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Jan 2, 2013

City Hall puts funeral home on life support

With increases in trade licenses for some businesses and hikes in electricity rates, 2013 spells ‘haad time’ for entrepreneurs. You would think that following a year of record murders, that undertakers would prosper in a new year that has already had a fair share of violence in two days. But David Coye, the proprietor of Coye Funeral Homes has just found out that his business located on Freetown Road will no longer provide most of the burial services it offers to Belize City. The City Council’s Sanitation Manager, Percival Murillo has sent a letter to Coye stating that effective January first, 2013; the council is taking over a long list of services. They include common graves; enclosed graves; re-opening of graves at the Lord Ridge and Eternal Gardens, Mausoleum services, tombstones, tomb tablets, statues and Niches in Columbariums. These services will now be undertaken only by authorized workers from the Cemetery Department.  News Five contacted Murillo who gravely told us he was not allowed to talk to the media. We also spoke to Candice Burke, who said she would return a call to us but that was also a dead end. But the man who has the most to lose, David Coye says he has a booking for Friday and he will wait and see City Hall’s next move.

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4 Responses for “City Hall puts funeral home on life support”

  1. Storm says:

    What fools these mortals are!

    Government should be as small as possible to perform its essential functions and no more. Security, education, major infrastructure like roads and bridges, and perhaps emergency health care. Government — not UDP, not PUP, not any in the history of the world — simply does not do anything well or efficiently. With no profit motive, the buck doesn’t stop anywhere with government operations.

    It’s a joke to have government take this over, and I hope the foolish decision is reversed.

    After all, the City doesn’t do a great job with its core functions, why expect it to take on more and do better? I hope some intrepid reporter “follows the money” and exposes what is behind this decision.

  2. Bear says:

    It’s wrong to close down Coye. Just let the Cemetery Department compete as an equal. Competition will let the consumer choose what is best, and improve the breed.

    Monopolies are stupid policy because they result in higher prices and no choices for the consumer, and they are inherently corrupt.

  3. sophie says:

    well seems instead of them trying to stop the crimes, they plan on capitalizing on it…sooooooooooo now they will mke money off the mourning families, now we will knw whats up, no more crime preventions they will root for the crminals so they can profit, !@#$ this government!!!

  4. Mary says:

    Public is totally blind as to whats coming up next with all these changes.

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