Tranquility Caye - from a mangrove jungle to a Caribbean island paradise
We finally have all the permits needed to clear and dredge the island. This process has taken a very long time but it's mostly our fault. Our business with Caribbean Island Brokers has kept us very busy and most of the time when we're in Belize, we're with clients and haven't had a chance to make any progress on our own island.
Recently we decided to focus on Tranquility and start making some progress. So we picked up where we left off about a year ago and finished the process of obtaining our permits. We also cleared an area for the staff housing and thinned up the mangove by pruning them up high. This helps allow the breeze through the island and makes everything much more comfortable. Our permits allow us to dredge up 16,000 yards of sand from a huge sand deposit nearby. We don't intend to build for a while but this will raise a nice area of the island and allow us to start our landscaping so by the time we do build, the palms will be more mature.
During our last visit we found one of the inhabitants of Tranquilty. A Boa Constrictor of about 4 feet long.
While on a trip to show a client some island property we stopped by to see how the clearing is going. The answer is very slooowwwlllyyy.
This trip we met with people from the Government of Belize to obtain permits for Dredging, Mangrove removal, and 2 Piers. The plan is to have a pier on each side of the island. The day after our meeting we immediately started the process of clearing sections of the island to prepare for dredging and staff housing. We started with a 400 foot circle in the center of the island everything with a trunk smaller than the workers fist was removed with a machette.
The island has been surveyed to obtain an exact footprint of the island and water depths around it to help in structure and pier placement. The plans have been submitted to the Government for approval of moderate clearing and dredging. As soon as these approvals are obtained we'll begin to see dramatic changes in the landscape! We also met some good local people who have offered to help in the development. I also met several other island and resort owners in the area and look forward to learning more from them on future visits.
The week of Easter 2005
We used Tranquility as a great excuse for a Belizean Easter vacation. We wanted to show our family and friends the island and also lay out some plans for how to proceed with the development. During the trip we met several people who we hope will be helpful in building the resort. We spent one day in Belmopan to apply for our permits and set up future site visits with various government agencies to approve the dredging and piers we want.
We closed on the purchase of the island.
This was our first vist to the island. We were so relieved to find nice high and dry ground. There are several large Mangroves. We spent an hour or so exploring the island and then took off to see other islands that were for sale at the time.
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