I live 'across the flats' from Reef Village. Those of us who live here have watched the construction very curiously. I suggest you come down and see for yourself.
Our main concern is the dredging that has been done illegally. The lagoon is a precious special place that used to be full of wading birds. Since the dredging started the birds have left.
A notice was posted in Ambergris Today (weekly newspaper) that the Department of Environment plan could be viewed at the planning department.
The head of the DOE came out and said no such notice had been filed, no request for environmental impact had been filed and no permit for dredging has been requested. He shut down the dredging operation on Thursday.
There are not supposed to be any vehicles north of the cut larger than golf carts. ATV's have found that they could cross on the pull ferry and BTL has been taking large vehicles across.
There is a barge landing on the sea side of ‘Bob’s Flats’ where MASH brings in the building material. Starting with Chris Barenfanger, who built the Villas @ Del Rio (where I live) MASH has been putting dump trucks and Bob Cats on the barges with the building materials and delivering them to the construction sites.
This used to be done by wheel barrel. The first project was justified as the trucks never went on the road.
When Reef Village started using these vehicles they crossed the flats and went up the road. In no time the road was totally torn up and when the rains came it became a lake. Bicycles and golf carts started cutting through our property as a means of avoiding the road. Last week I went up and talked to the supervisor. Within a few days they started adding sand and gravel to the mud holes. It isn’t perfect but it is better.
The joke about the bridge is that it is a bridge to nowhere! Ask any government official and they will tell you ‘there is no road up north.’ Those of us who live there have to maintain it ourselves. We dread what we know is coming!