So, it seems that over development isn’t just a problem in Ambergris and I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Placencia, a bit further south from Ambergris in Belize, is also going through the throws of major (and horribly ill-conceived) development. At least for once the US isn’t somehow to blame for the problem. In this case, it is the Italians.
It is going on now… dredging, bull-dozing, leveling… basically screwing up what makes the place special and what makes the place prime permit habitat (with a mix of bones and poons in there as well).
“The Placencia” is one of the key offenders (although not the only douchebags working there by any stretch). The website photo below has to be the most egregious use of a fly fishing photograph in recent history (not to mention the most egregious casting). These guys are actually using fly fishing as a hook to get people interested in their development… the development which will (and is) destroy the habitat where the fish live, grow and feed.
I also like the “Eco-Visionaries” label. How you could be “Eco” anything but Eco-Destroyer while you are bulldozing and dredging. Of course, this is “green washing” and rather cleverly done at that. Fly anglers have a reputation for conservation and you put “Eco” on anything and PRESTO, it must be a good thing… right?
The Placencia Citizens for Sustainable Development has some of the info on this particular project and none of it sounds awesome.
Not good. Not good at all.