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Mar 31, 2017

CitCo Responds to Concerns of FSTV Stakeholders

Darrell Bradley

On Thursday, a group of stakeholders in the Fort George Tourism Zone voiced strong objections to a proposed three hundred dollar fee for rent that will be levied by the Belize City Council for use of its facilities.  Vendors are beside themselves following an announcement that CitCo is considering implementing the new fee at the beginning of the financial year.  Technically, that regime should take effect on Saturday.  But, because there are obvious constraints pertaining to the arrival and spending power of cruise tourists, Mayor Darrell Bradley says he is open to discussing a lower rate.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“Currently the persons occupy City Council space free of cost and we’re saying that the new direction is for us to have Memorial Park open up in the area that it was designed and that will have a cost.  The cost should be borne by the people who are using the area, so that if you’re using the area you’ll have to pay.  But if the conversation is that well things are hard, times are bad then come to us with some proposal to say okay then, let’s put this in half or let’s do a reduction, let’s deal with something that is affordable and we are fully amenable to that.  But the bottom line is that if you want sustainability in the area, it has to be borne by the people who benefit most from that community and they have to pay.  We are considering reasonable fees and we are prepared to discuss the quantum of those fees, but it has to be on the table that the people who use the area and benefit from the security, the oversight, the management, they have to contribute.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Do these changes come into effect on April first?  Can you speak to the timeline for these changes?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“We were planning on bringing in force the fees at the start of the fiscal year which is April first.  Clearly if we’re still in negotiations with people in that community, it cannot be that that is the case, especially if we are not fixed in relation to the amount of the fees.”

 

The council is in the process of reviewing the proposed rental and operation fees for business owners within the zone.  Until the council goes back to stakeholders with the revised fees, no charges will be applied.

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2 Responses for “CitCo Responds to Concerns of FSTV Stakeholders”

  1. Timber says:

    I might not agree with everything you do, but WE HAVE TO GET OUR PEOPLE OUT OF THAT SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT AND FREENESS. It is a culture that has formented and festered in Belie like a plague. They want ease on this, something that makes them a living, but watch them on weekends; beer, the latest cell phones, concerts, televisions too big for the lace they live in; etc… I’m not trying to be cynical but Belize BETTER WAKE UP. Three hundred dollars annually works out to twenty five dollars per month, and five dollars and seventy six cents per week. Come on now. What more do they want?

  2. Timber says:

    Okay, let me add to this post. I just realized that it’s a proposed three hundred dollars per month. It didn’t specify in the above caption but it did in another. Ten dollars a day, which is basically a plate or two of food, depending upon what they’re selling. Proposed two hundred and make these people have some civic pride by cleaning up after themselves; that will enable you to use less manpower for the upkeep of that area. They have to have some civic pride. Implement a program where they are responsible for the upkeep of their area and have seldom clean up drives, at least every other month. They don’t abide, you make them pay the three hundred. You know some will complain but not want to do their share.

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