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Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #496097
09/26/14 01:30 AM
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Reaper told us long ago, that there will be more sickness to come in years ahead (cancer) due to the carcinogens in the garbage landfill below.


A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #496116
09/26/14 06:51 AM
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Today, with the rain, would be a perfect time to check out San Mateo and see the consequences of horrible and self serving planning. Any existing septics are under water and the kids are walking to school through the same water. The run off is heading to the river and out to the reef. The E. coli levels are outrageous. I had hoped that our community leaders might have learned from that fiasco. And my heart goes out to the families trying to live and raise children in a contaminated area.

Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #496121
09/26/14 11:12 AM
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Manuel Heredia blames the PUP for exposing his new submerged subdivision

The Area Representative for Belize Rural South and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia Jr has finally made public comments on the ‘submerged’ subdivision he has been spearheading. Heredia Jr. was ambushed by the media on Thursday September 18th and all the hard questions were put before him. Under cross examination from the press, Heredia said that he was unaware of the location of the subdivision and promised to visit the area. In a second interview on September 24, Heredia told the press that the subdivision is not as bad as the cameras are showing.

The parceling of wetland that is a proposed reserve is one issue, the other has to do with the actual subdivision that is entirely underwater, in some areas as deep as five feet. Heredia said that the subdivision has been in the making and is the effort of the San Pedro Town Council and himself. A total of 319 parcels of wetland have been surveyed and 150 of the prospective property owners have paid $550 in consultation and survey fees and they are expecting their lease certificates. “Yes indeed I will not deny that there [is] a subdivision that [is] happening over there through the San Pedro Town Council and myself for the interest of the people. The way it works is that ever since, with both administrations, they pay for the survey and the subdivision is executed… There is nothing that you can call high land today. Most of it is land that you would have to reclaim… I will be going personally over there [the new subdivision] and look at the area. If the area is indeed with water that is above normal, then definitely I will revisit that. I promised the Cabinet, we discussed it, that if that is the case I will revisit [the idea], and if there is anything above normal, we will remove it from the subdivision.”

Interestingly, Heredia has maintained that if the subdivision is aborted, there is a second plan and as such, those 150 people who have paid in full for their lease certificate will not lose their money. He refused to disclose what plan B is, and if it includes subdividing higher government properties further on northern Ambergris Caye. Also interesting is that throughout the scandal, which originated from the cancellation of a PACT grant aimed at helping to fuse the proposed reserve expansion into Hol Chan, the Ambergris Caye Citizen for Sustainable Development has not issued a statement.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun


Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #496150
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"Rotting solid waste in large quantities is a significant source of methane gas. If inhaled, it is particularly harmful in the short-term and can cause slurred speech, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and headaches. In severe cases, it can cause respiratory and heart complications.

Moreover, methane is a greenhouse gas. Its comparative impact on climate change is more than 20 times greater than CO2 over a 100-year period,according to the US Environmental Protection Agency."





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Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #496386
10/03/14 12:41 PM
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ACCSD responds to proposed subdivision

The Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) is a local NGO that was formed to help balance development with sustainability of our environment and tourism industry. In this goal we have worked with our local and national governments as well as other organizations such as Oceana and Coalition for Belize. A major goal has always been the legalization of a Master Plan for the island.

Through a collective initiative, community groups and government officials of Ambergris Caye came together to formulate a plan to protect the Bajos on the west of the island, the mangrove wetlands and Mexico Rocks. The purpose of the project is to maintain the integrity of our environment and guarantee the long term sustainability of our tourism industry. The boundaries and scope have been studied and modified to best meet the needs of the reserve and the community. Several public consultations have been held confirming overwhelming public support.

The recent proposal of a subdivision in an obviously unsuitable area and continued building of high density units in residential areas further highlights the fact that the Master Plan and the Expansion of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve need to be completed now.

The ACCSD has always maintained that the proposed Master Plan and Hol Chan Expansion/Wetlands Project is necessary in maintaining long term sustainability of our fragile eco systems and tourism industry while allowing for necessary development. While the ACCSD board understands that as our island continues to grow, development of residential areas is necessary; we strongly believe that they must be well planned and in areas where it does not jeopardize the sustainability of our ecosystems and tourism industry. We encourage all parties involved to have an open dialogue with the community and its stakeholders so that positive solutions to the islands development needs can be addressed.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #496400
10/03/14 10:25 PM
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Here's an idea. Why doesn't Belize advertise itself for all of the things we have that make us unique to any other place in the world. Quit trying to be Cancun/Fiji/Bahamas/Jamaica/etc. Quit trying to be ANYTHING OTHER than Belize. We have so much to offer. We don't need to be in competition, or try and be the same as any other place in the world. We can draw PLENTY of tourists that want to come here to experience things they can't get anywhere else in the entire world. Let's get back to our roots. That's what started the rest of the world wanting to come here. That should be part of the Master Plan, which is HIGHLY needed to move up back onto the right path. There are so many amazing places in the world, and Belize is absolutely one of the best. Let's celebrate that, and Be Belize. That's more than enough. We're the only ones that can Be Belize.

Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #497083
10/21/14 04:50 AM
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G.O.B. Approves New Subdivision in San Pedro

In September, News Five brought you the story of a proposed subdivision on Ambergris Caye, about four miles north of San Pedro Town. More than three hundred lots had been surveyed…half of them allocated to residents who paid for the survey, but the proposed subdivision was submerged. It caused somewhat of a stink when the news broke, and the project was put on immediate hold. The situation was more complicated than that, because the area of that proposed subdivision was smack in the middle of a zone proposed for reserve status. That proposal is before Cabinet for approval. Tonight we can report that there is some good news emerging out of that mess. Cabinet has given Belize Rural South Area Representative Manuel Heredia permission to survey land further north. Heredia told News Five that it is high ground, and that he plans to survey at least one hundred acres very soon for distribution. While it certainly wasn’t the case in the first proposed subdivision, Heredia says this one will be well thought out and planned properly.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Area Representative, Belize Rural South

Manuel Heredia Jr.

“We made a subdivision plan not only for now but for the next four five years to come which will have about one thousand and sixty-nine lots, and it will have over there also facilities for hospitals, schools, sporting facilities and you name it…a proper subdivision. And at the same time we are looking into the proper infrastructure where the power high tension lines from B.E.L….that is the designated road at this time…to make sure that we start working on that so there will be proper infrastructure to allow you to reach the area we are talking about. That is more or less a little further from the area we were developing. In the meantime we are talking with people who were concerned about the environment to see how we can handle the area that was surveyed. But at this point it is totally on hold, and I am hoping that very shortly we will survey one hundred acres of the land that Cabinet has allowed me to use, to make sure that our people will have the proper type of lots that are required.”

Reporter

“Sir can we ask then for an update on the status of the proposal to turn that area into an expansion to a reserve?”

Manuel Heredia Jr.

“Well at this point what I can tell you about Los Bajos…I totally support that. I was a pioneer of that project because that is a very sensitive area that was sold by the previous administration. Our administration had made sure that we got it back, and then it was encompassed in one of the biggest reserves that you could ever have. At this point it is between the Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry of Natural Resources that are sorting out a few little details as to whose responsibility it is within the minerals and dredging and stuff like that. Once that is resolved I am sure the reserve will be made available.”

The area in question would be an expansion to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, since it is a valuable breeding ground for fish. It also has great touristic value, since it is a favoured spot for very lucrative fly fishing.

Channel 5


Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #497127
10/22/14 06:51 AM
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"and it will have over there also facilities for hospitals, schools, sporting facilities and you name it…"
Sadly a lot of poor people who believe him will now run down to his office and pay him money for a survey for land in a secret location not described and even worse they of course will vote for him so he can deliver said hospitals, schools, sporting facilities on this promised land.


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Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #497128
10/22/14 07:00 AM
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Why a subdivision, why not a NEW TOWN?

Re: Hol Chan loses PACT Grant for reserve expansion [Re: Marty] #497129
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New town = loss of control

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