Ginger Moxey was made Minister for Grand Bahama yesterday by the new Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration and told media after her swearing-in ceremony that she and her ministry will have to look into how much money was spent on the Grand Lucayan Resort by the former Free National Movement (FNM) government.
Moxey said the last administration “paid out a lot of sums of money” but Grand Bahamians and the country have not seen much in the way of progress to sell or improve the property.
“We’re really not doing well with that (Grand Lucayan), so we’re going to have to look at the situation as soon as we get into office,” Moxey said.
“We’re just getting in. We have to assess the situation. I have to speak to the players that are involved and see where we’re at with that.
“Of course, the Grand Lucayan was a major employer on the island and we have to see how we could make that work. But I understand that there is a lot of work that needs to be done with that resort.”
Moxey said her first day on the job and on the ground as minister for Grand Bahama will be today.
Grand Bahama is considered an important economic driver for The Bahamas, but several hurricanes have kept the island out of commission, especially the devastating Category 5 Hurricane Dorian that destroyed homes and businesses and the island’s airport two years ago.
The government since acquired the airport in the hopes of redeveloping it through a public/private partnership.
Moxey said she could not say much about the airport until she has met with her ministry.
However, she did say the situation on the ground is dire for many Grand Bahamians who remain jobless and without adequate food since the hurricane.
Moxey added that the island also has to get a handle on the many COVID-19 cases presenting at the island’s hospital, which is being overwhelmed.
“Our people need relief,” she said.