Fifteen years ago a
significant public signing and ceremony was held on November
27th at Central Park.
This marked the day when San Pedro Village was promoted to town status by
Central Government. This happened after tireless attempts and lobbying
with Central Government by the village council. After the birth and the
continued growth of tourism on the island, San Pedranos knew that this
industry was attracting more earnings to the country with only little in
return to San Pedro. Being promoted to a town would mean that the island
would have more say in the running of their affairs and it would mean
more local taxes would stay in San Pedro. These were some of the examples
that the Village Council set on the table to the Government. Their
efforts paid off and San Pedro was given its long overdue promotion. On
November 27th, 1984,
the San Pedro Village Council Chairman, Mr. Gilberto Gomez was joined by
the rest of the village council to sign this declaration.
Today we enjoy the privileges of living in a town -
specifically San Pedro Town, which has grown to become Belize's tourism
capital. Since that historic day, and along with the first Mayor of San
Pedro Town, Mr. Gilberto Gomez, we continue to fight for the betterment
of our town. San Pedro has been led by other great leaders such as Mr.
Pedro Salazar Sr., Mr. Baldemar Graniel, Mr. Manuel Heredia Jr., and Mr.
Alberto Nuñez in their capacity as Mayors. They are assisted by the town
councilors and most importantly are given the support of the residents of
this town. As we get ready to celebrate this
15th anniversary, let
us take time to thank the hardworking village council members who worked
for the promotion of San Pedro Town; let us thank our mayors, councilors
and all residents of San Pedro Town.
Once again the people of San Pedro
Town and visitors alike are invited to join in the celebrations of this
commemorative day. The San Pedro Town Board will be holding an all-day
four-team volleyball tournament commencing at 11:30 a.m. Already
confirmed are two teams from San Pedro, one from Caye Caulker and one
from Corozal. The winning team will be awarded with trophies during the
evening program. Lots to eat and drink will be on sale during the
tournament. The official lighting of the Christmas and Millennium
celebrations lights will also take place in the evening followed by
entertainment from dance groups and skit presentations. Fireworks will
also light up the sky in celebration of our
15th year as a