San Pedro Business Association Weekly Update September 23, 2008

September General Meeting:

The September General Meeting of the SPBA is scheduled for Thursday September 25th 2008 at 1:00 pm at El Divino Restaurant (Banana Beach Resort). We realize that not every member can attend, but from the response received it seemed that the majority could, therefore we will proceed with this date. Minister of Tourism Heredia is scheduled to attend this meeting to discuss various issues.

For those members that will not be able to attend, information regarding this meeting will appear in next week's update.

Membership Drive:

The SPBA is currently holding a membership drive. All members are encouraged to try to recruit 5 more business owner/operators into the Association. The more members, the stronger the voice the SPBA has.

Non-members will be able to join the SPBA prior to the September General Meeting. If you intend to join prior to the meeting, please arrive by 12:30 pm to El Divino so that you can be admitted. Keep in mind that members of the SPBA must be business concerns operating on Ambergris Caye that pay Business Taxes.

Membership fees of the San Pedro Business Association are:

Basic Membership: $500 Bz per year.
(Membership + Basic Listing on

Advanced Membership: $800 Bz per year. (Membership + Advanced Profile listing on, including Photo and Links)

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at: 226.4474 or email:

South Beach Belize Development EIA and Public Consultation:

The Public Consultation for the South Beach Belize Development will be held on October 10th, 2008 at 6:30 pm on the 2nd level of the Alliance Bank Building in San Pedro Town. The general public is invited to attend.

Copies of this EIA are available for perusal at the San Pedro Town Council office, the San Pedro Library, The Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office, the Reef Village office, the Belize Fisheries Department in Belize City, the DOE office in Belmopan and on the web at the following location:

It is important that members attend.

BDF Housing and Feeding Issues:

The SPBA is still working hard on the issue of housing and feeding BDF members that are patrolling on the island.

This week starting Wednesday (September 24th) or Thursday (September 25th) we will need housing for 10 people. We need a place with a kitchen so that they can cook for themselves. Anyone that has rooms available needs to contact Rebecca at 610-1697. If we are unable to find accommodation for them they will have to be sent back to the mainland.

The Minister of Tourism has taken our request for funds to purchase the houses for barracks to the Minister of National Security and we are waiting for his response.

Meanwhile we continue to ask the community for support through cash donations or items from the list posted at the following link:

Other Business:

If members have any other questions, concerns or issues they would like addressed at this meeting, please contact Rebecca and let her know. Call 226.4474 or email: