The spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude permeated the air at the Tom “The Bird” Grant Park in Yellow Elder on November 30, 2016 as the Urban Renewal Commission continued its series of Urban Community Uplifting Services.
“We have a conviction that we will rebuild the spirit of the communities,” said the Hon. Algernon Allen, Co-chairperson of the Urban Renewal Commission. “We decided to go into the urban areas to bring hope and upliftment. We are going to do this across the length and breadth of The Bahamas. We are ensuring that at the end of the day this will be seen as a compassionate, caring and loving society. We know this community will be healed and restored and will become One Bahamas.”
While these are the folks who suffered the most, and who will be rebuilding for some time to come, it was often stranded tourists who got an overly-large share of the news coverage.
For instance, a newlywed couple on their dream honeymoon in the Bahamas captured shocking video footage showing the power of Hurricane Matthew, as the Category 4 storm ripped the walls were off the side of their hotel with winds that hit 145 mph. One can only imagine what it was like to ride-out the storm in a shanty.