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#21084 - 05/04/06 11:30 PM Scarlet/Ara Macao EIA
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Residents of the Placencia Peninsula may be known for their laid back lifestyle but last night they defied the stereotype to rise up in opposition to what many believe is an impending ecological and social disaster for this rapidly growing part of the country. The occasion was a public hearing called by the Department of Environment as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process to hear views on the proposed establishment of what would be the biggest resort complex ever constructed in Belize. The project, known as Ara Macao, Spanish for Scarlet Macaw, involves over a thousand units of hotel and condominium accommodation, a four hundred boat marina, hundred and six thousand square foot casino and eighteen hole golf course, spread over six hundred acres near Riversdale at the north end of the peninsula. Although the venue for the gathering was a small classroom in Seine Bight's primary school, when around three hundred people showed up, the meeting shifted to the parking lot. Following a PowerPoint presentation on behalf of the U.S. based developer given by E.I.A. author Jose "Pepe" Garcia and various consultants, the public was invited to ask questions and offer comments. And that's when the fun started. Despite a sometimes raucous atmosphere, most of the questions were serious and pointed ... and raised major concerns about beach access, erosion, pollution, social discrimination and employment. But most of the crowd's ire was directed at the sheer size of the project, which at completion would more than quadruple the present population of the peninsula. The sentiments expressed at the consultation will be considered by the National Environmental Appraisal Committee who will then vote whether to approve, disapprove or modify the developer's plans. In the end, however, the final say rests with the Minister of Natural Resources, Johnny Briceño.
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#21085 - 10/12/06 09:49 AM Re: Scarlet/Ara Macao EIA
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Belize Resort Gets Official OK
October 11, 2006
By Michael Fickes, Mid-Atlantic Correspondent

Chicago-based ioVest Development L.L.C. and Ara Macao Holdings L.P. announced that they have won approval by the Belize National Environmental Appraisal Committee to move forward on a 582-acre resort called the Ara Macao Resort and Marina in Placencia, Belize. The resort features a mile of Caribbean Sea waterfront.

The master-planned condominium resort community and marina is being developed in Belize's growing Stann Creek District. Phase 1 of the project is slated for completion in late 2007. It will include the marina waterway, a central utility plant, and six condominium buildings with a total of 72 units.

The resort's complete construction plan calls for 456 luxury beachfront condominiums (pictured), 296 marina waterway villas, 260 sea-view hotel condominiums, and 59 golf course home sites. Unlike Mexico and other Caribbean nations, English-speaking Belize permits U.S. citizens to own coastal land with title guaranteed by the government. The Belize dollar is fixed at a 2:1 ratio to the U.S. dollar.

Common area facilities scheduled for development during Phase 1 include a swimming pool, a reception center with a lobby, a restaurant and bar, fitness center, convenience store, dive and tackle shop, and a plant nursery. One-third of the marina will also be completed during Phase 1. The marina will eventually offer an array of natural features including a rainforest nature preserve for Scarlet Macaws and a coral reef within swimming distance from the beach.

Once known primarily for its scuba diving, Belize encompasses mountain ranges, tropical rainforests, white sand beaches, and the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

Iovest and Ara Macoa together have more than $7 billion of real estate development projects and more than 75 years of development experience.

#21086 - 10/12/06 12:43 PM Re: Scarlet/Ara Macao EIA
dabunk Offline
What a bunch of lies!! They have not gotten approval as of yet and do not have anywhere near that kind on funding or experience. Just a penny stock company looking to make a fast buck and rape Belize. In my opinion.

#21087 - 10/12/06 04:25 PM Re: Scarlet/Ara Macao EIA
Pedro1 Offline
Actually what has happened is the deal has been done the land is paid for and the only thing that has stopped anything from happening is the rain-they paid 3m usd for the land and have paid out huge amounts for studies etc.
why blame the gov't on this one it is going to provide a large number of people with jobs and a steady income for years to come-both the major communities of Punta Gorda and Dangriga must be delighted with such an investment/program-
so a little environmental damage happens-big deal

Now whether the project will be a success or not -that is a different question

#21088 - 10/12/06 06:32 PM Re: Scarlet/Ara Macao EIA
dabunk Offline
If they wanted to do this on Ambergris I think your story would be different maybe?


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