On September 20, 1961, Chairman of the Licensing Authority, Magistrate Maxwell J. Thompson, denied new applications for liquor licenses on the capital island New Providence.

He called the capital city Nassau “oversoaked.”

Maxwell observed that as of September 20, 1961, there were 600 liquor licenses for the tiny island of New Providence alone. With an island population of 60,000, this equated to one liquor bar for every one hundred New Providence residents.

(The Miami Times, Saturday, October 7, 1961)