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Jun 1, 2018

Cayo Rosario Project Approved Despite Objections

Mike Heusner

Two weeks ago we told you about the proposed development on Cayo Rosario in San Pedro. It is a small caye that falls within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve that was sold to a private investor. That investor has already submitted a proposal for a massive development that will see over-water cabanas erected in the reserve. The developers will have to do significant dredging around the caye to carry out the massive project.  But the San Pedro community has strongly objected to the proposed development, which they say will have adverse impact on the environment, and by extension, the fishing and tourism industries.  The community got wind that the final version of the Environmental Impact Assessment was given the green light by the National Appraisal Environmental Committee. Since we’ve aired the story, we have made attempts to make contact with the NEAC and the Department of Environment, but those have gone unanswered.  Well, today we caught up with Mike Heusner, one of the members of NEAC. Heusner is the B.T.I.A. Rep on the committee and we asked him if the project was approved. He says it was and it happened at a meeting that he didn’t attend. Heusner says he objected strongly because the type of development shouldn’t take place within a reserve.


Mike Heusner, B.T.I.A. Rep, NEAC

“NEAC has to go by rules and regulations that are existing. Sometimes there are serious objections within the NEAC meetings but most of the times the laws, rules and regulations will override personal objections. I personally think there should be no overwater structures in any marine protected area but it is permitted. It was permitted and is being permitted but San Pedro is objecting very strongly to it and I encourage them to object to it.”


Andrea Polanco

“Was this a decision of one member of the committee?”


Mike Heusner

“No. No. No. It is usually by consensus, the general feeling of the group even though we may have individual objections.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, it wasn’t a unanimous decision?”


Mike Heusner

“Probably not. I don’t have the record of it.”


Andrea Polanco

“You voted against it?”


Mike Heusner

“That is one of the few meetings in ten years that I was absent but they know my position on it. They all understand it.”

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1 Response for “Cayo Rosario Project Approved Despite Objections”

  1. Fungus says:

    Again,,this government is so corrupted they would sell their underwear to any foreigner..time to purge belize..

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