As you start your journey up north across the bridge, you will be attracted by a bright pink and blue building that definitely stands out amongst its neighborhood. An oasis, of sorts, the new Sweet Basil Restaurant and Bar has risen form dormancy and is now offering the same great ambience it once did but with a new menu that promises to keep the establishments reputation as one of the “sweetest” spots up north and a must visit while visiting San Pedro.
It was a beautiful, clear day early last Thursday afternoon when Chad Zielinski joined fifteen other Tsunami skydivers aboard the DeHavilland Twin Otter aircraft for the ride that took them up to 13,000 feet in the azure skies above San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
Twenty-seven students along with professors from McDaniel College in Maryland U.S.A. arrived this Monday in San Pedro to take part in the school’s “Fishing and Diving-Belize” course, which is taking place in Belize for the 9th consecutive year. Accompanying the students to the island for their January study tour are Professors Herb Smith (course founder) and Dr. Brian Wladkowski, a political science and chemistry instructor, respectively.
If you have been watching, or hearing about, the current episode of American Idol this past week you would probably know that 12 women and 12 men have made it into the finals. That is from a cast of thousands. One of these 12 women is a 16 year old lady by the name of Lisa Tucker, who is the daughter of Belizean born Eleanor Gabourel from Melinda Road in Dangriga. Lisa’s father is an American name Tucker. Lisa was born in the U.S. where she lives in Anaheim, California.
The Ministries of Tourism, Home Affairs, and Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the Belize Tourism Board, the Belize Tourism Industry Association, the Belize Police Department, and the Belize Defense Force are pleased to advise that after several weeks of discussions and negotiation with officials of the US Embassy, the US Travel Advisory was updated today, January 4th, 2007.
Sixty-six year old American national William “Doug” Campbell was arrested and charged with the crime of Murder and Possession of Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition this Monday, February 20, by the San Pedro Police and will have to appear at the Supreme Court in Belize City to face the charge brought against his person. Campbell was released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) last Saturday, where he had been recovering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest.
Dr. Jacque Carter is no stranger to San Pedro and has definitely played a major role in creating awareness to protect the reef and assisted in making Hol Chan the first marine reserve in the Caribbean back in the early 1980’s.
What is community service? This program is designed by many high schools throughout the country and San Pedro High School is no exception. This is what Principal Nuñez has to say about community service: “Community service is about teaching teenagers that it is important to give back to your community a little of what the community has given you. It is about giving unselfishly and unconditionally. Most important it is supposed to give one a lot of pleasure and satisfaction, because there is much satisfaction derived from making someone happy.”
With the interdiction of Assistant Superintendent Patt and other five police officers because of the shocking police brutality case on Ryan Requeña, seven new police officers have been assigned to San Pedro. Inspector Dennis Arnold will now be in charge of the San Pedro Police Department, as well as Caye Caulker Police Department.
On Friday, January 5, Mayor Elsa Paz along with Deputy Mayor Nano Guerrero and other Town Councilors met with the Commissioner of Police Gerald Westby at the Mayor’s office.
Elvis Canul, 28 year old Belizean Manager of St. Francis Xavier of DFC Area, reported to Police that on Monday, January 14, at about 9:40 a.m. three Creole males entered the credit union dressed in full black and armed with a fire arm attacked the security officer of L.A.G Security Service and proceeded to rob the establishment.
“I’ve had the privilege of doing many cool and crazy things in my life but I just topped them all (well... maybe with the exception of moving to Belize.) What a RUSH! If I could afford it I would go again tomorrow.” These are the words of Simon Backley who recently took the great big plunge with the Tsunami Skydivers in the name of Saga Humane Society.
Why should San Pedro and Caye Caulker Vote for NRP’s Ernesto Caliz? 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.
Nine new justices of the peace were added to the long list of JPs on the island this past Saturday, February 18, 2006. On hand at the Lions Den for the Swearing In Ceremony was Hon. Francis Fonseca, Attorney General of Belize. The new Justices of the Peace are: (pictured above l - r) Ricardo Molina, Isabel Ayuso, Javier Williams, Deli Perez, Oscar Gutierrez, Alfonso Castillo, George Dunn, Roannie Novelo and George Kumul.
It’s the second largest income earner for fishermen in terms of captured fisheries for Belize, but conch is also listed as an endangered species. And while Belize’s management plan for the marine product has been accepted by international regulators, the United States is now implementing measures to ensure that all countries harvesting conch are adhering to their own protection regimes. According to Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade, what that means is that all Belizean conchs must be certified by local regulators before exportation.
One hundred and fifty-eight candidates contested the Belize Municipal Elections this Wednesday, March 1, 2006, with 77,000 voters registered to cast their ballots in the towns and cities around the country, and when the final counts were completed, the United Democratic Party (UDP) emerged victorious, winning a decisive landslide across Belize.
The gap that for years has separated San Pedro Town from North Ambergris was finally linked this past Saturday, February 25, 2006 as the Boca del Rio Bridge was inaugurated. “I would like to acknowledge the kindness of a great man who came to our aid to make this dream a reality. I am speaking of Mr. Barry Bowen,” said Mayor Elsa Paz as she addressed the gathering at the foot of the bridge. The San Pedro Town Council teamed up with one of San Pedro’s wealthiest men, Mr. Barry Bowen to open the island’s first ever bridge.
Golf Cart Accident Lands Man at KHMH Raul Lara, 44 year old Belizean taxi man of San Pedrito Area, reported that on Sunday, January 13, around 6:00 p.m. while driving his Toyota Previa Van License plate BZ – D – 6277 on Seagrape Drive towards Marina’s Store he saw a cream colored golf cart heading towards him in the opposite direction. The golf cart then swerved to the side and collided head on with the taxi van.
Carnival 2006 got off to a rocky start as painting was at its minimal and only one comparsa did its rounds around town on Sunday, February 26, 2006. And on Monday, a rainy day put a damper on all the painting and celebration for most of the day. Nobody could go out to the streets to paint each other as the rain drenched everything. It was only until about 4:00p.m. that the rain subsided and the painting reveler took to the streets.
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its 8th Annual Industry Presentation this past Wedneday morning, February 22, at the Princess Hotel and Casino, attended by many stakeholders from around the country. According to the reports, 2005 was another record year for Belize’s vibrant tourism industry.