SPTC, SPTGA and Belize Port Authority works to make San Pedro’s Beaches safer
San Pedro has seen various incidents in the past months where boating accidents have left individuals limbless or injured. Sadly, these accidents could have been avoided if the cause for them had not been speeding. In response, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), San Pedro Tourist Guide Association (SPTGA) and the Belize Port Authority are working hand in hand, to prevent these incidents from occurring again.
The entire coast line of Ambergris Caye is deemed a No Wake Zone, meaning that boaters by law are required to slow down to the point of “idle” speed while in that zone. This is, of course a law to maintain safety and prevent accidents.
In a meeting earlier this week, all entities gathered to discus a main area of concern, the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge and the Boca Del Rio swimming area, which we are now being informed is a “NO” swimming area.
San Pedro Town Mayor, Danny Nuñez informed, “The river I had mentioned before that we are asking all boat operators and tour guides to go at a slow, idle speed so that we can protect the bridge and for the safety of the kids swimming in that same area. The Port Authority will be putting signs up as well, two in the back area, two in the front, and two on the sea wall concerning the safety of swimming in that area. This area is very dangerous; however the kids as well as the general public have been using it as a popular swimming area, due of the white sand that has over-flown from the improperly placed geo-tubes. Our objective is to divert swimming from the river area to the front where it would be safer to swim.”
Billy Leslie, president of the San Pedro Tourist Guide Association added, “One of the most important factors of what’s coming out of this is that if we do not alert and notify the general public then that’s when problems happen. It is more of an education program where we place these signs out there so that the public themselves can be aware that swimming in this location is dangerous so we prevent having a problem and not having to deal with somebody being hit. So the signs are an important part of informing the public that certain areas should not be used for swimming; we are ensuring that guides and boat operators know that they have to travel slowly in this area. It’s education to prevent problems from happening. Then we don’t even need of policing.”
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