Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Caye Caulker

Morning fire destroys two popular beach establishments in Caye Caulker

A morning fire on Friday, November 10th, destroyed two popular business establishments in Caye Caulker, La Cubana Restaurant and the Barrier Reef Sports Bar and Grill, causing significant material losses and the displacement of nine people. While the Fire Service begins its investigation into the cause of the blaze, the Caye Caulker Village Council (CCVC) is looking at ways to assist the victims and has already started planning a donation drive to help them. More information will be shared when they launch the fundraiser.

Juan Carlos Novel charged for the Caye Caulker homicide of Leslie Verde

On Saturday, November 4th, there was news from La Isla Cariñosa of Caye Caulker about the discovery of a woman found dead in her home. The deceased was identified as 32-year-old Leslie Verde. The body was bruised, and police have since launched an investigation into the cause of Verde's death. While investigations continue, no one has been detained.

Caye Caulker airport reopens

On Wednesday, September 20th, the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport reopened after renovation. The Belize Airports Authority (BAA) said that the airport underwent a transformation that will enhance the travel experience and safety for both locals and visitors to Caye Caulker. The airport closed on July 18th, and the BAA stated that the central repairs included improvements to the runway. Some of the issues included undulations considered dangerous for the routine daily flights operated by the local airlines, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air.

Caye Caulker Community Sailing Club announces Ranking Regatta

Submitted by CaraLee Cook Board Member Caye Caulker Community Sailing Club Press Release - The island of Caye Caulker is gearing up for the Caye Caulker Community...

Caye Caulker entrepreneur produces alkaline water with support from a Guatemalan university

Caye Caulker resident Celina Jimenez is the creator of Island Fresh Water, a newly established business offering alkaline water in Belize. This business venture was made possible with the support of Universidad del Valle Guatemala (UVG) in Guatemala City through a pilot project geared toward developing women entrepreneurs from Guatemala and Belize. The program hosted in collaboration with the Center for Promotion of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises helped improve the entrepreneurs’ current businesses and products.

The Blue Economy promotes the sustainability of stone crab claws harvesting in Belize

The stone crab’s claws have become a delicacy in gourmet restaurants with increasing demand in areas such as Ambergris Caye off the northeast coast of Belize. A plate containing 1 1/2lb of cooked stone crab claws sells for up to US$42.50. The value of the overall industry, as per the Belize Fisheries Department (BFD), was around $125,000 for the local market. However, this number is expected to increase as exporting stone crab claws to other markets in the United States and the Caribbean starts.

Caye Caulker Airport rehabilitation project underway

The Caye Caulker Municipal Airport is once again closed for much-needed renovations. The Belize Airports Authority (BAA) reported that the airport closed on July 18th, and after that, rehabilitation work started. As the airport undergoes significant upgrades, those planning to visit La Isla Cariñosa will need to do so via water taxi until works at the airport have been completed.

Submarine cable to connect Caye Caulker with the national power grid

In March 2019, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) reported on the ongoing process of connecting Caye Caulker to the national electricity grid. The proposed connection needed a submarine cable that was yet to be acquired. Three years later, the long-awaited line has arrived in Belize, and connecting La Isla Cariñosa to the national grid can now be completed.