Islands in the Stream
The island of Bimini, portrayed in Hemingway’s Island in the Streams, is a tropical paradise that supports an abundance of life, but the island and its culture are at risk from developers.
The developers of the Bimini Bay Resort are cutting down, filling-in and destroying the rich mangrove ecosystem of the island. They are destroying the very habitats on which Bimini's biological richness and true economy depend.
Bimini possesses the only mangrove ecosystem on the entire Northwest Bahama Bank, and is responsible for replenishing fish populations not only in Bimini but over thousands of square miles of coral reefs and seabed. Today countless species of fish, rays, sponges, lobsters, and birds fill their unique niche in this ecosystem. But Bimini Bay Resort and Hilton are in the process of destroying all this pristine beauty and irreplaceable habitat by building a sprawling golf course, condos, a casino and a marina.
This is an ecological disaster in the making.
Mangroves are essential as buffers against storms (hurricanes & tsunamis), in addition to serving as nurseries where the eggs of fish, conch, shrimp, lobsters and many other living things find a safe place to grow up into adulthood without being disturbed. The mangrove ecosystem provides fish to feed people in coastal communities and throughout the world by stocking the ocean's natural fisheries and serve as important habitat for many other living things as well as to protect the health of sea grass beds and coral reefs.
The future is in anything but paradise.
As the developer, Gerardo Carpo, is allowed to bulldoze the mangroves and build a golf course on the northern tip of the island (whose associated fertilizer and pesticide pollution will damage or destroy the local inshore ecosystems) and dredge and destroy the lagoon (a world-famous nursery for lemon sharks) – the very future of the islands ecosystem, inhabitants and future are threatened.
A few can make a difference.
Please take a few moments to sign this petition. Then please take more action by
contacting via email, snail mail or phone, representatives listed at:
Let them know you do not approve what is being done to Bimini!
Then spread the word to your friends and family and cross-post this information elsewhere.
A few people can make a difference. A big difference.
Created: August 1, 2006
Sent: October 30, 2006. THANK YOU ALL! GOAL REACHED!