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San Pedro Business Association Tackles Issues - The San Pedro Business Association held its February 2008 General Meeting at El Divino Restaurant on Friday, February 22. At the head table for the meeting were Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Deputy Mayor Joseph Elijio, Elito Arceo and Terry Anderson. Issues addressed at the meeting were taxes, crime, garbage and the master plan among others. BDF Help Decrease Crime

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A new and much needed undertaking has emerged on the island that will prove to be a vital part of the islands rescue and medical services. Sterling Vorus of Island Ferry is currently training his staff to handle many emergencies such as rescuing stranded boaters, first aid, search and rescue, evacuations and ambulance service for the north end to San Pedro and/or to Belize City.

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On Thursday night last San Pedro High was shining like the stars at the Bliss Institute for the Creative Arts. One gold award for the San Pedro High School Band and two gold awards for the dance group organized by the student themselves. This was the result of their performance at the National High School Festival of Arts sponsored by NICH (National Institute of Culture and History) and the Institute of Creative Arts. The event had been on hiatus for over 20 years but was brought back by NICH this year.

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Rich Grimm is back with over 110 skydivers this year in his fourth annual Boogie In Belize. Close to 100 jumpers have taken to the skies every day since Sunday, February 23, as skydivers from around the globe have joined the “Boggie” to marvel at the exotic location of Ambergris Caye, Belize. The sad part of the story is that this might be the last Boggie In Belize since they are losing the landing sight to development and there seems to be no other alternative for the team of skydivers to do a repeat next year.

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Why is it that the contractor responsible for completing the side parallel streets in town decided to close down three streets at the same time and create such havoc on the already traffic congested streets of San Pedro Town?

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Speculations abounded last week in San Pedro regarding the prime lot located on Barrier Reef Drive, which presently houses the offices of the San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA) and is familiarly known on the island as the old credit union lot. It is understandable that anybody would be interested in the purchase of this prime property, be it a business, an inverstor, or any other party.

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On Tuesday, February 26, Inspector Andrew Ramirez, Staff Officer for Deputy Commissioner of Police was on the island to check out security guards and companies to make sure that every security guard is licensed and that the laws are being followed by the company.

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In the globalized world, low wages are important in developing countries, and that’s why the government-appointed a minimum wage council and took six months to come up with recommendations for a new minimum wage. The council was appointed in May of last year and submitted its report to the Minister of Labor, Francis Fonseca, on Friday December 29.

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Mayor Elsa Paz and her six councilors met with the Ambergris Caye Chamber of Commerce this past Thursday, March 23, at their weekly scheduled meeting and were able to address some current issues that the Town Councilors are working on. Mayor Elsa Paz first congratulated the Chamber on all its accomplishments and dedication to its efforts in bettering San Pedro for all its residents and tourists alike. She also thanked the Chamber for their support during the election campaign and for the voters who voted for her and her councilors.

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Frank Edwards is the man to beat at the Horseshoe Pitching competitions that take place every Sunday at the Crazy Canucks Bar hosted by Don Turner at the Exotic Caye Beach Resort. Nobody seems to be good enough to beat the champ as he remains undefeated for more than 30 weeks now. Ambergris Today got invited to spend a Sunday afternoon at Crazy Canucks and witnessed the friendly game of Horseshoe Pitching where the winner goes home with cash winnings.

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Belize Natural Energy discovered oil in Spanish Lookout 8 months ago. Since then, there has been a sense of cautious optimism because finding oil in three wells does not mean that there are commercial quantities. Last Thursday, that caution was officially thrown to the wind when the announcement was made that Belize indeed has oil in commercial quantities.

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Belize was outstandingly featured in a half page article in Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel dated March, 2006. As a consumer magazine, published on a monthly basis, the Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel positions itself as a publication written for the average American who seeks value in leisure travel, providing them with practical, service-oriented travel journalism on affordable vacations. It currently has a circulation of 550,000 within the United States.

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It is not how many years of life you have had, but how much life there has been in those years. Got it? With this principle you should be able to enjoy many years of great living. The problem with so many people is that they strive to live a long life without really enjoying the zest of life. When this gusto is missing, even if you live one hundred years, it is not really worth it. But fifty well-lived years is probably better.

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Board celebrated its 7th annual Tourism Awareness Week which began on January 21 and will end on January 26. The BTB, under this year’s theme “Make the choice, play a role, Enhance the Tourism Experience” invited the local media on a tour to experience a little of what Belize has to offer.

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It started out as a beautiful day for fishing, but by the end of the day the clouds rolled in and the rains came down, but this did not dampen the spirits of the fishermen on the 18 boats that entered the Wahoo Challenge this past weekend. At the end of the day it was Captain Ivan Staines who brought in the winning fish on board the Catch of the Day. Rounding out the top were captains Adrian Heuser on the Get Some and Areli Marin on the Excalibur.

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On Tuesday, January 13, the cargo ship Westerhaven, went aground on our Barrier Reef and has been described as one of the worst ever to our reefs, the longest living in the world. The vessel lay atop the Barrier Reef near Caye Glory, 32 miles from Belize City for about a week before it could be properly removed.

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This rumor will raise the pressure on all wives, cause goose bumps on all young ladies, annoy the priests, all religious leaders and all the Christian community of San Pedro. The rumor tells us that a well known prostitution house from Belize City, Raul’s Rose Garden, has already received permission to open business in San Pedro. Apparently the Town Council has already approved the permit in principle and plans are underway to start operation at “The Boat Yard Bar”.

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The lines at the office of Hon. Manuel Heredia are normally long, but very soon the lines will be even longer as the very poor residents of San Pedro and Caye Caulker will be visiting the office to apply for free money (grants) which is part of the 1.8 million dollars that the Government of Belize got from the Venezuelan Government to alleviate housing problems in Belize. The previous administration had diverted the fund to health need but this new administration has re-designated it for housing of the poor.

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After hearing several good remarks of massage therapist, Cecy Lara, we decided to experience on our own Cecy’s Healing Hands. Cecy invited the staff of Ambergris Today to experience several of the treatments that her massage center has to offer.

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Pastries! Everybody has a sweet tooth for pastries - chocolate cake, caramel cake, you name it; we always find something sweet to eat. Now Nova Carib Enterprise of San Pedro is producing 100% locally made rum cakes named Rainforest Rum cakes. And although these rum cakes are edible they are not considered a food item but rather a gift item.

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