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If it was not bad at first (but yes it was), it definitely is at its worst at the moment. TRAFFIC! Ever since the commencement of construction of the Town Clock on Barrier Reef Drive traffic has been a dire mess in downtown San Pedro. Now that the clock is complete, part of Barrier Reef Drive is still blocked and people are wondering what’s going to happen to traffic on the island.

Well for once, all the designated one way streets in town serve no purpose with the detours that have been set up around the town clock at Central Park. A few streets are being used for two way traffic and most residents are not respecting the other one way streets. And who blames them, everybody is confused as to which streets to use to get around town.

Well the clock is complete and that section of Barrier Reef Drive remains closed and residents are wondering when it will be opened again. Mayor Elsa Paz told Ambergris Today that the street should be opened up shortly but that a public consultation is still pending to determine if Barrier Reef Drive (Front Street) will be closed up entirely to traffic, block off the section that is closed at the moment or go back to closing the section of Central Park only on the weekends from 6p.m. to 6a.m. This decision, Mayor Paz says, will be let up to the public.

While it seems that this decision should have been made before or at the time when the clock was being constructed so as not to cause chaos on the streets, it is still pending on the Town Council’s to-do list; hopefully a decision is made very soon.

So it seems that the entire flow of traffic in town depends on this one decision on Barrier Reef Drive. San Pedro needs more traffic wardens; there are only two at the moment. Mayor Paz stated that the Council has a budget for six wardens but at the moment chooses not to hire anymore and pay bills with the money allotted for extra warden salaries. They might want to reconsider that decision.

Getting from point A to point B in town right now is a bit frustrating; parking is a mess, no one knows which streets are one way anymore and the Traffic Wardens need more help to control the flow of traffic. Let’s hope that the Town Council works quickly in getting this problem all lined up.

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    I think it is wonderful that they are getting rid of of the dangerous and crazy traffic in the downtown area.

    Making it for pedestrians only will increase safety for families and visitors and make for good business.

    San Pedro is setting the trend by making the first Peatonal area much like what can be found in neighboring cities.

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    it may appear  that you are  retarded

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    It's very nice on foot or bike on Front Street now with it closed to vehicular traffic, but the side streets are indeed a mess.  If the situation stays as it is currently with part of Front Street blocked off for pedestrians, the one-way signs need to be made clearer and enforced on the side streets.  It's dangerous now with people going both ways on narrow one-way streets, and accidents will occur.  This should all have been figured out with an actual traffic plan BEFORE construction of the town clock commenced.  Still scratching my head on that one as it seems like a no-brainer.  

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    Did they really say that? They would rather pay bills! Wow what a mess this island is in!

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    I think that clock is the WORST thing they could have done! 

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    What should be done is to hire a Traffic Engineer to resolve the problem and to suggest what is best to achieve a safe and efficient movement of people in our island. Our current acting "Traffic Engineer", Mayoress Elsa Paz apparently doesn't kow anything when it comes to traffic and just decides to put little posts wherever she pleases. She should let a professional do the job! and for the public consultation....we should let a professional give us advice and let us agree or disagree on the opinion. 

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    the postion of that town clock is definately a problem ive seen it with my own eyes. A fight happened on the beach by daddy rock night club and the police vehicle was unable to get to where the fight was due to the blocked streets and the town clock thats very dangerous someone can be killed. thats just not right and is a all means that town clock should not be positioned right in the middle of one of the busiest streets in ambergris caye.

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    The clock that was NOT asked if the residents wanted went in and NOW she asks the residents to determine the fix for her mess..... WOW!


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    At first i wondered how traffic would flow around the clock and after completion it was not a big deal except for those street side vendors that are reluntant to reallocate.  Where is the authority?  Are the police affraid of them?  If the mayor is affraid that someone crashes into the clock then she should have taught of that before putting it there.  It would have look nicer at the middle of the park.    On the early hours of new year's day there was a fight infront of Rehab Bar and someone threw a bottle and it almost landed on the billboard.  Mayor dont be affraid of the motor vehicles be affraid of the drunkers that like to fight.   That clock now to me is a bad idea.  I hate having to go all around just to get to the Lion's Den.



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