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#106545 - 07/28/05 09:53 AM Tourism Zone?  
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As I continue to press the idea of needing a reason to be on Ambergris Caye, I am continually reminded the Belize is under the watchfull eye of the US and UN in regards to Civil Rights violations.

Some say it is "unconstitutional" to restrict free movement within one's country of nationality.

Well, if true, what about the Commercial Free Zone on the northern border with Mexico? Citizen's of Belize and Resident's, for that matter, are not permitted in the "zone".

If a free zone for commercial retail purposes can restrict access, why not a commercial tourism zone?

Some may not agree but without strong measures set in place, nothing will be left to argue about as our hotels loss occupancy and crime increases.


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#106546 - 07/28/05 10:13 AM Re: Tourism Zone?  
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Goodness me! You've made an excellent point, it's true, the Corozal Free Zone is actually in Belize territory and yet Belizeans are not allowed in unless they work there. Belizeans are not allowed to shop there, even if they want to pay the duty.

So there IS a precedent in Belize for restricting free movement of Belizean citizens when it suits the government's interests. All we have to do now is convince our government that it's in THEIR interests to restrict the movement of crimminals to Ambergris Caye.

#106547 - 07/28/05 12:13 PM Re: Tourism Zone?  
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....or send them a big fat gratuity for allowing the Tourism Zone Act of 2005.

Definitely hard to police the entrance off all persons, but it would allow the removal of those found "on island" without authorization.

Good idea?


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#106548 - 07/28/05 12:27 PM Re: Tourism Zone?  
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Chris, Chris,

I am worried that this actually makes some sense to a libertarian like me. I believe all people should be able to walk this planet unencumbered by government. However, since my 'utopian' beliefs are apparently not in the near future at least this way the restrictions will for the benefit of the people and not the government.

We must be watchful that the officials that limit access do not overstep OUR bounds. to book your fishing trips.
#106549 - 07/28/05 01:50 PM Re: Tourism Zone?  
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First step: You get a permit to be here.
Next: You pay for a permit to be here.
Then: You pay a heavy annual fee to live here.
Finally: You discover that someone has "disappeared" all the money collected and theres no more policing, trash pickup, etc.

#106550 - 07/28/05 02:09 PM Re: Tourism Zone?  
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Good point Jesse. Also a libertarian, I see major opportunities for abuse.

I will have a Belikin -- put it on klcman's tab.
#106551 - 07/28/05 02:15 PM Re: Tourism Zone?  
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All tourists are required to register at their hotel with the BTB. Shouldn't landlords also be required to register all tenants and shouldn't all tenants be required to show a social security card or passport to be allowed to rent on the island?

#106552 - 07/28/05 02:51 PM Re: Tourism Zone?  
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That's a good point SimonB smile

#106553 - 07/28/05 05:05 PM Re: Tourism Zone?  
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Tourists have to register? What's the BTB? Should we also be checking in with our own embassy (if there is one)?

#106554 - 07/28/05 05:49 PM Re: Tourism Zone?  
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Of course you "register" Little - you register with the BZE gov't when you enter, by filling uot the lilttle arrival records prior to passing through Immigration (your home gov't already knows you left, via flight manifests filed) and then you register with the hotel when you arrive.

BTB = Belize Tourism Board

Why the hell would you want to check in with your Embassy? For what purpose?

Several years ago, I witnessed the head of an Embassy (country best left un-named and no it wasn't the USA) come to AC in "search" of a tourist who had supposedly disappeared. This high-level official and her 3 minions did nothing for 5 days but work on their tan & drink lots of Belikin & One Barrel, only to leave 5 days later stating the mission aborted - no missing tourist to be found :rolleyes:

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