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May 3, 2022

Placencia Restores Silk Caye to its Former Glory

Residents of Placencia Village are reclaiming Silk Caye. The island has been quickly deteriorating and what is left today is only a small portion of its former self. Silk Caye is at risk of disappearing and with that the economic benefits it offers to tour guides from Placencia. Over the weekend, a team of villagers, including tour guides and business owners, headed out to the island to begin the restoration process. On Saturday, a rock wall was built with sand bags behind it, utilizing five thousand sand bags all moved by hand. News Five spoke with Justin Linarez, the Director of Go Sea Tours, who told us that the community’s goal is to make the island twice its original size.

 

Justin Linarez

Justin Linarez, Director, Go Sea Tours

“This initiative was spearheaded by Mr. Eworth Garbutt. I would say about a month and a half ago he started with a petition to get some signatures from villagers so that we could proceed with the reclamation of Silk Caye. As I shared with you a few months back, Silk Caye has been eroding very fast and it puts at risk a lot of tour operators losing business, going out there, and that is the most popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot actually. Mister Eworth went around the community, got all the tour operators involved. I can say for sure, at least over eight tour operators were there this weekend, using their resources, their workers, and their time in order to get this done. He is the person that lobbied to get financing for the project, then the villagers and stakeholders put in the man power to get that started the main stuff we needed was sand, which we had thousands of bags of sand. We still have sand on the town right now that we are trying to get out to the island because that initiative is still going on as we speak. We have some coconut trees which we replanted on the area. That was an idea again by Mr. Garbutt. I believe that was one of the better things we did because we need to keep the sand compact in that area. Beside sand, rock, concrete, we also got a big hand from the guys over at Lowens who transported most of that material on their barge. They had two barges in the area along with a tuck that was pushing the bigger barge. We also had an excavator on that barge that offloaded the rocks in order for us to build a very strong sea wall. It was a very huge and costly project, but with the community coming together, everyone putting their piece, I think we will have a very nice silk Caye moving forward.”


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