Mayor Daniel Guerrero

Meeting to set up Neighborhood Watch ends with two possible anti-crime groups on North Ambergris Caye

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This police booth was built in a day back when the North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch was active. It has recently been moved to the paved road and Grand Caribe Resort has offered to help restore it to functional use. Revival of a north island Neighborhood Watch is a big part of the island discussion after a meeting on Tuesday night.
This police booth was built in a day back when the North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch was active. It has recently been moved to the paved road and Grand Caribe Resort has offered to help restore it to functional use. Revival of a north island Neighborhood Watch is a big part of the island discussion after a People’s Coalition Committee meeting on Tuesday night.

The rising number of burglaries and thefts north of the bridge has moved San Pedro police and government officials, residents, business owners and others to seek a way to jump-start the dormant North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch crime prevention group.

As many as 30 concerned citizens met at the El Pescador resort and came away reviving, not one. but two crime-prevention organizations for the nearly 20 miles of island extending north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge.

Both Neighborhood Watch groups have apparently enjoyed active and successful pasts over the last decade or so, and for reasons not completely apparent last night, both went dormant. Importantly, both retained membership mailing lists and institutional memories of successes and failures in running volunteer crime prevention groups. Read the rest of this entry »

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And we’re back in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

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Wide floating gobs of Sargassum have washed up on the shores of Ambergris Caye, adding a new color to the local palette.
Wide floating gobs of Sargassum have washed up on the shores of Ambergris Caye, adding a new color (and odor)  to the local palette.

And we’re back.

If one benefit of travel is to discover things about yourself, then one thing I discovered these past six weeks is that I don’t travel and blog very well.

In fact, you may have noticed, I barely blogged at all.

To those who saw this as a blessed relief which opened up space in your own summer opportunities (ie, less time on computer) I say, you are welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

The future of San Pedro looms on the lagoon side

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This little guy was standing next to me taking photos of the same Garifuna ensemble as I was. Probably got better photos too, from his shorter perspective ...
This little guy was standing next to me taking photos of the same Garifuna ensemble as I was. Probably got better photos too, from his shorter perspective …

If there is one thing that I learned in my short stint with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) it was how to set up a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There were at least four of them. That worked out to one a month. To which you can also add a month-long celebration of bicycling which culminated in a bike festival followed by a single day in which thousands of people actually rode their bicycles to work and school.

SANDAG is many things but its biggest role is as the transportation agency for the 3.2 million people in San Diego County. And it handles its duties extremely well. It builds highways, bike paths, railroad tracks and bridges – and I contributed to organizing ribbon cutting ceremonies for each of those.

So it was with some professional curiosity that I decided to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday night for the San Pedro Sunset Boardwalk & Water Taxi Terminal on the lagoon side of San Pedro Town. Read the rest of this entry »