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San Pedro Embarcadero Torn Down #445140
08/25/12 07:27 AM
08/25/12 07:27 AM
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as Work Commences on Sunset Boardwalk

The Embarcadero has always been a place for fishermen to meet, clean their fish, and sell their catch. Additionally it has been used by sailing boats from Corozal to bring in their produce and for residents to harbor their vessels. Twenty five years ago, the area was quite practicable for a small fishing village. However, for a tourist destination, the area, though quite picturesque, has become an eyesore. It is just a matter of time, perhaps a year or two, for the embarcadero to be transformed into a modern harbor for fishermen, tourist guides, water taxis, craftsmen, and even customs and immigration. If all goes as planned it will be Belize’s most beautiful harbor and boardwalk, the first of its kind.

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Re: San Pedro Embarcadero Torn Down [Re: Marty] #445198
08/26/12 07:00 AM
08/26/12 07:00 AM
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Two Old Town San Pedro landmarks torn down as Sunset Boardwalk constuction begins

Two landmarks of old town San Pedro, the Saca Chispas Football Field and the ‘El Embarcadero’ area, have been torn down to make way for the construction on the new San Pedro Sunset Boardwalk. The dismantling of the areas, seen as the last remaining symbols of San Pedro as a fishing village, started the week following the annual Costa Maya Festival, making way for the multi-million dollar development project that will transform the location into a modern spectacle for tourism.

The project will be a state of the art enhancement geared towards improving tourism on the western side of the island. While ground was broken on June 21st, the San Pedro Sunset Boardwalk Project has come under fire by local fishermen, tour operators and residents in the area since November of 2009, when planning and consultation started. Some residents opposed the project on the basis that the ‘El Embarcadero’ area is the only place on the island that paints a true picture of how the island used to be when it was a fishing village.

Others in the community, including the elected leaders have maintained that the transformation is essential for the island to be more competitive in the tourism industry and will transform the area into a modern harbor for fishermen, water taxis, craftsmen, tour operators and customs and immigration. The project estimated to cost $5.69 million is expected to be completed in a span of 16 months and scheduled to open in October 2013. The project is one of four projects under the Sustainable Tourism Project financed by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Re: San Pedro Embarcadero Torn Down [Re: Marty] #453678
12/17/12 08:23 AM
12/17/12 08:23 AM
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Update on Embarcadero project

Rose and I decided to see what progress has been made on the building of the Water Taxi Terminal and the Sunset Boardwalk which is a major development on what a short while ago was the site of the Saca Chispas Football Field and the ‘El Embarcadero’ area.

It is not an area that we have much call to go to. True it can be used as a route to our build and there are some shops there. It is also worth visiting to buy fruit, vegetables and fish but we tend to go to the north side of the island via Barrier Reef Drive because, more often than not, we have something to do or get in that part of San Pedro Town.

We were surprised to see how much had been done since we last went there. The road between Caribeña Street and Buccaneer Street is being laid.

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