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On Sunday, October 31, San Pedro Police received a report that a female flight attendant of Maya Island Air Regional had gone missing. And shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, police found the lifeless body of 37-year-old, Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez. Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez arrived in Belize City on Saturday, October 30 and told the rest of the flight crew that she would be spending the night on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. She checked in at the Corona del Mar Hotel and went out for the evening.

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A group of local Island residents traveled to Belize City, on Monday, November1 to Belize City and represented the community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye as they made a donation to the Government of Belize towards Hurricane Richard victims.   

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The faces of Debbie and Larry Heimgartner shine bright with smiles as they enter each classroom at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School, along with them is Mr. Manuel Delvalle of Manelly’s Homemade Ice Cream. They were back once again giving out over 1,000 paletas (popsicles) to each student and teacher at the primary school. The students, like always, were delighted with the treat the Debbie and Larry brought along with them during their school visits. Year after year the generous couple purchases popsicles for the children from Manelly’s and joyfully share with the school children.

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Closure of Guanacaste National Park and St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park due to damage suffered during Hurricane Richard.

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Bigger Prizes – Brighter Event!  Press Release – San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade – October 26th, 2010 – The Fifth Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 4th. This eagerly awaited event promises to be even MORE SPECTACULAR than last year with beautiful lighted boats bringing in the Holidays by “cruising” the shoreline of San Pedro Town from Boca del Rio to Caribbean Villas and back. This colorful parade is scheduled to commence at 7:00 p.m.

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A Community UnitedAfter meeting with Cabinet and obtaining the full scope of the damage caused by Hurricane Richard, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and Area Representative of Belize Rural South, reported that the Government of Belize is not requesting any food, clothing or house supplies for those affected by the storm as they have enough to distribute at the time and have received a great donation from our Mexican neighbors.

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In the controversial case against Sergeant Paulino Reyes, it is now known that no one will be charged for the shooting death of Police Corporal Gavin Sanchez, who went down in a hail of gunfire earlier this year.

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The Belize Tourism Board held its 9th Annual Taste of Belize Competition on Saturday, October 16th, at the ITVET Compound in Belize City. This year’s event featured nine professional chefs, six bartenders, six cake decorators and for the first time ever, seven destinations represented with food menus from their specific localities.

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Ministry of Health to Protect Citizens from Second-Hand SmokingA press release from the Ministry of Health has indicated that it will be holding a launching ceremony for Tobacco Control measures for the country of Belize, tomorrow Wednesday, October 20 at 9:00a.m. at the Belize Telemedia Limited Constitution Park, Belize City.

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They held presentations of what they learned during the six month course on Thursday, October 15, 2010, at the Lions Den and the following night they received their certificate of completion of the Electrical Level One provided to them by the Institute of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET).

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Members of the San Pedro Lions Club and volunteers took time off their Pan American Day holiday on Monday, 11 October 2010, to spruce up the Mosquito Coast Park with a new playground. Thanks to the generous donation from the Holy Cross Anglican School, the Lions Club has a great addition that will enhance the appeal of the Mosquito Coast Park.

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Many a times we see tourists riding in their golf cart with town maps on their hands or constantly having to stop at the tourist information center to ask for directions or general information about the island – population, where to eat, where to stay and so forth. Well this week we were intrigued by the two bicycle rickshaws at Central Park and found out that it’s a new way for visitors to tour the island.

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Her worship Mayor Elsa Paz has made several donations towards education for the young people of our community. A total of $7,600 has been paid to the San Pedro High School towards school tuition and fees for a year for nine students who were in need of financial aid. The Town Council also contributed $500 towards expenses for the male and female basketball team of San Pedro High to travel to the National Basketball Competition.

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Caye Caulker Also Receives Much Needed Fire Trucks The San Pedro Fire Department has received a new truck that will be stationed on the island permanently. This new truck is a 1992 English model with the steering on the right hand side; this Fire Truck is a 1992 Dennis Model and is replacing the 1992 Renult Fire Truck that was brought to the island in September.

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In June of 2009, Richard and Gina Headrick returned to Belize after a three-year absence. When they walked onto the property of their prized possession, Ramon’s Village Resort, they immediately realized it was time for some changes to be made.

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“Caged Chronicles” is the name of the book, and what is it all about? It is about selected poems written by Francis “Chino” Eiley from behind prison bars. For those of us who enjoy digesting good reading material, here is a book about to be released on Friday, February 19, 2010 right here in San Pedro in front of El Fogon Restaurant. Attendance to this memorable and very significant occasion is by invitations, as well as through this medium as Francis asked us to invite the entire town to come and share in his joy, his victory, his celebration of freedom and justice.

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Bob Riley – Mangrove Experts Visits Island Local Developer, Sugar Caye Development, read the news account of San Pedro Junior College student Sherri Ann Pou and her class project where the group embarked on a mangrove restoration pilot project intended to increase awareness for the importance of mangrove ecosystems on our environment. In spite of the valiant efforts of students the mangrove planting did not yield the intended results.

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Miss Vicky Balam was officially crowned Miss Carnaval 2010 at the Carnaval Fair that was held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Central Park to kick of this year’s Carnaval celebrations.

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Boggie in Belize Skydiving Event Continues to Invest in Belize Rich Grimm of Tsunami Skydiving, Ltd. of California, arrived in Belize on Monday, February 15 to launch the 6th annual “Boogie in Belize” skydiving event in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. After all these years residents are still thrilled to see the skydivers plunge down to our shores. The adrenaline rush is felt throughout the island during the skydivers’ stay.

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DNA officially launched its “Second Chapter” album this Thursday at the Reef Radio studios, pumping up the catchy dancehall/reggaeton sounds of their lead single “You are the One” through the airwaves and to the many listeners throughout the day.

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