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Re: accident tuesday evening #58528
11/01/02 02:56 PM
11/01/02 02:56 PM
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Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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As the old saw goes, "How you gonna keep'em down on the farm after they've seen gay Paree?"

Fact is, I think most residents who have them and can afford them like their pickups and big cars. They like paved streets. Just like Sanpedranos quickly got used to fiberglass boats with twin Yamahas rather than sailing dorries and old wooden boats.

I could be wrong, but I bet if you put it to a vote of San Pedro residents, the majority would go for unlimited vehicles and as much paving as possible. Only if at some point these things start clearly reducing the flow of tourist dollars, which I suspect won't happen anytime soon, will we see a reduction in the number of cars.


Lan Sluder/Belize First
Re: accident tuesday evening #58529
11/01/02 03:25 PM
11/01/02 03:25 PM
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CMNate Offline
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I agree with Lan. Let's face it, if there weren't so many tourist (and the building that goes along with that) there wouldn't be as many cars.
I went to San Pedro for the first time in Aug. and I walked most of the time I was there (to Banana Beach and back). I didn't feel like I was going to get run over or that there were too many vehicles on the road. I road a bike one day for 3-5 hours with stops (to the South and all the way to Captain Morgans). Again, I didn't feel like things were out of hand. Certainly I haven't been travelling to San Pedro for many years and have not been able to see the changes, but I have read about them. It all sounds familiar to me and I can recall reading about other places that this has happened (all over America). In a nutshell it's called PROGRESS. I wouldn't want anyone to tell me that I had to go back to the way things were 10 or 20 years ago so I wouldn't impose that on anyone else. Just my opinion. :rolleyes:


Re: accident tuesday evening #58530
11/01/02 04:55 PM
11/01/02 04:55 PM
Joined: Oct 2002
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Miss Anthropy Offline
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This issue has been addressed by residents and tourists alike, to both the town board and other local politicians. IMMISSING's poem is right on in expressing how many of us feel about the island's traffic situation. I think some foresight is useful here, just as it is anywhere major changes are occuring. Its called progress, sure, but planned/beneficial progress is intelligent and in the end, self-serving in the best way. That island is very small. It simply is not going to capacitate its current load of combustion-engine motor vehicles and remain a relatively safe and natural place to live or visit. Speed plus heavy traffic have already proven to be dangerous and lethal to people living there. As for a "vote" by the residents-most of the local people walk or ride bikes. I believe the owners of the trucks and cars are in the minority if I am not mistaken.

Re: accident tuesday evening #58531
11/01/02 06:27 PM
11/01/02 06:27 PM
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The very first time my husband and I came to San Pedro there were NO CARS just a few golf carts.
We thought this was wonderful. When we came the next year and saw that there were a few cars we were so disappointed. There are No need for cars.
Now there are accidents that takes lives.
I vote for:
Just Golf carts!!!

Re: accident tuesday evening #58532
11/01/02 07:00 PM
11/01/02 07:00 PM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 288
Seattle, WA USA
trina Offline
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I totally agree with Bankerwoman. Hubby and I went to San Pedro (our second time) last June. We biked all over the North and South of the cut. We were shocked at the traffic (especially in town) and number and size of construction vehicles. It was dangerous, and not relaxing. If you're going to bill yourself as a "mellow" vacation destination, you've got to actually deliver "truth in advertising". Also, trash on the beach and on the roadside, especially up North, was pretty icky. confused

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