Palapa Bar’s landlord adds nasty signage, has neighbor arrested — hell of a morning

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This is thw sign that is facing the Palapa Bar. What do you think? A little over the top about not renewing their lease?
This is thw sign that is facing the Palapa Bar. What do you think? A little over the top about not renewing their lease?

I pulled up to Marbucks coffeehouse here on Ambergris Caye this morning to see one of the owners, Rob Eykelbeysh, being escorted down to the police station.

I asked him what was happening and he smiled and said it is all good.

But it isn’t.

This is the Palapa Bar and you can see the back of the green sign, to the right, aimed at bar patrons.
This is the Palapa Bar and you can see the back of the green sign, to the right, aimed at bar patrons.

The little man who lives across the street, let’s call him Kyle From Texas, had posted two particularly nasty signs on his property,  aimed at his tenants in the iconic Palapa Bar and Grill, Scott and Jodie Harnish. The signs replaced the ones the government of Belize had recently ordered removed. The ones announcing a four-story condo project on the site. Apparently the signs were way ahead of the official approval process. And you can’t do that.

People claim that Kyle has been waging an unholy war against Scott and Jodi all year, since he bought the property, to get them to vacate the bar before their lease is up December 31st. I don’t believe it. No one is that stupid.

This is the sign at the top of the property , just across the street from the Marbucks coffee house.
This is the sign at the top of the property , just across the street from the Marbucks coffee house.

For one, Scott and Jodie took the Palapa from a hangout for druggies and hookers to become the most iconic must-visit bar on the island. Why would you want to trample all that good will?

Reports that Kyle has been badgering, bullying and bad-mouthing Scott and Joi, in order to get Scott to punch him so he can file assault charges and break the release are just silly. First, a punch from Scott, a retired US fireman, would be the last thing little Kyle remembers for months, if not years. I’m sure he’s not that stupid. Second, people who go around trying to get other people to punch them need help, quickly. And I don’t think we have that kind of help on the island, or in Belize.

Anyone that sick would really need to leave the island as soon as possible. But then, I’m not a doctor, just a concerned citizen.

Also, I find it really hard to believe that Kyle is boasting that he has government officials in his back pocket, as some people are saying. Why would an intelligent businessman boast about something so delicate as a cooperative arrangement between government and private enterprise in such a crass and disrespectful manner?

There are so many many stories about Kyle like this, all swirling around like panels of some cartoon character come to life. It is mind boggling. I mean, why would somebody move to a small island like Ambergris Caye with the single-minded goal of getting everyone on the island to hate him? It just doesn’t make sense. Does it?

This was back in March when Little Kyle From Texas had planks removed from the dock leading to the Palapa Bar early on a Sunday morning because he thought the lease holders were behind on their rent. He was wrong. His own lawyer told him so. That was the first sign that Kyle does not operate like a normal businessman.
This was back in March when Little Kyle From Texas had planks removed from the dock leading to the Palapa Bar early on a Sunday morning because he thought the lease holders were behind on their rent. He was wrong. His own lawyer told him so. That was the first sign that Kyle does not operate like a normal businessman.

While it is true that Kyle removed more than a dozen planks from the dock leading out to the Palapa Bar earlier this year, it was all a simple misunderstanding.  Kyle was just angry because he thought the Harnishes were a month behind on rent and utilities. I mean what landlord wouldn’t rip up planks in a situation like that?

And as soon as Kyle’s own lawyer informed him that he was dead wrong about the bills, he had the planks restored. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work with a land lord who is that considerate? Know what I mean?

Then this morning, there were Kyle’s new signs.

Some might say they are taunting Scott and Jodie, especially since their lease is far from finished.

One says “No new lease!!! Scott – Jodi<sic>  the gods have spoken, the gods have spoken. Lift your anchor. You are out-a-here!!!”

Now, I ask you, is that taunting?

Apparently Rob who with his partner has built a beautiful bed and breakfast and coffee shop right across the street from Kyle was objecting to the signs last night. Words were said.

This morning he is in jail the police station.

(Update:  Police asked Rob to come to the station to make a statement on his own behalf  to the complaint filed by Little Kyle. So, he wasn’t actually arrested.)

I say he was striking a blow for decency and common courtesy, although I have my doubts that any blows were actually struck. It was more like words were exchanged and Kyle spilled his drink on the ground.

We’ll let the police sort that one out.

I just can’t figure out why Kyle, who pulled out in his red and black golf cart shortly after the police left, was leering and laughing while he stared over at Marbucks.

Well, read the signs and you be the judge.


28 thoughts on “Palapa Bar’s landlord adds nasty signage, has neighbor arrested — hell of a morning

    Joan Pedrotti said:
    November 3, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Could we change his name to Kyle from some specific place in Texas? I’m from Texas, I LOVE Ambergris and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Palapa Bar. We enjoy visiting with Scott and Jodi when we are there, and having a cold Belekin (or three). We spoke with Scott about this anomalous Texan on our last visit. (i’m of Italian decent, so i’m not going to share my suggestion!!!) It saddens me that someone without the sense God gave a gnat is causing this kind of ruckus in paradise. Keep up the Good fight, and let us know if we need to send a contribution for Rob’s bail.

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      November 3, 2015 at 7:10 am

      You are right. I should not have impugned all of Texas for the behavior of one person. Many many wonderful Texans make Ambergris Caye the colorful island that it is, including Kyle in his own dark way. The plank story was first told to me by a Texan who professed embarrassment that Kyle was from the same state.

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    Linda Czestochowski said:
    November 3, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Your blogs usually make me laugh out loud (or at least smile), but this one just made me sad. We visited the Palapa Bar this past January… was our last full day on the island and we decided to give it a try for lunch. We had such a great time with the staff (and loved the tunes & menu) that we returned for dinner that night. We met the owners (and their adorable poochie) so we HAD to buy the t-shirts!! So terrible when one mean Texan (with a not so subtle agenda) can make life miserable for others. What a sad little man 😦

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    Joan Pedrotti said:
    November 3, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I re-read my post 5 times to make sure I hadn’t made any horrible grammatical errors, I missed the fact that I called Scott, Kyle when discussing our conversation with him … i’m from Texas, we are not perfect!!!!!!!!


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      November 3, 2015 at 10:26 am

      I fixed the original post for you, Joan. We all do that from time to time, no matter where we hail from! Thanks for writing!


    Phil and Tess said:
    November 3, 2015 at 7:38 am

    “Egotism is the anaesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity”
    -(Frank Leahy)

    Has anybody seen this guy Kyle and John McAfee together in the same place?

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    Linda Young said:
    November 3, 2015 at 7:41 am

    What a FLAMING A– H—!!!! We love that place! What will happen to it?? and what is in the future for Scott and Jodi?? I wish them well.

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    Heather Gill said:
    November 3, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Kyle sounds like a nasty dude..
    but karma is a bitch so it will come back to haunt him. Love your Posts. As a yearly visitor and not too far away winter stayer from Canada, all your imfo is very valuable
    Heather Gill
    Calgary Canada

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    Cindy & Larry said:
    November 3, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Jodi, Scott and The Palapa Bar are three of the best things that ever happened to land on Ambergris Caye. I reccomend that they find a wonderful, new location along the beach (maybe a little closer to town), where they can serve their dedicated clientel and visitors in peace, flourish and grow as they need to and live free of harassment and ignorance.
    Let me also add that I believe strongly in karma. Wait for it, it will come knocking when least expected. In the mean time, I suggest that Little Kyle go to the nearest Dr. and get a prescription for a pair of testicles and a box of adult diapers, (if they make them that small). He will need them the day his actions come back to haunt him. Folks on the island don’t like snakes and they are typically eliminated or “relocated”.
    As far as having any officials in his back pocket, I hope he does! They are laughing all the way to the bank and will take every penny they can get out of him. When it comes time to back him up, they will laugh in his face and tell him they don’t have the first clue what he is talking about. His ” back pocket” will Rob him blind and prove to him once and for all, what an ass he really is. He obviously can’t figure it out for himself, so just keep feeding him that rope. He will hang himself.

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    tcawthon said:
    November 3, 2015 at 8:35 am

    That sucks. Hopefully, government authorities will take all this into account when making decisions on his future projects.

    Sent from my iPhone


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    Karley York said:
    November 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Well written, Sir. What a fucking class A jack ass.

    *The Local Revolt begins Jan 1st*.

    Pardon my French but “Fuck Him”. Jodi and Scott are wonderful people who have built a brand, respect, and community. Fuck wit is cutting off his little nose to spite his little face.m . And the Rob Marbucks thing?……….Don’t get me started;) Napoleon is waging the wrong war. He shall not last.

    Stay Brave, Ms York

    “Out with the Baddies and in with the Goodies” York

    Sent from my iPad

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    Susan said:
    November 3, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Honestly there is so much I want to say but to infuriated to comment sanely. My Irish is up and my justice meter is on over load. Palapa bar is a favorite and little Kyle is making a pretty messy bed for himself. Hope I’m there to see karma kick his ass!

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    Janis Fowler said:
    November 3, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I feel for the owners. We, in our little community of Los Tombos, is having a real problem much like this in that we have a developer that is causing some good folks a lot of hell with his threats and dealings. May the Lord give us all justice.

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    SLT said:
    November 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Enough said. The owner is a bad tree bearing bad fruit. Matthew 7:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV). Good luck in Belize.

    You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
    15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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    TT said:
    November 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Karma is a Bitch and does Kyle really think announcing that Scott and Jodi will no longer be part of the Palapa starting Jan 1st will be good for business? I think it is time to start the Boycott The Palapa bar in 2016 campaign!

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    Cheryl LaPrade said:
    November 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    My daughter and I are on AC last month and one of the most enjoyable afternoons we had was spent at the Palapa Bar. My daughter loved the doggie. Any way loved the view but the staff, food and drinks were some of best we had on the island. Let us know where they end up. We will definitely patronize them when we return.

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    woof4treatsKathy Chavis said:
    November 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    We are hoping that Jodie and Scott open a new place in town with the same great food and staff (family). Yes, please take them with you. New owners never keep happy staff around. Change is not always a good thing. We are in San Pedro starting Sunday and we will have a couple meals and beers at Palapa. Tourists frequent Trip Advisor getting advise on where to eat and drink. Just saying. 😊 Looking forward to a new Palapa Bar for all of us loyal customers and friends to frequent.

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    Robin said:
    November 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    LITTLE Kyle. That’s the only funny part about this. Having visited this island 5 times, all I know is island karma is the worst kind of karma. Hang on for the ride and watch the saga of little kyle play out!

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    Michelle Jesus said:
    November 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I cannot imagine any locals wanting to move into Palapa’s if Scott & Jodie move out. If someone new (from outside the island) moves in, I find it hard to believe they will be able to stay in business. I would imagine that none of the locals would want to support something that will benefit Kyle. And for those of us that are not locals (yet) but frequent the island as often as possible, I am pretty sure we will not support it either. I would miss Palapa’s a lot. Love the food, people, locations and the fact that I can sit my fat butt in a tube and someone will drop buckets of beers to me. I guess there are crazy ass hole everywhere, even in paradise.

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    C. Wade said:
    November 3, 2015 at 4:24 pm


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    SPmQQse said:
    November 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    who cares…bout the ”palapa wars”…..not me.

    but…..lets get it str8 ….scott & jodi didnt make a ”brand” they baught one…
    as did kieth & rachel newton-[palapa on the beach]…
    as did, b4 kieth….larry & carrol thorpe-[origional papala]…..
    and there will be a next ”palapa bar” owner/rentor… who will also have a plc for tourists to go to.

    tres cocos has been destroyed by a few corrupt town boards…and thier greedy foreign developer friends.
    there are now, bars ,hotels, b&bs, condos..and a coffee shop with a semi-pirated name……
    and who knows what else is comming in the future,to my ”residencial ” neighbourhood.
    next …..another 4 story hotel….so what…cant destroy what has already been destroyed.

    back before 1990…thats what tres cocos was..”residential” commercial buisness allowed/single family dwellings only..
    that was one factor that i liked ,when i purchased my property.
    so….now…..WHO CARES.

    [it always cracks me up to see how tourists have thier ‘valued’ , opinions over this stuff.]

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      Cindy & Larry said:
      November 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Moose, you know that Larry and I aren’t tourists and for us, this is about the injustice of a selfish, hateful person trying his best to destroy something that someone else has worked so hard to achieve. That’s just wrong and I hope he pays dearly for it.

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      Harriette Fisher said:
      November 4, 2015 at 3:42 am

      As long as the government refuses to legalize the masterplan ANYONE – ANYWHERE can do ANYTHING on their property. As long as politicians own undeveloped tracts of land they will NOT put into place a masterplan.

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    Pedro said:
    November 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I just think Kyle and Scott deserve each other


    Andy said:
    August 30, 2017 at 1:19 am

    I worked with him at insurance3 for about 8yrs as an independent agent. When the IRS came to the office he fired me the next week and kept all my commission’s… Absolute pos to say the least. Google Kyle Boyd Dallas to read about his tax fraud he committed and pled guilty too.


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 30, 2017 at 6:52 am

      A lot of folks here share your sentiments, Andy. The thing is, he did so many shitty things here to people that he didn’t need to do. It is like he enjoyed playing the role of asshole.
      Well, I hope he is enjoying his current residency at Bastrop FCI. Come February, maybe a changed man will emerge. Though I understand that place houses the best of the best white collar scammers. Thanks for sharing your own story.


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