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#529894 - 04/15/18 06:14 AM 40+ Over the Water Cabanas Approved at Cayo Rosario  
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Marty Offline
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The west coast of Ambergris Caye is most famous for Secret Beach, the crystal clear water and the fly fishing flats that support a large industry on our island. And just off the coast of Secret Beach is a small mangroved island – very popular for flyfishing – called Cayo Rosario. A few years ago, it ended up in private hands – the transfer questionable at best. And one year ago, a development was proposed with about 100 over the water structures and a water and waste underwater pipeline to Ambergris Caye. UNDER Hol Chan Marine Reserve – under these important flats. I wrote this post about the transfer – the developer – and this CRAZY plan.

This SHOCKING proposal was approved this week. Over 40 OVER THE WATER STRUCTURES in a marine reserve – over water because this tiny island can’t hold them. Just think of the amount of dredging that will be needed to build 40+ cabanas and the infrastructure in this marine reserve.

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#529899 - 04/15/18 06:55 AM Re: 40+ Over the Water Cabanas Approved at Cayo Rosario [Re: Marty]  
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DOE as never seen a bad EIA that can't be approved with $. Ask the humble fisherman minister.

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#530001 - 04/20/18 12:43 PM Re: 40+ Over the Water Cabanas Approved at Cayo Rosario [Re: Katie Valk]  
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That is too bad as the Great Barrier Reef is in trouble which makes the one here even more important. Tell Mr Turley thank you when next you see him.

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#530003 - 04/20/18 01:11 PM Re: 40+ Over the Water Cabanas Approved at Cayo Rosario [Re: Marty]  
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Authorities won’t confirm if Cayo Rosario tourism project has been approved

The Department of Environment (DOE) cannot confirm if the tourism development proposed for Cayo Rosario has been approved. Cayo Rosario is a 10-acre privately owned island west of Ambergris Caye, packed with mangroves and teeming with wildlife. According to an online publication, the project was approved in the second week of April and calls for 80% of the project to be constructed off the island as over-the-water structures. San Pedro residents are highly against the project, concerned about its potential environmental hazards, and the fact that the island is part of the finalized expansion of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

The San Pedro Sun attempted to obtain an official confirmation from the DOE, but after several attempts, a definite answer regarding Cayo Rosario was not provided. The DOE representatives would not say yes or no and simply indicated that they needed to consult with their superiors before commenting on the matter. A visit to DOE’s website shows the project still under review. Furthermore, the consulting agency Tunich-Nah, who worked on the findings of the viability of the project told The San Pedro Sun that they know nothing of the project’s approval as yet.

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