Tattered flags removed across the island



The Ministry of Works sprang into action Tuesday in an effort to remove a number of tattered Bahamian flags from roundabouts throughout New Providence.

The move came on the heels of an investigation launched by Eyewitness News to understand why the country’s national symbol was being flown in such poor condition for a number of months.

Just one hour after Eyewitness News began making its fact-finding phone calls, Ministry of Works employees could be seen scurrying to remove the tattered flags from the six-legged roundabout on John F. Kennedy Drive.

According to legislation, it is an offense to fly the Bahamian flag in a tattered state.

It is also against protocol to fly Bahamian flags after sunset if the flag is not properly lit by outside lighting fixtures.

Bahamian flags should not be flown beside another flag which is larger in size and should also not be vandalized.

Eyewitness News understands the tattered flags had been erected in celebration of Bahamian independence in July and, seven months later, the Ministry of Works had yet to remove them from a number of roundabouts.

Antoinette Thompson, permanent secretary within the Ministry of Works, confirmed that the ministry is aware of public concern about the tattered flags and said it is in the process of having the flags removed immediately.