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Aug 9, 2016

Iconic Bliss Sustains Significant Damage from Earl

The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts and the House of Culture in Belize City sustained significant wind and water damages during Hurricane Earl last Wednesday.  The ground floor of the constantly drippy building was layered in a thick coat of silt from the nearby estuary, prompting employees to work overtime this past weekend cleaning up the mess left in the wake of the storm.  The House of Culture, while it withstood the Category One gale, experienced the destruction of its manicured garden.  Trees had been toppled, as well as the famous Baron Bliss yacht.  News Five spoke with Holly Edgell, the communications and marketing director at NICH.  She gave us an update on the restoration of both facilities.


Holly Edgell, Communications & Marketing Director, NICH

“Well we’re standing in the Bliss which notoriously has a leaky roof anyway.  So the forces of nature really conspired against the Bliss.  We had mud, silt, water on the ground floor.  We had leaks and even though we had shutters that wasn’t enough, our location being right on the water.  But, as you can see, we have been able to clean.  Karen Vernon and her team here came in immediately and everybody was cleaning, sweeping.  We even had Carlos Perrote who was mopping out water.  Everybody put their elbow grease into it so that we could get everything back to normal, not just for the sake of it but because really that people consider Bliss to be a cultural center.  When we don’t have performances we may have summer camps, we have kids coming through here.  Plus, it’s a job for people.  There are people who work here and we wanted to be able to get them back on a good working schedule and we do have some events coming up that we want to be ready for.”


Holly Edgell

Isani Cayetano

“Now this is only one facility.  In terms of the House of Culture, can you now explain to us what damages were suffered there as well?”


Holly Edgell

“Well someone was telling that the lumber they used to use in the old days was much better because the house itself is sturdy and strong as ever.  It was boarded up and protected but the main damage happened on the ground.  If you picture the grounds of the House of Culture, Government House, lush grounds, beautiful landscaping, that was just torn apart.  We also had to remove of course, once we cleared the debris, remove it, it’s now being taken away.  We consulted a florist and we’ll be starting to replant and do some other things there, but the house itself stood the test of the storm pretty well.  The Baron Bliss yacht toppled a bit to its side and we’re going to be righting that, but otherwise it could have been a lot worse for that facility.”

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1 Response for “Iconic Bliss Sustains Significant Damage from Earl”

  1. Jahson says:

    Why not make Julius mop up the water for building this leaky roof?

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