For those living in San Pedro, thereÂs been good news about the townÂs sustainable projects. Â With many people enjoying a vacation on Ambergris Caye, both the Water Taxi Terminal and the San Pedro Sunset Boardwalk projects are set to be completed by the end of November 2013, offering new amenities for both residents and travelers.
ThereÂs been some major progress on the Sustainable Tourism Project (STP).Â Fourteen months ago, organization member Terry Wright, said that despite some major opposition from a few residents, the plans had been agreed. Â Now, itÂs been revealed that thereÂs been a 100% success rate in reclaiming the lagoon area, with the top level of sand currently being spread. Â All the water taxi concrete platforms, masonry work, terminal building rendering and roofing has also been completed. Â In addition, the perimeter fence has now been installed and the promenade works that run along Nurse Shark Street are around 90% complete, as are additional curbing and draining measures, three boat ramps and the public bathrooms.
Talking of the work, Mr. Wright said: ÂA local consultant is currently being contracted to assist with the start-up of the management and operations of the new facility upon completion. Â To date the construction contractor has been extremely accommodating of the public events traditionally held at the old football field, such as the Costa Maya festival, Miss San Pedro Pageant and the Independence Celebrations. Â Despite these slight disruptions to the construction schedule, completion is estimated for mid-November 2013.Â
In addition to the STP projects, Mr. Wright gave updates on other work currently being done, including that of Ambergris CayÂs Land Use Development Plan and the Bacular Chico Marine Reserve. Â Of the latter, it was explained that International Environments Limited have now started work to build the Marine ReserveÂs Ecolodge and Educational Center. Â Buoys and markers have also been placed, and two rangers have been hired. Â Elsewhere, baseline data and mapping has also been collected for the Land Use Development Plans.
The STP project of the boardwalk and tax terminal are worth around $5.69m, and are just one of four projects thatÂs been financed through an Inter-American Development Bank loan worth US $15m. Â With the project soon to be completed, both residents and those enjoying a vacation on Ambergris Caye will be able to benefit.