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Jun 21, 2019

Minister Heredia Sides with Environmental Group

Manuel Heredia Jr.

The decision to allow the development was made in 2018 by the National Environmental Advisory Board and the Department of Environment. The project calls for fifty island bungalows as well as fifty-four over-the-water structures over the protected fishing flats. It is for these reasons that stakeholders are vehemently opposed to the project. Minister Heredia says that as a politician he cannot ignore the concerns of his constituents.

 

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

“When I spoke with the developer I told him that as a politician I always have to be with my people. I love development and if you can see there are many big projects that have happened in Caye Caulker, on the peninsula and San Pedro, and I applied development. But anytime when it comes to the point when my people are not happy with a project even though it might be good for our people or the island I will still be on the side of the people. They are the ones that put me over there; they are the ones who can get me out. As a politician I will never sacrifice my political for anything that they believe that is not in the best interest of our island.”

 

Reporter

“How familiar are you with this group of residents who are opposed to the project? How big are they in the scheme of things?”

 

Manuel Heredia Jr.

“Well let us presume that they are not a big group but nonetheless they have concerns for the island. I have to respect their ideas and beliefs and to my knowledge it is not only that particular group. It is also the tour guides that are against the project.”


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