Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Lobster Fest, Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge & More...

The San Pedro Business Association would like to update you on what has been happening, please take the time to read through the following newsletter....

"Amazing, great, wonderful, must happen again – these were some of the many comments on the first ever Savor San Pedro Food Festival Block Party. Held last Saturday January 26th, 2008 at Central Park, many were absolutely delighted to enjoy the variety of great dishes offered by restaurants around town. Hosted by the San Pedro Business Association, this one-of-a-kind festival had the night filled with music and mouths watering from blocks away. It was definitely an evening of great fun, tasty eats and thirst-quenching drinks that pleased the enthusiastic crowd." The first ever Savor San Pedro Food Festival did just what it was intended to do as the good food and festive atmosphere enticed visitors as well as the community to come out and enjoy a fun evening at the park. With round happy bellies and our fill of music, art, and entertainment, everyone is eagerly awaiting next year's festival."

Continuing in the spirit of creating community events and attractions, keep in mind that the culmination of the Annual Ambergris Caye Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge will be at Central Park on April 27th where the SPBA will be sponsoring a Block Beach Party starting at 10:00 am. Festivities of the Block Beach Party will include a grilling competition. Awards and prizes will be given for the best BBQ Ribs, Best BBQ Chicken, Best BBQ seafood and Best Decorated Booth. There will also be awards given for the Best "Drink". There will be a DJ all day and live entertainment. Community fun and games are the priority for this event. Remember that space is limited so please book your booth today, or inquire about the BBQ and Bartender Challenges by calling Rebecca at 226.4474

San Pedro Lobsterfest 2008 kicks into high gear on June 14. With the resounding success of the inaugural Lobstefest 2007, this year's event promises even more with a weeklong celebration. The schedule of events for Lobsterfest 2008 is as follows:

  • June 14th: 'Meat & Greet' Festival Cocktail Party and Brazilian Rotisserie at El Divino (Banana Beach).
  • June 15th: First Day of Lobster Season Catch Competition and all day Beach BBQ (starting at 9:00 am) at Fido's.
  • June 16th: Portofino Resort hosts the exclusive 'Lobsterfest Feast' Evening
  • June 17th: Victoria House hosts the 'Dine under the Stars' evening
  • June 18th: Pedro's Pizza 'All you can Eat' Lobster Pizza and Ceviche event and Lobsterfest Poker Tournament.
  • June 19th: Mambo Restaurant at Matachica Resort is the setting for a special themed event.
  • June 20th: Blue Water Grill hosts a special evening
  • June 21st: 'Lobsterfest Town Block Party' and Arts and Crafts Fair in Central Park.

Booth space for the Block Party on is now available to be booked on a first come, first serve basis. There are 2 "levels" for the booths this year. Regular Booth Locations are $350 and the Premium Booth Locations are $500. If interested, please contact Rebecca at 226.4474 to book your booth locations. Also, nominations for the Lobsterfest King and Queen are now being accepted.

Other News:

Policing: Superintendent Arnold has provided the SPBA with a list of the officers assigned to the various neighbourhood watch associations. There are four officers assigned to each association and the leader of each association has a list of the officers and contact numbers. Superintendent Arnold has done a foot patrol of the Tres Cocos area with their area members. He would like to do a foot patrol in each neighbourhood watch area to get familiarized with area, its residents and their concerns. It has also been suggested that each area form a phone tree. If anyone has questions about the neighbourhood watch group in their area SPBA secretary Rebecca Arceo can be contacted at 226-4474.

The SPBA has requested a meeting with Minister Heredia on the immediate question of "Can we get BDF back on the island?" If so the SPBA needs to know what is needed from the association to make this happen. Central Government did provide 4 officers from the elite Dragon Police Unit over Easter weekend. The SPBA arranged for lodging and food for these four officers during their stay.

Garbage: The SPBA Secretary had the opportunity to discuss the Trash Bin project with Dr. Will Lala. Dr. Lala explained that the bins will hold about 27 gallons and they have been designed in way that will be easy for the garbage collectors to utilize. Any members wanting to contribute to the Trash Bin Project spear-headed by Dr. Lala can send checks into the SPBA and we will get them to Dr. Lala.

April General Meeting: The next SPBA General Meeting will take place on Thursday April 24th at 1:00 pm at El Divino. Please e-mail in requests for items to be put on the agenda.

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