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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 21 Apr 2008 at 12:22am

KLEIN BONAIRE HISTORY

After a 3 ½ year effort on the part of the Foundation for the Preservation of Klein Bonaire (FPKB), the small island of Klein Bonaire is back to the people of Bonaire! The purchase price was US $5 million. Most of the money (US$4.3 million) came from Department of the Interior and Kingdom Affairs of the Netherlands, some ($235,000) was donated by the World Nature Fund of the Netherlands and a smaller amount ($60,000) came from the Foundation To Preserve Klein Bonaire. But some funds still need to be raised to pay off the final installment. FPKB has pledged to raise the remaining amount and is well on its way to doing so with help from private donors.

Klein Bonaire was in private hands for 131 years. An August 1868 issue of the Curacao Courant describes Klein Bonaire as a 600 hectare island suitable for the breeding of animals since it has some potable water wells. On September 1, 1868, it was sold to Angel Jeserun and had been privately owned until the end of last year. For much of that time Klein Bonaire was used for raising goats and for agricultural purposes.

Klein Bonaire's value as a diving paradise first was recognized in 1939. German dive pioneer, Hans Hass, just 20 years old at the time, explored and photographed the underwater reefs. He returned in 1953 aboard the 3-masted schooner Xarifa to further explore and study the pristine coral at Klein Bonaire. In 1966, American John Bogart bought the island for $15,000. He saw a future for Bonaire tourism. He already owned the Flamingo Beach Club, now the Divi Flamingo Resort. He and Bonaire's scuba pioneer, Captain Don Stewart, thought that they might do some development at Klein Bonaire. John wanted to be able to land his Cessna 172 on the island, so a landing strip was roughed out. But the island was overrun with goats, which made landing a challenge. Captain Don organized "The Great Goat Round Up" that removed all the goats from the island.

The absence of goats for the last 33 years has allowed the natural flora of Klein Bonaire to make a comeback, so that it became home to many varieties of plants and animals, some not even present on Bonaire itself. The island was also exploited for its natural resources. Sand was removed from the beaches to be used for construction on Bonaire. Local fishermen would take eggs and catch a turtle or two in the surrounding waters.

Scuba diving began to grow as a tourist attraction for Bonaire but Klein saw few divers. Before John Bogart could do any development, he sold Klein Bonaire in a land package deal that included property on Bonaire and the Flamingo Beach Hotel. The new owners, Aruban Maurice Neme and his partners planned to put a resort on Klein. Their impressive 4-page brochure described Klein Bonaire "The Largest Privately Owned Island In The World." It laid out 3,044 residential lots, 29 administrative units, a shopping center, hotels, yacht clubs, fire station, heliport, theater, sports center, medical clinic, extensive beach development and even a bridge to Bonaire. There was no mention of environmental conservation.

After years of no development, a letter, dated March 25, 1995, requested permits to develop Klein Bonaire. A subsequent letter requested a meeting to discuss how they might "exploit" the island and a business license for a "hotel/resort and watersports" for their "own account or account of third parties". Alarm over these requests led Bart Snelder, a dive operations manager on the island, to write a letter to the English language newspaper, Port Call (now The Bonaire Reporter), in which he made a plea to save the island from development. Bart said, "We strongly believe that any development on Klein Bonaire will result in an ecological disaster for this extremely sensitive environment. Let's make sure that we save this little piece of the world for the generations to come."

The word was out. Naturalist Dee Scarr called a meeting of all concerned individuals. Knowing that development on Klein Bonaire would wreck the reefs, eliminate the turtle and waterfowl nesting grounds and kill many of the native plants and animals, a small group of Antilleans, Americans and Dutch formed the Foundation Preservation Klein Bonaire (FPKB) in June of 1996. A worldwide campaign began to promote awareness and raise money to buy Klein Bonaire.

Geologist Gordon Younce did an extensive geological survey of the island, showing that any development would not only be costly but would destroy the reefs. A moving 20-minute video by U.S. director Matt Sellars captured the attention of the World Wildlife Fund who then produced a mini-telethon in The Netherlands featuring Klein Bonaire. With the help of Rodale's Scuba Diving magazine's online petition, thousands of people were reached worldwide. Signatures and donations started coming in. Bonaireans were kept informed by press releases, bumper stickers, receptions and an ethereal painting, "Preserve Klein Bonaire," by local artist Winfred Dania. The painting was made into posters which are still being sold at $ 10. The local musical group, Piedra Di Boneiru, produced a CD, "Ban Kuide" which made it to the "top ten" on Bonaire. Officials in the previous Island Government were able to block the developers, using old laws and Klein's Ramsar Site status, but that position was legally tenuous. The developers could conceivably win in court. After 2 independent appraisals, the FPKB made an $3 million offer to buy the island, but the offer was rejected by the development company.

After the elections in 1999, a new government formed by a coalition of parties, came into office. They decided that getting Klein Bonaire back for the people of Bonaire by the end of the year was a priority. The Commissioners traveled to The Netherlands and eventually were able to get most of the needed financial support. Although the developers were asking U.S $10 million, a price of 9 million guilders (U.S.$5 million) was agreed upon. On December 30, 1999, the purchase contract was signed between the Government of Bonaire and Maurice Neme.

The Government of Bonaire has plans for the island to become one of the Antilles National Parks, whereby the island will remain untouched forever. However, the remainder of the money necessary to pay for it and formalize park management must now be raised. Everyone who has been to Klein Bonaire and enjoyed its beauty is encouraged to help.

People may now donate via the Internet with their Visa or MasterCards. Contact the website www.kleinbonaire.org or E-mail FPKB@caribinn.com

FPKB would like to thank all those who have helped in the successful effort to save this island.

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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 21 Apr 2008 at 12:24am
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The first and third posts provide no attribution of source of the information, but in the first case the information comes from the Geographia web site, and in the third case it comes from a site we own, www.InfoBonaire.com. In fact, the tag for one of the photos lists my name "Jake Richter" as the owner of the photo. We and I did not give permission for a verbatim repost of our content on your site nor use of my photography, which is covered by copyright, both under the Bern Convention and explicitly via the page that this content was stolen from. PLEASE HAVE ALL THIS COPYR CONTENT REMOVED IMMEDIATELY.

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and Stroke of Color, Inc. (NH, USA)


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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 25 May 2008 at 8:02pm

TCB BONAIRE

LOCAL REPORT

From the Director's Desk
 
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I would like to first of all thank everyone who took time to contact me with their comments, questions and suggestions regarding the new tax system. It helps us to underscore (a) the need to make it clear to our visitors and residents that this is a streamlined way of collection of existing taxes as well as a method that ensures that everyone shares the burden equally and (b) the need to inform all our visitors and
residents properly and timely of all specific details pertaining to the amended tax structure.
Our target date for introduction of the “Island Tax” for our visitors and changes in the departure tax for residents is June 1, 2006. TCB, in its supporting role on the areas of communication and implementation, is working hard on all arrangements so as to allow a smooth transition.

We do realize that change does not come easy. Once visitors realize that in many cases they really are not spending more and in fact are spending less, the new system will allow us to allocate funds to the tourism sector based on real numbers of visitors as opposed to figures that did not include those who have not paid taxes in the past.

On the marketing front, I attended ITB in Germany this past month and had the opportunity to talk with our European tour operators and travel partners. We spent a good deal of time discussing the upcoming Dive into Adventure event where we have focused on our European markets as well as the traditional US sector this year. High on the agenda was also introduction of the “Island Tax.” Our European office also had a meeting with KLM at ITB, as part of our efforts to continuously strive to work closer together and identify opportunities for Bonaire.

 

Bonaire was also present at Sea Trade Cruise Shipping Convention, whereby I was part of the official island delegation. An important accomplishment of continued efforts on this front is the addition of Bonaire on the list of destinations visited by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Incorporation of the ship, Summit, with 2000 plus passengers

and with 10 calls to the island during the 2007/2008 season, was finalized at Sea Trade. In addition we had a meeting with the FCCA (Florida Caribbean Cruise Association) where we discussed a head tax for passengers, among others. A positive meeting and negotiations will continue. The accomplished growth in cruise tourism passengers, based upon the overall growth philosophy “growth while maintaining nature and culture”, is a positive development for the island and fits within the established growth in cruise tourism for the island.

 

Mrs. Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes

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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 25 May 2008 at 8:08pm
Calendar of Events on Bonaire
 
June 2008

Bonaire Wellness Month
June 1 BWC Challenge Race (MTB)
June 1-30 Bonaire Dive Into Summer
June 8 Jong Bonaire 6th Mini Fun Triathlon
June 7-14 Bonaire Digital Shootout
June 21-28 International Year of the Reef Week
June 24 St. John's Day
June 29 St. Peter's Day
5 km pa association run
7th Angola Construction Sailing Competition at Kas di Regatta

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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 25 May 2008 at 8:25pm

Bonaire Beaches

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Bonaire Beaches
There are no miles and miles of white sandy beaches to be found on Bonaire. Most of the beaches on Bonaire are public with the exception of Harbour Village Resort where access is rectricted to guests and to those who have paid an entrance fee. Public nudity of any kind is illegal and insulting to the local people, except on Sorobon Beach (a privately owned nudist resort). Topless sunbathing and swimming is tolerated on non-locally used beaches.

http://www.bonaire-travelguide.com/beaches/
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