Hurricane Earl forces water taxis to shift to alternate piers . . . and more

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San Pedro Express Water Taxi is operating off the municipal pier for the time being.
San Pedro Express Water Taxi is operating off the municipal pier for the time being.

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.

Dos Amigos and the Coastal Water Taxi station were battered but unbowed. How they withstood is unreal. The same dock is now being shared temporarily by Ocean Ferry Belize (formerly Caye Caulker Water Taxi).
Amigos Del Mar and the Coastal Express Ferry pier were battered but unbowed. How they withstood Earl is unreal. The same dock is now being shared temporarily by Ocean Ferry Belize (formerly Caye Caulker Water Taxi).

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:

Talk about boats shifting to new locations .... these two pleasure craft have been anchored by the bend in the road just north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge in San Pedro. Hurrican Earl played with them for a while then dumped tham nearly into the lagoon. Anybody recognize them?
Talk about boats shifting to new locations …. these two pleasure craft have been anchored by the bend in the road just north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge in San Pedro. Hurricane Earl played with them for a while then dumped them nearly into the lagoon. Anybody recognize them?
Tree clearing continues along Boca del Rio, San Pedro, on Saturday.
Tree clearing continues along Boca del Rio, San Pedro, on Saturday.
Is this a brand new post-Earl dock, or one that was installed before the hurricane and survived. I honestly don't recall seeing it before. It sure looks out of place among all the wreckage.
Is this a brand new post-Earl dock off Boca del Rio, or one that was installed before the hurricane and survived? I honestly don’t recall seeing it before. It sure looks out of place among all the wreckage.
Ben Robinson's four-boat Palapa Tours once operated off this pier, across from Seven Seas resort. He's regrouping farther north, at the Tiki Maya pier, which mostly survived the storm.
Ben Robinson’s four-boat Palapa Tours once operated off this pier in Boca del Rio, across from Seven Seas resort. He’s regrouping farther north, at the Tiki Maya bar & restaurant pier, which mostly survived the storm.
This was once my favorite pier in all of Ambergris Caye. It was beaten up long ago but was framed in mangrove and had a white lattice gate that gave it a mystical aura, like it was a port to another world. No more.
This was once my favorite pier on all of Ambergris Caye. It was fairly well beaten up long ago but was framed in mangrove and had a white lattice gate that gave it a mystical aura, like it was a port to another world. No more.
This is what the pier above looked like in March 2014. See? Magical.
This is what the pier above looked like in March 2014. See? Magical.
To be fair, this boat was already semi-submerged off Boca del Rio. I'll bet people wondered for years if it would ever be hauled out of the water.
To be fair, this boat was already semi-submerged off Boca del Rio. I’ll bet people wondered for years if it would ever be hauled out of the water. Earl did it.

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Hurricane Earl forces water taxis to shift to alternate piers . . . and more

    peppercarpenter said:
    August 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Rob,
    I met you and Rose last year here in San Pedro. We recently moved to Placencia and rent our place here in San Pedro,. I;ve started a blog based basically out of Placencia and southern Belize. Would love for you to take a look at it when you get a chance. It’s Living, Traveling & Retiring in Belize,

    http://www.lessonsinbelize.com

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Congratulations, Pepper! I hope it is as rewarding and enlightening for you as writing this has been for me. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks.

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