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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 one and only piece of land in San Pablo reserved for a park now has a “For Sale” sign raising eyebrows all over San Pedro, especially residents of that area who were hoping for a nice park in the near future.

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This past week at the smile center two Dentist, Dr. Wald Lindille and Dr. Alex Willis and Dental Hygeneist Teresa Steffen helped brighten the smiles of children at the Holy Cross Anglican School. The dentist where very impressed with the turn out at the Dental Outpost and hope that more people get involved and help them expand.

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BTB Honors Key Tourism Pioneers at its Eight Annual Tourism Awards Ceremony - On Friday evening, January 25th, some 350 industry stakeholders, distinguished guests and tourism friends gathered to honor recipients of the 8th Annual National Tourism Awards, held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel.

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Bob Dhillon, the Honorary Consul General of Belize for Canada and multi-millionaire real estate mogul, helped raise $60,000 BZ to be used for the benefit of underprivileged children in Belize City. The check was handed over by Mr. Dhillon this Wednesday morning to Canon Leroy Flowers at the St. Mary the Virgin Church.

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On Friday, December 26, The San Pedro Fire Department responded to a fire call a little after 1:20p.m.in the San Juan Area. Upon arriving at the scene fire fighters found one of six houses clustered together engulfed by flames and smoke. The wooden structure (20x14) located on Deer Street is owned by Maria Lanza residing in Ladyville and it was being rented by Monica Ramirez who was in Dangriga at the time of the fire. She had left her 14-year-old son Anton Sabal in charge of the house.

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The ninth La Ruta Maya River Challenge began as they all did in past years, with the canoes assembled in the mists and shadows below the Hawkesworth Bridge that links the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. This year a new champion emerged and completed the race in a new record. The three day event finished on Monday, March 6, 2006, in Belize City and the Belize Bank team comprising of Armin Lopez, Armando Cruz and Daniel Cruz set a new record of 17 hours 50 minutes, annihilating last year’s record of over 19 hours.

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It was a landslide General Election for the United Democratic Party as the entire country went from blue to red with the People’s United Party only winning six seats in the House of Representatives. Here in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Manuel Heredia won the most popular votes, beating out Mel Spain and Ernesto Caliz and retaining the seat as Area Representative of Belize Rural South. Manuel Heredia UDP – 2488 Votes Murlene Spain PUP – 1464 Votes Ernesto Caliz NRO – 54 Votes

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Imagine strolling through a lush jungle filled with brilliant Belizean butterflies and exotic flowers! Well you need not imagine anymore; now you can do that without traveling to the jungles of Belize. The Butterfly Jungle raises butterflies found in the jungle of Belize right here on Ambergris Caye.

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The Boca Del Rio Park is currently in bad shape with the sea level reaching all the way to the basketball court and the beach that everyone loved is practically gone. But there is hope for the park which is a popular place where families gather on Sundays for a refreshing swim or a relaxing afternoon. The San Pedro Town Council has embarked on a beach restoration project at the park.

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The Belizean populace’s discordance with the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) was so great that voters manifested their displeasure at the polls last week without remorse, giving the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) a whopping 59.75% of the total votes, a landslide victory in all the municipalities in Belize.

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Most of the sleeping town of San Pedro did not know what happened until morning light, as Wings Department Store across the airstrip burnt throughout the night, Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

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The distinguished U.S. magazine, Forbes, recently published their list for the “Most Expensive Private Islands 2006” and Belize’s Grand Bogue Caye tied for sixth place in the world, sharing the spot with the Blue Lagoon island in Fiji and Allan Island in Washington State, U.S.A.

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After having left Belize for four years, the country’s most anticipated pageant-with-a-cause has undergone tremendous changes and now it’s back and better than ever. This year’s Miss Rainforest International will introduce the world to the first ever Beauty Queen’s boot camp and reality show, where the girls will be pushed to their limits through a series of physical challenges and competitions.

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It seems like a variety of celebrities are discovering Belize, from singers to actors and athletes. This past week the Toronto F.C. Roster Jim Brennan escaped to Belize to honeymoon with his lovely wife Jennifer Brennan. The newlyweds stayed at the luxurious Belize Legacy Resort on North Ambergris Caye for two weeks where they enjoyed the tranquility and romantic view of the Caribbean Sea. They enjoyed kayaking, sunbathing and were very well attended to by the friendly Belize Legacy staff.

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The San Pedro Town Council once again blocked off the street that gives access to the beach just south of town, but the other access streets are still allowing large vehicles to enter the beach area. At one point only golf carts were allowed to use the beach street, but the rules were not enforced. We urge the Town Council to enforce the law so that we do not lose the beauty of our sandy beaches. Already the heavy traffic has deteriorated the conditions of the beach area. If we do not protect them we will lose its charm.

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If you are looking to have a ‘Dine’amic dining experience, well worry no more. Try out Buena Vista Restaurant at Captain Morgan’s Retreat. Spacious and elegant open-air poolside dining, entertaining music, local artisans, musical chairs, and savory food, all come together amidst the intoxicating setting of Captain Morgan’s Retreat for an unforgettable evening of dining where dreams become reality.

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Belize Water Services Limited’s (B.W.S.L.) main water pumps suffered major damage to its electrical circuitry last Saturday causing a shut-down of the island’s water services over the weekend, leaving many customers, including visitors, frustrated and without the benefit of a nice shower. According to Aaron Locke, B.W.S.L. District Manager, the problems with the water pumps were caused due to a Belize Electricity Limited (B.E.L.) fault, when the electricity provider experienced problems with its power lines last Saturday.

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Ambergris Today contacted Mayor Elsa Paz to get an update on the street rehabilitation project and we were informed that about three weeks ago the last payment was made to Mr. Medina on the Barrier Reef Drive cobble stone project. According to Mayor Paz, a contract had already been signed with Mr. Medina on the continuation of all streets in town. Hence the commencement of the street project on Angel Coral Street has begun.

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On Friday, February 1, the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Said Musa visited La Isla Cariñosa, Caye Caulker to part take in the official inauguration of the new water distribution system for the island.

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