Obviously you have not been reading the posts on this and other boards.
Placencia, including my house, was totally inundated by Hurricane Iris but we have overcome this terrible ordeal and are getting on with our lives and businesses.
For sure the area does not look like it did before Iris but in a lot of ways it's even better and the whole village is working to make things even better. Even to the point of local people donating thousands of trees and shrubs to other local to make the village GREEN once again.
Anything and everything that was available in the village is available now. Restaurants, bars, diving, tours, cayes, snorkeling, large/small/medium resorts both high dollar and low.
And as far as getting there...if you are going to the butterfly farm your almost to Placencia anyway. Its only a 35 minute flight from BC in a small puddle jumper to Placencia.
As I have said before, you have not been to Belize until you have been to Placencia.
Negative comments about the condition of the village can only perpetuate your wrong information. PLACENCIA IS BACK AND GETTING EVEN BETTER!
If you would like to help the village instead of perpetuate incorrect info come and spend your money with the local guides, resorts, restaurants, bars, etc.
These guys have spent a lot of money, most borrowed at high interest rates, to bring the village back to what it is so that guest can continue to come to Placencia to enjoy themselves. I am sure that they would appreciate your business.