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Major Dredging half Kilometer from Hol Chan Northern Boundary #545738
10/24/20 05:10 AM
10/24/20 05:10 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Major Dredging Only Half a Kilometer from the Northern Boundary of Zone C of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve

The Sediment plume is clearly visible as it expands and is being transported toward the coral reef of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. For many years this dredging activity has removed thousands of cubic yards of sand to be sold to private interest. You can see the spoil pipe coming from the shore and it empties into the private development of "Salt Life". For sure this is not sustainable development. They have destroyed several acres of mangrove; they are now destroying our seagrass beds and the sediments of the dredging is being taken by ocean current to the coral reef of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Aerial images are clearly showing that there is no use of silk curtain, poor monitoring from relevant authorities. for the benefit an profit of the developer. The extent of this dredging in South Ambergris Caye and the tourism development of "Salt Life" must require an Environmental Impact Assessment!

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Re: Major Dredging half Kilometer from Hol Chan Northern Boundary [Re: Marty] #545744
10/24/20 06:55 AM
10/24/20 06:55 AM
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This has been going on for four years. There have been numerous complaints to the Town Board, the Area Rep. , the Mining Department, Hol Chan and many others and not any response. The dredging never had curtains, other than for a few weeks when inspectors first showed up. The promise when the dredging started was that it would only be for six months and they would stay forty feet from all piers and seawalls. The end of my pier went from four feet deep to over eight feet. We have a real fear that should a storm come the additional depth of water will damage the piers and seawalls from the wave action. We already have experienced never before seen wave action over our seawalls.
The dredging has eliminated all conch beds, small coral out cropping and seagrass in the area. It will be many years before this comes back.
The result is the island's original drainage from front to back has been altered. Be cause of filling on the lagoon side, drainage has stopped and has created ponds in the center. For two years we were promised the drainage would be alleviated by use of drains that were blocked off to using new drains to the canals that were built. This has not happened yet, and fears are that it never will be. The result is tremendous amount of mosquitos and flooding of our front lots that have been here for over twenty years with no flooding. Not to mention the horrendous noise pollution.
Hopefully someone who is not being paid off will stop and alleviate this situation.


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