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#216076 - 05/01/02 07:12 PM CAYE CAULKER TO BENEFIT FROM NEW WATER SYSTEM
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Caye Caulker will soon have a new water system. Belize Rural South Area Representative, Patty Arceo, says the new water system follows months of tireless work.

< HONORABLE PATTY ARCEO, AREA REPRESENTATIVE >

"The water system here in Caye Caulker is something that successive governments have been looking at. Last year we concluded a study funded by the IDB and Japanese Grant, it was close to about three hundred thousand whereas the consultation went from house to house inquiring about the needs of it being in sense where exactly is your pump and the reality of it as to where the septic tanks are and the contamination that some of them have experienced and the need also of people, how much they would be willing to pay for a system that will be coming here. Caye Caulker will be different than the other rural areas; it will be similar to the one in San Pedro as we need reverse osmosis for the desalination of the water. People here on the island we believe are prepared as they need the water system here 'cause we can be attending not only to the locals but also looking at the needs of the tourism industry that is forever expanding here on the island."

Meanwhile, a commercial pier will be officially opened in Caye Caulker shortly. The previous piers that existed were destroyed by successive storms that have hit Caye Caulker over the last few years. The Inter-American Development Fund, I-D-B, and Government funded the current pier. Johnson and Johnson International constructed it. Area Representative Arceo also spoke with Love News about the disbursement of lots in Caye Caulker.

< HON PATTY ARCEO, AREA REPRESENTATIVE >

"We have also on the West Side of the Island by the airstrip the biggest subdivision here on the island which is the Bahia Puesta el Sol which is sunset bay. We have about 265 lots that we will be distributing here among the people in Caye Caulker and we also invite residents from mainland who have a vested interest in Caye Caulker to talk to the village council because we are encouraging investments to be coming here in Caye Caulker. Sunset Bay or Bahia Puesta el Sol has close to about forty Bay lots that are very beautiful and are ideal for commercial. On the North side of the island we're also putting up another subdivision. For the disbursements of those lots we ask people to come in and do their applications right here with the lots committee. They process the application, we try to call the people as soon as possible so that they can come in to pay their fee for the survey and once the land has been survey by the ministry of Natural resources the people come back and we raffle the lot among them."

Arceo adds that a similar land distribution programme and other developmental projects are also underway in neighboring San Pedro Town.

< HON. PATTY ARCEO, AREA REPRESENTATIVE >

"We are also having one of the largest land distribution which has about four hundred fifty lots on the west side of the island which is the bay from those four hundred and fifty lots we have about one hundred eleven lots which are ideal beach front lots on the bay it's very beautiful. They all measure 80 x 60 and we're going through the same process that will be going on in Caye Caulker over in San Pedro. We're also working with the Ministry of Works for construction of our civic center for the past 15 years successive governments have been working. We're finalizing. We've identified where the material is and we're looking forward to this building, a new San Pedro Police Department with the magistrate courts so these are some of the work being done in San Pedro. "

Belize Rural South Area Representative, Patty Arceo.

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#216077 - 05/01/02 11:12 PM Re: CAYE CAULKER TO BENEFIT FROM NEW WATER SYSTEM
Anonymous
WHAT A BUNCH OF HOGWASH!

Patty Arceo was offering those very same 265 swamp lots to the villagers of Caye Caulker for a LEASE price of $7000 Bz Dollars. They were not even able to scrounge up interest from even twenty villagers. Do you know why? Because the area they are trying to sell is swampland. When you build a house on your lot, it will sink. There will go your land money and your house money. Also, it is a ripoff to ask poor people to pay $7000 BZ for a residential lease, when elsewhere in the country this same process goes for $45. Patty Arceo is lining her pocket big time. She cannot even give the lots away to local people, which stopped her from lining her pocket the way she thought she would have, so now she is trying to suck up to unsuspecting mainlanders in the hope of lining her pocket with THEIR money instead, since the Caye Caulker people did not empty their pockets for her.

She is doing a disservice to the people of Caye Caulker, selling out their lands to the highest bidder, against the wishes of the local people.

And the water system, it is a joke and a dream in her head only. No such thing exists. Elections are close and she needs to tell the people something, anything. Even lies.

Shame on you Marty for posting such lies on this board.

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#216078 - 05/21/02 08:59 PM Re: CAYE CAULKER TO BENEFIT FROM NEW WATER SYSTEM
Anonymous
You are right about the water .It is a political promo. The engineer hired to check out the prospect sat next to me on the flight to the States. Our market is too small unless everyone cooperates to hook up. Working together is not always a Caye Caulker custom. As to the lots- most of the land on caye caulker is swamp filled in by man. The rest is swamp filled in by nature. Examples like Harmouche old store and everything west to the dock are the old landfill dump. The airstrip is former swamp. Most homes are on former swamp. Check out Glenda's. She and the others are happy to have homes. The old lots were given out with the requirement that they build in three years or lose the lease. Poor folks could not get loans top build and had no cash. These new ones have the idea of including a house and loan to solve that. The list of potential buyers seems to be mostly villagers not imaginary Chinese investors.Problem is that the buyers still need to qualify to some extent and this will shut out many poor people, just like the Homestead Act with it's 3 years requirement has in the past.

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