Almost all the Village restaurants have re-opened, including Cozy Corners, Omars, Jake's, Merlene's BJs, the Galley. Most of the hotels that were here pre-Iris have re-opened.
Diving and snorkeling trips are going out every day that they can. Monkey River trails are open again, Cockscomb was untouched, the weather is still good, fishing is great.
And the best thing about Placencia - its people -- are alive and well, and still some of the friendliest people you'll find anywhere.
Yep, there's still some rubble and debris around, but Placencians are the ultimate recyclers, so it took awhile to comb through it all. But, there's a truck coming from the national government to pick up remaining debris (sometime toward the middle of the month, we're told).
AND (this is the exciting part), we've just launched a new non-profit organization to raise funds to rebuild the Sidewalk, including some new features such as benches, gardens, new garbage cans and lighting. AND (there's more), for a $500 BZD ($250 USD) donation, you can get your name inscribed on the Sidewalk, plus a T-shirt or bumper sticker AND recognition on our new Website (which is almost ready for publication - domain name will be www.placenciasidewalk.com).
Big party at Kitty's this Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. to kickoff the campaign.
Website should be up in a couple of days, and will have donation information on it, plus some interesting stuff on the history of the sidewalk (as told to us by the Village elders, including Aunt Thelo, who came to Placencia in 1939, started the school here, acted as the local nurse and delvered most of the babies born between the 30s and the early 90s.)
See you there!
(P.S. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on making a donation if you can't wait until the new Website is ready!)