RBG Kew’s opento-<strong>the</strong>-public<br />

glasshouses, like <strong>the</strong> incomparable Princess<br />

<strong>of</strong> Wales Conservatory (P.O.W.), <strong>the</strong> antique Palm House,<br />

or <strong>the</strong> majestic Temperate Glasshouse.<br />

But here in <strong>the</strong> humble, flat Tropical Nursery, plants<br />

don’t sit in <strong>the</strong> spotlight <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> public displays with largeprint<br />

nameplates and ample elbow room. Here <strong>the</strong>y lurk in<br />

mobs, <strong>the</strong>ir embossed-metal ID tags partially obscured by<br />

<strong>the</strong> foliage <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>mselves and <strong>the</strong>ir neighbours, each hiding<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir name as would any stranger in a crowd. It takes<br />

time to introduce oneself to <strong>the</strong> collection, individually.<br />

Some announce who <strong>the</strong>y are to botanists by means <strong>of</strong><br />

character traits or reputation. A gigantic, blood-red spa<strong>the</strong><br />

flower without any leaves wafts out a putrid stench—Ugh,<br />

that has to be an Amorphophallus, <strong>the</strong> botanist thinks.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r odoriferous one with spidery tentacles, growing<br />

from what looks like a sprouted onion stuck to a piece <strong>of</strong><br />

bark, makes its greeter recoil, <strong>the</strong> botanical brain scolding<br />

curiosity: You know Bulbophyllum orchids can smell<br />

like death in a sewer . . . why would you sniff it?<br />

There are famous plants here: Giant Victoria amazonica<br />

water lilies in plunge-pool vats, huge titan arums with<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir single, purple-spotted umbrella-like leaf spreading a<br />

metre wide, and Darwin’s orchid (<strong>the</strong> one with <strong>the</strong> exceptionally<br />

long nectar tube which made Darwin correctly<br />

surmise <strong>the</strong> later discovery <strong>of</strong> a preposterously longtongued<br />

moth that pollinated it). The celebrity plants are<br />

here, <strong>of</strong>ten out <strong>of</strong> hair and makeup, in between public<br />

appearances, resting and recuperating for <strong>the</strong> next big<br />

bloom event.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r plants are not so celebrated. The anonymous<br />

masses reach upward toward London’s less-than-tropical<br />

light in a tangle <strong>of</strong> photosyn<strong>the</strong>tic optimism, a jungle-crowd<br />

organised on shelves and stands by family,<br />

genus, and species, filed in rooms by ecosystem <strong>of</strong> origin,<br />

awaiting <strong>the</strong> dedicated care <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> horticulturists who<br />

look after <strong>the</strong>m. In one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se rooms, on a less-than-assuming<br />

bench, grouped among o<strong>the</strong>r Caribbean plants,<br />

sits <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> collection. Several spe-<br />

From top: In <strong>the</strong> Tropical Nursery, Bermudian colleague Alison<br />

Copeland samples <strong>the</strong> horrific odour <strong>of</strong> an Amorphophallus lily.<br />

TCI’s popular medicinal tree mauby Colubrina elliptica is shown by<br />

<strong>the</strong> author, growing well in <strong>the</strong> Tropical Nursery.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 37

green pages newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

From left: An assortment <strong>of</strong> orchids rests in <strong>the</strong> Tropical Nursery. When <strong>the</strong>y bloom, <strong>the</strong>y may be moved into <strong>the</strong> public display glasshouses.<br />

The snapdragon vine Maurandya anthrhinniflora growing in a pair <strong>of</strong> two-inch pots displays an unprecedented potential rarely realised in TCI.<br />

cies, grown from seed tested for germination by Kew’s<br />

Millennium Seed Bank, sit neatly spaced awaiting hopeful<br />

inclusion in <strong>the</strong> limited space <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> public glasshouses.<br />

Not all will achieve this stardom—<strong>the</strong> competition is<br />

fierce—but to <strong>the</strong>ir keepers, <strong>the</strong>y are every bit as dear<br />

even behind <strong>the</strong> scenes. Their siblings, which are still<br />

seeds, are now stored for long-term conservation in <strong>the</strong><br />

Millennium Seed Bank’s deep underground freezers,<br />

lying in wait to be used to save <strong>the</strong> species should some<br />

catastrophe befall wild populations.<br />

But <strong>the</strong>y have o<strong>the</strong>r siblings as well. Seeds from most<br />

conservation collections made in TCI are split before <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are shipped to <strong>the</strong> United Kingdom, and a small share<br />

goes to <strong>the</strong> Native Plant Conservation Nursery at <strong>the</strong><br />

Government Agricultural Station in Kew, North Caicos.<br />

There, <strong>the</strong>y live in a ramshackle, breezy shade-house<br />

ra<strong>the</strong>r than a coddling glasshouse. They are protected<br />

from too much sun by shade-cloth, ra<strong>the</strong>r than being<br />

exposed to <strong>the</strong> transparent glass ro<strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Tropical<br />

Nursery. They tend to grow a little more tough and compact,<br />

while <strong>the</strong>ir London brethren relax into a looser,<br />

tenderer growth habit.<br />

Just like anyone who leaves <strong>the</strong>ir original home to<br />

expand <strong>the</strong>ir experiences abroad, <strong>the</strong>se plants change<br />

and develop new potential when grown in <strong>the</strong> Tropical<br />

Nursery. One, a spindly winder called snapdragon vine<br />

Maurandya antirhinniflora I remember from my youth on<br />

<strong>the</strong> roadsides <strong>of</strong> Cork Tree in Grand Turk, creeps thinly<br />

through thorny Acacia trees, flowering sparingly. Its baby<br />

blue flowers, looking like frilly little cornucopias, and<br />

sharply triangular leaves make it look like it would be a<br />

real winner in <strong>the</strong> garden if only it grew with a little more<br />

gusto. Seeing it growing in <strong>the</strong> Tropical Nursery verified<br />

that—even when bound in tiny pots, <strong>the</strong> lush foliage and<br />

abundant flowers, vines mounded upon <strong>the</strong>mselves, made<br />

me ask why <strong>the</strong> plant wasn’t already on public display.<br />

“This looks a lot better than that junky plastic-looking<br />

Hoya <strong>the</strong>y’ve got festooning every ledge in <strong>the</strong> P.O.W.,” I<br />

said to my colleague <strong>the</strong>re, with an upturned palm and a<br />

single raised eyebrow. In <strong>the</strong> relatively cool, humid, dim<br />

conditions <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Tropical Nursery (compared to <strong>the</strong> full<br />

sun, salty drought, and dusty tradewinds <strong>of</strong> Grand Turk)<br />

<strong>the</strong> plant can afford to relax and put on a little more<br />

body.<br />

Similarly, I recall when <strong>the</strong> San Diego Zoo’s horticulture<br />

team grew out seeds found in wild Turks & Caicos<br />

rock iguana droppings for identification for a diet study,<br />

and some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> mystery seeds from Big Ambergris Cay<br />

turned out to be <strong>the</strong> National Flower, Turks & Caicos<br />

hea<strong>the</strong>r Limonium bahamense. But after six months <strong>of</strong><br />

growing in <strong>the</strong> upper 70s, humid, sunny world <strong>of</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn<br />

California’s Mediterranean climate <strong>the</strong> hea<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

normally a stiff, tough, upright scrub-brush <strong>of</strong> a plant<br />

just a hand-length high, had changed. It had grown so<br />

leggy and lax that it had to be planted in a hanging basket;<br />

its succulent stems dangled scandently, heavy under<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir own weight and turning up at <strong>the</strong> tips just enough<br />

to show some I-just-woke-up flowers, spread out along<br />

<strong>the</strong> stem. It didn’t look like a plant that had given up, it<br />

just looked like a plant so spoiled rotten from its origin<br />

in <strong>the</strong> hypersaline salt marshes <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong> that<br />

had become as cheerily apa<strong>the</strong>tic as a garden petunia.<br />

38 www.timespub.tc

green pages newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

If some plants reach a higher potential in London’s<br />

glasshouses, o<strong>the</strong>rs struggle. In my July 2015 visit to<br />

RBG Kew’s Tropical Nursery, I came upon a few trays <strong>of</strong><br />

assorted Encyclia orchids grown from seed collected in<br />

2011 and grown in RBG Kew’s Micropropagation Unit<br />

(See “Bragging Rights,” <strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> Summer<br />

2013) being repotted in <strong>the</strong> corridor by one <strong>of</strong> RBG Kew’s<br />

Horticultural Diploma Course students. The orchids<br />

looked barely bigger than <strong>the</strong>y were on my 2013 visit,<br />

and <strong>the</strong>re were far fewer <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m. According to <strong>the</strong> orchid<br />

keeper, <strong>the</strong>y were experiencing a lot <strong>of</strong> problems with<br />

rot in this collection. No wonder, as <strong>the</strong>y were being held<br />

with <strong>the</strong> rest <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Encyclia orchids in one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> wet<br />

tropics orchid rooms, which <strong>the</strong>ir o<strong>the</strong>r Caribbean and<br />

South American relatives appreciate. But bombarded with<br />

sprayed irrigation and time-managed misting, our TCI<br />

orchids’ substrate couldn’t dry out. While some plants<br />

enjoy being spoiled, dry tropics orchids detest it. (This is<br />

why many people find orchids so hard to keep alive—<strong>the</strong>y<br />

coddle <strong>the</strong>m to death.)<br />

My colleague and I discussed <strong>the</strong> need for an<br />

intervention, and <strong>the</strong> horticulturists asked for help in<br />

understanding <strong>the</strong> plants’ natural habitat. While <strong>the</strong> RBG<br />

Kew horticulturists do go into <strong>the</strong> field on occasion, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

don’t go everywhere <strong>the</strong>ir charges naturally grow, and so<br />

can’t be familiar with <strong>the</strong> exact wild conditions <strong>of</strong> every<br />

single one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir thousands <strong>of</strong> plants. We put toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

photos <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> wild habitats <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> four species <strong>the</strong>y were<br />

growing—<strong>the</strong> dry, rocky shrubland <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> tall orchid<br />

Encyclia altissima; <strong>the</strong> ridge-top limestone outcropping<br />

windswept locale <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> rufous orchid Encyclia rufa;<br />

<strong>the</strong> salty leeward coastal coppice <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Inagua orchid<br />

Encyclia inaguensis, and <strong>the</strong> sand-blasted low windward<br />

dune scrub <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> endemic Caicos orchid Encyclia caicensis.<br />

The decision was taken to move <strong>the</strong> plantlets into<br />

a different room for awhile, giving <strong>the</strong>m brighter light,<br />

warmer temperatures, more air movement, and far less<br />

humidity and water.<br />

The mature orchids may well be rotated into <strong>the</strong><br />

Princess <strong>of</strong> Wales Conservatory’s dry tropics orchid<br />

room when <strong>the</strong>y bloom, as is <strong>the</strong> routine. Blooming potted<br />

orchids are shifted into glass display cases in <strong>the</strong><br />

orchid rooms, <strong>the</strong>n traded back to <strong>the</strong> Tropical Nursery<br />

for replacements when <strong>the</strong>ir blooms acquiesce. They will<br />

get <strong>the</strong>ir chance at a spot in stardom for <strong>the</strong>ir blooming<br />

weeks.<br />

B Naqqi Manco (TCI) and Richard Taylor (RBG Kew) hold trays <strong>of</strong><br />

Encyclia orchid seedlings grown from seed collected in North and<br />

Middle Caicos in 2001.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r plants from Turks & Caicos are waiting in line<br />

for <strong>the</strong> completion <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Temperate House refurbishment.<br />

Lots <strong>of</strong> specimens throughout <strong>the</strong> Tropical Nursery<br />

are up for this audition. Space is limited; selection will<br />

be cut-throat. Only <strong>the</strong> best-looking, most botanically<br />

representative plants will be selected. Our colleagues in<br />

<strong>the</strong> United Kingdom Overseas Territories Programme at<br />

RBG Kew are working hard to nudge our plants, as well<br />

as those from o<strong>the</strong>r UKOTs, to <strong>the</strong> front <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> display.<br />

Exhibiting <strong>the</strong> plants brings awareness to <strong>the</strong> conservation<br />

issues in <strong>the</strong> Territories, and to <strong>the</strong> Territories<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves, in an outside world where we are largely forgotten.<br />

I anxiously await <strong>the</strong> day I can tell homesick Turks<br />

& Caicos Islander students in London universities that<br />

<strong>the</strong>y can visit a touch <strong>of</strong> home in <strong>the</strong> glasshouses at Kew<br />

Gardens. Until <strong>the</strong>n our plants, botanical ambassadors to<br />

<strong>the</strong> political centre <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Kingdom, lurk in <strong>the</strong> masses,<br />

unaware <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> dry, salty, bright conditions from whence<br />

<strong>the</strong>y came. Plant communication is a new and hotly<br />

debated topic <strong>of</strong> study, but I wonder what each species<br />

would write home to <strong>the</strong>ir families about <strong>the</strong>ir new lives<br />

abroad. a<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 39

feature<br />


Opposite page: Manny Missick surveys one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> fields at his Green Acre Farm in Bottle Creek, North Caicos. He concentrates on <strong>the</strong> quality<br />

and volume that enables him to supply <strong>the</strong> IGA grocery store on Providenciales with okra, papaya, peppers and o<strong>the</strong>r fruits and vegetables.<br />

Above: Franky Adames plants seedlings at Island Farms in Kew Town, Providenciales, where produce, eggs and meat are raised.<br />

A Tough Row to Hoe<br />

Farming in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

By Jody Rathgeb<br />


Sometimes a cliché is <strong>the</strong> most concise way to express a truth. This is certainly <strong>the</strong> case when it comes<br />

to farming in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>: It’s a tough row to hoe!<br />

The saying has always been true for <strong>the</strong>se rocky, mostly dry islands. In 1993, former Minister <strong>of</strong><br />

Health and Agriculture Nicky Turner wrote in this magazine, “For nearly 200 years <strong>the</strong> women and men<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se islands have wrenched food from <strong>the</strong> clasp <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> inhospitable soil under conditions which would<br />

make a lesser people despair.” Turner has now joined <strong>the</strong> small group <strong>of</strong> TCI farmers who continue that<br />

“wrenching” and hope to bring <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> into a future <strong>of</strong> self-sustaining agriculture.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 41

Four operations in particular work on <strong>the</strong> cusp <strong>of</strong> commercial<br />

agriculture. In addition to Turner’s Island Farms<br />

near Kew Town on Providenciales, Courtney Missick continues<br />

to grow fruits, vegetables and landscape plants in<br />

Kew on North Caicos; at Green Acres Farm in Bottle Creek,<br />

North Caicos, Manny Missick employs 10 people on a<br />

large spread that was formerly a sisal farm; and Island<br />

Fresh Produce represents a full-out commercial operation<br />

in hydroponic farming <strong>of</strong>f South Dock Road in Provo.<br />

The focus at each farm is different. Courtney Missick<br />

has in <strong>the</strong> past emphasized landscape farming, <strong>the</strong>n pigs,<br />

<strong>the</strong>n an organic chickens and vegetables expansion, but<br />

has more recently settled on his chickens, fruits and vegetables.<br />

“My calling is to feed and represent,” he says,<br />

referring also to his politics-oriented talk show on local<br />

television station PTV-8 every Tuesday night and inde-<br />


pendent candidacy in <strong>the</strong> December 2016 TCI elections.<br />

Although he has been farming since he was young, he<br />

says most agriculture in <strong>the</strong> TCI is still primarily subsistence<br />

farming. “What’s keeping me alive is supplying IGA<br />

[supermarket on Provo]” with hot peppers, callaloo, okra<br />

and fruits. He believes that it is time for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> to<br />

move to <strong>the</strong> next level, which is commercial farming.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r end <strong>of</strong> North Caicos, Manny Missick has<br />

for eight years concentrated on quality and consistency in<br />

organic gardening to supply <strong>the</strong> Graceway IGA on Provo<br />

with okra, bananas, peppers and o<strong>the</strong>r fruits and vegetables.<br />

The 83-year-old started Green Acres Farm after<br />

a full career in <strong>the</strong> Bahamas and TCI government work,<br />

commenting, “This is taking it easy. There’s nothing<br />

I love more than planting and seeing what comes up.”<br />

His hard work is focused on providing a viable business<br />

for his grandsons and expanding <strong>the</strong> operations with<br />

more cleared land, an irrigation pond and expansion into<br />

medicinal plants.<br />

At Island Fresh Produce, run by Ian Harrison and his<br />

partner, Jan Brown, hydroponic farming presents a different<br />

set <strong>of</strong> challenges. Because <strong>the</strong> plants are grown<br />

in a medium o<strong>the</strong>r than soil (fertilized water, with <strong>the</strong><br />

plants supported by cord when young and granite gravel<br />

when older), success depends on water quality and more<br />

infrastructure. Looking more like a small factory than a<br />

traditional farm, Island Fresh has its own reverse-osmosis<br />

plant for converting seawater, tanks that add up to 17 fertilizers<br />

in <strong>the</strong> proper proportions for each type <strong>of</strong> plant,<br />

and screened structure with concrete troughs to hold <strong>the</strong><br />

plants. Yet Harrison notes that, as in traditional farming,<br />

future success depends on dealing with <strong>the</strong> climate,<br />

insects and <strong>the</strong> costs <strong>of</strong> a labour-intensive business.<br />

From top: Longtime farmer Courtney Missick grows fruits, vegetables<br />

and landscape plants in Kew, North Caicos.<br />

Ian Harrison uses a small hydroponics set-up at his Provo home for<br />

personal and experimental use for his larger operation.<br />

Liz and Nicky Turner see <strong>the</strong>ir small farm near Kew Town in<br />

Providenciales as a lifestyle decision.<br />



42 www.timespub.tc

Nicky Turner also has his eye on <strong>the</strong> future, in a<br />

slightly different way. One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> reasons he and his wife,<br />

Liz, started Island Farms was to give <strong>the</strong>ir sons a life that<br />

is connected with <strong>the</strong> land. “It’s primarily quality <strong>of</strong> life,”<br />

he says. The farm is a second business for him; his primary<br />

business, Blue Loos septic services, is still paying<br />

<strong>the</strong> bills for now. Yet <strong>the</strong> farm is ambitious. With <strong>the</strong> help<br />

<strong>of</strong> Frankie Adames, a Dominican national who looks after<br />

<strong>the</strong> daily work, and contract labourers, <strong>the</strong> Turners have<br />

added animal husbandry to <strong>the</strong>ir operation. They have<br />

chickens, pigs, goats, rabbits and ducks, and at <strong>the</strong> end<br />

<strong>of</strong> 2016 were in <strong>the</strong> process <strong>of</strong> building a “proper piggery”<br />

with a breeding area and slaughterhouse.<br />

Both Missicks had piggeries in <strong>the</strong> past, but both<br />

have discontinued those operations, because feeding is<br />

costly and marketing difficult. Turner shares <strong>the</strong>ir woes—<br />

he knows he can’t begin to sell his pigs until he can get<br />

Department <strong>of</strong> Agriculture certification—but is optimistic.<br />

Yet such problems are only <strong>the</strong> beginning <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> problems<br />

that face <strong>the</strong> TCI farmer. For any farm to be viable<br />

as a business, costs must be controlled and <strong>the</strong>re must<br />

be enough volume and demand to make a pr<strong>of</strong>it. The<br />

farmers find that growing plants and animals is difficult<br />

but not impossible; what’s needed is better education<br />

and government support.<br />

Eggs come from chickens, not cartons<br />

It has been so long that Islanders have been heading to<br />

<strong>the</strong> grocery stores for imported foods, many seem to<br />

have forgotten <strong>the</strong> importance <strong>of</strong> agriculture in giving<br />

a nation self-sufficiency. Manny Missick points out that<br />

during World War II, when food imports to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong><br />

were halted, <strong>the</strong> farms <strong>of</strong> North and Middle Caicos were<br />

able to feed <strong>the</strong> nation. Would <strong>the</strong> same be true today?<br />

Dependency on foreign foods has led to consumers who<br />

prefer pretty but tasteless tomatoes over fresh, local produce<br />

that might not look as attractive.<br />

Courtney Missick comments that some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> health<br />

issues that plague <strong>the</strong> country today can be traced to a<br />

reliance on processed foods, and says he believes that<br />

as people come to understand <strong>the</strong> value <strong>of</strong> organic, local<br />

food <strong>the</strong> status <strong>of</strong> agriculture will grow. “If you want to<br />

live, you have to change your diet,” he warns.<br />

Turner adds that good food—that is, food that is<br />

good for you because it doesn’t come from chemically-enhanced<br />

fields or factory farms—comes at a price.<br />

For example, it takes longer for an organically-raised<br />

chicken to reach market size, which is <strong>the</strong> reason it costs<br />

more than one held in inhumane conditions and fattened<br />

Chickens, goats and pigs are some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> animals raised for food on<br />

Turks & Caicos farms.<br />


<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 43



Left: The Turners turned Kew Town property Nicky had owned for 20 years into a farm to provide produce, eggs and meat. As La Finca<br />

Marketing, Blue Loos_Layout <strong>the</strong>y sell 1 to 2/9/16 <strong>the</strong> Quality 2:47 PM Supermarket Page 1 and Sunny Foods stores on Providenciales.<br />

Right: At Island Fresh Produce’s commercial operation <strong>of</strong>f South Dock Road, a “field” <strong>of</strong> mint is ready to become mojitos for tourists.<br />

All your septic tank solutions<br />

in one place provided by a<br />

family-owned business that<br />

cares about <strong>the</strong> environment<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks and Caicos<br />

<strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

Call Blue Loos 231 7448 to<br />

have your tank emptied,<br />

cleaned or fixed. All waste<br />

disposed <strong>of</strong> in a licensed facility.<br />

Call IWWTT on 231 2366 for information<br />

about Bionest - <strong>the</strong> most efficient and<br />

environmentally friendly septic tank system<br />

available in <strong>the</strong> Turks and Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

The only way to achieve totally clear and<br />

odorless effluent.<br />

Eco Friendly<br />

quickly on a hormone-laced diet. He and Liz, he says, can<br />

break even by selling <strong>the</strong>ir eggs at Provo supermarkets<br />

for $5 a dozen. “At $5.50, we would make a pr<strong>of</strong>it,” but<br />

only those who understand <strong>the</strong> difference between a truly<br />

fresh egg and a weeks-old one from a Florida farm would<br />

pay that price.<br />

Harrison agrees that <strong>the</strong> economics <strong>of</strong> farming are<br />

little understood. “Any business in horticulture or agriculture<br />

is capital-intensive, labour-intensive, and you get<br />

hammered on tariffs,” he says. “The cost <strong>of</strong> getting things<br />

going is unbelievable, and <strong>the</strong> returns are small.”<br />

The farmers agree, too, that education about agriculture<br />

should extend to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>’ young people, since<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are both future consumers and future farmers. In <strong>the</strong><br />

United States, older people <strong>of</strong>ten lament that children are<br />

no longer given field trips to farms and dairies, so <strong>the</strong>y<br />

don’t know where food comes from. The same is true in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos. Also, getting young people interested<br />

in agriculture as a career starts with knowledge <strong>of</strong> where<br />

food comes from. “It’s hard to sell agriculture to young<br />

people,” says Courtney Missick. “How can you learn to<br />

play a keyboard if you never even saw one? We need to<br />

show <strong>the</strong>m <strong>the</strong> reality <strong>of</strong> growing food.” He advocates<br />

technical schools and tutorial farms.<br />

44 www.timespub.tc

Government help<br />

Occasionally, even members <strong>of</strong> government need to be<br />

taught those lessons. Turner recalls a moment in <strong>the</strong> past<br />

when he commented that <strong>the</strong> TCI could run out <strong>of</strong> food.<br />

“[The minister] said, ‘Well, we’d just go buy more at <strong>the</strong><br />

store.’” As much as <strong>the</strong> farmers have learned and know<br />

about soil enhancement, irrigation, pest control and<br />

labour requirements, <strong>the</strong>ir knowledge is easily thwarted<br />

by policies based on “business as usual,” i.e., importing<br />

food. What do <strong>the</strong>y believe government can do to help?<br />

Plenty.<br />

Manny Missick looks around his North Caicos farm<br />

and sees plenty <strong>of</strong> private land, prime farming land, lying<br />

fallow. He says a smart government would “ei<strong>the</strong>r tax it or<br />

use it.” The government farm in Kew is just a baby step,<br />

in his opinion. Speaking prior to <strong>the</strong> December elections,<br />

he commented, “If <strong>the</strong>y don’t get someone involved in<br />

farming, <strong>the</strong>y would be <strong>the</strong> biggest fool ever. We know<br />

where <strong>the</strong> good farmland is and what <strong>the</strong> water table is.<br />

Give a peppercorn lease and get some people involved in<br />

serious farming.”<br />

Government investment can help, notes Courtney<br />

Missick. “We need new farmers, technical people, specialists,”<br />

he says. “In order to move to a commercial scale,<br />

you need serious capital investment. You need equipment,<br />

and you need whatever it takes to get in foreign<br />

labour.” He has tried <strong>the</strong> private-partner route; in 2014 he<br />

began Isaac’s Organic Farms along <strong>the</strong> Kew-Whitby road<br />

as a collaboration with Beaches Resort and a Canadian<br />

investor, but <strong>the</strong> commitments fell <strong>of</strong>f and he pulled back<br />

to his original Kew operation. Without government subsidies,<br />

he says, farms will fail.<br />

Turner gets even more specific, ticking <strong>of</strong>f a farming<br />

“wish list” from <strong>the</strong> government: “Free work permits. No<br />

duty on agricultural imports. A break on electric rates.”<br />

These moves, all short <strong>of</strong> direct subsidies, could truly<br />

jump-start <strong>the</strong> agricultural industry.<br />

And why not consider subsidy? Harrison points out<br />

that <strong>the</strong> food TCI imports comes from countries that have<br />

invested in agriculture. “Every o<strong>the</strong>r nation gets its agriculture<br />

subsidized,” he states.<br />

To be fair, Harrison adds, some in government understand<br />

<strong>the</strong> problems and are doing what <strong>the</strong>y can. He<br />

praises Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh, <strong>the</strong> current director <strong>of</strong><br />

agriculture, for being “plugged in” and for understanding<br />

that agriculture here is no longer “six hens in someone’s<br />

backyard.”<br />

Farming on <strong>the</strong>se <strong>Islands</strong> has never been easy, but<br />

with new knowledge and rising interest in <strong>the</strong> quality <strong>of</strong><br />

From top: Frankie Adames and Louines Logis are vital to keeping <strong>the</strong><br />

Turners’ farm running, especially as <strong>the</strong>y have branched out to animal<br />

husbandry.<br />

<strong>the</strong> foods we eat, it has become better. Yet <strong>the</strong> row to<br />

<strong>the</strong> next level is still a hard one to hoe, dependent on<br />

education and a more concerted desire for <strong>the</strong> success <strong>of</strong><br />

commercial, self-sustaining agriculture. The farmers want<br />

to get to work. a<br />


<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 45

Pre-Summer Looks from<br />

Emerald <strong>Islands</strong><br />

The <strong>of</strong>ficial resortwear <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

Fashion By Jeritt Williams<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 47

Male models: Abdel Dormeus<br />

and Selvano Gardiner<br />

Female model: Mitiana Simon<br />

Make-up: Latoya Kitten<br />

Photographer: Ora Hasenfratz<br />

Assistant: Lejla Gerber<br />

Location: Turks & Caicos<br />

Junkanoo Museum,<br />

Downtown Providenciales

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 49

island hopping<br />

Opposite page: This secluded basin just <strong>of</strong>f Little Ambergris Cay encircles <strong>the</strong> author’s 34-foot catamaran in warm emerald-green waters.<br />

Above: Valentine’s Day on Little Ambergris Cay was <strong>the</strong> romantic setting for a proposal <strong>of</strong> marriage.<br />

Valentine’s Day Surprise<br />

A special “proposal” on Little Ambergris Cay.<br />

Story & Photos By Katie Gutteridge<br />

Somehow, <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> have managed to stay quiet in <strong>the</strong> world <strong>of</strong> sailing. Cruisers are<br />

ei<strong>the</strong>r fixated on staying in <strong>the</strong> Bahamas or are racing ahead to get to <strong>the</strong> Virgin <strong>Islands</strong>. We always knew,<br />

when we bought a sailboat, it would have to be a catamaran. The reason? It would be a perfect fit for <strong>the</strong><br />

waters right here.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 51

All winter we’ve explored. We’ve seen <strong>the</strong> flamingos<br />

in South Caicos, snorkelled with a whale and its<br />

calf in Salt Cay, meandered along Duke Street in Grand<br />

Turk. Each island has had its own unique characteristics<br />

and given us incredible experiences, which we<br />

don’t believe we would have found elsewhere in <strong>the</strong><br />

Caribbean.<br />

But in February 2016, I think we found <strong>the</strong> icing on<br />

<strong>the</strong> cake. It is Little Ambergris Cay, where <strong>the</strong> shallow<br />

banks stretch to <strong>the</strong> horizon and water a bright duckegg<br />

blue is specked with stingrays. It is several miles<br />

to <strong>the</strong> nearest island—Big Ambergris Cay, where only<br />

non-human residents live.<br />

We managed to sneak into a bay so secluded it<br />

felt as though <strong>the</strong> last people to have visited could<br />

well have been pirates. Its narrow entrance passage<br />

is around 3 feet deep, but once inside, a basin perfectly<br />

fit for our 34-foot catamaran encircles us in 10<br />

foot depths <strong>of</strong> warm emerald-green waters. The grassy<br />

floor below attracts an array <strong>of</strong> inquisitive creatures,<br />

including a nurse shark who saunters past but doesn’t<br />

stay too long. Later, a dozen squid line up in a perfect<br />

row, facing <strong>the</strong> boat. They swim in perfect symmetry<br />

towards and away from our vessel, getting <strong>the</strong> courage<br />

each time to edge a little closer, wondering what on<br />

earth has arrived on <strong>the</strong>ir patch <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sea.<br />

At sunset, bonefish tails skim <strong>the</strong> surface over by<br />

<strong>the</strong> mangroves and at sunrise a hummingbird hovers<br />

outside our door, attracted by <strong>the</strong> shimmering gold<br />

and pink fishing lures left hanging to dry in <strong>the</strong> sun by<br />

<strong>the</strong> winch-handle holder.<br />

The beach is just as you’d expect for a deserted<br />

island—as white as pearls, as s<strong>of</strong>t as icing powder.<br />

Despite being <strong>the</strong> epitome <strong>of</strong> a place to relax, I’m<br />

seduced into exploring its every inch. A short 10 minute<br />

walk reveals 21 pristine sand dollars—no wonder<br />

<strong>the</strong> sand is so white. I stop collecting <strong>the</strong>m, as <strong>the</strong>re<br />

are too many to carry.<br />

Having already spent two weeks away from land<br />

while exploring <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r islands, we’re running short<br />

<strong>of</strong> everything. Water, food and gas are worryingly low.<br />

But we’re not ready to leave this paradise we’ve only<br />

just discovered. We ration more than ever before, even<br />

turning <strong>of</strong>f our fridge to conserve <strong>the</strong> gas only for<br />

cooking. Luckily, we have a freezer that runs on 12<br />

volts, so <strong>the</strong> little food left goes straight in <strong>the</strong>re.<br />

One afternoon we head out several miles to a shipwreck<br />

to try bottom-fishing for our dinner. It starts<br />

slow, <strong>the</strong> only action is <strong>the</strong> seagulls that keep fleeing<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir perches on <strong>the</strong> rusty wreck every time <strong>the</strong> osprey<br />

circles above. As <strong>the</strong>y all settle down we get our first<br />

bite. Half an hour later and we’re heading back to <strong>the</strong><br />

bay with a healthy helping <strong>of</strong> yellowtail snapper, triggerfish<br />

and a grouper. We plan to cook <strong>the</strong> snapper<br />

that night on a beach bonfire.<br />

As we collected <strong>the</strong> wood for that evening’s fire I<br />

realise that it’s Valentine’s Day. “This will be <strong>the</strong> most<br />

romantic Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had,” I think as I<br />

drag a large branch across <strong>the</strong> beach to a spot right<br />

on <strong>the</strong> tip <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sandbar; a perfect sunset viewpoint<br />

with our boat as <strong>the</strong> foreground. We head back to <strong>the</strong><br />

boat, grab some sparkling wine we’d saved for a special<br />

occasion and head back out on <strong>the</strong> dinghy.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> fire mimicking <strong>the</strong> orangey-red <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> setting<br />

sun, my partner Andy hugs his arms around my<br />

waist as he turns me toward him, and I start to feel an<br />

unusual energy about this moment. “There’s only one<br />

thing left to say . . . will you marry me?” he asks nervously<br />

as he bends down on one knee. “Of course I’ll<br />

marry you!” I say as a tear rolls down my cheek and I<br />

try to recover from <strong>the</strong> shock. We hug each o<strong>the</strong>r tight<br />

and kiss in celebration.<br />

“I was going to buy you a ring but I spent <strong>the</strong> money<br />

on two new engines instead,” he jokes as I reach to<br />

top-up our fizz. (I had been wondering about <strong>the</strong> ring!)<br />

But in typical Andy style, he’d been trying to fashion<br />

me a ring out <strong>of</strong> a conch shell, which unfortunately<br />

had proven far too tricky to handle. All <strong>of</strong> a sudden<br />

<strong>the</strong> flight back home to England seemed much more<br />

appealing, now that we’d be making an unexpected<br />

stop in New York for a ring along <strong>the</strong> way! a<br />

Katie Gutteridge is a freelance writer who has been visiting<br />

TCI for almost a decade. Unfortunately, she won’t<br />

be getting married in Turks & Caicos, as she’s planning<br />

a large wedding party at home with friends and family.<br />

For more information on her business, Creative Copy<br />

Kate, visit creativecopykate.weebly.com.<br />

52 www.timespub.tc

Visit<br />


WE GROW<br />

CONCH & FISH<br />

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm<br />

Saturday: 9am - 2.30pm<br />

Closed: Sundays<br />

Adults $12.00<br />

Children $10.00<br />

Leeward Highway, Leeward, Providenciales<br />

Phone: (649) 946-5330

feature<br />

Opposite page: Based at Leeward-Going-Through, Blue Haven Marina has as its backdrop Mangrove Cay, part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Princess Alexandra Nature<br />

Reserve, and <strong>the</strong> sparkling waters <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sea.<br />

Above: For much <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year from November to May, <strong>the</strong> popular marina is nearly full to capacity.<br />

A Warm Welcome<br />

Blue Haven Marina attracts <strong>the</strong> international yachting crowd.<br />

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos Courtesy Blue Haven Marina<br />

The scene is quite like a James Bond movie—sleek, luxurious, behemoth vessels moored to massive<br />

floating docks. One mega-yacht sports a helicopter pad and car; ano<strong>the</strong>r an on-deck pool and submarine.<br />

Crew attend to <strong>the</strong> boats with <strong>the</strong> care given to a queen. Yet ra<strong>the</strong>r than a stark cityscape, <strong>the</strong>se pampered<br />

leviathans bob in a backdrop <strong>of</strong> sky-blue, verdant green and a sparkling turquoise blue sea. Their current<br />

home is Blue Haven Marina, <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>’ premier international yachting anchorage.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 55

Blue Haven Marina is a hub <strong>of</strong> activity for boats large<br />

and small. Located on Providenciales’ nor<strong>the</strong>astern edge<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Leeward-Going-Through passage, <strong>the</strong> marina currently<br />

includes 100 slips (both side and stern-to) with <strong>the</strong><br />

capacity to berth yachts up to 220 feet in length and a<br />

draft <strong>of</strong> 9 feet.<br />

I visited <strong>the</strong> marina in mid-January, a busy time for<br />

General Manager Adam Foster. The facility was close to<br />

100% occupancy, which is <strong>the</strong> case for much <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year<br />

from November through May. Although it was clear that<br />

Adam and Operations Manager Portia Mogal had a lot <strong>of</strong><br />

o<strong>the</strong>r things to attend to, <strong>the</strong>y graciously took <strong>the</strong> time to<br />

answer this landlubber’s many questions.<br />

Opened on April 2, 2013, Blue Haven Marina has<br />

been attracting <strong>the</strong> international yachting crowd from<br />

inception. This includes boats such as a 377' superyacht<br />

carrying 50 crew, 18 guests and its own gym, spa and<br />

pool! Besides <strong>of</strong>fering a private entrance and excellent<br />

security (important to boats valued as much as $80 million<br />

and <strong>of</strong>ten owned by celebrities), Blue Haven Marina<br />

staff has <strong>the</strong> “right stuff” to cater to an upscale clientele.<br />

According to Adam, a primary attraction is <strong>the</strong> same<br />

thing that land-based tourists love: <strong>the</strong> TCI’s unmatched<br />

combination <strong>of</strong> clean, clear waters, a pristine reef system,<br />

superb scuba diving and snorkeling, and private<br />

ivory sand beaches. As well, he adds, “The boaters love<br />

to explore <strong>the</strong> outer islands and cays, and we provide a<br />

variety <strong>of</strong> itineraries to use as a guide. Our location is<br />

ideal for adventure, while having amenities and services<br />

close-by.”<br />

Arriving at this <strong>of</strong>ficial port-<strong>of</strong>-entry is made easy<br />

by TCI Customs and Immigrations <strong>of</strong>ficers based at<br />

Blue Haven Marina, who work hard to make visitors feel<br />

welcome while facilitating <strong>the</strong> country’s laws and regulations.<br />

For boats that are too big to enter <strong>the</strong> channel, Blue<br />

Haven provides a yacht concierge service to help <strong>the</strong>m<br />

clear customs, re-provision and access any needs <strong>the</strong>se<br />

vessel require.<br />

Marina facilities include a state-<strong>of</strong>-<strong>the</strong>-art, high-speed<br />

fuel system, water, power up to 480v, black and grey<br />

water pump-out, cable TV, free WiFi, security, laundry<br />

services, provisioning services, showers and toilets, Salt<br />

Bar and Grill with sports screen, a business center, and<br />

outdoor activities including beach volleyball, a horseshoe<br />

pit and more.<br />

All <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> amenities <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Blue Haven Resort are<br />

available for boat owners, guests and crew. (See page<br />

58/59.) This includes a 51 room resort, 24-hour gym,<br />

private beach complete with hammocks swaying among<br />

palm trees and a fun water trampoline, infinity edge pool,<br />

Elevate Day Spa, Sandpiper Kid’s Club, meeting space,<br />

and Market, a grocery store and café. There are also two<br />

restaurants on-site, with a complimentary shuttle that<br />

allows boaters to dine at sister properties, Alexandra<br />

Resort and Beach House.<br />

Once boats are anchored, owners and crew are basically<br />

“on vacation,” with <strong>the</strong> time and desire to enjoy<br />

watersports, fishing, golf, touring, restaurants, nightlife<br />

and attractions—<strong>the</strong>re is definitely an impact on <strong>the</strong><br />

local economy. Blue Haven Resort works directly with<br />

supermarkets to source and supply yacht provisions and<br />

<strong>the</strong> needs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir chefs, with $30,000 grocery bills not<br />

uncommon. They also work with <strong>the</strong> best <strong>of</strong> local businesses,<br />

including taxi drivers, car rental companies, tour<br />

operators and <strong>the</strong> like to encourage exploration beyond<br />

<strong>the</strong> dock. Portia adds, “We constantly monitor our service<br />

providers to ensure <strong>the</strong>y maintain high standards.” All<br />

visitors receive an arrival and information guide that lists<br />

<strong>the</strong> best <strong>the</strong> country has to <strong>of</strong>fer.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> case where boat repairs are necessary, <strong>the</strong><br />

marina is proud to refer <strong>the</strong>m to Caribbean Marine &<br />

Diesel, a local service <strong>the</strong>y say is “world class.”<br />

When <strong>the</strong> mega-yachts leave in late spring, <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

replaced by fishing vessels on <strong>the</strong> hunt for billfish and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r game fish from May to August. The slower months<br />

<strong>of</strong> September and October gives marina staff time to<br />

repair, replace, renovate and repaint. There is also a<br />

smaller docking area behind <strong>the</strong> resort which is fully utilized<br />

by smaller local charter and pleasure boats.<br />

Blue Haven Marina is a member <strong>of</strong> Island Global<br />

Yachting (IGY), <strong>the</strong> world’s leading luxury marina and<br />

yachting lifestyle development and operations company,<br />

with a network encompassing fifteen prime destinations<br />

in seven countries. Blue Haven Marina has also been<br />

awarded <strong>the</strong> Five Gold Anchor Status (<strong>the</strong> highest rating)<br />

by <strong>the</strong> Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), along with <strong>the</strong><br />

Clean Marina Award. Portia is especially proud <strong>of</strong> this<br />

accolade, “We are very strict about how boaters treat<br />

our pristine waters. For instance, all fuel and oil must be<br />

stored in <strong>the</strong> boats to avoid spills, all used oil must be<br />

taken away, not disposed <strong>of</strong> in TCI, we <strong>of</strong>fer in-slip sewage<br />

pump-out to minimize spillage and vessels must be<br />

cleaned with environmentally sound products.”<br />

This is especially important because Blue Haven<br />

Marina backs up against <strong>the</strong> Princess Alexandra Nature<br />

Reserve. This 450 acre protected land area encompasses<br />

nearby Little Water Cay (a.k.a. “Iguana Island”), Mangrove<br />

Cay, and Donna Cay. Much <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> nor<strong>the</strong>rn shore <strong>of</strong><br />

56 www.timespub.tc

Blue Haven Marina is a Five Gold Anchor Status marina, and has also been awarded <strong>the</strong> Clean Marina Award.<br />

Providenciales is part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Princess Alexandra Land and<br />

Sea National Park. Included in this protected area is Grace<br />

Bay Beach, The Bight Beach, The Bight Reef, Leeward<br />

Beach, Smith’s Reef, and a large portion <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> nor<strong>the</strong>rn<br />

barrier reef <strong>of</strong> Providenciales.<br />

In an effort to get people <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> boats and into <strong>the</strong><br />

community, IGY Marinas launched <strong>the</strong> “Inspire Giving<br />

through You” project in 2016. In late February <strong>2017</strong>, Blue<br />

Haven Marina will be teaming up with <strong>the</strong> “Extraordinary<br />

Minds Ashley’s Learning Center,” a school that caters to<br />

children with learning disabilities and who cannot attend<br />

TCI’s primary schools. Volunteers will construct an outdoor<br />

play area for <strong>the</strong> children, along with a surrounding<br />

fence to ensure <strong>the</strong>ir safety. The February 2016 community<br />

outreach project assisted <strong>the</strong> Provo Children’s Home<br />

with basic upgrades <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> facility, cleaning <strong>of</strong> interior<br />

and exterior areas, and donations <strong>of</strong> much-needed supplies.<br />

Both events were well-attended and <strong>the</strong> children’s<br />

home continues to reap donations from marina visitors.<br />

As well, <strong>the</strong> marina regularly invites children to visit <strong>the</strong><br />

property and <strong>of</strong>fers summer jobs. Blue Haven also sponsors<br />

three boats and six children’s fees to participate in<br />

<strong>the</strong> beloved Provo Sailing Club.<br />




Lures and Live Bait<br />

Marine Hardware & Gear<br />

Fishing Gear & Supplies<br />

Marine Paints & Varnish<br />

Marine Batteries<br />

Sebago Docksiders<br />

& Sperry Topsiders Shoes<br />




PHONE: 649-946-4411<br />

FAX: 649-946-4945<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 57

Guests to Blue Haven Marina can relax around <strong>the</strong> canalside infinity<br />

pool.<br />

Food for Thought is a new charity set up to provide<br />

daily breakfast to government school students –<br />

starting with <strong>the</strong> primary schools in North Caicos,<br />

Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay.<br />

We estimate that just $200 will allow us to provide<br />

breakfast to one child for a whole school year.<br />

If you would like to donate or learn more please<br />

email foodforthoughttci@gmail.com<br />

or visit our website foodforthoughttci.com<br />

Some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> visiting<br />

yachts also use <strong>the</strong> Blue<br />

Haven Resort facilities to<br />

host wedding or birthday<br />

parties, <strong>of</strong>ten utilizing<br />

local caterers, florists,<br />

DJs and party planners.<br />

The marina sponsors two<br />

major fishing tournaments<br />

in <strong>the</strong> TCI: The Wine Cellar<br />

Golf & Fishing Tournament<br />

held every March and <strong>the</strong><br />

Caicos Classic IGFA Billfish<br />

Release Tournament in<br />

July.<br />

Adam and Portia have<br />

been working around<br />

<strong>the</strong> globe among <strong>the</strong><br />

small, close-knit world<br />

<strong>of</strong> luxury yachters for a<br />

combined total <strong>of</strong> nearly<br />

30 years. They have built<br />

close relationships with<br />

many international boat management companies, people<br />

responsible for planning, provisioning, running and<br />

maintaining <strong>the</strong> mega-boats for <strong>the</strong>ir owners. Through<br />

<strong>the</strong> pair’s contacts and presence at major boat shows and<br />

conferences in <strong>the</strong> US and Caribbean, <strong>the</strong>y are well positioned<br />

to encourage trips to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

In fact, Blue Haven Marina was <strong>the</strong> only TCI group<br />

to participate in <strong>the</strong> prestigious Monaco Boat Show in<br />

September 2016. Adam and Portia were very successful<br />

in attracting large vessels to visit <strong>the</strong> marina and putting<br />

TCI on <strong>the</strong> world map as a destination for <strong>the</strong> yachting<br />

industry. Besides being invited to an agency briefing with<br />

20 influential boat captains, while in Europe Adam and<br />

Portia visited marinas in France and Italy to raise awareness<br />

about TCI for vessels making <strong>the</strong> annual pilgrimage<br />

across <strong>the</strong> Atlantic and through <strong>the</strong> Caribbean.<br />

The TCI, <strong>the</strong>y say, is an easy sell. “Geographically it’s<br />

perfectly positioned as a main hub between Ft. Lauderdale<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Virgin <strong>Islands</strong>.” And with Blue Haven Marina’s<br />

motto <strong>of</strong> “aiming to go above and beyond expectations,”<br />

it seems that yachters have good reason to add <strong>the</strong> destination<br />

to <strong>the</strong>ir cruising itinerary. a<br />

For more information, visit www.bluehaventci.com or<br />

contact Adam Foster at afoster@bluehaventci.com or call<br />

649 946 9910.<br />

58 www.timespub.tc

Blue Haven Resort<br />

By Kathryn Brown, Director, ERA Coralie Properties<br />

The first thing that catches your eye when approaching<br />

Blue Haven Resort are its colors; you can’t help<br />

but smile as <strong>the</strong> bright hues seem to invite you to<br />

come inside. If you are arriving by sea, <strong>the</strong> contrast<br />

between <strong>the</strong> turquoise water, white sand and<br />

Caribbean-toned building is stunning. If you arrive<br />

by vehicle, a step into <strong>the</strong> reception area reveals <strong>the</strong><br />

same effect . . . you have just arrived and you want<br />

to stay forever.<br />

Kathryn<br />

Brown<br />

Director ERA Coralie Properties Ltd.<br />

Kathryn has 20 years successful<br />

experience in Caribbean Real<br />

Estate; she also benefits from<br />

knowledge <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks and<br />

Caicos Real Estate Association,<br />

having been a founding member<br />

and serving as President for five<br />

years.<br />

MLS 1600582<br />

MLS 1500381<br />

From a real estate point <strong>of</strong> view <strong>the</strong> property does<br />

not need constant monologue—it speaks for itself.<br />

Blue Haven sits on a 10 acre site with approximately<br />

twr ad1.6_Layout 1 2/16/17 8:13 AM Page 1<br />

300 feet (79 meters) <strong>of</strong> beach frontage and a total<br />

<strong>of</strong> 660 feet (200 meters) <strong>of</strong> Leeward Going Through<br />

water frontage.<br />

There are 51 units, including 3 penthouse suites,<br />

one <strong>of</strong> which is currently on <strong>the</strong> market. The units<br />

are well appointed and include pedestal-style kingsize<br />

beds in each master bedroom. The kitchens are<br />

sleek and modern with island counters with stools,<br />

Thermadore cooktops, Sub Zero refrigerators, Della<br />

Casa self-closing cabinets and Bausch washers and<br />

dryers. The living areas are furnished in classic blues<br />

and whites contrasted with dark wood—inviting and<br />

comfortable. The exterior decks are designed for<br />

relaxation and to take advantage <strong>of</strong> water views.<br />

Blue Haven Resort <strong>of</strong>fers premier rooms and one,<br />

two and three bedroom suites, as well as <strong>the</strong> penthouses;<br />

16 units are lock-outs. This option allows<br />

three opportunities for vacation rental: a premier<br />

room, a full one bedroom suite or a two-bedroom<br />

suite. The units are spacious, starting at approximately<br />

1,500 sq. ft. to over 5,000 sq. ft. for a<br />

ERA Coralie Properties Ltd.<br />

Tel: 649 231-2329<br />

Email: krbrown@era.tc<br />

Web: www.eraturksandcaicos.com<br />

Tradewinds Radio<br />

104.5<br />

FM<br />

www.tradewinds1045.com<br />

Great music,<br />

marine wea<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

informative ads<br />

Tel 431.7527 claire@tradewindsradio.com<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 59

Island Auto Rentals & Sales is<br />

committed to adding value to your<br />

tropical vacation experience<br />

by delivering excellent service<br />

along with secure and reliable<br />

transportation that will take you<br />

where you need to go.<br />



Leeward Palms, Leeward, Providenciales<br />

Telephone: (649) 246-0395 or 232-0933 or 946-2042<br />

Email: nevilleadams@hotmail.com or<br />

philipgibson251@hotmail.com<br />

Web: islandautorentals.tc<br />

Brigitte ad_Brigitte 2/16/17 8:22 AM Page 1<br />

For Vehicle Rental in<br />

Grand Turk call<br />

232 0933 or 946 2042<br />

Tangled Hair Salon<br />

Open 6 days per week and by appointment on Sundays<br />

for cutting, styling and so much more<br />


without ammonia and with a pleasant fragrance.<br />

KERASILK KERATIN TREATMENT <strong>the</strong> long lasting<br />

smoothing service for hair like silk for up to 5 months.<br />

YUKO non-formaldehyde permanent hairstraightening.<br />

OLAPLEX <strong>the</strong> salon wonder-treatment that actually<br />

rebuilds your hair from inside out.<br />

BLOWDRY for $35 - straight/curly/beach<br />

waves/messy-up-do. Add in a glass <strong>of</strong> Prosseco.<br />

Call 431 4247 (431 HAIR)<br />


www.tangledhairsalonprovidenciales.com<br />

penthouse unit. The resort’s guest services team is<br />

fabulous; <strong>the</strong>y take pride in <strong>of</strong>fering superb service<br />

and warm island hospitality.<br />

Blue Haven Resort is located in <strong>the</strong> Leeward area<br />

<strong>of</strong> Providenciales— private but not secluded, only<br />

minutes away from restaurants, stores and o<strong>the</strong><br />

businesses on Grace Bay. However, if you choose to<br />

remain on resort property all that you need is provided.<br />

There are three restaurants on site: Salt Bar<br />

and Grill, Fire and Ice and <strong>the</strong> café Market, a small<br />

grocery store and gift shop.<br />

For more outdoor enjoyment, <strong>the</strong> private beach<br />

area in front <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> resort has ample umbrella-shaded<br />

seating, hammocks and sun beds as well as a free<br />

form infinity pool with expansive deck area and a<br />

water trampoline. All <strong>of</strong> your favorite watersports are<br />

also available at <strong>the</strong> adjacent IGY Blue Haven Marina.<br />

For those inclined to maintain <strong>the</strong>ir fitness and wellness<br />

goals, <strong>the</strong>re is a fully equipped, 24-hour fitness<br />

center and Elevate Spa. Families enjoy <strong>the</strong> benefits <strong>of</strong><br />

Sandpiper Kid’s Club, <strong>of</strong>fered free <strong>of</strong> charge to resort<br />

guests and owners.<br />

Thanks to Blue Haven’s affiliation with sister<br />

properties Alexandra Resort and Beach House Turks<br />

& Caicos, resort guests may take a free shuttle to<br />

dine at both resorts, and to use <strong>the</strong> beach facilities<br />

(by advance reservation) at Beach House.<br />

At any given time, <strong>the</strong>re are a few units for sale<br />

at Blue Haven Resort. Price will depend on size, <strong>the</strong><br />

floor on which <strong>the</strong> unit is located and views. Ground<br />

level floor will be lower-priced; as you move higher<br />

in <strong>the</strong> building prices usually increase. (Of course it<br />

also depends on square footage <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> unit.) Sales <strong>of</strong><br />

units that have come on <strong>the</strong> market have been generally<br />

quite close to list price or sold for list price. This<br />

shows that <strong>the</strong> properties are being listed at market<br />

value.<br />

Because <strong>the</strong> resort and individual units are both<br />

well maintained, value will remain strong. As <strong>the</strong> real<br />

estate market continues to improve with sales higher<br />

than new listings, we expect some increase in value<br />

<strong>of</strong> all properties.<br />

Blue Haven Resort’s exclusive location makes it<br />

special. The Leeward subdivision is largely residential—with<br />

Blue Haven being a jewel in <strong>the</strong> crown,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re will be no o<strong>the</strong>r resort built in this area. Being<br />

home to <strong>the</strong> world-class Blue Haven Marina adds <strong>the</strong><br />

finishing touch. a<br />

60 www.timespub.tc

astrolabe<br />

newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />

front street, p.o. box 188, grand turk, turks & caicos islands, bwi<br />

tel 649 946 2160 • fax 649 946 2160 • email info@tcmuseum.org • web www.tcmuseum.org<br />

The late Sherlin Williams was an avid supporter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Museum and one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI’s most ardent local historians. This 2011 photo shows him<br />

in front <strong>of</strong> one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> iconic backdrops in his at-home photo studio on James Street, where residents would come to have <strong>the</strong>ir picture taken.<br />


Now He is Part <strong>of</strong> History<br />

By Dr. Donald H. Keith, President, Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation<br />

The first time I met Sherlin Williams was in <strong>the</strong> Museum Science Building’s workshop. He was just putting<br />

<strong>the</strong> finishing touches on <strong>the</strong> 150 year-old clockwork mechanism that made <strong>the</strong> light turn in Grand Turk’s<br />

lighthouse. I was amazed because it was an intricate piece <strong>of</strong> equipment for which no plans or instructions<br />

were available. He had been working on it for months, and through observation and persistence<br />

alone figured it out by himself. It made more sense later when I learned that in previous years he had a<br />

business in <strong>the</strong> Bahamas repairing high-end cameras!<br />

Sherlin didn’t just repair cameras, he was a pretty good photographer too! In 2010, he showed me<br />

computer-manipulated artwork he was producing called “photocraphs,” each composed <strong>of</strong> dozens or<br />

even hundreds <strong>of</strong> different images combined to tell a story.<br />

Each time I made a visit to <strong>the</strong> Museum on Grand Turk Sherlin was <strong>the</strong>re, always ready to explore<br />

newly discovered archaeological sites, conduct research in <strong>the</strong> Museum’s library, investigate a mystery,<br />

or get his hands dirty cleaning and conserving artifacts. Over <strong>the</strong> years he authored several articles for<br />

<strong>the</strong> Astrolabe including, “Grand Turk’s Postcard Man,” and “The Time-Travelling Beach Comber.”<br />

Mr. Sherlin McDonald Williams died on January 2, <strong>2017</strong>. He was an avid supporter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Museum, a<br />

good friend, a native son <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI and one <strong>of</strong> its most ardent and active local historians—but he is not<br />

lost to us. He is still here in <strong>the</strong> Museum. You can hear him in <strong>the</strong> words he wrote, see photos <strong>of</strong> him working<br />

to conserve o<strong>the</strong>r people’s history, and admire <strong>the</strong> art he created, all preserved here in perpetuity. a<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 61

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />


Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson commanded a squadron that was defeated by <strong>the</strong> French on Fire Hill, Grand Turk, in 1783.<br />

The French Connection<br />

The ill-fated Coquette Expedition.<br />

By John de Bry, Center for Historical Archaeology<br />

They say histories are usually about wars and always written by <strong>the</strong> victorious. It is refreshing to be able to<br />

look at a well-known conflict through <strong>the</strong> eyes <strong>of</strong> a participant on <strong>the</strong> losing side. Following a (very) minor<br />

engagement on Grand Turk in 1783, during which <strong>the</strong> squadron he commanded was unable to defeat a<br />

60-man French force dug in on Fire Hill, none o<strong>the</strong>r than Capt. Horatio Nelson concluded his dispatch with<br />

“With such a force, and <strong>the</strong>ir strong situation, I did not think anything far<strong>the</strong>r could be attempted.” But<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is ano<strong>the</strong>r, far more informative and thrilling account written by <strong>the</strong> commander <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> opposing<br />

French naval force, Lt. Grasse-Brianson.<br />

62 www.timespub.tc

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />

The following account was transcribed, interpreted<br />

and translated by Dr. John de Bry <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Center for<br />

Historical Archaeology in 1994 during a TCNMsponsored<br />

search for old records pertaining to <strong>the</strong><br />

Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> in various French repositories.<br />

The attempt on <strong>the</strong> part <strong>of</strong> France to take over <strong>the</strong><br />

Turks <strong>Islands</strong> in 1783 was largely a privateering endeavor<br />

ra<strong>the</strong>r than an initiative emanating from Versailles. It is<br />

easy to imagine <strong>the</strong> Sieur de Courrejeolles, mentioned<br />

in <strong>the</strong> first paragraph <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> account below, as a shady<br />

character straight out <strong>of</strong> “Pirates <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caribbean.”<br />

Courrejeolles remains an enigmatic player. His role in <strong>the</strong><br />

invasion and capture <strong>of</strong> Grand Turk is surely understated<br />

and deserves elaboration. Additional research has so far<br />

failed to fully identify him. His name does not appear<br />

on any <strong>of</strong>ficial naval papers, which only confirms that he<br />

was ei<strong>the</strong>r a privateer or a pirate with a certain flair and<br />

sophistication. After all, he was <strong>the</strong> one who managed<br />

to sell <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong> to <strong>the</strong> Prince and Princess <strong>of</strong><br />

Nassau-Siegen several years later, even though he had<br />

absolutely no right to any property title on <strong>the</strong>se islands!<br />

Although <strong>the</strong> direct involvement <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Governor <strong>of</strong> Saint-<br />

Domingue, Comte Robert d’Argout, is evidenced by <strong>the</strong><br />

commission he gave to <strong>the</strong> Sieur de Courrejeolles on 11<br />

September 1778, it is equally clear that Versailles strongly<br />

disapproved and condemned <strong>the</strong> actions <strong>of</strong> d’Argout and<br />

Courrejeolles.<br />

Abstract <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> expedition <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> King’s corvette la<br />

Coquette to <strong>the</strong> Turk <strong>Islands</strong><br />

Followed by details <strong>of</strong> its capture<br />

Monsieur de Bellecombe, Governor-General <strong>of</strong> Saint-<br />

Domingue (modern Haiti), assigned <strong>the</strong> corvette la<br />

Coquette to <strong>the</strong> Turk islands expedition, along with two<br />

vessels <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> colony, <strong>the</strong> Dauphin and Cornwallis. I [naval<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficer Grasse Brianson, in my capacity as acting captain<br />

and expedition leader] immediately endeavored to load<br />

all <strong>the</strong> necessary material, everything being ready on 8<br />

February. Four detachments from different infantry regiments<br />

came aboard, as well as Monsieur de Courrejolles,<br />

Engineer <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Colony, who would take control <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> away from <strong>the</strong> English.<br />

The bay <strong>of</strong> Cap-Français [modern Cape Haitian] was<br />

blockaded by <strong>the</strong> English. But on <strong>the</strong> morning <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 9th,<br />

seeing <strong>the</strong> fleet somewhat distant, I took advantage <strong>of</strong> this<br />

situation to set sail with <strong>the</strong> vessels under my command,<br />

closely hugging <strong>the</strong> coast. We anchored at Port -Français,<br />

two leagues to <strong>the</strong> West to have <strong>the</strong> advantage <strong>of</strong> leaving<br />

during <strong>the</strong> night, which was done, thus allowing us to get<br />

under way without being seen.<br />

We sighted <strong>the</strong> Turk islands on <strong>the</strong> morning <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

12th, but <strong>the</strong> hour at which we arrived exposed us to<br />

<strong>the</strong> danger <strong>of</strong> being spotted from a long distance, so in<br />

order to avoid this inconvenience, I anchored at <strong>the</strong> Petite<br />

Saline [Salt Cay], one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> islands which is uninhabited,<br />

from which, without being seen, it was easy to observe if<br />

any vessels were at <strong>the</strong> Grande Saline [Grand Turk]. I only<br />

saw fishing boats. During <strong>the</strong> night I sent <strong>the</strong> brigantine<br />

Cornwallis to cruise to <strong>the</strong> North in order to be within<br />

range <strong>of</strong> intercepting any isolated vessel which might<br />

report [to <strong>the</strong> enemy] our presence. We also wanted to<br />

take <strong>the</strong> commanding English <strong>of</strong>ficer by surprise; to this<br />

effect, Monsieur de Courrejolles left during <strong>the</strong> night<br />

aboard rowboats and long boats, and landed with part<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> troops on <strong>the</strong> South point, while I arrived in daylight<br />

in front <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> dwellings. As soon as I was anchored,<br />

I landed <strong>the</strong> rest <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> detachments; all <strong>of</strong> our plans<br />

succeeded, and we took control <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> island <strong>of</strong> Grande<br />

Saline without encountering any resistance.<br />

I immediately sent ashore all <strong>the</strong> workmen I could<br />

find among <strong>the</strong> crews and, fur<strong>the</strong>r, assigned daily sixty<br />

men to work under Monsieur de Courrejolles, at <strong>the</strong> various<br />

tasks which had to be performed at <strong>the</strong> same time, I<br />

unloaded ammunition and cannon as and when required.<br />

We had brought with us four 24-pounder cannon<br />

with which Monsieur de Courrejolles built a battery on<br />

<strong>the</strong> seashore, in front <strong>of</strong> his ammunition stores and living<br />

quarters. We anchored <strong>the</strong> ships a quarter <strong>of</strong> a league<br />

away, a reef line preventing us from coming any closer.<br />

It was unanimously determined that we could not be adequately<br />

protected in this situation, and that I would have<br />

no o<strong>the</strong>r choice than to set sail, should I be in danger <strong>of</strong><br />

being attacked.<br />

Wanting to contribute all <strong>of</strong> my resources to <strong>the</strong><br />

establishment [<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> stronghold], I provided Monsieur<br />

de Courrejolles everything that he asked, even an additional<br />

nine quintals [1,980 pounds] <strong>of</strong> powder and two<br />

<strong>of</strong> my cannons, in order to build a battery on a small<br />

island located east <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Grande Saline [called Gibbs Cay<br />

today, it appears on French maps as Isle de Fort Castries,<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 63

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />


This map <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn end <strong>of</strong> Grand Turk shows where <strong>the</strong> engagements described in <strong>the</strong> transcript below took place.<br />

evidently named after <strong>the</strong> Marquis de Castries, <strong>the</strong>n<br />

Secretary <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> French Navy], which he intended to use<br />

as a retreat point if <strong>the</strong> situation dictated it. I planned,<br />

upon my departure, to leave <strong>the</strong> Cornwallis under his<br />

command. Judging that she was not safe where we were,<br />

I had her anchor under this new battery which she managed<br />

to reach only after zigzagging among rocks, and<br />

because she drew little water, which afforded her shelter<br />

from attacks. I was also required to put ashore my water<br />

as well as my casks, consequently I kept only what was<br />

necessary for my crossing [back to Saint-Domingue].<br />

Monsieur de Bellecombe stipulated that I must stay<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Turk <strong>Islands</strong> not only until <strong>the</strong> stronghold which<br />

we wanted to establish was completed, but also to leave<br />

as to arrive at <strong>the</strong> Cap no earlier than March 6th, in order<br />

that my mission be kept secret until that date. The 27th<br />

<strong>of</strong> February, everything being finished at <strong>the</strong> Grande<br />

Saline, <strong>the</strong> workmen were kept occupied constructing <strong>the</strong><br />

gun battery on <strong>the</strong> small island [Gibbs Cay]. This work,<br />

meant to be <strong>the</strong> last, was well-advanced within <strong>the</strong> next<br />

two days, which allowed me to set my departure date<br />

between <strong>the</strong> 4th and <strong>the</strong> 5th. I had been, up to that point,<br />

as lucky as I could have hoped to be, all <strong>the</strong> operations<br />

being completed, and I enjoyed <strong>the</strong> satisfaction <strong>of</strong> having<br />

precisely fulfilled <strong>the</strong> mission that had been entrusted to<br />

me, confident <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> good fortune I still needed for my<br />

return journey.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> 2nd <strong>of</strong> March, at two o’clock in <strong>the</strong> afternoon,<br />

<strong>the</strong> rowboat and long boat being occupied, <strong>the</strong> first transporting<br />

timber from <strong>the</strong> Grande Saline to <strong>the</strong> small island<br />

to finish <strong>the</strong> cribbing, and <strong>the</strong> long boat ga<strong>the</strong>ring ballast,<br />

<strong>the</strong> lookout posted on land signaled seeing sails.<br />

Nothing had yet been spotted from <strong>the</strong> top <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> masts<br />

where I myself climbed having only a few <strong>of</strong>ficers, but<br />

no sooner were we in position to observe than two vessels<br />

that had been hidden by <strong>the</strong> upper elevations <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

island, suddenly appeared behind a lower land feature,<br />

heading toward <strong>the</strong> North point. Because <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir proximity<br />

we were able to recognize a vessel with two batteries<br />

[two gun decks] and a frigate, and at <strong>the</strong> same time able<br />

to judge our tardiness in spotting <strong>the</strong>m. We did not have<br />

any time to waste, prompting me to cut <strong>the</strong> [anchor] cable<br />

on <strong>the</strong> spot. I also hailed <strong>the</strong> Dauphin who took <strong>the</strong> same<br />

action, and we headed to <strong>the</strong> south <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> channel, raising<br />

sails as promptly as possible. I had sixty men ashore,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Sieur de Gaillard, garde de la marine, was also<br />

64 www.timespub.tc

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />

<strong>the</strong>re on duty, but not having enough men for maneuvering,<br />

I found <strong>the</strong> circumstance too pressing to wait for<br />

<strong>the</strong>m.<br />

The vessel appeared after a few moments, having<br />

passed <strong>the</strong> tip <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> island and chased us, being two<br />

small leagues to our rear; it did not take us long to realize<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y had superior speed; however, <strong>the</strong> distance<br />

which separated us left me <strong>the</strong> hope that <strong>the</strong>y would not<br />

catch up with us until night. At three thirty, <strong>the</strong> vessel had<br />

closed in considerably; <strong>the</strong> Dauphin, which had stayed<br />

within shouting distance downwind from me, cut down<br />

his fore-topmast, although <strong>the</strong> sea and wind were favorable<br />

to sailing with light sails. I signaled to him to assume<br />

chase at <strong>the</strong> speed which he would deem <strong>the</strong> less disadvantageous<br />

in his situation; he maintained his speed, and<br />

I somewhat succeeded in this maneuver which forced <strong>the</strong><br />

enemy to decide which one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> two vessels [to chase],<br />

giving me <strong>the</strong> confidence that <strong>the</strong> Dauphin would escape.<br />

I hoped that he [<strong>the</strong> enemy vessel] would abandon pursuit<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Dauphin and try to catch up with me, thinking<br />

that <strong>the</strong> frigate which was following him would be able to<br />

capture <strong>the</strong> Dauphin. He fired a few cannon shots as he<br />

passed him, but at too great a distance to threaten <strong>the</strong><br />

Dauphin.<br />

I used all <strong>the</strong> means at my disposal to reach maximum<br />

speed. Unfortunately, nothing succeeded nor made<br />

up for <strong>the</strong> disadvantages <strong>of</strong> not having a hull shea<strong>the</strong>d<br />

with copper, <strong>of</strong> having last been careened a year ago, and<br />

for <strong>the</strong> lack <strong>of</strong> stability caused by <strong>the</strong> quantities <strong>of</strong> water<br />

casks and o<strong>the</strong>r objects <strong>of</strong> considerable weight which I<br />

was obliged to put ashore on Turk island.<br />

At five o’clock <strong>the</strong> vessel having approached me<br />

within short range, and not firing, I lowered <strong>the</strong> English<br />

flag to raise <strong>the</strong> French flag, and warned him with my<br />

cannon which I had kept retracted, he responded with<br />

his chase ordnance. The exchange <strong>of</strong> fire continued<br />

between one and <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r for approximately twenty-five<br />

minutes; I aimed <strong>the</strong> guns in such a manner as to cause<br />

damage to his masts, which might delay him and give<br />

me time to escape, but did not succeed. At five thirty<br />

<strong>the</strong> enemy caught up with me and followed downwind<br />

at pistol shot range, I <strong>the</strong>n opened fire with <strong>the</strong> battery<br />

that I had managed to arm with <strong>the</strong> remaining personnel.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> same time, he fired upon us broadside with<br />

his entire battery and his muskets. Having employed all<br />

<strong>the</strong> means <strong>of</strong> defense against such superior forces, I had<br />

From top: The illustration depicts two English frigates in pursuit <strong>of</strong><br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r vessel.<br />

“Island <strong>of</strong> Fort Castries,” corresponding to modern Gibbs Cay, is<br />

clearly marked on this 18th century French map <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

<strong>the</strong> painful duty to surrender <strong>the</strong> King’s corvette, after<br />

having thrown into <strong>the</strong> sea all <strong>the</strong> signals and instructions<br />

pertaining to my mission. We were boarded by <strong>the</strong><br />

English vessel named <strong>the</strong> Resistance, carrying 56 guns;<br />

her escort, which was not functioning properly, caught up<br />

with us three quarters <strong>of</strong> an hour later, <strong>the</strong> distance and<br />

<strong>the</strong> already obscure night had caused her to lose sight <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Dauphin, which I have since learned happily arrived<br />

at Port-de-Paix, on <strong>the</strong> coast <strong>of</strong> Saint-Domingue.<br />

Among <strong>the</strong> casualties which <strong>the</strong> Coquette sustained<br />

on this occasion, is <strong>the</strong> Sieur Courdoux, auxiliary lieutenant,<br />

who received a gunshot wound to <strong>the</strong> hand, losing<br />

use <strong>of</strong> it, and a strong concussion to <strong>the</strong> chest, caused by<br />

a flying fragment <strong>of</strong> wood. The praises that his conduct<br />

commands, <strong>the</strong> great number <strong>of</strong> campaigns at <strong>the</strong> King’s<br />

service, and <strong>the</strong> seriousness <strong>of</strong> his wound, are grounds<br />

for hoping to obtain <strong>the</strong> graces <strong>of</strong> His Majesty.<br />


<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 65

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />


Are <strong>the</strong>se low stone foundations atop Gibbs Cay <strong>the</strong> remains <strong>of</strong> Courrejeolles’ “fall back”<br />

position?<br />

I feel compelled to add at <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> my log summary<br />

what I witnessed relative to <strong>the</strong> attempt made by <strong>the</strong><br />

English to retake <strong>the</strong> Turk islands, while I was prisoner<br />

aboard <strong>the</strong>ir vessels.<br />

On March 5th, <strong>the</strong> vessel <strong>the</strong> Resistance, along with<br />

<strong>the</strong> frigates Tartar and Albermarle, which were joined<br />

as well by <strong>the</strong> brigantines Drake and Barington, having<br />

planned to retake <strong>the</strong> Turk <strong>Islands</strong>, anchored on <strong>the</strong> 6th<br />

on <strong>the</strong> south part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Grande Saline. On <strong>the</strong> 7th, <strong>the</strong><br />

ships fired several grapeshot broadsides on <strong>the</strong> [aziers?]<br />

which fringe <strong>the</strong> coast, and on <strong>the</strong> promontory where <strong>the</strong>y<br />

intended to land in order to make sure that we did not<br />

have any fortification <strong>the</strong>re. They landed approximately<br />

two hundred men, soldiers as well as sailors, with <strong>the</strong> two<br />

brigantines anchored in front <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> dwellings in order<br />

to provide cover for <strong>the</strong> advancing troops. They did not<br />

know <strong>the</strong> location <strong>of</strong> our battery, and thought it to be<br />

made up only <strong>of</strong> cannons from <strong>the</strong> Coquette. They were<br />

fired upon with <strong>the</strong> 24-pounders but held <strong>the</strong>ir position<br />

for approximately one hour, vigorously responding with<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir small artillery. [The English ships] having been hit<br />

by two cannon balls which caused damage and wounded<br />

several men, cut <strong>the</strong>ir [anchor] cables and returned to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir original anchorage. The English troops returned to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir ships in <strong>the</strong> evening without daring to leave <strong>the</strong> protection<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> vessels, having seen us [<strong>the</strong> French forces<br />

on <strong>the</strong> island] well dug in, and with field artillery which<br />

<strong>the</strong>y <strong>the</strong>mselves lacked.<br />

The English had <strong>the</strong> intention <strong>of</strong><br />

resuming <strong>the</strong>ir attack <strong>the</strong> next day,<br />

but <strong>the</strong> wind, which shifted to <strong>the</strong><br />

West during <strong>the</strong> night, caused <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

plan to fail. They became preoccupied<br />

with <strong>the</strong> danger that <strong>the</strong>y faced; managing<br />

to escape [<strong>the</strong> danger <strong>of</strong> being<br />

driven onto a lee shore] with great<br />

difficulty. They completely abandoned<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir project and departed.<br />

I must give great credit to <strong>the</strong><br />

crews <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> corvette, for keeping<br />

silent on <strong>the</strong> subject <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> forces<br />

that we had on <strong>the</strong> island, as well as<br />

<strong>the</strong> positions [batteries and fortifications]<br />

which we had established on<br />

<strong>the</strong> island despite <strong>the</strong> tortures that<br />

were inflicted on several <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> Cap, 18 April 1783<br />

Grasse Brianson<br />

Postscript<br />

No documents have turned up that tell “<strong>the</strong> rest <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

story.” At some point soon after <strong>the</strong> Nelson’s squadron<br />

departed Grand Turk, so did <strong>the</strong> French garrison, perhaps<br />

aboard <strong>the</strong> small vessel Cornwallis, left behind in Hawk’s<br />

Nest anchorage. It seems odd that in both English and<br />

French accounts <strong>the</strong>re is no mention <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> people living<br />

on Grand Turk at <strong>the</strong> time, just “dwellings.” The conflict<br />

was not about <strong>the</strong>m, whoever <strong>the</strong>y were, but about determining<br />

which European nation could make its claim <strong>of</strong><br />

possession stick. England’s superior sea power accomplished<br />

that once and for all in 1783, even though both<br />

Spain and France both had designs on <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong><br />

for centuries.<br />

Do any traces <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> French Invasion <strong>of</strong> 1783 survive?<br />

Historian H.E. Sadler writes that “an old French cannon”<br />

was uncovered during <strong>the</strong> construction <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> American<br />

missile-tracking station around Fire Hill at <strong>the</strong> south end<br />

<strong>of</strong> Grand Turk and that it was taken away and put on<br />

display at <strong>the</strong> Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral.<br />

This remains to be verified, but low stone foundations on<br />

top <strong>of</strong> Gibbs Cay may well be <strong>the</strong> remains <strong>of</strong> Courrejeolles’<br />

“fall back” position. a<br />

66 www.timespub.tc

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />

Remembering Sherlin Williams<br />

Story & Photos By Dr. Donald H. Keith<br />

1995: When <strong>the</strong> Museum’s first Director, Barry Dressel, became interested<br />

in <strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong> Grand Turk’s salt industry, he discovered that Sherlin had<br />

grown up on Grand Turk when <strong>the</strong> salt industry was still in full swing and<br />

had witnessed salt production in action. Sherlin pointed out that <strong>the</strong>re were<br />

a number <strong>of</strong> different types <strong>of</strong> windmills still standing, but only one example<br />

<strong>of</strong> a type called <strong>the</strong> “carousel” was left. It was in <strong>the</strong> Town Salina only a few<br />

blocks from <strong>the</strong> Museum. He said <strong>the</strong> salina is always flooded <strong>the</strong>se days,<br />

but <strong>the</strong> walls people used to walk on between ponds were still <strong>the</strong>re, just<br />

under <strong>the</strong> surface and we could walk out to see it. We took our notepads and<br />

cameras, rolled up our pant legs, and followed him out to <strong>the</strong> site. Passers-by<br />

stopped and stared. It had been years since anyone had seen people in <strong>the</strong><br />

salina and it must have looked like we were walking on water!<br />

1999: Sherlin was not directly<br />

involved in making rubber moulds <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> inscribed rocks on Sapodilla Hill<br />

in Provo, but he eagerly dived into <strong>the</strong><br />

hardest part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> project—making<br />

resin casts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> inscriptions in <strong>the</strong><br />

Museum’s “wet lab.” I experimented<br />

with various combinations <strong>of</strong> plaster,<br />

resins, hardeners, fillers, and release<br />

agents until I found an ideal formula.<br />

It was a difficult and tedious process<br />

and once you got started you had to<br />

continue until it was finished which<br />

meant long days and long nights! But<br />

Sherlin hung in <strong>the</strong>re. Altoge<strong>the</strong>r we<br />

made more than two dozen casts over<br />

a period <strong>of</strong> weeks. The resin casts all<br />

come out <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> rubber moulds a brilliant white. Here he is “cosmetizing” one<br />

with watercolor washes to make it look exactly <strong>the</strong> way it does on <strong>the</strong> hill.<br />

1998: Sherlin is measuring <strong>the</strong> “drive<br />

shaft” <strong>of</strong> a windmill that <strong>the</strong> Museum<br />

recovered after it collapsed into <strong>the</strong><br />

North Salina. As a child growing up<br />

on Grand Turk, Sherlin was fascinated<br />

by <strong>the</strong> windmills that were fully operational<br />

<strong>the</strong>n. A careful observer, he<br />

understood how <strong>the</strong>y worked and<br />

how <strong>the</strong>y circulated <strong>the</strong> water in <strong>the</strong><br />

salinas to increase <strong>the</strong> efficiency <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> process <strong>of</strong> reducing tons <strong>of</strong> seawater<br />

to handfuls <strong>of</strong> salt.<br />

We learned more from him than<br />

from all <strong>the</strong> written references on <strong>the</strong><br />

subject in our library. The wooden<br />

timbers <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> windmill were too far<br />

gone to save, but Sherlin wanted to<br />

save <strong>the</strong> iron parts so <strong>the</strong> Museum<br />

could reconstruct <strong>the</strong> windmill one<br />

day and put it back into service. He<br />

wanted it to serve as a memorial to<br />

<strong>the</strong> folks who worked in <strong>the</strong> salinas<br />

all <strong>the</strong>ir lives and made Grand Turk’s<br />

salt industry world-famous.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 67

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />

(At left) 2010: Gre<strong>the</strong> Seim saved this “Archimedes Screw” from going to <strong>the</strong><br />

dump decades before <strong>the</strong> Museum was created and took it to her home for<br />

safekeeping. She wanted it to go to <strong>the</strong> Museum but it took a long time to<br />

figure out how and when to do it. We had to hunt for it because it had been<br />

kept outdoors and <strong>the</strong> bush had grown up around it. In a reversal <strong>of</strong> roles,<br />

Sherlin cleared <strong>the</strong> bush while I took <strong>the</strong> photos! A group <strong>of</strong> Chinese laborers<br />

working on a house nearby cheerfully carried <strong>the</strong> screw uphill through<br />

<strong>the</strong> bush to <strong>the</strong> truck for <strong>the</strong> trip back to <strong>the</strong> Museum. Once we got it <strong>the</strong>re,<br />

Sherlin cajoled Mr. Oswald “King Oz” Francis—<strong>the</strong> only person who remembered<br />

when it was made, what its purpose was, and where it came from—to<br />

come over and tell us its history.<br />

(At right) 2012: Like me, Sherlin<br />

was enthralled by <strong>the</strong> Grand Turk<br />

Lighthouse. As a photographer, he<br />

saw its majestic, photogenic potential.<br />

As an archaeologist, I saw a<br />

magnificent, intact machine from <strong>the</strong><br />

early industrial age with a plethora<br />

<strong>of</strong> mysteries to unravel. We visited it<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r many times although gaining<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficially sanctioned entry was<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten tedious. Here, we are in <strong>the</strong> “ready room.” The spiral staircase to Sherlin’s left leads to <strong>the</strong> “lamp room” where<br />

<strong>the</strong> actual light is. The tube to his right leads from <strong>the</strong> clockwork mechanism above all <strong>the</strong> way through <strong>the</strong> height<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> lighthouse and into a hole in <strong>the</strong> ground beneath it. The 400 pound weight pulled down <strong>the</strong> tube by gravity<br />

is what turned <strong>the</strong> light all night.<br />

(At left) 2013: For <strong>the</strong> exhibit featuring<br />

<strong>the</strong> exploits <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> larger-than-life<br />

helmet diver Jeremiah Murphy, who<br />

lived on Grand Turk, we had to locate<br />

and purchase all <strong>the</strong> equipment to<br />

fit out a 19th-century helmet diver.<br />

We found a pair <strong>of</strong> lead, lea<strong>the</strong>r and<br />

brass diving boots in England, but<br />

when <strong>the</strong>y arrived, we found <strong>the</strong><br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r to be dry, hard, and fragile.<br />

Sherlin worked for weeks bathing <strong>the</strong><br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r in two types <strong>of</strong> cleaners and<br />

conditioners to get it supple enough<br />

to use in <strong>the</strong> Museum’s exhibit.<br />

68 www.timespub.tc

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />

(At left) 2013: One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> last projects<br />

we worked on toge<strong>the</strong>r was<br />

creating <strong>the</strong> “Golden Age <strong>of</strong> Grand<br />

Turk” exhibit featuring a reproduction<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> “lamp room” <strong>of</strong> Grand<br />

Turk’s lighthouse. No plans <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

lighthouse survive, so we had to measure,<br />

photograph, and document it<br />

from scratch. Here Sherlin is inspecting<br />

<strong>the</strong> exhibit, perhaps reflecting on<br />

<strong>the</strong> first work he did for <strong>the</strong> Museum<br />

two decades earlier restoring <strong>the</strong><br />

clockwork mechanism that led to <strong>the</strong><br />

creation <strong>of</strong> this exhibit.<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> course <strong>of</strong> 30+ years as a photographer in TCI, Sherlin compiled tens <strong>of</strong> thousands <strong>of</strong> photos, including those<br />

<strong>of</strong> many buildings, especially in Grand Turk, that no longer exist. As his craft became digitalized, Sherlin went abroad<br />

and took courses to become fluent in image and layout-focused programs. When he started experimenting with <strong>the</strong><br />

creative possibilities, he found he could use his life’s massive collection <strong>of</strong> photos in a new and different way. Each<br />

“Photocraph” encompasses anywhere from dozens to hundreds to thousands <strong>of</strong> individual photos, carefully “cut,”<br />

“pasted,” modified and placed into a computer file to form an original work <strong>of</strong> art. One <strong>of</strong> his favorite pieces, entitled<br />

“The Mule Breeder,” included nearly 3,500 individual items and took four months to complete. Shown above, “Hillary<br />

Session” is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> “photocraphs” Sherlin created in about 2011. Tragically, a year or two later his computer was<br />

stolen, his health began to deteriorate, and he was unable to continue pursuing his art.<br />


<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 69

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />

Museum matters<br />

By Museum Director Pat Saxton<br />


25th anniversary party<br />

It was a dark and stormy night . . . and everyone volunteering<br />

to help at <strong>the</strong> Museum’s 25th Anniversary party<br />

was debating whe<strong>the</strong>r to take a chance having <strong>the</strong> party<br />

outside as planned, or batten <strong>the</strong> hatches and hole up<br />

inside. Even after <strong>the</strong> rain stopped we unanimously<br />

agreed that discretion was <strong>the</strong> better part <strong>of</strong> valor and<br />

we should have it “below decks” inside. We did not<br />

realize it at <strong>the</strong> time, but <strong>the</strong> inclement wea<strong>the</strong>r was<br />

a blessing in disguise! The ambiance <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Museum,<br />

complete with low lighting, creaky ship sound effects,<br />

and all volunteers and staff in costume provided <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect setting for our “Time Travel” event.<br />

Our Providenciales representative Candianne<br />

Williams greeted guests as <strong>the</strong>y started slogging in. To<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir surprise, and sometimes astonishment, she presented<br />

each with a card—<strong>the</strong>ir persona for <strong>the</strong> rest <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> evening—and <strong>the</strong> challenge <strong>of</strong> locating <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

and <strong>the</strong>ir place in history among <strong>the</strong> Museum’s exhibits.<br />

Some cards bore <strong>the</strong> names <strong>of</strong> historical figures or<br />

personnel associated with <strong>the</strong> Museum, while o<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

had <strong>the</strong> names <strong>of</strong> crew members serving on <strong>the</strong> Spanish<br />

ship <strong>of</strong> exploration and discovery, La Joya Pequena (<strong>the</strong><br />

Little Gem), <strong>the</strong> “stage name” we gave to <strong>the</strong> Molasses<br />

Reef Wreck for <strong>the</strong> evening.<br />

Each guest was presented with a Time Travel Card, and <strong>the</strong> challenge<br />

to locate <strong>the</strong>ir “persona” among <strong>the</strong> Museum’s exhibits.<br />

The idea was to “find yourself” somewhere in <strong>the</strong><br />

Museum. With exhibits on two floors and a dozen rooms,<br />

hints printed on <strong>the</strong> cards helped, and soon all 65 guests<br />

were buzzing around looking for <strong>the</strong>ir namesakes. Of<br />

course <strong>the</strong>re was lots <strong>of</strong> laughter as <strong>the</strong> party-goers compared<br />

notes and called each o<strong>the</strong>r by <strong>the</strong>ir new identities.<br />

Students from <strong>the</strong> high school, under <strong>the</strong> direction <strong>of</strong><br />

Mrs. Swimmer passed out delicious canapés during <strong>the</strong><br />

entire event.<br />

Students from Grand Turk’s H.J. Robinson High School served canapés<br />

to party guests.<br />

Once everyone found <strong>the</strong>ir identities, <strong>the</strong>y handed in <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

nametags and were awarded prizes associated with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

new calling. The boatswain won a boatswain key chain,<br />

“Jeremiah Murphy” won a hard helmet key chain. “Sandy,”<br />

<strong>the</strong> little donkey hero <strong>of</strong> Donna Seim’s book, got a copy<br />

<strong>of</strong> our new <strong>2017</strong> calendar—and <strong>the</strong> list went on.<br />

Pat Saxton delivered a witty poem relating <strong>the</strong> 25-year<br />

history <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Museum complete with slide show. At <strong>the</strong><br />

end <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> presentation everyone was handed a glass <strong>of</strong><br />

champagne (kindly donated by Grand Turk Liquors/The<br />

Wine Store) to toast <strong>the</strong> Museum’s success.<br />

HE Governor Dr. John Freeman congratulated <strong>the</strong> Museum<br />

for <strong>the</strong> work it has done and continues to do. Hon. Derek<br />

Taylor, who sits on <strong>the</strong> Board, spoke about <strong>the</strong> Museum’s<br />

efforts to save <strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong> TCI. Long-time supporter<br />

Ms. Lillian Swann-Misick reiterated <strong>the</strong> important work<br />

<strong>the</strong> Museum does.<br />


70 www.timespub.tc

astrolabe newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />

Having received many<br />

compliments about <strong>the</strong><br />

party we want to thank<br />

TCNM’s loyal members<br />

and friends <strong>of</strong> who came to<br />

help us celebrate 25 years<br />

<strong>of</strong> “Protecting, preserving<br />

and promoting <strong>the</strong> history<br />

and culture <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks &<br />

Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.” Thanks to<br />

staff members Candianne<br />

Williams, Nikki Jennings,<br />

Ivy Basden, and Fred<br />

Glinton who worked all<br />

night to ensure our guests<br />

had <strong>the</strong> best possible<br />

experience. Thanks also to<br />

our wonderful volunteers<br />

Dudley Been, Claudia and<br />

Edger Schnetz, Séamus<br />

and Hilary Day, Neil<br />

The Turks & Caicos National Museum staff (from left): Pat Saxton, Fred Glinton, Ivy Basden, Candianne<br />

Williams, and Nikki Jennings take a night <strong>of</strong>f to celebrate!<br />

Join <strong>the</strong> Museum<br />

Become a Member and receive a year’s subscription<br />

to <strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> (which includes<br />

Astrolabe), free admission to <strong>the</strong> Museum, and a<br />

Members’ Discount in <strong>the</strong> Museum Shop.<br />

Senior (62+) $35<br />

Individual $50<br />

Family/Friend $100<br />

Sponsor $250<br />

Contributor $500<br />

Partner $750<br />



From left: Norman Watts, Mrs. Corina Freeman, and Martin Seim enjoy<br />

<strong>the</strong> Museum’s grand 25th anniversary event.<br />

Saxton, and Rebecca Cain, who continue to give unselfishly<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir time and energy. We appreciate Martin Seim<br />

and B. Naqqi Manco for being our <strong>of</strong>ficial photographers!<br />

And <strong>of</strong> course, thanks to Mrs. Gre<strong>the</strong> Seim for her vision<br />

and generosity which made this event—and <strong>the</strong> whole<br />

Turks & Caicos National Museum—possible. a<br />

To join*, send name, address, email, and type <strong>of</strong><br />

membership, along with cheque or money order<br />

payable to “Turks & Caicos National Museum” to:<br />

Friends <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National<br />

Museum<br />

39 Condesa Road<br />

Santa Fe, NM 87508 USA<br />

Or, visit:<br />

www.tcmuseum.org/membership-support/<br />

*For U.S. residents, support <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Museum is tax-deductible<br />

via Friends <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum, Attn:<br />

Donald H. Keith, 39 Condesa Road, Santa Fe NM 87508, our<br />

affiliated institution and registered 501 (c) (3).<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 71

food for thought<br />

Opposite page: A cold glass <strong>of</strong> Turk’s Head Lager is deemed “<strong>the</strong> quintessential refreshing beer,” a staple for a hot, sunny beach day.<br />

Above: Tours <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turk’s Head Brewery are now available. The manufacturing process, from start to finish, is fascinating!<br />

Brewed in <strong>the</strong> TCI<br />

Turk’s Head Brewery is now open for tours.<br />

Story & Photos By Kathy Borsuk<br />

I still remember <strong>the</strong> day we took my 92-year-old grandfa<strong>the</strong>r to tour <strong>the</strong> Anheuser-Busch brewery in<br />

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After walking through vast rooms in <strong>the</strong> huge plant, climbing countless flights<br />

<strong>of</strong> stairs, and (trying to) listen to <strong>the</strong> guide over <strong>the</strong> factory’s din, we finally reached <strong>the</strong> tasting room.<br />

My dear Czechoslovakian grandpa’s understated comment? “That was a lot <strong>of</strong> work for a glass <strong>of</strong> beer.”<br />

I think he’d be surprised at <strong>the</strong> current attraction <strong>of</strong> craft beers, tours <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> breweries that make<br />

<strong>the</strong>m, and tasting rooms that have taken on <strong>the</strong> aura <strong>of</strong> a science lab. He’d be even more surprised to<br />

learn <strong>the</strong>re is now such an operation in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 73

Since 2001, <strong>the</strong> Turk’s Head Brewery has been operating<br />

in a group <strong>of</strong> large warehouses in <strong>the</strong> industrial area<br />

<strong>of</strong> Providenciales, just east <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Five Cays “shortcut” <strong>of</strong>f<br />

Leeward Highway. Our storage locker is just behind <strong>the</strong><br />

brewery, and its presence finally explains <strong>the</strong> mysterious,<br />

heady aroma I <strong>of</strong>ten smelled while unloading magazines.<br />

The brewery is part <strong>of</strong> Provo Beverages, along with <strong>the</strong><br />

TC Crystal Pure Water company, and in spite <strong>of</strong> refilling<br />

my plastic gallons <strong>the</strong>re every day, I never knew that beer<br />

was being brewed in <strong>the</strong> back.<br />

Currently, Turk’s Head Brewery makes lager, amber<br />

ale, IPA and light versions <strong>of</strong> Turk’s Head Beer. You can<br />

find <strong>the</strong> products sold in most grocery and liquor stores<br />

in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, and served—ei<strong>the</strong>r bottled or on tap—at<br />

most restaurants and bars. The lager is <strong>the</strong> best seller,<br />

described as “<strong>the</strong> quintessential refreshing beer,” a staple<br />

for a hot, sunny beach day, and somewhat similar<br />

to Corona. The amber ale is more full-bodied, while <strong>the</strong><br />

India Pale Ale emits fruity aromas <strong>of</strong> papaya (I vouch for<br />

that!), with a tastebud-tickling touch <strong>of</strong> bitterness.<br />

Besides being <strong>the</strong> country’s most affordable beer, visitors<br />

and locals love to support this genuine product <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. For many tourists, <strong>the</strong>ir only<br />

complaint is that it is not currently sold <strong>of</strong>f-island. The<br />

brewery’s unique mobile bar is a staple at <strong>the</strong> popular<br />

Thursday Night Fish Fry, as well as most Providenciales<br />

sporting and charity events.<br />

Just prior to opening to <strong>the</strong> public, Sales & Marketing<br />

Representative Mike Bozzer led me on a private tour <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> brewery. Besides being fascinating (I, like many, am a<br />

devotee <strong>of</strong> “How It’s Made”), <strong>the</strong> tour revealed a spotless,<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional plant complete with catwalks and a brandnew<br />

tasting room overlooking <strong>the</strong> bottling area. Here,<br />

visitors can sample each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> various draughts and purchase<br />

very cool Turk’s Head merchandise—t-shirts, caps,<br />

bottle openers, glasses, bar towels, and <strong>the</strong> like—to take<br />

home as souvenirs.<br />

The brewing process begins with ultra-refined<br />

desalinated water (made on-site at <strong>the</strong> water plant),<br />

barley imported by <strong>the</strong> container-load from Minnesota,<br />

Germany and elsewhere, and hops shipped in from places<br />

as far-ranging as New Zealand and <strong>the</strong> Pacific Northwest.<br />

Mike explained that <strong>the</strong> first step is converting <strong>the</strong> natural<br />

starch in <strong>the</strong> malted grain to sugar, done by soaking <strong>the</strong><br />

barley in warm water to release <strong>the</strong> enzymes, <strong>the</strong>n boiling<br />

this sugar water in a kettle to concentrate <strong>the</strong> sugar and<br />

sterilize and purify <strong>the</strong> “wort.” Next, <strong>the</strong> hops are added,<br />

with amount and timing Brewmaster Eric Cardin’s calls<br />

depending on <strong>the</strong> type <strong>of</strong> beer being brewed. The mixture<br />

is <strong>the</strong>n sent through a heat exchanger to rapidly chill,<br />

Left: These 80-barrel fermenters hold <strong>the</strong> beer for as long as several weeks, depending on <strong>the</strong> beer type.<br />

Right: Following filtration, <strong>the</strong> beer is ei<strong>the</strong>r bottled, canned, or kegged, each date-stamped for freshness.<br />

74 www.timespub.tc

Above: Turk’s Head Brewery currently makes a light ale, an amber<br />

ale, <strong>the</strong> popular lager, and a full-bodied IPA. After <strong>the</strong> brewery tour,<br />

visitors can sample each brew in <strong>the</strong> tasting room.<br />

Below: In 2016, <strong>the</strong> brewery produced <strong>the</strong> equivalent <strong>of</strong> two million<br />

bottles <strong>of</strong> beer, sold throughout <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

before being put in glycol-jacketed fermenters with yeasts<br />

added to convert <strong>the</strong> sugar to alcohol. The mixture is<br />

allowed to ferment and age for as long as several weeks,<br />

depending on <strong>the</strong> beer type. Generally, <strong>the</strong> more sugars<br />

in <strong>the</strong> wort, <strong>the</strong> stronger <strong>the</strong> concentration <strong>of</strong> alcohol.<br />

Finally, <strong>the</strong> beer is carefully filtered to ensure a clean,<br />

crisp product. Following filtration, it is ei<strong>the</strong>r bottled,<br />

canned or kegged, each date-stamped to ensure freshness.<br />

Random bottles are regularly tested to maintain<br />

<strong>the</strong> product’s integrity. From <strong>the</strong>re, <strong>the</strong> product is packaged<br />

and distributed across <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

Although <strong>the</strong>re is a four-month shelf life, Mike says rarely<br />

does <strong>the</strong> beer remain in its container for that long!<br />

Operating at capacity, in 2016 <strong>the</strong> brewery produced<br />

<strong>the</strong> equivalent <strong>of</strong> two million bottles <strong>of</strong> beer. Employing<br />

25 to 30 people, <strong>the</strong> locally owned Turk’s Head Brewery<br />

can be said to be <strong>the</strong> country’s largest industrial producer,<br />

and quite a success story. The original plant<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 75

A variety <strong>of</strong> souvenirs are available for sale in <strong>the</strong> Turk’s Head<br />

Brewery’s ad_Layout new tasting 1 11/16/16 room. 2:11 PM Page 1<br />

Looking for something a little different?<br />

Take a Turk’s Head Brewery Tour!<br />

Experience a wide variety <strong>of</strong> beer from <strong>the</strong> Island’s ONLY local brewery.<br />


Call (649) 941-3637 or email info@turksheadbeer.com<br />

for more information.<br />

Located at 52 Universal Dr. - Just <strong>of</strong>f South Dock Rd., Providenciales.<br />

started with a ten barrel system and sold only kegs to<br />

a few restaurants and hotels; since mid-2013 twelve<br />

80-barrel fermenters (each holding about 1,000 cases <strong>of</strong><br />

beer) are producing millions <strong>of</strong> dollars worth <strong>of</strong> product,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> new beers have entered <strong>the</strong> high-end market.<br />

The brewery/water plant also markets two o<strong>the</strong>r refreshing<br />

drinks: Bambashay Caicos Cran (a vodka-cranberry<br />

cocktail) and <strong>the</strong> popular Bambarra Cuba Libre (a classic<br />

version <strong>of</strong> rum and cola), both available in cans to easily<br />

take to <strong>the</strong> beach or on boats.<br />

The tour and tasting room opened in February <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

One-hour tours are <strong>of</strong>fered several times daily, six days<br />

a week. Besides sampling <strong>the</strong> six current products, visitors<br />

may also have <strong>the</strong> chance to try <strong>the</strong> brewmaster’s<br />

specials—one-<strong>of</strong>-a-kind stouts, pilsners, and wheat beers<br />

being tested for sale at select restaurants or as potential<br />

new <strong>of</strong>ferings. The tasting room is also available for<br />

rental for special events like bachelor or birthday parties.<br />

Just like its sister company TC Crystal, <strong>the</strong> Turk’s<br />

Head Brewery is heavily involved in <strong>the</strong> community.<br />

Besides sponsoring numerous environmental events and<br />

a recent 10K race for <strong>the</strong> Delano Williams Foundation,<br />

all proceeds <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> mobile bar at sailing regattas sponsored<br />

by <strong>the</strong> Provo Sailing Club are donated back to <strong>the</strong><br />

organization. They also sponsor <strong>the</strong> Turk’s Head All Fleet<br />

National Sailing Championships. TC Crystal bottles water<br />

in 63% biodegradable bottles, and regularly sponsors<br />

beach clean-ups, school promotions, and has donated<br />

dozens <strong>of</strong> garbage drums to help keep <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> clean.<br />

That in itself deserves a toast! a<br />

For more information, call 649 241-4311 or email tours@<br />

turksheadbeer.com.<br />

MOV-A-THON<strong>2017</strong>_Layout 1 2/16/17 8:06 AM Page 1<br />

<br />

Nutrition in Demand, , a non pr<strong>of</strong>it raising awareness to<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance <strong>of</strong> health and healthy eating<br />

Motto: eating healthy today... living longer, better tomorrow<br />

• Educational workshops for seniors, adults, children & teenagers<br />

• Nutrition and physical activity summer camp<br />

• Nutrition education and culinary class for children<br />

• Weight loss support groups • Nutrition education for mass media<br />

To donate to our non pr<strong>of</strong>it or to one <strong>of</strong> our programs,<br />

visit our website: www.nutritionindemand.com<br />

or call: (649) 442-3978<br />

For individual Medical Nutrition Therapy counseling, corporate wellness<br />

and lunch & learns, please contact Mrs. Tamika Handfeld MS, RD<br />

Provo Plaza No.5, Leeward Highway<br />

Call: (649) 442-3978<br />

76 www.timespub.tc

shape up<br />

Chocolate, grapes and your heart<br />

By Tamika Handfield MS, RD, Nutrition in Demand<br />

In February, we celebrated Valentine’s Day and observed<br />

Heart Health Awareness Month. So it is a perfect time to<br />

talk about phytonutrients—a class <strong>of</strong> chemicals found<br />

in various plant foods that <strong>of</strong>fer health benefits. Here<br />

we will cover only two—flavonoids and polyphenols.<br />

It may surprise you that chocolate has phytonutrients!<br />

Various research studies now suggest chocolate<br />

has some heart-healthy benefits—such as helping to<br />

lower cholesterol levels and decreasing <strong>the</strong> likelihood<br />

<strong>of</strong> suffering a stroke. However, <strong>the</strong>re is a disclaimer;<br />

it seems only dark chocolate <strong>of</strong>fers <strong>the</strong>se benefits<br />

because <strong>of</strong> a class <strong>of</strong> phytonutrients known as flavonoids.<br />

(Sugary milk chocolate has been associated with<br />

obesity, tooth decay, and acne.) Cocoa beans, from<br />

which dark chocolate is made, are a very good source <strong>of</strong><br />

flavonoids. However, <strong>the</strong> high flavonoid content gives<br />

cocoa a naturally strong taste. To make it more palatable,<br />

cocoa is processed which leads to <strong>the</strong> decrease <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> flavonoid properties and benefits. As in all things,<br />

moderation is <strong>the</strong> key.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r class <strong>of</strong> phytonutrients that <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

heart-protective benefit is polyphenols. Polyphenols<br />

have become quite popular in recent years because,<br />

like its counterpart flavonoid, it helps to prevent blood<br />

clots, lower blood pressure and improve <strong>the</strong> function <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> blood vessels—all leading to better heart function.<br />

While <strong>the</strong>re are thousands <strong>of</strong> polyphenols, <strong>the</strong> one<br />

that has gotten <strong>the</strong> most media coverage is resveratrol.<br />

It is common knowledge now that a glass or two<br />

<strong>of</strong> red wine consumed daily can help to prevent heart<br />

disease; however, not everyone wants to drink wine<br />

or any o<strong>the</strong>r alcohol and may be wondering how <strong>the</strong>y<br />

can get <strong>the</strong> same benefits. Luckily, many o<strong>the</strong>r foods<br />

such as grapes, apples, onions, soy, peanuts, berries,<br />

and several o<strong>the</strong>r vegetables and fruits are packed with<br />

polyphenols!<br />

Additionally, research shows that indeed grape<br />

juice made from Concord grapes <strong>of</strong>fer <strong>the</strong> same protection<br />

as red wine (and in some cases, more). The<br />

reason for this is that some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> chemicals used to<br />

prevent fungal growth on <strong>the</strong><br />

grapes destroy some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

resveratrol. Red and dark-purple<br />

grapes consumed with <strong>the</strong><br />

skins are also good sources <strong>of</strong><br />

vitamins C, E, potassium and<br />

fiber. It is important to remember, though, that much<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> nutritional benefit <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> grape is found in its<br />

skin and seeds ra<strong>the</strong>r than <strong>the</strong> pulp. I have seen many<br />

people sit and painstakingly peel <strong>the</strong> skin <strong>of</strong>f and, at<br />

<strong>the</strong> same time, unknowingly discard most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> nutritional<br />

value.<br />

Grapes are an amazingly refreshing low-calorie<br />

snack and can be enjoyed in a variety <strong>of</strong> ways:<br />

• Freeze grapes for a cool snack on a hot summer day;<br />

• Serve stewed grapes with meat items;<br />

• Add grapes to pasta dishes for a touch <strong>of</strong> sweetness;<br />

• Add to a green salad or fruit salad;<br />

• Serve grapes with wine, cheese and crackers as a<br />

delectable party food;<br />

• And my husband swears that grapes with lightly<br />

salted peanuts is a snack compared to none o<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

So, go ahead and show your heart some love<br />

through making wise food choices. a<br />

This article is brought to you by Nutrition in Demand,<br />

a nonpr<strong>of</strong>it aimed at raising health and healthy eating<br />

through a variety <strong>of</strong> workshops, seminars, nutrition<br />

and physical activity camps, culinary and nutrition<br />

education classes for schoolchildren, public service<br />

announcements, and print and visual media. For more<br />

information on Nutrition in Demand, please visit our<br />

website: www.nutritionindemand.com or follow us on<br />

social media — Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 77

shape up<br />

Did you miss something?<br />

By Meelike Mitt, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Consultant, Lifestyle Coach<br />

Wrightfully Fit Sport Centre, Providenciales<br />

What have you done for <strong>the</strong> last six months to have<br />

more energy, to sleep better and feel great? The reason<br />

I ask this question is simple—in all my experience<br />

within <strong>the</strong> fitness industry unless you are serious about<br />

making a change it won’t happen.<br />

We need to raise our standards. We could all wake<br />

up in <strong>the</strong> morning feeling wonderful, full <strong>of</strong> energy,<br />

ready to take on <strong>the</strong> world, but most <strong>of</strong> us have a set <strong>of</strong><br />

values that stops us from doing this. We need to start<br />

asking more <strong>of</strong> ourselves.<br />

Start by determining which areas <strong>of</strong> your life need<br />

to be raised or improved. Write down a list <strong>of</strong> where<br />

your standards are low and focus on <strong>the</strong>m. Spend some<br />

time alone. Realize who you really are. Smile, look good<br />

and tell yourself you’re worth it. Even with your failures<br />

and flaws you are still an amazing person. Don’t let<br />

anyone change your mind!<br />

The second thing you have got to change is your<br />

approach. Too many <strong>of</strong> us carry on doing things even<br />

when that approach does not work anymore. How many<br />

people have tried dieting? You go on a diet, lose weight,<br />

come <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> diet and <strong>of</strong>ten put <strong>the</strong> weight back on (and<br />

more). So after that we <strong>of</strong>ten go back on <strong>the</strong> same diet<br />

that didn’t give long-lasting results in <strong>the</strong> first place!<br />

It’s crazy, but we all do it.<br />

We have to start asking <strong>the</strong> “why” questions. Why<br />

aren’t I losing weight? Why can’t I keep it <strong>of</strong>f? Is it aging?<br />

No! Too many people hide behind this excuse. Aging is<br />

not a disease, it’s a process. Sometimes <strong>the</strong> problem is<br />

that we spend all our time pushing our careers, starting<br />

families, eating poorly, and under-exercising and <strong>the</strong>n<br />

suddenly wonder what happened to our bodies. It’s<br />

not age but <strong>the</strong> disdain with which we treat our bodies<br />

that leads to premature aging. We have to change our<br />

approach.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r area to consider is consistency. Most <strong>of</strong><br />

us are consistently bad! But we have to build consistency<br />

into our program, as consistency brings results!<br />

Being consistent is essential if you want to make any<br />

significant change in your life—making progress, doing<br />

better work, getting in shape,<br />

and achieving some level <strong>of</strong><br />

success in most areas <strong>of</strong> life.<br />

One more thing to touch,<br />

which is very important, is<br />

stress. We all respond differently to stress, both psychologically<br />

and physically. I see people every week<br />

where stress has taken over <strong>the</strong>ir life. Unfortunately,<br />

research reveals that it’s also a fact <strong>of</strong> fat. Even if you<br />

usually eat well and exercise, chronic high stress can<br />

prevent you from losing weight. Also get enough sleep.<br />

This means eight hours <strong>of</strong> good-quality sleep on a regular<br />

schedule each night. Make changes to your routine<br />

if you can’t find enough time to sleep.<br />

Don’t forget your smile . . . you need to be happy!<br />

Find your own way to be happy, find your own activities<br />

that bring you joy. Keep moving as it gives you more<br />

energy and if you have more energy it makes you smile.<br />

Stop sitting and go for a walk, a run, play a game,<br />

go bush-walking or dance as if no one is watching.<br />

Exercising gets <strong>the</strong> endorphins flowing and is guaranteed<br />

to make you feel good. Happiness makes you feel<br />

less stressed, it energizes your immune system, it lets<br />

you think more clearly, it’s more fun, and <strong>of</strong> course it<br />

brings out positivity, a wonderful energy to work with.<br />

Practice finding moments to be happy on a day-to-day<br />

basis. a<br />

Meelike Mitt loves guiding people whose aim is to<br />

achieve better physical fitness, health and self-satisfaction<br />

through trainings and nutrition. She has<br />

graduated from Tallinn University <strong>of</strong> Health Sciences<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Institute <strong>of</strong> Sports in Estonia and has completed<br />

a course in Personal Fitness Training. Besides personal<br />

training, she is certified in BodyPump, Bodybalance,<br />

Reebok Core Board & Fitball, Functional Training,<br />

Chiball, Pilates, Yoga, Real Ryder and Spinning workouts.<br />

For more information, call Meelike at 649 441<br />

6051 or email meelike@wrightfullyfit.com or visit<br />

wrightfullyfit.com.<br />

78 www.timespub.tc

faces and places<br />

To end <strong>the</strong> Colour Run, kids and adults have to throw bags <strong>of</strong> colour into <strong>the</strong> air!<br />

Colour Run<br />

On January 29, <strong>2017</strong>, <strong>the</strong> Provo Hockey League held its Second Annual Colour Run at <strong>the</strong> Meridian Field in<br />

Providenciales, with <strong>the</strong> assistance <strong>of</strong> Islehelp.net and <strong>the</strong> tunes <strong>of</strong> DJ Viper. The community ran a 5K route <strong>of</strong> smiles<br />

through red, yellow, blue and green zones ending back at <strong>the</strong> start to more colour bombing and water balloons. All<br />

funds raised will help PHL bring affordable inline hockey to <strong>the</strong> boys and girls <strong>of</strong> TCI. For more information on PHL,<br />

visit phl.pointstreaksites.com.<br />

By Claire Parrish ~ Photos by Le Mens Welch, Caya Hico Media<br />

The route took runners from Meridian Field to <strong>the</strong> beach near Bay Bistro, onward to <strong>the</strong> beach at Villa Renaissance and back to <strong>the</strong> Meridian<br />

Field for more fun and games.<br />

Some ran fast, some ran slow; all ran with smiles.<br />

Come out for next year’s PHL Colour Run. You don’t have to play hockey, but all funds go into PHL’s special Community League.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 79

about <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong><br />

Map provided courtesy Wavey Line Publishing. Their navigation charts and decorative and historic maps <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, <strong>the</strong><br />

Bahamas, and Hispaniola are available in shops throughout <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. Visit www.waveylinepublishing.com.<br />

Where we are<br />

The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> lie some 575 miles sou<strong>the</strong>ast<br />

<strong>of</strong> Miami — approximately 1 1/2 hours flying time —<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Bahamas about 30 miles to <strong>the</strong> northwest and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Dominican Republic some 100 miles to <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>ast.<br />

The country consists <strong>of</strong> two island groups separated<br />

by <strong>the</strong> 22-mile wide Columbus Passage. To <strong>the</strong> west are<br />

<strong>the</strong> Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>: West Caicos, Providenciales, North<br />

Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos, and South Caicos. To<br />

<strong>the</strong> east are <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong>: Grand Turk and Salt Cay.<br />

The Turks & Caicos total 166 square miles <strong>of</strong> land<br />

area on eight islands and 40 small cays. The country’s<br />

population is approximately 32,000.<br />

Getting here<br />

There are international airports on Grand Turk, North<br />

Caicos, Providenciales, and South Caicos, with domestic<br />

airports on all <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> islands except East Caicos.<br />

At this time, all <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> major international carriers<br />

arrive and depart from Providenciales International<br />

Airport. During <strong>the</strong> busy winter season, American Airlines<br />

flies three times daily from Miami, daily from Charlotte,<br />

and from Boston, Dallas, New York/JFK on Saturday<br />

and from Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday. JetBlue<br />

Airways <strong>of</strong>fers daily service from Fort Lauderdale, two<br />

daily flights from New York/JFK and flights from Boston<br />

on Saturday and Sunday. Delta Airlines flies from Atlanta<br />

and New York/JFK daily. United Airlines flies from Newark<br />

daily and from Chicago and Washington DC on Saturday.<br />

West Jet travels from Toronto on Monday, Wednesday,<br />

80 www.timespub.tc

Friday and Saturday. Air Canada <strong>of</strong>fer daily flights from<br />

Toronto and flies from Montreal on Friday and Sunday.<br />

British Airways travels on Thursday and Sunday from<br />

London/Gatwick via Antigua.<br />

Bahamasair flies to Nassau on Thursday and Sunday;<br />

Inter-caribbean Airways travels on Monday, Wednesday,<br />

and Friday. Inter-caribbean Airways and Caicos Express<br />

travel to Haiti daily, while Inter-caribbean Airways flies<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Dominican Republic daily (except Wednesday);<br />

to Jamaica on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday,<br />

and to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.<br />

Inter-caribbean Airways also travels to both Santiago and<br />

Havana, Cuba, several times a week. (Schedules are current<br />

as <strong>of</strong> February <strong>2017</strong> and subject to change.)<br />

Inter-island service is provided by Inter-caribbean<br />

Airways, Caicos Express Airways, and Global Airways. Sea<br />

and air freight services operate from Florida.<br />

All Natural &<br />

Gluten Free<br />

Language<br />

English.<br />

Time zone<br />

Atlantic Standard Time (AST) observed year-round.<br />

Currency<br />

The United States dollar. The Treasury also issues a Turks<br />

& Caicos crown and quarter. Travellers cheques in U.S.<br />

dollars are widely accepted and o<strong>the</strong>r currency can be<br />

changed at local banks. American Express, VISA, and<br />

MasterCard are welcomed at many locations.<br />

Made with family recipes that date back<br />

centuries, Islander, <strong>the</strong> original Turks and<br />

Caicos alcoholic ginger beer, is available on<br />

Providenciales at <strong>the</strong> Graceway Gourmet and<br />

<strong>the</strong> IGA, as well as local bars and restaurants.<br />

www.islandergingerbeer.com<br />

Climate<br />

The average year-round temperature is 83ºF (28ºC). The<br />

hottest months are September and October, when <strong>the</strong><br />

temperature can reach 90 to 95ºF (33 to 35ºC). However,<br />

<strong>the</strong> consistent easterly trade winds temper <strong>the</strong> heat and<br />

keep life comfortable.<br />

Casual resort and leisure wear is accepted attire for<br />

daytime; light sweaters or jackets may be necessary on<br />

some breezy evenings. It’s wise to wear protective clothing<br />

and a sunhat and use waterpro<strong>of</strong> sunscreen when out<br />

in <strong>the</strong> tropical sun.<br />

Entry requirements<br />

Passport. A valid onward or return ticket is also required.<br />

Customs formalities<br />

Visitors may bring in duty free for <strong>the</strong>ir own use one carton<br />

<strong>of</strong> cigarettes or cigars, one bottle <strong>of</strong> liquor or wine,<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 81

and some perfume. The importation <strong>of</strong> all firearms including<br />

those charged with compressed air without prior<br />

approval in writing from <strong>the</strong> Commissioner <strong>of</strong> Police is<br />

strictly forbidden. Spear guns, Hawaiian slings, controlled<br />

drugs, and pornography are also illegal.<br />

Returning residents may bring in $400 worth <strong>of</strong><br />

merchandise per person duty free. A duty <strong>of</strong> 10% to<br />

60% is charged on most imported goods along with a<br />

7% customs processing fee and forms a major source <strong>of</strong><br />

government revenue.<br />

Transportation<br />

A valid driver’s license from home is suitable when renting<br />

vehicles. A government tax <strong>of</strong> 12% is levied on all<br />

rental contracts. (Insurance is extra.) Driving is on <strong>the</strong><br />

left-hand side <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> road, with traffic flow controlled by<br />

round-abouts at major junctions. Please don’t drink and<br />

drive! Taxis are abundant throughout <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> and<br />

many resorts <strong>of</strong>fer shuttle service between popular visitor<br />

areas. Scooter, motorcycle, and bicycle rentals are<br />

also available.<br />

Telecommunications<br />

FLOW Ltd. provides land lines and superfast broadband<br />

Internet service. Mobile service is on a LTE 4G network,<br />

including pre and post-paid cellular phones. Most resorts<br />

and some stores and restaurants <strong>of</strong>fer wireless Internet<br />

connection. Digicel operates mobile networks, with<br />

a full suite <strong>of</strong> LTE 4G service. FLOW is <strong>the</strong> local carrier<br />

for CDMA roaming on US networks such as Verizon and<br />

Sprint. North American visitors with GSM cellular handsets<br />

and wireless accounts with AT&T or Cingular can<br />

arrange international roaming.<br />

Electricity<br />

120/240 volts, 60 Hz, suitable for all U.S. appliances.<br />

Departure tax<br />

US $20 for all persons two years and older, payable in<br />

cash or traveller’s cheques. It is typically built into <strong>the</strong><br />

cost <strong>of</strong> your ticket.<br />

Courier service<br />

Delivery service is provided by FedEx, with <strong>of</strong>fices on<br />

Providenciales and Grand Turk, and DHL. UPS service is<br />

limited to incoming delivery.<br />

Postal service<br />

The Post Office and Philatelic Bureau in Providenciales is<br />

located downtown in Butterfield Square. In Grand Turk,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Post Office is on Front Street, with <strong>the</strong> Philatelic<br />

Bureau on Church Folly. The <strong>Islands</strong> are known for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

varied and colorful stamp issues.<br />

Media<br />

Multi-channel satellite television is received from <strong>the</strong> U.S.<br />

and Canada and transmitted via cable or over <strong>the</strong> air.<br />

Local station WIV-TV broadcasts on Channel 4 and Island<br />

EyeTV on Channel 5. People’s Television <strong>of</strong>fers 75 digitally<br />

transmitted television stations, along with local news<br />

and talk shows on Channel 8. There are also a number <strong>of</strong><br />

local radio stations, magazines, and newspapers.<br />

Medical services<br />

There are no endemic tropical diseases in TCI. There are<br />

large, modern hospitals on Grand Turk and Providenciales.<br />

Both hospitals <strong>of</strong>fer a full range <strong>of</strong> services including:<br />

24/7 emergency room, operating <strong>the</strong>aters, diagnostic<br />

imaging, maternity suites, dialysis suites, blood bank,<br />

physio<strong>the</strong>rapy, and dentistry.<br />

In addition, several general practitioners operate in<br />

<strong>the</strong> country, and <strong>the</strong>re is a recompression chamber, along<br />

with a number <strong>of</strong> private pharmacies.<br />

Immigration<br />

A resident’s permit is required to live in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. A<br />

work permit and business license are also required to<br />

work and/or establish a business. These are generally<br />

granted to those <strong>of</strong>fering skills, experience, and qualifications<br />

not widely available on <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. Priority is given<br />

to enterprises that will provide employment and training<br />

for T&C Islanders.<br />

Government/Legal system<br />

TCI is a British Crown colony. There is a Queen-appointed<br />

Governor, HE Dr. John Freeman. He presides over an executive<br />

council formed by <strong>the</strong> elected local government.<br />

Lady Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson is <strong>the</strong> country’s first<br />

woman premier, leading a majority People’s Democratic<br />

Movement (PDM) House <strong>of</strong> Assembly.<br />

The legal system is based upon English Common<br />

Law and administered by a resident Chief Justice, Chief<br />

Magistrate, and Deputy Magistrates. Judges <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Court<br />

<strong>of</strong> Appeal visit <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> twice a year and <strong>the</strong>re is a final<br />

Right <strong>of</strong> Appeal to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in London.<br />

Taxes<br />

There are currently no direct taxes on ei<strong>the</strong>r income<br />

82 www.timespub.tc

or capital for individuals or companies. There are no<br />

exchange controls. Indirect taxation comprises customs<br />

duties and fees, stamp duty, taxes on accommodations,<br />

restaurants, vehicle rentals, o<strong>the</strong>r services and gasoline,<br />

as well as business license fees and departure taxes.<br />

Economy<br />

Historically, TCI’s economy relied on <strong>the</strong> export <strong>of</strong><br />

salt. Currently, tourism, <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fshore finance industry,<br />

and fishing generate <strong>the</strong> most private sector income.<br />

The <strong>Islands</strong>’ main exports are lobster and conch, with<br />

<strong>the</strong> world’s first commercial conch farm operating on<br />

Providenciales. Practically all consumer goods and foodstuffs<br />

are imported.<br />

The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> are recognised as an<br />

important <strong>of</strong>fshore financial centre, <strong>of</strong>fering services<br />

such as company formation, <strong>of</strong>fshore insurance, banking,<br />

trusts, limited partnerships, and limited life companies.<br />

The Financial Services Commission regulates <strong>the</strong> industry<br />

and spearheads <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>fshore legislation.<br />

People<br />

Citizens <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> are termed<br />

“Belongers” and are primarily descendants <strong>of</strong> African<br />

slaves who were brought to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> to work on <strong>the</strong><br />

salt ponds and cotton plantations. The country’s large<br />

expatriate population includes Canadians, Americans,<br />

Brits and Europeans, along with Haitians, Jamaicans,<br />

Dominicans, Bahamians, Indians, and Filipinos.<br />

Churches<br />

Churches are <strong>the</strong> center <strong>of</strong> community life and <strong>the</strong>re<br />

are many faiths represented in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, including:<br />

Adventist, Anglican, Assembly <strong>of</strong> God, Baha’i,<br />

Baptist, Catholic, Church <strong>of</strong> God <strong>of</strong> Prophecy, Episcopal,<br />

Faith Tabernacle Church <strong>of</strong> God, Jehovah’s Witnesses,<br />

Methodist and Pentecostal. Visitors are always welcome.<br />

Pets<br />

Incoming pets must have an import permit, veterinary<br />

health certificate, vaccination certificate, and lab test<br />

results to be submitted at <strong>the</strong> port <strong>of</strong> entry to obtain<br />

clearance from <strong>the</strong> TCI Department <strong>of</strong> Agriculture, Animal<br />

Health Services.<br />

National symbols<br />

The National Bird is <strong>the</strong> Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis).<br />

The National Plant is Island hea<strong>the</strong>r (Limonium<br />

bahamense) found nowhere else in <strong>the</strong> world. The<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 83

National Tree is <strong>the</strong> Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea var.<br />

bahamensis). The National Costume consists <strong>of</strong> white cotton<br />

dresses tied at <strong>the</strong> waist for women and simple shirts<br />

and loose pants for men, with straw hats. Colors representing<br />

<strong>the</strong> various islands are displayed on <strong>the</strong> sleeves<br />

and bases. The National Song is “This Land <strong>of</strong> Ours,” by<br />

<strong>the</strong> late Rev. E.C. Howell, PhD. Peas and Hominy (Grits)<br />

with Dry Conch is revered as symbolic island fare.<br />

Going green<br />

TCI Waste Disposal Services currently <strong>of</strong>fers recycling services<br />

through weekly collection <strong>of</strong> recyclable aluminum,<br />

glass, and plastic. The TCI Environmental Club is spearheading<br />

a campaign to eliminate single-use plastic bags.<br />

Do your part by using a cloth bag whenever possible.<br />

Keep TCI “Beautiful by Nature” by not littering!<br />

Recreation<br />

Sporting activities are centered around <strong>the</strong> water. Visitors<br />

can choose from deep-sea, reef, or bonefishing, sailing,<br />

glass-bottom boat and semi-sub excursions, windsurfing,<br />

waterskiing, parasailing, sea kayaking, snorkelling,<br />

scuba diving, kiteboarding, stand up paddleboarding,<br />

and beachcombing. Pristine reefs, abundant marine life,<br />

and excellent visibility make TCI a world-class diving<br />

destination. Tennis and golf—<strong>the</strong>re is an eighteen hole<br />

championship course on Providenciales—are also popular.<br />

The <strong>Islands</strong> are an ecotourist’s paradise. Visitors can<br />

enjoy unspoilt wilderness and native flora and fauna in<br />

thirty-three national parks, nature reserves, sanctuaries,<br />

and areas <strong>of</strong> historical interest. The National Trust<br />

provides trail guides to several hiking trails, as well as<br />

guided tours <strong>of</strong> major historical sites. There is an excellent<br />

national museum on Grand Turk, with an auxillary<br />

branch on Providenciales. A scheduled ferry and a selection<br />

<strong>of</strong> tour operators make it easy to take day trips to <strong>the</strong><br />

outer islands.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r land-based activities include bicycling, horseback<br />

riding, and football (soccer). Personal trainers are<br />

available to motivate you, working out <strong>of</strong> several fitness<br />

centres. You will also find a variety <strong>of</strong> spa and body treatment<br />

services.<br />

Nightlife includes local bands playing island music<br />

at bars and restaurants and some nightclubs. There are<br />

two casinos on Providenciales, along with many electronic<br />

gaming parlours. Stargazing is extraordinary!<br />

Shoppers will find Caribbean paintings, T-shirts,<br />

sports and beachwear, and locally made handicrafts,<br />

including straw work and conch crafts. Duty free outlets<br />

sell liquor, jewellery, watches, perfume, lea<strong>the</strong>r goods,<br />

crystal, china, cameras, electronics, brand-name clothing<br />

and accessories, along with Cuban cigars. a<br />

84 www.timespub.tc

where to stay<br />

Grand Turk<br />

range <strong>of</strong> daily rates<br />

US$ (subject to change)<br />

number <strong>of</strong> units<br />

major credit cards<br />

restaurant<br />

bar<br />

air conditioning<br />

phone in unit<br />

television in unit<br />

kitchen in unit<br />

laundry service<br />

pool<br />

on <strong>the</strong> beach<br />

H<br />

The Arches <strong>of</strong> Grand Turk – Tel 649 946 2941 190–210 4 • • • • • • •<br />

Bohio Dive Resort – Tel 649 946 2135 • Web www.bohioresort.com 170–230 16 • • • • • • • •<br />

Crabtree Apartments – Tel 978 270 1698 • Web www.GrandTurkVacationRental.com 210–250 3 • • • • • •<br />

Grand Turk Inn – Tel 649 946 2827 • Web www.grandturkinn.com 250–300 5 • • • • • • •<br />

Island House – Tel 649 946 1519/232 5514 • Web www.islandhouse.tc 110–185 8 • • • • • • •<br />

Manta House – Tel 649 946 1111 • Web www.grandturk-mantahouse.com 110–130 5 • • • • • • •<br />

Osprey Beach Hotel – Tel 649 946 2666 • Web www.ospreybeachhotel.com 90–225 37 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Pelican House – Tel 649 246 6797 • Web www.pelicanhousegrandturk.com 110-130 3 • • • • •<br />

Salt Raker Inn – Tel 649 946 2260 • Web www.saltrakerinn.com 55–140 13 • • • • • • •<br />

Solomon Porches Guesthouse – Tel 649 946 2776/241 2937 • Fax 649 946 1984 75–100 3 • •<br />

Middle Caicos<br />

H<br />

Blue Horizon Resort – Tel 649 946 6141 • Web bhresort.com 265–400 7 • • • • • • • • •<br />

North Caicos<br />

H<br />

Bottle Creek Lodge – Tel 649 946 7080 • Web www.bottlecreeklodge.com 155–240 3 • •<br />

Caicos Beach Condominiums – Tel 649 241 4778/786 338 9264 • Web www.caicosbeachcondos.com 159–299 8 • • • • • • • •<br />

Cedar Palms Suites – Tel 649 946 7113/649 244 4186 • Web www.oceanbeach.tc 250–300 3 • • • • • • • • •<br />

Flamingo’s Nest – Tel 649 946 7113/649 244 4186 • Web www.oceanbeach.tc 175–340 2 • • • • • • • •<br />

Hollywood Beach Suites - Tel 800 551 2256/649 231 1020 • Web www.hollywoodbeachsuites.com 200–235 4 • • • • • •<br />

JoAnne’s Bed & Breakfast - Tel 649 946 7301 • Web www.turksandcaicos.tc/joannesbnb 80–120 4 • • • •<br />

Palmetto Villa – Tel 649 946 7113/649 244 4186 • Web www.oceanbeach.tc 225–250 1 • • • • • • • •<br />

Pelican Beach Hotel - Tel 649 946 7112/877 774 5486 • Web www.pelicanbeach.tc 125–165 14 • • • • • • • •<br />

Pine Cay<br />

H<br />

The Meridian Club Turks & Caicos - Tel 649 946 7758/866 746 3229 • Web www.meridianclub.com 800–1300 13 • • • • • • •<br />

Parrot Cay<br />

H<br />

Parrot Cay Resort & Spa - Tel 866 388 0036/904 886 97768 • Web www.parrotcay.com 550–2850 65 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Providenciales<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

G H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

G H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

Airport Inn - Tel 649 941 3514 • Web www.airportinntci.com. 140 18 • • • • • • •<br />

The Alexandra Resort & Spa - Tel 800 704 9424/649 946 5807 • Web www.alexandraresort.com 280–420 99 • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Atrium Resort - Tel 888 592 7885/649 333 0101 • Web www.<strong>the</strong>atriumresorttci.com 159–410 30 • • • • • • • •<br />

Amanyara – Tel 866 941 8133/649 941 8133 • Web www.amanresorts.com 1000–2100 73 • • • • • • • •<br />

Aquamarine Beach Houses - Tel 649 231 4535/905 556 0278 • www.aquamarinebeachhouses.com 200–850 24 • • • • • • • •<br />

Beaches Resort & Spa - Tel 800-BEACHES/649 946 8000 • Web www.beaches.com 325–390AI 453 • • • • • • • • •<br />

Beach House Turks & Caicos – Tel 649 946 5800 • Web www.beachchousetci.com 532–638 21 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Blue Haven Resort & Marina - Tel 855 832 7667/649 946 9900 • Web www.bluehaventci.com 250–650 51 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Caribbean Paradise Inn - Tel 649 946 5020 • Web www.paradise.tc 162–225 17 • • • • • • • •<br />

Club Med Turkoise - Tel 800 258 2633/649 946 5500 • Web www.clubmed.com 120–225 290 • • • • • • • • •<br />

Coral Gardens on Grace Bay - Tel 877 746 7800 • Web www.coralgardensongracebay.com 199-449 32 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos – Tel 877 774 3253/649 941 7555 • Web www.gansevoorttc.com 315–720 91 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Grace Bay Club - Tel 800 946 5757/649 946 5757 • Web www.gracebayclub.com 650–1750 59 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Grace Bay Suites – Tel 649 941 7447 • Web www.GraceBaySuites.com 99–195 24 • • • • • • • •<br />

Harbour Club Villas - Tel 649 941 5748/305 434 8568 • Web www.harbourclubvillas.com 210–240 6 • • • • •<br />

Kokomo Botanical Gardens - Tel 649 941 3121• Web www.kokomobotanicalresort.com 169–299 16 • • • • •<br />

Le Vele - Tel 649 941 8800/888 272 4406 • Web www.levele.tc 303–630 22 • • • • • • • •<br />

La Vista Azul – Tel 649 946 8522/866 519 9618 • Web www.lvaresort.com 215–375 78 • • • • • • •<br />

The Lodgings – Tel 649 941 8107/242 6722 • Web www.hotelturksandcaicos.com 175–255 15 • • • • • •<br />

Neptune Villas – Tel 649 331 4328 • Web www.neptunevillastci.com 150–400 10 • • • • • • • • •<br />

Northwest Point Resort • Tel 649 941 5133 • Web www.northwestpointresort.com 196–550 49 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Ocean Club Resorts - Tel 800 457 8787/649 946 5461 • Web www.oceanclubresorts.com 180–690 191 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Palms Turks & Caicos – Tel 649 946 8666 • Web <strong>the</strong>palmstc.com 595–1700 72 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Pelican Nest Villa – Tel 649 342 5731 • Web www.pelicannest.tc 429–857 2 • • • • • •<br />

Point Grace - Tel 888 682 3705/649 946 5096 • Web www.pointgrace.com 424–1515 27 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 85

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

H<br />

where to stay<br />

range <strong>of</strong> daily rates<br />

US$ (subject to change)<br />

number <strong>of</strong> units<br />

major credit cards<br />

restaurant<br />

bar<br />

air conditioning<br />

phone in unit<br />

television in unit<br />

kitchen in unit<br />

laundry service<br />

pool<br />

on <strong>the</strong> beach<br />

Providenciales (continued)<br />

Ports <strong>of</strong> Call Resort – Tel 888 678 3483/649 946 8888 • Web www.ports<strong>of</strong>callresort.com 135–210 99 • • • • • • •<br />

Queen Angel Resort – Tel 649 941 8771 • Web www.queenangelresort.com 150–575 56 • • • • • • • • •<br />

Reef Residence at Grace Bay – Tel 800 532 8536 • Web www.reefresidence.com 275-385 24 • • • • • • •<br />

The Regent Grand – Tel 877 537 3314/649 941 7770 • Web www.TheRegentGrand.com 495–1100 50 • • • • • • • • •<br />

Royal West Indies Resort – Tel 800 332 4203/649 946 5004 • Web www.royalwestindies.com 180–695 92 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Sands at Grace Bay – Tel 877 777 2637/649 946 5199 • Web www.<strong>the</strong>sandsresort.com 175–675 116 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Seven Stars Resort & Spa – Tel 866 570 7777/649 941 7777 – Web www.SevenStarsResort.com 365–2400 165 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Shore Club on Long Bay – Tel 888 808 9488/649 339 8000 – www.<strong>the</strong> shoreclubtc.com 465–4650 148 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Sibonné Beach Hotel – Tel 888 570 2861/649 946 5547 • Web www.Sibonne.com 110–375 29 • • • • • • • •<br />

The Somerset on Grace Bay – Tel 649 339 5900/877 887 5722 • Web www.TheSomerset.com 350–1300 53 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Turtle Cove Inn – Tel 800 887 0477/649 946 4203 • Web www.turtlecoveinn.com 85–180 30 • • • • • • • •<br />

The Tuscany – Tel 866 359 6466/649 941 4667 • Web www.<strong>the</strong>tuscanyresort.com 975–1300 30 • • • • • • • •<br />

The Venetian – Tel 866 242 0969/649 941 3512 • Web www.<strong>the</strong>venetiangracebay.com 695–1175 27 • • • • • • • •<br />

Villa del Mar – Tel 877 238 4058/649 941 5160 • Web www.yourvilladelmar.com 190–440 42 • • • • • • •<br />

Villa Mani – Tel 649 431 4444 • Web www.villamanitci.com See Web/AE 6 • • • • • • •<br />

Villa Renaissance - Tel 649 941 5300/877 285 8764 • Web www.villarenaissance.com 295–650 36 • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Villas at Blue Mountain – Tel 649 941 4255 • Web www.villasatbluemountain.com 1200–2500 3 • • • • • • • •<br />

West Bay Club – Tel 866 607 4156/649 946 8550 • Web www.TheWestBayClub.com 235–1163 46 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Windsong – Tel 649 941 7700/800 WINDSONG • Web www.windsongresort.com 275–925 50 • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Yacht Club – Tel 649 946 4656 • Web www.yachtclubtci.com 250–350 52 • • • • • • •<br />

Salt Cay<br />

Castaway – Salt Cay – Tel 772 713 9502 • Web www.castawayonsaltcay.com 175–265 4 • • • • •<br />

Genesis Beach House – Tel 561 502 0901 • Web www.Genesisbeachhouse.com 1000–1200W 4 • • • • •<br />

Pirate’s Hideaway B & B – Tel 800 289 5056/649 946 6909 • Web www.saltcay.tc 165–175 4 • • • • • • •<br />

Salt Cay Beach House – Tel 772 713 9502 • Web www.saltcaybeachhouse.blogspot.com 799W 1 • • • • • •<br />

Trade Winds Lodge – Tel 649 232 1009 • Web www.tradewinds.tc 925–1325W 5 • • • • •<br />

Twilight Zone Cottage – Tel 772 713 9502 • Web www.twilightzonecottage.blogspot.com 499W 1 • • • •<br />

The Villas <strong>of</strong> Salt Cay – Tel 772 713 9502 • Web www.villas<strong>of</strong>saltcay.com 150–475 5 • • • • • • • •<br />

South Caicos<br />

East Bay Resort – Tel 844 260 8328/649 232 6444 • Web eastbayresort.com 198–1775 86 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Sailrock South Caicos – Tel 800 929 7197 • Web sailrockresortcom 600–800 6 • • • • • • • • •<br />

South Caicos Ocean & Beach Resort – Tel 877 774 5486/649 946 3219<br />

Web southcaicos.oceanandbeachresort.com 120–275 24 • • • • •<br />

H<br />

G<br />

Hotel & Tourism Association Member<br />

Green Globe Certified<br />

Rates (listed for doubles) do not include Government Accommodation Tax and Service Charge<br />

86 www.timespub.tc

dining out – providenciales<br />

Amanyara — Amanyara Resort. Tel: 941-8133. Light gourmet<br />

cuisine for lunch and dinner with menu changing daily.<br />

Angela’s Top O’ The Cove Deli — Suzie Turn, by NAPA.<br />

Tel: 946-4694. New York-style delicatessen. Eat-in, carry-out,<br />

catering. Open daily 7 AM to 5 PM; Sunday 7 AM to 2 PM.<br />

Asú on <strong>the</strong> Beach — Alexandra Resort. Tel: 941-8888. Casual<br />

Caribbean and popular international fare. Open daily for breakfast,<br />

lunch and dinner. Service indoors, poolside, and at beach.<br />

Baci Ristorante — Harbour Towne, Turtle Cove. Tel: 941-3044.<br />

Waterfront Italian dining. Brick oven pizza. Popular bar. Open<br />

for lunch Monday to Friday 12 to 2 PM and dinner nightly from<br />

6 to 10 PM. Closed Sunday.<br />

Bay Bistro — Sibonné Beach Hotel. Tel: 946-5396. Oceanfront<br />

dining featuring creative international cuisine. Open daily<br />

7 AM to 10 PM. Weekend brunch. Catering and special events.<br />

Beaches Resort & Spa — The Bight. Tel: 946-8000.<br />

All-inclusive resort. A variety <strong>of</strong> restaurants and bars on premises.<br />

Non-guests can purchase a pass.<br />

Bella Luna Ristorante — Glass House, Grace Bay Road. Tel:<br />

946-5214. Fine Italian dining. Indoor or terrace seating above<br />

tropical garden. Open daily from 5:30 PM. Closed Sunday. Lunch<br />

and pizza in <strong>the</strong> garden. Private catering available.<br />

Big Al’s Island Grill — Salt Mills Plaza. Tel: 941-3797. Wide<br />

selection <strong>of</strong> burgers, steaks, salads, and wraps in a diner-like<br />

setting. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl — Five Cays. Tel: 941-3863. Fresh<br />

local conch and seafood by <strong>the</strong> beach. Rum, buckets <strong>of</strong> beer,<br />

live local bands. Open daily from 11 AM to late.<br />

Cabana Beach Bar & Grill — Ocean Club. Tel: 946-5880.<br />

Casual island fare, burgers, salads, snacks. Open daily from 7<br />

AM to 10 PM. Tropical cocktails with a view <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sea.<br />

Caicos Bakery — Caicos Café Plaza. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic French boulangerie.<br />

Fresh-baked breads, rolls, croissants, muffins, quiche,<br />

pastries, cakes. Open 7 AM to 4:30 PM daily except Sunday.<br />

Caicos Café — Caicos Café Plaza. Tel: 946-5278.<br />

Mediterranean specialties, grilled local seafood. Fine wines, dining<br />

on <strong>the</strong> deck. Open 6 PM to 10 PM Monday to Saturday.<br />

Carambola Grill & Lounge — Airport Inn Plaza. Tel: 946-<br />

8122. Generous portions <strong>of</strong> local and international fare at<br />

moderate prices in a casual atmosphere. Catering available.<br />

The Caravel Restaurant — Grace Bay Court. Tel: 941-5330.<br />

Cozy restaurant <strong>of</strong>fering island food with flair; famous for fish<br />

tacos. Full bar. Open daily 5 to 10 PM.<br />

Chicken Chicken — <strong>Times</strong> Square, downtown Provo. Fast food,<br />

fried chicken, native fare.<br />

Chinson’s Grill Shack — Leeward Highway. Tel: 941-3533.<br />

The <strong>Islands</strong>’ best jerk and barbecue, Jamaican pastries. Open<br />

daily 8 AM to 10 PM; Friday to Midnight.<br />

Chopsticks — Neptune Court. Tel: 333-4040. Fusion <strong>of</strong> Asian<br />

cuisines. Take-away, delivery, on-site dining. Open daily 11:30<br />

AM to 3 PM and 5:30 to 10:00 PM.<br />

Club Med — Grace Bay Road. Tel: 946-5500. All-inclusive<br />

resort. Buffet-style dining; live show and disco in <strong>the</strong> evenings.<br />

Non-guests can purchase a daily pass.<br />

Coco Bistro — Grace Bay Road. Tel: 946-5369. Continental<br />

Caribbean cuisine by Chef Stuart Gray under a canopy <strong>of</strong> palms.<br />

Serving dinner nightly from 5:30 PM. Closed Monday.<br />

Coconut Grove Restaurant & Lounge — Olympic Plaza,<br />

Downtown. Tel: 247-5610. Casual native fare for residents and<br />

tourists. Cracked conch, conch fritters, fried fish. Pool and game<br />

room. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Coyaba Restaurant — Caribbean Paradise Inn. Tel: 946-5186.<br />

Contemporary Caribbean gourmet cuisine in a private tropical<br />

garden setting. Extensive wine list. Dinner nightly from 6 to 10<br />

PM. Closed Tuesday. Reservations recommended.<br />

Crackpot Kitchen — Ports <strong>of</strong> Call. Tel: 245-0005. Experience<br />

<strong>the</strong> best <strong>of</strong> au<strong>the</strong>ntic Turks & Caicos and Caribbean cuisines<br />

with local celebrity Chef Nik. Open for dinner 5 to 10 PM daily<br />

except Thursday; Happy Hour 5 to 7 PM.<br />

Crust Bakery & Café — Graceway IGA. Tel: 941-8724.<br />

Breakfast sandwiches, specialty c<strong>of</strong>fees, soups, salads, gourmet<br />

sandwiches and desserts. Open Monday to Saturday, 7 AM to<br />

8:30 PM. Covered patio dining or take-out. Catering available.<br />

Da Conch Shack & RumBar — Blue Hills. Tel: 946-8877.<br />

Island-fresh seafood from <strong>the</strong> ocean to your plate. Covered<br />

beachfront dining for lunch and dinner daily from 11 AM.<br />

Danny Buoy’s — Grace Bay Road. Tel: 946-5921. Traditional<br />

American pub fare; imported draught beers. Open for lunch and<br />

dinner daily from 11 AM. Happy Hour specials. Large screen TVs<br />

for sporting events. Karaoke.<br />

The Deck — Seven Stars Resort. Tel: 941-7777. All day dining<br />

and cocktails by <strong>the</strong> water’s edge. Open daily 11 AM to 11 PM.<br />

Live music Friday nights.<br />

Drift — West Bay Club. Tel: 946-8550. Open-air beachfront<br />

dining. Creatively used local ingredients. Full bar. Open daily for<br />

lunch and dinner.<br />

Dune — Windsong Resort. Tel: 333-7700. Private beachfront<br />

dining with limited availability. Fresh fare prepared to perfection.<br />

Open daily.<br />

Element — LeVele Plaza. Tel: 348-6424. Contemporary, creative<br />

cuisine in an elegant setting. Open daily.<br />

Fairways Bar & Grill — Provo Golf Club. Tel: 946-5833. Dine<br />

overlooking <strong>the</strong> “greens.” Open for breakfast and lunch from 7<br />

AM to 4 PM daily; Friday, Saturday and Sunday open until 8 PM.<br />

Great Sunday brunch 9 AM to 3 PM.<br />

Fire & Ice — Blue Haven Resort & Marina. Tel: 946-9900.<br />

Drinks at <strong>the</strong> Ice Bar, dessert by <strong>the</strong> fire pits. South Americanmeets-Caribbean<br />

flavors and spices. Open for breakfast daily<br />

7:30 to 10:30 AM; dinner 6 to 9:30 PM. Closed Wednesday.<br />

Fresh Bakery & Bistro — Atrium Resort. Tel: 345-4745.<br />

Healthy European salads, soups, sandwiches, bakery, pies and<br />

cakes. Gelato. Open daily 7 AM to 6 PM, closed Sunday.<br />

Fresh Catch — Salt Mills Plaza. Tel: 243-3167. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic native<br />

cuisine, from seafood to souse. All-you-can-eat seafood buffet<br />

on Wednesday. Open daily 8 AM to 10 PM. Closed Sunday.<br />

Carry-out available.<br />

Garam Masala — Regent Village. Tel: 941-3292. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic<br />

Indian cuisine, including tandoori charcoal-oven specialties.<br />

Open daily 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5:30 to 10 PM. Dine-in, take-out<br />

or delivery.<br />

Giggles Ice Cream & Candy Parlour — Ports <strong>of</strong> Call &<br />

Williams Storage. Tel: 941-7370. Cones, sundaes, shakes,<br />

smoothies, “Gigglers,” ice cream pies and cakes. Pick ‘n’ mix<br />

candies. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Gilley’s Sky Lounge & Bar — At <strong>the</strong> airport. Tel: 946-4472.<br />

Burgers, sandwiches, local food. Open daily 6 AM to 9 PM.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 87

Grace’s Cottage — Point Grace Resort. Tel: 946-5096.<br />

Elegant, gourmet Caribbean cuisine showcasing regional foods.<br />

Extensive wine list. Gazebo seating under <strong>the</strong> stars or indoor<br />

dining in a romantic gingerbread cottage. Serving dinner from<br />

6 PM nightly. Reservations required. Native cuisine night on<br />

Tuesday with live music.<br />

Greenbean — Harbour Town at Turtle Cove. Tel: 941-2233.<br />

Internet café, c<strong>of</strong>fee, salads, wraps, pizza, sandwiches, fresh<br />

bakery. Open daily 7 AM to 6 PM.<br />

The Grill — Grace Bay Club. Tel: 946-5050. Al fresco bistro.<br />

Diverse menu. Fun cocktails. Open 7 AM to 9:30 PM daily.<br />

Hemingways on <strong>the</strong> Beach — The Sands at Grace Bay. Tel:<br />

941-8408. Casual beachfront bar and restaurant. Fresh fish,<br />

pasta, sandwiches, salads and tropical drinks by <strong>the</strong> pool.<br />

Oceanfront deck for great sunsets! Open 8 AM to 10 PM daily.<br />

Hole in <strong>the</strong> Wall Restaurant & Bar — Williams Plaza, Old<br />

Airport Road. Tel: 941-4136. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic Jamaican/Island cuisine<br />

where <strong>the</strong> locals go for jerk chicken. Full bar. Indoor A/C dining<br />

or outdoors on <strong>the</strong> deck. Open 7 days from 8 AM. Cash only.<br />

Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar — Grace Bay Club. Tel: 946-<br />

5050. Elegant beachfront dining for lunch and dinner. Gourmet<br />

Euro/Caribbean cuisine; fine wines. Full bar and lounge.<br />

Reservations required.<br />

Island Boochery — Le Petite Plaza. Tel: 348-7027. Vegan<br />

lifestyle kitchen, <strong>of</strong>fering fresh, organic, raw, vegan, gourmet.<br />

Open daily 10 AM to 6 PM; Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM.<br />

Island Conch Bar & Grill — Bight Cultural Market. Tel: 946-<br />

8389. Caribbean and local cuisine. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM.<br />

Island Scoop — Grace Bay Plaza. Tel: 242-8511/243-5051.<br />

21 flavors <strong>of</strong> ice cream made locally. Cones, smoothies, blizzards<br />

and shakes. Open daily, 11 AM to 10 PM.<br />

The Java Bar — Graceway Gourmet. Tel: 941-5000. Gourmet<br />

café serving fresh baked desserts, sandwiches and c<strong>of</strong>fee<br />

delights. Open 7 AM to 8 PM daily.<br />

Jimmy’s Dive Bar — Ports <strong>of</strong> Call. Tel: 946-5282. The place for<br />

steaks, BBQ, booze and breakfast. Open daily, 7 AM to 11 PM,<br />

(Thursday to Saturday to Midnight); open Sunday at 8 AM.<br />

Kalooki’s Beach Restaurant & Bar — Blue Hills. Tel:<br />

941-8388. Caribbean-infused dishes in an oasis-like setting<br />

overlooking <strong>the</strong> sea. Open Monday to Saturday, 11 AM to 10 PM;<br />

Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM. Live music every Friday!<br />

KItchen 218 — Beach House, Lower Bight Road. Tel: 946-5800.<br />

Caribbean cuisine with hints <strong>of</strong> French and Asian fusion and <strong>the</strong><br />

chef’s passion for fresh ingredients. Open 8 AM to 10 PM daily.<br />

The Landing Bar & Kitchen — Grace Bay Road across from<br />

Regent Village. Tel: 341-5856. Unique nautical setting for dinner<br />

under <strong>the</strong> stars. Cocktails, fire pit. Open daily except Tuesday<br />

5:30 PM to . . .<br />

Las Brisas — Neptune Villas, Chalk Sound. Tel: 946-5306.<br />

Mediterranean/Caribbean cuisine with tapas, wine and full bar.<br />

Terrace, gazebo and inside dining overlooking Chalk Sound.<br />

Open daily 8 AM to 10 PM. Take-out available; private parties.<br />

Le Bouchon du Village — Regent Village. Tel: 946-5234. A<br />

taste <strong>of</strong> Paris. Sidewalk café with sandwiches, salads, tartines,<br />

tapas, dinner specials. Open daily 11 AM. Closed Sunday.<br />

Le Comptoir Francais — Regent Village. Tel: 946-5234.<br />

French deli, bakery, wine shop. Open daily.<br />

Lemon 2 Go C<strong>of</strong>fee — Ventura House, Grace Bay Road. Tel:<br />

941-4069. Gourmet c<strong>of</strong>feehouse. Sandwiches, muffins, cookies,<br />

croissants, yogurt, salads. Open Monday to Saturday 7:30 AM to<br />

7 PM, Sunday 9 AM to 1 PM.<br />

The Lounge — Grace Bay Club. Tel: 946-5050. Decidedly hip<br />

lounge. Caribbean-infused tapas, martinis, tropical cocktails,<br />

world music and <strong>the</strong> finest sunset location in Providenciales.<br />

Lupo — Regent Village. Tel: 431-5876. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic Italian “comfort<br />

food.” Regional wine list. Dine in or take out ready-made<br />

gourmet meals. Open daily for lunch and dinner.<br />

Magnolia Restaurant & Wine Bar — Miramar Resort. Tel:<br />

941-5108. International cuisine with island flavors, north shore<br />

views. Open for dinner from 6 to 9:30 PM except Monday. Wine<br />

bar opens at 4 PM.<br />

Mango Reef — Turtle Cove. Tel: 946-8200. Fresh local flavors<br />

and seafood, homemade desserts. Open daily 8 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Set price dinner on weekdays. Waterside deck, indoor or patio<br />

dining. Tie-up to dock at Turtle Cove Marina.<br />

Market Café — Blue Haven Resort. Tel: 946-9900. Gourmet<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fees, teas, frozen drinks; fresh breads and pastries; grab ‘n’<br />

go salads, sandwiches, smoothies. Open daily 7 AM to 8 PM.<br />

Melt Ice Cream Parlour — Regent Village. Tel: 432-1234.<br />

Carefully crafted selection <strong>of</strong> sumptous and inspired sundaes,<br />

with c<strong>of</strong>fee, champagne and cocktails for <strong>the</strong> grown-ups! Open<br />

Monday to Saturday, 9 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Mis Amigos Cocina Mexicana — Central Square. Tel: 946-<br />

4229. A variety <strong>of</strong> traditional Mexican fare, including salads and<br />

<strong>the</strong> best margaritas in town. Open daily.<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Pizza — Downtown <strong>Times</strong> Square. Tel: 941-4142.<br />

Best pizza in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos, available by <strong>the</strong> slice or <strong>the</strong><br />

island’s biggest “large.” Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM; to 10 PM on<br />

Friday and Saturday; Noon to 8 PM on Sunday.<br />

Mr. Groupers — Lower Bight and Airport Road. Tel: 242-6780.<br />

Serving fresh local seafood straight from <strong>the</strong> sea. Open daily 10<br />

AM to 10:30 PM, Sunday 3 to 11 PM.<br />

Opus — Ocean Club Plaza. Tel: 946-5885. Wine • Bar • Grill<br />

International menu with Caribbean flair. Wine tastings. Serving<br />

dinner nightly 6 to 10:30 PM. Closed Monday. Indoor/outdoor<br />

dining. Conference facility, events, catering.<br />

Parallel23 — The Palms. Tel: 946-8666. Pan-tropical cuisine in<br />

a setting <strong>of</strong> casual elegance. Boutique wine list. Al fresco or private<br />

dining room available. Open for breakfast and dinner daily.<br />

The Patty Place — Behind Shining Stars; Le Petit Place, Blue<br />

Hills. Tel: 246-9000. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic Jamaican patties and loaves. 18<br />

flavors <strong>of</strong> Devon House ice cream. Open daily 9:30 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Pavilion — The Somerset. Tel: 339-5900. Chef Brad <strong>of</strong>fers a<br />

global palate, interpreted locally. Seafood raw bar. Open daily<br />

for breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sunday Prime Rib special.<br />

Pelican Bay Restaurant & Bar — Royal West Indies Resort.<br />

Tel: 941-2365/431-9103. Poolside restaurant and bar with<br />

Caribbean, French and Asian fare. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily<br />

from 7:30 AM to 10 PM. Special events each week.<br />

Pepper Town Café — Digicel Cinema, #4. Tel: 246-9237.<br />

Native and Caribbean Dishes. Open daily except Sunday 11:30<br />

AM to 7 PM. Island breakfast on Saturday at 7 AM.<br />

Pizza Pizza — Grace Bay Plaza/Cinema Plaza. Tel: 941-<br />

8010/941-3577. New York style specialty pizzas. Open daily<br />

11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, weekends until 10 PM. Free delivery.<br />

Rickie’s Flamingo Café — Between Ocean Club and Club Med.<br />

Tel: 244-3231. Local fare and atmosphere right on <strong>the</strong> beach.<br />

Best grouper sandwich and rum punch! Don’t miss Curry Fridays<br />

and Beach BBQ Saturdays.<br />

Sailing Paradise — Blue Hills. Tel: 344-1914. Casual beachfront<br />

restaurant and bar. Caribbean fare. Open daily 7 AM to 11<br />

PM. Sunday brunch and beach party, daily happy hour.<br />

88 www.timespub.tc

Salt Bar & Grill — Blue Haven Resort & Marina. Tel: 946-9900.<br />

Casual dining with outdoor seating overlooking <strong>the</strong> marina.<br />

Sandwiches, burgers and salads, classic bar favorites with local<br />

flair. Open daily from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.<br />

Seaside Café — Ocean Club West. Tel: 946-5254. Casual fare,<br />

burgers, salads, tropical drinks, served with panoramic views <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> ocean. Open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM. Kid-friendly.<br />

Seven — Seven Stars Resort. Tel: 339-7777. Elevated contemporary<br />

cuisine fused with TCI tradition. Open Monday to Saturday,<br />

5:30 to 9:30 PM.<br />

72West — The Palms Resort. Tel: 946-8666. Beachside dining<br />

with a family-friendly, Caribbean-inspired menu. Serving lunch<br />

daily; dinner seasonally.<br />

Sharkbite Bar & Grill — Admiral’s Club at Turtle Cove. Tel:<br />

941-5090. Varied menu; casual dining. Sports bar/game room<br />

with slots. Open daily from 11 AM to 2 AM.<br />

Shay Café — Le Vele Plaza. Tel: 331-6349. Offering organic<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fees, teas, sandwiches, salads, soup, pastries, gelato, sorbetto,<br />

smoothies, beer and wine. Open daily 7 AM to 7 PM.<br />

Simone’s Bar & Grill — La Vista Azul. Tel: 331-3031. Serving<br />

fresh seafood and local cuisine. Open daily 11 AM to 11 PM;<br />

weekends 7 AM to 11 PM. Popular bar!<br />

Solana! on Grace Bay Beach — Ocean Club West. Tel: 946-<br />

5254. The Grill Deck menu from sushi to burgers. Bar & Lounge<br />

curated cocktail list and tapas. Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar to<br />

engage directly with <strong>the</strong> chefs. Open daily 7:30 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Somewhere Café & Lounge — Coral Gardens Resort. Tel:<br />

941-8260. Casual dining with Tex-Mex flair right on <strong>the</strong> beach.<br />

Cocktails, beers, specialty drinks. Open early to late daily.<br />

Stelle — Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. Tel: 232-4444. Modern<br />

Mediterranean cuisine featuring fresh fish and seafood. Open 6<br />

to 10 PM daily, until 2 AM on Friday with DJ.<br />

Sui-Ren — The Shore Club. Tel: 339-8000. Inspired flavors <strong>of</strong><br />

Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine with fresh seafood and organic<br />

produce in a unique setting. Open daily.<br />

Thai Orchid — The Regent Village. Tel: 946-4491. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic<br />

Thai cuisine; over 60 choices! Dine in or carry out. Open for<br />

lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Three Bro<strong>the</strong>rs Restaurant — Town Center Mall, Downtown.<br />

Tel: 232-4736. Seafood and native cuisine. Tuesday night buffet<br />

dinner. Catering services. Open daily, 7 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Three Queens Bar & Restaurant — Wheeland. Tel: 243-<br />

5343. Oldest bar on Provo, serving Jamaican and Native dishes.<br />

Serving lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday.<br />

Tiki Hut Island Eatery — Dockside at Turtle Cove Inn. Tel:<br />

941-5341. Imaginative sandwiches, salads, seafood, Black<br />

Angus beef, pasta, pizzas, fresh fish. Open daily 11 AM to 10<br />

PM. Breakfast on weekends.<br />

Turkberry Frozen Yogurt — Regent Village. Tel: 431-2233.<br />

Frozen yogurt in a variety <strong>of</strong> flavors, with a large selection <strong>of</strong><br />

toppings. Open 11 AM to 11 PM daily.<br />

Turks Kebab — At Craft Market on Sand Castle Drive. Tel: 431-<br />

9964. Turkish and Mediterranean fare. Salads, falafel, gyros,<br />

kebabs, hummus. Open for lunch and dinner.<br />

Via Veneto — Ports <strong>of</strong> Call. Tel: 941-2372. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic Italian<br />

dining in a stylish indoor/outdoor venue. Open from 5:30 PM to<br />

late. Closed Thursday. Saturday is Pizza Night!<br />

The Vix Bar & Grill — Regent Village. Tel: 941-4144. Highend,<br />

island-inspired world cuisine, fine wines. Open daily for<br />

breakfast, lunch and dinner. Available for meetings.<br />

Yoshi’s Sushi & Grill — The Saltmills. Tel: 941-3374/431-<br />

0012. Sushi bar menu plus Japanese cuisine. Open daily Noon<br />

to 3 PM; 6 to 10 PM. Closed Sunday. Dine indoors or out. Carry<br />

out available.<br />

Zanzi Bar & Tapas Restaurant — Leeward Highway. Tel: 342-<br />

2472. Sophistication meets class at <strong>the</strong> new tapas eatery and<br />

entertainment venue overlooking Grace Bay.<br />

Zest! — Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. Tel: 232-4444. Lunch and<br />

dinner beachfront. Taste <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caribbean and Americas. Open<br />

daily Noon to 5 PM; 6 to 9 PM. a<br />

subscription form<br />

TIMES<br />

OF THE<br />



One year subscription<br />

$28 U.S. addresses/$32 non-U.S. addresses<br />


Name_____________________________________________________ Date ______________<br />

Address_______________________________________________________________________<br />

City ________________________________ State/Province____________________________<br />

Country/Postal Code___________________________________________________________<br />

E-mail address (not required)___________________________________________________<br />

r New Subscription r Renewal<br />

r U.S. Cheque/M.O. enclosed<br />

Mail with payment to:<br />

<strong>Times</strong> Publications Ltd., c/o Kathy Borsuk,<br />

247 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514<br />

Please allow 30 to 60 days for delivery <strong>of</strong> first issue.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2017</strong> 89

classified ads<br />

GBC<strong>2017</strong>_Layout 1 2/16/17 9:10 AM Page 1<br />

j oin <strong>the</strong><br />

Pyrate<br />

Radio<br />

Band<br />

A bunch <strong>of</strong> nefarious characters well known<br />

in <strong>the</strong> cruising community and music world<br />

are launching a project that will shiver your<br />

timbers. This could be a way for a brigand<br />

to Live The Dream in <strong>the</strong> Tropics.<br />

Scope out this me hearties! If you hold to<br />

<strong>the</strong> true pirate spirit, you can find <strong>the</strong><br />

treasure map, high and dry at<br />

www.pyrateradio.uk<br />

Aaarrgh!<br />

JEEPS • VANS • SUVs<br />



Economical 5 Day Package<br />

Grace Bay Road across from Regent Street<br />



Fun Friendly People<br />

Mon to Sat 8-5 and Sun 8-12<br />

Yana ad_Caicu Appreciating Naniki classified Your 11/17/16 Business! 11:04 AM Page 1 TURTLE COVE MARINA<br />

941-8500<br />

946-4684 • Cell Phone: 231-0262<br />

www.ScooterBobTCI.com<br />

www.gracebaycarrentals.com e-mail: scooterbobs@gmail.com<br />

Jana Pickova Lightbourne<br />

Ultimate Massage<br />

Experience<br />

Coming to your<br />

villa or house<br />

at <strong>the</strong> time<br />

that suits you<br />

Natural • Herbal • Relaxing<br />

@healthyprovomassage<br />

Tel: (649) 332-5974<br />

Turks & Caicos<br />



649-946-4353<br />

Caring for your pet as though<br />

it were our own since 1981<br />

SeaSwim change classified:Caicu Naniki classified<br />

HertzDollar_Layout 1 2/16/17 12:37 PM Page Skipper_Layout 1<br />

1 2/16/17 11:36 PM Page 1<br />

649.941.3910 649.946.4864<br />

Call Us.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s for <strong>the</strong> largest variety <strong>of</strong><br />

vehicles, or <strong>the</strong> better prices and<br />

greater service.<br />

www.hertztci.com www.dollarcartci.com<br />

Open 8am to 5pm 7 days.<br />

After hours call<br />

Barry 332.0012 Patrice 332.8602 Sophia 331.9895<br />

Skipper’s<br />

TAXI & TOURS<br />

Lloyd “Skipper” Stubbs<br />

at your service<br />


PH: 649 241 9959<br />



“One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> World’s<br />

Most Gorgeous Swims” -<br />

The Daily News <strong>of</strong> Open<br />

Water Swimming<br />



JULY 1, <strong>2017</strong><br />


1/2 MILE, 1 MILE, AND 2.4 MILE EVENTS<br />

(649) 432-5000<br />

www.ecoseaswim.com<br />

classified ads . . .<br />

are an inexpensive way to reach <strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> readers, in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos and around <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

call 649 431 7527 for information<br />

90 www.timespub.tc

Island Living<br />

explore <strong>the</strong> extraordinary ...<br />

Beach Villa, Sailrock Living, South Caicos<br />


Condominium | Home & Villa | Land | New Development<br />

649.946.4474 | info@tcso<strong>the</strong>bysrealty.com | turksandcaicosSIR.com<br />

Venture House, Grace Bay | Resort Locations: Grace Bay Club, The Palms, The Shore Club, The Sands<br />

Each So<strong>the</strong>by’s International Realty® <strong>of</strong>fice is independently owned and operated.

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!