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#317019 - 01/05/09 02:42 PM Nice....
collyk Offline
I was watching the Morning show this morning with Senator Aiden Salazar. I was not so much stunned as saddened to hear that a resort manager asked him and his family (in front of other guests) to leave the pool as they don't 'allow locals in the pool'. He said he reckons that it was a decision made on the colour of his skin.


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#317020 - 01/05/09 02:46 PM Re: Nice.... [Re: collyk]
Inplub Offline
Do you know which Resort?

#317021 - 01/05/09 02:47 PM Re: Nice.... [Re: Inplub]
SP Daily Offline
No but it was a condo development with a pool and bar.

#317029 - 01/05/09 03:05 PM Re: Nice.... [Re: SP Daily]
collyk Offline
Senator Salazar had the grace not to mention the business, although I'm sure we'll all find out. Unfortunately this is not the first time I have come across this. We've come across this in pools, with one of our neighbours in a condo complex here asking for extra chlorine to be used because 'locals' had been in the pool. We were once asked not to fish on someone's dock 'because it would encourage the locals'.

It amazes me how many expats forget that we are guests in this beautiful country. Some are just downright racist.
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#317032 - 01/05/09 03:08 PM Re: Nice.... [Re: SP Daily]
AdvantageRealty Offline
Each rule should have a set of exceptions for special circumstances. But on the other hand, I usually check the pool rules first, especially if not my pool, prior to jumping in. My family has been asked to leave a pool once or twice and my people are pasty white. I thouhgt it was beacuase we needed a tan!

The rule for "guests only" or "owner's only" is for good reason. Pools can be difficult to keep clean and here in Belize, as with everything, expensive. Opening up your pool to non paying guests or owners is a nice guesture as long as the owner(s) are willing to pay for this public service. It is hard to let some swim and not allow others. The age old, "make a rule, die by the rule" scenario. Many times folks just jump in without showering off their body oils and with street clothes.

I always chuckle when I hear people saying, "yeah, go buy a beer and then you can swim and sun all day at so and so." What happened to the guy that paid $200 a night and is buying all his meals there? He shuold wait for a pool chair and swim in a crowded pool?

The tennis club only charges $5 for a day pass. The beach is free.

You have to realize too that this island was split up and owned by the original San Pedrano families not too long ago. Selling your land for cash gives the new owners certain rights to privacy. Dad can't sell the farm and then let his kids go and pick the corn on it.

Although it would be very nice and neighborly to allow everyone on your land and in your pool, the law doesn't require such as it does with the docks and beach. Thank God for that or us poor folk wouldn't be allowed on 95% of the beaches and docks here on La Isla!
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#317033 - 01/05/09 03:17 PM Re: Nice.... [Re: AdvantageRealty]
SP Daily Offline
Eiden did ask and was told that they were welcome..then later a condo owner asked them to get out as the rules were "owners and guests only". Then as they were getting out she added a comment about "if we let the locals in you know what would happen" or something to that effect, turning it into a racist attitude.

#317037 - 01/05/09 03:31 PM Re: Nice.... [Re: SP Daily]
AdvantageRealty Offline
That certainly was not called for. Eiden's little boy is exceptionally behaved.

I hope they have escorts to the airstrip! Do they realize locals fly the planes and pilot the boats?
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#317045 - 01/05/09 04:19 PM Re: Nice.... [Re: SP Daily]
Peter Jones Offline
Originally Posted By: jesse
Eiden did ask and was told that they were welcome..then later a condo owner asked them to get out as the rules were "owners and guests only". Then as they were getting out she added a comment about "if we let the locals in you know what would happen" or something to that effect, turning it into a racist attitude.

Another interpretation is that it wasn't racist, but that they were concerned with potential numbers if they opened it to all.

#317050 - 01/05/09 04:35 PM Re: Nice.... [Re: Peter Jones]
Marty Offline
sick. pure and simple.

#317053 - 01/05/09 04:44 PM Re: Nice.... [Re: Peter Jones]
ScubaLdy Offline
I witnessed the entire event. This took place here at my condo complex (mine is named Vista Mar Bonita) and Coco Loco Bar. I believe Eiden and his wife spent some time at the bar and his four children played “around” the pool. When the adults came over to the edge of the pool the boys entered the water. A couple had on swim trunks but the others had on street clothes.

Yes, they were all polite and not too noisy. The owner who lives on the lower level below me came out of her unit and was extremely polite (she is the principle of a school in California and knows how to be diplomatic). I’m not sure if she pointed out the sign that says pool for “condo guest only” and “must have swim wear.” She did say the pool was for use by the people renting the units. She failed to say “or bar patrons.” She did say if we let everyone come swim there would be no room for us. I did not hear the word ‘locals’ but I wasn’t listening for it.

There is a problem here; the bar was built as a swim up bar and is advertised as such. The bar and pool are owned by the home owners and we pay for all the maintenance. The builder gave a person a seven year lease with an option to renew for seven years before the project was turned over to the home owners. The original lesser advertised “bring the family and come swim!” Can you imagine? The pool was packed for days until a stop was put to it and we put up a sign. Other than the Fitness center there is no other ‘public’ pool.

It took us lots of money and time learning to maintain a chemically balance pool. I think these condo/bar pools can almost be described as an attractive nuisance. I’m very sorry that Eiden was offended. I think if he had explained that they were bar patrons it may have ended differently.
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