Real Estate Corner - 150 YearsOne hundred and fifty years ago San Pedro was founded. One hundred and fifty years ago this community began to grow. At that time few would have predicted the changes that have brought San Pedro to what it is today. The elder members of the community can look back and can probably recall certain decisions that shaped San Pedro - from the placement of streets and buildings to the evolution of the customs and laws that guide the people today. It is in this looking back that much can be learned about shaping the next one hundred and fifty years. It is in looking back at seemingly small things that you will come to the realization that those small things long ago have had tremendous impact on today. In exactly the same way, your actions today shape the future. This is the greatest lesson of history.
The journey to tomorrow begins today. When you take a trip on a long highway you get out a map. You make a plan as to where you want to go and what roads you will take. You also check conditions throughout the trip, and are sensible enough to change your route when the road is too rough and a detour is a better way. Today the community of San Pedro is pretty much in agreement that the economic future of San Pedro lies in tourism. The people on this journey may have different ideas about the roads to travel, but the destination is clear. San Pedro seeks prosperity, better conditions for it's children, a sustained future in the tourism, and a preservation of a way of life that is distinctly San Pedro.
If San Pedro is to succeed
in the journey through the next five years, much less the next one hundred fifty,
it is the long view that must prevail. It is time for all of us - whether born
here, or just arrived, to understand that we are the caretakers of a priceless
treasure. We must not, we cannot forget that what we do today shapes the future
of the town and the lives of its people. In the quest for a dollar for today's
bills have we done something that could damage the future? Each of us, however
rich or poor, have an impact on the future. Each of us, whether political or
silent, affect our future with our actions. From tossing litter on the streets
to fishing out of season; from building
parks for the children to painting
the statue of Saint Peter - each
action has an effect for the better
or the worse. Certainly mistakes will be made. That is human. What San
Pedro needs from each of us is a commitment
to think and to care, and
to act accordingly.
-No one can ask more
of us, no one should give less.
San Pedro is not the first village
or town in the history of Ambergris
Caye. Other towns and centers
of commerce flourished here long ago. Those towns
are gone and buried now. What
decisions did those earlier citizens
make that caused the destruction of their
towns and culture? We may never know
the exact answer to that question,
but the lesson contained within
it is clear - we must take responsibility
for the future, because unless we
do that, there will be none. Let us join hands
on the journey to our common future. Let
the debates refrain from mean spirit.
Let the plans be well thought out. Take
time to study and reflect before acting.
Let us remember that what we have
today is priceless and before we change
it too much, let us learn all we can
from the first one hundred and fifty
years. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAN PEDRO!!!