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National Trust may abandon Middle Caicos
Published on October 22, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

Middle or Grand Caicos, which was once home to the largest population in the 1930s and which is the site of Haulover Plantation, historic caves, the National Trust headquarters, museum, Armstrong Pond Stone Henge and several other plantation sites, has not been named in a $1.3 million site development scheme.

The projects, of which 57% will be funded by the European Union, will require 43% of its capital raised in the TCI.

Projects named include Bird Rock and other Provo sites, Little Water Cay and Wades Green Plantation on North Caicos.

Director of the National Trust, Ethlyn Gibbs Williams, who hails from Middle Caicos, could not be reached for comment. Gibbs had in the past favoured Middle Caicos but now has turned her efforts elsewhere.

This latest development also follows in the footsteps of the interim administration, which has failed to fund the completion of the large government building started by Minister of Works Jeffrey Hall. The repair of the earthen causeway linking Middle to North Caicos and beyond, due to be started in June, has now been rescheduled for November.

Bambarra Beach, also a historic and beautiful site has not been acted on. It was thought that this area would be taken over by government due to continuing ownership disputes. One claimed owner, Robert Hall, a former representative of Middle Caicos, has said publicly he was turning the land over to government in exchange for other land. This he claims never was accomplished.

Middle Caicos is the largest of the islands and its population has been leaving over the years. Only expatriates have invested in this island, which many consider the most promising. Aptly named Middle Caicos is central to the island chain and past plans had it linked via causeways to all the Caicos Islands.
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