The Ministry of Natural Resources is reminding the Gladden Caye Resort Ltd. and its agent that a CEASE and DESIST order was issued on November 2, 2016. The Ministry is in the process of levying the necessary penalties under Sections 2 & 109 of the Mines and Minerals Act Chapter 226, Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000 – 2003. The Developer is further advised to contact the Mining Unit, Ministry of Natural Resources no later than November 15, 2016.
The Ministry reminds the general public that it is an offence to mine, prospect and/or remove minerals without first obtaining a permit/license from the Mining Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Any person who is found carrying out these activities without the requisite permit or license will be held liable on conviction to fines and imprisonment under the Mines and Minerals Act Chapter 226, Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000 – 2003.
The Ministry further advises that an Environmental Compliance Plan (ECP) issued by the Department of the Environment, is not a permit and approvals are still required from the requisite regulatory bodies for permits for various activities under the ECP.
Gladden Caye is in one of the most exclusive locations in Belize, right near the Gladden Spit, famous for Whale Shark diving. The island is located 24 miles east of Placencia and just behind the Belize Barrier Reef; there are two upscale luxury resorts about two miles away.
The commute to the island takes about 35 minutes in good conditions and a little longer when the seas are rougher.
The island has a very rudimentary fisherman’s cabin on it with some basic infrastructure installed. The owner decided to paint it rather than remove it because a new owner could make good use of the house during initial stages of construction.
The diving, snorkeling and fishing just off shore are phenomenal.
About the Area: Gladden Spit Marine Reserve
Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve (GSSCMR) is a protected marine reserve in the central part of Belize’s Barrier Reef. It covers approximately 25,980 acres (10,510 ha) lying 36 kilometres (22 mi) off the coast of Placencia.
Gladden Caye is slightly north of Rendezvous Island, which is marked on this map.