|Clean-up efforts are given a boost
by machinery from the mainland
What seemed so devastating only two weeks
ago, seems a distant memory to some, as the island of Ambergris Caye and
specifically the town of San Pedro quickly returns to paradise. With water in
our lines, phones ringing in most homes and businesses, and electricity restored
to many (in town so far), some would not have guessed the island was so recently
hit by a Class 4 hurricane.
The general public should be
informed that as of Tuesday, October 17th, the curfew was changed to the hours
10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Many will be happy to know the ban on liquor sales has
been lifted as well, except during the hours of curfew. Liquor establishments
are recommended to stop serving alcohol to patrons at 9:30 p.m. and have them
out of their businesses by 10:00 in order for all clients and employees to reach
home by curfew. The curfew for minors is unchanged and remains in
The San Pedro Post Office has returned to normal
working hours, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - noon, and 1 - 4:30 p.m. On
Fridays, the office closes at 4:00 p.m. Belize Bank hours are currently Monday
to Friday 8 a.m. - noon, but as of next Monday, October 23, they should resume
normal hours, Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and open Fridays until 4:30 p.m.
Atlantic Bank, as of press time, is still operating Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.
to noon, but is expecting to return any day to normal hours.
The scenery itself seems to be returning as street crews
and volunteers work seemingly endless hours removing debris and garbage from the
streets. San Pedro Town Councilor "Jimbo" Vasquez, who is responsible for
overseeing this massive cleanup (and is owed a debt of gratitude from the town
for coordinating these efforts), informed this newspaper that they are currently
working with one garbage truck. He assures the general public, as soon as
possible, normal domestic garbage collection will return. In the interim,
residences should attempt to store household garbage safely and securely.
Smoother streets are greeting travelers as well, thanks to the road grader being
able to perform its job, and now that the rains have let up for a few days. An
aerial spraying for the eradication of mosquitoes continued with the good
weather on Monday and now terrestrial (ground) spraying will continue to keep
that situation under control.