Note: DOE is now requiring a full EIA for the proposed Chrysalis Development in accordance with Belize law. (Change noted on the DOE Website week of 22 March 2009 - http://www.doe.gov.bz/EIAs.html)
This one includes 20 resort duplexes (40 units), 20 fishing cottages, lobby/restaurant/office building, an "eco-village" with gift shops, educational center, spa and fitness center, maintenance building, 3500 feet of raised walkways, floating docks (instead of manufactured beaches), sportfishing marina for 32 boats of up to 50 feet and transient marina with 5 tie-ups, rainwater, reverse osmosis and desalinization plant to provide potable water (with the brine discharged directly into the sea), use of an Integrated Membrane Activated Sludge Wasterwater Treatment Plant for sewage, and a helipad.
Few details on any of this is provided in the Limited Level Environmental Study provided to DOE (and available below), particularly, details on garbage disposal, sludge from the sewage treatment plant, size of buildings, etc.
PCSD has written a letter to DOE and Fisheries protesting the failure to require a full EIA in accordance with Belize environmental regulations.
Identities of environmental consultant and owners are unknown because not provided in the LLES.
Comments on the LLES are due by Thursday, 2 April 2009, and a public consultation will be held on the proposed project on Thursday, 2 April 2009 at the Hopkins Village Community Center. (We do not know how this public meeting will be affected by DOE's requirement of an EIA.)