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The Island of San Pedro is mourning the death of the reigning Mother of the Year, Mrs. Eriberta Nuñez de Guerrero who passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. Ambergris Today and San Pedro Town would like to express condolences to the her family.

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As the General Elections approaches, less than a month away, three candidates have pledged their commitment to work for Belize Rural South and run for office to represent San Pedro and Caye Caulker in the House of Representatives, if elected by their constituency.

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Announcing the first ever Savor San Pedro Food Festival sponsored by the San Pedro Business Association this Saturday, January 26. “Savor San Pedro” will be a block party on Front Street, Barrier Reef Drive, from Atlantic bank to Fido’s starting at 5:00 p.m.

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The first ever Savor San Pedro Food Festival Block Party was held Saturday, January 26 at the Central Park of San Pedro Town. Music filled the air, and mouths watered due to the sights and smells of the tasty treats offered by some of the island’s finest restaurants.

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It is a distinct honor and pleasure for Ambergris Today to announce the 2008 Person of The Year, Gaspar “Gach” Guerrero. Ambergris Today’s profile of a winner is one who most affected the news in a positive manner and touched the lives of all residents in San Pedro. Gach embodies all the qualities one would hope for in a son, friend, businessman, citizen and community activist.

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The office of Ambergris Today received many emails and phone calls from concerned residents and non-residents, about the issue that non-residents will not be given Boat Captain Licenses.

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He was the most interviewed Belizean, the most photographed, the most internationally recognized, the most locally loved, and now the most grieved for. More or less one week of national mourning for Andy Palacio culminated on Saturday, January 26 in his home village of Barranco with a massive state funeral.

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San Pedro’s very own Ms. Celi Nuñez McCorkle has been bestowed with Her Majesty the Queen’s Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). A press release from the Office of the Governor General in Belmopan made the announcement this week on the occasion of the New Year Honors 2009.

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Green Reef Environmental Institute’s Summary of Open Letter to National and Local Government Officials The prosperity of Ambergris Caye, the value of real estate and other investments on Ambergris Caye, and the tax revenues generated by Ambergris Caye depend ultimately on the island’s ability to attract visitors. We need those who come for a week and those who buy a condo, time share or house to stay longer.

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They topped the polls in the recent Municipal Elections for their respective parties and as leaders of the UDP and PUP in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Today decided to conduct a small interview with Mayoress Elsa Paz and the newly-appointed San Pedro PUP Chairman, Alex Nuñez, to get their thoughts about their plans and goals for the island.

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The one and only piece of land in San Pablo reserved for a park now has a “For Sale” sign raising eyebrows all over San Pedro, especially residents of that area who were hoping for a nice park in the near future.

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This past week at the smile center two Dentist, Dr. Wald Lindille and Dr. Alex Willis and Dental Hygeneist Teresa Steffen helped brighten the smiles of children at the Holy Cross Anglican School. The dentist where very impressed with the turn out at the Dental Outpost and hope that more people get involved and help them expand.

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BTB Honors Key Tourism Pioneers at its Eight Annual Tourism Awards Ceremony - On Friday evening, January 25th, some 350 industry stakeholders, distinguished guests and tourism friends gathered to honor recipients of the 8th Annual National Tourism Awards, held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel.

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Bob Dhillon, the Honorary Consul General of Belize for Canada and multi-millionaire real estate mogul, helped raise $60,000 BZ to be used for the benefit of underprivileged children in Belize City. The check was handed over by Mr. Dhillon this Wednesday morning to Canon Leroy Flowers at the St. Mary the Virgin Church.

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On Friday, December 26, The San Pedro Fire Department responded to a fire call a little after 1:20p.m.in the San Juan Area. Upon arriving at the scene fire fighters found one of six houses clustered together engulfed by flames and smoke. The wooden structure (20x14) located on Deer Street is owned by Maria Lanza residing in Ladyville and it was being rented by Monica Ramirez who was in Dangriga at the time of the fire. She had left her 14-year-old son Anton Sabal in charge of the house.

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The ninth La Ruta Maya River Challenge began as they all did in past years, with the canoes assembled in the mists and shadows below the Hawkesworth Bridge that links the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. This year a new champion emerged and completed the race in a new record. The three day event finished on Monday, March 6, 2006, in Belize City and the Belize Bank team comprising of Armin Lopez, Armando Cruz and Daniel Cruz set a new record of 17 hours 50 minutes, annihilating last year’s record of over 19 hours.

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It was a landslide General Election for the United Democratic Party as the entire country went from blue to red with the People’s United Party only winning six seats in the House of Representatives. Here in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Manuel Heredia won the most popular votes, beating out Mel Spain and Ernesto Caliz and retaining the seat as Area Representative of Belize Rural South. Manuel Heredia UDP – 2488 Votes Murlene Spain PUP – 1464 Votes Ernesto Caliz NRO – 54 Votes

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Imagine strolling through a lush jungle filled with brilliant Belizean butterflies and exotic flowers! Well you need not imagine anymore; now you can do that without traveling to the jungles of Belize. The Butterfly Jungle raises butterflies found in the jungle of Belize right here on Ambergris Caye.

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The Boca Del Rio Park is currently in bad shape with the sea level reaching all the way to the basketball court and the beach that everyone loved is practically gone. But there is hope for the park which is a popular place where families gather on Sundays for a refreshing swim or a relaxing afternoon. The San Pedro Town Council has embarked on a beach restoration project at the park.

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The Belizean populace’s discordance with the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) was so great that voters manifested their displeasure at the polls last week without remorse, giving the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) a whopping 59.75% of the total votes, a landslide victory in all the municipalities in Belize.

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