Quote from ad placed in October 17 2004 Amandala -- typos not corrected:
The Caye Caulker Village Council would like to clarify recent concerns brought by the Caye Caulker residents and the general public, subject the issue of dredging applications on or in the vicinity of Caye Caulker. The Caye Caulker Village Council does not grant dredging permits or licenses. Such permit/licenses are granted by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
To date various entities have approached the Caye Caulker Village Council for letters of support subject dredging in Caye Caulker. Whereas these letters of support are not a necessity for the approval of a permit/ license by the Ministry of Natural Resources such letters of support do assist in a smoother progress of such dredging applications. To date the Caye Caulker Village Council has received three such requests for letters of support. In view of the light that such licenses/permits may be obtained without a letter of support yet leave the local authority has agreed to assist these entities by granting such letters of support. This will allow for access to valuable materials that would have been unattainable if such letters of support were not granted.
The Caye Caulker Village Council would like to remind residents of Caye Caulker that the issue of dredging has been approached from viewing and exploring all possible avenues. The choice taken has indeed been difficult, but has gotten to a point where the local authority views that some resources to benefit the island must be obtained from such dredging activities.