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Garbage Warriors recruiting!!

On March 31, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Garbage by the sea Garbage Warriors

As you can imagine, much of the garbage that is found in Caye Caulker actually comes from the sea. Thankfully in the centre of town there is the Village Council crew that clean up this unsightly plastic from off our beach. However, in the less developed areas this unsightly garbage can build up dramatically and therefore a number of concerned locals have put together a task force to combat this pollutant!!

This motley crew was spearheaded by Sally Ringsred, Luciana Essenziale, Jane Peoples, Dorothy Bevereridge and Ellen Armstrong (and a few more I probably have forgotten and I apologize) – all naturalized Caye Caulker residence. They have grown in local support on the island and also have recruited a number of very helpful tourists who are helping them stem this problem.

Dani and Ces at 88 West! Luciana's golf cart is the garbage truck!

88 West, the bar/ restaurant underneath Belize Dive Services lent their assistance by inspiring those who offered their time for the cause a free drink at their bar – a notable method of supporting this effort!

As you can see from the photos, this is indeed a worthy cause for our island and we are therefore very grateful!! The idea of the collection is to become a monthly activity and anybody interested to get themselves involved are very much welcome!

So we at Raggamuffin want to give thanks for those that donate their time and their hard work to making this island the beautiful attraction that it is today!! THANK YOU!!

The beach at the Split

On March 30, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

The new sea wall on the western side of the split. The inside of the wall before the sand

It is work in progress but we thought you might be interested to see that actual progression of the new beach at the Split before it is finally finished next week.

As you can see from above, the Western side of the split will be increasing the beach size by creating a protective wall and filling it with sand. The wall is built up using pimento (wood) and will eventually look much more natural than many sea walls around the island!

Sand filing the wall and more sand!

The sand is not obtained by the contentious dredger but brought in by boat loads from various locals dug from the back of the island. It has taken a painstaking week to get this far and therefore I would expect that completion would be next week … we will have photos!!

Oh beautiful beach ….

On March 28, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

The view from the Palapa to the Rainbow dock View from the Rainbow to the Oceanside dock

It was worth the wait and now we have bragging rights on both reef and beach!!

You may remember a couple of weeks ago my blog about the machinery stuck in the ‘quick sand’ that had been dredged to create our beach. Well now the process is complete and we are gifted with quite the most beautiful beach for miles around … eat your heart out San Pedro and Tulum, you wish you could look this good!!

Thank you Village Council and all that have been concerned, hard to believe that we could make our island more beautiful, but we did!!

Phil’s Magic show on a Thursday afternoon!

On March 23, 2012 in Caye Caulker

The audience More ballon hats

What a treat for the island kids yesterday afternoon, Phil put on his magic show and entertained this children with his tricks and balloons. Never before have we seen so many children sitting down patiently, every one of them truly entranced with the magic before their eyes – thank you Phil for bringing your gift of laughter and joy to the island yesterday, we are all very grateful!

The sword fight Fun by the ocean!

Balloon flower More balloon hats

‘Phil’ and his amazing balloons!

On March 19, 2012 in Caye Caulker

Phil or Balloon Man surrounded by kids Balloon hat

Phil has been a clown for more than 20 years travelling around the globe, entertaining children in more than 30 countries as a traditional ‘white faced’ clown. Serious illness a year ago made him re-asses his priorities in life and, importantly, now prevents him from wearing the white make-up for his former clown character. And with this Phil was born .. his new, no white character he is finding a different and wonderful way of entertaining children!

This is Phil’s 3rd visit here in Belize and in all his experience in his globetrotting years he believes that he has found a very special place in Belize and indeed Caye Caulker (we agree with him!!). This week island children have been entranced with his balloon and indeed hat creations and he has caused quite a stir.

Balloon hats are not just for kids! More balloon hats

The children on the island will be in for a big treat as on Thursday afternoon at 3pm Phil will be performing on the beach outside Raggamuffin!!! So, if you are young or old come along and enjoy the colorful scene!!

CCRCS prepares for 2 new classrooms.

On March 17, 2012 in Caye Caulker

Two new classrooms at the CCRCS Stairs to the potential '2nd floor'

As our island grows, so does the numbers of its population and therefore the demand for space in the schools. Our Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School – the islands one and only primary school, was suffering with lack of space and therefore building is currently underway for 2 new classrooms.

The drive and the initiative is that of our own Village Council – thank you Beto and Crew, with some help along the way from other invested interest in Caye Caulker. The building has two purposes, firstly the obvious being that of a school classroom – 2 classrooms of 35ft x 60ft with a 5ft verandah are the largest rooms in the school. And that of official hurricane shelter, as no public building is structurally sound enough to be classed as such at this time.

New classrooms

The project began back in June 2011 with the foundation of the building being laid ($40K) and then in October the walls were raised ($25K). To ensure the building was of hurricane standard, the roof was reinforced with 2 layers of steel ($50K) and then the building was put on hold for 21 days of curing.

The final finishing work ie the plastering and windows ($15K) will commence shortly to have the two new classrooms ready for the new school year of September 2012.

Finances have been drawn from a number of contributors – Taxes and Licenses collected by the Village Council, the Area Representative Manuel Heredia ($42K), Seaside Cabanas ($20K), Catholic Church ($10K), Immer ($4K) and an anonymous donation of $1K). We give thanks to all of whom are involved in making our community a better place!!!

Sue’s Pre School Bike Parade ..

On March 14, 2012 in Caye Caulker

Sue's Pre-school bike parade! Lacey and her son Zahir Wright

They turn heads when these tiny tots proudly ride their decorated bikes around the island – so tiny, so cute!!

Child Stimulation Month is held each March and it is a hectic month of activities for the pre-schoolers and their parents!! The celebration really is held to encourage parents to get involved in their children’s education and therefore there are a series of parades, sports day, kite day, flag day and the list goes on ….!!!

Leandra - Ellis adorable niece!! Skylar Hek

Caye Caulker celebrates the 9th March!

On March 12, 2012 in Caye Caulker

The split Jimmy and Edith enjoy the afternoon

Our annual holiday for 9th March (Baron Bliss Day) has given us a long weekend and many Belizeans have taken the opportunity to come to Caulker for their holiday! This weekend the split has been the place to be .. and if you are still on the Caye, I guess that’s where the party will go on today too!!

Shane and Patrick The kids at the split at sunset

This weekend much of our Raggamuffin family were hanging out together at the split as we were entertained with a mixture of live music and DJ Chico. Our wonderful Manager Edith was taking a well earned break with her family over the holiday, along with Jimmy, Charlie and their crew … Patrick, Shane, Kevin, Ramsay and of course Jerry all kicking back and enjoying the beautiful weather here on the island!

Kevin and Edith Charlie, Malik, Jerry and the video guy!

Stuck in the mud!

On March 09, 2012 in Caye Caulker

Stuck in the mud! Still stuck

For an hour or so it looked like the big digger that has been assisting the beach project was in trouble. The sand that had been newly added to the beach at first looked hard enough for the heavy piece of machinery – or so those operating it thought, but when it commenced working on the soft sand, it just sank.

A crowd of tourists and locals alike formed around the the excitement, located just opposite the Rainbow restaurant and hotel. The crew truthfully worked calmly and efficiently, seemingly this was no big deal despite what it looked like!

Onlookers Finally its out!

Eventually, after a good hour and a half, the digger crawled out of its quagmire safe and sound to a huge applause from the crowd of onlookers! No harm done to anyone and just a little bit of excitement for us Villagers!

Caye Caulker votes unanimously against offshore oil drilling!

On March 01, 2012 in Caye Caulker

Signage for the Event Polling Station

Caye Caulker voted yesterday unanimously against drilling for oil in Belize. Villagers blackened their finger in the voting process and this became a sign of solidarity for this issue!!

Oceana made a countrywide push for a referendum to stop drilling for offshore oil in Belize and the vote was a huge success. Figures for Caye Caulker alone were 465 saying ‘No’ and 9 voted ‘Yes’ to the drilling!! The numbers may seem low but bear in mind that only those that were registered to vote were permitted to place their mark it is the the huge difference in for and against we are looking for!!

Chocolate shows his support Inking fingers!

Throughout the country of Belize the results were similar, speaking volumes to our Government to revisit the law and ban it totally from Belize!! Perhaps now the Government will listen????