A profit for the
three-day Costa Maya Festival 2001 was announced to loud applause from members
of the Costa Maya Committee last Wednesday. Cut short by one day due to Tropical
Storm Chantal, this year's premier festival featured glamour and entertainment
from the five Mundo Maya countries of Latin America. Chairman Gach Guerrero and
Director Melanie Paz expressed many thanks to the committee for their hard work
and devotion in making this year's festival a success. In reply, the committee
revealed its appreciation and preference for a four-day event, versus the
six-day festival of past years. A special thank you was also extended to Mrs.
Mary Beissner for her continued support in managing and controlling the
financial aspects of the Costa Maya Festival.
report, it showed income was generated from several sources including: sponsors
- $69,150; advance ticket sales - $41,055; gate - $51,389; bar - $24,908; soft
drinks - $4,370; booths - 4,900; games - $6,000; and T-shirts and raffle -
$410, totaling $196,372. Expenses were paid out for a variety of items
such as entertainment, pageant, telephone, security, grounds maintenance,
repayment of a loan from the San Pedro Town Council, etc., totaling $175,607. It
was reported that most of the profit will be used to pay off an existing loan
from the Development Finance Corporation who are still due money for a past
Costa Maya Festival. The remainder will be used as "start-up" money for next
Also the public is advised that due to
circumstances beyond the committee's control, the Festival Raffle has been
cancelled. It was disclosed to the committee, just prior to this year's
festival, that the house and lot would now need to be paid for out of money
raised by the raffle. This information was contrary to the previous commitment
given by the Belize Rural South office that they would facilitate the prize.
Additionally, due to a poor response from this year's sales efforts, a decision
was made that the raffle would not be beneficial. As a result, money will be
refunded to those possessing ticket stubs who contact the committee at 026-2180
before October 31, 2001. Following that date, the remainder of the money
collected will be raffled to those who choose to remain in the contest. The
exact date and details of this raffle will be announced at a later date in the
San Pedro Sun.