Belize News Post learned today that the super-yacht (super polluting cash cows) marina in Placencia Belize has defeated the voice of the people in Belize’s courts. The marina now is cleared to finish nearly completed construction with the full loving embrace of a debt burdened Government of Belize. What we don’t know is how all the concerns of the people of Placencia where addressed if at all. Saddening news for anyone concerned with the long term viability of Belize’s pristine natural resources. It’s obvious to any tour guide in Belize that having even more cruise ship tourists trample to death every site they visit is short sighted. The tourists will by there very masses ruin the beauty they came to see. The count down has begun.
The article goes on to attack Mary Toy as “self-proclaimed environmentalist”.
The Placencia is pleased to announce that the Supreme Court of Belize dismissed the frivolous claims against The Placencia Marina made by the Peninsula Citizens for Sustainable Development’s self proclaimed environmentalist leader Mary Toy. All claims and challenges were soundly rejected by the Judge as totally baseless and Peninsula Citizens for Sustainable Development and Toy were ordered to pay all legal fees and costs.
“It was clear to all parties involved that Peninsula Citizens for Sustainable Development and Toy’s claims were designed to stop development merely for the sake of stopping development and for her own personal motives,” said Marco Caruso, Principal, The Placencia. “We’re optimistic that a significant infrastructure development for the country of Belize such as The Placencia Marina has a clear path to success. This ruling is validation that collaboration between the private and public sectors will not be deterred by baseless, selfishly motivated claims of a select few.”
- Tourist sites will be over run
- Sewage treatment facilities don’t exist or can’t cope with the masses
- Ships will pollute the sea, the reef with oil, gas, exhaust, sewage and ballast water dumped at sea
- Overnight tourism business will be killed by floating mega hotels
- The mangrove will be cleared (starting with the 4000 acres)
- Property prices will gentrify the area forcing locals out
I guess that makes Belize News Post environmentalist too, but we just like to think of ourselves as people who can see beyond tomorrow. Maybe it’s because we were going to San Pedro when it was a quiet fishing village, and now we can’t stand the traffic, and the grime, and the crime. Or maybe it’s because we have seen the result of super-yacht marinas in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta’s fate will be Placencia’s soon enough. Next up is an “international airport” which is sure to include underpaid Belizeans pedaling tours of “turn-key” condo’s which come with a free tequila farm tour.
-Belize News Post