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Aug 5, 2016

Auditorium is Flattened by Hurricane Earl, but Family Plans to Restore

With irreparable damage having been done to the original structure, are there any immediate plans to restore Bird’s Isle to its greatness?


Isani Cayetano

“Now on a long term basis; I know it’s probably still a bit too early to decide what will become of where the basketball court used to be. Are there any ideas floating around as to what needs to be done next in terms of this part of the property?”


Henry Young Jr., Proprietor, Bird’s Isle

“No, actually this is a shock. We didn’t really think this would go down. But since it is down now, we haven’t decided anything yet. We’ll take a couple days, get over the shock and check with the insurance and see what can be done afterwards.”


Henry Young Jr.

Isani Cayetano

“This is a family owned business, I gather. Have you guys sat down together and really look at what has happened here in terms of either like a postmortem or things that you need to do to prevent something like this from happening, or where you go as a family?”


Henry Young Jr.

“Well like I said just now, it’s a shock; we didn’t think it would come down. We are still in shock; we haven’t really thought about anything else or what would replace the auditorium that was there. The restaurant, no doubt, the balcony we are thinking about making it bigger than it was, you know. And that’s about it.”


The destruction of Bird’s Isle Auditorium essentially leaves only one venue for inter-office or NEBL basketball in Belize City, the BES Auditorium.

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