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Aug 5, 2016

The Iconic Bird’s Isle is No More

Iconic Belize City landmark Bird’s Isle, long since a popular venue for sporting activities and entertainment, is tonight no more.  The prominent location in the Yarborough community was brought to its knees during Hurricane Earl, before caving in on itself on Thursday morning.  Built in the late sixties, Bird’s Isle became the venue of choice for residents of Belize City who would descend in large numbers on the nearby island for any number of festivities.  In the mid-nineties, the first-ever gang truce between the rivaling Crips and Bloods was brokered at the Bird’s Isle.  More recently, with the establishment of the Bird’s Isle Restaurant and Bar, it once again grew in popularity among karaoke enthusiasts.  News Five spoke with proprietor Henry Young Junior who explains the significance of Bird’s Isle and the losses they’ve suffered.

 

Henry Young Jr., Proprietor, Bird’s Isle

“The whole balcony area especially leading to the toilet, all that float away…gone. The structure itself and by where the heavy equipment lie sink a little so it is compromised. The thatch, a couple thatch blew off.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“And on the other side of the property is what most Belizeans are familiar with in a sense, the facility that was there for sports and other activities. Talk to us about the destruction of that property.”

 

Henry Young Jr.

Henry Young Jr.

“Well the structure is up there from 1969 or thereabout, going almost forty years, and it is completely destroyed. Everything just crumbled. I think what happened is that the hurricane heng a little too long; almost six, seven hours of continuous blowing and it just completely destroy the whole structure—a hundred percent destruction.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“In terms of the restaurant side of the property, it is insured? What are you guys looking at in terms of either rebuilding or picking up the pieces of what’s left?”

 

Henry Young Jr.

“It is insured. It will take time to build it back to what it was. So right now we’re thinking instead of the balcony, when you enter the restaurant, on the left hand side, we have an open lot so we’ll probably put some tables there. And hopefully by Monday we should be operational—not fully, but as best as we could.”

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