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Apr 20, 2015

Cordel Hyde Saves Decrepit Lake-I Building from Demolition

Just before ten this morning, political friction erupted in the Lake Independence area and police were called in to avert any violence.  Residents and P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Cordel Hyde gathered at an abandoned structure, the property of Lake Independence Action Committee, which was the campaign office of Hyde and subsequently served as the venue for a feeding program. According to Hyde, they were tipped off late Sunday night that the area representative, Mark King, was planning to demolish the building. It came as a surprise to Hyde, who says that the private property was purchased by the committee back in 2007, but was destroyed in a case of arson in October 2011.  This morning, about five persons with mauls showed up at the property located behind the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building with orders to break down what remains of the structure. But with the intervention led by Hyde; they were stopped in their tracks, at least for now.

 

Cordel Hyde

Cordel Hyde, P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Lake I

“It’s a building that was burnt down late in 2011, October 2011; five months before the General Elections. Fire Department had declared that it was an arson, but no one was found, no one was ever arrested. But the building is actually owned by the Lake Independence Action Committee. They bought it in 2007 for twenty thousand dollars from the government of Belize, as I’ve showed you the receipts. They had a lot of turkey dinners, a lot of barbecues to come up with the money to pay for the building. So the Lake I Action Committee owns the building. If that is so then somebody, noh care if they are the government or noh care how bad them, how can they come and encroach on private property and say they wah broke down this building cause we want to do whatever. There is a process that you go through, my brother. Even if you have the most laudable of initiatives in mind, there is a process that you go through and you can’t do this and we can’t allow them to bully us. Can’t allow that; that noh wah happen dah back yah. It might happen somewhere else, nut noh dah back here.”

 

Duane Moody

“We noticed that there were several residents from the area inside the building. Were they planning to stand firm and prevent this from happening?”

 

Cordel Hyde

“Yah of course, these people are from this neighborhood. The area representative noh even know how this area build, bredda; he noh know how nothing build dah back yah. They people dah back yah know that dah we build this…from the complex building going backwards from 1998, dah we build this basketball court weh deh in front ah wi; dah we build this football field; dah we build all dehn house around yah. Dah we build this education center, we build this office. People back yah know. So when dehn hear dehn wah come broke down this building, dehn say no man; this dah fi we building…we worked for this, the community participated ina this.”

 

Duane Moody

“The building has been almost four years abandoned without any work to it…those that would say that what kind of justification would you have for it because it is an eyesore.”

 

Cordel Hyde

“Well firstly, it is a private property. As long as it is not encroaching on anybody or creating any grave problem for anybody, then as long as you secure your place. The other point is that the place was burnt down in late 2011; nobody was ever arrested. All we know is that Fire Department said it was an arson. If the Lake Independence Committee invests money in this building again and something like that happens again; first time around, dah shame on whoever do it; the second time, dah shame on we. We noh deh ina wah position fi secure the building properly and so to invest big money in there without the ability to secure it.”

 

According to Hyde, the committee will be seeking legal advice to ensure that the building is not demolished. 

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