With deep regret, today we learned of the passing of Jackson Burnside, an incredible Bahamian whose imprint on The Bahamas, our people, and our industry has been and will continue to be immeasurable.
Jackson has been one of the key proponents and motivators for many years behind the revitalization of historic downtown Nassau, working with the Ministry of Tourism, the Government of The Bahamas, the Nassau Tourism Development Board, the Downtown Nassau Partnership, BHA and others towards a number of landmark improvement initiatives which are now coming together. In 1999 he authored the Historic Nassau Study, a document which captured the richness of the city and challenged us all to imagine what it could be, not just for tourists, but as well for each of us who live in The Bahamas.
Today, the movement has gathered a momentum of its own, and the spirit and guiding hand of Jackson will continue to influence this major initiative.
His architecture signature can be seen in the likes of Marina Village at Atlantis, where the essence of Bahamian design is showcased. He’s been the voice of Junkanoo, challenging the nation to recognize the power of this national celebration in building character, community and drawing upon the incredible creativity, teamwork and artistry of the Bahamian people.
Jackson was equally at ease talking to the guys in the shack or the likes of Sol Kerzner. Personally, his counsel and advise has been invaluable in helping me and others to understand what we have and what we can be.
Just over a month ago Jackson met with several of us in BHA’s office to discuss next planning steps for putting in place a major beautification initiative for the city following the completion of significant infrastructure works which the Government has commenced. His enthusiasm and positive outlook was and is contagious.
We will miss his advice, his challenge to us, his humour and humanity….and each of us in The Bahamas, whether we know it or not, are enriched having had Jackson Burnside walk amongst us.
The Bahamas Hotel Association salutes one of our finest and offers its deepest condolences to Jackson’s family.
Frank J. Comito
Executive Vice President
Bahamas Hotel Association