Our Community - Lincoln Eiley - "Designer, developer and decision maker"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 2            January 17, 2002

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Lincoln Eiley

The development of "La Isla Bonita" has had both positive and negative impacts. Luckily for its residents, many of those who are at the forefront ensure that the proper development takes place and this in turn, brings benefits to all those residing in this paradise. This week the San Pedro Sun is pleased to introduce a gentleman who, through his business, has advocated for good choices for the island - Mr. Lincoln Eiley.

    On April 23rd, 1965 Lincoln came into the world, the second of six children born to Annie and John Eiley. As a child he grew up living a carefree life in this safe haven attending San Pedro Roman Catholic School and then San Pedro High School, graduating in 1981. Proving to be a bright student, Lincoln was given an opportunity to further his education in Belize City, so he studied engineering for two years at Belize Technical College.

    Upon his return to the island, Lincoln first went to work at Sea Turtle Gift Shop for his uncle Genaro Nuñez (deceased) who taught him the art of creating Black Coral jewelry. One year later, Mr. Eiley was offered the position of Town Administrator which he accepted, making him the first person to hold this title in San Pedro. During his next seven and a half years of employment, Lincoln was responsible for making San Pedro Town the first municipality in Belize to be fully computerized. Throughout this period Lincoln and other prominent members of the island were instrumental in drafting the Ambergris Caye Master Development Plan, a document that is still being utilized to this day.    

    Following his employment with the San Pedro Town Council, Mr. Eiley accepted a two and a half year contract as the construction manager and consolidator for Royal Palm Villas. He then tried his hand at being a private development consultant which included facilitating work permits, developing subdivisions and selling a small amount of real estate. While selling land for the San Pablo Project, Lincoln observed great business potential in real estate and decided to phase out into this field. In 1996, Lincoln, together with his wife Deny, opened Triton Properties Real Estate Agency and since that time their venture has been quite successful. In 1999, he was given the opportunity to become part of Coldwell Banker, an international real estate franchise from the USA with their main headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey. Mr. Eiley has also extended his real estate business to include development: building villa and housing projects, etc. This, Mr. Eiley stated, helps the community by providing much-needed jobs and opportunities for its residents.

    On April 9th, 1989 Lincoln joined his life in marriage to Deny Squires. They are the proud parents of two children: thirteen year-old Deli and nine year-old Jay. Because of his involvement in numerous community projects and town function, Mr. Eiley was honored with the prestigious title of Justice of the Peace three years ago. Although he is a successful businessman, family and community are an important part of Lincoln Eiley's life. He fondly remembers his days as a referee when volleyball and basketball tournaments reigned in San Pedro. A PADI Open Water certified diver since 1987, Lincoln also enjoys diving the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef during his spare time, as well as going on fishing expeditions.

    Today, he continues to support his town and recently joined a high-spirited committee known as "Hola, Ambergris Caye." "This non-profit, non-political organization's main mission is to promote Ambergris Caye, "La Isla Bonita," internationally as a principal tourist destination," explained Mr. Eiley. In addition, he was recently called to serve on the National Board of Assessors, which deals with land matters before the Supreme Court.

    In speaking about the importance of healthy choices for the children and youth of the island, Lincoln Eiley had the following to say, "I would like to see a committee formed to deal with sports specifically for the children." When asked about plans for the future he stated that he hopes to continue in the real estate business. "San Pedro has become a very desirable area for people to live. It is still "La Isla Bonita." I can certainly see more development in the future. And regarding development, I must emphasize the need to take into account the environment and insist that we strive to maintain the general character of the island," ended Mr. Eiley.

    Mr. Lincoln Eiley is living proof that perseverance and professionalism are vital factors in making it in the business world. By combining his business skills and pleasant personality and devotion to his community, Lincoln Eiley is indeed a positive influence  in the "development" of  "Our Community."

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