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After a 20-year Dormant Period, The Former Jack Tar Resort 
Resurrected as Old Bahama Bay in West End, 
Grand Bahama Island 
WEST END, Grand Bahama Island - May 23, 2001-- Combining Bahamian charm and luxury, The Inn at Old Bahama Bay in West End Grand Bahama Island, officially opened its doors, Thursday, May 17, 2001, with over 200 in attendance including Bahamian Officials, local dignitaries and international guests.

Set on the lawn of The Inn at Old Bahama Bay, the official opening ceremonies began at 11AM with The Hon. Orville "Tommy" A. Turnquest, MP, Minister of Tourism as the keynote speaker.

Ken Olson, CEO of the Old Bahama Bay, with his wife Pam, welcomed the guests while Reginald (Reg) Smith, Director of Sales of Old Bahama Bay presided as the Master of Ceremonies. "We at Old Bahama Bay are delighted to be bringing not only a new resort community to Grand Bahama Island but we are proud to contribute a new stream of tourism to the historic village of West End", stated Kenneth Olson. 

Sash A. Spencer, Founder of West End Resorts, Ltd., the developer of Old Bahama Bay and President of Holding Capital Group, requested a moment at the podium to relate his pride and appreciation of the residential community. He stated that this is his favorite place on earth while warmly speaking of the dedication of the staff and local services of West End. 

Danilo Checcucci Named 
General Manager at Old Bahama Bay

Previously with the Radisson Hotel Company, Mr. Checcucci comes to Old Bahama Bay with an  extensive hotel background and international expertise in opening resorts. He was based for the past  two years in San Salvador, Central America where he successfully converted a 270-room property  into a Radisson Plaza and prior, he was at the Bogota Royal Hotel, a five star de luxe member of The Leading Hotels of the World. 

Mr. Checcucci also has ample experience in the Caribbean as General Manager of the Sonesta Beach Hotel and Casino in Aruba and the Sonsesta Beach Resort and Casino in Curacao, Netherland Antilles. In addition, he was the Managing Director for five years at the Golden Tulip Hotel and Casino, also in Curacao.

He is a graduate of the Italian Hotel Management School and has also studied at Cornell, Holiday Inn Inc. University, Academic Accor and various other certification institutions. Mr. Checcucci is fluent in five languages including English, Italian, Spanish, German and French. 

Mr. Spencer proclaimed from the heart, "Without the great staff and people at this property, we would not be's the people that make the place." Mr. David Wallace, MP of West End, was grateful to Old Bahama Bay for the resurrection of tourism in West End after a 20-year dormant period subsequent to the closing of the Jack Tar Resort. He also recognized the founders of the original property and equated the rebirth of this once very famous Caribbean resort destination to the Phoenix rising from the ashes even more beautifully.

West End, Grand Bahama Island has undergone many major changes in positioning this destination for tourism. The British holiday camp tycoon, Billy Butlin, began development in West End in 1951 on what was to become the most lavish resort property in Grand Bahama, and ultimately evolved into the Jack Tar Resort. Thus marked the birth of the first Caribbean all-inclusive property.

The project included an airfield, marina, a complex of canals, commercial dock, a 424-room hotel, 16 tennis courts, 27-hole golf course and the largest freshwater swimming pool in the western hemisphere.

The resort prospered in it's hey day during the 1950s and 1960s, but then eventually began a slow decline until the resort finally closed in the late 1980s. In the new millennium, West End Resorts Ltd. created Old Bahama Bay, reawakening the spirit of the Jack Tar Resort, and presenting Grand Bahamas' newest residential, marina and resort community in West End.
Now, The Inn at Old Bahama Bay, an official Bahamas Small Treasures property, is a self contained resort set in a gated residential community comprising 24 hotel/condominium suites in two-story seaside beach houses. In addition the hotel features, tennis courts, small boat and sailfish rentals, non-motorized water sports, beach volleyball, bicycle rentals, nature trails and one of the most extensive snorkel trail programs in the Caribbean. Scheduled to open at the end of 2001 are 23 additional suites, infinity pool, gym and meeting space. The entrepreneurial visions the Old Bahama Bay developers have provided include a community tailored to a barefoot elegance experience in a beautiful and tranquil out-island setting where single hotel/condominium owners can purchase their own piece of paradise.

Old Bahama Bay, set on 150-acre paradise, boasts a 72 slip full-service marina and is an official Bahamian Port of Entry. With 24 oceanfront home sites, 49 channel home sites, each with its very own private dockage, this residential community is a haven for those searching for the ideal island lifestyle.

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Also See Our Lucaya, Formerly The Lucayan, Completing a $400 million Development on Grand Bahama Island / Sept 2000 

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