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Aug 15, 2022

Angelfish Caye L.L.C. Proposes Eco-Resort Development within South Water Caye Marine Reserve

Angelfish Caye L.L.C. is planning to develop a two acre eco-resort on the island of Angelfish Caye located ten miles southeast of Hopkins Village, within the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. On Saturday, public consultations were held on the project’s EIA in Hopkins Village. Angelfish Caye L.L.C. submitted its Environmental Impact Assessment report to the Department of Environment in mid-July.  They plan to build eight structures within an area that is considered to be a mangrove reserve. During the construction phase, Angelfish Caye L.L.C. will also need to fill over an acre of property. They were able to present their findings and hear concerns from residents in Hopkins village on the day of the public consultation. Here is a brief look at how that went.


Kenrick Gordon

Kenrick Gordon, Environmental Officer, D.O.E.

“In accordance with section twenty one of the EPA it particularly indicates that any project that is going to have significant impact on the environment may be required to conduct an environmental impact assessment. This is also subject to the environmental impact assessment regulations. In the E.I.A., particularly because this project falls within the South Water Caye Reserve it obligated the developer to do a an Environmental Impact Assessment .”


Voice of: Everisto Avella, Team Leader, Wilderness Group Consultation

“The property size is two point seven acres. There will be eight structures, of which six of them are buildings, small buildings. None of the mangroves you saw in that photo will be removed. The project will be built around the mangroves. A little over an acre will be filled. We need land fill for a little over an acre. No corals will be damaged, because the area we are working on has no live corals. And the live corals are away from the site. Approximately one point five acres of sea grass of the area that will be filled will be removed. Now, we know that it is a little less than five acres.”


Voice of: Mick Castillo, Hopkins Village Resident

“Disturbing that are will be chaotic and we want to remember that the people who are immediately affected as far as I can see it, they were not really consulted. That is just my view.”

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