Volume 26 | January 2017

Consulate of Belize

in Flor ida


              HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hon. Consul General's 
Monthly Message

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we bring you human interest stories, current events and information on Belize!
The Consulate of Belize in Florida is proud to announce that in addition to processing Belizean Passports and Emergency Travel Documents, it is now issuing Identification Cards, facilitating many Belizeans living in Florida with the opportunity to hold an official ID from Belize. Acceptance of these cards at U.S. offices and other institutions, however, depends on their discretion. 

Enjoy reading about our Belizean Star of the Month!  If you are aware of a Belizean residing in the United States who is making a positive impact on the lives of others while contributing to their native country, please submit their story to us so that we may feature them in our newsletter. 

Please remember to share with us your contact information so that you can be abreast of all the updates and news on Belize. Visit our
Janine Sylvestre Vega
Hon. Consul General of Belize  in Florida
Trade Representative of Belize in Florida
website at www.belizeconsulflorida and register!

See & Taste Belize News 2017!

Thanks to the overwhelming support we received from you at See N Taste Belize 2015 held in Miami, Florida, we quickly outgrew the venue at Florida International University! We have finally identified our new and exciting See N Taste Belize venue where See N Taste Belize will come back bigger and better in 2017!   Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 7th, 2017 and stay tuned for more details in the coming months!
If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact us at 305-503-5741 or seeandtastebelize@gmail.com


Belize City January 5, 2017- The Belize Tourism Board is pleased to announce exciting news on another new direct flight from the United States of America. Southwest Airlines commencing from June 4, 2017, will offer a daily, year-round non-stop flights, from Ft. Lauderdale to Belize.
The flight will have multiple connections to and from Fort Lauderdale from cities such as Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa and DC. Introductory rates for this flight are as low as US$79 one way and is currently available for booking on Southwest's official website.
This additional flight serves in driving Belize's tourism arrivals and revenues from our top source market with its increased capacity and accessibility to a wider segment of this market.
BTB continues efforts, with the relevant institutions and stakeholders, to boost our tourism product and enhance Belize's profile as a top destination within the region and global arena.
  For more information on Southwest services, please visit www.southwest.com .

Belize assumes the Chairmanship of the Permanent Council of the OAS

Belize Assumes the Chair of the OAS Permanent Council
Washington, D.C., 12th January 2017 .   The Permanent Representative of Belize to the Organization of American States (OAS), H.E. Patrick Andrews today assumed the Chairmanship of the Permanent Council of that hemispheric institution.
In his remarks on the occasion, Ambassador Andrews underscored the importance of continuing to build on the four fundamental pillars of the Organization: Integral Development, Multidimensional Security, Human Rights and Democracy to seek tangible results for all the citizens of the Americas.

Upon receiving the gavel that represents the Council's authority from his predecessor, the Permanent Representative of Barbados H.E. Selwin Charles Hart, Ambassador Andrews expressed that during his tenure as Chairman he would work towards the advancement of Sustainable Development for Economic Growth, pressing for tangible results in the areas of the environment, social inclusion and economic development. Ambassador Andrews added that the priority issues that the Council will address in the upcoming months include the preparations for the 47thOAS General Assembly to be held in Mexico in June, the institutional development of the OAS and implementation of the institution's pending social and political mandates, among other issues.
Ambassador Andrews concluded by expressing his personal commitment to raising the level of political dialogue at the Permanent Council, in keeping with Belize's role as the link between the two sub-regions of Central America and the Caribbean, as well as its conciliatory spirit of good faith.  



  Mrs. Janine Sylvestre Vega, Hon. Consul General of Belize in Florida with Miss Simone Biles Olympic Gold Medalist Gymnast 

VOTE for Miss Universe Beliz e 2017!

Rebecca Rath, Miss Universe Belize 2016, is aiming to finish first at the MISS UNIVERSE© 2017 competition. The "Confidently Beautiful" 23-year-old volleyball player who graduated from the University of Houston has arrived in the Philippines to represent her country this Sunday, January 29th, at 7:00pm EST on Fox. She is turning heads everywhere she goes due to her charming personality, intelligence, and natural beauty. Already a big hit on social media and popular amongst her fellow contestants, Miss Rath of Dangriga Town, Belize is the first Belizean to compete for this crown in almost a decade and we wish her the very best. You can vote for her at www.missuniverse.com up to ten times a day from now until January 28th. This will guarantee her a place in the top 12. Best of luck, Miss Belize, we are so proud of you!

Belizean Star of the Month
Mrs. Vanessa Jenkins-Young

Vanessa Jenkins-Young immigrated to the USA in 1980 from Belize. She is a former Queen of the Bay, 1977-78 and the daughter of David and Joan Jenkins of Queen's Square. She is happily married to Klay Young Sr. for 35 years who have two children, Klay Jr. and Kara as well as a grandson, Lucas Marcel Young. She has worked in the field of Rehabilitation Medicine for 26 years and is currently the Senior Associate Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at Health and Hospitals-Bellevue Hospital. She holds a BA in Physical Therapy from Hunter College ('91), a MA in Applied Physiology, ('94) and a Masters' Degree in Public Health, ('99), both from the prestigious Columbia University.
Vanessa is very busy professionally and serves as a credentialed clinical bioethics consultant for the past eleven years. This is something she is really passionate about and hopes to one day promote Bioethics in Belize. She is also the president of the Harlem Independent Living Center, (since 1995) a Federal and State funded agency for people with disabilities. There, she, the board and staff advocate for equal rights in education, jobs, housing, access and voting.
 In 2010, she, along with several of her friends, formed the organization, the Belize Diabetes Association of New York, (aka BDANY) and launched their first fundraising event on July 5th that year. It was founded out of a request for strips for thousands of monitors that were donated to the Belize Diabetes Association. As a clinician who knows that Diabetes Management is more than just monitoring blood glucose levels, she led the charter of a mission and vision for the organization to provide education, supplies, skilled personnel and information to the Belizean community.
  Since then, the BDANY has raised thousands of dollars (via annual fund raising events) which are used to purchase monitors and strips for the outreach events, shipping of barrels to Belize, sponsoring snacks and meals for the participants and sponsoring the tickets of the volunteers, footing all costs related to food, transportation and accommodations when necessary. A typical mission consists of doctors, nurses, Diabetes educators and assistants. They have completed seven missions to Belize, screened and educated over 1,250 participants, made financial donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Camp and the Belize Diabetes Association. They have also educated over 200 clinicians, (doctors, nurses and community health workers).
Vanessa remains focused and passionate about the work to be done and would like to conduct a study to focus on sustainable outcomes for the participants, (reduction of their A1C, which is the true measure of how well they are doing with Diabetes management).
In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys trying different cuisines, reading and traveling with her husband.  They have travelled to Dubai, Thailand, Iceland, Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Russia. Vanessa continues to be passionate about Belize wishing for peace in her native land and the world and prays for a clean and sustainable earth to leave behind.

Belize Business Directory
"Thanks to our See and Taste Belize 2015 Sponsors Series"
Showcasing all our Sponsors for the next six months






If you are interested in joining the Belize Business Directory Memership please contact us at 305-503-5741 or email us at belizeconsulate@gmail.com

Belizean fashion designer Char Tolentino will introduce her 2017 line of swimsuits at the "CharLoves Launch" on Thursday, January 26 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at District 900, 4th floor, 990 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. Space is limited, RSVP at kerstenpr@gmail.  For further information,   www.CharLoves.com


FEB 18TH | 9-2PM
$20.00 (food included)
Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church

2801 N University Dr. Hollywood, FL 33024




  • SPONSOR                          (Dimond, Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze)

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 call: 305-503-5741

email: seeandtastebelize@gmail.com



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Landmark Beauty of the Month

Belize Supreme Court

Belize Continues its Record Breaking Trend in Tourism

The year 2016 culminated with another significant achievement for the tourism industry, boasting the highest overnight arrivals in twenty years. 2016 has proven to be the most successful year for Belize's overnight tourism sector.

 BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE Participates in the 7th Edition of India - Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Conclave 2016

"Pat di cuss kettle black"

  Meaning: Fault finders are full of faults themselves.
  Belize News 


Belize Jaguars at the 2017
  Copa Centroamericana


Recipe of the Month
Belizean Fudge

  • 1 14 ounce can - condensed milk
  • 2 cups - brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon - butter
  • 1 teaspoon - vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup raisins, peanuts, or shredded coconut (delicious optional additions!)
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Bring the condensed milk to boiling, stirring constantly. Stir for 7 minutes. Condensed milk will start to turn caramel in color and will begin pulling away from the edges of the pot, this means the fudge is starting to form. Test the fudge by scooping a little out with a spoon and dropping it into a glass of water. If it hardens immediately, it's ready, if not, keep stirring.
  3. Turn off heat and quickly add butter, vanilla, and optional additions (raisins, peanuts or shredded coconut). Stir constantly to keep from hardening.
  4. Pour immediately onto your prepared cookie sheet. Let it set.
  5. Cut into squares before it completely sets.


The Consulate of Belize in Florida 

1600 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Suite #904
Coral Gables FL 33134
T: (305) 755-0276  |  F: (305) 755-0277