Unexso starts refurbishment project in Grand Bahama Island September 24, 1999 Share 1 -- GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas -- The Underwater Explorers Society (Unexso) is renovating its Port Lucaya location. Unexso is best known for its "close encounter" programs, which enable visitors to dive and interact with sharks and dolphins.According to Don Churchill, chief operating officer, all the facilities and services will be operating during the refit. The Brass Helmet restaurant will be the only venue closed for a time.As part of the first phase, the guest services area will be expanded, giving more space to retail, photo/video and dive services. A dive services wing will be added, with new changing and shower facilities. Also, the equipment rental area will be expanded and redesigned. Phase one is scheduled to be finished in October.The restaurant, the current photo/video building and both swimming pools will be scrapped during phase two. The two pools are being reshaped to make way for a pool with a 14-foot deep end designed for diver training. Work on phase two is scheduled to be completed by the end of 1999.A new restaurant will be built as part of phase three. The venue will be located next to the pool overlooking the marina. A 2000 completion date has been set for the third phase.Churchill said the makeover is part of the overall renaissance taking place on Grand Bahama Island.Agent ratesNEW YORK -- Mango Bay Resorts set year-round agent rates at its properties in Barbados and Antigua.The nightly rate is $75 per person, double. Companions are also eligible for the $75 rate but must share the same accommodations with the agent. Agents must show a business card and a valid Iatan card when checking in.For additional information, call Alex Wojcik at (914) 674-6435.