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Sep 17, 2014

Is Pier One a Restaurant or a Bar? Mayor Bradley Offers His Definition

Mayor Darrell Bradley has been lauded for the renovation and reformation of the B.T.L. Park, but criticized in some quarters for the Pier 1 Bar, a privately owned business on a pier built with public monies, in a building constructed with public monies. To make matters worse, regular bar patrons have reported that the establishment now charges an entrance fee. That’s raised some eyebrows, since we repeat that the pier and facilities were built with taxpayer dollars. Today News Five caught up with the Mayor and asked him about the allegation, and also tried to get him to concede that it is a bar, since he has previously refused to do so.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“I wouldn’t concede that it is a bar for the simple reason that you can buy food there, and I don’t go there…like I go there if I’m in the park in the evenings like on Thursday or Friday, but you can purchase food there so I wouldn’t concede that. I will though say that the larger issue is the overall quality of the experience at the park, and I am satisfied that the clientele, the ambiance and the atmosphere that the Pier 1 Bar generates contributes to the visitor experience there. We monitor the park very closely to ensure that it is a success, and I am satisfied that what is there at the pier together with all the other booths contribute…we did a lot of work in terms of selecting vendors, ensuring that there is a lot of diversity. I think that the facility there really adds to the visitor experience there so that I am satisfied.”

 

Reporter

Darrell Bradley

“There’s a criticism because the owners of the bar, whoever they are, are charging people to go on the pier. The criticism is that the bar was built by public funds so it is arguable a public pier.”

 

Darrell Bradley

“Well I would dispute that. I will concede Mike that I don’t have information about what you ask. I know though that there are private activities that are held at that facility and they charge for those events. I know that on several occasions when the City Council has meetings and we have Caribbean or North American municipalities visiting us we’ve had functions there, so we’ve actually closed down the pier and used it. I know that they use it for private functions…I know that there have been several parties there. I know that DJs use it and they actually charge people for entering. I don’t think that they charge if it’s just the people that own the facility operating on a normal night.”

 

According to Mayor Bradley, although it is a public space on some occasions there are private activities so there will be a charge. 

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5 Responses for “Is Pier One a Restaurant or a Bar? Mayor Bradley Offers His Definition”

  1. Timber says:

    Which world are you living in Darrell? My friends and I visited that place twice in the past three months that we’ve been to Belize. Do you want to know the length of our stay? (Not even five minutes). First of all, it’s small, the walkway around it is narrow, it has unsafe wooden rails and it poses a danger. Yes, alcohol was being served there and it was no special night. It was overcrowded both times for its size and the unsavory characters it attracted, I would never be caught out there socializing. That is ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE for anyone young to go enjoy themselves. Police officers who patrolled the park now and again were actually standing at the front of the pier because they noticed the boys with their pants falling off them and their colors starting to flock the area. I personally saw an officer take alcohol from two of them. You know, when I was in school they said all lawyers lied but you’ve made it a “double whammy”, you’re a lawyer and a politician and we know what that means. You’ve given new meaning to the name of the game show “Press Your Luck.” Look it up and see what happens when a person loses all his/her winnings. You are so oblivious, or act like you are, to a lot of things, like those bad tasting patties and food your mother-in-law sells. That’s the first Jamaican who I see can’t make patties. I want a refund!

  2. Peter says:

    How does the public benefit from these private activities? Does City Council get additional monies for the hosting of these private activities? Is this another public subsidy for private gain? Like the mayor’s use of city council vehicle to conduct his private lawyer activities?

  3. Tashybze says:

    I could not even read all of this, this mayor needs to get the boot in his @$$ right out of the house of Rep. He is lying and look stupid doing it and yet the Belize people put up with his crap. I am over seeing him. From now on if I see his face or name in the news I will skip it or turn the channel. Done

  4. Greeneyes says:

    Won’t deny that it might be private functions there time to time, but ever since Belikin Fest Pier One has been charging money to enter. That should be an open area not a club. I love what you did to the park, but Peir One will be a next Putt Putt. nothing good will come from that bar!

  5. John Smith says:

    Does everyone realizes the bar belongs to Dion Leslie, the city council member?

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