His Excellency the Governor, Peter Beckingham, chaired the 8th meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday 12th March 2015 at the House of Assembly Building on Grand Turk.
All Ministers were present.
At this meeting Cabinet:
Advised His Excellency the Governor to extend the lobster season for a further two weeks until the 31st March 2015. During the extended period fishermen should report any sightings of spawning or egg bearing lobsters. The report should indicate the number of locations where the spawning lobsters were observed. Any egg-bearing lobsters that will be caught should be returned immediately to the sea. The current size limit will stand as it is. No lobster less than 3.25 inches in length should be caught. The length of 3.25 inches measured from the front of the groove between the horns directly above the eyes along the middle of the back to the rear of the carapace or back shell or when the tail has been separated, a tail weight of 5 ounces whether processed or not;
Received an update from the Minister of Finance regarding the development of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Cooper Jack Development Project. The project relates to the construction of Viceroy Turks and Caicos, a new hotel resort and residential development on Cooper Jack Bay, Providenciales;
Received an update from the Minister of Finance and the consultants assisting with the implementation of a Business Transformation Strategy. The strategy is designed to streamline systems and processes to enable faster turnaround of business licenses and work permits with the overall objective being to make doing business in TCI more efficient and effective. Implementation of the strategy will attract funding from the 10th European Development Fund;
Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the appointment of the following persons to the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board for a period of one year effective 1st April 2015 - 31st March 2016; Don Gardiner (Chairman), Crystal Greene (Deputy Chairman), Wayne Garland, Brenda Lightbourne, Lloyd Stubbs, Jayne Hutchinson, Lasheko Seymour, Bianca Harvey-Garland, Permanent Secretary (Ex-Officio) and the TCHTA representative. The appointments are made in accordance with part III of the Tourism Ordinance;
Noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board on the award of the following contracts with a total value of $5m; Ball Park Lighting Providenciales, Shutter Installation All Saints Missionary Church Providenciales, Consultancy for Preparation of Technical Documentation for a Domestic Fire Station Providenciales, Provision of Furniture and Equipment HJ Robinson High School, Reconstruction of Causeway North and Middle Caicos (Phase 2), Design and Construction of a new Wellness Centre Grand Turk, Consultancy for Preparation of Design and Technical Tender Documentation for the Reconstruction and Upgrading of the Bellefield Landing Road North Caicos, Pre- Paid Water Metering System Grand Turk, Road Development Programme Kew Town Providenciales, Roof Replacement Police Station and Barracks South Caicos, Provision of Furniture and Equipment Salt Cay Primary Healthcare Clinic, Supply of 15 Seater Passenger Van Marjorie Basden High School South Caicos, Supply of Full-Size SUV Attorney Generals Chambers, Upgrade of Gaming Field Raymond Gardiner High School North Caicos, Provision of Furniture and Equipment for Public Schools, Furniture and Equipment for the splitting of the Clement Howell High School Providenciales.
Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.