During the course of the years Ambergris Caye has been losing its natural beaches due to erosion. With the recent natural disaster called Mitch, San Pedro Town lost an even greater amount of beach, as can be seen.
The San Pedro Town Board was faced with the challenge of restoring our beautiful beaches. Recommendations were made, and it was decided by the board to hire the services of a dredge. The dredge is to pump sand from about 200 feet from the beach. The beach reclamation is supposed to be 2 feet high and about 60 feet wide.
Central Government has issued the go ahead for this project to be in full swing. At the moment the dredging has been done at Paradise Hotel, the cemetery, Royal Palm and Island Academy. The next stop will be the Boca del Rio Area, due to the significant damaged received by Hurricane Mitch. Dredging will also be done in other areas such as the Central Park, Catholic Church and Esmeralda Park. Private businesses will also pay for the dredging services to be done in front of their properties.
The San Pedro Town Board is confident that little or no damage will be
done to our beautiful Barrier Reef. The board also feels that this beach
reclamation is of significant importance to our tourism industry. If you
have any questions or comments regarding the beach reclamation, feel free to
contact the San Pedro Town Board, during normal working hours.
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