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#425170 - 12/13/11 11:00 PM Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High Season
elbert Offline
Its going to be up to the Hotels and Resorts to stop. really no way other than warnings by the resorts.
The responsibility is on the resorts and hotels not cautioning guests.
Tourist are inherently naive/stupid about going swimming off the docks.
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#425172 - 12/13/11 11:54 PM Re: Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High season [Re: elbert]
SimonB Offline
Itís ridiculous the amount of people I have seen doing this near our dock (not off our dock) over the last few weeks. Even more ridiculous are the jet skis running right off the ends of the docks even to the point of running through Ramon's snorkeling area on a regular basis. Whoever is responsible for the rentals should be held responsible for anyone getting hurt. Many boat captains are being total idiots as well around the Ramon's dock.

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#425175 - 12/14/11 12:11 AM Re: Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High season [Re: SimonB]
SP Daily Offline
Where is our Coast Guard? Isn't that their area of responsibility?

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#425180 - 12/14/11 12:34 AM Re: Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High season [Re: elbert]
elbert Offline
Jesse, You been here too long to have that be a serious comment, no Belize entity is going to do anything about this, there will be no laws made or enforced that will have any effect. The only thing that will be effective is stern serious warnings from those with hotels and resorts.
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#425186 - 12/14/11 01:22 AM Re: Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High season [Re: elbert]
SP Daily Offline
i was thinking more of the behaviour of the boats and jet skis

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#425189 - 12/14/11 03:50 AM Re: Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High season [Re: elbert]
Amanda Syme Offline
Coast guard is out there but just like the cops and traffic officers- they can't be everywhere all of the time.

We will need to make reports like we do against taxis. Time, date and boat number. Enough complaints and tour guides can be sanctioned and probably boat captains too.

Regarding jet skis, I guess we need to look long and hard at allowing tourists to rent these machines if they can't be responsible. Or set up a boring course for them to be contained. I HATE how they destroy the peace and come into the swim zones by the piers. And yet you can have a great time offshore with jet skis and easily go to Caye Caulker or west or north of town to explore.

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#425193 - 12/14/11 05:18 AM Re: Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High season [Re: elbert]
Cooper Offline
Seems if every dock had a posted warning regarding swimming in the area, like every restaurant has the no smoking sign, it would at least be informative. Simple thing to do..
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#425208 - 12/14/11 02:00 PM Re: Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High season [Re: elbert]
Amanda Syme Offline
SACNW made a basic flyer, on for guests and one for tour operators to help make visitors aware of the dangers. The flyer is posted on this board. I will try and find the link and repost it here.

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#425215 - 12/14/11 02:12 PM Re: Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High season [Re: elbert]
Diane Campbell Offline
BTB was making a ton of posters for docks - wonder where they are?
I'll call Kevin G today and ask what happened to this initiative.

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#425217 - 12/14/11 02:14 PM Re: Snorkelers still in Traffic Lanes and High season [Re: elbert]
Diane Campbell Offline
PS - during the national regatta of little kids in boats, the same water taxi that ran over the tourists ran right directly between the race course and a dock ---- IMHO these guys don't give a damn - that race was EASY to see, and the operators had been notified in advance to stay clear of the area. It makes my blood boil.

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