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Sprucing Up A Sagging City #415784
09/09/11 08:37 AM
09/09/11 08:37 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
And while Belikin is sprucing up its brews, the Prime Minister's wife is sprucing up the city.

It's called the Street Decor initiative and organizers say it is intended to boots up appearances of the streets for the celebrations season. They will focus on the route from the airport and the parade routes, festooning the streets with season decorations and draping it in colour.

Now, we don't want to be too cynical, but that seems sort of like putting makeup on a pig.

But, organizer Kim Simpliss Barrow says it's not like that at all. She outlined the big idea for Monica Bodden today:..

Kim Simplis Barrow, Spearheading City Decor Project
"From last year we have been trying to work out a plan on what it is that we can do this year for our 30th anniversary, Our 30th Independence anniversary, and I really wanted to sort of make a difference. We wanted to decorate the area but we didn't want it to be just decoration that would go up and just come down and money goes to waste so, we wanted to make it sort of a sustainable project - decoration project. So we enlisted the support of Krissy Mastry and she came up sort of with a plan on what we could do to make it sustainable and of course we totally agreed with planting of the palm trees along the Northern Highway which is the entrance to the City, we wanted to put up the gateways - lighted gateways. It's not up yet as you can see, but we are hoping that by the end of the week it will be up and people will be able to appreciate it."

Krissy Mastry, Physical Planning Specialist, BTB
"Kim contacted me and we really started discussing different ways we could celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Independence and we can kind of put things throughout the City, in order to create ambiance - that feeling of civic pride and the symbolic gesture that we want to do for month of September, but do it in a way could be a little bit more permanent. And the idea was that really coming together with a different type of decor for the month with a combination of greening because we really started to talk about a greening initiative. The awareness of public space, putting the palms on the Northern Highway and continuing that throughout the City, maybe even further with in the year to different sponsorship which is really important, as well as other larger structure that we can reused with other decor latter on in the year, but different things that we can connect to the exciting infrastructure in order to make them sustainable, but that we could replace them throughout the year with different decorations as far as the celebration."

Monica Bodden
"So far what are the decorations that are already up in the City?"

Krissy Mastry, Physical Planning Specialist, BTB
"Already up - we have our flags, one of the big things that Kim wanted to do was an initiative with the flags. Mainly because it's patriotic the symbolism - bring back that kind of unified symbolic representation of the flag and we've done a lot of that. We have done flag throughout on the road on the airport as well as the overpass by the roundabout by Save-U and then we are going to be doing flag banners within the larger gateways that we have on Marine Parade and going up as well on Central American Boulevard."

The project is underwritten by the Taiwanese Embassy, the fort George Tourism Village, Benny's Home Center, the Belize Airport Concession Company, Brothers Habet, Telemedia, BEL, BNE and James Brodie and Company..

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Re: Sprucing Up A Sagging City [Re: Marty] #415788
09/09/11 08:44 AM
09/09/11 08:44 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow and the National Celebrations Commission announces STREET DÉCOR PROJECT for September Celebrations

Diane Haylock, Kim Simpliss Barrow and Seleni Matus, Director of BTB.

The Wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, in association with and the National Celebrations Commission and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), officially announces the intrepid execution of the first-ever Street Décor Initiative as a part of this year’s September Celebrations.

As we celebrate our country’s 30th year of Independence and the 213th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, the Street Décor Initiative is intended to boost up the streets of Belize. With strategic decorations lining the Road leading to the Philip Goldson International Airport, the Haulover Bridge and the main parade routes in Belize City, this initiative provides a warm welcoming ambiance for those visiting during the month of September. In addition to the September-Celebration focus, the landscaping element of the program is designed to permanently beautify the streets of Belize City, going well beyond the month of September.

To date, we are proud to announce some of the upgrades that are in process and will be completed before the ending of this week. These improvements are listed below:

  • Flags on the overpass
  • 60 flags bordering the road leading to the Philip Goldson International Airport
  • Painting and lighting of the Haulover bridge in the patriotic colors
  • Palms trees on the Northern Highway
  • Additional landscaping, including the planting of Royal Palm Trees, at Memorial Park
  • Gateways with flag banners on Marine Parade and Central American Boulevard

In an effort to make this project a huge success, several businesses and organizations partnered with the National Celebrations Commission and BTB as we all worked towards honoring this historic milestone. At present, Mrs. Barrow and the Committee would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Embassy of China (Taiwan), The Fort George Tourism Village, Benny’s Home Center, the Belize Airport Concession Company, Brothers Habet, Belize Telemedia Ltd., Belize Electricity Limited, Belize Natural Energy (BNE) Trust, and our secondary sponsor of James Brodies and Co.

We invite everyone to look out for the street beautification developments that have commenced already, and should you have any questions or require any update/interviews on this year’s Street Décor Initiative, please feel free to contact Ms. Christy Mastry at 223-2654, email: [email protected] or Mrs. Barrow at phone number 223-1941/223-1942, email: [email protected] .

As we embark on this momentous project, let us all remember this year’s September Celebrations Theme: “HONORING OUR HISTORY, CELEBRATING OUR CULTURES, UNITING FOR PEACE” HAPPY SEPTEMBER CELEBRATION!

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