There is trouble brewing on La Isla Carinosa. A few weeks ago, the Chairlady of the Caye Caulker Village Council released an extensive letter publicly disclosing a number of thorny issues being faced by the council. Enelda Rosado explains that the village council realized that it had a problem with the Transport Department immediately after its members were sworn into office. Rosado says she is gravely dissatisfied with the composition of the Caye Caulker Traffic Control Committee, which is comprised of two village councilors and one member of the community who is appointed by the Minister of Transport, Edmund Castro. She believes that the committee should be comprised of capable members of the Caye Caulker community. With locals on the committee, Rosado believes that the influx of vehicles being taken to the island can be properly managed. In her letter, Rosado also expressed concerns over the number of high rising structures under construction on the island. She says that these commercial buildings have no proper parking lots, sewage system, proper drainage system, but are yet approved without any recommendation from the Caye Caulker Village Council. Rosado foresees irreversible damage to the island and its residents.
Enelda Rosado, Chairlady, Caye Caulker Village Council
“We have been having challenges ever since we came in especially from traffic. We have been asking from our traffic members to be members of Caye Caulker because we are here; we know what we want and what we don’t want for our island. We don’t want our island to be congested with vehicles. We want to have our island, peace, quiet and calm island-tranquility and keep it as natural as possible. Then with the buildings, we are trying to have a control on the amount of buildings and the size of buildings on our island. They need to realize that our island sits on an underwater cave and with all that piling going on, shaking up the ground we would not want to see anything accidents with the collapse with anything here on our island and people getting injured, or hurt and maybe causing some deaths. When these types of buildings are being built on our island, it takes away the ambiance of our island. Those are some of the things, challenges that we have been facing and we want to try to have some control over that.”
Area Rep Manuel Heredia Jr. Intervenes in Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker Village falls under the Belize Rural South constituency which is represented by Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Junior. Heredia told News Five that he is aware of the concerns raised by the village council and has discussed the situation with his cabinet colleagues.
Manuel Heredia Jr., Area Representative, Belize Rural South
“I have been working together with Chairlady Rosado to make sure that the one with the heights of building. I have spoken with Minister Finnegan and asked him that whenever they will do approval to consult with the Chairlady because there are policies that are being implemented. We would not want anything more than five storey that we already have here all along the coastal waters of Belize. Five storeys, to me, would be more than the acceptable height. On the other thing with transport, I am pleading to my colleague Minister Castro to make sure we can put a committee the way it was done in the past with local authorities and a representative from his ministry. I believe at this point that San Pedro and Caye Caulker are not happy about the way the set up is. I myself am not happy and hopefully we can change that in the near future so there is more local control.”