Letters — 31 May 2013 — by Steve Johnson Franklin, Minnesota

Editor Amandala

My wife and I have traveled to Belize the last 3 years, and are coming back for 13 days in Feb and Mar of 2014. Our two previous vacations were in Mexico and I was not impressed with the extreme commercialism. When we came to Placencia and did sight seeing, snorkeling, and fishing, we fell in love with Belize, its people and its terrific scenery, beauty and cleanliness. We have enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere when we have stayed in Placencia. We also experienced the laid-back atmosphere when traveling to other towns in Belize.

I feel that the allowance of cruise ships to Belize will hurt the country as a whole. It is definitely going to affect your eco system. I hope you are not considering dredging Crawl Caye and destroying the coral. It is going to cause problems with cleanliness in your towns, and you will probably find that you will have more legal problems.

I am a concerned visitor of Belize as are some of my friends and we encourage you to disapprove the proposal from NCL.

Steve Johnson Franklin, Minnesota

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