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#503638 - 04/24/15 04:27 AM Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle  
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British Couple Bought Beachfront, Ended Up Facing Someone’s Back Yard

Seafront property - whether on an island or the mainland, it's the most precious and valuable land anywhere in the world - and Belize is no different. But, there's only so much of it - and as Will Rogers said, "God isn't making any more." So the pressure to get the very few parcels that are out there is intense - and now that urgency to own sea frontage has pushed land dealers to a new level: they got government sanctioned on the beach reserve and in the seabed - right in front of folks who thought they had sea front property. It happened on Northern Caye Caulker to as many as 25 landowners - and we met three of them today at the Glenn Godfrey law firm. They explained how their retirement dream went to ruin:..

Sydney Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"How could it happen?"

Jules Vasquez reporting
That's what Sydney and Anna Higgins keep asking themselves as they look wistfully the picture of the beachfront view had planned to spend their retirement gazing upon - but that picture is all they have now because the beachfront is now someone else's private property and so is the seabed!

It's a long way from the retirement dream they had when they decided to purchase in 2005:

Sydney Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"We visited Caye Caulker several times before and like many other people, fell in love with the place."

Anna Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"We really like Caye Caulker and the people and the atmosphere there. It just was extremely comforting. We felt safe there. We felt it was the kind of place we would love to spend a lot of time and we didn't really have any great difficulty in making our minds up."

The made up their minds up to make it their retirement home - which meant investing their retirement funds:

Sydney Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"And finally opted for what was a very large plot of land and very expensive, because it coincided with the time when we were retiring and we had a lump sum. That lump sum was what we spent on buying this plot of land. It cost US$120,000.00 - BZ$240,000.00."

They fenced the property - and were ready to develop it - but in 2012 found that their beachfront had turned into someone's back yard

Sydney Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"So we were somewhat amazed that it was possible for there to be another plot of land. We went, came back, visited and the land remained in front of our plot what it didn't being when we bought it, which was some trees, beyond that, some sea and beyond that, mangroves. There was no land there."

Anna Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"There is now this existing plot which in fact is under water and we can't understand how this is possible."

Indeed, where in 2005 the map said beach and sea, the 2015 version it has another parcel of land 150 feet deep right in front of what used to be beachfront. It's not that Caye Caulker is growing, it's that land is being given on the beach reserve and seabed.

Sydney Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"At the moment the land is there with this line. This is non-existent land that is drawn here."

Anna Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"Really I couldn't believe it. To be honest, I could not believe that this was possible in a country like Belize - that gave you every confidence, because we ask when we bought it, if there was any chance of nay hanky-panky with the whole business of allocating the land. And no, we were assured it was absolutely cast-iron."

Former Caye Caulker Village Chairman Alberto Villanueva thought the same thing - and he should have - he was the one collecting property tax on village lands:

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"As the former Chair, I wasn't even aware that I personally was affected by all this Jules. And the only way when I was in council we found out this was going on was when titles or Minister's Fiat grants started showing up in our office for properties we didn't even know existed."

He says the lands that are shown on the 2015 map aren't really there:

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"You basically cannot even put a bird to stand on this soil, because you would sink to your neck in it. That is how low-lying these properties are and some of it, if you go to Caye Caulker at the moment, there are in the water - in the sea. So, basically it's on the seabed. Those properties should not have been drawn up in the first place. Those leases or Minister's Fiat grant should not have been given in the first place. It is water. It is nothing but water and mud."

Jules Vasquez
"But from your experience, land is not issued on the beachfront and seabed."

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"That's correct. Now, even in the last few subdivisions when I was in office, what was done is that we leave a 66 feet beach reserve, specifically for the reserve as stated by the National Lands Act."

And for this Caye Caulker resident, he says what galls him the most is that:…

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"The people that have interests in these so-called beach front or water front lots are using it solely for speculation purposes and no other. They are just in to make a profit. That's it. They will never build on it Jules. Never."

Jules Vasquez
"It's only to flip it?"

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"That is correct."

Jules Vasquez
"Something was setup for them and thy came up right there. They created wealth - that creating a property that doesn't exist."

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"By devaluating bonafide beach front owners their value for their lot."

Anna Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"It's taken all our money. We can't sell our plot now. Nobody will buy it and if they would, we would only be able to get $20,000.00 for it. So, we've lost our retirement money."

Jules Vasquez
"How much in value did you lose?"

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"About US$85,000.00."

A violation but attorney Andrew Bennett says that the practice is widespread on the north end of the island:

Andrew Bennett, Attorney
"Mr. and Mrs. Higgins concern is just one of many. We have 14 clients who have the same experience, as it relates to land that is being surveyed, areas that have been surveyed that fall on the sea bed."

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"It's not only me as a village, but it's a lot of other people that are natives to the island that are being affected and of course foreigners that have bought."

Bennett says it sets a dangerous precedent:

Andrew Bennett, Attorney
"Every land owner, every person who owns property on beach front in Belize should be concerned. It is like you have enjoyed that special feature that you have purchased and that you own and in the blink of an eye, you wake up and the property that you think is beach front, is no longer beach front."

Sydney Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"How could a government sell land that doesn't exists and destroying what was as far as we were concerned - a legal right. It was, as I have said a beach front, but it is no longer a beach front. It is no longer a dream, it is a nightmare."

For these retirees, it is a lesson well and painfully learned:

Sydney Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"It was our retirement money. It's what we wanted to do. It was your dream and not only is the dream ruin, it's a dream ruin with a nasty taste in the mouth that stays there."

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"It's bad for foreign investment on an island. It doesn't paint a good picture of Belize."

They have hired attorneys to press government for a resolution, but that's been going without results for two years - and the village chairman said he got a personal promise on it three years ago:

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"We brought this to the attention of the government just before the last election. We got a call from the PM. He assured us that it would be addressed at cabinet. Our area rep. has said that it has been brought before cabinet and the issue should have been settle and apparently both the commissioner of lands and the CEO are saying they just need the directive from the Minister of Lands."

Andrew Bennett, Attorney
"Some of the officials at the Lands Department, they do understand our clients concern, but it seems that the final decision lies with the Minister."

Sydney Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"We've dealt through the channels as we've seen them, but to be honest, it's coming to the point where a fuss needs to be made. I am think seriously of having an online site which is "buyers beware"."

We spoke with the commissioner of Lands and Survey Wilbert Vallejos this evening and he told us he is aware of the situation but they are still investigating to see if the land in front of the properties is indeed beach reserve. We told him that is very clearly what is on the 2005 map - and he said that if it is beach reserve the permission to survey, or a lease would be declared null and void, and a title would be nullified. But he said that at this point, they do not have the full information - which seems strange since the issue has been queried by various title holders since 2012. Still, Vallejos conceded that the beach reserve must be reserved as public property and added that, quote, "if it's something that needs to be fixed we will fix it."

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Retired English Couple Allegedly Scammed in Land Hustle

A dubious land transaction involving the sale of a beachfront parcel on Caye Caulker has left a retired English couple short of tens of thousands of dollars.  Sydney and Anna Higgins fell in love with the island a few years ago and decided to own a property north of the village.  The Londoners purchased an undeveloped plot and planned on building their retirement home when they discovered that the frontage that they bought, including a portion which extends into the sea, had been sold to someone else.  Once developed, the presently non-existent property, a majority of which remains submerged in waist-high water, will block the Higgins’ access to the shoreline and has already devalued their asset significantly.  The scam, it is strongly believed, occurred within the Lands Department and isn’t unique to the elderly pair alone.  News Five understands that there are a number of property owners, including native Belizeans, whose real estate have been devalued as a result of the cheat.

Sydney Higgins

Sydney Higgins, Land Owner

“When we bought the land, according to the information, it says for the legal representation, a hundred and twenty feet of beachfront by a hundred and fifty feet deep in size.  Recorded survey and full legal description to prevail.  A couple of years ago we were informed that the land or another plot had been sold, which was immediately in front of our original plot and therefore it meant that we weren’t able to continue with any work there.  It’s been cleaned, all ready to go.  Because we paid, for example, a hundred and twenty thousand U.S. dollars for it which is two hundred and forty thousand Belizean dollars and we’ve been told that because another plot was being allocated, probably our land is now worth twenty thousand.”

Isani Cayetano

“So there’s been a devaluation of the property that you bought.”

Sydney Higgins

“A devaluation of about eighty-five percent.”

Isani Cayetano

“Who would you attribute or to what would you attribute this issue?  Has this been the fault of the Lands Department in this case or is this some other private transaction that has now overlapped?”

Sydney Higgins

“No.  Clearly it’s not a private transaction and the commission to allocate new plots has to come from the Lands [Department].  So it has to be that, the Registrar of Lands I assume.”

Isani Cayetano

“Now I understand that you guys were planning to retire in Belize.  Correct?”

Sydney Higgins

“That’s correct.”

Isani Cayetano

“Talk to us a bit about your efforts, in terms of wanting to develop the plot of land that you purchased in order to relocate to Caye Caulker.”

Sydney Higgins

“Well of course it involved a lot of work and effort and because we paid a substantial money we wanted to be sure about everything.  But the reality is that I’m just very glad that we didn’t start building because we would not have been able to sell.  The building would be worthless because if this plot is developed, this non-existent plot, who knows, it might be a hotel, it might be a disco, it might be anything that’s going to be built there and going to have and to have a little house behind it would be of little use or value.”

…Says Lands Department Giving Them the Runaround

Sidney Higgins

The Higgins have sought legal advice and despite the efforts of their attorneys, have been given the runaround by the Lands Department.  The uncertainty of how the matter will be resolved has forced the couple to suspend any development on the parcel.

Sidney Higgins, Land Owner

“The lawyers here have been looking at it on our behalf for well over two years.  But nothing is pending.  As far as I understand, the Registry of Lands keeps on saying that it’s being looked at and looked at but in reality, again as far as I understand is that these non-existent plots have already been sold.”

Anna Higgins

Anna Higgins, Land Owner

“And we certainly don’t intend to build until we know that we do have beachfront.  That’s what we paid for and that’s what we want.  To have the possibility of any kind of building going up in front of us is awful.  It’s sort of like a Damoclean Sword  hovering over your shoulder because you just can’t plan for the future when there’s that possibility.  So we’ve given up now and we’re just waiting to see if there’s going to be any success within a timeframe that we can deal with because every year we’re getting older and a lot of time is being wasted.  So we just don’t know.”

We will have more on this story in our subsequent newscast.

Channel 5

#503643 - 04/24/15 05:28 AM Re: Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle [Re: Marty]  
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So who now has what was their beachfront?

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#503670 - 04/24/15 06:31 PM Re: Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle [Re: Marty]  
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Sadly, as the article states, this has happened to many. In our case, the sea (actually mangrove) has been stripped and filled. Dredging went on for months over a period of several years. So this is not only land speculation as indicated in the article, where they flip this site, it's also an environmental issue as this land will eventually be filled, mangroves eradicated, and more nursery areas eradicated. CCVC says they do not control the enviro permits so there is little they can do, it lies with the ministers. We also have hired an attorney, but no results in the last 18 months of engagement. My advice, don't buy on the water unless you are really connected and never invest more than you can afford to lose. My sympathies to this lovely couple, I think they would be a great addition to the Caye.

#503671 - 04/24/15 10:15 PM Re: Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle [Re: Marty]  
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I happened before on Caye Caulker after the re-registring of all properties:
According to this article Estevan Perera successfully had some surveys of fake lots cancelled:
North Caye Stolen Beachfront Success Story
Really sad.

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#503674 - 04/25/15 04:39 AM Re: Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle [Re: Marty]  
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Lands Department Says Beach Reserve May Not Be Beach After All

Last night you saw our expose on shady state sanctioned land dealings on Northern Caye Caulker. A British couple claims that they bought beachfront property in 2005 - only to find out in 2012 that the beachfront had been converted into private property. Now, to be clear, the letter of their 2005 land title makes it clear that the property constitutes 120 feet of beachfront. The map shows the same thing. And yesterday the lands commissioner told LOVE FM that what is inscribed on the land title with the approval of the Commissioner of Lands does matter. Here's what he told LOVE yesterday:

Wilbert Vallejos, Comissioner of Lands
"Also we are looking at the titles that they got and interestingly confirms what you said that the title that they got from the government, the original title, makes a specific mention that it is a beach front property. The interpretation what is written on the title is very important to be able to settle this case and so what we are trying to establish at this point in time is in fact the beach reserve is compromised."

According to the former village chairman, the new titles do compromise that beach reserve. And more than that Sydney Higgins said the language of the land title - and the official sanction from the then Lands commissioner cemented his certainty that he bought beachfront property:..

Sydney Higgins, UK Retiree Robbed of Beachfront
"My contract has a plan signed by the register of lands. That's who we were relying upon. That is the plot that I purchase. That's the plan that they made, they gave me and that's not the plan that now exists."

Alberto Villanueva, Caye Caulker Resident/Former Chairman
"Those properties should not have been drawn up in the first place. Those leases or Minister Fiat Grant should not have been given in the first place. It is water. It is nothing but water and mud."

Andrew Bennett, Attorney
"Leonardo Dicaprio just bought an island that he plans to do an eco-friendly resort. Can he feel confident now with this precedence that later on the government can grant to some private individual the sea bed in front of his island because it's national land and have development going on there?"

And while they are all of the opinion that the new titles are for properties on the beach and seabed, a release from the Commissioner of Lands and Survey today makes it clear that, quote, "Preliminary investigation suggests that the beach reserve has not been compromised." It adds that the results of the full ongoing investigation will provide confirmation or otherwise.

That seems to be a stiff blow for the more than 15 landowners who have been jilted of their beach-frontage. The release affirms that there are, quote, "provisions for the allowance of a beach reserve for public access that precedes any property line." It adds, quote "Any and all crown land that adjoins such reserve is subject to distribution or further reservation…" That would seem to suggest that there is an interpretation that what the former chairman calls swamp, is now being classified as usable land. We'll keep pressing for definitive answers.

Channel 7

Northern Caye Caulker Beach Reserve

Belmopan City, April 24, 2015. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture, through the Lands and Surveys Department, takes this opportunity to clarify to the general public the allegations made regarding surveys that may have included the beach reserve on Northern Caye Caulker.

The general public is reminded that in accordance with the legislation that governs National Land, the policy of the Lands and Surveys Department makes provisions for the allowance of a beach reserve for public access that precedes any property line. Any and all crown land that adjoins such reserve is subject to distribution or further reservation by the Minister responsible for Lands.

The Ministry has launched a full investigation in the matter of the allegations made on April 23, 2015, regarding surveys that may have included the beach reserve. Preliminary investigation suggests that the beach reserve has not been compromised. However, the results of the full ongoing investigation will provide confirmation or otherwise.

The Department takes this opportunity to remind the general public that the beach reserve is for enjoyment and direct benefit of the general public.

#503827 - 04/30/15 05:18 AM Re: Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle [Re: Marty]  
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Land Minister Discusses Caye Caulker Beachfront Dispute

And while Petro-talk dominated today’s very long and very news-heavy press conference, we did get to ask the Minister of Natural Resources about those parcels of land on Northern Caye Caulker. As we reported last week, two British retirees and the former chairman of Caye Caulker are among a group of at least 14 landowners who had beachfront property – only to find that new lots had been created on the beach and seabed in front of their properties. Those 14 landowners had retained an attorney – but after two years with no progress – they called in the media. Well, seems the matter was resolved faster than you can say “election di cohn!” Today at the prime minister’s press conference Lands Minister Gaspar Vega said that as many as 15 leases for beach land and seabed had been cancelled:…

Hon. Gaspar Vega - Minister of Lands

"There's 100 of people being affected by this act. This is something that started from 2004. So far, the people on the television complaining about they being disenfranchised of their beach front. That was not so, just that they did not come visit us, they either went to the media before they came to us. Because that was a case that was brought to us I think in 2011 and immediately the permission to survey was cancelled. They were some leases issued. I think they brought 7 cases to us and they were all cancelled - the leases. But I want to tell you that so far, they're's two titles, two persons that are actually being effected with the two titles that this administration issued - and there is about 4 we collected purchase price - we did not issue title and we are going to be dealing with those two persons with the title to see if we can relocate them or do some kind type of negotiation with them to alleviate that problem. The ones prior to this administration, it's even more complicated because they're some cases where, I see someone by the name of Renan Briceno, owning a whole lot of beach front. It affects a lot of people. We have somebody like Rodla construction, that affects probably hundreds of people.”

Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

"I was informed Mr. Villanueva that the issue has not been settled as yet. Yet, I spoke immediately to that with the Minister of Natural Resources, just 3 days ago and he guaranteed me that - it was about 7 leases that were cancelled and the the only controversies indeed; that two titles and the ones that have been paid already. As far as I understand, people who have paid are almost as much as they own the land. So I'm sure that either relocation or compensation will have to be done. But indeed, I believe that reserve is suppose to be left at the reserve."

Jules Vasquez

"Obviously there was some major miscommunication then, because Mr. Villanueva is at the lawyer. He's trying to resolve it through legal means."

Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr.

"Yes indeed because Mr. Pererra who is the attorney for a few have told me it was not settled. Mr. Villanueva, but the minister and I will believe my colleague and I will make sure also I will verify that it has indeed been cancelled.”

Vega said that one surveyor had been doing most of the surveys on beach land and sea bed since 2004, and the Ministry would be recommending to the survey association that they be penalised.

As to the Renan Briceno land, a representative told us that the beach properties in his name are in front of his own property – which he secured so that they would not be converted into someone else’s property.

As to the “Rodla” properties dating back to 2005 – those are now Doug Singh’s property – which he says he paid almost a million US dollars for. Singh told us that he is also concerned about purchasing the beach property because, like Briceno, he is concerned that it will be sold off to someone else as private property.

The issue is complicated because in front of many areas of beach – there are mangrove clusters which are in the sea – but some developers may say it can still be developed into solid land.

Channel 7

#503845 - 04/30/15 09:45 AM Re: Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle [Re: Marty]  
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Does any one else think it is time to stop pussy-footing around protecting 'family members' and start listing names? Belize has developed a terrible reputation for scams and scandals. It is way past time to clean house - both red and blue.

Let's have the transparency you are always totting at election time but never coming through with. When - can we start seeing the truth? When will there be audits? When will individuals start obeying the law that they list their assets when entering and leaving office? Is there no shame in being dishonest? Where are the churches who fight issues like birth control and laws regarding petty crime (ganja)while massive amounts of taxpayers monies are stolen or given away?

Is it time for aa revolt? Who will lead it?

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#503879 - 05/01/15 05:18 AM Re: Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle [Re: Marty]  
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Land titles for Caye Caulker beaches canceled, Gapi Vega Says Lands Department is Investigating Caye Caulker Cheat

Gaspar Vega

Last Thursday, a retired English couple came forward in the media to express frustration over a land swindle in Caye Caulker which has resulted in the devaluation of their beachfront property.  Sydney and Anna Higgins bought a parcel of land on the northern part of the island several years ago, only to find out that what should have been seafront access had in fact been surveyed and issued to another individual.  That non-existent plot is mostly submerged and it is believed that the dubious transaction took place within the Lands Department.  On Wednesday, Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega commented on the issue and said that blame must be attributed to the private surveyor who delineated the property.  According to Vega, the leases for that property and several others that were found to be erroneously surveyed have since been canceled.

Gaspar Vega, Minister of Natural Resources

“We have a map here to show to the entire nation of the situation in Caye Caulker.  It’s hundreds of people being affected by this act.  This is something that started from 2004.  So far the people that were on the television complaining about them being disenfranchised from their beachfront, that was not so.  Just that they did not come to visit us, they rather went to the media before they came to us because that was a case that was brought to us, I think it was in 2011 and immediately the permissions to survey were canceled.  There were some leases issued, I think they brought seven cases to us and they were all canceled, the leases.  So far that we have found out there are two cases where two people are affected and there are two cases where we, this present administration issued title to them.  There are about four other issues where we collected the purchase price but we did not issue the title after we learned of the situation.  All the other cases were done prior to 2008 and like I said, it’s hundreds of them.  We are going to be dealing with those two persons with the title to see if we can relocate them or do some type of negotiation with them to alleviate that problem.  The ones prior to this administration, it’s even more complicated because there are some cases where I see someone by the name of Renan Briceno owning a whole lot of beachfront.  But I mean it affects a lot of people.  We have someone like Radla Construction that affects probably hundreds of people.”


“He has his one in the sea, I believe.”

Gaspar Vega

“The funny part, the complicated part is that these people have resold the property to other people so it becomes even more complicated for the Lands Department.”


“And indeed in the case of Radla he may have sold it to friends in the U.D.P. as well.”

Gaspar Vega

“Well, they sell it to whomever they want. That’s their right.”


“The Higgins’ and Mr. Villanueva, who appeared on TV, they said after two years of futile legal inquiries with the department, the land that appears directly in front of them, probably number 1267, am I right?  And parcel number 1267 and 68, those parcels are not existent, have been canceled, am I right?”

Gaspar Vega

“It was canceled right away Jules, if you notice there’s a portion here in white.  Those were the lots that were in question at the time and we right away went ahead and canceled the permission to survey and in some cases, I think there were three or four leases that were canceled also.  We didn’t know who lived behind, they didn’t come to us.  I don’t think we had to go looking for us, they should have come to us and find out if the lands were canceled and we could have told them right away.”

The Higgins, through their attorney in Belize, made several attempts in the past to rectify the issue and, according to them; the matter simply languished in the Lands Department.

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#504243 - 05/14/15 07:33 PM Re: Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle [Re: Marty]  
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Northern Caye Caulker Land Update
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:00
Belmopan City, April 30, 2015.
Upon conclusion of investigation on the Northern Caye Caulker beach reserve, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture has determined that the parcels in question for the individuals who made the complaint is non-existent because the surveys relating to those parcels have been cancelled since the Government of Belize learned about these cases in 2012.
The Ministry would like to note that several other large parcels of land affecting other properties were issued prior to 2008 and as such, it will be challenging to address and regularize these, considering the fact that most of these parcels are now free hold titles that have changed hands among multiple owners over the years.

Since 2008, the Ministry issued permission to purchase for two parcels, however no titles for these were issued and those parcels in question have been cancelled. There are two Titles that were issued and the Ministry will commence discussions with the individuals affected with a view to keep in accordance with the legislation that governs National Land which seeks to ensure the beach reserve is maintained for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.

It has also come to the attention of the Ministry during this investigation that surveys were not conducted in accordance with the established guidelines and that the authentication process was irregular. The Ministry intends to discuss these substantive matters at the next surveyor’s board meeting in order to ensure accountability for what clearly are unacceptable survey practices. In addition, the department internal vetting and authentication process is currently being strengthened to ensure greater accountability by the Government’s Survey Team.

The Department remains committed to ensuring that the policies and legislation governing National Lands are upheld and we thank the general public for their support as the Ministry works diligently to address these land issues as they arise and to establish standards, policies and procedures to safeguard land rights.

#504275 - 05/15/15 02:18 PM Re: Retired English Couple Scammed in Land Hustle [Re: DeeJay]  
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This response does not clearly define a resolution. is "the complaint non-esistent" refer to the Higgins complaint, or are the Higgins sea front parcels not actually sea front, or are the new parcels in front of the Higgins not actually parcels? Where was the incorrect survey done...on the Higgins parcel? Belizians speak in run-on sentences. I find understanding this response difficult if not impossible!

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We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil� Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
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