San Pedro Marina to be completed by August

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 11            March 27, 2003

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Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr., Mayoress Elsa Paz and Councilor Joe Alijio at site of new marina

San Pedro could be a more beautiful town in the next three and a half months. For years, the piers situated on the east side of San Pedro Town have been eyesores for residents as well as tourists, and many people want to know what is being done to correct this problem.

    Mayoress Elsa Paz and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), in cooperation with the Government of Belize (GOB), are continuing with plans for a BZ$28 million project to build a marina. The project's goal is to move the shipping area and industrial equipment that sits on the municipal dock and private shipping areas to one location.

    The road to the marina passes through the DFC housing project located in San Pablo; the SPTC and GOB will coordinate the improvement of road access to the site. This marina will serve as a loading/unloading facility, and also as a place to store industrial equipment. At this stage of construction, the piling of the bulkheads has been completed, and Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr. expects that dredging for the planned canal will commence in two to three days. The channel, dredged to facilitate the entrance and storage of barges and other large boats, is planned to be approximately 5,200 feet from its beginning in the sea to the end at the bulkhead of the pier. The canal will be 200 feet long, 100 feet wide, and between 11 and 25 feet deep. At the moment, the pier is called "San Pedro Pier" but the name will be changed to "San Pedro Marina" as it will also serve as a harbor for boats in case of a hurricane.
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