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Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: Marty] #511493
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Video: Defend Blackadore Caye

Leonardo DiCaprio and his team of corporate "environmentalists" want to build overwater structures in a conservation zone designated to protect fly-fishing species, their nursing grounds, and in turn the livelihoods of fly-fishing guides who depend on the health of the area. This is not only an action in violation of Belizean law, but an action without regard for those fly-fishermen. The Environmental Impact Assessment for the project has only one sentence in 430+ pages which discusses fly-fishing. Unfortunately, the single sentence which writes that "a few" fishermen use the area undermines the economic and cultural importance of the waters surrounding Blackadore. We decided to seek out "a few" of the fishermen who do use the area, and here's what they had to say:


Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: Marty] #511561
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Pretty bad when DiCaprio says that the Southern Alberta's Chinook Winds are caused by global warming. Duh

Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: Marty] #511607
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Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: Marty] #513403
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Drone Footage of Leonardo DiCaprio's Private island, Blackadore Caye

Drone Footage of Leonardo DiCaprio's private island and soon to be multi million dollar resort development in Belize just off the coast of Ambergris Caye.


Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: Marty] #513410
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This is an advert for a real estate company. Does it really belong here?

Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: Marty] #517118
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Blackadore Caye Development Still Under Fire by Tour Guides & Fishermen

“One of the biggest concerns after the very first public consultation in January was that we were not meeting with the people who would be impacted by this project, both directly and indirectly,” stated Dionne Chamberlain (Dr.), Public Relations Representative, Blackadore Development Group in an email sent out to development stake holders.

Thus, before the final edits and presentation of Blackadore’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) were made, the development’s group set out to work diligently to remedy the situation and met wit over 100 people from May to August.

With these consultations, Dionne indicated that the Blackadore Development Group would make edits to the EIA. The public consultation with amendments to the EIA were then presented in a public forum held on Wednesday, August 24. Only a very small fraction of the island community was in attendance and most of the tour guides and fishermen who were there were very vocal about not being in agreement with the caye’s development. Again, their main concerns were of the over-the-water structures which the guides and fishermen say would destroy the natural breeding/fishing ground habitats around the island.

Contrary to their concerns, the Blackadore Development Team pointed out that the The large outrigger structure (over-the-water) has been removed and replaced with 33% less space; about three acres will be used over the water. The resort will have 44 units, 36 villas and one club house on the 105 acre caye.

The development will utilize less than 50% of the total acreage of the island with the remaining areas being set aside as conservation zones. Their research indicates that Blackadore Caye is dying. Current studies have concluded the biodiversity of the island has been significantly affected by a combination of historical usage dating back to the time of the Maya, and being in the wake of repeated natural disasters. Blackadore is providing ongoing analysis that will direct guidance on how to restore habitats and increase the island’s biodiversity, inclusive of the infrastructure development stage.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in The Ambergris Today




Blackadore Caye’s 2nd Public Consultation For Development: Reaching A Balance for Belize

The ultimate point was that there needs to be a BALANCE – positive vs. negative for the people of San Pedro and for all of Belize. Unemployment in Belize is over 29% and for women and youth, it’s about 35%. This is the biggest project that Belize has ever seen – 1000 jobs at the peak. We can’t just think of ourselves.

While all resorts on Ambergris Caye have harmed our island (Heredia), this plan is looking to better Blackadore Caye.

The mayor argued that this is not just about flyfishing, we need to look at the bigger picture and perhaps “clean up OUR act”. Ambergris Caye has enough of her own issues: traffic, trash, over-building, erosion. Perhaps we should focus there first.

Maybe, he suggested somewhat jokingly, we shouldn’t rebuild any over-the-water structures like bars and dive shops here on Ambergris Caye.

My opinion? This is arguably the best (and largest) investment opportunity the country has ever seen. I do understand that this is in a reserve – but as was mention by Minister Heredia, they knew that when they expanded Hol Chan. And they always expected development.

A tour guide brought up an important point – an old Belizean saying “if snake bite wen you see lizard you run”. If you’ve been bitten by a snake, when you see a lizard you are going to run.

Basically, we don’t trust outside developers on this island for good reason. We have been burned by half-done, half-ass constructions in the past. Some boiled down to blatant ponzi schemes.

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



Blackadore Caye’s second consultation sparks heated debate

The Blackadore group asserts that the project has many positive impacts both globally, and locally. The group hopes that their environmental concept is brought to life and can be delivered worldwide. Over the span of 20 years, the group will be investing $400 million dollars to provide a series of construction, managerial, and technical jobs. On a local level, it means: bringing in a new revenue and economy stream for the country, providing stable employment, training and certifying employees, a new quality of tourists, investors, and philanthropists, exposure to Belize for using green technology, and growth in tourism.

After the presentation, attendants had the opportunity to express their concerns, give advice, share local knowledge, comment, and make deliberations in front of a panel of nine Blackadore Caye experts. A few members of the Tour Guide Association, some local fishermen, and business owners voiced their disapproval with the project. Not only were they displeased with the presentation, but they stated that the adjustments were minimal, and therefore, unsettling.

Commenters pointed out that Blackadore did not have marine biologists for consultation; that they would dredge the reserve and build over-the-water structures, thus affecting the fly-fishing industry. In response, the panel did their best to tackle the questions/comments with evidence supported in their EIA.

The final decision will be made on Wednesday, August 31st, and the revised EIA could be reviewed at: http://www.doe.gov.bz/index.php/eias. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, you may contact Dionne Chamberlin at 608-3440 or send an email to: info@blackadoregroup.com.

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


Blackadore Caye or Cayo Negro

On a recent consultation, part of the EIA for the development of this island never said or clarified that this island has never been a mangrove island. It has been a sand bar, and on one side coconut trees as well as plum trees grow. A small littoral forest is on the eastern side of the island, the middle has temporary watersheds that, when dry, become a salt bank, and the western side or most of the island contains strand vegetation.

The San Pedro Tourist Guide Association has no objection to the development on the island, but we are in full objection to the proposed over the water structures. We feel that it will be damaging to the recently declared bajos around the Island. It has been a long 3years of lobbying to convince the authorities that we will benefit more by declaring it a protected area.

Here is our position:

* We disagree to the proposed over the water structures which fall in the conservation zone V of the marine reserve Hol Chan.

* We fear that the mega development over the water will deter fishermen from fishing in that area that is used daily.

* That the study shows that the island remains with the vegetation that it has had for years.

Please reconsider the development plan. Do not allow the over water structures to be created, especially rooms on public property of which they will be making and collecting rent.

Respectfully yours
Phillip Billy Leslie, President, San Pedro Tourist Guide Association


Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: Marty] #517121
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If you trust your future, the ecology, and that of Belize, to the money-hungry gringos, you deserve the inevitable end.
It's unfortunate that the rest of us have to suffer the consequences.

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Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: RobertJ] #517125
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I think the future of Belize is more in the hands of elected officials. If you have a chicken coup and leave the door open and a fox eats your chickens, I guess some would blame the fox. smirk

Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: Marty] #518520
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Blackadore Caye EIA Approved, Ground Breaking in 2017

Final development plans announced, include removal of all overwater structures

The Environmental Impact Assessment for the Blackadore Caye project on Ambergris Caye has been approved.

The Blackadore Development Group announced today that following a review of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the Belize Department of the Environment (DOE) has approved construction of the Blackadore Caye Project. This development will be the first of its kind in the country, and signals an entirely new paradigm in sustainable development.

The project will be built to some of the most stringent sustainability building standards in existence, and will aim to restore and revitalize the current ecology of Blackadore Caye. “After a six month process of gathering feedback from stakeholders and local citizens, we received overwhelming support for the project – recognizing its social benefits, impact on the economy and environmental integrity,” said Paul Scialla, a partner in the Blackadore Development Group. “Despite approval for overwater structures, we have listened the concerns of local stakeholders and there will be no overwater structures for rent or sale in the final development. This decision is to further ensure our commitment to the ecological preservation of Belize,” continued Scialla.

Minister of Tourism, Honorable Manuel Heredia, also lends his support to the project by stating “This is a new kind of development and a new kind of investor who appreciates the beauty of our country and who wants to preserve it for future generations to come. We are happy that they have listened to the people and have chosen our jewel in which to invest.” Blackadore Caye Development will be working alongside the managers of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, as well as other government and environmental groups to ensure that the patrimony of the Caye remains intact and that measures are taken to safeguard and enhance the natural habitats nearby.

Employment opportunities will soon be announced for the construction phase of the project. Stay abreast of local newspapers to learn of when these vacancies will become available.

For additional information, feel free to contact us at 608-3440 or email us at info@blackadoregroup.com.





Re: Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort [Re: Marty] #518523
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Let's hope that this is done with care and sensitivity. Overall it sounds like reasonably good news.

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