Unidentified payments

We are in receipt of a number of payments that we have been unable to identify and are held pending verification. Please review the dates and amounts of the transactions below and log in to check if any are missing from your account. If so, please contact us with confirmation of the payment transmission so that we may credit the balance to your account. Please note that there may be a difference between the transmission amount and the amount shown below due to bank charges (normally associated with international transfers):

Date  Amount
29-Mar-17  500.00
25-Oct-16  223.82
12-Oct-16  57.47
17-Aug-16  20.04
15-Aug-16  375.00
5-Apr-16  2,146.03
5-Apr-16  700.00
11-Mar-16  3,028.47
8-Mar-16  500.00
7-Mar-16  700.00
3-Feb-16  670.00
27-Nov-15  363.84
21-Oct-15  0.22
22-Sep-15  353.22
1-Jun-15  692.77
31-Mar-15  293.00
3-Oct-14  484.69
14-Jul-14  60.00
3-Jun-14  613.91
2-Jun-14  350.00
25-Feb-14  575.00
8-Jan-14  1,194.84
20-Dec-13  5,938.88
12-Feb-13  480.00
9-Aug-12  300.17
2-Jul-12  230.00
21-Jun-12  966.18
13-Jun-12  57.78
30-May-12  3,037.34
10-Feb-12  1,200.00
9-Dec-11  29.97
18-Oct-11  288.86
9-Aug-11  643.27
15-Feb-11  1,509.88

Infraction Checklist

We are continuing our efforts to make Sandyport one of The Bahamas’ most desirable communities. To that end we need your support in ensuring that your property is compliant with the guidelines.

We have observed some transgressions and prepared a checklist for you. For rental homes, please ensure the tenants are compliant. Conforming to the guidelines will enhance the appeal of our community which, in turn, should protect our property values and encourage further development.

Please take the time to review your property and check for compliance issues. We have set aside a time frame of 90 days for owners to check their properties. Thereafter, we will seek guidance from the Board to resolve any outstanding infractions.

If after you have reviewed your property and decided you require some advice or assistance, please email support@sandyportmanagement.com with details. Further copies of the checklist are available from the Helpdesk at our website. We look forward to receiving your cooperation completing this exercise.

Unidentified payments

We are in receipt of a number of payments that we have been unable to identify and are held pending verification. Please review the dates and amounts of the transactions below and log in to check if any are missing from your account. If so, please contact us with confirmation of the payment transmission so that we may credit the balance to your account. Please note that there may be a difference between the transmission amount and the amount shown below due to bank charges (normally associated with international transfers):

Date  Amount
29-Mar-17  500.00
25-Oct-16  223.82
12-Oct-16  57.47
17-Aug-16  20.04
16-Aug-16  652.69
15-Aug-16  375.00
5-Apr-16  2,146.03
5-Apr-16  700.00
11-Mar-16  3,028.47
8-Mar-16  500.00
7-Mar-16  700.00
3-Feb-16  670.00
27-Nov-15  363.84
21-Oct-15  0.22
22-Sep-15  353.22
1-Jun-15  692.77
31-Mar-15  293.00
3-Oct-14  484.69
14-Jul-14  60.00
3-Jun-14  613.91
2-Jun-14  350.00
25-Feb-14  575.00
8-Jan-14  1,194.84
20-Dec-13  5,938.88
12-Feb-13  480.00
9-Aug-12  300.17
2-Jul-12  230.00
21-Jun-12  966.18
13-Jun-12  57.78
30-May-12  3,037.34
10-Feb-12  1,200.00
9-Dec-11  29.97
18-Oct-11  288.86
9-Aug-11  643.27
15-Feb-11  1,509.88

Subdivision of large lots

In response to requests to subdivide larger lots, the Board has given consideration with respect to the first Restrictive Covenant which states:

No lot or group of lots in Sandyport may be divided or sub-divided into smaller lot or lots.

There are a small number of large and undeveloped lots that could be subdivided without detriment to the community. The Board has determined that it is prepared to permit such lots to be subdivided in appropriate circumstances subject to the following criteria:

  1. That the subdivision is approved by the appropriate Government Ministry.
  2. An application is made by the owner for the lot to be subdivided and for new licenses to be issued, at the Owners’ expense.
  3. Draft conveyances with respect to any approved subdivision shall be submitted for the association’s prior approval.
  4. The resulting lots shall not be less than 5,000 sq ft in total area.

‘Dock Tax’ Crackdown On Gated Communities

The following article was published in The Tribune on April 4, 2017


By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

The Port Department yesterday confirmed it is cracking down on fees owed by private/residential dock owners in New Providence’s gated communities, and issuing warnings of site visits to inspect “unregistered” facilities.

Captain Cyril Roker, the Department’s controller, told Tribune Business that it had been given the go-ahead from the Attorney General’s Office to initiate the tax crackdown.

The move has prompted residents of Sandyport, the private residential community at Cable Beach, to seek their own legal advice over the Port Department’s decision to enforce the fee/taxarion measures in its own Act.

A signed letter from Captain Roker, which has been issued to dock owners, states: “Please be advised that in accordance with the Port Authority Act, Chapter 259 section 40A, the Port Controller is sanctioned and obligated to collect an annual tax from any/all owners of private piers, wharfs or abutments on the island of New Providence.

“Therefore, the Port Department is requesting a site visit at your earliest convenience to conduct a survey of all unregistered docks and abutments.”

Speaking with Tribune Business on condition of anonymity, one Sandyport resident said: “Everyone in Sandyport received a letter from the Port Department about a site visit and registration of private docks.

“They want to charge people with docks or access to the canal a fee, which for private homes would be $2 per linear foot. I don’t know if that’s per month or what. We are taking legal advice on this. We don’t know if it’s just Sandyport or what. Obviously this is a concern because property values get affected if we’re the only ones affected by this. We don’t know if this is retroactive or not.”

Captain Roker yesterday confirmed that the Port Department has been issuing letters to private dock owners across New Providence, and not just at Sandyport.

He told this newspaper that while there had initially been a legal “back and forth” over the issue, it had been ‘ironed out’ with the Attorney General’s Office, effectively giving the Department the go-ahead to enforce the fees.

“One of the things we had lacked initially was enforcement,” Captain Roker said. “We’re going in every nook and cranny. We’re putting port officers on every major island; not just a port officer, two port officers and a clerk.

“Their job is to enforce the regulations and collect the revenue. Sandyport was one of the classical examples that we had to iron out with the Attorney General’s Office. It is a development that is private land, and they were under the belief that they didn’t have to pay the Government.

“Once the salt water hits your dock, if you have lake or whatever, that is Crown Land,” he continued. “The Government has a right to tax you on that. All those docks on Lake Cunningham and those gated communities, we are writing them and letting them know our intentions.

“Once we identified the owners we send them a bill. There’s no discrimination. Everyone has to pay. We want to make everyone current. We try to do that at least a month or two months in advance to give everyone a heads up.

“We’re not just here to collect money but we want to see what we could do to better the industry.

A lot pf persons try not to be delinquent. Sometimes the second homeowners sell their property and their lawyers make sure that, at the end of the day, whatever fees are owed they pay them up. Our job is to not be negligent on our part. We send out reminders because sometimes people forget.”

The Port Department’s crackdown could impact owners in some of New Providence’s most prestigous communities, such as the likes of Old Fort Bay and Lyford Cay.

The move is again likely to raise questions as to why another government agency has seemingly waited for some time to enforce the revenue laws, and be interpreted as another sign of the Government’s determination to collect every cent of revenue due to it amid the ongoing fiscal crisis.

Captain Roker said the issue of fee collection was under control, adding: “There were some who felt as though their development was outside the Government’s scope, even though they were paying their sea bed leases.

“Everyone is pretty much in compliance. At the end of the day, when it comes to revenue loss sometimes it’s our own locals who you have to run down. We have no challenges, more or less, in that area. We may be late in collecting the fee payment because persons would have to mail their stuff in and, at least for now, we don’t take online credit card payments.”

According to the Act: “There shall be a charge levied and paid in respect to the financial year commencing July 1, 2003, and each succeeding financial year.”

For private jetties on New Providence, the fee is listed as $2 per linear foot. For commercial jetties it is $6.32 per linear foot, and for industrial jetties it is set at $4 per linear foot.

Private jetties situated on a Family Island are assessed a fee of $1.94 per linear foot; commercial jetties at $6.13 per linear foot; and industrial jetties at $3.88 per linear foot.

Unidentified payments

We are in receipt of a number of payments that we have been unable to identify and are held pending verification. Please review the dates and amounts of the transactions below and log in to check if any are missing from your account. If so, please contact us with confirmation of the payment transmission so that we may credit the balance to your account. Please note that there may be a difference between the transmission amount and the amount shown below due to bank charges (normally associated with international transfers):

Date  Amount
29-Mar-17  500.00
8-Mar-17  826.87
25-Oct-16  223.82
12-Oct-16  57.47
17-Aug-16  20.04
16-Aug-16  652.69
15-Aug-16  375.00
14-Apr-16  64.50
5-Apr-16  2,146.03
5-Apr-16  700.00
11-Mar-16  3,028.47
8-Mar-16  500.00
7-Mar-16  700.00
3-Feb-16  670.00
27-Nov-15  363.84
21-Oct-15  0.22
22-Sep-15  353.22
1-Jun-15  692.77
31-Mar-15  293.00
3-Oct-14  484.69
14-Jul-14  60.00
3-Jun-14  613.91
2-Jun-14  350.00
25-Feb-14  575.00
8-Jan-14  1,194.84
20-Dec-13  5,938.88
12-Feb-13  480.00
9-Aug-12  300.17
2-Jul-12  230.00
21-Jun-12  966.18
13-Jun-12  57.78
30-May-12  3,037.34
10-Feb-12  1,200.00
9-Dec-11  29.97
18-Oct-11  288.86
9-Aug-11  643.27
15-Feb-11  1,509.88

Security advisory

We would like to remind residents that Sandyport continues to be one of the safest communities in the country. Access is well controlled and documented at all official entry points. We operate a verified patrol around the clock to provide a visible presence. In 2016, we increased the number of cameras in service for wider coverage. We address weaknesses as they arise in the perimeter, for instance by replacing chain link fence with walls. Workers need ID passes to enter the property. Visitors must have invites from residents. Our security department received a commendation in an independent review conducted last year.

The Directors review all security reports and determine if we should raise the alarm to all residents. If there is a perceived threat to the community, we circulate a notice. In some cases, the Directors will not circulate an advisory as it does not wish to cause undue concern.

We inform the police of suspected crimes but they will only take a crime report from the victim. Our security team provides support to the police department together with access to CCTV footage and access control logs.

Rest assured that we will inform you of any security threats. In the meantime, if you see anything suspicious, call 327 6943 and for emergencies select ‘0’ at the prompt.

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