January/February 2019  

Mayan Seaside Newsletter

November/December 2016

Welcome to the Mayan Seaside Newsletter Website

This website has been developed so that news about Belize and Mayan Seaside can be posted here. Since it was developed before there was a property owners association it is not intended as a vehicle for imparting information from the MSPOA. It will be published every two months. Experience has shown that a  monthly issue is too time consuming. If you have any comments about the content of this webpage, or suggestions for improving it's content please email me at [email protected]. Many thanks are due to Jeff J. for his work in creating this web site.

Introduction

Last issue I was commenting about the end of the year and now I have the start of the new year to think/write about. January's weather was cold or at least for us, we did have to put a blanket on the bed most nights. I know, I know, you folks who are not here and enduring the cold weather up north are probably sneering that we don't know what cold weather is. Well, that is true to a great extent but you do have to remember that cold weather is one of the reasons that we fled the north to wash up in Belize. 


The sugar season is in full swing and the trucks and farm wagons are rolling with their loads of cane to the mill in Orange Walk. It makes driving on the highway a bit tedious during the day and positively dangerous at night. A lot of these vehicles don't have lights so it is very easy to all of a sudden find yourself too close to a cane hauler. People a re moderately happy about the seasons starting but here is still a fair amount of worry in the district. the price of sugar is way down now that the EU has removed the preferential treatment of sugar from Belize and gone over to sugar from sugar beets. The Belize government is encouraging cane farmers to switch to another crop, potatoes for example, but many don't have know how to move over to something new, apart from the fact that farmers are very conservative people and really resist change.


Apart from the hit to sugar prices we also have to face increase in fuel prices. The turmoil in Venezuela has knocked the bottom out of the PetroCaribe agreement so fuel has to imported from other places with no prefertianl treatment. Electricity costs have gone up so it is a little more expensive to live here. Mind you compared with the cost of living in North America we still have it pretty good here. The problem is that the locals are not as well off and so there is a tendency for them to look at the expats as a source of revenue. Crime here is not bad, common sense usually allows you to stay safe. 


The snowbird season is starting to wind down. Most will be here for a while yet but the northward migration has started. Its a standing joke here that we love to see them come and at the end of the season are not unhappy that folks are leaving. We who are here full time then use the summer months to catch our breath so to speak and build up anticipation for the return of our friends.


Enough rambling, new in this edition news about sugar potatoes and fish in the Belize news section, a bit about smuggling in the local news section. Seaside news section has the usual arrivals and departures info plus a brief memorial for Jim  who passed away up in the USA during the first week of February. Activities and Owners' pages also contain some new items, FYI and Neighbourhood watch pages also up dated and a new photo album has been added and some old albums removed in that page. So over to you, any thoughts well you know what to do. Take care all.