In the previous issue of this newspaper, we reported
that Mayor Alberto Nuñez had called a meeting with the Development Finance
Corporation (DFC) to find answers to the questions concerning construction of
pre-fabricated houses on Ambergris Caye.
commented that he does not understand why DFC and Central Government by-passed
informing the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) on the project. He assumed that
being Central Government they thought this was not necessary. Nevertheless, all
this was settled during the meeting. SPTC and the Ambergris Caye Planning
Committee (ACPC) were assured that proper procedures would be followed and
building codes would be enforced. Both the SPTC and ACPC were presented with
plans which included three types of houses (one two-bedroom model and two-three
bedroom models). After DFC's presentation on the project, the SPTC and ACPC feel
that the preliminary phase is acceptable.
DFC is inviting
contractors to tender bids, as over 200 workers will be needed for this project
which is estimated to be completed between seven to nine months from the date of
commencement. All 300 homes will be built at once and will be ready to be sold.
Mayor Nuñez was asked that if the 300 houses are built without potential owners
what safeguard would be put into place to assure that speculators will not buy
up several houses in order to re-sell them later at an inflated price. To this
the Mayor said he had no control over it. The San Pedro Town Council is only
supervising this project to make sure that the proper regulations are followed.
This project was initiated by Area Representative Patty Arceo before Hurricane
Keith and is now being undertaken by DFC.