A few quick notes.
SweetJane I enjoyed meeting you and your family and hope to see you all again in the near future.
You and I discussed South Beach. You made your comments and I made rebuttals. You are very passionate about your wish that San Pedro stay the same - I am pragmatic and realize that change (good and bad) will occur on the island. I know that in order for a community to survive development and growth must occur in order to provide jobs - homes, security, etc. for our future generations. That is not the same as saying I am "for" South Beach. I am a Libran - I tend to be a mediator and try my best to see issues from all sides, not only the side that I would benefit from most. I can see the benefits and detrimental effects that the South Beach project could cause to our community and our environment.
Regardless of whether the Hol Chan Marine Reserve boundaries and were designated after the land was in private hands has no bearing on the fact that the laws protecting the reserve are enforceable. There is a lot of privately owned land located within reserves in Belize. Although the lands are privately owned the laws governing the reserves do pertain to these lands too.
Even privately owned land has development restrictions. In the US they tend to refer to these restrictions as zoning restrictions. In some areas your privately owned property is restricted to the point that you are told what you can and cannot build, what materials can be used, what the facade must look like etc.
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve boundaries were recently expanded to now include Cayo Cangrejo (south of the Boca Chica River cut.)
Ambergris Caye Development Company Limited is/was a private company (not a government entity.)
Costa Del Sol (if memory serves me well) is an area encompassing approximately 2,000 acres, possibly a little more. Costa Del Sol is working on a master plan but I don't believe it has been submitted yet. This entity recently made a $500K donation to the town council for road improvements in the community. Granted donations do not give a company the right to ignore zoning restrictions but giving to the community that is hosting your developments tends to be a wise and admirable stance.