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#503876 - 05/01/15 06:07 AM Land Situation up north long out of control
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Land Situation On Northern Caye Caulker Long Out Of Control

Last night you heard Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega explain how his ministry had cancelled leases on beach and seabed properties from 2012 on Northern Caye Caulker. But, as he stated, there are over a hundred cases like that on the Northern side of that island - which from the early "two-thousands" has been a sort of wild-wild west for real estate grabs and survey pegs in the seabed. Yesterday Vega said what happened shouldn't have, and fixing it is complicated by speculation and multiple private transactions:...

Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Natural Resources
"Because it is a law, a Belizean law that you should not put a peg in the waters and that is something that the ministry is looking to address with the association of surveyors, because first of all they should not be doing that survey. It doesn't matter how much they pay them to survey the land. So, it's a combination, it's not that simple. The ones prior to this administration - it's even more complicated, because there is some cases where I say someone by the name of Renan Briceno owning a whole lot of beach front, but I mean it affects a lot of people. We have somebody like Rodla Construction, that's affects probably hundreds of people."

Jules Vasquez
"He has his in the sea I believe."

Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Natural Resources
"The complicated part is that these people have resold the property to other people. So it becomes even more complicated for the Lands Department."

Jules Vasquez
"And in deed in the case of Rodla, he may have sold it to friends in the UDP as well."

Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Natural Resources
"Well, they sell it to whoever they want. That's their right."

Jules Vasquez
"That further complicates it?"

Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Natural Resources
"It doesn't make it more complicated for me."

As we told you last night, RODLA Construction sold its substantial beach properties to former UDP party Chairman and Minister Doug Singh who told us he paid close to one million US dollars for it.

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#504335 - 05/18/15 06:13 AM Re: Land Situation up north long out of control [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
This is the graphic Min. of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega was waving around during his press conference regarding the issuing of lots on the North Side of Caye Caulker.

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#504479 - 05/22/15 06:34 PM Re: Land Situation up north long out of control [Re: Marty]
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Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture addresses Northern Caye Caulker beach front dilemma

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture has concluded their investigations regarding the Northern Caye Caulker beach reserve issue. The Ministry had launched an extensive investigation after several foreign buyers, including British retiree Sydney Higgins, sought legal action for a parcel of land they bought as perceived beach front property is not actually bordered by the seashore. In their investigation report, the Ministry stated that the matter has been resolved and that the land in question is non-existent. The issue arose after land owners who purchased beach front properties in Northern Caye Caulker back in 2005 started stating that the revised parcel maps of 2012 showed a property in front of their land.

In the release the Ministry stated “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 are non-existent, because the surveys relating to those parcels have been cancelled since the Government of Belize learned about these cases in 2012.”

The release also indicated that lands issued prior to 2008 are causing problems to address. “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,” said the Ministry in the release form.

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