EMERGENCY NUMBERS
  • Municipal Police Coxen Hole: 2445-0416
  • Municipal Police Los Fuertes: 2445-3438
  • Red Cross: 3372-2582
  • Fire Brigade: 2445-0430 or 9919-8960
  • Municipal Police Coxen Hole: 2445-0416
  • Municipal Police Los Fuertes: 2445-3438
  • Red Cross: 3372-2582
  • Fire Brigade: 2445-0430 or 9919-8960
  • Municipal Police Coxen Hole: 2445-0416
  • Municipal Police Los Fuertes: 2445-3438
  • Red Cross: 3372-2582
  • Fire Brigade: 2445-0430 or 9919-8960
  • Municipal Police Coxen Hole: 2445-0416
  • Municipal Police Los Fuertes: 2445-3438
  • Red Cross: 3372-2582
  • Fire Brigade: 2445-0430 or 9919-8960
  • Municipal Police Coxen Hole: 2445-0416
  • Municipal Police Los Fuertes: 2445-3438
  • Red Cross: 3372-2582
  • Fire Brigade: 2445-0430 or 9919-8960

Roatán lies on the southern edge of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Reef systems are very delicate and have experienced massive damage and degradation worldwide. On Roatán, unchecked tourism development and an increased population are putting a strain on its natural resources. Deforestation, run-off, poorly managed waste treatment, and pollution are the main threats to the terrestrial and marine environments.

roatan aerial view

The capital city of Coxen Hole underwent a major reconstruction between the years of 2003 to 2005 adding new black water and septic lines as well as fresh water lines to accommodate the growing business sector and population. These lines are used in conjunction with the new water treatment plant and a waste management plant that recycles waste which are adjacent to the Roatán International Airport.

A similar project has been completed and now serving West End Village (the Islands tourism, social and diving hub) with even greater success than its predecessors. Although the project was initially met with some skepticism and anger at a tax hike proposed to help fund the project, it has turned out to be an overwhelming success with a new state of the art road, pumping station, sewer lines and drainage system. The project and its facilities are currently maintained and operated by ACME sanitation and solutions. It was not that long ago where “sanitation” was provided by hundreds of out-houses located at the ends of short boardwalks over the water. In the smaller communities, this “system” may be still in use.

The Roatán Marine Park was the main force behind introducing recycling to the Island as well as the popular “Coastal clean up” projects that have become very popular among schools, residents and expatriate communities on the Island. The Marine Park is led by a team of professional divers, marine biologists and oceanographers.

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