Boaters headed south to George Town, Great Exuma to speak with officials about the incidents at Musha Cay. Reporting that numbers of boaters have been told to leave the anchorages around Musha Cay.
The official policy in The Bahamas is land is only owned up to the highest-high tide watermark, and the rest of the beaches and waters are considered public property. Anyone (who has entered the country properly) can anchor in all waters, waters can never be declared private.
Although I took these incidents as potential “bad tourism,” it is apparent that the resort does not. Musha Cay was eventually issued a letter, recognizing a “motorized swim area,” and ship channel in front. The letter does not define the extent of the swim area, mention the use of markers and buoys, and nothing is charted. This motorized swim area is so unique because only one other exists in The Bahamas, off the Atlantis Resort, due to the location and safety factors concerning guests. But in the remote out islands, it is unheard of.