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It’s the second largest income earner for fishermen in terms of captured fisheries for Belize, but conch is also listed as an endangered species. And while Belize’s management plan for the marine product has been accepted by international regulators, the United States is now implementing measures to ensure that all countries harvesting conch are adhering to their own protection regimes. According to Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade, what that means is that all Belizean conchs must be certified by local regulators before exportation.

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One hundred and fifty-eight candidates contested the Belize Municipal Elections this Wednesday, March 1, 2006, with 77,000 voters registered to cast their ballots in the towns and cities around the country, and when the final counts were completed, the United Democratic Party (UDP) emerged victorious, winning a decisive landslide across Belize.

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The gap that for years has separated San Pedro Town from North Ambergris was finally linked this past Saturday, February 25, 2006 as the Boca del Rio Bridge was inaugurated. “I would like to acknowledge the kindness of a great man who came to our aid to make this dream a reality. I am speaking of Mr. Barry Bowen,” said Mayor Elsa Paz as she addressed the gathering at the foot of the bridge. The San Pedro Town Council teamed up with one of San Pedro’s wealthiest men, Mr. Barry Bowen to open the island’s first ever bridge.

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Golf Cart Accident Lands Man at KHMH Raul Lara, 44 year old Belizean taxi man of San Pedrito Area, reported that on Sunday, January 13, around 6:00 p.m. while driving his Toyota Previa Van License plate BZ – D – 6277 on Seagrape Drive towards Marina’s Store he saw a cream colored golf cart heading towards him in the opposite direction. The golf cart then swerved to the side and collided head on with the taxi van.

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Carnival 2006 got off to a rocky start as painting was at its minimal and only one comparsa did its rounds around town on Sunday, February 26, 2006. And on Monday, a rainy day put a damper on all the painting and celebration for most of the day. Nobody could go out to the streets to paint each other as the rain drenched everything. It was only until about 4:00p.m. that the rain subsided and the painting reveler took to the streets.

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its 8th Annual Industry Presentation this past Wedneday morning, February 22, at the Princess Hotel and Casino, attended by many stakeholders from around the country. According to the reports, 2005 was another record year for Belize’s vibrant tourism industry.

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The following is the list of official nominators for the Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South. The nomination for the National Reform Party (NRP), United Democratic Party (UDP) and People’s United Party (PUP) officially took place on Monday, January 21 at the San Pedro Town Board with an avid group of well behaved and educated supporters who paraded the streets in show of solidarity. General Election will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2008 the polling station will be at the San Pedro High School.

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Bandage International, a Canada-based non-profit organization was on the island this past week providing medical education and training to key personnel and island residents through the Belize Red Cross.

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Established in 2000 by proprietors Saul and Mari Nuñez, The Rum, Cigar & Coffee House is one of San Pedro’s finest shops, offering the best in local liqueurs, rum, wine, Belizean and Cuban cigars, and fresh coffee from the mountains of Guatemala and southern Belize. This choice shop is located in the center of San Pedro Town and is an all-time favorite amongst tourists and locals on the island who desire to select from a great variety of excellent products.

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Andy Palacio, an iconic musician and cultural activist in his native Belize and impassioned spokesperson for the Garifuna people of Central America, was declared dead on Saturday, January 19 at 9p.m. Belize time due to a massive and extensive stroke to the brain, a heart attack and respiratory failure due to the previous two conditions.

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They topped the polls in the recent Municipal Elections for their respective parties and as leaders of the UDP and PUP in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Today decided to conduct a small interview with Mayoress Elsa Paz and the newly-appointed San Pedro PUP Chairman, Alex Nuñez, to get their thoughts about their plans and goals for the island.

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The Island of San Pedro is mourning the death of the reigning Mother of the Year, Mrs. Eriberta Nuñez de Guerrero who passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. Ambergris Today and San Pedro Town would like to express condolences to the her family.

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As the General Elections approaches, less than a month away, three candidates have pledged their commitment to work for Belize Rural South and run for office to represent San Pedro and Caye Caulker in the House of Representatives, if elected by their constituency.

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Announcing the first ever Savor San Pedro Food Festival sponsored by the San Pedro Business Association this Saturday, January 26. “Savor San Pedro” will be a block party on Front Street, Barrier Reef Drive, from Atlantic bank to Fido’s starting at 5:00 p.m.

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The first ever Savor San Pedro Food Festival Block Party was held Saturday, January 26 at the Central Park of San Pedro Town. Music filled the air, and mouths watered due to the sights and smells of the tasty treats offered by some of the island’s finest restaurants.

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It is a distinct honor and pleasure for Ambergris Today to announce the 2008 Person of The Year, Gaspar “Gach” Guerrero. Ambergris Today’s profile of a winner is one who most affected the news in a positive manner and touched the lives of all residents in San Pedro. Gach embodies all the qualities one would hope for in a son, friend, businessman, citizen and community activist.

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The office of Ambergris Today received many emails and phone calls from concerned residents and non-residents, about the issue that non-residents will not be given Boat Captain Licenses.

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He was the most interviewed Belizean, the most photographed, the most internationally recognized, the most locally loved, and now the most grieved for. More or less one week of national mourning for Andy Palacio culminated on Saturday, January 26 in his home village of Barranco with a massive state funeral.

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San Pedro’s very own Ms. Celi Nuñez McCorkle has been bestowed with Her Majesty the Queen’s Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). A press release from the Office of the Governor General in Belmopan made the announcement this week on the occasion of the New Year Honors 2009.

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Green Reef Environmental Institute’s Summary of Open Letter to National and Local Government Officials The prosperity of Ambergris Caye, the value of real estate and other investments on Ambergris Caye, and the tax revenues generated by Ambergris Caye depend ultimately on the island’s ability to attract visitors. We need those who come for a week and those who buy a condo, time share or house to stay longer.

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