The War Against Oil - 12/09/10 02:49 PM
Oceana’s Board of Directors first ever international meeting in Belize includes the participation of many internationally known figures. The meetings started on December 6 and run into Thursday, December 9, 2010.
Internationally recognized Actor, best known in Belize for his role in the sitcom Cheers and now HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, is among the over 15 board members who is visiting Belize for the first time.
The working session of the meeting was held in San Pedro on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, where the board worked on approving its global strategy and budget for 2011 and learning more about the pressing marine issues in Belize.
While in San Pedro the Board took time to meet with members of the San Pedro Town Council and visit local tourist spots. Mayor Elsa Paz, who has been supportive of Oceana’s policies along with the Town Councilors, hosted the board members at a cocktail party at the San Pedro Holiday Hotel, where Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia was a guest of honor.
The event was for the Board of Directors to mingle with some of the heads/members of local organizations who are against offshore oil drilling. The Board of directors along with Minister Heredia and Mayor Paz then moved on to Blue Water Grill for dinner.
Oceana made Mayor Paz one of its special guests at the Gulf Coast in September. Paz was aboard the vessel chartered by OCEANA that toured the areas affected by BP’s Deep Horizon spill and was joined by Hollywood celebrities on the gulf tour.
As part of the series of events in Belize, Oceana’s board members made courtesy calls on Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Rene Montero and Leader of the Opposition Johnny Briceño.
A highlight of the Board’s visit to in Belize is the public forum at the Bliss Institute that will be held today, December 8, at 5p.m. The theme of this presentation which is open to the Belizean public free of cost is “Learning from the US Oil Disasters – Can this be us?” The key presenter will be marine scientist Dr. Jeff Short, who has worked and researched the Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska and the recent BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
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