at the new Blue
Reef Island Resort on North Ambergris Caye.
Blue Reef developer Jamie Forbes opened the ceremony
by stating the primary goal of Blue Reef Island Resort, which is "to try
and fit in with the local ecosystem and island culture of Ambergris
Caye." He welcomed Mayoress Elsa Paz and the San Pedro Town Councilors,
Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Ismael
Cal, Chief Executive Officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs Alan
Usher, Father Jim Blount, missionaries and other invited guest that were
present for the ceremony.
Mayoress Elsa Paz addressed the gathering and stated,
"we are present here to celebrate and support another significant
development in San Pedro". She also stated that tourism has provided jobs
and has helped in the infrastructure of our island and pledged the town's
continued support of responsible development on Ambergris Caye.
Father Jim Blount of the San Pedro Roman
Catholic Church blessed the site, with assistance from Minister Peter
Dahlin, presently on a mission from Destin, Florida, USA.
Blue Reef Developer, Jamie Forbes, has a
significant background in real estate and development of beach front
resort communities. His brother and partner, Tom Forbes, boasts 26 years
experience in the travel and tourism industry. The brothers and their
families have been visiting Belize for the past several years, during
which time they became good friends with local businessman Ramon Nuñez
Sr., as well as his son Ramon Jr. and his wife Josie. According to the
Forbes men, the new resort will provide jobs for approximately 25
full-time local employees during construction. In Phase I of the
operation, the company plans to employ an estimated 30 employees as well
as another 50 after their second resort is completed on Cayo Frances.
Blue Reef Island Resort will
consist of six buildings, which will be divided into thirty-six units to
be sold as condominiums and rental units. Each luxurious unit will
contain a kitchen, dining room and optional in-room services. In an
effort to support local artisans the resort will feature baskets,
paintings, carvings and other artwork created by local Belizean artists
and crafters. In addition, the property will be filled with lush
vegetation, cascading pools and replicas of Maya relics. Blue Reef will
provide guest transportation to and from San Pedro. It also
promises to include access for people with physical disabilities.
Present for the dedication was Architect Lynn
Dugas of Destin, Florida, who commented, "The resort's design will
incorporate indigenous woods and carvings in order to give it a natural
Belizean finish." Also on hand for the ceremony was development
contractor in charge of the resort's construction, Mr. Rupert Gabb of San
A catered luncheon arranged by Blue Reef
business associate Josie Nuñez followed the dedication, at which time
those in attendance enjoyed delicious food and cold beverages.
Completion of Blue Reef Island Resort's first building
"Sunfish," which holds the cornerstone, is scheduled for late December of