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#10137 - 10/12/00 12:41 PM News from Caye Caulker Oct. 12th
Marty Offline
Got my first e-mail from my daughter Tina Auxillou de la Loeper on Caye
Caulker yesteday. She says it is Oct/Nov rainy season and the last three
days of rain, a week after Hurricane Keith were highly annoying, with
leaks and drips from all the patched roofs. Mosquitos of course at
sunrise and sunset, the usual in the rainy season. Depressing she said.
You feel good when the sun shines, but rain again from line squalls is
depressing. She had settled with her insurance company, expecting a
cheque in two weeks, was what she was told. She is not happy about the
amount they settled on though.

The islands are sanitary places. The concerns about disease are most
probably not valid, a bit of an overreaction. Heck, cuts if you stick em
in the salt water, they heal faster than antiobitics will ever do.

Tina reports that all the debris is now in piles. And the piles will
be moved to the dump within the next week.

Just got a phone call COLLECT from Tina at Caye Caulker from the BTL
office, being run by Marisel Canto. Tina says she is using the phone to order stuff on the
mainland, three or four times a day. The number if you want to call in,
is 021 4023.

So life of a sorts is getting back
to normal. But no electricity or internet and e-mail service yet. She
said she was taking the boat trip to the island an hour from now, in
order to check her e-mail. Long way to go and $60 round trip, just to
check business e-mail for the tourist businesses.

Marisel Canto at the BTL office will hold a message for Tina and
probably others as well and give it to them when they come in to use the
phone. There is no messenger service as of yet. Might be something
Patty Arceo could set up with donated funds to expedite communications.

She reports the Village Council and a continuing ever changing crew of
VOLUNTEERS in the village are on top of things. Things are changing
rapidly she reports.

Her business got damaged too badly and she is tired of the war zone as
she calls it. Due to probably not being able to get back in business for
this tourist season, she has an invitation from a tourist girlfriend
buddy in England to put her up. So, she will spend the winter in
England and try to get a job to see her through. She has been to England
in passing through to Africa and the Continent, but never actually lived
there. So it is a chance for a change of pace. Her son Tyler is in
Nairobi, Africa with his Dad for another 9 months anyway. So a little
travel adventure is okay.

Wendy is coming back to Caye Caulker end of next week, to take over the
Tourist agency. That seems to be okay, but no tourists of course and it
might be a bad six week peak season. Diane my other daughter might also
come back from Connecticut and Minnesota by December to run her travel
agency. Her tenant Duey is looking after the insurance claim on the roof
of the condo and repairs. Wendy will be Dolphin Bay Travel at:
islandgirl@btl.net or belizeanthings@prodigy.net and Diane is T-travels
at dianekuylen@hotmail.com or t-travels@btl.net

So the tourist agency will be up and running. Blue Hole Trips will be
a specialty as always this winter tourist season. I haven't checked,
but I think I saw someplace, that Frenchie will be back in business with
scuba diving trips. Wendy also picks up change as a DIVE MASTER with the
scuba trips as well as selling the packages.

The reconstruction is going on steadily. With no cash flow and the
economy dead and lost boats, outboard motors and lobster traps; things on
the island of Caye Caulker are expected to be dead until around December
20th. Early snow this year in New England and Canada, so probably
tourist people will travel in thicker droves this year, to make up for
the losses.

Hope so!
Ray Auxillou

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 10-12-2000).]

#10138 - 10/12/00 02:52 PM Re: News from Caye Caulker Oct. 12th
Just received a phone call from Natasha. Her and the babies are in
Houston. The three of them has really bad case of diarrhea. They are
flying tonight to Holland. This is what she told me: In her knowledge
there is no break out of respiratory diseases. The only problem in the
Island is diarrhea. The doctor is distributing all the medicine
necessary for it. The doctor also is getting really upset because people
still walking with mo shoes. Maybe, as a suggestion we should begin to
donate shoes to the Island. This is happening because some os the septic
thanks has broken and with the flood things got little bit messy. The
first day after the storm they really didn't have food beside water and
flour. After that everybody begin to open there freezers and pinch in
for the meals. Everyone is helping everyone. Maybe it looks like a war
zone, but it is really nothing like that. The helicopters of the army is
flying all day long with supplies. The american and British Navy/army is
helping with the electrical structure. Natasha thinks the electricity is
going to be back in a month. It is a lot of people from Belize city also
helping out with the clean up and constructions. tHE WATER THAT THEY ARE
DRINKING IS ALL FROM BOTTLES. So please don't panic about the water. The
only problem is that the largest distributor in Belize (i believe is
Coca Cola) has not yet donated any water to the people that really
needs. Maybe we should begin to call Coca Cola over here and make them
to do something about it. News of some people: Maurice(wish willy) left
the next day of the storm to Chicago. Mary and Roland are fine. They
are stay on there home even so the house is flat on the floor(no more in
stilts) They are living to US on friday. Flash and Vivian are staying on
Judy's house. Her house is fine. Popye's boat is on the reef. Natasha's
boat disappeared. Charlie's boat ended up on top of Dawn's house(his
sister). Jason lost his house completely (Dawn's brother). One of
Chocolate's boat(with engine) also despaired. Tage and Lisa are fine.
Tage didn't lost his 2 boats. His is fixing his house, and his girls
(Chelsea and Lexy) and mother is coming to US I believe on Sunday. This
is what I know. Natasha also say they are "RUMORS" of people that has
died in San Pedro. For the Rumors is just five. But again. They are
rumors... So, maybe after the emergency is gone people in San Pedro can
concentrate little bit more about trying to find some people that has
not being counted for. So the Rumors are 5 death and not 30!!!Thanks.
Marty you can add things or fix my English that is not so good. Thanks
again. Marina.

#10139 - 10/12/00 11:04 PM Re: News from Caye Caulker Oct. 12th
Marty Offline
Our house is AOK...roof repaired already....Chuba is back and working on
cleaning up the yard which lost ALL the trees, the big palm in the porch was the
first to go, but thank goodness the wind took it into the street...that happened
immediately when the storm first hit...the lime tree (man, my favorite) was
taken down and the stick that is left 'could' possible come back.
Orlando's house is back in shape and his yard is better so he's currently
working on the front lot where some of his rental houses took hits, but should
be ok.
Bonnie and Chuck's place is very well....almost no damage and Happy is working
on the yard.
Ellen's place...FRAN'S SHACK took a serious dive and the belongings are now with
CONNO...please pass this along to her...I don't know how to get a hold of her.
Shelters are going up, the Peace Corps and Mennonites are on the island and
working hard.
Everyone is on the 8pm curfew...and few have enough energy to make it beyond
that anyway with so much work that is going on everyday.
It's both heartwrenching and heartwarming to see the island coming together so
well to recoup.
There are some bulldozers on the island cleaning up the incredible mess and
moving everything to the dump area.
The streets of course are completely trashed from the dozers, but that's the
price to pay.
Raining a LOT and making everything more difficult and the power is coming along
slowly but surely....MAN I wish they would take this opportunity to PUT THE
STUFF UNDERGROUND! Not only for the beauty factor, but NONE of this (except the
tower going down) would have been so serious if they were not exposed to the
wind factor.
Oh well....It ain't gonna happen in this emergency repair mode.
Bugs are bad and the SandBox is doing an OUTSTANDING job of taking care of a lot
of people.
Our house suffered roof damage which has been repaired and the back bedroom took
a LOT of water to much is wrecked, but nothing that can't be replaced....
Gotta go...
Take care and good to know that the second Gringo wave is arriving today!
They need all the help they can get!
chris considine

#10140 - 10/12/00 11:58 PM Re: News from Caye Caulker Oct. 12th
MARTY I just read Marina's note IN ALL FAIRNESS we should ask Mr. J. Frank Harrison what Coca Cola is doing in Belize. With the relief effort.Mr Harrison,CEO Coka Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Charlotte,N.C.28211 Phone 704-551-4400 FAX 704-551-4646 AN OPERTUNITY FOR A LITTLE P.R.

#10141 - 10/13/00 12:31 AM Re: News from Caye Caulker Oct. 12th
Marina Stoev Offline
Thanks for the information about Coca Cola. If some one has time to write something to the company and fax back to me I will get signatures to fax everyday to Mr Harrison. I'm not so good about writting "fancy" letter.But I would not have any problems in getting some signatures. Marina.You can fax to my work(202) 986-6303. Just put in my attention because it is lot of people that works there.

#10142 - 10/13/00 12:51 AM Re: News from Caye Caulker Oct. 12th
silly me these guys are slick aren't they. man these computers are nice. You might try Coca Cola Enterprises Inc. CEO Summerfield K. Johnston 2500 Windy Ridge Prky. Atlanta GA.30339 phone 770-989-3000 FAX 770-989-3788. it seems that some overseas markets are handled by this spin off Co. these guys probably have lunch together.

#10143 - 10/13/00 08:24 AM Re: News from Caye Caulker Oct. 12th
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Before everyone starts sending letters to Coca-Cola, at least take into account John Lankford's message where he says that Barry Bowen, the Coca-Cola bottler (and Belikin brewer), sent a boatload of bottled water to San Pedro and gave it away free. Of course Bowen has a house and other property on Ambergris Caye. All in all, though, it seems to me that Bowen's companies are pretty good corporate citizens in Belize.

--Lan Sluder
Lan Sluder/Belize First

#10144 - 10/13/00 09:21 AM Re: News from Caye Caulker Oct. 12th
Patwoods Offline
The first day after the storm Barry Bowen opened his warehouse and was giving free water and cokes to anyone who walked up there to get it.
Pat Woods

#10145 - 10/13/00 09:45 AM Re: News from Caye Caulker Oct. 12th
Marina Stoev Offline
I may have done a mistake in include San Pedro also. But it is a fact that in Caye Caulker has not received water as a donation.I also think it it is not the Coca Cola in Belize that we need to target. It is an American Company and I believe that they can ship a lot of water to Belize if they are pressured. Please, my intentions are just to try to help the people there. My family it is all redy save in Holland.But I think and believe that with more and more donations everyone can begin to clean up things overthere sooner. I know a lot of people that are getting out the Island(Caye) to go to work some other country. And I'm worry with the people that is left over there. We all know that if things doesn't get clean up and fixed the tourists are not going to came.No tourists no money...No money I even don't want to think about it. So, my believe is more donations...more clean up. And we should get the medicine list over there the soon we can. I'm trying to find here whom has thiainbendazole tablets. I hope I can find it. Marina.


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