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Meet the Journalist: Gregory Scruggs

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated several Caribbean islands, including tiny Barbuda. But Barbuda might lose something unique in the recovery process—its 200-year-old communal land ownership system. Part of the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda, the central government on much-larger Antigua, 39 miles away, has been advocating the removal of that land rights system in favor of freehold property. Barbudans see this as a land grab to open up their island to mass tourism development.