Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Department of the Environment opens office in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye

An official ceremony occurred on Friday, June 21st, to inaugurate the Department of the Environment (DOE) office in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. The office space will also accommodate the Belize Forest Department and will not only serve Ambergris Caye but Caye Caulker and Caye Chapel. The event was held at the Boca del Rio Beach Park and consisted of a brief ceremony attended by officials and guests. Area Representative and Minister of the Blue Economy and Disaster Risk Management, the Honourable Andre Perez, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Honourable Orlando Habet, Chief Environmental Officer Anthony Mai, and Councilor Jose Castellanos were present to officiate this significant milestone for the island.

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Hol Chan Marine Reserve holds public meeting regarding park fee increase

On Wednesday, June 12th, tour operators and guides from San Pedro and Caye Caulker met to discuss the proposed fee increase at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) from US$10 to US$20. The attendees acknowledged that operational costs are rising and were open to an increase but requested a detailed analysis justifying the 100% raise. The HCMR management agreed to conduct a thorough study and provide a report to the stakeholders by Wednesday, June 19th, regarding the proposed fee hike to access the marine park.

Ministry of New Growth Industries Reactivates Hemp Industry Oversight Committee

The Hemp Industry Oversight Committee reconvened to discuss pivotal developments in the hemp sector, including the role of agencies in monitoring hemp developments in Belize and legislation. The Committee also reviewed an application for hemp research. A key focus of the meeting was the policy for approving hemp for research and investments in Belize.

San Pedrito shooting remains under investigation

San Pedro Police continue investigating a shooting in the San Pedrito subdivision, which occurred on Saturday, June 1st, leaving 22-year-old Zulmy Camara injured. One suspect was in custody but later released due to insufficient evidence.

Reports of sexual assault on the rise in San Pedro Town

Over the past months, reports about sexual offenses seemed to have slightly increased in San Pedro Town. Three recent events have raised many eyebrows on the island due to their nature. These unpleasant incidents involve incest, the rape of a minor, and a former teacher who was charged with three counts of sexual assault.

Anke Doehm receives five-year sentence for Cruelty to a Child in the death of her adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon

Anke Doehm, a 63-year-old American national, was sentenced to serve five years in prison on April 17th at the High Court in Belize City. She was found guilty of Cruelty to a Child in the death of her adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon, who was 13 years old at the time of her death. The sentencing also stated that Cannon was sexually and physically abused and also showed signs of malnourishment. She will be eligible for parole after serving half her sentence at the Kolbe Foundation-Belize Central Prison. As part of her sentence, Doehm is to participate in rehabilitation programs available at the prison.

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San Pedro Roman Catholic School graduates 80 primary school students

At the 2024 San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 22nd, 80 students received their primary school certificates. The celebration occurred at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium at 4PM, where family and friends proudly cheered on the graduates for their educational milestones.

21 students received high school diplomas from the San Pedro Adult Continuing Education

On Saturday, June 15th, the San Pedro Adult Continuing Education (SPACE) graduating class, a group of dedicated individuals, celebrated their commencement ceremony at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Ambergris Caye. This year, 21 students, each on their unique journey, graduated from the program. The event, held from 9AM and concluded around 1PM, was a testament to their resilience and determination under the theme, "We thrived despite adversities; Our proof is that with effort and perseverance, there is no limit to success."

Kickboxing Night celebrates Father’s Day in San Pedro

On Saturday, June 15th, the Belize Combat Championship (BCC) and the San Pedro Town Council Sports (SPTCS) organized a special event at the Louis Sylvestre Complex (Saca Chispas) to honor all fathers of the Ambergris Caye. The event, which started around 9PM and ended around 1AM, featured kickboxing matches that brought athletes from Mexico and El Salvador to San Pedro. The event also showcased children's development of skills and experience in the sport.

Terror Squad and Conquerors FC participate in the National Amateur Interdistrict Tournament

The National Amateur Interdistrict Championship kicked off over the weekend with intense matches across the country on Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th. The tournament, a battleground for 18 teams, witnessed nine games of pure adrenaline on the opening weekend. Two of those games occurred at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, with Terror Squad and Conquerors Football Clubs (FC) representing the island.

San Pedro BTIA chapter hosts annual Beer Festival

The Belize Tourism Industry Association San Pedro Chapter (SP BTIA) hosted its second annual Beer Festival. This unique event combined the thrill of a Stew Chicken Rice and Beans competition with other fun activities. This one-of-a-kind fundraising event featured the best Belizean beers, various delicious food, artisanal products, and live music by DJ Smallz and the Coconut Trio Band.

Another San Pedro Mother’s Day celebration to remember

On Saturday, May 11th, the annual Mother's Day Extravaganza, a unique celebration in San Pedro Town, was held at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Arena. Hundreds of mothers gathered to enjoy various activities, including a lively karaoke competition, captivating local and international performances, and exciting giveaways.

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