"Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow and Hon. Manuel Heredia receive $350,000 Donation for Infrastructural Improvement in San Pedro Town
Belmopan - 11 July, 2008
Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow along with Minister of Tourism Hon. Manuel Heredia and Mayor of San Pedro Town, Elsa Paz this morning received a 350 thousand dollar check from developers in the island of Ambergris Caye.
The presentation took place at Robert’s Grove in Placencia. Handing over the check on behalf of Costa Del Sol Development in Ambergris Caye were David Mitchell and Bob Dhillon who is also the Honorary Counsel of Belize in Canada.
Hon. Manuel Heredia said the money will be used to upgrade the infrastructure in San Pedro Town, paving more streets in the town as well as recruiting more personnel to keep the town clean.
Mr. Dhillon said that as large developers, they have a responsibility to give back to the community they operate in."
"San Pedro Gets $350,000 from Costa Del Sol Developers"
(excerpt - full story on above link)
Some people might look and say a million dollars from a development group, it seems kind of like a bribe maybe.
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr.,
“No, because this people have been doing big developments on the other side of San Pedro to the extent that right now they are putting electricity from one side to the other and just the electrification cable is costing more than a million dollars to put that one so these are serious developers and they bring also other developments along with them so in order to show their appreciation that not only are they making money but they are returning some of this money also. And again, we have to be very clear, we, myself and the Mayor, we have always believed in development, genuine development.”
The remaining $150,000 will be handed over later.
same story by the sun :http://www.belizeone.com/sanpedrosun/old/08-282.html
now, this one (link below) states that the people of san mateo can rejoice - as part of that donation is to pave streets in san mateo, which was to start last october. anyone seen san mateo since october?