At Cayo Rosario development hearing, plans for ‘gringo rings’ rile San Pedro

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The Lions Club in San Pedro, Belize was full last night for a hearing on a proposed development of Cayo Rosario into a resort of which 80  percent of it would be over the water — in the Ho Chan Marine Preserve and fly-fishing flats. Not a happy crowd.

It took the last fisherman of the night, a quiet gentleman named Gomez, to strip away all the sham and pretense in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the preposterous Cayo Rosario resort proposal.

It was a long and emotional hearing and San Pedranos were pretty much shredding the EIA during the Q&A. If anger were a liquified mass, it would be boiling over and spilling out of the Lion’s Den on to Front Street in San Pedro. As it was, the audience was spilling out onto the streets.

Gomez told the hearing panel that he has pursued bonefish and permit in the shallow waters around Cayo Rosario for 30 years as a tour guide. Read the rest of this entry »