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Times of the Islands Spring 2019

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

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TIMES<br />

OF THE<br />

SAMPLING THE SOUL OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS SPRING <strong>2019</strong> NO. 126<br />

ISLANDS<br />

BEAUTY ON THE BEACH<br />

A New Way to See Shells<br />

FRIEND OR FOE?<br />

Rethinking Sharks<br />

SOUTH BANK<br />

Provo’s Newest Development


H O W D O YO U L I K E Y O U R L U X U R Y ?<br />

EFFORTLESS? OR BRILLIANTLY UNCONVENTIONAL?<br />

THE SHORE CLUB<br />

THE SHORE CLUB<br />

THE PALMS<br />

THE PALMS<br />

THE SHORE CLUB<br />

The refined sophistication <strong>of</strong> The Palms on Grace Bay<br />

Beach, consistently honored by travel publications<br />

for its sense <strong>of</strong> elegance and easy atmosphere. The<br />

savvy chic <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Shore Club, <strong>the</strong> stunning new gamechanger<br />

on Long Bay Beach. Where whimsy rules and<br />

magic awaits around every corner. Each with a style<br />

and a vibe all its own. Both singular destinations, part<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Hartling Group’s stellar portfolio <strong>of</strong> luxury resorts<br />

which also includes The Sands at Grace Bay. Your call.<br />

THE COOL SIDE OF CLASSIC<br />

649.946.8666<br />

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

WRITE YOUR STORY HERE<br />

649.339.8000<br />

<strong>the</strong>shoreclubtc.com


TURKS & CAICOS<br />

Generation<br />

Everyone<br />

Everything’s Included for Everyone!<br />

2018<br />

2018<br />

More Quality<br />

Inclusions than<br />

any o<strong>the</strong>r Resorts<br />

in <strong>the</strong> World<br />

At Beaches ® Turks & Caicos, everyone can create <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

own perfect vacation. For some, it’s <strong>the</strong> white-sand<br />

beaches and calm waters featuring unlimited land and<br />

water sports. For o<strong>the</strong>rs, it’s <strong>the</strong> awesome 45,000 sq.<br />

ft. waterpark with surf simulator. There’s 5-Star Global<br />

Gourmet TM dining at 21 incredible restaurants, and<br />

non-stop bars and entertainment —and it’s always<br />

included. Even <strong>the</strong> tips, taxes, and Beaches transfers*.<br />

We’ve even added trend-setting food trucks, new live<br />

entertainment, and re-styled accommodations<br />

… making <strong>the</strong> World’s Best even better for<br />

Generation Everyone.<br />

BEACHES.COM in <strong>the</strong> U.S. & Canada: 1-800-BEACHES<br />

In <strong>the</strong> Caribbean: 1-888-BEACHES; In Turks & Caicos 649-946-8000<br />

@beachesresorts<br />

WORLD’S BEST ALL-INCLUSIVE FAMILY RESORTS<br />

21<br />

YEARS IN A ROW AT THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS<br />

TM/© <strong>2019</strong> Sesame Workshop<br />

*Airport transfers included. O<strong>the</strong>r transfers may be additional. 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.


contents<br />

Departments<br />

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

13 Getting to Know<br />

Up, Up and Away: Embry Rucker<br />

By Trish Flanagan<br />

Photos Courtesy Embry Rucker<br />

18 Eye on <strong>the</strong> Sky<br />

Savoring <strong>the</strong> Sea Breeze<br />

By Paul Wilkerson<br />

44 Going Green<br />

Driving Into <strong>the</strong> Future<br />

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos Courtesy FortisTCI<br />

58 New Development<br />

Water, Water Everywhere—South Bank<br />

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos By Georg Roske<br />

66 Island Made<br />

Smooth & Natural—Lucayan Soap Co.<br />

By Jody Rathgeb<br />

71 Faces & Places<br />

<strong>2019</strong> Valentine’s Day Cup<br />

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

77 Where to Stay<br />

79 Classified Ads<br />

80 Dining Out<br />

82 Subscription Form<br />

Features<br />

24 From Fear to Friend<br />

Dispelling <strong>the</strong> Myths about Sharks<br />

By Kelly Currington<br />

34 Beauty & <strong>the</strong> Beach<br />

Shell Photography<br />

By Jody Rathgeb<br />

Photos By Marta Morton and Tom Rathgeb<br />

TIMES<br />

OF THE<br />

ISLANDS<br />

SAMPLING THE SOUL OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS SPRING <strong>2019</strong> NO. 126<br />

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

German photographer Georg Roske took this interesting<br />

image as part <strong>of</strong> a series <strong>of</strong> photos for <strong>the</strong> new<br />

South Bank development on Providenciales. With a<br />

diploma in Visual Communication Design from <strong>the</strong><br />

University <strong>of</strong> Arts Berlin, Georg Roske’s work is about<br />

au<strong>the</strong>nticity. And although he takes his pictures<br />

intuitionally and spontaneously, he realizes <strong>the</strong> “perfect<br />

moment” must be well calculated. To see more <strong>of</strong> his<br />

South Bank images, turn to page 58. For more <strong>of</strong> his<br />

work, visit www.georgroske.de.<br />

Green Pages<br />

30 Land <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Giants<br />

TCI’s Single-Celled Organisms<br />

Story & Photos By Dr. Franziska Elmer<br />

33 Oh, Christmas Tree!<br />

Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco<br />

24<br />

Astrolabe<br />

49 A Country’s Treasure Trove<br />

By Vanessa Forbes-Pateman<br />

52 Sense <strong>of</strong> Place<br />

By Candianne Williams<br />

54 An Extraordinary Man<br />

William Henry Mills<br />

By Dr. Carlton Mills<br />

ELI MARTINEZ–WWW.SDMDIVING.COM<br />

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TurksAndCaicosProperty.com<br />

The Palms Turks & Caicos Penthouse<br />

Suite 2501 is a magnificent Palms Turks & Caicos penthouse condominium occupying <strong>the</strong> entire 5th<br />

floor <strong>of</strong> one <strong>of</strong> Providenciales’ most exclusive Grace Bay Beach resorts. The beautifully designed and<br />

decorated suite enjoys private elevator access and spans an impressive 3458 sq. ft. All 3 well-appointed<br />

bedrooms feature luxury en suite bathrooms and a private balcony. The list price includes a garage.<br />

US$2,595,000<br />

Villa Khaya - Leeward Canal Front Home<br />

Villa Khaya is a 4 bed Leeward canal front villa set on over half an acre, complete with 40’ dock, pool<br />

and gazebo. The property is currently under construction and scheduled to be finished in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Villa Khaya will showcase local materials, native stone feature walls and indigenous landscaping.<br />

Mahogany doors, ceilings, custom cabinetry, and interior design all provided by TC Millwork Ltd.<br />

US$2,100,000<br />

Bernadette Hunt<br />

Cell ~ 649 231 4029 | Tel ~ 649 941 3361<br />

Bernadette@TurksAndCaicosProperty.com<br />

Bernadette has lived in <strong>the</strong> Turks and Caicos<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> for over 21 years and witnessed <strong>the</strong><br />

development and transition <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> islands<br />

into a significant tourist destination. Based<br />

on independent figures her gross transaction<br />

numbers are unrivalled. Bernadette has<br />

listings on Providenciales, Parrot Cay,<br />

North and Middle Caicos and is delighted<br />

to work with sellers and buyers <strong>of</strong> homes,<br />

condos, commercial real estate and vacant<br />

undeveloped sites.<br />

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

independent real estate firm in <strong>the</strong> Turks and<br />

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

Club West Plaza, Ocean Club West Resort<br />

and Le Vele Plaza on <strong>the</strong> Grace Bay Road.<br />

Bernadette’s reputation and success has been<br />

earned over time through her dedication,<br />

enthusiasm and passion for real estate. Her<br />

personal experience as having practiced law<br />

in <strong>the</strong> islands for more than 10 years toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

with owning and renovating a number <strong>of</strong><br />

properties means she is well-placed to advise<br />

her customers and developers on what to<br />

anticipate in <strong>the</strong> purchasing and construction<br />

process.<br />

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

estate industry and her humor and energy<br />

make her a pleasure to work with.<br />

Turtle Tail - Oceanfront Land<br />

This sizeable one acre building site located on prestigious Ocean Drive in Turtle Tail, is currently<br />

<strong>the</strong> best-priced oceanfront parcel in this very exclusive neighborhood. Featuring 130 ft. <strong>of</strong> ocean<br />

frontage PLUS evelation and breathtaking views <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> south shore <strong>of</strong> Providenciales. This Turks<br />

and Caicos Property <strong>of</strong>fering is an ideal spot for an oceanfront home or a short-term rental villa.<br />

Please contact Bernadette if you would like<br />

to find out more about owning real estate in<br />

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

US$1,050,000


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

MARTA MORTON—WWW.HARBOURCLUBVILLAS.COM<br />

Storm-tossed seas are not a common occurance in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>; but when <strong>the</strong>y come into your life, peace and hope are possible.<br />

Peace in a Troubled Sea<br />

The image above represents <strong>the</strong> winter season I experienced this year. Shortly after Christmas, my dear fa<strong>the</strong>r<br />

took ill and was in hospital for <strong>the</strong> entire month <strong>of</strong> January. With <strong>the</strong> help <strong>of</strong> God’s strong hand, healing mercy and<br />

many prayers from friends and family, he is at home recovering and we look forward with hope to a renewal <strong>of</strong> health<br />

and strength when spring (ever comes!) in Chicago.<br />

This event rocked my family’s world. My quiet, honest, hard-working dad is our anchor, besides being <strong>the</strong> only<br />

one who seems to know how to keep my parents’ old home in working order! During <strong>the</strong> long, dark, cold days <strong>of</strong><br />

winter, <strong>the</strong> house in Chicago seemed empty without him, and I had days and nights <strong>of</strong> despair.<br />

Today in church, we sang a song about Jesus being our Lighthouse, a Source <strong>of</strong> peace in a troubled sea, and<br />

I cling to that idea. Who else do we have when life’s storms break loose? For although it was difficult, this time <strong>of</strong><br />

illness and healing felt sacred to me because we did experience God’s presence through <strong>the</strong> love poured out by my<br />

parent’s friends, church and family. And this magazine continues thanks to <strong>the</strong> hard work and care <strong>of</strong> my associate<br />

Claire Parrish, who covers for me when I am away, and our stalwart and sterling contributors, who write, photograph,<br />

meet deadlines, and provide <strong>the</strong> support needed to keep this all going. Thank you! Thank You!<br />

Kathy Borsuk, Editor<br />

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

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Find your perfect home at South Bank<br />

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South Bank is a haven for those seeking to celebrate island life on <strong>the</strong> untouched<br />

south side <strong>of</strong> Providenciales on Long Bay. Featuring oceanfront villas, lagoon<br />

villas and boathouses complete with private docks, <strong>the</strong> six marina and oceanfront<br />

neighborhoods <strong>of</strong> South Bank <strong>of</strong>fer <strong>the</strong> ideal residence for you to simply be you.<br />

Register interest at livesouthbank.com<br />

Developed by <strong>the</strong><br />

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www.windward.tc<br />

Prices range from $750,000 to $8m<br />

Brand partners:<br />

For more information contact<br />

Nina Siegenthaler at 649.231.0707<br />

Joe Zahm at 649.231.6188<br />

or email: nina@tcso<strong>the</strong>bysrealty.com


FIVE DISTINCT VILLAGES<br />

TO CHOOSE FROM<br />

1. Key West Village 2. Italian Village<br />

2018<br />

2018<br />

THE WORLD’S BEST<br />

IS NOW BETTERTHANEVER<br />

BEACHES VOTED WORLD’S LEADING ALL-INCLUSIVE FAMILY RESORTS<br />

21<br />

YEARS IN A ROW AT THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS<br />

Beaches, waterparks, pools—<strong>the</strong>re’s<br />

something for everyone.<br />

MORE QUALITY INCLUSIONS THAN ANY OTHER RESORTS IN THE WORLD


3. Caribbean Village 4. French Village 5. Seaside Village<br />

WHERE EVERYTHING’S<br />

INCLUDED FOR EVERYONE<br />

At Beaches ® Turks & Caicos, everyone can create <strong>the</strong>ir own perfect day. For some, it’s <strong>the</strong><br />

white-sand beaches and calm waters featuring land and water sports. For o<strong>the</strong>rs, it’s <strong>the</strong><br />

awesome 45,000 sq. ft. waterpark with surf simulator. There’s 5-Star Global Gourmet TM<br />

dining at 21 incredible restaurants, and non-stop bars and entertainment —and it’s always<br />

included—tips, taxes and Beaches transfers*, too. We’ve even added trend-setting food trucks,<br />

new live entertainment, and re-styled accommodations … making <strong>the</strong> World’s Best even better.<br />

*Visit www.beaches.com/disclaimers/times<strong>of</strong><strong>the</strong>islandsspring<strong>2019</strong> or call 1-800-SANDALS for important terms and conditions.<br />

Hang out with some real<br />

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5-Star Global Gourmet dining.<br />

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BEACHES.COM • In <strong>the</strong> U.S. and Canada: 1-800-BEACHES;<br />

In <strong>the</strong> Caribbean: 1-888-BEACHES; In Turks & Caicos: 649-946-8000 or call your Travel Pr<strong>of</strong>essional


THE WORLD’S BEST IS<br />

BETTER<br />

BEACHES VOTED WORLD’S BEST<br />

21<br />

YEARS IN A ROW AT THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS<br />

Beaches ® Turks & Caicos has held <strong>the</strong> top spot at <strong>the</strong> World Travel<br />

Awards for two decades by <strong>of</strong>fering families more <strong>of</strong> everything<br />

on <strong>the</strong> world’s best beach. Every land and water sport, an<br />

awe-inspiring waterpark with surf simulator, 5-Star Global<br />

For more information, visit BEACHES.COM<br />

In <strong>the</strong> U.S. and Canada: 1-800-BEACHES;<br />

In <strong>the</strong> Caribbean: 1-888-BEACHES;<br />

Gourmet TM dining at 21 incredible restaurants, and non-stop bars<br />

and entertainment — always included. And now we’ve added<br />

trend-setting food trucks, new live entertainment, and restyled<br />

accommodations … making <strong>the</strong> World’s Best even better.<br />

In Turks & Caicos:649-946-8000<br />

or call your Travel Pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

TIPS, TAXES AND BEACHES TRANSFERS* INCLUDED<br />

MORE QUALITY INCLUSIONS THAN ANY OTHER RESORTS IN THE WORLD<br />

TM/© <strong>2019</strong> Sesame Workshop


Five Distinct Villages<br />

to Choose From<br />

1. Key West Village 2. Italian Village 3. Caribbean Village 4. French Village 5. Seaside Village<br />

THANEVER<br />

Beaches Turks & Caicos<br />

is on <strong>the</strong> world’s<br />

#1 BEST BEACH<br />

by tripadvisor ®<br />

*Visit www.beaches.com/disclaimers/times<strong>of</strong><strong>the</strong>islandsspring<strong>2019</strong>btc or call 1-800-BEACHES for important terms and conditions.


TIMES<br />

MANAGING EDITOR<br />

Kathy Borsuk<br />

OF THE<br />

ISLANDS<br />

ADVERTISING MANAGER<br />

Claire Parrish<br />

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS<br />

Kathy Borsuk, Kelly Currington, Dr. Franziska Elmer,<br />

Trish Flanagan, Vanessa Forbes-Pateman, Sara Kaufman,<br />

B Naqqi Manco, Dr. Carlton Mills, Dr. Michael P. Pateman,<br />

Jody Rathgeb, Paul Wilkerson, Candianne Williams.<br />

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS<br />

Moira Bishop, Barbara Currie-Dailey, Kelly Currington,<br />

Dr. Franziska Elmer, FortisTCI, Sara Kaufman,<br />

B Naqqi Manco, Eli Martinez—SDM Adventures, Mills Family,<br />

Marta Morton, Dr. Michael P. Pateman, Tom Rathgeb,<br />

Georg Roske, Embry Rucker, Ramona Settle,<br />

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

Turks & Caicos National Museum, Sandra Walkin,<br />

Candianne Williams.<br />

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS<br />

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getting to know<br />

These late-1960s historical images document Embry Rucker’s early days in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. Clockwise from top: This is <strong>the</strong> Cessna<br />

180 “tail dragger” that was <strong>the</strong> first plane Embry used to fly people back and forth between <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> for Caicos Airways. Embry is seated<br />

on <strong>the</strong> flight deck <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Cessna 180. The plane was also used to deliver mail in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. This image shows Embry following a crash near<br />

Conch Bar, Middle Caicos—<strong>the</strong> landing gear collapsed and <strong>the</strong> nose went straight down. Fortunately, no one was injured. The Seven Dwarfs<br />

was a 65-foot freight boat which Provident Ltd., Providenciales’ early developers, used to carry materials from <strong>the</strong> US mainland.<br />

Up, Up and Away!<br />

Embry Rucker was <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>’ first resident pilot.<br />

By Trish Flanagan ~ Photos Courtesy Embry Rucker<br />

Today, a regular daily air service links <strong>the</strong> islands <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos, while international connections<br />

bring travellers to and from <strong>the</strong> United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and<br />

Haiti (among o<strong>the</strong>r countries). But 50 years ago <strong>the</strong>re were no airports, no flight infrastructure and bush<br />

was cleared away to create basic air strips. Embry Rucker was <strong>the</strong> first resident pilot in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> and he<br />

has documented <strong>the</strong> experience in his memoir, Coming in for a Landing—Ten Years Flying in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

<strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2019</strong> 13


Embry Rucker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania<br />

in 1941 and he grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. After<br />

serving a three year term in <strong>the</strong> US Army, he attended<br />

flight school in Manassas, Virginia in 1965 and obtained<br />

his commercial pilot’s license, instrument rating and<br />

multi-engine rating.<br />

His first foray into commercial flight in 1966 was on<br />

a wing and a prayer, after he met Gray Lang and Rogers<br />

Morton, who needed instruction on a new aircraft <strong>the</strong>y<br />

had purchased. They asked him to fly it down to <strong>the</strong><br />

Bahamas. “We went to Delaware to Richard ‘Kip’ DuPont’s<br />

place to take delivery <strong>of</strong> an Aero Commander plane,”<br />

Embry says. “Holliday, who was selling <strong>the</strong> plane, asked<br />

‘How much multi-engine time you got boy?’ And I said<br />

‘Seven hours,’ in a whisper. He said ‘Maybe I’ll ride along<br />

on this first trip to make sure everything’s alright.’ And<br />

<strong>the</strong>n he looked over his shoulder and winked at me. I<br />

thought ‘Thank God!’ because I had looked at <strong>the</strong> aircraft,<br />

and it was a great deal more complicated than I thought!”<br />

Embry had never planned to go to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos,<br />

but when he flew down to <strong>the</strong> Bahamas and looked at<br />

<strong>the</strong> water and <strong>the</strong> islands, he thought it was wonderful.<br />

“I told everyone I saw, if <strong>the</strong>y needed a pilot, I was available.”<br />

Rogers Morton (who later became a congressman<br />

and Secretary for <strong>the</strong> Interior in <strong>the</strong> US government) and<br />

Kip Dupont were two members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> “Seven Dwarfs”<br />

<strong>of</strong> Provident Limited—<strong>the</strong> company which started <strong>the</strong><br />

commercial development <strong>of</strong> Providenciales. The o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

members were Teddy Roosevelt (grandson <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> former<br />

US President), Peter Thompson, Tommy Coleman, Fritz<br />

Ludington and his mo<strong>the</strong>r. At <strong>the</strong> time <strong>the</strong>re were only<br />

400 residents in Providenciales. Provident purchased<br />

4,000 acres from <strong>the</strong> British government, and in return<br />

<strong>the</strong>y had to build an airport and dock and cut new roads<br />

on <strong>the</strong> island.<br />

They needed a bookkeeper and Embry <strong>of</strong>fered his<br />

services, despite having no experience. “I’d never had a<br />

real <strong>of</strong>fice job, and I never had a need to do any bookkeeping.<br />

But <strong>the</strong>n my first job with Provident was as first<br />

mate on <strong>the</strong> ship called <strong>the</strong> Seven Dwarfs. Fritz Ludington<br />

said, ‘Tommy Coleman knows how to run <strong>the</strong> boat, but<br />

he doesn’t know how to navigate. You can navigate <strong>the</strong><br />

ship from Florida down to TCI.’ I said, ‘I don’t know anything<br />

about navigation,’ and he replied, ‘Don’t you know<br />

how to navigate a plane? Well it’s <strong>the</strong> same thing, just<br />

slower!’”<br />

In <strong>the</strong> days when no work permits were required,<br />

Embry became a foreman in <strong>the</strong> construction <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Third<br />

Many <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> donkeys on South Caicos and Salt Cay were progeny <strong>of</strong><br />

those who toiled in <strong>the</strong> salt industry. By Embry Rucker’s days in <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Islands</strong>, <strong>the</strong> salt industry was staggering.<br />

Turtle Inn on Providenciales, which commenced in 1967.<br />

Finally, after boating, bookkeeping and building, his flying<br />

career took <strong>of</strong>f when Lewis “Lew” Whinnery arrived<br />

in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. “Lew had been down in Guyana mining<br />

diamonds. He thought he’d start a flight service in Grand<br />

Turk and South Caicos. Fritz Ludington sai, ‘You can use<br />

my wife’s plane, and this boy has his pilot’s licence.’ That<br />

was me!” At that stage Embry had about 300 hours flying<br />

time.<br />

This 1973 image taken in Grand Turk shows (from left): Embry Rucker,<br />

baby Embry III, Embry’s wife Noreen and his mo<strong>the</strong>r Marianne.<br />

South Caicos was <strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong> commercial hub <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> and Embry moved to live <strong>the</strong>re, renting<br />

a room from Captain and Mrs. Stanley Malcolm. Captain<br />

Malcolm ran <strong>the</strong> Sea Horse, <strong>the</strong> government launch<br />

between South Caicos and Grand Turk. Sea Horse was<br />

known locally as <strong>the</strong> “Vomit Comet,” taking four hours to<br />

travel between <strong>the</strong> islands, sometimes in very rough seas.<br />

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By contrast, <strong>the</strong> new air service between South Caicos and<br />

Grand Turk took only 14 minutes.<br />

However, to get airborne <strong>the</strong>re was a lot <strong>of</strong> groundwork<br />

to be done. “There were no roads in North and<br />

Middle Caicos,” Embry recalls. “We kept building little airstrips,<br />

literally chopping down tall bushes, and starting<br />

to fly in <strong>the</strong>re. We had three air strips in Middle, about<br />

two minutes apart. You’d be up and down in no time. One<br />

bigger settlement we couldn’t get into was Bottle Creek in<br />

North Caicos. We were Her Majesty’s <strong>of</strong>ficial mailman, so<br />

we threw <strong>the</strong> mailbag out <strong>the</strong> window and hoped we’d hit<br />

<strong>the</strong> post <strong>of</strong>fice! We never did figure out how to pick <strong>the</strong><br />

mail up from Bottle Creek,” he laughs. A short 800 foot<br />

airstrip created in Providenciales was called <strong>the</strong> “Machete<br />

Airport,” as that’s what locals used to clear <strong>the</strong> field.<br />

Resources were limited, and <strong>the</strong>y started with a<br />

Cessna 180 four-seater, single engine airplane and a<br />

from our seats. We had to walk 10–12 miles to <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

end <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> island to get a ride home.” Embry recalls, “We<br />

tried to avoid landing in downtown Grand Turk at night<br />

because <strong>the</strong>re were always donkeys and cows wandering<br />

around. The strip was only 1,500 feet long, and you had<br />

to be spot-on every time.” The airstrip was, in fact, a local<br />

road—Church Folly. Once Embry had cleared <strong>the</strong> 20 foot<br />

high power lines and <strong>the</strong> prison, he would have to drop<br />

quickly to avoid crashing into <strong>the</strong> cemetery wall.<br />

Self-regulation was <strong>the</strong> order <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> day. “There was<br />

no supervision or legal bodies at <strong>the</strong> time. I don’t think<br />

<strong>the</strong>y wanted to know because it was working. We were<br />

using US registered airplanes. Most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> pilots were<br />

American, Canadians and British, but everyone was really<br />

well qualified, and <strong>the</strong>y were very good at what <strong>the</strong>y did.<br />

We took Finbar Dempsey, <strong>the</strong> magistrate and judge,<br />

around. It used to take him two weeks to go around <strong>the</strong><br />

islands by boat, so he wasn’t about to look for legal reasons<br />

to shut us down!”<br />

Residents now had <strong>the</strong> convenience <strong>of</strong> shorter trips,<br />

with fewer concerns about bad wea<strong>the</strong>r and seasickness.<br />

The country became more easily accessible, allowing its<br />

development as a financial centre and tourist destination.<br />

In 1969, Embry was appointed to <strong>the</strong> first tourist board to<br />

promote <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. As <strong>the</strong> aviation industry developed,<br />

Embry didn’t fly as much, and he took on a managerial<br />

role at Turks & Caicos Airways. The company started regular<br />

scheduled runs to Haiti and later ran <strong>the</strong>ir internal<br />

airline. “I moved down <strong>the</strong>re to set it all up, and lived<br />

<strong>the</strong>re for two years. I remember we started flying from<br />

This was <strong>the</strong> house in South Caicos where Embry Rucker and his wife<br />

Noreen (shown here with his mo<strong>the</strong>r Marianne at left) lived in 1968.<br />

Twin Bonanza, which carried a pilot and two passengers<br />

in <strong>the</strong> front, and three people in <strong>the</strong> back seat. “We found<br />

<strong>the</strong> remains <strong>of</strong> a wrecked Cessna and we took <strong>the</strong> back<br />

seat out and put it in <strong>the</strong> luggage compartment <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

twin Bonanza, to get two more passengers in. I was fairly<br />

mechanically minded, and did a lot <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> work on <strong>the</strong><br />

planes.”<br />

Without aviation infrastructure, flying conditions<br />

could be challenging. When Embry needed to land at<br />

night for a medical emergency, a truck or car was pulled<br />

onto <strong>the</strong> runway, shining its lights to guide him. “We had<br />

some close shaves. Once, <strong>the</strong> landing gear collapsed<br />

on a take-<strong>of</strong>f in Conch Bar, Middle Caicos. The airplane<br />

went straight down, nose first, and we ended up hanging<br />

This 1975 image was taken in Haiti, where (from left) Embry Rucker,<br />

Air Caicos Manager David Dumont and Philipe would regularly fly.<br />

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Port au Prince to Cap Haitien in 30 minutes, and people<br />

were astounded, as it had taken 8 hours by road before.”<br />

Embry was awarded <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong><br />

Medal, given to people who were Turks & Caicos government<br />

employees. His medal, which he considers a great<br />

honour, was for service with distinction in <strong>the</strong> field <strong>of</strong> aviation<br />

over a 10 year period from 1967 to 1976. He held<br />

a Permanent Resident Card—<strong>the</strong> fourth ever issued—and<br />

he was later given Belongership for his significant social<br />

and economic contribution to <strong>the</strong> country.<br />

He says one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> best things about flying in TCI is<br />

that he got to know <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> so well. “Everyone in <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Islands</strong> knew me—I was <strong>the</strong> only pilot for a while. I could<br />

recognise what village people were from by looking at<br />

<strong>the</strong>m. The villages were very isolated and people did look<br />

different <strong>the</strong>n. Years later I’d meet people and ask where<br />

<strong>the</strong>y were from and I’d tell <strong>the</strong>m I knew <strong>the</strong>ir granddaddy,<br />

and <strong>the</strong>y’d be really surprised.”<br />

Embry met his late wife, Noreen Smy<strong>the</strong>, in Grand<br />

Turk in 1967. Originally from Ireland, her sister Ann was<br />

married to <strong>the</strong> magistrate and judge, Finbar Dempsey.<br />

Embry and Noreen’s children, Sí<strong>of</strong>ra and Embry, were<br />

born in Grand Turk. The family returned to <strong>the</strong> US in 1976,<br />

but over <strong>the</strong> years Embry maintained a close connection<br />

Embry Rucker was awarded <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> medal for<br />

service with distinction in aviation.<br />

with <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, particularly Grand Turk. He and Noreen<br />

had a house on Close Haul Road and later, Pillory Beach,<br />

finally selling up in 2008. Embry donated <strong>the</strong> organ to <strong>the</strong><br />

Anglican Church and he was one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> original members<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos National Museum, giving <strong>the</strong>m a<br />

property he owned in Middle Caicos. “I had a model <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Seven Dwarfs boat made for <strong>the</strong> museum, in memory <strong>of</strong><br />

Tommy Coleman. I also had a model Cessna 180 airplane<br />

made in memory <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> late Finbar Dempsey, as he was<br />

<strong>the</strong> first government <strong>of</strong>ficial to fly around in an airplane.”<br />

Embry was conscious <strong>of</strong> not losing <strong>the</strong> oral history<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> early days <strong>of</strong> aviation and development. “I thought<br />

to myself—all <strong>the</strong>se old friends <strong>of</strong> mine in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong><br />

are getting pretty ancient, and <strong>the</strong>ir stories are going<br />

to be lost. In 2005 I got a recorder and I went around<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> to record stories from <strong>the</strong> likes <strong>of</strong> Speed<br />

Gardiner in North Caicos, Oswald Francis in Grand Turk<br />

and Cardinal Arthur from Middle Caicos. We had some<br />

great conversations. Elsa James in Grand Turk did a great<br />

job transcribing <strong>the</strong> interviews.” The recordings and transcripts<br />

were donated to <strong>the</strong> Museum for its archive.<br />

Even though his own book was published recently,<br />

he actually started it in 1986. “I’d dictate some stuff into<br />

a tape recorder for my children and grandchildren. Every<br />

ten years I’d add a little more. Finally, two years ago, I<br />

looked at all <strong>the</strong> grey hair in <strong>the</strong> mirror and I thought if<br />

I’m ever going to do anything with this I better get on<br />

with it.” Harry Rothgerber acted as an editor and writer,<br />

and Embry says <strong>the</strong> more he talked about it, <strong>the</strong> more<br />

came back. Embry’s bro<strong>the</strong>r Rudy, a writer and publisher,<br />

helped to put it toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Embry never lost his love <strong>of</strong> flying. He is co-owner<br />

<strong>of</strong> a 1941 Piper Cub airplane that he takes out once a<br />

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month in Kentucky, to practise take-<strong>of</strong>fs and landings.<br />

He looks back at his pioneering days with some wonder.<br />

“It feels a bit unreal. When I came back to Louisville with<br />

Noreen and <strong>the</strong> kids, I’d meet people I knew and who I’d<br />

been in school with. They’d say, ‘Where have you been?’<br />

and I’d start to tell some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> stories and I’d get <strong>the</strong>se<br />

looks <strong>of</strong> total disbelief. Everyone else had stayed at home<br />

and done perfectly ordinary things. They couldn’t make a<br />

connection. It was so far removed from <strong>the</strong>ir experience.”<br />

Following <strong>the</strong> death <strong>of</strong> his first wife Noreen, Embry Rucker married<br />

Joanie MacLean in 2012.<br />

There are near-misses and far-reaching successes in<br />

his account <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> early years <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos flight.<br />

One permanent legacy is his role in assigning some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

unique three letter codes used to identify airports around<br />

<strong>the</strong> world. “Except for Grand Turk (GDT) and South Caicos<br />

(XSC), <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos lacked any codes, so I devel-<br />

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oped additional ones. Those I thought up are still in effect<br />

—Providenciales (PLS), North Caicos (NCA), Middle Caicos<br />

(MDS) and Salt Cay (SLX).”<br />

Although it’s been over 50 years since Embry first<br />

flew in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, he played a crucial role in creating<br />

<strong>the</strong> modern aviation<br />

industry in <strong>the</strong> country,<br />

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eye on <strong>the</strong> sky<br />

RAMONA SETTLE<br />

The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>’ refreshing tradewinds flow regularly thanks to <strong>the</strong> semi-permanent high pressure area that keeps winds moving<br />

across all <strong>the</strong> islands in <strong>the</strong> Caribbean.<br />

Savoring <strong>the</strong> Sea Breeze<br />

The meteorology behind <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>’ tradewinds.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most frequent questions I get on <strong>the</strong> Turks and Caicos Wea<strong>the</strong>r Facebook page and TripAdvisor<br />

is “Why is it so windy on <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>?” The query is usually posed by folks from areas <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world that<br />

do not typically deal with wind on a regular basis. When travelers arrive in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos, <strong>the</strong>y soon<br />

experience <strong>the</strong> nor<strong>the</strong>ast tradewinds, thanks to <strong>the</strong> semi-permanent high pressure area that keeps winds<br />

moving across all <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> islands in <strong>the</strong> Caribbean.<br />

By Paul Wilkerson<br />

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Above: Thanks to <strong>the</strong> steady tradewinds, <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>’ settlers have long relied on sailboats for commerce and recreation.<br />

Below: This map shows <strong>the</strong> Earth’s prevailing winds.<br />

The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> lie within a belt <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

nor<strong>the</strong>ast tradewinds that blow from <strong>the</strong> Bermuda High—a<br />

semi-permanent high pressure center that remains east<br />

and sou<strong>the</strong>ast <strong>of</strong> Bermuda throughout <strong>the</strong> year. This area<br />

<strong>of</strong> high pressure moves very little during <strong>the</strong> year. Near<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, pressure remains relatively low throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong> year in comparison to <strong>the</strong> Bermuda High.<br />

As meteorologists, we see this as isobars (lines <strong>of</strong><br />

equal pressure) on wea<strong>the</strong>r maps. This shows us <strong>the</strong><br />

predominant wind flow across <strong>the</strong> world. In <strong>the</strong> Turks &<br />

Caicos, it is predominantly from an easterly direction. As<br />

pressure changes occur, winds may be from <strong>the</strong> nor<strong>the</strong>ast<br />

for periods <strong>of</strong> time or sou<strong>the</strong>ast. West and southwest<br />

winds are not as common on <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> but do occur<br />

multiple days <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year. The <strong>Islands</strong> typically enjoy<br />

easterly type breezes <strong>of</strong> 10–20 mph for <strong>the</strong> majority <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> year. There are times however, in <strong>the</strong> winter, when<br />

systems originating in <strong>the</strong> US make it into <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong><br />

and cause wind speeds on <strong>the</strong> order <strong>of</strong> 20–30 mph with<br />

higher gusts. During <strong>the</strong> summer months, depending on<br />

how close tropical systems develop, winds will also be<br />

quite strong.<br />

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Wind has always been a critical factor throughout <strong>the</strong><br />

Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. Wind played a part in trade and<br />

commerce beginning in <strong>the</strong> late 1600s with Salt Cay’s<br />

salt industry development. Settlers were dependent on<br />

bright sun and consistent winds to help evaporate water<br />

and brine out <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> salinas so salt could be harvested for<br />

export for more than 250 years.<br />

During <strong>the</strong> same period (prior to <strong>the</strong> invention <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

boat engine), ships set sail on <strong>the</strong> wind. Massive sails<br />

were employed by all vessels sailing to o<strong>the</strong>r regions<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world to trade products and sell goods. Without<br />

<strong>the</strong> consistent wind belts around <strong>the</strong> globe, none <strong>of</strong> this<br />

would have been possible. Even today, wind has a significant<br />

impact on <strong>the</strong> everyday lives <strong>of</strong> Belongers, <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

businesses and tourism in general.<br />

Despite technological advances—GPS, wea<strong>the</strong>r monitoring<br />

equipment and powerful engines—boats still<br />

remain at <strong>the</strong> mercy <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> winds. Steady breezes create<br />

swells on <strong>the</strong> seas and oceans <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world. However,<br />

once winds increase to over 20 mph, seas will begin to<br />

swell with regular wave action. The higher <strong>the</strong> winds, <strong>the</strong><br />

higher <strong>the</strong> swells will be. Think <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> wind as a giant bulldozer.<br />

As winds cruise over <strong>the</strong> open ocean, <strong>the</strong>y interact<br />

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with <strong>the</strong> surface water via frictional effects. As wind hits<br />

<strong>the</strong> water, it “pushes” water in one direction. As <strong>the</strong> wind<br />

picks up, this effect gets stronger and causes water to<br />

pile up, like dirt does when being bulldozed. This interaction<br />

continues until <strong>the</strong> weight <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> surface water is<br />

unable to sustain its height in relation to <strong>the</strong> wind flow<br />

and it falls, causing waves to form. As winds approach 30<br />

mph and higher, swells on <strong>the</strong> sea become hazardous to<br />

small watercraft, such as <strong>the</strong> boats that operate snorkel<br />

tours and <strong>the</strong> ferry that transports patrons to and from<br />

<strong>the</strong> outer islands. From a commerce perspective, wind<br />

can cost companies quite a bit <strong>of</strong> revenue when speeds<br />

get too high.<br />

Wind is also a blessing. Turks & Caicos is known<br />

worldwide as a kitesurfing destination. Thanks to <strong>the</strong><br />

consistency <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> winds that flow across <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, this<br />

creates <strong>the</strong> ideal environment for this sport. Long Bay<br />

Beach enjoys some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> best breezes <strong>the</strong> country has<br />

to <strong>of</strong>fer and <strong>the</strong> tradewinds are why this area has become<br />

a mecca for pr<strong>of</strong>essional kitesurfers and novices alike.<br />

The <strong>Islands</strong>’ winds help keep life more comfortable.<br />

Many homes and businesses, especially on <strong>the</strong> outer<br />

islands, do not have air conditioning. These areas heavily<br />

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<strong>Islands</strong> when <strong>the</strong> wind is relatively calm, you know it can<br />

get quite hot! But thanks to Mo<strong>the</strong>r Nature, calm wind<br />

days are fairly rare.<br />

There is one last segment <strong>of</strong> island life that benefits<br />

greatly from <strong>the</strong> steady tradewinds— agriculture. While<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> generally have limited agriculture opportunities,<br />

where <strong>the</strong>y do exist <strong>the</strong>y depend on <strong>the</strong> wind. Believe<br />

it or not, <strong>the</strong> limited soils benefit routinely from nutrients<br />

provided by <strong>the</strong> wind. Wind originating over <strong>the</strong> interior<br />

<strong>of</strong> Africa routinely lifts dust and sand particles, transports<br />

<strong>the</strong>m thousands <strong>of</strong> miles across <strong>the</strong> oceans and deposits<br />

<strong>the</strong>m onto <strong>the</strong> Caribbean islands. These nutrients greatly<br />

enrich <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>’ soil and, in turn, provide important<br />

minerals for <strong>the</strong> flora and fauna across all <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

Wind is a complicated and intricate part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sustainability<br />

<strong>of</strong> life and commerce on <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. Next time<br />

you have a chance, walk out and face into <strong>the</strong> wind. Take<br />

<strong>the</strong> opportunity to marvel at <strong>the</strong> awesomeness <strong>of</strong> this<br />

invisible, yet ultra-important phenomenon provided by<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>r Nature. a<br />

Paul Wilkerson is an American meteorologist and tourist<br />

who frequents <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. Along with<br />

his wife and two daughters, <strong>the</strong> Wilkersons stay actively<br />

engaged with Islanders throughout <strong>the</strong> year with his<br />

Facebook page Turks and Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Wea<strong>the</strong>r Info.<br />

Top: Thanks to <strong>the</strong> consistency <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> winds, Turks & Caicos is known<br />

worldwide as a kiteboarding destination.<br />

Above: Although it can feel quite hot on <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> on calm days,<br />

those are thankfully quite rare.<br />

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Opposite page: The sight <strong>of</strong> a fin in <strong>the</strong> water can trigger unmerited fear in many people.<br />

Above: The truth about sharks is that <strong>the</strong>y are an important part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> natural food chain and keep <strong>the</strong> ecosystem balanced. This shark is<br />

Patches, a great hammerhead, and one <strong>of</strong> many sharks <strong>the</strong> author met during her dives with SDM Adventures.<br />

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From Fear to Friend<br />

Dispelling <strong>the</strong> myths about sharks.<br />

By Kelly Currington<br />

You can feel it in your soul before you ever step <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> boat and sink below <strong>the</strong> surface. You are entering<br />

<strong>the</strong> world <strong>of</strong> creatures who have been portrayed as “mindless killers” and “vicious predators,” and yet you<br />

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curiosity about <strong>the</strong> unknown that pushes us to explore.<br />

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We’ve all seen <strong>the</strong> stories<br />

on Shark Week and read<br />

<strong>the</strong> “news” reports on <strong>the</strong><br />

Internet <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> horrible shark<br />

“attacks” that happen, so<br />

we are conditioned to fear<br />

sharks. I understand that fear<br />

completely, but want to try<br />

and bring <strong>the</strong> reality to <strong>the</strong><br />

forefront and help change<br />

that mindset.<br />

As a child I grew up in<br />

<strong>the</strong> “Jaws” era, which made<br />

me phobically afraid <strong>of</strong><br />

sharks, believing <strong>the</strong>y waited<br />

beneath <strong>the</strong> surface to “eat”<br />

us <strong>the</strong> minute we entered<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir world. I was so horribly<br />

afraid that I wouldn’t even<br />

put my feet in <strong>the</strong> sea nor<br />

get on a boat in <strong>the</strong> ocean for<br />

fear <strong>of</strong> it sinking, and inevitably<br />

being eaten alive by <strong>the</strong><br />

“vicious predators” lurking in<br />

<strong>the</strong> dark.<br />

It took one snorkeling<br />

trip to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> to change my entire<br />

life—literally. I was empowered<br />

by <strong>the</strong> tranquility and<br />

peace I felt in <strong>the</strong> water to try<br />

diving. When I encountered<br />

my first shark I was terrified,<br />

but that terror changed<br />

in a split second when <strong>the</strong><br />

shark just glided by without<br />

“attacking” me. My focus was<br />

drawn to <strong>the</strong> way <strong>the</strong>y moved<br />

through <strong>the</strong> water with elegance<br />

and grace and how<br />

beautiful <strong>the</strong>y were—nothing<br />

like <strong>the</strong> monsters I had<br />

grown up fearing.<br />

This encounter led me to<br />

become a scuba instructor.<br />

The driving force behind that<br />

decision was that I wanted to<br />

show people <strong>the</strong> truth about<br />

<strong>the</strong>se sharks and change<br />

From top: This image depicts <strong>the</strong> grace and beauty <strong>of</strong> sharks in <strong>the</strong>ir natural environment.<br />

This front view <strong>of</strong> Patches, <strong>the</strong> great hammerhead, explains <strong>the</strong> significance <strong>of</strong> its name.<br />

KELLY CURRINGTON<br />

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<strong>the</strong>ir fear to love, respect and a desire to protect <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

I began studying sharks, reading anything I could find,<br />

and educated myself on <strong>the</strong>ir habits and behaviors. This<br />

transitioned me from being deathly afraid to craving close<br />

encounters with <strong>the</strong>m. Our oceans and reefs need sharks<br />

to keep <strong>the</strong> eco-system balanced. The only way to protect<br />

sharks is to help people understand <strong>the</strong>m, and <strong>the</strong> best<br />

way to do that is to get “up close and personal” in <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

natural environment.<br />

I had followed SDM Adventures (Shark Diver<br />

Magazine) for years on social media. I was constantly in<br />

awe <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir ability to safely share close-up space with<br />

massive tiger sharks, hammerheads and bull sharks—all<br />

<strong>of</strong> which are touted as top apex predators. I became very<br />

familiar with three <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> regular sharks that appeared on<br />

<strong>the</strong>se shark dives and was intrigued with <strong>the</strong> relationships<br />

Eli Martinez, owner <strong>of</strong> SDM Adventures, had seemed to<br />

build with <strong>the</strong>se big girls. Emma and Hook (both tiger<br />

sharks) and Patches, <strong>the</strong> great hammerhead, are celebrities<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir own right and have become ambassadors for<br />

protecting <strong>the</strong>ir species.<br />

A little history on SDM Adventures and Eli Martinez<br />

may shed some light on how exposure to animals we fear<br />

leads to curiosity and learning, which <strong>the</strong>n leads to understanding<br />

and <strong>the</strong> desire to protect <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

Eli grew up in Texas surrounded by wildlife, always<br />

playing with toads and lizards. He consumed as many<br />

books about animals as he could find, which fed his passion<br />

to learn more. As a child he wanted to grow up and<br />

become a wildlife vet in Africa. His desire to help animals<br />

burns even deeper as an adult. On his first ocean dive<br />

he saw a shark. This both frightened and excited him<br />

because he thought it was going to attack him, and when<br />

it didn’t, it opened up Eli’s mind and pushed him to learn<br />

more about <strong>the</strong>m. His love affair with sharks began.<br />

There seemed to be a magazine dedicated to every<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r recreation and sport out <strong>the</strong>re, but <strong>the</strong>re was nothing<br />

about diving with sharks, so in 2002 <strong>the</strong> concept for<br />

Shark Diver Magazine (SDM) was born and in March 2003<br />

<strong>the</strong> first issue was published.<br />

The goal <strong>of</strong> Eli and SDM Adventures is to destroy <strong>the</strong><br />

“predator” myths about sharks and bring awareness to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir necessary role in <strong>the</strong> eco-system and <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

<strong>of</strong> protecting <strong>the</strong>m. In his own words, he is <strong>the</strong> “voice <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> voiceless” for <strong>the</strong>se beautiful and intelligent animals.<br />

Hundreds, if not thousands, <strong>of</strong> people have changed<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir perceptions <strong>of</strong> sharks after having <strong>the</strong> opportunity<br />

to dive and interact with <strong>the</strong>se amazing predators, as well<br />

as attending speaking engagements by Eli and his team<br />

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The author prepares to “shoot” a tiger shark with her camera, as a means <strong>of</strong> capturing this animal’s grandeur and sharing it with o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

about <strong>the</strong> sharks at Tiger Beach. Their fears transitioned<br />

to interest and curiosity, and <strong>the</strong>ir hearts now beat with<br />

passion instead <strong>of</strong> fear—all <strong>of</strong> which leads to more ambassadors<br />

for shark conservation.<br />

Eli is <strong>the</strong> center <strong>of</strong> SDM Adventures, but is supported<br />

by his entire family. His wife Maritza handles bookings<br />

and helps prepare for <strong>the</strong> trips, sometimes joining Eli.<br />

His son is in training to take over SDM someday, as well<br />

as being a pr<strong>of</strong>essional bull shark feeder in Mexico. His<br />

daughter is also training to run SDM, besides being an<br />

accomplished wildlife photographer who may just go on<br />

to be a National Geographic photographer and storyteller.<br />

I have done a couple thousand dives with Caribbean<br />

reef sharks and nurse sharks, but I craved an encounter<br />

with a big tiger shark. I wanted to come face-to-face<br />

with <strong>the</strong>se mysterious creatures and feel <strong>the</strong>ir power<br />

for myself. I knew it would be one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most amazing<br />

encounters <strong>of</strong> my life.<br />

Last year I finally booked a trip to dive with <strong>the</strong> big<br />

girls <strong>of</strong> Tiger Beach and for me <strong>the</strong>re was no o<strong>the</strong>r choice<br />

than SDM Adventures to show me this world. From <strong>the</strong><br />

moment Eli stepped foot on <strong>the</strong> boat, I was aware that I<br />

was in <strong>the</strong> presence <strong>of</strong> a shark legend who has shown <strong>the</strong><br />

world that apex predators and humans can not only safely<br />

co-exist, but who has also showcased how intelligent<br />

<strong>the</strong>se creatures are and <strong>the</strong> importance <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir survival.<br />

As I geared up on <strong>the</strong> dive deck, I was taken by<br />

complete surprise that my heart raced with anticipation<br />

and excitement that after 40 years <strong>of</strong> misguided fear, I<br />

was about to come face-to-face with <strong>the</strong> monsters <strong>of</strong> my<br />

nightmares. As I stepped <strong>of</strong>f into <strong>the</strong> turquoise sea and<br />

descended, I could not wait for <strong>the</strong> first tiger to appear,<br />

and in complete contradiction to what media and movies<br />

portray, not a single tiger shark appeared to devour me.<br />

Towards <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> that first dive, a dark and very distinctive<br />

shadow appeared in <strong>the</strong> distance. I only had a glimpse<br />

<strong>of</strong> her beauty on this dive, but I could feel her presence<br />

and power.<br />

The second dive and every dive <strong>the</strong>reafter on that<br />

trip, was <strong>the</strong> experience I craved. With up to nine tigers<br />

ranging from nine to fourteen feet in length, a great hammerhead,<br />

and as many as fifty lemons and Caribbean reef<br />

sharks, it was truly shark utopia. Having <strong>the</strong> pleasure <strong>of</strong><br />

finally experiencing <strong>the</strong> intimate encounters with Hook,<br />

Emma and Patches after all <strong>the</strong>se years was more than just<br />

magical, it was humbling.<br />

When I saw Hook for <strong>the</strong> first time (who had been<br />

missing for <strong>the</strong> past two years and feared dead), my eyes<br />

filled with tears <strong>of</strong> joy to know she had come home and<br />

was safe! When a MASSIVE shadow came towards me from<br />

<strong>the</strong> shadows <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> distance, I knew instantly that it was<br />

Emma, who is <strong>the</strong> largest and believed to be <strong>the</strong> oldest<br />

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girl at Tiger Beach. When Patches <strong>the</strong> great hammerhead<br />

showed up, all <strong>the</strong> stars aligned.<br />

There are no words that could truly describe those<br />

moments, but I fell in love with <strong>the</strong>se girls and knew I was<br />

on a bigger path to protect <strong>the</strong>m. Their world is not one<br />

for complacency or arrogance, but one that showcases<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir power, intelligence and position on <strong>the</strong> food chain.<br />

We are definitely visitors and should behave as such.<br />

I was a huge advocate for protecting sharks already,<br />

but after being in <strong>the</strong> water with tigers it made me very<br />

aware <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> need to educate more people on how we can<br />

safely interact and coexist with <strong>the</strong>se creatures instead<br />

<strong>of</strong> killing <strong>the</strong>m—ei<strong>the</strong>r out <strong>of</strong> fear, greed or baseless traditions.<br />

A couple <strong>of</strong> years ago, <strong>the</strong>re was a report <strong>of</strong> two<br />

tiger sharks found feeding on a dead whale carcass in<br />

shallow water in <strong>the</strong> Bahamas. The powers-that-be decided<br />

swimmers were in danger so <strong>the</strong>y killed approximately<br />

20 tiger sharks—we thought Hook had been part <strong>of</strong> that<br />

cull. Humans destroyed at least 20 innocent creatures for<br />

doing exactly what <strong>the</strong>y are designed to do in THEIR environment—arrogance<br />

and greed at its worst.<br />

There are over 440 different species <strong>of</strong> sharks—each<br />

designed for a specific niche role in <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

For example, tiger sharks are designed to crush turtle<br />

shells and <strong>the</strong>refore help control <strong>the</strong> turtle population.<br />

Hammerheads control stingray populations and great<br />

whites control seal and sea lion populations. Sharks maintain<br />

<strong>the</strong> species below <strong>the</strong>m in <strong>the</strong> food chain, removing<br />

<strong>the</strong> weak and sick, and serve as indicators for <strong>the</strong> health<br />

<strong>of</strong> oceans and reefs.<br />

As a dive pr<strong>of</strong>essional in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, I<br />

encountered people every day whose reactions were “fear”<br />

when <strong>the</strong> topic <strong>of</strong> sharks came up. After half an hour<br />

<strong>of</strong> talking with <strong>the</strong>m about <strong>the</strong> beauty and necessity <strong>of</strong><br />

sharks, <strong>the</strong>ir demeanor starts to shift to interest and <strong>the</strong>n<br />

fascination. Once <strong>the</strong>y see <strong>the</strong>ir first shark on a dive that<br />

fascination grows into love. Diving in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

will no doubt expose you to Caribbean reef sharks, nurse<br />

sharks and <strong>the</strong> occasional lemon shark, but rarely will you<br />

see a tiger shark on a dive as <strong>the</strong>y tend to stay in shadows<br />

and are very cautious.<br />

We are fighting for a time when commercial fishing<br />

for sharks will come to an end and ALL gill nets will be<br />

banned forever. I am honored to be a soldier in this battle<br />

and collaborate with brilliant and compassionate minds to<br />

bring awareness to this necessary topic. If we can introduce<br />

people to sharks, <strong>of</strong> any kind, and have <strong>the</strong>m see for<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves that we don’t need to fear or destroy <strong>the</strong>m in<br />

order to co-exist with <strong>the</strong>m, we will forge a strong defense<br />

in protecting sharks from imminent extinction. If I could<br />

add anything to this from a personal standpoint, I would<br />

say please don’t fear what you do not understand; instead<br />

educate yourself and become an ambassador for <strong>the</strong> innocent<br />

creatures who need our help for <strong>the</strong>ir survival, and<br />

ultimately our own. Come dive with sharks and feel <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

majesty; it will empower you to join <strong>the</strong> fight! a<br />

For more information on Tiger Shark Diving aboard <strong>the</strong><br />

M/V Dolphin Dream, contact SDM Adventures at (956)<br />

279-8119 or visit www.sdmdiving.com.<br />

Getting up-close and personal with sharks can empower divers to fight to save <strong>the</strong>m from extinction.<br />

KELLY CURRINGTON<br />

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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 https://www.gov.tc/decr/<br />

The colorful fronds <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> fea<strong>the</strong>r alga come from a single cell with many nuclei.<br />

Land <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Giants<br />

Some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world’s largest single-celled organisms come from TCI.<br />

Story & Photos By Franziska Elmer, Ph.D., School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies<br />

The islands <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos are home to many astonishing flora and fauna. Today I would like to introduce<br />

four very special species <strong>of</strong> TCI algae to you: <strong>the</strong> sailor’s eyeball (Valonia ventricosa), <strong>the</strong> mermaid’s<br />

wine glass (Acetabularia crenulata) <strong>the</strong> cactus tree alga (Caulerpa cupressoides) and <strong>the</strong> fea<strong>the</strong>r alga<br />

(Caulerpa sertularioides). These algae always amaze our students at <strong>the</strong> School for Field Studies in South<br />

Caicos, because <strong>the</strong>y are some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> largest single-celled organisms on earth!<br />

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A single-celled organism, as <strong>the</strong> name says, consists<br />

<strong>of</strong> just one cell. We humans, in comparison, have about<br />

37.2 trillon cells in our body which all have <strong>the</strong>ir own<br />

function such as skin cells, brain cells and blood cells.<br />

Most single-celled organisms are small and blob-like<br />

and you can only see <strong>the</strong>m under <strong>the</strong> microscope. This<br />

is definitely not <strong>the</strong> case for <strong>the</strong>se four interesting algae<br />

that you can find snorkeling in <strong>the</strong> waters <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks &<br />

Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>!<br />

The sailor’s eyeball was named by early mariners,<br />

who, peering into <strong>the</strong> water, thought <strong>the</strong>y looked like<br />

eyes peering back at <strong>the</strong>m. They are round and green in<br />

color and <strong>the</strong> surface <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> cell shines like glass. This is<br />

why <strong>the</strong>y are also <strong>of</strong>ten called sea pearls.<br />

But not only mariners were fascinated by <strong>the</strong> sailor’s<br />

eyeball—<strong>the</strong>se large, unicellular algae have intrigued cell<br />

biologists and electrophysiologists since <strong>the</strong> early twentieth<br />

century. So how big can this single-celled alga get?<br />

Up to <strong>the</strong> size <strong>of</strong> a tennis ball!<br />

The inside <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sailor’s eyeball is jam-packed with<br />

different organelles such as chloroplasts, which use <strong>the</strong><br />

sun to produce energy for <strong>the</strong> alga through photosyn<strong>the</strong>sis.<br />

Even though it is a single cell, it does have multiple<br />

nuclei, which contain <strong>the</strong> genetic material. These nuclei<br />

are arranged in a fixed pattern with chloroplasts and<br />

smaller organelles around <strong>the</strong>m. Therefore <strong>the</strong> inside <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> sailor’s eyeball looks like a lot <strong>of</strong> small cells that are<br />

interconnected, ra<strong>the</strong>r than separated, by cell walls.<br />

Because <strong>the</strong> sailor’s eyeball is such a large cell, it has<br />

been used by scientists to study <strong>the</strong> transfer <strong>of</strong> water and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r fluids across biological membranes. These studies<br />

help us understand more about cellulose, <strong>the</strong> main component<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> cell walls <strong>of</strong> algae and plants. On top <strong>of</strong><br />

that, <strong>the</strong> sailor’s eyeball also has an unusual high electrical<br />

potential relative to <strong>the</strong> seawater around it. Why<br />

this alga is so “electric” is still not entirely known and<br />

fascinates electrophysiologists.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> sailor’s eyeball is formed like a ball, <strong>the</strong><br />

mermaid’s wine glass resembles more a wine glass or<br />

cup. This form makes it even more difficult to believe that<br />

this alga consists just <strong>of</strong> a single cell. But <strong>the</strong>se green<br />

From top: The aptly named sailor’s eyeball is a single-celled alga that<br />

can grow to <strong>the</strong> size <strong>of</strong> a tennis ball.<br />

The mermaid’s wine glass also consists <strong>of</strong> a single cell with distinct<br />

body regions and phase changes.<br />

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Above: School for Field Studies intern John DeBuysser collects samples<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> unusual single-celled algae found in TCI’s clear waters.<br />

Below: This close-up <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> cactus tree alga show that forms resembling<br />

those <strong>of</strong> land plants do not need multiple cells to form.<br />

natural wine glasses, are made in one piece from foot to<br />

lip or from rhizoid to cap as <strong>the</strong>se parts are called in <strong>the</strong><br />

alga. Unlike <strong>the</strong> sailor’s eyeball, <strong>the</strong> mermaid’s wine glass<br />

only has a single nucleus. Despite being single celled, this<br />

alga has distinct body regions and goes through phase<br />

changes similar to vascular plants. The zygote (similar<br />

to a fertilized egg cell in animals/humans or a seed in<br />

plants) germinates and attaches to <strong>the</strong> substrate. Soon,<br />

parts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> cell take up <strong>the</strong>ir distinct forms—<strong>the</strong> middle<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> cell elongates and grows into <strong>the</strong> stalk <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> alga,<br />

with whirls <strong>of</strong> hair forming on its top. At <strong>the</strong> same time,<br />

<strong>the</strong> base <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> cell turns into a branched rhizoid that<br />

contains <strong>the</strong> nucleus and holds <strong>the</strong> cell in place on <strong>the</strong><br />

substrate. When <strong>the</strong> cell reaches its final length <strong>of</strong> up to<br />

10 cm!, a cap is formed at <strong>the</strong> top ra<strong>the</strong>r than new whirls<br />

<strong>of</strong> hairs.<br />

During its development, <strong>the</strong> zygote increases its volume<br />

by 25,000—that is like a single glass <strong>of</strong> wine turning<br />

into 20 barrels <strong>of</strong> wine! Because <strong>of</strong> its large nucleus, <strong>the</strong><br />

mermaid’s wine glass has helped us understand how cellular<br />

development and transplantation <strong>of</strong> nuclei work. In<br />

<strong>the</strong> 1930s, Joachim Haemmerling discovered that when<br />

he cut this alga in half, <strong>the</strong> bottom part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> alga would<br />

regrow while <strong>the</strong> top part wi<strong>the</strong>red away. He discovered<br />

that <strong>the</strong> nucleus is responsible for cell development.<br />

Lastly, TCI is home to <strong>the</strong> cactus tree alga and <strong>the</strong><br />

fea<strong>the</strong>r alga, which are both in <strong>the</strong> genus Caulerpa, <strong>the</strong><br />

largest free-living, single-celled organisms in <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

The largest Caulerpa, <strong>the</strong><br />

Hawaiian native Caulerpa<br />

taxifolia, was given <strong>the</strong> nickname<br />

“killer algae” after it<br />

invaded <strong>the</strong> Mediterranean<br />

waters. An individual<br />

Caulerpa (thus an individual<br />

cell!) spreads its runners<br />

over <strong>the</strong> sea floor, growing<br />

to 3 meters in length! From<br />

<strong>the</strong>se runners, fronds up to<br />

60–80 cm in length grow<br />

upwards, and root-like holdfasts<br />

anchor <strong>the</strong> runners to<br />

<strong>the</strong> ground. The fronds have<br />

intrinsic designs, resembling<br />

cactuses and fea<strong>the</strong>rs in <strong>the</strong><br />

algae found in <strong>the</strong> TCI.<br />

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Oh, Christmas Tree . . .<br />

Twenty years ago, it was a common cultural practice<br />

to cut a Caicos pine sapling each December for a community<br />

Christmas tree for <strong>the</strong> annual tree lighting in<br />

Conch Bar, Middle Caicos. Since <strong>the</strong> pine tortoise scale<br />

insect began devastating <strong>the</strong> Caicos pine population,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Caicos Pine Recovery Project requested community<br />

help by not cutting any more Caicos pines until <strong>the</strong><br />

population was stabilised. The Conch Bar community<br />

graciously transferred <strong>the</strong> responsibility <strong>of</strong> Christmas<br />

tree to a venerable lignum vitae tree on <strong>the</strong> Mt. Moriah<br />

Baptist Church grounds to help save Caicos pines.<br />

After years <strong>of</strong> growing Caicos pine saplings in <strong>the</strong><br />

Caicos Pine Recovery Project Nursery on North Caicos,<br />

<strong>the</strong> DECR began planting saplings in habitat restoration<br />

areas and selected cultural sites where <strong>the</strong>re is high<br />

confidence <strong>of</strong> survival. Those sites include Kew Corner<br />

Wall Rest House where Caicos pines have been used as<br />

living Christmas trees for <strong>the</strong> last four years, Cheshire<br />

Hall Plantation, Caicos Heritage House and <strong>the</strong> Nation<br />

Environmental Centre.<br />

On January 25, <strong>2019</strong>, Caicos Pine Recovery Project<br />

and DECR staff planted five Caicos pine saplings on<br />

<strong>the</strong> grounds <strong>of</strong> Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Conch<br />

Bar, Middle Caicos. The church grounds were carefully<br />

selected for <strong>the</strong> planting, as Caicos pine won’t thrive<br />

just anywhere. Pastor Evan Williams guided <strong>the</strong> siting<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> five-year-old saplings, and once <strong>the</strong>y grow large<br />

enough, one will be decorated as a living Christmas<br />

tree for <strong>the</strong> community.<br />

Wild populations <strong>of</strong> Caicos pine, <strong>the</strong> National Tree<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, were reduced by over<br />

97% by <strong>the</strong> introduction <strong>of</strong> a destructive scale insect<br />

from North America. The saplings planted on Middle<br />

From left: Caicos Pine Recovery Project Manager B Naqqi Manco and<br />

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Pastor Evan Williams plant one <strong>of</strong> five<br />

Caicos pine saplings in <strong>the</strong> church yard.<br />

Caicos are more scale-resistant trees grown at <strong>the</strong><br />

Native Plant Nursery on <strong>the</strong> Government Farm on North<br />

Caicos. Within a few years, <strong>the</strong> Middle Caicos community<br />

should be able to see one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se newly planted<br />

saplings serve as <strong>the</strong> Conch Bar Christmas tree. a<br />

Story & Photo By B Naqqi Manco<br />

So like <strong>the</strong> mermaid’s wine glass, <strong>the</strong>se single-celled<br />

algae take up complex forms. Like <strong>the</strong> sailor’s eyeball,<br />

<strong>the</strong> cactus tree alga and fea<strong>the</strong>r alga harbor many nuclei<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir single cell. Scientists think that <strong>the</strong> complex<br />

forms <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se algae come from different genes being<br />

expressed in <strong>the</strong> different parts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> plants.<br />

These single-celled algae show that forms resembling<br />

<strong>the</strong> basic form <strong>of</strong> land plants, roots, stems and<br />

leaves do not need multiple cells to form. Some scientists<br />

even think that because cells <strong>of</strong> higher plants such<br />

as <strong>the</strong> tomato are connected to each o<strong>the</strong>r by channels,<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y are very similar to <strong>the</strong>se single-celled algae with<br />

many nuclei that are not divided from each o<strong>the</strong>r by cell<br />

walls.<br />

Besides being astonishing, <strong>the</strong>se algae really help<br />

us understand our land plants better. Next time you are<br />

snorkeling on a beautiful TCI reef, look out for <strong>the</strong>se<br />

giant single cells and see how easy it is to spot <strong>the</strong>m<br />

without a microscope. a<br />

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feature<br />

Opposite page: This lovely image <strong>of</strong> beach potpourri is a natural work <strong>of</strong> art . . . and also a precursor <strong>of</strong> sand!<br />

Above: This cache <strong>of</strong> multi-colored periwinkles reflects <strong>the</strong> most visible and familiar <strong>of</strong> shells. Since prehistoric times, humans have acquired<br />

shells and accorded <strong>the</strong>m a treasured status, even using <strong>the</strong>m as currency.<br />

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Beauty and <strong>the</strong> Beach<br />

Taking a close look at <strong>the</strong> treasures on TCI beaches.<br />

By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photos By Marta Morton and Tom Rathgeb<br />

The renowned beaches <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> provide <strong>the</strong> backbone for so many activities, from<br />

paddleboarding and parasailing to quiet beach walks. Yet here’s something that those enjoying <strong>the</strong> activities<br />

might not realize: You really are walking on bone, if not a literal backbone. That s<strong>of</strong>t, white sand is<br />

created from broken-down coral and shells, <strong>the</strong> exoskeletons <strong>of</strong> invertebrate marine mollusks.<br />

Beachcombers and collectors <strong>of</strong> shells might be surprised to know that <strong>the</strong> sand <strong>the</strong>y sift through to<br />

find “treasures” was once those very treasures, created through bio-erosion. In <strong>the</strong> geological long view,<br />

you can’t have your beach and walk on it, too!<br />

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Yes, it’s hard to pass by a perfect pink-and-yellow<br />

sunrise tellin or a pristine sun-bleached sand dollar, but<br />

here’s an alternative souvenir suggestion: Photograph<br />

those shells to create your own stunning display that’s<br />

beautiful by nature! Our featured photographers here,<br />

Marta Morton and Tom Rathgeb, <strong>of</strong>fer some ideas and<br />

suggestions for carrying home shells without getting<br />

sand in your suitcase.<br />

The natural setting<br />

Marta Morton, owner/manager <strong>of</strong> Harbour Club Villas,<br />

claims, “I’m not a photographer,” yet she takes thousands<br />

<strong>of</strong> pictures <strong>of</strong> “whatever catches my eye” when she walks<br />

on any <strong>of</strong> Providenciales’ beaches. She has found shell<br />

treasures at Smith’s Reef, Southwest Bluff and Half Moon<br />

Bay, which she shoots in <strong>the</strong>ir natural settings and light.<br />

“I always find something to take,” she says.<br />

Marta uses “my little point-and-shoot” as her camera,<br />

a Canon Power Shot SX-720-HS with a 40x optical<br />

zoom. “I don’t do anything special,” she says, although<br />

she admits, “I can spend an hour doing different angles.”<br />

Occasionally, she will “pose” her subjects.<br />

She finishes her photos using a program called ACD-<br />

See, using minimal enhancement: perhaps boosting<br />

colour or adding to <strong>the</strong> reflection <strong>of</strong> sparkling water.<br />

Marta adds that while she knows she should organise<br />

her photos better and could print some favourites,<br />

it gives her pleasure to go through <strong>the</strong>m and remember<br />

quiet days <strong>of</strong> beachcombing. And isn’t that <strong>the</strong> purpose<br />

<strong>of</strong> a souvenir?<br />

Isolated beauty<br />

Tom Rathgeb, who bases himself on North Caicos during<br />

frequent visits, takes a more “studio” approach to shell<br />

photography, bringing each shell indoors and placing it<br />

on a black background. An old trunk used as a c<strong>of</strong>fee<br />

table in his Whitby home ably serves that purpose, he<br />

says. Then, “I wait for <strong>the</strong> afternoon sun coming through<br />

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Beachcombing can reveal beautiful surprises like this clump <strong>of</strong> tube sponges that may have been broken <strong>of</strong>f during a storm.<br />

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These images show <strong>the</strong> contrast in styles between photographing<br />

shells in a natural versus studio setting.<br />

Top row: The sunrise tellin is a handsome white shell with pink radial<br />

rays that give it a resemblance to a sunrise.<br />

Middle row: Sand dollars are not shells, but extremely flattened, burrowing<br />

sea urchins.<br />

Bottom left: The colorful beauty is likely a keyhole limpet, characterized<br />

by <strong>the</strong> keyhole-shaped orifice at <strong>the</strong> top <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> shell.<br />

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TOM RATHGEB<br />

What became <strong>the</strong> Caicos Sloop proved to be <strong>the</strong> equal <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> masterful Bermudian sloop, allowing TCI to develop its own sailing prowess. The<br />

maritime linkages between <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> enabled <strong>the</strong> boat builders to pass on sailing skills to salt rakers.<br />

Top: This e<strong>the</strong>real beauty is likely a partridge tun shell, once a<br />

highly specialized carnivorous predator, preying on sea cucumbers.<br />

Below: This appears to be a congregation <strong>of</strong> zebra nerites, <strong>of</strong> which<br />

no two shells have <strong>the</strong> same pattern.<br />

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Top: Sea biscuits are related to sand dollars—although not as flat—<br />

as well as sea urchins, sea cucumbers and starfish.<br />

Below: Calico scallops are found on sandy or shelly bottoms and<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir mottled pink-hued shells commonly wash ashore.<br />

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<strong>the</strong> patio doors and re-examine <strong>the</strong> shell to ensure that<br />

<strong>the</strong> lighting captures what I feel is <strong>the</strong> shell’s best side.”<br />

After checking focus, ISO, aperture, lighting and depth<br />

<strong>of</strong> field, he composes <strong>the</strong> shot through <strong>the</strong> camera and<br />

takes several shots from <strong>the</strong> various angles around his<br />

feature point.<br />

Tom uses a Nikon D3400 with a Nikon DX AF-S<br />

18-55, 1:3.5-5.6G lens. “Sometimes, if <strong>the</strong> shell is small, I<br />

will use a Tiffen 52mm+2 enlarging lens. I use auto-area<br />

aut<strong>of</strong>ocus since my eyes are not good enough for manual<br />

focusing.”<br />

He continues, “Carrying a traditional camera, with<br />

an additional lens, is some trouble, especially since TSA<br />

can’t make up its mind if a camera or a lens is an electronic<br />

device that has to be taken out <strong>of</strong> your carry-on.<br />

But I find a traditional camera is much more flexible in its<br />

settings than a phone camera,” and <strong>of</strong>fers more control.<br />

“However, I have seen many phone camera photos that<br />

rival traditional cameras as long as you know and live<br />

within its limitations.”<br />

To process his photos, Tom goes to Adobe Photoshop<br />

10. He first makes <strong>the</strong> background colour a purer black<br />

with <strong>the</strong> paint bucket tool, <strong>the</strong>n uses <strong>the</strong> “quick edit”<br />

function to adjust and enhance colour, shine and shadows.<br />

He prints <strong>the</strong> photos himself onto 8 x 10 glossy<br />

photo paper. “I like to display <strong>the</strong> photos in an 11 x 14<br />

mat and simple black frame, as I want <strong>the</strong> focus to be on<br />

<strong>the</strong> shell. I have contemplated sending <strong>the</strong> photos out for<br />

printing in larger sizes, but have not yet explored that<br />

option.”<br />

Tom, like Marta, is not a pr<strong>of</strong>essional photographer,<br />

but he has been pushing toward more developed skills<br />

and presentation in photography. His series <strong>of</strong> shell photos<br />

is a step in that direction. And why shells? You can<br />

ask any beachcomber, but Tom articulates it well, “Shells<br />

are like jewels. While we may admire jewels when worn,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are mere adjuncts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> beauty <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> person wearing<br />

<strong>the</strong>m. Real beauty lies in <strong>the</strong> jewel itself as well. In<br />

my mind, shells, isolated by <strong>the</strong>mselves, with no o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

distractions, are beautiful in and <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>mselves. I want<br />

to capture and bring out that beauty, and enhance <strong>the</strong><br />

shell’s shapes, colours and shine, and share that creation<br />

with o<strong>the</strong>rs. Shells make one marvel at <strong>the</strong> diversity <strong>of</strong><br />

nature and it is my hope to illustrate some small part <strong>of</strong><br />

that diversity.” a<br />

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going green<br />

Opposite page and above: FortisTCI introduced its first electric vehicle in mid-2018, <strong>the</strong> emission-free and economic Nissan Leaf Acenta.<br />

Driving in Providenciales during morning and evening “rush hours” or in <strong>the</strong> aftermath <strong>of</strong> a road closure<br />

or traffic accident reveals <strong>the</strong> sheer number <strong>of</strong> vehicles operating on <strong>the</strong> roadway. This exponential<br />

growth over <strong>the</strong> years mirrors that taking place around <strong>the</strong> world. Vehicle emissions continue to add to<br />

<strong>the</strong> steadily rising global CO 2 levels that are so affecting <strong>the</strong> climate and, in turn, every ecosystem on<br />

<strong>the</strong> planet.<br />

With this in mind, FortisTCI in April 2018 launched its first electric vehicle and charging station. It<br />

is part <strong>of</strong> a year-long feasibility study to see how this new technology can best “merge” into <strong>the</strong> Turks &<br />

Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>’ driving future.<br />

Driving into <strong>the</strong> Future<br />

FortisTCI introduces its electric vehicle program.<br />

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Top: As you drive <strong>the</strong> streets <strong>of</strong> Providenciales, keep an eye out for <strong>the</strong> jaunty and quiet Nissan Leaf Acenta, FortisTCI’s first electric vehicle.<br />

Bottom: This is <strong>the</strong> electric vehicle charging station in <strong>the</strong> front <strong>of</strong> FortisTCI’s corporate <strong>of</strong>fice on Providenciales.<br />

That jaunty (and quiet) green leaf-adorned vehicle<br />

that many residents and visitors have seen cruising<br />

around Providenciales is <strong>the</strong> 2017 Nissan Leaf Acenta. It<br />

is a 100% electric car with a 30kWh battery which, when<br />

fully charged, can drive up to 100 miles. I recently spoke<br />

to Senior Director <strong>of</strong> Business Development & Analytics<br />

Archie Gaviola about <strong>the</strong> Leaf and its potential future<br />

in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. He explained, “Electric cars are ideal for<br />

a small island nation, where most trips are less than 5<br />

miles and rarely longer than 20. Because <strong>the</strong>re is no tailpipe<br />

pollution or greenhouse gas emission, <strong>the</strong>y are an<br />

ideal option towards doing our part to protect <strong>the</strong> planet<br />

from fur<strong>the</strong>r environmental damage. And <strong>the</strong>y can provide<br />

tremendous cost savings. The Leaf would use about<br />

30 kWh <strong>of</strong> electricity to travel 100 miles. At current rates,<br />

that comes to about $12.50!”<br />

FortisTCI supplies 98% <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>’<br />

electricity, so exploring <strong>the</strong> adaptation <strong>of</strong> electric cars to<br />

<strong>the</strong> country has great significance. FortisTCI President/<br />

CEO Eddinton Powell notes, “We are preparing to meet <strong>the</strong><br />

future energy demands <strong>of</strong> our customers in traditional<br />

and nontraditional ways, including <strong>of</strong>fering environmentally<br />

sustainable energy solutions.”<br />

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into a charging station—ei<strong>the</strong>r a public station or into<br />

your electric supply at home. Similar to a Smartphone, it<br />

takes about 30 minutes to charge a car from 0 to 80%. As<br />

Archie explains, “We are studying <strong>the</strong> grid impact <strong>of</strong> electric<br />

cars to make sure <strong>the</strong> system can handle <strong>the</strong>m safely<br />

and reliably. For instance, let’s assume that by 2023, we<br />

have 5% adoption, which would be about 500 vehicles.<br />

The demand coming from those vehicles charging at <strong>the</strong><br />

same time could require additional investments. The cars<br />

come with an appliance plug, but electric vehicle owners<br />

have to ensure that individual homes’ and businesses’<br />

electrical installation could handle <strong>the</strong> draw.”<br />

Right now, <strong>the</strong> FortisTCI Leaf is driven by employees<br />

during business hours for errands and charged at <strong>the</strong><br />

station in front <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> corporate <strong>of</strong>fice. The goal is to<br />

get Islanders used to <strong>the</strong> concept, bring more awareness<br />

to <strong>the</strong> general public and encourage purchases by individuals<br />

and businesses. Although <strong>the</strong> initial cost may be<br />

higher (<strong>the</strong> <strong>2019</strong> Leaf currently retails at about $30,000),<br />

because <strong>the</strong>re is no “engine” per se, duties on electric<br />

cars are only 10%. There is also no need for oil changes<br />

and “fuel” costs, as noted above, are drastically lower.<br />

Part <strong>of</strong> FortisTCI’s feasibility study is to determine <strong>the</strong><br />

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FortisTCI has installed ro<strong>of</strong>top solar panels at its power plant in Providenciales, with a larger-scale project planned for <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

if it is a truly sensible option.<br />

In fact, <strong>the</strong> Nissan Leaf is <strong>the</strong> best-selling, highway-capable<br />

electric car in history, with over 350,000<br />

sold worldwide as <strong>of</strong> September 2018. Styled as a fivedoor<br />

hatchback, it is aerodynamic and can attain speeds<br />

approaching 95 mph! Typical battery life is about 10<br />

years, which may be slightly less in <strong>the</strong> Caribbean sun—<br />

one reason why <strong>the</strong> FortisTCI vehicle is always parked<br />

under shade. Drivers report super-quick acceleration and<br />

a smooth and silent ride.<br />

Archie Gaviola says that, to <strong>the</strong> extent that it makes<br />

both operational and business sense, FortisTCI wants to<br />

be THE company to start a fleet transition strategy from<br />

fuel to electric-powered vehicles. In fact, part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

investment involved electric vehicle repair and replacement<br />

training for <strong>the</strong> FortisTCI vehicle services team in<br />

April 2018. This was followed by specialized training for<br />

emergency responders in handling accidents involving<br />

electric vehicles and <strong>the</strong>ir specialized systems. There are<br />

already several TCI car dealers who are becoming electric-vehicle<br />

certified, as <strong>the</strong>y look towards <strong>the</strong> future.<br />

Long-range plans will be to encourage government and<br />

public employees to consider using electric vehicles.<br />

As reported in <strong>the</strong> Summer 2016 issue <strong>of</strong> <strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Islands</strong>, FortisTCI is on track to launch its one megawatt,<br />

large-scale solar project by <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> <strong>2019</strong>. This follows<br />

on <strong>the</strong> heels <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first installed grid-tied solar energy<br />

systems on commercial properties in Providenciales<br />

in 2017. Grid-tied solar programs—Customer Owned<br />

Renewable Energy (CORE) and Utility Owned Renewable<br />

Energy (UORE)—are available to both commercial and<br />

residential customers across <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

FortisTCI currently has half a megawatt <strong>of</strong> solar energy<br />

connected to <strong>the</strong> electricity grid and expects to complete<br />

installation <strong>of</strong> ano<strong>the</strong>r half megawatt from customer programs<br />

by June <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

For <strong>the</strong>se remarkable efforts, FortisTCI was recently<br />

awarded <strong>the</strong> Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum’s<br />

2018 “Best Distributed Generation Program” award for<br />

its CORE and UORE solar options. These solar options<br />

were designed to encourage <strong>the</strong> adoption <strong>of</strong> solar energy<br />

technology and to help create a more sustainable energy<br />

future for <strong>the</strong> TCI. Participating customers receive credits<br />

on <strong>the</strong>ir monthly electricity bills to help <strong>of</strong>fset energy<br />

costs while also helping to reduce impacts on <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

It is a step in <strong>the</strong> right direction, underlining <strong>the</strong> need<br />

for each citizen <strong>of</strong> our planet must begin to take responsibility<br />

for keeping it “Beautiful by Nature.” a<br />

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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 TCI National Museum in Guinep House on Grand Turk has served <strong>the</strong> country for decades; now it is time for a major expansion in<br />

Providenciales.<br />

TURKS & CAICOS NATIONAL MUSEUM<br />

A Country’s Treasure Trove<br />

Why national museums and archives are so important.<br />

Traditionally, a museum’s role is <strong>the</strong> housing and protection <strong>of</strong> cultural and heritage material; preservation<br />

and conservation <strong>of</strong> artifacts <strong>of</strong> historical or religious value and sentiment; <strong>the</strong> research and scholarly<br />

work associated with those artifacts and public education on and enjoyment <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> has a branch <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> National Museum on Grand Turk which is<br />

beloved by residents and visitors, <strong>the</strong>re is a need to go fur<strong>the</strong>r in pursuit <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> protection and monitoring<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> country’s history, culture and heritage, as well as its religious traditions. We need a National<br />

Museum in Providenciales!<br />

By Vanessa Forbes-Pateman<br />

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Usually by law, a museum<br />

is <strong>the</strong> gatekeeper <strong>of</strong> all artifacts<br />

deemed in need <strong>of</strong> protection,<br />

preservation, conservation,<br />

study, exploration and excavation.<br />

It is <strong>the</strong> guiding body that<br />

monitors and regulates any investigation<br />

or census <strong>of</strong> a nation’s<br />

cultural property and historical or<br />

archaeological sites. Since <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

inception, museums have been<br />

guardians <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> story <strong>of</strong> humanity,<br />

its survival and its evolution.<br />

National museums and<br />

archives can be justified and<br />

explained to o<strong>the</strong>rs by first<br />

speaking to <strong>the</strong>ir hearts, <strong>the</strong>n<br />

addressing <strong>the</strong> more “rational”<br />

issues. Following are reasons why<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are important.<br />

The Caicos Heritage House acts as a touchpoint to speak <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI’s rich cultural history.<br />

Connecting families<br />

A national archive provides a resource for personal ogists to reintroduce native flora and fauna that have<br />

research and family history discovery. For instance, anyone<br />

attempting to locate family members with whom <strong>the</strong>y<br />

had no had contact during <strong>the</strong>ir lifetime could request<br />

records from adoption files and school censuses. This<br />

could make it possible for a confidential intermediary to<br />

been wiped out by disease or invasion <strong>of</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r species.<br />

One key to success is planting trees where <strong>the</strong>y are most<br />

likely to thrive. To find such places, a biologist would use<br />

records, such as old maps, to determine where <strong>the</strong> tree<br />

had originally flourished.<br />

contact and reunite family members with siblings. People<br />

seeking information on <strong>the</strong> health history <strong>of</strong> previous<br />

generations can review records, letters and photographs<br />

that may provide important medical insights on diagnosis<br />

and treatment <strong>of</strong> conditions.<br />

Preparing <strong>the</strong> next generation<br />

A national archive can help prepare responsible citizens<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> future. Schools can use digitized information as<br />

educational resources for <strong>the</strong>ir classes to support <strong>the</strong><br />

core curriculum and for document-based questions on<br />

Enhancing quality <strong>of</strong> life<br />

For years national governments have ga<strong>the</strong>red data that<br />

has substantive value to researchers trying to improve<br />

state standardized tests. In countries where <strong>the</strong>re is a limited<br />

amount <strong>of</strong> details about <strong>the</strong> region in history books,<br />

having a national archive encourages students to delve<br />

quality <strong>of</strong> life. National archival records have helped into <strong>the</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essional papers <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir political and civic<br />

researchers and reformers tackle topics as diverse as<br />

welfare, epidemiology, criminal justice, education reform,<br />

migration and immigration and environmental affairs.<br />

leaders to uncover details about events or people. The<br />

students who conduct research into <strong>the</strong> primary documents<br />

<strong>of</strong> an island’s history begin asking more questions<br />

about history and current issues.<br />

Sustaining <strong>the</strong> future<br />

A national archive provides a laboratory for people to<br />

understand <strong>the</strong> human experience. It is possible for biol-<br />

Cultural exchange/cross fertilization<br />

A national archive would directly impact <strong>the</strong> exchange<br />

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<strong>of</strong> cultural ideas between participating countries, scholars<br />

and scientists. Such exchanges <strong>of</strong>ten have a positive<br />

social effect, as museums have always been an open<br />

forum for different nationalities to meet, discuss and<br />

share <strong>the</strong>ir values. This sharing would result in broadening<br />

not only <strong>the</strong> mental scope <strong>of</strong> tourists travelling<br />

for business or pleasure but would improve international<br />

co-operation among participating nations. At <strong>the</strong><br />

grassroots level, cultural exchanges enhance people’s<br />

appreciation and understanding <strong>of</strong> cultures o<strong>the</strong>r than<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir own, giving <strong>the</strong>m a chance to embrace both similarities<br />

and differences.<br />

Investment opportunities<br />

Private sector-led development can provide a conducive<br />

environment for pr<strong>of</strong>itable investment opportunities in<br />

<strong>the</strong> tourism sector via a national museum. Many communities<br />

can benefit from public/private sector-led<br />

enhancements such as farm-to-table projects, crafts and<br />

specialty businesses and <strong>the</strong> necessary infrastructure<br />

needed to facilitate <strong>the</strong> ease <strong>of</strong> doing business, driving<br />

revitalization <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> economy.<br />

Economic empowerment<br />

Museums are an income-generator for <strong>the</strong> communities<br />

in which <strong>the</strong>y exist. This is seen in <strong>the</strong> industries that<br />

spring up around <strong>the</strong>m, such as small scale accommodations,<br />

restaurants, local transportation, local guides,<br />

good roads, electricity etc. This enhances and develops<br />

social life within <strong>the</strong> community.<br />

Promotion <strong>of</strong> culture/community relevance<br />

The National Museum can be <strong>the</strong> vehicle that resuscitates<br />

and preserves <strong>the</strong> fading heritage and culture <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. This has direct consequences on<br />

improvements <strong>of</strong> any tourist destination, be it improvement<br />

<strong>of</strong> living conditions, development <strong>of</strong> craft industries,<br />

enhancement <strong>of</strong> infrastructure and architecture—<strong>the</strong> very<br />

things that give form and shape to cities throughout <strong>the</strong><br />

centuries. The uniqueness and technological skills <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

past help to re-establish relevance with events like <strong>the</strong><br />

annual “Back in The Days” Festival.<br />

Protection <strong>of</strong> national treasures<br />

There are very real threats to <strong>the</strong> TCI’s cultural heritage<br />

From top: Museum Director Michael Pateman teaches schoolchildren<br />

about Lucayan history.<br />

The local community enjoys <strong>the</strong> Museum’s annual “Back in <strong>the</strong> Days”<br />

Festival.<br />

in <strong>the</strong> form <strong>of</strong> natural and man-made disasters like hurricanes,<br />

floods and fire, most recently evidenced by <strong>the</strong><br />

destruction <strong>of</strong> Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and <strong>the</strong> library<br />

fire on Grand Turk.<br />

Museums have always been in <strong>the</strong> forefront when it<br />

comes to identifying a unique cultural heritage expressed<br />

in <strong>the</strong> forms <strong>of</strong> festivals, colours, art, music, dances, literature,<br />

monuments and religious traditions. A national<br />

museum has <strong>the</strong> potential to create very specialized jobs<br />

for <strong>the</strong> economy, and could contribute to a community’s<br />

social and night life in a positive way. A national museum<br />

is <strong>the</strong> storehouse <strong>of</strong> incredible things that are both naturally<br />

occurring and man-made, as well as <strong>the</strong> cultural soul<br />

<strong>of</strong> a nation. By holding <strong>the</strong> cultural wealth <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> nation<br />

in trust for all generations, it becomes <strong>the</strong> cultural conscience<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> nation. a<br />

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The Caicos Sloop boat-building project will connect children with a traditional craft that was very important to early Islanders’ survival.<br />

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Sense <strong>of</strong> Place<br />

Visits to <strong>the</strong> National Museum trigger common memories.<br />

By Candianne Williams<br />

As a museum pr<strong>of</strong>essional, I get to experience many cultural exchanges between our visitors which makes<br />

my own experience very enriching. The TCI National Museum exhibits give <strong>the</strong>m a “sense <strong>of</strong> place” which<br />

Fritz (1981) defines as <strong>the</strong> specific experience <strong>of</strong> a person as a result <strong>of</strong> being in a particular setting. This<br />

experience triggers memories that lead to <strong>the</strong> amazing exchanges that highlight commonalities that exist<br />

when on <strong>the</strong> surface <strong>the</strong>re seem to be apparent differences. As a result, museums foster greater understanding<br />

and appreciation for <strong>the</strong> cultural heritage <strong>of</strong> humanity.<br />

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Caicos Heritage Homestead Exhibit<br />

Our Caicos Heritage Homestead Exhibit <strong>of</strong>fers such a<br />

“sense <strong>of</strong> place” experience. One <strong>of</strong> my visitors from<br />

Newfoundland said that bath time for children as depicted<br />

in <strong>the</strong> exhibit reminds her <strong>of</strong> her own experience as a little<br />

girl at her grandmo<strong>the</strong>r’s house. Visitors from Ohio<br />

said this could have been <strong>the</strong> house where <strong>the</strong>y grew up—<br />

it was only missing <strong>the</strong> fireplace. They were also moved<br />

to share memories, including uses for ashes much in<br />

keeping with traditional practice in <strong>the</strong>se <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

Some tours evoke a different response. Our guides,<br />

<strong>the</strong> elders <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> community, share a deep concern that<br />

“Our children do not know how we lived.” This drives <strong>the</strong><br />

movement to ensure that <strong>the</strong> TCI’s cultural heritage is<br />

passed on to <strong>the</strong> next generation. The Museum is where<br />

<strong>the</strong>se needs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> community can be expressed within<br />

<strong>the</strong> global context <strong>of</strong> sustainable development goals.<br />

The yard field (garden around <strong>the</strong> house) is a platform<br />

for <strong>the</strong> transfer <strong>of</strong> traditional knowledge. The plants<br />

are strategically located close to <strong>the</strong> house for ease <strong>of</strong><br />

access when leaves or tree bark were needed to make<br />

teas or heal ailments. It was also useful to have some<br />

plants close for food or utilitarian purposes. (There was,<br />

however, a field where crops were planted fur<strong>the</strong>r away<br />

from <strong>the</strong> home.)<br />

Community Garden<br />

This year <strong>the</strong> Museum plans to expand <strong>the</strong> yard field to<br />

include more plants so that students and visitors can<br />

learn about <strong>the</strong> types and uses <strong>of</strong> traditional plants typically<br />

found <strong>the</strong>re. The Museum will be collaborating with<br />

Nutrition in Demand, a local NGO spearheaded by Tamika<br />

Handfield, to create a community garden as an extension<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> exhibit. Nutrition in Demand aims to encourage<br />

persons to increase <strong>the</strong>ir intake <strong>of</strong> fresh fruits and vegetables<br />

by teaching <strong>the</strong>m how to grow <strong>the</strong>ir own food and<br />

<strong>of</strong>fering a space to do so. Gardening was once an integral<br />

part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sustainable way <strong>of</strong> life on <strong>the</strong>se islands.<br />

Caicos Sloop<br />

The Caicos Sloop is very much a part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> cultural<br />

heritage <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. Pastor Goldston<br />

Williams, one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> few remaining traditional boatbuilders,<br />

has almost completed <strong>the</strong> Caicos Sloop started<br />

during <strong>the</strong> inaugural International Museum Day event<br />

“Back in <strong>the</strong> Day” in May 2017. This boat will become<br />

Museum guide Emily Malcolm shares traditional knowledge <strong>of</strong> local<br />

plants with students in <strong>the</strong> “yard field.”<br />

part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caicos Heritage Exhibit and a testament to<br />

<strong>the</strong> skill and mastercraftsmanship <strong>of</strong> this tradition that<br />

has been passed down through <strong>the</strong> generations <strong>of</strong> TCI<br />

boatbuilders.<br />

Pastor Williams <strong>of</strong>ten says that he is making a boat<br />

that will be at <strong>the</strong> Museum long after he is gone so that<br />

future generations will come to know that old way <strong>of</strong> life.<br />

He remembers fondly that his fa<strong>the</strong>r went out to sea daily<br />

to fish. It was <strong>the</strong> importance <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> boat to his family<br />

that inspired him to become a boatbuilder.<br />

Although that way <strong>of</strong> life is no longer prevalent on<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, we aim to revive boatbuilding so that <strong>the</strong> traditional<br />

craft is not lost. That skill could be used to build<br />

boats for tourism purposes and/or competitive events.<br />

The museum will collaborate with <strong>the</strong> Caicos Sloop One<br />

Design Project that will facilitate transfer <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> traditional<br />

knowledge <strong>of</strong> boatbuilding.<br />

International Museum Day Event<br />

On May 18, <strong>2019</strong>, International Museum Day will be celebrated<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Museum in Grace Bay, Providenciales with<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me, “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future <strong>of</strong><br />

tradition.” Visitors will experience aspects <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> various<br />

traditions that supported <strong>the</strong> sustainable lifestyle typical<br />

<strong>of</strong> most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> last century—a lifestyle where reduce, reuse<br />

and recycle was practiced. A combination <strong>of</strong> arts, crafts,<br />

music, games and food will create a “back in <strong>the</strong> day” and<br />

“sense <strong>of</strong> place” that will lead to cultural exchanges. We<br />

welcome all to this opportunity to reminisce, reconnect<br />

and relax with family, friends and guests as you become<br />

a part <strong>of</strong> this living heritage cultural hub. a<br />

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COURTESY MILLS FAMILY<br />

Hon. William Henry Mills served his family, church and country with<br />

great pride and dignity, leaving an indelible mark on <strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong><br />

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

An Extraordinary Man<br />

The Most Honourable William Henry Mills.<br />

By Dr. Carlton Mills<br />

The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> as we know it today is <strong>the</strong> direct product <strong>of</strong> many dedicated, honest, hard-working<br />

men and women who committed <strong>the</strong>ir lives to building <strong>the</strong> country with deep political roots. The Most<br />

Honourable William Henry Mills, who hailed from South Caicos, is one <strong>of</strong> those persons. Following is his<br />

story.<br />

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William Henry Mills was born on December 20, 1916<br />

to William and Julia Mills <strong>of</strong> South Caicos. During his childhood<br />

days “Lew”, as he was affectionately called, attended<br />

<strong>the</strong> only public school on <strong>the</strong> island, South Caicos All Age<br />

School (now named Iris Stubbs Primary School in honour<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> veteran educator). He was tutored by <strong>the</strong> late Mr.<br />

C.D. Powell—one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most outstanding headmasters<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> day, who was also his godfa<strong>the</strong>r. Following <strong>the</strong><br />

completion <strong>of</strong> his primary education, he gained employment<br />

(as was <strong>the</strong> custom <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> day) as a messenger in<br />

Commissioner E. G. Ewing’s Office. Mr. Ewing saw that<br />

Lew had potential and took special interest in grooming<br />

him for <strong>the</strong> world <strong>of</strong> business. Lew was a brilliant young<br />

man who was also sincere, honest and dedicated to his<br />

work. He was well-read and could converse at any level<br />

on any subject, particularly regional and international<br />

politics. He was also a no-nonsense person who would<br />

tell you a piece <strong>of</strong> his mind in a heartbeat without any<br />

regrets.<br />

After Lew left <strong>the</strong> Commissioner’s Office, he found<br />

employment with <strong>the</strong> E. J. Kurstiner Establishment—<strong>the</strong><br />

a prudent businessman and it was nearly impossible for<br />

anyone to steal from him or credit his goods without paying.<br />

Lew Mills married <strong>the</strong> beautiful Vivien Boss and this<br />

union produced ten children. He was a devoted husband<br />

and fa<strong>the</strong>r. He also had a close relationship with his older<br />

bro<strong>the</strong>r Oliver in whom he confided and depended on for<br />

advice. They would spend hours talking into <strong>the</strong> night.<br />

Lew was also a skillful organist. He usually played in <strong>the</strong><br />

Methodist Church where he worshiped every Sunday,<br />

rarely missing a service. He was also a local preacher<br />

in <strong>the</strong> same church and served in <strong>the</strong>se positions with<br />

pride and passion. He was known for reprimanding members<br />

who were delinquent in <strong>the</strong>ir financial support and<br />

attendance at church. The Methodist members usually<br />

described him as an “ardent Methodist.”<br />

W. H. Mills was very enthusiastic and passionate<br />

about his country and decided to get involved in politics<br />

in 1960. He contested <strong>the</strong> seat for South Caicos and<br />

won. He won again in 1962. This was a critical year for<br />

<strong>the</strong> TCI as a major decision had to be made regarding<br />

Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Salt Company (TISCO). Salt was<br />

<strong>the</strong> major export from South Caicos at <strong>the</strong> time. After<br />

some time, he started work with Caicos Fisheries, one <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> first fishing plants on <strong>the</strong> island which focused on <strong>the</strong><br />

export <strong>of</strong> lobsters to <strong>the</strong> United States.<br />

These work opportunities provided him with <strong>the</strong><br />

appropriate knowledge and skills to develop his own<br />

business, and he left <strong>the</strong> Caicos Fisheries to do just<br />

that. He first set up <strong>the</strong> Windsor Shop (a grocery store)<br />

and later on, <strong>the</strong> Hillcrest Lumber & Building Supplies<br />

because he saw <strong>the</strong> need to provide hardware supplies.<br />

Many Islanders were able to better construct <strong>the</strong>ir homes<br />

because materials were now readily accessible. Lew was<br />

Above: The Caicos Fisheries plant in South Caicos was one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first<br />

to export lobsters to <strong>the</strong> United States. It provided many jobs for <strong>the</strong><br />

people <strong>of</strong> South Caicos, including “Lew” Mills.<br />

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<strong>the</strong> country’s status with Jamaica. Honourable Mills was<br />

involved in <strong>the</strong> formation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1959 Constitution which<br />

came into effect in 1962, resulting in <strong>the</strong> TCI separating<br />

from Jamaica and <strong>the</strong> introduction <strong>of</strong> adult suffrage for<br />

<strong>the</strong> first time. He again participated in <strong>the</strong> election process<br />

in 1967 but was vigorously challenged by <strong>the</strong> young,<br />

vibrant, articulate Norman Saunders to whom he lost.<br />

This loss did not deter him from continuing his involvement<br />

in <strong>the</strong> political life <strong>of</strong> his country. He again served<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Legislative Council under <strong>the</strong> new Constitution in<br />

1976 when <strong>the</strong> Governor <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> day saw it fitting to select<br />

him as His Appointed Member. During <strong>the</strong> sitting <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

House, he was also appointed as Deputy Speaker, serving<br />

until 1980.<br />

In 1978, he attended <strong>the</strong> Bi-annual Presiding Officers<br />

and Clerks Conference in Montserrat where he demonstrated<br />

his knowledge and skills in parliamentary<br />

procedures and practices. He was ranked among some <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Caribbean’s great House <strong>of</strong> Assembly Speakers such<br />

as <strong>the</strong> late Burton Hinds <strong>of</strong> Barbados, Ripton McPherson<br />

<strong>of</strong> Jamaica, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Sir Howard Fergus <strong>of</strong> Montserrat,<br />

Sinclair Daniel <strong>of</strong> St. Lucia and <strong>the</strong> late Dame Doris<br />

Johnson <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Bahamas.<br />

Because <strong>of</strong> The Honourable W.H. Mills’ business-minded<br />

approach and strong organizational skills,<br />

he felt that <strong>the</strong> TCI could also host a conference <strong>of</strong> this<br />

magnitude. As a result <strong>of</strong> his efforts, <strong>the</strong> TCI began in<br />

1979 to plan for <strong>the</strong> next Presiding Officers and Clerks<br />

Top: The TCI House <strong>of</strong> Assembly building in Grand Turk today looks<br />

much different than it did when Hon. William Henry “Lew” Mills<br />

(above, at center) was ranked among some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caribbean’s great<br />

House <strong>of</strong> Assembly Speakers.<br />

TURKS & CAICOS NATIONAL MUSEUM<br />

COURTESY MILLS FAMILY<br />

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Conference with Hon. Mills as Chairman <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Steering<br />

Committee. This conference was held in <strong>the</strong> TCI in May<br />

1980 under <strong>the</strong> joint chairmanship <strong>of</strong> Speaker George<br />

Ewing and Deputy Speaker W. H. Mills. This was <strong>the</strong> TCI’s<br />

first experience hosting a conference <strong>of</strong> this nature and<br />

magnitude.<br />

In November 1980, following <strong>the</strong> General Elections,<br />

Hon. Mills was elected by <strong>the</strong> House <strong>of</strong> Assembly to<br />

succeed Hon. George Ewing as <strong>the</strong> second Speaker<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> House. By convention, anyone holding this<br />

position became President <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> local branch <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.<br />

In 1981, Hon. Mills was appointed as one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

resource speakers to <strong>the</strong> first-ever Regional Parliamentary<br />

Seminar sponsored by <strong>the</strong> Commonwealth Parliamentary<br />

Association Headquarters and its St. Kitts branch. He<br />

was <strong>the</strong> first TCI Speaker <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> House to attend <strong>the</strong><br />

U.S. Presidential National Prayer Breakfast (in 1982).<br />

During this time he met with Congressman William (Bill)<br />

Nelson, <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>n Congregational Representative for Cape<br />

Canaveral District in Florida, where both men formed a<br />

lasting friendship.<br />

Hon. Mills also had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to dine with Vice<br />

President George Bush (Sr.) and was introduced in <strong>the</strong><br />

receiving line to President Ronald Reagan. He also had<br />

<strong>the</strong> opportunity to meet <strong>the</strong> late Rev. Billy Graham who<br />

was <strong>the</strong> guest speaker at <strong>the</strong> Prayer Breakfast. As a result<br />

<strong>of</strong> Hon. Mills’ influence, during a visit to <strong>the</strong> Caribbean in<br />

<strong>the</strong> summer <strong>of</strong> 1983 Congressman Bill Nelson, accompanied<br />

by his staff, stopped <strong>of</strong>f in Grand Turk where he held<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficial meetings with <strong>the</strong> Speaker and government ministers<br />

and he also paid a courtesy call on His Excellency <strong>the</strong><br />

Governor. It was Congressman Nelson’s intention to set<br />

up a link between <strong>the</strong> TCI’s Legislative Council and <strong>the</strong><br />

Florida State Legislature.<br />

In 1984, Hon. Mills was again elected as Speaker <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Legislative Assembly. He served until March 1988<br />

when <strong>the</strong> Constitution <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI was suspended due<br />

to <strong>the</strong> recommendation <strong>of</strong> a Commission <strong>of</strong> Inquiry into<br />

alleged corrupt practices by government ministers and<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficials. He also attended a second Prayer Breakfast in<br />

1984 where he met <strong>the</strong> late Barbara Jordan who was one<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> guest speakers.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> things that was most notable about Hon.<br />

Mills was his acquaintance with <strong>the</strong> Standing Orders.<br />

When any member wanted to bring a motion or a point<br />

<strong>of</strong> order to <strong>the</strong> attention <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> House, he/she had to<br />

know exactly what Standing Order he/she was referring<br />

to before chiding in. As a result, he earned <strong>the</strong> respect <strong>of</strong><br />

all Parliamentarians. He did not hesitate to request that<br />

a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> House take his/her seat if he felt that<br />

such a member was referring to matters unrelated to <strong>the</strong><br />

debate.<br />

On October 15, 2015, Hon. Mills was honoured posthumously<br />

by <strong>the</strong> TCI Government when he was awarded<br />

<strong>the</strong> prestigious award <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Order <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks and<br />

Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. As a result, he is now being referred to<br />

as <strong>the</strong> Most Honourable W.H. Mills (OTCD). He was also<br />

recognized by Her Majesty, The Queen and awarded <strong>the</strong><br />

Order <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> British Empire (OBE).<br />

Hon. William Mills served his family, church and<br />

country with great pride and dignity until his death on<br />

July 4, 2002. He has certainly left an indelible mark on<br />

<strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. a<br />

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new development<br />

Opposite page: Windward Development Company’s new project, South Bank, is being built on Providenciales’ ruggedly beautiful south shore,<br />

which features <strong>the</strong> windswept beaches <strong>of</strong> Long Bay and <strong>the</strong> ironshore coast.<br />

Above: The development is designed with boaters in mind, with private docks at most properties and easy access to <strong>the</strong> TCI’s many cays.<br />

Water, Water Everywhere<br />

South Bank is an intriguing new residential resort community.<br />

Waterfront. The epitome <strong>of</strong> property, in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> it conjures images <strong>of</strong> sparkling seas in shades shifting<br />

from turquoise to aqua to lime green. It means refreshing sea breezes, whe<strong>the</strong>r a gentle breath as<br />

languid as a puff <strong>of</strong> smoke or <strong>the</strong> steady tradewinds that act as natural air-conditioning. It brings to mind<br />

brushstrokes <strong>of</strong> pink dawns and red-orange sunsets gracing an ocean horizon.<br />

Waterfront real estate in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> has become far more limited than demand. With<br />

this in mind, Windward Development is creating communities to fill <strong>the</strong> gap in high-quality residential<br />

waterfront property on Providenciales.<br />

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos By Georg Roske<br />

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As <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> glean award after award<br />

for <strong>the</strong> beautiful beaches, crystal-clear seascapes and a<br />

superb array <strong>of</strong> accommodations and activities, visitors<br />

and investors continue to seek new horizons beyond <strong>the</strong><br />

renowned Grace Bay Beach. Among <strong>the</strong> latest to be discovered<br />

is <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>ast side <strong>of</strong> Providenciales, marked<br />

by <strong>the</strong> straight-edge <strong>of</strong> Long Bay Beach and intriguing<br />

ironshore inlets. On this windward shore, you can count<br />

on steady breezes and views across <strong>the</strong> Caicos Banks,<br />

<strong>the</strong> shallow marine banks <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> archipelago’s underwater<br />

plateau.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> heels <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir successful Blue Cay Estate project<br />

in Leeward, Windward Development is this <strong>Spring</strong><br />

launching South Bank, a residential resort and marina<br />

community on <strong>the</strong> south side <strong>of</strong> Providenciales.<br />

According to Director Ingo Reckhorn, one facet <strong>of</strong><br />

Windward’s approach to development is that “We like to<br />

take a piece <strong>of</strong> property and reshape it in <strong>the</strong> ideal way to<br />

enhance <strong>the</strong> waterfront experience for our buyers.” As a<br />

result, each neighborhood and lot at South Bank has been<br />

designed to have a unique relationship with <strong>the</strong> water,<br />

especially courting boating enthusiasts, watersports lovers<br />

and anyone with a yen for adventure.<br />

South Bank covers 31 acres to <strong>the</strong> east <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caicos<br />

Marina with 230 feet <strong>of</strong> stunning beachfront along Long<br />

Bay Beach complemented by 2,000 feet <strong>of</strong> rugged and<br />

picturesque ironshore. Planned are 90 units ranging from<br />

six-bedroom beachfront and lagoon villas, to one-bedroom<br />

condominiums and townhouses with boat docks,<br />

divided among six distinct neighborhoods. The effect will<br />

be that <strong>of</strong> relaxed sophistication, featuring a contemporary<br />

design specific to <strong>the</strong> project.<br />

South Bank will include all <strong>the</strong> resort amenities<br />

expected <strong>of</strong> a premier destination, including restaurants,<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fee shop and bar, pools, spa, gym, tennis courts and<br />

watersports. A testament to South Bank’s location, this<br />

will range from boating, sailing, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing,<br />

paddleboarding and most anything you could<br />

think <strong>of</strong> to get wet! In fact, <strong>the</strong> venerable Caicos Marina<br />

is being redefined and upgraded to best serve South Bank<br />

owners and Long Bay residents.<br />

The Long Bay Beach area is known for its large, prestigious<br />

beachfront estates. In keeping with this aura,<br />

South Bank will include two Ocean Estate neighborhoods.<br />

The four- to six-bedroom villas here are designed<br />

to seamlessly merge indoors and outdoor spaces, with<br />

South Bank’s 31 acres <strong>of</strong>fer a combination <strong>of</strong> Long Bay’s white sand beach and 2,000 feet <strong>of</strong> ironshore.<br />

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walls <strong>of</strong> glass, oceanfront pool<br />

decks and courtyard terraces,<br />

carefully located for comfort<br />

and shade from wind and<br />

sun. Pr<strong>of</strong>essionally designed<br />

kitchens and sprawling living/<br />

dining spaces are handmade<br />

for entertaining family and<br />

friends. Homes built on <strong>the</strong><br />

ironshore will spotlight one-<strong>of</strong>a-kind,<br />

60-foot serenity pools<br />

built into <strong>the</strong> rock, with glass<br />

ends that create <strong>the</strong> feeling <strong>of</strong><br />

dropping <strong>of</strong>f into <strong>the</strong> ocean.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> spirit <strong>of</strong> Windward<br />

Development’s skill at “reimagining”<br />

existing sites, a third<br />

neighborhood will include<br />

homes built around a specially<br />

created beachfront lagoon.<br />

This bay will mimic island<br />

favorite Sapodilla Bay—a shallow<br />

area ideal for swimming,<br />

wading, sunbathing and especially<br />

safe for children, being<br />

From top: The Ocean Estate villas<br />

feature a contemporary design with<br />

a pool terrace accessed directly from<br />

<strong>the</strong> living area. The pr<strong>of</strong>essionally<br />

designed kitchen and dining area are<br />

perfect for entertaining.<br />

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From top: South Bank owners are surrounded by water, and can easily hop into <strong>the</strong>ir boat to explore <strong>the</strong><br />

Caicos Banks and TCI shorelines.<br />

The Lagoon Villas <strong>of</strong>fer <strong>the</strong> option <strong>of</strong> a unique butterfly-style ro<strong>of</strong>. They include beach access, with a<br />

lagoon-front pool and deck and some feature a private boat dock.<br />

something for every resident’s preferred lifestyle.<br />

motorsport-free. Malibu<br />

Beach inspired, three- to<br />

five-bedroom homes here<br />

will include beach access,<br />

a lagoon-front pool and<br />

deck and some with a private<br />

boat dock. Nearby<br />

will be 38, two- to threestory<br />

townhomes (called<br />

Boathouses), which can<br />

include distinctive ro<strong>of</strong>top<br />

terraces and a dedicated<br />

boat dock <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> back<br />

deck. The last neighborhood<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> South Bank<br />

community will include<br />

12 to 16 waterfront condominiums,<br />

<strong>of</strong>fering<br />

Being surrounded by water, water views, sunrises and sunsets, South Bank owners will quickly appreciate <strong>the</strong><br />

ease with which <strong>the</strong>y can hop onto <strong>the</strong>ir boat or access <strong>the</strong> development’s boat concierge service for cruising and<br />

fishing on <strong>the</strong> Caicos Banks. With <strong>the</strong> entrance to Juba Sound just around <strong>the</strong> corner, kayakers and paddleboarders<br />

have an ideal starting point to explore <strong>the</strong> mangrove systems nearby. Windsurfers and kite boarders need only take<br />

a short hike to <strong>the</strong> east for Long Bay Beach’s world-renowned playground. Dive Provo operates scuba diving charters<br />

from <strong>the</strong> marina.<br />

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W i n d w a r d<br />

Development<br />

boasts<br />

an excellent track<br />

record when it comes<br />

to exclusive waterfront<br />

communities. In 2016,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y launched Blue Cay<br />

Estate in <strong>the</strong> Leeward area<br />

<strong>of</strong> Providenciales. The<br />

15-acre project involved<br />

excavation and construction<br />

works to create <strong>the</strong><br />

870-foot long, 85-foot<br />

wide Blue Cay Canal. As<br />

a result, each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 15<br />

homes in <strong>the</strong> gated community<br />

features water<br />

frontage. Ivor Stanbrook,<br />

From top: The South Bank resort and residential community <strong>of</strong>fers not only adventure, but also many<br />

peaceful, private spots.<br />

The Launch Boathouses will be built around a central pool and lounging area. Note <strong>the</strong> contemporary<br />

streetscape <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> neighborhood.<br />

director <strong>of</strong> Windward Development, explains why this was so exciting, “Now, each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Blue Cay estates has a<br />

dedicated boat dock, unique water view, and direct access to <strong>the</strong> pristine waters and distinctive cays <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> north<br />

and south shores <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. Using very similar principles and processes at South Bank will help<br />

us create a special canvas for this new destination. ” In keeping with Windward Development’s goal <strong>of</strong> utilizing cutting-edge<br />

solutions, <strong>the</strong> company worked closely with global experts in <strong>the</strong> marine engineering and construction<br />

fields to include protective structures to minimize environmental impact. The luxury residential development was so<br />

well-received that <strong>the</strong> homes sold out within just over two years.<br />

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The new South Bank project will utilize <strong>the</strong> same team <strong>of</strong> developers, architects, builders and marketers and anticipates<br />

similar success. As Ingo Reckhorn explains, “We like to foster a partner network with individuals that share a<br />

similar spirit and philosophy as Windward Development; when you find pr<strong>of</strong>essionals you work well with and trust it<br />

leads to successful collaboration.” Architects Blee Halligan are known for bold, distinctive and versatile buildings and<br />

interiors, with studios and workshops in East London and Providenciales. A look at <strong>the</strong> plans reveals <strong>the</strong>y spared no<br />

creativity at South Bank, whe<strong>the</strong>r in <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> natural cladding materials on <strong>the</strong> buildings to <strong>the</strong> smart, contemporary<br />

streetscapes <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> townhome area and use <strong>of</strong> indigenous<br />

vegetation.<br />

Windward Development Company, whose principals<br />

include Ivor Stanbrook, Kyle Smith and Ingo<br />

Reckhorn, believe <strong>the</strong> process <strong>of</strong> building and owning<br />

your waterfront home—whe<strong>the</strong>r it is your first or one <strong>of</strong><br />

several in your portfolio—should be satisfying from start<br />

to finish.<br />

Many property owners prefer to leave <strong>the</strong> day to<br />

day details to a management company, especially if <strong>the</strong>y<br />

plan to rent out <strong>the</strong>ir villa or condominium when <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

not on-island. For South Bank, as with Blue Cay Estate,<br />

Grace Bay Resorts will manage <strong>the</strong> resort and a villa rental<br />

program for owners. Grace Bay Resorts are <strong>the</strong> TCI’s leading<br />

resort and villa operators, <strong>of</strong>fering quality service and<br />

attention to detail.<br />

According to South Bank’s developers, <strong>the</strong> infrastructure<br />

works are slated to commence imminently,<br />

with <strong>the</strong> first <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> ocean estates to start construction by<br />

summer. a<br />

From top: The South Bank Estate Homes enjoy sweeping views<br />

towards Long Bay Beach and <strong>the</strong> Caicos Banks.<br />

The <strong>Islands</strong>’ natural beauty is perfectly expressed from South Bank’s<br />

peaceful shores.<br />

For more information, visit www.livesouthbank.com or<br />

call (649) 231-0707.<br />

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island made<br />

Opposite page: These are some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> raw ingredients for <strong>the</strong> Lucayan Soap Co. soap bars: organic raw shea butter, turmeric powder and<br />

powdered neem leaves.<br />

Above: The different scents and colors <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> soaps make up a rainbow <strong>of</strong> ways to remember <strong>the</strong> clean air and local flora <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

JODY RATHGEB<br />

Wouldn’t it be nice to take home one <strong>of</strong> those sky-cleansing Turks & Caicos rainbows to remember your<br />

visit? You can if you buy all five types <strong>of</strong> soap from <strong>the</strong> Lucayan Soap Co. Sandra Walkin, <strong>the</strong> engine behind<br />

this Providenciales-based business, launched <strong>the</strong> company in 2014 and has developed a line <strong>of</strong> all-natural,<br />

vegan, palm-free soaps. Their different scents and colours make up a rainbow <strong>of</strong> ways to remember <strong>the</strong><br />

clean air and local flora <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

Smooth and Natural<br />

Organic soaps with an island vibe.<br />

By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photos by Jody Rathgeb and Sandra Walkin<br />

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Launch and re-launch<br />

Sandra, a native <strong>of</strong> Austria, has been a part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks<br />

& Caicos for eight years after marrying Bradley Walkin.<br />

Educated as a medical technician, she became interested<br />

making soaps through <strong>the</strong> influence <strong>of</strong> a cousin. An additional<br />

impetus was her first child: While visiting Austria<br />

with her baby, she tried a baby cream on herself and was<br />

unhappy with its harshness. She began experimenting<br />

with supplies, determined to make something gentle<br />

and all-natural, and originally launched her company as a<br />

venue for baby lotions, creams and soaps.<br />

Launching a TCI business is never easy, and <strong>the</strong> same<br />

was true for Sandra. She discovered that baby products<br />

were perhaps too much <strong>of</strong> a niche and difficult to market.<br />

Around <strong>the</strong> same time, she had an unexpected business<br />

break. A difficult pregnancy for her second child kept her<br />

away from <strong>the</strong> country for awhile, but also gave her time<br />

to re-think things. That is when she decided to focus on<br />

soaps, carrying over only her Turkoise Waters soaps into<br />

a new line.<br />

After more experimenting and production, Lucayan<br />

Soap Co. now <strong>of</strong>fers five soaps: Ginger Lime, Lemongrass,<br />

Neem & Turmeric, Black Coconut and <strong>the</strong> original Turkoise<br />

Waters. Each has a distinctive scent and colour. (See sidebar.)<br />

The soaps are very appealing as gifts, representing<br />

an all-natural product made in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos that<br />

can easily be carried home for one’s self and o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

Getting it right<br />

Much <strong>of</strong> Sandra’s initial investment was in equipment and<br />

supplies. Although <strong>the</strong> soaps make reference to plants<br />

grown in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, she needed essential oils for soap,<br />

not <strong>the</strong> herbs <strong>the</strong>mselves, and those are not available<br />

locally. Also, olive oil, shea butter and sodium hydroxide<br />

(lye) are essential ingredients that must be imported.<br />

Equipment for mixing <strong>the</strong> soap batter was also an<br />

investment. For <strong>the</strong> larger batches <strong>of</strong> her business plan,<br />

not just a small-scale DIY operation, Sandra needs a<br />

large bucket or pot that is stainless steel or o<strong>the</strong>rwise<br />

food-grade, a power drill with a stainless steel mixer<br />

attachment, big block molds that will make about 200<br />

soaps each (35 pounds <strong>of</strong> soap per mold), and grid cutters<br />

that will cut blocks and slices for <strong>the</strong> final soaps.<br />

Time and experimentation were also an investment.<br />

After <strong>the</strong> soaps are cut, <strong>the</strong>y must cure for a month in<br />

Sandra’s production facility, kept cool and dry. “This is<br />

SANDRA WALKIN<br />

Creating <strong>the</strong> various Lucayan Soap Co. soaps is a step-by-step process<br />

requiring (from top right): a food-grade mixing pot, big block molds<br />

that will make about 200 soap blocks each and grid cutters to cut<br />

blocks and slices.<br />

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Five Ways to Get Clean<br />

The colourful, attractive packaging <strong>of</strong> each Lucayan<br />

soap features a list <strong>of</strong> its all-natural ingredients, but<br />

what are all <strong>the</strong>se, and what are <strong>the</strong> differences among<br />

<strong>the</strong> soaps? Fat and lye are <strong>the</strong> major starting points<br />

for any soap, but <strong>the</strong> key for a good soap is selecting<br />

ingredients that will help <strong>the</strong> skin instead <strong>of</strong> simply<br />

scraping or burning it clean. That’s where Lucayan Soap<br />

Co. excels.<br />

Each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> five soaps includes a basic formula<br />

that features olive oil, water, coconut oil, shea butter,<br />

sodium hydroxide (lye), castor seed oil and sodium<br />

lactate. Some contain mica. All are free <strong>of</strong> palm oil,<br />

notorious for its environmental damage.<br />

So far, so good, but what <strong>the</strong> heck is shea butter?<br />

It’s a fat extracted from <strong>the</strong> nut <strong>of</strong> a tree grown in<br />

Africa. The Lucayan shea butter comes from a co-op<br />

in Ghana, is certified organic and sold in a free-trade<br />

agreement. (The English word “shea” comes from <strong>the</strong><br />

name <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> tree in Bambara, a language <strong>of</strong> Mali. Does<br />

“Bambara” sound familiar?)<br />

After <strong>the</strong> basic ingredients, <strong>the</strong> Lucayan soaps get<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir own specializations.<br />

TURKOISE WATERS, <strong>the</strong> original Lucayan soap, has a<br />

fragrance that is sea-salty fresh. It is also <strong>the</strong> colour that<br />

draws so many visitors to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

GINGER LIME has <strong>the</strong> essential oils <strong>of</strong> both island ingredients,<br />

<strong>of</strong>fering a citrus pep and <strong>the</strong> soothing qualities<br />

<strong>of</strong> ginger.<br />

LEMONGRASS includes <strong>the</strong> essential oil <strong>of</strong> what is<br />

known in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> as fevergrass, plus litsea essential<br />

oil. Here, fevergrass tea is <strong>of</strong>ten given as a soothing, cooling bush medicine. The scent <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> soap is just as<br />

calming, and <strong>the</strong> soap is gentle on <strong>the</strong> skin.<br />

After much experimenting, Lucayan Soap Co. now <strong>of</strong>fers five soaps:<br />

<strong>the</strong> original Turkoise Waters, Lemongrass, Ginger Lime, Black<br />

Coconut and Neem & Turmeric. Each has a distinctive scent and<br />

color.<br />

NEEM & TURMERIC is a tiny bit more medicinal in scent, but not so much that you’ll smell like a walking hospital.<br />

While Sandra Walkin dislikes making any medical claims for her products, a cruise through <strong>the</strong> Internet uncovers<br />

all <strong>the</strong> benefits <strong>of</strong> neem oil, neem leaf powder and ground turmeric, all ingredients in this soap: vitamin E, carotenoids,<br />

oleic acid, inflammatory properties and a compound called azadirachtin, which is an insect repellent. The<br />

soap also includes essential oils <strong>of</strong> peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus.<br />

BLACK COCONUT smells almost good enough to eat, but don’t! This is an exfoliating soap, containing charcoal<br />

made from coconut shells and ground raw coconut shell. Balancing that is coconut milk. Despite all that, its scent<br />

is clean, not sweet: You won’t think you’re bathing in a pina colada! a<br />

By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photo By Sandra Walkin<br />

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not something you can do in your home,” she notes, adding,<br />

“It took a while to get it right. I experimented a lot,<br />

and I stand for quality. I make sure each product is adequately<br />

tested.”<br />

While most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> efforts and expenses were all hers<br />

(she orders olive oil by <strong>the</strong> drum!), Sandra notes that both<br />

<strong>the</strong> Centre for Entrepreneurial Development and Invest<br />

TCI have been extremely helpful to <strong>the</strong> Lucayan Soap Co.<br />

She was recently approved for a cash grant from <strong>the</strong> latter<br />

and receives a duty concession. She hopes to soon be<br />

able to order a stainless steel mixing pot that will be able<br />

to tip and pour <strong>the</strong> soap mixture into <strong>the</strong> molds. Also<br />

coming soon is <strong>the</strong> ability <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> company to give back to<br />

<strong>the</strong> country, when production is developed enough that<br />

she can employ help.<br />

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Sandra Walkin, <strong>the</strong> creator <strong>of</strong> Lucayan Soap Co., has been a part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> for <strong>the</strong> last eight years after marrying local<br />

entrepreneur Bradley Walkin.<br />

JODY RATHGEB<br />

Marketing and sales<br />

Sandra’s measured, step-by-step approach to “getting<br />

it right” applies to <strong>the</strong> marketing <strong>of</strong> Lucayan Soap Co.,<br />

too. Its website, www.lucayansoapco.com, includes an<br />

online shop, and <strong>the</strong> company has presences on both<br />

Instagram and Facebook. Locally, <strong>the</strong> soaps are available<br />

at Flavors <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks and Caicos (FOTTAC), <strong>the</strong><br />

boutique at Windsong Resort, and <strong>the</strong> Making Waves art<br />

studio at Ocean Club Plaza. Sandra continues to make <strong>the</strong><br />

rounds <strong>of</strong> Providenciales shops looking for o<strong>the</strong>r places<br />

to sell soap. Shops determine <strong>the</strong>ir own prices, but online<br />

each soap costs $9 US. Gift sets and baskets are planned<br />

for <strong>the</strong> future.<br />

She admits that starting Lucayan Soap Co. has been<br />

a lot <strong>of</strong> work, but it has been work that she enjoys and<br />

Sandra believes that her growing business will find its<br />

place in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. You might even say that Lucayan<br />

Soap Co. is poised to really clean up here! a<br />

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faces and places<br />

From left: Food huts on Bambarra Beach kept <strong>the</strong> large crowd well-fed. Sailors ranged from young to mature, at all experience levels. Below<br />

right: Pastor Gold Williams sails his model boat—much smaller than <strong>the</strong> full-size versions he usually builds.<br />

Valentine’s Day Cup Model Sailboat Races<br />

“It was <strong>the</strong> best yet!” The Valentine’s Day Cup Model Sailboat<br />

Races on February 16, <strong>2019</strong> at Bambarra Beach in Middle Caicos<br />

were an outstanding success. The beach hummed with activity as<br />

over 250 happy folk enjoyed <strong>the</strong> day, <strong>the</strong> food, <strong>the</strong> music and <strong>the</strong><br />

sailboats! It was a perfect day, with a gentle breeze keeping <strong>the</strong><br />

beach fresh and <strong>the</strong> boats moving along. All <strong>the</strong> schools on North<br />

Caicos had food huts <strong>of</strong>fering mouth-watering dishes to raise<br />

funds for sports projects. The music was vibrant with MC David<br />

Bowen keeping <strong>the</strong> crowd engaged and entertained by <strong>the</strong> two<br />

bands on site—<strong>the</strong> Sea Breeze Rip Saw Band and Bowen Arrow.<br />

Almost all boats had new sails for <strong>2019</strong>, courtesy <strong>of</strong> dedicated<br />

volunteers and <strong>the</strong> annual support <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI Tourist Board. The races were hugely popular, with lots <strong>of</strong> participation<br />

from captains <strong>of</strong> all ages, many with little experience but lots <strong>of</strong> enthusiasm. The Premier’s Office support makes<br />

it possible for cash prizes, trophies and special awards for <strong>the</strong> sailors. Awards earned included: Youngest Captain<br />

From left: Women sailors await <strong>the</strong> start <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Ladies Open Challenge. TCI Tourism Director<br />

Ramon Andrews presents George Ellis with <strong>the</strong> Award for Perseverance.<br />

Max Lucas (age 5); Oldest Captain<br />

Ralph Wilke (age 75); Best Sailing<br />

Skills Kevin Darmody; Best<br />

Sportsmanship Denaz Williams;<br />

Dolphus Arthur Memorial Award<br />

for Overall Seamanship Ralph Wilke;<br />

Valentine Swee<strong>the</strong>art Awards for<br />

Perseverance Sara Kaufman, George<br />

Ellis and Maggie. It is a great committee<br />

<strong>of</strong> volunteers and friends who<br />

come toge<strong>the</strong>r and make this event<br />

happen every year, and heartfelt<br />

thanks to all.<br />

Courtesy Sara Kaufman<br />

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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 — with<br />

<strong>the</strong> Bahamas about 30 miles to <strong>the</strong> northwest and <strong>the</strong><br />

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 40,000.<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 Airport.<br />

American Airlines flies from Miami, Charlotte, Chicago,<br />

Dallas, New York/JFK and Philadelphia. JetBlue Airways<br />

<strong>of</strong>fers service from Fort Lauderdale, Boston and New<br />

York/JFK. Southwest Airlines travels to Fort Lauderdale.<br />

Delta Airlines flies from Atlanta and New York/JFK. United<br />

Airlines travels from Chicago and Newardk. WestJet travels<br />

from Toronto. Air Canada <strong>of</strong>fer flights from Toronto.<br />

British Airways travels from London/Gatwick via Antigua.<br />

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Bahamasair and InterCaribbean Airways fly to Nassau,<br />

Bahamas. Flights to: Antigua; Dominica; Cap Haitien<br />

and Port Au Prince, Haiti; Kingston and Montego Bay,<br />

Jamaica; Miami, Florida; Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo,<br />

Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Lucia; St.<br />

Maarten; Santiago, Cuba; and Tortola are available on<br />

InterCaribbean Airways, while Caicos Express travels to<br />

Cap Haitien daily. (Schedules are current as <strong>of</strong> February<br />

<strong>2019</strong> and subject to change.)<br />

Inter-island service is provided by InterCaribbean<br />

Airways, Caicos Express Airways and Global Airways. Sea<br />

and air freight services operate from Florida.<br />

Language<br />

English.<br />

Time zone<br />

Eastern Standard Time (EST)/Daylight Savings Time<br />

observed.<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 />

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 />

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 />

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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.<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 />

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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 />

ISLAND AUTO RENTALS<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 />

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> salt.<br />

Currently, tourism, <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fshore finance industry, and<br />

fishing generate <strong>the</strong> most private sector income. The<br />

<strong>Islands</strong>’ main exports are lobster and conch, with <strong>the</strong><br />

world’s first commercial conch farm once 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 />

For Quality & Reliable Service<br />

& Competitive Prices<br />

The Cruise Center, Grand Turk<br />

Neville Adams<br />

Tel: (649) 946-2042<br />

Cell: (649) 232-0933 or (649) 231-4214<br />

Email: nevilleadams@hotmail.com<br />

Providenciales<br />

Levoi Marshall<br />

Cell: (649) 441-6737<br />

Email: levoimarshall86@gmail.com<br />

Web: islandautorentalstci.com<br />

urgent care • family medicine<br />

URGENT CARE<br />

WALK-IN CLINIC<br />

AND WELLNESS CENTRE<br />

• • •<br />

(649) 941-5252<br />

on site pharmacy<br />

located adjacent graceway gourmet<br />

Focused on <strong>the</strong> patient<br />

The way medicine should be practiced<br />

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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 />

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 />

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, scuba<br />

diving, kiteboarding, stand up paddleboarding, and<br />

beachcombing. Pristine reefs, abundant marine life, and<br />

excellent visibility make TCI a world-class diving destination.<br />

Tennis and golf—<strong>the</strong>re is an 18 hole championship<br />

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 33<br />

national parks, nature reserves, sanctuaries, and areas <strong>of</strong><br />

historical interest. The National Trust provides trail guides<br />

to several hiking trails, as well as guided tours <strong>of</strong> major<br />

historical sites. There is an excellent national museum on<br />

Grand Turk, with an auxillary branch on Providenciales. A<br />

scheduled ferry and a selection <strong>of</strong> tour operators make it<br />

easy to take day trips to <strong>the</strong> 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 is<br />

a casino 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 />

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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 />

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The Arches <strong>of</strong> Grand Turk – Tel 649 946 2941 190–210 4 • • • • • • •<br />

Bohio Dive Resort – Tel 649 231 3572/800 494 4301 • Web www.bohioresort.com 170–230 16 • • • • • • • •<br />

Crabtree Apartments – Tel 978 270 1698 • Web www.GrandTurkVacationRental.com 210–250 3 • • • • • •<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 />

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Dragon Cay Resort at Mudjin Harbour – Tel 649 344 4997 • Web www.dragoncayresort.com 325 8 • • • • • • • • •<br />

North Caicos<br />

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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 • Web www.pelicanbeach.tc 125–165 14 • • • • • • • •<br />

Pine Cay<br />

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The Meridian Club - Tel 649 946 7758/888 286 7993 • Web www.meridianclub.com 800–1300 13 • • • • • • •<br />

Parrot Cay<br />

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COMO Parrot Cay Resort - Tel 649 946 7788/855 PARROTCAY • www.comohotels.com/parrotcay 550–2850 65 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Providenciales<br />

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Alexandra Resort – Tel 800 284 0699/649 946 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.aman.com 1000–2100 73 • • • • • • • •<br />

Aquamarine Beach Houses – Tel 649 231 4535/905 556 0278 • www.aquamarinebeachhouses.com 200–850 24 • • • • • • • •<br />

Beaches Resort Villages & Spa – Tel 888-BEACHES/649 946 8000 • Web www.beaches.com 325–390AI 758 • • • • • • • • •<br />

Beach House Turks & Caicos – Tel 649 946 5800/855 946 5800 • Web www.beachchousetci.com 532–638 21 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

BE Beach Enclave – Tel 649 946 5619 • Web www.beachenclave.com see web 24 • • • • • • • •<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.caribbeanparadiseinn.com 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 649 941 5497/800 787 9115 • Web www.coralgardensongracebay.com 199-449 32 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Grace Bay Club - Tel 800 946 5757/649 946 5050 • Web www.gracebayclub.com 650–1750 75 • • • • • • • • • •<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 />

The Inn at Grace Bay – Tel 649 432 8633 • Web www.innatgracebay.com 179–379 48 • • • • • • •<br />

Kokomo Botanical Gardens - Tel 649 941 3121• Web www.aliveandwellresorts.com 169–299 16 • • • • •<br />

Le Vele - Tel 649 941 8800/888 272 4406 • Web www.leveleresort.com 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 5880 • Web www.oceanclubresorts.com 180–690 191 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Palms Turks & Caicos – Tel 649 946 8666/866 877 7256 • Web <strong>the</strong>palmstc.com 595–1700 72 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

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Pelican Nest Villa – Tel 649 342 5731 • Web www.pelicannest.tc 429–857 2 • • • • • •<br />

Point Grace – Tel 649 946 5096/888 209 5582 • Web www.pointgrace.com 424–1515 27 • • • • • • • • • •<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 Residences at Grace Bay – Tel 800 532 8536 • Web www.reefresidence.com 275-385 24 • • • • • • •<br />

The Regent Grand – Tel 877 288 3206/649 941 7770 • Web www.<strong>the</strong>regentgrand.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 – Tel 866 570 7777/649 333 7777 – Web www.sevenstarsgracebay.com 365–2400 165 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Shore Club – Tel 649 339 8000 – Web 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 5900/888 386 8770 • Web www.<strong>the</strong>somerset.com 350–1300 53 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Tuscany – Tel 866 359 6466/649 941 4667 • Web www.<strong>the</strong>tuscanyresort.com 975–1300 30 • • • • • • • •<br />

The Venetian – Tel 877 277 4793/649 941 3512 • Web www.<strong>the</strong>venetiangracebay.com 695–1175 27 • • • • • • • •<br />

Villa del Mar – Tel 877 345 4890/649 941 5160 • Web www.yourvilladelmar.com 190–440 42 • • • • • • •<br />

Villa Mani – Tel 649 431 4444 • Web www.villamanitci.com 6500–9500 8 • • • • • • •<br />

Villa Renaissance – Tel 649 941 5160/877 345 4890 • www.villarenaissanceturksandcaicos.com 295–650 36 • • • • • • • • •<br />

The Villas at Blue Mountain – Tel 649 941 4255/866 883 5931 • www.villasatbluemountain.com 1200–2500 3 • • • • • • • •<br />

West Bay Club – Tel 855 749 5750/649 946 8550 • Web www.<strong>the</strong>westbayclub.com 235–1163 46 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Windsong Resort – Tel 649 333 7700/800 WINDSONG • Web www.windsongresort.com 275–925 50 • • • • • • • • •<br />

Wymara Resort & Villas – Tel 888 844 5986 • Web www.wymararesortandvillas.com 315–720 91 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

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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 />

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East Bay Resort – Tel 844 260 8328/649 232 6444 • Web eastbayresort.com 198–1775 86 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

Sailrock South Caicos – Tel 855 335 72513/649 941 2121 • Web sailrockliving.com 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 />

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dining out – providenciales<br />

Amanyara — Amanyara Resort. Tel: 941-8133. Light gourmet<br />

cuisine with menu changing daily. Open 6 to 10 PM.<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 7:30<br />

AM to 10:30 PM. 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<br />

8 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 />

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, closed Thursday.<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 />

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 from 5:30 PM daily. Look for <strong>the</strong> Cocovan airstream<br />

lounge with garden seating or take-away.<br />

Coconut Grove Restaurant & Lounge — Olympic Plaza,<br />

Downtown. Tel: 247-5610. Casual native fare. Cracked conch,<br />

conch fritters, fried fish. 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: 2313336. 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 daily 5 to 10 PM except<br />

Thursday; Happy Hour 5 to 7 PM.<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 dining.<br />

Creatively used local ingredients. Full bar. Open daily.<br />

Dune — Windsong Resort. Tel: 333-7700. Private beachfront<br />

dining with limited availability. Fresh fare prepared to perfection.<br />

Open daily.<br />

El Catador Tapas & Bar — Regent Village. Tel: 244-1134.<br />

Au<strong>the</strong>ntic Spanish tapas with a wide mix <strong>of</strong> cold and hot plates<br />

meant for sharing. Fun and lively atmosphere. Open daily from<br />

5 PM.<br />

Element — LeVele Plaza. Tel: 348-6424. Contemporary, creative<br />

cuisine in an elegant setting. Open for dinner Friday to<br />

Wednesday 6:30 to 10:30 PM.<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 />

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Fresh Bakery & Bistro — Atrium Resort. Tel: 345-4745.<br />

Healthy European salads, soups, sandwiches, bakery, pies and<br />

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Fresh Catch — Salt Mills Plaza. Tel: 243-3167. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic native<br />

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Garam Masala — Regent Village. Tel: 941-3292. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic<br />

Indian cuisine, tandoori charcoal-oven specialties. Open daily<br />

11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5:30 to 10 PM. Dine-in, take-out or delivery.<br />

Giggles Ice Cream & Candy Parlour — Ports <strong>of</strong> Call &<br />

Williams Storage. Tel: 941-7370. Cones, sundaes, shakes,<br />

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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 />

Grace’s Cottage — Point Grace Resort. Tel: 946-5096. Refined<br />

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Gazebo seating under <strong>the</strong> stars or indoor dining in a romantic<br />

cottage. Serving dinner from 6 to 10 PM nightly.<br />

Grill Rouge — Grace Bay Club. Tel: 946-5050. Al fresco bistro.<br />

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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 />

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deck. Open daily 7 AM to 9 PM. Pick-up/delivery available.<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 Raw — Le Petite Plaza. Tel: 346-5371. Vegan lifestyle<br />

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Friday, Noon 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 />

Jack’s Fountain — Across from Casablanca Casino. Tel: 946-<br />

5225. Seafood, steak, unique specialty items in a lively, relaxed<br />

“beach bar” atmosphere. Open 7 AM to 10 PM daily.<br />

Kalooki’s Grace Bay — Le Vele Plaza. Tel: 941-8388. The perfect<br />

mix <strong>of</strong> sweet and spicy Caribbean flavors. New location in<br />

Grace Bay. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM. Closed Thursday.<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 to 10 PM.<br />

Las Brisas — Neptune Villas, Chalk Sound. Tel: 946-5306.<br />

Mediterranean/Caribbean cuisine with tapas, wine and full bar.<br />

Terrace and gazebo dining overlooking Chalk Sound. Open daily<br />

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, wine, cheese, dessert, c<strong>of</strong>fees. Open<br />

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. Tel: 941-4069.<br />

Gourmet c<strong>of</strong>feehouse. Sandwiches, muffins, cookies, croissants,<br />

yogurt, salads. Open Monday to Saturday 7:30 AM to 7 PM,<br />

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 Noon to 3 PM; 5:45 to 9:45 PM.<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.<br />

Mango Reef — Turtle Cove. Tel: 946-8200. Fresh local flavors<br />

and seafood, homemade desserts. Open daily 11 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 />

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 Sunset Ridge Hotel (near airport).<br />

Tel: 242-6780. Serving fresh local seafood straight from<br />

<strong>the</strong> sea. Open daily 10 AM to 10:30 PM, Sunday 3 to 11 PM.<br />

Opus Wine • Bar • Grill — Ocean Club Plaza. Tel: 946-5885.<br />

International menu with Caribbean flair. Fresh seafood. Serving<br />

dinner nightly 6 to 10 PM. Indoor/outdoor dining. Conference<br />

facility, events, catering.<br />

Outback Steakhouse TCI — Regent Village. Unbeatable<br />

steak cuts complemented by chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta.<br />

Generous portions, moderately priced, casual atmosphere. Open<br />

Monday to Thursday 3 to 11 PM; Friday to Midnight; Saturday 1<br />

PM to Midnight; Sunday 1 to 11 PM.<br />

Parallel23 — The Palms Turks & Caicos. Tel: 946-8666. Pantropical<br />

cuisine in a setting <strong>of</strong> casual elegance. Boutique wine<br />

list. Al fresco or private dining room available. Open daily 6 to<br />

10:30 PM.<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: 941-2365/431-9101. 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 />

Provence — Le Vele Plaza. Tel: 946-4124. Traditional French<br />

artisan-style cuisine. Fresh pasta, gelato, cheeses, charcuterie,<br />

pastries, desserts. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.<br />

Retreat Kitchen Vegetarian Café & Juice Bar — Ports <strong>of</strong><br />

Call. Tel: 432-2485. Fresh, organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free<br />

fare. Fresh juices, daily lunch specials. Open for lunch<br />

Monday to Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM. Delivery available.<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 />

Salt Bar & Grill — Blue Haven Resort & Marina. Tel: 946-9900.<br />

Outdoor seating overlooking <strong>the</strong> marina. Sandwiches, burgers,<br />

salads, classic bar favorites. Open daily 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.<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 />

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72ºWest — The Palms Turks & Caicos. Tel: 946-8666.<br />

Beachside dining with a family-friendly, Caribbean-inspired<br />

menu. Serving lunch daily; dinner seasonally.<br />

Sharkbite Bar & Grill — Admiral’s Club at Turtle Cove. Tel:<br />

941-5090. Varied menu; casual dining. Sports bar/slots. Open<br />

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 />

Skull Rock Cantina — Ports <strong>of</strong> Call. Tel: 941-4173. The place<br />

for Tex-Mex; daily drink specials. Open daily, 8 AM to Midnight.<br />

Solana! Restaurant — Ocean Club West. Tel: 946-5254.<br />

Oceanfront dining from sushi to burgers. Teppanyaki and Sushi<br />

Bar, engage 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 />

Tiki Hut Island Eatery — Dockside at Turtle Cove Inn. Tel:<br />

941-5341. Imaginative sandwiches, salads, seafood, Black<br />

Angus beef, pasta, pizzas, fish. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Turkberry Frozen Yogurt — The Saltmills. Tel: 431-2233.<br />

Frozen yogurt in a variety <strong>of</strong> flavors, with a large selection <strong>of</strong><br />

toppings. Custom donut bar. 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 Asian Bistro & Grill — Regent Village. Tel: 941-4144.<br />

Contemporary Asian menu with a wok station, dim sum, vegan<br />

specialties and keto dishes. Open daily 7:30 AM to 3 PM; 5 to<br />

9:45 PM. Delivery to select locations. Catering menus.<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 />

Zest! — Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. Tel: 232-4444. Lunch and<br />

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