Press Release – San Pedro Town Council - As part of the ongoing short and long term plan for the island, the San Pedro Sargassum Task Force Group (SPSTFG) was formed. The San Pedro Sargassum Task Force Group will assist the San Pedro Town Council carrying out its short and long term mandate as it relates to addressing the non-stop large influx of sargassum that is beaching on the island. The group includes representatives from the San Pedro Town Council, San Pedro Tour Guide Association, San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, representatives from the San Pedro Poly-Clinic, San Pedro NEMO Coordinator and a few volunteers.
With the support of the task force group, on the 27th and 28th of September, the community of San Pedro united to participate in a community sargassum clean-up campaign in the downtown area of San Pedro Town. The SPTC and the task force group are happy to report that over the course of the two days, two hundred thirty two (232) individuals volunteered a total of two thousand eighty six (2086) hours of free labor. This resulted in the removal of approximately one hundred forty four (144) truckloads or one thousand seven hundred (1700) yards of sargassum. A volunteer fleet of eight (8) trucks, three (3) pickups and five (5) backhoes were used to assist in the clean-up efforts. The total cost to the clean-up two-day event is equivalent to twenty two thousand eight hundred dollars ($22,800.00).
The clean-up effort was successful largely because of the kind support of the following:
The SPTC and the SP Sargassum Task Force Group would like to thank those individuals and businesses who helped to make the clean-up a large success.
With the same token, we are calling on students, residents, businesses and the private sector to join in yet another clean up campaign scheduled for the 5th and 6th of October. The clean-up is part of the short-term plan to ensure that the accumulated sargassum is removed from the shorelines, especially in areas frequented by tourists and residents.
We encourage all those wishing to be a part of the initiative, to kindly register at the office of the San Pedro Town Council. For more information as to how you can help, please feel free to contact the SPTC at 226-2788 or 226-2492.