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After the tragic accident involving a local water taxi vessel and a tourist losing a leg in the accident the Belize Port Authority, along with the Belize Tourism Board, conducted a meeting on Friday, October 7, 2011, with local officials to plan ways in improving safety and discuss measures aimed at preventing future accidents.

Providing and improving safety for both swimmers and mariners was one of the most important issues that need immediate attention, for which a plan to place notices on piers for swimmers was first and foremost formulated. The signs will be placed at docks and front desks of hotels for swimmers (both locals and tourists). The signs will have ‘welcoming words’ and include some rules and regulations about designated swimming areas off the piers for the safety of all.

A “no wake zone” is an area designated by the Harbor Master for vessels to navigate with extreme caution at slow speed and not to create wakes (waves) that is likely to cause damage to lives or property. Currently here in San Pedro this is an imaginary line drawn 100 feet east of residential area including the river and 100 feet west of the entrance of the San Pedro Lagoon.

The extension of the “no wake zone” was another great concern as it was suggested that instead of having it just 100 feet off the coast line it should be increased to about 300 feet or more. Talks also addressed the issues to establish a proper vessel traffic route and implement a proper buoy system for proper navigation of vessels.

This and more topics such as the designation of areas for water-sport activities, swimming areas and speed limits were discussed and a follow up meeting in the near future will establish more concrete ideas and regulation. For the meantime public notices on ‘No Wake Zones’ and swimming safety will commence for the safety of all.

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    hmmmm... no  wake   zone....  like   the  canals   to  the  all  the  children  swim...daily..   at  del  rio  park....too  bad  it  takes  a serious  put  the  no  wake   topic  back  onto   everyones  lips.....imagine  a  tourist's  child  swimming   with  new  found  friends  at  the  river....   oblivious  to  the  danger  of  passing  and  speeding   tour/private  boats....scary  isnt  it...!!   the  s.p. police  have  told  me  it's  the   port authority's  job  to  police  the  s.p.  waters....the  port authority   told  me  it's  the  s.p.  police's   jurisdiction......i  didnt  ask  the  coast  guard....!  2 more  injured  tourists...what  are  the  long term  tourist  dollar  cost/damage....ouch.....something  has  got  to  stop this   speeding  thing..and the  many other  ways that  the  'golden goose'  is  being  tortured to  death....!!!

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