La Isla Bonita- returning to normal

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 38            October 19, 2000

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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 effect.

    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.
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