Title: Bonaire reporter
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Language: English
Publisher: George DeSalvo
Place of Publication: Port-au-Prince
Publication Date: August 21, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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B onaire is under siege from the multiple activities that, by the end of this year,
will mean more reliable and less expensive electricity for all who live here. The
foundations for the 12 wind turbines along Bonaire's northeast coast at Morotin are
being poured. Each 60 cm. to 1.6 m high foundation has 190m3 of steel reinforcement
and high-strength concrete. Water is sprayed after the pour to help in curing the con-
crete. The bases are 150m. apart. When the concrete is cured the tower will be placed
into position. Each wind turbine will produce around 1 million watts; 12 will be enough
to satisfy about 50% of Bonaire's power needs.
The main road to Rincon and even the "tourist road" have countless heavy trucks
moving the material to that site and to the new power plant near BOPEC. Road crews
try to fix the holes in the road caused by the heavy loads but don't seem to ever be able
to catch up.

The power station skeleton is complete and the huge dual fuel MAN generators are on
site. The five generators can supply 14 million watts. The site will also have 3 million
watts of backup generators and a colossal 3 million watt battery bank to smooth the
power and stabilize the power grid.
Deep ditches are currently opening and closing all over Bonaire, even in small
neighborhoods, to hold the new cables that will carry the power. It takes about one
week to dig a kilometer of ditch. Installing the wires takes an additional week. Typi-
cally, six to 12 cables are buried depending on power needs. To protect the wires from
overheating special Barmac sand is put under and on top of the wires. The electric sub-
stations connecting the cables will be about 3 km. from one another.
When complete, especially if burning bio-diesel, Bonaire's electric grid will be an
example of environmentally friendly electric power. U Wilna Groenenboom


T he
sioner for
the BES
(right), was
accused of arrogance and "neo-
colonialism" by Statia's oppo-
sition PLP Party leader Clyde
van Putten. He said Commis-
sioner Kamp is behaving like a
"slave driver." "He is authoritar-
ian and tells us what to do in our
own homes."
Kamp told Radio Netherlands
Worldwide that it was just an
"incident." He is still hopeful for a
"fruitful cooperation."
"Comparisons with the past are
being made all too quickly. We
are living in the present and we
are having our responsibilities
now. There needs to be much
improvement on the islands. The
Netherlands has to play a role in
this, and we want to do that in the
right way. Van Putten is a fierce
critic, but that does not prevent us
from keeping in close contact with
him. We are prepared to talk to
him, and I hope things will go
better next time."

D The new tax system for the
BES islands is still being worked
on in the Netherlands. Hans Vis-
ser, the kwartiermaker for taxes,
promised Bonaire Commissioner
Pancho Cicilia that once it's de-
fined an information campaign
will be initiated to inform the pub-

D The Dutch economy shrank
for the fifth consecutive quarter,
the longest period of negative
growth ever registered by the
Central Bureau of Statistics
(CBS), announced Economist
Michiel Vergeer.
However, the quarter-to-quarter
contraction was considerably less
than the 2.7% measured in the
first quarter of this year. Some
confidential figures, leaked by the
press, said there will be zero
growth in 2010 rather than the
further contraction of 0.5% fore-
cast in June.

D It has been 10 years since
Klein Bonaire was purchased from
a private owner who wanted to
totally develop it and exclude the
island for recreational use by the
people of Bonaire. This develop-
ment would have also ruined the
reefs surrounding this unique is-
Now it is being threatened
again by overcrowding, espe-
cially during cruise ship season.
There is a call to put in portable
toilets, allow some people to be
selling things on the island, even
set up a massage business.
When Klein Bonaire was pur-
chased for the people of Bonaire
using money from the Dutch Gov-
ernment, a grant from the World
Wildlife Fund and individual per-
sonal donations made through the
Foundation for the Preservation of
Klein Bonaire (FPKB), very strict
conditions were placed on what
could and could not be done on
Klein Bonaire.

D Karol
Meyer, the
Brazilian free
diving cham-
pion, has been
on Bonaire
since the end of
July, training for a new free-
diving record. She recently be-
came a Guinness World Record
holder for an apnea (holding her
breath) dive of 18 minutes and 32
seconds on July 10, 2009. Karol
also broke two continental records
and three world records when she
descended to 91m.
Karol's objective is to set new
South American records (and at
the same time break the second
best performance in the world),
by diving to 100 meters on the
variable weight discipline at
Klein Bonaire. She will make
several attempts between August
15 and August 21. Buddy Dive is
hosting her and offering
freediving clinics. Go to http://
bonaire-2009 for more informa-

D The price of fuel again rose
on August 10:
Gasoline 92 NAf. 1,99/liter

During the
past 10 years
many new
faces have
arrived on
Bonaire with
new ideas and
perhaps they
are not aware
of the re-
for Klein. It
is to be kept
in a pristine
and unin-
habited with no buildings al-
lowed. No businesses conducted.
No docks or piers, plus many
other restrictions all designed to
keep this unique island natural
so everyone can enjoy it for dec-
ades to come. If this isn't done
legal action to force a return of
the money granted is a possibil-
Most do not realize it but Klein
Bonaire is the largest uninhab-

Gasoline 95 NAf. 2,02
Kerosene NAf. 1,22
Gasoil (Diesel) NAf. 1,16
Tank propane 100# NAf. 42,90
Tank propane 20# NAf. 11,12
Additionally it appears that soon
only "super," 95 octane, gasoline
will be for sale on the island.

D Remember to make sure
you've paid the second half of
your vehicle license fee.
Enforcement will begin this week,
said the police.

D The Bonaire Marine Park
received information that four
boaters disappeared from Mar-
garita Island, Venezuela, on
July 24. Venezuelan search and
rescue groups launched two drift
buoys to establish current pat-
terns. One of these buoys was
found last week near Willem-
storen Lighthouse very close to
the southern tip of Bonaire. If you
see a second buoy or any indica-
tion of a wreck please contact the
Marine Park or write directly to
Eugenio Duran at

The Colorado State Univer-
sity storm research team down-
graded its 2009 Atlantic hurri-
cane season forecast last on



ited and undeveloped island in
the Caribbean. Those are really
big bragging rights that no other
place can claim. As more and
more areas get over developed,
more and more problems are cre-
ated. Let's keep Klein Bonaire
natural the way so many of us
have known it for so many years.
You won't find another place like
it! That in itself is priceless.

Tuesday, August 5, predicting
that 10 tropical storms will form
and four of those will strengthen
into hurricanes.
The forecasting had predicted on
June 2 that the season would see
11 tropical storms, including five
Tuesday's forecast said two of
the hurricanes would reach major
status of Category 3 or higher,
with sustained winds of more than
110 miles per hour. As we go to
press the first hurricane, "Bill,"
is set to pass just north of the
windward Antilles.

> The F.A.W.B. (The Founda-
tion for Animal Welfare on
Bonaire-Stichting Dierenbesch-
erming) is in need of sponsors
for the horse that was seized
from its owner about two years
ago. The horse had not been
treated well and has serious prob-
lems with his jaw. He needs spe-
cial care and attention, which has
been realized by means of a lov-
ing caretaker and a beautiful piece
of fenced in land on a local
kunuku. The horse, named Scott,
is still the responsibility of the
Foundation, but the food is costly
and they need some extra spon-
sors who are willing to make a

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Bonaire Reporter- Aug. 21-Sept. 4, 2009


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
New Power Coming 1
Klein BonaireAnniversary 2
Best DVD-Bonaire Ta Dushi 3
First Tracked Turtle 6
Document Bonaire Debut 8
Desiree Haircuts 8
Parrot (Lora) Watch (Into the Wild) 9
Letters to the Editor-Music, Dont Blame
the Viim, UnfriendlyAirport, Bikes 10
Mangroves Slipping Away? 16

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Phil & Stephanie
Bennett) 4
Bubbles-Did You Know (Turtles) 6
Bonairean Voices (Businesses) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Where to Find the Reporter 7
Bon Quiz #13- Brazier 8
Body Talk- Good Sugars 10
Picture Yourself (Chicago) 11
Classifieds 11
Tide Table 11
BonQuiz Answer 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Whats Happening 12
Shopping & Service Guides 13
Bonaire On Wheels (Red Ruska
Buggy) 14
Pet of theWeek(Zack) 14
Sky Park (False Comes) 15
StarPower (Astrology) 15

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
info@mto Archives"
The Publisher:
Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518
Available on-line at:

Printed Every Fortnight,
On-line Every day, 24/7
Next edition printing on
September 2, 2009.
Story and Ad deadline:
August 29, 2009

monthly donation. Credit the
account of Bonaire Animal Wel-
fare MCB# 113.06.706 i.n.o.
Direnbescherming Bonaire Horse

1 The next group of
Wounded Warriors will be on
Bonaire from September 26 to
October 3. There will be seven
Wounded Warriors, four spouses
(Continued on page 6)

BanaMl BDMt On DVD

altf LR9M Bseri WithAm-it I

D one by a person with a sensitive eye for envi-
ronmental conservation a new DVD of Bon-
aire's natural attractions has just been released. Its
cinematography far exceeds any Bonaire film to
date. The viewer learns about Bonaire's countryside,
birds, animals, caves, culture and more with spec-
tacular footage. Perhaps because of its outright hon-
esty and sensitivity for the environment it is not en-
dorsed by the Bonaire Tourism Corporation or
STINAPA. That should make it even more important
to get yourself a copy.
The visionary mind behind the new DVD is
Hendrik Wuyts, a Belgian who came to Bonaire in
1993. His latest work is the result of decades of
training in film and video techniques including les-
sons at the world renowned Antwerp School of the
Arts. Hendrik continued his education through pro-
jects all over the world, including Cairns, Australia's
Great Barrier Reef, Egypt, Malaysia and Sipadan.
His favorites, by far, included working with Max
Hammer filming the Wrecks in Papua, New Guinea,
promotional production for the Wakatobi resort in
Sulawesi, living with the Masi in Kenya, diving in
Lake Titicaca, Peru, and working with the Smith-
sonia Institution filming "Carrie Cow Bay" in Ber-
His most exiting upcoming work will be based on
his past work with the Minority People of Vietnam
and Laos.
Hendrik feels privileged to have seen and filmed
and incredible amount of wildlife, whether it be top-
side or underwater.
Some of his credits include:
a VPRO: 'Noorderlicht Dat willen wij ook';
Smithsonia Institution, Belize
a EMS Films, European Media Support. Peru,
Kenya, Sabah, Bonaire

SAVRO: Zipzoo 'Expedition Bonaire' Basis
a SPERI Social Policy Ecology Research Institute -
Location: Vietnam and Laos
a 'Island Adrift' a Captain Don adventure docu-
World of Oceans a Bonaire DVD production
Forum Antilles- Waste Management'; 'Eco
Rape' and 'The Value of Coral'
Promotional Films for Bonaire Resorts
Wowo Riba Bonairu : Local broadcast TV series
on Education, Sport, Nature and Culture
SBBC 'Wild Caribbean' wildlife stock footage
n WWF World Wildlife Fund-Coral Campaign
'Geefhet coraal mee kleur'
AVRO: Wilde wereldreizen Stock Footage
EMS Films 'Dream Wrecks of the Caribbean'

His latest documentary, Bonaire Ta Dushi (Bonaire
is Sweet), in English, Dutch and German, shows
Bonaire in all its glory and beauty and is strength-
ened with interviews with prominent Bonairean con-
Kalli De Meyer (Dutch Caribbean Nature Alli-
ance), George Cultura (National Park Head Ranger),
Maria Koeks (Soldachi Tours, Rincon), Gilmond
"Funchie" Echbrechts (Field Manager, Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire), Jerry Ligon (Avid Birder and
Naturalist), Caren Eckrich (Assistant Director CIEE
Research Station Bonaire), Fernando Simal
(Washington-Slagbaai National Park Manager) and
Hans Voerman (Adventure Guide, Outdoor Bonaire).
While this film will surely be enjoyed by visitors to
Bonaire and will help them to better understand the
Bonairean way of life, it also appeals to those who
live on the island and want to better appreciate its
delights. U G.D./Press release

Available at dive and souvenir shops on Bonaire
'Bonaire ta Dushi' is produced in three languages,
English, Dutch and German.
Premiere: 7 pm, Thursday 27th at Addos's Book Store
at the head of Kaya Grandi. English version
If you would like to enjoy a teaser or order online
please visit:. www.bonairefilmproductions.com

Phone (599) 717 4686 www.caribbeanhomesbonaire.com Kaya Isla Riba (Next to City Cafe)

Bonaire Reporter- Aug. 21-Sept. 4, 2009 Page 3

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Swas born in Capetown,
1 South Africa. My dad
was the chef for four prime min-
isters, so we grew up knowing
that one day we would have a
black government, and when it
all started happening it was no
big surprise to us. Mr. Mandela
did everything with the right in-
tentions, but the problem was
that Africa the continent -
thought that there would be
plenty of jobs and houses avail-
When our government opened
the borders to the rest of Africa,
you had hundreds of thousands
of people streaming into South
Africa, and of course there were
no jobs and no houses. It wasn't
the 'Promised Land.' Millions of
desperate people went out steal-
ing because they had a family to
take care of and the end result
was total lawlessness. You could
get killed for just having a watch.
Still, we do have so many amaz-
ing people of all colors, but eve-
rybody is suffering from the high
crime and corruption.
I go there once a year to visit
my family and to smell Africa -
as every country has a different
smell. Phil was born in England
and had been traveling back and
forth to South Africa for his job
for years. Then he lived there for

four years and it was there where
we met.
We left South Africa in 1997
and went to live in England. I
was ready for a change. I started
with studios- a ceramic studio
and a glass studio- for adults and
children. Phil was working for
Panasonic in the TV equipment
field. Then, as the studios went
so well, I needed a partner and
Phil needed a change, so we
started working together, seven
days a week, very, very hard
work non stop. It got to the
stage that we thought, 'There's
got to be more to life than work-
ing like this!' We tried managers,
but it's very difficult to motivate
people for your own business
regardless of what you pay them.
Then my daughter and her part-
ner persuaded us to take a vaca-
tion. They work on cruise ships
and at the time they worked on
the Princess cruise line. They had
been here to Bonaire a couple of
times on different ships. We had
never heard of Bonaire,' she
laughs. "Sorry! The reason they

wanted us to come here was be-
cause they eventually wanted to
settle here, but they didn't have
the time to come to the island
and look at property, so they sent
us to scout! When we started
driving around on this island in
the middle of nowhere, we fell in
love with it after three days!
Crazy! The calmness... it just
really appealed to us. The diving,
the color of the sea... amazing,
So, we stayed for a week. We
found a house for my daughter
and her partner. Then we went on
a cruise for a week and reported
everything to my daughter and
her partner. After that we went
back to England. We made the
decision on the ship. We were
going to retire, sell the business,
sell the house that's it get out
and go and live on Bonaire!
It took us seven months to get
it done. We started in Kaya India
and then we moved to Antriol, to
Kaya Papa Comes, and we
named our house 'Harmony
House.' It's very central and we

"The diet of the Bonairean people has
changed drastically since the introduction
of processed food and many diseases came
from that. ..."

like it here.
Coming from England, work-
ing the way we did and to adjust
to the island's pace... it took us
some time. I think if you need
outside stimulation, you're pretty
lost on this island. You have to
keep yourself amused. We knew
it was going to be a totally differ-
ent way of life, but we needed
the change to get back to the ba-
sics: What it is you want to do in
Stephanie Bennett is petite with

curious brown eyes. She's a very
happy, vivacious and energetic
person with a tremendous lust for
'I certainly wanted to get back
into gardening and to get back
into holistic therapy. I've always
been fascinated with people and
disease. The fascination how we
all are in a sense ruled by our
desires. We have this problem
between personality and the soul.
I don't want to sound like a new-
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter- Aug. 21-Sept 4, 2009

Stephanie Bennett

Page 4

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On the Island Since
(Continued from page 4)
age hippy- I am too old for that but
there's a constant conflict in us. We know
what's good for us yet, we don't do it. I
think as human beings we've moved so
far from nature and... that's where the
problem starts. Stress: We have 12 hours
of daylight from 7am until 7 pm, but we
extend that to 18 to 20 hours and we don't
get enough sleep ever! You've got all
these diseases and health problems. It's
totally out of control all over the world
and nobody understands why. You have
everything to make your life very easy.
It's all there, yet people are suffering a lot
more, health wise.
I think we eat way too much as a spe-
cies. We're also the most confused spe-
cies. We are not wild animals. We live in
a zoo and the food industry is the zoo
keeper. A lot of processed food comes
with additives which interfere with the
signal between stomach and brain which
says, 'I'm full!' So, we don't know it any-
more. Anything that is not raw or fresh is
basically processed. Almost everything
we eat is processed. The answer? Break
out of the zoo! Some people do; some
never do, which is sad. Many people don't
link their diet to disease. The diet of the
Bonairean people has changed drastically
since the introduction of processed food
and many diseases came from that.
One of the things I'm meant to do here
is tell people how to eat and what to eat.
The whole thing is born out of concern for
this island and its people who have always
been pretty self-supporting and who are
now involved in this so-called progress.
I see a lot of positive things also. More
and more people are growing their own

fruits and vegetables again. If we
could stop being reliant on the
supermarkets that would be real
progress! When you are a gar-
dener," and Stephanie and Phil
definitely are because their gar-
den has an abundance offruits,
herbs and vegetables, "you love to
meet other gardeners who are
growing their own food to share
the knowledge because that's
what we need. Local people have
their knowledge we need it too -
we can share all we know.
I've also researched dengue fe-
ver on Bonaire, to see if we can
do something about the suffering
of people. We rely on tourism and
unfortunately nobody wants to say
anything about it. But you cannot
say it's not happening. It's hap-
pening all over the world and
Bonaire is no exception. The mos-
quito is here all year round, but at
the moment they're not infected. When a
person who's infected comes here and is
bitten by our dengue mosquito voila, it
spreads! The dengue mosquito breeds
only in clean water, rain or tap water, so
they come from our own backyard and not
from nature, not from standing water out
in the mondi. Fumigating is not the an-
swer; if you spray the standing waters on
the island, you kill all the tadpoles and
dragon flies which eat the larvae and the
result is millions of mosquitoes, not the
dengue mosquito, but all the other types.
With dengue, the thing is, the more times
you get infected, the worse you get it and
in a few years from now you can have a
major problem with hemorrhagic fever.
If everybody keeps their yard, especially

during rainy season, free of clean stand-
ing water that's in the shade (mosquitoes
can breed in even less than a centimeter of
water) we could control outbreaks. We
cannot stop it from coming to the island
as people are coming and going all the
time, but we should be able to stop it from
spreading once it gets here.
We just launched a website, all about
dengue, based on our findings here, but
also we brought in lots of links from
around the world www.dengueinfo.net.
Two years ago, I also developed a treat-
ment for dengue. I used it for myself
when I got dengue and I never got very
sick. It's all about minerals, and last sea-
son 97 people took my treatment with
absolutely good results. Now we want to

do a formal clinical study and are trying
to get the government involved. That's
about all we can say at the moment. The
rainy season is starting in October
roughly, so there's plenty of work to do
before that!
We've been here for only two years, but
it feels a lot longer. We've traveled fre-
quently, but since we've gotten here we
don't travel much anymore. We could
have gone anywhere, but we are here be-
cause we want to be
here absolutely! It is
home without a

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Bubbles from the Biologist

Female Hawksbill "Doris" is the first sea turtle to be tracked during Bonaire's
2009 nesting season (STCBPhoto)

S ea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) deployed the first transmit-
ter of 2009 on a female hawksbill on
Klein Bonaire on Friday, July 31, when
she came ashore to lay her eggs. This is
the first of two turtles to be tracked in
2009 as part of a project funded by

These two turtles will bring the total
number of sea turtles that STCB has
tracked since 2003 to 17 and will help
provide a comprehensive view of the mi-
gration patterns and Range States of Bon-
aire's breeding sea turtles. A Range State
is a nation that shares management re-
sponsibility for "Bonaire's" sea turtles.
At the conclusion of the turtles' migra-
tions and as part of the same project,
STCB will publish a "Tracking Manu-
script." The paper will not only provide a
compilation and analysis of all of the

tracking data collected by STCB since
2003, but will also include important con-
servation recommendations on how to
improve sea turtle conservation activities
between STCB and our Range State
counterparts. This document will be
shared with researchers and other projects
via the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Net-
work (WIDECAST) and results will be
presented at the next international Sym-
posium on Sea Turtle Conservation and
"Doris" has a shell length of 81.8 cm
and is estimated to weigh about 78 kg.
Adult hawksbill turtles come to Bonaire
to breed from May through November.
Based on our monitoring data we know
this was her third nest of this season. It's
expected that Doris will remain in the
area and lay at least one more nest before
departing to her home feeding grounds. 0
Mabel Nava, Manager STCB

New arrivals

ti Dia

Did You Know... How turtles
find their way back the beach and some-
times the very site where they hatched?
The answer is due to a compound in the
turtle's brain called magnetite, a type of
iron compound. The molecules in the
brain of a turtle act like a compass and the
turtle literally feels a "pull" in the direc-
tion of the North Pole. This pull helps the
turtle find the ocean when they hatch, as
well as leading them back to the same
beach where they were born when they
are laying eggs. The beach where she was
born might have changed significantly in
the 20 to 35 years it takes for females to
become able to bear eggs. Once the fe-
male finds a suitable beach, she will wait
until there are no people or disturbances
(usually nighttime) to start building her
nest. Once this is accomplished, the cycle

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
and three staff. Sponsors are welcome to
participate. Contact the TCB if you want to
help. Bonaire has hosted these young heroes
in superior style over the past years.

D Want to fulfill a life's dream of learn-
ing to play the guitar? Or maybe you want
to perfect your techniques that have gotten
rusty? Or maybe you haven't touched a gui-
tar in years but are starting to miss it? Benji
Schaub, a professional musician and experi-
enced teacher, is now offering private les-
sons to students. Benji is a familiar face in
the Bonaire Jazz Festival and appears with
many of the best musical groups on the is-
land. Some lucky kids at Jong Bonaire are

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begins anew. S Story & photo by Patrick
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attended summer
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Patrick is majoring in
Biological Sciences with
a minor in German Lan-
guage and hopes to
attend medical school in
the fall of 2010.

getting lessons from him now too. Benji is
multi-lingual so language is no problem!
See ad in the Classified section on page 11
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D A local person stopped to ask why,
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Siomara. Albertus photo

More Bonairean Owned Businesses

No matter what your motivation you can start a
business by beginning at home or taking over a
former business. The experiences of these next two Bo-
naireans will help you understand. Two weeks ago we
stopped at some of our local businesses. An interesting
thing is how you can make a business in your own
Siomara. Albrtus photos
Progreso supermarket .

When you are driving on the road of Kaya Korona you
find Progreso Supermarket, managed by Rigoberto
"Boeisy" Martines and his wife Ruth. They have been in
business together for 26 years. They had an amazing start
to the business that continues to progress today. Boeisy
himself was raised in the old Bonairean house, which you
can see in the photo, which today is a supermarket.
Boeisy tells his story about how everything started. He
was working at the immigration office, but he always had
an ambition to have his own business. Together with a
colleague he decided to start with a fruit shop because in
Antriol there wasn't any fruit shop and people had to go
to town to buy it from the Venezuelan boats. They named
the shop Fruteria el Progreso. Why the name
"Progreso?" "Because it means progress," Boeisy ex-
plained. "I want to progress, to move forward. On July
29"t in 1983, 26 years ago, we started. After working to-
gether for two years my associates decided to go into poli-
tics. I continued with my business ideas with my wife
Ruth as support. In 1989 we made the building much big-
ger at the same place and changed the name on August
11th the same year to Progreso MiniMarket.
In the beginning it was a fruit shop, then a grocery and
in 1989 a minimarket. In 1990 Progreso Minimarket be-
come an agent for the POLAR brand here in Bonaire.
First it was for Maltin Polar Malt and in 1991 for Polar
Business was doing very well and in December 2nd in
1992 we opened Progreso Supermarket. In 1995 as a
wholesale company we added Martines Import to the su-
permarket for Polar beer and Maltin Polar Malt. Both
Progreso Supermarket and Martines Import are still exist-
ing in 2009. In recent years you can find a lot of grocery
stores, minimarkets and supermarkets opening. But we
worked hard to move forward, to survive in the midst of
all this competition, and I can say that we have succeeded
in making progress."

As we take the road to Zuid (South) Nikiboko we come
to Kaya Industria at Takivi Auto Parts and Garage,
with managing director Edsel Piar. Together with his
wife they've been in business for 12 years. As a young
man, Edsel start working in a garage. After he went to
Holland and came back in 1997 he started a business of
selling auto parts at his wife parents' house in Kaya Bara-
kuda, Antriol because his wife's parents were business
people already. While Edsel was working for Akkermans


Auto Supplies his wife was taking care of the business. In
1999 he got an offer to take over Takivi so they moved
their business to their present location. He retired from his
former job at Akkermans so he could spend full time in
his business together with his wife. Edsel says, "In the
beginning it was a bit hard. You have to deal with compe-
tition and unreliable workers. In the meantime more ga-
rages were opening and the Bonairean population stays
the same.
When I started my business there were only like three
garages and today there are more than 10, without count-
ing those that are doing this kind of business at home. But
perseverance, faith and a lot of goodwill make me come
to work every day and do my job for others. Goodwill
makes you grow and con-
tinue with the positive work
for the sake of your client.
I'm the only Bonairean with
his own auto parts and garage
business. All the others are
foreigners. That's why I have
the will to continue with this

So we can keep on going
and meet a lot of independent
Bonairean businesses all over
Bonaire. To mention some:
Tusnara in Rincon, Ambo-
ina Minimarket, Panaderia
Selekta in Nikiboko and
even Edson Pikerie's "Son
Doggy Dog," as most of us
know him with his hotdog
stand at Cultimara and at the
soccer and softball games.
There are a lot of Bonaireans
who've proven that they can,
in their own way or another,
run a business. Let's give
them our support and ap-
proval for what they are do-
ing. In this way we all are
helping Bonaire grow. 0
Siomara E. Albertus

Send your comments to
The Bonaire Reporter, P.O.
Box 407, Bonaire, or email

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Document Bonaire is not
just another coffee table
book of pretty pictures of the
island although there are
some very beautiful ones-it's
a book of Bonaire in flux;
Bonaire in change. No other
book manages to capture the
real Bonaire as this does.
The book had its debut in
Bonaire at the Buddy Dive
Resort last week. The poolside
venue was jammed with well-
wishers including the Queen's
Commissioner for the BES
Islands, Henk Kamp, and the
Island Governor.
It may be because author
Wilna Groenenboom is a Bon-

aire-loving talented photo jour-
nalist who's usually where the
action is. She's been every-
where, recording events as they
happened. She was Art Editor
and a photo journalist for The
Bonaire Reporter for four
Hundreds of her photographs
appeared in The Reporter's
pages, Some of those memora-
ble photos appear in the book.
One in particular is the giant
cruise ship overshadowing the
town of Playa (Kralendijk).
Strange as it may seem, this
photo appealed to both sides of
the cruise ship controversy.
The cruise ship haters loved it

- it looked as though the ship
was going to gobble Bonaire.
The lovers, however, adored
the photo. How beautiful, they
said, and asked if they could
use it in their brochures.
Wilna had her own column,
"Antique Living Houses of
Bonaire," photos of architec-
tural gems where people still
As a news photographer Gro-
enenboom sees lots of things
out there in her own way -
people at events, at snacks,
kids at a kresh, the Queen's
visit, the salt works in opera-
tion, political statements, elec-
tion results, construction work-
ers on the job, incomplete hotel
projects and much more.
She's afraid of nothing. She
hitched a ride on a tugboat to
get close up shots of it guiding
in an oil tanker. Spotting a so-
ciety wedding under way she
asked permission, and got it, to
take photos. She was there at a
funeral procession. She was on
the scene when the kids went
off to school. Those photos are
all in the book.
Her nature photos are never
static. They show something
happening turtles getting
tagged, or Loras being exam-
ined by the Parrot Watch
Sports are always news in
Bonaire and Wilna was there -
the swim to Klein Bonaire, the
softball team, basketball, bik-
ing, kiting, windsurfing even
golf and tennis.

what's in
the fu-
included too: wind turbines,
and solar powered houses with
Internet antennas.
There are even some scary
photos like the one of our pic-
turesque waterfront being
turned into a line of high rises
under construction, or the
photo of the goats grazing on
the landfill.
This book truly documents
the island we love so well.
Changes are already happening
and some images featured in
the book are already gone. If
you want to buy a book that
may have an influence on the
future of Bonaire, this is it.
Document Bonaire sells for
$40 and is available at book
and gift stores around the is-
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BonQuiz #13
SChristie Dovale photos

Whenever you have the opportu-
nity to eat in a Bonairean
home, I suggest you grab it with both
hands. There is nothing better than sa-
voring local dishes, prepared by local
'hands' at home.
A signature Bonairean dish isfunchi.
Best described, it is like a firm Italian
polenta made from corn meal. It accom-
panies local meals as do potatoes for a
European or rice for an Asian. When
prepared over a mesquite (Prosopis
juliflora) charcoal wood fire it can't be
beat for taste, either fresh or fried the
next day.
Q) What is the Papiamentu word
for the brazier that holds thefunchi
pot in the above photo?
Answer on page 12
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Popular and talented hair stylist
Desiree can now be found out on
the beach at Windsurf Bonaire, doing
what she loves so much cutting and styl-
ing hair. Could this be the only hair cut-
ting "salon" on the planet where your
view is out to sea and the trade winds
blow through? Who even needs a hair
dryer? Desiree has always been an in-
spired stylist but out here it seems she's
become even more creative. Everyone is

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women and children in the most natural
and tranquil environment next to the sea.
Even her regular customers enjoy "going
to the beach for a haircut." And when
you're through take some time to dip in
the warm shallow water of Lac Bay. It's a
unique experience and something to talk
about later!

In her artistic little beach salon you'll
find handmade jewelry and the skin sof-
tening salt products too. Desiree is there
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At last, the first chicks have
fledged and made it into the
wild population. And the best thing
about it is that we were fortunate enough
to witness one chick's first taste of the
outside world. Unfortunately, it was
quite an un-elegant and clumsy thing to
see, and it was clearly quite traumatic for
the poor little one. The chick was very
small and was having a really hard time
with this new "flying" thing.
While approaching the nest, we saw
some movement in the undergrowth
amongst the "tuna" or prickly pear cacti-
that vicious plant that sticks to you with
barbed spines and doesn't come out with-
out a lot of pain. With the movement we
saw a flash of the rich emerald green of
Lora feathers. It looked like it was strug-
gling to stay afloat in an ocean. It was on
the ground, wings spread trying to flap
desperately to get off the ground but with
no luck. Fortunately, it appears that the
barbed spines of the tuna can't penetrate
feathers, otherwise this chick would have
been weighed down with all of them.
I got my binoculars out to take a close
look at the chick and to confirm that it
was one of the chicks from the nest
nearby. We had put rings on every one of
the chicks we had been monitoring in
order to be able to recognize them in the
future if we saw them in the wild. Sure
enough, this chick was one of them. We
heard a pair of adult parrots screaming in
a tree nearby and assumed that they were
the chick's parents urging it to get off the
ground and into the safety of the trees to
be fed. We hid for a while to see what
would happen, but the chick was getting
tired and flapping pathetically on the
ground. I decided that the wise thing to
do would be to approach the chick and
put it into the tree to get it away from the
potential threat of cats and other preda-
tors on the ground. As I approached, the

chick didn't move. It was clearly ex-
hausted from its efforts. When I lifted it
out of the tuna, it didn't struggle or make
a sound and it felt like it was made of
paper. The parents had stopped feeding
the chick a long time ago in an attempt to
get it to leave the nest but because it was
still on the ground, its efforts to leave the
nest had not yet been rewarded with a
good meal from mum and dad. I put the
chick on a branch and it stared at me as if
to say, "Why are you helping me?
Shouldn't I be afraid of you?" It was a
surreal experience to put a wild bird back
in a tree and see it sitting calmly and
looking you in the eye. I walked away
slowly and the chick just stared. We left
quickly so that the parents would be able
to feed the chick and hoped that it would
be strong enough to survive.
Soon we can expect to see family
groups of Loras flying together. It is
common to see groups of three, four or
five, and you can tell which ones are the
chicks! They look quite unsteady and are
not quite as well practiced at flying as
their parents. Some may start to venture
into the gardens of Rincon and Kral-
endijk soon and crash land into trees.
They still need to perfect the art of land-
ing as well!
So beware of low flying parrots and
look out for our rings on their legs. 0
Story & photos by Rhian Evans

Ms Evans is a
Biologist from Uni-
versity ofBirming-
ham UK. She is in
her second yearof
studying the Loras
on Bonaire.

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Dear Editor:
My husband and I have just re-
turned from my third visit to Bon-
aire in three years. We love it and
as always it was wonderful to
dive around the island. As well as
diving we enjoyed the windsurf-
ing and the relaxed atmosphere.
We are both passionate about
music and we love a good night
out. We managed to make it for
the Jazz Festival last year but this
time we visited Little Havana for
some music. OK, so I am passion-
ate about music and maybe others
don't notice these things, but the
music was the same this year as it
was two years ago. We thought it
was funny last year, but this is
crazy, and I imagine it must drive
the people crazy who are living
on Bonaire and who like a good
night of dancing. But really we
visited on two Fridays and the
music was the same: Robbie Wil-
liams, Tom Jones, U2, Shakeria. I
talked to the man at the bar and
tried to explain to him but he just
"rolled his eyes." I think they are
very tired about this. I think this
is a shame for the people living
on Bonaire who do not have so
many opportunities. Music and
good socializing are an important
part of life! Please when we come
next year can we have some dif-
ferent music?
Sali M. Griffiths
Dolavon, Argentina


Dear Editor:
(Copy of a letter sent to Bonaire
Airport Authority)
The Flamingo Airport has
made a strategic error in no
longer allowing customers to be
dropped off with all their luggage

without paying for parking. Even
in the busiest airports in the US
(Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, etc.)
people can drive up, deposit their
passengers and luggage, and PAY
NOTHING! They are required to
leave within 5-10 minutes and
there are plenty of officers en-
forcing that, but at least they rec-
ognize the need for folks to be
dropped off quickly without re-
quiring payment.
So why has Flamingo Airport
become so unfriendly and incon-
siderate to passengers by now
requiring that everyone pay 1
guilder just to enter the airport
and drop off passengers? Plus the
driver must then get out of the
car, walk to pay for the ticket, and
walk back to the car to
exit. What about older peo-
ple? What about disabled peo-
Meanwhile the cars lining the
fence outside the airport are in-
creasing daily because they don't
want to pay for parking. With the
cars so close to the road, it is an
accident ready to happen.
Rescind your new parking pol-
icy. It definitely does not ad-
vance Bonaire's image as a
"friendly island." Instead it makes
Bonaire seem like a "money-
grubbing" island inventing every
possible trick to make a guilder or
Pauline Kayes, Belnem

Dear Editor:
What is wrong with this picture?
Obviously all four wheels have been
stolen from this pickup. But a lot more
is wrong than any picture could possi-
bly show.
When the rental agent was called and
showed up at the scene he was angry
and said in very harsh words, "They
will pay for this!" But he did not mean
the criminals. He meant the renter. He
continued his anger at the owner of the
property where the truck was parked.
He wanted to know why there were no
security cameras or guards. There are security cam-
eras but they cannot cover every single square inch
of a huge area. Also thieves know the cameras on
Bonaire and now take action to avoid them by cov-
ering their heads with masks, moving the cameras
etc. Not once did he mention a single word about
the actual criminals who committed the theft.
It seems crime is still being treated here on Bon-
aire the same way. Blame the victim. Many meet-
ings over the past 15 years or so have been held and
almost exclusively the topic was the victim. Not
how to help the victim but to basically lay blame on
the victim and what the victim must do to prevent
the crime from happening. At one meeting a person
did mention that a sting should be set up to catch the
criminals. Without exaggeration, the head of that

Dear Editor:
I do have to agree on at least
one point Paul I. (Letter to the
Editor, "Bicycling on Bonaire,"
The Reporter Aug. 7-21) makes -
many cars certainly do have bad
Headlights. About bicycling
though, I wonder if Paul, and for
that matter a lot of other bicy-
clists, know that they have to
abide by the same rules of the
road that other vehicles do?
Meeting a bicycle going down a
one way road the wrong way is
not enjoyable, especially on a
blind comer. Being passed on the
right side at an intersection when
turning at that intersection results
in some bad looks by the bicy-
clists even though they are 100%
wrong. Or just passing anywhere
on the right side for that matter.
We agree that cars have bad
lights at night. What about bicy-
cles with no lights at all at
night? Sorry, but even if a foot-
path is empty, it is not for bicy-
cles. Use the road and some com-
mon sense. Have you ever had a
bicycle come flying out of a side
road without it's even looking for
cars? If not, I don't believe you. I
won't waste space here with nu-
merous other violations and, more
importantly, safety issues of bicy-
While we are on the topic of
driving, I wonder if scooter riders
know they have to abide by the
same rules of the road that other
vehicles do? I could repeat all of
paragraph 2 again.
I have nothing against bikes or
scooters as long as they follow
the rules. Yes, cars should also,
but if the two should meet who
gets the worse of the deal?

meeting lost his temper, slammed his hand down on
the table and basically told the person that will not
happen and don't ask questions like that again.
Unless the emphasis is put on the criminals, how
can it change? Think about this in the above case,
the owner of the rental truck will not pay anything.
The criminals will not pay anything but also got a
set of four tires and wheels for free. And the person
caught in the middle, the innocent victim, will pay.
The vehicle was parked in a lot next to a main
road. The parking area is well lit with limited ac-
cess. There are people around in other houses. What
more can a person do?
Let's stop taking the easy way out by blaming the
victim and let's go after the criminals.

Body Talk

t is said that man is born with
a sweet tooth, a view that
perhaps comes from ingesting
mother's milk, naturally sweet, at
the first stage of our lives. As
children, sweets were given to us
as a reward or purely as a bribe. It
almost always worked! "Sweet"
was the currency then and is still
the currency now. Do you not
reward yourself with a chocolate
when you are feeling down? I
certainly do. Yes, I know it is
"bad" and contrary to everything I
believe about sugar, NOTHING
gives me a "lift" like a bar of
chocolate. Now, chocolate may
not be good for my body, but it
sure is good for the soul!
Eating healthily does not mean
no dairy products, or not to have
sugar, it is all about balance.
When you consume more of the
"bad" than the "good", your
health will suffer. It can be com-
pared with rust on a car. At first
you hardly notice those small rust
marks, but eventually, if not
checked, you could have more
rust than car! Most health prob-
lems go unchecked, but when you
hit a health crisis, which we all do
eventually, that is certainly a good
time to re-evaluate your diet.
If you are unable (or unwilling!)
to eliminate your intake of refined
sugars, perhaps you need to look
at a few natural sugars. The most
natural sugar is that which we get
from raw, ripe fruit, the highest
energy sugar in nature, provided
you eat it correctly. Fruit should
ONLY be eaten, on its own, on an
empty stomach. Once fruit is con-
sumed with or after ANY
OTHER FOOD it will ferment
everything in your stomach, leav-
ing you with gas, flatulence, or
even diarrhea.
Another very safe sugar alterna-
tive is Stevia, the sweetest herb
on this planet. Stevia has been
used for centuries and was known
by the ancient civilizations of
South America as "honey leaf."
Two leaves of Stevia is equal to 1
cup of sugar as far as sweetness
Another sugar alternative is
Xylitol, a natural sugar made


efined Dairy
Sugar Produce
The Tainted Triangle

from birch bark, but also found in
certain fruits. The body makes
Xylitol daily, as well as the en-
zymes to break it down. It has
40% fewer calories and 75%
fewer carbohydrates than sugar,
and is slowly absorbed and me-
tabolized, resulting in very negli-
gible changes in insulin. Much
healthier than the artificial sugars
for people with diabetes!
Sugars like Stevia and Xylitol
(compared to table sugar) are rea-
sonably expensive. It is far
cheaper for the food industry to
produce artificially-synthesized
sugars in a laboratory. Do not
become seduced by the colorful
descriptions of those products that
are supposedly "good,"
"nutritious" or "healthy." Re-
member, the food industry sells
If you only ever make one die-
tary change, let it be your sugar
consumption. You will see the
difference immediately.
Please phone 788-0030 and col-
lect your FREE sample of Xylitol.
Stevia is already available at the
Next issue: MEAT versus SOY
* Stephanie Bennett

Interesting websites http:

Author Stephanie Bennett was born in
Cape Town, South Africa, where she
studied herbs, minerals and nutrition.
Before moving to Bonaire she contin-
ued her studies in UK, and now re-
searches health
issues that par-
ticularly affect
people on Bon-
aire and other
Caribbean Is-
lands. See story
on page 4.

Are your health problems being treated,
or sup %i& iLcation?

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Hundreds of New and Used
Top Quality Professional Tools
Mits L200 p/u <> Go Kart (New)
Scaffld Breaker Hammers
Tile saws Ha nd Tools Saws
Bits Masonry Tools Nailers
Carts Levels Pintguns
Shovels Pres. Washers
Nail Guns -Compressors Nails
Burners Torrhes Bars
Express Cargo Lot
Kaya Neederlandia # 21

Property Services Bonaire B.V.
Taking care of your properties
(while you are off island). Email for
information and prices:

Bonaire Images
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

For Quality House and Office
Cleaning ....... CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from NAf6 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:

Private yoga classes call
Louise 717- 7021 or
700-9422. also
CLASSES in silver- smith-
ing, stone setting and the art of beading.
Call Louise at 717-7021 or 700-9422.

A Unique Haircut experience at
IThe Windsurf Place,
Sorobon, with Desiree.
Thursdays thru Sundays
from 10am till 4pm.
Phone: 786-6416


Private guitar lessons available! To
improve your technique, improvisation,
repertoire, music theory
Sand sight reading, call
Benji at 786-5073.

Reporters Wanted
-To report on Bonaire's transition to
a Dutch community
-To report and photograph local
Contact The Reporter; George-786-
6125, Laura- 790-6518 or email
George@bonairenews.com or


Porch sale Kaya Mandolin 2 (just off
the road to Sorobon, Nikiboko, south) ,
from 8:30- 4pm on the following Satur-
day, August 29 -books, clothes, blinds,
plants, nik naks, kitchen ware, car speak-
ers and more.

TOYOTA RAV-4 2000, good condi-
tion and clean, used as going to church
car by old lady, 117,000km
NAf 9,000 786-9872

NOT an ex-rental Jeep Wrangler 4.0.
Private-owner. New: soft top, tires, gas-
tank, driving-shaft, fenders, and total
check-up (>NAF 4K). No electronic is-
sues (i.e. model '94). NAf 12,500.
Mark: +599 701-0150.

CHINE Multi-cycle, front load, white, 1
yr. old, like new, 220V. NAf 725 Phone:

Low miles/km Toyota Pickup
wanted. Will give a better price than a
dealer trade in. George 790-8988

All Stainless Steel dock ladder.
Only NAF 300 Call 717-8819 8 am to
5 pm

For Sale 1979 Chevy Dump Truck.
350 V8 gas engine. Dual rear wheels.
Everything works.
Extra tires and extra differential in-
cluded. NAF 5600 or best offer. Call
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

For Sale Craftsman Air Compres-
sor electric new condition. 25 gal-
lon 5.5 HP. On wheels .Only NAF
375. Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

For Sale Alkin 5000 psi com-
pressor plus two spares for parts and
two Ingersol Rand which are the same
style and interchangeable parts. A 2nd
or possibly 3rd could be put together
with all the spare parts that are all part
of the sale. All have 20 HP 230 volt 50
hz electric motors. Everything for
NAY 5000 call 717-8819 8 am to 5

For rent small studio or apartment 1
person NAf 550,-- or NAf 750,-- 2 per-
sons -4 months or longer, no pets, no
airco, Furnished Located at Hato, own
terrace, parking space, garden etc... Pos-
sibility internet, bike, linen, TV, etc.
Visiting Wednesday or Saturday from 1
-5 pm. Call 717-2529 Monique
For sale: 7 Black Belly sheep (mini
kudde Black Belly schapen: 2 grote ram-
men, 4 ooien, 1 lammetjes ) tel: 717-

Picture Yourself With The Re orter In... Chica c
den, owner
of the Sunset
and Lion's
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rants writes:,
"I was at the
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It was amaz-
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by Hagen
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like Bonaire ambassadors. Sadly, out of everybody we met only five had ever heard of
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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
8-21 1:39 1.7FT. 9:00 1.1FT. 14:05 1.3FT. 18:30 1.1FT. 102
8-22 2:38 1.5FT. 9:16 1.1FT. 14:53 1.4FT. 20:32 1.2FT. 100
8-23 3:55 1.4FT. 9:13 1.2FT. 15:53 1.5FT. 22:56 1.2FT. 95
8-24 0:56 1.1FT. 5:58 1.2FT. 8:20 1.2FT. 16:46 1.6FT. 86
8-25 2:27 1.0FT. 17:46 1.7FT. 74
8-26 3:34 0.9FT. 18:34 1.8FT. 61
8-27 4:21 0.8FT. 19:26 1.9FT. 49
8-28 5:04 0.8FT. 20:08 1.9FT. 40
8-29 5:45 0.8FT. 20:47 1.9FT. 36
8-30 6:15 0.8FT. 21:30 1.9FT. 38
8-31 6:41 0.9FT. 22:05 1.9FT. 44
9-01 7:09 0.9FT. 22:37 1.8FT. 52
9-02 7:30 1.0FT. 12:53 1.2FT. 14:19 1.2FT. 23:12 1.8FT. 60
9-03 7:41 1.1FT. 12:55 1.3FT. 15:55 1.2FT. 23:55 1.7FT. 68

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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marshe-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. Big
March first Saturday of the month-
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAfl0 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bisses-
sar 786 1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-9
pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-

Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-

aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and fumished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind
the 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 December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681
AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Joop at
786-6003 to find out the evening's loca-
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Marti-
nez Beck, at 786-2953.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at
9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
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. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Pri-
mary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors
Welcome: 701-9522 for Information

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Qwauestion (from
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What is the
word for the
brazier that
holds the funchi pot in the

Answer: A) Konf6
See the photo above.

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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice and in-store financing too.

Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insur-

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
here too.

Equinox Bonaire-A USA licensed contractor for
hotels, restaurants, residential. On Time-Done

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
Smile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book
trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair,
dive computer H.Q.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation
above and below the water with a custom DVD by
Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at
City Cafe, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apart-
ments .


Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modem workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight
and get fit.

Green Label has everything you need to start or
maintain your garden. They can design, install and
maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and
garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off
Kaya Industria.

Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.

Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of
calling plans and interesting phones. Visit their of-
fice on downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself.

Mio offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-
SPEED INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of
all those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants
that want to invade your home. Call now and save
your investment in your home.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints,
slides, items and services. Full digital services.

Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling
your home.

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," spe-
cializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and
property management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and
insurance services. If you want a home or to invest
in Bonaire, stop in and see them.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For

men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water
pearl jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful ser-
vice, free gift wrap.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?

The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest se-
lection and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on
Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

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. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-

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in this issue of The Reporter

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Check CARIB INN First.
Great Prices -Great Stock

Always Great Values
Dive gear specials

Since 1980
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily
(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)

Pasa Bon Pizza


Water Front

To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hotels
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Not Just Great Pizzas!

Call ahead
Pre Order

Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11 PM

Hair Affair

We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for facials and
facial waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.

Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop

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Brad and Sandra's Red Ruska Buggy

The 53'"d of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Bonaire/ Hato -
So it was on a brutally cold
winter day way back in the
70s of the last century that Brad
decided to drive his metallic flake
gold sprayed original Bruce
Meyers Manx buggy all the way
from his house in New Jersey to
the city of Washington DC, to put
her on a special car train to Mi-
ami, Florida. His beloved vehicle
was loaded onto a DC6 to be
shipped from Florida to the little
tropical island of Bonaire. Brad
had decided to work with Trans
World Radio, which has one of
her 14 sites located on this Carib-
bean gem.
Brad's buggy was designed,
developed and built by Bruce
Meyer from Southern California.
At Pismo Beach Bruce saw the
first so-called dune buggies but
they were heavy and prone to rust
so Bruce started with the conver-
sion of a Volkswagen Kombi bus,
making it lighter and fitting it
with wide rims and fat rubbers.
Then Bruce developed his first all
-fiberglass buggy, the "Old Red."
The vehicle had a steel frame
within the fiberglass and the driv-
ing gear and other components of
a Volkswagen Beetle were used.
The first 12 models were heavy
and expensive so Bruce redes-
igned the body to mount it on a
shortened VW floor pan. The
price went down, the maneuver-
ability increased and the Manx
model became very popular.
So Brad started working with
Trans World Radio. It is believed
that he brought the first Bruce
Meyer Manx buggy to the island.
The car appeared to be made for
the island of Bonaire: open air
fun, a fiberglass body, a solid
chassis, hardly any electronic
parts, an air cooled engine and
very easy to maintain. Brad drove
his buggy for years around the
island and the car never suffered
from severe problems.

Then he met Sandra. They got
married and Sandra gave birth to
their son. The Manx buggy was
only a two-seater with a lot of
open air and finally the decision
had to be made to buy another,
more closed vehicle providing
more protection for the members
of the family.
So around 1986 the metallic
flake gold sprayed original Bruce
Meyers Manx buggy had to be
sold. At the present moment Brad
and Sandra have lost track of
their beloved buggy, but it is be-
lieved that the car is still on the
island and in running condition!
The car was resprayed in red and
later popped up in a black dress.
Brad is still anxious to know
where the Meyers Manx lives
Then time passed by, the kid
flew out and it was the two of
them again. So Brad and Sandra
decided to start looking for a
buggy. And they found one!
Some two years ago they became
the proud owners of an original
Ruska buggy. This buggy is
manufactured in the Netherlands
by Arie Ruska. It was the famous
Dutch photographer Paul Huf
who asked Ruska to construct a
fun car like the buggies Huf had
seen in the States. In fact all bug-

gies are more or less copies from
the original idea and design of
Bruce Meyer. Bruce Meyer was
successful in the States; Ruska
became successful in Europe,
both selling thousands of com-
plete buggies and kit cars.
This particular Ruska buggy
was manufactured in 1977. A
metal plate shows the details:
April 12, 1977. The car ran its
first kilometers in Holland and
was shipped to Curagao. Now the
Ruska buggy lives on Bonaire.
This buggy, colored red with a
yellow roll bar, is fitted with a
1600 cc Volkswagen engine,
composed of magnesium, cast
iron and aluminum parts. The
cylinder heads have dual ports for
a better aspiration and two nice
Dell'orto state-of-the-art carbure-
tors are fitted. The Ruska buggy
is fitted with wide rims and an
impressive amount of rubber. The
hub caps are chrome and shiny.
They are inspired by the hub caps
of the early Volkswagen Beetle
models. The dashboard shows a
lot of gages: a speedometer, a rev
counter, an oil temperature gauge,
oil pressure, a voltmeter, an am-
meter and even a meter that in-
forms you about the time! And
that on Bonaire! In a fun car.
Apart from the dashboard the car

Pet of the Week

H ere's a dog that -a
,could be an an- ;
swer to someone's dream.
He's a fantastic guard dog
with a deep bark but his
short legs keep him from
jumping over a fence or
wall! What a combina-
tion. You don't have to
build up your wall or
fence to contain him!
He's Zacharius, "Zack"
for short (pardon the pun).
This handsome fellow is
about five months old and
is in perfect form. He has
a well balanced assertive
manner that shows he has
self confidence. His
cropped caramel colored
fur is easy to care for and
he was inquisitive deep brown eyes. Of course he, as are all the other
pets for adoption at the Bonaire Animal Shelter, is in top health and is
social with people and other pets (but not with burglars!). You may
see him at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Website:
Few people can miss seeing the pregnant or nursing dogs wandering
loose on the island. But you can help the Shelter in doing something
about it to prevent further unwanted puppies (and kittens too). The
Bonny Superdog Free Sterilziation Program has been set up for
those pet owners who cannot afford to pay for their pets' sterilization.
It's been such a big success (200 dogs, 20 cats) so far that the funds
are running out. You may contribute with cash (in the dog house do-
nation boxes in many shops and businesses or at the Shelter), by bank
transfer Animal Shelter Bonaire Maduro & Curiel's Bank ac-
count # 102.378.00 or RBTT Bank account # 23.10.139. Say
"Bonny Suuperdog." Your donation will go only for this program.
Americans may donate and receive a tax deduction via the Support
Bonaire website. Any amount can help. U Laura DeSalvo

is very Spartan: No power brakes,
no side windows, no doors, no
power steering. The front wheels
are equipped with very effective
disc brakes, but you really have to
press the pedal. And, ah, there is
some luxury: a full aluminum gear
shift knob and a custom made light
weight throttle pedal!
Brad and Sandra are lucky and
happy people. They've lived on our
island for years now and they are
pleased to be able to work with
Trans World Radio. Trans World
Radio is broadcasting Bible based
programs around the world and
has one of her sites located on
Bonaire. The office is near the
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*to find it... just look up

The Two False Comets of Scorpius

and How to Find Them
Everyone loves it when news of an approaching comet hits the press. And al-
though I'd love to announce that there's a big comet coming, such is not the
case. I can, however, show you how to find two objects which are comet imposters
and who have fooled many people into thinking they were real. I call them the two
false comets of Scorpius.
Look for them on any night this week and next in early evening when there'll be no
moonlight to hide these two phonies from view- you have to have dark skies to see
them. Simply look up just after dark and you will see a fish-hook-shaped group of
stars which is called Scorpius the Scorpion, which is one of the few star patterns
which actually looks like its name. Then if you follow the scorpion's body down
around its tail and up to its stinger you'll be able to see two tiny fuzzy clouds, which
look exactly like the heads of comets when they're far away and on their approach to
Earth. In fact most comets, as they make their journey toward our Earth and Sun,
always look like tiny q-tips nestled among the stars. But q-tips move from night to
night and get bigger and bigger as they get closer and closer and eventually develop
incredibly beautiful gas and dust tails. But not these two tiny fuzzy clouds because,
unlike comets, these two will never develop tails and they will never move in rela-
tion to the stars and they'll never get any bigger or brighter. They'll always be in the
same place and look the same.
Although they have been seen for thousands of years they weren't officially named
until the 18th century when an astronomer named Charles Messier who made it part
of his life's work to make a list of fuzzy cloud-like objects in the heavens so that he
and other astronomers would not get confused when they went comet hunting.
They're objects number 6 and 7 on his "fuzzy cosmic clouds, not-to-be-confused
with comets, list." And today we use the first letter of Messier's last name when we
refer to them. So they are now
called M-6 and M-7.
Each tiny cloud is a great clus-
ter of stars, other suns far, far
away. The one closest to the
stinger, M-7, is a cluster of
about 80 stars and is 800 light
years away which means that
the light we see now is the light
that left these stars 800 years
ago around 1200 AD, 300 years
before Columbus set sail. The
higher cluster, M-6, also has
about 80 stars in it, but you'll
notice that it is quite a bit dim-
mer. That's because it is exactly
twice as far as M-7, 1,600 light
years away.

Special Alert: This week the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, will be
directly opposite the Sun as seen from the Earth and will be at its closest and thus
biggest and brightest not only for the entire year but also since the beginning of the
21st century. And because it is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth it will be
seen all night long from sunset to sunrise. In fact as the Sun sets in the west Jupiter
will rise in the east and will slowly travel up the sky until it reaches its highest point
around 1 am, after which it will slowly descend westward and will set in the west as
the Sun rises in the east. 0

ARIES: March 20th April 20th Ruler
Mars keeps you busy running errands;
catching up on emails and phone calls.
You benefit from gathering new informa-
tion and sharing it. This is a good time to
take a class, write your thoughts or take a
more active role in your community. The
new Moon in gregarious Leo helps you
feel more connected to others!
TAURUS: April 20th May 21st This
month's full and new Moons accentuate
your need for comfort. Making changes in
your home brings much pleasure. Since
you want your immediate surroundings to
be beautiful it's also a good time to make a
quick getaway to a place you love!
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st A new
Moon in your 3rd house of thinking clears
your mind and helps you make positive
choices. Like a zen master you are capa-
ble of taming your thoughts and finding
miracles in mindfulness. While it's easier
to let you of negative thoughts now; you
may also be required to make some quick
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd Ve-
nus in your sign makes you feel bright and
shiny. This is a fun time to eat, drink and
be merry! The new Moon in Leo brings
extra confidence while the Full Moon in
Aquarius inspires you to do something for
others. Why not throw a party or benefit
LEO: July 22nd August 23rd A new
Moon in your sign, well aspected to pow-
erful Pluto in your work and health sector,
inspires you to be your best and show oth-
ers what you're made of. While your own
character is in check, you needed be so
trusting of others. Neptune at odds with
the Moon means someone could be trying
to take advantage of you, so best to guard
VIRGO: August 23rd September
22nd This month you'll find plenty of time
to reflect and collect yourself. Yet with
ruler Mercury in your sign, it's doubtful
you'll be in retreat mood for long. Mer-
cury peaks your curiosity and brings out
the critic in you. While suddenly there's
lots of talk about, one of the best invest-
ments you can make now is to accent the
LIBRA: September 23rd October
23rd A New Moon in your most social
sector helps to expand your contacts. With

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Venus at the top of your chart you'll enjoy
professional perks and may even receive
compliments! This is a good time to im-
press others if single, you'll find some-
one with a great reputation most attrac-
SCORPIO: October 23rd November
22nd A new Moon in your professional
sector reminds you that you are capable of
so much more than just surviving. Finally
you have an opportunity to thrive and
show the world what you can do! Love
planet Venus in your house of positive
thinking, puts you in the mood for some-
one that shares your optimistic mindset!
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd -
December 21st Mars and Neptune in
good aspect to ruler Jupiter provide a win-
dow of opportunity, however you need to
be smart and fast to catch it! Your luck
lies in being prepared ahead of time.
While Venus tours your 8t house, expect
relationships to become intense. Even a
casual friendship may evolve into deeper
levels of intimacy.
CAPRICORN: December 21st Janu-
ary 20th Your willingness to cooperate
with others is heighten by the new and full
Moons therefore you may find yourself
in a compromising mode. This can be a
good thing, because once you realize that
your dreams depend on the efforts of oth-
ers, you'll be ready to put a dream team
together! Venus in your house of partners
helps you to find someone who can en-
hance your life in real ways!
AQUARIUS: January 20th Febru-
ary 19th Following the rules, meeting
your commitments, is the admirable thing
to do. You will go to great strides to meet
your obligations this month. Others ad-
mire your efforts. If taken, you'll want
more interaction from your mate. If single,
let others know you are available you
need to be loved and appreciated now!
PISCES: February 19th March 20th
The combination of Jupiter with Neptune
marks an especially karmic time for you.
You may become privy to hidden knowl-
edge, find meaning from your dreams or
tap into deeper levels of wellness or heal-
ing. But you could also be interested in
pleasure and fun! While Venus tours your
romance sector you could even fall in love
- if so, enjoy!

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Are Bonaire's IM

R oy "Robin" Lewis, wet-
land ecologist, offered a
frank assessment of the condi-
tion of the mangrove forest at
Lac Bay recently "It is in big
trouble. Many mangroves
have died because of the im-
pact of animals (mostly goats)
and humans. Left alone it will
die. It needs recovery yester-
day!" This grim verdict follows
marine biologist Brian La
Pointe's statement two years
ago that Bonaire's reefs were at
the "point of no return."
Lewis spent a week facilitat-
ing a workshop on mangrove
restoration for environmental
and governmental leaders from
Bonaire, Aruba, and Curagao.
Sponsored by CIEE, STINAPA,
the Dutch Caribbean Nature
Alliance, and Progressive Envi-
ronmental Solutions, Lewis'
workshop not only examined the
myths and realities about man-
groves and mangrove restora-
tion but also toured Bonaire's
healthy and unhealthy man-
groves. At the end of the work-
shop, participants created a list
of actions that can save Bon-
aire's mangroves because, as
Lewis describes, they are simi-
lar to a critically ill and
wounded person being rushed to
the emergency room to be
President of Lewis Environment
Services, located in Florida, Lewis has col
structed and designed over 300 wetland
restoration projects around the world and
teaches wetland restoration courses at Ohi
State University. Citing numerous exam-
ples of wetland restoration projects that
have failed, Lewis emphasized that the ke
to healthy mangroves is hydrology (the
study of water) because a common mistak
of mangrove restoration projects is to con
centrate too much on the trees and not
enough on water. In fact, mangrove fores
along with estuarine and coastal marshes,
are "technologically more feasible to rest
because of predictable hydrology (tides)."
One myth about mangroves is that they
prefer lots of water when, in reality, one
main cause of their death is too much water
especially flooding, which can drown ther
Lewis' statistics about mangrove
forest loss are sobering: in 1950, there we
over 35 million hectares; today there are 1
million hectares worldwide. In order for i
"net loss" of mangroves, 150,000 hectares
year would need to be restored. The key t
successful mangrove restoration, accordin
to Lewis, is to "make sure conditions are
right and mangroves will plant themselves
with the secret being that mangroves usu-
ally want to be drier and not wetter." Sinc
mangroves have a very efficient, natural
process of restoration, Lewis warns, "We
must not fight Mother Nature." Many ma
grove restoration projects costing millions
of dollars have failed because people as-
sume that they can just plant nursery-grov
seedlings in any mud flat and ignore Moth
During a tour of Bonaire's mangroves
adjoining Lac Bay, Lewis pointed out the
"grazing line" of the goats eating the leav
and seeds of the trees. As a result there ai
few seedlings to propagate more man-
groves. In addition, the goats trample ten-
der roots, which, in turn, causes the trees t

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Away? Can They Be Restored?

baerd, Kwartiermaker, from the Dutch Min-
istry of Transport, Public Works and Water
Management, was that this area be made
into a national park like Washington-
Slagbaai, complete with fencing, desig-
nated walkways for visitors, admittance
center, and informational signage. In the
next two months, participants will draft
their plan of action, seek input and involve-
ment, and "shop" for funding. Lewis is
convinced that the program for mangrove
restoration developed for Bonaire can serve

lose stability and be vulnerable to toppling
al over in a storm. Add cars being stuck in
n- the mud and being dragged out by other
cars, all running over mangrove roots,
and the pressure on the mangroves of
o Lac Bay to survive is immense. If Bon-
aire's mangroves slowly slip away, the
ramifications will affect everyone: with
y no mangroves, rising sea levels will
erode the land mass of the island itself;
e with no mangroves, there will be a di-
minished "nursery" of the sea harboring
juvenile fish and fewer fish to catch; with
ts, no mangroves, there will be less protec-
tion from storms, causing more severe
re damage.
Lewis declares that this area could
"easily be restored" just by keeping
animals and vehicles out to allow
er, Mother Nature to do her own restora-
n. tion work. Another challenge for keep-
Sing these mangroves healthy is to make
re sure there are three functional channels
5 to provide sufficient water and to reduce
no salinity. Because of rising sea levels,
Sa mangrove forests could be a defense
to against the slow erosion of Bonaire itself,
g with the salt pans of today becoming
future habitat for mangroves, which can
s, grow a meter a year if conditions are
optimal. Even though Lewis pointed out
ce that the conditions on Bonaire-dry and
high salinity-are not the best for grow-
ing mangroves, he still contends that
n- these forests can flourish if action is
S taken soon.
At the end of the workshop, partici-
vn pants listed essential action items:
ler install fencing to keep goats and
cars out of the mangroves;
open all blocked channels;
find funds to make these actions
es possible; and
e negotiate with stakeholders to re-
store the mangroves.
S One solution offered by Pieter Lange-

as a model for other islands. To become
involved or for further information, contact
Carina Kalke at 786-6213 (cell) or e-mail
her at c.kalke(Aproes.org.E
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