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Jul 10, 2014

Goff’s Caye Surveyed, Is Development Next?

Last week there was some consternation and concern when survey pegs appeared on the much used and much loved Goff’s Caye. It may not be a world heritage site, but for many years it has been the caye of choice for residents who want some sand, sea and sun for a day. So that’s why the alarm was raised and the question was asked – would government really sell off the caye, or any part of it, to a private individual or entity? The Coastal Zone Management Authority, which manages the caye, knew nothing about the survey, or indeed any sale or lease. And that’s where the matter was left last week, with lots of questions and no answers…until today. Late this evening the Ministry of Natural Resources issued a release stating that the north-eastern portion of Goff’s Caye was surveyed in September 2001, and a lease approval was granted in May 2002. The parcel was leased to Ramon Cervantes, a local Belizean tour operator, for a period of fifty years. According to the release, there is no option to purchase, but also no provision which prevents Cervantes from construction a permanent structure on his leased land. This evening News Five spoke to Lands Commissioner Wilbert Vallejos, who told us that the lease is valid, but it is under examination by the Ministry at this time, since the concerns were raised. There has been no decision made on any action to be taken. News Five also spoke to an official in the Ministry who remembered when the lease was granted in 2002. He told us that approval was granted after Cervantes presented a proposal to construct bathroom facilities and a palapa to serve visitors to the island.  We note, just for clarity and to dispel any ambiguity…that the Ramon Cervantes on the lease is not the Ramon Cervantes who was tragically killed in Orange Walk last week.


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2 Responses for “Goff’s Caye Surveyed, Is Development Next?”

  1. knowledge able says:

    Hey Rod,
    Where’s your comments now buddy? (Impotent government???) Yep, that’s right, but this time who was in power?? Pup was, according to my calender.

  2. Eye in the Sky says:

    Great place to drop off the packages of cocaine for further distrubution to the rest of Belize.
    Heard that the former health minister’s brother also has an island for such deeds.

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