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San Pedro is all light up for the Christmas Season. Residents have once again taken the time to decorate their homes to beautifying the town for Christmas. And with this chilly weather we are having, it surely feels like Christmas. Ambergris Today went around town looking for the best decorated house. We could not decide! Which one is your favorite? Vote on the comments section below by writing the number of your favorite decorated home. Merry Christmas!

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Christmas is around the corner on the island and the San Pedro Town Council has teamed up with Santa in visiting all primary schools for their annual gift giving spree. On Wednesday, December 15, 2010 the schools visited were MRSK, St. Peter’s Elementary, Holy Cross, Isla Bonita Elementary, Little Angels Pre-School and San Pedro Roman Catholic School. Happy faces were on all the children’s faces as the Christmas spirit was spreading in their school.

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If you were wondering why there is such a heightened state of security on the island, it’s because of the opening of the 36th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and the Government of SICA (Central American Integration System) that is taking place in San Pedro tomorrow December 16, 2010. Even North Ambergris residents were surprised to see the north road fixed overnight, due to the arrival of the regional presidents.

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On December 1, 2010 The Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute Today launched their new highly interactive website that marks a milestone in the life of the CZMA. With great vision and guidance, the new management team at the CZMA has launched this ambitious project to increase access to coastal and marine related information as well as ease in the collection and distribution of Sport Fishing Licenses and other services provided by the CZMA.  These services include Conference and Logistic Services and our Coastal and Marine Resource Library and Information Center.

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Under the leadership of Lion Baldemar Graniel, Zone Chairman of Belize Lions Zone 59, Lions Club members from all over Belize have been providing assistance to many families affected by Hurricane Richard.

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Water is vital for all known forms of life. We use water for drinking, bathing, washing, cooking and the list goes on. Earlier this year, around the Easter Break, there was a shortage of water supply on the island when the demand of water supply was at its peak. With this in mind the San Pedro Business Association (SPBA) made a complaint to the Public Utilities Commission on September 10, 2010, in respect of the quality and security of supply of potable water to the public on Ambergris Caye by Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) and Consolidated Water Belize Limited (CWBL).

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A 25-foot tall Christmas Tree adorns Central Park as the San Pedro Town Council has started decorating the town for Christmas. The tree boasts 1, 840 feet of string lights that cover the entire tree. The Town Council has also strung light above Barrier Reef Drive (Front Street), adding to the charm of the tree at Central Park. Below are pictures of other unique Christmas Trees around town, including one made out of thatch at Reef Village, one out of a seine net and a Belikin Tree in the United States! Check them out! Have another great Christmas Tree picture that you want to share with us.

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On the beautiful aquamarine waters of San Pedro sails the 40 foot "Sirena Azul" (Blue Mermaid) sailboat.  This sailboat is like no other, made at the hard working fishing village of Sarteneja, Belize. The Blue Tang Inn brings to its visitors a traditional style and quality craftsmanship sailboat that provides great sailing excursions such as Full Day Snorkel to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley and Caye Caulker or 1/2 Day Snorkel to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley or a gorgeous Sunset Sail.

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San Pedro High is, without a doubt, a very good educational institution, but to say it is not enough. This statement needs to be verified and backed up with facts. At this point, we will be bold to say that the high caliber of an educational institution is not measured by the degrees that the teachers possess, but rather by the quality of students that are produced.

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Five police officers and custom officers who were allegedly involved in the landing of a drug airplane on November 13th, returned to Magistrate’s court on Thursday, December 9, under heavy police and BDF guard. However, only four of the police officers and the custom officers were charged with abetment of a crime. According to the allegation, on November 13 the officers facilitated the landing of an airplane carrying 2,921 kilograms of cocaine between miles 56 and 57 on the Southern Highway.

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It was a very successful fundraising Christmas Bazaar for the Roman Catholic Church that took place this past weekend on Saturday, November 11. The main purpose of the fundraiser is to raise money for new pews for the church. The street was closed down for the event which made for attendants to walk freely by the church and adjecent Friendship Park. There were booths with games for the children and plenty of food, treats and drinks available for everybody to enjoy.

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Christmas time is here, time for joy, time for cheer! The San Pedro AIDS Commission is holding a toy drive, collecting toys to give away to the children in the San Mateo and Boca del Rio Area. The AIDS Commission will be joining the San Pedro Lions Club on December 23 for their annual Christmas Caroling and to hand out the toys.

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It is one of the most anticipated calendars to have every year is the Belikin Calendar! The Belikin Calendar features local girls photographed by famous Belizean photographers. But what makes the 2011 calendar even more special, is that it features five beautiful Sanpedranas. Lovely Anna Haylock who recently participated in the Queen of the Jewel – the Next Miss Belize Pageant, was a contestant at the Miss San Pedro Pageant and has modeled for Moondancer in San Pedro, graces the cover of the Belikin Calendar and is Miss December.

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In the early morning hours of Thursday, December 9, six male persons were detained in connection with the disappearance of keys to one of the San Pedro Police Department’s pickup trucks. At about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 9, three police officers visited BC’s Bar in regards to a complaint of noise that was given by a resident of the area. Police asked for the bar’s customers to vacate the premises and then proceeded to Hurricane’s Bar to give the same order.

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- Press Release, Government of Belize, Belmopan, December 7, 2010 - The Belizean public is hereby informed that, effective immediately, the Government of Belize is suspending normal relations with Channel 5 and Great Belize Productions.

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Belizeans have another reason to go on a shopping frenzy in Chetumal, especially this Christmas season, as one of the world's largest public companies, Walmart - with 8,500 stores in 15 countries, with 55 different names opened its doors for business in Chetumal, Q. Roo, Mexico.

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The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) held a special meeting on December 3, 2010 at The Villas at Banyan Bay to officially close off the 2010 Hurricane Season. The meeting was held to acknowledge and give thanks to the San Pedro/Caye Caulker Emergency Operation Center Committee members for their support throughout the 2010 NEMO activities, especially during the hurricane season.

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Edwin Ramirez Mr. Belize 2010 paid a visit to Ambergris Today this week to show off his new trophies and medals that he recently won at the Mr. Belize Body Building Competition that was held last month, November 5. As previously reported in media house around the country, Edwin Ramirez took the title of Mr. Belize with a first place in the senior division, but only received second place in the overall competition. But shortly after the competition, the Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation sent out a press release correcting some errors in the judging of the completion.

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The lifeless body of a woman was found in an apartment complex on the beachside near the airstrip area on Tuesday, December 7. According to police reports, based on information received they visited an apartment where they observed the lifeless body of a Hispanic female lying on her back on a sofa under a white sheet. The body was identified to be of Suyapa Hernandez Alvarado, 36-year-old Honduran national.

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Oceana’s Board of Directors first ever international meeting in Belize includes the participation of many internationally known figures.  The meetings started on December 6 and run into Thursday, December 9, 2010. Internationally recognized Actor, best known in Belize for his role in the sitcom Cheers and now HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, is among the over 15 board members who is visiting Belize for the first time.

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