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Aug 1, 2017

Bradley says there was more to come – and weaknesses in leadership

Darrell Bradley

Love him or dislike him, there is no question that Mayor Bradley thought big. The City’s first ever municipal bond helped cement hundreds of streets and improve driving conditions in the Old Capital. Major infrastructure projects have transformed Belize City’s face and lifted its reputation both in the country and internationally. But there were many missteps and Bradley willingly conceded that there was so much more he wanted to do – but he will live with it.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“The financial position of the City Council is very strong; a quarter of streets now in Belize City are cemented; many parks have been improved – last night I was at B.T.L. Park, and just seeing the improvements in terms of business development. I saw the Midtown Bar and Grill is which a place I hopefully want to take my wife in the near future – very nice aesthetic. So that you are seeing a city that is coming alive, but you need a mayor that is focused one hundred percent on meeting the day to day challenges. One of the things that I can assess in terms of a weakness in my leadership that I am not that managerial type of person; and I have noticed that there are some weaknesses in relation to that. I’ve also shared this concern with some of my councilor colleagues and also with councilor Leslie that I think that there are certain advantages and gains that we have built in the last five and a half years but we have to admit that there are weaknesses. One of the things again, in terms of our engagement and consultation with people, dealing with bread-and-butter issues; drains – you have asked me repeatedly in relation to the manhole cover project; it surprises me that over the past five and a half years we have been able to float a municipal bond which is about twenty million dollars; we have been able to do so much infrastructure; we are at the precipice of building a new Commercial Center; we have done the trade license reform, but we can’t build manhole covers. I think in terms of management, that needs to be strengthened.”

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