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Aug 11, 2011

Caye Caulker residents complain of limited access to beach

Harrison Cadle

So while the extraction of rosewood is an issue in the south, residents of Caye Caulker are complaining that owners of beachfront property are obstructing sections of the seashore prohibiting pedestrians to access other parts of the island.  Harrison Cadle, who has owned a parcel of land on the northern end of Caye Caulker for the past seventeen years, complains that a recent development on that side of the Split is blocking public access along the beach.  According to Cadle, despite having brought the issue to the attention of the village council, nothing has been done to enforce the sixty feet rule which is the law that applies to beachfront property.  Cadle is now appealing to area representative Manuel Heredia Jr. to intervene and provide residents with proper access to the other side of the island.

Harrison Cadle, Caye Caulker Resident

“We have the beach in Caye Caulker for instance right, you on the beach and you go and dock your boat [and] there are pegs in the water you know.  There are pegs in the water and you can’t [pass nearby], public access is not there anymore.  It’s all people’s properties, I mean I want to know where we can buy some [beachfront] property.  I would like for sure to find out where we can buy beach because the law says that we’re suppose to respect the beach and the beach is for the public, you know.  I see pegs in the water and it worries me because in the future when the north side is developing where are we going to be walking?  We’re going to be walking in the water, you know.  So I wish the government is listening or if someone’s out there listening to see this problem to come and check it out.  I mean they are granting people property for the beach, I mean it’s unfair what’s going on.  We have a law that says that we are suppose to respect the beach and we’re not doing it.  People are buying the beach so I want to know if they can sell me piece because I have a piece of property there and I would like to put a bridge. There is no access to go across the Split.  I have my land for the past seventeen years and I haven’t sold my land.  A lot of people had property and they sold their property because they don’t have no access to go across.  We need access to go across the Split, you know.  So I’m appealing to the government or Mr. Heredia if he’s hearing to please come and help us.  We need a little assistance you know.”

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7 Responses for “Caye Caulker residents complain of limited access to beach”

  1. Rod says:

    Total gov. Break down happening in Belize in every aspect of life this gov. Has and is failing worse gov in the history of Belize things cannot get any worse this gov. Is failing in everything out barrow out you moron.

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    This is just the begining and if some of you idiots continue selling your lands to foreigners,soon you all wont own $#!% and the foreigners are going to push you all off the island.Wake up Belize.

  3. WOW says:

    The beach is for everyone not just for a property owner. Ask the owner if they have land paper for the beach or the land near beach. Unfortunately, this will be one of the complaints in Hopkins
    Village soon because foreigners are coming in and buying up land and property for little of nothing. STOP SELLING YOUR LAND TO THESE PEOPLE, THEY LOOK AT US LIKE WE ARE VERY POOR AND HURTING FOR MONEY BUT THAT IS NOT SO…WE ARE RICH IN LAND AND PROPERTY. We are rich in assets. Let’s save Belize from foreigners, think about your children and your children’s children. Look at what is happening on the coast of Honduras, Garinagu people are being killed for their beachfront property and being displaced by greedy developers. Look at St. John, Virgin Islands, black folks have been displaced because foreigners bought up the beachfront and our people cannot go swimming because they are pushed way back and cannot get access to the beach. Wow, look at what greed can do. In Hopkins itself, Garinagu have owned land for generations and now the foreigners are coming in because it is so beautiful. Come native Belizeans…..money will finish and keep you wondering when it’s done….then you look across at your former property and it is still there, while a foreigner is smiling think of nothing…because he is looking at you like a fool.

    LET’S BAND TOGETHER AND STOP THIS BEACH WAY ROBBERY…..FOREIGN INVESTORS CAN BE EVIL AND MANIPULATIVE.

    Let’s give Jah praise and keep our land that the Almighty has gave/willed us.

    Mr. Cadle good luck!!!!

  4. mbrad says:

    ONLY IN BELIZE DIS $#!% HAPPENS!!!!

  5. Ocaso says:

    May I suggest the Mexican approach to this problem? When Mexican fishermen and local people on the Pacific coast couldn’t get access to their beach any longer because wealthy Americans did the same nonsense mentioned above the Mexican people had three stages of finding a solution.
    1. Complain to local politician (who had been “bought” by developers) until they were blue in the face.
    2. They elected new politicians who likewise ignored their complaints because they themselves had their bread buttered on both sides.
    3.The Mexicans formed a mob and burned every blessed piece of property to the ground.
    Needless to say, the Mexicans can now once more freely use and enjoy their beach. End of story :)

  6. Ocaso says:

    May I suggest the Mexican approach to this problem? When Mexican fishermen and local people on the Pacific coast couldn’t get access to their beach any longer because wealthy Americans did the same nonsense mentioned above, the Mexican people had three stages of finding a solution.
    1. Complain to local politicians (who had been “bought” by developers) until they were blue in the face.
    2. They elected new politicians who likewise ignored their complaints because they themselves had their bread buttered on both sides.
    3.The Mexicans formed a mob and burned every blessed piece of property to the ground.
    Needless to say, the Mexicans can now once more freely use and enjoy their beach. End of story :)

  7. I Have Awaken says:

    And we think we will be able to fight the GOVERNMENT if the 9th amendment goes through. The 66ft reserve is written in the CONSTITUTION and Belizeans have to fight the foreign devil about their own rights and constitutional freedoms. It is a damn shame the Caye Caulker Village Council is not addressing this issue. My advice: Take the law into your own hands my friend, it is your right to have access to the beach, it is your CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT.

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