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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?
Again, who says the people visiting the new casino in Bimini are being permitted to come and go at will?
The current cruising permit is good for 4 people per boat, and allows multiple visitation... For fishermen or gamblers shuttling back and forth between FL and Bimini, amortizing the expense of a permit over a number of trips, and perhaps sharing it between the people on board, the cost of entry would amount to a small fraction of the fuel used to run over and back, or dockage, etc... Hell, it wouldn't surprise me if the casino gives anyone who shows a cruising permit a complimentary stack of chips to start playing with. Why are people assuming these visitors are being given a free pass?
It seems that the apparent 'friction' between the residents of North Bimini and Bimini Bay Resort has further escalated as even the BBR website now lists that EVERYONE must first stop and 'clear in' at AliceTown before proceeding to the 'resort'. No mention of the clearance procedure for the new SuperFast cruise ship (twice daily MiamióBimini) operated by the resort ... and there certainly is no adequate dock space in AliceTown for a boat of that size; it presently has to 'anchor out' and transfer its passengers the old fashioned way.