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Re: Crawl Caye to become major cruise terminal? [Re: Marty] #462599
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Hon Hulse Makes GOB Position Clear On Crawl Caye

Last night during the news, Minister Godwin Hulse, who’s chairing a cabinet Subcommittee on investment called us to outline the position with Norwegian Cruise Line and the discussion of a cruise port on Crawl Caye near Placencia. He re-iterated that to us in person today.







Hon. Godwin Hulse - Chair of Cabinet Subcommittee on Investment
"All the departments responsible for of government fisheries, environment, tourism met to lay to the potential investor what our parameters are and see if those are acceptable to them and we go from there so at this stage there is nothing to be jumping up and down. The potential investor is going to go back to see if he can meet and come back to us with a proposal and we go from there. That proposal then will be subject of an EIA and all the rest of parameters that are required before the investment can be made and we move forward. All investments must first of all be economically and sociably acceptable and must be legally doable. Two, it must bring some revenue to the Government. Tthree, it must be some foreign exchange into the country. Four, it must bring some absolutely meaningful jobs and I don't mean the little low level jobs. Five, it must be environmentally sustainable or improve the environment and if those criteria are met we are going to go."

As for an MOU which has been drafted, Hulse told us that is a quote, “non-starter” because they “are not at that stage at all.”

Channel 7


Norwegian Cruise Line and G.O.B. sign MOU for Crawl Caye development

Melanie McField

On Monday, a delegation of executives, representing Norwegian Cruise Line, met with government officials at the Belize Tourism Board office in Belize City to discuss the prospect of a mega infrastructure development project on Crawl Caye, off the coast of southern Belize.  The impressive undertaking, once approved, should see the total transformation of the small mangrove island into a first-rate tourist destination complete with docking facilities.  While negotiations are said to be in the nascent stage, concerns are being raised within the environmental community about the potential impact of such large-scale development, as well as the indemnities NCL will be receiving from government.  A draft Memorandum of Understanding between the company and the government reveals that the cruise line would be exempted from stamp taxes, customs duties and other tariff waivers over a thirty-year period.  Additionally, two fifteen-year extensions can be exercised at the individual discretion of NCL.  The company is also seeking a thirty-year concession as a port of call with multiple locations in the Stann Creek District with two supplementary allowances of fifteen years.  Dr. Melanie McField spoke with News Five today about the possible harmful effects of the construction on the marine environment.

Dr. Melanie McField, Environmentalist

“The first thing would be to look at the island itself and it’s primarily wet mangrove so anytime you want to do a large-scale development in mangroves that typically involves dredging and filling.  Now I’ve understood that they say their going to build some walkways because they’ve said they want to minimize that but there is still a lot of infrastructure to be able to service bathrooms and changing rooms and just facilities, gift shops.  I’m sure this would be, you know, there’s a lot of land surface you need to service thousands of people at once.  These are large boats, so they would be dredging and filling and creating land and I’m told that they’ve said they need seventy acres of dry land and that is not there right now.  So the actual dredging of the seabed is obviously, you know, an environmental impact that you can’t mitigate because you’re removing what’s there, it’s often sea grass.  There’s a lot of coral reef around this area, shoals.  There’s banks with shallow shoals that will have to be entirely removed for the ship to be able to get through there and on those shoals there’s sea grass bed sponges, coral reef.  Ringing the island is apparently a very healthy coral reef.”

In addition to what already seems to be requests for very generous consideration by the Government of Belize, the Memorandum of understanding also states that G.O.B. would be obligated to construct all necessary roads and basic infrastructure for cruise tours, support all required licenses, permits and permissions and allow all cruise lines using the authorized cruise port of entry in Southern Belize to keep casinos and shops open while in port. This is a story that we will keep following.

Channel 5


Re: Crawl Caye to become major cruise terminal? [Re: Marty] #462745
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CRAWL CAYE – NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE

by Captain John J Watson OBE
Dear Editor, Amandala

I noted the reported recent arrangements between GOB and the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) regarding the future development of Crawl Caye. Given NCL is majority owned by Apollo Global Management LLC, I wondered if the latter had conducted an in-depth risk assessment of the location before entering into discussions with GOB officials?

During and after Hurricane Keith in 2000, the Mauger Caye and adjacent Crawl Cay suffered substantial weather damage. Mauger Caye was near flattened, with the majority of the sand area of the north side being transported to the south by the severe elements leaving the roots of the palms completely exposed. The light keepers only survived because they were able to take shelter in a concrete bunker near the lighthouse accommodation, which itself completely disappeared as a result of Keith’s fury. Crawl Caye fared little better, and it has taken 13 years for both to recover.

Unlike other sites inside the Barrier Reef, Crawl Caye is wide open to the weather conditions to the north and east. Outside the immediate boundaries of the Caye, deep water lies to the north, east and west, and it is subjected to the transmitted ocean swells from weather conditions far removed from Belize in the north and east Caribbean Sea.

It follows that both these Cayes are unstable and any proposed development, such as the one currently being considered, will be difficult to achieve. It is questionable, even in these times of technological advancement, whether berthing facilities for cruise liners can be economically constructed when the water depth plummets from a few feet to over 1,000 feet 100 yards off-shore. Breakwater defences, if they could be constructed, would cost a massive amount of money and would be subject to the weather risks I have mentioned earlier.

In times of good weather, it is an idyllic place. I have been there! I also witnessed the conditions there in the aftermath of Keith and they were frightening.

I would simply advise Apollo Global and Norwegian Cruise lines that ‘All that glitters is not gold’.

Sincerely,
Captain John J Watson OBE
Ex-Port Commissioner Belize

Amandala


Re: Crawl Caye to become major cruise terminal? [Re: Marty] #462782
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I think that there may be some confusion here, as there are 2 "Crawl Cayes" in Belize. One Crawl Caye is out on Lighthouse Reef adjacent to Mauger Caye and would be very vulnerable to weather as noted by Captain Watson. But there's another Crawl Cay located off Placencia in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. I believe that it is that one that NCL is considering?
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Re: Crawl Caye to become major cruise terminal? [Re: DJGROSS] #462811
04/21/13 07:40 AM
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read the first post, Mr Gross. That is exactly what is stated.


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klcman - I agree. Capt. Watson's comments relate to the Crawl Caye on Lighthouse reef - not the one near Placencia.

Re: Crawl Caye to become major cruise terminal? [Re: Marty] #463448
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Will there be a Cruise Terminal at Crawl Caye?

Crawl Caye, a small island just off the Placencia mainland, has been the source of some contention lately. Norwegian Cruise Lines has approached the government about constructing a cruise terminal there, but one immediate concern is that the caye lies within the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, which is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. Environmentalists have told us that development of that sort will have a drastic effect on the environment. Early during his quarterly press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow mentioned the project as one of the highlights of investment promotion in Belize…but later stated that the project is by no means a done deal.

Jules Vasquez, Channel 7

“You spoke earlier in a superficial way about the Crawl Caye….the option for Crawl Caye. Are you taking into account the fact that it annexes a World Heritage Site and secondly that the National Tourism Master Plan also says that only pocket cruising should be reserved for the south of Belize?”

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I said that this is pending environmental approval…maybe that was a little bit of a misrepresentation. Indeed the sub-committee which is supposed to be working with NCL, when last I heard was awaiting a report from the conservation people…the Ministry of forestry, Fisheries and the Environment as to whether any activity of the sort being contemplated could legally, properly take place at Crawl Caye and if the answer to that is yes, what are the limits to such activities. So while there is absolutely no doubt that Norwegian is dead serious, it may well be that in view of the considerations you have raised, the answer comes back from our professional people that this is simply not on.”

There have also been concerns raised by cruise ship stakeholders from Belize City, who are not pleased about the rights and incentives they say are being offered to Norwegian Cruise Lines by the government.

Channel 5


Re: Crawl Caye to become major cruise terminal? [Re: Marty] #465382
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Mike Singh was on Open Your Eyes this A.M. and saying this Crawl Caye cruise development is going to cabinet - no consult with village, just straight to cabinet.

That's right - next Tuesday. They're going to make this look like a completely ex-pat thing - and say that all the tour guides, tour operators, and Belizeans in Placencia are in favor. They're also going to try to isolate Placencia Village and treat us as an anomaly.

DEAL POINTS UNDER THE CURRENT PROPOSALS

• NCL would get:
o Exemptions from stamp taxes, customs duties and general tax holidays/waivers for a period of 30 years, with two 15-year-extensions that can be exercised by the cruise line, at its sole discretion – negotiations with GOB – they just get these extensions of they want them;
o An exclusive 30-year concession as a cruise port of entry at multiple locations in the Stann Creek District in southern Belize, plus two 15-year- extensions that can be exercised by the cruise line, at its sole discretion – no permission from GOB needed for these extensions – all NCL needs to do is say they want to extend them; and
o All port fees for the calls of all cruise ships in southern Belize, regardless of which cruise line pays the port fees;
o The right to hire 25% non-Belizeans to work in their cruise operations – no requirement that Belizeans must be hired in any particular type of job – no requirement for Belizeans to have management positions, for example;

• The Government of Belize would have to:
o Construct all roads and infrastructure for cruise tours (such as sewage treatment, restrooms, garbage disposal and buildings;
o Actively help NCL get all required licenses, permits and permissions including mining and dredging, environmental approvals, trade licenses, construction permits, Central Bank foreign investor permits, foreign exchange dealer permits, tour guide and tendering ferry permits, port related permits, hotel licenses, labor/immigration permits, liquor license and casino license; and
o Allow all cruise lines using the authorized cruise port of entry in southern Belize to keep casinos and shops open while in port
Note: this is currently not allowed in Belize
• The cruise line has to:
o Invest not less than US$50 million in the project in the Stann Creek District;
o Transfer technical expertise, knowledge and training opportunities to Belizean employees.

Other Issues:
• Crawl Caye is within the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve, which is included in the larger World Heritage Site, and the caye is near the heart of some of Belize’s most pristine patchreefs and shallow coral/mangrove reef complex, and some of the most biologically diverse marine areas in Belize. In fact, the World Heritage Commission specifically called out the Southwater Marine Reserve as an especially important marine area, hosting sea life found nowhere else in the Caribbean. In addition, Crawl Caye is surrounded by corals. Yet, NCL wants permission to cut and fill almost the entire 50 acre caye of mangrove plus dredge an additional 20 acres of seabed to create more land.
• Ships are mega ships, not pocket cruise ships – meaning a minimum of 2000 passengers (plus 800-1000 crew members), often 4000 or more passengers and crew. Mega ships would enter Belizean waters at English Caye and cruise down the inner channel to Crawl Caye, exiting either the same way or south of Hunting Caye. This creates huge implications for pollution, navigation errors, loss of power, oil spills and dumping - all of which have become common with the cruise ships in the last 5 years.
• With only two ships of 4000 people each at the caye, what are the effects of so many divers/ snorkelers/ swimmers/ fishers/wave runners and water skiers on the reefs and marine life?
• What will be the effect of this many day-trippers on small inland sites such as Lubaantun, Nim Li Punit, Monkey River – and very pristine sites such as Cockscsomb?
• By having a caye as a port, NCL can eliminate ALL independent tour operators, and thus control every aspect of its operations in southern Belize, including food, tours, entertainment and transportation. NCL can simply deny access to any independents who might want to sell tours, crafts or food to cruise ship tourists.
Please also remember that the Belize government, through the BTB, commissioned Tourism & Leisure, Europraxis Consulting, to develop a sustainable development plan, National Sustainable Master Tourism Plan for Belize 2030, which was released in June 2010. (A copy of the executive summary of the plan is available at http://www.pcsdbelize.org/sustainable-tourism.pdf )

This Sustainable Master Tourism Plan specifically states that “pocket cruise tourism is the only acceptable form of cruise tourism in South Eastern Coast Belize” (the area in which the Stann Creek District is located) and only in areas of new development in the northern portion of this section of the Belize coast.”

The Sustainable Master Tourism Plan further mandates that

“[t]his distinctive destination will be hosting a chain of mid to low density sun & beach resorts, a chain of charming villages such as Placencia, Hopkins and Dangriga along with pristine and attractive beaches. This area will host mid-high end markets drawn by sun & beach, marine life and rainforest motivations; as well as it will become the main hub for nautical tourism development and the first to attract the pocket cruise market.

For the far southern portion of Belize (including its coast), the plan stipulates that the Southern Belize area

. . . will become highly attractive to hard adventure travelers and ecotravelers for its unspoiled nature allure, conceptualized adventure travel sports activities and facilities, community tourism attractions. In a second order it will develop cultural tourism heritage and living culture while integrating local rural communities. In another level it will be a sun & beach and nautical tourism destination for those attracted to more secluded areas.

WILL THE BENEFIT TO BELIZE OUTWEIGH THE COSTS OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT? WILL AN ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT BE DONE AS WELL AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT?

MEDIA CONTACTS

Government

• Honorable Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize:
o Email: [email protected]

• Honorable Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism
o Email: [email protected]

• Honorable Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forests, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
o Email: [email protected]

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• Channel 5:
o Email: [email protected]
o Phone: 223-4936
• Channel 7:
o Email: [email protected]
o Phone: 223-5589
• CTV 3:
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Re: Crawl Caye to become major cruise terminal? [Re: Marty] #465486
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Dear Placencia BTIA Members:

The following is a copy of the letter we sent to Cabinet today.

Jolie

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At a special meeting called this morning (Wednesday, May 29), the board of directors of the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), passed a unanimous resolution calling on Cabinet to reject a proposal by Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) to establish a major cruise port at Crawl Caye. The 50 acre island, largely covered by mangrove, sits within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located six miles east of the Placencia Peninsula.

For the past two weeks, the Placencia BTIA has been soliciting its members for their opinions on the proposal and have received an overwhelming response in opposition to the mass tourism project. The Placencia BTIA Board and its concerned members have highlighted the following points for Cabinet’s consideration:

1. The NCL project does not fall within the Government’s recently approved Tourism Master Plan, which specifically limits southern Belize to “pocket” cruising in ships of under 250 passengers..
2. The independent study commissioned by the BTB in 2011 clearly and emphatically advises against the introduction of cruise tourism to southern Belize.
3. The establishment of a cruise port within a marine protected area and a World Heritage Site makes a mockery of Belize’s reputation as a nation that protects its environment.
4. The NCL project, by moving ships to the new southern port, greatly threatens the sustainability of the cruise ship industry in Belize City and the livelihood of those who have invested and work there.
5. The NCL project, by turning southern Belize into a mass tourism destination, directly threatens the health of the area’s well established overnight tourism industry which is based on authenticity and an “off the beaten track” experience.

We trust that Cabinet will consider the overwhelming arguments against allowing the project to go forward and will immediately cease further consideration of the NCL proposal.

Sincerely,

Jolie Pollard
Executive Director
Placencia BTIA
On behalf of the board of directors:

Stewart Krohn, Chairman
Steve Christensen, Vice-Chairman
Doran Yount, Secretary
David Vernon, Treasurer
Evan Hall, Councilor
Salvador Zabaneh, Councilor
Ilsa Villanueva, Councilor


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Re: Crawl Caye to become major cruise terminal? [Re: Marty] #465537
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In April we told you about meetings to discuss the interest Norwegian Cruise Lines has in building a Cruise Port on Crawl Caye in Southern Belize. At the time, the Ministerial Chair of a Cabinet Investment Committee Godwin Hulse told us talks were very preliminary and while a Memorandum of Understanding existed it was not on the table. That was a six weeks ago, but in the past few days, the buzz and the blowback over the project has ramped up exponentially, fuelled by reports that Cabinet will decide on the Memorandum of Understanding as early as next week!

That sense of urgency has unleashed an aggressive anti-port information campaign, and a letter writing initiative, all designed to torpedo the project.

The Belize Tourism Industry Association has also lent its voice to the campaign. The influential industry group issued a statement saying, quote, The BTIA stands firmly against this proposed establishment in Southern Belize, and adds that “ By opening the Southern portion of the country to large scale cruise ship visitation, the proposal fundamentally contradicts the country's tourism master plan and irrevocably positions Belize as a mass tourism destination. This 180 degree shift from Belize's identity as an authentic ecocultural destination is inexplicable in view of the uninterrupted success of Belize's dynamic overnight tourism sector.” The release also notes that

“the establishment of a large cruise port in southern Belize would eventually draw ships away from Belize City causing a significant loss on…investments being done today, as well as…a…loss of income and jobs to those tour operators, guides, tender owners, bus drivers, taxis, craft sellers and other service providers…”

It closes by urging

“Cabinet and the Minister of Tourism to reject the proposed project outright and immediately.”

Channel 7


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B.T.I.A. joins Placencia residents against mega cruise port development

There is another issue that is moving to the front burner. Crawl Caye which is located in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But all indications are that Norwegian Cruise Line is well underway to purchase the caye from four individuals for a mega tourism project. On the government side, Minister Godwin Hulse is heading a sub-committee. While he is said to support the project, it is known that two other cabinet ministers are dead set against it. The project has come under harsh opposition from Placencia residents and today, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (B.T.I.A.) joined the chorus of rejection of the project. The proposed deal with the cruise line is for an exclusive thirty year concession for Stann Creek District as a cruise port of entry with a second location on Crawl Caye. It would include exemptions on import duties, income tax, general sales tax among other incentives. It also includes the use of foreign labor, fast tracking of permits, including environmental, construction, dredging and filling permits and operation of passenger tenders. The legal transactions are being conducted through Emil Arguelles from Arguelles and Associates. He is a director on the Belize Tourism Board and his brother Carlo Arguelles is also involved with the project. Following on a release issued today, News Five spoke to President of the B.T.I.A., Herbert Haylock, who says that for one, the development will take away from the upgrades currently being done to Belize City in the area of the current tourist village.

Herbert Haylock

Herbert Haylock, President, B.T.I.A.

“B.T.I.A. as an organization has taken a position to say that we are not for this particular development and we have outlined some reasons why we are not for this development. And I think when we look at the specifics of that, there are some key concerns that we have. The ones immediately that we’ve highlighted look at the economics of the situation. We have listed in the release that we have some serious concerns as it relates to the intent from what it would look like and seem at this point in time to consider opening and developing a new area in the south of the country. And when we look at that situation, we have not necessarily considered and looked at how the industry, the sector specifically, and the government has consolidated what is currently on the ground. And we have highlighted some of that in the press release. So we are pointing to the developments that have been taking place and that are on the ground right now; for example, in the Fort George Tourism Area. We are saying that there has to be some consolidation efforts put forward on that particular front first and foremost and it is a massive investment that has been put in place from the sustainable tourism project. That’s one of the things that has to be contemplated. I think when we expand that beyond in terms of the economic argument, you look at the opportunities that the city council, for example, has put on the ground in terms of developing the infrastructure of this city. We all understand that yes, it is for the benefit of the residents and yes, it is for the benefit of the city in terms of infrastructure. But we understand too that spills over. And that spill over does take into account the issues as it relates to cruise traffic around the city and people moving around the city. And for the betterment for that particular product that is being promoted from the city in terms of a specific opportunity. That is one area. We’ve not also expanded on, but we’ve cited and highlighted the issues environmentally that are concerns for us at this point in time given what we understand to be the specific location fo this particular development.”


…And serious socio-economic implications for Belize City and Placencia

By all accounts the memorandum of understanding includes the ability for the company to open casinos and become an authorized foreign exchange dealer.  The Sustainable Tourism Project, which was financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, hired a consultant in 2011 who concluded that, “Pocket cruise tourism is the only acceptable form of cruise tourism on the southeastern coast of Belize.” B.T.I.A. President, Herbert Haylock, went further and discussed the socio-economic implications for Placencia because unchecked cruise tourism can have an effect not only on overnight stays at hotels in the area, but there is also an environmental impact to be considered.

Herbert Haylock, President, B.T.I.A.

Herbert Haylock

“At this point Jose, and again anyone can take a look at this document—because it is a public document and cabinet has endorsed the national sustainable tourism master plan. That particular document has called for development of the south, but not at the level at which this particular would seem to want to take things. And it is looked at only development as the view of having it be pocket tourism, which when defined looks at tourism that stays within the realm of two hundred to two hundred and fifty persons on a particular ship in that area—again with the intent of it being sustainable because of again the infrastructure we are looking at in that particular location. When we look at this particular development, we are looking at an initiative that has a development that would be on the ground that basically takes into account ships with the magnitude of two thousand plus visiting; and that is current capacity in terms of NCL ships at this point in time and others. We know that there are larger ships that may perhaps look at this as an opportune location to maybe shift and move. And when we begin to marry those issues and marry those concerns—and I think that is one of the reasons why we decided to take this public stand—that there are some very serious economic issues that need to be contemplated in this matter and really considered. As you know, the industry from point of view of the cruise sector has been and continues to play a significant part of this city’s development and growth. And at end of day, the shifting of this particular development to the south, may ultimately impact that and we are saying we have not even gotten to the point of consolidating what we currently have at this point in time. We really want the individuals who are currently viewing this—and against the key government officials involved in this process—to really understand that they have and the government has accepted or put in place what is a policy by accepting the master plan via the cabinet. And we are looking at that critically because that was done just a few months ago at the latter part of last year. Are we now contemplating, are we now saying that we are totally revisiting that? Are we now ignoring that completely? Has it just been put on a shelf? Those are the questions that we now need to bring to light and say…Why is there an urgency? Why is there a rush for this development? Those are the type of things that we are now starting to get as feedback. We want and we have asked for answers. We’ve asked for clarity on certain particular points as it relates to this development and quite frankly we have not received that information.”

This morning, our emails were flooded with local and foreign opposition to the NCL project which is expected to go before cabinet for approval next week.

Channel 5


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