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A Painful Upgrade
West End is Finally Getting a Sewage System, New Potable Water System and Likely a Paved Road. Getting there has not been Easy.

January 11th, 2012 by Thomas Tomczyk

A Painful Upgrade <h5> West End is Finally Getting a Sewage System, New Potable Water System and Likely a Paved Road. Getting there has not been Easy. </h5>

West End residents took out their quad-bikes from their sheds, saddled their horses and tried to make the best out of it. Still, as tourist season picked up, their patience began to wear thin. Nearing the height of the tourist season the biggest municipal

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Pirate Isles
The Mysterious Times when the Archipelago Teemed with Lawless Characters and Some English Privateers

December 11th, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Pirate Isles <h5> The Mysterious Times when the Archipelago Teemed with Lawless Characters and Some English Privateers </h5>

The period of the XVI – XVIII centuries was a volatile time in the Bay of Honduras. Spanish ships sailed twice a year from Trujillo to Spain with Honduran gold and silver. The Spanish Armada sailed periodically from Panama and Cartagena to Havana, passing

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Lettuce to Everyone
A Hydroponics Plantation Provides Islanders with a Valuable Boost of Vitamins and Iron

November 11th, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Lettuce to Everyone <h5> A Hydroponics Plantation Provides Islanders with a Valuable Boost of Vitamins and Iron </h5>

The Blue Harbour Plantation, 128 acres of rolling, wooded hills was started by Jana and Val Eylands in 1998. “We fell in love with the place on our first trip down and bought our farm immediately,” says Val Eylands who has a PHD in Agronomy, while Jana

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Paul of the Fire
An Amazing Performer Perfects his Craft on Roatan

October 17th, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Paul of the Fire <h5> An Amazing Performer Perfects his Craft on Roatan </h5>

In darkness with dazzling, spinning flames, Paul moves confidently on the sandy beach. Each step is firmly planted while his torso undulates and his arms and wrists rotate the flames of the fire poi. Looking like a six-armed Indian fire god, Paul spins

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Saving the Past
Two Women take Charge in Preserving Roatan’s History

September 10th, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Saving the Past <h5> Two Women take Charge in Preserving Roatan's History </h5>

Saving the past of Roatan isn’t an easy task. The island doesn’t boast the brick and mortar historical vestige that many old English and Spanish settlements in the Caribbean do. Roatan is rich in history, yet it has few monuments and visible artifacts

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Remote Beauty
A Scientific Expedition to Swan Islands Brings back some Not-so-good Findings

August 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Remote Beauty <h5>A Scientific Expedition to Swan Islands Brings back some Not-so-good Findings</h5>

Swan Islands are a remote and venerable habitat. They have no natural sources of freshwater and the infrastructure left by the Americans has fallen in disuse and disrepair. Honduras government has spent practically no effort to maintain the inherited

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RECO’s Conundrum
Energy Prices Stifle Island’s Growth Potential

July 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

RECO’s Conundrum <h5>Energy Prices Stifle Island's Growth Potential</h5>

RECO is in a “catch 22.” If it follows all the rules: stays with government price rates, continues to buy government taxed fuel, and continues to upgrade its generating and distribution capacity, it might never be profitable.
There are three possible

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Roatan’s Past thru Photographs
A Photographic Journey Through the Island’s History in French Harbour, West End and West Bay

June 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Roatan's Past thru Photographs <h5>A Photographic Journey Through the Island's History in  French Harbour, West End and West Bay</h5>

West Bay was a little visited, unspoiled part of Roatan until 1990s.
There are today two cannons in Coxen Hole: one by the clock tower and the other by the Municipal Park.
Eventually some other boats began exporting coconuts and bananas to US markets.
As

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The Paya of Bay Islands
After around 1,000 years of living on the Archipelago, the Original Inhabitants of Bay Islands have been Forcibly Removed. The Echo of their Presence is Hidden in Pottery Mounds and on Dusty Museum Shelves.

May 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

The Paya of Bay Islands <h5> After around 1,000 years of living on the Archipelago, the Original Inhabitants of Bay Islands have been Forcibly Removed. The Echo of their Presence is Hidden in Pottery Mounds and on Dusty Museum Shelves. </h5>

Paya in the Bay Islands took place, when Diego Velasquez sent licensed slavers to the Bay of Honduras. Two slaving ships left Santiago de Cuba for Bay Islands and according to historical accounts captured 300 and killed others who resisted.

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The Struggling Wish Willies
The Endemic Iguanas Make their Stand on the Bay Islands

April 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

The Struggling Wish Willies <h5>The Endemic Iguanas Make their Stand on the Bay Islands</h5>

Roatan’s Iguana’s value is not in its meat, but in the enrichment of the environment and its diversity they contribute to. “It is important to teach them [the tour guides] that they can make more money showing the iguana for a tip, than putting them

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