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Apr 23, 2015

…Says Lands Department Giving Them the Runaround

Sidney Higgins

The Higgins have sought legal advice and despite the efforts of their attorneys, have been given the runaround by the Lands Department.  The uncertainty of how the matter will be resolved has forced the couple to suspend any development on the parcel.


Sidney Higgins, Land Owner

“The lawyers here have been looking at it on our behalf for well over two years.  But nothing is pending.  As far as I understand, the Registry of Lands keeps on saying that it’s being looked at and looked at but in reality, again as far as I understand is that these non-existent plots have already been sold.”


Anna Higgins

Anna Higgins, Land Owner

“And we certainly don’t intend to build until we know that we do have beachfront.  That’s what we paid for and that’s what we want.  To have the possibility of any kind of building going up in front of us is awful.  It’s sort of like a Damoclean Sword  hovering over your shoulder because you just can’t plan for the future when there’s that possibility.  So we’ve given up now and we’re just waiting to see if there’s going to be any success within a timeframe that we can deal with because every year we’re getting older and a lot of time is being wasted.  So we just don’t know.”


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4 Responses for “…Says Lands Department Giving Them the Runaround”

  1. Timber says:

    And you forever will be given the run-around depending upon which attorney you’re using and who’s involved in Lands Department. The cover up starts with Vallegos, the Lands Commissioner. I’ve been blogging about him for the past year, including the past two days. A couple of the employees who know about his hustle he’s tried to move and discipline.

  2. De says:

    This is not a surprise for me. I would almost be unexpected, but not unbelievable. This is what the UDP under Dean Barrow is all about. Scams and embezzlement. Dean Barrow sees himself as King and everybody else his subjects. He does what he wants when he wants and if the law is in his way, he just changes it! This has been happening from the time they got in. I mean look at his Law partner with their bogus manufactured land title in an attempt to strong armed peoples property. Mark King bogus land title and nothing have being mentioned of that. Where did he get that title. Who signed and approved it. Why is there not many questions as to why a sitting Minister has a clearly bogus land title and presenting it to the public, especially when the real title exist. I bet they were not expecting that. I tell you, this UDP party is 20 times worst than the PUP ever was, and I don’t understand how people can’t see that. When you talk about theft and mismanagement, embezzlement, you can only call two name and a check and balance group who stand up for what’s right (G7). You don’t have that in the UDP, everybody is a thief and goes with the status Quo and defend each other. You have theft and embezzlement left right and center every way you go in this party. Dean Barrow, the worst Prime Minister this country have ever and will ever see! The Devil is a Lawyer!

  3. cayo says:

    This is typical of the lands dept in Cayo and Belmopan.

    Long waits, broken promises, lost files and no one seems to know what is going on.
    FIRE!! the whole lot of them and bring in an automated computerized system.

    I have been waiting 4 years for my property deed.

    Who in the ***** in their right mind will invest in Belize with this kind of nonsense.

    This is a hot bed of corruption and a den of vipers with Ministers regularly helping themselves to land for relatives and friends.

    This is what makes Belize one of the most corrupt nations on earth.

  4. karla says:

    The attorneys need to go ahead and launch a lawsuit against the lands dept because otherwise they will just keep dragging their feet. This couple did the right thing starting with the Belize media, but now they need to get the BBC to do a story to make other British retirees aware of the lands scam. Belize is being advertised as a haven for foreign retirees and this type of story gives a lie to that, or at least seriously damages the efforts to attract more. Someone needs to be held accountable for this couple losing their life savings. We cannot just shrug shoulders and say “da so ee go inna Belize.” GOB needs to remember this also when it tries to attract Belizeans home also. People will not want to return if they are going to be preyed on like this.

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