Times of the Islands Fall 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 />

SAMPLING THE SOUL OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS FALL <strong>2019</strong> NO. 128<br />


A valuable eco-treasure<br />


German sub attacks<br />


Applying a cure<br />

OF THE<br />


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


649.946.8666<br />

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


649.339.8000<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 />


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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 Giving Back<br />

Peppajoy for Vets<br />

Photos By Delano Handfield<br />

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

It’s All Relative<br />

By Paul Wilkerson<br />

30 Creature Feature<br />

The Perfect Husband: The Lined Seahorse<br />

By Brian Heagney ~ Photos By Sabine Frank,<br />

Humpback Dive Shack, Grand Turk<br />

50 Business<br />

Don’t Worry, I’ve Got This Covered<br />

Story & Photos By John Galleymore<br />

57 New Development<br />

South Bank Launches The Boathouses<br />

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

77 Where to Stay<br />

78 Classified Ads<br />

80 Dining Out<br />

82 Subscription Form<br />

Features<br />

20 A Long Way to Long Bay<br />

By Tim Cotroneo<br />

26 Twenty-Five Years and Counting<br />

TCI Community College Celebrates a Milestone<br />

40 The Magic <strong>of</strong> Mangroves<br />

By Kelly Currington<br />

Photos By Agile LeVin, Visit TCI<br />

TIMES<br />

OF THE<br />

SAMPLING THE SOUL OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS FALL <strong>2019</strong> NO. 128<br />


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

Agile LeVin grew up in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> and has<br />

a keen eye for capturing <strong>the</strong> country’s natural beauty.<br />

This aerial shot depicts kayakers exploring Mangrove<br />

Cay, a very well-known kayaking and paddle boarding<br />

location near Leeward on Providenciales, part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve.<br />

To see more <strong>of</strong> Agile’s work, see “The Magic <strong>of</strong><br />

Mangroves” on page 40 and go to visittci.com, where<br />

you can also learn much more about <strong>the</strong> TCI.<br />

Green Pages<br />

32 All is Not Lost . . . Yet<br />

A Chance to Save <strong>the</strong> Coral Reefs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

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

36 The Story <strong>of</strong> a Parasite<br />

Black Spot Syndrome<br />

By Hannah Hall<br />

16<br />

Astrolabe<br />

60 TCI in World War I and World War II<br />

Story & Photos By Captain Eric Wilberg<br />

65 One is Silver, <strong>the</strong> O<strong>the</strong>r Gold<br />

By Lisa Turnbow-Talbot<br />

Photos Courtesy Turks & Caicos National<br />

Museum<br />


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TurksAndCaicosProperty.com<br />

Windhaven - Long Bay Beachfront<br />

Turks and Caicos investors looking for strong cash flow and a turn key property look no fur<strong>the</strong>r than<br />

Windhaven, Long Bay Beach villas. This 8 bedroom boutique resort real estate <strong>of</strong>fering is situated on 2.23<br />

acres <strong>of</strong> prime Long Bay beachfront land with an incredible 155 ft. <strong>of</strong> pristine white sandy beach frontage.<br />

The entire property has been beautifully designed and impeccably maintained by <strong>the</strong> current owners.<br />

US$7,200,000<br />

Wymara - Grace Bay Beachfront<br />

Wymara Turks & Caicos suite 1201/02/03 is a contemporary 2nd floor, 3 bedroom beachfront condo<br />

on <strong>the</strong> world famous Grace Bay Beach. This spacious 2,543 sq. ft. luxury suite is composed <strong>of</strong> a separate<br />

beachfront one bedroom condo, beachfront studio condo, and an ocean view studio condo. An excellent<br />

investment with strong financial returns. Contact Bernadette Hunt for more information on purchasing.<br />

US$2,500,000<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<br />

has listings on Providenciales, Pine Cay,<br />

Ambergris Cay, North and Middle Caicos<br />

and is delighted to work with sellers and<br />

buyers <strong>of</strong> homes, condos, commercial real<br />

estate and vacant 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 Resort and Ocean Club West<br />

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 />

Crystal Sands - Sapodilla Bay Beachfront<br />

Crystal Sands Villa is located beachfront in Sapodilla Bay, one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks and Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> most coveted<br />

areas. With its westerly exposure you will enjoy <strong>the</strong> most magical sunsets <strong>the</strong> islands have to <strong>of</strong>fer.<br />

The property has 4 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and incredible beach views. Crystal Sands is<br />

ideal for large ga<strong>the</strong>rings with family and friends and currently operated as a successful vacation rental.<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 />


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


Shaped as if a hand is saying “HELP,” this pillar coral in Grace Bay is<br />

showing signs <strong>of</strong> Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease and will likely be<br />

completely dead within just a few weeks.<br />

www.tcreef.org/donate<br />

HELP!<br />

Our readers are used to seeing an exquisite photo <strong>of</strong> one <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos’ natural wonders on this page. There’s no<br />

lack in <strong>the</strong> rest <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> magazine, especially Agile LeVin’s spectacular shots <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> mangroves that line TCI’s shores.<br />

But we had to use this forum to call to your attention <strong>the</strong> tragedy that is facing our reefs.<br />

The 340 miles <strong>of</strong> barrier reef that surround <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> are among <strong>the</strong> best in <strong>the</strong> world, helping<br />

to account for <strong>the</strong> thriving marine life, gorgeous underwater scenery, pristine white sand beaches and luxury tourism-driven<br />

economy.<br />

As you can read on page 32, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) has made its way to <strong>the</strong> popular reefs <strong>of</strong><br />

West Caicos and Providenciales at a fast-enough rate that it has caused alarm among maritime authorities and recreational<br />

divers alike. It is an issue that needs to be addressed quickly. In Grace Bay, some ancient large pillar corals<br />

and boulder corals are showing signs <strong>of</strong> disease. Without intervention soon, <strong>the</strong>se corals could be lost.<br />

As more research is completed in Florida and elsewhere, treatments are being developed that can be used on<br />

TCI reefs. Fortunately, <strong>the</strong> will to solve this problem is strong; money, manpower and materials are lacking. Please<br />

read more about <strong>the</strong> situation in this issue’s Green Pages and be determined to help via: www.tcreef.org/donate.<br />

Kathy Borsuk, Editor • Claire Parrish, Advertising Manager<br />

timespub@tciway.tc • (649) 431-4788<br />

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Introducing <strong>the</strong> Boathouses<br />

The Boathouses at South Bank will be conveniently<br />

located on <strong>the</strong> marina waterfront with elevated<br />

water views, most with a private dock keeping<br />

your boat close at hand for when <strong>the</strong> ocean calls.<br />

Cleverly designed to maximize space and light,<br />

each is imbued with a warm, contemporary<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tic as a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom layout. Managed<br />

by Grace Bay Resorts, <strong>the</strong> Boathouses will <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

<strong>the</strong> perfect balance <strong>of</strong> community, service, views<br />

and space.<br />

Prices starting from $795,000<br />

Register interest today at livesouthbank.com<br />

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

Windward Development Company<br />

www.windward.tc<br />

Brand partners:<br />

Managed by:<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



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

2018<br />

2018<br />




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

something for everyone.<br />


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

characters at Beaches.<br />

Discover a whole world <strong>of</strong> cuisine with<br />

5-Star Global Gourmet dining.<br />

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

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


BETTER<br />


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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 />



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 />


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 />


Kathy Borsuk<br />


Claire Parrish<br />


Kathy Borsuk, Tim Cotroneo, Kelly Currington,<br />

Samuel Forbes, Dr. Hubert Fulford, John Galleymore,<br />

Hannah Hall, Rachel Harvey, Brian Heagney–Humpback Dive<br />

Shack, Jason Henry, Dr. Michael P. Pateman,<br />

Desiree Robinson, SFS CMRS Staff, Lisa Turnbow-Talbot,<br />

TCRF Staff, Captain Eric Wilberg, Paul Wilkerson,<br />

Candianne Williams.<br />


Sean Brady, Alex Brett, Tim Cotroneo, Preston Dickenson,<br />

Franzsika Elmer, Vanessa Forbes-Pateman, Sabine Frank–<br />

Humpback Dive Shack, John Galleymore, Hannah Hall,<br />

Delano Handfield, iStock.com–salamov, Kite Surf TCI, Agile<br />

LeVin–Visit TCI, Marta Morton–Harbour Club Villas, Karen<br />

Neely–Nova Sou<strong>the</strong>astern University,<br />

Dr. Michael P. Pateman, Revell, Barbara Shively,<br />

Turks & Caicos Community College,<br />

Turks & Caicos National Museum, Turks & Caicos Reef<br />

Fund, Captain Eric Wilberg, Candianne Williams.<br />


Jill Beckingham, Wavey Line Publishing<br />


PF Solutions, Miami, FL<br />

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giving back<br />

From left: USMC Staff Sergeant Tony Ssonko and his wife Jennifer are met by Peppajoy owner Delano<br />

Handfield as winners <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first Peppajoy Veterans Vacation contest.<br />

Peppajoy for Vets<br />

Local hot sauce entrepreneur shares TCI’s peace with o<strong>the</strong>r veterans.<br />

Photos Courtesy Delano Handfield<br />

In early 2018, local entrepreneur and U.S. army veteran Delano Handfield dreamed up <strong>the</strong> nonpr<strong>of</strong>it project<br />

“Peppajoy for Veterans Vacation.” The concept was to ga<strong>the</strong>r local sponsors to create a Turks & Caicos<br />

all-expense-paid vacation package that would be donated to a deserving veteran and guest <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir choice<br />

through an annual contest draw. The contest was launched on Peppajoy.net.<br />

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Blue Hills native Delano Handfield is <strong>the</strong> founder<br />

and owner <strong>of</strong> Peppajoy sauces. He is a U.S. Army veteran<br />

who has been on numerous deployments to war zones,<br />

and understands <strong>the</strong> impact <strong>of</strong> Post-Traumatic Stress<br />

Disorder. He explains, “After returning to my home in <strong>the</strong><br />

Turks & Caicos in 2006, I experienced calm, peace and<br />

serenity for <strong>the</strong> first time since my days in <strong>the</strong> service. I<br />

thought it would be a great idea to share this feeling with<br />

my military bro<strong>the</strong>rs and sisters and hopefully give <strong>the</strong>m<br />

a chance to drop <strong>the</strong>ir guards, even if only for a few days.<br />

The peaceful vibe <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> is <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>rapeutic medicine needed for many service members<br />

around <strong>the</strong> world.”<br />

“Peppajoy for Veterans Vacation” was Delano’s way<br />

<strong>of</strong> showing appreciation for those who put serving <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

country before <strong>the</strong>ir self. To participate, entrants would<br />

have to submit a short story saying why <strong>the</strong> veteran <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are nominating should win a trip to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

<strong>Islands</strong>. Hundreds <strong>of</strong> stories were received throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong> following months. The draw occurred on November<br />

11, 2018. Tony Ssonko (a staff sergeant <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> U.S.<br />

Marine Corps reserves and a New Hampshire police <strong>of</strong>ficer)<br />

was nominated by his wife Jennifer and was <strong>of</strong>ficially<br />

announced as <strong>the</strong> winner on Veteran’s Day. This is <strong>the</strong><br />

story she submitted:<br />

“I’m nominating my husband so we can take this vacation<br />

as our honeymoon. We have been married almost 2 years<br />

and were unable to take a honeymoon due to financial<br />

difficulties after he lost his job. Throughout our 7 1/2<br />

year relationship we have been through a deployment to<br />

Afghanistan, job highs and lows, and dealing with medical<br />

issues. Now that we are back on our feet and he has<br />

worked incredibly hard and achieved his dream job <strong>of</strong><br />

being a police <strong>of</strong>ficer, I feel that he and we deserve to take<br />

time to relax and enjoy time as husband and wife before<br />

planning to start a family next year.”<br />

The couple, who at first were a little skeptical <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

legitimacy <strong>of</strong> this “too good to be true” contest, started<br />

communicating with Delano Handfield and agreed on<br />

some travel dates. The airfare was generously donated by<br />

Provo Travel who also graciously coordinated finding <strong>the</strong><br />

best possible route and booking <strong>the</strong> tickets. The deserving<br />

couple from New Hampshire landed in Providenciales<br />

on April 16, <strong>2019</strong>. They were greeted by Delano, who was<br />

witnessing a long-time dream unfold before his eyes.<br />

They collected a vehicle from Grace Bay Car Rentals<br />

and made a stop at Graceway IGA where <strong>the</strong>y were<br />

From top: Peppajoy contest winners Tony and Jennifer Ssonko sample<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir favorite hot sauce at Da Conch Shack in Blue Hills.<br />

Jennifer and Tony meet Delano Handfield and his fiancé Melissa<br />

Willcocks in front <strong>of</strong> Melissa’s gift store Serene by Mel.<br />

graced with a gift card by <strong>the</strong> local supermarket. They<br />

<strong>the</strong>n proceeded to check in at Grace Shore Villas, a beautiful<br />

property conveniently located in <strong>the</strong> heart <strong>of</strong> Grace<br />

Bay. Owners Kim and Darren Wadden had <strong>of</strong>fered to supply<br />

<strong>the</strong> winning couple with a one-bedroom villa for <strong>the</strong><br />

duration <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir stay. The property <strong>of</strong>fers three pools,<br />

luscious gardens, bicycles and a grilling area—all within<br />

minutes <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world’s number one beach!<br />

Day two started with a visit to Serene by Mel, a gift<br />

shop that <strong>of</strong>fers handcrafted souvenirs, local artwork<br />

and unique fashion jewelry. The boutique is owned by<br />

Delano’s fiancé Melissa Willcocks, and also serves as an<br />

<strong>of</strong>fice and storefront for Peppajoy’s gourmet products.<br />

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The couple was presented with some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> famous<br />

sauce, Peppajoy gear and a one-<strong>of</strong>-a-kind TCI map throw.<br />

Gifts were also collected at FOTTAC, which is well known<br />

for its fabulous gift baskets and Bambarra Rum!<br />

Tony and Jen had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to experience some<br />

<strong>of</strong> Providenciales’ favorite restaurants. They had lunch at<br />

delicious eateries such as Jack’s Fountain, Bugaloo’s and<br />

Plunge, located at <strong>the</strong> elegant Palms Resort. They had<br />

dinner at Da Conch Shack, where <strong>the</strong>y enjoyed delicious<br />

Peppajoy wings and some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> best local conch recipes.<br />

On <strong>the</strong>ir second night, <strong>the</strong>y indulged in great food on<br />

<strong>the</strong> deck overlooking Grace Bay Beach at Hemingway’s<br />

on <strong>the</strong> Beach. Dinner number three took place at <strong>the</strong><br />

newly remodeled Las Brisas in spectacular Chalk Sound.<br />

A dinner and evening pass was also provided by <strong>the</strong><br />

all-inclusive resort Club Med Turkoise. Every meal was<br />

donated by <strong>the</strong>se establishments’ generous owners who<br />

are all Peppajoy patrons.<br />

Sponsored activities included a massage for two at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Seven Stars Spa and a boat excursion donated by<br />

Al<strong>the</strong>a and Galmo Williams. The couple was also able<br />

to enjoy o<strong>the</strong>r activities due to a generous cash donation<br />

from USMC veteran Carl Defazio <strong>of</strong> BLU Security.<br />

This vacation <strong>of</strong> a lifetime was enjoyed to <strong>the</strong> fullest<br />

by <strong>the</strong> deserving veteran and his spouse. Tony and Jen<br />

are ever-grateful for <strong>the</strong> opportunity <strong>of</strong> experiencing such<br />

generosity; <strong>the</strong>y have returned home touched beyond<br />

words by <strong>the</strong> kind-hearted people <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> and everyone who made this contest possible!<br />

Peppajoy is looking forward to hosting this contest<br />

annually and has opened <strong>the</strong> contest to Canadian veterans<br />

for year two! Submit your veteran <strong>of</strong> choice via<br />

Peppajoy.net or in person at Serene by Mel for a chance<br />

to win in 2020! The draw for <strong>the</strong> contest will take place<br />

on November 11, <strong>2019</strong>. a<br />

Delano Handfield was inspired to create Peppajoy’s<br />

all-natural gourmet guava pepper sauce in 2010 while<br />

eating at local restaurant Da Conch Shack. The sauce<br />

was such a hit that Delano soon started supplying it to<br />

restaurants throughout <strong>the</strong> TCI.<br />

Today Peppajoy sauce is sold all over <strong>the</strong> world. It<br />

first started being manufactured in <strong>the</strong> USA in 2017 and<br />

is now available to order online at Peppajoy.net. The<br />

sauce is carefully handcrafted using only natural, handpicked<br />

ingredients. It is a versatile product that can be<br />

used for cooking, seasoning, grilling and even in dips.<br />

However, what really gives Peppajoy sauce that extra<br />

something special is Delano’s amazing story.<br />

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

Opposite page: High humidity does have its advantages, including <strong>the</strong> formation <strong>of</strong> dew that <strong>of</strong>fers moisture to plants between rainfalls.<br />

Above: For most TCI visitors, a high dew point means it’s time to head for <strong>the</strong> ocean!<br />


It’s All Relative<br />

Humidity, dew point and comfort (or discomfort).<br />

By Paul Wilkerson<br />

Millions <strong>of</strong> temperate-climate dwellers have had this thought in <strong>the</strong> warmer months <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year—“Gosh it<br />

feels so humid out. Yuck!” For people living in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos, humidity doesn’t seem to bo<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>m<br />

as much, as <strong>the</strong>y are likely acclimatized to <strong>the</strong> conditions. Once you have experienced enough hot and<br />

sultry days, your body naturally will adjust. On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r hand, travelers to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>,<br />

especially from drier climates, may be in for quite <strong>the</strong> shock as soon as <strong>the</strong> cabin doors are opened on<br />

<strong>the</strong> air-conditioned aircraft on which <strong>the</strong>y just arrived.<br />

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Humidity is a function <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> air temperature and <strong>the</strong><br />

dew point. “Relative humidity” is basically how close <strong>the</strong><br />

air is to 100% saturation. When we have 100% saturation<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> air, <strong>the</strong> temperature and dew point are <strong>the</strong> same.<br />

Any time <strong>the</strong> dew point is less than <strong>the</strong> temperature, you<br />

will see relative humidity values be lower as well.<br />

Confused yet? Let’s talk a bit more about this dew<br />

point temperature. The dew point relates to how much<br />

water vapor is actually in <strong>the</strong> air. Water vapor is <strong>the</strong> gaseous<br />

form <strong>of</strong> water. As <strong>the</strong> dew point rises, so does <strong>the</strong><br />

amount <strong>of</strong> water vapor in <strong>the</strong> air. As dew points decrease,<br />

<strong>the</strong> amount <strong>of</strong> water vapor in <strong>the</strong> air also decreases.<br />

To understand this from a comfort perspective, we<br />

can look at this function in different climates. In <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Islands</strong>, wind flow is always from <strong>the</strong> water, which transports<br />

moisture over <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, contributing to higher<br />

dew point temperatures. Contrast <strong>the</strong> Caribbean climate<br />

against <strong>the</strong> climate <strong>of</strong> western New Mexico and o<strong>the</strong>r high<br />

desert areas.<br />

In Caribbean climates, it is routine to see dew point<br />

temperatures <strong>of</strong> 74º to 82ºF, while air temperatures<br />

hover around 88ºF. As mentioned earlier, travelers will<br />

note upon arrival to TCI that <strong>the</strong> air feels sultry, and to a<br />

degree, wet. Doing activities outside in a Caribbean climate<br />

has a marked effect on <strong>the</strong> body as well. As you<br />

begin to sweat, <strong>the</strong> ability <strong>of</strong> your body to cool itself<br />

is degraded. In order for you to perspire properly and<br />

maintain comfort, it is imperative that your body is able<br />

to get rid <strong>of</strong> heat via perspiration effectively. When <strong>the</strong><br />

air is already highly saturated, your body struggles to<br />

This lizard has <strong>the</strong> right idea for keeping cool.<br />

evaporate and add your perspiration to <strong>the</strong> already moist<br />

environment.<br />

This chart pairs dew point temperatures with comfort level. In Caribbean climates, it is routine to see<br />

dew point temperatures between 74º and 82ºF.<br />

Contrast that with western New Mexico where <strong>the</strong><br />

air temperature may be 93ºF and <strong>the</strong> dew point might<br />

be closer to 30º or 35ºF. Here, <strong>the</strong> air is very dry with<br />

lower amounts <strong>of</strong> water vapor. Just stepping outside in<br />

temperatures in <strong>the</strong> low 90s<br />

is usually still surprisingly<br />

comfortable. Start hiking and<br />

biking, doing any outdoor<br />

activity in this environment,<br />

and again your body will start<br />

to perspire to cool itself down.<br />

But <strong>the</strong>re is a big difference.<br />

Remember that <strong>the</strong> lower <strong>the</strong><br />

dew point, <strong>the</strong> less water vapor<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is in <strong>the</strong> air. As a result,<br />

<strong>the</strong> relatively dry air can efficiently<br />

evaporate sweat from<br />

your body. As this occurs, it<br />

is cooling your body by absorbing<br />

<strong>the</strong> heat via <strong>the</strong> process <strong>of</strong><br />

evaporation. Therefore, when<br />

comparing climates, <strong>the</strong>re are<br />

drastic differences in what <strong>the</strong><br />


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perceived comfort level <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> air will be based on geographic<br />

location.<br />

Finally, what makes a big difference in human comfort<br />

or discomfort when it comes to high humidity and<br />

high dew points, is <strong>the</strong> wind. The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong><br />

are blessed to lie in a great spot, wind-wise. In general,<br />

<strong>the</strong> wind machine is usually on in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. While <strong>the</strong><br />

humidity may be high, when <strong>the</strong> winds are up, this will<br />

help with <strong>the</strong> cooling effect on <strong>the</strong> body. Even in a high<br />

humidity environment, <strong>the</strong> wind will evaporate some <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> moisture from your skin as long as <strong>the</strong> wind continues<br />

to blow. At times, <strong>the</strong> wind dies <strong>of</strong>f, especially overnight<br />

and into <strong>the</strong> early morning. It is at <strong>the</strong>se times that it can<br />

be quite uncomfortable, as any perspiration your body<br />

produces will not be effectively removed. That is why it<br />

can literally feel “sticky” in very humid environments.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> air may seem uncomfortable to us, it is<br />

important to know that this high humidity environment<br />

also serves as an important environmental condition for<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>’ ecology. In <strong>the</strong> evening when <strong>the</strong> winds die<br />

<strong>of</strong>f and <strong>the</strong> air cools, dew sometimes forms on surrounding<br />

plants and o<strong>the</strong>r objects such as cars. This dew does<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer nourishment to plants that it forms on. While <strong>the</strong><br />

dew may be in very small amounts, when this happens<br />

consistently over days or even weeks it can bridge <strong>the</strong><br />

gap until <strong>the</strong> next rain falls.<br />

Comfort and discomfort with regards to humidity levels<br />

is relative to each individual. On your next visit if you<br />

find <strong>the</strong> air uncomfortable, I challenge you to take a look<br />

at <strong>the</strong> flora and fauna and try to remember that it very<br />

well may be thriving thanks to those high dew points and<br />

humidity levels. a<br />

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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 />

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feature<br />

Opposite page: From a kiteboarding standpoint, Long Bay Beach had everything you could ask for. This part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> beach fronts <strong>the</strong> luxurious<br />

Shore Club resort property.<br />

Above: Between Hungary and Turks & Caicos, Anett Pasztor’s before-to-after existence took more turns than a kiteboarder performing in gale<br />

force winds.<br />

A Long Way to Long Bay<br />

How one couple’s destiny involved world-class kiteboarding.<br />

By Tim Cotroneo<br />

How does one shift from a corporate banking career in Budapest, Hungary to becoming co-owner <strong>of</strong> a<br />

kiteboarding business located 5,000 miles away in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>?<br />

If you’re Anett Pasztor, it begins when you say no to ano<strong>the</strong>r managerial change, conduct a life-<br />

changing Internet search, embark on an Ecuador vacation, kiss your husband-to-be at sunset, relocate to<br />

Colombia, give birth to a baby girl, and set up shop on <strong>the</strong> best beach in <strong>the</strong> world for kiteboarding.<br />

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Robert and Anett’s business reputation has grown to <strong>the</strong> point where clients arrive from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, India, Chile,<br />

North America and Europe to kiteboard on Long Bay Beach.<br />

For Anett Pasztor, <strong>the</strong>se events were only <strong>the</strong> beginning<br />

<strong>of</strong> her major life changes. Between Hungary and<br />

Turks & Caicos, Pasztor’s before-to-after existence took<br />

more turns than a kiteboarder performing in gale force<br />

winds. Let’s back up to what got Pasztor rolling on a journey<br />

that reads like a romance novel turned best-selling<br />

business book.<br />

New life, new love, new world<br />

In 2008, a <strong>the</strong>n 28-year-old Anett Pasztor was Hungary’s<br />

youngest Deputy Director <strong>of</strong> Corporate Banking. The<br />

world’s economic crisis impacted Pasztor’s business life<br />

to <strong>the</strong> point where she was working 12-hour days under<br />

four different bosses in a year.<br />

Pasztor was called into a meeting and asked if she<br />

could be counted on help support boss number four. “I<br />

was so tired <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> conflict and <strong>the</strong> turmoil. I remember<br />

sighing and <strong>the</strong>n saying NO. Up until that point, I always<br />

felt I could change <strong>the</strong> world. I decided after seven years<br />

in banking I needed something new,” Pasztor said.<br />

Pasztor’s plan was to relax for three months and discover<br />

what to do next, career-wise. But first she needed<br />

to rejuvenate and take part in a bit <strong>of</strong> adventure. Pasztor<br />

decided to learn Spanish, and <strong>the</strong> sport <strong>of</strong> kiteboarding,<br />

Robert and Anett now have two children and three businesses in <strong>the</strong><br />

TCI, including a new school for children opening this fall.<br />

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both during <strong>the</strong> month <strong>of</strong> May. She Googled <strong>the</strong> words<br />

Spanish, kiteboarding, and May. The search results provided<br />

<strong>the</strong> springboard for what would be Pasztor’s new<br />

life, new love, and traveling halfway around <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Speaking each o<strong>the</strong>r’s language<br />

Pasztor told her mo<strong>the</strong>r that her Spanish-meetskiteboarding<br />

Internet search translated to a vacation<br />

in Ecuador. Pasztor’s always-supportive and somewhat<br />

prophetic parent could only reply, “Please don’t find a<br />

husband in a place that’s so far from home.”<br />

On Pasztor’s third day in Manta, Ecuador, <strong>the</strong> owner<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> kiteboarding school she found on <strong>the</strong> Internet<br />

picked her up at Spanish class and drove to scenic Santa<br />

Marianita Beach. At <strong>the</strong> time Pasztor spoke no Spanish,<br />

and her instructor, Robert Bedoya, spoke no Hungarian.<br />

This initial meeting took place on a Monday. On<br />

Wednesday something happened that Pasztor will never<br />

forget. “We were walking at sunset on this beautiful<br />

beach. Pelicans were flying, <strong>the</strong> sky was this amazing<br />

color, and <strong>the</strong>n we kissed. It was like a scene right out <strong>of</strong><br />

a movie,” Pasztor recalled.<br />

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Letter with a special meaning<br />

Pasztor had always believed in faith, fate, and flow. This<br />

new adventure in Ecuador just felt right. “Something<br />

seemed ‘<strong>of</strong>f’ in my banking career. After I met Robert,<br />

my life suddenly felt easy,” Pasztor said.<br />

As she adapted to her new locale, new language, and<br />

new sport, she became conscious <strong>of</strong> how focused Bedoya<br />

was on his business and <strong>the</strong> future. Pasztor was never one<br />

to shy away from asking direct questions, so during one<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir rides back to <strong>the</strong> city <strong>of</strong> Manta, she asked Robert<br />

if he imagined children in his future. Bedoya’s answer<br />

was unflinching and equally direct. Robert believed that<br />

he would have a boy and a girl. Then he continued with<br />

a remark that Pasztor could only attribute to fate. “I was<br />

startled when Robert said that his children’s names would<br />

start with <strong>the</strong> letter M. This was remarkable, because as a<br />

child I remember carving <strong>the</strong> letter M into my desk. I had<br />

always wondered if this letter had special meaning in my<br />

life,” Pasztor said.<br />

Phenomenal Long Bay<br />

A one month vacation extended to two months and <strong>the</strong>n<br />

continued for two years in Ecuador. In 2010, Pasztor<br />

and Bedoya discussed having a child toge<strong>the</strong>r. Pasztor<br />

became pregnant a month later.<br />

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<strong>the</strong> birth <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir daughter Maya. For <strong>the</strong> next two years<br />

Robert bounced between Ecuador and Colombia running<br />

his business while Anett stayed at home with <strong>the</strong>ir baby.<br />

A friend <strong>of</strong> Robert’s told him to consider relocating to<br />

<strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. He said <strong>the</strong> kiteboarding on<br />

Providenciales’ Long Bay Beach was phenomenal. In 2012,<br />

Robert sold his Ecuador business and with little Maya in<br />

tow, <strong>the</strong> couple moved to Providenciales.<br />

Upon arrival, Robert and Anett loved nearly everything<br />

about Turk & Caicos’ most inhabited island. They<br />

discovered a beautiful landscape, it was safe, and it was<br />

a healthy place to raise children.<br />

Rough waves<br />

From a kiteboarding standpoint, Long Bay Beach had<br />

everything you could ask for. All <strong>the</strong> kiteboarding conditions<br />

are as good as it gets. There are shallow water, low<br />

waves, no sharks, sand ra<strong>the</strong>r than rocks, idyllic temperatures,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> winds are steady. “Everyone who comes<br />

here says <strong>the</strong> same thing. The conditions are perfect. The<br />

saying goes that if you can’t learn to kiteboard here, it’s<br />

not for you,” Pasztor said.<br />

The island had a single drawback. “It was really<br />

expensive to get a work permit and operate a business.<br />

We spent every nickel during our first three months on<br />

<strong>the</strong> island. <strong>Times</strong> were pretty rough in <strong>the</strong> beginning,”<br />

Pasztor said.<br />

The reach <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> beach<br />

Robert always believed in buying <strong>the</strong> very best kiteboarding<br />

equipment for his business. He finally was issued a<br />

work permit. After some initially lean times <strong>the</strong> business<br />

started to gain momentum.<br />

In 2017, Robert and Anett bought out <strong>the</strong>ir kiteboarding<br />

business partner. Going solo with Waterplay TCI freed<br />

<strong>the</strong>m up to expand <strong>the</strong>ir business to include private boat<br />

tours, stand up paddleboarding, sailing, and eco-kayaking<br />

excursions. They also opened an indoor playground<br />

for children ages two to twelve called Playland TCI.<br />

Last year Robert added three more kiteboarding<br />

instructors. Kitesurf TCI now also has its own shelter on<br />

Long Bay Beach. Robert and Anett’s kiteboarding business<br />

reputation has grown to <strong>the</strong> point where clients<br />

arrive from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, India,<br />

Chile, North America, and Europe.<br />

Robert Bedoya loves that <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos is a healthy, safe place<br />

to raise his children. Teaching <strong>the</strong>m his favorite sport is an added<br />

bonus.<br />

Go with <strong>the</strong> flow<br />

With <strong>the</strong>ir two children, three businesses and Anett even<br />

taking tap dancing lessons, you’d think Pasztor and<br />

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Bedoya would slow down. “Actually we’re opening up a<br />

new school for children ages six through twelve in <strong>the</strong><br />

fall,” Pasztor said.<br />

When asked how she and Robert find <strong>the</strong> time to<br />

do everything that’s on <strong>the</strong>ir plate, Pasztor smiled and<br />

shrugged. “We just go with <strong>the</strong> flow.” a<br />

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Clockwise from top left: TCICC staff and<br />

guests. VP Samuel Forbes, President Dr.<br />

Hubert Fulford and Academic Dean Dr. John<br />

Mubenwafor. TCICC’s first local Principal Rev.<br />

Julia Williams. TCICC’s first Principal, <strong>the</strong> late<br />

Dr. Jacob Bynoe. Head <strong>of</strong> Faculty Desiree<br />

Robinson, Chairman <strong>of</strong> Board Keno Forbes,<br />

VP Samuel Forbes, Head <strong>of</strong> Faculty Jason<br />

Henry at press conference. Tourism students<br />

in Grand Turk hosting session with primary<br />

School kids. Dr. Fulford speaks at Graduation<br />


feature<br />

This is <strong>the</strong> entranceway to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Community College Grand Turk campus, which opened in mid-2002.<br />

Twenty-five years and counting<br />

Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Community College celebrates a milestone.<br />

Edited by Desiree Robinson and Jason Henry with contributions made by Dr. Hubert Fulford, Rachel Harvey<br />

and history notes from Samuel Forbes ~ Photos Courtesy Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Community College<br />

It was a thought that became a dream that is now a reality and 25 years later, <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong><br />

Community College continues to have a positive impact on <strong>the</strong> country. It was in <strong>the</strong> early 1980s that a<br />

group <strong>of</strong> college graduates discussed <strong>the</strong> concept and <strong>the</strong> general view that <strong>the</strong>re should be a tertiary<br />

institution in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> to meet <strong>the</strong> educational needs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> growing population.<br />

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1992<br />

It was in 1992 that Hon. Charles Washington Misick <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Progressive National Party stated publicly that it was<br />

<strong>the</strong> TCI Government’s intention to develop a community<br />

college. Up to that time, students would have to study<br />

in regional countries such as Jamaica, <strong>the</strong> Bahamas and<br />

Barbados, but strides were being made in <strong>the</strong> Turks &<br />

Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> that would signal a historical change on<br />

<strong>the</strong> horizon.<br />

Hon. Arabella Smith was responsible for setting up<br />

a task force to conceptualize <strong>the</strong> idea. There were town<br />

hall meetings with <strong>the</strong> public to garner <strong>the</strong>ir views and<br />

suggestions in moving forward. Government realized that<br />

this project would require <strong>the</strong> “buy in” from <strong>the</strong> community<br />

in establishing <strong>the</strong> college.<br />

1993<br />

A feasibility study to ascertain <strong>the</strong> location <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> college<br />

was performed by Mr. Kurt Johansen, Regional Education<br />

Advisor to <strong>the</strong> Organization <strong>of</strong> Eastern Caribbean States.<br />

The late Dr. Jacob Bynoe also completed a study which<br />

provided <strong>the</strong> steps needed for institution’s establishment.<br />

Government ensured that proper consultation would<br />

be paramount for <strong>the</strong> sound establishment <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI<br />

Community College.<br />

1994<br />

This would prove to be a pivotal year for <strong>the</strong> country and<br />

it would mark <strong>the</strong> historical opening <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> college. It<br />

was in 1994 that UTECH President Dr. Alfred Sangster<br />

gave his findings from ano<strong>the</strong>r study that was funded<br />

by <strong>the</strong> Caribbean Development Bank. It revealed that<br />

<strong>the</strong>re was an urgent need for <strong>the</strong> establishment <strong>of</strong> a tertiary<br />

institution in <strong>the</strong> TCI and that Grand Turk should<br />

be <strong>the</strong> administrative centre with a secondary campus in<br />

Providenciales. The campus would be housed in rental<br />

facilities to be transferred to <strong>the</strong> Education Department’s<br />

site.<br />

The Ordinance<br />

It was on September 2, 1994 that <strong>the</strong> ordinance<br />

was passed, establishing <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong><br />

Community College as a statutory body. Ordinance 25 <strong>of</strong><br />

1994 established <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Community<br />

College (TCICC) and empowered <strong>the</strong> college to grant<br />

diplomas, certificates and o<strong>the</strong>r awards. The college<br />

could <strong>the</strong>n enter into association and affiliation with<br />

universities, colleges or relevant institutions within or<br />

outside <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> country to fulfill its objectives.<br />

On September 18, 1994, <strong>the</strong> TCICC opened under<br />

<strong>the</strong> leadership <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> late Dr. Bynoe with <strong>the</strong> main campus<br />

in Grand Turk at <strong>the</strong> HJ Robinson High School, and<br />

a branch opened in Providenciales at <strong>the</strong> Clement Howell<br />

High School. September 21, 1994 marked <strong>the</strong> inaugural<br />

meeting <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Board <strong>of</strong> Governors held under <strong>the</strong> chairmanship<br />

<strong>of</strong> Attorney at Law, now QC, Mr. Carlos Simons<br />

and supported by Board Members Mr. Sterlin Garland,<br />

Mr. Glennvans Clarke, Ms. Marjorie Simms and Dr. Rosita<br />

Butterfield. The ex-<strong>of</strong>ficio members present were Mr.<br />

Hartley Coalbrooke, <strong>the</strong>n Financial Secretary, Mrs. Julia<br />

Williams, Permanent Secretary—Education, with Dr. Jacob<br />

Bynoe—First Principal and Hon. Arabella Smith, <strong>the</strong>n<br />

Minister <strong>of</strong> Education.<br />

1995<br />

With a change <strong>of</strong> government in 1995, <strong>the</strong> People’s<br />

Democratic Movement’s Hon. Clarence Selver assumed<br />

<strong>the</strong> position as Minister <strong>of</strong> Education and commissioned<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficial opening on March 4, 1995. Headquartered<br />

at Harbour House in Grand Turk, <strong>the</strong> TCICC progressed<br />

to <strong>the</strong> point where it became necessary to facilitate its<br />

growing numbers with <strong>the</strong> opening <strong>of</strong> a second campus<br />

at Butterfield Square in Providenciales.<br />

The Providenciales campus was initially earmarked<br />

as a Hospitality Centre and <strong>the</strong> vehicle to facilitate<br />

<strong>the</strong> burgeoning hospitality and tourism sector <strong>the</strong>re.<br />

Simultaneously, student numbers at <strong>the</strong> Grand Turk campus<br />

at Grand Turk had significantly grown. Hon. Selver,<br />

recognizing <strong>the</strong> need for more space, sought to upgrade<br />

and utilize <strong>the</strong> ex-naval facility at Grand Turk as <strong>the</strong><br />

new campus. It was on May 31, 2002 that <strong>the</strong> current<br />

headquarters for <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Community<br />

College at Grand Turk was <strong>of</strong>ficially opened and occupied.<br />

Then and now<br />

It was from this beginning that <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong><br />

Community College was bir<strong>the</strong>d to be a beacon in this<br />

country and to provide an opportunity for everyone to<br />

advance. The vision that began all those years ago now<br />

celebrates a quarter <strong>of</strong> a century. Despite challenges,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is an intentional determination that <strong>the</strong> college will<br />

continue to chart a course that would assist students in<br />

achieving <strong>the</strong>ir educational goals.<br />

The TCICC is accredited by <strong>the</strong> TCI Government’s<br />

Ministry <strong>of</strong> Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services;<br />

it is a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Association <strong>of</strong> Caribbean Tertiary<br />

Institutions; a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caribbean Association<br />

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<strong>of</strong> Quality Assurance in Education; and a member<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Association <strong>of</strong> Caribbean Higher Education<br />

Administrators.<br />

TCICC celebrates its 25 years <strong>of</strong> existence by giving<br />

kudos to those whose ingenious thoughts and actions<br />

have provided <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> with an institution<br />

<strong>of</strong> which it should be justly proud. Stepping into<br />

any area <strong>of</strong> government, <strong>the</strong> private sector, construction,<br />

aviation, medicine, law, entertainment, commerce and<br />

leadership with its myriad <strong>of</strong> roles, resides a graduate <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Community College, always<br />


In fact, <strong>the</strong> TCICC prides itself as <strong>the</strong> catalyst that<br />

educates <strong>the</strong> whole person and challenges all students to<br />

recognize that a truly educated person is one who seeks<br />

to improve <strong>the</strong> lives <strong>of</strong> o<strong>the</strong>rs, while enhancing <strong>the</strong>ir own<br />

personal growth and development in all facets <strong>of</strong> society.<br />

The college prides itself as being a place where students<br />

can feel capable <strong>of</strong> achieving any goal, working toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

with fellow students and faculty, in an harmonious environment.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> continued desire to expand its <strong>of</strong>ferings<br />

and <strong>the</strong> quality <strong>of</strong> work and certification, in 2016 <strong>the</strong> college<br />

signed an Article <strong>of</strong> Agreement with <strong>the</strong> Council <strong>of</strong><br />

Community Colleges <strong>of</strong> Jamaica which provided for <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong>fering <strong>of</strong> Bachelor Degrees. The college had already<br />

cemented its relationship with <strong>the</strong> University <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

West Indies (School <strong>of</strong> Education) with <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fering <strong>of</strong> an<br />

Associate Degree in Primary and Secondary Education.<br />

The ordinance giving birth to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> Community College was amended in 2018, affording<br />

<strong>the</strong> college <strong>the</strong> privilege <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>fering its own Bachelor<br />

Degrees in Early Childhood Development and Social Work.<br />

In this <strong>the</strong> 25th year, <strong>the</strong> TCI Community College<br />

<strong>of</strong>fers a number <strong>of</strong> Bachelor and Associate Degree programmes,<br />

Certificate Courses and Short Technical/<br />

Vocational Programmes.<br />

The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Community College’s<br />

Alumni Association has hundreds <strong>of</strong> students who have<br />

passed through <strong>the</strong> doors <strong>of</strong> this noble institution. The<br />

college will endeavour to continue to blaze a path for<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs to follow, to make new roads and to work toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

to build up this country. a<br />

For more information on <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong><br />

Community College, visit tcicc.edu.tc.<br />

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creature feature<br />

Although shy and elusive, <strong>the</strong> lined seahorse makes <strong>the</strong> perfect mate: monogamous,<br />

attentive and willing to bear babies.<br />

The Perfect Husband<br />

The lined seahorse Hippocampus erectus<br />

By Brian Heagney, B.Sc Marine Biology ~ Photo By Sabine Frank<br />

He dances with you every morning and he bears <strong>the</strong> kids. If this is <strong>the</strong> case you are probably married to<br />

a seahorse.<br />

Although <strong>the</strong>y inhabit our normal scuba diving depths <strong>of</strong> 40 meters or less, <strong>the</strong> seahorse is a very<br />

uncommon sight. It’s not that <strong>the</strong>se cute little critters aren’t <strong>the</strong>re, it’s just that <strong>the</strong>y are extremely shy<br />

and very cryptic, making <strong>the</strong>m almost impossible for <strong>the</strong> untrained eye to spot. Their shy nature and habit<br />

<strong>of</strong> hiding in nooks and crannies on <strong>the</strong> reef, coupled with <strong>the</strong>ir highly varied colouring (ranging from dull<br />

brown, to black, red, blue, yellow and everything in between) doesn’t make finding <strong>the</strong>m any easier. Using<br />

a prehensile tail, <strong>the</strong>y <strong>of</strong>ten hold onto gorgonians, sponges or seaweed that closely matches <strong>the</strong>ir own<br />

particular hue, which helps <strong>the</strong>m to blend into <strong>the</strong> surrounding environment quite effectively. They can<br />

be easier to find at night, out and about under <strong>the</strong> cover <strong>of</strong> darkness while hiding away from <strong>the</strong> dangers<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> day.<br />

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Having tiny fins means <strong>the</strong> seahorse’s camouflage is<br />

important for a couple <strong>of</strong> reasons. As <strong>the</strong>y are not <strong>the</strong><br />

best swimmers, <strong>the</strong>y must rely on ambush to catch <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

prey <strong>of</strong> brine shrimps and tiny crustaceans that <strong>the</strong>y suck<br />

up through <strong>the</strong>ir long snout. Being discreet and blending<br />

in means <strong>the</strong>y also avoid getting eaten by larger fish on<br />

<strong>the</strong> reef. This is not <strong>the</strong> type <strong>of</strong> horse that can run away<br />

quickly!<br />

The seahorse’s eyes can move independently <strong>of</strong> each<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r, allowing <strong>the</strong>m to scan 360 degrees <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir watery<br />

realm all <strong>the</strong> time. It’s hard to sneak up on a seahorse!<br />

Luckily <strong>the</strong>ir response to danger is to stay still and simply<br />

mimic <strong>the</strong> substrate by wafting gently from side to side<br />

with <strong>the</strong> motion <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> ocean. This is perfect for a photographer.<br />

Since <strong>the</strong>y don’t run away, you could photograph<br />

a seahorse all day long. (However, <strong>the</strong>y are sensitive to<br />

powerful strobe lights on underwater cameras. So please<br />

be courteous, plan your shots carefully and try to take<br />

only a couple <strong>of</strong> shots in a single session with <strong>the</strong>se fragile<br />

and beautiful creatures.)<br />

The lined seahorse is monogamous, partnering for<br />

life with <strong>the</strong> same mate, so if you find one you will normally<br />

find <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r nearby. Each and every morning <strong>the</strong>y<br />

perform a ritual dance reaffirming <strong>the</strong>ir bond with each<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r. You can tell <strong>the</strong> difference between <strong>the</strong> male and<br />

<strong>the</strong> female because <strong>the</strong> male has a brood pouch on his<br />

belly. When <strong>the</strong>se two lovers mate, <strong>the</strong> female sprays her<br />

eggs into <strong>the</strong> male’s brood pouch where <strong>the</strong>y are fertilized<br />

and sealed away safely. The male provides oxygen<br />

to <strong>the</strong> eggs in <strong>the</strong> pouch during gestation by way <strong>of</strong> an<br />

extensive capillary system.<br />

After three weeks, hundreds <strong>of</strong> baby seahorses are<br />

expelled from <strong>the</strong> male’s pouch. Yet <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> hundreds<br />

born, only two can be expected to reach adulthood. The<br />

reef is a dangerous place for a tiny seahorse, ano<strong>the</strong>r reason<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are so difficult to spot. They have a lifespan <strong>of</strong><br />

up to four years and once you have discovered one, you<br />

can normally go back to visit as <strong>the</strong>y don’t move around<br />

much with those tiny fins.<br />

The lined seahorse is also a musician, for on <strong>the</strong> back<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir head <strong>the</strong>y have a special organ called a coronet.<br />

These star shaped organs are unique in appearance to<br />

each individual, like a human’s fingerprint or <strong>the</strong> pattern<br />

on <strong>the</strong> flukes <strong>of</strong> a humpback whale. By moving its head<br />

up and down, <strong>the</strong> seahorse can make a clicking noise with<br />

<strong>the</strong> coronet. During <strong>the</strong> ritual and mating dances, <strong>the</strong><br />

seahorse pair alternate clicks until <strong>the</strong>y embrace. Then<br />

<strong>the</strong>y click in symphony, two clicks become one, and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

loving bond is streng<strong>the</strong>ned.<br />

Pollution, coastal development and harvesting for<br />

Chinese medicine or ornamental value (dried) means that<br />

<strong>the</strong>se amazing little horse-faced fish, that instantly capture<br />

<strong>the</strong> imagination <strong>of</strong> any diver or snorkeler who has<br />

encountered <strong>the</strong>m in <strong>the</strong> wild, are now considered vulnerable<br />

to <strong>the</strong> threat <strong>of</strong> extinction. If you see one while<br />

diving in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, take time to cherish<br />

<strong>the</strong> moment.<br />

By continuing to support <strong>the</strong> “Beautiful by Nature”<br />

motto <strong>of</strong> this country and protecting our environment,<br />

we will hopefully have <strong>the</strong>se wonderful little examples<br />

<strong>of</strong> marine biodiversity here for future generations. Don’t<br />

litter on <strong>the</strong> land, on <strong>the</strong> beach or in <strong>the</strong> sea, to keep <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

local home clean and free. a<br />

A native <strong>of</strong> Ireland, Brian moved to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

with his wife Sabine in 2016 where <strong>the</strong>y opened <strong>the</strong><br />

Humpback Dive Shack on Grand Turk. Brian received his<br />

degree in Marine Biology from <strong>the</strong> Queens University <strong>of</strong><br />

Belfast in 2001 and has been traveling <strong>the</strong> globe as a<br />

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and underwater photographer<br />

since 2003. He holds an additional qualification<br />

in Tropical Habitat Conservation, is a certified whale and<br />

dolphin guide, a qualified boat captain and a self-taught<br />

outboard engine mechanic.<br />

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green pages<br />

newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />

head <strong>of</strong>fice: church folly, grand turk, tel 649 946 2801 • fax 649 946 1895<br />

• astwood street, south caicos, tel 649 946 3306 • fax 946 3710<br />

• national environmental centre, lower bight road, providenciales<br />

parks division, tel 649 941 5122 • fax 649 946 4793<br />

fisheries division, tel 649 946 4017 • fax 649 946 4793<br />

email environment@gov.tc or dema.tci@gmail.com • web https://www.gov.tc/decr/<br />


This image <strong>of</strong> one <strong>of</strong> TCI’s healthy stands <strong>of</strong> pillar coral shows how much we have to lose if SCTLD is not quickly controlled or eradicated.<br />

All is Not Lost . . . Yet<br />

A chance to save <strong>the</strong> coral reefs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> Summer <strong>2019</strong> issue <strong>of</strong> <strong>Times</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, pr<strong>of</strong>essors from <strong>the</strong> South Caicos School for Field<br />

Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies (SFS CMFS) talked about a new and emerging threat to <strong>the</strong><br />

coral reefs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>. They first noticed it in South Caicos in early <strong>2019</strong>. Since <strong>the</strong>n,<br />

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) has made its way to <strong>the</strong> popular reefs <strong>of</strong> West Caicos and<br />

Providenciales at a fast-enough rate that it has caused alarm among maritime authorities and recreational<br />

divers alike.<br />

By <strong>the</strong> Staff <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF)<br />

and <strong>the</strong> School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies (SFS CMRS)<br />

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This disturbing image shows <strong>the</strong> rapidity with which Stony Coral Tissue Loss disease destroys coral.<br />


This disease was first discovered <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> coast <strong>of</strong><br />

Florida in 2014. Over <strong>the</strong> past five years it has spread<br />

rapidly up and down <strong>the</strong> Atlantic coast <strong>of</strong> Florida and well<br />

into <strong>the</strong> Florida Keys. It is a devastating disease affecting<br />

20 species <strong>of</strong> very slow-growing corals that are <strong>the</strong> foundation<br />

<strong>of</strong> many coral reef systems. In some coral species<br />

monitored in Florida, <strong>the</strong> disease reportedly had an 80%<br />

mortality rate.<br />

The cause <strong>of</strong> this disease is unknown, but is suspected<br />

to be bacterial. The troublesome thing about<br />

bacterial diseases is that <strong>the</strong>y can be easily transferred<br />

from one area to ano<strong>the</strong>r via currents, marine life and<br />

even by divers picking up <strong>the</strong> disease’s causative agent<br />

on <strong>the</strong>ir dive gear and spreading it by using that same<br />

gear on o<strong>the</strong>r sites where <strong>the</strong> disease has possibly not yet<br />

been observed.<br />

In late May <strong>2019</strong>, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund volunteer<br />

divers observed its presence on <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn-most reefs<br />

<strong>of</strong> West Caicos. Within less than six weeks it had spread<br />

northward and is now observed at sites all along <strong>the</strong> West<br />

Caicos Reef. It has also spread to <strong>the</strong> reefs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> North<br />

West Point area <strong>of</strong> Providenciales and has now been con-<br />

firmed as present on dive sites on <strong>the</strong> north shore <strong>of</strong><br />

Providenciales—Grace Bay.<br />

The rapidity <strong>of</strong> its spread and <strong>the</strong> high mortality rate<br />

has put <strong>the</strong> coral reefs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> at<br />

a high risk <strong>of</strong> severe damage that could take hundreds<br />

<strong>of</strong> years, if ever, to repair. This is undeniable when one<br />

looks at what has happened in Florida due to this coral<br />

crisis.<br />

However, and this is <strong>the</strong> important part, all is not<br />

lost. At least not yet. The TCI is not Florida. Our waters<br />

are cleaner, our corals are more varied, more prevalent,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> general health <strong>of</strong> our reef tract pre-disease is<br />

significantly better than Florida’s. Yes, this is an issue<br />

that needs to be addressed quickly, but our water quality<br />

and past resilience give hope to <strong>the</strong> TCI’s reef as long as<br />

we can get ahead <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> disease. Stony Coral Tissue Loss<br />

Disease was only named in <strong>the</strong> last couple <strong>of</strong> years; it<br />

took almost three years <strong>of</strong> Florida’s reef being affected<br />

before any type <strong>of</strong> intervention or rescue started. They<br />

waited too long. Their unfortunate loss however, has<br />

given us and o<strong>the</strong>r Caribbean countries a head-start on<br />

saving our own reefs.<br />

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green pages newsletter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department <strong>of</strong> environment & coastal resources<br />


On August 1–2, <strong>2019</strong>, a learning exchange was<br />

hosted by MPA Connect (an initiative <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Gulf and<br />

Caribbean Fisheries Institute in partnership with <strong>the</strong><br />

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral<br />

Reef Conservation Program). Representatives from 18<br />

countries including TCI ga<strong>the</strong>red toge<strong>the</strong>r in Key West<br />

to discuss <strong>the</strong> disease, what we know about it and what<br />

treatments have been tried and tested. Having this information<br />

shared by Florida’s scientists has given us a real<br />

advantage at possible disease control.<br />

Concurrently, <strong>the</strong> rapidity with which we are reacting<br />

here in <strong>the</strong> TCI and how early we’ve started monitoring<br />

and collecting data could be <strong>of</strong> potential benefit to<br />

<strong>the</strong> overall understanding <strong>of</strong> SCTLD and how it spreads<br />

through different colonies. We have species here that<br />

became rare or unseen in Florida long before <strong>the</strong> arrival<br />

<strong>of</strong> SCTLD. Researchers <strong>the</strong>re are now looking to us to<br />

help determine when in <strong>the</strong> disease outbreak timeline<br />

certain corals are affected. Increased awareness and<br />

international communication and cooperation between<br />

countries in <strong>the</strong> region is perhaps <strong>the</strong> only positive this<br />

disease has brought, but it is one none<strong>the</strong>less.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> situation is urgent, it is not too late to save<br />

this incredibly important ecosystem. Corals are resilient<br />

if given <strong>the</strong> chance and <strong>the</strong> enabling conditions for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

growth and survival. The key is reducing local stressors<br />

to support reproduction, growth, and survival.<br />

Researchers in Florida have experimented with several<br />

different interventions in an effort to stop <strong>the</strong> spread<br />

<strong>of</strong> SCTLD on <strong>the</strong>ir reefs. Over <strong>the</strong> past couple <strong>of</strong> years,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y’ve collected results and it seems that <strong>the</strong> best<br />

treatment practices for dealing with SCTLD is an amoxicillin-based<br />

treatment through strategic, small-scale<br />

application. Research shows that this treatment approach<br />

can be 80% effective in stopping <strong>the</strong> progression <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

disease across a coral colony.<br />

Unfortunately, <strong>the</strong> treatment must be administered<br />

on a coral-head-by-coral-head basis—it is not one that<br />

can be easily administered to a section <strong>of</strong> coral reef. The<br />

initial treatment approach was to select an infected coral<br />

head and treat it individually by cutting a “firebreak”<br />

using ei<strong>the</strong>r a hammer and chisel or an underwater angle<br />

grinder (yes, <strong>the</strong>y do make those) along <strong>the</strong> margin<br />

between diseased and healthy tissue. The amoxicillin,<br />

At left: The first image shows an infected coral head before treatment;<br />

<strong>the</strong> second shows <strong>the</strong> treatment applied and <strong>the</strong> bottom photo shows<br />

<strong>the</strong> disease progression stopped two months later.<br />

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Divers apply <strong>the</strong> amoxicillin-based treatment to a SCTLD-infected coral head.<br />


which has been premixed in very small doses into a<br />

delivery base such as shea butter and loaded into a ca<strong>the</strong>ter-tipped<br />

syringe, is <strong>the</strong>n applied into <strong>the</strong> groove <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

firebreak. If necessary, a small amount <strong>of</strong> modeling clay<br />

can be used to keep <strong>the</strong> treatment base in place.More<br />

recently, <strong>the</strong> Florida researchers have found that cutting<br />

<strong>the</strong> firebreak may not be necessary and simply applying<br />

<strong>the</strong> antibiotic treatment to <strong>the</strong> disease margin may be<br />

adequate. Representatives from <strong>the</strong> DECR and TCRF were<br />

shown how and given <strong>the</strong> opportunity to apply <strong>the</strong> treatment<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves during <strong>the</strong> August workshop.<br />

DECR, TCRF and SFS CMRS have started training team<br />

leaders and volunteer divers in this treatment process.<br />

We expect to have divers in <strong>the</strong> water monitoring and<br />

treating several days each week until SCTLD is controlled,<br />

or better yet, eliminated. But we have to act now. As more<br />

research is completed in Florida and elsewhere, any<br />

improvements in <strong>the</strong> treatment approach will be incorporated<br />

in <strong>the</strong> best practices used on TCI reefs.<br />

Because <strong>the</strong> treatment approach is on a coral-head-bycoral-head<br />

basis and each treatment is time consuming,<br />

it will be an expensive and labor-intensive fight. If we<br />

want to save <strong>the</strong> reefs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, we<br />

have little choice but to start implementing this treatment<br />

approach on our reefs immediately. TCRF has reached out<br />

to local businesses and individuals in an effort to raise<br />

money to supplement <strong>the</strong> TCI Government’s investment<br />

in this effort and to have divers on <strong>the</strong> reefs monitoring<br />

<strong>the</strong> spread <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> disease and treating affected coral<br />

heads, but more funding is needed if we are to be successful<br />

in saving <strong>the</strong> TCI reefs. Funding is needed to pay<br />

for a project manager to oversee <strong>the</strong> work, boat use and<br />

fuel, supplies (amoxicillin, shea butter, syringes, gloves,<br />

etc).<br />

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Clockwise from top: An uninfected ocean surgeonfish (Acanthurus bahianus/tractus) swims along a coral reef. This ocean surgeonfish displays<br />

a single black spot, while <strong>the</strong> next fish has progressed to multiple black spots. Finally, this last image shows a highly infected ocean<br />

surgeonfish swimming along <strong>the</strong> ocean floor.<br />


The Story <strong>of</strong> a Parasite<br />

Black Spot Syndrome is a bane to reef fish.<br />

By Hannah Hall<br />

Between <strong>the</strong> white sandy beaches and <strong>the</strong> colorful coral reefs, <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> provide beauty<br />

above and below <strong>the</strong> water. Tourists come from all over <strong>the</strong> world to visit and enjoy spending time soaking<br />

up <strong>the</strong> sun. The warm, fluorescent-blue waters provide a suitable habitat for many marine species<br />

including fish, corals, and, unfortunately, even parasites.<br />

High aquatic parasite diversity near <strong>the</strong> equator makes <strong>the</strong> Caribbean a hotspot for parasite infections<br />

in reef fishes. Parasitism involves a relationship between two individuals, a host and a parasite. The parasite<br />

benefits from <strong>the</strong> host, while <strong>the</strong> host is negatively affected by <strong>the</strong> presence <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> parasite.<br />

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Like most animals, parasites come in many shapes<br />

and sizes. Every parasite has its own unique strategies<br />

for improving its fitness and survival. For example, some<br />

species hitch a ride on <strong>the</strong> outside <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir host, some are<br />

consumed by <strong>the</strong> host, and o<strong>the</strong>rs can burrow inside <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> host directly through <strong>the</strong> skin.<br />

The goal for all living things is to survive. Organisms<br />

require a specific amount <strong>of</strong> energy to maintain <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

survival, without it <strong>the</strong>y would not able to reproduce,<br />

forage, or evade predators. Most living things, including<br />

humans, must actively search for food to supply <strong>the</strong>m<br />

with enough energy to survive. Parasites, on <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

hand, are not required to regularly seek out food. Ra<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

once <strong>the</strong>y have chosen a host, <strong>the</strong> parasite can benefit<br />

from it directly. This allows <strong>the</strong> parasite to sit back, relax<br />

and focus on reproduction while <strong>the</strong>ir host does all <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

work to provide <strong>the</strong>m with a consistent influx <strong>of</strong> energy.<br />

Therefore, parasites <strong>of</strong>ten want <strong>the</strong>ir host to succeed<br />

because in turn, <strong>the</strong>y are provided with lasting energy.<br />

Though <strong>of</strong>ten underestimated due to <strong>the</strong>ir general<br />

small size, parasites are incredibly resourceful. Certain<br />

parasites even have a superpower that many humans<br />

crave—mind control! Some parasites can alter <strong>the</strong> behavior<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir fish host to make <strong>the</strong>m swim closer to <strong>the</strong><br />

surface, increasing <strong>the</strong> parasites’ chances <strong>of</strong> being spotted<br />

by <strong>the</strong>ir final host, i.e. a predatory bird. Ano<strong>the</strong>r change in<br />

behavior that is seen in infected individuals is fewer stops<br />

at “cleaning stations,” locations on a reef where small fish<br />

eat parasites <strong>of</strong>f <strong>of</strong> larger fish. Some infected individuals<br />

have also displayed increased time spent foraging in<br />

order to consume enough energy to maintain <strong>the</strong>ir survival<br />

while hosting an enervating parasite.<br />

A host changing its foraging behavior allows it to survive<br />

with a parasite, but it does come at a cost. Often,<br />

when <strong>the</strong> host individual must spend more time foraging<br />

to ensure it has enough energy for itself and its inhabitant,<br />

less energy is spent on o<strong>the</strong>r important activities<br />

such as reproduction and evading predators. If <strong>the</strong> host<br />

is not able to collect enough food to supply itself and <strong>the</strong><br />

parasite with ample energy, <strong>the</strong> host may begin to exhibit<br />

“tired” behavior. This lack <strong>of</strong> energy can lead to reduced<br />

swimming speeds and maneuverability, fur<strong>the</strong>r decreasing<br />

its ability to avoid predators or outcompete o<strong>the</strong>rs for<br />

food. Thus, <strong>the</strong> parasite-host manipulation proves quite<br />

complex in order to ensure that both <strong>the</strong> parasite and<br />

host are able to survive.<br />

A SFS student videotapes an ocean surgeonfish for later analysis.<br />

Parasites that manipulate <strong>the</strong>ir host’s behavior are not<br />

uncommon in aquatic ecosystems. A trematode infects<br />

aquatic species such as mollusks and fish and is a very<br />

common example <strong>of</strong> a behavior-altering parasite. They<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten have a multi-host lifecycle in which <strong>the</strong>y begin with<br />

an intermediate host (such as a marine snail), followed<br />

by a second intermediate host (reef fish), before reaching<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir final, tertiary host (predatory birds). This type <strong>of</strong><br />

lifecycle gives <strong>the</strong> parasite time to grow and reproduce in<br />

<strong>the</strong> water before moving on to a higher energy providing<br />

host.<br />

One particular trematode parasite has been catching<br />

<strong>the</strong> attention <strong>of</strong> scientists throughout <strong>the</strong> Caribbean,<br />

Scaphanocephalus expansus. This is a small (3–5mm<br />

diameter) parasite that burrows into <strong>the</strong> skin <strong>of</strong> its fish<br />

host. Once S. expansus has burrowed within a fish, it<br />

leaves a distinct black spot-like marking on <strong>the</strong> skin or fin<br />

ray <strong>of</strong> its fish host. Due to <strong>the</strong>se unique markings, infections<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> S. expansus parasite have been referred to<br />

as Black Spot Syndrome (BSS). Unfortunately for <strong>the</strong> host,<br />

if a parasite is plentiful in a given region or ecosystem,<br />

several parasites can infect a single individual, leaving it<br />

with multiple black spots. Once burrowed, S. expansus<br />

generally does not relocate unless its host dies, or it is<br />

consumed by a terminal host. Luckily for us, S. expansus<br />

is not transferrable from fish to humans.<br />


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A School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies student on South Caicos lays down transect line to assess <strong>the</strong> habitat below.<br />

An individual S. expansus parasite <strong>of</strong>ten finds an end<br />

to its journey in <strong>the</strong> mighty osprey (Pandion haliaetus<br />

ridgwayi). As <strong>the</strong> tertiary host, <strong>the</strong> osprey is <strong>the</strong> parasite’s<br />

final destination where it can feed <strong>of</strong>f <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> energy <strong>of</strong> this<br />

resourceful host. However, <strong>the</strong> cycle does not stop <strong>the</strong>re.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> parasite sexually reproduces inside <strong>of</strong> an osprey,<br />

<strong>the</strong> infected osprey can spread <strong>the</strong> parasite’s eggs into<br />

<strong>the</strong> water through its waste. The waste can <strong>the</strong>n lead to<br />

infection in an initial host, likely a snail, <strong>the</strong>reby allowing<br />

<strong>the</strong> parasite to re-enter <strong>the</strong> coral reef ecosystem, starting<br />

<strong>the</strong> seemingly never-ending cycle over again.<br />

Black spot syndrome has been seen in a variety <strong>of</strong><br />

reef fishes, yet overwhelming, <strong>the</strong> ocean surgeonfish<br />

(Acanthurus bahianus/tractus) has been <strong>the</strong> most highly<br />

infected species. The exact reason for this is unknown,<br />

though it has been speculated that <strong>the</strong>ir high population<br />

numbers, high abundance in shallow water, and/or <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

tendency to stay near <strong>the</strong> ocean floor where <strong>the</strong>y are more<br />

likely to come into contact with <strong>the</strong> free swimming form<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> parasite could lead to <strong>the</strong>ir higher infection rates.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> parasite’s perspective, <strong>the</strong> ocean surgeonfish<br />

can be seen as a beneficial intermediate host due to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

shallow depth preference, frequent foraging behaviors,<br />

and <strong>the</strong>ir light coloration that provides greater contrast<br />

with <strong>the</strong> black spots, which may increase avian predation.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> School for Field Studies Center for Marine<br />

Resource Studies (SFS CMRS) on South Caicos, we have<br />

been conducting research to fur<strong>the</strong>r understand <strong>the</strong><br />

behavioral changes that S. expansus imposes on <strong>the</strong><br />

ocean surgeonfish as part <strong>of</strong> our reef monitoring program.<br />

Through our research, we have found that individuals<br />

infected with BSS forage less than uninfected individuals.<br />

In o<strong>the</strong>r words, <strong>the</strong> parasite that causes Black Spot<br />

Syndrome is likely manipulating <strong>the</strong> ocean surgeonfish<br />

to eat less frequently. Infected individuals also displayed<br />

fewer attempts to remove <strong>the</strong> parasite(s) from its body.<br />

The knowledge that <strong>the</strong>se results provide us is very<br />

important. Ocean surgeonfish are an extremely important<br />

species in our reef ecosystems for controlling algae<br />

growth. However, <strong>the</strong> ocean surgeonfish is simply an<br />

example <strong>of</strong> one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> many types <strong>of</strong> fish this parasite<br />

can affect. Black Spot Syndrome has also been observed<br />

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in bar jacks, snapper, grouper and parrotfish. These very<br />

different species are extremely important for local fisherman<br />

and <strong>the</strong>y play an important role in <strong>the</strong> health <strong>of</strong> coral<br />

reef ecosystems.<br />

Black Spot Syndrome has been prevalent in <strong>the</strong><br />

Caribbean for many years, as evidenced by photographs<br />

showing fish with <strong>the</strong> characteristic black markings in<br />

1985. It is also widespread throughout <strong>the</strong> Caribbean<br />

islands, as it has been photographed on reefs from at<br />

least 14 different countries.<br />

Despite <strong>the</strong> long history and prevalence <strong>of</strong> this parasite,<br />

little is known about its full life cycle and how<br />

exactly it impacts its host’s behavior. For example, it is<br />

thought that <strong>the</strong> initial host <strong>of</strong> S. expansus is a marine<br />


From top: Uncharacteristic black spots can be seen on and near <strong>the</strong><br />

tail <strong>of</strong> this coney grouper (Cephalopholis fulva). Black spots are visible<br />

on this in-transit stoplight parrotfish (Sparisoma viride).<br />

snail, however, <strong>the</strong> particular species <strong>of</strong> snail has yet to<br />

be determined. Also, despite confirming that S. expansus<br />

is <strong>the</strong> cause <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> black spots in ocean surgeonfish in<br />

Bonaire, a Dutch island in <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn Caribbean, it has<br />

yet to be determined if <strong>the</strong> black spots found on fish in<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r Caribbean islands are, in fact, caused by S. expansus.<br />

In order to keep <strong>the</strong> reefs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI “beautiful by<br />

nature” and ensure that <strong>the</strong>y can provide enough catch<br />

for our local fishermen, it is very important to continue<br />

our research to answer <strong>the</strong>se questions and gain a greater<br />

understanding <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> impacts that <strong>the</strong>se parasites have<br />

on <strong>the</strong>ir hosts and <strong>the</strong> coral reef ecosystem as a whole. a<br />

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feature<br />

Opposite page: The extensive Ramsar Nature Reserve, which spans much <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn coasts <strong>of</strong> North Caicos and Middle Caicos, hides<br />

breathtaking networks <strong>of</strong> estuaries and wetlands. Mangroves can be found across <strong>the</strong>se systems, yet almost every channel is unique, with<br />

varying levels <strong>of</strong> salinity, tidal flow, and flora and fauna.<br />

Above: The mangroves we see above water are supported by prop roots underwater. They slow water circulation and trap sediment—building<br />

land on islands and helping to protect <strong>the</strong> coast from storm erosion.<br />

The Magic <strong>of</strong> Mangroves<br />

A trip through an amazing and valuable eco-treasure.<br />

By Kelly Currington ~ Photos By Agile LeVin, VisitTCI.com<br />

My eyes are immediately drawn to <strong>the</strong> network <strong>of</strong> red and brown “fingers” reaching upward out <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

water as my board glides through <strong>the</strong> shallow crystal-clear water <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> mangrove forest. As we slowly<br />

move along, we listen to our guide, Chris, talk to us about all <strong>the</strong> creatures and plants that live here.<br />

Every so <strong>of</strong>ten we stop, sit quietly and watch <strong>the</strong> tiny fish darting in and out <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> roots. We see sponges<br />

growing on <strong>the</strong> hard substrate <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> plants, tiny snails attached to almost every stem, and algae plants<br />

everywhere. We gain knowledge <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> vital roles each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se play in this magical place.<br />

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Traveling through <strong>the</strong> mangrove channels via kayak or paddleboard is an awe-inspiring and magical experience.<br />

I am fascinated as our guide explains what a mangrove<br />

forest is and how it functions. We listen intently as<br />

he talks about <strong>the</strong>se special plants that grow in coastal<br />

saline or “brackish” water. These plants are salt-tolerant<br />

(halophytes) and adapted for life in relatively harsh<br />

coastal conditions.<br />

The way mangrove forests work is an amazing feat <strong>of</strong><br />

nature. One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first things we learn is why <strong>the</strong>ir roots<br />

rise up out <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> water. Mangrove roots are pneumatophores,<br />

specialized to facilitate aeration. For at least part<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> day, <strong>the</strong>se aerial, or breathing, roots, are exposed<br />

to <strong>the</strong> air. This is crucial, as <strong>the</strong> mud or sediment in <strong>the</strong><br />

mangrove forest is oxygen-poor, unstable and incapable<br />

<strong>of</strong> supporting <strong>the</strong> underground root system. Nature<br />

adapted by creating roots that reach up and out for <strong>the</strong><br />

oxygen mangroves need to survive.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r amazing and noticeable magic trick <strong>of</strong><br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>r Nature is <strong>the</strong> way she sacrifices one leaf to protect<br />

<strong>the</strong> “soul” <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> plant. The sacrificial leaf is where <strong>the</strong><br />

plant filters out salt from <strong>the</strong> roots. The leaf turns yellow<br />

or brown, and when it has reached its maximum salinity,<br />

it falls <strong>of</strong>f and a new leaf takes over. The leaf that falls<br />

<strong>of</strong>f will decompose and feed smaller creatures, <strong>the</strong>refore<br />

continuing <strong>the</strong> circle <strong>of</strong> life.<br />

Mangrove forests are one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most important<br />

ecosystems on <strong>the</strong> earth, and <strong>the</strong>re is something incredibly<br />

spiritual and magical about gliding through <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

Their dense root systems trap sediments flowing <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong><br />

land, which helps stabilize <strong>the</strong> coastlines and helps prevent<br />

erosion caused by storms and big waves, as well as<br />

keeping <strong>the</strong> sediment from flowing out onto <strong>the</strong> reef and<br />

smo<strong>the</strong>ring <strong>the</strong> corals and seagrass.<br />

Besides being a protective barrier for <strong>the</strong> islands,<br />

<strong>the</strong> mangroves have many o<strong>the</strong>r contributing benefits to<br />

a healthy eco-system. One <strong>of</strong> those benefits is that <strong>the</strong><br />

mangrove forest serves as a nursery and safe haven for<br />

many species. Juvenile reef and lemon sharks stay in <strong>the</strong><br />

safety <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> mangroves for about two years, where <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are safe from predators in <strong>the</strong> shallow water and dense<br />

root system. The juvenile sharks (pups) use this time to<br />

grow and practice hunting little fish, learning <strong>the</strong> skills<br />

<strong>the</strong>y will need to survive out on <strong>the</strong> reef. Juvenile sea turtles<br />

not only use this safe haven to grow and hide from<br />

predators—<strong>the</strong>re is a rich source <strong>of</strong> vegetation for <strong>the</strong>m<br />

in <strong>the</strong> mangroves, increasing <strong>the</strong>ir survival odds.<br />

While we move through <strong>the</strong> forest, <strong>the</strong> sound <strong>of</strong> birds<br />

chirping and leaves rustling is a calm and peaceful sound.<br />

The gentle movement <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> water flowing under us is<br />

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Top: This isolated red mangrove bush is located in Stakes Bank near South Caicos, and serves one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> few frigatebird rookeries remaining<br />

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

Bottom: A flamboyance <strong>of</strong> Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) take flight near Vine Point in <strong>the</strong> Ramsar Nature Reserve on <strong>the</strong> south<br />

coast <strong>of</strong> Middle Caicos.<br />

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This startlingly spectacular image is actually an ecological disaster. It was taken in 2018 when <strong>the</strong> estuary between McCartney Cay and Hog<br />

Cay, which is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> longest mangrove channels in <strong>the</strong> country, was completely closed <strong>of</strong>f with sargassum. That location is typically one<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most scenic areas in <strong>the</strong> TCI, and <strong>the</strong> water is usually turquoise.

This peaceful evening scene takes place at <strong>the</strong> Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve on Providenciales, one <strong>of</strong> TCI’s true treasures.<br />

mesmerizing, washes away outside thoughts and brings<br />

you to a mental place <strong>of</strong> clarity. You can almost feel <strong>the</strong><br />

intellectual connection between <strong>the</strong> plants and creatures<br />

here. It’s very difficult to explain in words—it’s something<br />

you have to experience. It allows you to connect<br />

with nature in a very raw way, and to connect to your own<br />

inner peace without <strong>the</strong> clutter and white noise <strong>of</strong> everyday<br />

life. It is an opportunity to unplug manmade sounds<br />

and hear nature’s voice.<br />

The water rises and falls up to three feet here in <strong>the</strong>se<br />

mangroves <strong>of</strong> Providenciales, and as it changes, so does<br />

<strong>the</strong> activity level. When <strong>the</strong> tide is high and <strong>the</strong> channel is<br />

at its deepest, we see sea turtles swimming in <strong>the</strong> middle<br />

and watch juvenile reef and lemon sharks swimming out<br />

in <strong>the</strong> open and circling our boards, chasing little fish.<br />

These pups are about two feet in length and can move<br />

astonishingly fast. When <strong>the</strong> tide starts to recede, <strong>the</strong><br />

creatures use this as a sign to return to <strong>the</strong> shade <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

roots until <strong>the</strong> next rise, as <strong>the</strong> tropical sun is extreme<br />

and harsh on <strong>the</strong> shallow, unshaded water.<br />

The mangroves appear to have an intelligence all<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir own. The plants never grow in <strong>the</strong> channel, yet keep<br />

<strong>the</strong> perimeter thick and lush, as if <strong>the</strong> plants somehow<br />

speak to one ano<strong>the</strong>r to know <strong>the</strong> water must flow in and<br />

out to keep <strong>the</strong> delicate ecosystem intact.<br />

It is no secret that one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most adverse and<br />

destructive effects <strong>of</strong> climate change today is coral<br />

bleaching. It is happening in all <strong>the</strong> world’s oceans and is<br />

predicted to worsen as more carbon is absorbed by <strong>the</strong><br />

sea. Here’s something that may not be so well known:<br />

Mangrove plants have <strong>the</strong> capability to clean <strong>the</strong> air we<br />

brea<strong>the</strong> by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide up to<br />

ten times more than a comparably sized terrestrial forest.<br />

This is crucial in <strong>the</strong> continuous battle against climate<br />

change and <strong>the</strong>se special forests are key in saving <strong>the</strong><br />

oceans. With coral reefs being <strong>the</strong> foundation <strong>of</strong> marine<br />

life, <strong>the</strong> very real possibility <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir death is disastrous<br />

for <strong>the</strong> planet. The reduction <strong>of</strong> carbon in <strong>the</strong> water<br />

means <strong>the</strong> reduction <strong>of</strong> coral bleaching. This is vital!<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r way mangrove forests could be key in saving<br />

<strong>the</strong> reefs is by providing shelter for coral species at<br />

risk <strong>of</strong> extinction from bleaching. Baby corals grow within<br />

<strong>the</strong> mangrove roots, and once mature enough, can be<br />

transplanted to <strong>the</strong> reef, aiding natural growth and reproduction.<br />

What I learned from my adventure in this forest is<br />

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how crucial mangroves are, not only for keeping coastlines<br />

safe from storms and surge, but in <strong>the</strong>ir role in<br />

protecting so many species <strong>of</strong> life that rely on <strong>the</strong>m for<br />

safety and nourishment. I also learned how important it<br />

is to educate people on <strong>the</strong>se amazing ecosystems and<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir role in <strong>the</strong> “big picture” <strong>of</strong> all life. Mangroves must<br />

be protected—once <strong>the</strong>y are gone, <strong>the</strong>y cannot simply<br />

be replanted. Because <strong>the</strong>y actually hold <strong>the</strong> coastline<br />

in place and give it its shape, once gone <strong>the</strong> land will<br />

erode, giving way to tide and current, which will change<br />

<strong>the</strong> coastline permanently.<br />

As my time in <strong>the</strong> magical forest <strong>of</strong> mangroves came<br />

to an end, I left feeling privileged to have experienced it<br />

and to have heard <strong>the</strong> message in its voice. I will visit this<br />

amazing ecosystem again, not only to continue learning<br />

all I can about life here, but also to allow myself to unplug<br />

again and soak up <strong>the</strong> peace that one can only experience<br />

in <strong>the</strong> quiet <strong>of</strong> nature.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> day, Kite Provo delivered far and<br />

above my expectations on this adventure. I was filled<br />

with so much educational information, generating just<br />

as many questions for my next jaunt in <strong>the</strong> mangroves.<br />

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Market Street, Grand Turk<br />

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

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The Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve is a remote inland pond system on Providenciales, and is home to <strong>the</strong> most impressive red mangrove<br />

forests on <strong>the</strong> island. The interior pond <strong>of</strong> this nature reserve is tidal, with underwater cave systems.


usiness<br />

Opposite page: Bruce Willis’s 7.37 acre beachfront property on Parrot Cay was recently sold for $27 million, just short <strong>of</strong> becoming <strong>the</strong> island’s<br />

most expensive piece <strong>of</strong> real estate, according to listing agent Nina Siegenthaler <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos So<strong>the</strong>by’s International Realty. There is a<br />

five-bedroom main house, a yoga pavilion and two guest casitas.<br />

Above: As Bruce Willis’s agent for seven years, John Galleymore was able to utilize local contractors and suppliers in order to control <strong>the</strong><br />

escalating maintenance program.<br />


Don’t Worry, I’ve Got This!<br />

Protecting <strong>the</strong> interests <strong>of</strong> owners and investors.<br />

By John Galleymore<br />

ISLAND LIVING . . . It’s a common misconception that life in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> is a stress-free routine <strong>of</strong> lounging<br />

in hammocks, drinking rum cocktails and watching sunsets. Yes, while that may happen some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> time,<br />

for <strong>the</strong> majority <strong>of</strong> us in order to play hard, we have to work hard.<br />

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Parrot Cay serves as a get-away place to many celebrities, including Donna Karan, Bruce Willis, Keith Richards and o<strong>the</strong>r lesser-known but<br />

equally successful people.<br />

Island living for a resident expatriate like me and my<br />

wife Sally has its challenges, but we deal with <strong>the</strong>m and<br />

embrace <strong>the</strong> Caribbean way <strong>of</strong> life, its culture and <strong>the</strong><br />

wonderful people that live here. We can tell tales <strong>of</strong> quirky<br />

“island” situations that we’ve all had to deal with, mostly<br />

with a smile and a dose <strong>of</strong> patience and understanding!<br />

For <strong>the</strong> most part, folks visiting <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> are on vacation and <strong>the</strong> gracious staff <strong>of</strong> resorts,<br />

restaurants and spas, along with transportation and tour<br />

operators, cater for <strong>the</strong>ir every need. A fair share <strong>of</strong> those<br />

visitors choose to invest here, most <strong>of</strong>ten in a vacation<br />

property. For those “newbies,” <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> take on a<br />

whole different persona when <strong>the</strong>y enter <strong>the</strong> realms <strong>of</strong><br />

real estate and property development. Dealing with architects,<br />

contractors, tradesmen, government permits and<br />

<strong>the</strong> like is far removed from what <strong>the</strong>y may be used to<br />

“back home” and it’s easy to get stuck along <strong>the</strong> way. And<br />

here, becoming unstuck can end up costing big bucks!<br />

I originally arrived in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> in<br />

2006 to work on a huge hotel development on West<br />

Caicos. In spite <strong>of</strong> having spent many years in UK construction,<br />

I still had a very steep learning curve <strong>of</strong> how<br />

things were done in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. Luckily, I was working<br />

with Projetech Ltd., one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> longest-standing and most<br />

John Galleymore (far right) had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to talk with former US<br />

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle during a recent project<br />

in <strong>the</strong> British Virgin <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

reputable building companies on Providenciales, so <strong>the</strong><br />

issue <strong>of</strong> quality was never a problem.<br />

Sometime after this experience, I ended up on Parrot<br />

Cay—home to many celebrities—and found myself in <strong>the</strong><br />

villas <strong>of</strong> Donna Karan, Bruce Willis and Keith Richards, as<br />

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well as o<strong>the</strong>r lesser-known but equally successful people.<br />

It was during this time that my personal ethos <strong>of</strong> treating<br />

everyone equally really came to light. I was asked in passing<br />

by a wealthy owner what my thoughts were on some<br />

expensive outdoor woodwork that was being installed,<br />

after all, he commented, “It’s costing me half a million<br />

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had actually quoted for stainless steel screws but opted<br />

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cut corners and occasionally “overlook” some cost-critical<br />

items. For <strong>the</strong> unwary investor, this can cost hugely.<br />

Fortunately, <strong>the</strong> majority <strong>of</strong> TCI’s established quantity<br />

surveyors, architects and building managers, including<br />

those whose ads you see in this magazine, work to protect<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir clients from maintenance problems caused by<br />

<strong>the</strong> harsh Caribbean environment.<br />

I have found myself assisting new owners and developers<br />

all over <strong>the</strong> Caribbean, South America, UK and USA.<br />

As an experienced project manager drawing on 35 years<br />

<strong>of</strong> construction experience, I can view a project not just<br />

from a contractor’s viewpoint, but also from <strong>the</strong> owner’s.<br />

This is especially critical if <strong>the</strong> owner has little or no<br />

construction experience, is not on island, or commonly,<br />

both. It’s imperative <strong>the</strong>y have someone whose sole focus<br />

is protecting <strong>the</strong>ir investment.<br />

Bruce Willis has a fabulous private estate on Parrot<br />

Cay that was just recently sold for an astonishing $27<br />

million. When I was lucky enough to meet him, I actually<br />

<strong>of</strong>fended him by being critical <strong>of</strong> his property. However,<br />

once he realized all <strong>the</strong> items I highlighted were actually<br />

issues he had been reliant on (and paying) o<strong>the</strong>rs to fix<br />

for years, he realized that I was not a “Yes man” and that<br />

I’d tell it to him straight—good or bad. He looked me in<br />

<strong>the</strong> eye and said, “I need someone to have my back!” I<br />

replied, “I got this . . .”<br />

I viewed his property as I do any o<strong>the</strong>r, regardless<br />

<strong>of</strong> size or who owns it—I treat it as my property. If <strong>the</strong>re<br />

is work being done or an expenditure to cover, I always<br />

think, “Would I accept this on my house? Would I pay this<br />

much for this item if it were my money?”<br />

I normally start by arranging a full survey <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> property<br />

and highlight where costs can be saved and what<br />

work needs to be done. Home-running costs—utilities,<br />

staff, maintenance—can be quite high, <strong>of</strong>ten excessive.<br />

Over time, with <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> some great workers, local suppliers<br />

and successful TCI vendors, we reduced <strong>the</strong> annual<br />

expenditure on <strong>the</strong> Willis estate from close to a million<br />

dollars to around $300,000.<br />

You don’t have to be a celebrity to live in <strong>the</strong> beautiful<br />

Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, and many people own modest<br />

homes and villas. It’s a very common practice to own a<br />

second vacation home and rent it out to <strong>of</strong>fset <strong>the</strong> running<br />

costs. This can be very lucrative if handled in <strong>the</strong><br />

correct way.<br />

When starting out on a potential rental-income property<br />

investment or vacation home, <strong>the</strong>re are a number <strong>of</strong><br />

key factors to consider:<br />

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1. The property location;<br />

2. The property’s condition and works needed;<br />

3. Choosing contractors, architects and suppliers;<br />

4. Deciding who will manage <strong>the</strong> property; and<br />

5. Choosing a property manager.<br />

Location<br />

As with any property purchase, this is paramount and<br />

even more so for an island rental. Over <strong>the</strong> years, focus<br />

has shifted from <strong>the</strong> “key” areas <strong>of</strong> Leeward and Grace<br />

Bay out to Long Bay, Turtle Tail and Chalk Sound. Good<br />

island knowledge is invaluable when advising on location<br />

or predicting <strong>the</strong> next upcoming “hot spot.”<br />

Property condition<br />

A glance through <strong>the</strong> bi-annual Turks & Caicos Real Estate<br />

Association’s magazine Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Real<br />

Estate or <strong>the</strong> corresponding MLS system at www.tcrea.<br />

com shows that a tremendous number <strong>of</strong> properties on<br />

island are for sale, and that is quite normal. Homes are<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten finished to a very high standard and many are listed<br />

almost immediately.<br />

If you wish to buy a turn-key property, <strong>the</strong>re is a<br />

vast array available. However, some investors may wish<br />

to ei<strong>the</strong>r buy a fixer-upper or break ground and build a<br />

bespoke property. Buying a run-down or even half-finished<br />

building may seem daunting, but with <strong>the</strong> right<br />

guidance and crew onboard, it will soon be transformed<br />

into your dream home in paradise.<br />


Choosing <strong>the</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essionals<br />

Whatever condition <strong>the</strong> property you choose, at some<br />

point you may need to employ <strong>the</strong> services <strong>of</strong> a pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

contractor, engineer or architect—and possibly<br />

all three! The larger, long-established contractors tend<br />

to have more in-house protocols for quality assurance,<br />

scheduling, payment schedules and progress reporting.<br />

Recent years have seen <strong>the</strong> emergence <strong>of</strong> competent and<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional independent contractors, who are able to<br />

produce extremely high-end work, <strong>of</strong>ten without <strong>the</strong> overheads<br />

<strong>of</strong> a larger company. That said, <strong>the</strong> type <strong>of</strong> project<br />

you are undertaking will determine <strong>the</strong> contractor and<br />

this decision should be taken carefully.<br />

Engineers and architects will <strong>of</strong>ten already be<br />

involved in larger projects such as house builds and large<br />

renovations. You should determine if acting as a client’s<br />

representative is within <strong>the</strong>ir designated scope <strong>of</strong> works.<br />

They can be an excellent resource for any homeowner.<br />

The donkeys that roam across Salt Cay are descendants <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> animals<br />

that worked during <strong>the</strong> salt producing days.<br />

This collection <strong>of</strong> home disasters seen by <strong>the</strong> author shows <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

<strong>of</strong> preventative maintenance and using property managers with<br />

experience and know-how.<br />

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Property management<br />

Once <strong>the</strong> house is completed, <strong>the</strong> furnishings are in, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> pool is cleaned, it may be time to think about heading<br />

home to North America or Europe. That’s when you<br />

need to decide who is going to look after your new piece<br />

<strong>of</strong> paradise.<br />

Firstly, a decision is made whe<strong>the</strong>r to rent it for an<br />

income or keep it secure as a visiting vacation home for<br />

you and family. Renting brings many benefits—income<br />

to <strong>of</strong>fset expenditure being <strong>the</strong> main focus. However, it<br />

can also bring headaches—legislation that needs to be<br />

adhered to, such as standards for renting (fire and pool<br />

regulations included); taxes and service charges that<br />

need to be billed and paid to government; regular maintenance;<br />

guest issues and complaints—soon it can all seem<br />

too much.<br />

Even just having a home locked up until you return<br />

can bring its own set <strong>of</strong> issues—who will check it regularly<br />

for leaks, bugs or storm damage? Sometimes, even<br />

a simple fix has a way <strong>of</strong> becoming very complicated too!<br />

A reliable and pr<strong>of</strong>essional property manager will<br />

take all this stress away from you—but for a fee, <strong>of</strong><br />

course. How your home is managed will determine how<br />

much you pay. You will need to decide on such things<br />

as bookings, payments, and who will manage those. The<br />

taxes and charges collected from guests must be paid<br />

regularly to <strong>the</strong> TCI Government or fines can be incurred.<br />

Cleaning, maintenance, grocery stocking and meet-andgreet<br />

are amongst a long list <strong>of</strong> tasks needed to run a<br />

successful property.<br />

For <strong>the</strong>se services, managers will charge up to 20%,<br />

although 15% is more normal. This can end up being a<br />

large chunk <strong>of</strong> income that you will need to account for<br />

to run your property. If <strong>the</strong> home is secured and vacant,<br />

a set monthly fee should be agreed on in return for a<br />

regular duty. Some owners choose to <strong>of</strong>fset expenses by<br />

taking care <strong>of</strong> such things as online booking <strong>the</strong>mselves.<br />

This can save money, but your time value needs to be<br />

weighed up against <strong>the</strong> savings made.<br />

Choosing a manager/caretaker<br />

What to look for in a reliable manager? For me, <strong>the</strong> most<br />

important attributes are commitment and attitude—a<br />

manager who is 100% focused on your property. A reliable<br />

manager should be sending weekly updates on <strong>the</strong><br />

property, as well as looking ahead for any maintenance<br />

issues. There is an old saying about “putting out fires”<br />

and this is <strong>of</strong>ten <strong>the</strong> case (thankfully, not literally) with<br />

many property managers. They will REACT to an issue<br />

(blocked drain, faulty A/C) and not be PROACTIVE in preventative<br />

actions.<br />

They should also be aware <strong>of</strong> property expenditure<br />

and spend your money as if it was <strong>the</strong>ir own. Quite <strong>of</strong>ten I<br />

am told by owners that a repair part, service or goods has<br />

been purchased with no regard to its cost or research into<br />

cheaper alternatives. I once had someone buy a replacement<br />

part for a septic tank costing $1,700 that could<br />

have been bought online for $120 had <strong>the</strong>y just carried<br />

out some basic research.<br />

To summarize, a pr<strong>of</strong>essional manager will:<br />

• Send a weekly update as to <strong>the</strong> house, its condition<br />

and any issues.<br />

• Instigate a full PPM (Pre-planned Maintenance Program)<br />

to ensure potential issuse are caught early.<br />

• Obtain tenders and price comparisons for goods, services<br />

and materials needed.<br />

• Visit <strong>the</strong> house regularly, in person, whe<strong>the</strong>r occupied<br />

or not, to check for issues.<br />

• Warn you <strong>of</strong> advancing storms and protect/secure <strong>the</strong><br />

house as needed.<br />

• Visit <strong>the</strong> home within 24 hours <strong>of</strong> any major storm to<br />

report back on its condition.<br />

Owning a piece <strong>of</strong> paradise is a dream that is available<br />

to you if you set your heart to it! With some good<br />

research and dedication, you will be able to surround<br />

yourself with a great team who will love your home as<br />

much as you do! a<br />

John Galleymore operates a successful homeowners/ concierge<br />

service in <strong>the</strong> TCI. He consults, advises and acts<br />

as an owner’s representative on properties worldwide.<br />

To contact him for advice, call (649) 232 7083 or email<br />

compasstci@gmail.com.<br />

John Galleymore makes <strong>the</strong> rounds <strong>of</strong> a private estate.<br />

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South Bank launches The Boathouses<br />

In <strong>the</strong> Spring <strong>2019</strong> issue <strong>of</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, we introduced you to<br />

<strong>the</strong> intriguing new residential resort<br />

community <strong>of</strong> South Bank. Located on<br />

Providenciales’ ruggedly beautiful south<br />

shore at Long Bay, it is <strong>the</strong> latest idyllic<br />

retreat by Windward Development,<br />

specialists in creating unique waterfront<br />

properties. Debuting this fall are The<br />

Boathouses at South Bank, <strong>the</strong> first <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir kind on <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

The South Bank property, spanning<br />

31 acres east <strong>of</strong> Caicos Marina, with 230<br />

feet <strong>of</strong> beachfront along Long Bay Beach<br />

and 2,000 feet <strong>of</strong> picturesque ironshore,<br />

beckons with a siren song to water lovers.<br />

I took a bike ride along <strong>the</strong> road lining <strong>the</strong> property<br />

one afternoon this summer, and couldn’t tear my eyes<br />

from <strong>the</strong> vast expanse <strong>of</strong> gleaming deep blue sea that<br />

lapped at <strong>the</strong> shore. If I had access to a boat, kayak<br />

or paddle board, I would have been skimming those<br />

luscious waters.<br />

I suspect that’s why South Bank is adding The<br />

Boathouses to <strong>the</strong> two already introduced neighborhoods:<br />

The Lagoon, an intimate community <strong>of</strong> twelve<br />

villas surrounding a swimming beach lagoon, and The<br />

Ocean Estate, a collection <strong>of</strong> eight contemporary beach<br />

and oceanfront homes. Abundant in space and light,<br />

<strong>the</strong> 38 Boathouses are in <strong>the</strong> The Launch neighborhood<br />

on <strong>the</strong> marina waterfront, each with a private dock<br />

directly on <strong>the</strong> back terrace—a TCI first. Designed as<br />

a modern Caribbean streetscape surrounding a central<br />

pool and relaxation area, The Boathouses <strong>of</strong>fer <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect balance <strong>of</strong> community, views and space, with<br />

prices starting at $795,000.<br />

The one-bedroom Boathouse covers 1,918 square<br />

feet <strong>of</strong> interior and exterior living space on two levels.<br />

The living and dining areas are on ei<strong>the</strong>r side <strong>of</strong> a<br />

contemporary kitchen on <strong>the</strong> ground floor, with an outdoor<br />

dining terrace seemingly floating above <strong>the</strong> water.<br />

There is also a lower terrace for easy boat and water<br />

access. The second level holds an oversized master<br />

suite with large walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom.<br />

The efficient two-bedroom Boathouse <strong>of</strong>fers 2,077<br />

square feet <strong>of</strong> living space on its two levels, with <strong>the</strong><br />

second bedroom on <strong>the</strong> upper floor and including<br />

ensuite bathrooms, spacious closets and a terrace. It<br />

The contemporary styled Boathouses in South Bank’s Launch neighborhood are<br />

available with optional ro<strong>of</strong>top terraces with expansive water views.<br />

represents outstanding value.<br />

The three-bedroom Boathouse measures a generous<br />

2,839 square feet over three levels. The master<br />

bedroom expands across <strong>the</strong> entire third floor and<br />

<strong>of</strong>fers panoramic water views.<br />

Ownership includes use <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> community area<br />

with pool (equally suited for sun worshippers and keen<br />

swimmers), and a spacious lounging patio with hammocks,<br />

BBQs, changing rooms and bathrooms.<br />

Blee Halligan are <strong>the</strong> architects bringing South<br />

Bank to life. According to Greg Blee, “We designed<br />

The Boathouses to create a welcoming, peaceful<br />

atmosphere where everything is at hand. These<br />

contemporary townhouses surround a central entertainment<br />

area, designed as an extension <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> villas<br />

to create a cohesiveness in design and materiality.<br />

Some homes have <strong>the</strong> option for a ro<strong>of</strong> terrace, while<br />

all boast an outdoor dining deck suspended over <strong>the</strong><br />

water and stunning views over Juba Sound, <strong>the</strong> marina,<br />

mangroves and Caicos Bank beyond.”<br />

South Bank, managed by renowned Grace Bay<br />

Resorts, is anchored by a full-service marina and at full<br />

build-out, amenities will include a fitness center and<br />

spa, tennis court, clubhouse with pool, bar and restaurant,<br />

café, lagoon peninsula with lounging cabanas,<br />

non-motorized watersports and Long Bay Beach access.<br />

Water taxi and boat concierge services ensure living or<br />

staying at South Bank is effortless for boat owners. a<br />

For more information, see South Bank’s ad on page 7<br />

or visit livesouthbank.com.<br />

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House on Grand Turk.<br />

A National Museum System<br />


There has been a lot <strong>of</strong> debate recently on social media platforms over <strong>the</strong> expansion <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> National<br />

Museum into Providenciales, with a strong voice that it should only be in Grand Turk. We have dedicated<br />

a lot <strong>of</strong> space in <strong>the</strong> Astrolabe to this discussion. In <strong>the</strong> Winter 2017/18 issue, Dr. Donald Keith discussed<br />

why it is important for <strong>the</strong> Museum to move to Providenciales; in <strong>the</strong> Spring <strong>2019</strong> edition, Vanessa<br />

Pateman explained why national museums and archives are important.<br />

In TCI, <strong>the</strong> National Museum must look to serve <strong>the</strong> population <strong>of</strong> multiple islands. In order to serve<br />

<strong>the</strong> largest number <strong>of</strong> Belongers, we must expand our operations to where <strong>the</strong> bulk <strong>of</strong> those people<br />

are located. In fact, we should think <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Museum as not a single location or building, but a system<br />

designed to serve multiple people and locations.<br />

The role <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> National Museum is to serve as a repository <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> TCI’s collective past. Our mission<br />

involves recording, interpreting, preserving and celebrating <strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong><br />

and its people. The Museum has hosted multiple events in both Grand Turk and Providenciales and we<br />

have many more upcoming. In this edition <strong>of</strong> Astrolabe, you will read <strong>the</strong> first <strong>of</strong> several articles on <strong>the</strong><br />

TCI during <strong>the</strong> World Wars. Additionally, we share our plans for <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong> new exhibitions on<br />

Grand Turk. a<br />

Michael P. Pateman, Ph.D., Director, Turks & Caicos National Museum<br />

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REVELL<br />

This image depicts <strong>the</strong> type <strong>of</strong> German submarine (U-154) that stalked <strong>the</strong> area around <strong>the</strong> Bahamas and Turks & Caicos during World War II.<br />

TCI in WWI & WWII<br />

Survivors <strong>of</strong> U-Boat strikes on Stifinder (1918) and Vineland (1942).<br />

By Capt. Eric Wiberg ~ Images Courtesy Eric Wiberg<br />

Recently, <strong>the</strong> topic <strong>of</strong> German and Italian submarine depredations in <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>, Bahamas,<br />

Caribbean and US has risen to <strong>the</strong> surface more <strong>of</strong>ten. This includes knowledge <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> discovery <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

arrival <strong>of</strong> German naval ship SMS Karlsruhe’s jolly boat in Hope Town, Abaco in 1914. However, few may<br />

know <strong>the</strong> extent <strong>of</strong> German submarine attacks in and near <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos in both world wars.<br />

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In World War I (WWI) from 1914 to 1918, 116<br />

US-flagged ships and sailing vessels were sunk near <strong>the</strong><br />

Americas out <strong>of</strong> 174 US vessels. In World War II (WWII),<br />

<strong>the</strong> US lost 470 ships in <strong>the</strong> Americas out <strong>of</strong> 1,554 total<br />

(ussmm.org). Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, in WWII, 5,000 Allied died in<br />

US waters—twice <strong>the</strong> death rate <strong>of</strong> Pearl Harbour and a<br />

third more than <strong>the</strong> 9/11 attacks.<br />

In WWI, not only was <strong>the</strong>re a fear that German surface<br />

raiders might return to <strong>the</strong> Bahamas, but concerns<br />

that German submarines might attack were very real as<br />

well. This was underscored by <strong>the</strong> arrival <strong>of</strong> Norwegian<br />

merchant sailors after three weeks on <strong>the</strong> inhospitable<br />

sea at TCI. The Stifinder was a steel sailing ship on a voyage<br />

from New York to Freemantle, Australia with drums<br />

<strong>of</strong> petroleum when it was intercepted and sunk roughly<br />

800 miles sou<strong>the</strong>ast <strong>of</strong> Bermuda on October 13, 1918 by<br />

U-152 under Adolf Franz.<br />

Whilst ten crew made it to New Jersey, <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r boat<br />

with Captain Gustave Bjorckman and seven sailors spent<br />

23 days covering 1,000 miles in harsh conditions, landing<br />

at Grand Turk, on November 5. The skipper recounted<br />

how <strong>the</strong>y were overturned and for <strong>the</strong> last eight days had<br />

no equipment; that <strong>the</strong>y were guided over <strong>the</strong> reefs at <strong>the</strong><br />

base <strong>of</strong> a lighthouse during an almost biblical calm, and<br />

that on making shore clad in half a pair <strong>of</strong> trousers and a<br />

vest, he fell over four times. This brought <strong>the</strong> war literally<br />

to TCI Islanders’ doorstep.<br />

WWII German commander Wal<strong>the</strong>r Kölle’s submarine,<br />

<strong>the</strong> U-154, was to return to <strong>the</strong> area around <strong>the</strong><br />

Bahamas and Turks & Caicos four times. The Canadian<br />

dry-bulk ship Vineland was <strong>the</strong> only Canadian vessel<br />

sunk in <strong>the</strong> region during <strong>the</strong> conflict. Launched in 1919<br />

by <strong>the</strong> American International Shipbuilding Company <strong>of</strong><br />

Hog Island, Pennsylvania, she performed at least one<br />

“immigrant” voyage. In 1928, Izaak Walton Killam (an<br />

understudy <strong>of</strong> Lord Beaverbrook, or Max Aitken, who<br />

went on to own Gun Point, an estate facing Spanish Wells<br />

in North Eleu<strong>the</strong>ra) founded <strong>the</strong> Mersey Paper Company.<br />

That firm purchased <strong>the</strong> Sapinero in March <strong>of</strong> 1940 and<br />

renamed her <strong>the</strong> Vineland.<br />

Captain Ralph A. Williams <strong>of</strong> Nova Scotia was placed<br />

in charge <strong>of</strong> a total complement <strong>of</strong> 37 men, including<br />

three Royal Canadian Naval Reserve gunners to man a<br />

two-inch gun on an aft platform. His bro<strong>the</strong>r Charlie commanded<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> company’s ships. The Canadian<br />

Shipping Board’s Department <strong>of</strong> Transport called <strong>the</strong><br />

From top: The Norwegian barque Stifinder is under sail with casual<br />

German submariners in <strong>the</strong> foreground, prior to <strong>the</strong> ship being sunk<br />

by charges in <strong>the</strong> North Atlantic. The next image shows <strong>the</strong> Stifinder<br />

sinking. Her men rowed and sailed over 1,000 nautical miles to <strong>the</strong><br />

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

ship to service carrying bauxite from <strong>the</strong> Virgin <strong>Islands</strong><br />

to Portland, Maine. The Vineland was a steam-propelled<br />

cargo ship which could carry 7,800 tons <strong>of</strong> cargo. Her<br />

gross registered tonnage was 5,587, its length overall<br />

was 401 feet, her beam was 54 feet, and draft 24.5 feet.<br />

Her registered speed was 12 knots via a quadruple-expansion<br />

engine.<br />

On April 10, 1942 <strong>the</strong> Vineland left Portland in ballast,<br />

bound for St. Thomas to load bauxite. The ship hugged<br />

<strong>the</strong> American coast on <strong>the</strong> voyage down, not setting <strong>of</strong>f<br />

for <strong>the</strong> open ocean until after it had passed Hatteras.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> way through <strong>the</strong> “torpedo junction” <strong>the</strong> crew<br />

observed, “around Diamond Shoals <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> Carolinas, you<br />

could see where <strong>the</strong> submarines had chased ships right<br />

up onto <strong>the</strong> shoals, and <strong>the</strong>y were sinking. They were<br />

afire, <strong>the</strong>re were a lot <strong>of</strong> bodies around. We seen bodies<br />

pretty near every day.”<br />

At 2:03 PM local time on April 20, 1942, while in a<br />

position roughly 90 miles north <strong>of</strong> Mayaguana and North<br />

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Caicos islands, Kölle fired two G7a-type torpedoes at <strong>the</strong><br />

ship. None <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> lookouts spotted <strong>the</strong> submarine, its<br />

periscope, or torpedoes at first, since <strong>the</strong> U-boat attacked<br />

from <strong>the</strong> direction <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> strong mid-day sun. The wea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

was fine, with only a gentle swell. The first torpedo struck<br />

aft and a second missile porpoised to <strong>the</strong> surface and<br />

missed astern. Ralph Kelly, who was serving as a mess<br />

boy and leaning over <strong>the</strong> rail at <strong>the</strong> time, saw <strong>the</strong> torpedo<br />

hit. “It hit between <strong>the</strong> gun crew and myself, right back<br />

by number four hatch. I was about fifty feet from where<br />

it hit . . . While we were gettin’ ready to put <strong>the</strong> lifeboats<br />

over <strong>the</strong> side, we seen <strong>the</strong> second torpedo go by us.”<br />

The damage from <strong>the</strong> first torpedo was significant<br />

enough that <strong>the</strong> aerials were brought down and <strong>the</strong>re was<br />

no time for <strong>the</strong> radio operator to rig an emergency aerial<br />

and call for help. Nor could <strong>the</strong> gun be brought to bear.<br />

Kelly was in a lifeboat with <strong>the</strong> Chief Cook. Because <strong>the</strong><br />

oil from <strong>the</strong> galley stove spilled into <strong>the</strong> lifeboat, soaking<br />

everyone in it, a number <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> crew leapt into <strong>the</strong> water.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m was Oiler J. Lawrence Hanson. “This o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

young fella jumped out. What happened to him, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

think ei<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> gang plank or <strong>the</strong> funnel from <strong>the</strong> ship hit<br />

him.” Kelly and <strong>the</strong> cook <strong>the</strong>n went around collecting men<br />

in <strong>the</strong> lifeboat. Two boats got away from <strong>the</strong> ship with<br />

everyone except <strong>the</strong> young Hanson, who was drowned.<br />

After <strong>the</strong> surviving crew had scrambled <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> ship, Kölle<br />

fired a coup-de-grace which hit amidships and broke <strong>the</strong><br />

stern section completely at 2:20 PM. After U-154’s crew<br />

sent five rounds <strong>of</strong> deck artillery into her waterline at <strong>the</strong><br />

bow, <strong>the</strong> Vineland sank quickly.<br />

Kelly wryly notes that <strong>the</strong> sinking occurred on Hitler’s<br />

birthday, but he described <strong>the</strong> aggressors as “reasonably<br />

good, didn’t bo<strong>the</strong>r us. He [Kölle] just went in and out<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> lifeboats like that, takin’ pictures <strong>of</strong> us.” Captain<br />

Williams was so wary <strong>of</strong> being taken captive by <strong>the</strong><br />

Germans that he threw his braided Captain’s cap away,<br />

lest he be recognized as <strong>the</strong> Master. Kelly continued: “The<br />

Germans gave us cigarettes, asked <strong>the</strong> captain where he<br />

was goin’ to and what he was going to carry, if we needed<br />

medical aid, and told us <strong>the</strong> nearest course to land. One<br />

course was ninety miles and <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r was a thousand, so<br />

you could take your pick . . .” U-154 left <strong>the</strong> men heading<br />

east on <strong>the</strong> surface.<br />

Left on <strong>the</strong> open ocean with no ship and no sub, <strong>the</strong><br />

men started to row and sail southwards, toward <strong>the</strong> TCI,<br />

though Mayaguana and Acklins Island were roughly equi-<br />

Captain Ralph Williams was Master <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Vineland, about which he<br />

was fond <strong>of</strong> saying was a “V” for “Victory.”<br />

distant and fur<strong>the</strong>r downwind. On <strong>the</strong> evening <strong>of</strong> about<br />

<strong>the</strong> third day <strong>the</strong> survivors sighted what <strong>the</strong>y assumed<br />

was an Allied passenger ship on its way to rescue <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

However, whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> ship sighted <strong>the</strong> survivors or<br />

not, it turned away and steamed over <strong>the</strong> horizon. As<br />

a result, <strong>the</strong> Vineland survivors were convinced that it<br />

was a German supply ship and that <strong>the</strong>y had been spared<br />

captivity. For <strong>the</strong> remaining three or so days <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir fiveday<br />

voyage <strong>the</strong> winds were light and <strong>the</strong> men made little<br />

progress, though <strong>the</strong> islands were tantalizingly close.<br />

Kelly described those days as “just driftin’ around” and<br />

said it might have been a week.<br />

For at least one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> crew, <strong>the</strong> lifeboat voyage was<br />

traumatic. According to <strong>the</strong> family which tended to him<br />

on Grand Turk, “<strong>the</strong> man was badly injured having gone<br />

overboard to repair an awning. Something came up from<br />

<strong>the</strong> depths and bit his foot so badly that he stayed at <strong>the</strong><br />

hospital on Grand Turk while <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>rs returned to duty.”<br />

Several locals reported that <strong>the</strong>re was a teenager about<br />

<strong>the</strong> Vineland, which <strong>the</strong>y confused for being a British ship<br />

(<strong>of</strong> course <strong>the</strong>y never saw <strong>the</strong> ship). “One young crew<br />

member, who seemed to be just a boy, really, was a nervous<br />

wreck, having been torpedoed three times.”<br />

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This chart depicts <strong>the</strong> path <strong>of</strong> sunken Vineland and its survivors.<br />

On April 23, <strong>the</strong> three lifeboats which had managed<br />

to stay toge<strong>the</strong>r were discovered by <strong>the</strong> British sloop<br />

Emily Conway, which was built in 1940 and owned by<br />

James M. Clarke <strong>of</strong> Blue Hills, Caicos Island. According<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Annual Colonial Report,<br />

“The S.S. Vineland was torpedoed, but her crew <strong>of</strong> 35<br />

was picked up by a Caicos sloop.” The fishermen towed<br />

<strong>the</strong> lifeboats to Chalk Sound, Providenciales. The men<br />

had suffered from sunburn, as well as dehydration, but<br />

were o<strong>the</strong>rwise fit. None <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m required hospitalization.<br />

Apparently two <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> boats landed on one side <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> town <strong>of</strong> Providenciales, and <strong>the</strong> third on ano<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

According to one survivor, “On <strong>the</strong> first little island, <strong>the</strong><br />

lifeboats were on different sides, so I don’t know what<br />

happened with <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r two. Where we were <strong>the</strong>re was<br />

one old man and one boy and no supplies. But <strong>the</strong> old<br />

man did give us some banti roosters to kill and eat.”<br />

Kelly writes, “Fishermen picked us up . . . in <strong>the</strong> Turks<br />

Island. That night we got ashore, <strong>the</strong>y scrubbed us and<br />

scrubbed us, trying to get <strong>the</strong> oil out . . . For some reason<br />

or o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>y wouldn’t let us stay <strong>the</strong>re.” This is likely<br />

because <strong>the</strong> community would have been hard-pressed to<br />

adequately provide for 36 hungry men. Captain Williams<br />

states that <strong>the</strong> Emily Conway (he named her <strong>the</strong> Emily F.<br />

Back in Halifax, Canada, a reunion was held for Vineland survivors.<br />

Convey), took <strong>the</strong>m to Grand Turk on April 24. Kelly continues,<br />

“ . . . this fishin’ boat took us from <strong>the</strong>re to Grand<br />

Turk and that’s where we stayed for a couple <strong>of</strong> weeks.<br />

They gave us clo<strong>the</strong>s that <strong>the</strong>y didn’t think <strong>the</strong>y’d need at<br />

that time. They sold us all <strong>the</strong>ir cigarettes <strong>the</strong>y could possibly<br />

spare because <strong>the</strong>y were on rations too, you might<br />

as well say, ‘cause a ship only come around about every<br />

six or eight weeks’.” a<br />

To be continued . . .<br />

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This is Vineland survivor Erlin Conrad in his later life.<br />

Nautical author and historian Eric Wiberg is <strong>the</strong><br />

author <strong>of</strong> a dozen books on maritime history, particularly<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Bahamas where he grew up, has published over<br />

100 articles and spoken in multiple mediums at least 50<br />

times. His research is kept in <strong>the</strong> national collections <strong>of</strong><br />

three nations and a maritime college, and Vanity Fair has<br />

featured him.<br />

Wiberg has operated over 100 yachts, many <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m<br />

as captain. A licensed Master since 1995, he is qualified<br />

as a maritime lawyer, with a Master’s in Marine Affairs,<br />

a year at Oxford, and a certificate in screenwriting. He<br />

commercially operated nine tankers from Singapore for<br />

three years, and worked briefly for two salvage firms.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r jobs have included executive head-hunting, shipping<br />

newspaper salesman, and marketer <strong>of</strong> a tug-boat<br />

fleet. A citizen <strong>of</strong> US and Sweden, he lives in Boston near<br />

his son Felix. He can be contacted at: eric@ericwiberg.<br />

com.<br />

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Many Museum visitors have an interest in and questions about <strong>the</strong> salt industry. A new exhibit is planned to focus on that period <strong>of</strong> history.<br />

One is Silver, <strong>the</strong> O<strong>the</strong>r Gold<br />

Plans are to build a new Museum while enhancing <strong>the</strong> original.<br />

By Lisa Turnbow-Talbot ~ Images Courtesy Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation<br />

There has been a great deal <strong>of</strong> attention recently regarding <strong>the</strong> fundraising for a new building to house<br />

<strong>the</strong> National Museum in Providenciales. It is important to clarify that this is an extension <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Museum<br />

on Grand Turk and not a replacement. Grand Turk is <strong>the</strong> site <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> original National Museum and will<br />

continue to thrive with continued funding and participation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> community and supporters. Museums<br />

are a part <strong>of</strong> a system <strong>of</strong> historic preservation, so we would like our supporters to understand that while<br />

a new building is in <strong>the</strong> works for Providenciales, it is an extension <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> facility on Grand Turk, as is any<br />

part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> National Museum—a system.<br />

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This photo shows US Vice President Lyndon Johnson shaking hands with astronaut John Glenn at <strong>the</strong> Grand Turk Airport on February 23, 1962.<br />

Programs and events at <strong>the</strong> National Museum’s<br />

Grand Turk location have been revitalized over <strong>the</strong> last<br />

few years to increase community involvement. The feature<br />

event <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year was July’s cook-<strong>of</strong>f competition,<br />

“Grub, Grill and Good <strong>Times</strong>.” The annual Museum Day<br />

will be held on November 2, <strong>2019</strong>. We continue to <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

a monthly Children’s Club, movie night and Evening with<br />

<strong>the</strong> Experts. All <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se programs are purposed to raise<br />

funds for <strong>the</strong> Grand Turk museum and increase community<br />

involvement and awareness.<br />

Starting in September <strong>2019</strong> and continuing into 2020,<br />

we will begin implementing upgrades to existing exhibits<br />

and adding new ones on Grand Turk. This will enhance<br />

<strong>the</strong> museum’s focus on <strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

The Lucayan Room, which includes invaluable artifacts<br />

from that time period, will be moved downstairs. The<br />

Native American people that were <strong>the</strong> original inhabitants<br />

are a significant part <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> history<br />

and we want <strong>the</strong> area to be more accessible to visitors.<br />

The duho, paddle and o<strong>the</strong>r artifacts will have new display<br />

cases, with additional information on <strong>the</strong> Lucayans’<br />

lifestyle from new studies will be included.<br />

A new Salt Industry exhibit will also be added downstairs.<br />

The museum has many old photos from <strong>the</strong> Salt<br />

Industry era and we find that our visitors—both locals<br />

and tourists—have an interest and many questions. This<br />

exhibit will focus on <strong>the</strong> families that were a part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

industry, with information about <strong>the</strong> slavery period and<br />

how <strong>the</strong> abolishment <strong>of</strong> slavery changed <strong>the</strong> industry and<br />

those who continued to work in <strong>the</strong> salt ponds. We are<br />

also developing educational material to enhance all learning<br />

experiences.<br />

The John Glenn exhibit will also be moved downstairs<br />

and expanded to have a child-friendly space and solar<br />

system learning center. The importance that Grand Turk<br />

played in this historical event will be highlighted.<br />

Moving <strong>the</strong>se exhibits will allow us to have a space for<br />

<strong>the</strong> new People <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> exhibit. This presentation<br />

will include a kiosk where visitors can select a specific<br />

topic and will be educated with storytelling by those<br />

involved, including pictures, articles and information. The<br />

subjects will include: Boat Building, Salt Industry, Island<br />

Music, Everyday Life, Food <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, Navy Base and<br />

more.<br />

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Programs and events at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Museum’s Grand Turk location<br />

have been revitalized over<br />

<strong>the</strong> last few years to increase<br />

community involvement. The<br />

feature event <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year was<br />

July’s cook-<strong>of</strong>f competition,<br />

“Grub, Grill and Good <strong>Times</strong>.”<br />

The annual Museum Day will<br />

be held on November 2, <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

We continue to <strong>of</strong>fer a monthly<br />

Children’s Club, movie night<br />

and Evening with <strong>the</strong> Experts.<br />

All <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se programs are<br />

purposed to raise funds for<br />

<strong>the</strong> Grand Turk museum and<br />

increase community involvement<br />

and awareness.<br />

Starting in September<br />

<strong>2019</strong>, we will begin implementing upgrades to existing<br />

exhibits and adding new ones on Grand Turk. This will<br />

enhance <strong>the</strong> Museum’s focus on <strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>.<br />

The Lucayan Room, which includes invaluable artifacts<br />

from that time period, will be moved downstairs. The<br />

Native American people that were <strong>the</strong> original inhabitants<br />

are a significant part <strong>of</strong> Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> history<br />

and we want <strong>the</strong> area to be more accessible to visitors.<br />

The duho, paddle and o<strong>the</strong>r artifacts will have new display<br />

cases, with additional information on <strong>the</strong> Lucayans’<br />

lifestyle from new studies included.<br />

A new Salt Industry exhibit will also be added downstairs.<br />

The museum has many old photos from <strong>the</strong> salt<br />

industry era and we find that our visitors—both locals<br />

and tourists—have an interest and many questions. This<br />

exhibit will focus on <strong>the</strong> families that were a part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

industry, with information about <strong>the</strong> slavery period and<br />

how <strong>the</strong> abolishment <strong>of</strong> slavery changed <strong>the</strong> industry and<br />

those who continued to work in <strong>the</strong> salt ponds. We are<br />

also developing educational material to enhance all learning<br />

experiences.<br />

The John Glenn exhibit will be moved downstairs and<br />

expanded to have a child-friendly space and solar system<br />

learning center. The importance that Grand Turk played<br />

in this historical event will be highlighted.<br />

Moving <strong>the</strong>se exhibits will allow us to have a space<br />

This 1979 photograph shows JAGS McCartney (center) with a group including <strong>the</strong> pilot after <strong>the</strong><br />

inaugural flight <strong>of</strong> Air Florida at <strong>the</strong> Grand Turk International Airport. He is one <strong>of</strong> many TCI leaders<br />

to be featured in <strong>the</strong> Museum’s new History <strong>of</strong> Governance exhibit.<br />

for <strong>the</strong> new People <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> exhibit. This presentation<br />

will include a kiosk where visitors can select a topic<br />

and be educated with storytelling by those involved,<br />

including pictures, articles and information. The subjects<br />

will include: Boat Building, Salt Industry, Island Music,<br />

Everyday Life, Food <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>, Navy Base and more.<br />

We will be adding a History <strong>of</strong> Governance exhibit that<br />

will focus on TCI’s modern self-governance, specifically<br />

<strong>the</strong> Chief Ministers and Premiers from 1976 to present.<br />

This room will include pictures and brief biographies <strong>of</strong><br />

TCI leaders. It will also include information about historical<br />

moments and changes in government. An education<br />

supplement will also be developed for this exhibit.<br />

The Molasses Reef Wreck exhibits will be revitalized.<br />

They will remain in <strong>the</strong> main salon <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> ground floor.<br />

The goal is to update <strong>the</strong> Museum to improve and<br />

enhance <strong>the</strong> overall visitor experience and increase <strong>the</strong><br />

opportunities and ways that everyone can explore and<br />

learn. Increased use <strong>of</strong> technology will benefit all age<br />

groups. Interactive exhibits make <strong>the</strong> learning experience<br />

more personable and memorable.<br />

It is critical to mention that <strong>the</strong> Museum is a nonpr<strong>of</strong>it<br />

organization and not directly supported or a part<br />

<strong>of</strong> government. This is a common misconception. There<br />

will not be a National Museum on ei<strong>the</strong>r island without <strong>the</strong><br />

valuable financial assistance <strong>of</strong> our loyal supporters. We<br />

are building a new museum but keeping <strong>the</strong> old, for “One<br />

is silver and <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r gold.” a<br />

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Museum Matters<br />

Fundraising gala<br />

In <strong>the</strong> presence <strong>of</strong> Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-<br />

Robinson, Hon. Derek Taylor and Hon. Mike Eman,<br />

former prime minister <strong>of</strong> Aruba, <strong>the</strong> Turks & Caicos<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> National Museum Foundation (TCNMF) held its<br />

sold-out gala. The inaugural event took place at <strong>the</strong><br />

beautiful Shore Club, sponsored by Stan Hartling and<br />

The Hartling Group. Its purpose was to launch <strong>the</strong> fundraising<br />

campaign for <strong>the</strong> new National Museum facility<br />

on Providenciales under <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me, “Building for <strong>the</strong><br />

Future, to Protect <strong>the</strong> Past.”<br />

A specially-created TCI cultural show entertained gala guests.<br />

awards for <strong>the</strong>ir 27 years <strong>of</strong> volunteering on <strong>the</strong> Board<br />

<strong>of</strong> Directors and were presented with plaques made<br />

from <strong>the</strong> last three pieces <strong>of</strong> oak left over from <strong>the</strong><br />

Museum’s Grandfa<strong>the</strong>r Clock and executive pens made<br />

<strong>of</strong> hurricane-damaged trees from <strong>the</strong> museum garden.<br />

We say “Thank You” to our many sponsors: The<br />

Hartling Group (The Shore Club, The Palms and<br />

The Sands), Ron Shaw, Karen Whitt, Martin Davies,<br />

Graceway IGA, Jackson Family Wines, TCI’s Ministry <strong>of</strong><br />

Tourism, Gilley’s Enterprises, Turks & Caicos Banking<br />

Company, Turks & Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association,<br />

Ritz-Carlton, Amanyara, Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos<br />

Collection, Grace Bay Resorts, Grace Bay Foundation,<br />

The Shore Club was <strong>the</strong> venue for <strong>the</strong> Museum’s fund-raising gala.<br />

The gala was a resounding success and raised over<br />

$200,000! Funds came from ticket sales, event sponsorship,<br />

advertising, a silent auction, sale <strong>of</strong> engraved<br />

pavers and donations. This included a generous<br />

$100,000 from Martin and Donna Seim (son <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Museum’s original founder and board director, respectively)<br />

to name <strong>the</strong> main gallery in honor <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> late Nils<br />

and Gre<strong>the</strong> Seim.<br />

During dinner, TCI cultural legend David Bowen and<br />

friends stunned <strong>the</strong> audience with a unique cultural<br />

show put toge<strong>the</strong>r for <strong>the</strong> gala. It included dancing,<br />

singing and storytelling about family, fishing, bush<br />

medicine and times past, enhanced by <strong>the</strong> beautiful<br />

voice <strong>of</strong> TCI songbird Barbara Johnson.<br />

TCNMF Board Members Hon. Derek Taylor, Dr. Don<br />

Keith and Thomas Saunders all received long-service<br />

Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson presents a plaque to<br />

Hon. Derek Taylor for his long service to <strong>the</strong> Museum.<br />

Beaches Turks & Caicos, Wymara, Ocean Club, Fortis<br />

TCI, Turk’s Head Brewery, Price Waterhouse Coopers,<br />

Turks & Caicos So<strong>the</strong>by’s, Clearwater Capital, ERA<br />

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Coralie Properties, The Agency, Intercaribbean Airways,<br />

Olympic Construction Ltd., Projectech, Spa Tropique,<br />

High Point Resort Orlando, Grace Bay Car Rentals and<br />

Grace Bay Paint and Supply. Additionally, we appreciate<br />

<strong>the</strong> TCNMF team <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essionals and volunteers,<br />

with special mention to Vanessa Pateman for her design<br />

work on <strong>the</strong> commemorative booklet and banners, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Krieble Foundation for <strong>the</strong>ir incredible support<br />

spanning over a decade. a<br />

Photos By Sean Brady<br />

Back in <strong>the</strong> day<br />

The third annual Museum Day event, “Back in <strong>the</strong> Day,”<br />

was successfully held on June 21, <strong>2019</strong>. Attendees<br />

stepped into <strong>the</strong> Caicos Heritage Homestead and were<br />

transported to <strong>the</strong> last century. They had <strong>the</strong> opportunity<br />

to observe, learn about and participate in many<br />

aspects <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> traditional lifestyle typical to <strong>the</strong> early/<br />

mid-1900s.<br />

Young participants learn how to make music with <strong>the</strong> ripsaw from<br />

TCI legend Zeus Butterfield.<br />

Handfield, Brenda Clare, Bill Clare, Cheryl Foreman,<br />

Pastor Goldston Williams, James (JJ) Parker, Dwight<br />

Myrie, Almartha Thomas, Lindsay Butterfield (Zeus),<br />

Alfred Robinson and Vaughn Hinds, Arthur Dean,<br />

Jahvian Braithwaite, Rachael Harvey, Abiola Streete,<br />

Shirley Atkins, Leeward Methodist Church Women’s<br />

Fellowship, Clement Howell Tourism Club, Enid Capron<br />

Primary School Rip Saw Band a<br />

Photos By Preston Dickenson<br />

Daphne Forbes demonstrates <strong>the</strong> traditional art <strong>of</strong> straw-weaving<br />

for <strong>the</strong> Back in <strong>the</strong> Day event.<br />

We say “thank you” to our sponsors: Department <strong>of</strong><br />

Culture, Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Turks & Caicos<br />

National Trust, TC Marina, Turks Head Brewery, T&C<br />

Refreshments, Graceway IGA, CBMS Ltd., Island Bargains,<br />

International Waste Water Treatment Technologies Ltd.,<br />

Friends <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Arts, Royal Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> Police<br />

Force Grace Bay Branch, Provo Water Company Ltd.<br />

Thanks also to <strong>the</strong> Back in <strong>the</strong> Day team and volunteers:<br />

Emily Malcolm, Daphne Forbes, June Hawkins,<br />

Jane (Oleta) Missick and Alveria Duncombe, Ba<strong>the</strong>l<br />

Memories <strong>of</strong> summer camp <strong>2019</strong><br />

There were many first-time experiences for our campers<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Museum’s <strong>2019</strong> Living History Summer Camp in<br />

The Village at Grace Bay, Providenciales. The making <strong>of</strong><br />

ice cream using a hand-cranked ice cream maker with<br />

Mr. Simmons was a delicious memory. Ano<strong>the</strong>r was <strong>the</strong><br />

hydroponics farm; campers were fascinated with <strong>the</strong><br />

concept and had many questions for Mr. Harrison. The<br />

visit to <strong>the</strong> desalination plant at Beaches Resort was<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r first, giving campers an even greater appreciation<br />

for water, our scare but vital resource.<br />

However, corn, with its origins attributed to <strong>the</strong><br />

indigenous people <strong>of</strong> this region <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world, was <strong>the</strong><br />

big story <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> week. Each camper planted <strong>the</strong>ir own<br />

corn seeds and took <strong>the</strong>m home to nurture into plants.<br />

They learned how to grind corn to make grits, roast<br />

corn on <strong>the</strong> fire and <strong>of</strong> course, pop it. Learning traditional<br />

dance steps from Mr. Bowen that culminated in<br />

a dance party was loads <strong>of</strong> fun, as was learning and<br />

playing <strong>the</strong> game <strong>of</strong> cricket with Coach Daryl. We did<br />

make time to enjoy a picnic on Little Water Cay and<br />

learn about <strong>the</strong> iguanas and mangroves.<br />

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Liv’s Kitchen (Olivia Smith) took home <strong>the</strong> bragging<br />

rights <strong>of</strong> having <strong>the</strong> best barbeque chicken and best<br />

conch fritters on Grand Turk. The event was brought<br />

home with <strong>the</strong> soulful music <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Island Vibes Band.<br />

We say special thank you to all <strong>of</strong> our sponsors:<br />

TCI Government, specifically <strong>the</strong> Ministry <strong>of</strong> Tourism,<br />

Blue Water Divers, Bohio Drift Villa, Exclusive Escapes,<br />

Grand Turk Divers, Humpback Dive Shack, Jack Shack,<br />

Margaritaville, Morris Cottingham, Oasis Divers, Osprey<br />

Gardening Day was a big success at <strong>the</strong> Museum’s Living History<br />

Summer Camp.<br />

We say thank you to our sponsors and all who made<br />

this year’s camp <strong>the</strong> success that it was: Turks & Caicos<br />

Banking Company, Donna Seim, Mario Smith and <strong>the</strong><br />

Department <strong>of</strong> Agriculture, Turks & Caicos National<br />

Trust, Turks & Caicos Cricket Association, Beaches<br />

Resort, Sunshine Nursery, David Bowen, Ian Harrison,<br />

Dekkel Simmons, Blovena Greene, Lloyd Stubbs, Ron<br />

Higgs, Tatiana Stubbs, Witlene Williams, Guilmese<br />

Gustave and Thania Phanord.<br />

Photos By Candianne Williams<br />

Grub, grill and good-times<br />

The first annual “Grub, Grill and Good-<strong>Times</strong>” cooking<br />

contest event was held on Grand Turk on July 20, <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

It was a huge success, as Front Street was transformed<br />

into a barbeque/jerk chicken and conch fritter competitive<br />

cook-<strong>of</strong>f venue.<br />

There was fun to be had whe<strong>the</strong>r or not you were involved in <strong>the</strong><br />

cooking contest.<br />

Hotel, Salt Raker, Turks Head Brewery, and <strong>the</strong> Sand<br />

Bar. Thank you to <strong>the</strong> TCNM team on Grand Turk for<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir hard work and dedication towards making this<br />

event a success. a<br />

Photos By Vanessa Pateman<br />

Stories By Michael Pateman and Candianne Williams<br />

Island Vibes Band entertained <strong>the</strong> crowd at <strong>the</strong> “Grub, Grill and<br />

Good-<strong>Times</strong>” cooking contest event.<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.amnautical.com.<br />

Where we are<br />

The Turks & Caicos <strong>Islands</strong> lie some 575 miles sou<strong>the</strong>ast<br />

<strong>of</strong> Miami — approximately 1 1/2 hours flying time —<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Bahamas about 30 miles to <strong>the</strong> northwest and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Dominican Republic some 100 miles to <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>ast.<br />

The country consists <strong>of</strong> two island groups separated<br />

by <strong>the</strong> 22-mile wide Columbus Passage. To <strong>the</strong> west are<br />

<strong>the</strong> Caicos <strong>Islands</strong>: West Caicos, Providenciales, North<br />

Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos, and South Caicos. To<br />

<strong>the</strong> east are <strong>the</strong> Turks <strong>Islands</strong>: Grand Turk and Salt Cay.<br />

The Turks & Caicos total 166 square miles <strong>of</strong> land<br />

area on eight islands and 40 small cays. The country’s<br />

population is approximately 36,500.<br />

Getting here<br />

There are international airports on Grand Turk,<br />

Providenciales, and South Caicos, with domestic airports<br />

on all <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> islands except East Caicos.<br />

At this time, all <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> major international carriers<br />

arrive and depart from Providenciales International<br />

Airport. American Airlines flies from Miami, Charlotte,<br />

Chicago, Dallas, New York/JFK and Philadelphia. JetBlue<br />

Airways <strong>of</strong>fers service from Fort Lauderdale, Boston<br />

and New York/JFK. Southwest Airlines travels to Fort<br />

Lauderdale. Delta Airlines flies from Atlanta and New<br />

York/JFK. United Airlines travels from Chicago and<br />

Newark. WestJet travels from Toronto. Air Canada <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

flights from Toronto. British Airways travels from London/<br />

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> August<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 />

FortisTCI supplies electricity at a frequency <strong>of</strong> 60HZ,<br />

and ei<strong>the</strong>r single phase or three phase at one <strong>of</strong> three<br />

standard voltages for residential or commercial service.<br />

FortisTCI continues to invest in a robust and resilient grid<br />

to ensure <strong>the</strong> highest level <strong>of</strong> reliability to customers. The<br />

company is integrating renewable energy into its grid and<br />

provides options for customers to participate in two solar<br />

energy programs.<br />

Departure tax<br />

US $60. It is typically included in <strong>the</strong> price <strong>of</strong> your airline<br />

ticket.<br />

Courier service<br />

Delivery service is provided by FedEx, with <strong>of</strong>fices on<br />

Providenciales and Grand Turk, and DHL. UPS service is<br />

limited to incoming delivery.<br />

Postal service<br />

The Post Office and Philatelic Bureau in Providenciales is<br />

located downtown on Airport Road. In Grand Turk, <strong>the</strong><br />

Post Office and Philatelic Bureau are on Church Folly. The<br />

<strong>Islands</strong> are known for <strong>the</strong>ir varied and colorful stamp<br />

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 />

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imaging, maternity suites, dialysis suites, blood bank,<br />

physio<strong>the</strong>rapy, and dentistry.<br />

In addition, several general practitioners operate in<br />

<strong>the</strong> country, and <strong>the</strong>re is a recompression chamber, along<br />

with a number <strong>of</strong> private pharmacies.<br />

Immigration<br />

A resident’s permit is required to live in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. A<br />

work permit and business license are also required to<br />

work and/or establish a business. These are generally<br />

granted to those <strong>of</strong>fering skills, experience, and qualifications<br />

not widely available on <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong>. Priority is given<br />

to enterprises that will provide employment and training<br />

for T&C Islanders.<br />

Government/Legal system<br />

TCI is a British Crown colony. There is a Queen-appointed<br />

Governor, HE Nigel John Dakin. 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. Practically<br />

all consumer goods and foodstuffs 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 />

Turk’s Head Brewery<br />

Brewery Tours Monday-Friday<br />

11AM, 1PM, 3PM<br />

$15/pp<br />

Enjoy a complimentary selection <strong>of</strong> local craft beer<br />

after your tour!<br />

Email tours@turksheadbeer.com<br />

Call 649.941.3637 x 1005 to book<br />

www.turksheadbrewery.tc<br />

52 Universal Dr.<br />

Providenciales, TCI<br />


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For Quality & Reliable Service<br />

& Competitive Prices<br />

The Cruise Center, Grand Turk<br />

Neville Adams<br />

Tel: (649) 946-2042<br />

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Providenciales<br />

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Cell: (649) 441-6737<br />

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

salt ponds and cotton plantations. The country’s large<br />

expatriate population includes Canadians, Americans,<br />

Brits and Europeans, along with Haitians, Jamaicans,<br />

Dominicans, Bahamians, Indians, and Filipinos.<br />

Churches<br />

Churches are <strong>the</strong> center <strong>of</strong> community life and <strong>the</strong>re<br />

are many faiths represented in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Islands</strong> including:<br />

Adventist, Anglican, Assembly <strong>of</strong> God, Baha’i, Baptist,<br />

Catholic, Church <strong>of</strong> God, Episcopal, 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 />

www.islandergingerbeer.com<br />

All Natural &<br />

Gluten Free<br />

Made with family recipes that date back<br />

centuries, Islander, <strong>the</strong> original Turks and<br />

Caicos alcoholic ginger beer, is available on<br />

Providenciales at <strong>the</strong> Graceway Gourmet and<br />

<strong>the</strong> IGA, as well as local bars and restaurants.<br />

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<br />

services through weekly collection <strong>of</strong> recyclable aluminum,<br />

glass, and plastic. Single-use plastic bags have been<br />

banned country-wide as <strong>of</strong> May 1, <strong>2019</strong>.<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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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 />

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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 />

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Dragon Cay Resort at Mudjin Harbour – Tel 649 344 4997 • Web www.dragoncayresort.com 325 8 • • • • • • • • •<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 />

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COMO Parrot Cay Resort - Tel 649 946 7788/855 PARROTCAY • www.comohotels.com/parrotcay 550–2850 65 • • • • • • • • • •<br />

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Airport Inn – Tel 649 941 3514 • Web www.airportinntci.com. 140 18 • • • • • • •<br />

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 />

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 />

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 Guest Suites – 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 />

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 — Bonaventure Crescent. 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 — Blue Hills. Tel: 946-8877. Island-fresh seafood<br />

from <strong>the</strong> ocean to your plate. Covered beachfront dining<br />

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: 333-7777. 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 7:30<br />

AM to 9:30 PM.<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 />

Drinks at <strong>the</strong> Ice Bar, dessert by <strong>the</strong> fire pits. South Americanmeets-Caribbean<br />

flavors and spices. Open daily 5:30 to 9:30<br />

PM. Closed Wednesday.<br />

Fresh Bakery & Bistro — Atrium Resort. Tel: 345-4745.<br />

Healthy European salads, soups, sandwiches, bakery, pies and<br />

cakes. Gelato. Open daily 7 AM to 6 PM, closed Sunday.<br />

Fresh Catch — Salt Mills Plaza. Tel: 243-3167. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic native<br />

cuisine, from seafood to souse. All-you-can-eat seafood buffet<br />

on Wednesday. Open daily 8 AM to 10 PM. Closed Sunday.<br />

Carry-out available.<br />

Giggles Ice Cream & Candy Parlour — Ports <strong>of</strong> Call &<br />

Williams Storage. Tel: 941-7370. Cones, sundaes, shakes,<br />

smoothies, “Gigglers,” ice cream pies and cakes. Pick ‘n’ mix<br />

candies. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.<br />

Gilley’s Sky Lounge & Bar — At <strong>the</strong> airport. Tel: 946-4472.<br />

Burgers, sandwiches, local food. Open daily 6 AM to 9 PM.<br />

Grace’s Cottage — Point Grace Resort. Tel: 946-5096. Refined<br />

new menu in <strong>the</strong> style <strong>of</strong> a tastefully sophisticated French bistro.<br />

Serving dinner from 6 to 10 PM nightly.<br />

The Grill — Grace Bay Club. Tel: 946-5050. Al fresco bistro.<br />

Italian-inspired menu and gourmet pizza. Fun cocktails. Open<br />

daily for 7 AM to 9:30 PM.<br />

Hemingways on <strong>the</strong> Beach — The Sands at Grace Bay. Tel:<br />

941-8408. Casual beachfront bar and restaurant. Fresh fish,<br />

pasta, sandwiches, salads and tropical drinks by <strong>the</strong> pool.<br />

Oceanfront deck for great sunsets! Open 8 AM to 10 PM daily.<br />

Hole in <strong>the</strong> Wall Restaurant & Bar — Williams Plaza, Old<br />

Airport Road. Tel: 941-4136. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic Jamaican/Island cuisine<br />

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where <strong>the</strong> locals go. Full bar. A/C dining or outdoors on <strong>the</strong><br />

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 featuring sea-to-table fare.<br />

Dinner served nightly 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Reservations required.<br />

Island Raw — Le Petite Plaza. Tel: 346-5371. Vegan lifestyle<br />

kitchen, <strong>of</strong>fering fresh, organic, raw, vegan, gourmet. Open<br />

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 daily except Monday 11:30 AM<br />

to 10 PM.<br />

Jimmy’s Dive Bar & Grill — Central Square, Leeward Highway.<br />

Tel: 941-8925. Take-out lunch specials; daily drink and dinner<br />

specials. Wings, sliders, salads, pasta, burgers, seafood. Open<br />

daily Noon to 2 AM.<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 to 10 PM. 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 />

Lupo — Regent Village. Tel: 431-5876. Au<strong>the</strong>ntic Italian “comfort<br />

food.” Regional wine list. Dine in or take out ready-made<br />

gourmet meals. Open daily for dinner 5 to 10 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 />

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. Closed Monday. Indoor/outdoor dining.<br />

Conference 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 />

daily 11 AM to 10 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 />

Midnight.<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. Poolside restaurant and bar with Caribbean,<br />

French and Asian fare. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily from 7:30<br />

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 />

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 />

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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. Reservations required.<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 />

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 Noon to 3 PM; 5:30 to<br />

10 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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