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#502600 - 03/24/15 06:02 AM Re: Puerto Azul Development [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Puerto Azul under Scrutiny Again

The Puerto Azul Development Project has remained very much below the radar since Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria gave an update to the media back in January.  The proposed billion dollar investment touted as the world’s first eight star resort is the brainchild of developer Domenico Giannini and will be launched in December.  That is according to an online article in which Giannini commented on the progress of the project.  Puerto Azul is being constructed on the Northern Caye and Sandbore Caye islands within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, approximately forty-three miles from Belize City.  The complex is described as neither a resort or a tourist village, but instead a timeshare stay.  According to Giannini, they have secured more than sixty clients from a projected total of three hundred customers.  In 2013, Puerto Azul was presented in grand fashion at the Cannes Film Festival in the presence of Ambassadors John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Andrea Bocelli, as well as ministers Manuel Heredia and Erwin Contreras.  While Puerto Azul is ultra high-end, with suites ranging from sixty thousand dollars to three point five million dollars, it is reported that the development is relying upon an Environmental Compliance Plan dating back to 1994.  That ECP, we understand, was for another project which had no finite deadline.  In an interview with News Five on January twentieth, Alegria said that the proposed tourism initiative was still at its nascent stage and that an Environmental Impact Assessment was yet to be submitted.

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#502606 - 03/24/15 06:57 AM Re: Puerto Azul Development [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
I've seen an old EIA for development on the islands and it doesn't refer to anything remotely like the Puerto Azul project.
Somebody please call Bill Gates and ask him to buy and protect this precious land ??

#502611 - 03/24/15 10:27 AM Re: Puerto Azul Development [Re: Diane Campbell]
bywarren Offline
Diane, I am surprised as long as you have been here that you would "get the cart before the horse".
First you have to buy the politicians.

#502612 - 03/24/15 12:52 PM Re: Puerto Azul Development [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
Already a pet project of UDP. So $ in the bank. BTW, this is not Stann Creek further south, but in your front yard.
Belize based travel specialist

#502632 - 03/25/15 06:12 AM Re: Puerto Azul Development [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Puerto Azul Advertises For Christmas; Project Still Lacks EIA

An online article states that quote, “Everything is ready for the first eight-star resort in the world” and that “The inauguration will take place during Christmas”. The article, posted on lamiafinanza.com, is referring to the Puerto Azul project and as far as we know, there has been no development with it. When we asked CEO in the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion and Private Sector Development, Mike Singh, about it, he told us that the investors have not submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment so there is no way that anything is ready for the project.


“Well I will confess to you I haven’t seen the article so I don’t know what it said. Where we left Puerto Azul was at the point where they were supposed to submit an EIA and it was going to the Evaluation Committee. I don’t know that they’ve submitted it much less to the evaluation committee. So any article that’s claiming that everything is ready to go is not taking into consideration the Government’s requirement for an EIA, for permitting, or for any of the other building permits that they will need to start. They haven’t gotten any of those. I don’t know what the article is so I can’t comment.”


“Is there any timeline from the previous meeting that they said they would submit an EIA?”


“Well the ball is in their court. I think what was given to them was a terms of reference as to what the EIA should contain. How far they’ve gotten with that – I don’t know; they’ve never given a time frame. They were given requirements; nothing new.”


“Would you look into how that information was received?”


“Well I think that company has been known to be a little dramatic, so, I wouldn’t be surprised that they may have prompted a little PR stunt. We have no way of controlling that because we do not control the international media and even to find the basis behind why it was put out is not in our jurisdiction so there’s not really a lot we can do. They know what their requirements are, they know what our requirements are but at the end of it all, it will be the NEAC which is the advisory council for the environment that will make a determination whether their submission meets their criteria or not and I think in this case it may go even beyond that where cabinet will have to give a clearance that they believe that the investment is in the form which they submitted will be acceptable in our development goals but I don’t know what that is yet because we haven’t seen the submission yet. I don’t think an eight star resort is something that exists in the world so it’s like telling me I am losing something that doesn’t exist, I don’t see anything calling me on that. I think we have got some bonifide investors coming in with investments in other areas that are very promising that are a lot less dramatic, so if you ask me if them not investing is a loss, I would hope that they continue to invest but I would hope that they would continue investing in something that would fall within the guidelines that we’ve told them we’re willing to accept.”

Minister of Godwin Hulse sent out a statement to the media via text in which he notes that quote, “it seems that the reference to Puerto Azul at the lighthouse atoll is in reference to the finalization of the purchase of the island in September whereby the new owners would rename the existing hotel as ‘Puerto Azul’”.


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