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Apr 18, 2013

Terrible dredging on the north end of Ambergris Caye

On Tuesday, OCEANA won a major legal victory when six oil contracts were declared null and void by the Supreme Court. Tonight, there is a developing story from San Pedro that is stirring unease on the island. It is reported that north of San Pedro’s Marine Channel, seventy-six point nine cubic yards are being dredged for sand, silt and mud.  Investor, Darrin Sherry, was issued a permit on behalf of Royal Belizean Land Company on March eighth, which is even before the San Pedro Town Council issued a recommendation. It is not known for what precisely the dredging is taking place but reports say it a large scale development is involved.   The dredging will take place in three stages and already there is concern because the area is one of the main habitats for juvenile permit fish and the activities are also clogging the marina channel. The reports also say that the filling of a nearby mangrove area is taking place, but there doesn’t seem to be any permit for that. News Five will continue to follow up on this story.

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4 Responses for “Terrible dredging on the north end of Ambergris Caye”

  1. Storm says:

    Protecting our environment, marine and rainforest and archaeological, is part of the security grade on the government “report card” in the comment I posted on the story above.

    DO WE EVEN HAVE A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT? Every official who should be protecting the environment seems to be primarily concerned with facilitating the rape of the nation by rich companies, and covering up the crimes. What grade do you give for this work?

    I’m not against all development, I believe we need RESPONSIBLE investment, foreign and domestic. so we can have jobs and prosperity for the future. But development always affects the future, and we have a solemn obligation not to destroy the nation today so a few politicians and their family and friends can get rich. ALL proposed development must be reviewed professionally and impartially, and with utter transparency, so every Belizean can be heard if they want. And it goes without saying that no public official should profit from approving any development, not a single dollar.


  2. Bear says:

    Here’s another place that concerned citizens could use their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO MAKE CITIZEN ARRESTS for criminal dredging and other attacks on the nation’s sensitive environment.

  3. Common Sense says:

    With the OCEANA court report in hand, someone start testing the judiciary’s independence now PLEASE…..rosewood issue…..this type of dredging….someone start this rolling please for our future generations. Inshallah.

  4. Not a Tourist says:

    Belize and its officials in uniform and political office will bring the country down to ZERO.
    Better give it back to the Guatemalans since it was sold to then many years ago by the supreme leader.

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