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May 10, 2016

A New Roundabout with a Controversial Flag

A newly constructed monument at the roundabout near the Phillip Goldson Highway and Chetumal Street is receiving mixed reviews from residents of Belize City.  The marker, which was built by Benny’s at a cost of roughly thirty-five thousand dollars, boasts a flagpole proudly displaying the Belizean standard.  It’s a fitting tribute to the Jewel; the only problem is that the dimensions of the flag, including the emblem at its center are seemingly disproportionate.  The unevenness of the features on the flag is causing quite a stir among motorists and residents in the area.  We asked Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley about the roundabout and the monument.  Here’s his response.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“I have seen the flag and this again is an initiative that is a collaboration between people who are civic minded. In this particular case we have a very active member of the business community, Benny’s, who generously donated the erection of that roundabout including the maintenance and the flag. I drive Belize City in terms of that northern highway when I come to work in the morning and I didn’t notice any particular feature about the flag itself. But I can tell you that as a symbol to Belizeans that’s a very powerful symbol. And I would want to through this medium, and I have done it in other circles, express our gratitude to Benny’s again for the tremendous partnership and civic leadership that they have shown in relation to a donation of this nature. I am told that in terms of the entire construction and the erection, the roundabout itself, the cement base, the planting of the trees and the flag and the flag monument is approximately a cost of thirty-five thousand dollars. That’s a significant amount of money for a private citizen, in this case a company, to donate to a public purpose. So that as a city and as the mayor of the city, we are very grateful to receive that. If there is any particular complaint, I am sure that that is something that can be addressed but at this present moment, we have no difficulty with it; we receive it in the good spirit in which it was given and I think as a Belizean I can say to the fact that I feel very patriotic driving along the highway and seeing this flag fly in the morning. I mean it makes me feel very good.”

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4 Responses for “A New Roundabout with a Controversial Flag”

  1. Joe says:

    This guy is a total jack, our flag our identity as a Nation, I give two #$%^ who built it, I say shame on the builder for the unpatriotic action of placing that thing hanging, that that @#$% off and give Benny and Bradley to eat it.

  2. Wildstar says:

    Petty!
    Belizeans should simply be glad that it isnt a Guatemalan flag YET!

  3. WORLD PEACE says:

    WELL SAID HONORABLE BRADLEY.

  4. MNHG says:

    YES, WELL SAID BUT THAT IS DIVERTING OUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE GUATEMALAN FLAG FLYING DOWN SOUTH ON OUR LAND !!!

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