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Aug 12, 2015

U.D.P. Lake I Rep. Breaks Ground on Community Centre

Petrocaribe is rolling into Lake Independence, as area representative Mark King broke ground this morning for a new community center. The new project, according to King, is one of several initiatives within the neighborhood which should boost employment in the area and provide afterschool programs for youths.  While the politician lauded the efforts of his party to bring development to the community, it hasn’t been without controversy.  The proposed site where the building will be erected is the subject of an ongoing land dispute with former two-term area representative Cordel Hyde, who is also King’s opponent.  During an interview with the media, King elaborated on plans to transform the location, as well as the processes that are underway to achieve that goal.  The building, once completed, will provide a number of benefits for the people of Lake I, says King.

 

Mark King

Mark King, Lake-I Area Representative

“Today is a very good day for Lake-I.  Today we break ground for the first ever community center in Lake Independence.  This undertaking is very special, the building that will be built here will stand monumental with its services to this community.  The center will serve the men, women, youths and children of Lake-I in many ways worthy to their lives.  The center will host activities such as free internet for students, feeding programs, computer training for single parents, job-related programs that would empower the people of Lake Independence and many other community oriented programs.  This center is one of the many projects that will be given to this community as we roll the Petrocaribe funds into Lake-I.  Several other projects are slated to be underway and some are already continuing.  The many social programs we have activated for this community is by far the largest improvement Lake-I residents have ever seen under any area rep, political party or government.  Programs the people of Lake-I can access such as the landfill program, the land amnesty program, the boost and food pantry programs, education assistance programs, house repair programs, trade, nail painting, craft making, sewing and that’s just a few to mention.  Alongside these programs, many other projects such as the Chetumal Street Bridge have been built at a cost of seven million dollars.  The first bridge proudly built by Belizeans, mostly Lake-I residents.  The Lake Independence Boulevard will be paved within the next two weeks creating jobs for over two hundred Lake-I residents.  The community resource center will also start construction to assist the residents of this community.  This adds up to well over three point two million dollars.”

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