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Jul 8, 2011

City Council puts up street signs and vandals take them down

It has been a little over five weeks since a number of streets in the former capital were renamed in honor of thirty-four distinguished citizens including several educators who spent most of their lives at the front of classrooms.  The Collet Division, in particular, has seen a handful of signs being erected.  Among them are names such as Marlene Leslie, George Frazer Senior, Laura Dunn and Daisy Hornby.  But the City Council is having a hard time keeping the signs in good shape. According to City Councilor Wayne Usher, a member of the Street Naming Committee, despite their efforts at monitoring the signs, quite a few have already been defaced.

Wayne Usher, Member, Street Naming Committee

“Unfortunately I need to report that some of our recent street signs that were just put up are being vandalized by people out there.  We can’t say who but we know and we have the evidence that I will show you that people have been defacing, bending and generally vandalizing our new street signs just recently put down and it’s really disheartening to us for those of us in the Street Naming Committee who’ve put a lot of effort into naming the streets of Belize City and more so because the names of those people who the streets are named after.  You know, they are being discredited by being vandalized like that by the names of the street being vandalized like that and it’s really something that we need to bring to the public’s attention that they should desist from this type of thing because it’s like an affront to the name of the person who the street is named after.”

Isani Cayetano

Wayne Usher

“Now the City Council does not have complete capacity to be vigilant over all the signs that are being erected.  What is your appeal to the public and the families of those whose names are currently up as street titles?”

Wayne Usher

“We would hope that people would have more civic pride to start with and we want to instill that in them for them to report those persons who are seen to be vandalizing these signs.  More so relatives of the persons whose name is on that street, if they know of anyone doing it please report it to the council or to the police because that is an offense in its own right to be vandalizing public property like that and also to be defacing the name of someone who is held in high respect.  As a matter of fact the name of the street is after that person because of their worth to this society so we want to keep it at that level and to give it that respect.  So when you deface it it’s like disrespecting those persons for whom the street has been named.”

Defacing public property, says Usher, is a misdemeanor which can carry a hefty fine.  Usher further stated that the Belize City Council is quickly approaching the third phase of its street naming project which should see the remainder of three hundred streets being renamed.

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8 Responses for “City Council puts up street signs and vandals take them down”

  1. I Have Awaken says:

    and we are surprised, why? This country is filled with a whole lot of people who have zero pride, self respect and much less respect for others and their own community. Land of the lost.

  2. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    Why rename existing streets, thereby having to take down old signs and street names that people have already become accustomed to, I would hardly think that Belize would have the funds for such extravagance, I think that if the city wants to honor someone by naming a street after them then they should save the naming for when a new street is established that way it will not cost additional funds to do so, I also hope that this street naming committee is made up of members of the citizenry that is not politically connected to a single party and that these positions are not salaried. Remember My Legacy B4 My People.

  3. Belizean says:

    Why dont you stick to naming streets that DONT have names yet?? Instead of renaming streets.

  4. tashy says:


  5. Ordinary Belizean says:

    Most Belize City streets are filled with potholes, and with the rain you can imagine the mess. Stop wasting money on street naming committees, before you fix the damn streets!

  6. Belizean says:

    what a disgrace, shows the quality of people we have in our society, to deface a sign out of pure mailce. They have no pride or self dignity, too bad they are the bottom of our society’s ladder and will never go up.. i’m sure these are the same people who will follow PM and his delegation to BMP and support him for taking away that which someone has built out of their own pockets and sweat..just plain ignorance. these are the people taking bribes and money on elections day, just to have a nice tennis and clothes..

  7. ZOE says:

    If the consequence of stoning a member of the house is simply suspend a person from two meetings then what could possibly be wrong with bending and defacing street signs? Examples of actions and consequences are set at the highest level. If politicians can steal and not be charged then are some animals more equal than others? WE ARE SOWING THE SEED OF DISRESPECT, DISCOURTESY for everyone. WE will NOT get Better as a country at this rate!!

  8. John Boy,Carson,Ca says:

    No civic pride.No respect for law and order.The people is just a reflection of the goverment.

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