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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 »

Bicycling Ambergris Caye north: 24 clicks to home

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There are few things more peaceful than lying on your back beneath a palapa at the end of a dock -- especially on Ambergris Caye, Belize.
There are few things more peaceful than lying on your back beneath a palapa at the end of a dock — especially on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.Anatole France

Every journey in life should begin at the end of a pier, on your back, beneath a palapa.  They have a way of putting you in the right frame of mind, whatever the distance you plan to travel.

If you don’t have access to a pier and palapa, think of them as a very pleasant metaphor. When the going gets tough, the knowing duck under their mental palapa and chill for a while. Read the rest of this entry »