Saturday, May 25, 2024

Central Park

New regulations by SPTC on golf cart rentals causing mixed reactions

For the past years, the issue of traffic congestion in the downtown area of San Pedro has been a constant challenge to tackle. The cause has been attributed to congestion in specific areas, such as the local airport and water taxi terminals. As such, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is implementing restrictions for golf cart rentals at these ports of entry, prohibiting them from parking, loading, unloading, and soliciting business. These restrictions did not sit well with some stakeholders, who felt targeted, describing these as unfair and harmful for their companies. A call was also made to reconsider part of the regulation and further investigate the issue of taxi drivers taking up street space and overcharging.

Taxi operators report unfair treatment from traffic officers at Central Park

The competition between taxi operators and golf cart rentals at Central Park has been an ongoing issue that led to the intervention of the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) in the past. Taxi drivers who visit Central Park to pick up water taxi passengers at busy times have reported that traffic wardens do not allow them to park. In contrast, golf cart rentals are reportedly allowed to stay and solicit.

New food booths for vendors at Central Park

In May, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) indicated that they would improve the facilities of the food vendors at Central Park, and on Tuesday, July 4th, the erection of the first booth was observed. According to the SPTC, these new booths will include upgrades to provide better services and increase food safety at the park. These new food booths will come with a rental fee and regulations for renters.

Opening of Casino in downtown San Pedro to be temporary

A casino is about to open on Pescador Drive in downtown San Pedro. The new establishment targeting local and visiting casino lovers has raised...

Raising the bar as a child-friendly community, SPTC hosts Family Day

With its commitment to being a child-friendly community, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and the Child Advisory Board hosted a Family Day at the town’s central park on Sunday, May 28th. The event, attended by several island families, was full of fun activities such as parades, performances, live music, games, and fabulous giveaways.

San Pedro Labour Department hosts information fair

On Friday, May 5th, the Labour Department branch on the island spearheaded a fair at Central Park in San Pedro town along with other organizations to provide services and information to the island residents. Several booths provided visitors with information on first aid kits, health, labor laws, social security, and even financial institutions were present at the fair.

Child-Friendly initiative prompts Central Park renovations

Under the child-friendly municipality certification, the San Pedro Town Council is embarking on a beautification project at the central park to improve its playground. On Friday, April 21st, new construction began at the park for a brand-new playground for the island's children. The Child-Friendly initiative under the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund watch entails protecting children in a particular community, including living in a safe and healthy environment, and considering their concerns. In June 2021, San Pedro was awarded the silver status certification recognizing the island's commitment to making the municipality safe for children.

SPTC tackling the Sargassum issue with a new response plan

With the change in weather and the windy days associated with this time of the year, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and other parts of the country are beginning to experience the constant influx of Sargassum seaweed. The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has started working with experts to find ways to keep the downtown beaches free of the brown seaweed. A temporary Sargassum barrier has been installed between the Mayan Princess Hotel beach and the municipal dock near Central Park. This mechanism is to facilitate the removal of Sargassum.