On Friday, the police and Coast Guard were reportedly chasing San Pedro Express Water Taxi — one of our lifelines to Caye Caulker and Belize City — off the Municipal Pier in front of Central Park, San Pedro.
Today the water taxi had a canopy set up with benches from the old dock. Boats were pulling in and out of the pier slips, horns blaring.
Business as usual.
Even the schedule is back to normal, according to taxi staff on the pier.
Just a little farther north, at the Amigos Del Mar dock, that other lifeline, Ocean Ferry Belize (previously known as Caye Caulker Water Taxi) was operational. Their boats are sharing dock space with Coastal Water Taxi and their schedule is also back to normal. Ocean Ferry is still selling its tickets out of the remnants of its former dock and office, just one pier north of Amigos Del Mar.
Of course the talk around town is about the town’s long-standing plans to move both taxi operations to the fairly new and woefully underused municipal center on the back of the island. The town spent millions installing the sports field and building dock space on the lagoon for the water taxi operations.
The only ones using it that I’m aware of are the international water taxis that go to Mexico.
A lot of people are saying this is San Pedro’s opportunity to make its long-standing plans happen.
Believe me, there is far more at work in situations like these than I could possible fathom, layers and layers of influence. It will be interesting to see if there was any lemonade in all those lemons Hurricane Earl hurled at San Pedro.
More photos, taken today, Saturday, August 6, 2016: