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Apr 25, 2013

Undertakers take back control of graveyards

The Belize City Council has lost a battle with one of the city’s well known undertakers.  Back in January, City council decided to take over undertaking services from the private companies engaged in the business. Well David Coye, the most established undertaker, sought judicial review of City Hall’s decision to bar private undertakers from constructing graves, and installing tombstones amongst other services at the Lord Ridge and Eternal Garden cemeteries. There were public complaints and images of the shoddy work undertaken by City Hall. Coye vowed to fight the battle as many individuals preferred his services and many families felt more comfortable with him during their times of grief. Well Coye won. The judge ordered that, “The claim stands withdrawn with no order as to costs on condition that the claimant/applicant is and continues at liberty to continue to provide funeral services at the Lord Ridge and Eternal Garden cemeteries in the normal course of his business including undertaking construction and/or installing common graves, enclosed graves, reopening of graves, vaults/mausoleums and erecting tombstones.” All be told, is that city hall will not be engaged in the business of burying the dead.

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2 Responses for “Undertakers take back control of graveyards”

  1. Storm says:

    The story doesn’t make it clear, will Coye now have a monopoly in the undertaking business in the city, or will other private undertakers now be covered by the same result?

    At any rate, it’s a step toward justice, sanity, and private business rights. And a well-earned slap-down of overreaching Citco and Mayor Bradley.

  2. ceo says:

    The City should not be burrying the dead but they should be the keepers of the records and the maintenance of the cemetery.

    Every dam thing in Belize is a political hassel! Christ! Even burrying the dead?

    All these mistakes have been made by other countries already why don’t we learn from those mistakes?

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