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Crooks at Coldwell Banker in San Pedro

In the past two years Coldwell Banker situated on Coconut Drive have had two people whisked off back to the jolly old USA , by the US Marshalls and the FBI in two seperate cases. This does not leave a warm fuzzy feeling as once can be seemed as an accident but twice is almost unheard of. RJ  Cover is awaiting sentencing in Bucks County in Pennsylvania. It is understood that he will receive a very long sentence as he has pled guilty to over100 counts of fraud.

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS – TRIVIA NIGHT

Tomorrow night is Trivia Night at Pedro’s Inn – can anyone beat the reigning champions The Fantastic Four. They came from nowhere last week and beat the Sneaky Ninjas by just one point. The winning team should be taking home quite  a lot of money this week as attendance is high! The quiz mistress has apparently changed the format slightly this week so everyone is in for a nice surprise! Be there at 7.30pm. There are rumours of Pedro buying the winning team a round of shots too.

Booking Tandem Skydiver Packages in San Pedro

The tsunami skydivers are taking bookings for skydiving packages which will start from this sunday febuary 13th until february 20th.

The prices are 225usd for the jump itself and 110usd for the video, which is optional. Bookings can be made,in advance at the Sunbreeze Hotel or at Pedro’s Inn. Once they start jumping bookings will only be taken at the Sunbreeze where one goes through the foyer to the large tent where there is a booking desk.

Without a doubt seeing our favourite island from 12,000 feet, and then launching oneself from a plane with only a piece of silk is one of the most incomparable feelings that one can imagine.

Paella Night at Pedro’s

Friday night at Pedro’s will feature Hugo as guest chef at Pedro’s. He will be cooking his two paella dishes, and Pedro’s are expecting a large crowd.

Hugo comes from Argentina, in has a restaurant in Alicante, Spain which his family run and a restaurant in San Pedro called Aji. His particular style of cooking has made him one of the best chefs on the island and the event is not to be missed.

Pedro’s takes reservations and the gourmet paella will be served from 7.00pm on this coming friday night.

Skydivers Start to Arrive

Rich Grimm was spotted, last night, at Pedro’s Inn playing poker. His poker play over the last few years has improved dramatically, and he considers all the money that is on the table as his very own bonus.

This is the biggest year ever for the skydivers, and with over 200 individuals arriving over the next few weeks is a very welcome boost to the island economy. During the next couple of weeks Rich has 7 full days of partying where very night they go to a different bar/restaurant. This shows the new arrivals what the island is like, and many of his jumpers have come back with their families to show them how great “Isla Bonita” really is.

Rich deserves a huge debt of gratitude from the business owners of San Pedro, as he does more for tourism on this island than any of the paid advisors/marketeers employed by the government agencies. The Ambergris Daily believes that one year he should be made person of the year in San Pedro.

Sugar Caye

The new canal lots south of the DFC area on Ambergris Caye look interesting. We think it’s called “Sugar Caye.” Ambergris Daily would like to see the San Pedro Town Council insist that the developers install protective retaining walls before they are offered on the open market for sale. If this is not done the lots will erode away, the banks of the lots destroyed by the wake of boat traffic and the effects of relatively minor weather events such as heavy rains, minor tropical storms etc. The canal lots in DFC and San Pablo have already suffered this fate and owners there have to spend a lot of money on fill and seawalls before they can build.

It is time for a canal subdivision to be done properly on Ambergris Caye. Sugar Caye development would look much better with proper retaining walls, the purchaser’s investment would be protected against bad weather and erosion and the lots would sell for more money.

Come on, San Pedro Town Council, Sugar Caye is a major development, make the developer do it right!

Is There Escrow in Belize?

The answer to this is that there is no escrow in Belize.

However in realty all of the Realtors have their own accounts which they place their clients money in, and call it their escrow holding account. When all documents are presented to each realtor the titles and monies are handed over and the transaction is complete.

What happens if your realtor keeps the money. Well the long and the short of it is that you have no protection other than recourse under the laws of Belize which means going to court and getting your monies returned under the judical system.

There is title insurance available from RF and G based in Belize City who use a bonded law firm to hold the monies, and they insure that you get your title.

The Ambergris Daily has not heard of any reputable realtors or indeed any of the less reputable ever witholding any funds but as their are new realtors being formed every week, it does seem that it would be wise if you do not personally know your realtor and trust him implicitly to use a system that is guaranteed to protect your money.

The Ambergris Daily is not pointing fingers at any particular company, and indeed has bought over 12 properties in San Pedro and has always received the titles with absolutely no problems.

 

A trip to the Blue Hole…..

I was lucky enough to be staying at Pedro’s on my vacation and was easily convinced to dive the Blue Hole. What a great trip. We set off at 5:30am (eeek) but onboard we had fruit and coffee to keep us going. Luckily it was a calm day so most of us managed to sleep the 2 hour boat ride out to the Blue Hole which meant we missed the dolphins bow-riding on the way!

We got there and after a thorough briefing we jumped in. Down to 130ft we went, where the sunlight is almost completely extinguished and its quiet an eerie feeling. We were accompanied by a few fish but mostly only stalagmites are present. As we swam through the stalagmites we were joined by a few curious Caribbean reef sharks which was exicitng! A very good dive but quite different.

Our second dive stop was “Half Moon Caye Wall” and this was a drift dive. The marine life here was fantastic, plenty of snappers, groupers and all the usual reef fish plus 2 turtles who were happy to let us watch them for quite a while.

Lunch was on Half Moon Caye, where there is a reserve for red-footed boobie birds. Lunch was great – Belizean stew chicken, rice, coleslaw and soft drink. Afterwards we walked around the idyllic island and saw a few of the famous birds.

Our last dive was at “Aquarium” and was another drift diving and our third for the day. It was streaming with life; coral, fish, crabs, shrimp, lion fish, rays, moray eels etc. The best dive of the day by far!

The ride home was made quicker by the plentiful supply of rum punch and sharing dive stories with our fellow divers.

What a great day and well worth the money!

Hideaway is torn down…

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It has been a landmark of sorts down Coconut Drive. The Hideaway held many memories for so many, and now it has been torn down. No one knows what will become of the land – but for sure, part of San Pedro’s history has been cleared away to make way for something new…

Monster Fleas and Ticks Invade Ambergris Caye

San Pedro has been invaded and infested and the little monsters show no signs of giving in.  Day after day, our beloved four-legged companions appear in front of me at the clinic, their owners distraught with anxiety and fear.  ”We are losing the fight against fleas and ticks!”, they tell me.  They have tried baths, collars, and sprays.  They have tried Advantix, Frontline, Vectra, and Revolution.  They have ticks in their beds, fleas in their sofas, and bites on their skin.  Their pets are chewing and scratching, their hair is flying, their skin is bald or with sores.  ”What are we going to do?” they ask me in despair.

Well I am here to tell you that these fleas and ticks mean business.  They are not messing around.  Give them an inch and they will take a mile.  Use the wrong product, or the right product inconsistently, and you are doomed.

Here is the secret:  Frontline doesn’t work.  It just doesn’t.  The fleas laugh at it.  The ticks roll around in it and eat it for breakfast. Don’t even think of wasting your time with this product in San Pedro.

So what DOES work?  What is the flea and tick kryptonite?  It is called Promeris.  Promeris is a product that is not popular in the States.  It smells bad.  The dogs wrinkle their noses.  The owners wave a hand in front of their faces.  But guess what – it WORKS. Ask anyone who has used it and they will tell you.  The ticks will fall off, the fleas will turn over.  Your dog will look at you with relief in his eyes.  But PLEASE – DO NOT USE  IT ON CATS.  IT IS TOXIC TO THEM.

At San Pedro Animal Hospital this is our strategy:  Once a month your dog comes in.  We bathe him and check him for fleas and ticks, removing any that we find (about $20).  We apply Promeris ($35-$40 depending on size).  And we give heartworm preventative.  (Heartworms are another dangerous invader – we will discuss this next week).  The entire monthly treatment will cost as little as $56 for a chihuahua, or $80 for a Great Dane.  Not only will your pet be more comfortable, they will be less likely to contract dangerous diseases such as Ehrlichiosis, also known as “tick fever”.

In San Pedro, you will spend less money in the long-run when you use the proper preventative care.

And your pet will thank you for it.

San Pedro Animal Hospital is open mon-friday 9.00am-5.00pm, sat 9.00am-12.00am call 610-3647

Dr.Laurie Droke is available for emergencies 24 hours tel: 610 3647

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