There is a fishing village in Brazil that has addressed this issue successfully in the past. Buzios, in the state of Rio de Janiero, requires any improvement and/or structure to fit within the general concept of the 400 year old town. Parts of the central tourist district were being improved during our last visit and even the NEW streets were built with cobblestone pavers and an appropriate substrate. The town has decided collectively to employ a method that has proven to be effective for the climatic conditions and has had the courage to adhere to the decision. It is clear thinking that will preserve the ambience of that small enclave for years to come. Hopefully, San Pedro can achieve a similar result with dignity and cooperation that reflects the charm of a small fishing village on a small spit of land in the Carribean. JMHO
I agree with Silroman. I personally like the currently used cobblestones.Doesn't take away from the quaint aspect for this town.Aren't we tourist/visitors already helping pay for that kind of improvement?
If Belize and Ambergris Caye in particular are going to develope and promote tourism as an industry, is it not their responsibility to invest and provide the infrastructure to attract and support that industry?
An anlalogy would be me going into the business of selling gitzits and expecting my customers to pay for a building and supply my inventory so I could sell the gitzits to them.
Sure, if the industry is successful, then it should return a profit thru tax on the industry that would repay and sustain the investment.
Aiding someone after a natural disaster is far different than giving them money to provide necessary services that they will be charging you for.