Friday, May 17, 2024

San Mateo Area

Discovery of turtle carcasses causes concern in San Pedro; HCMR discards poaching suspicions

The sight of turtle carcasses in the San Mateo area on Wednesday, July 12th, caused a stir of concern in San Pedro Town. Sea turtles have been protected in Belize since 1993. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) team quickly acted but later explained that the findings were unrelated to poaching.

San Pedro Smile Center Dental Clinic to host Mankato State University Dental Doctors

On Monday, February 27th, the San Pedro Smile Center Dental Clinic located at the Holy Cross Anglican School in the San Mateo area of San Pedro Town will again operate following a long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school clinic will welcome volunteers from Mankato State University in Minnesota, USA, for four days. From 8AM-4PM, the volunteering dentists will provide services to students up to 12 years of age. The program includes a second dental clinic at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, that is open to the public, both clinics are free. The professionals will also visit the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School for an informative session.

Area Representative and SPTC host mobile health clinics, street rehabilitation, and clean-ups in San Mateo

On Saturday, February 18th, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and Area Representative Honourable Andre Perez hosted a mobile health clinic in the San Mateo area where residents received free medical services. Some residents also joined the SPTC clean-up campaign, while some new streets were opened and others rehabilitated. According to the local authorities, similar activities will also occur in other subdivisions across San Pedro Town.

Mobile health clinic coming to San Mateo Subdivision this weekend

Residents of the subdivision of San Mateo, north of San Pedro Town, will have access to several medical services at no cost on Saturday, February 18th, via a mobile health clinic. The mobile health clinic is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Area Representative Honourable Andre Perez, San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and other organizations. The event will occur from 10AM through 3PM across from Pasadita Store.

Islander Mark Botes charged with two accounts of Obtaining Property by Deception

Police are investigating a case on the island where an island resident lost $23,000 to a local contractor. Police formally arrested and charged San Mateo construction laborer 32-year-old Mark Alexander Botes for ‘Obtaining Property by Deception.’ Botes was arraigned at the San Pedro Magistrate on Friday, October 14th, and was offered $5,000 bail that he could not meet. Botes was remanded to the Belize Central Prison, where he met bail and is now reportedly back on the island. He is scheduled in court in San Pedro on November 17, 2022.

Reports of Aggravated Burglary/Aggravated Assault and a stabbing in San Pedro

Police are investigating an incident on Monday, June 27th, at the home of business owner 52-year-old Elsa Odina Poot in the San Mateo subdivision north of San Pedro Town. The situation has been described by police as '\Aggravated Burglary/Aggravated Assault, as Poot's son-in-law Justin Campos and another person broke the house's front door and pointed a firearm at her.

Luis Abner Tun needs your help; fundraiser planned to cover medical expenses

The family of Luis Abner Tun is seeking the public’s assistance to raise much-needed funds to cover his medical bills as he recovers from an armed attack that nearly took his life. On July 10th, while inside the Clumsy Restaurant and Bar in the San Mateo area on the island, Tun was shot twice in the abdomen by an unknown shooter. He survived the attack, but his condition is critical, and he will need spinal surgery. Anyone able to donate can message or call 633-9594. The family will be conducting a salpicon sale on Saturday, August 14th, along with a dollar drive on Barrier Reef Drive across from the San Pedrano grocery store.

Smile Clinic continues at Holy Cross

The San Pedro Smile Center Dental Clinic, located at the Holy Cross Anglican School (HCAS) in the San Mateo Area of San Pedro Town, hosted its second session of dental services to Belizean children and other members of the community on March 2nd and concluded March 5th. Doctor Mark Johnson of Annandale, Minnesota USA, founded the clinic in 2005 and has continued this volunteer effort along with his wife, Dr. Joan Johnson, ever since.