Littering will cost you!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 17, No. 12            March 22, 2007

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Last year, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) embarked on a campaign entitled “La Isla Bonita es mi Casa and I like mi Casa clean.” Through this campaign, the general public was invited to use the garbage cans situated around the island.

    Last month, SPTC issued a press release stating that a fine would be implemented for any and all persons found littering the streets of San Pedro. A grace period was given and now, as of Monday, March 26th, 2007, the council is ready to begin ticketing. Traffic wardens, police officers, and the health inspector will be the ones issuing the tickets. The fine, based on the indiscretion, will carry a 15-day period from the date of ticket issuance. If the fine is not paid within fifteen calendar days, the person may incur a fee of $130 per person operating a business/body corporate/unincorporated body or $30 in the case of any other person for every day that the fine remains unpaid. If the fine still remains unpaid for thirty days and over and the person has not requested a court hearing, he/she shall be summoned to court. In the event that the person get convicted, they may be fined $1,000 in addition to the fines stated on the ticket, as well as any legal and administrative costs that SPTC may have incurred.

    Homeowners are also encouraged to keep their yards and surroundings clean. SPTC also advises businesses located on the beach side NOT to dump garbage on the piles of sea grass. The sea grass collected and piled is used as fill for the streets and/or low lying housing areas of San Pedro Town. SPTC hereby asks the cooperation of the public in this matter. Anyone caught in this act is liable to a littering ticket.
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