Many residents are having mixed feelings as they see a part of the old San Pedro village go while a new modern aspect of San Pedro Town starts taking its place. The old Embarcadero (or lagoon docks) behind the San Pedro Old football field is being dismantled to make way for the new Sunset Boardwalk which will bring a more modern ambiance to the area as well as more amenities.
While some may disagree with the project completely and are really upset to see just another aspect of the old San Pedro Village disappear, others have mixed feelings as they understand that the area had been looking more dilapidated lately and that the new multi-million dollar project will enhance the area tremendously.
Although the project will displace some businesses and local fishermen, areas for them have been reserved once the project is complete.
The Embarcadero has always been a place for fishermen to meet, clean their fish, and sell their catch. Additionally it has been used by sailing boats from Corozal to bring in their produce and for residents to harbor their vessels.
Twenty five years ago, the area was quite practicable for a small fishing village. However, for a tourist destination, the area, though quite picturesque, has become an eyesore. It is just a matter of time, perhaps a year or two, for the embarcadero to be transformed into a modern harbor for fishermen, tourist guides, water taxis, craftsmen, and even customs and immigration. If all goes as planned it will be Belize’s most beautiful harbor and boardwalk, the first of its kind.