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Feb 4th 11
Go to http://www.treasurecovebelize.com/ and you’ll read descriptions of a 5 star resort and casino on a private and exclusive island off the coast of Belize. Most of the website is written as if this marvelous resort is open for business. The only problem is, it doesn’t exist in any form whatsoever. No meaningful development has taken place on the island in question which remains a mangrove wilderness. In every way possible the website is not legal, decent, honest or truthful. It’s a total fabrication, it’s a product of deceit and dishonesty. Here we go again, a couple of expats promising to build a resort. This resort was “started” in 2006 and all that can possibly have happened is the people involved may very well have taken money from gullible investors who will have no hope of a refund.
Mr. Rick Pierce an expat American and a Mr. David Box an expat from the UK have been promising much and delivering nothing. On the web one finds useless artist impressions of a hotel and casino, and nowhere does it say that it has not been built or even it has yet to be started. The website clearly implies that Treasure Cove exists and is operational. We fly over the island in question most weeks, it’s on the flight path from San Pedro to Belize City. There’s nothing there, just mangrove.
Mr. David Box was part of the Alexandra Nicholson gang that extorted 10,000usd from the Oberhaus’s.
The Ambergris Daily wants to know why we as a community put up with these shysters. They give us and the whole country a bad name. This is criminal behavior anyway one looks at it. We tried to contact Mr. Rick Pierce (no relation to Jeff) and he did nothing but swear down the phone and say this has nothing to do with the press.
We would like to meet or talk to anyone who has invested with these two wonders of society.
Feb 3rd 11
Every year the Ambergris Daily watches and reads with bemusement about the BTB and the other semi government organisations going to far flung places in the world. Places like Taiwan, London, Belgium, Scandanavia, Paris, Madrid, and the list goes on and on. In our opinion it is just a tremendous waste of tax collected monies.
These trips just provide good old jolly trips for the government officials and their psychophants. We, at the paper, understand that everone should be able to vacation for free but that in the world of commerce just does not work. We cannot compete, economically, with the likes of Mexico, Costa Rica and so on. We must compete on terms that you use financial logic and good business acumen.
Feb 3rd 11
Maya Island Air have realised that their daily plane service to Cancun is not as good as it could be. They are, over the next few months, going to lease a smaller plane which will be more cost effective. Also they are hoping to bring the prices down which will make it more affordable for the average passenger.
This is good news as most people could see that with around 10 passengers a day that this service could not hold its own in todays economic climate, and the only other option would have been to close down the route.
There is also a very strong rumour that Maya are looking to fly from Cancun directly into San Pedro as most of their customers, on this route, final destination is San Pedro.
Feb 3rd 11
Maya Island Air has leased a 737, is currently arranging to fly it from New Orleans to Belize International, and then onto Fort Lauderdale. This is to be a daily flight, and it is hoped that they will start before easter.
Without a doubt this is the most exciting news that the tourism sector has had in the last few years because this is really going to bring another 1000 people a week to Belize. Over a decade ago there was a bi-weekly flight from Louisanna, and the flights were stopped, but now with the problems in Mexico we believe that it will be a very popular route.
Feb 3rd 11
A few months ago a Beachcraft twin engine King Air was impounded by the Belize authorities. This plane had been involved in the smuggling illegal narcotics from Honduras to Mexico. The plane was kept at the Belize International terminal, as the authorities had to decide what to do with it and the owners, for obvious reasons, could not be found.
Last week a couple of Mexicans turned up and told the BAA (Belize Airport Authority) that they were to take the plane on a test flight. The unnamed person at the BAA handed over the keys and off went our two jolly Mexicans on their flight.
Feb 2nd 11
It appears that the amount of tourists that arrived in San Pedro in january of this year is far higher than last, and many of the restaurant owners are rubbing their hands with glee. On monday night almost every restaurant on front and middle street appeared to be full with even queues forming at some of the more popular eateries.
Many hotels are saying that their bookings are far higher for february and march than they have been for years. The tour operators are also highly optimistic, and they too are anticipating a bumper year.
This will be very welcome to both the banks and their customers as loans will obviously start to be paid back, and this releases more money into the community which will lead to further job opportunities by the opening of new businesses.
Feb 2nd 11
Tropic Airlines are planning on starting daily direct flights to Guatemala City from next month. This will be a huge boost for the tourism industry, especially in San Pedro, as it will allow many people to visit the island for a weekend break which up till now was almost impossible.
We at the Ambergris Daily congratulate the far sightedness. and business acumen of Tropic Airlines.
Feb 1st 11
Rumours have filtered through to the Ambergris Daily that an independent candidate will run against the PUP (People United Party) and the UDP (United Democratic Party) representatives next march.
Details are very sketchy but it appears this person who is a San Pedrano will only run as independent candidate and will not have any say on the election of councillors who will come from the UDP and the PUP.
We at the newspaper hope that this rumour is indeed true, and will offer our full support to this as yet unnamed candidate.
Feb 1st 11
We reported last month that the iconic Big Daddy’s night club was rumoured to be closed. Well the mayor, and her family who own the establishment have confirmed that when they receive planning permission that they will demolish the present building. In its place they will build a number of apartments.
We at the Ambergris Daily hope that the apartments will be built without disputes with the local planning board and that there will be plenty of room to park all the vehicles of the prospective owners. We also take this opportunity to congratulate the mayor and her family on their fiscal responsibilty on managing to build two apartment buildings in this present economic recession.
Feb 1st 11
Those of you who follow Charlie’s weekly animal column will have read Splat the cat’s outlook on life. Unfortunately when we arrived back from Cuba Splat was nowhere to be found, and had not been seen for over 36 hours which led to searches being organised but all to no avail.
This morning at the ungodly hour of 6.00 a.m. there was a loud screech and suddenly there was Splat leaping over the fence, running up the stairs and heading straight through the front door. Without a pause she hopped onto the couch and jumped onto the top of the fridge, and started her breakfast. After her repast straight to the bedroom where she curled up and went to sleep.
Well they say it is a dogs life. After this I am not so sure.