As the islanders of Caye Caulker prepare for the upcoming Easter holidays, the Caye Caulker Village Council is also preparing for patches of sargassum that is slowly making their way towards Belizean shores. Love News spoke with the Chairlady of the Caye Caulker Village Council, Seleny Villanueva Pott, who said explained what measures the village council has taken in order to ease the effects that this will have on the island.
Seleny Villanueva Pott, Chairlady, Caye Caulker Village Council: “I believe in our first term, this Village Council’s first term, we were gifted from the then Area Representative Manuel Heredia with a beach rake which cleans the beach really quickly. Well, it’s a big equipment so it does a lot of work really quickly. We still have that. The guys really try to take care of it and we just ordered parts for it because it’s so helpful and it moves things a lot quicker than intended. So we have that but with the influx of sargassum coming in, we are hoping that we could get additional help from maybe BTB or the Ministry of Tourism because when the sargassum comes in, it really comes in heavily so we’re really hoping that we can get some control of it early.”
Villanueva Pott stated that the influx of sargassum leaves a pungent odor in the environment, which can discourage visitors from wanting to go to the island. She further stated that this is why it is important for them to keep it under control, especially right now during tourism’s high season.