Thursday, April 23, 2015

A MONTH'S Worth of Pictures, Because I am a Damn Slacker.

Well, I guess since my last post was about Grand Caribe's newest development project, we'll start with pictures of all progress that's happened in such a short time.
And by "progress," I mean "land rape."

                    Uuugggghhh. We seriously DON'T need more of these hideous resorts.
WE NEED MORE LONG TERM RENTALS at affordable prices for all the people who live here, and all the people who WANT to live here. Just my two cents.

That was all mangroves, with lots of birds and iguanas living in them. Gone. 

Only a matter of time before they start filling in the lagoon even more, I think. 

Ok, we got the bad stuff out of the way - let's move on!

Work Stuff!

I start making my way to the marina on the 6am Coastal Express - gotta love the sunrise

  Busy day at Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley

           Hard at work right here.

                           Dolphin!! 

Didn't see much rain on this charter in late March/early April - but had lots of mean clouds passing by

We had Remy Martin from Caye Caulker join us for one of the Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley days

 Another "action shot" at work, taken by one of our guests.

 One of MANY gorgeous sunsets 

The beginnings of a very tasty mushroom, bacon, spinach, and goat cheese pasta dish

A great afternoon (with a picnic lunch on the island for the guests) at the adorable Goff's Caye

    Flying home after charters, April 3

Going back to work - sunrise April 7 (my birthday!) 

   The best part about early mornings...

Passing by the enormous ships that will bring Belize's sugar to.... Somewhere. Europe, maybe? 

Pretty cool to watch the huge cranes reach down and grab the sugar right out of the barges and dump it on board. 

       The Kathy and the Island Woman - anyone know the significance of the names? :) 

                     Frigate action shot! 

The beginnings of my yummy Banana Citrus Fish Curry

        And... Another pretty sunset 

Animal stuff!
Because, you know, I love them... 

                     Poquito!

She finally figured out how to use her cat door, and now she LOVES it

       Look at that lil tongue!! Aaaah!! 

I had sweet Ginger for a couple of nights between charters

And got to see her when I went to pick up Cheech from Pampered Paws for one of our dates 

                  I love this man!!
He is STILL looking for a permanent home, or at least another nice foster home while we try to avoid having to bring him back to SAGA. 
Seriously, island people - he is a GREAT dog. 

We met three little kids in the park one day and he was a perfectly well behaved dude. (It was when the KIDS started getting riled up that I took him away from them - he does get easily excited sometimes) 

This isn't a great shot (he refuses to model for me) but notice his floppy ear...

           Isn't this awesome?!?!
This was painted by Cheech's foster dad's wife, Cheri - check out more of her "colorful pet portraits in the style of Mexico's Dia de los Muertos" and like her Facebook page - Cheri's Pup Art!
I'll have to ask her if she paints cats, too - I think Poquito needs to be represented.

              And... I saw LUNA!!!

Random Islandy Stuff

I set up my massage table right here behind SunDiver Beach Resort - it was NOT a relaxing massage. 


Mary, also known as Maduch, will tear your body apart and make you scream. That's what she did to me, anyway. 

Some beaches were "repaired," only to be destroyed again by high tide.

 An early morning breakfast at Estel's

     Easter weekend with DJ Zog

Some of my associates for the evening


Bad photo of my amazing birthday dinner at Aji - bacon wrapped grouper 

A golf cart day to the back beach - it's getting CRAZY BUSY back there, especially on weekends. Even a food truck goes back there - GREAT idea. 

Sargassum piled high on both sides of the road up north. (Stinky!)

Currently my favorite lunch -Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato Sammy from Blue Water Grill 

More Blue Water Grill food porn - sushi Thursday!

Aaaand... One of my common hang out spots.

What has everyone else been up to for the past month?? 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More Development Coming Soon. Ugh.

I'm sad to say that Ambergris Caye will be losing even more of it's natural charm once partners with Grand Caribe take over what has been Cheech's home for the past three months or so - the old Lazy Croc's property.



You can see in the next photo how close the enormous buildings of Grand Caribe already are .... 


And this next photo is even worse - they've ripped out mangroves, which are so important, AND they've filled in the lagoon in preparation to begin building even more obnoxious buildings. 


                 Seriously?? Awful. 

The front of the (old)Lazy Crocs property is basically raw land with lots of trees, shrubs, and mangroves - you can't even see the house or lagoon if you go by on boat, it's just looks like a nice, lush, natural spot (which I LOVE) 



You can almost see the sea in the back there - 
THIS is a wise idea for the island: PROTECT IT. All those beautiful green things you see protect the island from erosion... DUH. 


Unfortunately, that For Sale sign, along with pretty much every beautiful piece of growing, living nature that you see, will all be taken away soon.
Instead, we'll get another 6 condo resort from Grand Caribe to look at.

For now, I'm told that they have no intentions of filling in this part of the lagoon, leveling the house and restaurant, and raping the land for more profit - but I think it's only a matter of time, don't you?

I mean, they're already having their way with the land to the back - have you been wondering why they're filling up so much land from behind Akbol's yoga barracks all the way to Grande Caribe?




Yeah... that's so they can build 70+ over-the-water bungalows.

I've always heard there were crocs, huge tarpon, rare birds and lots of other things living back there - but I guess we'll just kill them or scare them off after taking away their natural habitat in order to build more fancy shit for the tourists....

Which makes me wonder - doesn't anyone want a nice, true, rustic visit to the "exotic" countries they travel to? Isn't the idea of a cozy little beach front shack with trees and hammocks and the sweat sea breeze blowing through your windows more appealing than a closed, sterile, air conditioned luxury suite comparable to a fancy house back home? 
Is it just me?

I know that growth is inevitable - but do we really need to be so destructive to be accommodating?**

Even worse (if that's possible) than what's happening to this island is what could potentially happen to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll

"Proposed by Italian businessman Domenico Giannini, president of Puerto Azul Exclusive Resorts & Hotels, the luxury resort would host 1,000 guests and 2,000 workers. It would include underwater suites, a golf course, an amusement park, a super-yacht marina, a submarine-base, hospital, and a Formula One racetrack. To transport guests to the site, the developers are also planning to build a 2-mile long international airport landing strip on the coral reef itself -- blasting away marine habitat, dredging sea grass beds, and hammering pilings and concrete into the reef. And this airport would be even larger than the country's existing international airport near Belize City. All of this construction lies within the immediate vicinity of the Great Blue Hole, a nationally protected area and World Heritage Site."

I don't know how people like Mr. Giannini and his coworkers are able to sleep at night.

**Speaking of being accommodating - I think what this island needs more of right now, instead of tourist resorts, are AFFORDABLE long term rentals. I'm talking $300us for a finished studio with private bathroom, $400us for a finished one bedroom, and maybe $600 for a finished two bedroom.