Unhappy Caye Caulker Resident

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.

Respectfully submitted,
Mr. Miguel Neal

R.I.P. Neima Rosado

3Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Rosado and Smith families of Caye Caulker on the loss of their family member, Neima Rosado.  We wish the family every comfort in this time of grief and mourning.

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Hon. Heredia Says Caye Caulker Residents Playing With Sand
posted (December 23, 2013)

Another UDP politician who needs to clear things up is Manuel Juniour Herredia.Last week, we told you about the sand situation in Caye Caulker, where sand is being removed and taken to San Pedro.

The company’s representative, Damien Chamberlain, has smoothed things over with the villagers, but the real problem is the streets. Those residents say they feel doubly neglected by Heredia; they claim that he’s focused on San Pedro and ignoring their island.

During another event this weekend, was asked Heredia about their concerns:

Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism
“When people react is because that they dont probably like, but of you can recall the rain is something natural that is all over Belize and all over our region and if you go to the island of San Pedro likewise and resources are limited. Our Prime Minister had made an extra effort to make sure they assist every single area of Belize and Caye Caulker and San Pedro will be no exception and I have given the goods and services, or sometimes even more than what San Pedro gets.”

Daniel Ortiz
“One thing they want to know is that if the Government would be able to support buying the sand from the company and keeping it on Caye Caulker because it really came from their island; the dredging of their coastline.”

Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism
“Let me be clear on that; anything that is on the sea bed is the property of the Government of Belize and not for the residents of any particular island. Likewise in San Pedro, they have done likewise; the dredge and an island in front of Belize were filled with sand that came from San Pedro. A perfect example: Cozumel has a sand bank. Playa Del Carmen and Isla Mujeres beaches from sand taken from Cozumel. It’s not the property of the residents. It’s the property of the Government of Belize and if you saw the chairman, he said it clearly that the sand is for Mr. Chamberlain, he does what he wants with the sand. Government will give them material, the right material to use in the streets that they need. With this rain, if you put that sand over there, it’s a waste of money, a waste of time.”

“We have the expertise, we have the people. Ministry of Works will be going over there shortly and will make sure they do an assessment and the government will provide some funding to be able to assist them.”

Reporter
“They want to see you. They want you on the ground. Is there that possibility?”

Hon. Manuel Heredia
“When the time comes I will be there.”

As part of the truce with Belize Marine and Sand Company, Caye Caulker residents have pledged that they will buy his sand to keep it on the island, and away from the upgrade happening on San Pedro.

Help is on the Way, Caye Caulker streets to be repaired says Area Rep

From Channel 5 Belize.com

http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/93662

Dec 23, 2013
Help is on the Way; Caye Caulker streets to be repaired says area rep

Last Thursday, residents of Caye Caulker voiced their discontentment with the ferrying of sand dredged off the coast of the island for use in neighboring San Pedro. A group of angry citizens proceeded to block the path of several dump trucks, preventing them from offloading sand onto a waiting ferry. The material, they argue, should be used to repair faulty streets on the island. According to chairperson Wayne Miller, the village council is bound to a contract with businessman Damian Chamberlain. That particular agreement, nonetheless, expires at the end of the month. On Friday, Chamberlain met with residents in Caye Caulker, at the end of which an amicable agreement was struck. The residents are prepared to purchase the sand from Chamberlain. But where is the area representative and Minister of Tourism in all of this? Over the weekend, the media caught up with Belize Rural South area representative Manuel Heredia who said that help is coming their way.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Area Representative, Belize Rural South

“I’ve heard about it but definitely I don’t know what are the issues because I haven’t been to Caye Caulker.”

Reporter

Manuel Heredia Jr.

“Can you explain to us what is the situation with Caye Caulker? They’re saying that they believe that they’ve been neglected by you as their area representative and as the Minister of Tourism who their main [source of] revenue comes under your portfolio. How do you try to make amends with those citizens on Caye Caulker that you are working to get their island up to the level that San Pedro is?”

Manuel Heredia Jr.

“You know, when people react it’s because of something that they don’t like but if you can recall the rain is something natural. Something natural that is all over Belize, all over our region and if you go to the island of San Pedro it’s likewise and resources are limited. So, our prime minister had made an extra effort to make sure that they assist every single area of Belize and Caye Caulker and San Pedro will be no exception. And I have given the goods and services the same way, sometimes even more than what San Pedro gets.”

Reporter

“Sir, I know that one thing they want to know is that if the government would be able to support buying the sand from the company and keeping it in Caye Caulker because it really came from their island, the dredging outside of their coastline?”

Manuel Heredia Jr.

“Let me be very clear on that. Anything that is on the seabed is the property of the Government of Belize, not for the residents of any particular island. Likewise in San Pedro, they have done likewise. They dredge and an island in front of Belize was filled with sand that came from San Pedro. A perfect example, Cozumel has a sand bank, Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres beaches from sand taken from Cozumel. Probably the residents might [disagree] but it’s not the property of the residents. It’s the property of the Government of Belize and the chairman, if you saw the chairman, he said it clearly, the sand is for Mr. Chamberlain, he does what he wants with the sand. Government will give them material, the right material to use in the streets that they need. With this rains, if you put that sand over there it’s a waste of money, it’s a waste of time. So they, we have the expertise, we have the people. Ministry of Works will be going over there shortly and will make sure that they do an assessment and the government will provide some funding to be able to assist them. To these people it’s all about politics, it’s not about reality, it’s politics.”
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