At last Mondays (May 28) Miss Universe 2007 pageant, a short commercial informed more than one billion viewers that Cozumel, Mexico, has the worlds second largest barrier reef, a title that truly belongs to Belizes Barrier Reef.
The claim did not swim well with Belizeians.
Shakira Oxley, director of public relations for the Belize Tourism Board, says, It was a slap to the face, and totally disrespectful. Belize citizens are not only disgruntled, but highly disappointed at this gross misrepresentation of the facts.
Now, the Belize government has lodged an official complaint with pageant organizers, and theyre hoping for an official apology.
And while this reef rift wont stir up any bad blood between Belize and Mexico, Oxley insists, It wont soon be forgotten, and it will factor into our future in the pageant.
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