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Re: Cayo Rosario EIA Lodgment and Public Consultation [Re: Marty] #522831
04/06/17 06:36 AM
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Video: Cayo Rosario Development EIA Consultation Meeting, 2 hr.

Re: Cayo Rosario EIA Lodgment and Public Consultation [Re: Marty] #522834
04/06/17 06:57 AM
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Mr. Billy Leslie did a fantastic job last night. He showed the developers that the people know what they are trying to do with false claims and data.
Keep up the good fight Mr. Leslie and all the others against this proposal.

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Re: Cayo Rosario EIA Lodgment and Public Consultation [Re: Marty] #522854
04/07/17 05:43 AM
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Islanders say No to Cayo Rosario Development

Island residents strongly rejected the idea of a proposed tourism development at Cayo Rosario during the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) presentation on Wednesday, April 5th at the San Pedro’s Lions Den. Cayo Rosario, a 10-acre privately owned island, densely packed with mangroves on the leeward coast of northern Ambergris Caye, is part of the finalized expansion of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Investors intend to develop a project that will include over-the-water structures and will accommodate up to 600 guests.

During the meeting on Wednesday, the audience saw little commitment to the environment after it was disclosed that they intend to construct 80% of the project off of the island by building over-the-water structures. The proposed development claims that building 20% of the infrastructure on the island is their only financially viable option. It was an idea that was soundly rejected by those in attendance.

The full-house meeting saw a group of construction workers eager for work, and many concerned residents and tourism stakeholders who opposed the idea of the construction on the caye. The event, which started at 6:30PM, had George Myvette and Alfonso Avilez from the Tunich-Nah Consultancy Agency presenting their findings about the viability of the project. Myvette began his presentation based on the fauna and species inhabiting the island. According to him, the waters around Cayo Rosario are not pristine or biologically diverse, pointing out that only nine species of fish were found in the area. “We did some tests around the waters of the island and there was not much visible life and little presence of sea grass,” said Myvette. He explained that the information was based on his two visits to Cayo Rosario, and the audience strongly disputed his statements. One fisherman, who has been working the waters for over 30 years explained how in his decades of fishing, there have been days when there are no fish in the area, and other days when they are overwhelmingly abundant.

Avilez spoke about the engineering aspect of the project, explaining that the development will count with its own power and water source. The plan is to use a submarine pipe route between the northern coast of Ambergris Caye (in an area known as Ambergris Bay subdivision), where generators will be stationed to provide power to the over the water bungalows, 12 mangrove bungalows, 15 hotel villas, one welcome centre, one spa, one dive shop, and one island club. “There will be three cables with pipes connecting the island with the mainland of Ambergris Caye. Two of those lines will bring in potable water and one will deliver communication and electricity,” he said. According to Avilez, the water for the Cayo Rosario will come from surface water and will be treated with reverse osmosis before being used for consumption. “We have a plan for the black water, or waste water. It will be recycled and used for irrigation,” said Avilez.

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

At Cayo Rosario development hearing, plans for ‘gringo rings’ rile San Pedro
It took the last fisherman of the night, a quiet gentleman named Gomez, to strip away all the sham and pretense in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the preposterous Cayo Rosario resort proposal. It was a long and emotional hearing and San Pedranos were pretty much shredding the EIA during the Q&A. If anger were a liquified mass, it would be boiling over and spilling out of the Lion’s Den on to Front Street in San Pedro. As it was, the audience was spilling out onto the streets. Gomez told the hearing panel that he has pursued bonefish and permit in the shallow waters around Cayo Rosario for 30 years as a tour guide. “There were days when we saw nothing,” he acknowledged. “And the next day the fish would be so thick you felt like you could walk on them.” Then he pointed to the engineers and scientists who compiled the report. “You went there for one or two days and concluded there were no fish!” He shook his head in a mix of disgust and amazement.

Re: Cayo Rosario EIA Lodgment and Public Consultation [Re: Marty] #522863
04/07/17 08:56 AM
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There are always unintended consequences to any development. The main one to this type of development is the consequence to the fishing industry. One of the justifications for this development is the jobs it will create. In my opinion a weak argument.
I have fished the waters around Ambergris Caye for 48 years and have experienced the drastic decline in the quality of fishing. Some will say the waters here are "fished out". That is BS. The marine ecosystem has been desecrated. The majority of the island has seen the removal of mangroves and other important parts of the ecosystem in favor of development. The growth of the population of the island has increased the pollution and boat traffic. It is a big ocean and fish can go wherever they find it more desirable.
Back to the fishing industry. Fishermen not only spend for lodging and dining, but spend hundreds of extra money for fishing. It can be argued that fishermen contribute considerably more to the local economy than the average tourist. So for the sake of argument, if developing Cayo Rosario will have a detrimental effect on one of the prime fishing areas causing the same deterioration as has happened all around AC, then will the jobs created for a few bartenders and maids replace the jobs and money spent by fishermen who will look for better fishing in places other than AC?
Some might find this an unreasonable comparison, but I feel the logic is comparable. I doubt if anyone would consider tearing down Altun Ha to build a resort in its place. The value of the tourist coming to Belize to view the ruins far out ways the value of another resort in its place.
Flats fishing is a valuable resource for AC and should be protected.

Re: Cayo Rosario EIA Lodgment and Public Consultation [Re: Marty] #522876
04/08/17 02:00 PM
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I think also have to think about what long term goal is. Others have mentioned that the very things that have drawn people to your island are dwindling. To continue at this rate and try for a piece of the Mexican tourism may not be all it's cracked up to be. Haven't been back to MX since I visited Belize. Last time I went, I saw the aftermath of when a tourist spot dies off and a new one starts up...Stay unique!!

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