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#512790 - 04/01/16 10:49 AM SPTC Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries
Marty Offline
The San Pedro Town Council, in an effort to improve the traffic conditions on the roads of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, is requesting the full support and cooperation of all businesses that conduct deliveries within “Town”.

On March 10, 2016, the announcement was made that all deliveries conducted with bigger and hazardous/flammable vehicles are being requested to NOT deliver after 7a.m. (these include all construction equipment, backhoe, tractors, mixers, standard pick-up trucks, dump/container trucks, butane trucks, skytrak, freezer trucks, bobcats and all other vehicles considered heavy equipment, inclusive those towing boats or vehicles).

The areas to be affected are from the Zericote Street (north boundary of the San Pedro High School property) to Coconut Drive (at the cut-off with Manta Ray Street, by BWS office going to the Poly Clinic). This includes Barrier Reef Drive, Pescador Drive, part of Laguna Drive, all the adjacent streets and the beach areas. The recommended time for delivery is from 2a.m. to 7a.m. every day of the week.

The only vehicles that will be allowed to deliver at 7a.m. are Carry-All Golf Carts and motorized tricycles with a permit that can be applied for a the Traffic Department for a small annual fee. Any items or personal periodic deliveries also require a one-time permit that must also be obtained at the Traffic Department.

“Currently these types of vehicles are interrupting the traffic flow and creating more parking issues especially during the more demanding hours of the day,” stated the press release from the San Pedro Town Council. “Particularly on school days, we have found that these bigger vehicles are a hazard for the children going to school. With development, there has been a high demand for modes of transportations, whether it is for personal or business use, and the Council strongly believes that as a community we need to work hand-in-hand to make the traffic situation better for all. The San Pedro Town Council welcomes any recommendations and suggestions and further thank you for your full cooperation. For further information, feel free to contact us.”

These changes are to come into effect on Monday, April 11, 2016.

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#512808 - 04/02/16 03:24 AM Re: SPTC Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
GOOD!
Now move the water taxis to the back - which will be followed by the taxis - and you have a big change.
Also, set a time limit on parking - maybe two hours. LaST WEEK A SIX SEATER was parked near the city hall all day.
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#513089 - 04/15/16 11:27 AM Re: SPTC Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

New Regulations on Downtown Deliveries Don’t Sit Well with Businesses

The abrupt actions of the San Pedro Town Council in implementing these new regulations has led to confusion and local businesses to organize a group to address the many issues that have come up from these new regulations. At a meeting held last night, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, a group that represents a broad spectrum of businesses (that include delivery/cargo service, supermarkets, grocery stores, produce shops, hardware stores) was formed in order write an official letter to and meet with Mayor Daniel Guerrero expressing the concerns of the larger business sector.

The main objection on the new regulations that most businesses won’t stand behind is the mandatory delivery hours between 2a.m. and 7a.m. hours. Cargo operators explained that their barges arrive between 5a.m. to 7a.m. if they cannot deliver until 2a.m. the following day, perishable cargo will spoil, stores will receive goods late and they will also have issues with hiring new staff to handle the new shifts. All of this, they say will translate to higher costs for the consumers as businesses adjust to higher costs of operations.

Other issues discussed at the meeting include the hiring of security and more staff to handle graveyard shifts, increase in police patrols already lacking and purchasing of smaller vehicles that will be allowed by the Town Council for delivers. The new regulations implemented this week are already causing conflicts between delivery services and the traffic department. The group intends to meet with the mayor to come to agreeable and reasonable terms to the new delivery regulations for the island.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today



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Below is a press release from the San Pedro Town Council on the “CLARIFICATION ABOUT THE REGULATIONS ESTABLISHED FOR DELIVERIES”

In an effort to solve the traffic issue that San Pedro, Ambergris Caye has been experiencing, the following guidelines are being implemented:

(i) Towards this objective, the San Pedro Town Council is strongly encouraging the business community in the downsizing of vehicles by using smaller vehicles; such as, Carry-All golf carts and motorized tricycles, to perform their daily delivery tasks in town.

(ii) The areas that are now to be affected are from Tarpon Street to the San Juan Roundabout. This includes Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive. The recommended time for delivery is from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. The only vehicles that will be allowed to deliver after 7:00 a.m. are Carry-All golf carts and motorized tricycles, as mentioned above.

(iii) Please take note that from Manta Ray Street (BWS office) to the San Pedro High School will be highly monitored for heavy vehicles between 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on school days only to ensure the safety of the students commuting from their homes to the schools. No heavy vehicles should be in the area between the mentioned hours.

(iv) Vehicles that are exempted from these newly implemented regulations, for obvious reasons, are the following: vehicles with perishable goods (small pickup trucks such as Ford Rangers), utility vehicles, emergency vehicles and Town Council vehicles.

With the alleviation of traffic congestion and continued teamwork with the business community, San Pedro will once again have safer and quieter streets. This is the first step of a large master plan.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council are currently having one-on-one consultations with the business community of San Pedro Town. Any suggestions that will help improve the alleviation of traffic congestion are more than welcomed.


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#513143 - 04/17/16 11:01 AM Re: SPTC Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline


Businesses organize to address Mayor’s new delivery regulations

Mayor Guerrero has been holding one-on-one consultations at his office with different business owners, listening to their suggestions. “With the alleviation of traffic conditions and continued teamwork with the business community, San Pedro Town will once again have safer and quieter streets,” claims Guerrero.

However, not everyone in the business community is happy with the new regulation, despite recent clarifications. On Wednesday, April 13th, over 30 business owners met at the Lions Den for an in-depth discussion. The different stakeholders ranged from barge to hardware stores to the main super market owners in town.

The short meeting saw participants complaining about the lack of public consultation by the local authorities prior to issuing such a regulation. The discussion also extend to barge schedules and changing staff working hours. A few of the participants also brought up the need to pay overtime to their employees, which will eventually reflect on the final cost of goods around town. “It does not balance, just the way the Mayor wants us to understand him, and he also needs to understand us. We need to sit down and come up with a better plan,” said one of the stakeholders.

Security as an added expense was also discussed. Businesses believe that there are added dangers to opening at wee hours of the morning to process cargo, not to mention the increased burden to our already taxed local police department.

The matter is so serious that the group has sought legal advice concerning the situation. According to one of the participants, his legal adviser mentioned that no local authority can block access to public streets. Such a regulation must come from the Ministry of Transportation prior to being gazette at the Ministry in Central Government. In view of this, everyone at the meeting agreed on taking the legal approach as well.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


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#513156 - 04/18/16 11:02 AM Re: SPTC Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
We're all in this together. Merchants need to remember that if we loose visitors due to the insane traffic, they won't need any deliveries at all.

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#513182 - 04/19/16 11:44 AM Re: SPTC Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

MAYOR MEETS WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND HOTELIERS


On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Mayor Daniel Guerrero met with various stakeholders and hoteliers from Ambergris Caye to discuss the newly implemented regulations in regards to deliveries in town.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero emphasized that the new delivery schedule is still in its trial stage and observations are still being made in order to better the strategy being implemented. Mayor Guerrero closed his remarks by asking the present audience for their support and to give the new strategy an opportunity to work.

Majority of those present are in favor of the the strategy and believe it was a necessary action into the right direction into having a more safer San Pedro for our children, visitors and residents.

The new regulations implemented for deliveries is still in its trial phase. Any suggestions on how to further improve this strategy are more than welcomed. Deliveries are still allowed in the town core area; however, a smaller vehicle must be used such as: Carry All golf carts or motorized tricycles. Heavy trucks may use any of the alternate routes to reach from the South to the North which are Angel Coral Street or Nurse Shark Street.

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#513208 - 04/20/16 05:10 PM Re: SPTC Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
I just got back from about 3 hours in town during what is generally peak traffic time.
Streets were 50% less congested than last week and there were parking places at most locations where I wanted to stop. I used to drive two or,three times around the block just waiting for a space to open up and that added to the traffic load too. HURRAY for this plan!!!!

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#513574 - 05/07/16 11:16 AM Re: SPTC Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline


SPTC says Bowen and Bowen not abiding by delivery regulations

In an effort to alleviate the traffic congestion on the island, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) launched an experimental project that would regulate delivery trucks’ hours of operation. The pilot project applied to all large- delivery vehicles within San Pedro downtown and the regulation mandated all deliveries be done between the hours of 2AM and 7AM. Despite some opposition, the project officially began on Monday, April 11th, and one of the sole supporters was the multi-national Bowen and Bowen distributor. However, a few days after, the company abruptly defied the regulation, and is back to its normal delivery schedule.

The SPTC is disappointed, since they did not expect the company to back down after agreeing to a commitment with the local authorities. According to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the majority of the suppliers and the businesses in town core fully support this initiative. According to him, they claim that it makes their job easier early in the morning and it does contribute to the alleviation of traffic. Bowen and Bowen’s insubordination was unexpected, and Mayor Guerrero says that the company owes a lot to the island.

But why has Bowen and Bowen not kept their word? The answer, says the SPTC, is the mischievousness of the barge companies who have been opposing the project before it even began. According to Guerrero, they are not abiding by the regulation and Bowen and Bowen has pointed out that the SPTC is not doing anything to stop them or enforce the rule. “This is the excuse Bowen and Bowen has to not abide by the regulation,” said Guerrero. He stated that enforcement will be stricter, but local authorities are trying to avoid any escalation with these businesses that are against the project. “I want to work together with everybody; there is no need to fight. It is just a matter of understanding each other and realizing that all of these new changes are for the betterment of everyone on the island.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


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#513749 - 05/15/16 10:51 AM Re: SPTC Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Bowen & Bowen responds

Subject: SAN PEDRO SUN’S SPTC DELIVERY REGULATIONS ARTICLE

Last week, the San Pedro Sun ran an article criticizing Bowen & Bowen for failing to abide by the rules of a pilot project, initiated by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), restricting downtown delivery trucks to the hours of 2am to 7am. Since the article did not include any comments from B&B representatives but just conjecture about our motivations, we would like to set the record straight about a few things.

As noted in the Sun article, B&B was one of few companies who supported this project, and we made the necessary changes to restructure our delivery routes to obey the new rules; changes which increased workload, took extra time, required additional people, and cost more money. We know that traffic congestion is an increasing problem in San Pedro. It is a problem that impacts our customers, both the stores that stock our products and the consumers who purchase them. So, although the rules created a new burden both for our drivers and the businesses we deliver to, we obliged.

While the Sun did report B&B was one of very few companies to actually obey those rules, what it got wrong is not reporting that many trucks continued making deliveries during the restricted hours (we also noted a truck from another water company making deliveries in the embargo zone). These trucks are not always as clearly marked as our B&B fleet, but we have documented this ourselves.

We do not expect special treatment, but we expect fair treatment. If the new rules are to be effective they must be applied evenly, to all companies. Running an article suggesting B&B is the sole company disobeying these rules is irresponsible and unfair. We expect better from the Sun, and its readers ought to as well.

The article characterizes B&B as thinking we are above the law, and more important than the people of Belize. This is also untrue, and it’s offensive. We are the people of Belize, the revenue we generate goes back into Belize, in the form of wages, taxes, infrastructure and the many events and causes we sponsor and support. We are committed to any initiative that improves the lives of people here, because those people are our employees, our business partners, our friends, and our families.

We have reached out to the Mayor’s office and the SPTC, and we look forward to working with them to address this issue in a holistic way that is effective and treats ALL parties fairly. And we hope that moving forward, the Sun will cover this story fairly from all parties’ points of view.

Sincerely,

Michael H. M. Bowen
President / CEO

Editors Note:

The San Pedro Sun would like to point out that the issue of Bowen and Bowen not complying with the proposed delivery system was brought our attention by San Pedro Town Mayor Daniel Guerrero, who was frustrated with the apparent lack of cooperation.

In our article, the Mayor was given the opportunity to express his concerns and opinions regarding the matter. The San Pedro Sun placed SEVERAL calls to both the local Bowen and Bowen distributor here on the island, as well to their home office on the mainland. Ultimately, we were told that the only person in the company authorized for comment was Hilberto Martinez, who was out of the country at the time.

Considering Bowen and Bowen’s response to our article, one would think they would have made
it a priority to find someone, perhaps the author of this letter to the editor, to make comment when given the opportunity.

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