The invasive Lionfish has spawned and affected reef ecosystems in many Caribbean countries. It eats just about anything; even fish twice its size and can also give a nasty sting to humans. The Lionfish has been spotted in Belizean waters once at the Turneffe Atoll and Glover’s Reef. Initially $10 was offered for each Lionfish that was captured, but stakeholders in the industry are now offering $50 per fish that is captured or killed.
Elsa Paz once again made history during the early morning hours of Thursday, March 5, 2009, as it was announced the she and her UDP candidates had won the majority of votes for the third consecutive time in the Municipal Elections to assure them three more years as the administrators of the San Pedro Town Council.
The Mayor Paz and the San Pedro Town Council held the official inauguration of the Angel Coral Street Rehabilitation Project on Friday, February 27 on Angel Coral Street between Caribeña Street and Pelican Street where Councilor Joseph Elijio was the master of ceremonies for the event.
Pictures circulating by email of nurse shark killers have island residents in an uproar. Pictures were taken at Baho Caye, an Island situated five minutes from Caye Caulker, about 10-15 minutes from San Pedro’s Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley on Saturday, February 28, 2009. If you ever wondered what happened to all those sharks we no longer see out at our reefs around Caye Caulker and San Pedro, this might be your answer.
Much attention is being given to the brick streets, the new street sweeper and the garbage collection, but one problem that we see has gotten way out of hand is the traffic on the strip of beach in front of Central Park.
As friends and family of Kilpatrick Peter Nicholson bid farewell to him last week after an untimely death and celebrated his life, residents close to his family got to meet his brother Marvin Nicholson who happens to be US President Barack Obama’s Special Assistant and Trip Advisor. Although his trip to the island was not in the most ideal situation, Marvin and his family fell in love with San Pedro and commented that they will be back to visit all the wonderful friends they have made. Marvin Nicholson Boards Air Force One
Sealy is a worldwide, well-known brand that offers great comfort and quality. It has been proven to be the number one selling brand on mattresses in the industry of beds. On Friday, February 27, 2009, Rolando Porras (President of the import of Sealy Mattress) along with Jose Monroy (Manager of Sales for Sealy) visited San Pedro and held a showcase for the mattress company at Victoria House.
The extreme sport of kite surfing has become a very popular sport worldwide and in San Pedro it has gained much ground in the popularity ranks amongst thrill seekers and sports enthusiast. One young man in San Pedro is taking up the challenge of setting a world record of being the first Belizean to be in the Guinness Book of World Records by being the first to kite surf the entire length of the Meso American Barrier Reef.
Isla Bonita Elementary School is heading for the Band Fest in the Cayo District to be held on April 4, 2009. To prepare, the school’s drum line has been preparing for the past six months under the leadership of band leader John Thompson. Band Fest is a three-day event with competitions in elementary, high school and elite categories. The marching competition takes place along a three-mile stretch of road where judges will be watching. The winners take home $10,000.
- Press Release - Residents of Ambergris Caye have come together to form the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD). The Stated mission of the newly formed organization is to support and promote sustainable development on Ambergris Caye and in its surrounding area through education, awareness and citizen involvement. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present while protecting and enhancing natural resources without compromising the livelihood of this and future generations.
The staff of Ambergris Today experienced a great restaurant review when Hidden Treasure first opened its doors. The first time, the staff experienced dinner in a romantic atmosphere, but this past week we were invited for a second treat - to have lunch at the restaurant that recently has opened back its doors for lunch.
Ms. Rosita Baltazar received the Chatoyer Recognition Award for the Promotion of Garifuna Culture from the National Garifuna Council on Saturday, March 7, 2009. The award recognizes her work teaching dance to young people in Belize City, district towns, and the cayes.
It took only a few minutes for the flames to set ablaze and a few more minutes for the fire department to bring the fire under control and totally out it in an hour and a half but it will take the Lara family many years to recuperate the belongings that they have worked for a life-time.
In the days when pirates existed and many sailors were exploring the new world, many of those ships were either caught in bad weather and wrecked or possible pirate invasions of other ships caused many battles out at sea leaving many shipwrecks abound all over the Atlantic, Pacific and even the Caribbean Sea.
Two weeks ago at the Angel Coral Street inauguration Mayor Elsa Paz officially presented the long awaited street sweeper for the island which was obtained through the Sister-City agreement with Wilmington, North Carolina. Today, the street sweeper is full operating and maintaining the streets of La Isla Bonita clean.
Leonardo DiCaprio has recently unveiled his plans for his private island, Blackadore Caye in Belize, just west of Ambergris Caye. The renowned actor and environmental activist has teamed up with the Four Seasons to develop the 104-acre tropical private island into a conscientious exclusive eco-luxury resort.
“Do you solemnly swear to work for the general interest of San Pedro and to abide by the constitution of our country and the laws of Belize and San Pedro?” With these words, with a holy Bible in their left hands, and the right hand raised in approval as the solemn and sacred oath was taken, Mayor Elsa Paz and six other councilors were sworn into office by Town Administrator Mrs. Patricia Tillett for the period 2009-2012 in front of a modest gathering at Central park which included relatives, invited guests, a few Justices of the Peace and sympathizers.
International Game Fish Association has approved Tres Pescado Slam Tournament as an Inshore World Championship qualifier event. - August 20, 21, and 22, 2009 is the date for the first Belize fly fishing tournament, Tres Pescado Slam Tournament, involving all three of the grand slam species Belize is known for.
Projects like Reef Village and especially South Beach Belize have created quite a stir in the island and now another development project is raising eyebrows and red flags - Venecia Del Mar. The project site is located on Ambergris Caye west of the airport. This project has brought lots of concerns to airline officials as it proposes a threat to the airway path.