San Pedro ushers in 2014 with a bang!
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Hundreds of visitors and islanders were out and about to greet the New Year on Ambergris Caye on December 31st. At the stroke of midnight, fireworks sponsored by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) burst over the skies of La Isla Bonita as the SPTC organized the annual New Year’s Eve block party. Others gathered at various establishments with champagne and wine in hand to toast to a New Year.
The evening kicked off when the SPTC erected a huge stage at the foot of the Town Clock on Barrier Reef Drive. During the course of the night, the stage saw various entertainments including performances from the San Pedro High School Band and Rompe Raja. Just before midnight, the Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero along with the Area Representative Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. took the opportunity to encourage everyone to have a safe and prosperous 2014. Then they were joined on stage by other local elected officials to share party favors with the hundreds who gathered on the street. At midnight, the fireworks lit the skies in a spectacular show which ushered in the New Year 2014.
A large crowd also gathered at the San Pedro Lions Den for the annual Lions New Year Dance. A tradition for many local families, partiers shared well wishes and the first few hours of the New Year along with friends. Many danced until 8AM on January 1st with the music of Super Furia from Orange Walk Town. The Lions Club also conducted their annual New Year’s raffle and the winners are as follows:
Refrigerator (Castillo’s Hardware Store) – SEAduced by Belize
Round Trip Ticket to Belize (Tropic Air) – Ali Morgie
Round trip ticket to Belize City (Caye Caulker Water Taxi) – Hector Salazar
Round trip ticket to Belize City (San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi) – Linden Mora
Round Trip Ticket to Belize (Tropic Air) – Estevan Morales
$100 gift certificate (Wings) – Pam Morrill
Round trip ticket to Caye Caulker (Caye Caulker Water Taxi) – Anika Gongora
$100 Gift Certificate (Caprice Restaurant) – Luis Nuñez
One night Stay for two (The Palms) – Mata Chica
Round Trip Ticket to Belize (Maya Island Air) – Roman Kay
$100 gift certificate (Wings) – Rudolph Dominguez
Intro to Diving Package (Belize Diving Adventures) – Norma Graniel
Lunch for two (Hurricane Restaurant) – Roman Kay
Toaster Oven (Lion Peter) – Ernie Runway Bar and Grill
$100 Gift Certificate (Blue Water Grill) – Nesher Acosta
Panini Sandwich Maker ( Harmouch Hardware) – Emma Varella
Tupperware (Nai Nels) – Alexis Guerrero
$20 gift certificate (A & R) – Isaac Cabb
$20 gift certificate (A & R) – Charles Worthington
20 Gift Certificate (A & R) – Shelly Del Valle
*Winners can collect their gift on Friday at the Lions Den during bingo.
Others gathered at Lola’s Pub where a large tent was placed on the street for the faithful party goers who had gathered for the midnight “Coco Loco” (balloon) drop. Those in attendance received party favors and enjoyed the company of good friends and live music by D Cover Ups band.
A huge crowd also gathered at the Holiday Hotel for the New Year’s dance with music provided by DJ Busch. There were plenty of party favors, Jello shots and hors d’oeuvres. At midnight all in attendance raised their glasses with champagne and shared hugs and well wishes for a bright and prosperous 2014.
According to San Pedro police the New Year’s Day celebration went through without any major reported incidents. The San Pedro Sun joins in wishing everyone all the best for the New Year 2014.
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