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Jun 15, 2016

G.O.B. Takes on Extreme Siltation in Belize City Harbor

News Five also took the opportunity to ask the ministers about the extreme case of siltation in the Belize City Harbor, particularly in front of the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The buildup of the silt is well within the Albert constituency and an eyesore for residents in the area as well as cruise ship passengers. In a recent interview, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley stated clearly that the waterway is public property and it is the government that needs to deal with it. Today, area rep Tracy Panton and Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Junior, told News Five that the issue has been brought up in Cabinet and monies have been allotted for dredging.

 

Manuel Heredia Jr.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

“Definitely, I don’t know if they have started because as far as I am concerned, the go-ahead has been given and monies have been allocated and it is in conjunction with the village, B.T.B. and the Government of Belize. And speaking with those investors there will be a lot of dredging to be done and if we cannot accomplish everything by then, then it is our hope that from over there we can go a step further. But definitely, Cabinet had given its blessing and I know that monies were allocated for that particular project.”

 

Tracy Panton

Tracy Panton, Minister of State, Trade and Commerce

“The figure, I think we are trying to finalize the feasibility in terms of the total cost of the project. Government has set aside the resources to begin the initial work. There is more work that needs to be done in terms of understanding what’s causing the problem so that we can try and eliminate not just the symptoms, but the cause of the problem. It is an ongoing process; our Belize Port Authority in involved in that process, our partners at the tourism village as well has lend some support to that project and so work will begin very shortly. Some work has begun, but I think we will see much alleviation of that situation as shortly as possible…as the feasibility can be completed.”

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