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Jul 13, 2016

Haulover Creek Dredged to Alleviate Siltation Situation

Since the start of the year, silt and filth accumulated in the Belize City Habour between the Fort Street Tourism Village and Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. But today, we found the harbor is back to norm with water flowing freely up to the seawall. For the past three weeks, dredging has been occurring in the area and boaters can freely traverse the channel that had become hazardous as a result of the buildup.  The siltation in the area is a natural occurrence that is managed periodically through a collaborative effort between the Belize Tourism Board, FSTV and the Government of Belize through the Department of Environment. But the waterway is essentially public property and Ministers Tracy Panton and Manuel Heredia Junior, told News Five that monies were allotted by Cabinet for the dredging process.

 

Manuel Heredia Jr.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism [File: Jun 15th, 2016]

“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 [File: Jun 15th, 2016]

“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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