December 26 2013
I write to you today out of sheer frustration due to my inability to protect my family’s health and well being. I have spoken to all public officials and see that I am being disregarded and treated like a third class citizen. Let me set the stage. My family and I are being forced to face serious hazards where we now live like prisoners in our own home. We are suffocating in the strong odor of lighter fluid and smoke released from a barbeque grill that Roses restaurant has placed in front of my home where my ten month old baby girl sputters and chokes at night as she tries to sleep. When I chose to raise my family on a clean pollution free island this was definitely not my intention. Everyday from 4pm to 10pm my family and I are imprisoned in our own home, where we keep all windows closed. The smoke still manages to seep through every window with an acrid burning smell which has now become the veil of perfume that we wear on a daily basis. Despite the immediate discomfort we face, I know this will have some serious long term effects to my family where all of you are aware that smoke being inhaled regularly is a carcinogen which causes cancer. I ask all of you as responsible citizens and parents to join me in my stand to have the local authorities exercise their power to get this restaurant to relocate its grill to another location where he will continue to gain profits while my family and I continue to enjoy our right as citizens to healthy air and living conditions which are fit for human. Help me to give my child a safe and happy place to grow up where her decision to inhale smoke is her own and not imposed by capitalistic greed. Please take note that my family and I have been enduring this before January 2013. I am asking you to give me your support in this small but meaningful gesture which protects our basic human rights. One day I will need to join you in one of your fights as it is apparent that our local authorities are not concerned about our future. I have sought help via the Caye Caulker Village Council (CCVC) and the Liquor License Committee to no avail. Imagine, I can no longer sit in my own home inhaling this odor and the pain of seeing my daughter do so is even more intolerable. As a resident who has voluntary served this community for seven years with nothing but honesty, loyalty and fairness, I humbly ask for your support in signing a public petition to support me and my family in preserving our health. I remain committed to serving and supporting you when you are being treated unjustly in the future.
Mr. Miguel Neal