December Breeze 2012

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Why should Santa join the BTIA? Pg. 3

Placencia’s Most Glamorous Night of the Year Approaches! Friday, Dec. 14. Tickets now on sale at the Placencia Tourism Center.

WE MOVED! The Placencia Tourism Center is now located on the second floor of the Scotia Bank Building.

The Placencia Mistletoe Ball Planning Committee worked with Placencia Office Supply’s Laura Godfrey to design an innovative logo marking the event’s 13th celebration.

The Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association is preparing for the organization’s final fundraising event of the year. The Ball will be held at Robert’s Grove (RG) Beach Resort with a formal dinner (7– 10 p.m.) at RG’s Seaside Restaurant followed by a mega party at RG’s Habanero Mexican Café with The Gilharry 7 Band (10 p.m. to 3 a.m.). As customary, the Mistletoe Ball Raffle will be drawn at Habanero’s, and guests will have a chance to win amazing prizes (See Back Page!) including a roundtrip ticket to the United States or Canada from Delta Airlines! This year’s event has a few new touches including a gourmet dinner with soft live music, a black and gold theme and special Goss chocolate treats for all guests! Tickets are on sale at the Placencia Tourism Center at $75 for couples and $40 for singles. Please see Mistletoe Ball Major Sponsors, pg. 21

INSIDE HIGHLIGHTS: End of the World Plans … pg. 2 Why Join the BTIA? … pg. 3 2012 Year in Review … pg. 7

The party rocked at Habanero’s in 2011 to a live performance by The Gilharry 7 Band who returns to the party this year by popular demand!

PBTIA Member Profile: J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar … pg. 9 Coffee from Farm to Your Cup … pg. 9 New Music Studio in Seine Bight … 11

St. John’s Students Promote Multicultural Understanding … pg. 13 Officials sign MOU with National Security … pg. 19 Seine Bight Celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day … pg. 25

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Breezer Reaction: “What will you be doing in Placencia when the world’s about to end on December 21???”

“I’m gonna get a sailboat and sail away into the sunset with 100 lbs of brown rice and 100 lbs of cacao seeds.”

“Panicking!” - DJ Boneyfide Reynolds

Sol Deva, Hidden Valley Falls Restaurant guy.

“We’ll be having a baby!” - Karl Lovell and Alisha Westby, lovely couple

“Throwing a big open house party on the beach! And, barbecuing fish on the grill!” - Benoit from Montreal, Canada and Alex from Hamburg, Germany … the quintessential tourists

“I’ll probably be mastur******!” - Amanda, Seattle, Washington, USA, the funny gyal.

“Watching the sky with a telescope and enjoying looking at the universe fall apart.” - Charles Leslie, Jr., the village chairman The Placencia Breeze does not claim responsibility for the validity of these statements! … If you are reading this after Dec. 21 ... well, way to go!!!

“I’ll be quitting drinking.” Captain Jeff Scott, vagabond sailor.

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he Belize Tourism Industry Association is the nation’s oldest (27 years) and largest private sector organization representing the interests of the nation’s tourism sector. Yet like any voluntary grouping, its members and prospective members often ask the question, “Why should I join?” As someone who signed up at that first meeting in 1985 and has watched the industry grow from virtually nothing into the nation’s major economic force the answer is easy. On the national level BTIA is the voice of the tourism industry: an umbrella organization that includes hoteliers, tour operators and guides, restaurants and the dozens of tourism related businesses that comprise and cater to the field of hospitality. This involves advocacy on both the national and international level: influencing government policy on taxation, regulation and the creation of an enabling environment for investment. We do this through a constant dialogue with government ministries and through our seat on the Belize Tourism Board (BTB). In the area of training BTIA sponsors a number of relevant courses, seminars and lectures over the course of the year to help both members and nonmembers to upgrade their skills. These range from traditional hospitality training for front line personnel to the increasingly important digital techniques of search engine optimization and social networking. Members, of course, receive substantial discounts that alone may exceed the cost of membership. While marketing the nation’s tourism product is the responsibility of the BTB, our BTIA is responsible for two of Belize’s major marketing initiatives. Destination Belize is the annual print and on-line magazine that constitutes the single greatest source of

information for visitors. We may be biased but the most recent incarnations of DB far exceed in quality than any similar publication in the region. BETEX, another BTIA initiative, is the semi-annual travel trade show that attracts hundreds of travel agents and wholesalers to our shores for face to face negotiations with local service providers as well as familiarization tours which allow them to spread the good word about Belize. BTIA members, it should be noted, enjoy substantial discounts for advertising and participation in both marketing efforts.

“No, you don’t have to be a member to reap the fruits of everything that BTIA does for Belize… but isn’t it better to be an active participant in a positive effort rather than a mere bystander?” Locally, the Placencia chapter of BTIA is the largest and most active geographic grouping of the organization. With a proud history of solid leadership and tremendous generosity of members, PBTIA has for years set the pace for how a destination can advance its members’— and the community’s — interests. We do this in many ways. The Placencia Tourism Center provides visitor information with a highly personal and professional touch. The Placencia Breeze, our monthly 32 page newspaper, keeps both locals and tourists up to date with what’s happening on the peninsula, as do our almost daily email updates to members as well as our website, PBTIA also handles the local aspects of travel trade and media familiarization tours and promotions, working closely with BTIA

national and the BTB. Probably the most well known activities of PBTIA are our many signature events: Lobsterfest (in partnership with the Placencia Village Council) in June, Fishing Tournament in September, Mistletoe Ball in December and the increasingly popular Sidewalk Arts Festival in February. These events are fundraisers for our chapter but more importantly attract thousands of visitors to the peninsula, creating business opportunities for local industry providers and new attractions for tourists. But your local BTIA does not confine itself to short term activities. In recent years as the pace of economic growth here has accelerated, PBTIA has taken a more active leadership role in putting the peninsula’s future development on a more proactive and sustainable footing. Through our chairmanship of the Peninsula 2020 Initiative we have worked with other local organizations and the two village councils to formulate both a broad vision for the area’s future and provide the framework for specific implementation. Recent successes have been projects to enhance law enforcement, protect the Placencia Lagoon, support vocational education, promote micro-financing for small entrepreneurs, provide grants for cultural tourism and beautify our newly paved Peninsula Road. All of these BTIA efforts, both national and local, are aimed to benefit our industry and country as a whole. No, you don’t have to be a member to reap the fruits of everything that BTIA does for Belize… but isn’t it better to be an active participant in a positive effort rather than a mere bystander? Individual memberships start at BZ$100 for the year. Visit our office above Scotiabank today to join or renew your membership. We look forward to seeing you. Stewart Krohn, PBTIA Chairman

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The Placencia Breeze: 2012 Review in Headlines JANUARY


Placencia Prepares for the Biggest Sidewalk Arts Festival Yet!

Locals and Visitors Flocked to Robert’s Grove for 12th Annual Mistletoe Ball!

New Attitude Fashion Show Brought Unique and Trendy Styles to Peninsula

St. Alphonsus Wins Junior Jankunu Competition in Dangriga

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Big Donation Gears Up the Assassins for the Season

Special Dedications are Held for New Pre-School Buildings in Seine Bight and Placencia

Adrian Vernon is Presented Belize Audubon Society’s Prestigious Award

Grateful Dead Drummer Plays at De Viners with Emmeth Young and Talla Walla

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Young Artists Beautify Placencia in First Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

Turtle Inn Builds New Barbecue Grill at the Silk Cayes

PMM Continues to Protect the Reef With the Help of Generous Donors

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Placencia Assassins Win Premier League of Belize Football Tournament Sierra Brothers Win Lobsterfest Tshirt Design Contest Vern’s Kitchen Dishes Up Flavor and Tradition PBTIA Promotes Placencia as Summer Destination to Belizeans at Trade Show Placencia Mommy and Toddler Take on Recycling Mission Placencia Launches Optimist Sailing Club Efforts Underway to Connect Restaurants with Farmers

Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Light Up the Night at Taste of the Peninsula

Peninsula Voters say, “No” to Offshore Oil

BTIA Staff Goes Diving and Snorkeling with Avadon Divers

Dr. Rachel Graham Says There’s More to Gladden Spit Than Whale Sharks

Placencia Community Supports King Henry’s Family After Tragic Loss

Commissioner of Police Meets With Peninsula Residents



Olympic Star, Kaina Martinez Hopes to Inspire Youth from Seine Bight Village.

Pooh Bear Two Reels in Championship Title at Competitive Fishing Tournament

New Police Inspector Promises Action with Community Support.

Placencia Peninsula Hosts End of the World Marathon and Half Marathon

Avery Thomas Wins Miss Garifuna Pageant in Seine Bight

Singing Sands Inn Recognizes Chef’s Achievements

First InterOffice Tournament is a

Large Crowds Celebrate Placencia Lobsterfest 2012

SEA and Splash Organize 7th Earth Day Beach Clean up


Raquel Battle Takes Big Step Towards Fight Against Cancer in Belize


Intern Feature: Traveling With Tourists Offers New Perspective on a Familiar Place

Vanya and Chris Tie the Knot

Peninsula Moves Forward with Key Infrastructural Projects

Donation of Vehicle Enhances Police Mobility

Placencia Continues to Offer More Dining Options with New Restaurants, De Barcelona and Purple Space Monkey Bar and Grill

Tree of Life: Kristine Small Opens Her Own Massage Studio


U.S. Soldier and Girlfriend Reunites in Placencia



Martha Eiley is Pickled Parrot Chili Cook off Champion

Placencia Beach Weddings: Two Young Couple Make Lifelong Partnerships

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Man on 2,000 Kilometer Mission for World Peace Stops in Placencia Placencia Pageants Make Their Mark in September Celebrations Placencia Sailing Club Brings Home Medal from First Regatta New Principal Has Ambitious Placencia for Placencia Village Primary School

Fishing Cooperative Evaluates Future at 50th Year Anniversary Rotary Club Helps Placencia With New Dump Truck Pursuing Justice Soon to Become More Convenient at New Courthouse in Independence Placencia Offers Hope to Families and Friends Affected by Addiction with Narcotics Anonymous Group Nationwide Artists in Development Tour Makes Stop in Placencia Placencia Lobsterfest Features Diverse Selection of Food and Music


Success for Organizers

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Edwin Alvarado on Becoming Chef at Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn Aspiring Electricians Complete Fundamental Course Seine Bight’s Silas Sabal Promotes Positive Message in Catchy Song Meet Me at Jaguar Lanes Bowling Alley in Maya Beach Placencia Humane Society’s Update on Rescued Dog

COVERAGE CONTINUES IN 2013! theplacenciabreeze

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Find Good Food, Friendly Staff and Great Prices at J-Dee’s If you want a mix of Belizean Creole flavor and gourmet food at a great value, then J-Dee’s (formerly Daisy’s) Restaurant along the main road in Placencia Village is the spot. During the busy lunch hour, Scotia Bank Manager Naomi Anderson is waiting for her order of Fried Barracuda with Rice ‘n’ Beans and Coleslaw. “J-Dee’s has authentic Belizean food. It’s accessible. It’s clean and quaint and there’s a history …” said Anderson who’s spent most of her life in Placencia Village. Proprietor Daisy Leslie moved to Placencia in 1974 from Belize City and opened Daisy’s Ice Cream Parlor on the sidewalk in 1992 where she sold pastries and over 35 flavors of ice cream. “Our homemade ice cream was hard work,” recalled Daisy. “We cooked it on the stove and stirred constantly so it wouldn’t burn then we had to let it cool before we put it to freeze.”

J-Dee’s waiter, Viannie Ramclam, is about to serve eggs over easy with crispy bacon, refried beans and hash browns with a side of four huge fry jacks. With two glasses of fresh lime juice, this incredible breakfast totals just $21!

The ice cream parlor, which served natural flavors like sugar corn, soursop, and pineapple, was especially popular among Placencia youths and quickly became a favorite hang out spot during the weekends and holidays. Two years later, Daisy added fast food items like burgers, fries and fried chicken to her offerings turning the establishment into a full restaurant. Eventually Daisy moved her business from the sidewalk to

the main road where it is currently located next to Everyday Grocery Store. In 2010 her son Jay had returned from the United States to live in Placencia and was interested in working with his mom in the restaurant business. This mother-son partnership resulted in the current name: J-Dee’s Restaurant and Bar. Daisy explained that initially, the plan was to have Jay running the restaurant on the main road and she would keep operating Daisy’s near the sidewalk, but they ultimately decided to focus their energies on one place. Today, J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar doesn’t serve ice cream, but Daisy promises that she will start again as soon as she finds a new machine. “You know how many tourists come in asking for Daisy’s ice cream?”, she said. However, J-Dee’s has made a name for itself with its traditional and relatively innovative menu offerings. On a sunny Saturday morning Chris and Tuyet from Arizona stopped at J-Dee’s after Tuyet, a vegetarian, saw Scrambled Tofu and Vegetarian Sausage drawn on the chalkboard menu, which sticks its neck out along the main road. “I was surprised to see that and had to stop. It was so good!” Chris opted for Bacon and Eggs with Fry Please see J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar, pg. 14

Café Brings World Class Coffee Directly from the Farmers to Your Cup Many discerning coffee lovers often question the source of their coffee. “Is it certified organic?” “Is it fair trade? “Where was it grown?” At Above Grounds Coffee House tucked near a massive shady tree just off the main road in Placencia Village, there is no guessing and no middle man to discuss. Owner Keith Morrison has made it a personal goal to provide his customers with coffee obtained directly from growers living in Belize’s next door neighbor. Morrison acknowledges that the specialty coffee he procures from Guatemala meets the top two global standards, which requires certain elevations and other attributes not present in Belize. It all started when Morrison paid a visit to Antigua, Guatemala. There he met Franklin Voorhes, the founder of “As Green As It Gets (AGAIG),” a non-profit organization supporting small independent coffee producers and promoting environmentally sustainable agriculture in Guatemala. Voorhes invited Morrison for a tour of his farms or fincas (Spanish). The two climbed a steep volcano while passing mules laden with sacks of coffee beans. Morrison learned that with AGAIG’s support, these farmers are successfully producing some of the best tasting specialty coffee in the world. These independent producers roast their own green beans and then bag and ship the fresh roasted beans on a continuous basis to Above Grounds Coffee in Placencia. The AGAIC coffee program is comprised of 47 farmers. Fields are located between 5,020 ft (1,530 meters) and 6,560 ft (2,000 meters). Most fields are more than a mile above sea level. The farmers are ambitious, independent agricultural families from the Antigua Valley and Huehuetenango who are learning the value-added skills of processing, decaffeinating, roasting and exporting their product. Each independent producer in the program owns farms ranging in size from 1/8 of an acre to 15 acres. Please see Farm to Cup Coffee, pg. 21

Above Grounds Coffee House Owner Keith Morrison has established a direct connection with small independent farmers in rural Guatemala.

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October 2012

Many visitors choose Belize as a vacation destination because of the crystal clear waters and abundant marine life available for snorkelers and divers. At Roberts Grove, we pride ourselves on having the top Dive Center on the Placencia peninsula and being able to guide these visitors to the fantastic locales to view nature’s wonders. We have a special team of dive and snorkel guides at Roberts Grove Dive Center, but outstanding is Francisco Linarez. As a Dive Master and Instructor, his intimate knowledge of the local dive sites along with his passion for teaching Scuba diving makes him a special and integral member of the Roberts Grove Dive Center. Francisco’s concern for the enjoyment and safety of all guests who enjoy diving and snorkeling is very evident. His own passion and enthusiasm for Belize in general and Placencia dive sites in particular, comes through to guests making them excited about their excursion. Francisco is calm and easygoing which makes divers and snorkelers alike, feel comfortable and safe. Francisco has helped maintain Roberts Grove as a top dive center and deserves the title “Employee of the Month”! Congratulations Francisco!

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Award-Winning Artist Opens Studio in Seine Bight Village and Calls Upon Peninsula Community to Support Music Education for Youths In our November issue we spotlighted a video shot in Seine Bight Village featuring the song, “Anything She Wants to Be,” by communityminded Garifuna musician and producer Silas Sabal. The 24-year-old Dangriga native moved to Seine Bight Village in June 2011. He is now managing a new music studio located on the first floor of the Seine Bight Cultural and Community Center. Sabal says he is determined to help other talented artists in the community to have the opportunity to record their songs. Prior to opening the studio in Seine Bight, Sabal taught music education at primary schools in Red Bank Village and Dangriga. In 2010, he also placed first in the annual Belize Patriotic Song Competition held in Belize City. Like many young people in Seine Bight who wanted to show the world their talent, Sabal said for a long time he didn’t have access to a studio, and he was determined to open his own to help others. His idea resonated with several musicians on the Placencia Peninsula including Margaret Barden, a parttime Peninsula resident from Virginia. Barden helped Sabal obtain some studio equipment in exchange for an album production. She also shared Sabal’s interest in helping the youths of Seine Bight develop their musical talents. Sabal’s studio is impressive and the multi-talented artist can whip up a song in no time. “I am planning to have a music class and teach those who are interested to learn how to play different types of instruments such as the guitar, bass and keyboard, but don’t have the music equipment at home to start,” said Sabal. The producer is only equipped with one keyboard at the moment and is seeking additional instruments to make his music classes a success. “I know this mu-

An enthusiastic Silas Sabal proudly poses in his brand new studio located on the first floor of the Seine Bight Cultural and Community Center. Sabal is hoping that community members will assist his music education initiative by donating musical instruments.

Breeze Editor Jolie Pollard records her first song in Sabal’s new studio. Paid studio recording sessions will contribute to the sustainability of Sabal’s music education program.

sic class will keep youths off the streets and keep them busy learning in the studio,” he said. Sabal also wants to teach music production. Seine Bight Village Council Chairman Francis Palacio provided the studio space free of cost until the studio can afford to pay rent. Sabal calls upon the community to invest in the studio. Aspiring musicians who can afford to pay will find an incredible source for recording. Sabal says that he plans to select his future staff from his own student pool. Sabal is currently releasing a 14-track gospel album titled, “His love has taken me over." He has collaborated with the talented Kenneth Major who is originally from Seine Bight. Sabal’s cd will be available for sale at the studio and Sabal will personally deliver the cd to buyers who can’t make the trip to Seine Bight.

Resident Musican Steven Fasano lounges in the studio. Fasano is networking with other artists to work on a collaborative Peninsula-wide music album to be produced at Sabal’s studio. If you are interested in this project, contact Steve Fasano at 664-5802.

If the public would like to support Sabal’s music education initiative, they can visit the studio, or call him at 663-6928. ▪

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St. John’s School Promotes Multicultural Understanding and Appreciation at Annual Cultural Day Celebration Photos By: Muzamanzie Photography

A Letter from the Editor It can be difficult to teach hard-headed adults how to love each other and celebrate their differences ... and similarities. In an increasingly multicultural and multi-ethnic Placencia Peninsula community, intercultural communication is paramount. I think St. John’s Memorial Anglican Primary School’s Cultural Day celebration is a crucial event for our community at a time when the ethnic demographics of the Placencia Peninsula continues to change dramatically and even make some of us uneasy. On this one day at St. John’s, young students immerse themselves in the rich cultural diversity of Belize that tourism promos so often boast. By eating different foods, wearing garb of their own culture and others, they are taught to develop an awareness of the different people with whom they share this 16-mile stretch of land and their country. What was a predominantly Creole and Garifuna Peninsula-wide community is now a CreoleGarifuna-Maya-Mestizo-White and Non-White American, European, Canadian-Chinese-Thai-Latin American (Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador), Multi-Ethnic community. Phew! I’m sure I missed a few folks because it’s a challenge keeping up. And you know what? Sometimes labeling people isn’t fun. Identifying each other by culture, ethnicity and nationality has led to mean stereotypes, even war. Some of us would probably wish that we could just forget labels, forget a cultural day and just see one another as fellow homo sapiens sharing planet Earth, but in reality most people aren’t blind to physical and cultural differences and ultimately, people are forced to categorize each other in some way for some purpose, good or bad, as we exist. Ethnicity and culture are complex topics, but once we take time to analyze what makes us different and the same, it can be enlightening, surprising, even beautiful when we reach that point of understanding. I applaud St. John’s for encouraging our young ones with pliable minds to embrace each other because it’s not easy. We are lucky to have an education system that is attempting to bridge divisions Maybe when you visit the Chinese grocery store or restaurant, it might be worthwhile to strike up a conversation as you would with one of your friends, or maybe it might be worthwhile to learn a little Creole or Garifuna or Spanish. Or, maybe you can ask that White guy about his ancestors. He might be as ethnically diverse as you are. Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, but sometimes there’s a little history to why people do things the way they do. If you can’t find an adult to help you, pass a question along to a St. John’s student. He or she might be able to share a few over-generalized and limiting Bristol board cultural “facts” like “Mestizos eat escabeche”, “Creoles eat rice ‘n’ beans”, “Mennonites raise chickens,” etc. Well, at least it’s a start▪ Jolie Pollard,

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J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar Continued from page 9 Jacks. He said the fry jacks were much better than the ones he and Tuyet had tried in Caye Caulker, during their multi-destination tour of Belize. “The lime juice here is better too. In some other places it can be watered down,” said Tuyet. This was Chris and Tuyet’s second visit to J-Dee’s while they were visiting Placencia. They said they had decided to return because of a good grilled cheese sandwich and the friendly service. “I always make sure that my staff is professional,” said Daisy, “If you’re white, black, whatever – everyone at J-Dee’s gets treated the same.” And while the tourists enjoy their experience at J-Dee’s, locals do as well. It’s 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday night and several Placencia residents gather around the television inside the restaurant to watch the evening news being broadcast from Belize City. In the background, the nation’s most popular national radio station, Love FM, is playing their usual American oldies, a favorite among Belizeans since for a long time Love FM was the only radio station accessible to rural areas in the country and inadvertently dictated local musical preferences. There are no pretenses at J-Dee’s and according to Daisy, that makes them appealing to many tourists.

Daisy Leslie is the proud owner of J-Dee’s Restaurant and Bar, which she manages along with her son Jay. Leslie formerly operated Daisy’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant on the main sidewalk, which was a popular social spot for Placencia youths.

One of the dinner specials is Camerones Gigantes Piquantes, a generous portion of succulent and tasty shrimp spiced with red pepper flakes and grilled onions and bell peppers and served with creamy mashed potatoes and a fresh garden salad. The meal was prepared by Chef Donicio Sam who brought his self-taught culinary skills to J-Dee’s after working in several resorts in the Toledo area. While it strays from traditional Belizean, Daisy said she has always enjoyed adding something a little different to her menu. Whether it’s Donicio’s evening gourmet platters or traditional Belizean lunch and breakfast specials prepared by longtime Placencia cooks Gloria Mayen, Marjorie “Maarge” Tucker or even Miss Daisy, guests are sure to find something delicious, and for a great price, at J-Dee’s Restaurant and Bar. Opening Hours: 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 11 p.m.) Open Sunday through Saturday except Tuesdays. ▪

What’s on the Menu at J-Dees? Breakfast ($7—$10) : bacon, eggs, sausage, ham, beans, cheese, hash browns, stuffed jacks, omelets. Sides: fry jacks, flour tortillas or toast. Complimentary cup of tea or coffee. Burgers ($7—$9): fish, macho beef cheese bacon, chicken and cheese Sandwiches ($3—$4.50): grilled ham, grilled cheese, BLT, tuna (add fries for $4.) Burritos ($8—$12): shrimp, fish, lobster, chicken, beef, veggie Dinner: ($15—$25):

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Seafood: lobster or shrimp grilled, broiled or served with garlic butter or tomato sauce, fish fillet grilled, fried, or served with garlic butter or as fried fish fingers. Conch steak, broiled conch or conch served with garlic butter. Meats: T-bone steak (popular), pork chops or chicken breast Sides: mashed potatoes, fries, rice n beans, coleslaw or veggie salad.

Look out for specials on their chalkboard!

Tuyet and Chris visiting Placencia from Arizona make a second visit to J-Dee’s for breakfast because of their good food and friendly service. Below: Chef Donicio’s Camarones Gigantes Piqantes ($25) is a dinner special on a Thursday night.

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CONTACT PERSON Evan Hall Frankie Gagliano Keith Morrison Wini Mertens & Steve Lobban Anne-Marie & Phillip McNeil Cassie & Brice Dial Ian & Megs Yearwood Bill & Adriane Taylor Desorine Leslie Melissa Rea Katie Valk Kerry Goss & Linn Wilson Costas & Sally Christ Boris Mannsfeld, Frik & Tonya Apolo Caliz Erin Ivy Candy Power Veronique & Lance McKenzie Midge & Aaron Dallas Veronique McKenzie Mariuccia Levoni Jacki Tipton Donna Celeste Synescio Coh Charles Leslie jr./ Ycela Alpuche Kay Westby Stewart Krohn Aaron Krohn Howard Cohen & Karen Kotansky-Cohen Stefano Ragagnin & Nicoletta Sala Debbie Coston Natasha August Dan Dunbar & Michael Young Herbert Kollmann & Simone Gareis Angela Suarez and Julio Estallo Christine Salmon, Kimberly & John Viner Linda Burrow Mary Toy Elysia Dial Mary Ann Dial Nicole Harvalik / Stephano Ragagnin Lee & Gail Dusa Veronique McKenzie Sonia Leslie Rick and Brigitte Fairs Babe & Karen Feldman Veronique McKenzie David Ford Kitty Fox Mike & Maureen Friedeck Fred & Jacque Fuller Deborah Gabor Cheryl Galipeau Stephano Ragagnin George Cowdrey Virginia Glessner & Jay Fox Heidi Glockhamer & Steven Fasano Isabel Goldberg Kerry Goss & Linn Wilson David Allardice & Leo Ramirez Dawn Pollard Yvette Guild Jim and Cindy Weller Dasha Shivers & Fiona Macfarlane Jodie Leslie Tina Hess Kimberly & Dustin Ingersoll Sharon Hughes Bob and Pam Thomas Daisy & Jeremy Leslie Veronique McKenzie & Joe Garipoli John & Cordelia Ford Hubert & Karen Young Joyce Danz Liliana Koster Charles Leslie Ian McField Lydia Villanueva & Geri Salsig Charles Leslie Jr. & Ycela Alpuche Lola Delgado & Liz Locke Barry and Valerie Snowden Lisa D’Amore Lydia Villanueva Lynn Jackson and Doug Simons Slavek Machacka Mark Risk Ellen & John Lee Jodie Leslie & Wanda & Roger Snell Stefano Ragagnin & Lou McLeod Michel Ardoullie Gary & Ann Miller Ilsa Villanueva Veronique McKenzie Don Palmer Dora Duncker Ray Twanow Niall Gillett Dr. Roger & Gail Blair Francine Martel Claudia Hardegger Carlton Watson

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Placencia BTIA Members 2012 Palmtree Designs Papaya Boutique Paradise Vacation Hotel Peninsula Citizens for Sustainable Dev. Placencia Adventures by Land or by Sea Placencia Humane Society Placencia Mini Storage Platinum Designs Placencia Humane Society Placencia Mini Storage Placencia Pizza Placencia Tennis Placencia Yacht Club Platinum Designs Property Pro Belize Quest for Adventure in Belize w/ Splash Ltd. Ranguana Lodge Re/Max Belize Property Center Robert’s Grove Robert Nicolait & Associates, Ltd. Rumfish y Vino Seahorse Dive Shop Sea Glass Inn Seaspray Hotel Seaview Suites Secret Garden Day Spa Secret Garden Restaurant Silver Leaf Singing Sands Inn Siripohn Thai Massage Smith, Stan & Mary Southern Environmental Association South Waters Resort Spectarte Gallery Spilman, Ron Splash Dive Center Sunset Pointe Condos Taylor, Rand Taylor, Winston The Added Touch The Arches The Flamboyant The Flying Pig The Maine Stay The Moorings The North Beach The Placencia Hotel & Residences The Purple Space Monkey Bar & Grill The Shak Beach Café The Surfside Escape Resort The Villas at Cocoplum The Yellow House Three Iguanas Villa Toucan Lulu Tony’s Gym Tooth Fairy Dental Clinic Tradewinds Tree of Life Trip N Travel Turtle Inn Tuttifrutti Ice Cream Parlor Vern’s Kitchen Village Inn Waterfront Real Estate Wendy’s Creole Restaurant & Bar Westwind Hotel Whipray Caye Lodge White Sand Villa Wild Orchid Properties Yellow Bella Yoli’s Bar Yount, Doran & Kim Z-Touch Day Spa 523-3563 523-3179 523-3587 523-3307 503-3177 636-0566 610-0327 523-3406 636-0566 624-2651 626-4015 970-209-7251 610-0327 523-3292 610-1278 523-3112 631-9622 523-3565 523-3149 523-3293 523-3166 523-3098 523-3148 523-3777 523-3420 523-3617 970-944-2550 533-3022 620-8718 523-4306 523-3377 620-7320 533-8019 600-8374 523-3058 523-3314 661-9398 623 7971 223-0054 479-841-7970 628-1143 602-6391 523-3507 523-3351 523-3207 520-4110 523-3169 622-1686 523-3630 610-0294 523-3481 605-0586 628-8474 631-9622 502-0736 523-3122 624-5408 523-3205 523-3244 667-0459 523-3481 610-3264 523-3335 523-3255 605-0586 670-3665 605-0586 625-2763 670-4130 523-3513

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Marion & Ed Carr Aline Habib Alan & Deloris Stamm Adrian Vernon & Mary Toy Ainsworth “Cubby” Leslie Doran Yount, President Ruth Turner & Fred Arbona Hannah Cowell Mary Smith - President Ruth Turner & Fred Arbona Wende Bryan and Denise Williams Bob & Lida Rodgers Michael Potoker Hannah Cowell Frank Gagliano Ralph Capeling Joy Leslie David Kafka Jean-Marc Tassé Lou Nicolait Pamela & John Solomon Brian & Ardie Young Brad & Christine Schofield Jodie & Norman Leslie John & Marian Chan Lee Nyhus Randy & Sabrina William & Jolanda Brown, Stefano/agent Jean-Marc Tasse Siriporn Thakham Stan & Mary Smith Nellie Catzim Maria Cabral Jenny Wildman Ron Spilman Patricia Ramirez Eric & Janis Winchester Rand Taylor Winston Taylor Robin McCutheon Mark Risk Angie Markham Patrick Gonzalve Drew Travers Renee Brown Deborah & Dave Vernon Marco Caruso & Elena Cuellar Nick Symons Magda Morales Brian Mandziak Boris Mannsfield or Erin Ivy Veronique McKenzie Stefano Ragagnin & Joe Stark Paul Fanning Tony Pinder Dr. Dalila Vanzie-Krohn Janice Leslie Kristine Small Laura Godfrey & Fiona Macfarlane Martin Krediet Tiziana Del Col Verna Marin Veronique Mckenzie Patrick & Denise Callahan Wendy Lemus George & Lisa Westby Julian & Beverly Cabral James Grover & Stefano Ragagnin Aline Habib Stefano Ragagnin Yolanda Trethewey Doran & Kim Yount Ysela Zabaneh

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A Belizean Nirvana 55-D4 Above Ground Coffee 18-C4 Artful Dodger Sail & Canvas 92-A2 Barefoot Bar 38-D3 Belize Sailing Charters 99-C4 Belize Tradewinds Cruise Club 98-A2 Blue Garden House 88-E2 Blue Lagoon Apartments 80-D3 Boris Mannsfeld & Associates 97-C4 Captain Jak’s Cabanas 52-D2 Caribbean Travel & Tours 8-D3 Casa Del Sol 76-F3 Casa Placencia 81-F2 Century21 BTAL 93-B4 Coconut Cottage 54-D4 Colibri House 55-E3 CPC Reality 43-C3 Destinations Belize 42-C4 De Barcelona 21-D3 DeViners 19-E3 Dianni’s Guesthouse 56-B3 Easy Living Apartments 57-C4 Eloise’s Guesthouse 58-C3 French Louie Caye 33-D3 Garden Cabanas 60-B3 George Cowdrey’s Guesthouse 89-E3 Grill & Go 17-C3 Guild & Guild Consulting 10-F2 Harbor Hideaway 88-E1 Harry’s Cozy Cabanas 61-B3 Hatchet Caye 35-E5 Hatchet Caye Office 35-C1 J-Dees Restaurant & Bar 20-D3 Jewel of Placencia 27-C4 Joy Tours 44-C3 Julia’s Cabanas 62-E3 Tarpon Caye Lodge 45-E3 Tarpon Caye Main Office 46-D3 Las Amigas 26-E3 Leslie Tech Service 46-D3 Lydia’s Guesthouse 64-E3 Manatee Inn 65-F3 Maya Lodge 66-E2 Michelo Flats 67-F2 Miramar Apartments 68-E3 Mirasol Villa 69-C4 MnM Hardware Placencia 96-D3 One World Rental 70-C4 Paradise Vacation Resort 71-B3 PCSD 47-E2 Placencia Bazaar 7-D3 Placencia Yacht Club 34-A5 Property Pro Belize 43-C3 Ranguana Lodge 30-E3 Re/Max Property Center 39-D3 Rumfish y Vino 43-C3 Seahorse Dive Shop 48-D4 Seaspray Hotel 79-E3 Sea View Suites 63-C4 Secret Garden Day Spa 4-C3 Secret Garden Restaurant & Bar 24-C3 Silver Leaf 90-E2 Siripohn Thai Massage 8-D3 Southern Environmental Association 95-D3 Sunset Pointe Condos 40-A1 Splash Dive Center 49-C4 The Flamboyant 28-C4 The Galley Restaurant & Bar 59-B3 The North Beach 73-E3 The Purple Space Monkey 41-C3 The Shak Beach Café 16-C4 The Yellow House 74-D3 The Village Inn 31-F3 Three Iguanas Villa 86-E2 Tony’s Gym/Belize Fit 17-E3 Toucan Lulu 75-F3 Tree of Life 8-D3 Trip N Travel 51-C4 Tuttifrutti Ice Cream Parlor 43-C3 Wendy’s Creole Restaurant & Bar 15-C4 Westwind Hotel 78-D4 Whipray Caye Lodge 32-E5 White Sand Villa 82-C3 Yello Bella 29-F2 Yoli’s Bar 21-B3 Z-Touch Day Spa 6-D3

PLACENCIA BTIA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING COMING IN JANUARY 2013 2012 Review, Project Updates, Board Elections and More. Details to Come.

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MOU Signing Marks Major Milestone for Local Security Law enforcement on the Placencia Peninsula has taken a major step forward with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Belize Government and a coalition of local groups and village councils. The MOU, signed on October 31 at Belize City Police Headquarters, calls for the setting up of a mobile police checkpoint on the Peninsula Road, expansion of the local contingent of special constables and increased cooperation between civilian and police authorities, “This is something we have been working on for a long time,” said Placencia Village Chairman Charles Leslie, Jr. “As the population of the peninsula grows we need to upgrade our efforts at keeping our citizens and visitors safe.” While police checkpoints are not uncommon around the country, according to Placencia BTIA chairman Stewart Krohn the approach taken for the peninsula will be different. “In the first place it was important for us to institutionalize the checkpoint concept with an official memorandum. Otherwise we ran the danger of starting off with a bang and then watching the effort taper off as police found other priorities. Secondly, what we are looking at is a tourist friendly type of checkpoint that enhances security but at the same time recognizes the large number of visitors that travel the road.” To that end the memorandum calls for the purchase of a recreational vehicle as a command center for the checkpoint along with proper signage, lighting and communications equipment. It will initially operate one shift per day and will appear at different points on the road just to keep would be criminals guessing. The checkpoint will manned by a mixture of regular police, tourism police and special constables. Fundraising for the project by the PBTIA has already begun and initial response has been very strong on the part of the business community. Civilian support for the operation of the checkpoint will come primarily from the Placencia Peninsula Community Crime Watch, a citizens group active on the northern two thirds of the peninsula where police presence has been historically light. That pattern has been changing since the recent appointment of Inspector Mark Flowers as commander of the Placencia Police detachment. “We realize that law enforcement cannot just be the job of the police,” says Flowers, “Without the cooperation and support of our citizens in a true partnership we cannot succeed.”


Police Commissioner David Henderson signs Memorandum of Understanding along with Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar, Placencia BTIA Chairman Stewart Krohn and Placencia Village Council Chairman Charles Leslie, Jr.

The MOU was signed on by Leslie and Krohn on behalf of the Peninsula 2020 Initiative and by Minister of National Security John Saldivar and Police Commissioner David Henderson on behalf of Government. The first contingent of special constables has already been recruited and the checkpoint should become operational early in the new year. ▪ Support the PBTIA Mobile Checkpoint Fundraiser! Call 523-4045

The Placencia Breeze ‖ December 2012 ‖ Page 21 Most of the coffee in this region is purchased by large corporations at prices that barely allow farmers to break even. Above Grounds Coffee pays the same price as it would from any roaster producing fine quality specialty coffee.

Farm to Cup Coffee Continued from page 21 Their 100% mountain grown and 100% Arabica coffee beans are shade grown, hand-picked and then processed to organic standards. All fields meet elevation requirements for Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) grade and some meet the Fancy (F) grade. These two top grades (Fancy and SHB) total less than 2.5% off all coffee produced globally! AGAIG receives no income and takes no profit or commission from coffee sales. All of the profits return to the farmers.

The Placencia BTIA Thanks All Our Major Mistletoe Ball Sponsors!

All farm owners in the AGAIC program pay seasonal workers at greater than minimum wage and provide stable work for the families. All planting, transplanting, cultivation, fertilizing, and picking are done by manual labor. Transporting in the mountains is done by human labor, horse or mule. Washing, sorting, grading, packing, and weighing is done by hand. Above Grounds opened for business in February 2010. Assisting Keith Morrison at the shop is experienced business woman Lorraine Cabral who has been working with Morrison since opening day. Cabral bakes all the assorted breads, cinnamon buns and cookies available at the coffee house. “I strive to support Peninsula businesses when I can; for example, I get bagels from Maya Beach Bistro and cocoa from Goss Chocolate which I use for my mochas and chocolate banana bread.” Above Grounds offers choices in roasts including; Full City, Dark, Espresso, French and Decaffeinated. Try their unique, delicious in-house blended roast. Roasts are sold in bulk whole bean or ground to order. Customers can also try a latte or mocha with a slice of Lorraine’s homemade banana bread and use their free high speed Skype friendly WiFi. Above Grounds is located on the main road, south end of the village in a shaded tree house setting across from Wendy’s restaurant. Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays, 8 a.m. – Noon.

Attributes such as high elevations and Guatemala’s volcanic soil have enabled coffee grown in the AGAIG’s program to meet the top two world coffee grades. This is not a Starbucks operation. Above Grounds Coffee’s partner farmers use a bicycle powered coffee husker.

Aqua Mar Belize Shrimp Farm

Placencia Office Supply

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The Placencia Breeze ‖ December 2012 ‖ Page 24 In collaboration with educators at the two primary schools on the Placencia Peninsula, the Student of the Month Program sponsored by the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (PBTIA) recognizes one student from each classroom who exemplifies good behavior and demonstrates academic excellence. Each student is presented a certificate by their respective teachers in front of their peers at a special ceremony during campus assembly. Parents are encouraged to motivate their children to strive for this special honour! The Placencia BTIA Congratulates All Winners!!!

St. John’s Memorial Anglican School October 2012

Pre-school (morning): Mia Pollard Pre-school (afternoon): Giada Glenn Infant I: Christopher Glenn Infant II: Yaneri Yearwood Std. I: Kanye Leslie Std. I: Alina Ferrel Std. II: Larissa Marroquin Std. III: Melissa Augustine Std. IV: Emonie Rowland Std. V: Jaymar Gonzalez Std. VI: Zerik Cabral Editor’s Note: We were unable to receive names from St. Alphonsus School for our December issue.

Below: Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department and Belize National Fire Service holds fire drill at St. John’s School in November.

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Seine Bight Celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day With Many Activities This year’s Garifuna Settlement Day was celebrated nationwide under the theme “Wawansera me’me lau lubafu Bungiu hama ahari,” which translated in English is “We keep going forward with power of God and the ancestors.” The anniversary recognizes the arrival of the Garifuna people to the shores of Belize. At the opening ceremonies, Seine Bight Village Council Chairman Francis Palacio said that the Garifuna have made a stamp on the history of Belize in the area of public service, policing, education and the military. Activities included nightly “cultural explosions”, a stop from the Love FM Southern Tour, a re-enactment of the Garifuna people to Belize on the beach followed by the crowning of Miss Seine Bight Garifuna Queen. There was lively drumming and dancing all day long with cultural foods and drinks. Chairman Palacio thanks everyone who assisted in any way to make this Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations a success. ▪

Tooth Fairy Dental Clinic would like to inform the general public that Dr. Dalila Vanzie Krohn will be on

Maternity Leave until January 2013.


Above: Men beat drums as they await doreys approaching shore during reenactment. Below: Seine Bight’s Miss Garifuna Avery Thomas marches through the streets after being crowned queen.

Dental services will be suspended during this period; we apologize for the inconvenience. Additionally, we look forward to introducing additional clinic days in the coming year!

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LICENSED TOUR GUIDES OF THE PLACENCIA TOUR GUIDE ASSOCIATION AS OF DECEMBER 2012 Alvarado, Francisco Bech, Christian Benguche, Bryan Bonnel, Eusebio Cabral, Daniel Cabral, Egbert Cabral, Julian Cabral, Mark Carr, Edwin Carne, Lisa B. Castellanos, Wayne Chan, Clodia Chun, Cirilo Cuevas, Ian Eiley, Englebert D. Eiley (Jr.), George Eiley, Kenroy Eiley, Marisa Faux, Leslie Faux, Stephen Forman, Eric Ferrel, Christain Garbutt, Alexander Garbutt, Bertrand Garbutt, Darrel A. Garbutt, Gilbert Jr Garbutt, Walter Garbutt, Warren Garbutt, Winsley Garcia, Leopold Gardiner, Doyen Gardiner, Doyle Godfrey, Dale Godfrey, Earl Gongora, Prince Gordon, Raymond Ical, Juan Leslie, Ainsworth Leslie, Bernard Leslie, Bruce Leslie (Jr.), Edlin Leslie, Doren Leslie (Sr.), Ivan Leslie, Leopold Leslie, Mark Leslie (Sr.), Rene Leslie, Russell Leslie, Sean Linarez, Francisco

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Please note that some licensed guides might not appear on this list. Contact the Placencia Tourism Center at 523-4045 for further information. This service is provided by the Placencia BTIA in partnership with the Placencia Tour Guide Association and the Belize Tourism Board. TOP 10 NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LOSING FAT 1. Eat every 3 Hours. 2. Each meal counts. If you eat anything consider it a meal, calories add up quick. 3. Should reduce caffeine intake, increase water intake, ½ of your body weight in ounces of water minimum per day. 4. No heavy starchy carbs after lunch. Such as white rice, pizza, bread, pasta… 5. Should have protein with every meal. Women typically 4 oz. Men typically 6 oz. 6. Eliminate any and all refined sugars and sweets. Limit sugary condiments such as ketchup, salad dressings, and sauces. 7. Increase veggies and fruits. You should have fruits in the morning, veggies in afternoon and evenings. 8. Limit all dairy products to mornings, before lunch. 9. Eat as natural as possible. Fresh fruit and veggies, not canned or processed. 10. Do not get discouraged if you have a bad day with your eating. Do not give up! Start eating correctly the next day! Tony the Trainer • Tony's Gym •

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LIQUOR LICENSE NOTIFICATIONS: DECEMBER 2012 This service is provided through the Placencia Chapter of the Placencia BTIA. Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Gilbert Garbutt is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at Cozy Corner Restaurant & Bar Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Xiong Bin Li is applying for a Publican Special License for the year 2013, to be operated at Me & U Restaurant Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Xiong Bin Li is applying for a Shop Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at Me & U Store Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Lisa Hardenins is applying for a Malt & Cider Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at Fat Boyz Pizza Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Magda Morales is applying for a Beer Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at The Shak Placencia, Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that

Alfredo Acosta is applying for a Hotel Liquor License for the year 2013, to be Operated at The Placencia Hotel Plantation, Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

dall Rimes is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at The Secret Garden Restaurant Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Angela Suarez & Julio Estallo is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at De Barcelona Placencia, Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Maria Cabral is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at the Crows Nest Café Bar & Grill in Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Joyce Danze is applying for a Beer Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at Joyce & Frank’s Bed & Breakfast Maya Beach, Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition1980.

Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Harald Wallen III is applying for a Publican General Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at the Wallen’s Market in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Simone DeAngelis is applying for a Restaurant liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at La Dolce Vita Placencia, Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that John Kenroy Morgan is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at the Morgan’s Bar in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Ann Flores Castillo is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at Watina Bar Placencia Peninsula, and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Ran-

Liquor License - Notice is hereby given that Maya Beach Hotel is applying for a Hotel Liquor License for the year 2013, to be operated at the Maya Beach Hotel in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula and Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

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ACCOMMODATIONS South of Airstrip One World Rentals: Eight beautiful, comfortable and immaculate studios and apartments around an attractive courtyard . Cable TV, free wireless internet access, air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom, fully screened, hammocks. Located in the heart of Placencia (behind the “Rumfish” restaurant) close to the beach, shopping and restaurants. Contact Swiss owner Claudia Hardegger at 5233103 or 6209975. Email: MC, VISA accepted. Rates from 49US$ plus Tax.

Paradise Resort: Has most of the amenities & all the luxury of a large hotel. We are located on the ocean front. 12 A/C rooms. On site full service restaurant & bar, spa by the sea, all eco tours, diving, snorkeling, fishing, roof top Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi, dive shop, gift shop, kayak and golf cart rental. Maya & Tropic Air agent. or give us a call at 523-3179/503-3479

Ranguana Lodge: Five private ocean view cabins located right on the beach in the heart of Placencia Village: We have 3 private air-conditioned beach cabins each w/ 2 Double beds, fans, large refrigerator, coffee makers, private bath w/ hot/cold shower, private balcony w/ a hammock. We also have two other cabins with full kitchens, 2 double beds, fans, private bath with hot & cold shower & tub, private balcony with a hammock. Beach Palapas, beach chairs. Tropic Air agent, Gift shop. Phone/fax at 011-501-523-3112, E-mail: website:

Tarpon Caye Belize: Offers a unique experience in quality service – our island sits in the middle of the Victoria – snorkel the rich, vibrant fringe reef the island sits on; the famous Gladden Spit Whale Shark zone 6 miles away; dive sites are nearby; largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere only 6 miles away...or simply relax with a cold drink in your hand and enjoy the cool Caribbean sea breeze lapping on your skin. We have 3 cabins that can accommodate 6 comfortably. More information: 501-523-3323 – – – Facebook:

The North Beach: offers luxury suites in our sea view villa with full kitchens, living areas and configurations from one to five bedrooms. Each suite has air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable t.v. & phone. Located north end of the sidewalk-walking distance to services. The perfect spot to enjoy Placencia Village. Contact us at phone 523 -3207, e-mail or visit

Singing Sands Inn: Located on a beautiful stretch of Maya Beach featuring 6 private, thatched cabanas with own bath and patio as well as 2 garden view flats. Bonefish Grille full service restaurant and bar on-site serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with daily specials and Happy Hour 4 – 6 pm. Gorgeous landscaping. Swimming pool with relaxing deck area. Free Wi-Fi available. Bicycles complimentary for guests. Kayaks, pedal boats and golf cart available for rent. Tel: 533-302. Email: Website:

Robert’s Grove Beach Resort: Placencia’s most complete resort. Beachfront accommodations w/3 restaurants: Seaside, Habanero & Sweet Mama’s & French bakery & deli; 3 Pools, Conference Center, Tennis Court, Gym, FREE Wifi, Gift Shop, Full Service Dive Center, Marina, Gas and butane station. Kayaks, Windsurfers, Hobie Cats and bikes. Kayak, Paddle Boat and golf cart rentals and sales., For more info cal us @ 523-3565!

At The Cayes Ranguana Caye: Ranguana Caye is a 2 acre island located right on the reef with 3 rustic cabanas and a view that will blow your mind! Food, drinks, Moorings and all the Caribbean Breeze you can handle are available. Prime Diving and Fishing location. Come for a day, a night or more. Reservation day trips or lodging call 523-3565

Robert’s Caye: Robert’s Caye is just 10 miles from Placencia (1/2 hour by boat) a one acre island with 4 charming cabanas built partially over the water. Each cabana is outfitted w/ a king bed, full bathroom, hot and cold running showers, and a private terrace with hammocks. A small restaurant and bar, also built over the water, serves three meals daily. An deal setting for honeymooners and sportsmen alike, this “swept away” island paradise is surrounded by crystal clear water. The nearby flats are renowned for fishing as well. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are complimentary to is island guests. Come for a day, a night or more. Reservation for day trips or lodging call 523-3565

Tarpon Caye Belize: Offers a unique experience, not only in quality service, but also from our island's geographic location – sits in the middle of the Victoria – snorkel the rich and vibrant fringe reef the island sits on; the famous Gladden Spit Whale Shark zone 6 miles away; dive sites are nearby; largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere only 6 miles away...or simply relax with a cold drink in your hand on a private island and enjoy the cool Caribbean sea breeze lapping on your skin. We have 3 cabins that can accommodate 6 comfortably. More information: 501-523-3323 – – – Facebook:

Toucan Lulu: Five cabanas located in quiet northern end of the village on the main sidewalk. A few minutes to shops & restaurants. 3 cabanas sleep up to 4, 2 cabanas sleep up to 6. All have beach access & verandas for enjoying the fresh sea breezes. Check out our web site at , email, or call Kathy at 501 628 8474

Tradewinds: Overlooking the Caribbean Sea & the Mountains of Belize! 9 Cabanas w/ private bath, hot/cold, 2 double beds, fans, coffee maker (coffee provided), refrigerator & veranda w/ hammock. Tel: 523-3122; Email:

North of Airstrip Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows: Two secluded bungalows on the beach in Maya Beach. Full kitchen, queen size bed, sleeper sofa, h/w, and fans. Complimentary kayaks. 5 night min. Tel/fax: 533-8110; email:; Website:

Blue Crab Beach Resort: Set on 5 acres from sea to lagoon, offers 4 beachfront A/C rooms and two thatch cabanas. Home of Goss Chocolate. Tel: 523-3544; Fax: 523-3543; Email:

Green Parrot Beach Houses: Maya Beach: 6 mahogany beach houses, loft bedrooms, fold out sofa, kitchenette & bath on main floor. 2 bay leaf thatch cabanas w/ garden showers & private beach. Tel/FAX: 523-2488; E-mail:; Website:

Miller’s Landing: Natural Belizean-style cabanas, lush tropical gardens, clean secluded beach, pool w/ thatch bar, Wi-Fi, comp. breakfast, comp kayaks, bikes, restaurant w/ healthy specials daily, awesome pizza 523-3010.

Laru Beya Resort: Paradise has an address... Luxurious beachfront accommodation with a top-rated restaurant on site. All bedrooms have A/C, ceiling fans, fridges, coffee & tea making facilities. Suites (1 to 3 bedrooms) have fully fitted kitchens. Ocean-facing infinity pool. Free Wi-Fi throughout the resort. Free use of Hobi-cat, sea kayaks and bicycles. Miniature golf course located on the landscaped grounds. Daily tours, snorkeling & diving trips and other excursions arranged. Tel: 523-3476 & Fax: 523-3483

Whipray Caye Lodge: Whipray Caye is a magical private island in the heart of some of the best fly fishing flats in the world. This caye has room to roam, with two spacious 2-room guest cabanas, private bath in each room, and verandas facing a glorious Belizean sunrise. Hearty family-style meals are served in our thatched roof restaurant and "Sea Urchin Bar". Enjoy the natural unspoiled beauty of the coral reef surrounding the caye, chock full of beautiful tropical fish of all shapes and sizes, rays, sharks, turtles, crab, and even the occasional manatee, all nurtured by the abundant mangroves on the southern half of the caye. Owner and renowned fly fishing guide Julian Cabral and his wife Beverly will make your stay a memorable one. PHONE: 501-608-8130, CELL: 5 0 1 -6 1 0 - 1 0 6 8 , E M AI L: wh i p r a yc a ye @ ya h o o .c o m, W EB :

DINING South of Airstrip De'Tatch Seafood Beach Grill & Bar -Serving the very best in Seafood and Local Cuisines. Open Mon-Sunday (Closed... on Wed)7am until 10pm for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (daily and nightly lunch & seafood dinner special). Come Enjoy the Perfect View (beach front), Great food, Great drink and Music to sooth the soul. Internet & Wireless also available. For Info or Take out orders please call: 503-3385

Wendy’s Creole Restaurant & Bar: Fine dining in A/C comfort or outdoor on the Patio. Specializing in Spanish & Creole. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner 7am - 10pm. Located on the Main Road. Visa & MC accepted. Ph: 523-3335 Email:

Dawn’s Grill n Go Restaurant: Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Daily specials feature Belizean favorites like escabeche, stewed gibnut, roast chicken w/rice n beans. Try curry, Creole or garlic seafood or grilled pork chops w/ sweet & sour sauce & more for dinner! Ph: 602-9302. Located along Main Road b/w Carol’s Cabanas & BTL, corner of Kubaaly Street.

The Purple Space Monkey Bar & Grill: Fun for all the family! Good eats, drinks, cocktails and exclusive purple and yellow ice cream. Don’t be a stranger. Come say hi to the monkey : ) Call: 523-3169

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North of Airstrip Danube Restaurant, EAT – DRINK – RELAX in a romantic atmosphere. A/C indoor, lounge area outdoor. Austrian and International Specialties, fish and vegetarian dishes, great desserts, large wine menu & cigars. Dice your FREE Belikin beer between 4:30-9 p.m. Open MON - SAT from 4:30 pm. Ph: 610-0132,, visit

Green Parrot Restaurant: On the beach at Maya Beach. Our chef changes the menu daily and features a wide variety of local and international cuisine. We feature seafood and tropical dishes. For reservations call 5232488. Email:

Habanero Mexican Restaurant & Bar @ Robert’s Grove – Lagoon side Fiesta time! Casual and fun Habanero serves up Mexican food w/ a Belizean flair. Now open from 12 noon – 10 p.m. Dinner Pick-ups available 523 -3565!

Quarterdeck Restaurant & Bar @ Laru Beya Resort: International Fine Dining with Belizean flair. Experience delicious meals, fabulous cocktails and fantastic service combined with spectacular ocean views. Breakfast served from 7 to 11 am. Lunch served from 12 to 2 pm. Happy hour from 4 to 6 pm. Dinner served from 6 to 9 pm. For reservations call 523-3476.

Singing Sands Inn: Enjoy the delicious cuisine and ambiance of the Bonefish Grille. Our open-air, full service restaurant located on the beach, specializes in traditional Asian, as well as Italian and French influenced dishes. Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials as well as Happy Hour Menu. Open 7 days a week. For reservations or more information call 533-3022 or email

TOUR PROVIDERS Avadon Divers: Dive into Belize w/ our full service PADI Dive Centre in Placencia, just south of the airstrip. We have 5-Star all-inclusive packages for dive & snorkel trips that include new SCUBAPRO equipment. Our spacious 46' Newton Dive Special Boat features a restroom & fresh water shower. Our Instructors teach scuba for kids from ages 8 to 80 ☺, advanced courses & dive pro levels. We also offer jungle, cave & Mayan ruin adventure tours. Email: Website: Call us at 503- 3577 or 523-3577.

Robert’s Grove Dive Center: Feeling adventurous?? Our PADI 5 star Dive Center offers daily snorkeling, diving and certification courses and boasts some of the tastiest lunches, best tour guides in the country, and ‘The Dorado’ our 48 ft. Pro Dive Boat! Nitrox and specialty Dive Courses available. Inland, Fishing, private charters, Whale Shark, Manatee, Monkey River and Inland tours also on the Tour Menu for more info call 523-3565!

Seahorse Dive Shop: Offers SCUBA Certification, snorkeling, fishing, river trips & charters. Call Brian Young (office) 523-3166; (home) 523-3356; Email:; Website:

Singing Sands Inn offers inshore or offshore fishing excursions right off of our dock! Join us on our 31’ Cape Horn for a fantastic day of angling action. We can arrange any tour whether inland or water including Monkey River, Mayan Ruins, snorkelling, diving, and much more. Call 533-3022 or email

Splash Dive Center - PADI Proud Member. Experience Belize w/ Splash! Ph: 523-3058/3080 or 620-6649. Email visit

Seaside Restaurant @ Robert’s Grove – Romantic Fine Dining with a

Tarpon Caye Belize: We offer professional day fishing tours, experience

world class menu and wine cellar. One of Belize’s most consistent restaurants quoted Fodor’s 2010 edition. The Seaside Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Dinner Pick-ups available 523-3565!

our unique tours such as our Caribbean Splash Day Tour and Island Breeze Weekends.

Trip N Travel: Saltwater & Jungle Adventures. Tel: 523-3205 Email: Located on Main Street & Bruk Pat in Placencia Office Supply

Sweet Mama’s @ Robert’s Grove – Belizean restaurant serving breakfast ($8), lunch ($10) and dinner ($12). Open Monday - Sunday, 7 AM to 8 PM.

Tarpon Caye Belize's Pesky Permit Restaurant: Enjoy generous portions of fresh seafood including lobster, conch, shrimp or freshly caught fish. Local Belizean meals are also on the menu.

Whipray Caye Lodge: See accommodation for info about our restaurant and bar.

SERVICES Chocolatier Goss Chocolate: Goss Chocolate & cocoa powder made & sold exclusively in Belize. 100% organically grown Belizean cacao, Belizean cane sugar, whole vanilla bean. Now sold in fine stores, hotels, & restaurants on the Peninsula & throughout Belize. ph 523-3544


Health & Fitness

Placencia Peninsula Bars

only. Phone: 631-7427

Tony’s Gym/Belize Fit We have a small CrossFit Gym. By appointment

Barefoot Bar: Open everyday 11:30 am - midnight.! Located on the Main Road - the party never stops! Live music Thurs - Sun nights. Happy hour, lunch hour beer specials, largest drink menu around, full moon parties & more! Creative lunch/dinner specials. Barefoot Bar is all about Stiff Drinks - Tasty Food Good Times! Tel:523-3515. Follow us on Facebook!

Caribbean Breeze Coolspot: Great spot overlooking lagoon 1/4 mile past the airstrip serving cold beer, rum drinks plus grilled burgers and daily specials. Also the new home of Placencia Pizza. Open Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. BBQ on Saturdays. Managed by Wende Bryan and Denise Williams - Tel: 624-2651 Golf carts, bikes & boats welcome… large secure parking lot.

J-Byrd’s: Local Bar by the Seaside docks. Open daily from 10am to 12pm. And live music every Friday’s Tel :523-3412

Tarpon Caye Belize's Iguana Rock Bar: Out on a tour on the waters? Wish you could simply stop somewhere and take a break and enjoy an ice cold tropical drink? Then stop by at our cozy thatched bar that overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

Food Markets Wallen’s Market: Serving Placencia with fresh produce, dry goods, & specialty items. Wholesale/retail. Tel: 523-3128; Hardware Tel: 503-3316 or 523-3523; Pharmacy Tel. 523-3346. email Serving the peninsula for over 25 years!! Located across from the sport field.

Internet Access Placencia Office Supply: INTERNET, Printing, Stationary, SMART – GimmeDalla, Sales, Collections. P. 523-3205 or

Photography Muzamanzie Photography: Contact us for wedding photographs, portraits, web & brochure photographs.

Tel# 523-3563 or 603-5143 email:

Real Estate CPC Real Estate Solutions - is your trusted real estate broker in Belize.

COFFEE Above Grounds Coffee: Direct Farm Trade Guatemalan Coffees, Espresso and Brewed Coffees, Bulk Coffee (bean or ground). Bagels, Banana Bread, Iced Teas, Fresh Juice, Tree House setting. High speed Wi-Fi , SkypeMain Road, south end of the village. Opposite Wendy’s Restaurant. Open 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. except Sundays 8 a.m. - Noon. Tel: 634 3212

SHOPPING Green Parrot Gift Shop: The in-place to shop on the peninsula. Featuring a wide variety of Belizean, Guatemalan, & Central American crafts.

Lola’s Art: In Seine Bight Village open from 7am-6pm. Phone 523-3342

We have over 20 years experience helping clients with their real estate transactions and take pride in assisting you with your property purchase. Please visit our office next to the tourism office or call us at 672-9000 or visit:

Rentals (Golf Carts, Auto, Bicycles) Sandhill Ltd: Rentals of reliable golf carts, bicycles, kayaks, and pedal boats. Hourly, daily or weekly rates available. Call 523-4017 or email

Singing Sands Inn: Rentals of reliable golf carts, bicycles, kayaks (including clear bottom), two person catamarans, snorkel gear and pedal boats by the hour, half day, full day or weekly. Located in Maya beach. Call 5333022 or email

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Spa, Massage & Physical Therapy Sea Spa @ Robert’s Grove – Now offering Thai Massage, our Sea Spa is manned by professional therapists each w/ their own unique style. Treatments include; Several massage styles, Facials, Body Wraps, Body Scrubs/ Polish, Reiki Energy, Sunburn Special, Coconut Hair Rinse and of course Manis & Pedis for Barefoot perfect feet! All treatments offered in our newly appointed oceanfront spa, at the end of our 250 ft pier or in a rooftop setting w/ panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea! For more info call 523-3565!

Siripohn’s Thai Massage: Therapist from Thailand - Thai Massage, Essential Oil, Swedish, Jet Lag, Back & Shoulders, Foot Massage, Body Treatments, & Facial Treatments. Open 10 am to 6 pm. Call 620-8718 or 6000375, email: - Kob Khun Ka.

Wedding Planning Robert’s Grove Beach Resort: Located on the Placencia Peninsula, a romantic off-the-beaten-path destination on the southern coast. Robert’s Grove is an intimate five-star resort that is ideal for Belize Beach Weddings, whether you want private ceremony for just you and your partner or if you want to bring family and friends. Contact our wedding planner Ms. Lea Itzab: or call us at 523-3565

Placencia Post Office: 523-3104 Seine Bight Village Council: 523-3660 Seine Bight Water Board: 523-3554 U.S. Warden, Stann Creek Rural: Deborah Coston, 624-6483

EMERGENCIES Belize Emergency Response Team: 223-3292 Placencia Medical Center: 503-3326 Seine Bight Medical Center: 523-3328 Independence Medical Center: 523-2167 Placencia Police Station: 503-3142 Seine Bight Police Station: 503-3148 Placencia Tourism Police: 503-3181 FIRE EMERGENCIES: 626-0667

TAXIS Mr. Clark: 621-1031 Christon: 629-4307 Noel: 600-6047 Walter: 622-3194

CHURCHES St. John’s Memorial - Placencia Anglican (Episcopal) Church: Sunday services at 8:00 a.m. . Ministries of the Son of God Church - Seine Bight Village Wednesday Bible Studies -6:30 pm, Thursday Youth Choir Practice - 6:30 pm, Friday Youth Night - 6:00 pm, Saturday Adult Choir Practice - 6:30 pm, Sunday Service - 8:30 am & Sunday Night Service - 6:30 pm. Reverend Don Palmer. Phone 523-3301 or email

Calvary Chapel of the Placencia Peninsula: Meeting in Seine Bight Village. Sunday Services: 10:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. (Sunday School provided). Wednesday: Men's and Women's Bible Study - 6:30 P.M. Friday: Youth Group - 5:30 P.M. Non denominational Church - Call Pastor Jim Mensie for more information: 523-3362 Seventh Day Adventists: Services Fridays at sunset; Saturdays 9:00 a.m. Lay ministers. U. Torres - Tel# 503 2270

Seine Bight Catholic Church: Services Sundays 8:00 a.m. Seine Bight Village. Lay ministers. Catholic (lay) - Mrs Dora. Williams Tel# 523 3527 or 523 3564

Worship Center: Bible Study – Wednesday 7:00 p.m. – until. Services: Sunday 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Non Denominational - Pst. Moore - Tel# 523 3333

GETTING AROUND De Express Boat: P. 626-8835. Departs Placencia Shell Dock- 9:30 a.m. Arrives Big Creek 10 a.m. Departs - 11:00 am. Arrives Puerto Cortez, Honduras, 2 pm. at Laguna. Return trip – Monday: Departs Puerto Cortez, Honduras 10 am. Arrives Big Creek 12 noon. Departs - 1:30 p.m. Arrives Placencia 2 pm. Tel: 523-4045. Tickets available at the Placencia Tourism Center for BZ$120. Hokey Pokey Boat: P. 523-2376. Placencia (MnM Dock) → Independence/Mango Creek: 6:45a.m, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m, 5 p.m and 6 p.m. (except on Sundays). Independence/Mango Creek → Placencia: 6:30 a.m., 7:30a.m., 8a.m., 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30p.m, & 4:30p.m. Ritchie’s Bus: 523-3806. Placencia → Dangriga: Monday thru Saturday: 6 a.m.; 7 a.m.; 12:45 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. Sundays: 7 a .m.; 12:45 pm; 2:30 p.m. Dangriga → Placencia : Monday thru Saturday: 11 a.m.; 2 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; 6 p.m. Sundays: 11 a.m.; 4:30 p.m.; 6 p.m. ADO: Leaves from Belize City at 7:30 p.m. to Tulum, Playa Del Carmen and Cancun, Mexico. Tickets must be purchased at bus terminal in Belize City. Tropic Air: P. 523-3410 Maya Island Air: P. 523-3472

BANKING Atlantic Bank Ltd: Opening Hours Monday -Thursday 8 am - 3 pm & Friday 8 am - 4 pm. ATM Services: Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, & Plus. Phone: 5233431. Belize Bank Ltd: Opening Hours Monday -Thursday 8 am - 3 pm & Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm. ATM Services: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express. Phone: 523-3144. Scotiabank Belize Ltd. Opening Hours Monday -Thursday 8 am - 2:30 pm, Friday 8 am - 3:30 pm, & Saturday 9 am - 11:30 am. ATM Services: Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, & Plus. Phone: 523-3277.

COMMUNITY NUMBERS Placencia Village Council: 523-3396 Placencia Water Board: 523-4036

PLACENCIA NAR-ANON (Narcotics Anonymous Family Groups)


Want to Advertise in the Breeze? Contact us for a complete Advertising Kit. 523-4045 or

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Dec. 9

Course starts at Placencia Village Football Field

Placencia Marathon and Half Marathon. Begins at 5:15 a.m.

Dec. 14

Mistletoe Ball at Robert’s Grove Beach Resort

Formal Dinner and Dance Party. A night of glamour! Black and Gold Theme. Tickets will be sold at the Placencia Tourism Center. $75, couple. $40, single.



Habanero’s Mexican Café and Bar (Seine Bight)

All you can eat Mexican Buffet! Come try our Tequila Lime Pie. 7 to 9 p.m. Dinner Pick-ups available. P. 523-3565.

Yoli’s Bar (Placencia)

Rotary Club of Placencia meets at 12:30 p.m. P. 625-2763.


Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Live Music w/ the Entertainers. Reggae, soca, salsa, punta and more. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. P. 5233515


De Barcelona Tapas Bar (Placencia)

Live Jazz Music with Angela Suarez, Steven Fasano and Beau. 7 to 9 p.m. P. 660-0837

Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Dance Party!! P. 523-3515

Purple Space Monkey Bar & Grill (Placencia)

Karaoke with Karl Lovell! Win Cash Prizes! P. 620-2140

Dawn’s Grill & Go (Placencia)

Fried Chicken Fridays for Lunch. (And regular lunch and dinner menu) P. 523-4079

Barefoot Bar

Barefoot Bash. Live music w/ house band 8:30 p.m. to midnight. P. 523-3515

The Placencia Hotel (North Maya Beach)

Karaoke starting at 8 p.m. P. 520-4110

J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar (Placencia)

Karaoke starting at 8 p.m. P. 503-3351

Quarter Deck Restaurant at Laru Beya Resort (Seine Bight)

Happy hour from 4 to 6 pm. Free bar snacks. Live music from 6 to 9 pm. International Fine Dining with Belizean flair. P. 523-3476

De Barcelona Tapas Bar (Placencia)

Latin Night! Free salsa, cumbia and meringue lessons! 660-0837

Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Barefoot Horseshoe Tournament at 4 p.m. Cash + Bar Tab Prizes. P. 523-3515

Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Live Rock + Alternative music with Da Man in Da Shadz. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. P. 523-3515

Robert’s Grove (Seine Bight)

Poolside Beach BBQ Buffet, 7 to 9 p.m. Live entertainment. Dinner Pick-ups available. P. 5233565.

Habanero’s Mexican Café and Bar (Seine Bight)

Paella Night. Complimentary glass of House Sangria for each diner. 6 to 9 p.m. Pick-ups available. P. 523-3565

Purple Space Monkey Bar & Grill (Placencia)

Trivia Quiz Night! Benefit for the Placencia Humane Society! Win Prizes! P. 620-2140

Yoli’s Bar (Placencia)

4 p.m. Placencia’s Famous Ring Game. P. 625-2763.

Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Tropical Vibes Reggae Jazz Infusion. 6 - 10 p.m. P. 523-3515

J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar (Placencia)

Live music with Ben Bol and Orlando Betancourt from 8 p.m. to midnight. P. 503-3351

De Barcelona Tapas Bar (Placencia)

Live Jazz Music with Angela Suarez, Steven Fasano and Beau. 7 to 9 p.m. P. 660-0837

Danube Restaurant (Seine Bight)

Dice for your Belikin beer between 4.30-6pm: eg Dice “1” and pay just $1, dice “2” and pay just $2… or be lucky and dice “6” and get your Belikin beer for FREE. This special is available with a snack and/or dinner only. DANUBE is located just 100 yds north of Robert´s Grove. Open MON – SAT 4:30 - 9 p.m. Ph: 610-0132,, visit

Habanero’s Mexican Café and Bar (Seine Bight)

Sunset Happy Hour. 5 to 7 p.m. $10 Margaritas. $4 Beers. $4 Local Rum drinks. Cocktails on the lagoon after a hard week’s work. P. 523-3565

Robert’s Grove

Seaside Happy Hour and bar snacks. 4 to 6 p.m. $5 Local Beer and Rum Drinks. P. 523-3565

Quarter Deck Restaurant at Laru Beya Resort (Seine Bight)

International Fine Dining with Belizean flair. Breakfast served from 7 to 11 am. Lunch served from 12 to 2 pm. Happy hour from 4 to 6 pm. Dinner served from 6 to 9 pm. P. 523-3476





PUBLISHER: The Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (PBTIA) DISTRIBUTION: The Placencia Breeze is available free of charge at the Placencia Tourism Center, the Philip Goldson International Airport, nationwide airstrips and resorts, guesthouses, restaurants and bars, gift shops, banks and other businesses on the Placencia Peninsula. The Placencia Breeze has a print circulation of 2,000, as well as a large online web audience. PLACENCIA BTIA/PLACENCIA BREEZE STAFF: Jolie Pollard, Executive Director and Editor in Chief; Apolo Caliz, Front Desk and Membership Officer and Assistant Editor VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHER: Muzamanzie Photography PLACENCIA BTIA BOARD: Stewart Krohn, Chairman; Steve Christensen, Vice Chairman; David Vernon, Treasurer; Anne-Marie McNeil, Secretary; Beverly Cabral, Ex-Oficio; Doran Yount, Ruth Turner and Aline Habib PRINTER: The Reporter Press, Belize City, Belize The Placencia Breeze The Placencia Tourism Center, Placencia Village, Stann Creek, Belize. Phone: 523- 4045; E-mail: or; URL:

Placencia Mistletoe Ball 2012 Raffle Prizes. The Placencia BTIA Thanks All Our Generous Prize Donors! DELTA AIRLINES: One roundtrip ticket to the USA or Canada TARPON CAYE BELIZE: Two-night stay with complimentary breakfast CHARLY’S GIFTS: Wine Basket BAREFOOT SERVICES: Prize 1 and 2 2 – 1 day golf cart (24 hrs) (subject to availability. Some restrictions apply) Service: Prize 3 1 free oil change (materials not included) 1 engine wash (materials not included) 1 interior and exterior clean Prize 4 $200 worth of Fishing lures TROPIC AIR: One roundtrip ticket on route Placencia/ Belize City Municipal

PARADISE RESORT: Dinner for two with a glass of wine PURPLE SPACE MONKEY: Dinner for two including drinks, $150 value CASA PLACENCIA: Garden Room for two nights, based on availability Queen bed, air con, WiFi, cable TV, refrigerator & coffeemaker PLACENCIA PIZZA: $50.00 gift certificate MANATEE INN: Gold Medal Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon A BELIZEAN NIRVANA: Two-night stay for two guests in luxurious beach suite in the heart of Placencia Village on the beach. Valued at $1,100. Prizes listed in order received (except Delta Grand Prize)

LARU BEYA RESORT: Romantic three course dinner for two with a complimentary bottle of French champagne at The Quarterdeck Restaurant . HATCHET CAYE RESORT: Two Night Stay for Two Excludes boat transfer or meals - subject to availability. RUMFISH Y VINO: $100 Gift Certificate SECRET GARDEN MASSAGE AND DAY SPA: One 60-minute massage by Lee Nyhus at The Secret Garden Massage and Day Spa MIRAMAR APARTMENTS: Two-night stay for two Studio suite - subject to availability Spa PLACENCIA EAGLE RAY TOURS: One snorkeling tour to one of our national parks, $150 value.

CAPTAIN JAK’S RENTALS: 2-1 day golf cart rentals (subject to availability/some restrictions apply) THE VILLAS AT COCOPLUM: $100 Cash CAPTAIN JAK’S: $50 Cash DANUBE RESTAURANT: $50 Gift Certificate BAREFOOT BAR: $100 Bar Tab TRADEWINDS CRUISE CLUB: $200 Cash Prize TUTTI FRUTTI GELATERIA: $50 Gift Certificate PAPAYA BOUTIQUE: $50 Gift Certificate DAWN’S GRILL N GO: $40 Gift Certificate THE GALLEY RESTAURANT & BAR: $40 Gift Certificate