Most of the sleeping town of San Pedro did not know what happened until morning light, as Wings Department Store across the airstrip burnt throughout the night, Tuesday, February 5, 2008.
The distinguished U.S. magazine, Forbes, recently published their list for the “Most Expensive Private Islands 2006” and Belize’s Grand Bogue Caye tied for sixth place in the world, sharing the spot with the Blue Lagoon island in Fiji and Allan Island in Washington State, U.S.A.
After having left Belize for four years, the country’s most anticipated pageant-with-a-cause has undergone tremendous changes and now it’s back and better than ever. This year’s Miss Rainforest International will introduce the world to the first ever Beauty Queen’s boot camp and reality show, where the girls will be pushed to their limits through a series of physical challenges and competitions.
It seems like a variety of celebrities are discovering Belize, from singers to actors and athletes. This past week the Toronto F.C. Roster Jim Brennan escaped to Belize to honeymoon with his lovely wife Jennifer Brennan. The newlyweds stayed at the luxurious Belize Legacy Resort on North Ambergris Caye for two weeks where they enjoyed the tranquility and romantic view of the Caribbean Sea. They enjoyed kayaking, sunbathing and were very well attended to by the friendly Belize Legacy staff.
The San Pedro Town Council once again blocked off the street that gives access to the beach just south of town, but the other access streets are still allowing large vehicles to enter the beach area. At one point only golf carts were allowed to use the beach street, but the rules were not enforced. We urge the Town Council to enforce the law so that we do not lose the beauty of our sandy beaches. Already the heavy traffic has deteriorated the conditions of the beach area. If we do not protect them we will lose its charm.
If you are looking to have a ‘Dine’amic dining experience, well worry no more. Try out Buena Vista Restaurant at Captain Morgan’s Retreat. Spacious and elegant open-air poolside dining, entertaining music, local artisans, musical chairs, and savory food, all come together amidst the intoxicating setting of Captain Morgan’s Retreat for an unforgettable evening of dining where dreams become reality.
Belize Water Services Limited’s (B.W.S.L.) main water pumps suffered major damage to its electrical circuitry last Saturday causing a shut-down of the island’s water services over the weekend, leaving many customers, including visitors, frustrated and without the benefit of a nice shower. According to Aaron Locke, B.W.S.L. District Manager, the problems with the water pumps were caused due to a Belize Electricity Limited (B.E.L.) fault, when the electricity provider experienced problems with its power lines last Saturday.
Ambergris Today contacted Mayor Elsa Paz to get an update on the street rehabilitation project and we were informed that about three weeks ago the last payment was made to Mr. Medina on the Barrier Reef Drive cobble stone project. According to Mayor Paz, a contract had already been signed with Mr. Medina on the continuation of all streets in town. Hence the commencement of the street project on Angel Coral Street has begun.
On Friday, February 1, the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Said Musa visited La Isla Cariñosa, Caye Caulker to part take in the official inauguration of the new water distribution system for the island.
A New Year…A New Life - When most of the people were out celebrating the New Year, Baby Zachariah Isaiah Arnold made his way out into a new world to enjoy what life has to offer in the company of his mother Luna Torres and father Joel Arnold. Zachariah Isaiah Arnold was born under the care of Dr. Daniel Gonzalez at the Ambergris Hopes Clinic on January 1, 2009 at 6:56a.m. He weighed in at eight pounds and four ounces.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Godfrey Smith along with Anthony Mahler from the Belize Tourism Board, Mayor Elsa Paz, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and the business community of San Pedro gathered once more at the Lions Den on Wednesday, January 17, to talk about the street project, come to a decision on what should be done and then forward the information to a cabinet meeting this coming week.
The San Pedro Post Office along with other main post offices around Belize now have a computer system where they can track international mail is a more convenient way. The Post office started off with the computer system a month ago, which is used for international shipping, including registered mail, express mail, and air parcel post. The parcels are bar coded and all placed in the computer system which facilitates in tracking when the mail is sent and when it is to be received.
Hon. Manuela Heredia Jr. was once again elected by the people of Belize Rural South to be the Standard Bearer of the constituency for a second term. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. will not only be representing his people as the Standard Bearer of Belize Rural South, he will also be representing his people and island for the first time ever in cabinet as Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, a first for our Sanpedrano Leader.
Almost three years ago, then San Pedro Lions President Milo Paz Jr., met Dr. Frank Whipps, a practicing orthodontist from Centralia, Illinois, U.S.A., and asked the dentist for his assistance in obtaining medical equipment and supplies for the San Pedro Polyclinic II. This weekend, Dr. Whipps delivered on his promise to help the island’s hospital, as $1.5 million worth of equipment and supplies arrived in San Pedro for the Polyclinic, a donation made possible by Project C.U.R.E. and facilitated by the lobbying efforts of Dr. Frank Whipps and Lion Milo Paz Jr.
Johnny Knoxville Vacations in SP MTV’s Jackass-famed celebrity visits island - Ambergris Today heard, ‘through the grapevines’, the news that a famous celebrity was coming to the island on vacation. Our reporters rushed on over to Tropic Air where they got to greet and meet the one and only Mr. Johnny Knoxville who was accompanied by his girlfriend.
As of press time, Wednesday, February 13, Police are investigating the apparent homicide of Alvaro Galvez resident of Boca del Rio Area, who was found dead inside of his apartment. Unofficial reports stated that about 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, about 10 gunshots were heard in the area followed by a boat leaving the area, while others claim that a car sped off, yet no one in the area notified the police.
One hundred and ten teens attended the Juvenile Justice Public Forum held last week Friday at the San Pedro Lions Den for the opportunity to speak their mind and be heard by officials from the Ministry of Human Development’s Community Rehabilitation Department and the Ambergris Caye Safety Committee. Teens presented their views on issues such as crime, violence, and recreational opportunities available (or not) for them in San Pedro.
Just a few days after New Year’s Day, young author Gigi Harris donated a signed copy of her book to the San Pedro Library. Miss Harris began her book when she was six years old, and then it was selected for publication when she was eight. The book is also illustrated by Miss Harris. The story, “Stella and Orion” is about two children who were both named after stars and become friends. There are 10 short chapters as you follow their lives, and each chapter has illustrations of the children in their escapades.
Elito Arceo and Hol Chan will be holding their 5th Annual Reef Lagoon Eco Challenge Kayak Race on April 26th and 27th. The culmination of the race will be at Central Park on April 27th where the SPBA will be sponsoring a Block Beach Party. Festivities of the Block Beach Party will include a grilling competition. Awards and prizes will be given for the Best BBQ Ribs, Best BBQ Chicken, Best BBQ Seafood and Best Decorated Booth. There will also be awards given for the Best Specialty Drink. There will be a DJ all day and live entertainment.
Preschools from around the island got together to celebrate Sports Day as part of Child Stimulation Month. They enjoyed playing all kinds of activities at the Old Football Field including, sack race, tug-o-war, relay races and a fun activity under a parachute canopy!