Controversy on Elbow Cay, of an environmental nature. An unknown couple from Florida purchased a large lot north of the settlement of Hope Town that runs from dunes on the ocean side, across the cay, to the Sea of Abaco side, intersected by a dirt road – the only road northbound. Originally dense foliage and jungle-like —
It’s recently been clear-cut. The architect reportedly likes to work on a tabula rasa. The dune is now bare – much blowing of sand during recent high winds – and almost every scrap of greenery has been removed.
Last Saturday, returning from our beach walk, we discovered that a green, tarped cyclone fence had been built on either side of the dirt road, effectively blocking the ravaged landscape from view. Saturday night, these words were added:
It says: “Let no one say, and say it to your shame, that all was beauty here before you came.”
The other side of the fence now says:
“This is a crime against nature and the Bahamas.”
The source of the “shame” quote was the subject of a New Yorker essay in 2014, which concluded that the author is unknown. It is generally believed to be a chastisement by English villagers in the early 20th century of city dwellers whose week-end motor car excursions littered the countryside. The quote appeared on the silver screen in a 1940’s horror film.
Not everyone shares the sentiments now adorning the long green monstrosity, resulting in animated discussions throughout the settlement. You?