Arsonist Lights Golf Cart on Fire Next to Elvi's Kitchen
One man is in police custody today as he was caught lighting a golf cart on fire in downtown San Pedro. The incident took place shortly after 9p.m. curfew on Saturday, August 7, 2021. A surveillance camera showed evidence of a man walking away from a parked golf cart adjacent to Elvi’s Kitchen right after he ignited it with a can of WD40 lubricant.
Belize Requires Negative Covid Test for All Travelers
Belize City, Belize, Thursday, August 5th, 2021: Effective Monday, August 9th, 2021 all travelers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, entering Belize from other countries will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test. All travelers entering Belize at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours of travel.
Price of Flour Not Going Up, as Rumored
The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Belize Bureau of Standards has received reports of an increase in the price of wheat flour countrywide. The SCU advises the public that there has been no change to the controlled price for Bebe Agua and La Gitana flour in the marketplace. Such change would require discussions with the Belize ADM (flour mill) and an approval by the Government of Belize. The reports of flour price increase above the controlled prices are, therefore, not substantiated.
Scholarship Students Excel Under Caye Education Foundation Program
Island-based Caye Education Foundation (CEF) non-profit organization celebrates its success after its scholarship support program at San Pedro High School yielded this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian from the Class of 2021; including seven of the ten students that graduated with honors. The foundation aims to guide and help the students so they could successfully graduate.
Frontier Airlines To Start Non-Stop Belize From Denver and Orlando
Belize City, Belize, Tuesday, July 27th, 2021: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) welcomes the announcement by Frontier Airlines on the start of a non-stop service to Belize from Denver, Colorado and Orlando, Florida beginning on December 11, 2021. The service, which will be offered initially only on Saturdays, will be year-round with the potential for additional growth in the future.
Milestone: Marie Sharp’s Export Pepper Sauces to Israel
A huge milestone, Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods, a Belizean- owned and operated company focused on the development of Belize’s finest hot sauces, announced today that their first ever shipment of Marie Sharp’s Mango Pepper Sauce, Marie Sharp’s Hot Nopal Green Habanero Pepper Sauce and Marie Sharp’s Original Hot Sauce has been exported to Israel. This first shipment of “hot” cargo will arrive in Israel around the third week in August for distribution.
No Lockdown Yet as Belize Braces for Next Possible COVID Wave
Island social activities and events have been cancelled for the time being and national curfew hours will be extended soon. This was announced this morning during the Reef TV Morning Show by San Pedro Mayor Wally Nuñez and Area Representative Belize Rural South and Minister of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, Hon. Andre Perez. Both Mayor and the Minister were special guests of the morning show to discuss the COVID-19 situation in San Pedro Town. All indications point towards Belize moving into a third wave of the pandemic as cases continue to rise.
Belize Brewing Co. To Export Smirnoff Ice to Caribbean
Starting in July 2021, Belize Brewing Company (BBCo) will produce Smirnoff Ice in Belize for local consumption and for export to several Caribbean Countries. This undertaking expands BBCo’s relationship with Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol with an impressive collection of over 200 brands, including Johnnie Walker®, Smirnoff®, Baileys®, and many others. Over thirty years ago, Diageo entrusted BBCo with the production of Guinness FES and later added the distribution of imported Smirnoff Ice, a Ready-To-Drink (RTD) beverage that is enjoyed across the world.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve Enforcement Activities
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve stepped up its enforcement activities by conducting a total of seventeen (17) random joint patrols along with the Belize Fisheries Department, Police Department, and the Belize Coast Guard over the three-week period. This was in conjunction with the closing of the Queen Conch season and the opening of the Lobster Season.
Belize Tourism Board Launches Travel Belize App
BELIZE CITY, Belize, July 13th , 2021: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has launched the Travel Belize App which provides a new immersive experience allowing travelers to curate their perfect Belize getaway before even stepping foot in the country. It's an interactive, digital tool that creates a personalized vacation experience.
Hol Chan Pays Tribute to Killian James Azueta
On Friday, July 9, 2021, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, conducted an official vessel launch and tribute commemorating the life of their friend and colleague Killian James Azueta.
Carnival Vista Makes Line’s First Call at Belize Since Resuming Service
BELIZE, July 7, 2021 – As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s highly anticipated return to guest operations, Carnival Vista arrived in Belize on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, for the first time in 16 months. Carnival Vista is one of the line’s first two ships to depart from the U.S., since resuming service this past weekend. Belize is among the featured ports on the ship’s seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Galveston July 3.
Belize Steps Up Protocols As New COVID-19 Variant Diagnosed in Country
The BTB and Ministry of Health Launch Joint Vaccination Awareness Campaign - The Belize Tourism Board (BTB,) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW), launched a national vaccination awareness campaign with the aim to educate and motivate Belizeans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
US Embassy Belize Highlights Alma Pinelo of Belize Coast Guard
The U.S. Embassy Belize announce last week that Lieutenant Commander Alma Pinelo was named Belize Wonder Woman Spotlight for the month of July! Alma is the first female Acting Vice Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard. The release from the Embassy continued: “Though she was born in Belize City, Alma spent her childhood in San Pedro. She describes growing up in San Pedro as “like no other,” and credits her time there with her love for the sea. This passion inspired her to pursue an education in Natural Sciences at St. John’s Junior College.
Training and Recertification of Belizean Pilot for BERT Air Medical Evacuations
The Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation (MBECA) has donated the training and recertification of Belizean Pilot, Henry Salgero to Captain BERT’s Air Evacuation Program. In a press release, The Ministry says that is recognizes the invaluable services that Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) in partnership with Wings of Hope have been providing to the Belizean public, with humanitarian air medical emergency evacuations.
All Staff Members at Philip Goldson International Airport Isolated
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration has informed that all staff members attached to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport have been removed from active duty and will remain in isolation because several staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Team Work and a Lot of Heart for Belizean Children
Last week World Pediatric Project (WPP) embarked on a joint venture with Jefferson Facial Plastics for their annual Pediatric Plastics Mission in Belize. Dr. Howard Krein and his team evaluated 28 pediatric patients and performed 16 transformational surgeries.
Bowen and Bowen Increases Plastic Bottle Recycling Capacity
In a press release sent out today, Thursday, June 24, 2021, B&B Beverages stated that it recognizes that proper waste management is a significant issue facing the country and has committed to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The Company has installed balers at five locations across Belize to increase its exportation of plastic bottles to neighboring countries for recycling.
San Pedro Town Certified Silver as Child Friendly Municipality
In its ongoing efforts to secure a sustainable child friendly municipality for the island of Ambergris Caye, the San Pedro Town Council today boasted its silver certification status as a child friendly community under the guidance of UNICEF. In celebration, a banner was unveiled at Central Park commemorating this historic achievement.
No Good News For A Sargassum Free Summer
Impressive or Frightening! According to the USF Optical Oceanography Lab, the Abundance of sargassum recorded in May in the Caribbean Sea and West Central Atlantic has set a new historical record. It is expected that the amount of sargassum in the Caribbean Sea will continue to increase during summer leading to more beaching events.