Will Coconut Drive ever be repaired?

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 44            November 30, 2000

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Rains make part of Coconut Drive impassable

It should be obvious to anyone who travels Coconut Drive during rainy days that some serious drainage is needed between The Palms and Island Supermarket. At best, this road is barely passable when it rains and the constant downpours the island has been experiencing lately have only added to an already abhorrent problem. Having contacted the Permanent Secretary's office at the Ministry of Works this week, it was learned what needs to be done to get anywhere with this situation.

    The budget for the Ministry of Works is prepared around this time every year in preparation for the beginning of the next fiscal year which begins April 1st. The Permanent Secretary and a financial officer consult with the Minister of Works before decisions are made on where to allocate funding.

    Ultimately, it is the local Town Council who must solicit funds from the Ministry of Works. It was confirmed by a source at the Ministry of Works that a letter was received in the past week from the San Pedro Town Council requesting assistance from a hurricane reconstruction fund, monies that have been set aside or received specifically for these type of infrastructure emergencies.

    It is hoped that if this money is indeed approved, that the section of Coconut Drive that residents have endured through the rains for the past few years will finally have, at minimum, the needed repairs to its drainage problems. If this does not happen, it is possible money may be allocated in the budget for next year to aid in this dilemma. Anyone wishing to do their part in assuring that existing government funds are made available may write to the Minister of Works, Honorable Henry Canton, at the Ministry of Works, Transport, Citrus & Banana Industries, Belmopan, Belize; or e-mail works@btl.net.

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