25 Years Ago

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Oh yes, I know what you can do with a beautiful calm day. You can enjoy the outdoor life, the beach, the picnics, the reef, the sun and all that mother nature has to offer. You can swim, sunbathe, go fishing, diving, enjoy a perfect day. A sunny calm day is a tourist's delight, but that does not change the picture that twenty five years ago calm and windless days were a nightmare for the villagers of San Pedro.

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I had a lot of fun and laughter with my uncle Cruz Nunez this past Sunday as I usually have every Sunday. In our conversation came the topic or rather question: "Why did people in the past live much longer than people today?" It was observed that a lot of people of the past lived up to 85 and 90 years of age and today they can barely reach 60. The years after sixty are considered "bonus".

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How do you see windy days today? Some people like them. Others hate them. Johnny Grief can enjoy wind surfing. But the food vendors by Central Park get sand all over their place. If you are a tourist guide and have a group of enthusiastic tourists to take out to sea, you might not be happy with a very windy day that can interfere with your plans. How About Twenty Five Years Ago?

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It is a booming economy. Soon there will be three banks in San Pedro, three of the most powerful banks in Belize- Atlantic Bank, Belize Bank and Alliance Bank. You would think that banking has been on this island from the time the community was founded in 1948. But no, our history in banking does not go so far back.

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Why would you want to roast hot peppers? I'll tell you why. Today you cannot burn a small pile of weeds in your yard without someone calling the fire department. Well, that is understandable for we would all do it to our neighbors. We cannot seem to be able to tolerate any inconvenience. Today we have the garbage collection system so we do not need to put up with anyone's smoke. We cannot throw any bit of debris like dry seaweeds into the sea for the environmentalists would be behind us, and indeed all of us are now environmentalists for we are all very conscious.

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During the next few weeks “Twenty Five Years Ago” will be taking you through a list of “Firsts” in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye which have set the pace for a good start and have led to the development of San Pedro as we know it today. So who and what and when and why were the “Firsts”?

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During the next few weeks “Twenty Five Years Ago” will be taking you through a list of “Firsts” in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye which have set the pace for a good start and have led to the development of San Pedro as we know it today. So who and what and when and why were the “Firsts”?

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We interrupted our list of "firsts" to bring in stories of the Holiday Season, and now pick up from where we have left. We have covered the first airstrip, airplane, speed boat, vehicle, doctor, cinema, bar, telephone, generator, water system, hotel, mayor, village council, and first residents of San Juan and San Pablo.

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Today for New Year's Day festivities, there is such a wide choice of places to go that all the friends will be split up. Chances are that you will be able to greet and hug only a few of your friends for some will be at Jaguar's, or Iguana's, Fido's, Ramon's, Holiday Hotel, Big Daddy's, Hideaway, or some other spot where music is the main attraction.

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It is December 25, 1960, one year before Hurricane Hattie. That day there are no boats sailing to the fish traps because it is Christmas and the fishermen are tired. Yes, tired but not of fishing but of dancing. San Pedro wakes up that morning to the sound of pop shots.

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Twenty-five years ago Christmas was celebrated in quite a different manner than today- not better nor worse, just different. One knew that Christmas season was approaching when one saw those huge salted hams in crocus bags hanging from the ceilings of the stores around the village. The shopkeeper made it his duty to call on friends and customers for them to lay aside their hams for Christmas. These hams were boiled for 2 or 3 hours to remove the excess salt and then they were baked. Do you know why those hams were delicious?

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During the next few weeks “Twenty Five Years Ago” will be taking you through a list of “Firsts” in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye which have set the pace for a good start and have led to the development of San Pedro as we know it today. This is the third week with the continuation of “FIRSTS” in San Pedro. So who and what and when and why were the “Firsts”?

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During the next few weeks “Twenty Five Years Ago” will be taking you through a list of “Firsts” in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye which have set the pace for a good start and have led to the development of San Pedro as we know it today. This is the third week with the continuation of “FIRSTS” in San Pedro. So who and what and when and why were the “Firsts”?

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During the next few weeks “Twenty Five Years Ago” will be taking you through a list of “Firsts” in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye which have set the pace for a good start and have led to the development of San Pedro as we know it today. This is the third week with the continuation of “FIRSTS” in San Pedro. So who and what and when and why were the “Firsts”?

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During the next few weeks “Twenty Five Years Ago” will be taking you through a list of “Firsts” in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye which have set the pace for a good start and have led to the development of San Pedro as we know it today. This is the third week with the continuation of “FIRSTS” in San Pedro. So who and what and when and why were the “Firsts”?

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During the next few weeks “Twenty Five Years Ago” will be taking you through a list of “Firsts” in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye which have set the pace for a good start and have led to the development of San Pedro as we know it today. This is the third week with the continuation of “FIRSTS” in San Pedro. So who and what and when and why were the “Firsts”?

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During the next few weeks “Twenty Five Years Ago” will be taking you through a list of “Firsts” in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye which have set the pace for a good start and have led to the development of San Pedro as we know it today. This is the third week with the continuation of “FIRSTS” in San Pedro. So who and what and when and why were the “Firsts”?

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This is the second week with the continuation of "FIRSTS" in San Pedro. It is in acknowledgement and appreciation to those who set the pace for the development of our beautiful Isla Bonita.

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Being first is quite a fete. It is nice to know that you were first in your class, first to set a record, first to build something, first to achieve something, or even first to have the honors like kissing the queen's hands or stealing the first kiss from a young lady. It is not quite pleasant to be the first one to go to jail or commit a serious crime or to be the first one to suffer a terrible accident.

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