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Jan 4, 2019

No Local Arrivals to the Multimillion-Dollar San Pedro Water Terminal

There is an ongoing dispute in San Pedro as it relates to the use of the terminal on the lagoon side. The Sunset Boardwalk Project, valued at over six million dollars and funded through the Sustainable Tourism Programme, includes the San Pedro Water Terminal with docking facilities for water vessels transporting persons to and from the island locally and internationally. Even though the facility was officially opened almost five years ago in March of 2014, the local arrival section has never been used. Operators have not been up to using the lagoon side because dredging must be done within the lagoon to create a channel deep enough for the boats to traverse without hindrance to the terminal. But as we found out, there is political interference afoot and one operator, it appears, has ministerial support.

 

Daniel Guerrero

Daniel Guerrero, Mayor, San Pedro

“They are disrespectful in a way. My thing is that they are using the excuse that it is too shallow. But at any terminal, you have what is called a no-wake zone where you have to go real slow and then take off and they can do that, but they just don’t want to go to the back. Definitely the companies are insisting to stay on the front. That’s what they are doing; they want to stay on the front and we the council want them in the back because that project was designed for that. All the water taxis, including Caye Caulker Water Taxi, San Pedro Belize Express…everybody needs to go to the back. I think they are only using the international trips to Chetumal; that’s what they are using there for. Right now, the local ones from Belize City and Caye Caulker, everything is in the front right now.”

 

Duane Moody

“Is there a deadline by which they must…”

 

Daniel Guerrero

“Well no. There is not a deadline because of the dredging; that’s the excuse they are using. But I will definitely in this 2019 put all my efforts to make sure that it is dredged and everybody goes to the back and use that terminal to the back.”


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