Flashbacks

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The small and quaint Belize International Airport served the country up until the 1990’s, before becoming the much larger and well-known Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport of today.

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San Pedranos vividly and with nostalgia remember the Belize City swing bridge. They used to cross underneath it with small skiffs and used to patiently wait for six in the morning to pass and go beyond the bridge.

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This gentleman driving the golf cart in San Pedro has a strange name indeed.  Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld (born December 28, 1940), better known by his stage name, Don Francisco, is a Chilean television host, and a popular personality on the Univision network reaching Spanish-speaking viewers in the United States and all over the world.

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Today there are over one hundred Justices of the Peace in San Pedro. Not so in this flashback which goes back to the 1980’s just after township of San Pedro. In this flashback for the Independence Eve’s midnight flag ceremony, there are only a few up front to salute the flag because there was only a handful of J. P.’s at the time.

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Perhaps a lot of you do not know that one of San Pedro's first and talented artists is Dimas Guerrero Sr.  As a young fisherman in San Pedro, Dimas used his free time to practice his talent of painting.

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As we enter the season of the festivities connected with the anniversaries of The Battle of St. George’s Caye and Independence it is apt to look at some of the past queens who reigned over the hearts of San Pedranos after having won the Miss San Pedro title.

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Now that you see this flashback do you wonder why in the world this large group of San Pedranos is so well dressed?  The men were all wearing shoes which is not normal under normal circumstances in San Pedro back in the 1980’s.  Not only are they all wearing shoes, but also formal suits and tuxedo! And their long hair are all so well combed!

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This month Hotel, the pioneer hotel in tourism in San Pedro celebrated its Golden Anniversary. Fifty years ago this wonderful person, this amazing San Pedrana, passionate woman, and awesome entrepreneur, Celi Nuñez McCorkle, opened up the doors for the commencement of tourism in San Pedro and Belize.

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Very short shorts and tiny miniskirts are very visible today and you would think they are fashions of today.  But I guess you have heard the old cliché, “what goes around comes around.”

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In this Flashback of San Pedro you see two tourists enjoying a refreshing swim at the Boca del Rio which is the opening of the canal leading to the back of the island. They are at the edge of the south side and looking towards the north, you see a post seawall of a property belonging to a Belize City businessman, one Mr. Gutierrez.

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There are several points of interest in this Flashback. First of all we see the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church at exactly the same location it is today except that the length of the wood building ran from Barrier Reef Drive to the beach.

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Ask a ten-year old kid today what is Five A Side and chances are that he will not know because this sport has been absent from our sports fields for quite some time. What is it anyway?  Let me try to make it simple.

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Abel Guerrero Sr. has been a man of the sea all of his life and still has an avid passion for the sea and fishing. Born and raised in San Pedro he was an early whole fish and lobster fisherman.  That makes him an expert with the Hawaiian sling, hand line, spear, cast net, and skin diving.

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Anybody who was familiar with San Pedro High School in its early stages, 1971 and onwards, is bound to have known Al Felly. He was a renowned florist of Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

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Anybody that knows the history of San Pedro from the 1950’s to the 80’s is bound to know this charismatic, noble and hard working businessman who contributed much to the development of San Pedro.

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This Flashback has so much to comment on but the bottom line is that it depicts the last days of the fishing era just about to change into a tourism community. We see the last of the lobster fishing boats hauled up on the beach for renovation and a touch of fresh paint during the off season.

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Ever since San Pedro High moved into its own premises in 1987, the building of more classroom space has been continuous.  This beginning of the second floor has an interesting story according to former principal Angel Nuñez.

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Before 1971 San Pedro enjoyed sports like baseball, football and basketball.  Volleyball was unknown to San Pedro until Mr. Harry Guinn, a U.S. visitor to San Pedro and friend of San Pedro High brought the first set of volleyball equipment to include balls, net and whistles.

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These were the days when San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was advertised as Paradise - No Shirt, No Shoes, No problem! If you wanted to have a taxi service, you bought your car, shipped it to the island, parked by the airstrip and waited patiently for an occasional plane to land; you offered your service with a smile.

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This is a very important building in the history of San Pedro.  It was built with money from government and free labor of San Pedranos to give San Pedro a Community Center.  As a community Center, Peace Corps Volunteers mounted a small library and game room which included  ping pong, Chinese checkers, chess, etc. for the children.

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