Thursday, April 18, 2024

Community and Society

SPTC and community organizations partner in beach cleanup on south Ambergris Caye

On Saturday, April 13th, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) collaborated with Hope Haven volunteers and the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch (SACNW) group to organize a cleanup campaign. The group cleaned the beach south of San Pedro Town, past the Mosquito Coast Area, by removing garbage and large objects on the coastline.

Major new initiative to put eyes on the water for industrial tuna fisheries, launched by The Nature Conservancy

Walmart, Albertsons Companies, Thai Union, Belize, and the Federated States of Micronesia, joined as the first signatories of a new global initiative, led by global environmental NGO, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to address unsustainable and illegal tuna fishing practices. Through the Tuna Transparency Pledge, signatories are aspiring to advance 100 percent on-the-water monitoring across all industrial tuna fishing vessels within their supply chains or jurisdictions by 2027—taking a bold yet achievable step in transforming the health and sustainability of our oceans.

Adolescent and Youth take the stage for national dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda

The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Climate Change in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Transport, and the UN System, hosted the first-ever National Youth Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), anchored on the Voluntary National Review (VNR).

BEL Encourages Energy Conservation during Critical Generation Upgrade and Hot and Humid Weather Conditions

s part of our long-term plan to bolster system capacity and reliability and build a modern energy services infrastructure, our Generation Team, in conjunction with a team of engineers and technicians from General Electric (USA), has commenced works to upgrade the capacity of the Gas Turbine at BEL’s West Lake facility (Mile 8 George Price Highway) to 30 MW from its current maximum output of 19 MW.

Noise Regulations in San Pedro: What are the rules, and who enforces the law?

Several island residents have expressed discontent with the excessive noise affecting their neighborhoods. Whether it is blaring music from entertainment events or another type of loud noise, it appears that next to traffic, noise pollution is one of the biggest complaints on the island. The San Pedro Liquor Licensing Board is responsible for issuing liquor licenses and extensions for recreational events after hours. As per the law, sound levels must not exceed 70 decibels, a unit used to measure the relative loudness of sounds.

SPTC creating and rehabilitating streets in developing areas

The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is working to improve the daily commute for residents on the island. They are currently improving streets in the developing areas of DFC and surrounding locations where conditions are deplorable. This will improve people's lives across subdivisions by giving them access to better roads. The council is also working on opening new streets for the island community.

Councilor Dianeli Aranda’s Foodbank Program Continues

The San Pedro Town Council Foodbank Program was initiated in November 2021 and spearheaded by Councilor Dianeli Aranda, who holds the portfolio of Women, Youth, and Children. The program continues to provide essential foot pantry items to families in need. With the new year, Aranda shared that applications are accepted at her office for those needing assistance. This program focuses on assisting deserving parents, elders, and families whose breadwinners are unemployed or going through hard times.

Plans discussed to upgrade the power supply for Ambergris Caye

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment, and the World Bank organized a public information session at the Sunbreeze Hotel conference room to discuss a project to enhance the resilience of the electricity system in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Held on Thursday, April 4th, the consultation outlined the details of the Belize Renewable Integration and Resilient Energy System project funded by the World Bank. It will involve a battery energy storage system, grid-resilient infrastructure, and capacity building.

Miss San Pedro hosts story telling time at the San Pedro Public Library

A storytelling event was held at the San Pedro Public Library in honor of Child Stimulation Month on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 10AM. The event, which ended at noon, included book giveaways, story time, and snacks and was a great time for kids and families to come together under the theme, “Let’s inspire young minds together and create unforgettable memories through the power of stories!” The event was organized by Empow.Her and Miss San Pedro, Mariel Calderon, in collaboration with the Ambergris Caye Rotary Club.

New Horizon SDA gets murals painted courtesy of the Island Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, USA, recently painted beautiful murals on the walls of the bathrooms at the New Horizon SDA Primary School. The artists Sarah Parker and Debbie Graniel aimed to showcase all aspects of Belize to the children, including the sea, flora, and positive quotes to motivate them throughout their lives.

Mayor Wally now Serves on the executive committee of the Mayors’ Association

On Thursday, March 28th, San Pedro Town's Mayor Gualberto "Wally" Nunez was elected as the secretary of the new executive committee of the Belize Mayors' Association from 2024 to 2025. The new executive body includes Corozal Town's Mayor, Rigoberto Vello, as president, Orange Walk Town's Mayor, Ladrick Sheppard as vice president, and Belize City's Mayor, Bernard Wagner as treasurer.