Bomba’s New Pier- a Port in the StormBelize City, Wednesday, October 17, 2007
- Secluded Bomba Village nestled in the rustic Belize Rural North is the home base for woodcarvers and traditional artisans. The picturesque village is strategically situated on the Northern River, only three miles from the Caribbean Sea. Bomba is a quick, 10-mile, 35 to 40 minute skiff ride from the tourist hot-spot San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
During the Hurricane Dean scare in the last week of August, 18 pleasure crafts from San Pedro docked at the Bomba piers for safe harbor. Unfortunately the river in rainy season rises four feet and the three piers were under water.
Directly after the Hurricane Dean threat blew past, Belize Rural North Standard Bearer Earl “Bob Rancho” Perez liaised with the village council to solve the pier problem. A new, sturdy pier was decided upon as the solution. Plans were drawn up, bids went out and a construction firm hired. And Belize Tourist Board footed the bill. By the time Hurricane Felix threatened to descend on Belize in early September the pilings were in place. Before Celebrations started the 150 foot long, 8 foot wide dock was completed. Tourists boarding launch to San Pedro
The dock is centrally located and easily assessable to the entire village. And of significant importance is the dock is not flooded in the wet season.
Bomba is the gateway from San Pedro based tourists to get to the nearby Altun Ha Mayan Ruins. Boatloads of tourists pass through Bomba on their way to the ruins.
The Bomba dock is a prime example of BTB (central government) and the local community working hand in hand for the benefit of Belizeans. http://belizetimes.biz/content/view/519/9/