The Caye Caulker Village Council is wasting no time in
preparing for the upcoming tourist season. According to Caye Caulker
Village Chairman Alberto Villanueva Jr., "La Isla Cariñosa" will soon
sport a new municipal pier.
The island's main dock, situated on the windward side of
Caye Caulker, has deteriorated and is in dire need of repairs. According
to Mr. Villanueva, the pier's last renovation was done some ten years
ago, so the Village Council decided to completely demolish the pier and
build a new one. The new pier will be rebuilt to its original 300 foot
length but its width will increase from seven to twelve feet. Upon its
completion, the main dock will also house a tourist information center
and Caye Caulker Water Taxi Terminal and office. The Caye Caulker Village
Council is also looking into the cost of lights for the pier, equivalent
to Port Authority standards.
The estimated cost of this project is $70,000BZ and
financing has been received as follows: Ministry of Finance - $27,171,
Ministry of Tourism and the Belize Tourism Board - $27,171, and Caye
Caulker Water Taxi Association - $15,000. Aside from their cash donation,
the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association will pay for the construction of
its office on the pier.
The dismantling of the pier is expected
to commence on Monday, October
27th. Following this,
the first phase of the pier should take four weeks, followed by a second
phase which will include construction of a canopy over a portion of the
dock, that is expected to take two weeks.
"We saw the need for the reconstruction of a new pier due to
the increase in tourism and the amount of water traffic over the last
five years," Caye Caulker Village Chairman Alberto Villanueva told
The San Pedro Sun. "The Village Council
is advocating for many improvements to the island so that our visitors
can enjoy the beauty of 'La Isla Cariñosa'," he ended.