Welcome to a new year! As we enter 2020 we look forward to fresh beginnings and charting new goals and resolutions. Whatever they are, we wish you the very best in accomplishing them! Whilst it is unknown what the new year holds for us, let us live life to its fullest and be thankful to God for each new day we are given to make a difference in our lives and those of others.
We are happy to start off this new year sharing once again our newsletter filled with informative, interesting and positive things happening among Belizeans at home and abroad.
Here are some highlights of this month’s newsletter:
  • As we become more aware of protecting and preserving our environment, Belize has taken an important step in ridding itself of plastic and is in the process of the Phase-Out of Single-Use Plastics
  • Learn of the Football Federation of Belize’s new initiative and of the results of the 2020 BVA Male National Volleyball Championship
  • Read about the new Destination Belize 2020 Theme
  • Discover who are the “Top 10 Best Places to Live & Invest in the World”
  • Find out who won the title as “Fittest in Belize”
  • Reflect on the message for Child Abuse Awareness by the Special Envoy for Women and Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow
  • Familiarize yourself with the Suicide Prevention Video launched by the Mental Health Association
  • Read about the results of the 30th KREM New Year’s Cycling Classic
  • See what made Belizean-born Dr. Avery August become the “Star of the Month”
  • Check out, “What’s Trending”, regarding the International Tourism Trade Fair that took place in Madrid, Spain
  • Learn of the visit of American students in Belize and about the selection of ten young Belizeans as 2020 Youth Ambassadors
  • Read about NEMO’s press release titled “All Clear Issued for Tsunami Watch”
  • Practice and share the preventative measures promoted by the Ministry of Health in Belize and the World Health Organization. You will find these and more resources on the “Prevention is Key: Resources on the Coronavirus (2019-nCov)” article
Watch the New Year’s message video of the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow, as well as from the Ambassador of Belize in Washington, DC, H.E. Daniel Gutierez, under “Ambassador’s Desk.” This month, Ambassador Gutierez encourages the Diaspora to visit Belize and shares information about the advantages of the Diaspora Returnee Incentive Programme for those interested in retiring in Belize.
This edition would not be complete if we didn’t include a very unique dish in Belizean cuisine, steeped in rich history and taste. Yes, it’s “Boil up” and it’s here to stay! One cannot resist the surprisingly delicious marriage between all the starches found in the tropics like cassava, sweet potato, green plantain, etc. and boiled fish and salted pork, topped off with a homemade tomato sauce infused with habanero pepper. We hope that you too enjoy having it as one of your favorite Belizean meals.
And of course, don't forget to check out the section Upcoming Events to find out more about the next “Town Hall Meeting” of the Belize Association in Florida, “Valentine’s Dance & Dinner”, “Rhodel & the Garifuna Band” and “Street Art Festival.”

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As we update our database, and in order to serve you better, the Consulate of Belize in Florida continues to conduct phone calls to its constituents to confirm each's contact information. We appreciate your cooperation and support in sharing your contact information, so that you and your family can continue to be informed about services offered by the Consulate as well as get updates on Belize.
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. Perhaps the Star of the Month for February could even be you!

Enjoy and share with your friends!

And remember, it is good to be Belizean!