Volume 23 | September 2016

Consulate of Belize

in Flor ida



Hon. Consul General's 
Monthly Message

Janine Sylvestre Vega
Hon. Consul General of Belize  in Florida
Trade Representative of Belize in Florida
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 website at www.belizeconsulflorida and register!

See N Taste Belize News!

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!



    Independence Day Address by the
Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow
September 21, 2016

 This year's September Celebrations came at a time of great division in our country. Notwithstanding that it was not even12 months since the people spoke in the last general elections, at which the results were decisive, the tug of war between the Ruling and Opposition parties has become more contentious. The Labour movement has also been beset by a degree of factionalism. And even within our Church community fundamental philosophical and doctrinal differences have beaten back the spirit of Ecumenism and highlighted some seemingly irreconcilable points of view. The principal source of the conflict here is what has been described elsewhere as the culture wars: starkly contrasting positions on how to treat with the recasting of the categories of sexual and gender identity, and the claims that human rights include LGBT rights. Not surprisingly, the Chief Justice's Section 53 ruling detonated a societal pitched battle in which traditional values and religious mores are in a fierce offensive against liberalism, secularism and the arguments for evolved Constitutional protections.
Things, then, have gone way beyond the natural ferment, the expected clang and clamor of a young, developing Democracy.
And the economic backdrop to it all is, at this time, a complicating factor since we are experiencing a recession caused by the vagaries of the commodities cycle: agricultural sector disease, the drying up of our petroleum resources, and the crash in global prices. It is, of course, a recession made worse by Hurricane Earl. But it is also a recession from which, I must say at once, we will absolutely recover.
In this overall context which I have just sketched, the theme of this year's celebrations is timely both as reminder and exhortation. Sovereign and Strong: Together as One. Starting first with sovereignty, its preservation remains our foremost preoccupation. And in seeking to safeguard it, we know to deal with internal as well as external risks. That is why we have never allowed social or political differences to weaken ultimate allegiance to our Belizean state. And that is why support for party, organization, group or clan, is always subordinate to loyalty to our Belizean nation. And so we beat back any possibility of erosion or crackup from within.
But it is also true that our sovereignty is variously tested from without. And in this sense not the least of our trials is the constant element of peril which attends the unfounded Guatemalan claim. There is in fact a built-in precariousness to territorial integrity when our country is bordered by a much larger neighbor with revanchist aspirations; a neighbor whose size and power, even if not expressly deployed militarily against us, by their very fact are continuing, intrinsic threats to our reality. In the circumstances, our diplomatic and physical survival and progress, the phenomenal job of work done by our Foreign Service Officers, our BDF and our Coastguard, are matters of solace and pride. Our security forces in particular are small in number but outsize in determination and ability; and Government will continue to resource them in that same fashion which has already seen us provide helicopters and super modern cutters.


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Director of Tourism Elected as a Vice Chairman

Contact: Belize Tourism Board
Belize Tourism Board
Contact: 227-2420

Director of Tourism Elected as a Vice Chairman

Belize City, Belize - September 15, 2016 - The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is proud to announce that the Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, has been elected a Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). This took place during the events of the State of the Industry Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC), which is currently on-going in Barbados.

Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas, Obie Wilchcombe, has been elected the Chair of the CTO. In addition to the election of the chairman, vice chairs were elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors to represent various sub-groups - Curacao representing the Dutch Caribbean, Martinique representing the French Caribbean, Barbados and Belize representing the Independent CARICOM countries and the Turks & Caicos Islands representing the British Overseas Territories. Each of these Member Countries will form the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, which will be completed with representatives from the private sector.

Today's vote was in keeping with the CTO con stitution which mandates that elections must be held every two years.

For more information, please visit www.onecaribbean.org.

Statement by Foreign Minister at the 71st UNGA

       Short History of Belize                  

Maya Civilization
Archaeologists estimate that at their peak, 1 to 2 million Mayans lived within the borders of present day Belize.
Mighty Maya cities such as Caracol, Xunantunich and Lamanai dotted the landscape, with small agricultural communities farming the land between.
The Maya civilization is divided into the Pre-Classic (1000 BC to AD 300), the Classic (AD 300 to 900) when the civilization reached its height of development, and the Post-Classic (AD 1000 to 1500) when the civilization fell apart and disappeared.
No one knows for certain what caused the disappearance of the Maya. Perhaps it was war, loss of faith, famine, or a series of natural disasters.

European Presence
Christopher Columbus sailed along the coast of Central America in 1502, and named the Bay of Honduras which borders the southern part of the barrier reef.
The first settlers in Belize were English Puritans, setting up trading posts along the coast of Belize.
Various bands of ship-wrecked sailors, buccaneers, and pirates established permanent bases in Belize, harassing the Spanish galleons carrying gold, silver, and hardwoods from Central America to Europe.
It wasn't long before logging became the dominant occupation.
This band of rugged individuals took to calling themselves "Baymen" after the Bay of Honduras.
Spain continually attempted to expel these British buccaneers from then Spanish territory, but finally signed treaties in 1763 and 1786 allowing the British to continue to harvest timber in exchange for protection against pirates preying on the Spanish galleons.

The Colonial Period
During the 1840's, Great Britain declared Belize to be the colony of British Honduras.
Development of Belize became more organized and multiethnic through a series of cultural changes.
The European settlers began to marry freed slaves forming the Creole majority that still is dominant in the population.
Mexican citizens began cultivating small farms in Northern Belize.
In Southern Belize, the Kekchi and Mopan Maya sought refuge in the hills of the Maya Mountains.
A small band of Confederate Civil War veterans settled in what is now Punta Gorda.
And from the Bay Islands of Honduras, the Garifuna people migrated and settled along the coast of Belize.

Early Twentieth Century to Present
By the early 1900's, Belize had grown to nearly 40,000 inhabitants. But a destructive 1931 hurricane destroyed Belize City and by the 1930's, the economy was so poor that the residents began to call for independence.
By 1954 voting rights were extended to all adults, and by 1961, England agreed to begin the process of setting Belize free.
In 1973, the colony's name was changed from British Honduras to Belize and on September 21, 1981, Belize's Independence was declared.

Source: Chaa Creek

 September Celebrations



 Saturday, October 8th
Dinner & Gala Dance
Keynote Speaker: H.E. Patrick Andrews, Belize Ambassador to the United Sates
Landmark Beauty of the Month
The Government House - House of Culture  
Let us protect and preserve our historical Belizean landmarks 

Belize makes the list as one of the best places to retire according to CNBC. Read here: http://cnb.cx/2cFC4Rc  




"Ebry fat fawl gat e Sunday"

Literally: Every Fowl will end up cooked
Meaning: Retribution overtakes every one
  Belize News 


Recipe of the Month
Sweet Potato Pone Recipe


Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 Large sweet potato cut into chunks
  • 1 Cup of brown sugar
  • 1 Cup of butter
  • 1/3 Cup of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a casserole dish with butter or oil
  2. Place the sweet potato chunks into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add the brown sugar, butter, condensed milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt to the mashed potato; beat with a wire whisk until fluffy. Crack the eggs into the bowl and continue whisking until the mixture is light in color; pour into the prepared dish.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, for about an hour and a half.
Recipe from the San Ignacio Resort Hotel

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