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Sep 8, 2017

Developer touts greater opportunities for villagers, established workers

A second phase to the project will add two berthing docks and a five-star three hundred-room hotel and water theme park. The Government, represented at the signing by Minister of Economic Development Erwin Contreras and Minister of Defence John Saldivar, expects that at least seven hundred Belizeans will be employed to build the new facility. But what really makes Port of Magical Belize different from its future competitors, Stake Bank and Harvest Caye, and how will it impact the often-forgotten villages of the southern Belize District and northern Stann Creek District? Gegg shared some insights.

 

David Gegg, Developer, Port of Magical Belize

David Gegg

“There is a navigational impediment for the bigger ships of today. If you look at the channel and that booklet that I gave you a copy of will feature the channel, the big ships cannot come through One Man Caye channel and access anything north of One Man Caye channel, which means that Stake Bank, the present anchorage, or the Port of Belize, are not accessible by the bigger ships, so that is a plus in our favor. We won’t have to tender; we’re not looking to create an island where the passengers would get off and swim and have a few drinks and not be able to access mainland Belize. I think it’s important that the stakeholders are able to participate in cruise tourism, and we know that the cruise lines make money through the selling of shore excursions; so they want to be able to sell more and more shore excursions, and we are giving them that opportunity to do so. In the first phase, we will be building a road of six and a half miles from the area just west of Old Belize, along the coast to the property, which is about three miles south of the Sibun River; and the purpose of that road is to allow all the present stakeholders who work within Belize City to have access to what will become their new worksite once this facility opens. But certainly we anticipate that the road at some point will continue down towards Gales Point; will cut through to the Coastal Road at some point, and it will definitely open up those villages that you talk about. That certainly is one of the objectives of the project, and one of the factors that we feel will bring much greater employment and benefits to the economy generally.”

 

Gegg says a full press briefing is to be held sometime next week.

 

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