Living on Caye Caulker over the years and seeing how transportation in the form of golf cart being a popular mode of transport, I have seen the increase of golf carts and taxis on the island. Now, we find that being on the beach when relaxing is not such a safe past-time any longer due to the fact that my child almost got knocked-down by a taxi picking up passengers from the San Pedro Belize Express dock. I have seen countless times that those same taxis are driving under heavy speed along the beach and the way I see it, it’s a tragedy waiting to happen.
I am not bringing this up to spite anyone but as a concerned community member and Hicaqueña, it is my duty to report things that can cause ill or harm to people. Another thing, the beach is already in a state of erosion and with those taxis driving back and forth on a daily basis is only worsening the conditions of the beach, in my opinion. I can remember being a child growing up on Caye Caulker and living on Front Street, the streets were very sandy and due to the situation with traffic on the island, everyone can see that this is not the case any longer; our sandy streets are now bare. Anyone living on Caye Caulker over the past 25 years can confirm this is so.
I fully understand the concept that yes, Caye Caulker is a growing tourism community but please, we need to have certain limits set in place. If the Traffic Department (Javier or Beatrice) can look into assisting the community with the taxi situation on the beach, this would need to be dealt with effective immediately before someone gets knocked- down. Please realize that we do not have a fully operable hospital on the island.
I thank you Dear Editor, Lizette to provide me this space to voice my opinion and I wish our Traffic Team can look into this taxi issue that is being addressed before a mishap happens.
Concerned Hicaqueña Caye Caulker Chronicles