Monday, July 15, 2024

Community and Society

Island kids take part in Hol Chan’s Guardians of the Reef Summer Camp

After a brief delay due to Hurricane Beryl, the annual Guardians of the Reef Summer Camp is now in full swing. The camp, running from Monday, July 8th to July 19th at the Lion's Den from 8:30AM to 11:30AM, is organized by the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) with a clear mission to educate children about protecting and preserving the marine environment. The camp features a rich array of fun and educational activities, outdoor games, and lessons on conservation, ensuring a well-rounded learning experience for the young participants.

Housing lot project slated for northern Ambergris Caye

The lack of available land for housing in certain parts of Belize has become a long-standing issue, particularly on the Cayes, where many Belizeans are eager to acquire land for building their homes. To tackle this problem, Area Representative Honourable Andre Perez has announced a new housing project for a subdivision in northern Ambergris Caye. The project is currently in the planning stage and is expected to come to fruition in the upcoming months.

Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye donates massage tables to community Blood Drive Group

The San Pedro Community Blood Drive team received two massage tables from the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye. This generous donation will significantly enhance the upcoming blood drives that usually occur at the Washington University of Health and Science (WUHS), which does not have beds. The tables will be a crucial addition, providing a more comfortable experience for donors during the blood collection process.

San Pedro Town Council offering summer jobs to high school students

As summer approaches, students enter their holiday season. This year, San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is offering exciting jobs that provide seasonal employment for students on vacation from school. The purpose is to help students finance their schooling and registration fees and keep them engaged and busy during summer break. The program, led by Mayor Wally Nuñez and Councilor Dianeli Aranda in partnership with the Women's, Youths, and Children's Affairs Department in Ambergris Caye, promises a rewarding experience and valuable financial support.

Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye gives some love to Hope Haven’s playroom

The playroom at Hope Haven Children's Home and Empowerment Center in San Pedro Town has been upgraded thanks to a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye and The Truck Stop. The renovation included freshly painted walls, new art and graphics, shelves, benches, toys, books, and even a chalkboard, all of which will enhance the children's experience in this special area.

San Pedro Town Council plans to address beach trash

Improper and illegal garbage disposal in San Pedro Town has been a big problem, and authorities on the island, like The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), continue to do everything they can to address the issue. One reported situation they want to point out is the ongoing practice of disposing of garbage on the beach. This includes yard and other types of debris, like household items left on the beaches. The SPTC said they would closely monitor this and remind island residents that such actions are illegal and that they are liable for an offense.

San Pedro’s most trafficked roads undergo much-needed repairs

The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) started a small project on Friday, July 5th, to repair a section of Coconut Drive near the airport...

Traditional Misa de Pescadores and Blessing of Boats held on Dia de San Pedro

In honor of the traditional celebration of the patron saints, "San Pedro and San Pablo," the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) collaborated with Father Eduardo Montemayor from the Roman Catholic Church in Ambergris Caye to hold their traditional mass known as "Misa de Pescadores." This was followed by a breakfast at 4AM on Saturday, June 29th, at the Catholic church in Central Park. After the breakfast and mass, Father Montemayor led the traditional service and blessed the vessels for the upcoming fishing season. The grand celebration included two days of live entertainment. The Miss San Pedro Pageant, scheduled for June 29th, was postponed due to inclement weather.

Fishermen welcome lobster season; Hurricane Beryl causes concern

On Monday, July 1st, the 2024-2025 season of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster officially opened in Belize. The first catches of the day were celebrated by fishermen in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. They found a healthy lobster stock and are expecting a prosperous season. However, they are worried about the impact of Hurricane Beryl, which is projected to affect northern Belize and the Cayes when it makes landfall late on Thursday evening or early on Friday, July 5th, in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula.

Islanders warned about price gouging during hurricane emergencies

During the ongoing monitoring of Hurricane Beryl, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) branch in Belize Rural South (Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye) is reminding the public that price gouging (raising prices on goods) during an emergency is illegal. They encourage residents to report any instances of price gouging by establishments as Hurricane Beryl approaches Belize.

Cost of living still high; basic food items affected

The cost of living continues to be a dilemma for many Belizeans as prices for basic goods have increased nationwide. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), consumer prices for April were 3.9% compared to last year. Basic staples such as a 16-ounce loaf of bread recently experienced a 20% increase. In San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, the price of bread sold in packs of 17 and 22 ounces remains unchanged; however, other food items have slightly increased due to the cost of transporting goods to the island.