Hey Diane: WOW - I didn't know you were still in Belize, it's been like 10 years since I've seen you in the old Southwind days... but I just wanted to second the motion on your thoughtful post! Totally agreed - it's probably hard to imagine, but Belize escaped the big storms for over 30 years and just seems to have had a run of bad luck in the past couple of years.
I think it is worthwhile to underscore the community spirit and unification in the Belizean community in times of crisis and I hope that spirit of hospitality is even more inviting to travelers and tourists in the big scheme of things... I was in St. Croix during Hugo in the 80's and there was horrible looting and street violence in the aftermath. I'm not in Belize right now, but I haven't heard anything of that nature in the reports. Belize, truly, is a land of enchantment that we are eager to see back on it's feet and bustling in peace and prosperity!
Pepper A. Chastain
Austin, TX USA