Thanks for the information. My wife and I are young (25 and 27 respectively) and I know we are not the norm for tourists on AC. We have visited South Beach Miami and were disgusted by how dirty and trashy it was. One of the major reasons we like Belize is that it is an escape from the Cancun's, Miami's, and Panama City's of the world. After looking on www.southbeachbelize.com
we sincerely hope South Beach Belize as it was originally planned doesn't happen. What makes no sense to me is the target age for South Beach Miami is people in their 20's (with the occasional 50 year old man creeping on the young girls). That certainly is not the age group that travels to Belize. Mainly because flights are outrageously expensive and it is not a fast paced party destination. I don't understand how anyone would ever think ANOTHER South Beach would be a success. If people want to go to South Beach, they will go to the original South Beach in Miami. My hope is that what gets put in down there is an upscale neighborhood with some restaurants. Ultimately I hope it provides a community feel to it but doesn't become so isolated that people don't feel a need to go to down town San Pedro. The small local business is a big part of what makes AC so special.
As far as the bugs or the "no-see-ums" are concerned the breeze was quite strong on the bay and actually we got bit more on our second story balcony at Athens Gate than we did while we looked at the Bay. We have come to accept that it is the tropics which is wet, hot, and humid which is essentially heaven for bugs. Thank God for bug spray!