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President Lobo inaugurates Ground Breaking of Banana Coast

March 17, 2011

President Lobo Delivering SERNA Certifcate

This past Friday March 11, 2011 marked a historical time in Trujillo, as the SERNA Certificate for Banana Coast Cruise Port was hand delivered to Randy Jorgensen by Honduran President Porfirio Lobo.  The auspicious ceremony attended by nearly 1000 residents from the local communities, began with performers from the Garifuna community dancing the native dance, PUNTA.  This highly hip gyrated dance was enjoyed by all the locals as well the international visitors who came to Trujillo for the special day.

Garifuna Dancers

Attending officials included, the Deputy Minister of SERNA – Marco Lainez, President of National Congress- Juan Hernandez, Mayors of Trujillo – Jose Lainez, Santa Fe – Noel Ruiz, Roatan- Julio Galindo, Executive of State – Ramon Lobo and the First Lady of Honduras – Rosa Elena de Lobo.  Jim Sand President of Fast Track Group presented a gift to President Lobo as a gesture of gratitude for the support of the cruise port project.  The original Robert Bateman illustration of a North American Bison was graciously accepted with the message that they serve as a reminder of the Canadian friends in Trujillo.

Laying Final Stone

Immediately following, President Lobo symbolically laid the first brick to denote the commencement of the 50,000 square foot commercial centre which will be home to retail stores, boutiques, government offices and excursion tour operations.

Newspaper and television journalists from as far away as Tegucigalpa came to Trujillo to cover the events of the day.  An article in El Tiempo the following day quoted Trujillo Mayor Jose Lainez saying, the cruise terminal will “significantly solve the problem of unemployment” and “will encourage improvement of living conditions for the people of Trujillo”.  The project is expected to create over 3000 jobs and according to Randy Jorgensen, CEO at Life Vision.  The day following the announcement of the cruise port project,  hundreds of people lined up at the Life Vision  office just outside of Rio Negro wanting to complete an application for employment.  “The time for Trujillo has finally come and their hope in the air”, says Randy.

Jim Sand presents gift to President Lobo

Banana Coast will be a key economic driver in the community and will attract investors from all over the world.  In due course real estate will be impacted positively as more people look for international real estate investments.  The shoreline of the Bay of Trujillo is amongst the purest and pristine sands in the Caribbean.  In addition the government of Honduras has opened the doors for foreign investment into Honduras even wider with attractive incentives.

The land based facilities are planned to be complete and ready accept passenger in the 2012.  For more information on Banana Coast visit, http://www.bananacoast.com/

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