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Sep 2, 1999

Placencia causeway turned down, ferry suggested instead

The Prime Minister Said Musa and three of his Ministers were in Placencia today for a town meeting to discuss development plans for the area. The P.M. and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources Johnny Briceño, Minister of Works Henry Canton and Minister of Trade and Industry Jose Coye met with representatives of Placencia, Seine Beight and Independence Villages. The residents presented their views on land, road maintenance, education and the proposed causeway linking Independence and Placencia. While the government’s position is that the causeway is not viable at this time, it supports private investment in a ferry service for the area. Government pledged to acquire two Mennonite houses to be used as temporary classrooms in Placencia to ease overcrowding and is forwarding a request to the Elections and Boundaries Commission from the Toledo East Electoral Division that they be transferred to the Stann Creek West division. Today’s meeting was held at the Placencia Community Center.

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