Letter to the Editor: Val Long on unsafe swimming areas
Monday, May 25th, 2015
We are amongst the more affluent tourists, blessed with double income and therefore able to afford to vacation for up to a full month each winter, sometimes split up by visiting two travel destinations per year. We are able to choose from various tropical destinations from Hawaii, the Caribbean to the South Pacific.
Our (enclosed) picture shows what our resort on your island was able to offer as the secure & safe swimming area in the ocean for guests. That was at one of the top locations on the island.
At the beginning we were cautioned to swim within a confined area secured and surrounded by buoys, an area in size smaller than our living room at home. Both resort pools were even larger in size.
Like many other travelers we do not like to use pools due to chlorination. And using a pool would defy our desire to swim in a warm ocean while on vacation.
The other safe option offered was to swim in knee to hip deep waters between docks; also an area where we could not been hit by boats.
First, we thought they were kidding but then we learned that other vacation guests vacationing had been injured or even killed by passing boats while swimming or snorkeling in/around dock vicinity. Further, we were informed that there were no rules and hardly any sufficient regulations for boat traffic in coastal areas and nothing to protect swimmers. There were no rules for boat drivers to stay away in safe distance despite plenty of ocean available further out. Also, we learned that North on your island conditions and boat traffic was even worse and more dangerous. This is appalling!
We feel obligated to warn other passionate ocean swimmers on social media by posting about the unacceptable ocean safety conditions on Ambergris Caye.
/s/ Val Long
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