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Aug 14, 2019

Minister Heredia Says He is with Tour Guides on Cayo Rosario

What’s happening with Cayo Rosario? Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Junior says he doesn’t know what’s going on over on the caye, but he doesn’t approve of any over-the-water structures and that he is not for any dredging taking place there.  About seven weeks ago, Heredia told News Five that he didn’t believe the proper process of consultation was conducted and didn’t believe in the results of the environmental assessment.  As you will recall, San Pedranos are not happy about the mega development proposed for the small island that lies within an expansion zone of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.  Residents took the matter before the court but the court ruled in favour of the developer. The now privately owned caye is expected to be used to build a multi-million dollar tourist accommodation. Today, Heredia says he stands with the tour guides and operators.

 

Manuel Heredia Jr.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

“All that I know is that there will be no dredging. As far as I am concerned, I am not supporting the over-the-water-structure. I still maintain that up to this point and I will be behind the tour guides or tour guides that area against it. I will be behind them to support that cause. And, again, I will know that area and I know the habitat that are around; the abundance of marine life, although the consultant has said otherwise. I know the area as a fisherman. I know it really well and I believe that it is supposed to be left as it is.”


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