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Renovations to Sports Arena

Works started last week Monday for the renovation of the San Pedro Sports Arena, which suffered much vandalism to most of the areas in the complex, including the gates, fencing, wall signs, and bathrooms. The refurbishing project was undertaken by the San Pedro Town Council, under the supervision of Sports Councilor Joe Elijio, at a cost of approximately $15,000.

Works at the arena located inside the compound of the R.C. School are expected to be completed in one week’s time, with the start of basketball and 5-A-Side tournaments to follow immediately after. “The arena suffered many acts of vandalism,” said Councilor Elijio to Ambergris Today. “Gang insignia was spray painted all over the walls, the bathroom was damaged, including the fencing and gate areas. Our job is to renovate the arena so that we can help keep the youths out of the streets and give them a healthy environment where they can participate in sports.”

Elijio said that when the refurbishing is complete, a basketball tournament will initiate, and he extended an invitation for all interested teams to sign up. “They can contact me for registration at telephone number 604-3733.” When not in use by the Sports Council, the arena is enjoyed by R.C. School students for many sporting activities and other special occasions such as bazaars and festivities.

The Town Council was assisted with the renovation project by many supporters and businesses, including Christian Lighthouse Radio (who donated the basketball backboards and rims), Bowen and Bowen Limited, and Mr. Scott Holland (who donated the fencing wiring). “On behalf of San Pedro Town, I want to thank all those who assisted us with this project for the benefit of our youth,” stated Mayoress Elsa Paz to the media last Friday morning, while she was visiting the arena and inspecting the ongoing works taking place. She was joined at the site by Councilors Joe Elijio and Juan Alamilla.

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Councilors Joseph Elijio, Juan Alamilla & Mayor Elsa Paz overlook renovations at sports arena.

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