Norman's Cay 2012
This past July while vacationing in the Exumas (a chain of islands southeast of Nassau, Bahamas that are about 250 miles by boat from Fort Lauderdale), we went to Norman’s Cay to do some exploring. I have been there in the past, and since then I have researched some of the island’s seedy history. Once used by rum runners, pirates, and most notably, in the early 80s, by drug kingpin Carlos Lehder as a hub to distribute cocaine to the United States. The island seems almost deserted when you arrive. The beachfront restaurant, Mac Duffs, is now closed and a dozen or so homes are on the north end of the island. I was in search of the old buildings and home of Lehder called “Volcano” for its stone fireplace in the center of the house. We found the ruins of the home and many buildings around the island. The Bahamas reclaims these buildings in a short time. These buildings have deteriorated to this condition from their heyday in the early 80s to now. There is a book and several stories on the Internet if you’re interested to learn more.