We have had for 15 years restaurants, residents and Resorts that enjoyed good business via the romance and adventure of boat transportation to these island destinations. Boats driven by a work force displaced by the advent of tourism and consequent crash of commercial fishing, but luckily found employment with their only vocation in this new market. Their vocations are threatened again by this move.
The real San Pedranos whose own major just gave them the shaft!
Taxi drivers come to San Pedro from places like Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Chetumal to find work, and they don't vote! Its the local boys that are going to suffer and they do vote!
That will be felt by The Right Honorable Paz.
Couldn't agree more. It's one of main reasons tourists and owner's alike (business or individual) have chosen the area north of the split. Taxi's/ATV's/speeding/unmuffled vehicles have made downtown San Pedro a dangerous, loud and dusty mess. When you talk to folks that started coming to Belize 20 or even 10 years ago, part of the reason they continued to return was the fact you got around on foot, bike or golf cart. If it turns into a place just like every other place someone can visit, the romance and allure are gone. There is nothing at all alluring about riding in a taxi anywhere on Ambergris.
"Progress" is often thrown around as an excuse for not taking the time to do things the right way, also known as short-term greed over long-term sustainability and stability.