It’s mid-April and the HEAT IS ON! Hot and hazy all week with temperatures on the mainland almost hitting 100.
MEGA YACHT SPOTTED OFF THE COAST OF BELIZE – IS IT BILL GATES?
A source that would like to remain unnamed sent me some photos. A HUGE yacht called the Romea anchored off the coast of Belize last week – at exactly the same time that Bill Gates was spotted playing tennis on Ambergris Caye.
The “Romea” is a 268+ foot yacht that costs just over $1,000,000US to charter for a week. That’s just about $6,000 per hour if they are willing to do short -term charters.
*A limousine tender Limo tenders are designed to deliver guests from ship to shore in style and grace, offering a fast and – most importantly – comfortable and dry ride. It is generally designed in the same style as the mothership.
40+ OVER THE WATER CABANAS APPROVED AT CAYO ROSARIO
The west coast of Ambergris Caye is most famous for Secret Beach, the crystal clear water and the fly fishing flats that support a large industry on our island.
And just off the coast of Secret Beach is a small mangroved island – very popular for flyfishing – called Cayo Rosario.
A few years ago, it ended up in private hands – the transfer questionable at best. And one year ago, a development was proposed with about 100 over the water structures and a water and waste underwater pipeline to Ambergris Caye.
UNDER Hol Chan Marine Reserve – under these important flats.
Just think of the amount of dredging that will be needed to build 40+ cabanas and the infrastructure in this marine reserve.
Just take a look at this original plan. Why can you build giant structures – larger than the actual area of your island – over a marine park?
It makes you wonder – what EXACTLY is a marine reserve? With this approval, it seems like it means nothing.
The same politicians that announce the expansion of Hol Chan Marine Reserve with great fanfare and many pats on the back are the ones who sign it away to developers?
I have LOTS more to say on this topic but I’ll leave that until I get the final details.
And I’ll close this “newsletter” with a photo of a giant tarpon. Huge migrating fish that frequent the flats of Belize.
Luckily, I guess, these larger fish can migrate when the water fills with silt from dredging and sewage pipelines.
The tiny fish that later populate our reef? They don’t have those same choices.
Simon, our most recent guest at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly, with one of these big fish. Catch and Release only!
What a beautiful fish. And the reason SO many people visit Belize.