WOW!....I go to lunch and look what happens....LOL
Hello BelizeMama!!!....how's P'cola?
Hmmmm....where to begin?
Things I have learned since living here...LOL
1) Never believe anything you hear until you get it straight from the horse's mouth.
2) No matter how much you want this to be the sleepy little village....progress has arrived.
3) With progress....comes problems. That isn't limited to Ambergris Caye though.
4) We as humans are never satisfied....LOL
It's our nature.
If it doesn't rain....we want rain....when it does rain....we gripe about it...and the mosquitoes it brings...LOL
If it's sunny....we complain it's too hot....if it's overcast....we gripe because it's dreary and depressing.
I have even griped because it was too windy and actually blew the top half of my pan grilled fish sandwich off while lunching at Cannibals...LOL Imagine that....I'm eating lunch....no clocks to punch....gazing at the most beautiful turquoise waters on Earth, and I'm complaining about the wind that God so graciously gave me to cool off with!!!!
How ungrateful could I be?....LOL
Point is....no matter what happens...we are never satisfied....and we never like change.
As more property is sold, more houses built and more tourist come.....an increase in traffic is inevitable. There is no getting around it.
I mean you have to get supplies to the site where you are building right?....and if you step off the plane and find out you have to walk with all your luggage all the way to Banyan Bay....I dare say you will be happy about it...LOL
The golf cart issue for taxi's has been brought up but there are some problems with that also.
I never knew anything about golf carts till I came here...except for the fact I loved to drive them around on a golf course. Well trust me....the roads here are not as kind to a golf cart as the course is.
I got a price on a golf cart from Polo's when I first came here. $6500 bz for a totally RECONDITIONED one with all new batteries. After I put my eyes back in my head and picked my teeth off the sand....I said, "Why would I pay you $6500 bz for a golf cart when I can buy a car for less than that...and have a trunk, backseat, and protection from the rain....not to mention air-conditioning?" He just shrugged his shoulders.
The maintenance on golf carts is not cheap either. To date I have spent:
$180 bz on 3 USED batteries (new $200 each...and there are 6 per cart)
$150 bz on brake work about 3 months ago
$253 bz on a total brake job 2 weeks ago (the last mud fest seized them)
$895 bz for a brand new charger!
The carts don't last long here because of the road conditions and the salt air. I pray for mine every morning...LOL
The other problem is that in order to use golf carts for taxi's....you would have to buy the long multi-seat ones with room at the back for luggage...those are very expensive. You would also have to install charging stations all over the island to re-charge. I'm not saying it can't be done...I just don't see it happening anytime soon. It would have been better to start those changes 5 yrs. ago before things got so busy.
There is a lot to be said for pre-planning!!
This is one of the issues that is being discussed by several parties about the new developing of the north end of the island.
My suggestion is to discuss and problem solve NOW before things really get going.
I will keep you posted on new developements.
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