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Jul 11, 2014

Tour Operator Outlines 2002 Plan for Goff’s Caye

But while Minister Vega is focused on pointing political fingers at the previous administration, he may have to do some more digging to find out who is actually surveying Goff’s Caye. That’s because we tracked down Cervantes this afternoon. First, he verified that he indeed got a lease in 2002 based on a concept he had for the island.

 

Ramon Cervantes, Holds Lease for Portion of Goff’s Caye

Ramon Cervantes

“We would have put in there a restaurant, and a section there for selling drinks – soft drinks and strong drinks – a section for renting snorkel equipment and fishing equipment, etc. and then we would have built toilets that would have been environmentally friendly. They would have been the compost type, where the liquid, urine and so on would filter into containers that when they were filled would be sealed and replaced…and then brought into Belize City and treated. The hard stuff…we would use chemicals and sawdust daily so that it would solidify…what you call the compost system. It would get solid and then after a while you shovel it up, put it into containers and remove it. I wanted to do this because….clearly nobody works free…so I admit there would have been a profit to it but I wanted to do it mostly because I used to control the snorkelling for all the cruise ships, and I used to have to handle ‘porta-potties’ for the tourists, which was the nastiest thing to deal with in this world…really nasty, to the point that even my workers refused to handle it. Towards the end I had hired a porta-toilet from Mr. Diaz and even that, transporting the toilet back with the stuff in rough seas proved to be nasty also. So I approached government and convinced them that we needed these toilets out there, environmentally friendly toilets, compost toilets. And that would have been good for the Belize people as well.”

 

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1 Response for “Tour Operator Outlines 2002 Plan for Goff’s Caye”

  1. StandUp says:

    This is craziness! Out of 17 lines of an interview, 14 of them are about the intricate details of COMPOSTING TOILETS?? The “hard stuff” in the toilet? Someone gets a private lease on a Govt. protected area, sets pegs, it all happened 12 years ago and it’s just coming out, and all we wanna talk about is composting toilets? Sounds like a bunch of “hard stuff in the toilet” to me!

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