Editorial | Ambergris Caye has in the last few years been one of the main sources of income for the government of Belize,and it is a sad but true fact that the government has done almost nothing in return for all the taxes that have been paid by the residents of San Pedro. The roads are a major case in point – both the mayor and our government representative have been asking for monies to cover at least part of the expense of building or continuing road building To the bridge, on Seagrape Drive and to the DFC area.
Our present main road, Coconut Drive going south, is already starting to show signs of decay and disrepair and it is obvious to all that the amount of traffic that travels on this road is too much. Seagrape Drive needs to be developed to alleviate some of this. This will allow Coconut Drive to last for many more years than it will do at present.
The road from Richies Supermarket to the bridge is a disgrace, and gets worse very time we have a little rainfall. The only people who can be happy with this situation are the vehicle repair businesses who must rub their hands with glee everytime the sky clouds over. Maintainance costs are huge for golf carts, and they are constantly breaking down due to the excessive wear and tear that they suffer over the pot holes that are rarely repaired. Golf carts are designed to be used on golf courses which of course are generally large flat smooth areas of well maintained grassy areas, not pitted tracks with a multitude of obstructions which have to be driven over.
The road from the DFC to Coconut drive is walked by many children everday on their way to school, and it will come as no surprise when a couple of them may disappear due to the depth of the puddles that they have to traverse. Perhaps the town council should put a boat with a driver to help them cross these obstacles.
A few years ago a letter was written to both local newspapers saying that the roads had to be improved. A meeting was called by concerned citizens and the fledgling San Pedro Business Association. The then prime minister the Rt. Hon Said Mussa attended and pledged an amount of money from the government which allowed the road from Ramons to Victoria House to be built. He realised that tourism raises and had raised a huge amount of capital for Belize as a whole, and very little had beeen put back to help with the development of this industry.
Maybe a meeting should be arranged to invite our current prime minister the right honourable Dean Barrow and his representative the right honourable Manuel Heredia to participate in a meeting, and ask them both to provide substantial funding for these projects. It should be obvious to both of them a little investment in this will reap untold rewards by bringing in many more tens of millions of tourist dollars into the government coffers, and also allow the local populace to enjoy a better lifestyle and ensure that their children will have employment here on the island when they finish school.
When one looks at the rest of the country it is noticeable that the worst roads are on the cayes. Look at Placencia which has a wonderful twenty mile stretch of brand new road which is wonderful for them but due to the worsening of the tourism figures for that area a bad investment for the government, and their tax collections. All we, the residents of San Pedro, need is four to five miles of roads. IT IS NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR or is it?