This stuff just doesn’t die, does it?
There is a new draft of Bahamian regulations making the rounds.
The link is here.
I’ve read it, thought about it and asked around about it a bit. Here’s my take.
It doesn’t look to bad to me. I think there is a little clarification around boats, guides and exactly when you need one, but for the most part, it looks pretty good.
There is no DIY ban. You’ll need a license, but that’s not going to be an issue. No bans on foreign lodges (that was a dumb idea to begin with as other legislation covers foreign investment). Guides will need to be certified, but that is probably also a good thing.
WHY this all looks good is based on who is in control of all the misc. parts. The Ministry of Tourism is put in the driver’s seat. That’s good. The Ministry of Tourism cares about the whole tourism sector, not just one tiny segment of it. They have the wider perspective needed. They are pro-angler and pro-restaurant owner and pro-grocery store owner and pro-Bahamian.
Of course, the “anti” crew isn’t happy about the new draft, which should pretty much tell you this is headed in the right direction.
If I were a betting man, I’d put good money on this whole thing either not happening at all, or very much breaking our way.
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