I did not intend for this to turn into a stand-off between Belizeans and non-Belizeans. I am, after all, a non-Beliziean, so they can't all be bad, right? LOL
I was serious when I said that on CC in particular, and in my OPINION, non-BZE's should look elsewhere for land because there is not enough land to allow native BZE's to own a bit. Now I will probably really tick you off, because it is also my OPINION that those folks born on CC should have 1st priority for the land. It's the way I feel and believe, primarily because I am from a people whose land was taken by the US gov't, and then bought by non-Indians who had resources that native people did not have.
Yes, I do know that CC'rs and BZE's and the BZE gov't have cut the mangroves. As for trimming, I'm sure that is better than cutting them out. I was mainly refering to the total removal so as to have oceanfront property, not an attempt to get an ocean breeze. But getting back to cutting them: does it really matter who cut them in the past? They are GONE!! Does it really matter who will cut them in the future? They will still be GONE!!
And while this may certainly offend some of you (and I sincerely regret that), it must be said because I see it as the truth: too often, "outsiders" recognize the worth of something more than those who live with it, or in this case, on it. This is true in my homeland. More non-Indian landowners take better care of, and do less damage to, their land than do the Indians who own/lease the land. I saw several examples of this on CC as well. Tourists were often more reliable about not littering than some of the folks who live there. Trash littered many yards and some businesses.
So what is the solution? I have no definite answer, but a start might be 1) for non-Belizeans to recognize the situation and buy someplace other than CC, or, 2) buy up property/businesses already owned by ex-pats, or 3) if a non-BZE'r must buy land on CC, then be as non-invasive, with as little impact on the natural world as possible, or 4) the non-BZE'r could set-up a model that can be used by other land/homeowners- solar power, wind-power, composting, etc., thereby increasing the use and knowledge of a sustainable lifestyle, and 5) get the "officials" who are showing themselves to have no long-term vision for Belize and Belizeans OUT of OFFICE. We ex-pats, tourists, outsiders, or whatever, cannot do the latter. Only the citizens can do this. Will you?