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#216250 - 06/08/02 03:39 PM Caye Caulker Public Lands Issue
It is a crying shame for Patty Arceo or any government (local island or countrywide) to even WANT to hand out the local island lands (collective island inheritance) to anyone but local village people when the needs of the existing local islanders are far from being met. Take care of the local islanders first (100%), and then whatever is left can (maybe) be shared elsewhere.
If a local islander receiving a lease turns around and sells his inheritance, it is indeed sad. However, we cannot pre-judge anyone's motives for wanting a piece of land.

Our very own ex-Village Council chairman, Emmanuel Rodriguez, who received a leased lot on northern Caye Caulker has turned around and sold it off in pursuit of the almighty dollar. Shouldn't we try to lead by example, especially if we want to be judge, jury and executioner about anyone's (islanders) motives for wanting to lease a piece of the island inheritance?

The only people I hear saying that the local people only want land to re-sell are those that are guilty of either 1. selling off their own or 2. are vying for political votes and are trying to justify their spitefulness against the people who voted against them.


#216251 - 06/09/02 12:14 AM Re: Caye Caulker Public Lands Issue
Wendy-if selling your land on Caye Caulker is something that you're advising ALL natives NOT to do, then why do you have your family home on Front Street for sale - for U.S. Dollars? Isn't that hypocritical? Did your family purchase that land or was it gotten as an inheritance, or did they just squat on it and get grandfathered in like so many others?


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