Bimini is one of the 700 islands that comprise the Bahamas, and it is located just 50 miles east of Miami, a convenient trip for Ernest Hemingway.
Oliphant's study piques readers' interest with speculation that the island's Bimini Road, an underwater rock formation, is a remnant of the Lost City of Atlantis, and an assertion that previous denizens used slaves to conduct their farming tasks: "In fact, many of the current families on the island are descended from the population of emancipated slaves" (30).
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(Alice Town, Bailey Town and Porgy Bay) sustained the brunt of the damage with downed power lines and wires, large casuarina trees that were ripped from their roots and fell across the street, and roof and other damage to homes and businesses.
The wahoo have been there through every winter, and now the tournaments--and the anglers--are back in Bimini to catch them.
"The charm of the Bimini Big Game Club," says Cameron, a longtime South Florida charter captain himself, "is that it's an island close to home, with very easy access to Miami and Palm Beach, absolutely first class at a pretty good rate.
"Off Bimini, we see an increase in the numbers of fish through February, but then it will start to wind down.
The hydraulically powered bimini system, the brainchild of Newtown firm Makefast Ltd, is being introduced in conjunction with Dorset-based Flexicovers Ltd.
Graham Williams, sales manager at Makefast, said: "The system allows one person at the touch of a button, to erect or stow a bimini in 60 seconds, instead of two or three people taking 15 minutes manually."
Prime Minister Christie pointed out that Resorts Worlds investments in Biminis infrastructure have included a $12 million investment in North Biminis airport expansion, lengthening of the runway, upgrade of the terminal and flight facilities, construction of a deep-water jetty and water taxi terminal, construction of over 400 employee housing units, paving of the Kings Highway, improvements to local attractions and investment in various economic, social and educational community projects in Bimini.
He noted that Biminis proximity to the United States was the ideal catalyst for realization of increased traffic between Florida and The Bahamas, particularly in the dedicated markets of sailing, fishing and boating and gaming, sought after by high net worth travellers from the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
"I am also pleased to say that recent refurbishments of the Bimini Big Game, Bimini Sands and other properties in North and South Bimini have contributed significantly to Biminis overall attraction and appeal to visitors," Prime Minister Christie said.