And today the media also asked Heredia about the Sunset Cove subdivision. You may remember that a year ago, news came out that survey pegs had appeared
in the middle of a mangrove wetland – one that had been put aside for part of a protected area – but somehow ended up as a proposed subdivision. IT
brought heat on area representative Manuel Junior Heredia – but today, he told the media that an alternate and viable plan has been worked out:…
Hon. Manuel Junior Heredia - Minister of Tourism
"Today I can tell you and I can invite you to go and see the subdivision that we have done. What we decided because; indeed I have to accept that a
subdivision in low area has been done in other parts of the island. But politics unfortunately, politics is the name of the game and the opposition
will use it to their advantage. But in this case, it worked to my advantage because Cabinet decided to give us 400 acres of what was invested in
Beltraide; which is far better land than what we were using and we have created. We have created a concept plan of what we want to in those 400 acres.
Leaving over there open spaces for another hospital, another police station. The fire station, schools and you name it, we will have it over there and
with sufficient space because its 3, 4, 5 acres that is being left for this particular type of infrastructure."
MOT Speaks On Infrastructure For Island Of San Pedro
Heredia’s interview did not end without him using the opportunity to speak on works being done and carried out on the island. Reporters asked him for an update on the proposed new subdivision for island residents who wish to own a slice of paradise. And while he boasted about the Petrocaribe initiative that has been funding these development projects to date, he stated that soon this newly created concept plan will include a hospital, police station and fire station.
MANUEL HEREDIA JR – Tourism Minister
“Cabinet has decided to give us 400 acres of what was vested in Beltrade which is far better land than what we were using and we have created a concept land of what we want to do and leaving enough spaces for another hospital, another police station, the fire stations, schools and with sufficient spaces that is being left for this particular type of infrastructure and because of that we can have now six miles of road very smooth road that nobody can believe it can happen in the island of San Pedro and very shortly there will be the amendment of another three miles more apart from the six to get us to the airstrip and hopefully there will be space for an international airport.”
Of note is that the 6 miles of paved road in North Ambergris Caye was jointly funded by the San Pedro Town Council and the Government of Belize.
Tourism Minister Boasts About New Subdivision
In September of last year, News Five aired a story on which three hundred lots had been surveyed and granted to residents as part of a proposed subdivision for the expansion of San Pedro Ambergris Caye. But it turned out that at least half of the lots were submerged in several feet of water. Since then, Belize Rural South area representative and Minister of Tourism, with the approval of Cabinet, was able to secure another parcel of land…four hundred acres to be exact, several miles north of the initially proposed site. Manuel Heredia told News Five about the plans for that new subdivided area and how Petrocaribe funds will be rolling into San Pedro.
Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism
“I am so glad that you brought that issue because today I can tell you and I can invite you to go and see the subdivision that we have done, what we decided, because indeed I have to accept that a subdivision in low area as had been done in other parts of the island. But politics unfortunately is the name of the game and the Opposition will use it to their advantage. But in this case, it worked to my advantage because Cabinet decided to give us four hundred acres of what was vested in BELTRAIDE which is far better land that what we were using. We created a concept plan of what we want to do in those four hundred acres, leaving over there open spaces for another hospital, another police station, fire station, schools…you name it and we will have it over there. And with sufficient spaces because it is three, four, five acres that is being left for this particular types of infrastructure. And because of that, you have seen; now you can go six miles of road because of the Petrocaribe. You can go six miles of road in very smooth road that nobody imagined could happen on the island of San Pedro. And very shortly, there will be the commencement of another three miles more apart from the six and when that three is finished, another three miles to get us to the Battle Jones Airstrip that hopefully—probably I will not see it—but hopefully in the near future, there is two hundred acres reserved for an international airport. By that time, there is a three thousand acres that Social Security has, three thousand that the Koreans have and those are potential that probably in the near future, you will see mega projects happening over there with the complement of this international airport and thanks to Petrocaribe, twelve miles of beautiful road.”