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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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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce the newly established tourism zone in the Fort Gorge area of Belize City, now called the "Fort George Tourism Zone” (FGTZ). The new improvements to this area will enhance experiences for both locals and visitors; and overall statistics about Belize's cruise industry. FGTZ officially opened today, Wednesday, December 8.

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- Press Release, Oceana, Wednesday, December 7, 2010 - All forms of trawling in Belize has been banned in the country’s waters including its EEZ when Minister responsible for Fisheries Rene Montero today signed the Statutory Instrument effecting this legislative change. The ban which is effective January 1, 2011 is a historic decision of Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s administration that has also passed legislation to protect parrot fish, regulate sport fishing and control the issuing of fishing license.

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The charming and vivacious hostess of The Oapn Paki Talk Show, Ms. Rosalie T. Staines along with her crew members celebrated 10 years of broadcasting with the production of a Concert Show on Sunday, December 5, 2010, at the Memorial Park in Belize City.

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It might have been the state of the economy with the recession affecting our tourism season, but even thought there were only eight entries at this year’s Holiday Boat Parade, San Pedro residents came out in masses and tourists were out enjoying the Fifth Annual Holiday Boat Parade that took place on Saturday, December 4, 2010.

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The Lands and Survey Department officially introduce its land tax amnesty program on Thursday, December 2. The program is designed to afford land owners the opportunity to settle their outstanding land tax arrears over a six month period which started from the 15 November 2010 and will run until May 14, 2011. The land tax program provides conservation at 25% reduction for tax arrears up to the fiscal year 2009/2010 and a waiver of interest accrued inclusive of all or any penalties for non-payment up to fiscal year 2009/2010.

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