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B onaire had far fewer
Christmas lights shin-
ing in homes and public places
this year. In the island's re-
bounding economy electric util-
ity rates soared to unprecedented
heights. Even the modest dis-
play of lights in downtown Kaya
Grandi was muted. Fireworks
for the New Year, many
thought, were fewer as well.
a On January 1, 2008, Bon-
aire International Airport
(BIA) introduced a "security
fee" of NAf 2,50 ($1.40) pay-
able at the time of departure
from Bonaire along with the $32
(international) departure and the
inter-island departure tax (fee
varies according to age).
Flying well equipped for
business and pleasure gets a bit
more complicated in 2008, as
the US Transportation Depart-
ment bars travelers from
packing loose lithium batteries
in checked luggage. The move
is designed to help minimize the
risk that such batteries could
overheat and catch fire on board.
The new rules say travelers can
bring a laptop computer, digital
camera, cell phone and other
equipment on board or in
checked luggage if their lithium
batteries are installed in the
Flyers can bring spare batter-
ies in carry-on luggage if they're
stored in plastic bags or if
they're in the original retail
packaging. But travelers can
bring only two such spare bat-
teries, and each must be packed
The application fee for a
US immigrant visa will in-
crease from US$335 to
US$355, effective January 1,
2008, a press release from the
US State Department said on
Friday. The increased fee re-
flects the cost of enhanced bio-
metric security features that
have been added to the immi-
grant visa system.
Finance Minister Ersilia de
Lannooy has instructed the Tax
Inspector to stop levying wage
withholding tax on 10% of the
receipts of bars and restau-
rants. It was an attempt to tax
tips the workers receive.
According to the Minister, in
reality it's impossible to trace
how much the personnel receive
in tips. The compelled levying
of tax on tips by law has existed
for years but wasn't enforced.
,Prime Minister of the
Netherlands Jan Peter Bal-
kenende will visit the Dutch
Caribbean in February. The
Governments of both the Neth-
erlands Antilles and Aruba re-
ceived a letter by Balkenende
confirming his visit from Febru-
ary 10 to 15. He will be accom-
panied by State Secretary in
charge of Kingdom Relations,
Ank Bijleveld, and Antillean
Plenipotentiary Minister in The
Hague, Paul Comenencia.
Bonaire's Lt. Governor,
Herbert Domacass6, in his
Christmas and New Years mes-
sages to the Bonaire community
emphasized patience and re-
sponsibility in assessing where
we are in relation to Christ
and our fellow man. We need
have no aggressiveness, no jeal-
ousy, he added. "The humility
we sing about in our national
anthem is our best foundation
for a good future."
On December 14, Bon-
aire's waste management com-
pany, SELIBON, concluded
its three-month plastic bag
collection campaign in the
elementary schools. For every
plastic bag the children received
a lottery ticket to give them a
chance to win prizes. Winners
will be announced at the begin-
ning of January 2008. First prize
is a computer and one year of
Internet service, sponsored by
City Shop and Telbo NV. Sec-
ond prize is a weekend for four
at Sand Dollar Condomin-
ium.Third prize is a bicycle.
Every school did something
special with the plastic bags:
Star Map Discovered At
The Indian Inscriptions on the
ceiling of the cave at Onima in
Bonaire have been discovered to
be an extremely accurate star map
which depicts the northern sky
that one can see from the cave.
Bonairean cultural historian Frans In 1054 Chinese astronomers
Booi has determined that at least recorded a new star four times
eight constellations make up this brighter than Venus. It was visi-
star map. The cave at Onima faces ble in daylight for 23 days and
due north with the outer edge of 653 days to the naked eye in the
due north with the outer edge of night sky. It was painted by Ara-
the ceiling entrance making an zona's Anasazi Indian artists and
east/west line. If one were to draw now by the Simican. The Crab
an imaginary line directly from Nebula (above) is a remnant.
the cave to the large rock next to
Boca Onima called Tortuga Cayana (Red Turtle) one will find that
Polaris is directly above this rock. The geographic position of the
cave structure is very critical for being a good star watching and star
The crosses are stars drawn between parallel lines that are parallel
to the horizon. These stars are from the constellations of Orion, Tau-
rus, Ursa Minor and Lyra. The constellation of Cassiopeia is de-
picted as a kite-tail cross at a 30 degree angle above the parallel
This star map on the ceiling of the cave at Indian Inscriptions,
matches the September night sky from the year 1054 when the
Chinese registered the giant explosion of a star that created a
super nova (The remnants are visible today as the Crab Neb-
ula-photo) in the constellation of Taurus between the stars of Al-
heka and Alnath. This explosion, also depicted in the cave inscrip-
tions, was so great that it could be seen during the day and the night.
This could be the reason that the Simacan (Ancient Carib-Arawak
navigators and astronomers) painted this particular map of the ceil-
ing of the cave. It is also significant that this is the period when the
turtles come home to nest at Onima.
This is only a brief description of the discovery. In the next edi-
tion of The Reporter we will have the two star maps of Onima and
the night sky with all the coordinates and lines on them so you can
go out and see for yourself. For more extensive information contact
Frans Booi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maggie Booi
Kolegio San Luis Beltran made
Christmas decorations with
theirs; Kolegio Reina Beatrix
made a two-and-a-half kilometer
chain of plastic bags tied to each
other; and Kolegio Papa Comes
made a huge ball. More than
2,000 bags were collected in all.
According to a published
report inAmigoe, the Curacao
Dolphin Academy Director
Laetitia Lindgren-Smits van
Oyen has been fired. The ma-
jority of the shareholders no
longer have confidence in her,
based on the Lindgren public
opposition to the import of
wild caught dolphins via
Cuba. Lindgren called it
"immoral" and regretted the fact
that the Sea Aquarium had "let
itself be talked into the import of
dolphins from that country,
where these animals are caught
in the wild."
No successor has been ap-
pointed yet. Owners "Dutch"
Schrier and Rodolfo "Rudy"
Pizziolo are now managing the
(Continued on page 4)
Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Star Map Discovered 2
What's With Wastewater? 3
Top 10 2007 Stories 5
First Bonairean Kite board
Instructor (Jayson Jonge) 5
Letters to the Editor
(Cruise Ships, Empty Shelves,
2007 Recap, Praise for Pastor) 6
Bonai Undersea Projects 8
Bonaire Youth Outreach
Foundation, 2007 10
Slagbaai/Klein Bonaire Refor-
Mr. & Miss Jong Bonaire 11
Rocargo 25 years 15
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Clear Blue Water News (Reef
Water Quality, LMSP Volunteer Re-
Pets of the Week (Charlotte
and Candice) 12
Coral Glimpses (polyps) 13
Maskarada 2008 13
Dining & Shopping
Tide Table 15
Reporter Masthead 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Jupiter, Venus) 17
The Stars have It 17
Picture Yourself with
The Reporter (Galapagos) 18
Island View 19
What's Coming Our Way
(Airport parking) 19
How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
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on "Go to Archives"
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Bonaire Reporter January 4-25, 2008
n an exclusive end-of-the
year interview, Commis-
sioner Anthony Nicolaas pro-
vided an update on several envi-
ronmental issues of serious im-
portance to the ecosystems of
Bonaire: the sewage plant, the
sewage trenches at LVV, the
Lagoen landfill, waste water dis-
posal by the cruise ship Free-
winds and airplane toilet waste.
The Sewage System Plan
According to Nicolaas, the Sec-
retary General of the European
Union recently signed the agree-
ment to fund the sewage project,
providing 20 million to con-
struct and initiate the system.
Three million euros will also be
allocated for infrastructure repair
on Bonaire, mostly for roads.
The consultants hired to design
the sewage system have com-
pleted their plans for building a
three-stage sewage plant, and
now the selection of construction
contractors will begin. After the
agreement is officially approved
this January, the "tendering" of
the agreement will make it possi-
ble for contractors from around
the world to bid for the work as
long as they uphold European
standards for the environment.
Nicolaas anticipates that it will
take three to six months to select
"This time it will really
happen. We have a
with the European Un-
ion. And besides, I will
resign if it does not go
the contractor. Then in January
2009, work will begin on both
the construction of the sewage
plant itself and the installation of
sewage pipes from Hato to Punt
Vierkant for all hotels, busi-
nesses, and homes within 500
meters of the seashore. When
asked why he thought after 20
years of work and numerous pro-
posals Bonaire would finally
have sewage treatment, Nicolaas
claimed, "This time it will really
happen. We have a guaranteed
agreement with the European
Union. And besides I will resign
if it does not go forward!"
In the next year, Nicolaas will
exert his energies on passing a
number of laws to start protect-
ing the coral reefs from wastewa-
ter pollution. First, cesspits will
be prohibited, and all new septic
tanks must be built from imper-
meable concrete so wastewater
does not percolate into the
ground and then into the sea.
Next, all new construction will
be required to place septic tanks
closer to the street so they can be
connected to the sewage pipes.
Finally, septic wastewater to
irrigate gardens will also be out-
lawed. To cover operating costs
of the sewage system, both busi-
nesses and homes will be re-
quired to pay a fee to connect
their septic systems to the new
sewage plant. Fees will be de-
pendent on the length of pipe
needed to connect the owner's
septic system to the sewer pipes
in the street. For those who will
have difficulty paying the fee,
Nicolaas says social services will
be looking for ways to subsidize
them. Once the sewage system is
operational, meters will deter-
mine how much each customer
will be charged for the wastewa-
ter being discharged into the
Sewage from the ship Freewinds, aircraft holding tanks, homes
and businesses are dumped into these trenches on the L W tract
off Lagoen Road Can you see the oil slick in the foreground.
Another priority for Nicolaas
will be controlling leach holes at
the hotels causing seepage of
nutrients into the sea and deterio-
rating the coral reefs.
Strategy For The Landfill
Regarding the landfill at La-
goen, which is another major
source of damaging nutrients and
chemicals, Nicolaas regretted
that "so far there has been no
progress." He is hoping that
with the help of waste manage-
ment experts from Holland,
SELIBON Director Jonchi Dor-
talina, who, although he has stud-
ied environmental science, has
no special expertise in waste
management, will be able to
come up with a waste manage-
ment plan that will include sepa-
rating waste into recyclables,
compost, etc. so that damage to
the environment will be mini-
Another suspect in the pollu-
tion of Lagoen Bay is the LVV
sewage trenches, where all septic
discharge currently goes. Nico-
laas promises that these trenches
will be dredged, treated, and then
processed by the new sewage
plant until they no longer exist.
Cruise Ship Waste
The prickly issue of wastewater
being dumped on Bonaire by
both the cruise ship Freewinds
(Continued on page 15)
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* Three bedrooms and two bathrooms
* Very spacious living room/kitchen
* Extra room with separate entrance
* Storage area and laundry room
conveniently located close to kitchen
* Vaulted ceilings through out
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Bonaire Reporter January 4-25, 2008
Neary Nw "n Niiboo -KayaTrion
Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from pg. 2)
0 Curacao is encouraging
yacht tourism, while Bonaire
seems to discourage it. A recent
study showed yacht visits could
grow 25% within a few years
provided procedures to make it
more convenient to visit are in-
troduced. The number of yachts
visiting the area grew from 350
in 2000 to more than 750 this
year. Permanent moorings at a
fee for many more yachts and
facilities for collection of sewage
-waste are in the works for Span-
ish Water. Anchoring will be
restricted to combat the increas-
ing pollution of the water.
Bonaire offers three marinas
and $10/day public moorings.
Anchoring is not allowed. Bon-
aire does not enjoy a yacht-
1 Psychic and Medium Jan
Arnold Franken, who is well
known in Holland, will be in
Bonaire January 12 through
26. He'll be offering workshops
and consultations, in Dutch, on
topics such as channeling, Tarot,
communication with the de-
ceased and more. For consulta-
tions it's possible to have an in-
terpreter. For more information
and to sign up call Annemiek at
786-3341 or email at bonaire-
basicsgitelbonet.an. See the ad
on this page.
1 Venezuela launched a new
currency, the strong Bolivar,
with the new year, lopping off
three zeros from denomina-
tions in a bid to simplify finances
and boost confidence in a money
that has been losing value due to
According to one stand
holder at the crafts markets in
Wilhelmina Park during cruise
ship visits (see schedule in Hap-
penings section) there is a lot of
friendly camaraderie between
the sellers. If someone needs
help or it starts to rain and things
have to be packed away quickly,
everyone joins in to assist. The
stand holder laments that this
friendly and helpful attitude
doesn't always exist between
shop owners in Playa. Be sure
and visit the market. It's not just
for cruise ship passengers.
) Warehouse just got them
in: "Dushi Bonaire" very heavy
duty shopping bags with photos
of four of Bonaire's attractions.
Show you love Bonaire (and hate
plastic grocery bags) and pur-
chase one at the check out lines
at Warehouse. They're NAf4,50
lired but happy feetfrom
last year's Walk-a-Thon
> The Sixth Annual Special
Olympics Bonaire (SOB) Walk-
a-Thon will be held on a Sun-
day in February. The date will
be announced soon by the SOB
The Walk-a-Thon is one of
Bonaire's most popular fund rais-
ing event and all the proceeds go
to a great cause sending our
Special Olympics athletes to
compete in international games.
The event, begun six years
ago, was the inspiration of ex-
head coach, Elizabeth Wigny,
0 Santa sure made the rounds this Christmas season. He visited
Rincon and stopped at the Rose Inn where he gave out toys to all
the girls and boys. They all had their photos taken with Santa.
Then on Christmas Day he was at Jibe City at Lac Bay. The kids
on the beach received a colorful swim float and a bag of goodies!
Santa would like to thank all his helpers and sponsors: RE/MAX
BITS, Jibe City, and Larry's Wildside Diving.
Story & photo by Janice Huckaby (Jan-Art)
who wanted it to be not only a
fund-raising event but one that
was historically important the
route taken by the slaves between
the salt pans where they labored
Not only will you be contribut-
ing to a good cause, but the past
years' Walk-a-Thons have been
great fun not only for individuals
but for groups too who even get
others to sponsor the. So take the
opportunity and get a group to-
gether and enjoy the Walk.
You may walk, you may run,
jog, bike or even roller blade.
Everyone meets at 5 am at the
Slave Huts at the south end of the
island, and the 30-kilometer trek
begins. Along the way there will
be refreshment stations offering
water, fruits, snacks and lots of
There will be more detailed
information on tickets, what you
get for your money, hints from
walkers, and list of sponsors in
the next edition of The Re-
porter, available January 25. 0
Jan Arnold Franken,
on Bonaire from
Well known in The Netherlands
Offers different workshops and
consultations with topics like:
* Spiritual coaching and healing
* Chakras (learn to open or
* Communication with deceased
* Contact with your own guides
Workshops are in Dutch.
Consult sessions can be with an
English or Papia-
Bonaire Reporter January 4-25, 2008
TO KLEIN BONAIRE
From Bonaire Nautico Marina
WALKON / WALKOFF
Catamaran Kantika di Amor
Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only
Tie up dockside
for $7/day +tax
Water/115/220V & Cable TV
Dinghy tie-up at north-inside dock
US$10 weekly from Saturday to
Saturday. Pay at Kantika di Amor
water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm.
Sundays 10 am only.
Your boat name will be recorded.
BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA
At It Rains Fishes Restaurant
Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399
www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68
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Last month Jayson Jonge received his diploma from kite board
school owner Roan Jaspars and technical trainer Stephan
Zaat. Jayson is the first to have followed a program developed by
Kiteboarding Bonaire in order to train the local youth as profes-
sional kiteboard instructors. The course takes about one year, de-
pending on the kiteboard skills of the contestant. First we taught
Jayson the ins and outs of kiteboarding. After that he started work-
ing as an assistant instructor. After about a year he was ready to take
the IKO instructor course, which was organized on Bonaire for the
The kite school wants to train more enthusiastic guys and girls to
come work with them in the future. Just give them a call or stop by
at the kite beach. Coming soon is the 3rd free kite boarding clinic for
kids under 16. Keep your eyes and ears open for the dates. 1
U 2007's Top 10 Stories LAP-TOP & DESK-TOP .C.., ...
Dutch Mayors (white slacks) join hands in friendship at Man-
gazina di Rei: Boi Antoin, Hurbert Vis, Hubert Domacasse, Edith
Strauss, Ruud Vermulean and Co deKoning.
T he New Year is here with all its glorious uncertainties, chal-
lenges, promises, hopes, dreams and opportunities. Perhaps
at no other time in Bonaire's history has it been so close to a trans-
formation that will mean fundamental changes for the people of the
Here are 2007's top story topics. Perhaps next year the biggest
story will be an address change from Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles,
to Bonaire, The Netherlands.
1. Closer ties with Holland: Dutch Mayors Visit; Island to
Island Meeting, Transition Agreement; Progress in Negotia-
2. The Reef -Reefs at point of no return; Balance for na-
ture; Where did the big fish go? No reefs, no tourists, no
economy; LMSP Sensor arrays; Sewage system needed
3. Concern about increased cruise ship visits
4. Development and the Environment -Comparison with
Aruba, Bermuda; Hilton coming; Mangrove Village, Rincon
gets greener; Underwater and above water cleanups continue
5. Island Elections
6. Wind Power for Bonaire
7. Mama Smile campaign, Tourism Awareness
8. Special Olympics Bonaire gets gold and more in China
9. Stichting Project Expansion, Youth training
on Experience; Training Center; Restaurant.
10. Cultural Landmarks unveiled O L.D.
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Bonaire Reporter January 4-25, 2008
BONAIRE'S REEF-WATER QUALITY
T he Sea Monitor
the Bonaire National
begin the New Year
with an ever-increasing-
base of data that will be
used to spot trends in-
volving Bonaire's sea-
water quality in the
coming years. Since
August 2007, 13 sensor
arrays have been de-
ployed along Bonaire's
coast from Pink Beach
to north of "hotel row"
with a control site at
Klein Bonaire. Five A Christmas tree (tube worm) greeting from
more are to be placed the Sea Monitor Foundation
within the next three Albert Bianculli photo
While a great deal of raw data og uI *qw o
has been recorded, the instrumen-
tation has yet to be calibrated, an
effort that will take place in March At least once a week volunteer
2008 when scientists from USC divers clean the sensors, take the
are on the island. When that is readings from the sensors elec-
complete, the data collected on a ironically and comment on the
weekly basis will be posted on the local conditions. Here are some
Marine Park/STINAPA website. of their recent reports:
The essence of the Sea Monitor
project is concerned and interested Site: Runway
people. The program is dependent Thuirsday, December 27, 2007
on dozens of SCUBA diving vol- ... I started the dive with man
unteers who take readings and snorkelers swimming. At 66 feet I
clean the sensors every week, do- saw 3 groupers but only one that I
nors who provide money for the could identify. It was a 20 inch
sensor instruments and on-island long tiger grouper. This dive \ ad
personnel who administer the pro- so any brown chrmis in one sn
ject. would have been difficult to count.
have been more that 500 himdred w
They include: (in no particular line been oredl th 5 00 ldred
order): Blue McRight, Tony Gray, Loking towards the surface there
Leo Hoogenboom & Zsuzsanna fish floaing in about 12 feet f wat
Pusztai, Linda Ridley, Rick Agui- die I counted 6 halmlets. 5 byum. 1.
lar, Irene da Cunda, Bill & Praw- butter lamlet.
phan Wildin, Marge Lawson, Cas-
sandra & Franklin Neal, Joanie
Fitterling, Marge Lawson, John & Site: WEB
Cindi Jensen, Anouschka van de Tlhursday, December 27, 2007 ..
Ven, Kitty Handsch, Venny Ca- dive today except for fairly brisk c
ble, Vinnie DePietro, Barbara & south. The sensor and mooring cleI
Robert Gillmour, Judi minutes. The bottles were thorough
Schmidt, George & Laura De- removing greater than 95% of the
Salvo, Stephanie Bennett, Harrie All fuzzy algae was removed. Less
Cox, Albert Bianculli, Lynn & was observed on the lower sensors.
Todd Fulks, Stephanie Bennett, a bit poorer than last week, especial
Serena Black Eva, Erik & Karol, loNws.
Jim & Judy Kewley, Genady Filk- Cindi
ovsky, Sylvia van Aarsen, Micky
Reijnders, Candace & Jim Platz, Site Bar R.ef
o Site: Barn Reel
Lynn & Todd Fulks. Space limits Tusday ebe 2 ..
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this is a partial selection. g th i.
growth on it.
As you can see, this is a massive M observations. This past week
project which is planned to take 10 fewer divers using the dock and sta
years to complete. Your help is Dollar. There also has been after ii
needed. For more information, colder SPOts and rippled water of w
to donate or to volunteer con- Maybe that's why we hav e less gro
tact: Ramon de Leon, Manager of Swimming around the boats we h
the BNMP, medium and a large Cubera Snappe
marinepark(-stinapa.org or Albert one was about 24 inches long. We
Bianculli, President, Sea Monitor golden tail in the reversed phase.
Foundation, email di-
rectab(gmail.com or Blue Site: 17 Palm
McRight, LMSP Off-island Fund- Friday, December 21, 2007: Eigl
raising Coordinator, blue- hanging around the sensor array.
ness()earthlink.net. O G.D.
Cruise Ships Cure or
It has been 4 years since it
was promised that all passen-
gers on all cruise ships would
pay an "environmental fee"
which would go directly to
Stinapa. That was changed to a
"head tax" to be paid to the gov-
ernment, but the amount was
reduced, and finally it was down
Meanwhile, land-based tour-
ists pay more and more each
year. Marine Park fees for di-
vers went from $10 to $25, and
starting 4 years ago, all non-
diving Bonaire Marine Park
users have to pay $10. On top of
that the airport departure tax
was raised from $20 to $32. All
overnight guests pay $5.50
room tax. Now it seems without
any warning whatsoever Bon-
aire's Airport will charge $1.40
more (for a "security fee; see
Flotsam Ed). Cruise ship pas-
sengers still pay NOTHING.
If it is necessary for land-
based tourists to bear some of
the expenses for maintaining
safety, environmental protec-
tion, development of the infra-
structure, etc. then why are
cruise ship passengers exempt?
Who paid for the piers where
they dock? Who paid for the
security fences and guard
houses? Who pays the salary for
the security people needed when
the cruise ships come in? Who
is paying for the improvements
to the roads and sidewalks?
Who will pay for the proposed
"cruise ship mall?" The land-
based tourists and all of us?
Originally it was said that the
cruise ship companies needed
time to arrange a head tax. They
were given 11 months which
has turned into 4 years. They
still pay NOTHING. Why is it
that any fee leveled against the
land-based tourist takes virtu-
ally no time to put into effect,
and no one in the private sector
is consulted or is able to have
any say in the decision?
Whereas the cruise ship compa-
nies (with their huge lobbies)
can take control.
Bonaire charges lower docking
fees than other islands in our
area. Presumably to attract them
here. But why get them here at a
discount? Isn't the point of hav-
ing them here to make
money? Many other islands in
the Caribbean have awakened
The clinic is open from:
Klinika ta habri di:
De kliniek is geopened van:
Consulting Monday, Wedn
Hours Tuesday, Thurs
or by appo
available 24 ho
Orario: djaluna, djarasc
djamars i djawe
of sigun sil
24 ora pa dia d
Spreekuur: maandag, woer
dinsdag en don
24 uur per dag
after years of catering to cruise
ships and their demands. They
are now adjusting their rates to
correct environmental and so-
cial problems that the cruise
ships have been causing.
Does Bonaire want to let
cruise ship companies have con-
trol? Once our island starts to
feel that it depends on the cruise
ships to keep our economy go-
ing, they have even more con-
trol. We are losing some of our
faithful land-based tourists who
have been coming to Bonaire
year after year due to higher and
higher costs after all, they
have to pay hotels, airlines, res-
taurants, and many of our other
businesses that the cruise tour-
ists can just ignore- along with
any raise in taxes that the gov-
ernment feels it needs. Once this
happens, Bonaire will really
NEED the cruise ships, and that
means an outside force will vir-
tually control our policies. Bon-
aire better learn soon from the
experience of other islands.
Wouldn't it be better to attract
cruise ships that fit into our is-
land (small, environmentally
aware, willing to pay for the
uniqueness that Bonaire has to
offer) and have them here on
Concerned Citizens ofBonaire
(Continued on page 7)
o spita Dierenartsen tean
H spitl Drs. Arie Binksma
SI Drs. Hans & Etty Le
Drs. Seib Fietsma
klinie Drs. Ytzen v.d. We
.agun 24A, Tel 717-4255
Next to the Animal Shelter
Banda di Dierenaisel
Naast het Dierenaisel
esday and Friday 13:30-14:30
sday 17:00-17:30; Saturday 11.00-12.00
ointment every day
urs a day, including weekends: Tel. 790-6001
on i djabierne 13:30-14:30
ips 17:00-17:30; djasabra 11.00-12.00
ta tur dia
isponibel, tambe den wikent: Tel. 790-6001
isdag en vrijdag 13:30-14:30
derdag 17:00-17:30; zaterdag 11.00-12.00
ens afspraak elke dag
bereikbaar, ook in het weekend: Tel. 790-6001
Bonaire Reporter January 4-25, 2008
Letters (Continued from page 6)
Cruise Ships=Empty Shelves
Eight months ago we called
attention to the problem that
cruise ships in port block the
landing of food and other super-
market products on Bonaire. To
date no response from the gov-
ernment's agency has been re-
ceived. Cruising season has
started again and the problems
Christmas week is the busiest
week of the year for markets.
Our shelves were empty because
we were unable to get the items
needed, although they were not
far away. Unfortunately, goods
languished in containers in our
port or had to wait in Curaqao.
The RO/RO vessel that trans-
ports our containers, the Don
Andres, says that they cannot
charge and discharge cargo when
there are cruise ships in port.
Last week on Wednesday and
Thursday the port was occupied
all day by cruise ships, conse-
quently, no Don Andres, there-
fore no containers with products
for Bonaire. Today, Tuesday,
there is another ship, therefore no
containers. We must give ex-
cuses to our customers because
they cannot find the food they
need. This affects our business
and the island's economy as
On behalf of the employees of
Warehouse Bonaire, and cer-
tainly other companies on Bon-
aire which contend with the same
problem, we hope a solution will
be found since cruise ship tour-
ism continues to increase, with
negative impacts of service to
Roland Verbeek and the em-
ployees of Warehouse Bonaire
Bonaire 2007 Recap
As we say goodbye to 2007 is a
good time to take stock of the
year's achievements and failures.
Bonaire has stood her ground
on some issues, lost on others
and is still in the battle in regards
to the main issue: the environ-
The people of the island now
face some great challenges and
changes that were not resolved
For example, who to trust?
What to believe? And what path
to take as we reach the cross-
roads of the island's develop-
ment? I see the island in the
same way I would see a captain
view his or her crew and ship.
Whenever I have been through
hard times at sea the same set of
values is what gave me the abil-
ity to ride it out, and they
When looking at any situation,
the safety of the ship comes first!
If you don't look after your ship
you can't help yourself or your
crew. Bonaire is our ship!
What's keeping her afloat is her
abundance of unspoilt nature, her
coral shores, her rugged, near-
unspoilt landscape, oh, yes, and
her CREW, the Bonairean peo-
ple! In fact the value of crew and
ship are equal, but still, save the
The crew of the good ship Bon-
aire are something very special
indeed. It was the people here
who won my heart when I first
came ashore some 8-9 years ago.
They opened my eyes in so
many different ways, with their
laid back easy and happy atti-
tude. It is misunderstood by
many people to be a lazy, could-
n't-give- a-damn attitude. But
maybe it is they themselves who
should leave the ship.
Going back to my first point
"who should we trust" reminds
me of a situation that begs
the answer, who should we trust,
and that's the cruise ship Free-
It is hard to trust when I see
hypocrisy looming on the hori-
zon. The Freewinds hosted a
conference this year on marine
pollution (MARPOL), focusing
on the Caribbean! It is, to say the
least, ironic that they should host
such a conference while at the
same time pumping out thou-
sands of gallons of effluent-laced
seawater on to our land. But
that's just my opinion.
The second point, "what to
believe?" Sometimes to save the
ship you have to tell the crew the
truth and the crew need to be in
such a state of mind that they can
both accept the truth and take the
I hope that through this next
year the Government can see that
the island is going nowhere if
the people are not their first con-
Happy New Year!
Praise For Pastor Baren
I have been on the island ap-
proximately a year and always
look forward to reading the only
English newspaper published
here. I am a medical student and
most of my time is consumed in
my studies, but I always try to
find a Reporter to read and be
informed of the things going on
in our beautiful island. I was
quite impressed with the new
column you have included in
your paper considering the spiri-
tual side of life.
Pastor Baran, is I am sure, well
read and really does write with
inspiration. The article on Christ-
mas was outstanding and I con-
gratulate you on your paper and
having the courage to include the
spiritual side of our lives in Pas-
tor Baran's contribution.
Ezgar D. R. Del Real
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Can cruise ships empty supermarket shelves?
Anew project for the BONAI
group of high school students will
be to construct and sink a statue of cul-
tural significance to Bonaire. They have
named it Pali Lele & Wea di
Funchi" (more about the name later), and
it is symbolic of Bonairean culture and
our way of life. The designer is Bonaire
artist Adi Figaroa and it is a Caribbean
The underwater sculpture depicts tradi-
tional Bonairean artifacts: afornu (stove)
with afunchi pot on top (funchi is a sta-
ple corn-based food on the island) with a
pal'ifunchi (wooden utensil to stir the
funchi) sticking out (see photo). Lying on
its side we see aporon, a traditional water
jar, and underneath there is apal'i lele,
another wooden utensil used to prepare
ochre or bean soup.
The statue, once underwater, will pro-
vide a habitat to marine creatures and will
be a testament to Bonairean pride and
artistry to be enjoyed by snorkelers and
divers. It will be on the shallow seabed at
Chachacha Beach (in front of Dive Inn
and next to Flamingo Beach Resort).
Science and Art Integrated
The underwater art project is an inter-
esting example of how science and art can
be integrated. The idea was taken from
the reef-ball project where scientists came
up with the idea to sink concrete reef-
balls on the seabed in front of the Sand
Dollar Condominium Resort. The reef-
balls have holes in them, which attract all
kinds of fish and other underwater life
such as corals. Thus the reef-balls will
stimulate reef formation at places where
corals have disappeared.
The Bonai underwater sculpture, which
measures 2x2x2 meters, has been de-
signed to do much the same thing, but in
an artistic way. Imagine our sculpture
clad with coral and surrounded by fish.
Truly unique! If all goes well, the sculp-
ture should be ready and placed onshore
at Cha..Cha..Cha Beach this month. It has
been ashore near the museum for one
month so that the public can view it with-
out getting wet. Then it will be placed on
the seabed using a heavy duty lifting
crane donated by BOPEC and volunteer
divers from Yellow Submarine, using lift
bags to place the sculpture in its final po-
sition on the flat sand bottom.
As part of their studies, BONAI, to-
gether with biologist Caren Eckrich and
Sabine Engel, are investigating "Artifacts
in the Sea." They snorkel, dive (three
students are SCUBA certified), collect
and analyze data to write a small booklet.
They are interviewing as many people as
they can who know of Bonaire's
submerged artifacts, including fishermen,
divers and a historian. The group is
especially interested in sites where people
can snorkel. With the information they
collect they are documenting and
mapping the historical artifacts in the
calm waters of Bonaire so that snorkelers
and divers may go and visit them. Their
aim is to encourage especially local
people and tourists to enjoy the marine
environment and they are offering a new
way of thinking when it comes to
conservation of the marine environment.
If you would like to help BONAI
achieve its goals, you may make a dona-
tion to the following Maduro & Curiel's
Bank account number 110986-03. The
BONAI youth group says thanks for your
support. Contact Jackie Bernabela for any
information at 786-6333. O Story &
photos by Jackie Bernabela
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Please submit CV and cover letter to our department of Human Resources.
Buddy Dive Resort is located on Kaya G.N Debrot # 85 Bonaire, Netherlands
Antilles, phone number +599-717-5080.
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Bonaire Youth Outreach .A eoor
Pasku Briante activi
n December the Bonaire Youth Out-
reach Foundation (BYOF) organized
the eighth Pasku Briante (Brilliant
Christmas) party for Bonaire youngsters
with funding from USONA, MCB Bon-
aire, Yifrou Emmy Schermer, Dew Point,
Littmans Jeweler, Alpha & Omega, Fla-
mingo Communications, Caribbean
Homes and Playa Trading. As a result,
386 happy children left the afternoon of
fun with wonderful gifts.
In another Christmas action the group
hosted a Christmas dinner for 60 people.
It was just one of the many projects the
youth group accomplished in 2007.
S till another ini-
N j j ^tiative of the
BYOF was to directly
aid some of Bonaire's
poor people. Among
Another was the other activities with
successful campaign adult help and a dona-
"Seks no ta un wega" tion of NAf 12.000
"Sex is not a game." from Sunbelt Realty
With a grant of NAf they gave a house on
115.000 from USONA Kaya Resida a
they embarked on a "facelift" and spiffed
year-long campaign to up four other homes.
youngsters on the sig- In these photos you
nificance of sexual can see the big change
relations at this point in the house and the
in their lives. O G.D. workers who made it
BYOF photos happen.
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The BYOF team wish everyone a great new year
T/he best things come in
Happy New Year
"...capturing your memories,
one at a time"
At Divi Flamingo
J.A Abraham blvd. +0
Kralendjk 717-6 51
Captain Don's habitat
Gob. N. Debrot Blvd. 10
Men, Women and Children
Phon 77 51
Bonaire Reporter January 4-25, 2008
Slagbaai, Klein Bonaire Reforestation
George Saragoza (STINAPA), Stanley Criens, Ingvar Debrot,
(Carmabi) and Jonathan Pourier with plantsfor Pos Nobo in
Washington Slagbaai National Park. Stinapaphoto
Last month, STINAPA Bonaire and Carmabi
from Curaqao planted rare trees in the Wash-
ington Slagbaai National Park and on Klein Bonaire. A
total of 121 plants were placed.
On Klein Bonaire plants such as mata piska, manzalina
bobo, palu di pushi and wayaka were planted. In for-
mer times Klein Bonaire was densely wooded with
evergreen forests but by 1950 it had lost most trees to
overgrazing and charcoal production. The purpose of
this reforestation, jointly funded by STINAPA Bon-
aire, Carmabi and the KNAP Funds, is to put back the
species which have been lost so that the woodlands can
recover their former glory and ecological significance.
The trees planted all produce fruits important as food
to birds and other animals.
The Washington Slagbaai National Park also suffered
heavy deforestation in the past due to overgrazing and
charcoal production. As a consequence the woods to-
day miss many important tree species, and many spe-
cies have become rare or have disappeared altogether.
A total of 12 different species were planted in areas
closed by fences to keep the goats out, including the
rare sabal palm and makura, both seriously threatened
and practically extinct on Bonaire. The young plants
were in part raised by Captain Don's and partly by
Carmabi in Curaqao. The previous planting from last
year was found to have been very successful. Interest-
ing also to note is that thanks to the enclosures many
plant seedlings appeared that were not planted but that
had regenerated naturally. This is clear proof that re-
moval of goats is essential to recovery of the forests in
the Park. At present STINAPA has fenced off Slagbaai
and will soon start removing the goats to allow natural
regeneration to take place. The rare trees planted in this
project will produce seeds to give ecological recovery
a head start. D
Dr. A. O. (Dolfi) Debrot
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Next to China Nobo
make It yours
F or the seventh consecutive year the
Jong Bonaire Youth Center organ-
ized its popular Miss & Mister Jong Bon-
aire competition which displays the talent
and enthusiasm of Bonaire's youngsters.
This year's event, which presented 13
teens, was produced by the dynamic pro-
moter, Angelo Domacass66. Over 350
persons filled the Jong Bonaire audito-
The overall winners were Michel Bon-
afastia as Miss Jong Bonaire and Ericson
Vlijt as Mr. Jong Bonaire (pictured
above). D Press release
Caribbean Cf h. m I~zlire dt
In Bonaire's "hill country"
10 minutes north of town
Every Tuesday an all y u
can eat BBQ
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Antlllean Win Company
Fax (599) 717.2950
retue Wee k
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.
IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
& Janet). 786-0956
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at Chat
-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com
Searching For GOOD
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire
791-6272 / 785-6272
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more about
making a US tax deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
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Extraordinary Turkish area rug.
approx 11 ft by 13 ft. for sale NAf
4,500. Rose color and floral. You
need to see this! Call 780-9904
Dutch student doing her thesis at
National Park, looking for a living
(house, studio, room) -sharing no
problem. Starting now, till half July.
Or something for the first time only.
Cell: 795 0779
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FLEXIBLE SERVICE, QUALITY
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For Sale: 24" Girls 3 speed
Schwinn Bicycle Like new condition, 1
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For Sale: Suzuki Samurai from '94.
Runs well. NAf 2500. Call 786-7138
Wanted: 2 Cat Cases, specially for
traveling by plane!! Call 786-7384
Dell Dimension 8300, Intel Pen-
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For Sale: 12-foot Carolina Skiff
(year 2003) with many extras and
Tohaitsu (year 2002) 18 HP Out-
board. NAf3.500. Call 786-2876.
Two of the plushest cats on the whole island are now at the Bonaire Animal Shelter.
They're two sisters, "Charlotte" and "Candace," and they are really spectacular
lookers. Charlotte, on the left lying down, has lovely long fur with beige and brown spots
and tail and the most amazing blue eyes. She's a mellow character that nothing seems to
disturb. Her sister, Candace, has the beautiful long fur like her sister's but her accent col-
ors are black and white. She's a little more shy and retiring than her sister but nonetheless
loves human companionship and petting. The sisters are about two years old and defi-
nitely need a loving and very appreciative home. Of course they are in excellent health,
have had their shots and testing for feline leukemia and have been sterilized. The NAf75
cat adoption fee includes all this medical and sterilization.
You may see these two beauties at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Telephone 717-4989.
,"ji ^-^ Every January the New Years Eve fireworks result in
S' dogs becoming so frightened that they run heedlessly
away and cannot find their way home. If you find a lost
dog try to befriend him (or her) and take him to the Animal
ai _' Shelter. If you can't at least call the Shelter and describe the
dog. If you lost your dog contact the Shelter first.
Good news: During 2007 there were 165 adoptions from
the Shelter. This number has been steadily
increasing over the years, from 2002 when
Gezocht: Leuk there were only 90.
huurhuis voor max. Every year untold numbers of unwanted cats
Naf 1000,- p.m. and dogs are born on the island. The lucky ones
tel: 786-7949. are brought into the Shelter where they have a
S Email: mae- chance to be adopted into a caring home. Oth-
email@example.com ers, not so lucky, are in such bad shape that
they must be mercifully put to sleep. So many
are just dumped in the mondi or along the side
Ta buska: Dushi kas pa hur pa NAf of the road where they often end up slowly
000,- pa luna max. starving to death. But you as an individual can
Por fabor yama: 786-7949 of e-mail: make a difference with the numbers of un-
firstname.lastname@example.org wanted cats and dogs on the island. Contribute
to the Shelter Sterilization Fund, MCB Ac-
Wanted: Nice rental house for NAf count #10616410. All the money in that ac-
000,- p.m. max. count goes strictly for animal sterilizations. In
Please call: 786-7949 or e-mail: 2007 there were 175 sterilizations.
email@example.com A Happy and Healthy New Year to all you
pet lovers from The Bonaire Reporter.
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D e.- Coral Glimpses
Something has caused a single polyp on this star coral head to die; the skele-
ton of the missing polyp may have been munched.
The differences in the colors of the surrounding polyps, which are all alive, is
due to differences in their commensal algae. -caption and photo by Dee Scarr
Dee Scarr is an environmentalist and experienced naturalist whose goal is to
help you better understand marine creatures through her writings and slide
presentations. She was honored for her contributions to the scuba world by induc-
tion into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2000.
A PADI scuba and specialty instructor, Dee has published three books: Touch the
Sea, Coral's Reef and The Gentle Sea, and her articles and photos appear in The
New Guide to the Bonaire Marine Park, Dive Training, Skin Diver, and other pub-
Dee offers close contact TOUCH THE SEA dives for all Bonaire divers. Call 717
-8529 or go to www.touchthesea.com.
Governor Domacasse and two of his grandchildren surrounded by Maskaradanan
E very January 1 in the morning in front of Bonaire's Government office
building a group of children and adults in colorful costumes and masks show
up to dance and perform short skits. They arrive, quietly and mysteriously. They
don't speak and only communicate through their actions. No one knows who they
are; even the members themselves may not know who else is among them.
They enter silently, following a group of musicians an accordion, a tambu,
(drum), a raspa (file) and a quarto (large ukulele) and the skits and the dancing
begin. It's the "Maskarada," a Bonaire tradition
No one knows for sure how the tradition got to Bonaire. Some say Africa; others
say it's Indian. Still others say it's South American or even European. Culture guru
Papi Cicilia suggests Spain: the "crowns" worn by the company represent the Span-
ish monarchy which ruled Bonaire for a time. That's also where the bull and the
matador come from, he says. But of course, the donkey, the kunukero and the fish-
erman in his boat are completely Bonairean. So, considering the polyglot makeup
of the island, although the concept may have come from all those other places, it's
turned into something totally Bonairean that's not found anywhere else in the
world. O L.D.
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day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your first choice for FURNITURE,
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. Interiyours-
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APPLIANCES/TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS kind fumiture
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec- mainland Chi
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-store GARDEN SUF
financing too. Green Label
BANKS offer plants, i
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number in new expan
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance. NATURE E
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sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells top town offers f
brand bikes. Have your keys made here. and services
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And their personnel are trained and friendly. Check out era rental, dig
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shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon- agement.
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
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the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe local commu
and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS services. If y
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, in and see tht
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
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d classes for all levels.
-(formerly Plantation) New name, same
cation. Has lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-
e, antiques, crafts and accessories from
ina and Indonesia.
'PLIES AND SERVICES
has everything you need to start or maintain
They can design, install and maintain it and
rrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now
Aided location off Kaya Industria.
naire for individually guided kayaking, hik-
aving, rapelling/abseilen and more
791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail :
oto in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
ast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
. Full digital services.
ito at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
gital processing, all state of the art!
E / RENTAL AGENTS
Iomes, "the Refreshing Realtor," specializing
nes, condos, lots, rentals and property man-
n Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
ent. They specialize in professional customer
lotch properties and home owners insurance.
adise Homes: Lots of Choices-
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nity. List your house with them to sell fast.
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ou want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in
Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new management.
Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and low-
est prices on the island.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the
world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Shop at
Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am-12 noon.
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are included in the guides. Free!
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717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily
(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)
Federal Express Agent
In & Out Service
Weekly USA Seafreight
Regular European Seafreight
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For all your shipping needs
Contact on VHF Channel 9
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day On the beach
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. available daily from noon.
Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy's Pool Bar Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night; Mon. "Dive and
Sea Side at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 Dine;" Wed. -"Live Cooking by the Chefs;" Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm)
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open 7 days from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28,50 or $16.
717-8285 pen ay
Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Sat-11:30-2:30 Mondays-All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm
717-4433 Dinner 7 nights- starting at 6 pm Great value anytime.
Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.
Pasa Bon Pizza L -Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Oen from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sunday finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 OeCall ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111
Pasa Bon Pizza
To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hotels
Not Just Great Pizzas!
Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11PM
ROCARGO 25 Years of Great Service
Rocargo Services Bonaire
NV was founded on Sep-
tember 17, 1982, in Bonaire.
Last week they celebrated their
25th anniversary with a spec-
tacular end-of-the-year party at
their headquarters. Food and
drinks were bountiful and guests
were entertained by two of the
winners in the Rocargo Youth
Talent Show, the ever popular
Pal i' Wiri
and a fire-
at the clos-
years and is
Marisela and Robby Croes with their children, Robert, Jr., Jonathan
and Carola at the party.
Fransisco Manuel of Watapana School,
one of the winners in last month's school
talent search, entertained
company in its
field in Bonaire
and its fine service
makes life easier
for everyone who
has to ship things
on to the island.
izes in ship and
liner agency, cargo handling,
freight consolidation, custom
brokerage and moving services.
In 1994 Rocargo expanded its
activities in Curaqao and Aruba,
Venezuela in 1995 and the Dutch
Windward Islands in 1999. In
March 1995 Rocargo moved its
present building on Kaya Indus-
tria which include office and
state of the art warehouse facili-
ties. In 2000 they became the
first Bonaire company to win
internationally recognized ISO
quality certification. Rocargo is
also the island's Federal Express
agent. O G./L. D.
Waste Water (Continued from page 3)
and airliners arriving at Fla-
mingo airport was also ad-
dressed by Nicolaas. He intends
to cooperate with environmental
groups and activists on the is-
land (i.e. Progressive Environ-
mental Solutions, STINAPA,
Sean Peton, (producer of Forum
Antilles.com, etc.) to test the
fluids being expelled by the
Freewinds into the LVV sewage
trenches in order to determine
whether or not they are toxic. If
so, Nicolaas is determined to put
into motion efforts to halt the
Freewinds sewage dumps on
Bonaire. The airport is not so
much of a problem, contends
Nicolaas, because "airlines are
only dumping once in awhile in
Lima or at LVV."
Nicolaas admitted he is a bit
worried that Bonaire fell six
places in the recent National
Geographic ranking of "most
pristine" islands, but he is com-
mitted as Director of the Envi-
ronment to reverse that decline
through initiatives like these. O
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
1-0410:21 2.0FT. 20:18 0.8FT. 46
1-05 10:50 2.1FT. 20:50 0.8FT. 54
1-0611:23 2.1FT. 21:31 0.7FT. 63
1-0711:52 2.1FT. 22:09 0.7FT. 71
1-08 12:23 2.1FT. 22:40 0.7FT. 79
1-09 13:02 2.0FT. 23:09 0.8FT. 84
1-10 13:38 1.9FT. 23:35 0.8FT. 87
1-11 14:15 1.8FT. 23:58 0.9FT. 87
1-12 0:00 1.0FT. 15:05 1.6FT. 84
1-13 7:38 1.4FT. 10:26 1.4FT. 15:51 1.5FT. 23:55 1.0FT. 78
1-14 7:18 1.6FT. 15:00 1.3FT. 17:17 1.3FT. 23:25 1.1FT. 70
1-15 7:43 1.7FT. 16:20 1.1FT. 18:55 1.2FT. 23:00 1.1FT. 62
1-16 8:14 1.9FT. 17:18 1.0FT. 21:02 1.0FT. 22:05 1.0FT. 56
1-17 8:54 2.0FT. 18:08 0.8FT. 56
1-18 9:39 2.1FT. 18:51 0.8FT. 62
1-19 10:19 2.2FT. 19:43 0.7FT. 72
1-2011:06 2.2FT. 20:24 0.7FT. 82
1-21 11:50 2.2FT. 21:08 0.7FT. 90
1-22 12:32 2.1FT. 21:53 0.7FT. 96
1-23 13:21 2.0FT. 22:27 0.8FT. 97
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Saturday, January 5-Big
Monthly Rincon Marshe, now a
Bonairean tradition. Stands selling
gifts, crafts, candles, fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local foods and
drinks, music, friendly people, 6 am
to 2 pm. In the center of Rincon.
Saturday, January 5-Open
Flea Market, Parke Publiko Bo-
nairiano, 3 to 8 pm.
Saturday, January 5-Opening
Carnival. Presentation of candi-
dates. Call Johnny Leoneta 786-
Saturday, January 12-Wine
Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 7
to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across
from Warehouse Bonaire. Great
wines. NAf20 per person for 6 to 8
Saturday, January 12 -Kids'
Festival 2008 at Wilhelmina Park
from 9 am to 5 pm. Great games for
kids with music, food and drinks
and great prizes for different age
groups all day long. For more infor-
mation contact Gemma van der
Linden at 791-3872. Organized by
the students from T4A zorg & wel-
zijn SGB to finance their excursion
to Curacao in March 2008
Tuesday, January 22-Full
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wil-
helmina Park on Cruise Ship
Days, 10 am-2 pm: Friday, Jan.
4-Aida Aura; Sunday & Mon-
day, Jan. 6 & 7-Europa;
Wednesday, Jan. 9 -Crown Prin-
cess; Wednesday, Jan. 16-Sea
Princess; Saturday, Jan. 19-
Emerald Princess; Tuesday, Jan.
22-Veendam; Wednesday, Jan. 23
-(2 ships) Summit, Crown Prin-
cess; Tuesday, Jan. 29 Sea Prin-
cess; Wednesday, Jan. 30-
Coming in February-Special
The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, has recently re-
opened to the public. Four-course dinners
with welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seat-
ing begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednes-
day & Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask for
Chez Nous or email: keeslee-
HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Resort,
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4 am;
Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents and
local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's playground
open every day into the evening hours.
Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte) with
live mariachi- Buddy Dive Resort, 6-
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets,
snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks, music. www.infobonaire.com/
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm. Call for
reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time. Learn
about the history, culture and nature by
Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks
for more information-796-7870.
Mountain Bike Training for riders
of all levels (also Tuesday) at 5pm. Bon-
aire Wellness Connexions, Eden Beach,
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance
at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar,
Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Dinner and a Show at Casablanca
Argentinean Grill-Reporter writer Al-
bert Bianculli presents his Multi-Image
Production "Bonaire Holiday" at
6:30pm, 7:30 pm & 8:30pm
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Resort,
6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays! With
$2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar! Plus Live
music by the Flamingo Rockers, 6-8pm
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs" with
live music by the Flamingo Rockers Un-
plugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Flamingo Rockers, at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village Ma-
rina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
Le Boulevard Restaurant, open 9 -10:30
am. Only on Fridays. Coffee, tea, home-
made baked goods. Stichting Project. Kaya
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7- 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Live music by Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30
pm) with Moogie Nation, followed by all-u
-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy Dive Re-
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea Slide
Presentation, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire by
Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big
screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Adven-
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire presents the Sea Turtles ofBonaire
Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday,
Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-3802.
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th Wednes-
day at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-
8819) at 7pm.
Wednesday-Diving Facts And Fiction -
An Evening with DIR slide/video show by
Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire
Dive & Adventure,786-5073
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has beenrestored and
finished so it appears the family has just stepped
out Local ladies will tell you the story. Open
Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,24. Weekends by
appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visithomes fromthe 17th century.
Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.dRee, behindthe
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone:
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts #
10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30 pm at
Sunrise Pool Bar. all levels, NAf2,50. Call
Joop 717-5903 or be there by 7:15. Darts
Club plays every other Sunday at City
Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm- 'Pirate House', above Zeezicht
Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.
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cm m c I A
IndustalBonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Va>arie
Simpson at 785-3451; Valaietelbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Donkey Sanctuary 56)-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
0 0 3
3Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
a ) a .
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Boniaaireno) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451;Pro TrValaie and Fielbonetan
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
JProtesng Bnaire (Youth Centr)n of-Bona7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
New Apostolic Church: Kaminda Santa
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: a
Kralendamk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
Services at 9 an; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
Sundaytholi Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.d
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, nat 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Kaminda Santa
Barbara # 1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in
Dutcha 717-7116. 717-
International Bible Church of Bonaire: Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near thetraffic cile) Sunday
Services at 9a Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7
717- in English. Tel. 717-8332
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sun-
The Church of Jesus Christon of naire
entDay Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays
n8:30 1 :30am. In Papiame ntu, Spanish
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Sendrvices, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
T717-2194:79 18 7
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sun-
day mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth
Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu.
Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557.
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel:790-6518 or 790-8988
Bonaire Reporter January 4-25, 2008
*to find it... just look up
H ave we
you to watch
for the next
the king, and
move just a
little bit closer
to each other
every single morning until they are super close and at their closest on February
Next Monday, January 7th, 30 minutes before sunrise face southeast where you
will see the most dazzling of all the planets, our so-called twin sister planet be-
cause it is almost the same size as Earth, the planet named for the Roman god-
dess of love, Venus. Venus indeed is the brightest of all the planets because it's so
close to us, being planet number two from the Sun while we're planet number
three. Venus is the most reflective of all the planets as it is completely enshrouded
in a bright cloud cover which acts like a giant mirror and reflects more sunlight
than any other planet. Look below Venus and you'll see the second brightest
planet which is 11 times the width of Venus and Earth, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter.
But to see it this week you're going to have to have a really clear flat horizon be-
cause it's extremely close to the horizon.
The reason I want you to start looking this week is so you can see how dramati-
cally these two planets move closer to each other morning after morning. On
Monday this week they are 25 degrees apart, which means that since a full Moon
is 1/2 a degree wide we could fit 50 full Moons between them. Now each morning
they will be just a little bit closer. And in only one week's time, by next Monday,
January 14th, 45 minutes before sunrise, they will be only 18 degrees or 36 full
Moons apart. Plus you'll notice that Jupiter is now much higher above the horizon.
On Thursday, the 17th, Venus and Jupiter will be only 15 degrees or 30 full
Moons apart, but they will move one degree closer, that is two full Moon widths,
every single day from then on. Wow! On Monday, the 21st, they will be only 22
full Moons or 11 degrees apart, and one week later on Monday, the 28th, only 4
degrees or 8 full Moons apart. Then the fun really begins! On Tuesday, only 3
degrees apart, on Wednesday, 2 degrees apart, on Thursday, January 31st, only
1.2 degrees apart and ta da! on Friday, February 1st, one hour before sunrise the
two brightest planets will be at their very closest, only 6/10s of one degree apart,
which means we could just barely fit one full Moon between them! And their
combined light will be so bright it will knock your socks off!
So start your Venus/Jupiter watch this week and keep watching at least once a
week. But after Monday, the 28th, watch every single morning as they close in on
each other and finally on February 1st practically slam into each other, visually
speaking of course. Happy two brightest planets watching and keep looking up! OE
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a For the Month of January 2008
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)You must use discretion when it comes to lending money
or making donations. Look to a close friend for advice. One of your female friends
may try to disrupt your day. Stand up for your rights. Listen to the problems of others
and offer suggestions where possible. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Inactivity may cost you dearly. Physical work or exer-
cise should be part of your schedule. Unfortunately, your personal life may suffer
from a lack of spare time. Be willing to listen, but don't be fooled. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Loss or theft may occur if you are careless with your
belongings. You may divulge private information without realizing it this month. You
may feel that someone at work is holding you back. Networking will be a necessity.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your personal situation is fluctuating. Try not to spend
too much on children or entertainment. Tempers will mount if you are too pushy at
work. Do not be surprised if your partner doesn't understand your needs. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Real estate should be lucrative for you. Consider starting a
small business on the side. Look for a marketable gimmick. Don't let individuals with
wild schemes talk you into a financial deal that is not likely to be successful. Romantic
encounters will develop through colleagues. Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your high energy and discipline will enable you to
complete any seemingly insurmountable tasks. If you haven't already, consider starting
your own business. You have a real need to be vocal. You will find yourself tied to the
phone. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Uncertain get rich quick schemes will not be as lucra-
tive as you anticipate. Make sure that you get legal matters checked out thoroughly.
Friendships could be terminated quickly if disappointments occur. Don't let your boss
make you feel guilty enough to take work home with you.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Travel will also be very informative. Don't let others
try to create unwarranted guilt if you can't meet their demands. You need to pamper
yourself for a change. Pleasure trips will ease the tension between you and your mate.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Confronting a situation will only result in in-
dignation and misunderstandings. Check into art objects or precious stones. You can
do well in group endeavors. Your emotional partner will push all the right buttons this
month. You may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation if you have overloaded
your plate unintentionally. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Unrealistic promises will only get you in trouble.
You may find a rare antique this month. You're on to something tangible and need to
act fast Be prepared to counteract the damage that adversaries are about to create.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Get out and get active. You are exceptional at pre-
senting your ideas. Comfort is a necessity. Check your motives. Try to be precise in
your communications. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) The locks, stove, gas, or electric wires may not be se-
cure. You must use discretion when talking to others. Gambling should not be an op-
tion. Your emotions are fluctuating, so be careful not to say things you'll regret. You
could have a need to make some changes this month. Your luckiest events this month
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My Galapagos Experience
After living 13 years on Bonaire I experienced a whole new world. Just a 5-hour flight
away lay the Galapagos Islands. I have always believed that Bonaire had to be the most
preserved and cared-for island. These thoughts changed very rapidly with my first Gala-
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preserving their islands.
You can only visit each island guided by a ranger. You must stay on the path, no
touching, taking, braking or peeing, no fruit, insects or importing creatures that do not
belong there. A pristine environment where the frigate birds, albatross and blue footed
boobies can live side by side with sea lions and penguins, and amazingly, with hu-
mans... as long as we follow the rules to "stay on the path."
Visiting the town of Puerto La Cruz, the melancholy struck me. This is Bonaire from
13 years ago. No traffic, no loud noises, only friendly people and no crime. Wouldn't I
love to live here. Not possible, no foreigner is allowed to live on the islands; no for-
eigner is allowed to have a working permit, unless you are doing research. Not even
Ecuadorians are allowed to live on the Galapagos. You will only find local people
working here, on the live-aboards, in the hotels and restaurants; they are all Galapa-
gosians or related to the island. Sure it is not all sunshine. There are things happening
that are not environmentally friendly: selling their ocean to international fisheries, ille-
gal shark-fining and long-lining. But look at their landfill. They do not allow any im-
portation of non-recyclable goods. No importation of plastic bottles, and glass will be
crushed and reused. Global warming will affect their sea life; an increase in tempera-
ture reduces food in the water which results in starvation of some species. But as long
as you are not part of the cause you can concentrate on the preservation and protection.
With its 60,000 tourists a year, the Galapagos will endeavor to suppress this amount
by decreasing the live-aboard fleet to only three ships for diving, and all the other ships
will only be allowed to do land based excursions. With only a handful of hotels and
guest houses they all run good businesses, keeping it small, exclusive, safe and
The Galapagos do lack one thing, they don't have a slogan. We could easily give
them ours, "Unhurried, Unspoiled and Unforgettable." A politician once told me: "We
need tourism to keep the world aware of its importance for preservation. This is how
we will receive the right funds for conservation." Understanding his words: "We do
not preserve nature for nature but for tourism, power and money!" How deep can you
dig your own grave, I wonder.
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land excursions and little diving. The islands are easy places to visit traveling from
Bonaire. They are a miracle to still be so pristine.E Hendrik Wuyts
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H ave you
half a day of wait-
ing fruitlessly at
an office window
only to find out
you were sup-
posed to bring
instead of your
Or were you wait-
ing for a person to
fix your overflow-
ing toilet, but he
or she has not
shown up and did not even bother to call? Has somebody told you,
without blushing, that the laptop you want is NAf 3.000, when you
know it is NAf 1.000 cheaper anywhere else? Before you get frus-
trated and start packing up your things, please remember: there are
some nice benefits of living on Bonaire.
While you are sitting on the beach at Christmas, imagine how
many of your friends and family abroad are doing the exact same
thing. They are sending you pictures of snow and ice, and you can
sit on your front porch in your t-shirt. And even though you might
not have enough money to go on vacation, you can stay home and
still be on vacation. As soon as you come close to the sea, it feels a
bit like being on vacation.
If you are actually on vacation and it starts raining, the other tour-
ists are sitting there with their long faces. They figure it is the ruina-
tion of their expensive vacation. And you just smile and think:
"Some nice rain for a change; I'll have plenty of sunrays when I get
home." Also, while on vacation, you always have something inter-
esting to say. So, where are you from?" "Bonaire." "Bonaire?
Where the blooming heck is that?" "Well, it is an island in the Car-
ibbean and ....." And before you know it, you have a lively conver-
On Bonaire, you can paint your house any color you want. Your
favorite color is green? No problem, you will have at least four big
walls to express your preference! You try and paint your house
green in Holland, when the whole neighborhood is painted blue.
You will have the aesthetics police on your doorstep before you can
pick up your brush.
It can be frustrating that Bonaire is such a small island with every-
body knowing everybody's business. But on the other hand, when
you step outside of your home, you will be greeting a lot of people
and you get many hellos back. Also when you are in trouble at the
side of the road (flat tire, empty battery), you get help soon because
people know you or know you by association. And even in trouble
you are never far away from home.
On such a small island it is hard to get lost. You will appreciate
this trait when you are looking for an address in a big city. Cursing
the drunken designer of the neighborhood you are turning yet again
on a deserted road, because the layout of the city does not make any
sense. On Bonaire it is easy: when in sight of the sea, turn around.
There are some striking things about the people on this island. For
example, not many people seem to be smoking. Even when there are
smokers in your company, you spend so much time outside, they
will never have the chance to stink up your living room. Besides a
lot of non-smokers, there are some master BBQers. You just give
them some beer, and they will cook up a delicious BBQ for a hun-
dred people. (If you want to find them, try the tennis court at Har-
bour Village. They helped my VWO 5 class with their fundraising.)
The pace of Bonaire is very relaxed. Sometimes too relaxed, you
say? Yes, but think of it this way. In the case of your tardiness, the
excuse of being on 'Island Time' is accepted.
So, next time you are standing in line or you are on the phone
(almost exploding with frustration), try and think of what other peo-
ple are doing in other countries. They are sitting
in traffic jams for hours on end, having winter
depressions, trying to find a small space on an
overcrowded beach in the summer, walking the
streets without knowing anybody, and they will
be cursing the weather every time it rains. Ol
Mary Ann Koops
Koops teaches Biology at the SGB High
his time we see activity
going on at the grounds
of Flamingo Airport. We also
heard some rumors about the
introduction of paid parking
right there in the future (a totally
new phenomena to Bonaire!), so
there may be a connection. And
yes, there is.
After the complete redesign of
the departure hall in 2004, with
a refurbishing of the airport's
restaurant in 2006 and a total
paint job in the same year
(among other things, that must
be said), this is the next big con-
struction project underway at
In the area between the rental
car section and the large jet fuel
tanks a parking lot is being con-
structed for 60 cars, meant ex-
clusively for those working at
the airport. A barrier opening up
only for those in possession of a
valid entry pass will be added,
making sure it will remain staff
In the upcoming months we
will also see the re-design of the
area in front of the airport termi-
nal and the parking area right
behind it. The lane where you
and I now still move around
between taxis and autobuses will
with brick pav-
ing at the very
level as the
nal itself, mak-
ing it into a
trian area with
and good light-
From then on
it will no
longer be ac-
your car and
ours; only taxis
Bonaire Reporter January 4-25, 2008
and appointed buses will be able
to pass the barrier here.
The parking lot as we know it
right now will become more
easily accessible for those trying
to make it to their car with lug-
gage in their hands. That makes
good sense at an airport.
In order to reduce the number
of cars and to avoid having peo-
ple leave them here while off-
island for days, weeks or
months, paid parking will be
introduced. Yep, you heard it
However, don't be afraid that
Flamingo Airport will introduce
the tariffs we know from Schi-
phol Amsterdam or JFK New
York. Not yet, at least... We
have heard, from a top airport
official, that the first 15 minutes
will still be free, and after that
NAf 2 per hour will be charged
with a maximum of around NAf
20 per day.
The sandy area (actually, dur-
ing the last few months it was
more like muddy) behind the
'official' parking lot will no
longer serve as a car park. Due
to the addition of the staff park-
ing plus the paid parking system,
one expects that the number of
spots available will be more than
sufficient. The area will be
For the wise guy thinking, "I
will just drop my car in the
rental car area, and avoid pay-
ing," sorry... no can do. This
area will be accessible for rental
cars only. Another barrier here.
Knowing that the introduction
of paid parking in a certain area
has a tendency to move the
problem just a little further, it
seems like the Port Bonaire Re-
sort might want to learn more
about the barrier business as
well in order to stop an influx at
The whole project should be
finished by the second half of
2008, so we all still have a few
months to get used to the idea of
paid parking on Bonaire.
Anyone want to bet where the
second location of paid parking
on the island
Leurs is a
himself (Brisas Lodge)
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