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Jun 1, 2016

Mayor Bradley Says Government Should Pay for Dredging of Southern Foreshore

For months now the media has been following the silt situation at the Southern Foreshore. It’s gotten progressively worse, to the point where there is a real threat that the waterway would be completely blocked. Two weeks ago Mayor Darrell Bradley explained that they are looking into the very expensive but only option of dredging. Back then he called on the government to dig into its coffers to deal with the problem. We assume there’s been no answer, since today Mayor Bradley again sent a message to G.O.B. via the media, stating clearly that the waterway is public property and government needs to deal with it.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“The City Council together with the B.T.B. had put together a proposal. The total cost of the dredging to the way that we think would ameliorate the problem at least in the initial phases would be two point five million dollars. So really and truly it’s a financial consideration right now. Part of the committee that deals with the Fort Street Tourism Zone involves membership from the village itself, and they were the ones initially who had said that they were prepared to deal with at least the initial phase of it. Dredging works is quite expensive. My view is that it’s a government responsibility. It’s not something that ought to be taken up by a private person, simply because that’s what public funds are there for – the waterway is public land, its national land and it’s a responsibility that the various regulatory stakeholders need to get involved to deal with it because likewise it’s an eyesore, it’s an environmental issue and it’s something that is causing a detriment to the tourism product and to the economic condition of Belize City. At this present moment however there’s no move forward for any of the persons who have actually looked at it and who are very keen on having something done. There’s nothing for us to say that next week something will start.”

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