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Unregulated dredging 10 miles north Ambergris Caye #532192
09/07/18 06:10 AM
09/07/18 06:10 AM
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A concerned resident has reliably informed The San Pedro Sun of unregulated dredging happening now approximately 10 miles north Ambergris Caye. According to the eyewitness report, an unidentified group of men arrived at a beach with a backhoe digging up sand, loading it onto trucks and then driving away. The area where this is happening is a known turtle nesting site and as such, Hol Chan Marine Reserve has been contacted. They indicated that this incident has been taking place for close to a week and they have been unable to identify who is responsible.

The San Pedro Sun appeals to the relevant authorities to address this situation immediately.

According to the Lands and Surveys Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources, national lands include the seabed and all reservations along all water frontages including rivers and the sea, commonly referred to as the 66-feet reserve measured from the high-water mark. This means that permission by the Minister of Natural Resources is necessary to use the seabed or 66-feet reserve and additional authorizations are required by law for purposes such as dredging.

Re: Unregulated dredging 10 miles north Ambergris Caye [Re: Marty] #532302
09/14/18 01:08 PM
09/14/18 01:08 PM
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Marty Offline OP

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SPTC addresses unregulated beach dredging in northern Ambergris Caye

Reports from eyewitnesses stated that unidentified men had been using a backhoe, digging up sand and then loading it onto trucks and transporting it away. The destination of those trucks loaded with sand could not be determined. Mayor Daniel Guerrero was able to get in touch with the owner of the property and ordered him to discontinue the practice and to spread out the sand that had been dug back in place.

The property owner complied with the order, and by Friday, September 7th the sand had been returned to the beach. He tried to justify the actions as a normal method to get rid of the Sargassum that is affecting the entire coast of the island. He alleges that nearby residents are doing the same, digging a hole in the beach and then burying the seaweed. He further declared that there were no turtle nests in the area that he was aware of. Hol Chan Marine Reserve sent out personnel to inspect the area and confirmed that it is a turtle nesting area and that all property owners in the vicinity should be cautious.

Mayor Guerrero said that the practice is intolerable as it damages the beach, which is ‘Queens Land.’ “I can understand that people are trying to do their best to get rid of the Sargassum, however, in this case, they have been wrongfully advised. Nobody can just dig up holes on the beach or use heavy equipment. They must contact the Town Council for guidance before engaging in practices that are against the law and damages the environment,” said Guerrero.

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