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Placencia Rocks for Christmas Season! Parades both on land and sea, a record-breaking present giveaway, creative restaurant menu offerings, live stage performances and many Santa sightings marked this year’s Christmas celebration on the Placencia Peninsula. Residents say collective community efforts have made this holiday season one of the largest in recent memory.

It’s the Peninsula’s biggest social event of the year and the 2013 edition of the Mistletoe Ball –with over 400 guests-- did not disappoint. The event is the final fundraising event of the year for the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) and was hosted by the new Belize Ocean Club resort located in the community of Maya Beach.

The holiday cheer kicked off on Dec. 19 with the “Christmas Xtravaganza” at the Tipsy Tuna Beach Bar. Starting at 7 p.m. children and adults performed special Christmas songs for local and visiting families. A Creole version of the 12 days of Christmas was a big hit with spin offs to the traditional lyrics such as, “Three Johnny cakes, two dallah wap and a fry fish in a fry pan.” The event was organized by Tipsy Tuna, Ysela Zabaneh, Tracey Eiley and Kathy Wade with the assistance of DJ BB, Karl Lovell, Marisha Betancourt and The Outlet Youth Center. Collected door fees and monetary donations supported the Placencia Village Council. The following day on Dec. 20, young stars from the Christmas Xtravaganza along with other youth performed at the Placencia Children’s Christmas Show, more popularly known as “Ms. Tracey’s Show” at a packed Placencia Community Center. Independent comContinued on page 29

Mistletoe Ball Sizzles at New Resort

Now in its 14th year, the pre-holiday dinner and dance was held on Saturday, Dec. 14 and tied in with the Belize Ocean Club’s official grand opening weekend. The resort, in conjunction with the Placencia BTIA, provided an evening of fine food, live music, celebrity-style picture taking and beautiful scenery. For veteran Mistletoe enthusiasts it was a triumphant return to a much loved venue where the Ball had been held twice before when the resort was operated as Bella Maya.

Above: Placencia Village Council’s first boat parade. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY) Below: Marisha Betancourt’s street parade dancers. (LEE NYHUS)

The chef for the evening, Gunter Mathieu, prepared a delicious selection of dishes using donations from some of the top food suppliers on the Placencia Peninsula. Products from Country Meats, Royal Mayan Shrimp Farms, Quality Poultry, Zoes’s Fresh Vegetables and Greg’s Fruit Stand created an attractive display at the served buffet stations. Continued on page 2

Shrimp Farm Owner Warns of Threats Posed by NCL Harvest Caye Project By Linda Cardelli Thornton Owner, Cardelli Shrimp Farms lact57@yahoo.com

Aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of food culture in the world. Shrimp farming has developed in

Belize over the past 30 years to employ directly over 1,200 people and indirectly hundreds more, primarily from the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts. Millions of investment dollars have been flowing for years in this area with two new farms being

developed at this time. These operations bring in much needed foreign exchange from exports into the Caribbean, European Union, Mexico and the U.S. In 2012 the farms brought in BZ$42 million to the local economy and the 2013 crop should double that

amount. One of the largest farms that has been in operation since 1986 is located directly across a narrow body of water from the proposed cruise terminal site, and the water intake for the breeding and larviculture cenContinued on page 12

INSIDE JANUARY 2014: Page 3: Placencia Hosts Second End of the World Marathon; Page 7: Nazle and Ricky Now Married!; Goss White Chocolate Wins International Award Page 9: Meet the Tom Cruise of Placencia; Irahunu Mas Band Debuts in First Belize City Carnival Page 11: Breeze Feature: Here Come ‘Da Judge Page 12: New Owners Keep the Parrot Shaking Page 21: Front Line Award Nominee Tells Story Page 22: Placencia Rotary Club News Update Page 23: New Bicycles Donated to Placencia Community Police Unit; In Need of Funds, The Outlet Youth Center Relaunches Golf Cart Raffle; St. John’s Memorial School Announces New PTA Page 24: Peninsula Statistics Page 25: Independence High School Hosts World Food Day Fair; About Jonnell Augustine


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Mistletoe Ball Sizzles at New Resort, Belize Ocean Club Continued from Front Page At the salad station, guests were able to choose from caprese, shrimp cocktail, smoked fish with tomato basil vinaigrette and a variety of fresh breads. The entrée station was a hit serving a tasty beef stew prepared with red wine and fresh thyme, garlic shrimp and spinach pasta, and chicken served curried with fresh pineapple and grilled bananas and thinly sliced in a mushroom Chef Gunter Mathieu’s menu created a big draw cream sauce. to the dinner portion of the event.

And guests were most impressed with the dessert station where orange cups of chocolate mousse, lines of chocolate éclairs and more surrounded a tall fruit tree neatly arranged with bananas, slices of pineapples, apples and papaya and dotted with strawberries and cherries. Volunteering musicians Steve and Julie of Hot Papaya provided soft live entertainment during dinner. Following dinner, the Caribbean Roots Band from Corozal made an acclaimed debut on the Placencia Peninsula showcasing their large brass section in the large hall of the resort’s lagoon side restaurant. The group of 14 kept the crowd dancing away to a variety of tunes until the early hours of the morning. Proceeds from the Placencia Mistletoe Ball benefitted the operations of the Placencia BTIA at the Placencia Tourism Center. Other major sponsors included Premium Wines and Spirits, L&R Liquors, Ltd. (Old Master Rums) and Belikin. Donors to the grand Mistletoe Ball Raffle were: Mojo Lounge, Purple Space Monkey, Casa Placencia, Robert’s Grove Seaside, Habanero and Sweet Mama’s Restaurants, Turtle Inn, Rumfish y Vino, Fantoni’s Kitchen, Belize Telemedia Ltd., Secret Garden Day, Beaches & Dreams, Sunbreeze Hotel and Sunbreeze Suites,

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Sunbreeze Suites , Goss Chocolates, Hatchet Caye Resort, Great House, Radisson Fort George Hotel, Ka’ana Boutique Resort, McNab Publishing, Ltd., The Farm Inn, The Lodge at Big Falls, Trip N Travel, Tropic Air, Eagle Ray Tours, Barefoot Beach Bar, A Belizean Nirvana, Chcolate eclairs, orange cups of chocolate Paradise Resort, Miramar Apartments, Miller’s mousse and many more delicacies surrounded Landing and Cake Chics. the fruit tree dessert station. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY)

The 15th annual Placencia Many thanks to all our sponsors: Mistletoe Ball will be held again at the Belize Ocean Club on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Attractive incentives are available for sponsors. Contact the Placencia BTIA at info@placencia.com or 523-4045 for more info. Visit: www.facebook.com/ placenciamistletoeball

Vi s i t u s o n Facebook! www.facebook.com/ placenciamistletoeball The Caribbean Roots Band of Corozal impressed the crowd with their large brass section. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY)

Many packed the dance hall at Belize Ocean Club until the wee hours of the morning. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY)


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Placencia Hosts Second of the End of the World Marathon On Sunday, Dec. 8 close to 200 runners traversed the length of the Placencia Peninsula for the second annual “End of the World” Marathon and Half Marathon. Following a successful inauguration in 2012, the event doubled its numbers for 2013 and also saw more competitive runners. The Gonzales siblings from Chetumal, Mexico dominated the event with Vladamir Gonzales placing first overall and Rosa Gonzales placing first in the female division for the full marathon. Andy Gonzales placed first overall in the half marathon and Tania Gonzales finished first in the female division. This was the second win in the End of the World Half Marathon for both Tania and Andy whose family roots tie to Belize and Mexico respectively. And it was the first trip to Placencia for Vladimir and Rosa. “It’s a very easy race,” said Vladimir who had competed in 15 marathons prior to the End of the World Marathon. “The road is flat here,” he added. Vladimir says he plans to represent Belize in this year’s Central American Games.

Full Marathon, top finishers in female division (left to right): Rosa Gonzales of Chetumal, Mexico, first place; Dimmity Gannon of Belize City, second place and Kerah Eiley of Placencia, third place. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY)

for the Belize Cancer Society; former Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) president Belizean-Mexican, Vladimir GonzaJim Scott and his team ran for the Blissful Sage les, 26 years old, rose victorious in Among the interna- Foundation. Also running for charitable causes the 26.2 mile Full Marathon with a completion time of 3 hours, 7 sec- tional runners was were Liz Zabaneh of neighboring Independence J o h n “ M a d d o g ” Village who ran to raise money for a scholarship onds. Wallace who holds fund through her Awaken Belize Youth Ministry, (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY) the world record for and Placencia Humane Society (PHS) Chairman running marathons Doran Yount and the Run Fur Paws team who in 117 countries. When he completed this mara- raised money for PHS. Robyn McCutheon ran Placencia runners also shared the limelight. thon wearing bib number 118, he set a new world for the Placencia Shotokan Karate Club. Kerah Eiley placed third in the Women’s Full record of 118 countries. Marathon, Cassie Dial placed third in the WomThe net proceeds from the marathon itself will en’s Half, Kim Carpenter placed first in Women’s Half, ages 50-59 and Doran Yount placed first in This year’s race also included a number of high go towards high school scholarships for chilprofile participants who were running to raise dren living on the Placencia Peninsula. Accordthe Men’s Half ages 60+. Ian McField, Devony money for important causes. Healthcare profes- ing to race director Chip Lovett, 2013’s event Tillet, Anselmo Chiac and Mary Kay Bader also placed in different categories. For complete sional, Dr. Ramon Figueroa and his team ran results, visit www. belizerunners.org.

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Nazle and Ricky Now Married!

Goss White Chocolate Wins International Award

If you haven’t tried Goss White Chocolate, a in the Toledo district. Most commercial white recent win in the World Chocolate Awards might chocolates, says Goss, are made from cheap, give you just the excuse you need to indulge. low-quality beans that haven’t been roasted and that have been descented – a process which takes Goss White Chocolate was among 660 milk away the smell of chocolate. and white chocolates from 58 global brands that were evaluated over the past three years by The Goss White Chocolate with Vanilla Bean World Chocolate Awards Founder Ian Whitaker. 45% Cocoa Butter received a rating of three The white chocolate and 159 other winning stars – the highest awarded by Whitttaker of chocolates -- including a few more from Belize the World Chocolate Awards. It is sold in most -- are featured in Whitaker’s “World Chocolate supermarkets and grocery stores in Belize for Awards: Independent Guide to the World’s Best BZ$4.50 retail and can be shipped internationChocolates,” released October 1st. ally by order. According to Goss, he plans to participate in the regional competition for the “I was surprised. It’s very nice to get an award,” International Chocolate Awards in 2014. said Goss Chocolates owner, Kerry Goss. The local chocolatier has been producing organic choc- Other Belizean chocolates featured in Whitaker’s olate along with wife Linn Wilson at his small book include Cotton Tree Lodge of Punta Gorda, factory in Seine Bight Village since 2000. Toledo, Dark Milk (two stars), Light Milk with Cocoa Nibs (three stars) and Light Milk (two He later introduced his white chocolate to the stars). Ixcacao Maya Chocolate of San Felipe Belize market in 2005. Goss’ other chocolate Village, Toledo also won an award for their Light b ars in clu de milk, dark and special dark. Goss and Wilson also manNazle Frutos and Ricky Westby celebrated at a ufacture Goss small reception with close friends and family. Cocoa Powder Congratulations to Nazle Frutos-Westby and and sell special Erick “Ricky” Westby of Placencia Village on chocolate truffles during the their marriage! holidays. Nazle, daughter of Maria Evans and Edgar Frutos and Ricky, son of Arlene Ferrel and Aldrick Goss learned “Ally” Westby tied the knot on Oct. 17 at the of his win via General Registry in Belize City. The beautiful an e-mail from couple later celebrated their union the following W h i t a k e r i n weekend at an intimate barbecue with close fam- O c t o b e r a n d ily members. Nazle and Ricky became engaged was complete- Goss white chocolate after being removed from its shiny gold wrapper. The chocoin September of 2011 and are expecting their ly oblivious to late is made with natural cocoa butter pressed from roasted cacao beans grown by farmers in the Toledo district. first child in March. “Everything has worked out the fact that his perfectly for us and just as we planned,” Nazle chocolate was Milk 65% (two stars). For more information on said. “God has blessed us.” Nazle moved to under evaluation. Goss Chocolates visit www.goss-chocolate.com Placencia from San Ignacio, Cayo in 2006 and What makes Goss White Chocolate among the and to learn more about Ian Whitaker’s quest to works at Paradise Resort. Ricky is originally from Placencia Village and has been a longtime best in the world? Goss said his white chocolate impartially evaluate chocolates from around the employee at Wallen’s Market – the Peninsula’s is made with natural cocoa butter pressed from world and make recommendations in his guideroasted organic cacao beans grown by farmers book, visit www.worldchocolateawards.com. ▪ oldest grocery and hardware store. ▪


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Meet the Tom Cruise of Placencia

“When he pours, he reigns.” That was the tagline for the hit 1988 film “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise. It is the true life story, however, for 26year-old Fermin Choc who, travelling north from his home at Turtle Inn’s Beach Bar, has won the latest national bartending competition. In December 2012, the Placencia Breeze ran a front-page story on the young bartender winning the BTB 10th annual Taste of Belize bartending competition which, was held earlier that month. At the time, Choc was 25 and working at the Placencia Hotel. Since then, Choc has continued to enjoy the thrill of competitive mixology. Following his big win at the BTB Awards, Choc competed in a vigorous battle at the Barefoot Beach Bar Traveller’s Rum Bartending Con-

test in September where he placed (TOUCHSTONE PICTURES) third. But he quickly returned to championship form at the October (Top left): Fermin Choc performs flairing tricks as seen in the hit 1980s Rumfest in Orange Walk. Choc film “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise (top right). represented Cuello’s Distillery, and his concoction using papaya, mint leaves and coconut rum among other ingredients, accompanied by his signature flairing tricks, won over the judges. Next on the bartender’s schedule, he’s preparing for a trip to Roatan, Honduras in March 2014 where he will be representing Belize in the amateur round of the International Bartending Competition. Of course, Choc says he also plans to keep his he was sent to Florida to complete title in the next BTB Bartender of a three-month training program in mixology. Following Caye Chathe Year Competition. pel, he bartended at several resorts Choc launched his bartending ca- including Radisson Fort George reer six years ago at the Caye Cha- Hotel, Black Bird Caye Lodge and pel Golf Resort during which time Chabil Mar.▪

(Top left) Fermin on stage with Belizean TV personality and Rumfest master or ceremonies Marleni Cuellar. (Top right): Putting the final touches on a cocktail entry. (LEONARDO MELENDEZ PHOTOGRAPHY)

Irahunu Mas Band Debuts in First Belize City Carnival Irahunu Mas Band of Seine Bight Village participated in the grand Belize City Junior Carnival Band Competition held in September. This was the group’s first time competing outside of the Peninsula where it won first place consecutively. According to Band Manager Liz Zai, were it not for road troubles and an unfortunate late start, the group would have probably placed in the top three in Belize City as they impressed many spectators with their creative costumes.

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Members of Irahunu Mas Band range from age nine to 15. Forty-five of 168 members travelled to Belize City for the competition. ▪


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Breeze Feature: “Here Come ’Da Judge” Rand Taylor shares experience on boxing match in Cowpen Village.

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very once in awhile I’m reminded how truly unique this experience is. Living in Belize is like nothing else in my history on this planet. Last night’s adventure was a pleasant reminder. And I’m still smiling this morning. It all started out easily enough. My neighbor and hiking buddy Ken Ferris knows a young man named Edgar who is a personal trainer here on the peninsula and a very intelligent and motivated young man. He’s become a part of a new groundswell movement here in Belize to start Amateur Boxing on a national scale. He was due to fight in a local contest in a little village about an hour away from my home . The village is named Cow Pen and the name tells it all. It’s a small village set back several miles off the Southern Highway down toward Independence that was originally a large cattle operation importing cattle from Guatemala back in the day. It was owned by one strong family – think The Ponderosa. When the patriarch died the heirs fell out among themselves and the ranch was eventually defunct and in ruins. The only thing left was a huge pen where the cattle were kept before going to market. The old cattle ranch eventually became huge citrus and banana farms, importing workers from throughout Central America. They built their village and chose the obvious name. The village grew and the local language was Spanish, not the official English of Belize. The cultures meshed and the village prospered. The current Village Chairman, Martinez, saw the value in channeling the energy of the young workers into sports like soccer and boxing. He championed the cause and Cow Pen became the area center for the new sport. Edgar was due to fight and Ken wanted to see him perform. He invited me to tag along. And so it began. We arrived just after 6 p.m. after working our way through several miles of a muddy maze of tracks dimly cut through fields of brush and grass. Even Edgar was not sure exactly how to get to the remote location of the event. After a few false turns we managed to find the location. It wasn’t what you might expect. It was an open field next to a small concrete Community Center on the far edge of the little village. All around it was acres of mud and grass. Four people were laboring to complete the temporary construction of “The Ring.”

blue plastic tarp like the ones used to cover loads on the big dump trucks. Four poles were pounded in at the corners, ropes were tied between the poles, a larger tarp then stretched over the ring on a metal frame about 10 feet in the air to give some sketchy protection from the rain, and two bright light bulbs hung from the top of the frame and connected with an extension cord that ran all the way back to the little building. The two lights were plugged in and the ring was lit for the fight. But there was no one else there. Just us and the ring masters. The fights were due to begin at 7 p.m. and it was already 6:30. No seats for the hoped for spectators, just that one bare ring in the center of an empty field. It looked as though this was going to be a long night – or a very short one. We did what we could to help, talked to ringmasters (one of whom was the village chairman, Martinez) and tried to visualize a boxing match actually taking place here. I walked out to the ring and moved around its surface. It was like a bad road with more potholes than pavement. It was very uneven and dangerously slippery with moisture. The whole thing gave off an aura of imminent disaster. Edgar did the same and seemed pleased with the effort. This was grass roots sports at the underground level. But you had to admire their grit and determination to make something out of nothing. We Americans take so much for granted. About 7 p.m. a few more people arrived. One woman came with a table, several pots and pans, and a basket filled with corn tortillas. She would be selling chicken ‘tacos’ to the hoped for crowd. Then the beer and soft drinks arrived and were placed in a huge metal trough and covered with ice. Then a local DJ arrived with his speakers and mic. Martinez explained that after the fights there would be a big dance. By 7:30 there were perhaps 50 people on the scene. Most of them had arrived by bicycle. Then a few more pickup trucks. By 8 p.m. there were maybe 100 people. Eight of the ten boxers had finally arrived. They looked like young men in their late teens. But at my age, everyone looks like a teenager.

Then the girls began to arrive, dressed to the hilt for the dance. The boys puffed out their chests and began posturing for the girls’ benefit. It was reminiscent of a high school dance anywhere in the world. The ring was a home-made affair But it was more friendly than most. consisting of about a hundred sand Everyone was in a festive mood and bags laid out in a rough square with welcomed us with open arms into sawdust layered on top to try to give their community. There seemed to an even surface. Then the entire be no cliques or divisions. Even affair was covered with a gigantic the fighters were genuinely glad

to see each other and draped their arms around each other like brothers. There were proud parents and relatives there to cheer on their fighter. By 9 p.m. there were nearly 150 people milling around the ring in happy disregard to the mud and impending return of the rain. It was one of the happiest moments I have seen in the recent past.

minutes. You score based on performance, aggression, technique, and who ‘controls’ the round. I show you how to score. O.K.?”

Ken and I exchanged nervous smiles. I shrugged my shoulders and said “O.K.” And that’s how Ken and I became the official judges for an amateur boxing night in the middle of a muddy field in a remote That’s the moment that the referee corner of Belize. Lightning was came up to Ken and I with a large flashing all around us in the pitchdark sky. The threatening storm smile. became a little more ominous. “You two are only gringos here tonight,” he said warmly as he shook Just before 9 p.m. a truck pulled our hands and introduced himself. up with a load of plastic chairs “We’re very glad to have you here. borrowed from several donors. By now there were perhaps 150 Do you speak Spanish?” people milling around the ring. “Pequito,” I muttered back. The chairs were quickly grabbed up and plopped down close to the My grasp of the Spanish language ring. This was the Belize version consists of a few basic sentences, of a ‘ring side seat.’ The referee count to ten, etc. Ken was a little brought three small chairs and three ahead of me but not fluent. Every- small school desks over to us and one else there was Spanish. It made placed them next to the ring under me wish I had spent more time with yet another tarp. These were the my Rosetta Stone Spanish discs. best seats in the house – the judges seats. We thanked him and took up “No problem,” the ref replied. our positions. “Many of us speak English. Could At that point our third judge emerged you do us a big favor?” from the crowd and introduced him“Sure, “ we both answered fool- self. His name was Gonzalo and he was a pleasant chap from all apishly. pearances. We compared notes and “We had three judges scheduled were issued our official score cards to be here tonight and two of them for the night: one 8 X 10” piece of didn’t make it. You two are the only blank paper. We were told to draw ones here who aren’t related to at a vertical line down the center with least one of the fighters. You could each half representing one fighter be, how you say, ‘neutral.’ Would in each match. The matches were numbered 1-5 and divided into four you be our judges tonight?” rounds each. We were to score 10 Ken and I looked at each other for the winner of each round and incredulously. Neither one of us 9 for the loser. At the end of the felt qualified to judge a boxing match, the one with the most points match. We explained that to our would be crowned the winner. Seemed simple enough. We had no new friend. way of knowing the fighter’s names, “No problem,” he answered with a however. We finally decided to just huge smile. “I will show you how go with the color of the shorts or it works and explain all the basics. the shirts, or whatever, just as long There will be five matches, four as we all agreed at the start of each rounds each, each round lasting two Continued on page 24


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Shrimp Farm Owner Warns of Threats Posed by NCL Harvest Caye Project Continued from Front Page ter is in this area. This facility not only provides seed shrimp for this large farm but also for many other small farms in the area. A cruise ship development of this size with large requirements for sewage and waste water discharge could surely contaminate the water source for this operation and could risk the closure of the farm.

This is also why we ask all resorts and restaurants in the country not to buy shrimp that is suspect of source, possibly being imported illegally from neighboring countries, that could cause these same problems for us. Please buy shrimp that has only been processed in a certified facility in Belize. Do this also to make sure your shrimp is hygienically

ardous seafood. We are also concerned that a malfunction or poor design in the cruise port’s sewage treatment system could also increase total coliform and fecal coliform levels in the area near the shrimp farm. If the levels are in excess of what is safe for food production our product would be

The Belize Shrimp Growers Association is presently in the process of an environmental audit with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council which is backed and partially funded by the World Wildlife Fund. This whole process is costing the association over US$1,000,000. Belize has earned a worldwide reputation for developing sustainable methods for culturing shrimp allowing producers to command a premium price even when markets are being flooded with cheap, unsustainably produced shrimp, mostly from Asian countries. Belize is also free of many of the viral diseases that plague Asia and other parts of Mexico, Central and South America by a unique geographical position on the Caribbean and strict import laws regarding shrimp products. It is most likely that the ship’s source of seafood is Asian based. If the Harvest Caye development maintains a food service area for the cruise tourists and waste from the kitchen is discharged into our area it could contaminate our stocks with diseases from other countries. This could serve as a vector that could be difficult to control by BAHA, which by law now restricts the imports of all shrimp products from other countries because of the risk of introducing a virus into our environment that could easily threaten the health of our whole industry.

the laboratory nearby and reduce the productivity of the facility. A development on Harvest Caye could surely threaten the viability of our industry and threaten the jobs of a large segment of the population in the south. The processing plants that produce a quality exported crop are one of the largest employers of women in the south, many whom are the sole wage earner in the home. This would negate any positive job increase that the cruise industry would promise. Our employees have been trained internally over the years in areas that the cruise industry would most likely not employ them. On-site training has taken many people without education and developed them into employees with year round jobs. Please consider the developed aquaculture industries that are in place and do not threaten them for a new industry that could destroy a well-established, sustainable and internationally reputable industry that brings much needed foreign exchange, employs over a thousand Belizeans in good-paying and dependable jobs, with a real opportunity for advancement.

The local shrimp industry in Belize provides direct employment to over 1,000 people. (CARDELLI SHRIMP FARMS)

clean and safe for your customers. The employees of the processing plants work very hard to assure the product is safe for consumption both locally and for export. We have three processing facilities in the country: Paradise Farms, Belize Aquaculture and Aqua Mar Belize Ltd. The packing box will indicate the source of the shrimp. Anyone selling shrimp loose from the back of a truck may be selling stolen or illegally imported product. Please keep our industry thriving and sustainable instead of saving a few dollars on cheap and possibly haz-

banned from export markets. Being a resident of Big Creek for many years I know of the sand flea population in the area. Unfortunately this area is affectionately known as the sand flea capital of Belize. We are afraid that to appease the tourists getting off the ship that a large amount of pesticides could be sprayed into the area every morning before the cruise tourists arrive. The toxin would kill the larval shrimp, they are very sensitive to even low levels of pesticides, and also affect the breeding shrimp in

The Belize Shrimp Growers Association has met with Minister Godwin Hulse and explained our concerns to him. He assures us that there will be strict monitoring of all environmental concerns that could affect us. He has also informed us that we would have representation on an environmental monitoring board to assure strict compliance. I only hope that if the project goes through and the problems we have presented start to occur that there will be some way to stop operations until the problems are solved. Our fear is that once the problems start that it will be difficult to shut down cruise operations until changes in procedure are put in place. Once the virus is present we will be unable to get rid of it. And once our quality is compromised it will be difficult to assure people that it will not occur again. These are the problems we face when small countries deal with large corporations. ▪

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New Owners Keep the Parrot Shaking On Oct. 9, the new owners at the Pickled Parrot Bar and Grill celebrated their one-year anniversary running the popular watering hole and music venue in Placencia Village. A large group of patrons gathered under the thatched palapa while bartenders Kareem and Tommy kept the drinks orders steady and a diverse set of musicians kept the music thumping.

musicians were 12-year-old Darrius Montemayor on saxophone. Little Montemayor was spending his fifth month with his family in Placencia since leaving their former home in Canada. “We love it here, and this would never happen where we lived before!” said “It feels so good! We’re so happy to know that Montemayor’s mother. we’ve made so many friends here – both expats and locals – it’s been everything we hoped it The Flying Pig also celebrated would be,” said Lynn Upham who relocated to their first anniversary before Placencia from New Jersey with her husband the year’s end throwing a big Eugene after buying the business. party with the World Culture Band on Dec. 21. ▪ Patrons enjoyed drink specials, appetizer giveaways and entertainment provided by 12 musicians. As the party progressed, a joyous Mrs. Upham commented that she felt secure and encouraged with her business and explained plans for future additions and renovations.

Above: Young and old musicians jam together during Picked Parrot’s first year anniversary party.

Some fans also shared their sentiments on the ‘new’ Pickled Parrot’s success. “I met Lynn and Eugene before they opened, and they were so welcoming and were always helping everyone,” said Cristine Schofield of Sea Glass Inn. And the owner of The Flying Pig, Patrick Gonzalve said he chose to close his business to celebrate the anniversary party. “It’s important for me to support all local businesses,” he said. It was only a matter of time during the celebration before Allyson Smith jumped on the bar and performed her usual blues dancing, which received instant cheers from regulars and curious looks from newbies. Among the talented

Left: Co-owner Eugene Upham poses behind bar. Above: Regulars Jeremy Garcia and “Mikey Mike” enjoy cold Belikin beers.

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How’s Your Day? Does anybody remember that you passed their way? Does anyone recall that you spoke to them today? The day is almost over and when the toiling time is through – who is there to utter now a kindly word of you? Today that’s nearly over and about to quickly pass, Have you helped a single human of the many that you’ve passed? Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said? Do the ones whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead? Well, did you waste the day or lose it – was it well or sorely spent? Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent? Because the goal you’re after is to take their frowns and turn them into laughter … So as you close your eyes in slumber do you think your “inner” voice with confidence now will say – “Yes; you can check the blank on the positive side – cause you’ve lived and shared quite well today…” 2013 – Placencia’s Bob the Poet


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PLACENCIA PENINSULA MAPS Continues on page 18. Visit the Placencia Tourism Center in Placencia Village for a brochure copy of our Peninsula map! We’re located on the main street, across from Scotia bank just behind Re/Max.

From North of Placencia Airstrip to Riversdale

From Placencia Water Tower to Airstrip Barefoot Rentals

Lost Reef

Platinum Designs

Tropic Air & Maya Island Air Placencia Airstrip

Beachfront Suites The Placencia Hotel Placencia Tennis

Distance from Maya Beach to the Placencia Hotel area measures approx. 2.5 miles.

RFG Insurance Avadon Divers

Ocean’s Edge Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro

Los Porticos

Green Parrot Beach Houses Joyce & Frank’s Bed & Breakfast

Barnacle Bill’s Beach Bungalows Turtle Inn

Singing Sands Inn

Splash Dive Center Chabil Mar

Cocoplum Vacation Rentals Cocoplum Resort Community The Villas at Cocoplum Mission Bay Christian Retreat

The Maine Stay Goss Cordy’s Beach Cottages Chocolate Palmtree Designs

Bahia Laguna Beach Suites Nautical Inn

Lola’s Art Station’s Casino Buddy’s Bar & Grill

Seine Bight Village

Robert’s Grove Beach Resort Laru Beya Villas Miller’s Landing

Wild Orchid Properties

The Flying Pig Casa Nettuno

Get your Placencia Mooring Masters T-shirt at the Placencia Tourism Center and Sunova Beach Gift Shop. Profits help protect our Barrier Reef .


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PLACENCIA CHAPTER OF THE BELIZE TOURISM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION 2013 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Don’t see your listing? It is time to renew your membership or become a new member! Join the largest BTIA Chapter in Belize! Contact Placencia BTIA Membership Officer Jonnell Augustine at 523-4045 or accounts@placencia.com.

ACCOMMODATIONS A Belizean Nirvana: belizeanirvana@gmail.com; 5233331 or 625-3301; Evan Hall

French Louie Caye: kitty@frenchlouiecayebelize. com; 523-3228 or 610-3228; Kitty Fox

Maya Lodge: mayalodge@hotmail.com; 6050586; Stefano Ragagnin & Lou McLeod

Tarpon Caye Belize: info@tarponcayelodge.com; 523-3323 or 523-3322 or Charles Leslie

Arches /The:gin7373@aol.com; 479-841-7970 or 623-3286; Ginny Clayton

Garden Cabanas: colibrihouse@gmail.com; 605-0586 Stefano Ragagnin George Cowdrey’s Guesthouse: gcgeorge@rcn.com; George Cowdrey

Michelo Flats: harbour21@gmail.com; 523-3519 or 626-2518; Michel Ardoullie

Three Iguanas Villa: colibrihouse@gmail.com or 605-0586; Stefano Ragagnin & Joe Stark

Miller’s Landing*: millersplacencia@yahoo.com 523-3010 or 523-3011 Gary & Ann Miller

Toucan Lulu: reservations@toucanlulu.com; 628-8474; Paul Fanning

Barnacle Bill’s Beach Bungalows:taylors@btl.net; 533-8110 or 602-7768 Bill & Adriane Taylor Blue Crab Beach Resort: sales@bluecrabbeach.com; 5233544 or 523-3543; Kerry Goss & Linn Wilson Blue Garden House: info@belizecottagerentals.com 207-326-9099; Costas & Sally Christ Captain Jak’s Cabanas: theluckyerin22@yahoo.com; 523-3561 or 622-7104; Erin Ivy Caribbean Travel & Tours **: info@ctbelize.com; 523-3481 or 523-3081;Veronique & Lance McKenzie Casa Beya/Sea Grape Escape: info@casabeyabelize.com 970-963-1099; Midge & Aaron Dallas Casa Del Sol: info@casadelsolbelize.com; 5233481 or 523-3081;Veronique McKenzie Casa Nettuno: framdani.office@gmail.com; 605-1648 Mariuccia Levoni Casa Placencia: casaplacencia@live.com; 5033143 or 630-7811; Jacki Tipton Chabil Mar Villas*: information@chabilmarvillas. com; 523-3606 or 523-3611; Synescio Coh Coconut Cottage: kwplacencia@yahoo.com; 5233234 or 609-4267; Kay Westby Cocoplum Vacation Rentals: rentals@cocoplumbelize.net; 623-7774; Aaron Krohn Colibri House: colibrihouse@gmail.com; 6050586; Stefano Ragagnin & Nicoletta Sala Decked Out House: inquiry@deckedouthouse.com; 503-3017 or 624-7168; Linda Burrow Dolce Cabana: nharvalik@gmail.com;523-3095 or 605-0586; Nicole Harvalik/ Stefano Ragagnin Easy Living Apartments: info@easylivingplacencia.com; 523-3481 or 523-3081 Veronique McKenzie Eloise’s Travel Lodge: 503-3299;Sonia Leslie Flamboyant /The: flamboyantplacencia@gmail. com;628-1143; Angie Markham Finca: info@ctbelize.com; 5233481 or 523-3081; Veronique McKenzie

Green Parrot Beach Houses*: greenparrot@mail.com; 5338188; David Allardice & Leo Ramirez Harbour Hideaway of Placencia: jimandcindy@wellerbelize. com; 623-3286; Jim & Cindy Weller Harry’s Cozy Cabanas: cozycabanas@yahoo.com; 5233155 Harry Eiley Hatchet Caye Resort*: contact@hatchetcaye.com; 5334446 or 523-3337; Dasha Shivers Heaven’s Gate Beach Bungalow:info@seasprayhotel.com; 523-3148; Jodie Leslie Hideaway Caye: hideawaycaye@yahoo.com; 665-4069; Kimberly & Dustin Ingersoll Jewel of Placencia: info@jewelplacenciarental.com 523-3481 or 523-3081; Veronique McKenzie & Joe Garipoli Joyce and Frank’s Beach House: h2odanzer@aol.com; 561-683-3899 or 561-683-3899; Joyce Danz

Miramar Apartments: info@miramarbelize.com; 5233658 or 523-3117 or 503-3095; Ilsa Villanueva Mirasol Villa: info@mirasolbelize.com; 523-3481 or 523-3081;Veronique McKenzie Nautical Inn*: ben@nauticalinnbelize.com 523-3595; Benjamin Blair North Beach/ The: debanddave@btl.net; 523-3207 Deborah & Dave Vernon Ocean’s Edge: oceanedge@vl.videotron.ca; 514-606-5582 or 514-697-9435 Francine Martel One World Rentals: oneworldplacencia@yahoo.com 523-3103 or 620-9975 Claudia Hardegger Paradise Vacation Hotel*/**: info@belize123.com; 523-3179 or 523-3256; Alan & Deloris Stamm

La Caribe: ray@lacaribe.com or 631-5602; Ray Jennings

Pearl Beach House: vb53@centurytel.net; 523-3409 or 605-0586; Bud & Betsy Valian/ Stefano Ragagnin

Las Amigas: info@lasamigasbelize.com; 523311; Lydia Villanueva & Geri Salsig

Robert’s Grove Beach Resort */**: info@robertsgrove.com; 523-3565 or 523-4367; JeanMarc Tassé

Laru Beya Villas*: info@larubeya.com; 523-3476 or 523-3483; Ian McField

Sea Glass Inn*: brad_schofield@yahoo.com; 523-3098; Brad & Christine Schofield

Lydia’s Guest House: lydias@btl.net; 523-3117 or 5233354; Lydia Villanueva Los Porticos Villas: reservations@losporticosvillas. com; 523-3227 or 607-4448; Barry and Valerie Snowden Lost Reef Resort*: lostreef@xplornet.com; 606-7262; Lisa D’Amore Maine Stay /The: drewtravers@gmail.com; 523-3507; Drew Travers Manatee Inn: manateeinn@btl.net; 523-4083; Slavek Machacka Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro*: info@mayabeachhotel.com; 5338040 or 627-4718; Ellen & John Lee Maya Dream Beach House: mayadreambelize@yahoo.com 523-3148; Jodie Leslie & Wanda & Roger Snell

Seaspray Hotel: info@seasprayhotel.com; 523-3148 or 615-2925; Jodie & Norman Leslie Seaview Suites: placenciaseaview@gmail.com; 523-3777; John & Marian Chan Silver Leaf: yoliebrown@hotmail.com; 970-944-2550 or 970-944-0552 William & Jolanda Brown; Stefano/agent Singing Sands Inn*: info@singingsands.com; 533-3022 or 520-8022; Jean-Marc Tasse South Waters Resort*: southwatersresort@yahoo.com; 620-7320; Maria Cabral Sunset Pointe Condos: ewinche713@aol.com; 5233314; Eric & Janis Winchester Surfside Escape Resort /The: info@surfsideescape.com; 523-3630; Brian Mandziak

Turtle Inn */**: frontdesk@turtleinn.com; 523-3244; Martin Krediet Tradewinds: trdewndpla@btl.net; 523-3122; Janice Leslie Village Inn: info@thevillageinnbelize.com; 523-3481 or 523-3081 Veronique Mckenzie Villas at Cocoplum /The: BMannsfeld@yahoo.com; 610-0294 or 628-6447; Boris Mannsfield or Erin Ivy Westwind Hotel: westwind.hotel@gmail.com; 523-3255 or 523-4016; George & Lisa Westby Whipray Caye Lodge: whipraycaye@yahoo.com; 6101068; Julian & Beverly Cabral White Sand Villa: eagleray33@gmail.com; 6619516 or 602-9315; Tricia Hernandez Yellow Bella: yellowbella@alice.it; 605-0586; Stefano Ragagnin Yellow House /The: info@ctbelize.com; 523-3481or 523-3081;Veronique McKenzie

HEALTH, FITNESS, SPAS & SALONS Tooth Fairy Dental Clinic: toothfairyclinic@gmail.com; 502-0736 or 633-0678; Dr. Dalila Vanzie-Krohn

Tony’s Gym: tony@belizefit.com 631-7427; Tony Pinder Tree of Life: smallkristine@yahoo.com; 624-5408; Kristine Small NON-PROFIT ORGS Peninsula Citizens for Sustainable Development: info@saveourpeninsula.org; 523-3587; Adrian Vernon & Mary Toy Placencia Humane Society: takunchances@yahoo.com ; 503-3177 or 670-4130; Doran Yount, President Southern Environmental Association:info@seabelize.org; 523-3377 or 523-3395 Nicole Auil-Gomez REAL ESTATE AGENTS Boris Mannsfeld & Associates: bmannsfeld@yahoo.com; 610-0294; Boris Mannsfeld, Frik & Tonya Cocoplum: stewart@cocoplumbelize.net 610-1009; Stewart Krohn CPC Real Estate Solution: info@belizeproperty.com; 672-9000 Dan Dunbar & Michael Young Palmetto Bay Resort: info@palmettobayresort.com; 610-1911; Carlton Watson Placencia Yacht Club: lee@getdusa.com ; 653-0569 or 663-9087; Lee and Gail Dusa Re/Max 1st Choice: david@belizepropertycenter. com;631-9622 or 523-3666; David Kafka

ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW Courtenay Coye LLP: tgongora@courtneycoye.com; 523-328; Tiphany Gongora

Waterfront Real Estate: waterfrontbelize@aol.com; 6103264;Patrick & Denise Callahan

AUTO RENTALS Barefoot Services: info@barefootservicesbelize. com; 523-3066 or 629-9602 Ian & Megs Yearwood

Wild Orchid Properties: tom@wildorchidresidences.com; 523-3392; Tom Hitchcock

Car Rental of Placencia: powerscandy@hotmail.com; 523-3284 or 662-6711; Candy Power

Above Grounds Coffee: keithgmorrison@gmail.com; 634-3212; Keith Morrison

CONSULTANTS Guild & Guild Consulting: guildandguild@hotmail.com 523-3251 or 523-3291; Yvette Guild Simbert Trading Co. Ltd.: restaurant@danubebelize.com 610-0132; Herbert Kollmann & Simone Gareis HEALTH, FITNESS, SPAS & SALONS BB Yoga Flow: info@bbyogaflow.com; 6317726; Agnes Balawejder-Busch Placencia Tennis: bobbelize21@gmail.com; 626-4015; Bob & Lida Rodgers Siripohn Thai Massage: jenjira01@yahoo.com; 620-8718 or 600-0375; Siriporn Thakham

RESTAURANTS, BARS CAFÉS & ENTERTAINMENT

Barefoot Bar: barefootbarbz@gmail.com ; 523-3515; Cassie & Brice Dial Brewed Awakenings: brewedawakeningsbelize@gmai l.com; 635-5312; Ryan & Natalie Dixon Friends Near the Pier: grambelize@gmail.com; 653-2550; John and Betty Rhoads Flying Pig/ The: theflyingpig.belize@gmail.com; 602-6391; Patrick Gonzalve

Please note some members offer additional services: KEY: * Restaurant **Tour Operator ***Property Rentals


RESTAURANTS, BARS CAFÉS & ENTERTAINMENT

SHOPPING & GENERAL PRODUCT & REPAIR

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Grill N Go: Platinum Designs: grillngo@yahoo.com; 523-4079; hannah@sbplatinum.com; Dawn Pollard 610-0327; Hannah Cowell

Dial, Mary Ann: madialinbze@yahoo.com; 523-3209

Jaguar Lanes: jaguarlanes@yahoo.com; 601-4434 Bob and Pam Thomas

Robert Nicolait & Assc. Ltd.: info@watertreatmentbelize.com 523-3149; Lou Nicolait

Dusa, Lee & Gail: gail@getdusa.com; 523-3500

J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar: info@jdeesplacencia.com; 5 0 33351; Daisy & Jeremy Leslie Pickled Parrot/ The: adriana37@aol.com; 636-7068; Lynn and Eugene Upham

Spectarte Gallery: spectarte@gmail.com; 533-8019; Jenny Wildman

Fairs, Rick & Brigitte: ridgwood@telusplanet.net; 628-6533

Sunova Beach Gift Shop: zabeyles@btl.net; 523-4060 Gillian Zabaneh

Purple Space Monkey Bar & TOUR OPERATORS & Grill/ The: 523-3169; TRAVEL AGENTS Richard La Bonte and John Howarth Avadon Divers Ltd: info@avadondiversbelize.com Rumfish y Vino: rumfish@btl. 503-3377; Phillip McNeil net;523-3293 or 666-6934; Pamela & John Solomon Belize Luxury Travel &Beyond desorine@gmail.com; 626-0003 Shak Beach Café/ The: or 604-7471; Desorine Leslie theshakbelize@yahoo.com; 622-1686; Magda Morales Belize Trips: info@belize-trips. com; 610-1923; Katie Valk Stations Casino/ Buddy’s Bar &Grill: Cayequest Tours: kiwarner2001@yahoo.com; cayequest@gmail.com;Lyra 620-2391; Ken Warner Spang, Mark Leslie; 633-6330 or 664-8699 Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar: tipsytuna@hotmail.com; 523- Destinations Belize: 3089; Salva & Gillian Zabaneh mtoy@destinationsbelize.com 523-4018 or 610-4718; Tuttifrutti Ice Cream Parlor: Mary Toy tizy.lory@virgilio.it; Tiziana Del Col Belize Tradewinds Cruise Club: Yoli’s Bar: belize@tradewindscruiseclub. regantrethewey@hotmail.com com; 523-3303; Melissa Rea 625-2763; Yolanda Trethewey Joy Tours: joytour@btl.net; SHOPPING & GENERAL 523-3325; Hubert & Karen PRODUCT & REPAIR Young Added Touch /The: rrobin@btl.net;223-0054 or 223- Moorings/The: mooringsbelize@btl.net 1461; Robin McCutheon 523-3351 or 604-2861;Renee Artful Dodger Sail & Canvas: Brown wmertensbelize@gmail.com; 523-3625; Wini Mertens & Steve Placencia Adventures by Land or Sea: placenciaadventures@ya Lobban hoo.com; 523-3307 or 622-1886; Cardelli (Shrimp) Farms Ltd.: Ainsworth “Cubby” Leslie lact57@yahoo.com; 610-0480; Placencia Eagle Ray Tours: Linda Thornton eagleray33@gmail.com 661-9516 or 602-9315 Charly’s Gifts: charlysgifts@gmail.com; 523- Tricia Hernandez & Rene Leslie 3323 or 607-3884; Charles Leslie, Quest for Adventure in Belize Jr./ Ycela Alpuche-Leslie with Splash Ltd.: Ralph@splashbelize.com Doran’s Services: 610-1278; Ralph Capeling takunchances@yahoo.com; 670-4130; Doran Yount Splash Dive Center: patricia@splashbelize.com; Goss Chocolate: 523-3058; or 620-6649; Patricia sales@bluecrabbeach.com Ramirez 523-3544 or 523-3542 Kerry Goss & Linn Wilson Trip N Travel: lgodfrey@btl.net; 523-3205 or Leslie Tech Services: info@leslietech.com; 523-3323 523-3205;Laura Godfrey Charles Leslie Jr. & Ycela INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS Alpuche-Leslie Master Plumbing: fredwalton53@yahoo.com; 669-1014; Dick Walton

Caliz, Apolo: caliz_apolo@hotmail.com; 634-0950

MnM Hardware Placencia: duncker@btl.net; 523-3517 or 523-3537; Dora Duncker

Celeste, Donna: bodie1949@yahoo.com

Cohen, Howard & Karen: Mosquito Coast Trading Co. howard.cohen@sunnybrook.ca; Ltd.: rjay@btl.net; 523-8141 or 622-6695 610-1441;Ray Twanow Coston, Debbie: debcoston@yahoo.com; Papaya Boutique: 523-8001 papayaboutique@gmail.com 603-3665; Marsha Cabral Edwards, Kim & Dan: thislldo.dan@gmail.com; Palmtree Designs: muzamanzie@btl.net; 523-3563 622-1656 or 603-5143; Marion & Ed Carr

Feldman, Babe & Karen: cabf@jasarinc.com; 610-0356 Ford, David: dfordassociates@gmail.com; 621-7587 Fuller, Fred & Jacque: jacquecfuller@yahoo.com; 628-0992 or 629-6429 Gabor, Deborah: gringainbelize@gmail.com; 628-7004 Galipeau, Cheryl: chgalipeau@yahoo.com; 523-3329 Glessner, Virginia & Fox, Jay: vivij@earthlink.com Hess, Tina John Ford dba Cordy’s Beach Cottages: fordco@hotmail.com; 523-3341; 627-3150 Koster, Liliana: lilianakoster@yahoo.com; 663-8680; 665-5779 Pollard, Jolie: director@placencia.com; 602-9683 Smith, Stan & Mary: stanmary@btl.net; 523-4306 Taylor, Winston: wftaylorii@yahoo.com; 623-7971

H THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING TOURISM ON OUR PENINSULA!

PLACENCIA PENINSULA 2014 EVENTS JANUARY: New Year’s Eve Parties are held at most bars and resorts. Take advantage of dinner and drink specials, party favors and great music! Look out for fireworks! FEBRUARY 15-16: Placencia Sidewalk Arts & Music Festival. Have fun at the fastest growing event in the south. Visual and performing artists from Placencia and across Belize showcase their best along Placencia’s historic sidewalk. Shop for Belizean art and explore Belize’s vibrant music scene. Organized by the Placencia Chapter of the BTIA. MARCH: Usually held the second weekend in March at the Tipsy Tuna Beach Bar, the Taste of the Peninsula allows visitors to sample a wide range of cuisine contributed by participating Peninsula restaurants and home cooks. Dance the night away to live music and participate in fun raffles. Organized by the Placencia Volunteer Fire Department. APRIL: Easter Break (April 18-19-20): Join the crowds and go wild! Beach hotspots like the Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar holds bikini contests, physique competitions, eating contests and more throughout the raucous Easter holidays. Squeeze into packed bars and clubs and party all night long to popular DJs. Placencia Humane Society’s Furball: A big party usually held at a local bar. Expect live music and great prizes! Proceeds benefit the Placencia Humane Society. JUNE: Placencia Lobsterfest (June 28-29-30). A mega beach party like no other in Belize organized by the Placencia BTIA and Placencia Village Council. Celebrate Placencia and its bounty of good food and people. Enjoy live musical performances, kids and family games and activities and take a chance in the legendary Placencia Lobsterfest Raffle. SEPTEMBER: Celebrations held throughout the month leading up to Sept. 10 celebrating the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day and Sept. 21, Independence Day. Enjoy small patriotic pageants and parades to large celebrations like the Independence Day Carnival Parade -- where you can wear a colorful costume, enjoy a cold beer and dance your way down the Placencia Main Road along with some of the most jovial revelers in Belize – and the Placencia BTIA’s Saltwater Fishing Tournament where anglers can win large cash prizes. OCTOBER: Weekend closest to Halloween: Barefoot Bar’s Halloween Party: Join Halloween enthusiasts from Placencia and all over Belize at the biggest Halloween party in the area. Costume prizes, drink specials and visiting DJ. On Halloween, take your children to the spooktacular Haunted House expertly set up by the Placencia Rotary Club. NOVEMBER: Celebrations held early in the month leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day on Nov. 19 in Seine Bight Village. Enjoy cultural pageants conducted in the Garifuna language and watch reenactments of the Garifuna people arriving into Belizean shores followed by parades, punta dancing, live drumming and more. DECEMBER: Dec. 13, 2014 @ Belize Ocean Club: Placencia Mistletoe Ball: Glam up and celebrate the year at this formal affair! Eat, drink and dance the night away to a headlining party band playing Belizean favorites. Dec. 7, 2014: End of the World Placencia Marathon and Half Marathon: The marathon course begins at the south end of the Peninsula, then loops back a few miles south of Riversdale. The half marathon course loops back about a mile past Seine Bight. Visit: www.runbelize.org for more info.

The Belize Tourism Industry was formed in 1985 to bring together tourism and tourism related interests to meet the challenges of a dynamic and growing industry in Belize. BTIA was intended and continues to develop as the accepted and recognized voice of the tourism industry in Belize and provides an important link between public and private sectors. The Placencia BTIA holds the largest membership in Belize.

HANNUAL BUSINESS MEMBERSHIPS Small 0-10 employees $200.00

Medium 11-50 employees $500.00

Large 51+ employees $1,500.00

HANNUAL PERSONAL MEMBERSHIPS Student Membership Associate Membership Individual Membership Currently enrolled Current fulltime Open for anyone students of a Belizean employees of member high school or university businesses $25.00 $50.00 $100.00


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A Belizean Nirvana Above Ground Coffee Ar�ul Dodger Sail & Canvas Barefoot Bar Belize Tradewinds Cruise Club Blue Garden House Boris Mannsfeld & Associates Brewed Awakenings Captain Jak’s Cabanas Caribbean Travel & Tours Casa Del Sol Casa Placencia Century21 BTAL Coconut Co�age Colibri House CPC Reality Des�na�ons Belize Easy Living Apartments Eloise’s Guesthouse French Louie Caye Garden Cabanas George Cowdrey’s Guesthouse Grill & Go Guild & Guild Consul�ng Harbor Hideaway Harry’s Cozy Cabanas Hatchet Caye Hatchet Caye Office J-Dees Restaurant & Bar Jewel of Placencia Joy Tours Julia’s Cabanas Tarpon Caye Lodge Tarpon Caye Main Office Las Amigas Leslie Tech Service Lydia’s Guesthouse Manatee Inn Maya Lodge Michelo Flats Miramar Apartments Mirasol Villa MnM Hardware Placencia One World Rental Paradise Vaca�on Resort PCSD Placencia Bazaar Placencia Yacht Club Property Pro Belize Quest for Adventures Ranguana Lodge Re/Max Property Center Rumfish y Vino Sea Glass Inn Seaspray Hotel Sea View Suites Secret Garden Day Spa Secret Garden Restaurant & Bar Silver Leaf Siripohn Thai Massage Southern Environmental Ass. Sunset Pointe Condos Splash Dive Center (Sales Office) Splash Main Office Sunova Bou�que The Arches The Flamboyant The North Beach The Purple Space Monkey The Shak Beach Café The Yellow House The Village Inn Three Iguanas Villa Tipsy Tuna Tony’s Gym/Belize Fit Toucan Lulu Tree of Life Trip N Travel Tu�fru� Ice Cream Parlor Westwind Hotel Whipray Caye Lodge White Sand Villa Yello Bella Yoli’s Bar

55-D4 18-C4 92-A2 39-D3 98-A2 88-E2 97-C4 47-D2 52-D2 8-D3 76-F3 81-F2 93-B4 54-D4 55-E3 43-C3 42-C4 57-C4 58-C3 33-D3 60-B3 89-E3 17-C3 10-F2 88-E1 61-B3 35-E5 35-C1 20-D3 27-C4 44-C3 62-E3 45-E3 46-D3.5 26-E3 46-D3 64-E3 65-F3 66-E2 67-F2 68-E3 69-C4 96-D3 70-C4 71-B3 47-E2 7-D3 34-A5 43-C3 47-F2 30-E3 39-D3 43-C3 56-B3 79-E3 63-C4 4-C3 24-C3 90-E2 8-D3 95-D3 40-A1 49-D2 47-F2 46-D3 86-E5 28-C4 73-E3 41-C3 16-C4 74-D3 31-F3 86-E2 40-D3 17-E3 75-F3 8-D3 51-C4 43-C3 78-D4 32-E5 82-C3 29-F2 21-B3

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Placencia Hosts Second End of the World Marathon Continued from Page 3 will provide twenty $1,000 scholarships thanks to the generous support of many sponsors. Supporters of the second annual End of the World Marathon include ten silver level sponsors who contributed at least $2,500 in cash or in kind donations. They are: Atlantic Bank & Atlantic International Bank, Belize Bank, Belize Tourism Board, Bowen & Bowen, Chabil Mar Villas, Robert’s Grove Resort, Laru Beya Resort, Maya Beach Hotel Tania & Bistro, Tipsy Tuna Sports Women’s 13.1 mile Halfst Marathon top finishers (left to right): Gonzales of Mexico, 1 place; Andrea Kuntz of Canada, 2nd place; Bar, and Turtle Inn Resort. and Cassie Dial of Placencia, 3rd place. Other major sponsors in- (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY)

Placencia Humane Society (PHS) President Doran Yount not only sported a mohawk and placed first in the men’s 60 and over division, but he also raised over $8,000 for the PHS. Other reported fundraising achievements at the marathon include Robyn McCutheon’s $970 for the Placencia Shotokan Karate organization; Tiffany Westby’s $2,100 for St. John’s Primary School and Liz Zabaneh’s amount nearing her goal of $4,000 for a scholarship program in the Awaken Belize Youth Ministry. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY)

Maya Beach Hotel and Bistro’s circus act won the best water station.

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clude Barefoot Bar, Boris Mannsfeld & Associates, Jaguar Lanes, Old Master Rums and Singing Sands Inn. Special thanks go out to Mosquito Coast Ice, Placencia Office Supply, Caribbean Catering and Captain Jak’s Golf Cart Rentals. In addition to generous sponsors, the End of the World Marathon and Half Marathon would not have been possible without its many dedicated volunteers. According to volunteer coordinator Wende Bryan, organizers set up 15 water stations plus the main tent, manned by 100 volunteers. Tents at the finish line were equipped with a runner’s lounge featuring medical teams, massage therapists, an energy food bar and beverage station with plenty of tables and chairs. Marathon fans were also accommodated with music, a Belikin beer bar also serving water and juice and Old Master rum bar and a food booth set up by the Placencia Sailing Club. DJ Mark Tucker from Bless Up Entertainment kept the beat going.

(Left) Organizer Chip Lovett receives a small token of appreciation for his dedication to the event. (Above) Soft rain cools off runner from Team Japan. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY)

This year’s Placencia Marathon is set for Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 and is projected to be an even bigger event as runners all over the world continue to blog about the joys of running down the Placencia Peninsula. If you would like to enter, volunteer or sponsor, please register at www.runbelize.org According to marathon founder Chip Lovett, although the name was inspired in 2012 by the end of the Mayan Calendar, a famous quote by English writer Aldous Huxley justifies using this unique name for the Belize marathon indefinitely. In 1934 Huxley wrote: “If the world has any ends, British Honduras (now Belize) Proud father Mr. Gonzales poses with his team of winners after award ceremony. would certainly be one of them.” ▪ (JOLIE POLLARD)


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Frontline Award Nominee Tells Story Stefano Ragagnin was among 12 finalists representing the Placencia Peninsula in the Belize Tourism Board’s 2012 Annual Tourism Awards. He was nominated for Frontline Person of the Year, which was awarded to Natalie Ranguy of Chabil Mar. Some were surprised at his nomination since Ragagnin doesn’t really work at a front desk for any hotel on the Peninsula. However, what many don’t know is that Ragagnin manages over nine vacation rentals for their owners and provides front line customer service daily to guests and prospective renters.

Ragagnin first moved to Placencia in 1996 from Milan, Italy. It was a dramatic move and many of his colleagues and friends thought he was making an ill-informed decision. He had grown tired of the weather in Milan and the high stress environment working in Italy’s advertising industry. “I felt like I was living in a black and white film sometimes watching the winter sky from my office window,” he said. He took every opportunity possible to leave Milan and travel around the world. On weekends during the warmer months from March to October, he said he would ride his motorcycle

to a coastal town in Italy and jump in the sea. While he enjoyed his international travels and sojourns in Italy, Ragagnin said he knew it was time for him to make a permanent move to a completely different kind of life.

The inspiration to move came from a television documentary featuring a ‘Milano’ who had started a new beginning in the French Poynesian islands. The man had suffered tragedy at his Pacific home, but stated in his interview, “It is Belize Tourism Board 2012 Frontline Person of the Year award nominee Stefano Ragagnin better to be depressed stands alongside business partner Nicoletta Sala in front of Colibri House in Placencia under the sun than Village. under the grey sky of a life full of material things, but no soul,” As of publication, Colibri stands Milano.” Ragagnin said Ragagnin recalled. at No. 2 on TripAdvisor out of 24 the response never left B&Bs and Inns. his memory and while he Ragagnin was not very impressed while was not depressed, he had making his trip down to Placencia while As for his old life in Milan, Ragagnin become sad and frustrated traveling the bumpy, dusty, dirt roads. Fol- says he has no nostalgia for it. “I with a life focused on mon- lowing his epiphany he had decided to make like this life. It is linked to nature ey, work, cars, ties, shoes the trek after his girlfriend at the time in Italy in a way that doesn’t allow me to and a nice house. “It was told him about the Peninsula and Belize. Af- leave,” he said. He recognizes that ter stopping at a Seaspray Hotel sign which not everyone shares similar success led to the main sidewalk and the beach and starting a new life in Placencia. seeing the tall coconut trees, Ragagnin felt He cautions prospective business confident that Placencia Village would be his owners and managers to avoid a new home. Shortly afterwards, he purchased life full of too much partying, drugs property and built Colibri House, which he and alcohol. Growing up in a very continues to manage with his former girl- disciplined household and a brief stint in the Italian military allowed friend. him to stay focused in Placencia, Hotel management didn’t come easy to Ragagnin said. “Drink moderately Ragagnin right away. He recalls a bed break- and work hard,” he advised. ing in Colibri House just two days after his very first guests checked in. “We didn’t Ragagnin recently married in the know anything about managing a hotel,” he Phillipines in June 2013 and lives said. “I also had to practice my English. I with his wife in Placencia Village. He says he values reading, continuwas lost.” ous learning and self-improvement In 2008, Ragagnin’s customer service skills and especially his Italian culture of soon became validated when he discovered hospitality. “All family, guests, evhe had been ranked No. 2 on TripAdvisor for eryone must be treated as special,” Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) and Inns on the he said.For more on Colibri House Placencia Peninsula. He said the success of on other property rentals managed Colibri House inspired him to become more by Stefano Ragagnin, visit www. business oriented in his new home and to also placenciarentals.com or www.codraw on his advertising experience in Italy. librihouse.com. ▪


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Rotary Club of Placencia News Update BINGO! BINGO! Once again Bingo is being held at the newly renovated J-Dees Restaurant & Bar every other Thursday at 7 p.m. sharp! Contact J-Dee’s at 503-3351 to check on Bingo night. You never know! You might be that lucky winner of our progressive jackpot. Come out and support Rotary. All proceeds made though Bingo are put towards projects within our community. We look forward to see you! Remember it’s Cash Prizes, and we do have a great time! SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM UPDATE: Once again, the Rotary club of Edmonton West in Canada has very generously given the Rotary Club of Placencia $8,000 for scholarships. This is the fourth year in a row that they have supported our program. In addition, every year they give Independence High School (IHS) $4,000 for their scholarship program. This money will allow our Club to add two more fouryear students for the school year 2014-2015. Our club will also be supporting another student, so we will be adding three more four-year scholarships for the coming school year. That will bring the total number of Rotary Scholars for that year up to 14! Also, this year two students were left without scholarships after the water board changed management. Luckily, Rotary had two spots available from a grant from Canada so we were able to offer both studentsa two-year scholarship each. As part of our scholarship program, we pay for six CXC exams per student. Every student planning on going on to 6th Form or to university must pass at least six CXCs. Many businesses look for grades on these exams as well. Each exam has a cost of $35 plus many of the exams have additional fees. We are currently planning on $500 per student for the CXCs. Many students take more than six exams. Rotary was

able to help out four students (two a couple of picnic tables and a life from each village) on an emergency guard stand. The benches, life guard stand and a picnic table are basis to take CXCs this year. all along the beach and are used Every Rotary Scholar has an adult by many. Tipsy Tuna painted the mentor. Every student must also benches and stand along the beach do a minimum of 20 hours of com- in beautiful bright colors to match munity service. Linda Cazin has other tables and chairs along the now assumed the responsibility of beach. There is another picnic table making sure the students are getting by the basketball court. the tutoring help that they need and are working with the adult mentors This year the team built three picnic to make sure they stay on track. tables that are out on the pier and Sandra Steele will be keeping track are already in use! They also built two more benches for the beach. of all the community service. The team of six also redid the ramp We will be going to St. John’s and to the clinic. The ramp was made St. Alphonsus early next school more user friendly for wheelchairs term to explain to all Standard VI and the space between the old ramp students what our program is. Each and clinic wall has now been filled student who is interested must fill in. We won’t need to worry about out an application and submit a one the little ones taking a tumble there page essay stating why they deserve anymore! help. After all the applications are collected, the Rotary Scholarship The work crew seemed to be having Committee will review and select a lot of fun while they were buildstudents in May. After a student is ing all these things for the village. selected, they must sign a pledge Much needed nourishment was form stating that they will do their provided by Nettie in the form of best to maintain grades, stay out of chocolate cookies! Brian, Fred and trouble and commit to the commu- Duane from Edmonton West have been great friends to our club and nity service. they are part of our family. As we Our goal is to add at least two stu- do every year, we sent them on their dents a year and to be able to pay for way with a party! Over 30 people CXCs for all the students. Our long attended the party. As always with term goal is to help out as many Rotary parties, the food was fanstudents in our program as we can tastic and Maretha did her usual with 6th Form. If you are interested in contributing to our program, please contact Wanda Stakutis or any member of Rotary! The more money we have, the more students we can help with their education. PLACENCIA & EDMONTON WEST ROTARY CLUB WORK / PARTY! For the second year in a row, the Rotary Club of Edmonton West sent some guys down to work with Projects Director Sonny Vernon and helpers Greg Valiton and Jim Weller to help build much needed stuff for Placencia Village. Last year, the guys built several benches, PUBLIC NOTICE

The registration certificate for boat vessel “Torrie” belonging to Ian Vernon of Placencia Village sustained water damage. A new registration form as required by Part III of Harbors & Merchants Shipping Act, Chap. 234 of the Consolidated Laws of Belize, Revised Ed. 2000 has been requested.

stellar job keeping us entertained with games. Rotarians work hard, partner with other clubs all over the world, and we manage to have a great time doing it. If you would like to learn more about our organization, we meet at Yoli’s on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is $10. UPCOMING EVENTS WINTER BEACH OLYMPICS - 19 JANUARY 2014 We had our First Beach Olympics in July 0f 2013 and it was a blast so now we are going to have WINTER OLYMPICS! Proceeds go to Placencia “Fire House” for Fire Department Sign up your Teams today! Call Sandra Steele at 523-3045 or 610-0352 We are looking for 12 teams with eight members each over 18 years old. It’s only $200.00 to enter your team! LIMITED SPACE! SIGN UP TODAY! Who’s going to be our WINTER OLYMPIC CHAMPS?! Calling on Tipsy Tuna SummerOlympic Champs, Tropic (2nd Place), Greek Gods (Biggest Loser) and all other teams! Once again come out and support Rotary and also compete for Champs of Winter Olympics 2014! Continued on page 24


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New Bicycles Donated to Placencia Community Police Unit

Profile: Community Police Officer P.C. Cardinez

Officer Cardinez relocated to Placencia from Belize City in 2013. As a community police officer, he spends much of his time giving lectures at the local schools seeking to deter different offenses committed by young people such as theft, common assault and bullying. His work with youths is part of the government’s P.C. Cardinez says he wants community members to see him as someone they can Crime Prevention Ed- turn to for help. (JOLIE POLLARD) ucation Programme.

(Left to right) P.C. Claudius Cardinez, CPC Realtor Dan Dunbar, Community Policing Unit Commanding Officer Louise Willis and Placencia Commanding Officer Inspector Flowers (JONELL AUGUSTINE)

Cardinez. The program aims to bridge the gap between the police Staff Reporter, info@placencia.com and the local community through Community policing on the Penin- close communication with schools, sula is now a little easier with the residents, businesses and special donation of two brand-new beach constables. cruiser bicycles. At a small handing-over ceremony in October, Community Policing Unit ComDan Dunbar of CPC Real Estate manding Officer Louise Willis, in Placencia Village presented his visiting from Belize City, was also gift to authorities at the Placencia present at the ceremony and thanked Police Station. Dunbar for his gift. “Community policing is the number one strategy “I like to support all these kind of to try and hinder the crime we have things that support families and in our country,” said Willis. Acchildren here on the Peninsula,” cording to Placencia’s commanding said the realtor. The Community officer, Inspector Mark Flowers, the Policing Unit was recently added addition of the Community Policing to the Placencia Police Department Unit demonstrates the continuing with the placement of Commu- progress in the Peninsula’s law nity Policing Officer P.C. Claudius enforcement efforts. ▪ By Jonnell Augustine

In Need of Funds, The Outlet Youth Center Relaunches Golf Cart Raffle Seeking a more affordable location, The Outlet Youth Center recently moved its operations between the Good Vibes Night Club and Pickled Parrot to a space at the Placencia Community Center. According to co-founder Aline Habib, the new location was full of old rusty medical equipment, broken pipes and windows, and exposed wires and required extensive renovation. Habib said the needed renovation depleted their funds and the Center is left with bills. Habib is hoping that money generated from a relaunched fundraising campaign through the golf cart raffle will alleviate their financial pressures. “By purchasing raffle tickets, you will help Placencia’s youth, and you will walk away with 360 times your money or a brand new golf cart!” Habib said.

In addition to the Golf Cart Raffle The Outlet is also preparing to launch an online fundriasing campaign on indigogo.com. Habib says with enough financial support, the new center will be complete with an indoor library and study lounge, a computer lab, an arts and crafts section, and an upcoming outdoor courtyard and recreation area for kids and teens to enjoy after school. For information on how to donate, volunteer, or be part of The Outlet Youth Center, contact Aline Habib at 670-3665 or placenciayouthcent er@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page for updates. Habib asks for everyone’s patience during their transition period and says she and her team are preparing for an official relaunch in February 2014.▪

Cardinez says some parents on the Peninsula aren’t too pleased seeing an officer on the school grounds and find him to be an intimidating presence for the children. However, the 26-yearold says he wants parents to understand that his role is not to create fear in the schools. “I’m here to build relationship between the youths and the police. They should see me as someone they can turn to for help,” he said.

velopment. He also makes regular checks on the Peninsula to ensure that children between the ages of five and 14 are in school as required by law.

Cardinez began his career as a police officer in 2011. He recently completed a course in El Salvador on Gang Resistance Education and Training. Cardinez’s responsibilities as a community police officer also involve assisting the elderly and liaising between In addition to explaining penal- local businesses and the village ties for common offenses, Car- councils. dinez also gives lectures in the schools on sexual assaults and P.C. Cardinez can be contacted on works on cases in the area along his cell phone at 665-7158. ▪ with the Ministry of Human De-

St. John’s Memorial Anglican School Announces New PTA Members St. John’s Memorial Anglican School welcomes students, staff and parents to a new and productive school year 2013-14.

Liria Leslie, Treasurer Becky Arzu, Secretary Justo Torres, Staff Representative

The principal and staff are taking this opportunity to introduce to the community of Placencia its new Parent Teacher Association executive body.

Councillors: Eworth Garbutt Warren Garbutt Shelda Vellos Elaine Garcia Sucely Corado Mellisa Ritchie

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Here Come ‘Da Judge Continued from Page 23 match who would be who. More people arrived, the speakers blared some generic music, and then the announcer greeted everyone in Spanish and announced the beginning of the evening’s events. The official Belize Amateur Boxing Association fights scheduled for 7 p.m. began right on time – 9:15. The first two fighters were introduced to loud cheers from the crowd. A sexy young lady in a very sexy outfit paraded around the ring with the placard announcing Round 1. The referee took his place in the center of the ring and the two fighters received their perfunctory repetition of the rules and things got underway. The fighters wore protective headgear and 14- ounce gloves to minimize bodily damage. That seemed entirely appropriate since this was all supposed to be fun. They would still punch away at each other with enthusiasm but the probability of any permanent damage was minimized. There was a slight delay while one of the locals was sent to fetch a cowbell from his home because the original bell planned for the evening was broken. He arrived in a few minutes with the bell and a large crescent wrench to hit it with. The referee gave the signal, the timekeeper whacked the bell and clicked his stopwatch, and the fight began. It was wild from the first minute on. Technique was secondary to ferocity. The two young men flailed at each other with total abandon and total commitment. The rounds went back and forth but by round four one guy stood out clearly the winner. All three of us agreed on the winner. The next three matches gradually improved in style points. There were a couple of split-decisions but we were all three within a point or two of each other. The crowd seemed in general agreement with our judging and no tomatoes were

Placencia Peninsula Statistics

thrown in our direction. Our friend, Edgar was due to fight the last match. But his opponent did not Charts show Belize Census 2010 data reported by the Statistical Institute of Belize. show up. So the referee went into the little hut and donned his gear to give Edgar someone to fight with. Another man from the crowd who had some experience was called upon to referee the match. It was a very good match. Both fighters were also trained in kick- boxing and knew similar techniques. They were by far the best in style. It was a rigorous contest and ended in a draw. They hugged each other at the end with genuine affection and appreciation. The announcer thanked us by name and the crowd gave us a mild cheer. Afterward all of the boxers and CHART 1. Population of respective communities by sex and totals. many of the fans came up and shook our hands and thanked us profusely for our efforts. It was all sincere and heartfelt. We had made some new friends. The crowd moved toward the small building where the dance was to begin and we took our leave. Edgar and his friends wanted to stay for the dance and arranged another ride home so we could exit gracefully. Since it was after midnight Ken and I eagerly bid a fond farewell to the little group and made our way out to my little pickup for the long ride home. We had to negotiate a now crowded muddy field to find my truck and maneuver it out of the field and onto the tiny mud road that was our exit route. With no local guide in attendance we soon became lost in the dark among the many similar tracks and found ourselves disoriented as to where the actual highway might be. We found one local who was still up and he pointed us the right way. We were soon back on pavement and on our way home. It had been an evening to remember. And, of course, it was raining heavily. ▪

CHART 2. Population of respective communities by ethinicty. (Note that the 2010 Census was conducted during the summer months when some residents may have been out of the country.) More tables will be included in upcoming issues of the Placencia Breeze. Contact the Placencia Tourism Center at info@placencia.com for an electronic version of the complete data sheet submitted by the Statisical Institute of Belize (Left: Legend for communities in CHART 2)

Placencia Rotary Club News Update Continued from Page 22 AUCTION DATE: FEB. 8, 2014 • PLACE: TBA • TIME: TBA Our auction is one of our biggest fundraisers for the year and once again we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that supports us each year! We look forward to your support once again in February 2013. If you want to donate an item, money, gift certificate etc. to our Auctions kindly contact Mrs Gail Smith at 629-1138 or email her at gailgustafson.smith@gamail.com. ▪


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Independence High School Hosts World Food Day Fair ty. BAHA’s representative, Kenrick Witty led a tour of the booth, and Staff Reporter, info@placencia.com explained the organizations various Across the Placencia Lagoon, one of departments and the roles they play. the country’s premiere agricultural “We are divided into four departschools was the host of Belize’s an- ments. Each has major jobs to take nual World Food Day Fair observed care of when it comes to the safety under the theme “Sustainable Food of our foods and produce,” Witty Systems for Food Security and said. The BAHA booth also detailed Nutrition”. through pictures, the process of importing and exporting of goods, On Oct. 13 Independence High School was host to various agri- Another impressive booth was that culture based organizations includ- of the Citrus Grower’s Association ing the Belize Agriculture Health (CGA). According to CGA’s head Authority (BAHA), Inter-America representative, the association freInstitute for Cooperation on Agri- quently holds workshops to educate culture (IICA), Caribbean Agricul- children about who the CGA is tural Research and Development and what role it plays in Belize’s Institute (CARDI), Citrus Grower’s growing agricultural world. At the Association (CGA) and numerous CGA booth visitors were treated others. The school also hosted the to demonstrations on how oranges annual Miss Agriculture Educa- were transformed into pulp. tional Competition where 15-yearold Jessica Hernandez took home a The fair also hosted up and coming basket full of nutritional goodies. organizations such as the Belize Processing Project, which started In an effort to raise awareness and in 2009. The project’s representaunderstanding of approaches to end tive explained that the project is a world hunger, this year, World Food partnership between Taiwan and Day featured displays covering an Belize’s Government and works array of topics including the protec- with the processing of fruits and tion and preservation of vegetables, vegetables in Belize that are later fruits and animals and the distribu- sold in local business stores fortion process across the country of eign markets. He explained that the food products. project is slowly become popular around the country and project leadOne such highly informative booth ers are working to begin a scholarbelonged to the Belize Agriculture ship program for children across Health Authority (BAHA) -- an the country. organization, which plays an important role in the country’s agriculture Organizations who work with small industry. They are responsible for farmers were also represented at animals, plants, food, and bio safe- the fair. According to Giselle Espat By Jonnell Augustine

from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), technical officers are currently doing field work with small farmers around the country in a project focusing on assisting the farmers in organic planting and living. The farmers utilize bio gas from Ministry of Health representative at World Food Day Fair pigs, cows and explaining hygiene practices. (MINISTRY OF HEALTH) horses to generate electricity for their homes, Organization for Plant and Animal which Espat said is a new practice to who shared their latest study in an effort to promote the meeley bug’s promote living “green” in Belize. demise. Among other organizations working with small cohorts was the Benque- In addition to experiencing an eduViejo based Women in Business. cational event, visitors were also The organization’s representative able to enjoy some entertainment explained how their operation sup- and giveways. One event highlight ports female owners of small busi- was the exciting Grace Kennedy ness who produce arts and crafts, Cookoff which sent winners home jewelry, embroidery in an effort to with gift baskets filled with products from Grace and other contest promote female empowerment. sponsors. Visitors from the Placencia-Indepence area were also able to learn of World Food Day is celebrated activities happening close to home every year around the world on such as Bel-agro’s food imports and 16 October in honor of the date of exports conducted through the Big the founding of the Food and AgriCreek Port. And health topics were culture Organization of the United also addressed by organizations Nations in 1945. ▪ such as the International Regional

ies from Sacred Heart City, Belize, Augustine recently moved Junior College where Jonnell Augustine is the newest to Seine Bight Vilher focus areas were in staff member at the Placencia Tour- lage where she reEnglish, literature and ism Center -- headquarters for the sides with her parpsychology. The 25 year Placencia Chapter of the Belize ents Justo, chairman old was also a volunTourism Industry Association. of the Seine Bight teer with a campus club called Hands for Life Village Council and Augustine recently succeeded Apolo Joan, a teacher at where she conducted Caliz as the Placencia BTIA’s Fi- the new Peninsula fundraisers and worked nancial and Membership Officer. International Acadwith various social orShe has also taken on additional emy. Augustine asganizations in Belmopan duties contributing to the Breeze. sumed her post at the Placencia who assisted the elderly and other BTIA in October 2013. She holds an marginalized groups. Augustine enRaised and educated in Belmopan associate degree in General Stud- joys reading and listening to music. About Jonnell Augustine

She also enjoys the more relaxed pace of village life and living on the beachfront in Seine Bight. “I love my job, and I enjoy meeting new people. This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Augustine said. Augustine was the previous officer manager at Hegar’s Vision Center in Belmopan. Prior to that, she was the administrative assistant at BASGroup, which represented various agricultural industries in Belize.▪


http://issuu.com/theplacenciabreeze Notice is hereby given that Bradley Schofield is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Sea Glass Inn in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Harald Wallen is applying for a Publican General for the year 2014 to be operated at Wallen’s Market, Ltd. in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Kimberly Ingersoll is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Hideaway Caye in Pelican Cayes near Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

2014 LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICANTS Notice is hereby given that Alvin Cabral, Jr. is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Crow’s Nest Café, Bar & Grill in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Erin Park is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Mojo in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Michael Usher Meitin is applying for a Night Club Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Macovy Blues in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

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Notice is hereby given that Michela Bardini is applying for a Hotel (Multiple Bar) Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at The Placencia Hotel in North Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Allan Duncker is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at MnM Ltd. in Independence Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Frank DaSilva is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Mango’s Restaurant & Bar in Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Synescio Coh is applying for a Hotel Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Simone DeAngelis is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at La Dolce Vita in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Yolanda Trethewey is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Yoli’s Bar in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Usef Escarraga is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Lionfish Grill at Hatchet Caye Resort near Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Gilbert Garbutt is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Cozy Corner in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Janice Leslie is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at J-Byrd’s in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Lynn & Eugene Upham is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Pickled Parrot in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Ann Ramirez is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Aba Isieni in Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Antonio Zabaneh is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Tony’s Superstore in Independence Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Patrick Gonzalve is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Flying Pig in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Rongdi Chen is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Dragonfly Moon Restaurant in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Cassie Dial is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Barefoot Bar in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Dawn Pollard is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Grill n Go in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Barry Snowden is applying for a Hotel Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Los Porticos Villas in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Daisy Leslie is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Dawn Pollard is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at The Galley Restaurant in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Jodie Yearwood is applying for a Restaurant & Bar Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at De’Tatch in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that John Wesley Lee is applying for a Hotel Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro in Maya Beach, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Reinette Brown is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at The Moorings Belize in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Francis Gagliano is applying for a Restaurant & Bar Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Taj Mahal (formerly Ooga Booga) in North Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Slavik Machacka is applying for a Malt & Cider Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Manatee Inn in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Venessa Vasquez is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Driftwood Bar and Restaurant in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Verna Marin is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Vern’s Kitchen in Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Elias Pertoft is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Turtle Inn Resort in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Can Lin Su is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at S&K Restaurant in Maya Beach, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Jinsong Yan is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Excellent Restaurant and Tim’s Restaurant in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Guo Lu Liao is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Sunrise Restaurant in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that John Michael Howarth is applying for a Restaurant & Bar Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Purple Space Monkey in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Almost Paradise Ltd. aka Paradise Resort, owned by Alan & Janet Stamm is applying for a Hotel Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Paradise Resort’s two restaurants and bars (hotel and dock) in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Hyonson Ti is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Singing Sands Inn in Maya Beach, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Ann Flores Castillo is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Watina Bar in Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that John and Betty Rhoads is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Friends Near the Pier in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Ian McField is applying for a Hotel Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Laru Beya Resort in Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Robert Thomas is applying for a Restaurant & Bar Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Jaguar Lanes in Maya Beach, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Antoinette Miller is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Miller’s Landing in Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Leonidas A. Ramirez is applying for a Hotel Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Green Parrot Beach Houses in Maya Beach, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Richard A. Westby is applying for a Publican Special Liqour License for the year 2014 to be operated at Charo’s Bar & Grill in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that John Solomon is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Rumfish y Vino in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.


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PLACENCIA PENINSULA GUIDE

PAID LISTINGS. TO ADVERTISE CALL 523-4045 OR E-MAIL INFO@PLACENCIA.COM

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. www.oneworldplacencia.com. Contact Swiss owner Claudia Hardegger at 523.3103 or 620.9975. Email: oneworldplacencia@yahoo.com. MC, VISA accepted. Rates from US$49 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. Email:info@belize123. com or give us a call at 523-3179/503-3479 Website:www.belize123.com 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 011501-523-3112, E-mail: Ranguana@btl.net website: www.ranguanabelize.com

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 – info@tarponcaye.com – www.tarponcaye.com – Facebook: facebook.com/tarponcaye

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 – info@tarponcaye.com – www.tarponcaye.com – Facebook: facebook.com/tarponcaye

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: 501-610-1068, EMAIL: whipraycaye@yahoo.com, WEB: www.whipraycayelodge.com

DINING

South of Airstrip

The North Beach: Offers luxury suites in our sea view villa with full kitchens,

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

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: trdewndpla@btl.net

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: wendylemus02@hotmail.com

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 info@thenorthbeach.com. or visit www.thenorthbeach.com

North of Airstrip:

The Purple Space Monkey Bar & Grill: Offering sandwiches, fresh salads,

Barnacle Bill’s Beach Bungalows: Two bungalows in Maya Beach. Full

seafood and imported steaks, pastas, full dinners and homemade desserts. Draft beer and extensive cocktail list. Don’t be a stranger. Come say hi to the monkey : ) Call: 523-3169

Green Parrot Beach Houses: Maya Beach: 6 mahogany beach houses, loft

North of Airstrip:

kitchen, queen bed, sleeper sofa, h/w, fans, Wi-Fi, comp. kayaks and bikes. Contact: taylors@btl.net. 533-8110. www.barnaclebills-belize.com.

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: greenparrot@btl.net; Website: www.greenparrot-belize.com

Miller’s Landing: Natural Belizean cabanas, lush tropical gardens, clean secluded beach, pool & thatch bar, P. 523-3010 or millersplacencia@yahoo.com Laru Beya Resort: Paradise has an address... Luxurious beachfront accommoda-

tion 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. www.larubeya.com. info@larubeya.com. Tel: 523-3476 & Fax: 523-3483

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 523-2488. Email: greenparot@btl. net 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! Jaguar Lanes Bowling and Café: Casual Dining in cool AC, 2 big TVs, Pizza, Burgers, Pulled Pork, Crunchy Tacos, Nachos, Homemade Desserts, Daily Drink Specials, and more!!! Credit Cards accepted.

Singing Sands Inn: Located on a beautiful stretch of Maya Beach featuring 6

Quarterdeck Restaurant & Bar @ Laru Beya Resort: International

Robert’s Grove Beach Resort: Placencia’s most complete resort. Beachfront

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 info@singingsands.com.

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: info@singingsands.com Website: www.singingsands.com

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. www.robertsgrove. com, info@robertsgrove.com. 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.

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.

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


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of fresh seafood including lobster, conch, shrimp or freshly caught fish. Local Belizean meals are also on the menu.

SERVICES

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

Tony’s Gym/Belize Fit: We have a small CrossFit Gym. By appointment only. www.belizefit.com Phone: 631-7427

CHEERS - Peninsula Bars

Placencia Office Supply: INTERNET, Printing, Stationary, SMART – GimmeDalla, Sales, Collections. P. 523-3205 or plaofficesupply@gmail.com

bar.

Barefoot Bar: Open every day 11:30 am - midnight! Located on the Beach - 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!

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.

COFFEE Above Grounds Coffee: Tel: 634 3212. Shaded Cool Spot.

Supporting Small Independent Producers. Shade Grown Organic Guatemalan Coffees & Tea (Hot or Iced) Fresh Juices, Bagels, Banana Bread, Bulk Coffee. High speed Wi-Fi. Main Road, Past football field, South end of the Village. Open Daily, 7am- 4pm, Monday thru Saturday. Sundays, 8am-Noon.

SHOPPING Goss Chocolate: Goss Chocolate and cocoa powder made and sold only in Belize.

Muzamanzie Photography: Contact us for wedding photographs, portraits, web & brochure images. P. 523-3563 or 603-5143 email: muzamanzie@yahoo.com

REAL ESTATE: CPC Real Estate Solutions: Your trusted real estate broker in Belize. 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 Tuttifrutti or call us at 672-9000 or visit: www.belizeproperty.com

Sandhill Ltd.: Property and vacation rental management services customized to

fit homeowners requirements. Rental homes available for short and long term lease. Telephone 523-3061 or 533-4017 for more information. Email info@silbelize.com. Website www.silbelize.com

GETTING AROUND: Car Rental of Placencia: 1 mile north of the Placencia Airstrip. Largest car rental on the Peninsula. SUVs and Golf Carts. Call: 523-3284 or 625-9573 or 6627611. A drop location for donations for the Placencia Humane Society.

Sandhill Ltd.: Sales and rentals of kayaks, pedal boats, golf carts. Rentals by hour, daily or weekly. Telephone 523-3061 or 533-4017 for more information. Email info@silbelize.com. Website www.silbelize.com

100% organically grown Belizean cacao, Belizean cane sugar, whole vanilla bean. Sold in grocery stores, gift shops, hotels and restaurants on the Peninsula and throughout Belize. Sorry, no factory tours! P. 523-3544, www.Goss-Chocolate.com, BTL 2013 Yellow Pages, Facebook winner 2013 World Chocolate Awards for Goss White with Vanilla Bean.

Singing Sands Inn: Rentals of reliable golf carts, bicycles, kayaks (including clear

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

SPA & MASSAGE:

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 wallensmarket@yahoo.com Serving the peninsula for over 25 years!! Located across from the sport field.

Sea Spa @ Robert’s Grove: Now offering Thai Massage, our Sea Spa is

TOUR PROVIDERS: Avadon Divers: Dive into Belize w/ our full service PADI Dive Centre in Pla-

cencia, 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. E-mail: anne-marie@avadondiversbelize. com. Website: www.avadondiversbelize.com 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, riv-

er trips & charters. Call Brian Young (office) 523-3166; (home) 523-3356; Email: seahorse@btl.net; Website: www.belizescuba.com.

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 info@singingsands.com

Splash Dive Center: Selected Tour Operator of the Year by the Belize Tourism

Board. Fully equipped scuba retail store and 5 Star PADI Dive Center. Our 5 dive boats visit several dive and snorkel destinations daily. We teach scuba diving from beginner to pro level. Our air conditioned vans and licensed guides will take you to Maya sites, Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, ziplining, cave or river tubing, or the Monkey River jungle. Call 523-3080/3058 or e-mail Patty at patricia@splashbelize.com. See www.splashbelize.com for more info.

Tarpon Caye Belize: We offer professional day fishing tours, experience our unique tours such as our Caribbean Splash Day Tour and Island Breeze Weekends.

Trip N Travel: Saltwater & Jungle Adventures. P. 523-3205 Email: lgodfrey@btl.

net. Located on Main Street & Bruk Pat in Placencia Office Supply.

bottom), two person catamarans, snorkel gear and pedal boats by the hour, half day, full day or weekly. Located in Maya beach. Call 533-3022 or email info@singingsands. com.

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 600-0375, email: jenjira01@yahoo. com - 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: lea@robertsgrove.com or call us at 523-3565

COMMUNITY LISTINGS: 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 cbelize@btl.net

Calvary Chapel of the Placencia Peninsula: Meeting in Seine Bight Vil-

lage. 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.


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Placencia Rocks for Christmas Season Continued from Front Page munity organizers, Tracey Eiley and Kathy Wade joined forces with the Outlet Youth Center putting in many hours of rehearsal time for the show to be a success. This was Ms. Eiley’s 10th year organizing the event. And at what became the highlight of the holiday season, hundreds crowded the new Placencia Municipal Pier to witness the Placencia Village Council’s inaugural Christmas Boat Parade. Six festive boats decorated with Christmas lights and Children perfrom “Zoom Zoom” at the Tipsy Tuna shiny holiday accents, and led by the Placencia Christmas Xtravaganza. (KATHY WADE) Princess, cruised down the Placencia beachfront and returned to the dock to a grand fireworks display sponsored by Robert’s Grove Resort. Among the boaters was the Placencia Sailing Club aboard a Moorings catamaran. Sponsors of the event included Robert’s Grove, CPC Real Estate Solutions, Tarpon Caye Lodge, Splash Dive Center, Maya Beach Hotel and Bistro, Tipsy Tuna, Barefoot Bar, Purple Space Monkey Bar and Grill, Mojo Lounge, MnM Hardware, Rumfish y Vino, Seaspray Hotel, Ranguana Lodge, Paradise Resort, The Shak Beach Café, Crow’s Nest Bar and Grill, Omar’s Creole Grub, The Galley and The Moorings.

The happy dancing Christmas tree sometimes wobbled down the main street in the Christmas Parade. (MARY PETERSON)

During all the holiday cheer and while Santa Santa meets with young guests at the Children’s was making his rounds at different hotspots Christmas Show at the Placencia Community in the village, Tracey Eiley and Kathy Wade Center. (KATHY WADE) were wrapping presents for dozens of children who registered for their annual toy giveaway program. Held at the basketball court on Dec. Brad Schofield of the Sea Glass Inn drives his 23, over 90 footballs and other items were dispickup truck sprayed with fake snow. (MARY PEtributed. Children also had fun with a special TERSON) Christmas piñata. Organizers would like to thank everyone who assisted with the toy giveaway including donors, businesses who displayed donation boxes, the Placencia Rotary Club and the crew at Sea Glass Inn for wrapping presents. Festivities continued throughout Christmas Eve with the biggest ever grand Christmas parade. Impressive floats, a dancing Christmas tree, decorated golf carts, bicycles, motorcycles and a young professional dance troupe choreographed by Marisha Betancourt, wowed spectators along the main street in Placencia Village. Of course no Christmas is complete without food and the biggest feed took place in Seine Bight with the Irahunu Mas Band. According to Band leader Liz Zai over 325 members ages 2 to 16 were treated to a dinner party and toys on Christmas Day at the Seine Bight Multi Purpose Building. Sponsors included the Hon. Rodwell Ferguson, Sr., The Moorings, Los Porticos, Caribbean Chicken, Quality Poultry, Simon

Child receives one of 90 footballs distributed at a special gift-giving held annually at the Placencia Village Basketball Court. (KATHY WADE) Right: Placencia Sailing Club members aboard float in Christmas Parade. (MARY PETERSON)

Quan, Linn Goss, Wallen’s Hardware and Mrs. Madelon Richards. Others who assisted with the dinner and toy party in Seine Bight were Tracey Eiley, Jim and Anna Menzie, Lucy Wallen, Tip Shep and the Seine Bight Village Council. ▪

The Placencia BTIA wishes one and all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Added Touch is also the distributor of Heavenly Belize and Flavors of Belize!


http://issuu.com/theplacenciabreeze 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

The Placencia Hotel & Residences: Every Friday night is sushi night and karaoke at over the water pier lounge. Call for reservation 533-4111 or email info@theplacencia.com

Transport Services: 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, 2:30 p.m, & 4:30 p.m.

Ritchie’s Bus: 523-3806. Regular Bus: Placencia → Dangriga: Monday thru Sat-

urday: 6 a.m.; 7 a.m.; 12:45 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. Sundays: 7 a .m.; 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.; 6 p.m. Express Bus: Placencia—> Belmopan —> Belize City: Monday thru Saturday: 6:15 a.m. Express Bus: Belize City—> Belmopan —> Placencia: Monday thru Saturday: 3:30 p.m,Visit: www.ritchiesbusservice.com for more info!

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 or Maya Island Air: P. 523-3472 Taxis/Delivery Services: Mr. Clark: 621-1031 Noel: 600-6047 Christon: 629-4307 Walter: 622-3194

Bailey: 636-7863 Keylone: 668-9395 Rain or Shine Delivery: 666-1555 Liria: 623-4836 Choko: 632-0980

Addiction Support: ALCOHOLIC ANOYMOUS/Placencia Rule 62 Group: 670-1255,

610-1441, 628-1143; 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Open Meeting at The Placencia Health Center. PLACENCIA NAR-ANON/Narcotics Anon Family Groups: For those affected by someone else’s addiction. Placencia Health Ctr. Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Community Numbers: Placencia Village Council: 523-3396 Placencia Water Board: 523-4036 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 Placencia Sanitation: 523-3273 Seine Bight Medical Center: 523-3328 Independence Med. Center: 523-2167 Placencia Police Station: 503-3142 Seine Bight Police Station: 503-3148 Maya Beach Police Station: 634-7051 Placencia Tourism Police: 503-3181 FIRE EMERGENCIES: 626-0667 2014 LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICANTS Notice is hereby given that LiHuan Zhang is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at E&E Restaurant in Placencia Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Sui Tung Chow is applying for a Shop Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Peninsula Store in Maya Beach Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Sui Tung Chow is applying for a Shop Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Peninsula Store in Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Yung Xan Li is applying for a Shop Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Seine Bight Store in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

The Placencia Breeze ǁ January 2014 ǁ Page 30 2014 LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICANTS Notice is hereby given that Duttong Huang is applying for a Shop Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at 33 Shopping in Bella Vista, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Haojia Luo is applying for a Shop Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Ming’s Supermarket in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Carsheng Zhou is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Western Horizon Restaurant in Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Longchao Li is applying for a Shop Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Everyday Store in Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Charles Leslie, Jr. is applying for a Restaurant & Bar Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Tarpon Caye Belize Fishing Lodge on Tarpon Caye,, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Jean-Marc Tasse is applying for a Vessel Liquor License for the year 2014, to be operated at Placencia Princess, Placencia, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Jean-Marc Tasse is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014, to be operated at Habanero’s Mexican Restaurant, Placencia, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Jean-Marc Tasse is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014, to be operated at Ranguana Caye, Placencia, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Jean-Marc Tasse is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014, to be operated at Robert’s Caye Resort, Placencia, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Jean-Marc Tasse is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014, to be operated at Sweet Mama’s Restaurant and Bar, Placencia, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Jean-Marc Tasse is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014, to be operated at Robert’s Grove Seaside Restaurant, Placencia, Stann Creek District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that George Jackson is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Stone Cold Daiquiris in IPlacenciaVillage, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

Notice is hereby given that Salvador Zabaneh is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Tipsy Tuna Seaside in Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Antonio Zabaneh is applying for a Night Club Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Third Base Lounge/Club Altitude in Independence Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Salvador Zabaneh is applying for a Night Club Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar in Placencia Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Yong Quan Muang is applying for a Shop Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Me & U Store in Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Xiong Bin Li is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Me & U Restaurant in Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Wendy Lemus is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Wendy’s Creole Restaurant & Bar in Placencia Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Magda Morales is applying for a Restaurant Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at The Shak Beach Cafe in Placencia Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Jovita Palacio is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Nautical Inn in Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Lisa D’Amore is applying for a Hotel Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Lost Reef Resort in Riversdale, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Bruce Maddison is applying for a Hotel (Multiple Bar)Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Mariposa Beach Resort in Placencia Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that Kenroy Morgan is applying for a Publican Special Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Morgan’s Bar in Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that John Tucker II is applying for a Hotel (Multiple Bar) Liquor License for the year 2014 to be operated at Belize Ocean Club in Maya Beach, Stann Creek District, under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.


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PENINSULA HAPPENINGS FESTIVALS • LOCAL MUSIC & ENTERTAINTMENT • GAMES • FOOD/DRINK

Courtesy of the Placencia BTIA

WHEN Feb. 15 & 16, 2014 MONDAYS

LOCATION Placencia Village Sidewalk Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

EVENT Placencia Sidewalk Arts & Music Festival Men’s league night. No open bowling. Restaurant and bar open 4 – 8 p.m. Daily food special. Phone: 601-4434 (Closed on Tuesdays.)

TUESDAYS

Tipsy Tuna (Placencia) Habanero’s Mexican Café & Bar (Seine Bight)

MOJITO MONDAYS! Specials on Mojitos all day! P. 523-3089 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

TRAVELLER’S TUESDAY! Specials on Traveller’s rum drinks. 6pm-close. P. 523-3515 TEQUILA TUESDAY! Margaritas 1/2 off during happy hour (5-7pm). P. 523-3089

Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

WEDNESDAYS

THURSDAYS

FRIDAYS

SATURDAYS

Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

Ladies Day. Ladies bowl 2 games get 1 free. Ladies only 2 – 4 p.m., open bowling 4 – 8 p.m. Restaurant and bar open 2 – 8 p.m. Daily food special. Phone: 601-4434

Barefoot Bar (Placencia) Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

WET WEDNESDAY! Drink specials. P. 523-3515 WINGS WEDNESDAY! $1 Wings ALL DAY! Garifuna Drumming at our seaside bar, 7 - 9 p.m. P. 523-3089 Live Music P. 523-3515 TIPSY THURSDAY! Karaoke inside our sports bar, DJ in the “aquarium” and FREE Jello Shots on the hour, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m! P. 523-3089

Barefoot Bar (Placencia) Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

Couple’s league night. No open bowling. Restaurant and bar open 4 – 8 p.m. Daily food specials. P. 601-4434

Dawn’s Grill & Go (Placencia)

Fried Chicken Fridays for Lunch. (And regular lunch and dinner menu) P. 5234079

Barefoot Bar (Placencia) Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

Fyah Dancing with Fyah Gyal! P. 523-3515 Live Caribbean style music at our seaside bar, 7 p.m. - midnight. Reggae, Soca, Punta. P. 523-3089

Quarter Deck Restaurant at Laru Beya 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 Resort (Seine Bight) Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach) Open bowling 4 – 8 p.m. Restaurant and bar open 4 – 8 p.m. Daily food specials. P. 601-4434 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

Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

Live Beach Music with the Persuaders 7 p.m. - midnight! Reggae, 60’s, 70’s.... Tel: 523-3089

J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar (Placencia) Robert’s Grove (Seine Bight)

Karaoke 8 p.m. to midnight. P. 503-3351 Poolside Beach BBQ Buffet, 7 to 9 p.m. Live entertainment. Dinner Pick-ups available. P. 523-3565.

Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

Open Bowling 2 – 8 p.m. Restaurant and bar open 2 – 8 p.m. Weekend special, $20 per person includes shoes and unlimited bowling. Daily food specials. Phone: 601-4434

Habanero’s Mexican Café and Bar (Seine Paella Night. Complimentary glass of House Sangria for each diner. 6 to 9 p.m. Bight) Pick-ups available. P. 523-3565 SUNDAYS

Yoli’s Bar (Placencia) Barefoot Bar (Placencia) Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

EVERYDAY

4 p.m. Placencia’s Famous Ring Game. P. 625-2763. Tropical Vibes Reggae Jazz Infusion. 6 - 10 p.m. P. 523-3515 FAMILY FUN IN THE “SUN”DAY! Make it a family beach day! Kids happy hours 3-5 p.m. with Kid’s Menu specials! Games & Beach Volleyball available! Live local music with Paranda Ambassadors at our seaside bar, 5 - 9 p.m. P. 523-3089 Open Bowling 2 – 8 p.m. Restaurant and bar open 2 – 8 p.m. Weekend special, $20 per person includes shoes and unlimited bowling. Daily food specials.P: 601-4434

Habanero’s Mexican Café & Bar (Seine Sunset Happy Hour. 5 to 7 p.m. $10 Margaritas. $4 Beers. $4 Local Rum drinks. Bight) Cocktails on the lagoon after a hard week’s work. P. 523-3565 Robert’s Grove (Seine Bight)

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


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